Moussa Sissoko Reveals He Thought Tottenham Were Knocked Out of UCL After Returning to Dressing Room

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko did not know his team had progressed into the Champions League semi-finals until he was informed by a member of the club’s coaching staff.

After being substituted in the 41st minute due to a muscle injury, Sissoko joined the rest of the Spurs players on the bench but stormed down the tunnel believing Raheem Sterling last minute ‘goal’ had knocked his side out of the competition.

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The strike was subsequently ruled out by VAR, though, and Spurs progressed on away goals despite losing a thrilling game 4-3.

French midfielder Sissoko has now revealed that he was unaware the ‘goal’ had been chalked off, telling L’Equipe of his joy after finding out Spurs had progressed.

“I was on the bench when I saw the goal that made it 5-3,” Sissoko began. “I was so upset that I returned directly to the dressing room, I was alone, no one accompanied me, no TV screen was broadcasting the game.

“In my head we were eliminated, then one of the staff members entered the dressing room and told me ;incredible, we did it!’. I said ‘how did we do it?’ At that moment, he told me that the goal had been disallowed.”

Once told the stunning news, Sissoko admitted to having a rush of adrenaline, explaining that the pain from his injury subsided in that moment.

He added: “I put on a t-shirt, I forgot about my injury and I ran outside to join the others, not to miss the celebrations for such a historic moment.

“It was an incredible, emotional shock.”

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Sissoko has enjoyed his most consistent season yet as a Spurs player, playing 39 games and providing four assist in all competitions.

?Spurs will play Ajax, in their first ever Champions League semi-final, on 30 Aprill, but will first face Manchester City again in the Premier League’s early Saturday kick-off.

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BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year: Five Player Shortlist for 2019 Award Revealed

?Lyon striker and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg is the leading name on a five-strong shortlist for the 2019 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award, an annual prize voted for by fans to recognise the best female player of the last 12 months.

The prolific Hegerberg shot to global fame in December when she became the first winner of the newly created Women’s Ballon d’Or.

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The Norwegian star, who has previously scooped one BBC award already in 2017, is joined on this year’s all-star shortlist by Wolfsburg and Denmark forward Pernille Harder, as well as Lyon teammate and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.

Chicago Red Stars and Australia forward Sam Kerr and Portland Thorns and USA midfielder Lindsey Horan (pictured below) also make the final list of five.

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England’s Lucy Bronze, winner of the award in 2018, does not make the cut. There is also no place for Brazil icon Marta, despite being named Best Women’s Player by FIFA in September.

Voting is now open on the BBC website and will remain so until Thursday 2 May at 9am (BST).

The winner will then be announced around three weeks later on Wednesday 22 May.


Of the five nominees, all of whom have shone at club level, only Kumagai, Kerr and Horan are set to appear at this summer’s eagerly anticipated Women’s World Cup in France.

Hegerberg called time on her international career with Norway in 2017 and resisted calls to reverse her decision. Harder’s Denmark, meanwhile, failed to qualify after losing a two-legged playoff semi-final against reigning European champions Holland.

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Manchester City have the chance to avenge their Champions League exit to Tottenham in midweek as the pair clash once more this Saturday in the Premier League.

Spurs were victorious in the quarter final against City courtesy of the away goals rule, a 4-4 aggregate score failing to do justice to the exhilarating nature of the contest. The result ended Pep Guardiola’s hopes of delivering a remarkable quadruple for the Etihad Stadium faithful, though they are still in control of the title race and have an FA Cup final awaiting them.

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Whilst the hosts sit two points behind ?Liverpool they do have a game in hand over the Reds. ?Tottenham are just a single place behind Guardiola’s men, though there is a cavernous 16 point gap between the sides. They are jostling with ?Arsenal?Manchester United and ?Chelsea for the final two ?Champions League qualification places, currently holding a slender advantage over the trio.

Check out 90min’s preview of the ??heavyweight clash below.


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off??Saturday 20 April
?What Time Is Kick Off??12:30 (BST)
?Where Is it Played??Etihad Stadium
?TV Channel/Live Stream??Sky Sports Main Event
?Referee??Michael Oliver

Team News

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?City have close to a full squad available for selection in what will be the third match-up between these two teams in the space of 12 days. Young full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt for the game as he nears a return from the hamstring injury he picked up against ?Cardiff City.

Long-term absentee Claudio Bravo has been out of action since August with a ruptured achilles tendon and is unlikely to feature again this campaign. Guardiola has no suspensions to account for.


Tottenham’s talisman ?Harry Kane damaged his ankle ligaments in the first leg of their European encounter with the Citizens, whilst midfield powerhouse Moussa Sissoko hobbled off in the return fixture with a groin strain. Both men are missing for Saturday’s clash and could be out for the remainder of the season.

