Stuart Broad held the court in the English team room; the same in which he would lead the bowlers' meeting later that day; the same one he remembers from 2016, when he then went out and took 6-17 at The Wanderers, including a five wicket spell for a single point in 36 balls.
It is very different now. Broad was already one of the most experienced players in the team at that time – only Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Jimmy Anderson were older – but now, with Anderson missing, he is very much the older statesman.
It's an increasingly vulnerable place to be, especially with such enthusiasm for a young side shooting for the third consecutive test win, amid the suggestion that Joe Root has emerged as a better captain now that he a more malleable group has to control.
There are echoes of the Gareth Southgate regime, here: a manager who puts his faith in youth as a youth resources to spend time on an old regime.
The Phasing of Wayne Rooney, The Refusal to Reclaim Jamie Vardy – It was obvious from that moment that Southgate preferred the eagerness, the novelty of youth. He did not want dilapidated old faces who saw their presence as a favor.
Broad certainly would not fit into that category, but with his old partner Anderson he undoubtedly represents a strong alliance.
It was noticeable in Port Elizabeth that Root would sometimes run to Broad and give instructions, while in the past those conversations might have already taken place between Broad and Anderson, who had then passed on their wishes to the captain.
It is complex. Root would not want to be without Broad and Anderson when the circumstances are right. But which captain doesn't want to mention the shots?
First test (Centurion)
South Africa won with 107 runs
Second Test (Cape Town)
Won England with 189 runs
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England won by innings and 53 runs
Fourth test (Johannesburg)
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Root admitted Thursday that Broad, indeed all senior fast bowlers could be grumpy. He had decided to find it charming.
So these are interesting times for Broad, who may not be touring Sri Lanka where spider is king and will visit England later in the year. It would make him almost 34 when he played for England in the summer.
Yet he did not speak like a man who is afraid that his career will end. He sees Anderson, still vital at 37, he sees young players watching him; he sees a path ahead.
& # 39; Oh, it gives you so much energy, really, & # 39; Broad said. & # 39; You walk into the dressing room with these young players every day and it encourages you – if you spend a little time with them, they are incredibly mature.
& # 39; Pocket Crawley, Sibley Dom, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Dom Bess – incredibly mature children and they absorb information very quickly. I feel that I can share a lot of experience within the group and the young players really listen to things like that.
& # 39; You forget how much you can learn at 21 or 22, subtle changes that make the difference.
& # 39; There is a myth that all young people want to do is play T20 – but as a test-playing, test-loving 33-year-old, what I like is that everyone who comes into our environment would know it can't be further from the truth.
You have men who are hungry and desperate to develop as test crimeters; they all want long, successful, Ash-winning test careers.
& # 39; And that is a great sign for English cricket, because the desire is to make this team the best in the world, and with the talent around, who knows?
& # 39; I have seen Ollie Pope operate, it must be one of the best young prospects England has ever seen. If we can be patient, let him settle down, learn his trade at six o'clock, he can deliver anything for England.
& # 39; If we can win this series, it would be a great achievement because we have seen young players come through. When I leave next week, I look back on this trip and I think: English cricket is really in good hands.
& # 39; But Jimmy is also an inspiration to me because of his way of acting. He has become a better bowler, so I look at him and think: why not me?
& # 39; His experience came together, all his know-how and he was able to deliver consistently. I feel that my consistency has also improved over the past 12 months due to the energy and excitement and enthusiasm of the young boys for training and play.
Just as Southgate benefited from a relatively benign schedule at the 2018 World Cup – England cynically, England defeated every team they hoped would beat, and lost to the two good teams they played – so Roots team here has benefited from a bad show from South Africa in back-to-back tests.
Certainly the batting performance in Port Elizabeth was bleak and the loss of the fastest bowler Kagiso Rabada is a huge blow.
On a fast Johannesburg wicket, it gives England the advantage because Mark Wood and Jofra Archer stay fit. However, it is still expected that Broad will take the new ball; just not forever.
& # 39; It is now a different kind of role, & # 39; he added. & # 39; You start a little less to give your own performance and you start to give more to others. That sounds very cheesy, but it's true. & # 39;
As he says, English cricket seems to be in very good hands.
Eibar 2-0 Atletico Madrid: the men of Diego Simeone lose ground in title race after drawing a new blank because Esteban Burgos and Edu Exposito win vital victory for hosts
- Burgos stabbed from near home range to the furthest pole in the 10th minute
- Exposito's thumping shot from the edge of the area sealed vital victory
- Atletico was without Captain Koke, Kieran Trippier and Jose Gimenez
Atletico Madrid hopes to return to the Spanish title race faded even further with a 2-0 defeat away by wrestling in La Liga on Saturday.
