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Jose Mourinho. Image Credits: Twitter
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Breaking: Jose Mourinho Sacked By Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspurs sacked their manager Jose Mourinho today as per reports. Some recent failures like in the UEFA Europa League and weak performance in the Premier League would have caused the sack, as it is understood.

There are no official report or data has been by the club, however, many reliable sources from all over Europe has made the report.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho. Image Credits: Twitter

Breaking: Jose Mourinho Sacked By Tottenham

Spurs are only six days away from facing the current league leader Manchester City for the EFL Cup final and sacking their manager at this moment of the situation raises a lot of questions.

Spurs could not meet much success in any competition under the reign of Jose Mourinho. Even though his reign was short-lived, it seems the English side did not have enough time in their hands to slowly pull themselves up to the ultimate success.

Jose signed for Spurs during last season, with a small transfer amount, and whatever circumstances he had, Spurs finished 6th in the league table.

Fans were expecting to see a better performance from Jose Mourinho’s Spurs this season, but not much improvement was seen this season either. The English Giants are currently stuck in the 7th position with only 50 points in 32 matches. Of course, this is not promising enough to finish the top 4 this season.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho. Image Credits: Twitter

Even on the UEFA Europa League, Spurs faced a shocking exit the previous week. They had a 2-0 advantage over the Croatian Dinamo Zagreb from the first leg, which they completely handed over to their opponents by losing the second leg by a 3-0 margin.

There is a rumor going all around on the world of football that Mourinho was sacked, but he himself chose to part ways with the English side after getting to know of their intention to participate in the European Super League.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho. Image Credits: Twitter

Most of the world of football is showing their disappointments openly after the news of the European Super League broke. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also sounded very disappointed after hearing the news, it is rumored that Klopp does not want to stay at Liverpool either after the news.

After Mourinho’s departure, there is no news or rumor on who could replace him as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspurs. And there is no news on where could the Portuguese manager go. We hope wherever he goes he will do what he does best again.

2018 UEFA Champions League
2018 UEFA Champions League
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Pressure on Valverde as Barca prepare to face Tottenham

Madrid, Oct 2: The pressure is on FC Barcelona and coach Ernesto Valverde when they play Tottenham in the 2018 UEFA Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday.

Although Wembley has a place in Barca’s folklore after they claimed their first European Cup there in 1992 and defeated Manchester United in the rebuilt stadium to win 2011 final, the trip comes at a bad time with players out of form and Valverde seriously questioned after a poor run of performances and results, reports Xinhua news agency.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Club Bilbao was Barca’s third consecutive Liga Santander without a win and followed a defeat away to bottom of the table Leganes and a 2-2 draw against Girona in the Camp Nou.

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Valverde rotated his squad in all three of those games to deal with the busy fixture list with new signings and fringe players so far failing to convince, but it was his decision to leave Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets on the bench at the start of the game against Athletic which really angered fans.

Anyone who saw Messi’s performances in last summer’s World Cup should know that it is simply impossible for the Argentinean to play every game, but the fact is what he is so important to Barca’s cause, leaving him out is a risk for the coach and by doing so Valverde left himself open to criticism.

Messi will be back in the side in London as Barca look for a result which would give them six points from their opening two group games.

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Busquets will also start alongside Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho in midfield, while Valverde may have to decide whether or not he continues with Ousmane Dembele in attack or decides to play an extra midfielder, such as Arturo Vidal.

Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto are both out injured, so Clement Lenglet and Nelson Semedo will partner Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba in defense.

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Tottenham cannot afford to lose after conceding late goals away to Inter Milan in their first group game and will be without England midfielder Dele Ali.

However, Harry Kane looks to be returning to top form and he and Cristian Erikson often cited as a possible Barca target, will be two of the players Barca need to beware of on what promised to be an epic night in a legendary stadium.

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Danny Rose says he thanked people for helping him overcome depression.
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Danny Rose Pleased with Support he Received Post Depression Phase

England left-back Danny Rose said he is pleased with the support he received since speaking about his battle with depression before the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Rose was depressed because of his slow recovery from injury.

Rose said in an interview in June that he’s passing a bad phase in his life. A combination of the slow progress of his knee injury and some family problems made Rose suffer for a while.