They are joined on the sidelines by Serge Aurier and Eric Dier, with hamstring and hip flexor injuries affecting the pair respectively. Winger Erik Lamela and youngster Harry Winks are slight doubts to play, both having sustained muscular damage. Like his counterpart, Maurizio Pochettino has no men unavailable through suspension.


Predicted Lineups

?Manchester CityEderson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, B. Silva; Sterling, ?Sané, Agüero.
?Tottenham Hotspur?Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Alli, Eriksen; Moura, Son.

Head to Head Record

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Wednesday’s Champions League clash between the two was a modern classic, an insane opening 21 minutes witnessing five goals. That bizarre beginning set the tone for a match that will live long in the memory of both sets of supporters.

?Raheem Sterling’s opener arrowed beyond Hugo Lloris before a sumptuous, lightning-quick double from ?Heung-min Son left Guardiola’s recruits needing to score four. They managed that thanks to a deflected ?Bernardo Silva strike, Sterling’s clinical back-post finish and a venomous close-range drive from ?Sergio Agüero, putting the hosts on the brink of the semi-finals.


However, their hearts sank when Fernando Llorente diverted a delicious corner home with time running out. Those City hearts were then shattered in stoppage-time as VAR ruled out what would have been Sterling’s hat-trick goal for offside, the stadium descending from rapturous joy to a hellish nightmare in a matter of moments.

The Lillywhites’ 1-0 win in the first leg was their only triumph against Saturday’s opposition in the last six meetings. That success took them to a total of 61 victories over the Citizens, who themselves have amassed 62. A further 35 draws complete the overall record.


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The defeat at the sparkling new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week was City’s first since a 2-1 loss against ?Newcastle United, as the club having won every other fixture since that disappointment at St James’ Park. They have conceded just two goals in their previous eight Premier League fixtures, securing comfortable victories over ?Crystal Palace, Cardiff and ?Fulham in recent weeks. 

The form of Sterling has been particularly eye-catching, the diminutive forward showcasing supreme attacking prowess, strong leadership and defensive diligence. He has netted seven times in his last six appearances in all competitions, including a crucial double in Sunday’s league fixture at Selhurst Park – PFA Player of the Year?

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Lucas Moura grabbed a trio of fine goals against ?Huddersfield Town in Tottenham’s 4-0 Premier League win against the relegated Terriers. He finished all three with aplomb, whilst Son’s brace at the Etihad on Wednesday was equally impressive.

The victory over the Terriers was the second in a row for Pochettino, an outcome he will be hugely relieved about after his side had lost four of their previous five in the league.

Here’s how the two teams have fared in their last five results:

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?Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City (14/4)?Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Huddersfield Town (13/4)
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?Manchester City 1-0 Brighton (06/4)?Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace (03/4)
?Manchester City 2-0 Cardiff City (03/4)?Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (31/3)

Prediction

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City will still be hurting from their Champions League exit, that is beyond doubt. Guardiola, as a masterful man-manager, will use that as fuel to drive his side on in their attempts to secure the treble.

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Both sides gave their all in a pulsating, draining encounter, making fitness a crucial factor in deciding this final meeting between the two. The hosts dominate possession, which may take its toll on weary Tottenham legs.

Moreover, they will have a home crowd baying for blood, desperate for retribution. City simply have to win or their season will unravel in devastating fashion.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Lloyd Kelly: The Contenders to Sign the Bristol City Starlet & Who He Might Join

The Championship is full of outstanding young talents, and their have been few better than Bristol City’s young left-back Lloyd Kelly this season.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Robins this season, and has been tipped in some circles as a future England international.

He has already been touted to play at centre-back by his manager Lee Joh?nson, who has played a huge role in his progression and path to superstardom in the Championship. The question is this – where does his future lie? Most of the Premier League giants have been linked with a move for him, so here’s how likely a switch to some of these suitors might be..


Leicester City

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Probably the least likely, but Kelly could be seen as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Fuchs, 33, who will depart the King Power Stadium when his contract expires this summer.

Brendan Rodgers is most likely going to be in the market for a back-up left-back, and the fact Kelly fits the type of player the 46-year-old likes to work with could be huge factor in swaying him to Leicester.

His versatility will no doubt suit Rodgers, especially with Leicester on the search for a long-term replacement for club captain Wes Morgan. ?The 35-year-old was recently handed a new one year contract to remain with the Foxes, but Rodgers may be already on the look out for somebody to fill Morgan’s boots.

It’s highly unlikely Kelly would want to be amongst the substitutes week in week out and feature mainly in the cup competitions. But if Leicester sell Ben Chilwell, who knows. Kieran Tierney, who is believed to be high on the Foxes wish list having worked under Rodgers at Celtic could be drafted in though.

