The last trip from Manchester City to Real Madrid is unlikely as dramatic as the one that brought Jose Mourinho to his knees … it brought him back from the edge of the bag and forced the press to print their front pages. cracks
- Real Madrid hosts Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night
- The two sides met in an incredible Champions League group game in 2012
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late goal to give Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over City
- It was so dramatic and crucial that Jose Mourinho slipped the field in his suit
- The new Pepsi commercial has four mega-stars of world football
- Paul Pogba of Man United and Raheem Sterling of Man City also play a role
- The ad shows all four players stealing the Pepsi can of each other
- Callum Robinson then scored West Brom home 2-2 to Nottingham Forest drew
- There are now 18 different scorers for West Brom this season
- The Baggies are currently four points free on top of the Championship Table
- Boris Becker and Andy Murray can regain their place at the top of sport
- Murray has been restored of serious hip surgery and returned to tennis last year
- The Scot has been out of action since November with a pelvic problem
- Murray has been nominated for Comeback of the Year at Laureus Awards
- Wolves organizes Champions League chasing Leicester in Molineux on Friday
- The men of Brendan Rodgers can strengthen their grip on a place in the top four with a result
- Viewers in the UK can see the clash between the watch two games at BT Sport 1
- Follow all actions of the crucial Premier League confrontation with Sportsmail
- Andy Carroll failed to overcome a hip injury in the past two and a half months
- The Newcastle striker was expected to return quickly from the knock
- However, he was sidelined for some time. and will miss the Arsenal game
- World Rugby is prepared to announce that the event will not take place in April
- The Sevens tournament has been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976
- The governing body hopes it can be later in the year moved
- Indoor Athletics World Championships and Chinese Grand Prix also influenced
- Borussia Dortmund expected £ 100 million for Jadon Sancho
- Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man Utd are all interested
- Reds hope that Jurgen Klopp's connections in Dortmund can help them close a deal
- Performances: 29
- Objectives: 15
- Assists: 17
- Yellow cards: 0
If there is a possible recoil that you face gets Manchester City on Wednesday evening as they battle against Real Madrid after the Spanish side lost and lost their last two games to lose first place in LaLiga, it's nothing like the scenario that faced them in September 2012.
Manchester City left empty-handed that night after a dramatic 3-2 victory for Madrid brought Jose Mourinho to his knees.
It was the first month of what would be his last stormy season in the club and everything went wrong. After only four games, Madrid was already drifting eight points from Barcelona had only four points out of a possible 12 in the domestic competition.
After a draw with Valencia on the opening day, a win over Granada and a defeat against Getafe and Sevilla, M the demise of ourinho seemed imminent. No wonder he produced the second most famous celebration of the knee shift goal of his career when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 90th minute winner. Varane against the forward line from City of Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Samir Nasri. Karim Benzema was also left out and the artists Luka Modric, Kaka and Mesut Ozil kept him company on the couch.
& # 39; Joe Hart was unbelievable & # 39 ;, Mourinho said after a match time and again in his press conference, he repeated: & # 39; We could have lost & # 39 ;.
It was the p It was a relief that he did not lose that caused the knee slide. His team was 2-1 behind with 87 minutes on the clock, but substitute Benzema equalized before Ronaldo scored the winner in 90 minutes. pages when the ball hit the back of the net, he replied: & # 39; Of course. & # 39;
And as he imagined the headlines that would have been written, he continued: & # 39; This & # 39; loco & # 39; who places Varane in front of Ramos and leaves out the creative players to play with [Michael] Essien and [Samu] Khedira and Xabi [Alonso]. I know what was prepared. & # 39;
Eight years later, David Silva is the only survivor in the starting line-up of Manchester City. Ramos and Modric are still in the club for Madrid.
The & # 39; rewritten & # 39; headlines stated that Madrid had rediscovered & # 39; ed essence & # 39 ;. Champions League football always tends to bring another side forward for the 13-time winner. Madrid only lost to their next 13 games and drew 1-1 with City on the Etihad.
However, they finished second as Jurgen Klopp & Borussia Dortmund in the group and eventually lost to them in the semifinals. Mourinho also lost the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid by Diego Simeone and he left the club that summer.
