Month: October 2019

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: Rashford untouchable as a pro

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: Rashford untouchable as a proby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed the attitude of Marcus Rashford.The striker again scored in the Champions League win at Valencia.Mourinho said, “I’m always pleased because he always plays on his limits. “He gives absolutely everything and that’s what I demand from players. After that, more quality, less quality, better performance, not as good, but I think that’s the basic thing of a professional and, at that level, Marcus is untouchable because he’s fantastic in terms of his contribution for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Iscoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.AS says Isco is wanted by City – but Real won’t let him go cheap.The midfield maestro has fallen way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu under Santiago Solari and was booed in their recent Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow.City are planning to swoop in January, with Pep Guardiola putting him high on his shortlist as a priority signing.City are said to be readying a bid of around £80m, but Real Madrid will be reluctant to accept anything below €100m. last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeung

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeungby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeung.South Korea insisted on taking to the Asia Cup as soon as possible, which other team mates are reporting two weeks later.Benitez pleaded for leeway, but he will miss the trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day and possibly all the games through January.Benitez said: “Ki will go December 26 and we don’t know when he will come back. Muto will go January 3 after Manchester United. I was trying (for longer), but they couldn’t change.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen open to extending Fortuna Dusseldorf stay

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen open to extending Fortuna Dusseldorf stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has opened the door to extending his stay with Fortuna Dusseldorf.Fortuna are in talks with City about extending the USA keeper’s loan into a second season.The Germans have also spoken with Steffen’s agent about a new arrangement.Asked about the prospect, Steffen told BILD: “I do not know what happens in a year. “I am concentrating on the next games, which are very important for us. But it does not have to be the worst idea…” last_img read more

11 days agoLeicester striker Vardy deletes Rooney from social media accounts

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester striker Vardy deletes Rooney from social media accountsby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy has deleted Wayne Rooney from his social media accounts.Vardy has made the move as he stands by his wife Rebekah during her public falling out with Manchester United legend Rooney’s wife Coleen.Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking stories about her to the national press, something which Rebekah has furiously denied.Although Vardy and Rooney are thought to have been good friends from back when they played together for England, the Foxes striker clearly feels that he cannot engage with Rooney while the row is still ongoing.He has deleted Rooney as a friend on Instagram and also unfollowed him on Twitter.A source told The Sun: “Jamie has always got on well with Wayne, but he won’t stand for having his wife hung out to dry in public like this.” last_img read more

Predicting The Next 5 College Football Coaches Who Will Win Their First NCAA Title

first_imgA CFB coach seen with his face covered. Nick Saban AlabamaWill Saban win another one?Winning a national title is no easy task. Realistically, there are only 10 programs each season that have a shot at winning it all, though that list can look slightly different each and every year. The standard programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State, and the now-obvious addition of Clemson, always seem to be part of that list. Other teams have proven capable of positioning themselves for a title run, too. By now, college football fans are all aware that Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Les Miles and Jimbo Fisher have etched their names in the history books in recent years, and all have a shot at another title run in 2016. But which coaches are on their way to winning their first national title?Here are the next five coaches who will win their first NCAA title. Get Stared With No. 5 Dabo Swinney >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Report: Japan 1 Saudi Arabia 0

first_imgJapan reached the Asian Cup quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive time after Takehiro Tomiyasu’s goal led them to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia.In a game of few chances at Sharjah Stadium, Tomiyasu converted a header after 20 minutes and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side failed to mount a comeback.Pizzi had been criticised for Saudi Arabia’s conservative approach during their group matches and once again they offered too little in the final third to trouble four-time winners Japan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hajime Moriyasu will have been pleased with Japan’s clinical performance, but he will be without Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto against Vietname in the next round after the 26-year-old picked up his second booking of the tournament.【試合終了!#SAMURAIBLUE 勝利!】AFCアジアカップUAE2019 ラウンド16SAMURAI BLUE 1-0 サウジアラビア#daihyo #SAMURAIBLUE #王座奪還— サッカー日本代表 (@jfa_samuraiblue) January 21, 2019Japan scored from their first corner of the game, Tomiyasu taking advantage of Saudi Arabia’s loose marking to rise on the edge of the six-yard box and beat goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais to his right with an accurate header.Saudi Arabia pushed forward and sought a response, but the closest they came to equalising before half-time was a curling Hatan Bahbri shot that flew narrowly past the post.The game opened up after the interval and Bahbri sent an effort bouncing just wide of Shuichi Gonda’s goal just after the hour mark.But even when presented with a free header from eight yards out inside the final 20 minutes, centre-back Ali Hadi Albulayhi failed to hit the target and ultimately Japan progressed without ever looking worried at the back.last_img read more

