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Mastering momentum: exploring the anatomy of amazing comebacks | Andrew Anthony

Psychological momentum helped Spurs and Liverpool reach the Champions League final, even if they did not realise it Whatever you think about Jos Mourinho, most would agree he knows a thing or two about football. Surveying the two epic semi-final second legs of the Champions League, he came to two very different conclusions about Liverpools and Tottenhams unlikely victories. In the first case, he said, losing 3-0 in the first leg to mentality, specifically the mentality instilled in the team by Jrgen Klopp. In the second, he thought Spurs three…

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Pedro pegs back Eintracht Frankfurt with precious away goal for Chelsea

The Spain forward equalised late in the first half after Luka Jovic had given the home side the lead in the 23rd minute Eintracht Frankfurts supporters were still bellowing out deafening praise long after the final whistle had been blown but, as the team lined up in front of the ultras to show their appreciation, all who lingered in this arena knew the momentum in this tie had been stolen by Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri would warn of the threat the Germans will pose back in London, but his side had…

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Pep Guardiola talks tactics: ‘When the ball is at your feet, the ball is yours’

(CNN)Ever wondered why this Manchester City team is so good? Ever asked yourself what it would be like to train under the expert eye of Pep Guardiola? Guardiola watched their matches and his coaching staff analyzed the way the team played and then the serial title-winner oversaw a practice match between the Earl Kitchener Tavern’s footballers.

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Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 1: Arsenal to Huddersfield

Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead Arsenal Considering we were 10 points behind Spurs a couple of weeks back, with many starting to question Emerys ability, a combination of faltering competition and an upturn in form has suddenly made for a surprisingly positive mood. Now theres a chance to not just achieve a top-four finish, but also to restore the natural order in north London. More of this please Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Emery putting his best available XI on the park instead of paying the likes…

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Sergio Agero puts Man City into semi-final after fightback against Swansea

Manchester City overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Swansea 3-2 as Sergio Ageros late winner put his side into the FA Cup semi-final Manchester City clambered back from two goals down to reach the FA Cup semi-finals after Sergio Agero jumped off the bench to head home a controversial winner and break Swansea hearts. Agero was marginally offside when he snatched victory two minutes from time, stooping to nodin Bernardo Silvas cross, but in the absence of the video assistant referee Pep Guardiolas side completed a stirring comeback to keep…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick keeps Juve’s Champions League dream alive

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was under no illusions when he signed for Juventus last July. It was the first time Juventus had come back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg, prompting Ronaldo to tell Sky Italia: “Maybe that’s why Juventus signed me. To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we’re strong and we showed it.” Atletico must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo pushing for the future — he’s now scored a remarkable 25 goals in…

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Manchester City to issue apology and set up fund for Bennell abuse victims

Manchester City will launch a survivors scheme for the sexually abused victims of Barry Bennell and John Broome with compensation packages adding up to several million pounds Manchester City are launching a survivors scheme for the victims of Barry Bennell that will lead to the Premier League champions offering compensation packages, adding up to several million pounds, and ultimately an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time in the clubs junior set-up. In the first scheme of its kind to be set up by one of…

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The Super Bowl gets voice-enabled

Amazon, Dish, Comcast and others are hoping to turn Super Bowl 2019 into a way to show off the potential for their voice technologies and TV integrations. The companies this week have been touting new features and a variety of voice commands that will allow viewers to get prepared for the big game, learn about players and teams, tune into NFL news and highlights, set their recordings and more. In some cases, this may be as simple as asking your TV to tune to the Super Bowl, record the event…

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lvaro Morata winner earns Chelsea narrow victory over stubborn Vidi

Chelsea were run close by the Hungarian side Vidi in their Europa League group game at Stamford Bridge until lvaro Morata scored to earn them a 1-0 win lvaro Morata puffed out his cheeks and tried to muster a smile. He had provided the games decisive moment and his grateful teammates ran to congratulate him after his poachers finish. Yet Chelseas matchwinner betrayed relief more than joy by burying his face in Willians shoulder, and his struggle to enjoy the feeling of ending his barren run summed up an awkward…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at rape allegations: It goes against everything I am

Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied an accusation of rape made against him by Kathryn Mayorga Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied an accusation of rape made against him by Kathryn Mayorga, claiming such a crime was against everything that I am and believe in. Mayorga says she was assaulted by the footballer after they met at a Las Vegas nightclub in 2009. In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel last weekend she gave extensive details of her claims. Ronaldo responded on Wednesday on Twitter, saying he awaits the results…

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Didier Deschamps: The biggest victories can lead to the greatest foolishness

Having led France to World Cup glory and won Fifas coach of the year award, Didier Deschamps is at the pinnacle of his trade. But the big challenge will be staying there, he tells Amy Lawrence The crescendo for a team that finds itself growing as it hurdles the different stages of a tournament usually hits a high note at which everything suddenly seems incandescent with possibility. For France at the World Cup that came 57 minutes into the group he would take to Russia. The biggest decision I made…

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Meet Nice Jos: Mourinhos radical rebrand is a welcome move | Barney Ronay

After the Special One and the Grumpy One the Manchester United managers new direction appears to be a popular one There may have been more rivetingly awkward televised football interviews in the last few seasons than Jos Mourinhos rivetingly awkward post-match exchange with the BBCs Juliette Ferrington on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. But not many of them. And none as rivetingly awkward in quite the same way awkward to an end, pointedly awkward, awkward with a certain kind of gain in mind; and above all, just really…

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Mourinho says he is one of the great managers and quotes Hegel to prove it

Jos Mourinho has quoted the philosopher Hegel to demonstrate why he is one worlds finest managers and said finishing second with Manchester United last season was a great achievement Jos Mourinho has described himself as one of the greatest managers in the world and quoted the philosopher Hegel to defend the stance. He made the claim when asked what it meant to him to be in charge of Manchester United. I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I am also one of the…

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Eden Hazard confirms he will not leave Chelsea this month

Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity. Hazard has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time, and particularly so after strongly hinting last month, following Belgiums involvement at the World Cup, that his time in west London had come to an end. 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, Hazard insisted he is not going anywhere,…

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