How Champions League groups could look for Prem giants under shocking new plans

first_imgUEFA and the European Clubs Association are pushing for a new version of the Champions League.It would mean a minimum of 14 games for clubs in the group phase and 21 matches to win the competition.1The change would be apart of a three-tier structure to European football, planned to start from the 2024-25 season.So far, the Prem clubs have resisted the proposals, telling ECA chiefs that they do not believe there is an appetite for more European games.The Big Six are fearful that agreeing to the idea would have significant knock-on effects, both to the value of the Prem’s TV deals and forcing them to abandon the Carabao Cup, which would have a devastating impact on the EFL.But Uefa and the ECA believe they have support from around Europe, not just the big countries, but the smaller ones.So how could the competition look?SunSport has analysed the outlines plans to demonstrate how year one of the new Champions League could look -if it were being brought in this season.Country cap – no nation could have more than four teams.The Big Five countries would each start with a full complement of four sides.The other eight guaranteed places from be assigned to the champions of the next highest-ranked associationsThe final four spots would be filled by a play-off stage involving the champions of the other Uefa membersTeams from each nation would be separated in the groupPossible scenario:Group 1: Manchester City, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta, Lille, Galatasaray, Genk, CelticGroup 2: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Juventus, Leverkusen, PSG, Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg, Dinamo ZagrebGroup 3: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, St Etienne, Benfica, Young Boys Bern, AjaxGroup 4: Tottenham, Barcelona, Napoli, Leipzig, Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg, Slavia Prague, PAOK SalonikaTop four in each group go into last 16 knock-out phase. MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutFifth team retains place in Champions League for following season (if they qualify through domestic league).Sixth placed team play a seventh placed team in a two-legged relegation play-off. Losers to play in Europa League group phase the following season.Eighth placed team relegated to play-off stage for place in following season’s Europa League group phase (the two-legged tie to play).Premier League Big Six fighting Euro clubs to save League Cup – with new proposal to play FOURTEEN Champions League group gameslast_img read more

Spurs plotting £120m summer spree with FIVE players including Chilwell and Ake

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly plotting a huge £120million summer spree with Jose Mourinho prioritising deals for young and quick defenders.The Spurs boss is believed to be keen on transforming his ageing backline and is planning a major overhaul – with Daniel Levy set to back him.1 Bournemouth ace Nathan Ake and Leicester star Ben Chilwell are reportedly being targeted by TottenhamWith Jan Vertonghen, 32, out of contract in the summer and Toby Alderweireld turning 31 next month, Spurs know they must dip into the transfer market.According to the Daily Express, the North London side are targeting moves for five players as the Special One looks for youthful additions.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamOne of those on the radar is Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake, 24, who seems destined to leave in the near future -especially if the Cherries are relegated.And they also claim that Spurs are interested in Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, though he may be unwilling to leave should the Foxes secure Champions League football.I WANT MOURAnother Premier League star that has caught Mourinho’s attention is Norwich right-back Max Aarons.The 20-year-old was linked with a move to the Lilywhites in January, but the Canaries were unwilling to part ways with the player as they look to beat the drop.As well as Ake, the Express claim that Mourinho is also a big fan of Benfica centre-half Ruben Dias, but they could face competition from Manchester United for his signature.Nice right-back Youcef Atal, 24, is also reportedly an option, with Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth too inconsistent to be nailed on starters every week.Mourinho declared on Monday that he is already looking forward to next season, as he said: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal scores this coming weekend and win £100LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them. If you see a bad face from me it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself.“That’s just me. The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming, and even more for what is coming next season. I want to start working with them in July.”Dele Alli accused of filming ‘racist’ video mocking deadly coronavirus and Asian man at airportEngland footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

