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Jose packs food care packages to help out elderly amid coronavirus

first_img2JOSE MOURINHO showed he is a man of the people by helping deliver essential food to the elderly stuck indoors because of coronavirus.The big-hearted Spurs boss, 57, was helping out Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield, North London, earlier today.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates2 Mourinho was in Enfield, North London, putting together essential care packages for those stuck at homeShocked fellow volunteers took photos with the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.One video showed the Portuguese, who is wearing a face mask and gloves, packing a bag for delivery.In the clip, he said: “I’m giving a little help to Age UK Enfield and Love Your Doorstep Enfield. And of course, you can donate food online or volunteer. It’s so easy to contact.”Some 335 people in the UK have died from coronavirus as cases today soared to 6,650, according to latest figures.More than 6,000 have fallen victim to Covid-19 in Italy and there are fears the UK is on a similar trajectory.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.But Mourinho is doing his best to help out the elderly, who have been advised to stay at home amid the global pandemic.Coronavirus has totally decimated the sporting calendar.Euro 2020 has been pushed back to 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics is also being postponed for the first time in its history.The Premier League has been delayed until April 30 – the same date as all boxing.But resuming play at that early a date seems incredibly unlikely with the number of deaths and confirmed cases of the killer bug increasing daily in the UK.A number of footballers have done their bit to try to help out amid the crisis.football newsCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticGary Neville and Ryan Giggs will allow the NHS to use both their hotels FREE of charge over the coming months – and have promised to protect ALL their staff.Wilfried Zaha has opened all 50 of his properties for NHS staff as well.On top of this,  Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich opened the doors of his Millennium Hotel to all NHS workers.last_img read more

BYC Regains Honor with Fighting Spirit

first_imgChampion club, Barrack Young Controllers, yesterday fought back from 2-0 down to even the scores 3-3 at the end of a grueling 90minutes of total soccer.It was a performance that shocked thousands of stunned soccer fans who had given up hope of the team’s recovery, after the visitors took a comfortable early 2-0 lead.“Never in the history of Liberian football has a team fought back with such astonishing success,” said a soccer fan who spoke to the Daily Observer.It was in the first leg of the CAF Championship League at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.At the same venue last Friday, Confederation Cup campaigners, Red Lions failed to tame their Algerian counterparts, Club Sportif Constantinois, losing 1-0 in their first leg to the horror of home fans.With the poor showing of Red Lions in the mind of soccer fans, they, however, believed that the ‘Go Blue Boys’ could do better, and they waited for the inevitable.It was bolstered on by the team’s fighting spirit, despite always scoring behind the Ivorians that convinced soccer fans that they could do better in the return leg in Abidjan, this weekend.Their Ivorian counterparts, Sewe Sport of San Pedro yesterday made their early announcement that they were in the country for serious business.By the 5th minute, the Ivorian champions have slotted in 2-0.The two early goals did not dampen the fighting spirit of the Liberian champions and Isaac Popo reduced the tally before the end of the first half.When the second session resumed, the Ivorians raced ahead with their third goal but it was BYC’s Blamoh Nymely who found his side’s second goal.The Liberian champions did not look back and covered every blade of grass on the field, as soccer fans urged them on to score which came through Prince Saydee. The team’s response did not come as a surprise, and therefore throwing the chance for the final decider in far away Abidjan this coming Sunday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cards’ Pujols `thrilled’ to become U.S. citizen

