I like Mauricio and Klopp I’ll be in trouble in the final – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his former rivals Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp following Liverpool and Tottenham’s incredible Champions League comebacks to reach the final.

The former Manchester United boss has even gone as far as to say he wants both men to win a trophy, as they prepare to go head to head in Madrid to win the biggest trophy in European football.

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Mauricio Pochettino lost control as Tottenham pulled off the most unlikely of comebacks

Mourinho was speaking this week as a guest pundit on BeIN Sports, as the world witnessed some of the finest European action of all time.

Giving his verdict on two quite remarkable comebacks, Mourinho was praising of his two former nemeses.

‘I will be in trouble in the final because I like Mauricio and Jurgen very, very much and I think they both deserve to win a trophy!’ said Mourinho.

Spurs came back from 3-0 down against an Ajax side which has dazzled Europe this season, while Liverpool pulled off the seemingly impossible task of beating Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to progress with a 4-3 scoreline.

Jurgen Klopp likewise orchestrated one of the finest comebacks in Liverpool's storied history

Reflecting on his own experience in the competition Mourinho, who won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan, admitted it was a case of knowing your players.

‘You have to read the battle, to read your soldiers and their qualities,’ said the Portuguese.

‘Football is to have fun but football is about winning.’

How Origi and dad Mike Okoth produced a twin performance 22 years apart

Tottenham and Liverpool will go head to head inside Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday, June 1.

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‘Never doubted the master artist! Arnold leads praise for Divock Origi

Led by Divock Origi, Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions league history, after they overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final.

Liverpool produce one of the greatest comebacks to drown Barcelona

Origi who was replacing the injured Firmino, fearlessly led the front line grabbing an early goal that opened the floodgates.

Second half substitute, Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick goals to level the match sending the Anfield faithful into frenzy. Then Origi stepped up once again to completed a remarkable victory for Liverpool when he swept Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner into the back of the net late on.

His heroics won many hearts around the world including Kenyans thanks to his Kenyan roots.

His cousin and Kenyan international goalkeeper, Arnold Origi led the praises for Mike Okoth’s son branding as a ‘Master artist’.

Arnold who took to Instagram wrote;

You Never let up, Never gave up. Even when it got heartless in the middle of the dark heart, ur head was always high. High to the sky. Kept the faith and never doubted the MASTER ARTIST. Eyes firmly fixed on the prize. Now the MASTER ARTIST has turned the mess into a masterpiece 🙏🏾🙏🏾. So happy and proud of you @divockorigi
#alwaysbelieve🙏🏾

 

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Below are some of other reactions from celebrities.

Nigerian singer, Mr. Eazi wrote: God is Great!!!!

Popular radio presenter Mike Mondo said: That divock origi goal is better than Arya stark stabbing the night king.

Sports presenter, Carol Radull: What!!!!! Divock Origi AGAIN!!! Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona 80′ I guess now we HAVE to believe in miracles!

With Tottenham looking to emulate Liverpool tonight by overturning a one goal deficit against Ajax, Kenyans are hoping that Spurs go through so that we can have Wanyama and Origi in the finals.

Congratulations Origi and all the best to Tottenham tonight!

 

Liverpool produce one of the greatest comebacks to drown Barcelona

Liverpool produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history by overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final.

Kompany gives City vital win over Leicester to leapfrog Liverpool

The Belgian striker quickly reacted to a brilliant corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold to complete a spectacular comeback

After Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp a week ago, few gave Liverpool a chance of scoring the goals they needed to progress, let alone preventing the La Liga champions from scoring themselves.

However, Divock Origi opened the floodgates in the first half and come second half, Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick goals to level the match. three all in aggregate.

The second-half substitute rose highest to head in his second goal just minutes after scoring his first for the hosts

Origi completed a remarkable victory for Liverpool when he swept Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner into the back of the net late on.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Nuno Santo have been nominated for the Premier League’s manager of the season award.

