Mourinho: Chelsea will learn

first_img Press Association It was the self-proclaimed Special One’s first loss of his second spell as Blues boss and it was by the narrowest of margins. The contest finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time, which Chelsea played with 10 men following Ramires’ dismissal, as Javi Martinez netted with the last kick of the match. Then, after nine successful penalties, Romelu Lukaku saw his effort saved by Manuel Neuer, handing Bayern victory. A more measured Mourinho opinion was that his team, which beat Bayern to lift the 2012 European Cup, showed their outstanding potential. “All of us we will go (home) disappointed, but at the same time we go with the notion that we will have a better team,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “To play against the champions of Europe the way we did, with 11 (men), with 10, and we deserved to win. The boys deserved to win. They did everything. “We got the feeling of the team we are building, the character we are building, the personality we are building. “Everybody gave everything. Everybody was fantastic. Everybody gave heart, everybody gave soul. An enthralling encounter was overshadowed somewhat as Mourinho berated officials, hinted his belief that there is a conspiracy against him and said the best team lost. Pep Guardiola appears to have that effect on Mourinho, who has three wins from 16 games against his Spanish nemesis following the 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to European champions Bayern on Friday night. “I’m very happy with the boys, but, of course, disappointed for them.” Twice Bayern recovered from being behind after Chelsea went ahead through fine strikes from Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard, who both performed strongly. Petr Cech made a series of outstanding saves, Ashley Cole kept former Blue Arjen Robben quiet, the 35-year-old Frank Lampard was influential in midfield. The men around him performed well under wave after wave of German attacks, led by newly crowned European player of the year Franck Ribery, who scored Bayern’s first equaliser. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said: “The way they got forward was frightening at times with the overlapping runners, Robben and Ribery on the wings. “At times it felt like the Champions League final (in 2012). I thought we defended well as a team, the spirit was there and we were just seconds away from winning. “We did well but football is cruel at times. We dug in hard, especially in extra-time. I thought we did enough.” Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side will benefit from the experience of their European Super Cup heartache against Bayern Munich.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgPlayers and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.Eleven NHL players have tested positive for the virus during the first two weeks of voluntary workouts. Training camps are set to open July 10.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NHL MVP candidate Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) says he has concerns about the health and safety of players if the season resumes and about finances beyond that. The New York Rangers winger posted a statement on Twitter saying he’s worried about the “long-term prosperity of the NHL.” His major concern is escrow payments made by players in recent years. The league and NHL Players’ Association are negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement along with a potential return to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players have made varying degrees of escrow payments in recent seasons since a deal was struck with owners to split hockey-related revenue 50/50. — The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid. Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021. The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021. The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.— Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Croatian great is the coach of Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and says he tested positive after two negative tests in the last 10 days. Ivanisevic attended the exhibition series hosted by the top-ranked Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. He says: “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.” Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001.— Red Star Belgrade CEO Zvezdan Terzic said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after the Serbian soccer champion played matches in front of thousands of fans despite the pandemic. Five Red Star players earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of their title triumph and a semifinal league cup match against rival Partizan. Serbia, along with the rest of the Balkans, is currently experiencing a peak in confirmed coronavirus cases. Serbian health officials lifted most lockdown measures in May, allowing large gatherings where social distancing or wearing masks are not obligatory. — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus but a son says the retired fighter has had only mild symptoms so far. Robin Durán said on Instagram that his 69-year-old father was tested after going to a private hospital with cold-like symptoms. Durán had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001 and held world championship belts in four different weight classes during his career. He is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980.— Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel. A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September. The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. Update on the latest sports June 26, 2020center_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCarolina Hurricanes to start small-group training UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.last_img read more

CSL Turn To Foreign Referees For Weekend’s Games

first_imgChinese Super League (CSL) officials have turned to foreign referees to take charge of league matches this weekend in response to recent controversies.Jonas Eriksson of Sweden will officiate the league match between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng while French referee Tony Chapron will be in charge of the game between Shanghai Shenhua and Tianjin Teda.Video referees are also set to be introduced soon in the CSL on a trial basis.The introduction of foreign referees was conveyed in a statement from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). It read: “To improve the abilities of referees is a main part of the Chinese FA’s job.“Inviting high-level foreign referees will help further improve referee accuracy in key matches and provide domestic referees with opportunities for learning and exchange.”CFA vice president Zhang Jian had earlier admitted in August that “there were rather big controversies with the referees’ decisions in some games”.RelatedMarcelo Lippi Returns as China Coach Four Months after QuittingMay 24, 2019In “Competition”VAR: English Premier League Referees To Make More Use Of Pitchside MonitorsNovember 10, 2019In “England”Four Soccer Referees Banned In Malawi For ThisSeptember 27, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more