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RUGBY LGE
CYCLING
HUDDERSFIELD’S Tom
Holmes has lifted the
lid on his battle with
depression and how he
had suicidal thoughts
before beginning
therapy sessions.
The young half-back
revealed all on Twitter
in the wake of Suicide
Prevention Week.
Holmes, 24, set to
play for the Giants at
Wakefield today, said:
“I’ve been in dark
places, to the point
where I’ve not wanted
to live any more.
“I’d turn to drink to
numb my thoughts,
take tablets and not
care if I would wake up
the next day. Thanks to
Sporting Chance, I’m
currently in therapy on
to my 18th session.” overall. Roglic
finished 15 seconds
behind – but crucially
15 seconds ahead of
fellow Slovenian Tadej
Pogacar, who saw
his deficit in
second place
grow to 57
seconds.
Ineos
Grenadiers’
defending
champion
Egan Bernal has
pulled out of the race
with a back injury.
PRIMOZ ROGLIC
strengthened his grip
on the Yellow Jersey
as Miguel Angel
Lopez won stage 17
of the Tour de France
on the slopes of the
Col de la Loze
above Meribel.
Lopez,
known as
‘Superman’,
took off for
victory at the
top of the
21-km climb,
taking a stage win that
moves him up to third
Roglic in the driving
seat as Lopez wins
WORLD OF SPORT
1. Which two rugby teams will join the Six Nations
sides in an eight-team autumn tournament?
2. What was the aggregate score of Bayern
Munich’s Champions League round of 16
victory over Chelsea?
3. Which teenage Kent batsman hit 238 not out in
their victory against Sussex at Canterbury?
4. Who broke his Ibrox goal drought by
scoring twice for Rangers in their 3-1 win at
home to St Mirren?
5. Which South African boxer beat Michael Dokes
to win the WBA heavyweight
boxing championship in
1983?
6. Which Italian
motorcycle rider won his
first 500cc world title in
2001?
7. Which of the Classics was
won by Willie Carson on
Salsabil and Shadayid in
successive years in the
Nineties?
8. Which Cypriot tennis player was
runner-up in the men’s singles at the 2006
Australian Open?
9. Which British football team lost the 2006 Uefa
Cup final to Sevilla?
10. Which United Kingdom golfer won the
US PGA title at Kiawah Island in 2012?
ANSWERS: 1 Fiji and Georgia. 2 7-1. 3 Jordan Cox.
4 Alfredo Morelos. 5 Gerrie Coetzee. 6 Valentino
Rossi. 7 1,000 Guineas. 8 Marcos Baghdatis.
9 Middlesbrough. 10 Rory McIlroy.
LOPEZ
down a little bit for four or five
days after that.
“I was actually looking forward
to getting an official match as
soon as possible after what
happened in New York because I
feel like the sentiment on the
court needs to be positive.
“I need to remove anything that
can possibly cause any kind of
issues to me.”
Four-time Rome champion
Djokovic, who will next face
fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic, had
not been beaten in 26 matches
this year before his fourth-
round elimination at
Flushing Meadows.
“I know I didn’t finish
the match at the US
Open and officially it is the first loss of the year so that is
fine,” he said. “Hopefully I can
build more and more as I move
deeper in the tournament and
prior to Roland Garros
obviously.”
The French Open in Paris starts
on September 27.
By Neil McLeman
NEW YORK
OLD NEWS
FOR NOVAK
I’m completely over default
says Djokovic after victory
NOVAK DJOKOVIC reported no
“mental or emotional blockages”
at the Rome Masters after
winning his first match since his
US Open disqualification.
The world No 1 blew his chance
to win an 18th Grand Slam title in
New York earlier this month when
he accidentally hit a ball at the
throat of American line judge
Laura Clark, below.
The 33-year-old Djokovic said
he was glad to be back in action
for his first clay-court match of the
year after he beat Italian wildcard
Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2
yesterday.
“It was great from the beginning
to the end,” said the Serb.
“The way I played, the way I
felt. Mentally, physically as well.
“I didn’t feel I had any mental
or emotional blockages or any
dramas playing the match today.
On the contrary, I felt very
comfortable playing.
“I wouldn’t say I recovered
happiness because I am happy
regardless of tennis. I draw my
happiness from other things.
“The situation in New York, it
was the first time that something
like this happened to me.
“Of
course
mentally
I was up
and
ITALIAN JOB:
Djokovic on his
way to beating
Salvatore Caruso
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THE DAYS
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investigation into allegations
he was implicated in selling
World Cup tickets on the
black market. Valcke was
later banned for 10 years.
2016: Iranian cyclist Bahman
Golbarnezhad, 48, died after
a crash in the men’s C4/C5
road race at the Rio
Paralympics.
2018: Enzo Calzaghe, the
father and trainer of former
undefeated boxing world
champion Joe, died at the age
of 69. whitewash three days later
when England won the final
match.
2014: Newcastle winger
Jonas Gutierrez revealed he
was having treatment after
being diagnosed with
testicular cancer in his native
Argentina. He made a full
recovery before being
released by the club at the
end of the 2014-15 season.
2015: FIFA secretary general
Jerome Valcke was
suspended pending an
Big T born to
deliver goods
GIANT WINGER
CAN PROP UP
AILING SAINTS
IN FULL
FLIGHT
Strapping
winger
Naiyaravoro
has vowed
to put the
sting back
in Saints
NORTHAMPTON have everything
against them ahead of their European
quarter-final at Exeter on Sunday with
a prop crisis and a plunging form
graph – but they do have Taqele
Naiyaravoro.
Nobody in the Champions Cup has
beaten more defenders this season and
nobody has thrown more successful
off-loads.
If the Saints need divine inspiration
at Sandy Park, he is their supersized
miracle man.
‘Big T’ is a giant of surprising talents.
On the rugby field he is a rumbling
bowling ball; off it he is a dab hand at
midwifery.
The arrival of Miriama North –
named after Northampton – seven
months ago, took Naiyaravoro back to
the birth of first child, Ella, in Australia
when he was playing for the Waratahs.
“I delivered our first one,” revealed
the Fiji-born wing, who was capped
twice by the Wallabies.
“We had gone to the hospital in
Sydney but we were told my wife
Ethel wasn’t dilated enough so we got
the train back home. I wasn’t driving
then. As soon as we got home she
started having contractions and I
thought, ‘Oh, no’.
“I’d done a first aid course in high
school and there was one slide on
giving birth. I didn’t pay attention to
much at school but luckily
enough I paid attention to
that and I kind of
remembered it.
“I got the towels down on
the bed and laid her down.
“We had the
ambulance on the line
and they asked if I
could see the head. I told them, ‘It’s sorted. I’ve already
wiped the mouth out!’”
At 19st 9lb, Naiyaravoro is built
along Jonah Lomu lines, although this
is a slimline version compared to seven
years ago when he was with Wests
Tigers in rugby league and ballooned
to 22st 11lb.
“I don’t want to go back to that,” he
said. “But my main way to the line is
going through people. If I try to go
around them they catch me!”
With confidence shot after their
domestic stumbles and the side
down to their last loose-head prop –
teenager Manny Iyogun –
Northampton need another hands-on
display from their go-to game-breaker
against the Chiefs.
“Coming back to rugby has worked
out for some teams – they found their
gears – but we have gone the other
way,” said Naiyaravoro.
“The energy has been there but it is
the skill execution and decision-
making that has let us down.
