The Humble One? Don’t fall for that — everything is still about Jose at Spurs

first_imgHE tried hard to convince us that it wasn’t all about him.Jose Mourinho’s entrance had been self-consciously coy, in-keeping with his affected humility since taking this job.4 Jose Mourinho went from panic to manic on the touchline as Tottenham completed a comeback from a two-goal deficitBut as Tottenham rescued a two-goal deficit and qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages, their new manager couldn’t help himself.First came the trademark brutal early substitution — the sort of thing a young Joe Cole used to have nightmares about at Chelsea — when Eric Dier was hauled off in the 29th minute with Spurs 2-0 down.Then came a wonderful example of Mourinho’s strange professional fixation with the ballboy community — as he high-fived and hugged the lad who swiftly fed Serge Aurier for the throw-in which led to Harry Kane’s equaliser.Mourinho, with his obsessions over fine margins, has an awful lot of history with the ballboys.He once told one of Crystal Palace’s retrievers he risked being punched by a player over his tardiness at returning the ball during a Chelsea defeat at Selhurst Park.And Leicester’s ballboys were once described as a ‘disgrace to the Premier League’ after another defeat.But while at Manchester United, the Special One felt the Old Trafford ball- retrieval team was too fast when his team were trying to run down the clock, and had them all replaced as a result.4 Jose Mourinho high-fived a ball boy after he tossed the ball back to the players before they scored a quick goalCredit: BT SportTottenham’s troupe, however, were like a rapid-response unit — and proved an instant hit for the new manager.When Spurs won a throw close to Mourinho’s dug-out, the nearest ballboy swiftly supplied Aurier for a quick throw to Lucas Moura, which wrong-footed the Olympiakos defence.The cross came in for Kane to steer home and make it 2-2 five minutes into the second half.Mourinho instantly high-fived the lad, embraced him and offered words of thanks.It was just the sort of endearing photo opportunity he’d have dreamt off as he attempted to win over a sceptical Spurs support during his first home match in charge.Jose Mourinho says he wanted to invite the heroic Spurs ballboy to the dressing room after the match but couldn’t find himBefore kick-off, there was no fanfare of any kind.There was no announcement of the Portuguese’s name over the PA system, no waving to the crowd, the new Tottenham manager simply slipped past a mob of photographers and sheepishly took his seat in the dug-out.The Spurs supporters did not sing his name, as they had done after the final whistle at West Ham.There was an Argentinian flag flying high behind him, in recognition of his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino and the odd placard thanking the sacked boss for the memories.Chairman Daniel Levy had timed the managerial change perfectly for Mourinho, with two fixtures he might have hand-picked.West Ham for a first Premier League away win, followed by Olmpiakos to secure qualification for the Champions League knock-out stage.4Yet this one didn’t turn out anything like as straightforward as we had imagined.Perhaps Mourinho and Spurs would have been better off making more of an occasion of his arrival, because the team started as if this was a friendly rather than a crunch European fixture.As a result, they were 2-0 down inside 19 minutes against the Group B whipping boys.First an attempted interception from Danny Rose — who is struggling for  confidence right now — fell to Youssef  El-Arabi, who went past a flailing Harry Winks and curled home powerfully from just outside area.Son Heung-min’s header from a Winks free-kick forced a fine save from Jose Sa.But then Spurs suffered a collective brain-fade as they attempted to defend a low corner and Ruben Semedo snuck in front of Toby Alderweireld to bundle it over the line.Mourinho, with a face like a slapped backside, immediately sent two of his subs to warm up.And before the half-hour, Dier was ruthlessly hooked to make way for Christian Eriksen.Jose Mourinho celebrates with Spurs ball boy after his quick thinking leads to Champions League equaliser4 Harry Kane put in a fine performance for Tottenham as Spurs qualified for the Champions League knock-out stagesCredit: ReutersSpurs had not looked like getting a foothold before they were gifted a goal in first-half injury-time.Aurier’s low centre was unthreatening but Yassine Meriah took an air-shot at it, leaving Dele Alli a simple task to score.Then came the Kane effort, with the assist from our heroic ballboy, before a thumping finish from Aurier and Kane’s glancing header from an Eriksen free-kick made sure of Tottenham’s progress.By the final whistle the place was buzzing. This is a theatre which feels perfect for the big European nights and Spurs may have a few more to look forward to this season now.Yet while Mourinho will mention his two Champions League triumphs approximately every 2½ minutes during the course of any conversation, it has been a decade since he last reached the final of this competition, with Inter Milan.He failed to do so with either Real Madrid, Manchester United or in his second spell at Chelsea.Like his old rival, Pep Guardiola, his Champions League record has become extremely modest in recent years.Jose Mourinho jokes about seeing his Olympiakos half-time team talk on the Amazon documentaryMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutHe knows that winning this thing is probably Tottenham’s best chance of qualifying for next season, with Spurs so far adrift of the Premier League’s top four — nine points as it stands.Spurs reached last season’s final, of course, and anything can happen in knock-out football.It certainly helps when the manager ensures that everybody at their club is right on their toes — even the ballboys.Tweet @davekidd_last_img read more