Ryan James re-signs with Titans

first_imgDespite a number of clubs registering interest in the 25-year-old, James said staying with the Titans was always his main priority.”I’m glad we’ve been able to get it all sorted and over the line,” James said. “It’s all come to an end point now and I get to be at the club that I love for the next four years.”I love the Gold Coast, I love playing for the Titans, and my family love that they can come and watch the majority of my games, so that all went into this decision.”They talk about becoming a one-club man and there is potential for it now. I’ll be 29 at the end of this contract, so hopefully I can achieve that and be the person that everyone aspires to be.”Coach Neil Henry is pleased that James has chosen to extend his stay with the club.”Ryan is a key member of our playing squad and I’m extremely pleased that he has committed to the club for a further three years,” Henry said.”He is a member of the leadership group, a terrific trainer, an asset on the field and someone that the younger guys look up to. They are all important attributes we want in our senior players here at the Titans.”last_img read more

Perfect Storm claim 2017 premiership

first_imgThe North Queensland Cowboys battled bravely right to the end were barely in the contest right from the outset against a Storm side that were clinical and relentless from the opening whistle in Cronk’s final game in purple.It is fitting that the final club game from that trio saw all three bring their best to the game’s biggest stage, scoring or helping create four tries. They got plenty of assistance from their dominant forward pack and some moment of brilliance from exciting young stars like Josh Addo-Carr.The score-line reflected the sheer dominance of Melbourne’s performances right from Round 1 this year but did not fairly reflect the effort the Cowboys put into a contest.The match started in horrific fashion for the Cowboys with play held up for several minutes while prop Shaun Fensom received medical attention and was taken from the field after just four minutes. Attempting to stop a charging Jesse Bromwich along with teammate Ethan Lowe, the latter landed awkwardly on Fensom’s ankle. He immediately signalled for the trainer and there was a delay of several minutes while Fensom was administered pain relief and loaded onto a medicab.While North Queensland managed to weather the storm for the opening 20 minutes the favourites started to flex their muscle from midway through the half.First Will Chambers received a Cowboys bat-back from an attacking bomb near Melbourne’s end and offloaded to a breakaway Josh Addo-Carr who streaked 70 metres to open the scoring.After a few more sets of dominant and a Smith grubber for a repeat set, Melbourne extended their lead when Felise Kaufusi carved past Te Maire Martin off a nice Billy Slater pass in the 28th minute.When Antonio Winterstein charged onto a Cooper Cronk attacking grubber and fumbled it at his own line it set the stage for yet another Storm assault and this time Slater went himself, slicing through an increasingly brittle-looking Cowboys left edge defence to make it 18-0 at the break.The Cowboys desperately needed to be first to score in the second half against the competition’s best front-runners and they got some help from the Storm, who handed over five straight penalties through offside and ruck infringements to camp the Cowboys in attacking range and allow Te Maire Martin to slice through.That was as good as it got for the Cowboys though as an unstoppable Storm outfit exploded late in similar fashion to that in which they put Brisbane to the sword a week earlier.Bega-born lock Dale Finucane exploded onto a Smith flat ball at the line to burst over in the 64th minute; a simple error from Kane Linnett coughed the ball up to Josh Addo-Carr who offloaded to an unmarked Curtis Scott three minutes later. Addo-Carr bagged his double in the 73rd minute after some lovely lead-up work from Cronk and Slater before a beautiful long-cut-out from Tohu Harris to seal the dominant 34-6 result.Melbourne Storm 34 (Addo-Carr 2, Kaufusi, Slater, Finucane, Scott tries; Smith 5 goals) defeated North Queensland Cowboys 6 (Martin try; Lowe goal) at ANZ Stadium. Half time: Storm 18-0. Crowd: 79,722.last_img read more

