Chelsea likely to draw Atleti in Champions League and Spurs could get Barca

first_imgReigning champions Liverpool’s most likely partners are Atleti and Shakhtar Donetsk – with the Blues having a near-15 per cent chance to meet Real Madrid.Man City face a similar fate too, but it’s Tottenham who face the ugliest draw thanks to their pot two burden.They have a 19 per cent chance to face Juve, Bayern or PSG – in what could become a “group of death”.We’ve simulated the 2019-20 #UCLdraw for the group stage, assuming Ajax make it through, for 50 million times, and here are the probabilities for the matches between the teams in pot 1 and the ones in pot 2. pic.twitter.com/nCUnAvCWAo— BayernForum.com (@BayernForumCom) August 25, 2019 CHELSEA, Liverpool and Manchester City are more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in the Champions League than any other team – and it could be Barcelona for Tottenham.One super-fan – Mark Cilia Vincenti who runs the Twitter account BayernForum.com – has run 50million simulations for Thursday’s draw and found who’s most likely to meet who.22 Liverpool and Chelsea could face Atletico Madrid in the Champions LeagueAnd it’s bad news for Tottenham who have more than a one in five chance of landing Barcelona.Spurs drew the La Liga champions 21.56 per cent of the 50m simulations – the highest percentage chance of any team to face anyone.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the only Premier League team to sit in pot two, while Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in pot one.Those three therefore cannot meet Spurs – and vice versa.But that means Tottenham have just five options for teams they can meet from pot one in their group – Barca, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Atletico, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica and Ajax or Lyon join Spurs in pot two.last_img read more

Spurs ‘make Jose Mourinho contact’ amid Pochettino Man Utd rumours

first_imgSpurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t want TOTTENHAM have contacted Jose Mourinho about the possibility of succeeding Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.The Argentine has endured a rocky period of form at Spurs and could be on his way out of North London – with struggling Manchester United keen.1 Jose Mourinho could replace Mauricio Pochettino in North LondonThe Red Devils have been long-term admirers of Pochettino’s work, dating back to his time at Southampton.Ed Woodward considered him for the United post back in 2014, before eventually opting for the experience of Louis Van Gaal.Then the 47-year-old’s name cropped up again two years later – but Woodward went for the pedigree of Mourinho, before eventually replacing the ex Chelsea boss with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And French outlet Soccerlink claim Tottenham have made initial contact with Mourinho amid the speculation surrounding Pochettino – with the Portuguese having been out of work since being sacked by Woodward himself last December.Tottenham have struggled of late, with reports.g about Pochettino’s dwindling ability to motivate Spurs’ stars.The Lilywhites have slumped to a string of embarrassing results this season – being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester, humiliated 7-2 by Bayern Munich – and then well beaten 3-0 by Brighton last time out.The result on the South Coast prompted former midfielder Jermaine Jenas to say on BT Sport that Pochettino had reached “the end of the road” at Tottenham.The shock results have even lead to chief Daniel Levy admitting that the club have players that the manager doesn’t want.And with the ex Southampton manager rumoured to be very interested in taking the Manchester United job – Spurs could turn to former London rival Mourinho.According to Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas, the 56-year-old shunned advances from the French club because he already has his heart set on his next destination – rumoured to be Spurs.LATEST TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut former White Hart Lane favourite Dimitar Berbatov has warned his old side not to sack Pochettino for Mourinho, questioning whether it would actually make the team any better.Ex England boss Sam Allardyce thinks that Pochettino should shun Man United to fight for his Spurs future – claiming that he has a better squad in North London than he would at Old Trafford.Tottenham currently sit ninth in the table, two points above the Red Devils – with both having hugely underwhelmed with poor performances so far this season – and facing an uphill battle for a place in the top four.last_img read more