How Spurs could line up as Mourinho makes emotional reunion against Chelsea

first_imgAhead of the game Mourinho said: “I am 100 per cent Tottenham. I am 100 per cent my club always.”No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them, but they are my previous clubs.”My club is Tottenham so it’s so, so easy for me. Not difficult from the emotional side of things.”Frank Lampard says he’s happy to go up against Mourinho but thinks the Tottenham v Chelsea rivalry will top him v Jose JOSE MOURINHO will reunite with old foes Chelsea when he takes on Frank Lampard’s side on Sunday.The Portuguese boss will be desperate to get one over his former club knowing they will leapfrog Chelsea into fourth spot.1Spurs head into the game rejuvenated under Mourinho with four wins in their last five.Chelsea are battling to avoid three consecutive defeats for the first time since 2015 and are also on a run of four losses in their last five.Mourinho appears to have found a winning streak at Tottenham and is likely to stick with the same team that beat Wolves in their last outing.Michel Vorm has recovered from a calf strain but Paulo Gazzaniga is likely to remain in goal with Hugo Lloris still sidelined.Toby Alderweireld, who has just committed his future to the club, will start in defence alongside Davinson Sanchez with Jan Vertonghen at left-back.Ben Davies and Erik Lamela are the other casualties on the treatment table while big-summer signing Tanguy Ndombele will face a late fitness test.The powerful midfielder has missed the last three contests with a groin injury and will hope to make the bench.It could mean that Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier start in midfielder with a front four of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane. most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidslast_img read more

Five PNG swimmers in for finals tonight

first_imgDespite drizzling conditions during the heats, the home crowd stood behind team PNG swimmers all the way.PNG’s Golden boy Ryan Pini, Samuel Seghers, Tkatchnoko sisters Savannah and Ebony and Tegan McCarthy qualified in their respective heats.Pini clocked fastest in the men’s 50m freestyle breaking another record with 23.21 seconds while Samuel Seghers finished fifth in the same hit behind Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia.He also qualified for the men’s 100m backstroke ahead of Tahiti on 58.94 seconds.Savannah Tkatchenko put up a strong fight against New Caledonian pool queen Lara Grangeon finishing 4th overall in the Women’s 200m medley.She clocked in 2 minutes, 24 seconds while her younger sister Ebony Tkatchenko finished sixth overall with 2 minutes, 41 seconds.Tegan McCarthy finished fourth in Women’s 100m butterfly on 1 minute, 8 seconds.She finished behind New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon and Fiji’s Adi Kinisimere Naivulu and Tieri Erasito.The finals commence at 6 this evening.Pic 1: Savannah Tkatchenko and New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon take the pool in a close encounter.Pic 2: Pini finish 1st in the Men’s 100m backstroke well ahead of Tahiti with strong support from the crowd.last_img read more