McGregor non-plussed with tactics used by Warriors

first_imgThe Warriors defeated the Dragons 20-12 in Auckland on Friday night, despite finishing on the wrong end of a 13-5 penalty count.Many of the penalties conceded by the Warriors came while the now joint premiership leaders were defending their own line.While admitting the Warriors were the better side on the night, McGregor said the constant “stop-start-nature” of the match hindered the Dragons’ ability to play with any fluidity.”They came here with a plan, they gave away a lot of penalties and defended their line really well, whether that was part of it or not I’m not sure,” he said.”Their line speed was incredible and their scramble defence was the best from any side I have seen this year. But it was frustrating because of the constant stop-start nature of that first period.”Asked directly if he thought the Warriors’ willingness to concede penalties was deliberate, McGregor said “maybe”.”There were a lot of them around the same area of the field. But look, taking nothing away from the Warriors tonight they were very good,” he said.”There was a few blown. I suppose someone did go to the bin late in that second half.”Playmaker Blake Green was the player binned, just before the break.Dragons’ captain Gareth Widdop said the number of penalties limited his side’s ability to play fast.”It just slows us down a little bit you can’t really get any momentum or quick play of the balls to play off the back of,” he said.”But I’m not going to use that as an excuse in the end, they just defended really well and we couldn’t get across the try line that’s what it came down to.”When asked if it was part of the game plan for his side, Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said “it’s not on our tip sheet, no”.”We knew that we had to put pressure on the Dragons with our line speed and really go after them but it wasn’t our intention to deliberately give penalties away. I can honestly say.”Both sides now face short turnarounds with their respective Anzac Day clashes next Wednesday.last_img read more

Hunters name team for Kokopo clash

first_imgThe SP PNG Hunters have named their team for the Round 11 clash against Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Kalabond, Kokopo.Coach Michael Marum is set to use a new prop pairing of Esau Siune and Joe Bruno following the standing down of Gonzela Urakusie. Also, Timothy Lomai sits out the last game of his two-match suspension.Urakusie has not been considered for selection as he has been stood down indefinitely until the club completes its internal investigation into an incident that occurred recently in Goroka.David Loko has also not been considered for selection as he has been stood down and heavily fined for a breach in the club’s code of conduct.Lomai’s suspension has opened the door for hard-running Willie Minoga to get his second game in the starting line-up.Minoga has been used effectively off the bench since the Hunters made their debut in the Intrust Super Cup two months ago but got his first run in the starting side as prop against Burleigh Bears two weeks ago on April 25.The backs remain unchanged with Marum expecting big games from the players who have been kept out of the squad due to the good form of those picked ahead of them.Young Edward Goma, who made his debut against Burleigh in the ANZAC game when the Hunters fought back to just miss out on a win, has been named in the side.Another youngster Stanton Albert, 19 has been named as the 19th man and bides his time in case Marum calls on his services due to injury between now and Saturday.The team is: 1 Adex Wera, 2 Garry Lo, 3 Thompson Teteh, 4 Albert Patak, 5 George Benson, 6 Israel Eliab©, 7 Roger Laka, 8 Joe Bruno, 9 Wartovo Puara, 10 Esau Siune, 11 Willie Minoga, 12 Sebastian Pandia, 13 Dion Aiye, Interchange: 14 Noel Zeming, 15 Lawrence Tu’u, 16 Edward Goma, 17 Adam Korave, 18 Tiger Emery, 19 Stanton Albert.last_img read more

8 Ball snooker completes season

first_imgA total of 12 teams took part in a round robin competition with the top eight making it into the finals.In the top four, it was GS Marines, Paradise Wreckers, Legal Eagles and BSP.The bottom four is Mapai Transport, Trans Wonderland, Media 1 and Trukai Industries.In the top four, Wreckers beat Marines 4-3 and Eagles beat BSP 4-3.The second results were not available but the finals will be played this Saturday.last_img