Likelihood rating: 5/10


Manchester United

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Following defeat to FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær revealed he will look to revamp his squad this summer. United have been linked with a number of young players such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Declan Rice, and Kelly could also be somebody who fits the profile.

Ashley Young is a player who is past his best at United and Kelly would be the perfect option. Young has taken on board a great deal of criticism this season, and his performance in the Champions League last night did little to get the United crowd off his back.

Would Kelly be interested in a move to Old Trafford? Definitely, but he would want clarity that he would get regular game time. With Luke Shaw the first-choice left-back, he would certainly have competition on his hands should he want a regular staring birth in Solskjær’s XI.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino is keen on defensive reinforcements as he looks to bolster his side at the back, having conceded 34 goals so far in the Premier League this season. The fact the England Under-21 international is versatile is again a factor, with Jan Vertonghen now 31 and Toby Alderweireld’s future still unclear.

Kelly could be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose, 28, and would be seen as an upgrade to Ben Davies, who has featured 22 times for Spurs in the Premier League thus far this season. A regular in the Championship, having made 25 appearances, Kelly averages three aerial duels per game and loos to have what it takes to make the step up to Premier League level.

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Arsenal

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Arsenal are in the hunt for a new left-back as they search for a replacement for the ageing Nacho Monreal. The 32-year-old is out of contract with the Gunners in seven months and has not agreed a new deal despite holding talks with the club.

?Genk ace Jere Uronen has been eyed, as has ?Nico?lás Tagliafico and ?Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo, but Kelly would be seen as the cheaper option, as well as home-grown. Sead Kolasinac has failed to impress in the full-back role since his free transfer from Schalke in June 2017, instead impressing when he has operated further up the field.

Kelly would be open to a move to the Emirates, and if guaranteed regular playing time, he would fit the bill and could go on to be an Arsenal great in years to come.

Likelihood rating: 8/10


Liverpool

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With Alberto Moreno’s contract up, Liverpool are on the hunt for a backup full-back to provide serious competition for Andrew Robertson. Moreno has failed to live up to expectations at Anfield and he could be heading back to former club Sevilla or ?join Lazio this summer, with ?Jurgen Klopp’s side previously linked with moving? for Ke?l?ly to replace him.

The Reds have Adam Lewis and Tony Gallagher in their youth ranks, with both said to be ready for a step-up to the first team. But manager Jurgen Klopp may look to make a move for Kelly as his versatility would see him as a long-term successor to Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.

This seems the most likely option for Kelly, who has previously been described as a ‘Rolls Royce of a player’. The 20-year-old would benefit from learning from Andrew Robertson, would play in an attacking setup and would also benefit Liverpool by adding to their home-grown player quota.

Likelihood rating: 9/10


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Gareth Bale Tipped to Be Sold by Real Madrid After Zinedine Zidane Is ‘Finally Tired’ of Welsh Star

?Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is said to be ‘finally tired’ of Gareth Bale and instructed Los Blancos to sell the Welsh winger, formerly the world’s most expensive player at €100m.

Bale’s Real future has been the subject of continued speculation, even more so since Zidane returned to the club last month as a result of the rumours that their relationship had been strained during the Frenchman’s first spell in charge.

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Bale, who will celebrate his 30th birthday in July, has only started three of the five La Liga games Zidane has taken charge of so far, although Real have actually won all three of those and failed to pick up maximum points in the other two.

According to The Independent, Zidane wants the club to move Bale on, even if it means losing money on the initial investment. It is said that Zidane’s ongoing frustrations over Bale’s fitness is the reason he is planning a future without the four-time Champions League winner.

Zidane had apparently earmarked Bale for sale last summer, only to then resign himself. The report also notes how the former Tottenham star also enjoyed protection from Bernabeu president Florentino Perez, alleged special treatment which has apparently now ended.

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This is not the first such report on Bale’s time in Madrid coming to an end.

Earlier this month, it was alleged by Spanish outlet AS that Real had informed Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, of their intention to sell his client this summer. But as a display of gratitude for a professional attitude and good behaviour since arriving, the player himself would be allowed to choose his next club, as long as the offers on the table are more or less the same.

It was then subsequently reported that Real would begin by asking for €130m. That figure would actually see Los Blancos net a €30m profit, although it was also claimed in the same report that Real are aware the price might have to drop to secure a sale.

It remains to be seen where Bale could go next season if he does leave Real. Interest from Manchester United appears to have finally dried up after it became apparent that the club is primarily seeking younger domestic talents in the market.

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It has previously been said in certain quarters that Bale would be open to a return to Tottenham, although a big transfer fee and high wages could put his old employers off.

No other Premier League club appears to be a suitable or likely destination – perhaps Chelsea could emerge, but only if a two-window transfer ban is to be rescinded on appeal. Elsewhere, an ambitious Inter might show interest, but the overall options for Bale appear somewhat limited.

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