Real Madrid does not come in the same form in this game. Until the weekend the defeat to Levante and the injury to Eden Hazard everything in the garden of Zinedine Zidane was bright.
Hazard's injury is a devastating blow to him, but not necessarily the worst news for Madrid. Real Madrid's record with him this season is seven wins, five draws and two defeats. Without him they have picked up 14 wins, six draws and two defeats. And he missed all but one of the 15 games they were unbeaten for the weekend loss.
However, he might bring them goals. He turned 21 for Chelsea in all competitions last season and even adding up half of that total would have eased the burden the rest of the team still felt was missing Ronaldo & # 39; s phenomenal goal-a-game ratio.
This also feels like a very different Manchester City. The team that turned up in 2012 was coached by Roberto Mancini. This time it will be the man whose Barca Mourinho's tortured Madrid so.
Pep Guardiola wrote a biography in 2001 with Diario Sport journalists Lu Martin and Miguel Rico in which he devotes a chapter to the brilliance of the then Juventus midfielder Zidane states: & # 39; play competition [LaLiga] & # 39 ;.
He wrote that he had never seen a player like him.
The two had similar coaching careers in taking over the clubs for which they played and winning trophies, despite limited prior experience. Guardiola against Zidane is probably different from Mourinho against Mancini.
Manchester City hopes for a different result. They were also confronted with Real Madrid in 2016 and were eliminated 1-0 in total.
Third time they are lucky on Wednesday night, they will come closer to the elusive Champions League success and put the future of Zidane in a little more doubt, although not as much as that of Mourinho in 2012.
Lionel Messi pulls the strings, Mo Salah plays tricks on Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling defies gravity while star names fight it out in the latest Pepsi ad
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi and Liverpool star Mo Salah appear prominently
The four stars of world football, all of which have endorsement deals with the carbonated beverage company, appear in the new commercial with all players who steal the Pepsi can separate.
One of the most funny segments is when a disguised Salah poses for a selfie with Pogba, before he sinks the drink and reveals his true form to the cameras.
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The advertisement was riot expired on Thursday morning and is coming at a time when all four players are in different shape and condition.
Barcelona captain Messi, as always, has a productive individual season – he has scored 19 goals in 27 games in all competitions.
However, Barca fired manager Ernesto Valverde last month, replacing him with Quique Setien, and being one point behind Real Madrid's rivals at the La Liga table with 14 games to go.
For Salah and Liverpool, they are heading for their first Premier League title, but did not compete with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
The Reds lost 1-0 to the Wanda Metropolitano and Salah was replaced after 72 minutes. That said, the Egyptian is Liverpool & # 39; s top scorer this season with 18 goals and will no doubt play a central role in the return match at Anfield on March 11.
United midfielder Pogba is currently injured and has only played twice since September due to problems with his ankle.
And yesterday, the American boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the World Cup winner was not close to returning to the training of the first team.
He has not been part of team training yet and it will depend on how he feels when he is ready is. He's not around there yet. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Sterling Manchester City & # 39; s missed a 2-0 win against West Ham on Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury, although it is expected to return within the next two weeks.
City played for the first time since their two-year Champions League ban was announced by UEFA last Friday, although the club denied any misconduct and appealed for suspension at the Arbitration Court for Sport.
There was a sense of inevitability that Giovanni Reyna would become a global star.
The son of former Manchester City and Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna and women's international Danielle Egan, Gio, as he is lovingly known to those around him, was from the beginning ready to combine the creativity of his father with his mom & # 39; s athletics. Football is indeed in his blood.
The American teenager, born in Sunderland, scored his first goal for them in the German Cup
But after scoring his first senior goal for Borussia Dortmund, even he would admit that he has surpassed what many had thought it was possible at such a young age.
Coming off the bench in Dortmund's 5-3 win over Augsburg, Reyna would have been the head of the day after becoming the youngest American to see in the history of Bundesliga. The only problem was a debut hat trick by Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland.
The honor previously belonged to Christian Pulisic, now from Chelsea, but after his debut goal in the 3-2 German Cup defeat against Werder Bremen came close to breaking the internet, keeping a lid on excitement around him is now impossible.