Maopa into 9s finals

first_imgAfter weathering an early storm in the opening minutes of the semi-final, Maopa Paio grabbed first points through inside centre Anthony Abavu scoring on the wing.Maopa Paio conceded a try right from the restart when Airi Uea shrugged off one defender and beat another three to score and level up.The score was left at 4-4 going into half time.The Mantas took the lead in the second half when grit and skill from winger for Api Beron to crash over the line.But the Manta’s lead didn’t last long after a perfectly placed kick gave Maopa Paio the ball back which saw them spread the ball out to wing for Belo to dive over to slam the ball down for his first.An unsuccessful conversion brought the score to 8-8. This brought the game into extra time.It took only the first minute in extra time for Maopa Paio to win the game as they looked to Belo who didn’t disappoint barging over on the wing to win the game.Maopa Paio will meet Tuhava Hunters in the Plate division grand final.In the grand finals this afternoon in the Pennant division: Rovanama (2) will play Wanigela Kavela.In the Bowl: Irupara GK will meet Lime Beach Stones.In the Cup: Bige Bote Trekkers Titans will battle it out with Rovanama (1).last_img read more

Liverpool announces that it leaves New Balance: it will be sponsored by Nike

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of January 7, 2020 They have not come to light neither the agreed amounts nor the details of the agreement, that is, in the statement they do not explain when they end the contract with the brand or how much money they will receive per season of the American firm. In any case, Liverpool is expected to be among the teams in the world that enter the most by its clothing brand.At the same time, they have taken the opportunity to thank the previous brand for the services provided: “New Balance has been the official equipment supplier of the club since 2015 and will continue to be so until the end of the 2019-2020 season. We would like to thank you for your support and wish you all the best for the future.” As of June 1, Liverpool will change brands in regards to their sportswear. The champion of Europe will let your contract expire with New balance, which expires in a few months. Therefore, as of June 1, the agreement with the new sponsor, Nike, will become effective. that you saw great clubs in England like the Chelsea or the Tottenham, but who wanted to regain ground after gradually losing Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City. In Europe you also saw teams of the size of Barcelona, PSG, Atlético de Madrid or the Inter de Milan.last_img read more

Simona Halep goes to the semifinals without losing a single set

first_imgIn simply 53 minutes and with an incredible facility, Simona Halep reached the semifinals of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The Romanian handed over Anett Kontaveit (double 6-1) and reaches the penultimate spherical of the match for the second time in his profession (it’s the eighth amongst all the Grand Slams). It does, as well as, without having misplaced a single set but. He’ll face Garbiñe Muguruza or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Thursday. In opposition to Kontaveit, who sought to be the first Estonian to play the semis of a main, Halep did a easy and complex train of persistence. I await the failure of his rival, irreventant hitter who however didn’t abuse the aggressiveness, however nonetheless fell into the entice of the Romanian, who’s already assured quantity two in the world. Simona broke Anett’s serve 5 instances and granted him a single break choice in a soulless Rod Laver Enviornment, with sunshine and fairly scorching. Now he’s nearer to his third nice title.“It’s a pleasure to play in Australia and I’m very comfortable to be doing my finest tennis to enter the semifinals. I felt nice on the observe, with power in my legs and really centered on every sport, I loved it, “mentioned Halep.Outcomes of the ladies’s crew of the Australian Open.last_img read more

The companies hired by Barça also attacked two presidential candidates

first_imgAs reported on Monday the program ‘Què t’hi jugues!’ of the Chain Being, Barça would have hired the company I3 Ventures to create favorable states of opinion for the club and the current Board of Directors in social networks and discredit their opponents.Following this information, two of the presidential candidates of the club what they have also been subject to this smear campaign, how Agustí Benedito and Víctor Font, already They have reacted. Benedito, who attended the presidency in past elections, He ventured that the club “will respond in court.” On the other hand, the precandidate Victor Font, what will be presented to the elections for the first time, assured it’s a statement that Bartomeu and his Board should “leave immediately” to explain and, in case the facts are confirmed, he believes that club money will have been spent to attack his members and players, what damages the image of the entity and “shames” its partners.last_img read more

