Jose Mourinho said Harry Kane's brilliance is about much more than goals after the Tottenham star reached 150 in the Premier League.

Kane nodded in Matt Doherty's delivery to secure a 1-0 win for Spurs at West Brom on Sunday.

The England striker has managed a remarkable 13 goals and 10 assists in just 14 matches for Spurs in all competitions this season, having celebrated scoring his 200th for the club on his 300th appearance against Ludogorets in the Europa League this week.

Only Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) reached 150 Premier League goals in fewer games than Kane (218), with the 27-year-old now level with Michael Owen on the all-time list in the competition's history.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Son Heung-min (eight) are the only players to score more in England's top flight this season than Kane (seven), but his tally of eight assists is more than double that of any other forward.

He has also made 11 headed clearances, more than any other attacking player, highlighting his importance in both boxes for Spurs.

Indeed, Mourinho believes Kane's all-round contribution sets him apart from most other elite strikers in the world.

He told reporters: "When you go to stats, in relation to strikers, I always say the stats should be how many goals the striker scored and what he did for his team in the matches where he didn't score, and many of the strikers, their history would be [the] incredible number of goals that they score plus zero.

"Harry Kane, you have to say: this number of goals, this number of assists, this number of balls recovered, this number of duels won, this number of balls that he saved his team in a defensive set-piece. This is Harry Kane: it's goals, plus this, and this, and this, and that. 

"For me, it's not about one more goal or one less goal, it's about what he is as a player."

Spurs have won all four of their opening away league games this season, only the fourth time they have done so, and they head into the international break with 17 points and just one defeat from eight matches.

Mourinho thinks his side would be good enough to win the title in many of Europe's top divisions, but he feels a Premier League challenge will not be so easy.

"When a team is champion or plays for the title, there is always a direct relation to your direct opponents," he said.

"I would say this team could be champion in many European countries. In the Premier League, it's the most difficult one because in the Premier League you can do a good season, you can have lots of points but in the end, you know, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester [City], Arsenal... so you can have a good season and not be champion.

"What can we do? We go match after match, we try to win, we don't care about the others, I promise you I'm not worried about Leicester-Wolves or City-Liverpool. If Liverpool win, it's because City lose points; if Leicester win, it's because Wolves lose points. I don't care. I just want the team to play match after match and, at the end of the season, let's see where we are."

Aleksey Miranchuk struck 11 minutes from time to earn Atalanta a 1-1 draw against Inter in Sunday's cagey Serie A clash, denying Lautaro Martinez the match-winning glory.

The Lombardy rivals have now won just two of their last 13 games between them and neither side really got going in a low-quality contest at the Gewiss Stadium.

Martinez guided Ashley Young's cross away from Marco Sportiello just before the hour mark to open the scoring for Inter, who had Alexis Sanchez back in their line-up and brought on Romelu Lukaku in the second half.

Arturo Vidal squandered a glorious chance to double the visitors' tally and that proved a costly miss as Miranchuk found a late equaliser, leaving Inter sixth in the table and a point below their opponents.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing an ankle problem and could not continue as Juventus were denied victory by a last-gasp Felipe Caicedo goal in a 1-1 draw at Lazio, Andrea Pirlo said.

Portugal star Ronaldo opened the scoring after 15 minutes at Stadio Olimpico to net in his first four league games of a season for just the third time, having also done so in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.

With 27 goals to his name in 2020, no player in the top-five European leagues has more in the calendar year, but his withdrawal with 14 minutes of Sunday's clash ultimately proved a pivotal moment.

Explaining why Ronaldo, who did appear to hobble as he sat on the bench, was taken off, Juve coach Pirlo told DAZN: "Ronaldo is a key player not only for us but for all the teams where he played, he had an ankle problem and he was forced to leave.

"Those who entered the pitch did well, [but] we had problems to hold the ball and manage certain types of plays."

Ronaldo had three shots on target from five attempts and also crashed an effort against the post for a Juve side who continue to trail early leaders Milan, three points adrift of Stefano Pioli's team ahead of the Rossoneri's clash with Verona later on Sunday.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten through seven games for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, but Pirlo warned his side that titles are decided on moments such as late levellers.

"We played a great game, they never had a shot on target," he added.

"Championships are won if we take care of every detail, we mismanaged the ball in the final 10 seconds and they scored the equaliser."

Lazio were hindered by the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile who alongside Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha was absent after they reportedly returned inconclusive tests for coronavirus.

