Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup soccer

first_imgBy Brian Homewood, Gabrielle Tétrault-FarberLAUSANNE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with doping tests.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) executive committee acted after concluding that Moscow had planted fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests in laboratory data that could have helped identify drug cheats.The decision was a huge blow to the pride of a nation that has traditionally been a powerhouse in many sports but whose reputation has been tarnished by a series of doping scandals.“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” WADA President Craig Reedie said after a meeting of WADA’s executive committee in the Swiss city of Lausanne. He said in a statement Russia’s actions had demanded a robust response and added: “That is exactly what has been delivered today.”WADA confirmed the Russian national team could not take part in the 2022 World Cup soccer in Qatar under the Russian flag and could participate only as neutrals. It was not clear how competing as neutrals at the World Cup might work in practice. FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, said it was in contact with WADA to clarify the extent of the decision.The ban also means Russian sportsmen and sportswomen will not be able to perform at the Olympics in Tokyo next year under their own flag and national anthem.The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has come under attack for not taking a harder line on Russian doping, said it fully backed the ruling by the Swiss-based WADA. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic organising committee said it would welcome all athletes as long as they were clean and work with other organisations to fully implement anti-doping measures, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said.YEARS OF DOPING SCANDALS Russia has been embroiled in doping scandals since a 2015 report commissioned by WADA found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.Many of Russia’s athletes were sidelined from the past two Olympics and Russia was stripped of its flag altogether at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games as punishment for state-sponsored doping cover-ups at the 2014 Sochi Games.Monday’s sanctions, which also include a four-year ban on Russia hosting major sporting events, were recommended by WADA’s compliance review committee in response to the doctored laboratory data provided by Moscow this year. One of the conditions for the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, suspended in 2015 but reinstated last year, had been that Moscow provide an authentic copy of the laboratory data.The sanctions in effect strip the agency of its accreditation. The punishment leaves the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete at big international events without their flag or anthem for the next four years, something they did at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.Some Russian officials have tried to cast WADA’s behaviour as part of what they say is a broader Western attempt to hold back Moscow. Igor Lebedev, a lawmaker and deputy speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, said the move was a serious blow to Russian sport that required a tough response from Russian authorities, the RIA news agency reported.If RUSADA appeals WADA’s punishment, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.“DEVASTATING BLOW TO CLEAN ATHLETES”Some sport officials wanted tougher action. Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), said the failure to impose a complete ban was “yet another devastating blow to clean athletes.”Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s suspended anti-doping laboratory, said that without the complete data from the Moscow laboratory there was no telling how many athletes were still competing doped. “Russia’s falsifications and cheating continued in 2019 even when Russia was under scrutiny,” Rodchenkov, now in hiding in the United States, said in a statement.Noting that many files had been deleted and results lost, he said: “Who can say whether there are any clean athletes in Russia if the crucial data is lost?”last_img read more

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James Olayinka: Can He Break into Arsenal’s  First Team?

