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Spurs currently sit fourth in the table

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Tottenham have proved taking Europa seriously is the best way,' says Andre Villas-Boas

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Spurs hold West Ham in the grip of history

Despite having conceded four goals to Chelsea and then five against Arsenal, Tottenham should in theory be less concerned about their latest London derby this afternoon. West Ham have failed to score at White Hart Lane in five successive visits dating back to 2005 and have not won there since 1999.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris unhappy with No 2 status at Tottenham

Hugo Lloris admits he is struggling to accept the idea that Andre Villas-Boas does not consider him as Tottenham's number one.

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Tottenham midfielder Sandro may return for Manchester City match

Tottenham midfielder Sandro has a chance of recovering from a calf injury for Sunday's game against Manchester City, manager Andre Villas-Boas said.

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Once, when asked why Sir Alex Ferguson was suddenly so nice about him, Arsène Wenger replied wistfully that he was no longer seen as a threat at Old Trafford. Manchester United's great helmsman invariably praises those he regularly beats. Tottenham Hotspur had not won there since 1989. In his programme notes, Ferguson, pictured, gushed: "Managers and coaches come and go but it seems to be in the genes at Tottenham that they will play with a quality and style that is good to watch."

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