first_imgST. LOUIS – Albert Pujols has won a National League MVP award, a Gold Glove and a World Series. He added a perfect 100 on his U.S. citizenship test to his resume this week. The St. Louis Cardinals’ player became a U.S. citizen Wednesday during a ceremony at the Eagleton Courthouse. Pujols’ wife Diedre arranged to have about two dozen relatives and friends watch U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber swear in Pujols. Chester Moyer, the officer in charge of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service office in St. Louis, said Thursday that Diedre Pujols served as her husband’s tutor. Moyer said the 27-year-old Pujols spent about a year preparing for the citizenship exam. “He even answered a bunch of additional questions and gave us more answers than we asked,” Moyer said. “He clenched his fist and said, `I got 100 percent!’ “He just had a grin from ear to ear,” Moyer said. “He was thrilled to become a citizen.” Pujols’ agent and officials with his foundation, the Pujols Family Foundation, did not return telephone calls seeking comment. The ceremony was open to the public, but there was no publicity about Pujols’ participation. He was the only person sworn in Wednesday. Pujols grew up in the Dominican Republic, moved with his father to the Kansas City area when he was 16 and graduated from Fort Osage High School in Independence, Mo., in 1998. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft after playing baseball at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City. In six major league seasons, Pujols has 250 homers, 758 RBIs and a .332 batting average. He was the 2005 NL MVP and has finished second three times, including last season, when he hit 49 homers and drove in 137 runs while hitting .331 in leading the Cardinals to their first World Series title in 24 years. The first baseman won his first NL Gold Glove in 2006. center_img CINCINNATI – Right-hander Bronson Arroyo and the Reds agreed to a $25 million, two-year contract extension through 2010. Arroyo’s previous contract contains $8,075,000 in remaining guaranteed salary: $4,125,000 this year and $3.95 million in 2008. Arroyo’s deal came two days after the Reds agreed to a $36.5 million, four-year contract with Aaron Harang, their other top starter. That agreement also includes a 2011 option. OAKLAND – Outfielder Shannon Stewart and the Athletics have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. Stewart batted .293 last year with two homers and 21 RBIs in 174 at-bats for the Minnesota Twins. He was bothered by foot injuries and played in just 44 games. Stewart, who turns 33 later this month, has a .299 career average and 102 home runs in 12 big league seasons. He started his major league career with the Toronto Blue Jays and spent the last 3 seasons with the Twins. ARLINGTON, Texas – Right-handers Robinson Tejeda, Edinson Volquez and Josh Rupe were among 10 players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Rangers. Tejeda appears to have an inside track to the No. 4 spot in the rotation after going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in September. He bounced between Triple-A Oklahoma and Texas, where he was 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts. TAMPA, Fla. – Phil Hughes has an outside chance of making the New York Yankees starting rotation at 20 years old. Selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft, Hughes went 10-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 starts with Double-A Trenton after compiling a 1.80 ERA in five outings at Class A Tampa last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Chelsea edge past Inter Milan on penalties

first_img0Shares0000Pedro scored for the second pre-season game in a row having hit the winner in a 1-0 victory over Perth Glory © AFP / VALERY HACHENICE, France, Jul 28 – Chelsea beat Inter Milan 5-4 on penalties as goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved from Milan Skriniar in the shootout following a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the International Champions Cup.Spain international Pedro struck after just eight minutes in Nice, slotting in a rebound after Inter keeper Samir Handanovic saved from a lively Alvaro Morata. It was a second goal in as many games for Pedro, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday, after he netted the winner in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Perth Glory in Australia.Inter levelled early in the second half through Roberto Gagliardini, whose drilled shot proved too much for Argentina’s Caballero after fellow half-time substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko gave the ball away.New Chelsea signing Jorginho nearly won it with a curling effort that forced Handanovic into a fine sprawling stop, while Tammy Abraham couldn’t hit the target as he tried to steer home an Emerson cross.Twenty-year-old Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who joined Inter from Racing Club at the start of July, almost snatched a winner for the Italians in stoppage time when his sharp first-time strike was well kept out by Caballero.Caballero, who was dropped at the World Cup following a 3-0 group stage loss to Croatia, saved from Skriniar with his legs in the shootout before Cesar Azpilicueta converted the decisive spot-kick.Chelsea play Premier League rivals Arsenal in Dublin on Wednesday before wrapping up their pre-season campaign at home to Lyon on August 7, two days after facing Manchester City in the Community Shield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tuyisenge, Philemon out of Gor trip to Angola

