Empezó la Champions League

Con los duelos eliminatorios para pasar a la ronda de grupos arrancó la Champions

Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
Demi Tiket Liga Champions, Chelsea Tidak Boleh Pikirkan Masa Lalu
Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
The International Champions Cup is shown as Liverpool soccer fans listen during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The International Champions Cup is shown as Liverpool soccer fans listen during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The International Champions Cup is shown as Liverpool soccer fans listen during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Matthew Austen, left, receives a jersey from former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, right, during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Matthew Austen, left, receives a jersey from former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, right, during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Matthew Austen, left, receives a jersey from former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, right, during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte, N.C. mayor Vi Lyles, left, tries on a jersey from former Liverpool soccer star Sami Hyypia, right, as former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, center, looks on during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte, N.C. mayor Vi Lyles, left, tries on a jersey from former Liverpool soccer star Sami Hyypia, right, as former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, center, looks on during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte, N.C. mayor Vi Lyles, left, tries on a jersey from former Liverpool soccer star Sami Hyypia, right, as former Borussia Dortmund soccer star Patrick Owomoyela, center, looks on during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Liverpool F.C. will play Borussia Dortmund on July 22, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the International Champions Cup. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
Demi Tiket Liga Champions, Chelsea Tidak Boleh Pikirkan Masa Lalu
Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
Demi Tiket Liga Champions, Chelsea Tidak Boleh Pikirkan Masa Lalu
Chelsea memiliki empat laga untuk mengejar Tottenham.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Monaco's coach Leonardo Jardim waits for the start of their Champions League group G soccer match against Besiktas at the Besiktas Park stadium in Istanbul. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. An outside bet, but Jardim’s stock has risen since after turning Monaco into a French champion and a Champions League semifinalist last season, playing an attacking brand of soccer that would be appreciated at Arsenal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Monaco's coach Leonardo Jardim waits for the start of their Champions League group G soccer match against Besiktas at the Besiktas Park stadium in Istanbul. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. An outside bet, but Jardim’s stock has risen since after turning Monaco into a French champion and a Champions League semifinalist last season, playing an attacking brand of soccer that would be appreciated at Arsenal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Monaco's coach Leonardo Jardim waits for the start of their Champions League group G soccer match against Besiktas at the Besiktas Park stadium in Istanbul. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. An outside bet, but Jardim’s stock has risen since after turning Monaco into a French champion and a Champions League semifinalist last season, playing an attacking brand of soccer that would be appreciated at Arsenal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers shouts on the sidelines during their Champions League Group B soccer match against Paris St. Germain the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation at Celtic, where he is on course to win the domestic treble for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers shouts on the sidelines during their Champions League Group B soccer match against Paris St. Germain the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation at Celtic, where he is on course to win the domestic treble for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers shouts on the sidelines during their Champions League Group B soccer match against Paris St. Germain the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation at Celtic, where he is on course to win the domestic treble for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, Bayern Munich's coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during a media conference at Parc des Prince stadium ahead of their Champions League soccer match against Paris Saint Germain in Paris. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Whenever a vacancy arises at a top European club, Ancelotti’s name is mentioned - and for good reason. The 58-year-old Italian has won league titles in four different countries - Italy, England, France and Germany - and won the Champions League with AC Milan and Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, Bayern Munich's coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during a media conference at Parc des Prince stadium ahead of their Champions League soccer match against Paris Saint Germain in Paris. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Whenever a vacancy arises at a top European club, Ancelotti’s name is mentioned - and for good reason. The 58-year-old Italian has won league titles in four different countries - Italy, England, France and Germany - and won the Champions League with AC Milan and Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, Bayern Munich's coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during a media conference at Parc des Prince stadium ahead of their Champions League soccer match against Paris Saint Germain in Paris. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Whenever a vacancy arises at a top European club, Ancelotti’s name is mentioned - and for good reason. The 58-year-old Italian has won league titles in four different countries - Italy, England, France and Germany - and won the Champions League with AC Milan and Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
FILE - In this Friday, May 26, 2017 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Arsenal has reportedly made informal contact with Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona coach who led the Spanish team to the La Liga-Copa del Rey-Champions League treble in his first season there in 2015 and a domestic league-and-cup double the following year. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
FILE - In this Friday, May 26, 2017 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Arsenal has reportedly made informal contact with Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona coach who led the Spanish team to the La Liga-Copa del Rey-Champions League treble in his first season there in 2015 and a domestic league-and-cup double the following year. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
FILE - In this Friday, May 26, 2017 file photo, FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique attends a press conference at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Arsenal is looking for a new manager for the first time this century after Arsene Wenger on Friday, April 20, 2018 announced his decision to leave his role at the end of this season. Arsenal has reportedly made informal contact with Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona coach who led the Spanish team to the La Liga-Copa del Rey-Champions League treble in his first season there in 2015 and a domestic league-and-cup double the following year. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
<p>Llegó al Manchester United en noviembre de 1986 y se despidió al final de la temporada 2012-13.<br><br>Títulos con el Man. Utd: Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13), FA Cup (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04), League Cup (1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10), Community Shield (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), Champions League (1998–99, 2007–08), Recopa de la UEFA (1990–91), Supercopa de Europa (1991), Intercontinental (1999), Mundial de Clubes (2008). (Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport/Getty Images) </p>
Sir Alex Ferguson – 27 años