first_imgWith several of Arsenal first-team players absent from training due to international engagements, Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery, on Tuesday promoted 18-year-old promising Nigerian midfielder, James Olayinka to the Gunners first-team training. Having been first given such opportunity last year but failed to make the most of it, can the English junior international cash-in on this on this rear prospect this time around?Promising Nigerian midfielder James Olayinka was invited to train with Arsenal first team by manager Unai Emery on Monday, due to a number of first-team players absent from training due to international commitments, including Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi, the Spanish tactician called up Olayinka and three promising youngsters to join the first team at London Colney.A product of Arsenal’s Hale End Academy, the 18-year-old Olayinka penned his first professional contract in January 2019, 12 years after he joined the club. He had a fine season at Arsenal in the 2018-2019 campaign, making appearances in the Premier League 2, EFL Trophy, FA Youth Cup, U-18 Premier League and U-18 Premier League Cup.Predominantly a defensive-minded midfielder, Olayinka scored his first competitive goal for Arsenal youth teams in the 7-0 demolition of Leicester City U-18 in August 2018.He trained with Arsenal’s first-team as a first-year scholar in November 2017 and was in the travelling party for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, United Arab Emirates four months ago.Olayinka described himself as a box-to-box attacking midfielder, and out of all the players in the first team, “I think my style is closest to Aaron Ramsey.”“In that position you need to have a lot of stamina and determination, and what’s crucial is the timing of your runs. The last few seconds are the most important. Ramsey is very good at that and it’s an area that comes naturally to me, but I’m always working to improve.“There’s the other side of the game too, defending, which I’m developing, and I find that helps my attacking play too. If you intercept or win a tackle higher up the pitch, you’re already in a position to threaten the opposition goal. Tackling, intercepting and heading are areas that I’m working extra hard on but also my finishing too.“I want to add more goals so practising my finishing is very important for a player like me. I’m also working on improving my forward passing as I have a responsibility to develop moves and provide assists.“I’ve been playing football in a team since I was four years old but was spotted by an Arsenal scout, Steve Higgins, when I was seven. I was playing for my local team, Northwood FC. There was an Arsenal feeder training centre in Ruislip that was run by Steve. I attended the sessions there and was invited for a trial at Hale End. I was signed within a week or so and travelled to Hale End for training from then on,” Olayinka said.He was a winger when he first joined but was moved into midfield by the Arsenal coaches when he was an under-10. Though he enjoyed playing on the wing he really loves where he plays now.                                                    “I feel I’ve settled well into full-time training. It took a little time to adapt but I feel stronger and fitter now,” he noted.The experience of travelling with the U-23s and seeing the games close up was really useful to him last season, as he could see that there is no room for mistakes.“With the U-18s you might have a chance to get away with an error but at the higher age group, any errors tend to be punished. The pace is quicker too and, as I say, I am really keen to apply myself at that level.“My proudest moments have come with Arsenal. Winning the Futures Cup in 2016 was a high point, as was being voted ‘Most Promising Player’ in the Pineto Calcio Tournament in Italy. We got knocked out in the semi-finals of that but the fact that I received that award when there were so many good players there, not just from Arsenal but also Juventus, Inter Milan and other top sides, made it special for me. Hopefully, we will win more in the future so that I can add to these highlights,” Olayinka said.The youngster who was born on October 5, 2000, has decided to commit his long-term future to the London-based team now that he is 18 and joins players of Nigerian descents Bukayo Saka and Arthur Okonkwo who signed new deals in summer of 2018.Olayinka has been with the Gunners since he was11 and has featured across several youth teams.Speaking to the Arsenal website upon signing his new contract earlier in January, Olayinka stated that he was glad to be able to sign his first professional deal.He said, “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been here for about 11 or 12 years now, so to finally get to this stage is a dream come true. It’s a proud moment for me and my family.”Olayinka also stated that new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s use of youngsters played a part in his extension and also stated that he intends to continue developing with the youth team.He said, “For all of us below them I think it gives us hope and lets us know that if you are doing the right things on the pitch and off it, the manager will see it and give you the opportunity. It’s just about taking it when it comes.“Personally I just want to keep playing well and score a few more goals for the team. In terms of targets for the team, I think we can do better in the Premier League 2 and start picking up some more points, and for the u-18s we’re still in the FA Youth Cup. We’re in the last 16 now so it’s a good chance for us to go one stage further than last year.”Olayinka hopes to follow Saka who is the first player born in 2000 to play for the Gunners.Despite playing for several England youth teams, Olayinka is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Football dials in on pass rush, player development