“It has been tough with the way
things have been panning out on the
field for me to do my job and get the
team going forward, but it’s in my
DNA to try to do that as much as I
can. I’ll take ownership
of that against
Exeter.”
By Neil Squires
1948: Australia legend
Don Bradman played his final
innings on British soil in
Aberdeen, scoring 123
against Scotland.
1999: Hampshire signed
Australia leg-spinner
Shane Warne as their
overseas player with
one of the most
lucrative contracts in County
Championship history.
2004: Jaguar announced
they would be pulling out of
Formula One at the end of the
season.
2009: England lost by 111
runs to Australia in the sixth
one-day international at
Trent Bridge. Australia took a
6-0 lead in the seven-match
series, but were denied a
NORTH STAR:
Bradman
walks out at
Mannofield,
Aberdeen

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EXCLUSIVE
Picture: RICHARD HEATHCOTE
IT’S BRUTAL
By Neil McLeman
defining. I don’t think the chip
would have stayed on the
green – it would have gone
at least 10 feet past and
would definitely have
changed the outcome of
the event.
“But in the US Open,
generally you are
hanging on for dear
life and parring the
last few holes is a
major feat in itself.
“Monty didn’t get
up and down from
the middle of the
fairway – he hit a
terrible second shot
– and Mickelson hit a
massive block slice
into the trees, hit it into the bunker and then made
a double. I was in the clubhouse
when the other guys unravelled
and I congratulated Geoff.
“I’ve never spoken to
Monty about it. No thank
you. I’m sure you haven’t
highlighted it to him
either. I’m sure when he
sits down at night having
a cup of tea and a
nice shortbread
biscuit, it
probably still
brings back
nightmares.”
Ken Ferrie,
who played
the final
round with
Mickelson after sharing the 54-hole lead,
recalled the American left-
hander hit only two fairways
out of 14 but was still ahead
after 17 holes.
He said: “Watching Phil was
like watching someone who
was superhuman. To be standing
on the 18th at two over for
the day, it was one of the best
rounds of golf I’ve ever seen.”
Until his 18th-hole meltdown
led to one of his six runner-up
finishes at the US Open.
Tommy Fleetwood, who was
watching the event at home
with his dad, recalled: “There
are only two things that anyone
remembers about it and that
is Mickelson and Monty on
the last.
“Monty is still one of my
favourite golfers and I was
pulling for him that week.
“It would have been great to
see him win a Major, and it was
one of the most unexpected
finishes to a tournament ever.
“I think that is what everyone
remembers – and what a brutal
golf course it is.”
All the players finished over
par for the first time in a US
Open since 1978 and the
Major has continued to attract
controversy with penal course
set-ups and dodgy greens.
Poulter, who shared the first-
round lead in 2018, said: “I just
think they try and take it to the
limit sometimes and often in
the US Opens we have seen it
cross that line.
“It’s disappointing from a
player’s perspective how we
have to put up with that.”
Phil ad a
laugh at
his flop
PHIL MICKELSON can
now see the funny side
of his final-hole collapse
at the 2006 US Open.
The five-time Major
champion has made a
TV advert for Callaway
offering a free driver to
fans who pick this year’s
winner in New York.
Mickelson, left,
joked: “Come
on, we all know
who it’s going
to be. When
have I ever let
you down at
Winged Foot?”
And after William
Hill US took a $45,000
(£37,700) bet for the
50-year-old American to
win at 75-1, he tweeted:
“Hoping for both of us I
have a three-shot lead on
the 18th tee.”
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Fleetwood out to earn Wings
TOMMY FLEETWOOD
wants his bid for a first
Major to finally take off at
Winged Foot so he can
have the distinctive logo
on his winner’s
memorabilia.
The world No 15, who
finished runner-up at the 2018 US Open after his
closing 63 at Shinnecock
Hills, said: “I really like the
logo at Winged Foot.
“It is one of the best
logos in golf, so if I can
have a few things with that on it I will be happy. Par is
your friend – it is a tough
test.
“When you play courses
such as Shinnecock and
Pebble Beach, if you make
pars don’t worry about it.
“You have to be
prepared for anything.”
Poulter recalls ‘nightmare’
last hole by Monty in 2006
IAN POULTER had a first-
hand view of the last US Open
winner at Winged Foot – but
has never spoken to Colin
Montgomerie about one of
the craziest finishes in Major
history.
Monty closed with a woeful
double-bogey in 2006 after
needing a par at the 72nd hole
to end his Major hoodoo.
Phil Mickelson also took a
six at the last and has yet to win
a US Open, while Jim Furyk
failed to sink a five-footer to
force a play-off.
It left Australian Geoff Ogilvy,
who was playing with Poulter,
to land a shock win on a “brutal
golf course” on five over par.
Ryder Cup legend Poulter,
who will tee up back at Winged
Foot when the 120th US Open
starts today, recalled: “That was
crazy – I remember it well.
“There was a great
atmosphere. I wore an all-pink
outfit and I remember someone
shouted, ‘It’s Father’s Day, not
Mother’s Day’.
“Geoff holed a chip across
the green on 17, which was
LEAP OF
FAITH... Poulter jumps up to see
where a recovery shot has
finished 14 years ago
BLUE DAY: Monty
threw away his
chance of victory
By Neil McLeman
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EMIRATES OLD TRAFFORD: Australia beat England by
three wickets
ENGLAND
Mins Balls Runs
J Roy c Maxwell b Starc ........................ 1 1 0
J Bairstow b Cummins ...................... 177 126 112
J Root lbw Starc ................................... 1 1 0
E Morgan c Starc b Zampa ................. 47 28 23
J Buttler c Finch b Zampa ................... 32 20 8
S Billings c Marsh b Zampa ................ 83 58 57
C Woakes not out............................... 57 39 53
T Curran b Starc................................. 29 19 19
A Rashid not out ................................ 16 9 11
Lb8 w10 nb1...................................................19
Total (7 wkts., 50 overs) ............................... 302
Fall: 0, 0, 67, 96, 210, 220, 266.
Bowling: Starc 10-0-74-3, Hazlewood 10-0-68-0,
Cummins 10-0-53-1, Zampa 10-0-51-3, Marsh 6-0-25-0,
Maxwell 4-0-23-0.
AUSTRALIA
Mins Balls Runs
D Warner b Root ................................ 51 32 24
A Finch lbw Woakes ............................ 14 9 12
M Stoinis c Morgan b Woakes ............. 11 7 4
M Labuschagne run out ...................... 57 31 20
M Marsh c Buttler b Root ..................... 9 8 2
A Carey c Wood b Archer................... 168 114 106
G Maxwell c Curran b Rashid ............ 138 90 108
P Cummins not out ............................ 18 5 4
M Starc not out .................................... 9 3 11
Lb5 w8 nb1.....................................................14
Total (7 wkts., 49.4 overs) ............................ 305
Fall: 21, 31, 51, 55, 73, 285, 293.
Bowling: Woakes 10-0-46-2, Archer 9-0-60-1, Wood
9-1-40-0, Root 8-0-46-2, Curran 6-1-40-0, Rashid 7.4-0-
68-1. SCOREBOARD
English cricket
should have no
complaints
MAX
POWER
Centurion
Maxwell
hammers
through the
off side as
Jos Buttler
looks on

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happened in our sport,
we are grateful for the
strong and clear
decisions that have
been taken against the
individuals involved
and charged with
these crimes,” the
governing body said in
a statement.
“And we
would like to
reassure
everyone
that the
reforms our
Congress
approved in
2016 will
ensure that
similar actions by
individuals can never
happen again in our
sport. We are grateful
for the damages
awarded.”
