Valencia’s passage to the last 16 of the Europa League already seems secure. On a bruising night for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic, the Spanish side cantered towards a victory which should render next week at the Mestalla a formality. That Valencia have superior resource to Celtic is hardly breaking news. Nonetheless, a team normally so ebullient at home were curiously flat and error-ridden. Long before full time it had become a question of how many Valencia were of a mind to score. They settled for two, which barring an unforeseen collapse will prove sufficient. “Valencia are a team that wait on your mistakes,” said Rodgers. “Unfortunately for us, we made too many mistakes. You can get away with it domestically sometimes but at this level if you bring pressure on to yourself, it is difficult for you. We made basic mistakes. If you take them away, there wasn’t a lot in the game.” Progression to the knockout phase from a section which included RB Leipzig … [Read more...] about Valencia and Denis Cheryshev deal Celtic harrowing Europa League defeat
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October, and perhaps 2018 as a whole, will be remembered for one of sport's most difficult days. The 27th of the month was already challenging enough when England and Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle fell gravely ill as he suffered a cardiac arrest on set while preparing for his BT Sport commitments. But later than night came the news which left the country in a state of shock. The helicopter carrying Leicester City's dream-making chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others came down right outside the club's stadium an hour after the Foxes match with West Ham. Witnesses said they saw it just clear the King Power before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball in the club's carpark. Srivaddhanaprabha had two years before guided the club to the Premier League title, widely regarded as sport's more incredible stories. It was announced the next day that the owner and all others on board perished as football was left reeling by the events of that tragic night. The month also … [Read more...] about When Leicester City were struck by tragedy – October 2018 review of the year
ANTONIO RUDIGER is set to return to the Chelsea starting XI for their make-or-break Champions League clash with Lille. The Blues are in the midst of a horror run of form - and have won just ONCE in their last five games, including three defeats. Most-recently, Frank Lampard's side slipped to a shocking 3-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Everton - with their defence once again looking suspect. Chelsea fans have been quick to slam the back-four, with Andreas Christensen copping plenty of flak. With the Blues needing a result at home to Lille in order to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, Lampard might roll the dice on Rudiger. The German defender, 26, has played just once this season due to injury - in the 5-2 win over Wolves - but Lampard recently revealed he had returned to training.While the Everton clash may have come a few days too soon, Rudiger may be rushed back into the team in a bid to solve Chelsea's crisis. LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict West Ham, Man … [Read more...] about How Chelsea could line-up against Lille with Rudiger.. but will German’s return help Lampard’s leaky defence?
TOTTENHAM are looking for revenge as they head to Munich for their final Champions League group fixture. Spurs - then under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino - were humiliated 7-2 by the German champions earlier in the campaign. But after a superb start under Jose Mourinho and qualification already ensured, it could be a cracker in Bavaria. Follow all the latest updates from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium below... Joe Miles4 minutes ago10th December 2019MOUSSA SISSOKO disagrees with manager Jose Mourinho's assessment of his best position. The Frenchman has played in a number of different roles this season for Spurs, including central midfield, right midfield and even right back. He told the Standard: “I haven't spoken to him about [my position] but I saw [what he said]. “He's the manager, so if he says to me to play as a number six or at the front or on the right side, I will do my best. “I know I'm capable to play every role. At the end [against Burnley], I even … [Read more...] about 5.50pm Tottenham news LIVE: Koulibaly £90m transfer target, Muriqi interest, Eriksen expecting ‘pre-contract offers’
Tottenham are going into the season having significantly strengthened their squad but Mauricio Pochettino remains wary of European rivals poaching his players before the transfer window closes on the continent, with Christian Eriksen the main target. The Spurs manager describes himself as “happy plus” after signing Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, adding to the recruitment of Tanguy Ndombele earlier in the summer. But with the window still open in Europe until 2 September, he would not rule out departures in the coming weeks. “Sometimes it’s going to be difficult‚“ Pochettino said. “Any club from Europe can create a big problem. They have many different objectives, different challenges and different thoughts. That is why it surprised me when they decided to close the window in England earlier. It gives Europe the opportunity to create problems here and I think it’s not common sense.” Without mentioning Eriksen by name, … [Read more...] about Spurs ‘vulnerable’ to bids for players from Europe, says Mauricio Pochettino