Llegó al Manchester United en noviembre de 1986 y se despidió al final de la temporada 2012-13.

Títulos con el Man. Utd: Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13), FA Cup (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04), League Cup (1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10), Community Shield (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), Champions League (1998–99, 2007–08), Recopa de la UEFA (1990–91), Supercopa de Europa (1991), Intercontinental (1999), Mundial de Clubes (2008). (Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport/Getty Images)

<p>Llegó al Manchester United en noviembre de 1986 y se despidió al final de la temporada 2012-13.<br><br>Títulos con el Man. Utd: Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13), FA Cup (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04), League Cup (1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10), Community Shield (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), Champions League (1998–99, 2007–08), Recopa de la UEFA (1990–91), Supercopa de Europa (1991), Intercontinental (1999), Mundial de Clubes (2008). (Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport/Getty Images) </p>
Sir Alex Ferguson – 27 años

Llegó al Manchester United en noviembre de 1986 y se despidió al final de la temporada 2012-13.

Títulos con el Man. Utd: Premier League (1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13), FA Cup (1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04), League Cup (1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10), Community Shield (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), Champions League (1998–99, 2007–08), Recopa de la UEFA (1990–91), Supercopa de Europa (1991), Intercontinental (1999), Mundial de Clubes (2008). (Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport/Getty Images)

<p>Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.<br>Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Foto: AP </p>
Foppe de Haan – 17 años

Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.
Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Foto: AP

<p>Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.<br>Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Getty Images </p>
Foppe de Haan – 17 años

Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.
Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Getty Images

<p>Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.<br>Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Getty Images </p>
Foppe de Haan – 17 años

Entrenador del SC Heerenveen: 1985–1988, 1992–2004 y 2015−2016.
Logros con el SC Heerenveen: ascenso a la Eredivisie en 1993 y en 2000 clasificó a la equipo para la Champions League por primera vez en la historia del club. Getty Images