Abelardo builds a Espanyol that is finally the winner

first_imgThe numbers make the Espanyol de Abelardo a reliable team and the wrongdoing of the beginning of the course has been left behind. The comparisons are sometimes odious, but the data obtained with David Gallego and Pablo Machín were unsustainable and hence the parakeets settled dangerously in the descent. Gallego was the first coach of this course and his only triumph in the eight days played takes on a miracle because he only managed to be ahead on the scoreboard in 59 minutes in the League. On the contrary, he was a total of 332 ’losing. One victory, two draws and five league losses defeated him and he thought of Machin as revulsive. But it made water. With him, it is true that he was ahead in 151 minutes during his ten league games, but he was in tow in 452 ’.With Abelardo there is hope. The most important thing is that he is trying to make the Galgo and Machín streaks forget. Between these two they were 210 ’winning (784’ losing). Abelardo has already been 157 ’with his Espanyol commanding. This team is a winner, as it is showing in all the games played. Abelardo’s arrival on the Espanyol bench has brought confidence and optimism. With him, the perico carbura team obtains results in LaLiga (he has added eight of 15 possible) and dreams of permanence. And the Asturian coach has managed to make this Espanyol, in the end, a winning block. The numbers confirm this because since he has taken over the blue and white team, he has added 157 minutes being ahead on the scoreboard and only 125 ’losing. In total, it has +32 ’.Abelardo premiered on January 4 against Barcelona (2-2) and has since endowed his team with defensive strength and Raúl de Tomás is giving him a lot of air in attack. His only defeat in the League came against Granada (2-1), but one of the positive aspects is that Espanyol has scored in the five meetings with Abelardo. And this has helped him to be a winning team because in just three games he has gone a few minutes behind on the scoreboard. He was falling 29 minutes against Barcelona, ​​52 ’against Athletic and 44’ in Granada. And the latter was the only time they failed to tie the duel. Spanishism relies on permanence and is that the current moment is good and the sensations, too.last_img read more

The costumes no longer believe in Setién: “Barcelona is doing great”

first_imgIt seems that the beginning of the disagreement between some players and the current technical staff began after the defeat against Valencia (2-0) in Mestalla on January 25.In any case They do not mainly blame Setién for the current situation of the team, but they point directly to those responsible for sports management. To the point that for some, the mistakes in the decision-making that were made after losing to Atlético de Madrid in the Saudi Supercup, have totally ballasted the team, to the point of “throwing the season”.Some players come to discuss until the change of Arturo Vidal in the Classic, considering it a mistake that led the team to defeat.And they added two more anecdotes to radiograph the current state of the template: He also had more than one problem in the matches when a player discussed a decision of his while refereeing and a player came to scoff at the absence of a member of his staff in a session, asking if training was optional that day. Barcelona has entered directly into auger. The institutional crisis, aggravated by the controversy of social networks, and the irregular march of the team, which was consumed last weekend with the tThe defeat of Quique Setién and the loss of leadership in favor of Real Madrid, has begun a tsunami of unforeseeable consequences.The first victim This absolute chaos has a name and surname: Quique Setién. According to ‘Catalunya Ràdio’, the Cantabrian coach is going through its worst moment since he landed in Barcelona 50 days ago. In fact, as they assured in the program ‘The Club of the Mitjanit’, Setién has stopped having the confidence of part of the costumes, to the point inside Some consider this project to be great for the coach. Phrases such as ‘these do not know how to take the boat’ or ‘this is great for them’ have been pronounced by some footballer in recent days, according to the station.last_img read more

Mbappé denounces being scammed

first_imgIn the spring of 2019, Mbappé’s Twitter account was already hacked to recommend a similar investment in it, recalls ‘L’Équipe’.According to French researchers, this type of plot uses the good image of celebrities to convince investors to put their money in this type of virtual currency. Through call centers located in Israel, they contact clients to convince them to invest, and when they do, they disappear without a trace.According to the Financial Markets Authority, in 2018 1,100 complaints of this type were received and fraud reached 55.5 million euros. Last year, the scammed figure was about 30 million.The researchers claim that cryptocurrencies have fallen somewhat into disuse and that scammers are now proposing investments in other products, such as great wines, matured wiskis or even dairy cows. Paris Saint-Germain French international striker Kylian Mbappé has filed a complaint about the use of his name in a cryptocurrency scam network, which is being investigated by French police.As published on Tuesday by the newspaper ‘L’Équipe’, the player denounced the use of his name and image without his permission in various advertising campaigns on the networks to incite participation in programs to acquire virtual currencies, such as bitcoin. Mbappé, 21, In these campaigns, he recommended these “miraculous” investments that “allow anyone to become a millionaire in just three or four months.”For this, they invented interviews with the striker in various media in which he assured that this opportunity had to be seized before the traditional banks permanently eliminated them.last_img read more