& # 39; In training you can see that he has something special, & # 39; said Dortmund boss Lucien Favre. & # 39; If you can't see that, you're blind. & # 39;
That goal, as he danced through the defense of Bremen before curling a nice finish in the upper corner, showed flashes of Eden Hazard and the close control that the Belgian controls. Patrick Vieira, who spent time with Reyna at New York City Football Club, compares him more with world cup winner David Trezeguet.
Whatever star is compared, Reyna never flatters to cheat. The fact that four countries could eventually fight for him emphasizes the greatness that is expected from now on.
Callum Robinson becomes 18th player to score for West Brom while Slaves Bilic & # 39; s championship leaders continue to share goals around
Callum Robinson became the 18th other West Brom player scores this season, with emphasis on teamwork making them four points clearly at the top of the championship table.
& # 39; At most clubs you see that a striker achieves 30 percent of the goals, but we've been different throughout the season, & # 39; said Slaven Bilic, whose party had to accept a draw after a late Forest equalizer.
& # 39; We lead scorers but share the goals around. & # 39; Van Robinson, on loan from Sheffield United the West Brom manager said: & Of course it is good to score your first for a new club. & # 39;
Robinson, who grabbed the opener but a stop-time winner was denied by the flag of the linesman, had played 16 times in the Premier League this season. But the 25-year-old admitted the opportunity for regular action at Albion was too tempting to resist.
"I was not out of the picture with Sheffield United, that's the crazy bit. I was given minutes, but it was still a bit annoying to want to start every game, & he said.
Robinson's only disappointment was that the 96th minute goal was canceled because teammate Kyle Bartley was offside, lying in the net with his foot extended across the goal line.
& # 39; Many texts have come through stating that Barts was already in the goal when the ball went inside. He doesn't get involved because he's in the net, so I don't get it, & Robinson said.
It was a fitting dramatic end to a tough match that referee Keith Stroud struggled to control. After Robinson Albion had shot 37 minutes ahead, Bartley pushed through his own net for the rest to take matters to the next level.
Forest was furious in 65 minutes when an error on Sammy Ameobi was not penalized and West Brom went up the field to make it 2-1, Forest & Tobias Figueiredo gets the final touch.
It spoke volumes for the minds of visitors that they were able to level at 90 minutes with their first shot at goal – a cracker from Matty Cash.
They remain in a play-off position, with skipper Ben Watson paying tribute to manager Sabri Lamouchi, who quickly learns in his first season in England.
& # 39; He has been willing to speak to people who have played here for a long time, & Watson said.
& # 39; We know that we are not the best team, but in addition to quality we also have a fight and determination and that can sometimes convince you. There are 13 cup finals left. "
The smooth Stroud showed only four yellow cards when both managers thought red should have been embroidered. Watson insisted that players abroad learn something about the championship.
"In other competitions you can be tackled, spin around and get free kicks and bookings," he said. "Sometimes in this competition you can definitely catch someone and nothing will be done about it. That happened a few times today. "
Boris Becker supports Andy Murray to return from the last nightmare injury after revealing admiration for Scot & # 39; s & # 39; determination and willpower & # 39; – who, in his opinion, is unrivaled in world tennis
Boris Becker has Andy Murray [supported to return from his last nightmare injury and regain his place at the top of his sport.
Murray is shortlisted in the Comeback of the Year category at the Laureus Sports Awards on Monday evening in Berlin after returning from a career-threatening hip operation.
The Scot faces a new fight for fitness after being excluded with a pelvic problem since November, but Becker believes he can achieve what few other players could achieve.
Becker said: & # 39; Most players would have retired after such a & # 39; n serious hip injury. If you asked me last year, I didn't think he would be here. But Andy is Andy and he came back and he played fantastic in the second half of last year. Andy has never had the most power or the most talent, but he always had great determination and willpower that distinguished him. to beat Barcelona last season.
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is nominated for Sportsman of the Year, while swimmer Alice Tai is shortlisted for Sports Player of the Year with a handicap.
Kane has been out of action since New Year's Day when he tore a tendon in his left hamstring in Southampton .