Manchester City boss Guardiola could become only the third manager to retain the Premier League title after Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho as his side bid to win an unprecedented domestic treble.

The 28-year-old latched on to a cross to put his shot low and hard past Barcelona's German goalkeeper

The Spaniard is being pushed hard for the title by Klopp with Liverpool already reaching the fourth-best points total of any team in a single PL season with one game to go.

Nuno has guided Wolves to a seventh-place finish and potential European qualification in their first season back in the Premier League.

Ter Stegen is unable to keep the ball out as Wijnaldum scores Liverpool's second goal to send fans into a frenzy

Kompany gives City vital win over Leicester to leapfrog Liverpool

Defending Champions Manchester City are one win away from lifting the Premier League title after a stunning goal from Vincent Kompany secured a one nil victory against Leicester at the Etihad Stadium.

City started the match on a slow even though Sergio Aguero came close but was denied by the post. However, City’s skipper Kompany produced the game’s decisive moment after the break with a breathtaking 30-yard strike.

The vastly-experienced Belgian got in his stride before unleashing a stunning strike into the top corner of the Leicester net

He was meant to have been phased out long ago. He wasn’t Pep Guardiola’s type, remember. He wanted defenders like midfield players, not old fashioned warrior centre-halves. Plus, there were the injuries. In Guardiola’s first season here. Kompany’s struggles were so bad the manager didn’t even include him in his thinking. If he was available, if he could play, it was a bonus.

Yet here he is, three years into Guardiola’s revolution, scoring the goal that leaves Manchester City on course for the most competitively fought title in history.

The result puts Pep Guardiola’s side a point ahead of second-placed Liverpool with just one league match left. City’s final match will be against Brighton while Liverpool will host Wolves.

If they win, City would also become the first club to secure back-to-back Premier League titles since rivals Manchester United in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Ninety eight points. That is what they will need, in all likelihood, to win it. They would have fallen short without Kompany and a goal that will be remembered, replayed and celebrated decades from now. A spectacular goal, not the type traditionally scored by players in his position. This was his Aguerooo moment.

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Crazy night! Tottenham knock Manchester City out of Champions League

Tottenham yesterday knocked out Manchester City out of the champions league on away goal in a thrilling match that saw Manchester City win 4-3 with the game ending four all on aggregate.

The match started on high note as Raheem Sterling gave City a one nil lead in the fourth minute but four minutes later Spurs were leading 2-1 courtesy of Son Heung-min two goals.

Sterling dives to the floor in front of the City supporters during the European contest

City were back on level through Bernado Silva’s deflected shot and Raheem Sterling put them ahead in the 20th minute. Sergio Aguero’s second half goal appeared to have sealed City’s fate but there was still more drama as Fernando Llorente goal was confirmed by VAR.

City appeared to have scored the winning goal through Sterling but the the goal was ruled offside by VAR as Spurs matched to semi finals on away goal rule.

Fernando Llorente proved the difference as he scored the vital third away goal at the Etihad

There were four minutes to go before half-time when Mauricio Pochettino made one of the boldest calls of his managerial career. Moussa Sissoko, a strong-running midfielder, limped slowly from the pitch; Fernando Llorente came on.

Tottenham were still going through, at the time, but Pochettino did not favour caution. He had plenty of defensive cover on the bench. He chose to introduce a striker, tinker with the team shape. Some 32 minutes later, Llorente would score the goal that sent Tottenham through to the Champions League semi-final. Fortune favours the brave; or, to dare is to do, as they like to say in that part of north London

Elsewhere, Liverpool booked a semi final date with Barcelona as they beat Porto 4-1 to win 6-1 on aggregate.

Champions League: Son shines in win over Man City while Liverpool drown Porto

First half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 to take command of their first leg Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield.

Liverpool thrashed Porto 5-0 in their last-16 stage last season, and will be looking to complete the job in Portugal in a week’s time.