Rashford: No one believed England could win something

first_imgMarcus Rashford says it is clear that England are heading in the right direction as the Three Lions prepare for the upcoming Nations League semi-finals.Rashford and co. are set to take on the Netherlands on Thursday in the penultimate round of the competition.The Three Lions’ Champions League success comes on the heels of a thrilling World Cup run, one which saw the team make it all the way to the semi-finals before falling to Croatia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Rashford, a member of that World Cup team, says the last year or so has shown just how far Gareth Southgate’s side has come, and how much further they can go over the next few years.“There are signs we are heading in the right direction,” he told the Mirror. “Before the World Cup, we were winning games and playing good football but when it came to games against the big teams – the elite nations we want to be amongst – we fell short a couple of times.”But in this last year we have played Spain and Croatia and managed to get over the line. It shows we are improving.“The World Cup was the start of a journey, rather than the end of an adventure. Because since then we have kicked on. We’ve changed the system but have kicked on.”He added: “If we want to get to our aim of being the number one team in the world, we have to beat the best teams.”England’s next step towards becoming the world’s best team will come on Thursday, when they take on Netherlands with a spot in the finale on the line. With Switzerland and Portugal set to collide in the other semi-final, England are just two steps away from winning the first ever Nations League crown. The idea of being the inaugural winners is one that is vital for Rashford, who sees it as a chance to make legitimate history. “Holland will be tough, but we are determined to do well. Not long ago, back at the Euros in 2016, I don’t think our fans believed we could win something,” he said. “I think that is different now. It’s been a long time since we won something so it would be nice.” He added: “We are approaching this Nations League as though it is a major tournament, 100 per cent. “We want our names to be first in the history books. Who knows? In the future, it could grow into a big, big tournament.”last_img read more

A Top 4-Star Recruit Has Announced His Decommitment

first_imgA generic picture of a football pylon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top athletes in the 2019 recruiting class is back on the open market.Cam’Ron Kelly, the No. 1 recruit in Virginia Tech’s class, has announced a major change to his recruiting process. He’s decided to open things back up.The four-star recruit, ranked the No. 12 ATH in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, announced on Twitter that he’s de-committed from the Hokies.Kelly says he will be taking his time over the next couple of months to make his final decision.Here’s his full announcement:Thank you for everything ! #Hokienation— Cam’Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) July 22, 2018Kelly, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound recruit, is ranked the No. 174 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Oklahoma and Penn State, among other programs, are expected to get involved in his recruitment moving forward.last_img read more

