2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
to block or suspend The Olympics 2020 has been postponed to 2021 on March 24 – one of the last major sporting events that fell victim to the corona virus this summer.
On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with the chief of the Olympics, Thomas Bach, to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.
The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be delayed for a year.
Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, city manager Yuriko Koike revealed.
A joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee stated: & # 39; In the current circumstances and based on the information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan has concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021 to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community.
& # 39; Leaders agreed that the Tokyo Olympics can be a beacon of hope for the world in these difficult times and that the Olympic flame can be light at the end of the tunnel the world is in right now.
& # 39; Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. & # 39;
There was a lot of skepticism that the Olympics would go ahead and continue as planned, while events related to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
Huge crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler while lighting the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings to spectators not to attend due to the corona virus.
That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to end the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans.
Athletes were told to continue training, but many had difficulty considering the final measures taken by the government.
On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the corona virus was immediately shot down by the Japanese Olympic minister.
& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.
On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to be held March 13-15 in Nanjing, will be postponed to March 2021.
. North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after a border fence was imposed due to the magnitude of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.
The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The London Marathon, which would take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October.
Olympic qualifications for boxing in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but took place in Amman from March 3-11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat tickets scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not moved.
Cesc Fabregas hits an Arsenal fan who criticized him for pointing to the Chelsea badge while playing in the Emirates … after becoming a & # 39; snake & # 39; was named and charged with & # 39; throwing the club under the bus & # 39;
- Cesc Fabregas was hit by an Arsenal fan who gave the midfielder a & # 39; hose & # 39; named
- Fabregas played for Arsenal for eight years and later played for rivals Chelsea
- The fan accused Fabregas of the club under the throwing bus & # 39; after transfer
- There is an image of him pointing to Chelsea badge to the Arsenal fans
Fabregas was with the Gunners for eight years before moving to La Liga side Barcelona . The Spaniard then returned to the Premier League for Chelsea, Arsenal's rival. The move was controversial among Gunners' believers, who saw Fabregas as a club legend.
An Arsenal fan really hated the midfielder and let him know via Twitter, calling him a & # 39; snake & # 39; and claimed he threw & # 39; the club under the bus & # 39 ;.
The fan yelled at Fabregas for knocking the Chelsea badge on the Arsenal. fans during a game against his former club.
Fabregas replied: & # 39; If you think I am able to do what you suggest I did, you don't know me at all and my feelings towards all of you are anything.
& # 39; I actually told fans that they will always be in my heart, but of course your interpretation should be missed by a simple picture. & # 39;
Fabregas currently plays for Ligue 1 side Monaco, but is currently self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak.
He recently shared a social media story on how to buy Chelsea teammate Willy Caballero at Range Rover.
Liverpool fan Sean Cox returns to his home in Ireland for the first time since sustaining life-altering injuries in an unprovoked attack outside Anfield
- Sean Cox sustained serious injuries in an unprovoked attack on Anfield in 2018
- He had traveled with his brother
- to the semi-finals of the Champions League watching. He was attacked by Roma supporters and was left in a brain-injured coma
- His family posted on Facebook thanking people for their support
Liverpool fan Sean Cox has returned home for the first time since sustaining life-altering injuries outside Anfield two years ago.
The Irishman had traveled to Merseyside with his brother for the Reds' Champions League first final leg against Roma in 2018.
But the father of three was subject from an unprovoked attack by supporters who put him in a coma with severe brain damage.
He has since undergone extensive rehabilitation at the Walton Center in Liverpool before being transferred to a Dublin hospital, but now he has finally been able to return to his home in Dunboyne.
His family shared their good news in a Facebook post on his fundraising page.
& # 39; This is a day we've been looking forward to as a family for a long time & # 39; said Sean & # 39; s wife Martina.
& # 39; While Sean still has a long way to go, having him at our home is an incredibly important step when we get back together as a family unit.
& # 39; I can't thank those who helped Sean along the way for the past two years. This support has undoubtedly made possible today.
& # 39; In particular, I would like to thank the incredible staff at the Marymount Care Center in Lucan for the care and support they have provided Sean in recent months. & # 39;
Italian Simone Mastrelli was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment in February 2019 after pleading guilty to assault.