first_imgFreshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has tallied 396 receiving yards in his rookie season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)USC focused on both its pass rush and pass protection at Wednesday’s practice, running drills designed around blitzes and pass-heavy concepts. Head coach Clay Helton singled out sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Pili, who was particularly impressive in this area and noted that the coaches pushed him throughout the week.“He has some unique pass rush as a big man, and I thought he did a really nice job,” Helton said.Even with senior star pass-rushing linebacker Porter Gustin sitting out practice this week with an ankle injury, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said he was confident with his depth.“When you have body types like [redshirt junior defensive lineman] Christian Rector and [redshirt freshman linebacker] Hunter Echols, it gives you some flexibility,” he said, also referring to redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein as a possibility to fill in for Gustin.  Helton said the bye week has been beneficial for positional coaches to identify the specific areas their respective players need to improve upon. “Take a fundamental or technique, and let’s improve it this week,” Helton said. “Let’s not try to do a hundred things, let’s focus on the one to two things that you know we have to get better for this upcoming game.”Helton also stressed the importance of resting players with minor but recurring pains and injuries.“We didn’t have this luxury last year, to be able to have a bye and get a couple of guys healed up that have a nagging injury week after week after week,” he said. “I think it’s really going to help us.”The coaches’ final point of emphasis for the week was developing players who might have to play due to teammates’ injuries. With senior stars like linebacker Cam Smith and cornerback Iman Marshall sitting out for rest, young backups such as freshmen linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV and cornerback Olaijah Griffin took more reps this week.“Any time you have a bye week, you want to get some guys reps that don’t play a whole lot,” Pendergast said. “So getting those guys to develop more and getting them to communicate more, because their opportunities to play aren’t as much. We’re really forcing them to talk in group settings.”This focus manifested itself as the younger players ran team meetings this week. Gustin chuckled when asked about the meetings, but said the young guys did a good job speaking up and showing their knowledge.Pendergast said the younger players stepped up, naming defensive backs freshman Chase Williams and redshirt sophomore C.J. Pollard, along with Gaoteote and Griffin, as players that impressed him. “You can see it on tape,” Helton said of the young players’ improvement. “When you’re preparing for games, it’s so much harder to get them in there and get that amount of reps, and this is a great week to be able to do that.”The Trojans will take an extra strength and conditioning day Thursday before taking a long weekend off, resuming practice on Monday.Injury UpdatesGustin said he hopes to be 100 percent by Monday and participate fully in next week’s practices. Helton said that redshirt sophomore receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe is getting closer to returning from a sprained ankle that has hampered him since August.last_img read more

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Champions League semi-final

first_imgKick-off tonight is at 7.45. Gareth Bale is in line to start for Real Madrid, in their Champions League semi final first leg with Juventus tonight.The Welsh winger made his return from a calf strain in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Sevilla.Real coach Carlo Ancelotti is also hoping Cristiano Ronaldo will be fine for tonight’s game in Turin, after he received treatment for a back injury in training last night.last_img

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Tipp to play Kerry in Munster U17 Football semi

first_imgThe winners will have home advantage in the provincial decider.And Cork welcome Limerick at Pairc Ui Rinn in the other semi which throws-in at the same time. Tipp are back in action in the Munster Under 17 Football Championship this evening.They travel to Tralee to play Kerry in the Semi-Finals.Throw in at Austin Stacks Park is at 7pm.last_img

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LiveScore boosts tennis offering with new sponsorship deal