The English defender said his coaches, teammates and even fans had shared their own stories with him to help him relate. Rose told Daily Mirror,

“The reaction I’ve had has been unbelievable. “I was back home in Doncaster over the weekend. My brother plays for Grimsby, and I was at the game [against Forest Green Rovers]. I had two people come up to me at the game thanking me for what I’d said.”

“They had suffered from it, and it had helped them.  [When] I went away with England, there was a member of staff there who’d suffered from it and [they] thanked me as well. It just made me wish maybe I’d done it sooner. Or maybe after the World Cup, but yes, I’m glad I did it in the end.”

Danny Rose
Danny Rose

A news outlet named The Mirror published the original story about Danny Rose, on the morning of England’s pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica. The defender revealed he woke up that morning to some messages from people expressing thanks.

Even England manager Gareth Southgate showed him support and motivated him during his tough times.

“Then that night we played against Costa Rica. And after the game, the manager said that it was one of the best games he’d seen me play. It was as though I’d got a lot of things off my chest.”

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Transfer Latest: Heung-Min Son Signs New Five-Year Contract

Just as Erik Lamela, the South Korea star Heung-Min Son has also signed a new contract for Tottenham on Friday. He has signed a five-year contract.

Son has steadily taken on a more prominent role under Mauricio Pochettino.

The South Korea international, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, has pledged his future to the London club until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Son has steadily taken on a more prominent role under Mauricio Pochettino . He has featured  37 times in the Premier League last term, including 27 starts. His 26 league goals over the past two seasons have eased the burden on star striker Harry Kane and helped Spurs to consecutive top-three finishes.

Son became the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history with the winner against Crystal Palace last November. He surpassed the tally of 19 set by former Manchester United man Park Ji-Sung.

An international since 2010, Son scored twice for South Korea at the recent World Cup in Russia. He opened his account in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Group F. The second came in stoppage time of a famous 2-0 victory over Germany. The win also confirmed the reigning champions’ shock early exit from the tournament.

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Son joins Kane and Pochettino in agreeing fresh terms at Spurs since last season. Pochettino signed a five-year contract in May, while Kane’s new six-year deal was confirmed last month.

Fresh from securing Champions League football for next season, Tottenham will return to North America for their pre-season tour. Spurs join fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool in competing in this year’s iteration of International Champions Cup.

Tottenham kick off their pre-season preparations with a meeting with Roma in California on July 26. After that, they will be taking on Barcelona on July 29.

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Transfer Latest: Erik Lamela Signs New Four-Year Contract

Argentinian play-maker Erik Lamela has signed a new four-year contract committing his future to Tottenham to 2022.

Injury prone Lamela has passed the last few seasons with injures.

The Argentina international has suffered deeply with injuries over the past few seasons. . But after missing more than a year with a hip problem he returned to the Spurs team for the second half of 2017-18. He made 22 Premier League appearances as Mauricio Pochettino’s men took third place behind Manchester City and United.

Lamela then spent over a year on the sidelines because of a reoccurring hip injury. And, the player is currently happy to stay in Spurs and continue his future at this club.

Now he has extended his stay at White Hart Lane for four more years after putting pen to paper on a fresh deal on Friday.

Tottenham posted on their official website:
“We are delighted to announce that Erik Lamela has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2022, The 26-year-old joined the Club from AS Roma in 2013 and has since scored 23 goals in 154 appearances in a Spurs shirt.”

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“Erik made his comeback from injury last November when he came on as a substitute against Leicester City and went on to make 33 appearances in the 2017/18 season, scoring four goals including a brace in the 5-4 victory on the final day of the season against the Foxes at Wembley Stadium. The attacking midfielder also has 23 caps and three goals at international level for Argentina since making his debut in 2011.”

Lamela signed on the same day that South Korea’s World Cup star Son extended his own contract with Spurs.  The 26-year-old will stay at the club until 2023 after becoming a key part of Pochettino’s first team in recent seasons.

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Manchester United beat Tottenham to reach FA Cup final

London, April 22: Ander Herrera scored the winner as Manchester United advanced into a record-equalling 20th FA Cup final at the expense of Tottenham at Wembley Stadium here.

Spurs on Saturday suffered their eighth successive defeat in the FA Cup semifinals and left manager Mauricio Pochettino to continue to wait for his first trophy in the north London club, Xinhua news agency reported.

England forward Dele Alli put Tottenham ahead after only 11 minutes, sliding home a finish from Christian Eriksen’s cross.