Sevilla e Barcelona se enfrentam na final da Copa do Rei
Para esquecer a Champions! Sevilla e Barcelona decidem a Copa do Rei
Sevilla e Barcelona se enfrentam na final da Copa do Rei
It gives life to mornings.
Breakfast Mac & Cheese Is The True Breakfast Of Champions
It gives life to mornings.
It gives life to mornings.
Breakfast Mac & Cheese Is The True Breakfast Of Champions
It gives life to mornings.
It gives life to mornings.
Breakfast Mac & Cheese Is The True Breakfast Of Champions
It gives life to mornings.
It gives life to mornings.
Breakfast Mac & Cheese Is The True Breakfast Of Champions
It gives life to mornings.
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don&#39;t think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United face up to next season's challenge of matching city rivals' gold standard
Jose Mourinho has his shot at reaching a second FA Cup final of his long career at Wembley on Saturday although on a landmark day for English football it was hard for him to keep his thoughts straying from the challenge that awaits him next season at Manchester United. This semi-final sees him hunting his 21st major trophy and now, with Arsene Wenger’s pending departure, Mourinho is the senior figure at the top of the table clubs, older than all the other four current managers of the big six excluding Arsenal. Perhaps it was the departure of an old rival but speaking at a London hotel ahead of the game at Wembley he was left wondering whether his new rival, Manchester City, could be caught at all next season. Mourinho was asked a general question about whether the consistency of his team could be improved after that comeback against City was followed by defeat at West Bromwich Albion and a performance somewhere in between at Bournemouth. He immediately responded with the question that it would depend on “what the direct opponents do”. “One of the reasons related to your question - you don’t win a title, is it a failure or not? - it depends on your opponents,” he said. “I was champion in Spain [in 2012] with 100 points and Barcelona had 91 points. Was that a failure for Barcelona? I don’t think it was, but the other guys had 100 points. “In this Premier League, many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool. But it was impossible because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that make it impossible for you … can you say the three [semi-final] teams who do not win the FA Cup are going to fail? It is too harsh. Praise the winner and we are going to try to be the one.” Mourinho must get more out of his expensive signings next season Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was the follow-up to that which was telling. Would it be impossible to win the title next year if City repeat their dominance? “If they get the same number of points it will be almost impossible,” Mourinho said. “If they get into the 90 something points, it is almost impossible.” Of course, you could make the argument that it is up to Mourinho’s team to stop them, having managed it over the course of one game at the Etihad Stadium this season, and by raising their own standards. Mourinho is not a man who easily suppresses what is on his mind and when he reminded everyone that City scored their winner against Bournemouth in August “in minute 145” it was obvious that there are certain things he has not yet reconciled about this season. “I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points,” he said. “That’s the reason why we were champions three months before the end of the season. We gave no chance to the opponents, which is what Manchester City did. We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it … they were really, really strong. That is why there is no question about who deserves to be champions.” So to Tottenham and their 46-year-old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at an age at which Mourinho had already won major five trophies at both Porto and Chelsea and his first Serie A title at Inter Milan. Mourinho said that Spurs’ targets for the season were not his business. “I don’t know their objectives. I don’t know the way they see their season. I don’t know their targets. That’s not my job.” He was also not prepared to concede that playing at Spurs’ temporary home ground Wembley was an advantage. Mourinho and Pochettino will go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Mourinho reminded everyone that as Inter manager he won the 2010 Coppa Italia final against Roma at their Stadio Olympico, and also that he lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid manager. “When you go to these big moments, with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it [the stadium] is an advantage at all,” he said. His view of Paul Pogba, the player who has divided opinion the most in Mourinho’s two seasons at Old Trafford, was that after three games in which his form has fluctuated, Bournemouth was a return to what was expected. “I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him [Pogba] to be the man of the match in every match,” he said. “I am not expecting him to be phenomenal in every match, because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level is the challenge. That’s obvious. “I think he was phenomenal against City. I think he was not good against West Brom. And I think he was [good] against Bournemouth. Against City you have the two goals where people can say ‘Wow, super-decisive’. But I think he played even better against Bournemouth. Since minute one he was more consistent, more in control of the game. I think he was really good.” His response to whether elimination from the FA Cup and a season without a trophy would be a failure, was a single-word denial. Of course, there was a time when he had a say on another manager’s failure to win trophies, but for now that had all been forgotten.
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says he is ready for the challenge of stopping Manchester City dominating the Premier League. Having overseen another campaign of improvement at Anfield, the German coach is sure repeated title processions at the Etihad can be prevented. “I don’t fear the challenge,” said Klopp. “This year if City plays a normal season – which they didn’t do – then it would be close until the end. United is four points ahead, Tottenham is two points behind or whatever. It’s a real fight for all positions. “I’m pretty sure they [City] will be strong again. It doesn’t make life easier but it’s not impossible to step a little bit higher. “I have to say the job they have done in the last few years is outstanding. They brought together [a group of players at] a fantastic age. Kevin De Bruyne is in his mid-20s, Aguero still going, Sane, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, very young. There’s still a lot to come. They will not stop refreshing the squad. But whatever they do, it will stay possible to beat them, that’s how it is. Why Liverpool have nothing to fear in Champions League “The gap between us and City didn’t happen in the games against them, it happened in the other games. It’s not important how good City will be, it’s about how we can get all the other points, plus the points we got so far, again.” Klopp admitted he would prefer one of his own young stars, Trent Alexander-Arnold, to miss the World Cup in Russia. “I would prefer he have rest but I am not the person who wants to say to Gareth Southgate don’t take him,” said Klopp. “Is he ready? Yes, I think he is ready for a lot of things.” Klopp is unlikely to rest many stars at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, despite the Champions League semi-final with Roma on Tuesday.