Coutinho not good enough for Man Utd and bad fit at Arsenal, says Ferdinand

first_imgPHILIPPE COUTINHO is not good enough for Manchester United and would not fit in at Arsenal, according to Rio Ferdinand.But the former Red Devil thinks the playmaker would be a “great” signing for Tottenham.1 Philippe Coutinho is not good enough for Man Utd but would be great for Spurs, according to Rio FerdinandBarcelona are looking to sell the Brazilian – who they bought for £142million from Liverpool in 2018 – and a return to the Premier League seems on the cards.The midfielder is on loan at Bayern Munich, though the German champions are said to be uninterested in making the move permanent at the end of the season.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsArsenal, Spurs and United are said to be interested in bringing the 27-year-old back to England but Ferdinand thinks he would only suit the blue and white half of North London.Speaking in an Instagram Q and A on Monday, he said: “At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left he hasn’t really done it.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATES“He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern.“I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving.”Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him, he needs that.”Despite his recent struggles, Ferdinand thinks Coutinho would flourish again if he was playing under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsHe added: “I would have said Man Utd before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now. Would he improve Spurs?”Yes he would, 100 percent. People like Kane, Dele, Son etc. all feed off someone like him.“I think he would be a great addition to Spurs’ squad. Arsenal he would definitely improve them, but where does he play in their system?”They’ve got Ozil. I like Ozil if he is played well.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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 him“Barely any team can afford him where he would fit in. He wouldn’t fit into City, Liverpool, not any teams like that.“Would he be a good addition, yes? Not Man United though, and he played for Liverpool so it is a difficult one. The rivalry is mad.”Bayern paid Barca £7m to loan the ex-Anfield hero for the season and despite nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances, theBundesliga champions are not willing to meet the £100m asking price to sign him.Inside Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s coronavirus lockdown as kids do home exerciselast_img read more

Rugby league star Andrew Fifita shares despair, redemption in Christchurch

first_imgThe 27-year-old NRL prop for the Cronulla-Sharks arrived in Christchurch from Sydney with his wife, Nikki,​ and two young children on Wednesday morning.Fifita, who is Tongan and Aboriginal, was invited to speak to whanau in east Christchurch ahead of a Pacific Series 2016 tournament at Wainoni Park on November 11 and 12. Fifita did not hold back as he talked candidly about his upbringing in a state house in Western Sydney, his “troubled teenage life”, the harsh realities of his professional football career, battles with weight gain and his descent in to depression. Starting out with the West Tigers on $1500 a month, Fifita said eking out a meagre income with a cupboard full of two-minute noodles and corned beef was easy compared to the pressure to perform on the field.”I never realised how much pressure you come under in first grade, you’re called an elite athlete for a reason.”In 2013, he enjoyed a golden year, including getting married, playing a record 39 games, being selected for Australia and winning the Rugby World League Cup.The following year started with a deep sense of emptiness, despite his previous accomplishments, and it “went down hill from there”, he said.The tipping point was a minor altercation over a photo during a night out on the Gold Coast with friends and his two brothers in October 2014.”I went back to the hotel room and had it out with my brothers and just . . . life was over. I’d had enough.”He launched himself out the window of a multi-storey building, but was caught by a friend before he fell.”My brother said ‘what’s wrong?’ and I just leaped out of this window. I just did not care, I really did not.”I couldn’t handle this pressure from football any more. I was too big and too strong to ask for help.”Despite the frightening episode, Fifita did not take action to address his mental state after returning to Sydney.His twin brother, David, eventually asked police to arrest Fifita and take him to a psychiatric hospital.”He just kept crying and crying and he said ‘look, you’re my brother and I love you and I can’t see that ever again’.”It was the start of his recovery and he later returned to hospital for a second time voluntarily. “You may be the biggest, you may be the strongest in league, you may be the smallest, but it takes the one with the biggest heart to ask someone, if you’re in need get some help.”Like I said, it ain’t weak to speak.”Northland rugby player Kurt ​Davies also spoke about his experience of depression, saying not “fulfilling his potential with his sport” led him to doubt his own worth and consider suicide. “Through my struggles I’ve learned a lot and I’m here to help prevent it because the holes it leaves in families is heart-breaking.”last_img read more