The striker was operated on to reattach the tendon to the bone and it is thought that he could train again in April to be fit for the last few games of the May season, and then be ready to Lead England on Euro 2020 in June.
But former Spurs and England manager Hoddle urges the captain of Three Lions to take extra time to recover from this final setback, his fifth serious injury in consecutive seasons.
Kane returned in time from a long resignation with an ankle injury to the Champions League final last June, but looked far from fit and shortly thereafter was below par in the final of the Nations League in England.
"It is very difficult for me to judge things from outside the medical side of things, but the only thing I would like to say is that you first have to be mistaken about safety.
"If you do something like that where the (tendon) has come loose, then you must be mistaken about safety and if you think you are ready, give yourself an extra month. That is what I would say, because he still has a wonderful career ahead of him and he does not want that (injury) to continue to get it back from now until the end of his career. I think that's really what he needs to figure out. & # 39;
Hoddle spoke during a screening of & # 39; Greavsie & # 39 ;, a film that will be released this week (18th) at BT Sport on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Jimmy Greaves, the Spurs- legend who scored 266 goals for the club and 44 for England. Kane pursues both records, with 175 for Tottenham and 32 for England, and Hoddle says that only injuries can prevent the current Spurs striker from catching up.
& # 39; You can't compare them as players because they are totally different styles, but it is within Harry's reach. The most important thing is injuries and he is currently overcoming them. It is important that he does not mess that up. He must ensure that it is 100 percent good for the future. & # 39;
Hoddle also believes that Kane & # 39; s ability to beat Greaves club record also depends on whether he will stay with Tottenham for the long term. & # 39; It depends on how long he stays in the club. He must be realistic to reach that amount (266 goals), he will probably have to stay another five or six years.
& # 39; Is that going to happen? We will wait and see. Only Harry and the club would know, but he has a record in sight and I never thought I'd say that about a Spurs player, so that's all a tribute to Harry Kane. And of course there is England too, and it's great that these two came from Tottenham. & # 39;
Hoddle believes that a wider recognition for his record-breaking performance as a player and & # 39; second & # 39; career as a TV star after overcoming alcoholism, for a devastating stroke five years ago. Greaves has always been overlooked by the honors system, but Hoddle supports the Mail campaign to get & # 39; Greavsie a Gong & # 39; and says that knighthood would not be undeserved.
& # 39; Why not? I think that would be fantastic, & Hoddle said. & # 39; Remember that he also had another career on TV, where he was excellent. It was a lot of fun and he bought a lot of smiles on the faces of many people. & # 39;
But it was on the field where Greaves was unrivaled, and Hoddle compares him to Lionel Messi in the modern game. & # 39; He was an absolute genius in scoring goals, but there was more to it. He could beat people, he was so fast-paced, like Messi.
& # 39; We all remember the dribbles and pretty goals he scored, but I remember that finish with one or two keys. They are the hallmark of genius and you cannot coach that. That is instinct, a gift that has been given by God.
& # 39; You could close your eyes and know when Greavsie got the ball – there was a buzz, an expectation that something would happen. He had that flair and it brought people to the edge of their seats. He was an absolute genius, no doubt about it. & # 39;
Greaves won the FA Cup twice with Spurs and Hoddle thinks his old club has a chance to win again this year, now that Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
& # 39; One of the things that focused on Spurs about Pochettino was the lack of silverware, but now they have Jose Mourinho who is a serial trophy winner. So he's the right man for Daniel (Levy) to come in and I think you now have the right jockey on the horse. It does not mean that the horse wins every time, but at least you give yourself the best chance of winning. & # 39;
Wolves vs Leicester LIVE: latest Premier League score and updates to the Champions League chasing Foxes traveling to Molineux
Wolves Host Champions League chasing Leicester in Molineux during the Premier League promotion on Friday night.
The men of Brendan Rodgers can even anticipate Manchester City in the rankings with a win, but the hosts will also hold European ambitions with their own
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Steve Bruce regrets Andy Carroll & # 39; s latest injury setback while Newcastle striker struggles to overcome hip injury
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce doesn't know when the big striker will be back
Steve Bruce regretted Andy Carroll & # 39 frustration ; s persistent rut. hip injury and says there is no time scale on his return.