Caicedo entered the fray to replace the largely ineffective Vedat Muriqi after 54 minutes and his stoppage-time leveller was the fifth time since the start of last season he has scored after the 90th minute – the most in Serie A.

"I have an exceptional rapport with Ciro, he wished us all the best and we missed him today, but he is always present even when he’s not physically here," Caicedo said.

"With this determination and refusal to give in, we can go far. We can continue to do what we did last season, with the attitude we showed last week against Torino and again here."

Head coach Simone Inzaghi, whose Lazio side have gained 33 points from a losing position since the start of last season which is more than any other team in the top five European leagues, paid tribute to the goal hero.

"Caicedo is a great player, a wonderful person who after five or six months was already adored by everyone," Inzaghi said.

"I asked the club, and they immediately agreed, to keep him, as he was the ideal player to complete the front line."

Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal to snatch a 1-0 victory for Tottenham at West Brom on Sunday.

Despite starting with Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale in attack, Jose Mourinho's side delivered a largely flat attacking performance against the Baggies.

Indeed, they needed a good Hugo Lloris save and the intervention of the left-hand post in the second half to prevent Slaven Bilic's men taking the lead in the second half.

However, Kane secured a fourth win in a row away from home in the top flight when he headed Matt Doherty's delivery beyond Sam Johnstone.

The best of the early chances fell to Son, who had lots of time and space in the penalty area but eventually saw a shot blocked over by Semi Ajayi.

West Brom twice came close to a breakthrough, Karlan Grant nodding a good Darnell Furlong cross wide and Eric Dier heading well off the line with Grant lurking.

It took until the hour mark for Spurs to register a shot on target, Sergio Reguilon stinging the palms of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with a speculative strike from outside the box.

Giovani Lo Celso, on for the injured Tanguy Ndombele, had a great chance to make a swift impact but hooked his shot wide from barely 10 yards out.

Conor Gallagher clipped the post from the edge of the box and Lloris reacted superbly to tip away a Grant header following a corner, as West Brom's best chances went begging.

Johnstone thought he had secured a share of the spoils, saving well low to his right to keep out a strike from Carlos Vinicius, but his indecision as Doherty swung in a high ball allowed Kane to head in the winner.

Felipe Caicedo was Lazio's hero as his last-gasp strike cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in a 1-1 draw against Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Lazio lacked bite in the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile, one of three players along with Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha absent after reportedly returning inconclusive coronavirus tests.

Ronaldo, who returned after his own isolation due to COVID-19 with a double against Spezia last week, scored a sixth Serie A goal of the campaign after 15 minutes and that looked by being enough to settle what had been a largely comfortable outing for the visitors.

But substitute Caicedo scored in the fifth minute of injury time to secure a point for Lazio in a result that leaves Juve three points off Serie A leaders Milan, who have a game in hand.

England boss Gareth Southgate says Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not in his squad as he remains a step behind his rivals for a right-back spot.

The Three Lions are blessed with options in the position and the latest squad includes Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James, as well as Arsenal duo Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka, who can play as wing-backs.

Wan-Bissaka has impressed defensively since joining Manchester United from Crystal Palace for a reported £50million last year. In 2019-20, he won 80 tackles in the Premier League, 11 more than any other defender, and was only dribbled past by an opponent on 22 occasions.

By contrast, Alexander-Arnold was beaten 42 times by an opponent dribbling past him last season, but the Liverpool man's record-breaking 13 assists - the most by any defender in a Premier League season - underline the attacking qualities that Southgate favours.

To that end, Chelsea's James was included for this month's matches with the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland despite having to serve a one-match suspension in the Nations League.

"It's an area of the pitch where we are blessed," Southgate said. "Reece and Trent have both played as wing-backs as well as full-backs. They are in outstanding form and we are probably stronger there than in any other position.

"Aaron is a very good defender, one against one he's probably as good as I have seen, but I have to look at the balance of the team and currently there are players ahead of him."

Southgate also suggested he could speak to Jamie Vardy if the Leicester City striker continues his form until next year's Euro 2020 finals.

Vardy, 33, has scored seven goals this season to propel a strong Leicester start that included a 5-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, where he got a hat-trick.

He retired from England duty after the World Cup in 2018 but said in March that he and Southgate "agreed the door would still be open for whatever reason" to a national team return.

"Jamie is playing as well as any forward in the country, there's no two ways about that," Southgate said. "We know exactly what he can bring, and he is probably benefiting from having a rest during international breaks rather than joining up with England.

"It would be another matter if we were going into a championship, but at the moment we are not."