The small Basque side, which has the smallest stadium in La Liga, took the lead in the 10th minute when Esteban Burgos stabbed close to the far post after Atletico was unable to defend a corner properly.
Atletico, who lost the Super Cup final to Real Madrid last Sunday on penalties, were without Captain Koke plus defenders Kieran Trippier and Jose Gimenez and never got a grip on the game on a rainy evening in Ipurua.
Edu Exposito's thumping shot from the edge of the area in the 90th minute sealed Eibar & # 39; s first win in 12 top matches against Atletico and took seven points off the relegation zone.
Atleti is now third on 35 points, eight behind leaders Real Madrid and five behind champions Barcelona who play at home in Granada on Sunday.
Already celebrating, boys? Players of the Spanish club Salamanca unionists of the third row, which were formed only in 2013, go wild after they have signed giants Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey
- Third row Spanish club Salamanca Unionists are faced with Real Madrid in the cup
- Players on the side of the Second Division B seemed to be over it
- The club released a video of the parties on their Twitter feed on Tuesday
Spanish club members from the third row were pulled from Salamanca against LaLiga giants Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday – and they seemed overjoyed.
Players of Salamanca Unionists, who were formed only in 2013, went wild after being set up against Zinedine Zidane .
The club released a video of the parties on their Twitter feed on Tuesday afternoon.
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The team watched the Copa del Rey drawing on television and after Real Madrid was pulled out, players celebrated as if they had already won
Players jumped around onlookers and recorded the jubilant scenes on camera
] Salamanca Unionists of Segunda Division B – Group 2, defeating the Deportivo de La Coruna 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw every third round of the competition.
They started their run in the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 win over Athletic Balearics of the Second Division – Group 1 on December 17.
Unionists of Salamanca organizes Madrid in the week that starts on Monday, January 20.
Madrid & # 39; s rivals Barcelona were attracted to Ibiza and Atletico Madrid will face cultural Leones.
Who says Germans have no sense of humor?
It revealed that all mention of the words & # 39; 2012 & # 39; and & # 39; Drogba & # 39; Forever was a tongue-in-cheek reference to one of the darkest moments in the history of the German club and one that is still smart even today.
You see, when Bayern takes the lead against someone just seven minutes full time, and especially in their own stadium, you would place your mortgage on them as the victor.
But that night – Saturday, May 19, 2012 – she blew it spectacularly from such a position in the most un-Bayern way in the biggest game in club football.
And unfortunately, signed with Chelsea in the Ckout stages on Monday, they are now doomed to relive it all.
Relive the impressive header of Didier Drogba from the corner of Juan Mata, who arranged the game just five minutes after Muller & # 39; s opener.
Relive the Arjen Robben penalty in extra time Petr Cech on the he somehow managed to hold out with the bottom
Relive how Cech saved from Ivica Olic before he hit the shovel, allowing Drogba to convert the winning.
It will not be pleasant to watch, this capitulation is just as painful as those two Manchester United goals at a standstill in the 1999 Champions League final.
Bayern had the European Cup has been lifted four times in their illustrious history of the team Jupp Heynckes & team squeezed past Real Madrid to reach another showpiece.
Because it was staged at his beautiful Allianz Arena at home, they certainly couldn't fail against the Chelsea side in only their second Champions League final.
Unused substitutes: Butt (GK); Rafinha, Usami, Pranjoc, Petersen
Manager: Jupp Heynckes
Scorer: Muller 83
Chelsea (4-1-4-1): Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Mikel; Kalou (Torres 84), Mata, Lampard (c), Bertrand (Malouda 73); Drogba
Unused substitutes: Turnbull (GK); Ferreira, Essien, Romeo, Sturridge
Manager: Roberto Di Matteo
Scorer : Drogba 88
 Booked : Cole, Luiz, Drogba, Torres
Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)
Winning the grand prize of European football was an obsession for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since his takeover of the club in 2003
They had their own heartache in 2008 when losing fines against Manches ter United in Moscow and suffered two semi-final losses to Liverpool and another to Barcelona.
Now the trophy was again within reach and in extraordinary circumstances. Chelsea had fired manager Andre Villas-Boas with the team 3-1 to Napoli midway through their final draw 16.
In cam club legend Roberto Di Matteo on an interim basis until the end of the season. Little else was expected from the Italian than to keep the ship stable.