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge kneels down to celebrate after converting a penalty during the Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will be without striker Jacques Tuyisenge and right back Philemon Otieno when they travel to Luanda, Angola for their second CAF Confederations Cup Group D match against Petro Atletico on Wednesday.The two are suspended for the Petro Atletico tie after accumulating two yellow cards. Tuyisenge scored twice and assisted one as Gor whipped Zamalek 4-2 in the first match day against Zamalek and will be a great miss for the Luanda assignment. “It is sad I won’t be available but I wish the team all the best. I know we have a good squad which can get a result and I have maximum faith in them. They will fight to win,” Tuyisenge told Capital Sport.Dennis Oliech and Wellington Ochieng are expected to fill in for the two in the starting team though both missed the 2-0 Mashemeji Derby win over AFC Leopards on Sunday due to illness and injury.Though head coach Hassan Oktay insinuated that Wellington might not be ready for the tie, he has been listed in the travelling party. Oliech was left out of the squad due to illness.Gor Mahia defender Philemon Otieno attempts to find a way past AFC Leopards’ Jaffary Owiti during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 9, 2019“I always rotate my players and I know any player can be fielded and they do something good. They now know my philosophy and react well to it on the pitch,” the tactician stated.Meanwhile, Oktay believes the result against AFC Leopards on Saturday will be a huge motivation for his players ahead of the tie in Angola saying they hope to build on the results they have managed to pick over the last few games.“This has given us some massive confidence because it will be a huge game for us. I watched their first game (against NA Hussein Dey) and they are fast, mobile and are good on set pieces. It will be a very tough game but I am ready for them and I am not worried,” the tactician stated.Gor lead the standings with three points after their opening day 4-2 win over Egyptian giants Zamalek and maximum points away to Petro Atletico will all but surely put the Kenyan giants in a comfortable position to make it into the quarters for the first time ever.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay cools himself down on the touchline during the Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 9, 2019.Looking back at the derby meanwhile, Oktay was pleased with the result but the high-demanding coach believes they should have won by a bigger margin.“We played very well today. The players are beginning to get my philosophy and we are building on the rhythm very well. I am disappointed because I think we should have won by a bigger margin. I was expecting more than two,” the tactician stated.The victory saw K’Ogalo move to second in the standings with 22 points, just three shy of early pace setters Mathare United.Gor leave the country for Angola on Tuesday morning.Gor squad to AngolaGoalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch, Fredrick Peter OdhiamboDefenders: Wellington Ochieng, Shafik Batambuze, Joash Onyango, Shakavah Haron, Charles Momanyi, Joachim OluochMidfielders: Wendo Ernest, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo, Boniface OmondiStrikers: Dennis Oliech, Nicholas Kipkurui, Erisa Ssekisambu, Francis Mustafa0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Insider Trading: Juventus to move for Chelsea misfit, plus Man United and Tottenham battle for striker

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Pedro has completed his move to Chelsea after the Blues surreptitiously swooped for the Spain forward under the noses of Manchester United.While Stamford Bridge is welcoming a new addition, two players; Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Cuadrado, could be heading towards the exit.Ivanovic has been a mainstay of the Blues side for the last few years, but following a poor start to the season and after entering the final year of his contract his future looks uncertain.Cuadrado, on the other hand, has been a peripheral figure throughout his unsuccessful spell in west London, and Juventus are reportedly looking to bring him back to Italy.After United missed out on Pedro, they will allegedly rival Tottenham for the signing of Russia international forward Aleksandr Kokorin.And there’s the latest on Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli’s future.Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com today:Inter Milan defender snubs interest from West Brom and Norwich CityArsenal transfer rumours: Five players the Gunners could sign before the window closes Tottenham transfer report: Mauricio Pochettino plotting deal for £40m-rated Monaco sensationWatford transfer news: Quique Flores rubbishes link with Liverpool outcast Mario BalotelliPalermo chief frustrated in attempts to land Arsenal forward Joel CampbellEmanuele Giaccherini’s move to Bologna stalls over Sunderland’s £5m asking priceNaploli put £14.5m price tag on forward eyed by Liverpool and ArsenalReports – Manchester United and Tottenham both keen on Dynamo Moscow hitmanLiverpool outcast Mario Balotelli linked with Sevilla switch as Sampdoria turn to Dimitar BerbatovJuventus target Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado as alternative to Julian DraxlerTransfer news: 14 HUGE deals rumoured to be on the cards, including Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool targetsDerby ready to raid Championship rivals Brighton for midfielder Dale StephensArsenal transfer latest: Gunners hold talks over PSG duo as Karim Benzema deal ruled outlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey celebrated the completion of their new workshop and installation of new equipment with an open day yesterday.The brothers received sponsorship of €4,500 euro from the Expert Hardware company who came on board to provide them with new facilities when they were turned down for and grant aid because they are both under 18. Alan Grant, a director of Expert Hardware, that has just under 50 outlets nationwide, heard about their plight before Christmas and offered to fund the new 7 X 4m workshop and a new Record Power Nova Lathe.Mr Grant was on site yesterday in Loughanure to see the boys working in their new premises and with the new equipment.The schoolboy brothers set up Donegal Pens over two years ago and have been going from strength to strength with orders shipping worldwide and many companies now also using the pens as corporate gifts. They have also updated their website www.donegalpens.com and the revised version will go live shortly.Ronan, 15 said he and Conor, 12, said they are delighted that the project is now complete. “Everything is in place now and thanks to Alan and all at Expert Hardware we have a brilliant new workshop and equipment.“We are also delighted to hear that Expert Hardware has signed up its first outlet in Donegal – Mc Clafferty’s Mace & Hardware store just out the road from us in Gortahork.” We were delighted with the open day and it was great to allow people the chance to see us at work and get a first hand view on how we make the pens,” he said. DONEGAL PEN BROTHERS GET LEAD OUT AS THEY OPEN NEW WORKSHOP! was last modified: April 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Pen BrothersEXPERT HARDWARElast_img read more

