Azpilicueta: I wish Mourinho all the best at Tottenham

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta wished former manager Jose Mourinho all the best as Tottenham head coach.

Mourinho was appointed by Spurs on Wednesday, a day after the Premier League club – who are 14th in the table – sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

The Portuguese tactician led Chelsea to three league titles across two spells at the helm, but will now look to salvage their rivals’ season.

Mourinho may have joined Chelsea’s rivals, but Azpilicueta – who won one of his two Premier League titles under the 56-year-old – sent well wishes.

“I can talk only when Jose was here at Chelsea with us,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We won trophies, and now football moves on. I wish him all the best even though he goes to a rival.

“I have good memories with him and I have played many times under him and against him.

“Obviously when we play against each other we both want to win for our teams, but this is football. I wish him well.”

Mourinho’s first game in charge of Spurs will come against another London club, West Ham, on Saturday.

Favre tells Dortmund to forget Der Klassiker humbling

Lucien Favre urged Borussia Dortmund to forget their Der Klassiker humbling as they prepare to host Paderborn on Friday.

Dortmund were crushed 4-0 by Bayern Munich in their final game before the international break and are sixth in the Bundesliga table.

Favre, who is under pressure at the helm, is eager for Dortmund to put that result behind them as they prepare to resume their campaign.

“We played badly against Bayern Munich, that is clear,” the head coach told a news conference on Wednesday.

“We still had the previous victory against Inter [in the Champions League] fresh in our minds. Not all players, but some.

“But such a loss can happen. We have to look ahead. We still have eight games, we have to keep going and think about our performance from game to game.”

Thomas Delaney (ankle) has been ruled out until January for Dortmund, while Favre was unsure about Nico Schulz’s availability but said Marco Reus trained “OK” during the week.

With the international break over, Favre wants Dortmund focused on club duties for the rest of 2020.

“We still have eight games until Christmas. We have to focus on those games,” he said.

“We have six league games and two Champions League games. Dortmund will be their sole focus now until the end of the year.

“The players should no longer have their national teams in mind. That is important.”

Dortmund are sixth in the Bundesliga, but just six points off league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Keown urges Arsenal to consider Pochettino swoop

Arsenal should weigh up an audacious move for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, according to ex-Gunners defender Martin Keown.

Spurs acted swiftly to replace Pochettino, sacking their manager after five years at the helm on Tuesday before appointing Jose Mourinho.

While Mourinho’s previous spells in charge of Chelsea look likely to make him a divisive figure among the Tottenham faithful during the early stages of his reign, Pochettino opting to switch allegiance in north London would cause a whole other kind of ructions.

Gunners head coach Unai Emery has come under increasing scrutiny amid a mixed start to the season and, although Keown does not want any rash decisions on the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain tactician’s future, he feels the Arsenal board should be duly aware of unexpectedly changing circumstances.

“There’s no need to panic at Arsenal, we are getting close to panic by the way, because we’re not having the best of seasons,” he told the Daily Mail.

“But the powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino. 

“I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.”

He added: “I would have stayed with Pochettino. I think he deserved that. I think it’s a hugely significant sacking. You’re going to have managers now looking over their shoulders.

“I know the poor record he has recently, but I still would have given him another chance. I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it. 

“There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now. Manchester United wanted him this time last year. I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.”

Mourinho cut a contented figure on his first day as Spurs head coach on Wednesday and Keown believes the embattled figure from his final days in charge of Manchester United must be consigned to the past.

“He lost the dressing room and fell out of love with the game of football in his quest to be successful,” the former England international said. “He has to jettison that part of himself.”

Bayern´s Cuisance should have stayed at Gladbach, says Eberl

Michael Cuisance’s lack of game time at Bayern Munich shows he should never have left Borussia Monchengladbach.

That is the view of Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl, who reluctantly sanctioned the French midfielder’s €10million switch in August this year.

Cuisance has made a pair of Bundesliga substitute appearances for Bayern, remaining unused on the bench on 11 other occasions in all competitions.

Minor adductor and groin setbacks have also hindered the 20-year-old, whose former club sit four points ahead of Bayern at the top of the table after 11 matches.

“We told him for three months that he would have been better staying here because he had found in Gladbach a club where he could develop,” Eberl told Sport1.

“He had a great development last season. He did not want to settle for that and had other goals in mind for himself, which he has now pursued.”

Cuisance will hope the installation of interim head coach Hansi Flick brings about a change of fortunes.

Marco Rose’s in-form Gladbach travel to the Allianz Arena to take on Bayern on December 7.

Inter could be Giroud’s chance

Things around Inter Milan are heating up nicely after their strong start to Serie A campaign. Now numerous players are being linked with a move to Guiseppe Meazza either in January or next summer, as Antonio Conte wants to keep improving the squad. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, they are setting their sights on Olivier Giroud.

They are claiming that Inter have opened talks with Chelsea over a January deal for the French striker. Giroud is 33 and will be out of contract at the end of the season, but instead of waiting for six months more and then trying to get a more lucrative deal as a free agent, he would be ready to make a move straight away.

The reasoning behind that decision would be to get enough playing time in order to get into Didier Deschamps’ final 23-man squad for EURO 2020. Giroud played at the last two big tournaments, but if he does not start playing and performing regularly, he might not be part of the tournament.

Manchester United target Dzeko?