But Di Matteo excelled in Europe. First, Chelsea overthrew that deficit against Napoli in the second leg at Stamford Bridge and won 4-1 in extra time to advance 5-4.
She then defeated Benfica in the quarterfinals and somehow beat out Barcelona holders in the semifinals despite the 37th minute send of John Terry in the second leg.
Terry was of course suspended for the final and Chelsea was also without Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles.
You have thousands of Chelsea fans descended on Munich, most without tickets. UEFA rules meant that the number given to Bayern fans on their own grounds was limited.
Bayern controlled most of the game, although Chelsea did take a number of notable chances for himself.
Robben could have arranged it, but Cech denied the Dutch winger with his legs. Mario Gomez was guilty of missing a babysitter, while Gary Cahill gasped for the last time to deny Robben.
You felt that the Germans had the best chance of scoring and shared with another seven minutes what it seemed to be a killing blow.
Toni Kroos hooked a cross into the back post that met Muller and went firmly into the ground, the ball bounced past Cech's grasp and cut the bar as he entered.
Heynckes even took Muller for the defender Daniel Van Buyten, gambling on the game that was won
It was a mistake. In the final minutes, Mata waved in a corner and Drogba shot free in the nearby post and a header went past Manuel Neuer.
Bayern regrouped in extra time and Drogba went from hero to zero when he polluted Franck Ribery in the box. Fortunately for the Ivorian, Cech saved Robben's penalty.
Lahm (Bayern) – scored 1-0
Woods (Chelsea) – rescued 1-0
Gomez (Bayern) – scored 2-0
Luiz ( Chelsea) – scored 2-1
Neuer (Bayern) – scored 3-1
Lampard (Chelsea)) – scored 3-2
Olic (Bayern) – saved 3-2
Cole (Chelsea) – scored 3-3
Schweinsteiger (Bayern) – stored on post 3-3
Drogba (Chelsea) – scored 3-4
Like 2008, Chelsea was involved in a penalty shoot-out for the European Cup. first punishment, however, and Neuer saved.
Bayern were wrong ess with their first three – the third was actually in Neuer's hands – and seemed on the verge of winning 3-2 ahead.
But Cech, after seeing a pair of spades graze his gloves, correctly suspected Olic. Ashley Cole made it 3-3 and when Schweinsteiger hit the woodwork, Drogba made sure the trophy would come back to London for the first time.
While the wall of blue shirts at one end of the stadium was mad, the Bayern fans were left behind to find out how it had escaped.
There would be some consolation a year later when they beat Borussia Dortmund in Wembley to finally win their fifth – and last – European cup.
But in the coming months it will be good to & # 39; 2012 & # 39; and & # 39; Drogba & # 39; good and really muted.
& # 39; Leave Sokratis there! & # 39; Arsenal fans react to Olympiacos in the Europa League final-32 … while supporters of Manchester United are satisfied with Club Brugge clash
- Arsenal will encounter Olympiacos in the final-32 of the Europa League
- Manchester United play Club Brugge while Wolves take on Espanyol
- Celtic and Rangers meet FC Copenhagen and Braga respectively [19459010
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Arsenal finished at the top of their Europa League group, with three wins, two equal points. and a loss of their six matches.
Olympiacos, on the other hand, fell from the Champions League after third place in their group behind Bayern Munich and Tottenham.
Elsewhere, supporters of Manchester United seemed to be relatively satisfied against Club Brugge in the final 32.
The Belgian side, which former Liverpool player Simon Mignolet had as its goalkeeper, finished third in a Champions League group with PSG and Real Madrid.
United, meanwhile, reached the top of Europe Competition Group with 11 points.
The general consensus that fans of United were satisfied with the draw. , while the Bruges twitter team responded to United's tweet with the words & # 39; Happy Holidays! See you in 2020. & # 39;
Elsewhere, the Premier League side faces Espanyol, Celtic plays FC Copenhagen and Rangers play with Steven Gerrard Braga.
The first legs are played on February 20 with the results a week later on February 27.
Celtic handed over heavy Champions League qualifying path after signing Slavia Prague … but Neil Lennon & # 39; s men still have to beat CFR Cluj with Czech champions
- Celtic pulled against Slavia Prague in next qualifying round Champions League
- The men of Neil Lennon still have to beat CFR Cluj to face Slavia Prague
- The Czech champions pushed Chelsea into the Europa League quarter-final last year] 11:54 GMT, August 5, 2019 |
If the men of Neil Lennon beat CFR Cluj over two legs in the third qualifying round, they will face Czech champions Slavia Prague next.