Jose Mourinho’s side levelled on 24 minutes when Alexis Sanchez rose high to head Paul Pogba’s cross past Spurs keeper Michel Vorm.

The former Arsenal striker created the winner in the 62nd minute, holding off Kieran Trippier and sending the ball into the box where Jesse Lingard set up Herrera for a low finish.

Mourinho, who lifted the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at Manchester United last term, was delighted after the match. “We deserve it. If we split the match into periods we were the best team for many of these periods. Even when they had the ball when we were winning we were totally in control.”

Pochettino said: “I think every defeat is bad. It’s difficult to accept but of course we are disappointed we are out and cannot achieve the final.

“We competed but not enough to win. We dominated the first half and were much better than Manchester United.

“To win a trophy when you face a side like Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City is not easy. But the most important thing is we are able to compete.” 

Manchester United will fight for the FA Cup title against the winner of the other semifinal between Chelsea and Southampton, which will be played on Sunday.

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‘Tottenham must beat Juventus in Champions League’

Turin, Feb 12: Despite being a young and inexperienced side in the Champions League, Tottenham must overcome Italian football giants Juventus on Tuesday to proceed further, said the English club striker Fernando Llorente.

Llorente, 32, also said defeating current European Champions Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League has bolstered the confidence of his team.

“We are a young side, but we’re growing and have already beaten Real Madrid this season. We dream of going all the way and know that to achieve that, we must beat the best, starting from Juventus,” the striker was quoted as saying by Football Italia.

“The Champions League is a strange tournament, as anything could happen. The same goes for Juve: if they get past us, they can triumph in this tournament,” Llorente who made 66 appearances for Juventus from 2013 to 2015 added.

The Spaniard said their star striker Harry Kane has been in phenomenal form for the past few seasons.

He also said the Englishman is as professional as star Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.

“It’s difficult because he (Harry Kane) is one of the best in the world. He scored 56 goals in a calendar year, more than Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Llorente said.

“Kane is the complete striker, very good with his back to goal and can find the net out of nowhere. 

“He has a radar in his mind that shows him where the goal is. Harry is also super professional, much like Chiellini,” he opined.

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Premier League Team Of The Week (Match Day 30): Dominated By Crystal Palace And Liverpool Stars

The Premier League was back in town after the international break and there was plenty for the fans to savor in what was a tiring weekend of action between the best teams in the country.

While Arsenal and Manchester City played out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by the Baggies, making some changes at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea fell to a surprising loss to Crystal Palace at home but the Spurs managed to take all three points from their tie against the Clarets.

Liverpool won yet another Merseyside derby and there were some brilliant individual performances to talk about at the weekend.

And with the round done and dusted, here is the team of the week for Match Day 30 of the Premier League:

Defense:

Goal Keeper:

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace):

With a number of astonishing saves at the Stamford Bridge, Hennessey was one of the best players for Palace in their win over Chelsea at the weekend.

Danny Simpson (Leicester City):

The Leicester city full back picked up two assists in the 2-0 victory over the Potters at the weekend to find a place in this side.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Englishman started as a part of the back-3 for the Spurs at the Turf Moor and picked up a goal to add to a solid performance helping his side a victory.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

The Liverpool loanee has been in superb form since joining the Eagles and he was all over the Chelsea attackers, giving them no chance to find the back of the net.

Andrew Robertson (Hull City):

Played a huge role in his side’s victory over West Ham putting in a solid performance at the back and also picking up a goal at the other end.

Midfield:

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool):

The Brazil midfielder only started on the night thanks to injuries but he put in a sublime performance that never allowed Everton to get into the game.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City):

Another goal scorer for the Foxes, Ndidi was sublime in their victory over Stoke City, keeping them away from goal and also scoring at the other end.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool):

The Brazilian playmaker was back to his best in the derby as he toyed with the Everton defense and picked up a goal and assist for his troubles.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace):

The former Manchester United man was the biggest threat for Chelsea on the night as he was a constant threat, scoring and assisting a goal each to help his side to a victory.

 

Leroy Sane (Manchester City):

The Manchester City youngster ran ragged on the night as he got the better of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin to open the scoring for his side at the Emirates.

Attack:

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace):

The Belgian striker was a thorn in the flesh for the Chelsea back line and his sumptuous finish in the 11th minute was enough for Palace to hold on to a victory.