Liverpool can challenge Man City for the title next year, says Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says he is ready for the challenge of stopping Manchester City dominating the Premier League. Having overseen another campaign of improvement at Anfield, the German coach is sure repeated title processions at the Etihad can be prevented. “I don’t fear the challenge,” said Klopp. “This year if City plays a normal season – which they didn’t do – then it would be close until the end. United is four points ahead, Tottenham is two points behind or whatever. It’s a real fight for all positions. “I’m pretty sure they [City] will be strong again. It doesn’t make life easier but it’s not impossible to step a little bit higher. “I have to say the job they have done in the last few years is outstanding. They brought together [a group of players at] a fantastic age. Kevin De Bruyne is in his mid-20s, Aguero still going, Sane, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, very young. There’s still a lot to come. They will not stop refreshing the squad. But whatever they do, it will stay possible to beat them, that’s how it is. Why Liverpool have nothing to fear in Champions League “The gap between us and City didn’t happen in the games against them, it happened in the other games. It’s not important how good City will be, it’s about how we can get all the other points, plus the points we got so far, again.” Klopp admitted he would prefer one of his own young stars, Trent Alexander-Arnold, to miss the World Cup in Russia. “I would prefer he have rest but I am not the person who wants to say to Gareth Southgate don’t take him,” said Klopp. “Is he ready? Yes, I think he is ready for a lot of things.” Klopp is unlikely to rest many stars at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, despite the Champions League semi-final with Roma on Tuesday.
Uefa have agreed to address the contentious issue of European clubs fixing higher ticket pricing for English visitors. Liverpool officials expressed their concerns to the governing body following the latest example of an overseas club raising their ticket charges for prestigious games involving Premier League rivals. Now Uefa will commit to establishing a working group to explore how and why there are such startling fluctuations in ticket policy overseas, a situation which is particularly impacting on English fans this season. Liverpool have led the Premier League representation on the matter. Roma are asking £73 from Liverpool fans who travel to Rome for the Champions League semi-final, second leg on May 2. This is a rise of £28.50 since October when Chelsea played in the Stadio Olimpico during the group stage. Liverpool fans will pay a premium to watch their side in Rome Credit: PA It is the second time Liverpool have noted a startling anomaly between the charges incurred by their fans when compared to others. Porto charged Liverpool supporters three times the price being asked of home fans when the teams met in the last 16. It cost 75 euros for those who made the trip to Portugal. Manchester United supporters have similarly suffered. When they played Sevilla in the last 16, the Spanish club increased the match ticket to £35 compared to their group games. United responded by increasing the price for the Spanish visitors to Old Trafford, using the profits to subsidise the extra cost of their own away fans. Arsenal fans are also being told to pay more than their Spanish rivals in the Europa League. Atletico Madrid are charging £79 for a ticket for the second leg of their semi-final. Atletico fans heading to The Emirates will pay £36.50. England&#39;s European representatives will welcome Uefa involvement as they seek a fairer, more transparent and less whimsical means of setting ticket prices for away fans.
Uefa agree to investigate ticket prices for travelling fans of English clubs in Europe
Uefa have agreed to address the contentious issue of European clubs fixing higher ticket pricing for English visitors. Liverpool officials expressed their concerns to the governing body following the latest example of an overseas club raising their ticket charges for prestigious games involving Premier League rivals. Now Uefa will commit to establishing a working group to explore how and why there are such startling fluctuations in ticket policy overseas, a situation which is particularly impacting on English fans this season. Liverpool have led the Premier League representation on the matter. Roma are asking £73 from Liverpool fans who travel to Rome for the Champions League semi-final, second leg on May 2. This is a rise of £28.50 since October when Chelsea played in the Stadio Olimpico during the group stage. Liverpool fans will pay a premium to watch their side in Rome Credit: PA It is the second time Liverpool have noted a startling anomaly between the charges incurred by their fans when compared to others. Porto charged Liverpool supporters three times the price being asked of home fans when the teams met in the last 16. It cost 75 euros for those who made the trip to Portugal. Manchester United supporters have similarly suffered. When they played Sevilla in the last 16, the Spanish club increased the match ticket to £35 compared to their group games. United responded by increasing the price for the Spanish visitors to Old Trafford, using the profits to subsidise the extra cost of their own away fans. Arsenal fans are also being told to pay more than their Spanish rivals in the Europa League. Atletico Madrid are charging £79 for a ticket for the second leg of their semi-final. Atletico fans heading to The Emirates will pay £36.50. England's European representatives will welcome Uefa involvement as they seek a fairer, more transparent and less whimsical means of setting ticket prices for away fans.

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