Tottenham had an international guest this week in training as they were visited by basketball legend Steve Nash.
The eight-time NBA All Star has professed to be a lifelong Spurs fan, so it was no surprise that the former Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers and Dallas Mavericks visited his beloved club when he arrived in London.
The legend was seen giving some shooting tips to Spurs’ Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen, impressing both with his basketball skills. He then switched over to football, taking part in their training session.
Spurs tweeted that he had more than held his own at football, and managed to pick up a few skills and tips from the Spurs players. He then caught up with the Tottenham boss Pochettino, check out the picture below!
It looked to be a welcome break from training for the Tottenham players, as they step it up ahead of their clash with the defending champions Leicester City this weekend.
Let’s give a round of applause for Juan Mata! Few touted the Spaniard to get game time under Mourinho and even fewer expected him to turn in impressive performances at United.
But here he is, doing just that- proving his doubters wrong. After the Rooney fiasco, Mou has been forced to turn to Mata for the creative spark and he has grabbed his chance with both hands.
His passion for the club has never been higher, and it was evident in the recent Manchester Derby.
Mata struck the only goal in the fiercely contested match and deservedly took home the match ball. His tenacity was on display in one short passage of play as Mata was seen diligently doing his defensive duties by clearing a dangerous cross with his head.
He then surprised the opposition, by chasing down his clearance and winning another header in after holding off a City midfielder before surging upfield.
Arsenal qualified for the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup as they beat Reading 2-0 at the Emirates on Tuesday.
The Man of the Match on the night, deservedly, was English winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The feisty forward scored a goal each in both halves and took home the match ball with a brilliant performance.
The fringe players were given a run out; and owing to the arrival of German reinforcement, it had been some time since Gabriel started a match for the Gunners.
But start he did and the Brazilian defender turned heads with a brilliant piece of skill in the second half, one that few expected.
The lanky defender brought out his samba instincts, receiving the ball on his chest, before flicking it above and ahead of the rushing defender.
Left that Reading player for dead, check out the skills from Gabriel below!
The appointment of Garry Monk as manager looks to be one of the decisions of the season, as Leeds qualified for the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup for only the second time in twenty years. They beat Norwich 3-2 on penalties after the match finished 2-2 in extra time.
The win was a difficult one and there was some real passion on show at Elland Road. The fans were raucous and the players spurred on as they fought back to level after Norwich went ahead twice.
Leeds had to play the whole of extra time with just ten men as full back Lewis Coyle was forced off with an injury and Monk having used all three substitutes already.
But the 10 players on the pitch took it to penalties, where goalie Silvestri became the hero after saving three of them.
And the camaraderie among the players was evident after Ronaldo Vieira scored the winner. In an absolutely brilliant moment, Luke Ayling was seen joining the wild celebrations with the injured Coyle riding piggyback.
Watch the duo enter the scene from the bottom right corner of the Vine below!
Tottenham’s new state of the art stadium could well be about to introduce a revolutionary new concept in stadium designing and fan experience.
Known as the ‘Tunnel Club’, the feature would allow fans an all-round experience on match days. The main attraction would be a glass-walled restaurant and bar which would allow fans to view the players in the Player’s Tunnel before kick-off while dining.
It also includes the pitch-side seats which would allow fans to watch the game behind the manager’s bench.
The new stadium is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 season. Meanwhile Spurs are expected to play most of their home games at Wembley next season.
Check out the image of the proposed “Tunnel Club” below!
It is not everyday that you see cheerleaders take to the football pitch in England. While the cheer ladies may go hand in hand with sports in America, English football does not have the same tradition.
But at Anfield on Tuesday, the half-time entertainment proved more than an eyeful with a group of ladies scantily clad in blue take the pitch.
The incident did drew a lot of flak from various quarters with many unhappy at the prospect of cheerleaders invading English football. The match ended 2-1 with Liverpool progressing to the quarterfinals of the EFL cup at the expense of Tottenham.
On the back of such a reaction, perhaps Liverpool’s American owners might consider the traditions more carefully the next time out as Anfield welcome Leeds United in the quarterfinals.