& # 39; We need to dust ourselves off … there are enough points to pick up & # 39 ;: Ashley Young believes that Inter Milan is still in the Series A title race despite shock defeat to Lazio
The former Manchester United man had scored his first goal for Inter to bring them forward in the crunch clash, but the Rome outfit came from behind when Sergej Millinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile they gave a 2-1 victory.
Lazio leapfrog Inter saw the result in second place, with Juventus now three points clear, but Young remains optimistic. & # 39; Of course we are still in it, & # 39; he said to Sky Sports Italia. "There are lots of games, lots of points to grab and I'm sure we're going back to winning ways."
More to follow.
& # 39; I just wait quietly & # 39 ;: Jose Mourinho asks joke if his Manchester United party, who came second after Manchester City in 2018, should get the title before calling on Spurs to get as many points as possible
- Jose Mourinho couldn't resist a cunning joke about the Manchester City UEFA ban
- Tottenham's boss was asked if the fifth place would qualify for Champions League
- Mourinho joked about the fact that his former Manchester United side was awarded the 2018 title
- The city has promised to appeal against UEFA's decision to ban them from Europe
Son Heung-min scored a stopping time winner at Aston Villa and the Spurs boss was asked if the fifth might be good enough to qualify for the Champions League because City to make received a prospect of a two-year ban on the competition.
& # 39; I have not lost a single minute analyzing what UEFA should analyze, & # 39; replied Mourinho. & # 39; If I go into that, I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 will be champion, yes or no? & # 39;
His Manchester United team came in second, 19 points behind City in 2018, and the Spurs boss added: & # 39; That would be interesting but joking apart, me just wait quietly.
Fourth or fifth, I am just thinking about doing our best. The more points we can get, the better we can get. We will see where we are at the end of the season. If we are sixth or seventh, it doesn't matter if the fifth goes to the Champions League. & # 39;
Manchester City has promised to appeal against UEFA's decision to fine them with a fine and a ban from the Champions League for not complying with Financial Fair Play rules.
& # 39; Until the appeal ends, Manchester City has the benefit of the doubt. At the end of the trial we will see if they are being punished or not. & # 39;
Tottenham is in fourth place in Chelsea and goes to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
& # 39; There is a big fight, & Mourinho said. & # 39; This is the Premier League. So when we talk about fifth place, Wolves, Sheffield United, Man United, Arsenal and Everton certainly look at the table and week after week they say we can and they can. It will be very difficult. & # 39;
Gael Monfils defends his title in Rotterdam while sweeping Felix Auger-Aliassime aside in straight sets
- Gael Monfils won the Rotterdam Open for the second year on Sunday
- The entertaining Frenchman defeated teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-4
- He becomes the first man since Robin Soderling defends the title in Rotterdam
Gael Monfils emulated his idol Arthur Ashe successively by win Rotterdam Open titles, the Frenchman sails to a stress-free 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The World No. 9 each looked like the title defender, trying on the weaknesses of an inexperienced, often tense Auger Aliassime to triumph in an hour and 26 minutes.
In the first encounter between the two long, tousled right-handed people, there was initially little to separate them before Monfils, 33, broke in the fifth game.
Auger-Aliassime , the youngest final ever in Rotterdam, hit with his right hand between sets and urged himself to think.
But Monfils consolidated the break and rattled the next two games to win the first set in 39 minutes.
While Auger-Aliassime, 19, had to fight for every point, Monfils effortlessly went through the repertoire: booming serve, moving his opponent across the field, limber, lively movement and some fine, often acrobatic winners.
The second set continued in the same way, Monfils let Auger-Aliassime make the mistakes, while his focus remained intact.
The Rotterdam crowd welcomed every point the Canadian made. They wanted a final, but they didn't get one.
After surviving championship points, Auger-Aliassime broke back after taking Monfils three times to beat 5-2.
And a confident grip through world No. 21 Auger-Aliassime, sealed by a beautiful cross-court forehand, kept the slender hope that the crowd saw a third set alive.
