Jose Mourinho Admits Some Tottenham Players Are Unhappy

Jose Mourinho Admits Some Tottenham Players Are Unhappy

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that a number of players, including Dele Alli, aren’t happy because they’re not playing. Spurs are top of the Premier League and qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League top of their group after beating Antwerp on matchday six. But Mourinho has said that it has been impossible to keep everyone happy, despite the good results as a club. Spurs are doing well on all fronts this season  Mourinho saw the game against Antwerp, who surprisingly beat Spurs in the reverse fixture, as an opportunity to rest key starters, presenting opportunities to the likes of Carlos Vinicius, Giovani Lo Celso, Joe Hart and Japhet Tanganga instead. But Alli stayed on the bench, even when

Gareth Bale & Tottenham’s Second String Edge Past Antwerp, But Still Flatter to Deceive

Gareth Bale & Tottenham's Second String Edge Past Antwerp, But Still Flatter to Deceive

From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Bloody love Gareth Bale, me. Absolute hero round these parts, always will be. I still have the grainy video recorded on my brother's old Blackberry of his winning free-kick in the last minute against Lyon in 2013. I still have his shirt from the 2011/12 season (signed by Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane, of course). Thursday night's 2-0 win against Royal Antwerp in Spurs' final Europa League game was Bale's ninth appearance since returning to north London, his first in front of fans, and boy have they missed him. His name was cheered the loudest. His chant was the first sung. His first chance, a flick on from a corner, was the first of the match altogether.

Leicester 2-0 AEK Athens: Player Ratings as Foxes Top Group G With Win

Leicester 2-0 AEK Athens: Player Ratings as Foxes Top Group G With Win

Leicester beat AEK Athens 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night to confirm top spot in Group G, with Cengiz Under and Harvey Barnes scoring. Having already qualified for the last 32, the Foxes wrapped the game up quickly and took the lead through Under's thunderous volley in the 12th minute. Barnes then saw his deflected effort beat goalkeeper Panagiotis Tsintotas just two minutes later after some neat play on the left flank. Leicester were never in any real trouble and controlled the game well, even if they weren't as sharp after the break. With the group won, Leicester will be seeded for Monday night's draw. Justin showed why Brendan Rodgers rates him so highly  Danny Ward (GK) - 6/10 - Had

Tottenham 2-0 Royal Antwerp: Player Ratings as Second-Half Spurs Charge Secures Top Spot

Tottenham 2-0 Royal Antwerp: Player Ratings as Second-Half Spurs Charge Secures Top Spot

Tottenham overcame a spirited Royal Antwerp side in the Europa League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 win securing top spot in Group J for Jose Mourinho’s men. The 2,000 Spurs fans in attendance will have been wishing they'd stayed at home on the basis of their team's first-half performance. Carlos Vinicius should have handed his side the lead on the stroke of half time but the Brazilian fired his effort straight at Alireza Beiranvand. It took a moment of Gareth Bale brilliance to spark the game into life, with the Welshman's superb free kick only parried by Beiranvand into the path of Vinicius who tapped home the rebound. The game was effectively ended as a contest midway through the second half, with

Dundalk 2-4 Arsenal: Gunners seal perfect Group B record

Dundalk 2-4 Arsenal: Gunners seal perfect Group B record

Arsenal finished with a 100 per cent record in Europa League Group B as Mike Arteta’s side signed off with a 4-2 win at Dundalk. Still smarting from Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the north London derby, the Gunners made it six wins on the bounce in a major European competition for the first time since 2005. Arteta, who unsurprisingly made sweeping changes from the weekend for what amounted to a dead rubber, saw Eddie Nketiah break the deadlock before Mohamed Elneny’s sweet strike put his side firmly in the ascendancy. It was not entirely one-way traffic, though, and Jordan Flores thrashed a powerful shot beyond Runar Alex Runarsson to give Dundalk a moment to savour. However, second-half goals from Joe Willock and

What Is the New UEFA Europa Conference League & How Does it Work?

What Is the New UEFA Europa Conference League & How Does it Work?

UEFA have announced the launch of their third European club competition, called the UEFA Europa Conference League, to be held alongside the Champions League and Europa League. The new competition will start for the 2021/22 season and offers more clubs from countries that might get knocked out of the Champions League and Europa League in the qualifying rounds, the chance to play in a European group stage. UEFA explain that the competition will see clubs from 34 different member associations represented in the group stage of at least one competition, which is over 60% of the continent. No clubs will qualify directly for the Europa Conference League group stage. Instead, the 32 entrants will be made up of 17 teams from the Europa

The Arsenal Lineup That Should Start Against Rapid Wien

The Arsenal Lineup That Should Start Against Rapid Wien

Arsenal can secure the title of Group B champions in the Europa League on Thursday night by avoiding defeat to Rapid Wien when they host the Austrian side at the Emirates. Should the Gunners avoid defeat, they would claim top spot with a game to spare. Meanwhile, Wien require a win to keep the pressure on fellow knockout stage hopefuls Molde, with whom they are level on points. The fixture comes as a good test for Mikel Arteta's side before the north London derby on Sunday. Facing a team with all to play for will no doubt be a good warm up for Arsenal, while something else to enjoy will be the greatly anticipated return of supporters. An attendance of 2,000 fans

The Leicester Lineup That Should Start Against Zorya Luhansk

The Leicester Lineup That Should Start Against Zorya Luhansk

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester side visit Ukraine in the Europa League on Thursday to face off with Zorya Luhansk. The Ukrainian side sit bottom of the group after four games having already lost to the Foxes on matchday one. Having already qualified for the last 32, Leicester are expected to rest a number of key players ahead of the busy Christmas period, where Rodgers' men take on some tough opponents including Manchester United and league leaders Tottenham. Despite suffering a number of injuries to high-profile players, Leicester have maintained a decent standard across both the Premier League and the Europa League so far this campaign. Though he'll be keen to guarantee top spot in the group with a win against Zorya, Rodgers must see

Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Player Ratings as Vinicius Brace Helps Spurs Romp to Victory in Europa League

Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Player Ratings as Vinicius Brace Helps Spurs Romp to Victory in Europa League

A Carlos Vinicius brace helped Tottenham romp to a 4-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League, with the opposition failing to register a single shot. The home side started brightly and poked their noses in front when Vinicius burst through to score his first Spurs goal. The Brazilian did not have to wait long for his second either, with Dele Alli's cutback giving him the simplest of tap-ins. Harry Winks then made it 3-0 after the break in spectacular fashion, lobbing Plamen Iliev from over 50 yards out - though whether he meant it or not is questionable. Lucas Moura then grabbed Spurs' fourth, smashing home from inside the box in the 73rd minute. Here are your Tottenham player ratings after

Rangers 2-2 Benfica: Gerrard´s men stunned by another two-goal comeback

Rangers 2-2 Benfica: Gerrard´s men stunned by another two-goal comeback

Rangers let slip a late two-goal lead against Benfica for the second time in a month to draw 2-2 in Thursday’s Europa League clash at Ibrox. Steven Gerrard’s men were cruising at 3-1 in the reverse fixture with 13 minutes to go, only to switch off and draw 3-3 to leave the sides level on points in Group D. History repeated itself in Glasgow as Scott Arfield’s early strike and Kemar Roofe’s superb second from 20 yards put the home side in control. However, an unfortunate James Tavernier own goal with 12 minutes to go was followed soon after by a Pizzi drive to help Benfica snatch another crucial point, ensuring Rangers still have work to do to progress to the last 32. Benfica