21 April 2018 • 7:24pm For a man who says that winning the FA Cup would not change the way in which Tottenham Hotspur saw itself as a club, Mauricio Pochettino looked every more despondent as this FA Cup semi-final started to slip away from his team, and the last prospect of a trophy this season duly expired. There is still fourth place in the Premier League to play for as far as Spurs are concerned, with Chelsea just five points behind, although Champions League football is something they have come to take for granted under their Argentine coach. Should they hold on this will be the third consecutive season in which they make the top four and yet expectations exceed that now, as the absence of a major honour becomes a deficit they simply cannot ignore. On the big day, Spurs fell short once again, playing a semi-final at what is their current home ground against a Manchester United side with an indifferent run of form of late who, nevertheless seem capable of lifting … [Read more...] about Familiar failings for Spurs as Manchester United come from behind to reach FA Cup final
21 April 2018 • 7:14pm Auto update On Off 7:14PM Mourinho questioning Fergie time 7:14PM Why is this No idea why the fudge Wembley Stadium choose to try to drown out the noise of celebrating FA Cup semi-final winning supporters with crap music— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) April 21, 2018 7:12PM Same old Spurs United did a job on Tottenham today. Just as Chelsea did last year. Questions to answer for Pochettino and his players.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) April 21, 2018 7:10PM FULL TIME! MAN UTD REACH THE FA CUP FINAL! That was a brilliant semi-final! What a game! Man Utd started shakily but responded superbly and grew into the match. Pogba and Sanchez proved their worth, Herrera scored the winner, Jose Mourinho has another chance to add to his incredible trophy cabinet. 7:07PM 90 mins +4 Matic goes down with an 'injury' or cramp. The United fans are singing, Spurs look beaten. … [Read more...] about Manchester United come from behind against Spurs to reach FA Cup final
There have been plenty of memorable Merseyside derbies over the years. The 231st and latest such fixture, alas, was not one of them. Goodison saw, well, not very much in way of action on Saturday as a much-changed Liverpool resisted a belated Everton charge to earn a goalless draw. With the fixture in between both legs of the titanic Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, it was a case of job done for Jurgen Klopp. Pulses, however, were hardly racing in the national media. Read More Everton 0-0 Liverpool - Reds reaction Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph writes: “The fixture ended with a familiar shrug of resignation. If Everton can not end their torturous eight year wait for victory against this compromised, blunted Liverpool – a team selected to survive the ordeal as much as thrive - then when? “There was polite applause from the Gwladys Street in recognition of the urgency in those final moments, but the discontent can be consuming. “The … [Read more...] about ‘Van Dijk giving Liverpool defence the assurance it has lacked’
Jonathan Liew is joined by Miguel Delaney and Duncan Alexander from Opta to discuss the weekend’s football action and looking ahead to Liverpool vs Manchester City in the Champions League. They also analyse the competitiveness of the Premier League, and Alan Pardew, after he was sacked by West Brom. Click play above to listen to the latest episode, which is also available on iTunes, acast and all other podcast providers (if the audio is not appearing on your mobile, you may need to view on desktop or download the podcast). And if you enjoy the show then please subscribe, rate and review the pod to help us find like-minded souls. Thanks. Follow the Independent Sport on Instagram here, for all of the best images, videos and stories from around the sporting world. More about: The Independent Football Podcast … [Read more...] about The Indy Football Podcast: How competitive is the Premier League?
0 Have your say It remains one of Yorkshire’s most popular sports but is rugby league about to be reinvented by the father-and-son who have transformed snooker, boxing and darts? Chris Burn reports. In the 22 years since rugby league entered a brave new era funded with £87m of Sky money and grand ambitions to take the game out of the M62 corridor and transform it into a continental competition, the sport has gone through plenty of ups and downs, along with numerous further attempts at reinvention. But there appears to be a growing prospect that rugby league may be heading for its biggest transformation since the advent of Super League back in 1996 - which involved a switch to summer matches and the introduction of teams in London and Paris - as the Hearn family who have overhauled darts, snooker and boxing consider doing the same for another sport. Rumours have been circulating for some time about the prospect of their company Matchroom becoming involved in rugby … [Read more...] about Why the first family of darts, boxing and snooker are turning their attention to rugby league