This is how they would line up (4-2-3-1):

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Barclays Premier League Team Of The Week: Including Manchester United and Liverpool stars

The Premier League was back in town this weekend and standing as the last round of fixtures before the international break, there were some important matches for teams around the table.

While Chelsea managed to edge past Stoke, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United ran away with easy victories.

Manchester City and Liverpool were involved in an intense 1-1 draw at the Etihad while Arsenal fell prey at the Hawthorns, slipping into the 6th place as a result of this defeat.

There were a number of other performances including Leicester City’s 3rd consecutive victory but there were also some individual performances that need to be mentioned.

To understand who were the best at the weekend in the Premier League here is the Team of the Week for Matchday 29:

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City):

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Stuck in and was determined not to let West Ham score as he made a couple of top notch saves to find a place in this side.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion):

Was a constant thorn for Arsenal as he popped up with a brace and frustrated them all night to earn his side all three points.

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City):

The Manchester City man made a number of blocks and interceptions and put the Liverpool side away from danger to earn his team a point.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

Worked hard all night and helped his side to a hard-fought clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Watford at the weekend.

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United):

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His persistence and never give up attitude have him a goal in Manchester United’s comfortable victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Belgian midfielder was at the top of his game as he dictated the midfield and did not allow Southampton to settle into the game, helping his side a victory at the weekend.

James Milner (Liverpool):

Though not completely at his best on the night, Milner made sure that the likes of Raheem Sterling was given no space or time on the ball, before popping up with a confident penalty to give Liverpool the lead at the Etihad.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United):

A tremendous finish from the youngster gave Manchester United a victory over Boro in a game where they were not completely in control.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur):

Scored the opening goal against the Saints and was constantly at it as he troubled the visitors in an exciting game at the Whiter Hart Lane.

Benik Afobe (AFC Bournemouth):

Arguably his best game for the Cherries year, Afobe put in the hard yards as Bournemouth stunned Paul Clement’s Swansea side on the Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton):

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An assist and a brace against Hull City gave Everton a comfortable victory at the weekend as Lukaku puts the contract negotiations behind him to help his side a victory.

This is how they would lineup:

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Premier League Team Of The Week: Dominated By Liverpool Stars

The English Premier League was there to entertain one and all this weekend. Teams around the country were busy fighting for three crucial points to consolidate their place in the points table in the last round.

Game Week 27 of the Premier League had some exciting matchups between teams at different ends of the table.

Chelsea managed to get the better of West Ham in a late Monday night kick-off after Liverpool put Arsenal to the sword.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City also picked up maximum points but Manchester United were held by the Cherries at home in this round.

There were some super individual performances all around the league with some of the star players, continuing their form this season.

With the game week done and dusted, here is the Team of the Week for the fixtures this weekend:

Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth):

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Made a number of point blank saves along with putting out Zlatan’s penalty to win the match for a 10-man Bournemouth at the Old Trafford.

Joel Matip (Liverpool):

Keeping up with the likes of Giroud, Welbeck and Sanchez, the Cameroon star put in a solid performance to help Liverpool to a victory over Arsenal.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace):

The on-loan defender from Liverpool, Sakho helped Palace to their second consecutive clean sheet in the victory over the Baggies this weekend.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City):

Coming back to form after a long time, Kolarov played as a centre-back in this game and put in a commanding performance in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

Tom Carroll (Swansea):

Just as it looked like the referee gifted Burnley all three points, Tom Carroll, who was exceptional all night, came up with a superb cross for the winner, giving Swansea three crucial points over Burnley.

Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace):

Created a number of chances but more important sat back and soaked up the pressure in Palace’s much-needed win over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton):

Getting past his man in almost everyone on one situation, Redmond was superb in the thrilling 4-3 win over Watford this weekend to find a place in this team.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool):

The man of the match for Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal, Lallana was full of energy right until the final whistle as he ran the midfield for his side on a comfortable night.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool):

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The Senegalese winger has a nag of scoring against the big clubs and he added one to his name against Arsenal to back up the brace against Tottenham not so long ago.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur):

The Spurs star was unlucky not to complete a hat-trick but he was a bagful for Everton to manage in the 3-2 victory at the White Hart Lane.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City):

Finding some form in the previous game against Liverpool, Vardy was back to his best, and though did not score a goal, was the most dangerous man on the pitch.

Here is how they lineup (3-5-2):

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