Lewas confident to take Gold

first_imgThe Lewas are the reigning East Asia Pacific (EAP) women’s champions and without a doubt are gold medal favourites.“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,”“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” said Maha.Lewas captain, Pauke Siaka she was excited and confident leading the inaugural PNG women’s cricket team to compete at the Games.“We have played against the teams from the Pacific such as Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Cook Islands and we have beaten them in the International Cricket Council (ICC) international fixtures in previous years, thus we are very keen as a team to maintain our title as champions of the Pacific. “I have played with the PNG Lewas since making my debut in 2008 and making my way to be selected as the captain is such an honour for me and I have faith in leading the PNG women’s cricket team with one aim in the Pacific Games and that is to win gold,”last_img read more

Gurias lead 16-8 at break

first_imgThe Gurias went on the attack minutes from kick off and got their first chance to get points on the board after a Lions player was penalized for a high shot.But the kick from Watson Boas hit the post and bounced favorably back to the Gurias who spread the ball out to wing for John Ragi Junior to score.The kicking duties were handed to Jason Missian who added the extras.The Lions registered their first points from the boot of Enoch Sine who converted a penalty from right in front of the posts. But the Gurias responded right away when a good run metres out from the try line by Pidi Tongap saw him offload to Nelson Daplen to cross over.Missian added two more points from the kick for the Gurias to lead 12-2.The Gurias pace and ability to spread the ball out to wing quickly allowed them more points when center Edward Goma shrugged off five Lions defenders to score.Missian could not make it three from three with his kick sailing away to put the score at 16-2.Right from the restart is where the Lions hit back.A dropped ball allowed Brian Gispe to pick up and run 50 metres to score.The conversion from Sine was successful to put the Lions back in contention.This gave the Lions more confidence as they denied the Gurias more chances to score.last_img read more

Gurias coach: Win came from a much improved performance

first_img“We played better than in round 1 where we only beat the EPG Mioks by 6-2,”said Nightingale.After three rounds, the Gurias are undefeated sitting top of the table now on 6 points (2 wins and a bye).However, Nightingale says there are still areas to improve on before their next game against the Kemele Hela Wigmen.“Our decision making is one thing we need to fix plus sticking to the game plan which we went away from a bit in yesterday’s game.“We also are still looking to get our combinations right in the halves which is still in the rebuilding stage after we lost our halves to the Hunters.“But our new halfback Stanley Olo is playing well and wanted to prove a point against his old team (Muruks) and he did. He’s a class act,” said Nightingalelast_img read more

Hazard runs out of derby

first_imgThe week of the derby begins announcing a low that was already feared for the Madrid Rea: Eden Hazard. The Belgian, who did not train on Monday with the group but continues to increase his contact with the ball, a good sign, does not reach the meeting against Atlético on Saturday (16:00 hours, Movistar LaLiga). 7 It is not that it is also the French technician friend to rush or risk on these issues, but quite the opposite. His criterion marries especially Hazard’s because on the horizon he expects a capital appointment: the first round with the City, on February 26. Coach, medical services and player They work so that the Belgian is that night with enough rhythm to be as unbalanced as before the injury. Key date: 26-F, in front of the CityThe mishap has been so important, caused by an excessively hard and late entry of his compatriot Meunier, who Hazard has spent 58 days without touching the ball. His reunion with the ball was last Friday, a sample of its evolution, however insufficient to shorten his period of absence so that Zidane has him in the derby. Hazard’s feelings are better since last week, especially since the injury he suffered on November 26 against the PSG became worrying over time. The caution to which the situation forces has caused that nobody in Madrid wants to take any risk, reason why finally the most expensive signing in the history of the club will not be in the Bernabéu before the neighbor. It is still for recovery.last_img read more