There have been several fundraising efforts for Sean since the attack and he was also a special guest at Liverpool's home game against Manchester City in November, where he met Jurgen Klopp and the players.
In April last year a legendary game was held at the Irish Aviva Stadium with £ 690,000 (€ 748,000) raised for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
John Bishop organized in January & # 39; An Evening of Comedy & # 39; in Dublin's 3 Arena with Michael McIntyre, Dara O'Brien and Jason Byrne all participating.
The fundraiser ended with all the acts taking the stage for a rendition of I'll Never Walk Alone.
Manchester City fan accused of 'racist behavior' during city derby against Manchester United in December in the Etihad
- Greater Manchester Police has sued a man for & # 39; racist behavior & # 39;
- Anthony Burke made & # 39; alleged racist gestures and sounds to players & # 39;
- The incident occurred during Man City's 2-1 derby loss to Man Utd at the Etihad
The Premier League meeting was marred by the alleged racist abuse that was visible during the broadcast of the second half of City's 2-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium on December 7.
GMP arrested Anthony Burke in connection with the incident and now has the 41-year-old. United players Fred and Jesse Lingard reported the incident.
Burke will appear before magistrates on April 15.
A statement reads: 'A man has been accused of racial conduct at the Manchester City v Manchester United Match.
& # 39; Anthony Burke of Wythenshawe has been charged with a racially aggravated Section 5 Public Order Act.
& # 39; He will appear in Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
& # 39; On Saturday, December 7, 2019, around 6:55 PM, police were called up to a repo from a supporter who makes alleged racist gestures and sounds against players during the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium. & # 39;
After the incident, Fred, who was also punched in the head by a lighter, told ESPN Brazil: & # 39; Unfortunately, we are still in a backward society. We still have to live with that in 2019.
& # 39; I try not to care about that . I try to look ahead. Unfortunately, this happens in some stadiums. It happened here, it happened in Ukraine with some friends.
& # 39; It's sad, but we have to keep our heads up and forget about that. We can't give them attention because that's all they want. I spoke to the referee (Anthony Taylor) after the game, they will do something about it and that's it.
& # 39; Thank goodness I have a lot of friends in the dressing room who hugged me, like Lingard. I don't want to think about it. I just want to continue. & # 39;
DANNY MURPHY: Eric Dier should NOT have confronted a violent Tottenham fan … we breed a generation of snowflake players
- Eric Dier should have known better than to confront a confronting supporter
- It is part of a soccer player's work to ignore fans radiating verbal criticism
- Top players refuse to bow to their level and to work hard to prove them wrong
As a footballer I heard many things from fans they would don't have to shout. I have caught many things about my mother, my wife, my children. But you still don't go into the crowd, period.
Like Eric Dier, I was in a privileged position to represent a wonderful club in Tottenham and although it may sound hard to non-players, if you are unable to to listen to verbals at that level, you need to chat with yourself.
I must emphasize at this point that I am not talking about racist or homophobic remarks because, apart from being completely unacceptable, both represent a broader threat to society compared to something personal.
My mother did not come to see me play because she had heard someone try at me. It was a personal choice and I did not try to discourage her. We must be careful not to kill fans and to verbally criticize their freedom to pay their money if they feel the need.
Hopefully, if there is coarse or abusive language, the family will have someone in their group tell them to blow.
I'm not saying that fans should have the freedom to abuse, but I don't think it's a player's job to act as a police officer and intervene when they can make it worse.
I never let a teammate march to the stand like Dier, but Jamie Carragher once threw a coin back into the crowd against Arsenal.
Of course, it was completely wrong for someone to throw an object on the field, but I think even Jamie would now agree that responding as possible and possibly injuring an innocent party himself, not would have helped. Two mistakes do not do justice.
I am not aware of the details that led Dier to his confrontation after the Norwich game, but it did not look like his brother was a 12-year-old child set in motion by a group villains.
I suspect there was a lot of bad feeling in the stadium after he was knocked out of the FA Cup. His brother, who is not a child, had an excavation back to a critical supporter, and something in Eric broke.
My attitude was screaming what you want, I will turn you around with my performances. I was once rejected from the field for Liverpool, the club I loved but didn't moan, even though I was devastated. I took the chin and scored against Manchester United the following week.
