Was the hiring of Jose Mourhino the right move for Tottenham?

By November 20, 2019
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  • Juventus boss Sarri would welcome last-16 clash with Mourinho's Tottenham Juventus boss Sarri would welcome last-16 clash with Mourinho's Tottenham

    Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri would welcome a Champions League last-16 tie with Tottenham so that he can face off against "extraordinary" Jose Mourinho.

    The Italian champions eased into the knockout stages with five wins and a draw in their Group D campaign, culminating in a 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

    Tottenham suffered a 3-1 loss at Bayern Munich in their final Group B match, meanwhile, but they were already assured of second place behind the German giants in Group B.

    Juve and Tottenham could meet in the next round, with Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Real Madrid other possible opponents for Juventus.

    Mourinho claimed teams will be eager to avoid Tottenham, but Sarri is open to a reunion with the Portuguese, whom he previously faced off against during his time in the Premier League.

    "I have had the honour of getting to know [Mourinho] and I hold him in high regard," former Chelsea boss Sarri said at his post-match news conference.

    "He is an extraordinary person that is very different from the perception that the outside world has of him.

    "It was a real pleasure to get to know him. Playing against him isn't easy, but seeing him again would be great."

    Juventus are joined in Monday's draw by fellow group winners Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona, RB Leipzig and Valencia.

    Asked which side he considers favourites to go all the way and lift the famous trophy, Sarri replied: "Manchester City."

    Juventus return to Serie A action on Sunday with a home match against Udinese.

  • Champions League knockout stage dominated by Europe's top-tier nations Champions League knockout stage dominated by Europe's top-tier nations

    Europe's top five leagues have monopolised the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in the competition's history.

    With Atalanta's 3-0 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk, the Serie A side ensured only nations from Italy, England, France, Germany and Spain would complete the last-16 line up prior to the final group fixtures on Wednesday.

    Atalanta's win left only one place in the last 16 to be decided, with Atletico Madrid's 2-0 triumph over Lokomotiv Moscow – combined with a 2-0 loss for Bayer Leverkusen at home to Juventus – enough to send Diego Simeone's men through.

    It is the first time only teams from the top-tier nations in European football have been included in the draw for the knockout stage, which will take place on Monday.

    England – Premier League: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham

    Chelsea and Liverpool had the biggest scares of the group stage when it came to the English sides, though both ultimately qualified.

    Current holders Liverpool put in a clinical second-half display to dispatch Salzburg 2-0 in their final Group E match, with Frank Lampard's side progressing from Group H thanks to a 2-1 win over Lille – last season's semi-finalists Ajax dropping into the Europa League despite amassing 10 points

    Tottenham were on the wrong end of a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich in October, but three successive victories sent them through prior to their second meeting with the German champions, while Manchester City qualified as Group C winners.

    France – Ligue 1: Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain

    Paris Saint-Germain look like they mean business this season and, after ensuring their place in the next round with a 2-2 comeback draw away at Real Madrid, capped off their Group A campaign in style with a 5-0 thrashing of lowly Galatasaray.

    Neymar starred on Wednesday, with Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scoring too – with their star-studded forward line in such form, Thomas Tuchel's side should be some force in the knockouts.

    Memphis Depay was the hero for Lyon, meanwhile, as his 82nd-minute equaliser against RB Leipzig sent Rudi Garcia's side from bottom up to second.

    Germany – Bundesliga: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig

    Along with PSG, Bayern were the standout performers of the group stage – their haul of 18 points and a goal difference of +19 making them the best group winner in Champions League history.

    Leipzig made history when they secured their first participation in the knockout stage thanks to Emil Forsberg's double against Benfica on matchday five in Group G, though Borussia Dortmund had to see off Slavia Prague 2-1 in their final Group F game – and rely on Barcelona to defeat Inter.

    Italy – Serie A: Atalanta, Juventus, Napoli

    Atalanta seemed on the brink after three straight defeats to start their Group C campaign, yet Gian Piero Gasperini's side battled back – a draw with City and wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar continuing their Champions League adventure, becoming the first side to go through after losing their opening three matches.

    Juventus' tally of 16 points in Group D saw them equal their own record – set in 1996-97 and matched in 2004-05 – while Napoli hammered Genk 4-0 on Tuesday to book their last-16 berth, though it was not enough to keep Carlo Ancelotti in his job.

    There will be no place in the last 16 for Serie A leaders Inter, though, with Antonio Conte's side dropping into the Europa League.

    Spain – LaLiga: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia

    LaLiga, like the Premier League, will have four representatives in the knockout stage. Barca were unconvincing at times in Group F, but had enough to seal their spot with a game to spare before ending Inter's hopes.

    Atleti needed to overcome Lokomotiv on matchday six, but did so easily enough thanks to Joao Felix and Felipe – though Kieran Trippier missed an early penalty – and their city rivals Real Madrid ultimately easily progressed from Group A despite a chastening defeat to PSG in their opening match.

    Valencia were involved in a mighty tussle with Chelsea and Ajax, who beat them 3-0 in their first home match, but eventually topped Group H thanks to a 1-0 win over the Eredivisie champions on Tuesday.

  • Mourinho wants Bayern Munich rematch in Champions League Mourinho wants Bayern Munich rematch in Champions League

    Jose Mourinho hopes Tottenham get another chance to face Bayern Munich in a "proper match" in the Champions League.

    The Bundesliga giants recorded a 3-1 win over Spurs in Munich on Wednesday to wrap up a perfect campaign in Group B.

    It came just over two months after Bayern thrashed Tottenham 7-2 in London, but Spurs head coach Mourinho would welcome another meeting with the German outfit.

    "My wish is to [come] back and if we come back it has to be for the quarter-final or semi-final because we cannot play Bayern in the next round," he told a news conference.

    "My wish is to be back here for a proper match, a match that we would all like."

    Mourinho, who took over at Spurs last month, said he had tried to avoid discussing the 7-2 humbling with his players.

    "I tried to ignore what happened in the first match. I tried to hide it from the players," he said.

    "I didn't show any image of that. I didn't analyse with the players anything from that match, but it was important for us to come here and get out with a result, with the minimum of dignity."

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