Carla: “One of my illusions is to win the Federation Cup”

first_imgHow was your farewell to Australia?I had very robust feelings once I received over Sabalenka, as a result of I hadn’t received a participant of that degree in a very long time. I might have appreciated to consolidate it and see a step ahead. However I didn’t find yourself unhappy as a result of I’m conscious that issues you have got to earn and take benefit of.How did the group behave with you?They knew that I might not return, however there was nothing particular and I perceive it, as a result of there are a lot of stars and for Wozniacki, for instance, it was his final event.What do you want about the event?The whole lot, the public, who lives it quite a bit and needs to see us. The climate used to be good. He had fun and we had been all happier and brisker. Individuals are not nearly as good at the US Open as right here.You performed 12 years in a row in Melbourne, since 2009, how do you price your report?Typically there are accidents and issues that don’t enable you to be so a few years in a event, and in that I didn’t miss an version and solely misplaced as soon as in the first spherical. We’re surrounded by phenomena, nevertheless it is not straightforward to do what we do and it goes unnoticed by gamers who’ve received 20 Grand Slams, 19 and 17 … Collaborating and dropping quickly have no idea something or little, however personally I actually admire being , as a result of he misses himself in occasions of harm.Do you assume that another Spanish participant, Garbiñe Muguruza, for instance, can play 12 occasions in a Grand Slam such as you?I might love to play many extra years as a result of he has quite a bit of tennis to give us and I’ve quite a bit of love.What is your legacy, what do you allow to tennis?Having the ability to be reminded by that setback to one hand, by that tactical distinction on the observe, that folks assume that I’m a participant who respects or transmits affection in the direction of the teammates, the public and the press … I feel that is one thing that I’ve I used to be in a position to get and I depart very calm for that.Does that feeling of being a superb individual put her even above the relaxation?Let’s see, succeeding is what we prepare and play for. We might all like to win a Grand Slam and be on high. However in addition to sport, we’re individuals and in our day to day there is life. That folks really feel relaxed when I’m with them and make them really feel good, it is crucial for me, as a result of once I retire it is going to be the Carla individual, not the tennis participant and I would like everybody to have the ability to cope with me in the very best method.And what have you ever given him tennis?The whole lot, I’ve been on this for 15 years and tennis has made me what I’m. It has lengthy returned every part I’ve given, with issues I might by no means have imagined. I’m completely grateful. I’ve lived experiences, I’ve traveled and met totally different cultures. With out having been a tennis participant, I in all probability wouldn’t have had that chance.Will it stay linked or will it focus completely on being a mom? At first I would love to relaxation, however I shall be watching, as a result of I cannot deny that I would love to proceed in that world. You by no means know. I can miss him. However I’ve that private aim of making an attempt to be a mom, and if I can journey it is going to be extra difficult. If I might draw every part, I might do it in a method and possibly it’ll occur in a very totally different method.He has a protracted yr left with illusions, I suppose, what are they?Being in the Olympic Video games makes me very excited, I might be very unhappy not to qualify. It is a aim that I’ve sufficient in thoughts. It’s very troublesome, however I feel I can return to the degree I confirmed earlier than Sabalenka in lots of moments. I nonetheless have that spirit of sacrifice to prepare myself and take a look at to obtain issues and win some extra title. However my important goal is the Video games.And what about the new closing section of the Federation Cup?I might love to, though the tie is very difficult. One of my illusions is to win a Federation Cup, though in some moments we now have lacked dedication, however we now have tools to obtain it.All through his profession he has seen and met many gamers. If I had to make a great workforce, what wouldn’t it be?Halep would all the time be … Errani, Penetta, Mladenovic, many by recreation and likewise by sympathy, as a result of with them I’ve an important private connection. Serena (Williams), of course, is a separate, unsurpassed case. In boys, I like Andy Murray, though I didn’t have a lot cope with him; Monflis, Fabio (Fognini), Tsonga … I appreciated to see him and with some I’ve particular remedy. Of the Spaniards, Rafa (Nadal) for all that he exhibits us; and David Ferrer, with whom I performed a combined in a Video games with nice closeness regardless of every part I had achieved. Of the women, I stick with Anabel Medina, who helped me quite a bit in my beginnings, Arantxa Parra, Lourdes Dominguez … and Garbiñe, which has a gap in my coronary heart.Would you want to say goodbye by enjoying doubles with somebody?I might have achieved it if I had been very excited. David Marrero, who is a canary like me, has supplied to play collectively in combined video games, and possibly we’ll attempt it in some Grand Slam. I’ve been in a position to ball with Bautista, with Ramos … There are lots of tournaments and hours to fulfill these illusions, as a result of private relationships are very shut.After you, who is an important reference, and Muguruza, what future do you see in Spanish girls’s tennis?Don’t idiot anybody, we shouldn’t have a big quarry. Bolsova and Badosa may give struggle a few years and I don’t need to depart anybody. I might have appreciated the Spanish Federation to have a barely higher undertaking to take benefit of all the Spanish tennis tradition as a lady and that there is no hole. I keep in mind being in important cadres with six or seven women and now we’re three or 4. I want it was not so sluggish, though it is not straightforward.How about engaged on one thing like that?Sure, let’s see. It is straightforward to say and really troublesome to get Spanish amongst the finest in the world, however I say it as a result of I imagine that in Spain there are sufficient means for girls’s tennis to have extra pull.last_img read more