But, serving for the second time for the championship, Monfils kept his head here to complete his tenth consecutive victory here.
This makes him the first man since Robin Soderling in Sweden in 2011 to win consecutive titles in Rotterdam, and only the fourth man in history, an achievement started by Ashe in 1975 and 1976.
When Lazio and Inter Milan meet in a top conflict on Sunday evening, there is an air of ignorance.
This season's unexpected title challenge is a bloody nose for Lazio, which has not played a title race for years.
And while Inter has enjoyed periods of supremacy more recently than their rivals from Rome, it is still a decade now that they were troubling the all-conquering Juventus remotely.
So you have to rewind to the late 1990s and early 2000s for the latter time that both Lazio and Inter were real challengers at the same time, although it was only Lazio who actually raised the trophy for Series A in those halcyon days.
That was a star-studded Inter team, with the back Javier Zanetti, Diego Simeone and Youri Djorkaeff in midfield, and the Bro Azilian Ronaldo, Roberto Baggio and Ivan Zamarano in attack.
] Although Inter would win the UEFA Cup in 1998 and beat Lazio in the final in Paris 3-0, they could never win their dom estic league, finishing second in 1997-98 and third in 1996- 97.
On both occasions, a slightly brilliant Juventus team including Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Filippo Inzaghi, Edgar Davids et al. Were crowned champions.
That Inter-team reached the quarter-finals of the 1998-1999 Champions League and lost a total of 3-1 to Manchester United, who defeated Juventus in the semi-final and the Treble.
With Italian competitions shown live on Channel Four on Sunday afternoon, the competition wore a certain glamor for English football fans.
Those leading teams have also caused awe and fear, especially if your team played in the European league. The first thing Gary Neville wanted to know when United stepped out of their group in December 1998 was whether Juventus had qualified because they were the European benchmark at the time.
We look back on the Inter team of that period with great admiration and wonder how they didn't win anymore. The reason was Juventus.
Take the decisive teams' meeting in April 1998, where Inter fans can still shudder when Juventus received a penalty when Del Piero was pushed back by Taribo West, just seconds after Ronaldo collided with Mark Iuliano on the other hand and referee Piero Ceccarini waved through.
Back to today and it's little surprise that Juventus again presents the biggest obstacle to an Inter-title triumph, which would be their first since Jose Mourinho was in charge in 2009-10.
Antonio Conte's team is not as blessed with world-class stars as they were two decades ago, but they are slowly adding contest winners.
Instead of Ronaldo and Zamorano, we now have Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who scored 17 and 11 Series A goals this season, respectively.
Perhaps the injury problems that Ronaldo suffered in the last part of his time in the San Siro are more similar to the ones Alexis Sanchez, on loan from Old Trafford, experienced this season.
Another feature of that vintage Inter team was their solidity at the rear, especially during their second placed finish in 1997-1998 when they only scored 27 goals in 34 league games.
This season, with people like Stefan de Vrij, Diego Godin and Milan Skriniar at the back, they have also been impressively economical and have so far admitted only 20, the lowest in the division … with Lazio.
Unlike Inter, the Lazio team that succeeded in a title bid succeeded the trophy in 2000 12 months earlier, frighteningly.
Sven-Goran Eriksson was in charge of a team that looks just as cool as he looks back: Marcelo Salas, Roberto Mancini, Simeone, Juan Sebastian Veron, Pavel Nedved, Alen Boksic, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Alessandro Nesta, Sinisa Mihajlovic etc.
Lazio, billed by Sergio Cragnotti, millionaire head of the Cirio food brand, made a splash with their large purchases.
But it wasn't enough in the 1998-99 campaign because they missed it on the Scudetto to AC Milan on the last day of the season.
Fans were furious when the club then sold star striker Christian Vieri to Inter for £ 30m, with Simeone the other way, but the reconstruction was impressive.
Veron and Nestor Sensini came from Parma, veteran Ravanelli and Simeone Inzaghi, the younger brother of Pippo.