Last year's potential clash with the quarter-finalists of the Europa League was one they wanted to avoid on Monday's draw in Nyon.Celtic got one of the most difficult qualifying paths of the Champions League possible
Slavia pushed Chelsea in two close matches last year, when they lost at home 1-0 for a 4-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge, they saw them bend 5-3 in total.
For the time being, the heads of Celtic are focused on Cluj, with whom they are confronted in the first stage in Romania on Wednesday
If Celtic wins Cluj, they will at least have a place in the Europa League. group stage if they are defeated by Slavia.
If last year Ajax semi-finalists overcome PAOK Salonika, they will face either Apoel from Cyprus or Qarabag o f Azerbaijan.Slavia Prague pushed Chelsea all the way into the Europa League district final last season
Tottenham are set to compete with Juventus for Lyon's highly rated midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer.
We take a closer look at one of the stand-out performers in Ligue 1 this season who is set to spark a bidding between some of Europe's elite clubs.Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is attracting plenty of interest this summer
What's his background
It's fair to say that Ndombele's route to prominence wasn't exactly a smooth one.
Born in the south Parisian suburb of Longjumeau to parents of DR Congolese descent, played for various local teams before moving to Brittany aged 14 to join the academy at Guingamp.
Ndombele spent three seasons with them but failed to impress enough to win a professional contract.
The teenager dropped down a couple of levels to Amiens before trialling at numero us clubs including Auxerre, Caen and Angers, but all in vain.
The reason was always the same – Ndombele was apparently overweight and not the correct build to play regular professional football.
In the end, he had to work his way up from the Amiens reserve team in the Championnat National 3, the fifth level of French football.Ndombele, 22, has impressed this season and Tottenham, PSG and Juventus are interested
But by the 2016-17 campaign, he had cracked the first team there, playing 31 times that year and proving himself regularly enough to earn a loan to Lyon for the following season.
Since then, Ndombele's progress has been spectacular. From what was reportedly a € 2m loan with an option to sign him permanently for just € 8m, Ndombele ended up playing 50 matches last season.
He helped the club to a third-place finish in Ligue 1, ensuring Champions League qualification.
It was a no-brainer for Lyon to pay the modest fee and sign him, with Ndombele making further strides this season.
He impressed against Manchester City in the Champions League group stage, as well as scoring twice against Hoffenheim, before Lyon bowed out to Barcelona in the last 16.
And his seven assists in 33 league appearances helped Lyon to another third-place finish behind runaway champions PSG and Lille.Ndombele has drawn comparisons with Michael Essien and N'Golo Kante for his all -action style
What's his playing style?
Ndombele is best described as a powerful box-to-box midfielder who isn't afraid to push forward and possesses a creative switch in the final third.
While Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has described Ndombele as the 'new Michael Essien', a more contemporary comparison with his France colleague N'Golo Kante.
With their energy, discipline, dribbling and ability to pick out a pass, there are certainly similarities with Kante, not to mention as elevenlessness at doing some of the dirty jobs that go under the radar.
The once 'overweight' Ndombele has now matured into a 22-year-old with impressive upper body strength, yet he also has the balance and technique necessary to dribble neatly.
He often breezes past a couple of opposition players before picking an appropriate pass, but then continues his run into a dangerous area or serves as a decoy to drag defenders away from others.Ndombele has helped Lyon to finish a third place in Ligue 1 and the Champions League again
His passing also catches the eye because it's invariably a forward-thinking ball that plays and these often lead to chances.
In Lyon's 2-1 win at Man City in the Champions League, Ndombele created two chances with incisive passes through the City defense.
His coach at Amiens, Christoph Pelissier, summed up his game neatly: "He is very good with the ball, dazzles with his shot, breaks lines with the ball at his feet.
'His technical quality allows him to play more advanced, w hile his intelligence allows him to adopt a more defensive role. "
What can he improve on?
One thing that Kante has added to his game with age is a scoring touch and that's one area where Ndombele could improve.
He has just scored five goals during his professional career and his coach at Lyon, Bruno Genesio, said as much earlier in the season.
"He has to go one last step in finishing, the only thing he needs to become a very great player. He lacks some concentration in the final third but he has the technical quality to do it, "Genesio said.
" He has score six to eight goals a season. "
To be fair to Ndombele, he has only been playing at the elite level for a couple of years and is still only 22, so there will be plenty of opportunities to fine-tune an already impressive range of attributes.Ndombele (right) celebrates a goal scored by Maxwel Cornet for Lyon against Caen
What are people saying about him?