Diack, whose lawyers
claimed he was made a
scapegoat, will remain
under house arrest
pending the appeal,
which could last
months. the French investigation
began and was tried in
absentia. His lawyers in
Senegal said he was
denied a fair trial and
would appeal.
Lisa Dobriskey,
below, Britain’s former
world 1500m silver
medallist, was
once asked
what she
considered
worse,
Diack
covering
up positive
tests for
bribes or
Russia’s
state-sponsored
doping.
She replied: “The
president – it’s a
betrayal.”
World Athletics, who
were awarded €16m for
embezzled funds and
for reputational damage
by the court, promised
there would never be a
repeat. “Whilst we are
disappointed this FROM BACK PAGEfrom 23 athletes
suspected of doping to
cover up test results and
letting them continue
competing – including
at London 2012.
Diack was sentenced
by a court in Paris to
four years in prison –
two of which have been
suspended – and fined
£455,000.
Rose-Marie Hunault,
the presiding judge,
admitted that
considering he is now
87 he would be unlikely
to spend any time
behind bars.
“Given your age you
can expect conditional
release,” she told Diack,
who indicated he would
lodge an appeal.
His son Papa Massata
Diack – who was
banned for life from
athletics in 2016 – was
sentenced to five years
in prison and hit with a
€1m fine. He fled
France to Senegal after
World Athletics vow it
will never happen again
after Diack conviction
gg a statem “AworeetrCap201 ensure similar act
wasd
sored
leg-spinner has been excellent
in this series, making the most
of the pressure created by the
seam bowlers.
A haul of 3-51 here to go
with 4-55 and 3-36 in the first
two games, he overshadowed
England’s Rashid.
Billings is another who has
done much for his reputation
and while he and Bairstow were
at times pinned down, they put
together a partnership of 114.
Bairstow, below, reached his
10th ODI hundred with a
sweetly-struck flick in front of
his knee roll off Pat
Cummins which sailed
over square leg for six.
There was still lots to
do to reach competitive
ground from
220-6 and it was
Woakes who
produced late
fireworks in
company with
Curran and
Rashid to push the
total beyond 300.
It should have been a
defendable total for the
home team, but Australia
produced a stunning
reply in a thrilling
contest that went down
to the wire. English
cricket, though, should
have no complaints. seven sixes and confounded
every gamble, bluff and feint
that skipper Eoin Morgan tried.
He brought up his second ODI
century with a huge blow over
mid-wicket off Tom Curran.
Maxwell finally fell to Rashid
to leave 18 runs needed from
15 balls. Back in the balance
after a brilliant diving catch
by Mark Wood dismissed
Carey from the last ball of
the penultimate over, Australia
required 10 from six balls.
But Mitchell Starc struck a six
and a four to finish things off.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow,
Sam Billings and
Chris Woakes rescued
England from a
woeful start as
they ended on
302-7.
Jason Roy
and Joe Root
fell to the
opening two
balls before
Adam
Zampa
removed
Morgan
for 23
and Jos
Buttler
for eight.
The Aussie
TONS OF
TORTURE
FOR EOIN
Record stand by Carey and Maxwell
wrecks the hosts’ proud one-day run
SOME might say it would have
been ungrateful to give nothing
away after the sacrifice made by
the touring teams that helped
rescue this summer of cricket.
But while few will begrudge
Australia landing the final blow
and a 2-1 series win, the visitors
had to wrench it from England’s
grip with every sinew.
A brilliant run chase
marshalled by Glenn Maxwell
and Alex Carey saw the Aussies
recover from 73-5 to reach an
imposing target of 303.
It was a victory, by three
wickets, that provided a suitably
dramatic last act and one with
which Aaron Finch’s men
disproved theories about them
developing a habit of choking.
England lost a series – in any
format – for the first time this
summer, while their unbeaten
run in 50-over bilateral series
on home soil going back to
2015 was also ended.
It could have been different
had Jofra Archer not reprieved
Carey with a front-foot no-ball
– the first of his ODI career –
when the left-hander guided an
upper-cut down Adil Rashid’s
throat at third man on nine.
That would have left Australia
on 95-6. Carey went on to hit
106 and share an Aussie record
stand of 212 for the sixth wicket
with Maxwell, who bludgeoned By Gideon Brooks
England took the deciding ODI game to the wire but were
undone by a superb 212-run partnership between Glenn
Maxwell and Alex Carey as Australia edged home.
Morgan said: “When you break big partnerships and the
ball is offering a bit, you’re never out of the game.
“Starting in the first over, to post over 300 is a huge
positive. Pegging Australia back, we were right in the
game but Carey and Maxwell played outstandingly well.
“Small opportunities that we might have taken
advantage of might have changed the game.”
‘WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT IN DEFEAT’
FROM BACK PAGEformats this summer in Test cricket and especially the
tight games – the white-ball games against Pakistan and
Ireland when we were looking at the strength in depth.
“We have also learned we can win games when we don’t
play our best and we’ve also learned a lot about the group
playing on slower wickets.
“Australia have outplayed us tonight but we’ve
addressed an area of our game which was our weakest
and which we now have time to work on going forward.”

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for Villa. Manager Dean Smith said:
“We moved for Emi when we saw
the opportunity.
“It is rare to be able to buy a top-
class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet
reached their peak age and who
can therefore be a key player for
our club for the long term.”
Watkins is off the mark already
after netting in Villa’s 3-1 Carabao
Cup win at Burton on his
competitive debut on Tuesday.
It followed his winner in a
friendly against Manchester United
after his club-record £28m
switch.
Smith says the new boy
is already on course to
become one of Villa’s
great strikers.
The manager said: “I
told him not to worry
about the price tag. You are
only worth what anybody is
going to pay for you.
“I have no doubts he will score
goals for us this season and be a
very much-loved Aston Villa
centre-forward.
“He knows how I like to play, he
played centre-forward for me at
Brentford.
“He is a great character,
personality and someone I have
worked with before.
“He scored against Manchester
United in a friendly and was
disappointed it didn’t add to his
goal tally. He will be pleased he has
got one now that goes in the record
books.”
FOOTBALL: VILLA SEAL ANOTHER BIG DEAL
MARTINEZ
UP FOR THE
CHALLENGE
GOT THE
T-SHIRT Emiliano Martinez shows
off his new colours after
signing for Aston Villa
Villa sign £20m goalkeeper
EMILIANO MARTINEZ was
enticed by a new challenge at
Aston Villa after ending his
decade-long stay with Arsenal.
The Argentine goalkeeper no
longer wanted to play second
fiddle to Bernd Leno after catching
the eye as a stand-in towards the
end of last season.
Martinez, 28, helped Mikel
Arteta’s side win the FA Cup and
Community Shield in what proved
a triumphant farewell.
And as he headed to Villa Park in
a £20million deal, he said: “I’ve
been at Arsenal 10, 11 years
fighting for my spot. When I
won the FA Cup and the
Community Shield, I
spoke to my family and
said, ‘It’s time to have a
new challenge’.
“When Aston Villa
gave me the opportunity
to fight for the spot and
play loads of Premier
League games, that’s why I decided
to come here.
“I trust the process and I trust
the manager’s playing style. I’ve
been around in the UK for 10, 11
years already and I know Villa’s
history and how big Villa are.”
Martinez is their third summer
signing after Nottingham Forest
full-back Matty Cash, above, and
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.
Lyon forward Bertrand Traore is set
to follow.
