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Tottenham title pursuit goes on

first_imgLONDON (AP): Tottenham kept up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea, thanks to two goals in eight minutes yesterday. Left back Danny Rose was the surprise match-winner for Spurs, scoring in the 77th minute after Swansea failed to clear a corner properly. Tottenham had 34 attempts on goal, prompting their manager Mauricio Pochettino to tell Spurs TV: “What more you need to do for (to) score? … This is the way that we want to play and you know sometimes football is not mathematical.” Nacer Chadli cancelled out Swansea’s opener by Alberto Paloschi in the 19th minute as the visitors paid for their defensive approach in the second half at White Hart Lane. Pochettino praised Spurs fans for lifting the team after Swansea went ahead. “This was very important for us,” Pochettino said. “‘Thank you’, our supporters. They were brilliant. And ‘thank you’, the players, because the performance and the effort was unbelievable after that Europa League game (Thursday) against Fiorentina.”last_img read more

Brazil’s full-back dilemma

first_imgBrazil Tite’s Selecao headaches: Full-backs – Marcelo, Dani Alves but then who? Raisa Simplicio Last updated 1 year ago 08:21 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Marcelo Brazil 2017 Getty Images Brazil Friendlies Russia v Brazil Germany v Brazil Russia Germany Ahead of March’s Brasil Global Tour clashes with Russia and Germany, we take a closer look at those competing for places in Brazil’s World Cup squad Brazil coach Tite continues to obsess over the fine-tuning of his resurgent Brazil ahead of a World Cup for which they are now firmly among the favourites.His next batch of experiments will arrive in March, when the Brasil Global Tour returns to Europe for a double-header that will see the Selecao face Russia and Germany.Those tests will be contested by Tite’s final squad prior to the announcement of his 23-man group that will head to Russia in search of an unprecedented sixth world title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marcelo England Brazil Friendly 14112017This week the coach reaffirmed that 15-18 members of his World Cup squad had already assured their places, but there are still spots up for grabs – and all the focus in March will be on who can cement the last remaining slots for reserves.Ahead of March’s friendlies, Brasil Global Tour will be assessing Tite’s options in each area of the field. And the full-backs available to him continue to be a major talking point in the local media.“If I selected only the best players I had, I’d choose three left-backs,” Tite told Globo this week. Indeed, it is a position in which the Selecao are blessed, both in the immediate and long-term future.Alex Sandro Brasil Chile WC Qualifiers 2018 10102017Real Madrid’s Marcelo, ousted by previous coach Dunga, is a guaranteed starter in the role. For over a year under Tite, Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis was clearly the first reserve. However, Alex Sandro now appears to have overtaken Filipe as Marcelo’s deputy – the Juventus man’s excellent form and attacking strengths have convinced Tite to make an unexpected change.Monaco’s Jorge, meanwhile, has impressed since arriving in Ligue 1 from Flamengo and is already been earmarked as Marcelo’s long-term successor.Tite and Brazil are spoiled for choice on the left-side of their defence. The right side, however, is another matter entirely. Danilo Brasil x Japão 11102017Dani Alves has featured in 12 of Tite’s 18 matches in charge and has not seen a single direct competitor for his role since the coach’s June 2016 arrival.Six others have been trialled during the search for a suitable reserve. Bayern Munich’s Rafinha and Atletico MG’s Marcos Rocha were discarded as quickly as they were welcomed. Sevilla’s Mariano, meanwhile, joined the squad for a single qualifier but never saw a minute of action.Corinthians stopper Fagner, who had enjoyed great success under Tite at the Timao, seemed to be the leading choice as reserve to Dani Alves, but he was replaced by Manchester City’s Danilo for November’s Brasil Global Tour dates versus Japan and England.Danilo had recovered from a disastrous spell at Real Madrid and showed early-season promise in the Premier League. His lack of game-time under Pep Guardiola is far from ideal, but he remains the only real choice for Tite as it stands.Monaco’s Fabinho made the squad under previous coach Dunga, but his conversion to a central midfielder in the Principality seems to have ended his hopes for Russia 2018.And with no outstanding candidates at youth level, Brazil have genuine cause for concern when 34-year-old Dani Alves decides to call it quits.last_img read more