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Jose Mourinho backs Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for Premier League title

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement MORE: Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk backs Adrian to step up after injury to Alisson City kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)Mourinho is hopeful that Chelsea can enjoy some success this season under new manager Frank Lampard despite feeling the effects of their two-window transfer ban. ‘I want to say the obvious thing. We would love Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal to be at that level. Football is unpredictable,’ he added.‘I think we all agree we are speaking about a team that won everything in England and we are speaking about the European champions and the runners up.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘And then we are speaking about United who finished sixth. And Arsenal finished fifth and playing Europa League too.‘Chelsea with this ban, which is not dramatic, because if someone could answer that ban it’s Chelsea.‘If that ban happens to one of the other clubs, it would be much more difficult. I hope something great happens with them.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Aug 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Jose Mourinho believes Spurs will challenge Man City and Liverpool for the title (Picture: Sky Sports)Jose Mourinho has backed Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title and joked that even City’s B team could compete for the trophy.Liverpool pushed City to the final weekend last term but, in the end, finished runners-up behind Pep Guardiola’s side despite amassing 97 points across a magnificent campaign.While Spurs ended the season 27 points behind City down in fourth, Mourinho is confident the north London club will be in the title race this time around after a strong summer transfer window.The Portuguese, though, believes United, Chelsea and Arsenal lack the firepower to be challenging at the business end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked which teams will be in the title race ahead of United’s clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘Four: Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and… Man City’s B team.‘When I looked at the bench yesterday, there were some images of the bench, and the players that were not even involved, I think even their B team could fight for the title.‘Independent of what happens today [Manchester United vs. Chelsea], even if one of the teams plays magnificently and has a fantastic result, I don’t believe that they are going to be in the title race.‘It’s also a little bit difficult for me, in spite of some really good players, I don’t think Arsenal will be in a title race. But I think Tottenham has to join it.’ Jose Mourinho backs Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for Premier League titlelast_img read more

Kiffin receives word of NCAA allegations

first_imgUSC received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Wednesday concerning coach Lane Kiffin’s 14-month tenure at the University of Tennessee.After a 22-month investigation into the Volunteers’ football and men’s basketball programs, the NCAA cited Kiffin for a failure to promote an atmosphere for compliance, a failure to monitor and impermissible recruiting activities.“We have received from the NCAA a notice of allegations against Lane Kiffin pertaining to his tenure as the head football coach at Tennessee,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden in a statement. “The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter.”Kiffin, as well as Tennessee, has 90 days to respond to the allegations before the hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which is scheduled for June 10 and 11 in Indianapolis.According to a 26-page document released by Tennessee, Kiffin and his Volunteers coaching staff failed “to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the football program and [failed] to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant football coaches.” One of those coaches might be current USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.From Jan. 3 through Jan. 9, 2010, Kiffin and his staff made impermissible telephone contact with five recruits — a total of 16 calls spanning 47 minutes.Additionally, Kiffin allowed a recruiting intern, Steve Rubio, to accompany him on a recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., despite forewarning from the school’s football operations department.On that trip, Rubio allegedly made “in-person, off-campus contact with high school administrators,” which, since he was an intern and a non-authorized off-campus recruiter, is a violation of NCAA rules.“This trip and these contacts occurred after David Blackburn, the institution’s director of football operations, informed both Kiffin and Rubio on or about Oct. 10, 2009, that Rubio was not permitted to enter a high school’s property while accompanying a football coach on a recruiting trip,” the NCAA said.Rubio, however, is an alum of the high school.“We have received the notice of allegations,” Kiffin said in a statement. “On the advice of my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working through the process with the NCAA.”In spite of the allegations, Haden’s support of Kiffin has not wavered in the slightest.“Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA’s rules and compete the right way,” Haden said. “Lane has my support as our head football coach.”last_img read more