College Football Coach Releases Statement After Being Admitted To Hospital

first_imgColorado State's football stadium.Earlier this week, Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo was admitted to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Bobo was experiencing numbness in his feet, and was told he should have it checked out.On Monday, Bobo announced the move, which comes just a few weeks before the Rams start their college football season.“I recently began to experience numbness in my feet. After our second scrimmage on Saturday night it was determined by doctors that I should be admitted to the hospital to undergo further testing. I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon. I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership in this program, and I have full confidence that they will continue to have tremendous preparation on and off the practice field for as long as I must be away. My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”Mike Bobo has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.The condition affects nerves, and could impact a number of different things, including sensation, and even organ function.On Wednesday night, Bobo put out a longer statement, updating his status.“I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of care, concern and prayers that I and my family have received. Lainie and I, and our children, are extremely grateful for this support, and for the great medical care that I continue to receive.I am currently in the process of a multiple-day treatment for a peripheral neuropathy, and continue to be encouraged by the results of the on-going medical testing.While I have been hospitalized I have been able to remain in close contact with out staff and watch practice film in preparation for our season opener against Hawai’i.I am excited about out 2018 Rams football team, and feel more confident than ever about the quality and commitment of the people in our football program. I am thankful for the hard work, focus and diligence they have continued to demonstrate while I have been away. I also appreciate the support from the athletic department, Joe Parker and Colorado State University. I am hopeful I will soon be back with them working to prepare for our season opener!–Mike Bobo”Colorado State has an early “Week Zero” opening game on August 25 against Hawaii. Hopefully Bobo will be on the sideline coaching his team for that one, but more importantly, we hope to see him in good health soon.last_img read more

A Big 10 Team Is Losing To Kent State By 14 Points

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The first game of the season is here for most college football teams. It’s a time for a tune-up before the meat of the college football season kicks in – at least for most teams across the country.Lovie Smith and the Illinois Fighting Illini kicked off earlier Saturday afternoon against Kent State. Although it seemed like an easy contest on paper, the Illini are struggling.The Big Ten program is already down 17-3 late in the second quarter. Illinois’ offense has struggled to move the ball against the defensive front of the Golden Flashes.⚡️ TOUCHDOWN! Mike Carrigan dives across the goal line for a 28-yard TD! Point after good to make it 17-3, Golden Flashes! 3 minutes until halftime #FlashFAST #MACtion— Kent State Athletics (@KentStAthletics) September 1, 2018It’s not a great start to the season for Lovie Smith and company. Smith was a common name that popped up on “hot seat” lists from around the college football media world entering the 2018 season.If the Illini can’t turn things around in the second half, the voices calling for Smith’s job won’t get any quieter.last_img read more

A Kickoff Time, TV Channel For Penn State-Ohio State Has Been Set

first_imgAn Beaver Stadium awaits game against Nebraska.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: Beaver Stadium is empty before Penn State takes on Nebraska on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)We’re now less than two weeks away from one of the biggest games of the Big Ten’s college football season.Penn State is set to host Ohio State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. on Sept. 29. It will be Urban Meyer’s second game back from his suspension.The game, unsurprisingly, will kickoff in primetime.A TV channel and kickoff time have been set for the Penn State-Ohio State showdown.TV channel: ABCKickoff time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.ESPN’s College GameDay has yet to announce its Week 5 destination, but the pregame show is expected to be at Penn State for this one.The Nittany Lions will be having a “whiteout” for this contest, too.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New Alabama-Missouri Prediction After 1st Quarter

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Who knows how long it will last, but Alabama football is getting a game right now from the Missouri Tigers.The Crimson Tide lead 13-10 and have the ball early in the second quarter, and it is far from time for an overreaction, but ‘Bama has looked a bit more shaky tonight.The Alabama defense has quietly been more vulnerable than in year’s past, especially in the secondary. Drew Lock took advantage on Mizzou’s last drive, with a gorgeous 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Knox.Drew Lock has ALL DAY to throw and finds Jalen Knox for the touchdown!— Missouri Sports Podcast (@MizzouSportsPod) October 13, 2018On the other side, Tua Tagovailoa’s numbers still look good, but the six early incompletions are jarring for him, even if most quarterbacks would sign for his start every week.Tua Tagovailoa had more incompletions in the first quarter tonight (six) than he had in the last two games combined (three).— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) October 14, 2018Even with the close start, ESPN’s FPI has Alabama football as the overwhelming favorite against Missouri.At the end of the first quarter, it gave the Crimson Tide a better-than 90-percent chance to win the game.As the Tide near the end zone, that number is over 93-percent now.Nick Saban will probably be spitting fire at the half, but Alabama fans should still feel pretty good about this one.last_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant To Visit This School Tomorrow