Having also tied down skipper
Jack Grealish to a new five-year
deal amid interest in the England
midfielder, it has been a good week
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where – although it’s not just
about dropping people where
they have not played before.
“They have to feel
comfortable. I had a
conversation with
Aaron Connolly,
who played wide
left for the
Republic of Ireland
but prefers to play
centrally.
“It gives us a
flexibility but there is no
point playing centre-half
Lewis Dunk on the right
wing, for example.”
MATTHEW DUNN
when you are developing, it is
nice to see the game from
different parts of the
pitch because it
improves your
decision-making,”
said Potter, right.
“You are always
looking at players’
attributes and
assessing what their
strengths are, then
working out how to use them
as much as you can.
“I have quite an open
mind about who can play GRAHAM POTTER has
vowed to continue his
Total Football philosophy at
Brighton in what could be
a feisty South Coast derby
against Portsmouth in the
Carabao Cup tonight.
The Seagulls boss will
ring the changes at the
Amex and that could mean
playing squad members out
of their usual positions.
It is an experiment which
in the past has helped add
versatility to several players,
including defender Adam
Webster and midfielder
Steven Alzate. “Sometimes
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NO, MINISTER:
Footballers are not greedy,
they’re just easy targets
Main picture: ANDREW POWELL
GREATEST
PRAISE IN
THE WORLD
When Liverpool won the
2019 Club World Cup in
Qatar they were on top of
the world. Robertson was
later told he was the best
left-back on the planet by
a player he looked up to
AFTER the final whistle went I was
determined to have a conversation
with Flamengo’s full-back – but
not Rafinha.
The two of us did exchange a
couple of pleasantries on the pitch
but it was the other full-back,
Filipe Luis, below, I wanted to
catch up with.
Along with the likes of
Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole and
Jackie McNamara and Tom Boyd at
Celtic, Luis was one of the players
in my position who I had really
looked up to.
I watched him a lot when he was
with Atletico Madrid and loved
everything about him.
I went over to him,
commiserated about the result and
was about to congratulate him for
the unbelievable career he has had
when he interrupted. “You’re the
best left-back in the world,” he
said. Wow.
That meant everything and I
spoke to Ali [Alisson] about
Filipe afterwards as he’s
one of his best friends in
Brazil. He told me what a
great guy he is.
It meant a lot to get
that respect from
someone who has
done it at the
highest level for so
many years.
What he said
surprised me
– which might say
something about
me.
You never let
yourself believe
anything like that,
never, but coming from
someone like him it was
massive.
Filipe has
no reason to
say it, other
than he
means it.
Premier League clubs got involved
with on behalf of their
team-mates.
It only became a big story later
in lockdown but Marcus Rashford
was supporting kids who were
wondering where their next meals
were coming from.
The Health Secretary may not
have been aware of this but when
you’re a government minister it’s
pretty easy to find out what
individuals and groups are doing,
but he didn’t bother.
He shot from the hip and we
were the ones in the firing line.
Personal wealth was never
something I expected to have and
I doubt I’ll ever be totally
comfortable with it because I know
a lot of people are struggling, but I
saw the unfairness in the debate
being taken in this direction.
If anyone from the
Government had wanted to
have a conversation about
how society can come
together to ensure
foodbanks are no longer a
necessity, fine. I
would have been all
ears.
Until then,
footballers including
myself will continue to
support those causes because
we know without that kind of
support the type of poverty
that is far too commonplace
in cities like Glasgow and
Liverpool will only worsen.
ADAPTED BY CHRIS McKENNA
publicised or not, a lot of players
were very active at that time.
I knew from my own experience
with team-mates making
anonymous donations to local
hospitals, children’s charities, care
homes, foodbanks, mental health
organisations and other good
causes besides. Hendo [Jordan
Henderson] had already set up a
coronavirus fund for the NHS –
Players Together – which
the captains of all would contribute to the exchequer
at a time of financial crisis.
Footballers at the very highest
level are privileged, having come
from a background in which money
is much harder to come by.
I also accept we have a
responsibility to contribute – and
I fully support the principle
that our taxes support the
NHS, state schools, social
care and the welfare state
as a whole.
Footballers tend to come
from humble backgrounds
and we know how tough
some people have it. This kind
of experience means the
collective social conscience
in our sport is as strong
as it has ever been. We
don’t need to be singled
out, held up as a symbol
of selfishness when the
opposite is true more
often than not.
Mr Hancock’s
comments were unfair.
There was no mention
of other wealthy
individuals, in sport
or other industries.
The only people
in the crosshairs
were footballers.
Whether it got
resrepon s I fI uththNNcaa
ffroaand some p
THE Government’s daily briefings
became must-watch TV in the
Robertson household.
Rach and myself would make
sure we made time for them
because it was so important that
we knew what was going on and
were able to understand it.
Like most people, I was
struggling with the way the
Government was handling the
situation but I also recognised
there were so many complexities
that even the very best
administration would have
had a battle on its hands.
As it was, we had
Matt Hancock, right,
the Secretary of State
for Health and Social
Care no less, using up
valuable time to tell
Premier League footballers
they should do more to help.
I was sat on the couch, on
the same seat I had bounced
on when [Scott] McTominay
sent me into raptures a few
weeks earlier [scoring the
second goal for Manchester
United to beat City], when
he said it.
This time I didn’t move.
My jaw dropped and I just stared
at the television in total disbelief.
Premier League players “should
take a pay cut and play their part,”
he said.
It was baffling he could come
out with something like that,
particularly as reducing our pay
would have slashed the amount we ANDY ROBERTSON could not believe it when Health Secretary
Matt Hancock attacked footballers over their wages amid the
pandemic. The Liverpool defender reveals how he was feeling as
he and partner Rachel tuned into the daily press conferences
AID: Robertson, with
Sadio Mane, says the
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shunted to the left before we took off
and, at that point, the thought of
spending five hours in a car didn’t seem
so bad after all.
Once we got up in the air it was alright
and coming into John Lennon Airport it
was a wee bit side-to-side but we made it
back safely.
The whole flight clapped when we
landed, which I’m usually against, but I
didn’t mind that time.
the priority, but social
distancing can be
applied safely.
“The requirement to
welcome spectators
back through turnstiles
has not diminished in
any way, the financial
challenges facing EFL
clubs have been
explained on numerous
occasions
– they are
substantial and
a problem that
requires
immediate
solutions.”
Culture
Secretary
Oliver Dowden
said: “I know
that many fans are
eager to return to
football and that jobs
depend on this too.
This will help us build
the evidence base to
see how we can return
fans safely in greater
numbers as soon as it is
safe to do so.”
WEEKEND GAMES WITH FANS:
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth,
Norwich v Preston, Blackpool v
Swindon, Charlton v Doncaster, Hull
v Crewe, Shrewsbury v Northampton,
Carlisle v Southend, Forest Green v
Bradford and Morecambe v Cambridge.
did not believe they
could repay their debts
and granted the
winding-up order.
The judge said he
had given Alkadhi
“ample opportunity”
to deal with the
club’s debts
while a
decision had
already been
postponed
12 times since
January 2019.
The
insolvency
court heard
during the winding-up
order brought by
HMRC that the
Silkmen owed nearly
£190,000 in tax.
Judge Prentis was
also told during a
hearing held virtually
that two other creditors
were each owed more
than £170,000.
By Jeremy Cross
By David Anderson
FANS will attend a
number of EFL games
this weekend for the
first time since March.
Gates of up to 1,000
will be permitted
at nine matches as part
of the Government’s
pilot scheme.
