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Pochettino calls for FA over fixture schedule

Pochettino calls for FA over fixture schedule

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino has called on his side to ‘finish the job’ in their last 16, second leg clash at Borussia Dortmund after winning the first leg 3-0 at Wembley.© dpa/AFP Bernd ThissenDORTMUND. Germany, Mar 5 – Mauricio Pochettino has appealed to the FA and Premier League to help English clubs in the Champions League after complaining about Tottenham Hotspur’s limited recuperation time before facing Borussia Dortmund.Spurs play Dortmund away in Germany on Tuesday in their last 16, return leg after thumping the Germans 3-0 in the first leg at Wembley. However, Pochettino, 47, is far from happy with having a day less to prepare for the last 16 tie at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.Spurs had a bruising 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal in Saturday’s North London derby, while Dortmund lost 2-1 at Augsburg on Friday night in the Bundesliga.“They played Friday, we played Saturday,” said Spurs coach Pochettino.“It’s not fair to play with a massive disadvantage.“We need help from the FA and the Premier League – for us it’s impossible.“We played (a Premier League game) on a Sunday before the first leg, which was on a Wednesday, when Dortmund played Saturday.“Now we played Saturday, Dortmund played Friday.“I don’t know if the FA or the Premier League are to blame or television, who wanted us to play live Saturday or Sunday.”Pochettino pointed to the example of Stade Rennes, who postponed a French league game at the weekend to prepare for Thursday’s Europa League, last 16 tie at home to Arsenal.“Looked what happened to Rennes, they had a game cancelled the weekend game to held prepare to play Arsenal,” said Pochettino.“In Europe, the people are more sensitive to helping their clubs prepare for Europe, that’s my point.“I want us to have the same amount preparation time as our opponents.“We need to change it in the future to help English clubs be stronger in the competition.”Spurs last reached the Champions League’s quarter-finals in 2011 – losing 4-0 at Real Madrid and beaten 1-0 at home – and Pochettino knows this is a golden chance for Spurs.Harry Kane is expected to lead Spurs’ attack while Pochettino said Harry Winks and Eric Dier could feature after injuries.The Argentinian repeatedly said Spurs must ‘forget’ their heavy first-leg win at Wembley and finish the job by seeing off a Dortmund team who have one win in seven games.Son Heung-min and Kane scored at Dortmund when Spurs won 2-1 in the group stages in 2017/18 and Pochettino wants another convincing away win.“It’s a great opportunity to go to the next round, but we need a good performance – it’s going to difficult,” said Pochettino.“The 3-0 at Wembley is not important.“We need to forget the first leg, be very professional and win the game.“We need to start at a very good level, be aggressive, fight from the beginning, high tempo.“We know Dortmund are a good team, they deserve to be there and they are going to start aggressive and try to push us deeper – we need to be just as aggressive.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mets Draw Royal Foe

Mets Draw Royal Foe

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up.The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy’s power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, aiming to atone for last year’s near-miss.Served up with some BBQ and bagels, too. A tasty World Series, indeed.The Royals set the matchup Friday night, beating Toronto 4-3 in Game 6 of AL Championship Series. The Mets were waiting, having swept the Cubs on Wednesday night in the NLCS.“Really good team. Really good pitching over there,” Escobar, MVP of the ALCS, said about the New Yorkers.They start Tuesday night in Kansas City. Already, the clubs have made history — this is the first World Series between franchises born in the expansion-era 1960s.Maybe more on deck.Can Murphy, never a major home run threat with the Mets, extend his record by connecting in a seventh straight postseason game? How will Kendrys Morales, Escobar and KC’s contact hitters fare against Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and the fresh New York aces? When will closers Jeurys Familia and Wade Davis ever give up a run?Plus, the first World Series action at Citi Field when the scene shifts for Game 3. Then Game 4 on Halloween night, followed by Game 5 in November on the day of the New York City Marathon.Plenty of stars on both sides — David Wright and Curtis Granderson for New York; Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez for Kansas City — who fans can follow into the future.In fact, consider this a preview for the 2016 season. Yep, opening day in the majors next April 4 is Mets at Royals.This much is certain: One team wearing blue is about to end a long drought.The Royals, who lost to San Francisco in Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium last October, haven’t won the crown since George Brett and Bret Saberhagen starred in 1985. The Mets’ most recent title came in 1986, led by Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.Over the years, the Royals and Mets did share some things. David Cone, Carlos Beltran and Saberhagen are among the guys who played for both teams.The teams have met only nine times since interleague play began in 1997, with the Royals holding a 5-4 edge. The Mets haven’t even visited Kansas City since 2004.But not much to link this current crop of Mets and Royals to each other. Other than a pair of clubs playing real sharp ball these days.Manager Ned Yost’s Royals are known for speed, defense and their bullpen. Cain and the other fleet outfielders seem to catch everything, and young ace Yordano Ventura has made his mark with every hard fastball.Kansas City also has loads of World Series experience and added veteran Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto for the pennant push.Mets manager Terry Collins is in his first World Series, as are nearly all his players. Few of them had been in the postseason until this year.No matter, they did just fine in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series vs. major league ERA leader Zack Greinke at Dodger Stadium. Didn’t hurt them against the big-hitting Cubs, either — the Mets never trailed for a single inning in that series.last_img read more

Watch: Oklahoma State-Texas Highlights Called by Dave Hunziker

Watch: Oklahoma State-Texas Highlights Called by Dave Hunziker

first_imgGreat stuff here from Dave Hunziker. The more I watch that J.W. Walsh goal line pass, the more I love it. These highlights are always made better by Hunziker’s call, by the way. His line at the end is great.“The angel of Pitt comes down from Heaven and delivers a victory for Oklahoma State!”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img