David Beckham reportedly dreams of signing Sergio Ramos at Inter Miami, while Phil Foden seems set for a new deal at Manchester City.

Ramos, 34, is out of contract at Real Madrid at the season's end, leading to speculation over his future.

While the Madrid captain has been expected to re-sign, the defender is unsurprisingly attracting plenty of interest.

 

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Inter Miami co-owner Beckham wants Real Madrid star Ramos to join the MLS club, according to AS.

Ramos and Beckham were team-mates at the Santiago Bernabeu for two seasons between 2005 and 2007.

The report says while Ramos likes Miami, the defender is likely to stay in Europe, with Madrid apparently offering him a two-year deal.

Ramos netted his 100th Madrid goal in all competitions in Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League win over Inter, with 55 of those headers.

 

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- Foden is set to be rewarded for his form at Manchester City. The Mirror reports the midfielder is set for a big pay rise as he is expected to sign a new contract early next year. Foden's current deal runs until 2024.

- Previously linked to Manchester United, Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is apparently wanted by West Ham. The Ligue 1 club are reportedly prepared to sell Dembele and West Ham are interested, according to the Mirror, which says a bid of about £30million (€33.2m) could be enough. Dembele has made just four Ligue 1 starts for Lyon this season.

- Another forward with an uncertain future is Luka Jovic. Marca reports the 22-year-old, who is without a goal in four games for Real Madrid this season, is considering his future.

- Sergio Romero is expected to leave Manchester United. The Sun says the goalkeeper, whose deal expires at the end of the season, is training alone and hopes to leave the Premier League club for free in January.

Thomas Tuchel believes it is "really hard to play against" Moise Kean after the Paris Saint-Germain forward continued his goalscoring form.

Kean, who is on loan at PSG from Everton, scored his fifth goal in as many games in Saturday's 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes.

The 20-year-old's three goals in four Ligue 1 games are already more than the two he managed in 31 Premier League appearances for Everton.

Tuchel praised Kean's form for PSG, who are five points clear atop Ligue 1.

"[Kean] has a big heart, he puts on intensity. He is not afraid, he is courageous. He does what is necessary," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"I wouldn't want to be a defender against him right now, it's really hard to play against him.

"It's very important for us because we miss that in certain times."

Kean has scored two of his four big chances in Ligue 1 this season, while he has a shot conversion rate – excluding blocks – of 30 per cent.

After Kean's opener against Rennes, Angel Di Maria struck a brace for Tuchel's men.

PSG are next in action with a trip to Monaco on November 20.

Tom Brady insisted there was "no shortcut" to finding his chemistry with Antonio Brown at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown signed with the Buccaneers last month and is set to make his debut for the team against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The 32-year-old only played one game for the New England Patriots in 2019, but is back alongside Brady at the Buccaneers (6-2).

Brady, though, said it would take time for his connection with Brown to grow.

"It's been only one game and two weeks practice [together]. Football is a tough sport. It demands a lot out of you physically, mentally [and] emotionally," he said.

"There is no shortcut to getting on the same page. You've just got to put the work in.

"Today was a good start to practice, but it's a long process and we're just going to have to work at it."

Brady, Brown and the Buccaneers face a major test against the Saints, who are 5-2 and have won their past four games over the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said Brown would add plenty to the Buccaneers, but also urged patience.

"Just being an explosive player with the ball in his hands. He'll have a role and we'll see how much we can get him taught," he said.

"The first practice will be a walkthrough because we've got a short week coming off Monday night. We basically miss a practice this week on Wednesday because of the short week, so it will be a walkthrough practice and basically all learning."

Diego Simeone played down the importance of Atletico Madrid's upcoming clash with Barcelona after they moved top of LaLiga.

Atletico extended their unbeaten run in LaLiga to 23 games – the most in their history – with a 4-0 thrashing of Cadiz on Saturday.

Joao Felix scored a brace and goals from Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez at the Wanda Metropolitano moved Atletico onto 17 points from seven league games.

Simeone's men will host Barca after the international break, but the Atletico coach said it would not be a decisive clash.

"They know us, they know that beyond happiness we do not depend on what is going to happen in the game against Barcelona," he said. 

"There are 15 days left, players leave with the national team, we will have to wait for the time we have and we do not move away from that. It is our way of thinking and we live in the next game. 

"We will see when the players return in what conditions we see them and we will form the teams accordingly."

Since being humbled 4-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month, Atletico have won four of five games.