Ten clubs were
initially chosen, but
Luton withdrew after
insisting the club had
not been given
enough time to
prepare. Three
Championship
games, four
League One
matches and
three in League
Two had been
chosen, prior
to Luton
pulling out. EFL
chairman Rick Parry
said: “It’s encouraging
that we are in a
position to move
forward with the next
phase of the pilot
programme and give a
small number of our
clubs the opportunity
to welcome back up to
1,000 fans this week.
“The health and
wellbeing of supporters
and their wider
communities remains
Parry relief as EFL
welcome back fans
PARRY: Pilot
MACCLESFIELD’S
146-year footballing
history ended in court
after they were wound
up with debts totalling
more than £500,000.
A judge yesterday
ordered the Silkmen,
who were relegated
from League
Two into the
National
League after
a points
deduction last
month, should
be shut down.
The club’s
owner, Amar
Alkadhi, had
asked for a further
eight-week
adjournment to try to
sell the club.
Alkadhi, who stood
down as chairman last
month, provided a
document to the court,
claiming he had access
to £1.1million. But
judge Sebastian Prentis
Game finally up for
sorry Macclesfield
ALKADHI: Plea
❑ OLI BURKE will make his Sheffield
United debut at Burnley in the Carabao
Cup today, hoping to settle down at last.
The Scotland striker, 23, has played for a
different club each season since 2016 and,
having joined the Blades from West Brom in a
swap deal for Callum Robinson last week, he
said: “I’m sick of the moving around, not
really settling anywhere.
“It’s a really difficult thing. I’m looking
forward to settling here and calling it home.”
ROBBO:Now You’re
Gonna Believe Us
is on sale now
at reachsport
shop.com
for 25% off. ebook
also available.
Audiobook coming
soon. Robertson
will be making a
donation from his
book proceeds to
his charity AR26.
SHOUT OF ORDER:
Robertson said his
jaw dropped when he
heard Matt Hancock’s
demand to footballers
MARTINEZ UP FOR VILLA CHALLENGE
ARSENAL’S FA CUP HERO SEALS £20MILLION SWITCH – PAGE 61
Steve, he wouldn’t have expected anything
else from me.
He played such an important role in my
career, bringing me into English football
with Hull City and helping me improve my
game to such a level that a club like
Liverpool ended up signing me.
Hull came in for me when I was at
Dundee United and, to be honest,
English football scared me a bit at
that time but Steve convinced
me, telling me I was good
enough and that he
would look after me.
I genuinely think
that if he had not
been so positive
and encouraging, I
would have stayed
in Scotland.
Some managers
have that ability to
get you on board just
through their own
integrity and Steve falls
into that category.
I’m indebted to him, just
not enough to stop running
because he tells me to!
Robertson has become a world-class left-back under Jurgen Klopp
but Steve Bruce, the manager who brought him to Hull, also had a big
influence on him. Robertson looks back on some less useful advice
his former boss gave him when the Reds faced Newcastle last season
SORRY TO STEVE
SOME managers have a knack of saying the
right thing at the right time to get you to
respond in the right way.
The gaffer at Liverpool is obviously like
that and another is Steve Bruce, below,
who was a big influence on me at Hull City.
This time, as manager of Newcastle,
he wouldn’t be giving me any
motivational speeches to spur me on.
But he did manage to give me a bit
of a laugh in the heat of the game.
I was taking a throw-in just
in front of the dugouts
when I heard his familiar
Geordie tone.
“Hey Robbo, any
chance you could stop
running?!”
I turned around and
there he was, grinning
from ear to ear.
I couldn’t stop myself
from bursting out laughing.
“Sorry gaffer,” I said before
launching the ball up the
line and racing forward to join
the attack.
Some apologies are more
genuine than others. Knowing
THE result in itself was something to
remember as our 17th win in a row left
us needing just five more victories to
secure the title with 12 fixtures
remaining.
What really made the trip
unforgettable, though, was the flight
home. It was a tough day weather-wise
and we had a run in with Storm Dennis.
We got on to the plane at Norwich
Airport, the pilot let us know we should
be prepared for a bit of
turbulence and I could see the
concern growing on a few faces.
Flying doesn’t bother me.
When it does get a bit bumpy, I
usually go for gallows humour –
but I was definitely a wee bit
jumpy this time.
The gaffer made it clear that
he would never force anyone to
fly in a situation like that and
nobody would be judged if they
decided to get off.
A few did get off and the
last one was given a big cheer
just to ensure he knew we
had seen him as he tried to
creep off the plane. When we
set off on the runway we got
Liverpool beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road in February and needed only
five more wins to clinch the Premier League crown – but the trip back
from Norfolk will live long in some memories for another reason…
WASN’T ALWAYS
PLANE SAILING
FOR THE REDS

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64 Daily Express Thursday, September 17, 2020
Harrogate, hacking Austin’s
effort off the line then blocking
Matt Phillips’ shot when the
West Brom substitute was clean
through. Baggies sub Callum
Robinson showed his team-
mates how it is done when he
tapped home on 77 minutes
from another Edwards cross.
Bilic, left, was frustrated with
his side’s finishing.
He said: “It was very pleasing
to score three wonderful goals
and the effort was there, as was
the quality in the second half.
“The only negative was we
didn’t score a lot more goals,
but it was good for the guys
who didn’t play against
Leicester to have 60 or 90
minutes under their belts.”
WEST BROM (4-2-3-1): Button 8; Peltier 6, Kipre
6, O’Shea 7, Townsend 7; Harper 7, Field 6; Grosicki
6 (Phillips 55, 6), Robson-Kanu 7 (Sawyers 61, 6),
Edwards 8; Austin 6 (Robinson 73, 7). Goals: Harper
18, Robson-Kanu 22, Robinson 77.
HARROGATE (4-4-2): Cracknell 6; Fallowfield 5
(Jones 72, 6), Smith 5, Hall 6, Burrell 6; Thomson 6,
Kerry 56 (Kirby 79, 6), Falkingham 6, Muldoon 6, Beck
6 (Stead 61, 6), Martin 6.
themselves up. If we get them in
the FA Cup we should make a
better fist of it because we’ve
learnt a lot.”
Harrogate wasted two headed
chances to get back into
the game. Aaron Martin
forced a fingertip save
from Albion keeper
David Button then
Mark Beck headed
straight at the
shotstopper.
Albion missed
numerous chances to kill
the tie after the break.
Sam Field and Charlie Austin
somehow failed to connect with
a Kyle Edwards cross from
point-blank range, then
defender Warren Burrell saved Cracknell getting a hand to the
ball. Four minutes later, Baggies
captain Hal Robson-Kanu
chipped Cracknell from 25
yards for his first League Cup
goal for a decade.
However, Weaver
said: “We can take a
lot of pride from the
performance.
“We didn’t
change policy for a
Premier League
team and caused some
problems.
“They were fine finishes
from them but it was testament
to the character of the players
that we didn’t lie down.
“I didn’t see any dropped
shoulders or people beating
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Round
EVERTON (1) .......... 3 SALFORD CITY (0) 0Keane 8
Sigurdsson 74
Kean 87 (pen)
WEST BROM (2) ..... 3 HARROGATE TN (0) 0Harper 18
Robson-Kanu 22
Robinson 77
IPSWICH (0) .......... 0 FULHAM (1) ......... 1 Mitrovic 38BRISTOL C (1) ........ 4 NORTHMPTN (0) .. 0Martin 43
Palmer 48, 88
Semenyo 82
LEEDS (0) .............. 1 HULL (1) .............. 1Alioski 90 Wilks 5 Hull win 9-8 on penalties. SOUTHMPTN (0) .... 0 BRENTFORD (2) .... 2 Norgaard 40
Da Silva 45
CHAMPIONS LGE—3rd qfying rnd:
FC Midtjylland 3 Young Boys 0,
Omonia Nicosia 1 Red Star Belgrade
1 (AET: Score after 90 mins 1-1.
