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Racing 92's players celebrate after winning the European Champions Cup semi-final rugby union match between Racing 92 and Munster, at the Chaban-Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)
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Racing 92's players celebrate after winning the European Champions Cup semi-final rugby union match between Racing 92 and Munster, at the Chaban-Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season. (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season. (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
Mourinho played down expectations of Man Utd challenging champions Man City for the Premier League next season
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
No need to panic over defensive lapses ahead of Roma test, says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
If Roma players notice Edin Dzeko skipping to board his flight to Merseyside with broader shoulders on Monday, it’s a fair assumption he has been reviewing the last 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defensive performance at The Hawthorns. Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon may have authored Roma’s set-piece strategy as much as enacted Darren Moore’s. The habit of snatching a frustrating draw from the claws of a comfortable victory has been a frequent flaw through Jurgen Klopp’s reign, but so rare recently it appeared to be on the point of extinction since Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival. The defensive lapses against West Bromwich Albion were surprising but Van Dijk dismissed the suggestion a renewal of anxiety attacks will be taken into the Champions League. This is a Liverpool team with nine clean sheets in the 16 games since their last calamitous meeting with West Brom in the FA Cup. Van Dijk acknowledged the climax was unacceptable, but felt it wiser to see it as a ‘blip’ rather than revival of a trend. He says any confidence in Rome due to Liverpool’s reacquainting with defensive feebleness is misplaced. Why I'm expecting a Liverpool vs Bayern final “I don’t worry at all,” said Van Dijk. “There is no need to stress. There is no reason to panic. They are fighting for their lives so in the end they are very direct, balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks - and we didn’t deal with that how we should. “Everyone gets upset. No one wants to concede at the last, or even concede at all. The way we conceded those goals is something to be angry about. We need to be honest with ourselves and everyone was. We need to do better. You have to tell each other the truth you cannot be nice and happy when we want to achieve so much as a team as a club. A draw here is not good enough. “We need to keep doing what we did in the last games, recover and focus on Roma now. We need to switch on again and do the same things that we always did. I think we should be fine. It is a massive opportunity to get a good result on Tuesday." Virgil van Dijk preached calm after Liverpool's late lapses at the Hawthorns Credit: Action Images Such were the mitigating factors, namely a back four that had never previously started together, there was annoyance rather than concern as Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah’s goals failed to yield the three points which would have prevented the unwanted extension of Liverpool’s chase for top four confirmation. Klopp was in a sour mood because of substandard refereeing. Stuart Attwell was evidently not so charmed as everyone else by Ings’ ending a three year goal wait, refusing a penalty claim and tolerating a punch in the striker’s chest by Ahmed Hegazi. The Liverpool manager lamented what he called ‘wasted points’, but Liverpool were plodding rather than dynamic and Klopp's biggest concern is leaving the door ajar for Chelsea, who host the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge for the rivals' penultimate game. Prolonged European involvement has cost Liverpool four points from recent games at Everton and West Brom. Ensuring standards are not compromised when competing in multiple competitions is the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution. West Brom must ask themselves why this point did not mean more? How can a side win at Old Trafford and go unbeaten in three games against this Liverpool team, yet finish bottom of the Premier League? It’s rather like completing four London marathons but tripping up every time you try to finish 400 metres. Jurgen Klopp has concerns that Chelsea might steal back into the top four Credit: Press Association “Everyone around me at the club is giving everything,” insisted Moore. “In order to get what we did it is a collective effort and that's why I keep using the words ‘togetherness’ and ‘we’ because that's what we need until the end of the season.” Privately, even Moore must recognise a contradiction. The effort on display here and at Manchester United is commendable, but the notion everyone is pulling together for a final survival push suggests such application was unforgivably lacking when Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were around. It is too late for the Baggies to help themselves, but if Roma score from a few corners over the next two weeks there may yet be an unlikely message of appreciation from their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco.
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Mauricio Pochettino seeks funds for Spurs to climb higher after Cup defeat
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Mauricio Pochettino seeks funds for Spurs to climb higher after Cup defeat