They performed well throughout the season, but when Eriksson & # 39; s team Juventus was left with five points with only three games to go, it all seemed to be over.
But Juventus somehow lost 2-0 from Verona to open the race again and on the last day, after Lazio had conquered 3-0 to contribute to their share of action, when fueled up Perugia earned a point against the giants in Turin.
As we know, Eriksson would become England's manager only a few months later after he also delivered the Italian Cup in a double triumph.
Simeone Inzaghi is of course now the manager of Lazio, but instead of the headlines of the newspapers from the late 1990s, the current Lazio team has been slowly and cleverly put together over the past four years.
Ciro Immobile, perhaps the most in-form striker in Europe's top competitions, does what Inzaghi did this season and scored 25 Series A goals in 23 games this season.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic controls the midfield and attracts admiring glances from the Premier League, while Francesco Acerbi is the regular presence in the defense.
Like the Sven team, the current vintage from Lazio is fun to see. They have won 16 of their 23 league games and scored 53 goals, which is a second return to Atalanta, somewhere below them in fourth place.
Unlike the side of Sven, who beat the last ever-won edition of the Cup Winners & # 39; Cup by Real Mallorca in Villa Park in 1999, this Lazio team has not yet succeeded in Europe .
They crashed out of the UEFA Europa League in the group stage, ending under Celtic and Cluj, but this could be a disguised blessing because it gives them more preparation time between competition matches.
So it's a terribly long time ago since a match between Lazio and Inter had so much meaning.
But both can then discover that Juventus is the greatest obstacle between themselves and glory.
REVEALED: The Premier League title of Manchester City in 2014 is now UNDER THREAT with possible points deduction – and Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte could be sold
Manchester City will have to completely restructure their finances, possibly leading to the sale of leading players such as Raheem Sterling Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, as the Arbitration Court for Sport maintains the biennial of the Champions League imposed by UEFA & # 39; s Club Financial Control Body.
City is also faced with the possibility of being stripped of their Premier League title that was won in 2014 if a separate Premier League investigation found that they had violated the financial rules, which City denies.
Manager Pep Guardiola would support the club's position and pose no imminent danger of leaving, while retaining the club they are cleared of breaches of financial UEFA Fair Play rules.
But in the separate Premier League investigation, city has yet to be taxed and the governing body has not commented, although there is speculation about a point deduction this season, which would now be largely meaningless.
If city is taxed, the Premier League rulebook allows a commission to deduct points afterwards, which would have an impact on City's positions in the seasons concerned.
Although not confirmed by the Premier League, the period under investigation appears to be from 2012 to 2016, because that is when the UEFA CFCB says City has overestimated their sponsorship income. It is unclear whether the City City Premier League would cover the 2012 title win, although it would cover the 2014 win.
Star players including Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) are allowed to join the club abandoned
City receives no sympathy from the other 19 Premier League clubs, many of whom benefit from City being permanently weakened.
Premier League rules are less strict than those of UEFA, allowing losses of £ 105 million over three seasons, but rely on the figures submitted by the clubs.
The city insisted that all submissions were correct, but UEFA's CFCB says that the income from sponsorship is too high & # 39; goods.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that he was stunned by the news of the ban. & # 39; It was a shock, & # 39; he said.
Complete wow. What they have done in the field is exceptional. I don't know the rest. You believe the people you work with. I feel for them. They can appeal, so we'll see what happens then. It is clearly serious. & # 39;
The city is likely to stand in court this summer for D-Day, and the proceedings must take place before July 23, when the Europa League starts for the lowest qualified English club.