Omonia Nicosia win 4-2 on
penalties), Ferencvaros 2 Dinamo
Zagreb 1, Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1 Dinamo Brest 0, Karabakh 0 Molde 0 (AET:
Score after 90 mins 0-0. Molde win
6-5 on penalties).
EUROPA LGE—2nd qfying rnd: B36
Torshavn 2 The New Saints FC 2
(AET: Score after 90 mins 1-1. B36
win 5-4 on penalties).
Scottish Premiership ST MIRREN (1) ....... 1 CELTIC (2) ............ 2Erwin 3 Duffy 21
Forrest 36 P W D L F A Pts
Rangers .................... 7 6 1 0 15 0 19
Celtic ........................ 6 5 1 0 17 3 16
Hibernian .................. 7 5 1 1 11 3 16
Aberdeen .................. 5 4 0 1 5 2 12
Ross County .............. 7 2 2 3 6 11 8
St Johnstone.............. 7 2 1 4 4 8 7
St Mirren................... 7 2 1 4 4 10 7
Dundee Utd ............... 7 2 1 4 4 12 7
Hamilton ................... 6 2 0 4 4 10 6
Kilmarnock ................ 7 1 2 4 9 10 5
Livingston ................. 7 1 2 4 6 11 5
Motherwell ................ 7 1 2 4 3 8 5
CRICKET T20 BLAST - NORTH GROUP—Dur-
ham v Yorkshire (Emerald Heading-
ley): Durham 147 (19.3 overs).
Yorkshire 104 (16.4 overs). Durham
(2pts) beat Yorkshire by 43 runs.
T20 BLAST - SOUTH GROUP—Es-
sex v Hampshire (The Ageas Bowl):
Essex 168-3 (20.0 overs). Hamp-
shire 114-9 (20.0 overs). Essex
(2pts) beat Hampshire by 54 runs.
T20 BLAST - SOUTH GROUP—Mid-
dlesex v Kent (Canterbury): Mid-
dlesex 184-6 (20.0 overs). Kent
182-7 (20.0 overs). Middlesex
(2pts) beat Kent by 2 runs.
T20 BLAST - SOUTH GROUP—Sus-
sex v Surrey (The Kia Oval): Sussex
165-7 (20.0 overs). Surrey 167-6
(19.1 overs; W G Jacks 65). Surrey
(2pts) beat Sussex by 4 wickets.
T20 BLAST - CENTRAL GROUP—
Somerset v Glamorgan (Sophia
Gardens): Somerset 183-3 (20.0
overs; Babar Azam 114no). Glamor-
gan 117 (15.5 overs). Somerset
(2pts) beat Glamorgan by 66 runs.
CYCLINGUCI WORLDTOUR: TOUR DE
FRANCE—Stage 17 (Grenoble-
Meribel col de la Loze - 170km): 1
M A Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana
Pro Team 04hrs 49mins 08secs, 2
P Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
at 15secs, 3 T Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 30secs, 4 S
Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma at
56secs, 5 R Porte (Aus)
Trek-Segafredo at 1min 1secs.
General Classification: 1 P Roglic
(Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 74hrs
56mins 04secs, 2 T Pogacar (Slo)
UAE Team Emirates at 57secs, 3
M A Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana
Pro Team at 1min 26secs, 4 R
Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at
3mins 05secs, 5 A Yates (Gbr)
Mitchelton-Scott at 3mins 14secs.
GOLFSELECTED TEE-OFF TIMES IN
THE FIRST ROUND OF THE U.S.
OPEN—(USA unless stated, all
times Local): (x) denotes amateurs
Starting at hole 1: 0756 J Spieth
0807 T Woods 0818 G McDowell
(NIrl) 1316 B DeChambeau, 1327
P Mickelson, P Casey (Eng) 1338
R Fowler Starting at hole 10:
0745 T Hatton (Eng), D Willett
(Eng) 0756 S Garcia (Spa), J Day
(Aus) 0807 R McIlroy (NIrl), J Rose
(Eng) 0818 I Poulter (Eng) 1254 L
Westwood (Eng), B Watson 1316 T
Fleetwood (Eng).
TODAY’S DIARY(7.45pm unless stated)UEFA Europa League
Qualifying Round
Coleraine v Motherwell (7.30) ..................
Lincoln Red Imps v Rangers (4pm) ..........
(Live on Premier Sports)Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Tottenham (5pm) ......Carabao Cup Second
Round
Brighton v Portsmouth.............................. (Live on Sky Sports Football)Burnley v Sheffield Utd (5.30) .................
Wolverhampton v Stoke (7pm) .................
CRICKETt20 Blast - North Group: Lancashire
v Yorkshire (Emirates Old Trafford,
6.35pm), Nottinghamshire v
Derbyshire (Trent Bridge, 6pm).
GOLFEuropean Tour Open de Portugal
(Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort).
U.S. Open (Winged Foot GC,
Mamaroneck, New York).
RUGBY LEAGUEBetfred Super League (3pm):
Wakefield v Huddersfield.
SPORT IN BRIEF
By Tim Nash
Harrogate chan cthe fofrDMstshA num er th ti ft
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ta eme
fii h
FOOTBALL LEAGUE new
boys Harrogate were bundled
out of the Carabao Cup by
Premier League newcomers
West Brom.
But the Sulphurites manager,
Simon Weaver, seemed to want
another go at Slaven Bilic’s side
when the FA Cup comes
around.
West Brom boss Bilic made
10 changes to the side beaten
3-0 by Leicester in the Premier
League on Sunday.
But their second string took
control with two spectacular
efforts in the first quarter of the
game to reach the third round.
Rekeem Harper beat George
Thomson and Josh Falkingham
before thumping home a
30-yard drive in the 18th
minute, despite goalkeeper Joe
Now let us at them in the
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Fulham as they beat
League One Ipswich 1-0.
The striker, in his
102nd game for the club,
headed in Kenny Tete’s
cross after 38 minutes to
set up a tie with
Sheffield Wednesday.
Bristol City will host
Aston Villa in round
three after thumping
Northampton 4-0.
Chris Martin headed
in for his first goal for
City as Kasey Palmer,
twice, and Antoine
Semenyo also scored. by the ‘Class of 92’.
Michael Keane, who
started his career at
Old Trafford, headed in
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s
corner on eight minutes.
Everton, showing 10
changes from the team
who beat Tottenham on
Sunday, went 2-0 up
when Sigurdsson swept
the ball home with 16
minutes remaining.
Moise Kean scored a
penalty late on.
Aleksandar Mitrovic
scored his 50th goal for Bryan Mbeumo’s corner
five minutes before
half-time.
Dasilva drilled past
Alex McCarthy from the
edge of the penalty area
to make it 2-0 seconds
before the interval after
more slack play from the
hosts.
Everton beat Salford
3-0 as another product
of Manchester United’s
academy helped end the
hopes of the club owned
Full-power Saints switch off
SOUTHAMPTON were
stung by Brentford
despite Ralph
Hasenhuttl naming a
full-strength side.
