31 min James hares down the right and clips a cross towards Klich, who has the ball taken off his toes by the stretching Davies. That was fine defending.
28 min Son’s corner is punched away unconvincingly by Meslier, which leads to an impromptu game of head tennis. Eventually Leeds break and Winks is fortunate not to be booked for a tactical foul on someone.
27 min Spurs are starting to look more dangerous, especially on the break. Winks fizzes a pass into Kane, 12 yards from goal, but he can’t make room for a shot. Moments later, the willing Emerson Royal wins a corner off Harrison.
26 min Dier’s attempted through pass to Kane is intercepted by Cooper. He did well because it bounced awkwardly, so he could easily have fallen over in a heap while ushering Kane through on goal.
25 min After a crisp one-touch move from Leeds, James’s cross is well blocked at the near post by Dier.
22 min: Good challenge from Phillips! Spurs almost sting Leeds on the break. Son wins the ball near the halfway line, scurries down the right and crosses low towards Kane. He takes a touch, but loses his balance in the process and is calmly dispossessed by Phillips.
21 min Spurs are starting to have a more even share of the game, though their build-up play is still a bit ponderous.
18 min The corner is half cleared and bounces up towards Reguilon on the edge of the area. He twists his body to hit a right-footed snapshot that is blocked by a Leeds defender, Phillips I think.
18 min Kane drops deep and curls a pass towards Emerson Royal on the right side of the area. He lobs it back across the area and Struijk puts it behgind for a corner.
15 min Leeds take the corner short and try to work something on the left. Eventually the ball is pulled back towards the edge of the area, where Gelhardt belts a shot into orbit.
14 min Harrison plays a neat one-two with Struijk before his cross is cleared at the near post by Dier. Then a nervous pass from Emerson Royal goes behind for a Leeds corner.
13 min For a teenager making his first Premier League start, Gelhardt is playing with a breezy confidence. Leeds have been terrific so far.
7 min Spurs can’t get out. Struijk robs Moura, 25 yards from the Spurs goal, and finds Dallas. He whistles a lovely drive just wide of the far post with Lloris scrambling across goal.
5 min Leeds have started really well, with Forshaw snapping round in midfield. It looks like they are playing with Kalvin Phillips as the spare man at the back, which is a bit of a surprise because Spurs are only playing with one up.
2 min Phillips clips the free-kick over the wall, and Lloris springs to his right to make a comfortable save.
1 min Klich wins the ball in the Spurs half and finds Gelhardt, who is fouled 25 yards from goal by Tanganga. The free-kick is a fair way to the left of centre, though it’s still a decent position for Kalvin Phillips.
1 min Peep peep! Spurs, all in white, kick off from right to left. Leeds are wearing their blue change strip.
Antonio Conte walks to the Spurs dugout, rubbing his hands in the cold, then strolls back out to greet Marcelo Bielsa. One is dressed head to toe in the finest fabrics; the other is wearing a tracksuit. I’ll let you work it out.
Antonio Conte’s pre-match thoughts
“[Oliver] Skipp is banned so this is a good chance for [Harry] Winks to show we can count on him. He’s a good guy, he’s trained very well during the last two weeks. I’m sure he’ll play a good game.
“We want to work very hard, we want to improve, we want to make our fans proud. Our supporters have to push us from the start until the end – this is an important moment for us.”
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Both teams make two enforced changes from their last game before the international break. Antonio Conte brings in Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga for Oliver Skipp (suspended) and Cristian Romero (injured).
Leeds are without Raphinha (ill) and Rodrigo (injured). Mateusz Klich comes into the side and the exciting teenager Joe Gelhardt – who has scored goals in industrial quantities at youth level – makes his full Premier League debut up front.
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1) Lloris; Tanganga, Dier, Davies; Royal, Hojbjerg, Winks, Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Son; Kane.
Substitutes: Gollini, Doherty, Sanchez, Rodon, Sessegnon, Bryan, Bergwijn, Dele, Ndombele.
Leeds United (4-1-4-1) Meslier; Dallas, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk; Phillips; James, Klich, Forshaw, Harrison; Gelhardt.
Substitutes: Klaesson, Firpo, Drameh, Cresswell, McCarron, McKinstry, Jenkins, Greenwood, Roberts.
Referee Andre Marriner.
It’s a big day in the north of London. Antonio Conte has already been introduced to the Tottenham Hotspur fans, but that was before a (theoretically) low-key Europa Conference match against Vitesse Arnhem. This feels like the real
home debut, an intruiging Premier League match against Leeds United.
Things are about to change in N17. Conte has a comically low nonsense threshold, and if anyone can redefine the word ‘Spursy’ it’s probably him. He might not be here for a long time – his last three jobs ended after two years – but there are plenty of reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic. One in particular: Conte is a pathological winner.
Spurs’ opponents, Leeds, have been the feelgood story of English football since Marcelo Bielsa arrived in 2018. This season, though, they have lost a bit of their dopamine sheen. Injuries, particularly to Patrick Bamford, have reduced their fluidity, and they start this game in 17th place. While nobody seriously thinks Leeds are in a relegation battle, their season is in need of a jumpstart. A party-pooping win today would do the job.
Kick off 4.30pm.
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