Simeone praised the form of his side, who are joined by Real Sociedad – who have played one more game – on 17 points at the top.

"What generates enthusiasm and enthusiasm for me is what has happened since the draw against Huesca or Villarreal or the defeat in Munich," he said. 

"I see the team well, with dynamics, enthusiasm, strength, desire to do things and see how we evolve in training. What makes me happy is that those players who had fewer minutes like [Mario] Hermoso, [Hector] Herrera or Llorente last year, today are being very important in the team. 

"There is an improvement far beyond today's result. We play with four midfielders who can occupy many places. I think we have a balanced squad. 

"Let's wait for the return of those who are out – [Sime] Vrsaljko will replace [Kieran] Trippier, Vitolo, [Diego] Costa, [Yannick] Carrasco."

Sam Burns retained the lead at the Houston Open, but Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are among those in contention.

Burns, 24, holds a 54-hole lead for the first time in his PGA Tour career after carding a two-under 68 at the Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course.

The American moved into nine under, a stroke ahead of Australian Day (67) and Mexican Carlos Ortiz (67).

Burns, who has two top-10 finishes this year, had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys during his third round.

Without a top-10 finish since the US PGA Championship in August, Day is in contention after a third straight round in the 60s.

Sepp Straka (66) is outright fourth at seven under, a shot ahead of Johnson.

World number one Johnson, playing for the first time since the U.S. Open, carded a second straight 66, having opened with a 72.

Johnson produced a bogey-free third round, making four birdies – including a 17-footer at the fifth.

Aaron Wise (69) and Dawie van der Walt (69) are at five under, one shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (66), Michael Thompson (67), Shane Lowry (68), Tony Finau (68) and Patton Kizzire (70).

Brooks Koepka showed some better form ahead of next week's Masters, the American firing a five-under 65 – the equal best round of the day – to move into a tie for 13th at three under.

Thomas Tuchel is delighted with the way Paris Saint-Germain are performing through an injury crisis as they lost three more players in Saturday's win over Rennes.

PSG were already missing Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler and then saw Idrissa Gueye, Thilo Kehrer and Alessandro Florenzi all bow out before half-time at the Parc des Princes.

Angel Di Maria ensured the Ligue 1 champions claimed a 3-0 victory regardless, creating the opener for Moise Kean and then adding a double himself.

The three points provided some respite for the league leaders and coach Tuchel heading into the international break, and the coach took with the opportunity to defend his side's display in a 2-1 reverse to RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.

"The result is better, but we didn't play better than Wednesday," he told Canal+. "We had a great fight and the mentality was exceptional.

"The guys have been amazing despite the new injuries. I am very happy and proud. It's one of the best wins since I've been here."

On the team's latest fitness setbacks, which saw Tuchel make two changes before the interval for the fifth time in Ligue 1, the coach added: "It was already too much before the game and it's getting worse.

"We were playing with Kehrer, who wasn't ready. It was the same thing for [Leandro] Paredes and [Ander] Herrera. It's like that."

Di Maria's quality told as he scored with both of his shots on target, while creating three chances – more than any other PSG player.

"We try to do the best we can, but it's not easy," Di Maria said. "We can't pretend nothing has happened.

"We didn't have time to work after last season, there was COVID and many injuries, so it's not easy.

"We still support Tuchel. He is a great coach, who led us to the final of the Champions League. He did the maximum for us, and we are giving the maximum for him.

"He has our full confidence, and he trusts us too."

Rennes had more possession than their hosts and recorded 16 attempts to PSG's nine, yet Keylor Navas was required to make only three saves.

Despite their selection issues, last season's Champions League finals have won eight league games in a row, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

Erling Haaland recognises he must be more clinical in front of goal despite scoring in Borussia Dortmund's Klassiker defeat to Bayern Munich.

Dortmund went down 3-2 to the Bundesliga champions at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, with Haaland netting the final goal of the game - his sixth of the season in the league.

But the 20-year-old might have struck long before that late effort in a wasteful display, missing the target with his prior three shots.

"I have to score more goals," he said. "If we don't put our chances away at this level, then we won't win."

It was Haaland's decision-making that was as much a problem as his profligacy.

While the Norway international attempted four shots, missing one of his two big chances, he also passed up a host of opportunities by mistiming a run or misplacing a pass.

Haaland was caught offside on three occasions, having been flagged only twice across his prior five games this term combined.

Despite repeatedly looking for a team-mate when a shot might have been on, the ex-Salzburg striker also played fewer passes into the final third (seven) than he had in previous matches. Just 42.9 per cent of these balls were completed - another season low.