I'm sorry, I just can't get Eric as a loose cannon. I don't think players should take on a thing-dong with fans. If your family goes to a game and is not in a private box, make sure that there is someone within the party who takes care of the situation. It's not that hard.
There is a belief that fan behavior is worse than ever. I don't think so – there have always been the same problems. When supporters go to the game as a break from the other difficulties in life, they see it as a place where they can express frustration. As a football player, continue the game, do your work.
And let me make it crystal clear once again, I am not talking about racist abuse.
I speak as someone who has heard terrible things. It stopped my mother. But it is my belief that players should be a little more resolute in dealing with the disadvantages of football.
I am thinking of Bournemouth's Dan Gosling complaining about referee Jon Moss for feeling that he had made sarcastic and disrespectful comments during the game. I think of Granit Xhaka who cupped his ear and slammed a swear at the crowd when they called him a name. Now Eric has become involved with fans because his brother did not like what they said.
If snowflake means being hypersensitive to offense, this generation of footballers threatens to fall into the category.
After days of Albert Square melodrama and chicken bickering, fans of Eintracht Frankfurt finally got the Bundesliga laughing again on Wednesday
& # 39; Dietmar Hopp, you son of a … mother! & # 39; read the banner they unfold – bit by bit for comic effect – in their 2-0 cup victory over Werder Bremen.
It was a good joke and a welcome attempt to withdraw the poison from what was an absurdly overheated debate.
Last week, fan protests against Dietmar Hopp threatened to tear apart German football. His face appeared behind crosshairs on huge banners, while fans on different grounds gave him a & # 39; son of ab **** & # 39; have mentioned.
If fans of Frankfurt had done the same on Wednesday, they might have their own team from the cup. The protests have not only made Hopp furious, they have seen games suspended and players go on strike on the field.
They have also sparked a new debate about fan power, racism and cooperation with Qatar. What started as an attack on one man has grown into a full-scale war between fans and football officials in Germany.
While we are entering a new round of Bundesliga matches on Saturday, there is only a fragile peace. More protests this weekend could bring football to a halt again.
So how did we end up here? What are the fans protesting against and why is Hopp central? Is this really, as some claim, a struggle for the soul of German football?
Broadly speaking, this is all part of a well-known debate about money in football.
Software mogul Hopp does not like German fans for the same reason as RB Leipzig. Long before Red Bull arrived, his money minnows transformed Hoffenheim into Bundesliga loyal men. For many fans, this was a direct threat to the 50 + 1 rule, which guarantees fan power and limits the influence of investors in German football.
Specifically, however, it concerns Borussia Dortmund fans. More than anyone else, they have a history with Hopp, and they look forward to harassing him when they visit Hoffenheim. The millionaire has proven to be extremely thin, initiate legal proceedings against them and even install additional speakers to drown out fans when serenading him as a & # 39; son of a b **** & # 39 ;.
Match between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim descended in farce after banners were shown
It is a saga that has been rumbling for years, but flared up again last month, when the authorities banned Dortmund fans from Hoffenheim games for the next two seasons.
That statement was made in violation of a promise made in 2017 to abolish collective punishment for football fans, and many in the country felt betrayed. Their response was loud and blunt.
& # 39; Sons of b **** es insult a son of ab **** and are punished by sons of b **** es, & # 39; read the banner up by Borussia Moenchengladbach fans two weeks ago. They also showed the motif with Hopp & # 39; s face in sight, which is a step too far for sports director Max Eberl.
& # 39; It is absolutely embarrassing, it is not what this club stands for. What should I do with these plebs standing in front of me with masks on and holding this banner up? & # 39; Eberl raged and pointed out that the game had begun with a minute's silence for those who had been shot a few days earlier in an extreme right-wing terrorist attack in the city of Hanau.
After that somewhat questionable comparison, the escalation could not be stopped. A week later, Dortmund Eberl fans accused & # 39; of abusing the death in Hanau to silence football fans & # 39 ;.
In a parallel game against Hoffenheim, Bayern fans started a fight with their own club when they also called Hopp a & # 39; son of ab **** & # 39 ;. Players from both teams reacted by refusing to play the game well, instead simply kicking the ball listlessly for the past 10 minutes.