Liverpool beat Southampton after spectacular Mo Salah solo strike

Porto actually created chances of their own but didn’t take them. Marega could feasibly have had a hat-trick, for example. Liverpool were more deadly and earned their advantage on the back of some superb mid-range passing.

Firmino pointed to the Anfield faithful while celebrating in front of the travelling away supporters at the Anfield Road end

Meanwhile, Son Heung-min’s late goal gave Tottenham a crucial and well-deserved 1-0 advantage over Manchester City in an entertaining all English clash played at Spurs new White Hart Lane stadium.

The only person at Tottenham who does not seem to miss Harry Kane is Son Heung-min.

Son Heung-min pointed to the Tottenham badge on his chest after scoring a potentially massive goal against Manchester City

Between January 14 and February 22 when Kane was injured, Son scored four goals in as many games. Since Kane has been back, going into this match, Son had scored just one in seven. And then Kane went off in the 55th minute. And Son scored the winner. Strange, isn’t it?

Yet this win affords hope, too. Manchester City did not get an away goal, meaning Tottenham need only a draw from here. And then there is Son. A player we know can save the day.

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Mo Salah forces an own-goal from Toby Alderweireld in added time

City striker Aguero stepped up from 12 yards and looked confident as he struck the penalty kick towards the Tottenham goal

It was his sheer determination that won through on the night, working hard while around him City dawdled. They were architects of their downfall in so many ways — not least Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss. Add to that Pep Guardiola’s mystifying decision to omit Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and the combative Bernardo Silva — and the fact the players he did pick chose not to play to the whistle for the winner — and this was a massively frustrating night for City. All of their failings might be dismissed as symptoms of fatigue but it is not going to get any easier from here.

 

UCL: Liverpool become fourth EPL side to reach quarters following win over Bayern

Liverpool are through to the quarter finals of the champions league after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in the return leg of round of sixteen to complete a clean sweep for English Premier League clubs in the league.

Goals from Sadio Mane who scored a brace and Virgil Van Dijk were enough to give the Reds the deserved victory at Allianz Arena.

‘Klopp is used to winning with offside goals’: Pellegrini hits out at Liverpool boss after 1-1 draw

Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his second goal to put the last 16 tie to bed to send Bayern Munich crashing out at home

The result means at least half of the teams in the quarter final draw are from the premier league and two could face each other in the last eight.

Then there were four. It was 2009 when English football last made up half of a Champions League quarter-final draw. Liverpool were first through the door that time, beating arguably the greatest name in European football; Real Madrid.

That was good. This, if anything, was better. This was one of the finest results by any English club in Europe, given that Liverpool had drawn the home leg.

‘It is not the result we dreamed about’ – Klopp reacts following Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Bayern

Mane is hugged by his Liverpool team-mates as his brace helped Liverpool sail into the quarter-finals of Champions League

Liverpool’s forwards are far superior – particularly Sadio Mane in his current form – and Munich’s defence was never as comfortable as they had appeared at Anfield. Add to this Tottenham’s home and away wins over Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City’s ten goal aggregate against Schalke and this was an emphatic statement by English football – but Liverpool’s win was the pick of the bunch.

Elsewhere, Barcelona eased to the last eight with a 5-1 win over Lyon.

The quarter final draw will be held tomorrow at 2pm in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be assessed ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 second-leg home tie with Rennes.

The midfielder took part in a warm-up with the rest of the Arsenal squad in training yesterday but has been struggling with a mild back strain.

He played the full 90 minutes of the first-leg tie away to Rennes last week but was not in the squad for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s side need to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Rennes in order to reach the quarter-finals.

Two horse race! City and Liverpool win as Chelsea condemn Spurs to another loss

Liverpool yesterday thrashed Watford five nil to remain on top of the league table and a point ahead of rivals of Manchester City.

Two first half goals from Sadio Mane put the Reds on the driving seat with Divock Origi and Virgil van Dijk added three more goals after the break.