Paco: “It is as important to finish LaLiga as its quality, that it is not a single against married”

first_img“The important thing is the people. We will see ourselves immersed in an ERTE and that creates uncertainty” The goal of the season for Paco remains the same and the margin, a little higher than the rest of the teams. Rayo is still pending the postponed match against Albacete. “We are eleven and a half short. Our idea is to get into the playoff and for this we have to try to make a strong start. We came from a spectacular inertia, but that has already been lost and we all started from scratch, “he explained. To achieve this, will they be able to count on those players who end their contracts on June 30?” The pertinent organizations will have to make this clear, but applying the logic, the contracts will be extended until the end of the course “.Paco, Sandoval, Fran Fernández and Ramis agreed in their applause and thanks to all the professionals who have taken a step forward in this coronavirus crisis. “These situations bring out the best and worst in people, but the human being is so stupid that he forgets quickly and surely in five years we will be as stupid as now. Hopefully it will last several generations“the rayista coach concluded. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS YOUR PLAYERS Paco Jémez addressed the hypothetical future that LaLiga holds, during a gathering on-line organized by the coaching school of the Royal Madrid Football Federation (RFFM), in which Sandoval, Ramis, Fran Fernández also participated and which was moderated by Petón. “I have no doubt that the championship will end, I do not think we will reach 2021. You have to find a place to finish it as soon as possible and that other future competitions are not compromised. No problem to play in the summer. Of course, it will be very difficult to do it in front of people. We are getting used to the idea that it will be without an audience. We are concerned about health and we want it to be risk-free if we compete “, started the franjirrojo coach.It would not be Paco’s first experience without spectators in the stands. He already faced it during his time in Mexico at the head of the Cruz Azul. “It was against Veracruz. A very strange thing. Only the screams of the players and coaches could be heard. The essence was missing, which is the people“he recalled and added:” Acclimating to that is more mental than physical. We will have to adapt. When we start there will be no excuses and the set-up will also make us return to routines and put everyone in their place. “Beyond that, the coach knows that he will have his staff to death:” I trust them and I know when I have to squeeze them they will be there. Definitely“center_img “We are getting used to the idea of ​​playing without an audience. We will have to adapt because the essence is missing, which is the people” In addition to the physical is the emotional aspect of footballers. Something to which the coaches attach great importance. In these tough times … the answer is empathy. “We are at your disposal to help you in any way possible. He just caught me like a dog. I have my daughter studying here in Madrid, my mother and sister in Córdoba, my wife and my other daughter is in A Coruña … And the same players, some have their family in another country. And the shit we have on top is so big … that thinking about football is difficult for me now. With this pile of shit around, talking about football can be frivolous for people, “reflected Paco. While the competition resumes or not, all the technicians have sent homework to their pupils in the hope that a set-up can be done before starting. “I know they work at home, they have their planning and material was brought to them. We send them videos to entertain and memorize what they usually do, but the important thing is to care about people and we will be immersed in some ERTE that create uncertainty. When we return we will need almost a preseason. The longer we stand, the more we will need later. I do not get accounts so that the competition has a minimum of rigor …“argued Mr. Rayista.Paco asks for a minimum of three weeks of preseason so that the group can be at the top again. “It is as important to start the competition as it is of quality and we do not see a single against married. Let’s see if the races are going to make us destroy it: it can bring injuries, decreased performance … “, explained the coach, who also spoke about the new problems looming on the horizon:” We are getting into an unknown scenario, playing in summer with extreme temperatures, every 72 hours, without an audience, perhaps without youth squad … Is a fregao where we will go around the cakes as they come to us. Although we will all be in the same conditions. “last_img read more