It was a bizarre spectacle that led many fans to wonder why this turned out to be a red line. Despite repeated incidents of late, no competitions have been suspended for racism in Germany. Yet insults against a millionaire – whose company happens to be a Bayern sponsor – have called for decisive legal action.
& # 39; We must finally be brave to challenge this … we will act with complete decisiveness, and use all legal options. People say (the ultrasound) make for a good atmosphere, but I say that the atmosphere is going to puff, "Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Such comments raise suspicions that this is all just an excuse for limiting the power of the fan. That fight is important because the hardcore fans of Germany do more than just provide a good atmosphere.
Bayern-ultra in particular has served as a moral compass for the club in recent years. They have led the fight against racism and homophobia, put pressure on the club to honor important Jewish figures in history and hold the board responsible for sponsorship agreements with Qatar.
Yet the fans are not flawless. Calling a millionaire a son of a b **** is one thing, but painting a crosshair over an image of his face is something else, both morally and legally. Fans in Gladbach, Dortmund and Union Berlin have rejected their otherwise eloquent protests.
Although many insist that the visor is a symbol rather than a serious death threat, it is undoubtedly grotesque. If the right of supporters to express legitimate grievances is worth defending, the right of large groups of masked men to raise threats against a person is not so much the son of a mother as that person.
And so back to Frankfurt, where one party finally decided not to take itself too seriously. The joke on the terraces on Wednesday seemed to cause a de-escalation.
The league made a conciliatory statement the following day, supporting fans in their criticism of collective punishment, without excusing the worst excesses of the protests. . Even Bayern seemed to be going back a bit and chose Thursday morning to launch a new anti-racism campaign. On Friday, Gladbach's Jonas Hoffmann called on players to leave the field when Hopp was insulted again this weekend. And as fate would like, his team plays Borussia Dortmund.
Metropolitan Police confirms investigation opened into Eric Dier & # 39; s collision with supporter following FA Cup exit from Tottenham to Norwich
- A Met spokesperson confirmed that & # 39 ; there are still investigations & # 39; are as they read with Spurs
- No arrests have been made though Spurs can confidently track down the fan
- Animal is unlikely to be subject to internal discipline eyes where Spurs understands his reaction
A Met spokesperson confirmed & # 39; questions are still ongoing & as they read with Spurs and the FA after Dier climbed into the gallery to confront a supporter who was arguing with his younger brother Patrick.
No arrests have been made yet, although Spurs can confidently locate the fan the police want to interrogate with Dier and his brother, while also reviewing the CCTV and witness stories.
The police investigation will now take precedence, although the individual FA and Spurs probes will also continue in the background.
Dier is unlikely to face internal discipline with Spurs understanding of his response and support from the English star.
Police involvement will delay the FA to decide whether the midfielder has violated any of their rules with his angry reaction.
Given the circumstances, there is a feeling at Spurs that an FA charge is sending the wrong message, although the 26-year-old expects to take action.
& # 39; Your natural reaction would be to go in there & # 39 ;: Frank Lampard supports Eric Dier after confronting fans and urges players to earn more credit for not clicking back
- Frank Lampard has given his view of Eric Dier & # 39; s confrontation with a Spurs fan
- Dier made headlines after confronting a violent fan in the stands after a defeat
- The supporter got involved in an argument with Dier & # 39; s younger brother or sister
- Lampard believes players are more earn credit because they don't understand more often
Frank Lampard believes top players deserve more credit for not [inthefaceofabuseoffansafterEricisthetribuneinthecollapsedhomeandsupporter
Both Manchester United and the police are now watching a thrown glass over Jesse Lingard after their victory over Derby.
Lampard named Dier & # 39; s response & # 39; of course & # 39; – he recalls that family members listened to insults directed at him during his own playing days and claims that the & # 39; pantomime & # 39; character of football sees that some forms of abuse are easily accepted.
& # 39; I think players should sometimes get a lot of praise for holding on to themselves at certain times, & he said.