This inaccuracy meant, for the first time in the Bundesliga this season, Haaland failed to create a chance, unable to add to his tally of two assists.

"[Bayern] are the best team in the world and we have to work harder to take the next step to be as good as them," Haaland said.

Taking heed of the opposition, he will surely look to emulate Bayern's ex-Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, who showed his class once again.

The Poland star scored with one of his two shots, had two more efforts disallowed for marginal offside calls - the only occasions on which he was flagged - and created Bayern's third goal for Leroy Sane.

It was the sort of display Haaland has shown he can similarly produce - just not yet in the biggest game in German club football.

Lucien Favre saw plenty of reasons for optimism in an "incredible" Klassiker, but defeat still hurt for Borussia Dortmund against title rivals Bayern Munich.

Dortmund slipped to third on Saturday, three points behind leaders Bayern after a 3-2 win for the defending champions at Signal Iduna Park.

BVB led through Marco Reus late in the first half but quickly conceded a deflected equaliser to David Alaba, setting the stage for Robert Lewandowski to mark his 300th game for Bayern with his 259th goal - his 19th in 22 against his former club - after the interval.

Lewandowski then sent through Leroy Sane for number three, before Erling Haaland brought Dortmund back into the game, although that goal proved in vain as Reus missed a huge chance to equalise.

There were 29 shots in all, not including two disallowed Bayern goals, in an epic back-and-forth.

And although Hansi Flick's side could have been out of sight before Haaland teed up a tense finish, the home coach felt hard done by.

Favre said: "It was a good game overall, very good for the spectators on TV.

"We had many, many chances to score - even in the first half. All in all, we have to be positive, we did a good job. We had so many chances to score, it was incredible.

"But we conceded three goals and lost. It's hard to accept."

Favre's two centre-backs disagreed on whether Dortmund deserved better, with Mats Hummels suggesting his team were unfortunate.

"There was a lack of calm in front of the goal," the ex-Bayern man said. "What can you say?

"All three goals conceded were deflected. We didn't dominate, but we were not lucky either. It was an attacking game. Unfortunately, we missed many, many good opportunities.

"Fortune and misfortune are often decisive in the top games, but we tried again and again.

"In the end, we go home with zero points in a game that can end differently. It's a shame, but that's football."

As Hummels appeared to bemoan Dortmund's inability to take their chances - hitting the target with just five of their 15 efforts - defensive colleague Manuel Akanji was equally concerned by lapses at the back.

Alaba's free-kick - Bayern's 100th Bundesliga goal under Flick - was the first BVB had conceded in 441 minutes in the league, yet Akanji acknowledged fault at both ends of the field.

"Three goals is too many," he said. "Too much is expected of our attack to score three or four goals.

"We had the chances up front, but we weren't efficient enough. And then we allowed too many chances at the back.

"We see that we can compete; we had enough chances. We have to exploit them and work even better defensively. Then we'll see where that leads."

Pep Guardiola has no plans to rest the ever-improving Raheem Sterling just yet as the forward prepares to come up against former club Liverpool.

Sterling has sometimes been utilised in a central role at the start of the 2020-21 season due to injuries to strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, though the latter is now fit again.

The England international has scored five goals in all competitions but has struggled in the past against Liverpool ever since his acrimonious departure from Anfield.

His wait for a league goal against them finally came to an end in a 4-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium in July, though by then the Reds had already dethroned their opponents as Premier League champions.

Guardiola is full of praise for the 25-year-old's development during his reign but still feels there is even more to come, citing Sterling's attitude as the key to his progress with City.

"I think he's a better player than when I arrived and hopefully in four years' time, he will be better than he is right now," said Guardiola,

"I think he's an exceptional player. There will be a moment when he will take a rest, but at the moment he's such an important player for us.

"I've seen his mentality and desire and he's improved a lot since we arrived, but I wish in three, four of five years he will be a much, much better player than he is today."

Asked if Sterling's continued rise could see him become one of the best players in the world, Guardiola replied: "My advice to him would be don't think about this, there's no sense [in that].

"Just enjoy life, focus and the destiny will dictate who he is as a player, but he's one of the [most] fantastic players I've ever had in my career as a manager.

"It all depends on him of course, and his performance."

City have won their last three home league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 11-1. They have not four managed four on the spin against the Reds at home since back in March 1937.

Sterling will hope to take advantage of facing opponents who have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 visits to City's home ground, conceding 26 goals in total in that run.

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