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Earlier this season, Clemson made a change at the quarterback position. Head coach Dabo Swinney benched Kelly Bryant in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence with the hopes of jump-starting a stagnant offense.Since then, Bryant announced his plans to transfer from the program. Immediately following his announcement, several teams entered the Kelly Bryant sweepstakes.Bryant visited North Carolina last weekend and plans to visit Arkansas this weekend as the Razorbacks take on Tulsa. The former Clemson starter already has a relationship with head coach Chad Morris, who recruited Bryant to Clemson when he was the offensive coordinator.Earlier this week, Bryant spoke about his relationship with Morris after the coach admitted he might not be a Clemson for long – to pursue a head coaching job.“He didn’t have to tell me that. He could’ve just told me what I wanted to hear. Just that honesty factor is the biggest thing I grew on and leaned on. The guy is so knowledgeable. He brings so much enthusiasm to coaching … Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like that? He’s all about the players.”Bryant takes his official visit to Arkansas this weekend, but he’s in no hurry to make a decision. Missouri and Louisville have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for the star quarterback.Stay tuned.last_img read more

New School Emerging For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has visited several schools over the past couple of weeks as he attempts to find the right place to transfer to.Bryant, who opted to transfer out of Clemson when Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting QB, has interest from several major programs.Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Mississippi State and North Carolina have all reportedly been listed as transfer options. Bryant has already taken visits to a number of programs.Another major program is emerging, too.Florida is reportedly emerging as a serious option for Bryant.From CollegeFootballTalk:According to, and as had been expected, Bryant will take an official visit to Mississippi State this coming weekend. That will serve as Bryant’s fourth official visit — he took an official to North Carolina this past weekend after taking two unofficial trips to Chapel Hill previously — and leaves him with just one more of his allotted five.The fifth could very well be Florida as Bryant has been in contact with the Gators and is attempting to set up a trip to Gainesville.As a graduate transfer, Bryant will be eligible to play in 2019 regardless of where he ultimately lands.  Next season would be his final year of eligibility.Bryant has one season of eligibility remaining. He’s set to graduate and can play right away somewhere else in 2019.last_img read more

Vegas Computer Gives Updated Texas-Georgia Prediction

first_imgA closeup of UGA VI during a Georgia Bulldogs game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: UGA VI, the team mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, watches on before the start of their game against the UAB Blazers on September 16, 2006 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia defeated UAB 34-0. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Texas-Georgia matchup in the upcoming Sugar Bowl maintains the most one-sided spreads of any non-College Football Playoff game.The line in the Texas-Georgia game still heavily favors the Bulldogs, but there seems to be a growing sense that Georgia is going to run the Longhorns out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.According to updated odds from OddsShark, Georgia has been given even better odds and is now a -13 favorite in the Sugar Bowl. That number is up several points from just three weeks ago, per OddsShark’s line history metric.The current predicted score is now 40.8-26.6 in favor of Georgia, which is also an increase in the predicted points the Bulldogs will score.Texas has not lost a game by 13 points or more since November 4, 2017 in a 24-7 loss to TCU. The Longhorns’ biggest loss of the 2018 season came in the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma, a 39-27 loss.But Georgia consistently managed to blow out their opponents. The Bulldogs beat both Florida and Kentucky by 19 and 17 points respectively, and scored at least 40 points in more than half of their games.The Longhorns, by contrast, scored 40 points or more only three times.Texas and Georgia are set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. E.T. on Jan. 1. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Iowa Player’s Father Has A Great Story About Ohio State Fans He Encountered

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The college football bowl season is nearly at its end. Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday night – their third meeting in the title game in the past four years.With the end of the bowl season upon us, a great story came from an Iowa fan about how a rival fan-base treated him. Perry Hesse, the father of Iowa linebacker Parker Hesse, was in Florida to watch his son play in the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State on New Year’s Day.Hesse said he encountered an Ohio State fan at the resort in Florida, and despite the tense history between Ohio State and Iowa, the Buckeyes fan could not have been nicer.Our resort neighbor was a huge Ohio State fan. Played nice all week and cheered for us in Bowl game. When he left, gave us 2 beach chairs and a bottle of Jack Daniels. So now I’m feeling guilty, can’t sleep, and staring at ceiling thinking Toren Young didn’t need to add late TD.— Perry Hesse (@perry_hesse) January 4, 2019Iowa and Ohio State both found wins on New Year’s Day. The Hawkeyes took down No. 18 Mississippi State by a final score of 27-22, while the Buckeyes survived a late scare by Washington to win 28-23.last_img read more

