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

By November 20, 2019
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  • Coronavirus: One COVID-19 positive at Tottenham in Premier League's latest tests Coronavirus: One COVID-19 positive at Tottenham in Premier League's latest tests

    Tottenham have returned the lone positive result from the Premier League's latest round of coronavirus testing.

    The solitary blemish comes from a batch of 1,197 tests carried out on players and staff at English top-flight clubs on Monday and Tuesday.

    In line with the Premier League's established policy, the club or individual were not initially named, although Spurs swiftly confirmed they were the team in question via a statement.

    "We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our training centre," the statement read.

    "Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed.

    "They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.

    "We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League's return to training protocol, which ensures our training centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment."

    The fifth batch of tests represents another encouraging step in the Premier League's preparations to return to action behind closed doors later this month.

    There were no positives from 1,130 tests in the fourth round, following four out of 1,008 in round three and two from 996 and six out of 748 in rounds two and one respectively.

    The Premier League will restart on June 17 with matches between Manchester City and Arsenal, and Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

  • George Floyd demonstrations in Bundesliga will go unpunished, confirms DFB George Floyd demonstrations in Bundesliga will go unpunished, confirms DFB

    Jadon Sancho and the other Bundesliga stars who displayed anti-racism gestures and messages in support of the late George Floyd will not face punishment, the German Football Association (DFB) has announced.

    Floyd, a black American, died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, prompting demonstrations and riots across the United States and beyond.

    Sancho and Borussia Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi each revealed T-shirts bearing the message "Justice for George Floyd" in their victory over Paderborn on Sunday.

    Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram had earlier taken a knee after scoring in the win over Union Berlin, while Schalke's USA international Weston McKennie sported an armband referencing Floyd.

    Such on-field statements or protests are prohibited and the DFB confirmed following the weekend's games it would be looking into the incidents.

    However, FIFA subsequently asked leagues to "use common sense" regarding the matter, before president Gianni Infantino said the players deserved "applause, not punishment".

    The DFB confirmed on Wednesday it would take no action for the "messages of anti-racism", while further demonstrations relating to racism and Floyd's death will also go unpunished.

    Anton Nachreiner, chairman of the DFB's control body, said: "It goes without saying that the DFB's control body always has FIFA and DFB regulations in mind.

    "In this specific case, however, these are deliberate actions of anti-racism by the players, who are thus campaigning for the very values which the DFB seeks to uphold.

    "So no action will be taken now, nor in the case of further anti-racism demonstrations over coming weeks."

    DFB president Fritz Keller added: "I welcome the far-sighted decision from the DFB's control body and am very pleased with it.

    "The DFB is opposed to all forms of racism, discrimination and violence, and stands for tolerance, openness and diversity - all values that are also deeply engrained with the DFB statutes.

    "That's why the players' actions have our respect and understanding."

  • Muller impressed with Flick's handling of Bayern pressure Muller impressed with Flick's handling of Bayern pressure

    Thomas Muller has been impressed with how effortlessly Hansi Flick has handled the pressure that comes with being Bayern Munich's head coach.

    Flick signed a contract to be Bayern's boss until 2023 in April, having taken over from Niko Kovac on an interim basis in November.

    He has overseen a run of eight straight league wins either side of the enforced break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, helping the Bavarian giants open up a seven-point lead at the Bundesliga summit.

    The role is Flick's first as a head coach since 2005 and Muller, who has been in fine form since he took over, praised the way the 55-year-old has dealt with the scrutiny.

    "I knew him from the German national team, but he also developed," he told a virtual media conference.  

    "I didn't know him as a head coach, but I am very impressed by how well he has handled this situation. It's a difference to be assistant coach in the national team, where the media is a little bit more on your side as we are all playing for Germany and they are reporting for Germany and everyone wants Germany to win.

    "But here in Munich, it's a little bit different. When you work for a club as big as Bayern is, you are always under pressure. The media is not always on your side and you have to be very successful to have a nice time here. I think he is handling it very, very well, so I am very satisfied about it."

    Bayern have scored 13 goals in their four games since returning to action last month, with Muller in no doubt Flick's desire to play aggressive football has been key to their success.

    "The most important thing for me was that he wants us to play very aggressively without the ball," he added. "Now, we play very aggressively, pressing in the opponents' half. We try to attack the opponent very early and with high intensity.

    "With these early wins of the ball, the distance to the opponents' goal to create chances is less, so we score a lot of goals. When we get the ball with our pressing in spaces where the opponent is not organised, we can do what you have seen in the last month."

    Bayern will be looking to make it nine consecutive Bundesliga wins when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. 

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