Could former Manchester City striker head to Old Trafford and join Manchester United? According to ESPN, the Red Devils are eyeing a January move for AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realizes that his squad will need another goalscorer if they are to reach their goals this season.

After the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez last summer to Inter Milan, now Man United could be also looking to Italy in order to find a replacement. That replacement may well be the Bosnia and Herzegovina international who used to play for United’s city rivals.

It was first reported that Solskjaer decided not to go after Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, which transfer fell through late into the summer window and now another experienced forward from the former Yugoslav region might the target. Dzeko has had some great time at Roma in recent seasons but, at 32, he is not getting any younger.

“We Know Where We Are and We Know We Don’t Belong There” – Jose Mourinho on Spurs’ League Position (Video)

The newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, is very happy with the squad at his disposal, the club’s new stadium and training facilities, and in his first club interview he gave the impression of a man eager to get started.

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Real rule out Bale departure in January

Real Madrid will not be parting ways with Gareth Bale in the upcoming transfer window, according to Marca.

Bale’s future has been the subject of much speculation for a very long time, with most recent reports suggesting that at Real they are angry with the Welshman over his behavior; especially over him posing next to a banner which said: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” However, Marca quote a senior source at the club who says they consider the 30-year-old winger their best player and that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion by the media.

They feel the former Tottenham Hotspur man will still be influential in the white shirt of Real, and that he is now finally in a good physical condition. He is ready to face Real Sociedad on Saturday, and though his relationship with head coach Zinedine Zidane did have its ups and downs, they’ve worked it out and Zidane is counting on his contribution to the team again.

Spurs appoint Mourinho: Jose replacing Pochettino at the ´perfect time´, says ex-Tottenham midfielde

Jose Mourinho is replacing Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham head coach at the ‘perfect time’, according to former midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

Ex-Manchester United boss Mourinho was appointed by Tottenham on Wednesday, around 12 hours on from Pochettino’s five-and-a-half-year tenure being brought to an end.

The Argentinian was sacked on the back of a poor run of form that has left the club 14th in the Premier League, which O’Hara believes is an indication that change was needed.

“I think it was the right time to go,” he told Omnisport. “We’ve been struggling, the form hasn’t been great. I think we’ve got 24 points from 25 games. We’ve not been good in the league. 

“The form hasn’t been good. The Champions League final overshadowed a lot last season in terms of the way we were playing. I think they just looked at it and thought it’s time to move on. 

“The squad wasn’t getting the reaction you’d normally get and it was one of those moments where you thought, you’ve taken us as far as you can and now let’s move on.”

Pochettino guided Tottenham to four consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final in June, where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.

However, the 47-year-old – tipped to take over at Bayern Munich – did not win any silverware during his time in north London and O’Hara thinks that will change under his successor.

“Poch is going to go on to a massive job. He’s not going to be out of work for long,” said O’Hara, who spent eight years on Tottenham’s books before leaving in 2011. 

“He’s had a good pay-off, he’s had a fantastic time here, his stock is high, he will go to another massive football club.

“There’s no-one better in the world at winning trophies than Jose Mourinho. If you talked five years ago about Mourinho coming to Spurs, you probably would have laughed at us because we would never have been able to attract a manager like that. 

“To be able to attract a manager that’s won everything in the game is an incredible feat.

“To get him over the line, it’s the perfect time for him to take over, the club will kick on now, we’ll move on, he’ll bring his own stamp in and I think you’re going to see Spurs competing for trophies very, very soon.”

Mourinho, a three-time Premier League title winner with Chelsea, had been out of work for 11 months since being axed by United.

O’Hara is confident the Portuguese will be financially backed by chairman Daniel Levy and expects Tottenham’s defence to be completely rejuvenated in the coming months.

“I think he’ll have money, for sure. I think he definitely wouldn’t have taken this job if there wasn’t a good budget,” O’Hara added.

“I think he’s got a good squad now where he can galvanise the squad to try and get us up the table. Once January comes, I think you’ll be looking at a whole new back four. 

“I think he’s going to bring in a left-back, a right-back and a centre-half. Mourinho’s teams, when they’ve won trophies and dominated, had the best back four you could ever ask for, and I think that’s now where he’s going to put all his money.”

Goal-line technology and new VAR communication introduced for Supercopa de Espana

The RFEF’s Technical Committee of Referees is making changes for the Supercopa de Espana, introducing goal-line technology for the first time while improving communication for VAR decisions.

A revamped Supercopa will take place in Saudi Arabia in January, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia involved.

For the first time in Spanish football, goal-line technology will be implemented in order to aid officials, with previous such calls made with the help of the VAR.

Referees chief Carlos Velasco Carballo explained on Wednesday: “The system consists of 14 cameras on the pitch. A high resolution camera will be on the goal line.

“This system is connected to the referees and, in less than a second, you hear the word ‘goal’ three times and the watch will vibrates to indicate the goal.

“It’s historic in Spanish football.”

The use of VAR in the first part of the LaLiga season was also discussed, with Velasco Carballo revealing the system had corrected 19 of 23 officiating errors.

Criticism of VAR has often come from the way calls are communicated to supporters within the stadium, but Velasco Carballo has outlined plans to improve this problem for the Supercopa.

A “Vardict” system on screens aims to ensure fans are kept up to date.

He said: “It will serve to communicate the decisions to the spectators in the stadium, a fundamental aspect in the success of the VAR. They will have the same information as the spectators watching on television.”