Former vandalism suspect wins settlement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – The FBI will settle for $100,000 a lawsuit brought by a man wrongly jailed for the SUV arson attacks in the San Gabriel Valley, his attorneys said Tuesday.Josh Connole, an environmental activist formerly of Pomona, sued the FBI for violating his civil rights after he spent four days in jail accused of the attacks on four dealerships in West Covina, Duarte and Arcadia in August 2003.“It feels like closure, not vindication,” said Connole, 27, who now lives in Oregon. “I have a bigger understanding of the word `terrorism.’ They just throw civil rights out the window and start terrorizing others.”FBI refused to comment, citing pending litigation.One of Connole’s attorneys, William Paparian, said the agency will also issue a letter of regret.“,” Paparian said. “Their own prosecutor told them they did not have probable cause.”Beverly Reid O’Connell, the assistant U.S. attorney on the case who is now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, testified in a deposition against the FBI’s cause to arrest Connole based on a bloodhound’s findings at the crime scene.However, Special Agent Edward Ochotorena arrested him, citing “officer safety issues” – Connole’s visit to the Pomona police station.Upon Connole’s arrest, the FBI sent a pair of his pants to the labs in Quantico, Va., for testing to see if the flecks (revealed to be ketchup) matched the vandals’ paint, according to John Burton, Connole’s other attorney.On Aug. 22, 2003, more than 130 SUVs were fire-bombed or vandalized with spray paint with the words “Fat, Lazy Americans” and “ELF” (Earth Liberation Front).Damages to West Covina’s Clippinger and Hummer dealerships alone were estimated at $2.5 million.Connole was arrested in September 2003 but was released four days later. William Cottrell, a former Caltech student, was convicted of the crimes and is serving an eight-year sentence.Connole had filed suit against the FBI and West Covina Police Department for detaining him. The city settled the lawsuit in May 2004 for $20,000 and an apology. officials What the FBI was saying publicly, that they had made a probable-cause arrest of Josh, was completely false christina.esparza@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472last_img


first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth club this Fri 20th Dec. 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders this week Claire, Julie and Aidan. We are taking a short break until Fri 10th Jan. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 12th Dec 01, 10, 14, 23. No jackpot winner. 2 winners €50 each. Pauline Hunter, Creeslough. Barney Gallagher, Creeslough. Next weeks jackpot €750. Go raibh maith agat. Irish Conversational ClassesNo class this Tues. Classes will resume on Tues 07th Jan Hope you all have a great holiday. Go raibh maith agat.Drumkeen Old School Reunion DVDThis double DVD includes 2 hours of video footage (courtesy of Patsy Bonner) plus an extra 2 hours of photographs (courtesy of Packie Bonner) taken during our reunion weekend. Priced at a very reasonable €10 with all proceeds going to charity. Available from the local Gala supermarket or any committee member. Contact Maeve on 086 3940761 or Henry on 087 2914267.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN SCHOOL REUNION DVD NOW AVAILABLE was last modified: December 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cOMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeenlast_img read more

