For Ighalo, it was an evening of emotion as he paid tribute to his late sister, Mary Othole, who passed away in December aged just 43. The Nigerian striker struck United’s second with Brugge already condemned following the early dismissal of centre-half Simon Deli for an ill-timed audition for keeper Simon Mignolet’s jersey. … [Read more...] about Bruno Fernandes-inspired Manchester United ease into Europa League last-16 with demolition of Club Brugge
In the end this became Mourinho’s biggest win, in his 18th fixture, since he took over as Spurs head coach and he had the delight of not just moving up to fifth place and cutting Chelsea’s advantage, in fourth, to just four points but in getting one over on Pep Guardiola. Mourinho revels in making history, so he became the first coach to beat Guardiola with four different teams: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now Spurs. … [Read more...] about Steven Bergwijn the hero on debut as Spurs beat 10-man Manchester City, who fail to score penalty
Reached the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in their history in extraordinary fashion after losing their first three group matches. Do not make the mistake of resorting to tired stereotypes about Italian teams - Atalanta are progressive and enterprising in possession and top goalscorers in Serie A this season. There is no outstanding individual - manager Gian Piero Gasperini likes to focus on team play - but forward Luis Muriel is a danger and 32-year-old Josip Ilicic is enjoying his highest-scoring season. … [Read more...] about Power rankings: Which is the best team left in the Champions League?
But it was not achieved when they were this threadbare, with Mourinho taking up much of his post-match press conference to bemoan his roll call of injured and tired (why go on about that?) before showing a familiar flash of defiance as to why he retains hope. … [Read more...] about Tottenham Hotspur schooled by RB Leipzig and ‘Mini Mourinho’ but 0-1 defeat could have been worse as hosts left clinging on