The rotation has a limit

first_imgThe Cup has been James’s opportunity. He has not yet played a single minute in the League after recovering from his injury (yes 13 ‘in the semifinal of the Super Cup against Valencia), but in the KO tournament he has started all three games. The Colombian has left samples of its quality, but intermittently, perhaps afflicted by the lack of pace. The shallow closet bottom in the center of the field and the variety of systems that Zidane has used (with drawings with five of the six means of the template) can open doors, but it has to catch the tone. He barely gave 19 passes for the 35 Modric tried after replacing him. Something former for a distinguished player in the art of the pass.A case similar to James in his performance but opposite in terms of the ease of having opportunities in the future is that of Brahim The Malaga was revulsive in Salamanca when he replaced Bale. He provoked the second goal, scored the third to sentence the game and brought danger to the goal of Unionistas. In Zaragoza he had less than 20 minutes, but participated in the fourth goal with the previous pass to Carvajal for the side assistance to Benzema. Two actions from the bench that earned him the title before the Real. Although he attended Marcelo in 1-3, he tiptoed through the match. He suffers the overbooking of players in attack and is, together with Mariano (44 ‘) with the exception of the injured Asensio, the player who has played the least minutes (170’). Ahead, the loan Odriozola (434 ‘) and Nacho (640’). It has a lot of competition to enjoy more minutes and the Cup window has already vanished. Areola was erected at the beginning of the season as a great hope for the goal against the bad time of Courtois. His performance against Osasuna and his appearance in the quite against Bruges for the stomach problems of the Belgian squid in the Bernabéu. But after recovering Thibaut his best level, the debate in the goal was extinguished and the former PSG was relegated to the role of substitute. Before the Real, Areola conceded as many goals as Courtois in the last eleven games played by 13. His clearance centered on Isak’s shot facilitated Real’s first goal and barely made a stop throughout the game. A small baggage to question a great Courtois. Without the Cup, and with a somewhat more spaced calendar than normal (at most, 23 games in 111 days), the opportunities are closed. The left side was one of the latent debates of the season. In the last weeks, Zidane’s decisions and performance had put Mendy ahead of Marcelo. The Copa match will not doubt the coach’s commitment to the former Lyon. The Brazilian again demonstrated his offensive potential and made the 1-3 that fertilized the hopes of Madrid in the comeback, but in defense continues to suffer the defects that in phases of the last campaign made him lose the position for the benefit of Reguilón. in the cupper engagement at the Bernabéu he lost possession 26 times, the third highest figure of the season in a Madrid player. The record is held against Unionists (46).center_img The rotations did not work this time for Zinedine Zidane. The Madrid coach introduced seven variants against the league derby against Atlético. The future of the party revealed that some of the changes did not work. The team missed the presence of Casemiro, but in all the lines there were players who lost an opportunity to present their candidacy to fight for a place in the eleventh gala.last_img read more