Tottenham weekend round-up: Paulinho the hero and Bale injured in warm-up

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News and gossip from the weekend at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have won it at the death against Cardiff City in a one sided affair at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Tottenham went into the game knowing they had to win to stay in touch with local rivals Arsenal - after The Gunners beat Stoke City 3-1 at The Emirates.

And for 90 minutes they punished Cardiff City who stayed resolute in defence. Chances came and went for Spurs, with a total of 29 attempts at goal in a game where they also had 63% of possession.

But Cardiff were dogged in defence and appeared to be holding out for an unlikely point when Brazilian midfielder Paulinho spoiled the party with a right foot finish after good work from Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby in the final minute of injury time.

Tottenham have reportedly won the race for free agent striker Ciprian Marica. The former Schalke striker was targeted by Arsenal, West Ham and Fiorentina but it is believed that Spurs have won the battle.

Former Spurs player Gareth Bale was supposed to be making his home debut for Real Madrid this evening. The Welshman was due to start the game - but pulled out at the last minute after suffering an injury in the warm up.

Christian Eriksen has announced he rejected Manchester City this summer. The £11.5 million signing from Ajax has been in great form since his arrival from Holland - but made it clear that Spurs faced a battle to sign him this summer.

Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves has been speaking about the controversy over the use of the word ‘Yid’ at White Hart Lane.

The goalscoring legend stated in an interview:

‘’People are trying to sanitise a situation for no reason whatsoever and if they are going to get arrested then I am going to stand up and shout it myself so I can be arrested as well. They are chants in support of Tottenham Hotspur - that was the case 50 years ago, so why has it suddenly become offensive now? Do you seriously think that Tottenham supporters are chanting it as a racist remark? Up until a few weeks ago I dare wager half of them probably didn't know what it meant.’’

 

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