TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR have reportedly made contact with Jose Mourinho over a stunning move to replace Mauricio Pochettino in North London. The 56-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last December - but is believed to have chosen his next destination. Spurs have struggled this season under the beleaguered Pochettino - suffering humiliating results against Colchester and Bayern Munich, as well as a dire 3-0 defeat at Brighton. And with French outlet Soccerlink claiming that Spurs have made contact with Mourinho, we take a look at how the Lilywhites could line up under the Special One. HUGO LLORIS The French skipper has struggled for form in the last year or two - but at his best remains a remarkable shot stopper. While Spurs should have one eye on a long-term replacement for the 32-year-old who is reportedly interested in a move to MLS, Mourinho could value his leadership and experience in the short term.Lloris is currently out injured with a dislocated … [Read more...] about How Spurs could line up under Mourinho with Atal, Dybala and Fernandes joining Kane and Son in formidable team
Champions League final 2019, Tottenham vs Liverpool: live score Jurgen Klopp is vividly describing the moment his seven-year-old self fell in love with European football. He is conjuring images of audio commentaries, exotic names and venues and a sense of ‘something special’ capturing the mood of cities, nations and continents. “You always knew when the big games were on,” he tells me. “My mum would put me in the bath, put the radio on and for one and a half hours I was there. My skin was done. It is more the legend of the competition I remember – the big German players of Bayern Munich and at that time Borussia Monchengladbach... Rainer Bonhoff, Bertie Vogts, Uli Stielike and Jupp Heynckes.”... … [Read more...] about Jamie Carragher meets Jurgen Klopp: ‘Who connected to Liverpool cannot love what we are doing?
History is not always written by the winners. Manchester United were unquestionably the best team in the land in 1996; they proved it by landing the league and Cup Double. The triumphant return of Eric Cantona, the flowering of the Class of ’92, you can’t win anything with kids, all that … there is plenty to go on. And yet this particular story is not theirs to tell. Occasionally the narrative is dominated by those who fell short – and that year there was clearly something in the air. Germany emerged triumphant at the European Championship, a tournament principally remembered for England’s dreaming, their 30th year of hurt. In golf the green jacket was draped around Nick Faldo’s shoulders at the Masters, the great man’s third win, an achievement back then bettered only by Jack and Arnie, though all everyone has talked about ever since is Greg Norman’s view-through-fingers collapse. And as for the Premiership … On the morning of … [Read more...] about Premier League at 25: the best match – Liverpool 4 – 3 Newcastle, April 1996
For much of an overcast Tyneside afternoon Arsène Wenger wore the dissatisfied expression of a man forced to travel to Europe by cramped budget charter flight rather than first-class private jet. Threatening only sporadically from open play, his slightly jaded-looking Arsenal players did not exactly arrive in the Champions League in style but the important thing is that, for a 16th successive season, they have got at least as far as August's play-offs. With Wenger's team struggling to translate control into goals, winners can rarely have proved more priceless than Laurent Koscielny's scrambled, close-range decider. As the final whistle blew, Wenger, suddenly wreathed in smiles, hugged his staff, players and even Alan Pardew, a managerial rival with whom he has not always enjoyed the most cordial of technical area relations. Seconds earlier the home manager had applauded the opposing bench, a classy gesture that, nonetheless, can only have intensified the pain felt by his club's … [Read more...] about Arsenal confirm top-four finish after Laurent Koscielny sinks Newcastle
World Cup winner Lothar Matthaeus said on Sunday he was one of the greatest players ever to emerge from Germany yet had been shunned by his own country. "In other countries they treat idols differently and I am an idol in Germany," said the former Germany captain, who has coached clubs abroad but never in his homeland. "This may sound a little cocky but after Franz Beckenbauer I am the second most famous German soccer personality around the world. Germany should be ashamed of the way it treats such an idol," Matthaeus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Sunday. Matthaeus, accused of arrogance during his playing days, captained West Germany to World Cup victory in 1990 and had a glittering career at both Bayern and Internazionale but as a coach he has enjoyed little success. The 48-year-old former midfielder has never worked in the Bundesliga or the second division, with German clubs hesitant to offer him a job. He has coached clubs in Austria, Serbia and Israel as well as the … [Read more...] about I am an idol and should be treated like one, says Lothar Matthaeus