Spurs, Ajax clash in Champions League semi final first leg

first_img Tags: Ajax Amsterdamtoptottenham hotspursuefa champions league This is the first time Spurs are in the last four of the UCL. (Agency Photos)Tottenham Hotspurs vs Ajax AmsterdamTottenham Hotspur Stadium, LondonTuesday, 30-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Antonio Mateu (Spain)Harry Kane is now out of his protective boot and walking normally, but he remains sidelined and only has a chance of featuring again this season if Spurs reach the final. Son Heung-Min has often been the man to step up in Kane’s absences this season, but he too is unavailable for this match due to an accumulation of yellow cards in the competition so far. Jan Vertonghen and Kieran Trippier were rested for the weekend defeat to West Ham and are expected to come back into the side for this one. However, there are still fitness doubts surrounding Harry Winks and Erik Lamela while Tuesday’s match will come too soon for Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier.For Ajax, Nicholas Tagliafico remains a doubt after being forced off against Vitesse last time out, though, and Carel Eiting is also unlikely to feature. Naussair Mazraoui suffered an ankle injury in the second leg against Juventus but is now back in training and could be available for selection. Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic is expected to lead the line once again, having scored 31 goals and created 15 more across all competitions this season.“We arrived where we are now because we are a team. And we are going to be a team, and it doesn’t matter who’s going to score, said Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino on missing both Kane and Son for the first leg.“It’s always an issue when you don’t have all the players fit, but even with some players out, we’ve always competed. That’s why we’re not worried.“We have a spirit in the team that we can achieve anything and all is possible. That is our strength.”“It is our first time in the Champions League semi-final, that is why you must show respect for the competition and the opponent because it is going to be tough.”Not since their first ever European campaign in 1961-62 have Spurs made it to the semi-finals of this competition, but they will now believe that they have what it takes to go all the way. There would be a certain degree of irony if Tottenham’s 11-year trophy drought was to be ended by the most coveted prize of them all, although as the only one of the four remaining teams not to have reached the final before they are already at a disadvantage in the experience stakes. To have even made it this far is an achievement for which deserves huge credit considering Pochettino has had to deal with a relatively shallow squad, having not made a single signing in either transfer window this season. Spurs are also still in control of their own fate when it comes to qualifying for the competition again next season, despite slumping to an underwhelming defeat this past weekend. It is now three losses in their last four games across all competitions, and Saturday’s result also ended their perfect start to life at their new stadium – far from ideal preparation for one of the biggest matches in the club’s history. Pochettino’s side were also in relatively poor form before they welcomed Man City to North London in the quarter-finals, though, and they will no doubt draw belief from their thrilling aggregate victory over the English champions. Spurs have scored just one goal in three games since the ball bounced off Fernando Llorente’s hip in the second-leg classic of that tie, and the stretched nature of their squad was highlighted against the Hammers when they ended the match with Llorente and Vincent Janssen up front.Ajax’s wait to grace this stage of the Champions League has not been quite as long as Tottenham’s, but it has still been 22 years since they made it this far and football purists will be delighted to see such a great club upset the odds. Few can match Ajax’s history in Europe’s top club competition – four-time winners including three in a row during the early 1970s. The ever-increasing importance of money in football has lessened the Dutch outfit’s capacity for continental dominance, but every so often a particularly special young group of players break through from their famous academy to drag them back amongst Europe’s elite. That was the case the last time they won this trophy in 1995. The current crop led by Matthijs de Ligt and Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong look more than capable of emulating that golden era, and the knowledge that neither is likely to still be there next season will make the latter stages of this campaign all the more important to savour. Ajax’s business model means that a sustained spell at Europe’s top table is unlikely, but they have already ended Real Madrid’s reign in this season’s competition before doing the same to Juventus in the quarter-finals. The manner of those triumphs should leave Ajax full of confidence that they can not only get past Spurs, but also provide another upset in the final with either Barcelona or Liverpool sure to go into the Madrid showpiece as favourites.Erik ten Hag’s side have enjoyed their best moments of this season’s competition away from home too, with those memorable victories at the Bernabeu and in Turin as well as a draw against Bayern Munich in the group stages. However, they have only won two of their previous eight away legs in the Champions League semi-finals. Indeed, Ajax have lost their last four two-legged ties against English clubs, and there is also the factor of a thrilling title race in the Eredivisie to consider with only goal difference separating them from PSV Eindhoven going into the final two games of the season. Ajax will also face Willem II in the KNVB Beker final this weekend, so a treble remains on the cards in what has been a memorable season already, and the Champions League leg of that is surely the one they will covet the most.Ajax are still on course to winning the treble.Match FactsTottenham have won both of their previous meetings with Ajax in all competitions, winning both legs in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners’ Cup (3-1 away, 3-0 at home). Ajax have won just one of their six previous Champions League meetings with English opposition (3-1 vs Man City in October 2012), with all three of their away games finishing as draws (twice vs Arsenal, once vs Man City). Tottenham are looking to become the 40th different team to reach the final of the European Cup/Champions League, and the eighth different English side (already more than any other nation). The last team to reach the final for the first time were their London rivals Chelsea in 2008. Tottenham are playing in their first European Cup/Champions League semi-final since 1961-62, when they were eliminated by eventual winners Benfica. After knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax became the first side in European Cup/Champions League history to progress from two different knockout rounds within the same campaign when failing to win their first leg at home. The average age of Ajax’s starting XI in the Champions League this season has been 24 years and 257 days – the youngest of any of the semi-finalists, and second youngest of all 32 teams to take part in the competition this season. Tottenham have won eight of their last 10 Champions League home games (L2), including each of the last four in a row. They’ve also kept a clean sheet in each of their last three. Only Lionel Messi (13) has been directly involved in more Champions League goals this season than Ajax’s Dusan Tadic (9 – 6 goals, 3 assists).Comments last_img read more