first_img Related Articles Share LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Submit Share LiveScore enhances content offering with Sportal365 deal June 25, 2020 LiveScore has announced its second-ever sports sponsorship, becoming the title sponsor of the newly named ‘LiveScore Cup’ taking place from 3-6 June in Prague.The competition will feature six WTA top 100 players, including former world number one Karolina Pliskova and 2019 Roland-Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, as pro women’s tennis makes its triumphant return following the global health pandemic.Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore, said: “LiveScore is synonymous with live sports, so we are delighted to be playing a small part in the return of competitive action as title sponsor of the LiveScore Cup. This comes at a time when we are generating significant momentum across the business, and LiveScore Cup is another marker in the sand as sports fans become more familiar with our expanded offering.“Our app and LiveScore.com are already the go-to destinations for fast and reliable second-screen sports coverage to over 56 million users, but we are thrilled to be putting our head above the parapet once again and introducing LiveScore to new users as we continue to grow.”The LiveScore cup will be hosted at the Stanice Stadium, and was marketed and organised by SARAN Media Group and PR Stars, whilst also being sanctioned by the Czech Tennis Federation. Moreover, the competition will be broadcasted on Premier Sports in UK and Republic of Ireland, S Sport in Turkey and Setanta Sports in CIS, among others.Will Thomas, Head of Sponsorship at LiveScore, added: “It’s been a long few months without live sport and, whilst circumstances dictate that spectators can’t be present, we are delighted that fans can watch the LiveScore Cup on TV and follow the action on LiveScore’s channels. We can’t wait for the LiveScore Cup to begin in Prague, and the chance to celebrate the skill of some of the world’s best tennis players!”Karolina Pliskova, WTA World Number 3, concluded:“I am really looking forward to the start of the LiveScore Cup, and the chance to once again compete in my country alongside some of the best players in Europe.“After our enforced season break, it’s brilliant that we will have this chance to again showcase women’s tennis to fans around the world, especially on clay at a time when the French Open would have normally been taking place. I’d like to thank SARAN Media Group and PR Stars for organising such a great tournament.““Whilst for now we must wait for fans to return to the courtside, I and all the players are looking forward to putting on a show for all the fans following the action on TV and the LiveScore app!”The LiveScore Cup will be broadcast live on a number of European TV networks including Premier Sports in UK and Republic of Ireland, S Sport in Turkey, Setanta Sports in CIS, Sport Klub in the Balkan territories and Max Sport in Bulgaria. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver kicks off his legacy with lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling

first_imgAdam Silver just began his legacy as NBA commissioner, and it’s a grand one.Silver levied a punishment so right and just, banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the NBA. He was fined $2.5 million, the maximum allowed by the NBA. And with a ¾ vote of the NBA’s owners, Sterling will be forced to sell the team.Coaches, players, fans and people everywhere should be proud of Silver. In a tape released by TMZ late Friday night, Sterling was heard spewing racist, hurtful comments in an argument with girlfriend V. Stiviano. Sterling admitted it was his voice. Then Silver used his voice and powers to oust Sterling.Silver spoke emphatically and with great emotion and conviction in a news conference Tuesday from New York. He was visibly mad and his voice trembled with anger. His decision is a landmark one for sports and for human rights. “I urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens,” Silver said. “… I fully expect to get the support I need from other NBA owners to remove him.”Many NBA owners took to Twitter to support Silver. Current and former Lakers players gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles, applauding Silver’s decisive actions.“We all started clapping,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has an advisory role with the NBA Players Association. “He handled it the right way. I’m so glad he did that.” Laker Steve Nash agreed. “This is a proud day for us players and the league,” Nash said. “Hopefully, we can see out Adam Silver’s decision today and make this a thing of the past as quickly as possible.” Had Silver not made this decision, protesters figured to line Chick Hearn Way outside Staples Center before Game 5 of the Clippers-Warriors series. Because of Silver’s impactful ruling, there should be a gathering to rejoice.Adam Silver and the NBA did the right thing.There is no place for Sterling in the NBA.And there appears to be a great legacy for Adam Silver.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Josh Hart scores 37 as Lakers beat Cleveland in double-OT in NBA summer league semifinal