The fact he said it twice, both times unprompted, suggested Mauricio Pochettino wanted to convey a message after watching Tottenham Hotspur suffer their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pochettino responded to questions regarding Tottenham’s failure to get over the line in semi-finals and finals by saying the club needs time “with me or another manager”. He later admitted he could change his policy in next season’s FA Cup and play his kids, even though it could result in early elimination. Tottenham want Pochettino to sign a new £8.5 million contract at the end of the season, but it seems the Argentine wants something other than just a pay rise in return. Knowing that Chelsea would love him to be their next manager, and that he would be near the top of Real Madrid’s list if the Spanish club make change, Pochettino will want to be sure that he is given the tools to keep Spurs moving forwards. Even without a trophy there has been progress once again this season, as Tottenham reached the last 16 of the Champions League and should qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season. But defeats to Manchester City, in the Premier League, and United in the FA Cup, either side of a draw at Brighton, have highlighted that Pochettino needs more depth and quality in his squad. Chairman Daniel Levy was at Wembley to see that three of Tottenham’s major signings from the past four transfer windows, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko, all started as substitutes. Fernando Llorente was not even on the bench. That left 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez as the only signing of recent times deemed good enough to start the semi-final against Manchester United. The Colombian was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s winner. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur player ratings United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled to justify his eye-watering wages, scored his side’s first and had a hand in Herrera’s goal. Marcus Rashford was introduced as a late substitute, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata could not get off the bench – further highlighting the gulf in resources between the two clubs. “The most important thing is we competed against a team that spends a lot of money and have unbelievable players,” said Pochettino. “With a different philosophy, we were able to compete with this team.” But Tottenham’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete on all fronts and the quality of the recruitment has not matched the progress made on the pitch. Wilfried Zaha is near the top of this summer’s wishlist and Levy will be under pressure to deliver him. Like Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris will all be offered new deals, but, like their manager, the players will want to know Spurs are able to push forwards. Tottenham have been linked with Wilfried Zaha Credit: GETTY IMAGES Dele had given Tottenham an early lead from an Eriksen cross, but, after Eric Dier hit the post in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino’s team never got close to scoring again. Kane has understandably looked off the pace since being rushed back from his ankle injury, but Llorente has not proven to be an able deputy so Spurs cannot afford to bring the England striker back slowly. “It’s not easy after injury,” said Pochettino. “Harry needs time to recover his best. He is ok. But, of course, the performance sometimes cannot be what we expect. Harry Kane, the whole season, cannot score every single game.” Kane said: “I feel good. I feel sharp. It's been a tough week for the team. The City game, frustrating against Brighton and obviously frustrating today. “For me personally, can I do better? Probably, yeah. Can the team do better? Yeah. So it's a collective effort. We'll all be disappointed today, as will I. But all we can do is try to secure the Champions League place. Heartache | Spurs' eight successive FA Cup semi-final defeats “There’s obviously a reason why we’re falling short in the semi-finals, or in the big games. So we have to do better. I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly what it is. But it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating personally, it's frustrating for the team. We just have to find our way round it.” On his fitness, Kane added: “No problems. I feel good, feel sharp. We’ve still got four games to go and I’m looking forward to those four games and a big summer ahead.” Having claimed before the semi-final that winning the FA Cup “would not change the lives” of his Tottenham players, Pochettino has suggested he might approach the competition differently next season. Asked if it would make his life easier to field a young side in the the competition and risk getting knocked out earlier, Pochettino replied: “I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time, yes. I agree with you. Maybe yes, next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Serie A: non si fermano Lazio e Inter
Lazio e Inter rispondono alla Roma e continuano la volata verso la zona Champions League. Più convincenti i biancocelesti che travolgono 4-0 la Sampdoria con le reti di Milinkovic Savic, De Vrij e la doppietta di Immobile e agganciano i cugini giallorossi al terzo posto. Un punto più indietro c'è l'Inter che soffre ma espugna Verona battendo il CHievo per 2-1 con Icardi e Perisic. Domenica positiva anche per l'Atalanta che si impone per 2-1 sul Torino e scavalca al sesto posto in Milan. In coda il colpo è del Crotone che vince per 2-1 al Friuli in rimonta infliggendo all'Udinese di Oddo l'11esima sconfitta di fila e trascina anche i bianconeri nella lotta per non retrocedere. Nell'anticipo delle 12.30 0-0 tra Cagliari e Bologna. Stasera la sfida scudetto Juve-Napoli domani a chiudere il turno Genoa-Verona
Virgil van Dijk, right, and Jürgen Klopp agreed that Liverpool will need to pull their socks up when they face Roma in the Champions League.
Virgil van Dijk confident Liverpool will be back to their best against Roma
Virgil van Dijk, right, and Jürgen Klopp agreed that Liverpool will need to pull their socks up when they face Roma in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola's side once again showed why they're the league's runaway winners, putting five goals past Swansea City on Sunday
Premier League Team of the Week: Champions City and Salah lead the way
Pep Guardiola's side once again showed why they're the league's runaway winners, putting five goals past Swansea City on Sunday
Napoli closed to within one point of first-place Juventus as Kalidou Koulibaly's 90th-minute header stunned the defending champions in Turin
Title race on as Napoli stun Juventus late
Napoli closed to within one point of first-place Juventus as Kalidou Koulibaly's 90th-minute header stunned the defending champions in Turin
<p>Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG</p>
Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG

Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG

<p>Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG</p>
Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG

Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG

Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux (AFP Photo/Nicolas TUCAT )
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux (AFP Photo/Nicolas TUCAT )
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Giovani Lo Celso got the winner for French champions PSG in Bordeaux
Goleade per Lione e Marsiglia, lotta per la Champions League infuocata. Pari tra Rennes e Nantes. Il Monaco crolla, vincono PSG, Nizza e St. Etienne.
Ligue 1, risultati e classifica 34ª giornata - Pokerissimo del Marsiglia, vince il PSG
Goleade per Lione e Marsiglia, lotta per la Champions League infuocata. Pari tra Rennes e Nantes. Il Monaco crolla, vincono PSG, Nizza e St. Etienne.
Goleade per Lione e Marsiglia, lotta per la Champions League infuocata. Pari tra Rennes e Nantes. Il Monaco crolla, vincono PSG, Nizza e St. Etienne.
Ligue 1, risultati e classifica 34ª giornata - Pokerissimo del Marsiglia, vince il PSG
Goleade per Lione e Marsiglia, lotta per la Champions League infuocata. Pari tra Rennes e Nantes. Il Monaco crolla, vincono PSG, Nizza e St. Etienne.
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Man City manager Pep Guardiola defends supporters after pitch invasion
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Man City manager Pep Guardiola defends supporters after pitch invasion
Pep Guardiola defended Manchester City supporters for invading the Etihad Stadium pitch at the final whistle, but insisted he would have “no problem” if the Football Association opted to charge the club. Thousands flooded the field after the 5-0 victory over Swansea City and mobbed an elated captain ­Vincent Kompany and full-back Benjamin Mendy, who happily ­celebrated with supporters, while at least one blue flare was set off. It was City’s first home game since ­being crowned Premier League champions last weekend, but the club will face the threat of ­disciplinary action. Wigan Athletic were charged last month after fans invaded at the end of the League One club’s FA Cup victory against City at the DW ­Stadium in February. The FA has ­already written to City to explain why flares were thrown during this month’s derby defeat by ­Manchester United at the Etihad. Guardiola said he would have “no problem” if the FA decided to charge City, but launched an ­impassioned defence of supporters and joked that his main concern was the threat of the grass being damaged. “Football is an emotional game,” the City manager said. “I understand you have to be careful. When they feel they want to share that, they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them, ‘Don’t do that’. If they are happy, I like to be close with the team, too. Hundreds of City supporters spilled onto the pitch on Sunday afternoon Credit: Getty Images “They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing as professionals, as a manager and as football players. We felt that ­today. The fans here were so happy. “Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrated in the stadium. I’m sorry, that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not ­going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them that.” Guardiola, meanwhile, is confident John Stones will be fit for the World Cup finals with England. The centre-half has been ­sidelined for the past month with an adductor problem, but ­Guardiola has not ruled out him returning ­before the end of the season. “He is getting better so hopefully he can play the last games (for us) and reach the World Cup.”
Giovani Lo Celso&#39;s drive earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Bordeaux on Sunday, with Unai Emery&#39;s men on course for various records.
Bordeaux 0 Paris Saint-Germain 1: Lo Celso keeps champions on track for records
Giovani Lo Celso's drive earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Bordeaux on Sunday, with Unai Emery's men on course for various records.

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