Clemson’s Week 4 Kickoff Time Announced

first_img The game will be broadcast on ACC Network.JUST ANNOUNCED: It’ll be another night game with 81,500 of our closest friends in Death Valley on Sept. 21, when the Tigers host Charlotte on @accnetwork. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. #ALLIN— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 9, 2019Clemson is out to a 2-0 start this season, as expected. The team didn’t look great in Week 1, but still demolished the new look Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52-14.This past weekend, they hosted Texas A&M in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the non-conference slate, after a classic in College Station last fall. It wasn’t as competitive as even a 24-10 score would indicate.Charlotte is in its first year under former Austin Peay head coach Will Healy, who was hired after a bizarre situation, in which its first choice Mike Houston of James Madison was poached by East Carolina. The 49ers blasted Gardner-Webb in its opener, 49-28. On Saturday, conference foe Appalachian State knocked off the 49ers in a shootout, 56-41.Charlotte hosts Independent program UMass on Saturday. Clemson players run off the field after a forced fumble vs. Furman.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson has a trip up to the Carrier Dome, a place where the Tigers suffered a rare loss the last time they played there. After Saturday’s Syracuse game, Clemson returns home for one of its easiest tests of the year against Charlotte.The Tigers are set to host the 49ers for the first time in the two programs’ history. Charlotte didn’t move up to FBS until 2013.The 49ers have played Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, and Tennessee from the Power Five ranks. Clemson will be by far the toughest program has ever played.On Monday, Clemson announced that the game against Charlotte will be held at 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Tottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play at par with ‘World Cup’ level stadium

first_imgTottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play at par with ‘World Cup’ level stadiumTottenham Hotspur manager said Pochettino the Spurs were “World Cup winners in facilities” as they inaugurated their state-of-the-art stadium yesterday.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 14:28 IST With their new state-of-the-art stadium, Pochettino the Spurs were “World Cup winners in facilities”. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWith their new state-of-the-art stadium, Pochettino the Spurs were “World Cup winners in facilities”He called on players to now perform at par with the World Cup standardsTottenham have yet to win a trophy in the five years since Pochettino took chargeTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed his club are now “World Cup winners” in terms of facilities after opening their new state-of-the-art stadium by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday.Second-half goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs snapped a five-game winless run in the Premier League and moved Pochettino’s side back up to third at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal.The Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham, but victory also maintained a slender one-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea and opened up a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.”Thank you. Today will be remembered for all my life.”#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Pochettino underlined the need for what he believes is the “best stadium in the world” to have Champions League football next season before kick-off.And he called on his players to now perform to the level of their facilities on offer at both the club’s training ground and new home.”Now we are World Cup winners in facilities,” said Pochettino. “Now the stadium is here and we need to be on the same level.”Tottenham have yet to win a trophy in the five years since Pochettino took charge, but have consistently punched above their weight by qualifying for the Champions League despite a more limited budget than their top six rivals.That feeling when you write your name into Spurs folklore…#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019Next week, English champions Manchester City visit in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final and Pochettino wants his side to compete for major honours in the coming years.”We need to start to think about the new chapter, the new era, to ensure Tottenham is a real contender for the big things. With our training ground, this new stadium, you must think big.”We have to behave like a big club for sure. We need to be a realistic contender for big things.” A run of just one point from their previous five league games left Spurs in serious peril of missing out on the Champions League next season.Plenty of work is still to be done in their remaining six matches, but with four of them on home soil, Pochettino is confident they will secure a top-four finish for the fourth straight season.”I am so confident we are going to get top four,” he added. “I think this group of players and of course everyone (at the club) deserve to be in the Champions League next season.”A momentous day.#SpursAreHome #COYS Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019After 690 days since saying goodbye to the old White Hart Lane, Spurs returned home with plenty of pre-match pomp and ceremony with an operatic performance of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” and fireworks before kick-off.Yet, at half-time, they were facing the prospect of dropping out of the top four for the first time since November with Chelsea beating Brighton at Stamford Bridge.And it was an on-loan Chelsea striker who nearly did his parent club a huge favour five minutes into the second-half when Palace’s Michy Batshuayi curled just beyond Hugo Lloris’s far post.Pochettino’s men were left lamenting their luck when Toby Alderweireld’s last minute own goal cost them a deserved point at Liverpool on Sunday, but they had fortune on their side moments later to the huge relief of most of the near 60,000 in attendance.Son’s shot was headed straight down Vicente Guaita’s throat until a big deflection off Luka Milivojevic left the Spaniard completely wrong-footed as the ball rolled into the bottom corner.Harry Kane could not cap a momentous night with a goal, but the England captain was involved Spurs second 10 minutes from time as he broke into the area before the ball fell kindly for Eriksen to force home from close range.Also Read | Premier League: Tottenham inaugurates new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Also Read | Atletico Madrid defeat 2-0 with late goals from Godin and GriezmannAlso Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS LaxmanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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IPL 2019: Jos Buttler 89 scripts Rajasthan Royals victory over Mumbai Indians