The city also cannot be sure whether UEFA's CFCB will approve their budgets in the future if CAS agrees to overestimate their revenues so they are not sure how much they can spend. It can lead to a player exodus and ex-England star and BT expert Jermaine Jenas said: & # 39; From a player's point of view … that's not my fault as a player …
& # 39 ; Now you tell me my ability to play in the Champions League will be taken away from me for the next two years. I don't see how the fans could personally blame them for running away. & # 39;
Liverpool's defense makes them the best in the industry … admit one goal in 810 minutes illustrates how their collective effort is so formidable
- Liverpool defeated Premier League wrestlers Norwich to increase the lead to 25 points
- Sadio Mane beat the winner and Liverpool is unbeaten in 408 days in the competition
- Liverpool was defensively supreme again and that is down to the collective
- As a team, they have conceded only one goal in the last 810 minutes of action
It was 33 minutes in a filthy and squally match Carrow Road held its breath and began to consider the prospect of a shock.
Norwich had hit the offside trap and Lukas Rupp suddenly noticed that he was putting pressure on the goal of Liverpool .
He had stolen a march and, for a good measure, he had Teemu Pukki next to him rushing ready to help.
You expected Norwich to score, but then the gigantic figure of Alisson Becker appeared. At that time, the odds increased dramatically when scoring Norwich.
Rupp hesitantly hesitated; Alisson jumped up and pushed the ball away in a flash while Pukki held his arms high in despair.
These chances are not very close to Liverpool. They may be a winning machine, a team that scores goals at the right times, but what brings them closer to the title is their desire to keep them out.
It was 408 days ago that Liverpool lost in the Premier League and in East Anglia they showed why they put together such a bizarre run. This was not their most flamboyant performance of the year, but it was full of the virtues that have made them the best in the industry.
Jurgen Klopp know that the story of his team breaking records and moving to silverware is inevitable, give their commanding position in the table, but it did not stop him from making his own story about the qualities of Norwich on Friday afternoon.
Some would have thought of him as support for a fellow countryman, but Klopp knew the first test after the break against the well-organized and energetic team of Daniel Farke full of danger and he didn't want them to get light treated.
For all the bobbing and weaving and shuffling, Norwich couldn't give a meaningful blow; it is not something they should feel depressed about. Many other parties tried this season, but became frustrated.
When these parties faced each other in August, there was something erratic about Liverpool's defense. Liverpool led 4-0 during the game, but it was not a reflection of how things had gone, because Norwich had created enough acceptable chances to score.
Gradually, however, Liverpool has its stingy manners. After keeping only two clean sheets in their first seven away games, the only time they had given away from home in the last two and a half months was in Wolves on January 23.
To give those statistics more credibility, it is the only time they have been broken in the league since December 7 – one goal against in 810 minutes tells the story of this team.
You can emphasize the quality of certain people, but Liverpool does not have such a formidable defensive record because Virgil van Dijk is in the middle or because Alisson stands between the posts. This is very much because of the collective.
Van Dijk has played his best football of the campaign since Joe Gomez returned to shape and fitness in December; the pair complement each other perfectly and a degree of Gomez & # 39; s rising confidence came in the first 45 minutes when he muffled a ball over his head to start an attack.
Gomez stretched his legs and turned his neck to sniff danger but he was not alone. Everywhere in the field you saw men in Red running after them with their arms like pumping pistons to keep the zero. They just don't give money and don't want to be defeated. That's why they have one hand on the title.
Given Tiger Roll go ahead to race for the third consecutive Grand National title because he offers to do one better than Red Rum in 1974 and achieves three consecutive wins at Aintree
- Tiger Roll will aim to win his third consecutive Grand National in April
- The 10-year-old got the green light after problems with knee surgery
- The Gordon Elliott trained horse makes his season debut tomorrow in Navan
- Tiger Roll is 5-1 favorite to win the Grand National in Aintree and make history
Tiger Roll has been given the green light to try for a historic third Randox Health Grand National win at Aintree on April 4.
The 10-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, makes his seasonal debut tomorrow in Navan, after a minor knee operation last year.
There were doubts about whether Tiger Roll would stand in the National after Tuesday it was confirmed that he would bear the highest weight of 11th 10 pounds, disappointed with his owners that he was no longer shown leniency by the handicapper .