The Saints manager
picked 10 of the XI who
started Saturday’s defeat
at Crystal Palace but
they crashed out of the
Carabao Cup 2-0 after
first-half strikes from
Christian Norgaard and
Josh Dasilva.
Norgaard was left
unmarked to head in his
first Brentford goal from
NORGAARD: Opener
ROUND-UP
the left and shot narrowly
wide before Jones headed just
over. Greg Docherty should
have sealed Hull’s win on the
counter-attack, but his shot
was too close to Casilla, who
made the save.
Hull were made to rue that
miss when Alioski rifled home
late after the Tigers failed to
clear Douglas’ corner to earn
Leeds a shoot-out they did not
deserve. But Hull finally had
the last laugh on penalties.
LEEDS (4-1-4-1): Casilla 6; Shackleton 5,
Cresswell 5, Davis 5, Douglas 6; Casey 6 (Struijk
46, 5); Poveda 5, Bogusz 6 (Gotts 78, 5), Roberts 4,
Alioski 4; Rodrigo 5. Goal: Alioski 90.
HULL (4-2-3-1): Ingram 6; Coyle 6, Jones 7,
McLoughlin 7, Elder 6; Batty 6, Doherty 6; Scott 7,
Honeyman 7 (Jones 81, 6), Lewis-Potter 7 (Mayer
46, 6); Wilks 8 (Chadwick 72, 6). Goal: Wilks 5.
17-year-old defender, who is
the son of former Leeds and
Sheffield United striker
Richard, missed a chance to
equalise when he headed
wide from Barry Douglas’
corner.
Leeds were struggling to
contain Wilks and he had a
couple of efforts saved by
Casilla and another one
blocked. They were
disappointing and their night
was summed up when Alioski
skied a decent chance in front
of goal.
It was all Hull and Keane
Lewis-Potter cut inside from Sutton during his Whites
career. Bielsa levelled the
playing field by fielding a
completely-different side from
Saturday’s heroic Premier
League defeat at Liverpool.
Leeds were disjointed and
Hull capitalised to open the
scoring after just five minutes
through Wilks.
Wilks, who joined Hull
permanently from Barnsley in
the summer, was given far too
much time and space and his
shot from the edge of the D
was deflected home.
Bielsa handed Charlie
Cresswell his debut and the
Hull of an upset
as Jones seals
shoot-out shock
LEEDS were dumped out of
the Carabao Cup by League
One Hull at Elland Road.
Alfie Jones scored the
decisive penalty in the
shoot-out after Jamie
Shackleton’s effort was saved
by Matt Ingram.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side did
not deserve to take it to
penalties when Ezgjan Alioski
equalised in the third minute
of stoppage time and Hull
were the better side.
Grant McCann’s side fully
deserved to beat their
Premier League opponents
and set up a third-round tie at
West Ham next week.
McCann’s side were better
in every department and,
in opening goalscorer Mallik
Wilks, they had the
outstanding player on the
pitch. He was off-loaded by
Leeds last year because he
was not deemed good enough,
but he outshone the Whites’
record £26million signing
Rodrigo on his return to
Elland Road.
He was born in nearby
Chapeltown, just four miles
from Elland Road, and scoring
was a special moment after
he made just one substitute
appearance for Leeds in their
2017 FA Cup defeat against
1
1 LEEDS UNITED
HULL CITY
By David Anderson
BIELSA’S MEN HUMBLED
JOB’S
DONE...
Jones
celebrates
with Hull
City team-
mates after
his penalty
heroics
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66 Daily Express Thursday, September 17, 2020 Main picture: CARL RECINE
Poch cut
short in
his Prime
MAURICIO POCHETTINO
says he feels short-changed by
the Amazon Prime Video
documentary that charts his
final months as Tottenham
manager.
Furthermore, his assistant
Jesus Perez is so upset after
working tirelessly to sell
the project to the players
after it was given the green
light by chairman Daniel
Levy that he cannot bring
himself to watch it.
Speaking about the All or
Nothing series, in which the
makers chose to
focus mainly on
new manager
Jose
Mourinho,
Pochettino,
right, said on
the Between
the Lines
podcast: “We only
watched the first 25 minutes,
until we left the club.
“Five and a half years at the
club and we’re only in the
scenario for 25 minutes,
trying to justify why we left
the club. It was very difficult
to say yes to open the door to
Amazon, who came to
Tottenham at a very difficult
moment for us.
“I feel sorry for Jesus,
because he spent time from
7am trying to help the
Amazon people to make that
all work with the players,
with the staff, with
everything.
“I understand, because it’s
a documentary that’s trying to
put the club in a good place.
The club is not going to open
the door to Amazon to create
a problem after the
documentary.
“Jesus was like a superman.
He spent two or three hours
in the morning, two or
three hours in the evening,
across five months, trying to
coordinate everything.
“I know he’s not going to
watch the documentary
because it’s tough and it’s
painful for him because
he spent a lot of time and
effort.
“But after 25 minutes
watching, I think Jesus
appeared one time.”
with Bale’s transfer money – developed into
so successfully in Tottenham colours. Son
Heung-Min and Lucas Moura already provide
the sort of direct threat Bale possesses
when running at players and
the signing of the 31-year-old
would put a massive boulder
in the path of Dele Alli – the
man who so recently was seen as
the future of Tottenham baulked by a figure
from the past.
Of course, he could yet find himself part
of the whole package. Mourinho made no
apology yesterday for hauling him off at half-
time against Everton for a tactical switch that
did not even pay off.
“Dele’s a very polite guy, very calm,”
Mourinho said. “He’s a bit introspective. Was
quiet, was sad but in the end after the game
he was just one of many. But again, I repeat,
he’s a good boy, a really good boy.”
Even when he was at MK Dons, he seemed
to carry with him a certain sensitivity papered
over by some of the more brash headlines in
the press. A move to the Bernabeu could be
the making of him – or the breaking. Sources
at the club insist Alli is going nowhere and his
absence from the trip to Bulgaria has nothing
to do with the speculation.
But given Mourinho’s character reference,
Alli does look increasingly like the piece that
needs removing from the picture
to make that final Bale
piece fit.
By Matthew Dunn
By Matthew Dunn
s, in which the to on
only
‘Because of Harry Kane’.
He said the name tells
you everything. ‘Harry
Kane’, like ‘hurricane’.”
And Akrapovic will
be blown away by the
man in the opposite
dugout. He said: “It is a
special day for me, not only
for the club. I learn so much
from him. I watched his
training at Real Madrid and
it is a pleasure to be on the
line in the same match.”
HERE COMES HURRICANE
NOBODY is kidding
Lokomotiv Plovdiv manager
Bruno Akrapovic about how
tough it will be against
Tottenham – not even his
10-year-old son.
The Bosnian described it
as a “special game” for the
Bulgarian city. He said:
“Tottenham is a big name.
“My little son, who is 10
years old, told me we didn’t
have any chance. I asked
him why and he said, central striker. “Is Kane going
to play tomorrow night? Yes,”
said Mourinho.
“Then against Southampton?
Yes. After that in the Europa
League as well? Yes.
“He cannot play every match
for 90 minutes. That’s for sure. I
know he would like to do that,
because that’s his nature and
he’s the kind of guy who is By Matthew Dunn
BALE FITS
THE BILL
FOR JOSE
GARETH BALE is a fiddly shape to fit into a
jigsaw – and that has nothing to do with his
formidable pony-tail.
Zinedine Zidane has barely even bothered
to try after returning to Real Madrid for his
second stint in charge. But Jose Mourinho
hopes the Wales international can fit perfectly
into his Tottenham squad and turn them
finally into trophy winners.
