LNTUP 5 Hot Topics of The Day
1. Pep dedicates the win to the Jailed Catalan separatists.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dedicated 2-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday to the two Catalan separatist leaders detained in Spain. “This win is dedicated to them,” Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium, in response to a question on the matter from a Spanish journalist.
“We have shown in Catalonia that citizenship is bigger than any ideas. We hope they will be released soon.”
2. Benteke is hopeful for the November return.
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is recovering well from a knee ligament injury and is confident of returning to first-team action for the Premier League club in November. Benteke, Palace’s top scorer last season, sustained the injury in last month against the City. “The rehab is going really well and I’m feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing, so hopefully I can be back in a few weeks,” Benteke told the club’s website.
3. A draw for The defending Champions.
Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid on Tuesday was the moment they proved they can compete at the highest level. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris took the plaudits for keeping out Real’s glut of chances in either half while Madrid stopper Keylor Navas was also in inspired form in a highly entertaining game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
4. Strock leaves after the failure.
Bernd Strock is leaving the Hungary National Team after he failed to guide them to next year’s World Cup. The president of the HFA Sandor Csanyi said in an interview with sports daily Nemzeti Sport that the board had lost faith with the team’s progress under Storck and the German coach agreed his time was up. “Firstly, I am grateful and honoured to have had a chance to work for a country with great traditions like Hungary. The board and I felt the same, I had to leave,” Storck said on the HFA’s website.
5. Catalonia crisis delays La Liga Tv rights.
The political upheaval from Catalonia’s proposed split from Spain has held up negotiations to renew the Spanish soccer league’s international television rights deals. “When you are selling something you need to know it’s the right moment and we decided now is not the moment to sell our television rights,” Tebas told reporters at the World Football Summit in Madrid on Tuesday.
“We are not just selling them in Spain and Europe — we have to think about India, Singapore, Turkey and other countries, so we’ve delayed it by a few weeks. It might be better in the long run as now is not a good time.”