Monaco dream on after reaching semis

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s Valere Germain celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on April 19, 2017 © AFP / Valery HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Apr 20 – A brilliant Monaco side that has taken Europe by storm will not relent in their bid for glory after beating Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League semi-finals, promised coach Leonardo Jardim.The team from the Mediterranean principality were too good for their German opponents in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg, winning 3-1 at the Stade Louis II to advance 6-3 on aggregate. “We have won nothing, but we have made history,” declared Portuguese coach Jardim after the game, as his side extended a run that began in the third qualifying round against Fenerbahce last July, nine months ago.Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, skipper Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain got their goals with Marco Reus netting for Dortmund on a memorable night for the hosts.The last team to come through two qualifying rounds to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League was Dynamo Kiev in 1999, although the format was different in those days.Nobody expected Monaco — conquerors of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the last round — to get this far but they have done it playing a superb brand of football that has yielded 141 goals so far this season.Now they are preparing for their first semi-final appearance since 2004 as they join Juventus, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the draw.None of those teams will fancy playing Monaco, who for all Paris Saint-Germain’s efforts in recent years will be the first French representative in the last four since Lyon in 2010.Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe Lottin confronts Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Buerki during the UEFA Champions League match on April 19, 2017 © AFP / BORIS HORVAT“We have taken France into the semi-finals. We want to go out and enjoy it but all four sides are capable of winning the competition,” warned Jardim, whose team were visited by Prince Albert in the dressing room afterwards.Monaco are not just fighting for glory in Europe — they are also top of the French league and in the French Cup semi-finals, but fatigue is their biggest foe now.“It’s not easy to play in Europe and try to win the league. We are the team that has played the most games in Europe, so it’s tough,” added a coach who has been linked to Arsenal in the British media.“Maybe if we had lost in the last 16 we would be fresher now, but we won’t ask our players to change their mentality. We just need to recover well.”A crunch game at Lyon awaits in the league at the weekend as they look to keep going on all fronts.“If I have to choose, it’s normal to prefer to win the Champions League, but maybe our chances of winning it are slimmer than winning the league. We will give everything in both,” added the coach.– Tough for Dortmund –For Dortmund, elimination was hard to take but the tie was overshadowed by the bomb attack on their team bus en route to last week’s first leg which left Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.Bartra was there to support his teammates in Monaco but it was another difficult night as their bus was delayed in leaving for the ground, held up by police for security reasons.“It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack — everyone was on the bus ready to go but we were not allowed to,” said coach Thomas Tuchel.The kick-off was delayed by five minutes but Dortmund’s concentration was again affected.“It’s only eight days after the terrible attack so we shouldn’t lend too much significance to the team’s performance,” added Tuchel, who was taking charge of Dortmund for the 100th time.“It was very difficult for the players so I can’t be too critical. We felt ready to push for a semi-final place before the tie but things changed dramatically.”Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga and Tuchel added: “Our path does not end here. We will not be favourites next year but we need to qualify first and then be as unpleasant to play against as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Derby opening game for Chelsea! See all the Blues 16-17 Premier League fixtures

first_img Scroll down to see who Chelsea face and when in the new Premier League season 13/08/2016    15:00    West Ham United (h)20/08/2016    15:00    Watford (a)27/08/2016    15:00    Burnley (h)10/09/2016    15:00    Swansea City (a)17/09/2016    15:00    Liverpool (h)24/09/2016    15:00    Arsenal (a)01/10/2016    15:00    Hull City (a)15/10/2016    15:00    Leicester City (h)22/10/2016    15:00    Manchester United (h)29/10/2016    15:00    Southampton (a)05/11/2016    15:00    Everton (h)19/11/2016    15:00    Middlesbrough (a)26/11/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (h)03/12/2016    15:00    Manchester City (a)10/12/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (h)13/12/2016    19:45    Sunderland (a)17/12/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (a)26/12/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (h)31/12/2016    15:00    Stoke City (h)02/01/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (a)14/01/2017    15:00    Leicester City (a)21/01/2017    15:00    Hull City (h)01/02/2017    20:00    Liverpool (a)04/02/2017    15:00    Arsenal (h)11/02/2017    15:00    Burnley (a)25/02/2017    15:00    Swansea City (h)04/03/2017    15:00    West Ham United (a)11/03/2017    15:00    Watford (h)18/03/2017    15:00    Stoke City (a)01/04/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)05/04/2017    19:45    Manchester City (h)08/04/2017    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (a)15/04/2017    15:00    Manchester United (a)22/04/2017    15:00    Southampton (h)29/04/2017    15:00    Everton (a)06/05/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough (h)13/05/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (a)21/05/2017    15:00    Sunderland (h) 1last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup brace