But Eddie O & Leary, racing manager for owner Michael O & # 39; Leary, said yesterday that Tiger Roll will start at Aintree, provided he runs his run tomorrow and the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
O & # 39; Leary said: & # 39; If all goes well this weekend and everything goes well in Cheltenham, it will hopefully be the National. & # 39;
Even Red Rum did not win National in three consecutive years. Tiger Roll is 5-1 favorite for the national.
For Inter Milan and Lazio fans, this is where they wanted to be, even though it might have been a little imaginative at the start of the season.
For all investments and the talent that both parties possess, Juventus dominate Italian football and have shown no desire to leave the throne.
But for the first time in recent years, that decision can be taken out of their hands with an exciting three-horse title race, the conversation of European football.
Two of those par parties meet in Stadio O limpico on Sunday evening in what is by far the blockbuster of the weekend.
There is a feeling that it should not be missed for both. Win and the pressure is increased on Juventus. Losing and the psychological blow of the opposing countries can be too damaging to recover from.
Only one point separates the side before the kick-off and with Lazio at home, they will be the most relaxed of the two sides.
Simone Inzaghi's side is undefeated at the Olympic Games this season. Since the visit of Atalanta in May 2019, they have not felt what it is like to lose on their own patch.
She defeated Juventus there and won 5-1 at home in their last two Series A games. For Inter, every point made feels significant. Juventus stutters, but they will not give up too many chances for rivals to jump.
For Antonio Conte, he must use the mental power that showed his side in the Milan derby, coming back from 2-0 to win 4-2. That felt important. Not only for the result, or the fact that it was against their rival stadium, but because it conquered the faith that now flows along this side.
Unbeaten on the road this season – their only defeat in the San Siro league against Juventus – has something to offer on Sunday evening. A person's 0 must go, as the old saying goes in boxing. Unless they are right.
Romelu Lukaku flourishes with 17 league goals, Christian Eriksen looked sharp at the end of the derby and Ashley Young looks like a seasoned professional who only arrived in January to get right into the heat of the fight.
Somehow the title race could again take a dramatic turn.
Pressure builds on Sarri
There are a number of things the forces run out of Juventus don't like to lose and excessive praise give bitter rivals .
Maurizio Sarri stumbled twice on those two fronts. Another mistake and the former Chelsea boss may be set aside.
Napoli's defeat brought most of the supporters' fire.
& # 39; If you have to lose, I think I'd rather have Napoli come out of their current problems here, & # 39; said Sarri, who was previously the boss in Naples. He doesn't sound like a typical Bianconeri manager.
With a ninth consecutive title, Juventus is not everything that used to be a tough competition that appears to be a tough season this season .
He even managed to insult the Italian postal service after a defeat by Hellas Verona, as far as slippery slopes go, the former Chelsea boss staggers on the edge.
A Wrestling Visit Brescia comes at an ideal moment with Juventus ready to jump on the knocked down points of their title rivals. Mario Balotelli and Co have won only four wins in 23 games this season and are likely to roll and tickle their stomachs in Turin.
With Massimiliano Allegri who seems to be waiting in the wings, Sarri cannot afford anything less points now. He can silence his critics or give them a wealth of ammunition – and it all starts on Sunday.
Battle for the fourth heat in Bergamo
With Inter, Juventus and Lazio, this period seems to remain in its own class, there remains only one open spot for the games next season's Champions League.
For a while that fourth place had a number of suitors.
Cagliari flew out of the blocks at the start of the campaign before he dropped out. Bologna, spurred on by boss Sinisa Mihajlovic's disease, introduced himself as an external gamble.
What has happened since is actually a two-horse race and between free scoring Atalanta and Paulo Fonseca & # 39; s Roma .
They continued to match each other's results, until last weekend when Roma fell to Bologna in the Stadio Olimpico and Atalanta won with a win in Fiorentina.