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Jeff Ayres dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers’ John Holland during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) shoots around Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Vladimir Brodziansky, center, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeff Ayres, right, during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCleveland Cavaliers’ Billy Preston, right, drives into Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick King during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton passes around Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeff Ayres during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Cleveland Cavaliers’ John Holland, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart shoots around Cleveland Cavaliers’ Vladimir Brodziansky during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Vladimir Brodziansky, center, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeff Ayres, right, during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Los Angeles Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Los Angeles Lakers’ Malik Newman drives into Cleveland Cavaliers’ Scoochie Smith during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeff Ayres dunks over Cleveland Cavaliers’ John Holland during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) shoots around Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)NextShow Caption1 of 11Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) shoots around Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)ExpandJosh Hart scored 37 points and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk had 31 to lead the Lakers to a 112-109 double-overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the semifinals of the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League Monday night.Hart and Mykhailiuk, a second-round pick of the Lakers in last month’s NBA draft, combined to make 12 of 26 3-point shots to help carry their team to its sixth consecutive victory in the summer league. The Lakers, who won the summer league title in 2017, will play either the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers in the league’s championship game Tuesday at 7 p.m. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 Ukrainian guard from Kansas, was 12 of 20 from the floor, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range. Hart contributed nine rebounds, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 12 points and nine assists for the Lakers.Collin Sexton has 27 points to lead Cleveland. The Cavaliers had a chance to tie the game at the end of the second overtime, but Billy Preston’s 3-point try rimmed out.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Related Articles VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever last_img read more

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House likely to approve Iowa Hemp Act this week

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa farmers soon may have the option to grow industrial hemp. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been working on the issue for the past three years. Senator Tim Kapucian, a farmer from Keystone, said the effort got “extra momentum” after the new Farm Bill effectively legalized hemp again in the U.S.“Let’s let our Iowans do what they do best. They’re innovative, entrepreneurial,” Kapucian said during Senate debate. “They will take it to the next level, they will develop the processing and let them see how far they can go.”A bill approved by the Senate designates two state agencies to oversee the crop and would let Iowa farmers grow up to 40 acres of hemp, starting in the 2020 growing season.“That 40-acre limit is there so lots of people can take advantage and participate in this program rather than just a handful,” said Senator Tom Shipley, a farmer from Nodaway.The hemp plant is a cousin of marijuana. Smoking it does not make you high, but for decades it’s been illegal to grow it under federal law. Senator Dan Zumbach, a farmer from Ryan, said hemp can be part of a “new era” in agriculture.“This is something we haven’t seen since World War II, but it’s better,” Zumbach said, “…and 45 years from now, this will be a normal crop in our fields with assets we can’t imagine.”Senator Kevin Kinney, a farmer from Oxford, said hemp could become a leading commodity in Iowa, behind corn and soybeans.“I have been contacted by many future hemp farmers who are ready to start producing,” Kinney said, “and see the market for hemp products.”The plant’s seeds and its stalks can be used to make fabric and paper as well as oil and building materials. The bill that passed the Senate last week is scheduled for debate in the Iowa House this week according to Representative Jarad Klein, a farmer from Keota.“It’s a very labor intensive crop,” Klein said during an interview. “I think there’ll be some niche market availability there. If somebody can make a profit at it and be successful, in agriculture, I’m all for it.”Under the bill, farmers must get a state license to grow hemp. Officials from the Iowa Departments of Agriculture and Public Safety are to oversee hemp production, to ensure its not being grown as cover for marijuana.last_img read more

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Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United’s underachieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure to perform at Old Trafford as they seek to reach the Champions League last 16.Young Boys are the visitors on Tuesday as the Red Devils look to qualify for the knockout phase with a game to spare — a feat they will achieve should they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.Progress would be a welcome shot in the arm after Saturday’s tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and with a mere three wins from nine home matches in all competitions.However, Mourinho rejected suggestions that his players find it easier to play away and laughed off a suggestion that playing at Old Trafford brought added pressure ahead of facing the Swiss champions.“If you feel pressure, stay at home — and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,” he said.“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on. I never felt pressure to play at home.” Mourinho expects a response from his side in Tuesday’s Group H encounter, having questioned some of his players’ “heart”, desire and intensity after the 0-0 draw with Palace.The United manager spoke of his frustrations with his team’s sub-par performances before the match against Swiss side Young Boys, saying he wanted his players “not to be reactive but proactive”.“I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating,” he said.Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for “quite a while” with an injury.“(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time,” he added.“I would say if we have him for the Christmas period — where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the Newcastle match on January 2 — if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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