first_imgadvertisement graphs Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 22:05 IST (@rajasthanroyals)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on SaturdayJos Buttler hit 89 off 43 balls as Rajasthan Royals chased down a target of 188RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane played a nice cameo to help RR win their 2nd match of the 2019 IPLJos Buttler hammered 89 off 43 as Rajasthan Royals registered a 4-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. This is the second win for Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Chasing 188, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got off to a fiery start before the Royals skipper fell for a 21-ball 37. The Royals were 60 for 1 off 6.2 overs when Sanju Samson joined Buttler in the middle.If Mumbai Indians thought they had a foot in the door, Buttler would go on to dash their hopes with a blazing 89 off 43 balls before falling to Rahul Chahar.\6,4,4,4,4,6. 28 runs off that over! @josbuttler you absolute BEAST! #HallaBol #RR #MIvRR Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 13, 2019Ajinkya Rahane was more aggressive than Jos Buttler as Rajasthan Royals got off to an electrifying start. He hit 6 boundaries and 1 six in a rapid knock but when he fell, Buttler took over and ensured RR never fell behind.Jos Buttler was particularly harsh towards Alzarri Joseph. He hit him for 28 runs including 2 sixes and 4 fours in an over. Buttler fell within sight of a hundred and a rare win for his team in the 2019 IPL.Two days back, Rajasthan Royals had reduced Chennai Super Kings to 24 for 4 before MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu spoilt their night at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.On Saturday in Mumbai, the Royals were far more determined. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock had got MI off to a strong start but the hosts lost their way in the second half of their innings.advertisementRohit and de Kock added 96 for the 1st wicket off 10.5 overs. But Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan fell cheaply. Quinton de Kock fell for 81 in the 19th over while Hardik Pandya played another one of his cameos to take Mumbai Indians to a strong total.With a strong bowling attack at his disposal, Rohit Sharma would have hoped to defend 188. But that was not to be. Jos Buttler came out all guns blazing and shocked 3-time champions Mumbai Indians in their own backyard with one of the gutsiest knocks in the 2019 IPL.Also Read | MI vs RR Live Score, IPL 2019: Buttler in top gear after Rahane exit in 188 chaseAlso Read | Shakib relates to Dhoni’s outburst at umpires: I did the same in Nidahas TrophyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Police rubbishes rumours of possible attack at Wankhede StadiumAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MI vs RRFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Rajasthan Royals scorecard view more view lesscenter_img IPL 2019: Jos Buttler 89 scripts Rajasthan Royals victory over Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Jos Buttler hit a 43-ball 89 as Rajasthan Royals crushed Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. No data available! commentarylast_img read more