Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: I feel same pressure as Jurgen Klopp

first_img Press Association Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds’ disappointing start to the season. The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four. Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure. “Can he win one title in four years? I don’t know. It’s a question for other people, not me,” the Argentinian said. “I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It’s like us at Tottenham – there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no? “I think it’s very good for the Premier League that he comes here. “He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best – after Saturday.” Pochettino led Southampton to eighth in his first full campaign in England, which equalled the club’s highest league finish since 1990. Southampton’s players quickly adopted Pochettino’s high-pressing style and he believes Klopp can make a similarly swift impact at Anfield. “Convince the players they believe in your philosophy and your ideas – that’s the first important thing,” Pochettino said. “Then you need to know the culture, the different mentality, the different football in England. “When you are a manager like Klopp and you have the capacity to manage in the Champions League final, you have the skill to adapt your ideas to the new culture.” center_img Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.last_img read more

Rain halts Windies charge

first_imgWEST Indies’ hopes of moving up to and beyond India’s first-innings total in St Lucia was denied by persistent rain yesterday.The hosts gave themselves a solid platform from which to build on day two after reaching the close 107-1, chasing India’s 353 all out in the third Test.However, Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite were unable to resume their innings as the weather ensured no play was possible at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet.Both sides will hope the weather improves today with Brathwaite 53 not out and Bravo unbeaten on 18, with 98 overs to be bowled in the day.last_img read more

Tottenham at Critical Point of the Season

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUETottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, said yesterday that the team has arrived at the moment of the season when it can either “win or lose everything”, starting this evening against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.Since Tottenham signed off the group stage of the competition with a 3-0 home victory over Apoel Nicosia in early December they have lost only once in 20 games. Such consistency has taken the team into fourth spot in the Premier league, the FA Cup quarterfinals and on the cusp of the Champions League quarterfinals.A 2-2 draw in Turin last month means Tottenham is favourites to progress to the quarterfinals after the last 16 second-leg game at Wembley Stadium.“It’s true we have a small advantage because we scored two goals away from home,” Lloris, who conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, told a news conference yesterday.“But if you don’t have the right energy, the right mentality and the right attitude things can turn very quickly.”Lloris said Tottenham’s tight-knit squad has got “stronger and stronger” under manager Mauricio Pochettino and learned from the disappointment of failing to get past the group stage of the Champions League last season.“Most of the players have been here two, three or four years together and we have many shared experiences,” he said.“I think we have arrived at the point where we have maturity and we know exactly the expectation from the manager and how he wants us to play football.“Now it’s just to enjoy because we are in the period of the season where we can win and lose everything we have worked for.“We are in good shape, mentally and physically strong and we have good opportunity today against one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a great moment to show the real face of Tottenham, the state today of the team and the club.”A 0-0 or 1-1 draw would be sufficient for Tottenham to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the second time.But Lloris says they will be positive.“If you start to think too much and play for a draw, especially against an experienced team like Juve, you could be in trouble. The best way is to start sharp and like we usually do at home,” the France international said.RESULTSPSG 1-2 Real MadridLiverpool 0-0 FC PortoTODAYMan City Vs FC BaselTottenham Vs JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Here’s why NFL free agency hasn’t involved any XFL players

first_imgThe XFL season was canceled midway through its first year due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the players in the league free to sign with NFL teams … or so we thought.Shortly following the XFL’s announcement of a canceled season, reports started coming in saying players could sign “immediately.” The XFL has advised players they can sign immediately with teams in the NFL or any other league once their exit physicals are complete tomorrow, per sources. So for the stars — Josh Johnson, P.J. Walker, Jordan Ta’amu, et al. — a chance to land quickly.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2020But it turns out that’s not the case.MORE: Kenny Robinson joined the XFL to help his mom. Now he’s eyeing the NFL DraftThe NFL sent a memo to all of its teams on saying, “they were not permitted to discuss possible employment with players under contract to the XFL,” adding this “prohibition remains in effect,” per ProFootballTalk.Update: The NFL told clubs tonight it “is working with the XFL to finalize procedures to permit NFL clubs to sign XFL players.” For now, NFL clubs remain prohibited from discussing employment with players under contract to the XFL, which ended its season because of COVID-19. https://t.co/jJFGyWVWHr— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 18, 2020Before having to cut its season short, the XFL had a strict policy when it came to letting players join the NFL. The league denied letting Landry Jones, Josh Johnson and P.J. Walker join interested NFL teams before the start of the XFL season. The XFL wants its players to eventually play in the NFL, but not while they’re under contract. The coronavirus situation has made things difficult, however. XFL contracts lasted from Dec. 3, 2019 to May 31, 2020, so technically players are still under contract in the XFL despite the shortened season. A memo sent out to players on March 12 (when the season ended) told them, “Pursuant to the XFL standard player contract, all players who receive a written request to negotiate, and/or sign, a contract with any professional football team will be released from their contracts upon executing an XFL notice of termination.”Essentially, the XFL will allow players to sign with NFL teams, but they’re still technically under contract until May 31. The NFL is likely telling its teams to stay away for legal reasons, just to be safe.As NFL Media’s report states, the two leagues are working to make it possible for players to sign. So expect some sort of update within the near future.last_img read more

Northern Lights may make a show over Donegal tonight

first_imgThere is a chance that the amazing Aurora Borealis light show will shine over Donegal tonight, according to sky watchers. The Northern Lights phenomenon is visible from the North West during times of strong solar activity. Current forecasts are looking good, as a moderate G2 geomagnetic storm is ongoing and expected to continue into the night.If activity keeps up, it could mean that low-latitude regions such as the north coast of Ireland and the UK could get a glimpse of the lights. The Aurora Alert Ireland group tweeted out a hopeful sign for Donegal: “Great potential for aurora on the northcoast tonight. Skies should be relatively clear, bar patches of fog. Looking good for viewing tonight.”The best areas of Donegal for aurora sightings are near the northern horizon, away from the lights of towns and lights and at higher levels. With warm temperatures lasting into the night, it could be an ideal time to head out aurora hunting. If you’d rather stay in, a new option has become available for people to keep an eye on the Malin Head coastline.Met Eireann’s new website features a live webcam from Malin Head station, with @Aurora_Ireland  pointing out that Camera No 2 is directed straight out to sea. Careful camera settings are usually required to pick up the Aurora, but it’s worth checking back on the webcam after the moon has set to see if you can catch it online. Visit: https://www2.metweb.ie/latest-reports/web-camsIf you do photograph the Northern Lights tonight, send your photos [email protected] to be featured. Featured image by www.sarahsayersphotography.comNorthern Lights may make a show over Donegal tonight was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aurora Borealisnorthern lightslast_img read more