David Hytner at Wembley

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Dec 06

Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

It has taken a while – 17 appearances, to be precise – but Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer. The summer signing from Swansea City has been used mainly as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino but, given a starting opp…

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Nov 05

Be cautious with Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino urges England

• Striker substituted as precaution in Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace• Dele Alli ruled out of England games, while Harry Winks is doubtfulMauricio Pochettino has urged Gareth Southgate to handle Harry Kane with care during the upcoming internation…

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Nov 05

Son Heung-min strike seals laboured Tottenham win over Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson turned on his heel and marched back towards the bench. The Crystal Palace manager’s stony-faced fury told the story. Football can be the cruellest of pursuits and how Hodgson felt it shortly after the hour mark here at Wembley.His Palace te…

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Oct 14

Christian Eriksen sinks Bournemouth for Spurs’ first Wembley league win

The Harry Kane team could be grateful to Christian Eriksen. Tottenham Hotspur – to give them the name that the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, contentiously did not – were desperate for a first Premier League win at Wembley; no title challenge …

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Sep 13

Harry Kane double and Tottenham’s defensive nous dispatch Dortmund

The Wembley hoodoo struck again. Borussia Dortmund simply cannot get things to go their way at the home of English football. For long spells during this Champions League thriller, they weaved their patterns and stretched Tottenham Hotspur to breaking point.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team did not crack. Harry Kane did not crack. Tottenham rode their luck, with Dortmund complaining that Kane’s goal for 2-1 should not have stood because of a foul on Nuri Sahin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing what would have been an equaliser for 2-2 wrongly ruled out for offside.

Related: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League – as it happened

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Apr 23

Tottenham produce moments of magic but can’t rewrite the new Wembley script | David Hytner

Spurs fans delight in skills of Harry Kane and Dele Alli but have their dreams shattered again by Antonio Conte’s streetwise Chelsea

The script for Tottenham Hotspur at what must be referred to as the new Wembley stadium has taken on a standard feel. They arrive with great expectations and leave with their dreams in tatters.

They had defeated Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final but, before this visit, it was eight appearances and a single win – and that was the largely meaningless one against CSKA Moscow in the final Champions League group phase tie earlier this season.

Related: Eden Hazard clinches semi-final thriller for Chelsea against Tottenham

Related: Chelsea’s Antonio Conte the tactical werewolf bares teeth and bites Spurs | Barney Ronay

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