Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspurs after the 3-1 defeat at Wembley. Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he is jealous and frightened by the current rise of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. Manchester City thrashed Napoli 4-2 away from home to book their place in the last 16.
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5. Klopp hail Liverpool players for doing the job despite poor start
Liverpool thrashed Maribor 3-0 after a poor first half. The Reds goals came in the second half through Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and substitute Daniel Sturridge. The win takes Jurgen Klopp side top of Group E with 8 points, 1 more than second-placed side Sevilla. Spartak Moscow is third with 5 points. AL three can qualify making the last two matches very important.
‘It was not our best game,’ Klopp said.
‘Three goals – good, a clean sheet – good, eight points – perfect.’
However, the German is concerned by the poor penalty form. James Milner missed a penalty when his side was 1-0 up. It is the 4th miss in a row and it is now a concern.
‘After you win it’s not a big concern,’ he said. ‘Of course, we don’t like it but the penalty was a really good one – it was a fantastic save. We will find a player (to take them).’
4. Guardiola praise Napoli despite beating them home and away to reach last 16
Manchester City thrashed Napoli 4-2 away from home to book their place in the last 16. The Premier League side is yet to lose a match in all competitions so far this season. They conceded early in the match but goals from Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling ensured City qualify with 12 points.
The Spaniard praised the Serie A side saying they are the best team he has ever faced.
‘Beating Napoli twice in two weeks is an incredible achievement,’ Guardiola said.
‘They are perhaps the best side I’ve faced in my career.
‘I am so proud because I know the side we beat. I am in love with Napoli, with the way they make short passes and they didn’t give us time to think in the opening 20 minutes. We didn’t have the courage to play,’ Guardiola added.
The next match is Premier League clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
3. Aguero breaks 77-year-old Man City goal record
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has broken Eric Brook goals record to become the new king at Etihad. The Argentine scored in the 69th minute to take his tally to 178 in 263 appearances for the club.
Brook needed 453 between 1928 and 1940 to set the record that had remained intact for 77 years. The 29-year-old said he will give his lucky shirt to his son Benjamin who is also Diego Maradona’s grandson. The legendary football icon also played for Napoli.
“I am very happy for this moment. I am happy because the team helped to support me — as did the fans and all the staff. I want to say thank you very much to everyone,” Aguero told BT Sport.
“I am enjoying this moment. I am very happy because this moment is a one-time thing.
“Napoli is a good team and away always in the Champions League is difficult.
“This shirt is for my son, he texted me to say: ‘As soon as you score, bring me the shirt.'”
2. Tottenham deserved to win because they were superior- Zidane
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspurs after the 3-1 defeat at Wembley. The Los Blancos boss chose not to criticize his players after the second defeat in one week. The visitors were outclassed and outplayed by Mauricio Pochetino side. They also lost 2-1 to Girona on Sunday to remain 8 points behind Barcelona.
‘I’m not worried and I never will be this season. Sometimes there are periods when the goals fly in. Sometimes it just doesn’t want to go in.
‘We came up against a better team. In all aspects of play they were superior.’
The London side has now qualified for the last 16 ahead of Madrid. The Frenchman believes they can also challenge for the trophy this year.
‘Yes, any team can win the Champions League and Tottenham are certainly one of them.’
The La Liga giants will now need to win at least one match of the two remaining to progress. Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 again in Germany against APOEL Nicosia.
‘I can’t say everything is great in the dressing room. We have to turn it around. We played against a team that played very well and deserved the win.’
1. Arsenal legend says he is JEALOUS & FRIGHTENED by Tottenham rise
Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he is jealous and frightened by the current rise of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. He says the 3-1 win against the reigning European Champions was a clear statement that Spurs has now arrived at the big stage.
‘I’ve always been afraid of the Tottenham emergence because it’s been coming,’ Wright said.
‘It’s something as an Arsenal man, sitting here, it’s a frightening prospect seeing their progression, it really is. And jealousy does come into it,’ Wright added.
‘Since Pochettino’s got there it’s been steadily rising and rising and the only thing you feel that is going to hold Tottenham back is “will Daniel Levy pay the players the kind of money that is going to keep them there?”. That’s all it’s going to come down to.
‘This is a great manager with great, young, ambitious players. They’re not fly by night players, they look like they’re the real deal. Tonight’s result against Real Madrid, they hammered them. And it’s a team that’s still got a lot more to give,’ Wright said.