SERIES ONE GAME WEEK 24 FIXTURES
Lecce v SPAL (14:00)
Bologna v Genoa (17:00)
Udinese v Verona (11.30am)
Sampdoria v Fiorentina (2pm)
Juventus v Brescia (14:00)
Cagliari v Napoli (17:00)
Lazio v Inter Milan (7.45 pm)
AC Milan v Torino (19.45pm)
That set up a show-stop Saturday night in Bergamo where, psychologically speaking, the victory would be seen as a huge result for everyone at the top.
Roma have started to look more vulnerable in recent weeks and that will concern Fonseca, especially when preparing for the most powerful attack in Italian football.
They have lost back-to-back matches and admitted seven, and everything close to those performances on Saturday would lead to a blow in the hands of Gian Piero Gasperini & # 39; s side.
Atalanta crossed to a 2-0 win over the Olimpico in September and the win at home would let them go clear six times in the race for the fourth.
The glimmer of hope for Roma comes in the knowledge that of the five league games at Atalanta this season four of them have arrived in Bergamo (to Turin, Juventus, Cagliari and SPAL).
This is perhaps the most difficult task for Chris Smalling and Co to put an end to their defensive crisis. But they fail to end it and they may find the race to the Champions League too difficult to win.
Lewis Hamilton unveils new Mercedes car as he seeks SEVENTH F1 title to align it with legendary Michael Schumacher
- Lewis Hamilton gets the first taste of the W11 during a shakedown test at Silverstone on Friday
- This year's 35-year-old British driver offers to match Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles
- ] Hamilton is also only seven victories shy from the German record ever of 91 victories Formula 1
- Hamilton has been associated with a switch to Ferrari but is in early negotiations with Mercedes on a new deal
Lewis Hamilton has unveiled the new Mercedes that he hopes will fire him to a record seventh Formula One World Championship.
The 35-year-old British driver gets the first taste of his new machine during a shakedown test in Silverstone on Friday afternoon.
Hamilton offers this year to match Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles. He is also only seven victories shy from the German record ever of the Germans of 91.
& # 39; At this time of the year you don't really feel any pressure & # 39 ;, Hamilton said.
& # 39; You are focused, but it's about enjoying the moment.
& # 39; The boys have worked so hard to assemble the car and only two of us, Valtteri (Bottas) and I, are allowed to drive it.
F1 SEASON START
] Preseason tests: February 19-21 and February 26-28, Barcelona
Date of first race: Sunday, March 15
Grand Prix: Australia
Location: Melbourne [1 9459013]
& # 39; It's pretty incredible and we can stretch our wings today. . It is a real privilege to be in this position. & # 39;
For the first time this year, Hamilton returned to the Mercedes factory in Northamptonshire on Tuesday after spending much of the low season in America.
He has entered the last 12 months of his £ 40 million-a-year deal, but is in early negotiations with Mercedes on a contract extension to stay with the team.
Hamilton has been associated with a switch to Ferrari, but the Italian giants renounced a move for the six-time world champion at their auto launch in Italy on Tuesday.
& # 39; This is my eighth year of driving for Mercedes, and the buzz is the same, & # 39; added Hamilton from the team that has won the past six drivers and constructors championships.
& # 39; They couldn't have been more excited, enthusiastic or driven.
& # 39; That is the most impressive. It might be easy for them to be relaxed today, but they are not. & # 39;
Hamilton will be in action during next week's three-day winter test in Barcelona before opening his defense championship in Melbourne on March 15.
The full length of the Premiership was ultimately reflected in this hefty score. Yet it wasn't the big gap between Celtic and Hearts that Parkhead collapsed in such a festive mood.
Now ten points free from Rangers after Steven Gerrard's men crashed in Rugby Park, Celtic fans cheered this as a very important evening in the pursuit of a ninth consecutive Premiership -title. The shape of their own team in 2020 makes it difficult to offer a counter argument.
This was a ninth win over nine since the winter break. 27 goals were scored. The momentum that swung towards Ibrox with that Old Firm victory on December 29, has since returned to the east end of Glasgow . Maybe decisive.