Lainez’s wink to Rubi: “In FIFA with Betis I am a starter”

first_imgDiego Lainez He hopes that the league championship will resume as soon as possible to try to deliver a jump in his performance at Betis. After a campaign in which he again reflected numerous doubts and was unable to be important in the plans of the Verdiblanco team, the Mexican looks to the future with hope and the certainty of continuing in Heliópolis. During an interview with Fox Sports, he left a wink about his low role under Rubi: “I play FIFA a lot with my friends from Mexico. I choose Betis and I start and score goals.” The winger, who has the support of his mother with him in these days of quarantine, expects a more encouraging outlook on the return leg of the competition. Asked about the Olympics and the option to play, it was clear: “They told me it is a unique experience and I would like to be there. League Final? We want to play it, it is what we want the most because we are an upline team and we hope it will be played. But the first thing is health. “In this sense, the lack of minutes of the player can influence when it comes to being taken into account by the Mexican team in the near future and therefore his future at Betis is in the air. It is one of the pieces that counts the least in the current project and the route of an assignment in the last markets has already been considered. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 9, 2020center_img About Guardado: “He always tries to help me as much as possible. In the absence of my brother here, who is the one who gives me the most advice, Well Andrés is the one who solves doubts for me. He’s always after me. “ Lainez took the opportunity to answer a questionnaire in which he stressed that Messi is his idol and the best “player in the world today and in history. I grew up seeing him.”last_img read more

Bjelica: “Dani Olmo is the best player I have trained”

first_imgNenad Bjelica (Osijek, Croatia, 1971) played in the Albacete, Betis and Las Palmas during the 90s, before going to Germany and Austria, where his career as a coach began. In Zagreb had won two leagues and he was on his way to another before a few days ago, due to financial problems, he had to leave the club.What happened to Dinamo Zagreb?We reached an agreement to terminate the contract. The club, without consulting the squad, had issued an ultimatum to cut the chips and we refused to let it be that much.How can it be that a coach who was on his way to winning his third league in a row and who made history in the Champions League does not follow?It is not logical, because we had achieved things that did not happen there 50 years ago. But I have seen worse things in soccer. Time will tell who is right. I have done my best, I have tried to improve the team and the players individually. We did two historical seasons.And now, what does Bjelica expect?My intention is to train in some of the most important leagues in the world. I think that after 13 years of coaching and 470 games, it is about time. I speak Spanish, Italian, German, English and Polish, in addition to Croatian. That opens many doors for me.How many clubs have called you these days already?(Laughs) When I was training for Dinamo, offers were coming from countries like the Emirates or China. But money doesn’t move me. I want to show my worth in some top-level league, like Italy, Germany or Spain.Like Dani Olmo, for 20 million to Leipzig.Dani Olmo is perhaps the best player I have coached. In two years it has developed impressively. He is a wonderful boy and a splendid person. I recently found a newspaper from March 2019 and there was an interview in which I said that I was sure to debut with the absolute team. And that has happened. Dani is a born winner. Don’t you think you were aiming for a bigger club?I honestly didn’t think he was going to Germany, but it’s his decision. I think that in Spain or Italy his talent could be seen more, but in the Bundesliga he will also stand out, for sure. You will find your way wherever you are, you know what you want in life and you fight to get it.Here at LaLiga we have two of his compatriots, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who do not know where they will be next year.Modric received the Ballon d’Or only a few months ago and continues to play at a good level. You shouldn’t leave Madrid. Rakitic is younger, but I say the same. Maybe not so much this year, but it has always been very important for Barcelona. The same has deserved better treatment. Sometimes a coach comes along who doesn’t count on you, you have to accept it and find the place where you can play the most.LaLiga was his League. Albacete, Betis, Las Palmas … A goal of his with the verdiblancos against Celta served to play a Cup final in 1997. The celestial ones do not forget it either, due to the controversy.Serra Ferrer took me with a 0-0 draw, and I put him in a play in which we decided not to return the ball to Celta, because they did not stop stopping the game. I made a wall with Alfonso and I marked. Then it was the qualifying goal. My memories of Seville are the best, a son of mine was born there. If I would like to train Betis? He has a great hobby and it is a city where one can show his ability.His countryman Davor Suker, who is also from Osijek, also played in Seville.In Osijek we do not coincide, but in Spain we play against each other and in the National Team a game together. Davor is President of the Croatian Federation and I have a very good friendship with him.last_img read more