& # 39; We talk about certain types of hatred in the game, and we analyze them, and then other types of hatred seem to be Okay to say something to you or about your family. I've heard all of that and sometimes you don't understand and it's all right because of the pantomime nature of football. & # 39;
Lampard does not believe that the level of abuse is that of the stands are hurled – and he cannot remember ever getting close to reacting as an Animal. But the Chelsea boss accepts that social media are open to abuse all day long.
& # 39; I think if you asked the man or woman on the street or one of your family members needed protection, your natural response would be to go there, "said the Chelsea boss.
"Because we are in the sport we are in … that is not the intention that you are not allowed to do that, as such. But when you talk about natural reactions, I understand. & # 39;
He added: & You enter the stadium and you do not live by the same rules that you would follow on the street. I think that has not changed, perhaps social media have made it worse every day, from minute to minute. & # 39;
On Saturday, Chelsea faces Everton on Stamford Bridge, with Lampard against his former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The home team could be without nine senior players due to injuries and suspension, leaving Lampard with only the barebones to choose from.
Jorginho (suspended), Mateo Kovacic (achilles), N & # 39; Golo Kante (adductor), Tammy Abraham (single) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) have all disappeared, while doubts remain about Andreas Christensen (small knock), Christian Pulisic (adductor), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (achilles) and Willian (achilles).
One selection dilemma that Lampard stands for, however, is in goal. Kepa Arrizabalaga has fallen for the last four league games, with Willy Caballero taking the place of £ 72 million.
But Kepa shone in the mid-week FA Cup victory over Liverpool and Lampard admitted that his rendering gave me thoughts. & # 39; "He did very well, it is exactly what I wanted from him and I understand that that is not easy," the manager added.
"He has been professional in the way he dealt with when he was out of the team. He came in and did exactly what I want, so he thought about me well. & # 39;
I still remember the day so vividly, due to an incident during our honorary lap. There was a part of the stadium where I had one fan – a term that I use loosely – that made itself heard in most matches. When the team walked around for the last time, it came to my attention again.
"Hello! Bend! Your f *** ing c ***! Why don't you fuck! Crouch! "He squawked.
He had used that kind of language for me all season, every time I was within hearing distance. When he started working on me again, enough was enough. As a professional football player you should bite your lip, but I could not remain silent.
"What is your problem?" I asked him. "Everyone here is a fan, so what are you?" His answer surprised me.
"You seem fine," he said. "Apart from your football – your football is s ***!"
The case that you saw with Eric Dier on Wednesday could easily have happened that afternoon – I was so angry that I wanted to get into the crowd and – for lack of a better sentence – this guy wanted to light up. There is only so much that you can take as a footballer before the turning point arrives.
I must make it clear that my specific story is not about criticizing Tottenham fans as a whole. I had a fantastic relationship with the majority of supporters on White Hart Lane and loved my two years at the club, but unfortunately a village always produces an idiot.
Some people will reject this as an ex-pro for one of his trade unions, but there are compelling reasons why I don't want to address any criticism at Dier. I know from experience what his brother would have experienced on Wednesday and the pain it can cause.
Playing football is the best job in the world, but since the beginning of my career there has been no doubt about how malicious the abuse can be and its impact on your family. My father, Bruce, used to sit in the stands and hear people shout "freak show" and "back to the circus" at me.
Eventually, he could no longer bear it. There was a game in Gillingham when I played for QPR when I walked to the tunnel during the break to see my father in the middle of a completely blown up fabric in the stands after he broke.
Daddy can save himself, but if I had a younger brother who was pushed around, I would say there is a good chance that I would join him to protect. Why would Dier be in trouble because he wanted to defend his family? It is nonsense.
As a footballer you are conditioned to endure abuse, but I don't think it will ever be easy for those closest to you. My mother, Jayne, used to be left in tears by some of the things she heard at the start of my career, and she stopped seeing me playing for a number of years.
Meals after matches are ruined when my parents are struck by something in a stadium, often sitting in silence at the table.
You could feel that yelling at a footballer is a fair match, but you really don't understand the impact of what you say.
You can deal with opponents who are focused on you and tolerate their hymns, but to be honest, a player does not disrupt more than when the abuse of your own supporters comes. I could not believe it when I saw Dier jumping up the billboards, but at the same time I was not surprised.