Sportsmail revealed in November that the striker was suffering from the problem, which has not been resolved in the last two and a half months.
Carroll returned in seven games in December and early January, but has now been sidelined last month and misses Sunday's trip to Arsenal .
& # 39; The big problem for us is that Andy is still not right & # 39 ;, Bruce said. "That is a concern for the future. We expected that he would be fine (for Arsenal), but unfortunately he is not.
"Fortunately it is not his ankle, but with this hip he reaches a certain level in his rehabilitation and it is not quite right. It is a major frustration. & # 39;
Carroll told Sportsmail in December that he is determined to win a new deal at his home club. That happened during a series of starts and game-changing assists, and Bruce added: "There was a time before Christmas when he made a few assists and started a few, and that's exactly why we brought him in.
& # 39; Unfortunately, he sustained this injury and it has drifted within five or six weeks, when we expected it to be ten days.
& # 39; We don't set a time schedule on it, it's just the way it is. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Bruce could only have one fit striker on Sunday with Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto still tasting their condition despite their return to training this week.
Hong Kong Sevens is the newest sporting event to be the victim of coronavirus in battle for GB team for the Olympic Games
Sportsmail has learned that World Rugby is preparing to announce that & # 39; the world's best Sevens tournament, held annually in Hong Kong since 1976, will not go as planned take place in April, although the governing body hopes it can be moved later in the year.
The postponement or cancellation is particularly unfortunate bladder for rugby this year because the competition was targeted by 24 competing countries as a crucial preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games .
Fiji, the Olympic champions, have won the last five titles in Hong Kong. But England was also expected to challenge strongly with a team from many of the British team that will try to improve the silver medal they won in Rio four years ago in the summer.
Coach Simon Amor from England was recently named attack coach for the 15-a-side national team of Eddie Jones.
In addition to human costs, the corona virus outbreak and rapid spread have destroyed the sports calendar in large parts of Asia with Shanghai & # 39; s Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for April, the last event to be postponed.
The World Championships indoor athletics in Nanjing have been postponed to 2021 next month and the four opening tournaments in PGA Tour Series-China for golf have been canceled.
The Sevens of Hong Kong had previously been threatened by anti-government protests, which led to the Hong Kong Your rugby tournament was canceled.
But the organizers were determined that the Sevens would continue.
Robbie McRobbie, director of Hong Kong Rugby Union, insisted fourteen days ago that the Sevens would take place, noting that it was being held during the SARS outbreak in 2003, but the escalation of the coronavirus crisis has delayed as a result.
We also want Jadon! Liverpool is the newest club to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer … with a £ 100 million mark on the 19-year-old Manchester City goal
Liverpool Premier League leaders have now taken part in the race for the teenager
Liverpool are interested in closing a club record-kit deal with Sancho & # 39; s sponsors Nike, and will hope that manager Jurgen Klopp's ties with Dortmund, which he led for seven years, in their benefit will work in the pursuit of the Londoner.
Jadon Sancho is a sought-after man this summer and Liverpool takes part in the race
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Sancho is also good friends with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson. And he's close to Rhian Brewster, on loan to Swansea from Liverpool, the pair who helped England win the World Cup Under 17 in 2017.
Klopp admitted that in January & # 39; very difficult & # 39; would be to his team, but he is also open about his admiration for Sancho.
Klopp spoke to his former club last February for their cunning £ 8m catch of Sancho and said they had an advantage because the great clubs of England rarely do business with each other
He said: & # 39; Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never get the chance to get Sancho. We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think: "Can we get him?" No, because English clubs do not sell to other English clubs. & # 39;
Since moving to Germany, Sancho has become one of the most exciting young attacking talents of world football and has penetrated Gareth Southgate & # 39; s senior team in England.
He is in excellent shape, with 12 goals and 14 helping this season in only 19 Bundesliga games. Last month he became the youngest player to reach 25 Bundesliga goals.
Meanwhile, Klopp will talk to Mohamed Salah after Egypt has declared that they want to choose him for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.
Salah would miss the Liverpool preseason and start the campaign if he were to play in the Olympic football tournament, which runs from July 23 to August 8. The final decision about Salah's involvement is left to the player.