Lyon boss Genesio: 'He's thoughtful and intelligent. With the ball, to make the best use of it, he takes in information before anyone else to make the right choice.
'Without the ball, it brings balance to the team. When Nabil Fekir is out of position, he's there, providing balance, alongside our defensive midfielder Lucas Tousart.
"He's interesting because he's one of those players capable of solving tactical problems with his game intelligence."
Philippe Lemaire, former scout at Guingamp: "He stinks of football. He is strong and precise. He feels the game. He is capable of creating lightning, to give rhythm to the game, to counterattack, but also to press and regain possession. "
France coach Didier Deschamps:" He knows how to do everything in the middle, he is powerful , technical. "
Ndombele on his own personality:" I like to speak on the pitch, I'm not very comfortable with microphones and cameras. I know it's part of the job, but I don't really like to talk about myself. ”Ndombele has pace in abundance, excellent dribbling ability and an eye for an incisive pass
What about international honors?
Ndombele's rapid progress with Lyon didn The escape from the notice of France coach Deschamps, who called him into the squad for the first time back in October.
He replaced Colentin Tolisso, as he did in the team at Lyon, in the squad and duly made his debut as a substitute for Paul Pogba in a friendly against Iceland.
Appropriately, this special moment in his career occurred in Guingamp, the club who didn't think much of him as a teenage player.
He made a couple of cameo appearances from the bench in the UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Holland before Deschamps started him for the first time in the 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay in November
Of course, competition for places in the world champions' squad is intense, but Ndombele has been called up for the upcoming games against Bolivia, Turkey and Andorra.Ndombele poses with Lyon teammate Ferland Mendy at the UNFP Trophy ceremony
Gordon Taylor & # 39; s reign as PFA chief executive seems to be rapidly ending with his expected future high on the agenda When Sportmail revealed last November that the players' union had to postpone its AGM in the midst of a political crisis sparked by a power struggle between Taylor and PFA President Ben Purkiss.
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Gordon Taylor's reign as chief executive of the PFA seems to be signing fast
But that meeting is being held late on Thursday in Manchester and is likely to include an announcement that after 38 years the Having been in charge, the highest paid union boss in the world plans to
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Last month, Taylor confirmed that the PFA board of trustees and the management committee were the independent had appointed arbitrators at Sport Resolutions to perform the assessment called for by Purkiss.
It is a review that, given the problems initially discovered and discovered by Purkiss through the investigation of Sportsmail will leave the position of 74-year-old Taylor untenable. It will indeed be interesting to see whether some of his most important allies within the PFA can also survive given widespread concerns, not least when he has come to an understanding of the rules that are supposed to govern them.<img id = "i-85459d03c13ddad9" src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03/26/16/11483510-0- image-a-33_1553617719086.jpg "height =" 461 "width =" 634 "alt =" Taylor pictured with England boss Gareth Southgate and PFA president Ben Purkiss in 2019 "<img id =" i-85459d03c13ddad9 "src = "https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03/26/16/11483510-0-image-a-33_1553617719086.jpg" height = "461" width = "634" alt = "Ben Purkiss in 2019
Taylor pictured with England boss Gareth Southgate and PFA President Ben Purkiss in 2019
A law graduate and a companion professional, Purkiss showed immense courage in taking one of the most powerful figures in sport. I have complained that, for all the tens of millions in the PFA bank accounts, the union had spent only £ 125,000 on financing research damage by contributing to the impact of football on lifelong health and dementia.
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& # 39; It was a nice run boys & # 39 ;: Tottenham fans did not hold much hope after drawing Manchester City in the quarterfinals draw of the English Champions League
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The Champions LeagueThe Champions League this season and are currently the highest scorers of the league on 26 after they sent seven past Schalke earlier this week in last place of the last game.
City will also rely on the fact that they have already made the move above Tottenham in the Premier League this season, with 3-1 win on Etihad and 1-0 on Wembley
Other Tottenham supporters placed GIFs that signaled their concern about the task in question.
Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of this competition only once in their history, and that was in the 2010-11 season
Their European dream died that year at this stage after being completely overpowered by Real Madrid, trailing 5-0 on the two legs.
The omens are not good for Spurs and the reaction of their fans reflects that, but this season's episode has already cast all kinds of surprises with Ajax who knocked out Real Madrid in the final round
Liverpool vs. Porto and Ajax vs. Juventus complete the other quarter-finals.
Manchester United is also in a major job to overcome the semi-final after being thrown against Barcelona in a delicious draw.