Words hurt and words can be a trigger. Just because you wear a pair of soccer shoes, you are not immune to feelings and you can no longer take care of your family. Animal crossed the border. Numerous others, including myself, wanted to do it sooner.
STEVE BRUCE PROOFS ALL OF ITS DOUBTERS Wrong
It was in the fall when I had to spend a day with Steve Bruce in Newcastle. It was in his early days, but the only thing that came from him was positivity and pride. We did an interview for Amazon and, on and off the camera, he couldn't hide his joy that he was Newcastle manager.
This was his dream. He knew he had entered the club in a difficult time and was aware that he was facing a challenge to win the affection of supporters who were crestfallen by losing Rafa Benitez – but nothing would scare him.
Here he is now in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and, although the chances of progress may be long after being set against Manchester City in the last eight, it would be great to see Bruce take them to Wembley led.
Bruce gave his life to football. He was a proud captain of Manchester United, who led them to their first Premier League title 26 years ago in 1993, and then performed solid duties at various traditional clubs in a management career that entered its fourth decade.
Some Newcastle fans have not yet warmed him up, but the only thing this top, top guy deserves is respect for planning a road through a season that could potentially be problematic.
If Bruce created a trophy during his time in Newcastle, the club would build a statue for him. I really hope he succeeds.
MY LATEST WORD
One of my first experiences in the Champions League was a final-16 clash for Liverpool against Benfica in 2006. We lost a nasty game in Portugal with 1-0 and the feeling was that we only had to appear before the second stage to blow them away.
I had heard everything about the magic of Anfield, but at this point opportunity, the magic never worked. Benfica beat us 2-0 and our defense of the trophy we won in Istanbul failed. I remember that game because I can see similarities around next week's visit to Atletico Madrid, which also comes with a 1-0 lead.
Of course I do not apologize for where my loyalty will be on Wednesday, but Atletico makes me feel uncomfortable, especially now that the influential goalkeeper Alisson has been injured. Hopefully Liverpool will rise to the challenge.
However, to make progress they need more than just the atmosphere of Anfield.
& # 39; I wouldn't think two seconds would do the same & # 39 ;: Jose Mourinho doubles the defense of Eric Dier after an angry confrontation with a fan … and confirms that the Tottenham star will act against Burnley
- Jose Mourinho confirmed Tottenham star Eric Dier will act against Burnley
- The midfielder was embroiled in a heated confrontation with a fan this week
- ] Dier was filmed as he climbed into the stands to defend his brother against a heckler
- And Spurs boss Mourinho revealed that he was probably the same would have done
Dier is expected to face disciplinary action by the FA after climbing the tribune and confronting a fan who was embroiled in a dispute with his brother after the home FA Cup defeat by Norwich on Wednesday.
Asked if Dier was in the right frame from mind to face, Burnley, Mourinho said: & What about Eric in the right state of mind? Of course.
& # 39; The player played so well (against Norwich) and he has nothing to fear or be ashamed of. The football world is lagging behind (Dier) and fully understands the circumstances. & # 39;
In a long-standing defense for Dier, Mourinho added: & I look at myself and of course I am much older than Eric and have more years of football than Eric. I was born the son of a football player and grew up as a manager and the only thing I can say is if I see something happen to my son, I would do the same. I wouldn't think for two seconds doing the same.
& # 39; But as professionals we sometimes have to go through difficult situations and deal with them. Everyone has an opinion and I am happy that the football family understands what happened. What happened happened and let's move on. & # 39;
When it was suggested that the episode response a dressing room of a party to a series of four straight defeats in all competitions, Mourinho said: & I think the only reaction that I do not see the relationship with that. The reaction must be withdrawn from the FA Cup.
& # 39; That is the response we need and what the players show. With the limitations that we have, we've done so well in the game and we've done everything to do it and I think everyone knows why we didn't win (injuries to key players). It is obvious. Yet the players fought to the end. We have given everything.
& # 39; I would rather be in a great moment, but I learn so much about my player skills, dealing with difficult situations, players in extreme fatigue tell me: & # 39; To my last centimeter of energy I am ready to do what you want me to do ". I am learning so much. No one has asked me for rest. Those who feel they need rest have not asked me for rest. I must process the & # 39; but & # 39; and find the balance with winning opportunities, something we cannot promise. & # 39;