Hot and Cold – Mourinho reigns supreme at Wembley
It’s been another week of intense sporting drama.
Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and cold in the world of sport…
The Man Utd boss may have been frustrated in his attempts to win this season’s Premier League but still shows a ruthless streak when it comes to the latter stages of cup competitions, with Utd looking good value for their 2-1 win against Spurs at Wembley.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have blown the Serie A title race wide open after defeating Juventus 1-0 on their own patch. With the reigning champions facing some tough fixtures in their run-in, the Light Blues now have a golden chance to break Juve’s six-year stranglehold on the Serie A title.
It wasn’t the win the thousands of spectators lining the streets of the capital desperately wanted, but a third-place finish and a British record of 2:06:21 was a more than satisfactory return for Farah in trying conditions.
The fact he remained relatively close to eventual winner Eliud Kipchoge, often hailed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, will give Farah plenty of room for encouragement.
The inspirational Irishman captained his youthful Leinster side to the Champions Cup final with an emphatic 38-16 win over Scarlets. The Pro14 side will now go for a fourth Champions Cup trophy against Racing 92 in Bilbao in May.
The De Bruyne-Salah debate is officially over – and it’s the free-scoring Egyptian who has walked away with this year’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. With 31 Premier League goals to his name so far this campaign, his next aim will be to break Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s longstanding records of 34 goals in a season. Those tallies were reached in a 42 game season – making Salah’s current feat even more impressive.
The reigning champion was caught cold in the first round of the World Snooker Championship and slipped to a shock 10-4 reverse to qualifier Joe Perry. Closest rival Ronnie O’Sullivan survived a real scare to overcome Stephen Maguire and will surely now fancy his chances of claiming a sixth world title to edge closer to Stephen Hendry’s haul of seven.
Is Poch starting to feel the pressure after yet another trophyless season with Spurs? The Argentinian was uncharacteristically downbeat following his side’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Man Utd – has he taken a talented crop of players as far as he can?
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Spectators at the Echo Arena could be forgiven for asking for a refund as the much-touted Amir Khan comeback lasted all of 40 seconds as the Bolton fighter obliterated his opponent with some quickfire left-right jabs. A potential Khan v Brook match-up later this year will surely offer more value-for-money.
The Stoke manager has made the Potters much harder to beat since his arrival in January, but even he must be mentally planning for midweek trips to Wigan, Hull and QPR after a disappointing 1-1 home draw to Burnley in a game they really had to win. Their fate now rests with pulling off an unlikely win at Anfield next Saturday.
It’s the hope that kills you – especially if you’re a Black Cats fan. Leading 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Burton Albion on 85 minutes, Chris Coleman’s side looked to be on the brink of reigniting their fading survival hopes only for another home nightmare to strike them at the Stadium of Light.
Nigel Clough’s team turned the game on its head in the last five minutes to snatch a vital 2-1 win and consign Sunderland to a stint in the third tier for only the second time in their entire history. With panto villain Darren Bent scoring against his old side, and a last ditch equaliser ruled offside, it was a day to forget for everyone on Wearside.
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