The last time he was at the club it worked
because every piece of the jigsaw was put in
around Bale. In his last remarkable season, it
was almost as though the rest of the team
knew that, provided he was at the heart of the
picture, everything would fall into place
around him.
But these days there is Harry Kane to
consider. And that is the million-dollar
question – or, at the very least, the one that
will decide whether several hundreds of
thousands of pounds a week is worth it.
The pair have played together before – for
12 minutes spread over two games against
PAOK Salonika and Newcastle, with Spurs
losing both. That was a Kane who was finding
his feet, while Bale was busy showing his
most dangerous position for Spurs was down
the middle, having finally migrated there from
left-back via the left wing.
Undoubtedly, Kane could do with the
service Bale could provide from the flanks,
but Mourinho prefers a much narrower focus
to his attack. And as Zidane has
suspected all along, Bale is not a
classic No10 in the way that
Christian Eriksen – the man bought
...but ‘good boy’ Alli could be on his
way as Spurs boss closes on Real ace
Dier welfare warning
HARRY KANE could be
forced to play nine games in
21 days as Eric Dier
criticised the football
authorities for not caring
about player welfare.
Jose Mourinho said the
England captain, left, would
have to play against
Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the
Europa League tonight and
then in each of Spurs’ next
fixtures as he is their only

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better not to speak.” However,
that did not stop him from
squeezing in one subtle
message to Bale that the
Wales international does have
plenty to thank him for.
When asked about trying to
sign Bale for Manchester
United, Mourinho said: “Even
before that, I tried to sign him
for Real Madrid, which
was not possible to do
during my time there.
“But the president
followed my instinct
and followed my
knowledge and the
season I left he brought
Gareth to the club.
“There is no secret on that.
Even Gareth knows that.”
Bale’s Real team-mate
Sergio Reguilon did fly into
Tottenham to undergo a
medical yesterday.
The London club are looking
to sign the 23-year-old
left-back, above, as soon as
possible with fixtures coming
thick and fast.
Madrid bought him by
following my instinct
FROM BACK PAGEMadrid than at any time in
the past seven years. We are
still negotiating – we shall see
how it goes.”
Until talks are completed
over a deal – either loan or
permanent – Mourinho was
adamant he could not discuss
the Real Madrid forward.
Although he did
say somewhat
philosophically: “A
squad is a puzzle.
When a new signing
completes the
puzzle, it’s great for
the team.”
Four times during
yesterday’s press conference
to preview the Europa League
second qualifying round tie
with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, the
Tottenham manager said he
would not talk about another
team’s player.
Once he even refused to
comment on the transfer
market as a whole and finally
ended with the mantra: “It’s
before tha for Rwadud
ffoakknseaso G tht
ward.
BALE’S FACTS AND FIGURES
RECORD AT TOTTENHAM (all competitions)
SEASON GAMES GOALS ASSISTS
2007/08 12 3 0
2008/09 30 0 2
2009/10 34 3 10
2010/11 41 11 7
2011/12 42 12 12
2012/13 44 26 11
OVERALL 203 55 42
RECORD AT REAL (all competitions)
SEASON GAMES GOALS ASSISTS
2013/14 44 22 16
2014/15 48 17 12
2015/16 31 19 12
2016/17 27 9 3
2017/18 39 21 6
2018/19 42 14 6
2019/20 20 3 2
OVERALL 251 105 57
GARETH THE GALACTICO
Since joining in 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo (318)
and Karim Benzema (235) have been involved in
more competitive goals for Real than Bale (162).
REAL GOALS SINCE 2013-14
GAMES GOALS ASSISTS
RONALDO 239 24 9 69
BENZEMA 330 162 73
BALE 251 105 57
ISCO 307 51
53
KROOS 278 19 62
● With 80 goals, Wales winger Bale is the top-
scoring British player in La Liga history, overtaking
former England striker Gary Lineker (42).
● He also has the most La Liga appearances of
any British player with 171. Former Real star David
Beckham is second on 116.
● He is only the third Welshman to play in Spain’s
top flight, after Mark Hughes (Barcelona: 1986-87)
and George Green (Espanyol: 1935-36).
SOURCE:
OPTA
SEALED WITH
A KISS: Winner
of Champions
League in 2018
the following week if Spurs go
through, sandwiched by two
more Premier League games
at the weekends.
Then it is Manchester United
on October 4.
Dier warned: “In terms of
our schedule, from a welfare
point of view, I think there’s
obviously no care for the
players.
“I don’t know how we’re
going to fare with it. The depth happy to be on the pitch for 90
minutes. But it’s not possible.
This situation is an extreme
situation for us. We have this
problem and no player can play
90 minutes of every game.”
If Spurs win in Bulgaria in
this second qualifying round
tie, they face a visit to Romania
or Macedonia just 48 hours
after a trip to Leyton Orient in
the EFL Cup on Tuesday. That
programme would be repeated of the squad is the strongest it’s
been in my time at Tottenham.
But if you look at that schedule,
it isn’t showing any care for
players’ physical welfare.
“It’s common sense really.
To try to ask someone
to play Sunday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Sunday, it doesn’t
seem like there is any care for
players’ welfare in that
situation.” PLOVDIV (3-5-2)
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)
KICK-OFF: 5pm.
TV: Premier Sports.
LINE-UPS
Lukov; Almeida, Petrovic,
Masoero; Vitanov, Tsvetanov,
Aralica, Umarboev, Lucao;
Iliev. Karagaren.
Lloris; Doherty, Dier,
Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko,
Lo Celso; Son, Lamela,
Bergwijn; Kane.
REAL
TIME..
Madrid boss
Mourinho,
and Spurs
star Bale
during a 2011
Champions
League tie
HIGH FLIER:
Bale’s
spectacular
goal in 2018
Champions
League final
win over
Liverpool
FUTURE
ON LINE Alli failed to
shine in loss
to Everton
with Kane braced for busy run
TIMING ISSUE:
Dier is concerned
about how tight
the schedule is

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ATHLETICS
BOSS JAILED
OVER DOPE
COVER-UP
LAMINE DIACK, the 87-year-old former boss of
world athletics, was yesterday handed a two-year
jail sentence for covering up Russian doping
cases in exchange for bribes.
Diack served as president of the International
Association of Athletics Federations, now World
Athletics, from 1999 to 2015 before being
succeeded by Lord Coe. But his reign
ended in disgrace and the Senegalese
was convicted of accepting bribes
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By Alex Spink
rmer boss oof ded a tw o-yyeear an doping
Internat ionaal ns, now Wor ldld e bei ng gn ese
Jose drops Bale
hint: New signing can
complete squad puzzle
REACH OUT: Bale is
closer than ever to
leaving Real Madrid
GARETH BALE would be the
missing piece of the Tottenham jigsaw
and owes Jose Mourinho for his dream
move to Spain in the first place.
That was the impression the Spurs boss
left as Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett was
telling reporters: “Gareth is closer to leaving
TURN TO PAGE 67, COLUMN 4
By Matthew Dunn
IT’S BRUTAL: POULTER’S VERDICT ON US OPEN
WINGED FOOT
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Morgan still
positive after
England loss ENGLAND found Australia too hot
to handle on the night but skipper
Eoin Morgan insisted there were
huge positives to take from the
white-ball summer action.
Morgan said: “We’ve played
some fantastic cricket across all
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By Gideon Brooks
SIX HIT:
Mitchell
Starc fires
his first
ball for a
maximum in
the last over

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