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero’s penalty was enough to give City a one nil win over West Ham. Manchester United bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace with Romelu Lukaku getting a brace.

Arsenal were in sensational form as they thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 courtesy of goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Laurent Koscielny and Alex Lacazette.

Across London, Chelsea put behind their Carabao Cup final woes as they dimmed Tottenham’s title hopes with a two nil win at the Stamford Bridge.

The defeat to Spurs now means that the title race is now between two horses; Liverpool and Manchester City.

It has taken until the end of February and a week before Shrove Tuesday, but finally the race for the 2018-19 Premier League title is a two-horse affair.

After 180 goalless minutes against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Liverpool surged back to their attacking best with five goals against Watford.

Battered and bruised from 120 gruelling minutes in the Carabao Cup final, Manchester City escaped from the visit of West Ham with three points thanks to a Sergio Aguero penalty.

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‘It is not the result we dreamed about’ – Klopp reacts following Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Bayern

Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool only had themselves to blame after their Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance.

Bayern Munich played with the composure of a team who have reached the Champions League semi-finals eight times in the last decade and they summoned an excellent defensive performance to secure a 0-0 draw.

But Klopp believes the result would have been different had his side’s passing been sharper, particularly during the first half when Sadio Mane missed the game’s best chance and fired wide with only Manuel Neuer to beat.

Sadio Mane missed one of the clearest chances to score in the first half, screwing a shot wide

The Germans will be favourites to progress to the last eight but Klopp was not too disheartened with the scoreline and is confident his team have enough to get through, provided they recapture their sharpness in the Allianz Arena on March 13.

‘Our problem was that our last pass was not our friend,’ said Klopp. ‘There were 10 or 12 passes where it was on a plate. How it is in situation like this is that I’m sure Bayern will feel better but day by day it will feel better for us and worse for Bayern.

‘If we had won 1-0 what would have changed? Nothing. It’s not perfect but good enough to work with. It is the best draw (not conceding an away goal). A 0-0 would have been enough for us. So it is not perfect but good enough.’

Liverpool have lost every game they have played away from home in Europe since last April – the semi-final in Rome, the final in Kiev then three group games – and before they go to Germany they have a sequence of demanding Premier League assignments.

‘It is not the result or the game we dreamed about and nobody will remember this game in 20 years,’ said Klopp, who will at least have Virgil van Dijk back from suspension. ‘In Germany, we say it is like the Homburger Shooting, a big ballyhoo before the game and then not much happens.

‘It was an intense one, you saw the respect both teams have for each other. I didn’t see when we watched Munich before, like the full backs stayed in their half and Gnabry defended on the wing so there was a lot of respect.

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City back on top! Laporte and Jesus shoot Everton to turn heat on Liverpool

Manchester City are back on top of the English Premier League following their two nil win over Everton in the English Premier League.

A goal in each half by defender Aymeric Laporte and forward Gabriel Jesus were enough to give City all the three points as the hunt for the English Premier League title intensified.

‘Klopp is used to winning with offside goals’: Pellegrini hits out at Liverpool boss after 1-1 draw

City have sixty two points, same with Liverpool who have a game in hand. However, the Reds could go on top of the league with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday, twenty four hours before City take on Chelsea in a mouth watering clash at the Etihad.

Job done. In different circumstances, Manchester City’s performance might have raised the odd eyebrow. They can certainly play better and did so as recently as Sunday. But some nights are about the result, and the result alone. Nights like this one, when three points restored City to the top of the table. How they got there is immaterial; which is probably just as well.

Mohamed Salah risks losing Liverpool the title with his diving antics

December 15, 2018, was the last day that ended with Manchester City in first place, so the timing is important, too. Liverpool have had it their way for the best part of two months, but no more. By defeating Everton, City overhauled them on goal difference and it may well be nip and tuck like this for the rest of the season.

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