first_imgArsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Joe Willock was delighted with his brace in their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Willock was full of pride at the final whistle.He said, “We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.”It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.”I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play – that’s my main objective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoEngland coach Southgate understands Bulgarian anger

first_imgEngland coach Southgate understands Bulgarian angerby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says England must fix their own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected to racial abuse when the two countries face in Sofia on Monday.But Southgate insists his team will abide by UEFA’s three-step protocol, which allows the referee stop the match, then take players off the pitch, and if the problem persists an abandonment can be announced.”I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does, because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys,” Southgate told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.”That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.”If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.”We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.”I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Aly Raisman Explains Why Gabby Douglas Didn’t Show For The MTV VMAs

first_imgAly Raisman being interviewed.Sunday night, the United States women’s gymnastics team, which took home the team gold in this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games, made an appearance at the MTV VMAs to hand out an award to Beyonce for Best Female Video. But one key member of the squad was missing.This year’s ‘Final Five’ included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas. But when the team took the stage Sunday night, Douglas was not with the group.Why? According to Raisman, Douglas was in the hospital suffering from an allergic reaction. Her publicist Lesley Burbridge later added that it’s a mouth infection from a previous injury.Raisman and her teammates have been on quite a whirlwind victory tour since returning from Rio. Meeting Beyonce is likely one of the highlights.last_img read more

Mark Sanchez Placed on Jets Injured Reserve

Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, the New York Jets announced.Placed on IR, by rule, the quarterback must miss six weeks of practice and eight games.Head coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that it was “realistic” for Sanchez to play again this season. Team doctors advised Sanchez that surgery is not necessary at this time, and that he could rehabilitate the shoulder.The QB tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder after he was drilled by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. The injury happened while Sanchez was going through an intense summer-long competition with rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback spot.General manager John Idzik said in a statement on Sept. 4 that “we’re not looking at (injured reserve). We’re looking at Mark continuing to rehab. He’s day to day.”Sanchez told the NFL Network Thursday that he would try his best to play again this season. read more

Reds can win the double Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson feels Liverpool have what it takes to complete a Premier League and Champions League double this season.Heading to the tail end of the campaign, the Reds are still in the driving seat to win the title and equally fancy their chances of winning the Champions League.Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s game, Henderson described the clash with Bayern as “the biggest of the season” and promised to carry on with that mentality till the end of the campaign.“If we had to choose, we’d choose both,” he replied when asked which competition he would rather win.“We prioritise game by game, no matter what competition it is, so Tuesday night for us is the biggest game of the season. And then so on and so on.“It’ll be like that until the end of the season, that’s how we approach every game.“That’s what we need to do, it’s not about favouring one competition.“I feel we have a good enough squad to be able to challenge in both competitions as best we can, and hopefully at the end of the season we see we’re champions of at least one, if not both.”Bookmakers fancy Klopp’s men to scale through to the quarter-finals, considering the Bavarians inconsistent form this season.Henderson, though, thinks Bayern should not be written off ahead of the clash.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Daily Mail: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson eyes Premier League and Champions League glory https://t.co/Or8qpeu8Hy #lfc #ynwa pic.twitter.com/wvD11ZCIOs— Liverpool News 365 (@iLiverpoolApp) February 18, 2019“It’ll be very tough,” the England midfielder added via FourFourTwo.“They’re only two points off Dortmund in the domestic league and have been consistent finalists and semi-finalists [in the Champions League].“They’ve got world-class players so we know how difficult it will be but having said that we feel confident in the group that we can go and hurt them.“It’s up to us to show that tomorrow night.“The amount of big games we played last year can only help us.”Up next after Bayern is a big clash away to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.last_img read more