After repeatedly proving his worth in the Premier League, Tottenham star Harry Kane dazzled on the continental level with a brilliant performance during the Champions League fixture on Tuesday.
The striker helped his team secure three crucial points with a flawless hat-trick in the 3-0 victory over Apoel Nicosia.
Kane took his Champions League goal tally to seven in just five appearances, making him easily one of the best strikers in Europe currently.
And while Spurs fans were obviously elated with their player’s achievement, the whole story was predictably spun in the wrong direction by sections of the media.
Guests on one particular TV show even went to the extent of making a case for Kane’s transfer to a bigger club following his hat-trick, with suggestions of Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and even Manchester United named as likely destinations.
Watch how the media has been twisting Kane’s brilliant performance below –
Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair helped Celtic end their dry spell in the Champions League group stages with a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht last night.
This was the Hoops’ first European victory in their last 16 group games and also the first time they kept a clean sheet away from home in the Champions League.
Manager Brendan Rodgers’ team selection paid off and every plan was perfectly followed to the letter. And there is no better evidence of this than Celtic’s very first goal.
Almost every Hoops player got a touch on the ball as they collectively completed 28 successful passes before Leigh Griffiths broke the deadlock in the 38th minute and set the momentum rolling for the eventual victory.
Watch Celtic’s sensational build-up and team goal below –
Olivier Giroud would probably be the first name that comes to your mind when it comes to being popular with the ladies. But that doesn’t seem to be the case if you believe Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom.
During the FIFA 18 launch event earlier this week, Gunners striker Chuba Akpom was asked to name the Arsenal player who is most popular with the opposite sex.
Backing Alex Iwobi over all other teammates, Akpom said Iwobi “has got a bit of a game and style” when it comes to winning over women.
Akpom would probably know it better than anyone else in the squad as he has been friends with Iwobi ever since they played together in primary school.
Check out the bit from Akpom below –
The Hoops secured their sixth win in the last seven derby encounters against Rangers after second-half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths were enough to see them through at Ibrox on Saturday.
Few players relish such moments of utter dominance as much as Scott Brown does, and the Celtic captain let Rangers fans know about his exuberance during a moment in the match.
Adding on to an already simmering atmosphere, Brown was seen rustling the home crowd and was spotted waving goodbye to them.
The veteran midfielder is known to be very vocal about his thoughts, and this savage gesture at Ibrox is certain to sit with Celtic fans as one of his most memorable moments for a long time to come.
Check out the moment below –
Arsenal went back to winning ways and climbed up to the seventh spot on the points table with a 2-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates last night.
The Gunners went 1-0 up after Alexandre Lacazette notched a header into an open goal in the 20th minute.
Their lead looked to be on a shaky grounds though, as West Brom soon reorganized themselves and caused all sorts of problems.
With concerns of West Brom securing an equalizer in the second half, Arsene Wenger tried to refresh his players to bolster them up and prevent that from happening.
The Gunners were made to carry out a little warm-up routine by shuttling around cones as they made their way to the pitch following half-time.
It is not very usual for teams to warm up again during half-time and fans were duly surprised after seeing it happen live on TV.
But it looks like their efforts paid off as an improved Arsenal went on to secure all three points with another goal, thanks to Lacazette’s penalty in the 67th minute.
Watch Arsenal players warming up just before the second half below –
Tottenham are in Cyprus for their UEFA Champions League Group H fixture against APOEL tomorrow.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been drawn in one of the deadliest groups this time around and a win in this fixture could be extremely crucial when it comes to their chances of progressing to the next stage of the competition.
Mauricio Pochettino will be expected to field the strongest XI available at his disposal as a victory could very well give them some breathing space when they take on the likes of defending champions Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund.
With Alli and Vertonghen suspended and Dembele & Eriksen doubtful due to his injury, this is perhaps the strongest XI Tottenham could deploy to get a win against Apoel tomorrow –
Former Celtic player Chris Sutton took a dig at Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha during a BT Sport programme recently.
Reflecting upon on the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox last Saturday, Sutton summed up Celtic’s dominance in these encounters with a brutal line.
“Brendan’s won as many games at Ibrox as Pedro”, said the former Hoops striker, explaining how Celtic have mastered the art of beating their rivals in their own backyard.
The former Lincoln City manager was very critical of Caixinha’s inability to match Rodgers’ achievements, especially considering Rangers’ horrendous record in most Glasgow derbies of recent times.
Watch Sutton reiterating his credentials as a Celtic legend below –
Celtic continued their winning run in the Scottish Premiership with a 2-0 victory over arch rivals Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
Every Celtic v Rangers derby has its fair share of charged-up moments that make this encounter great and this instalment was no different.
Take Scott Brown’s half-time face off, for example. The Celtic captain was involved in a heated confrontation with Gers boss Pedro Caixinha, who accused him of getting a little too physical with one of his players.
In another moment, Brown lighted up the game on the pitch when he summoned his inner Andres Iniesta to display some midfield magic.
Eliminating two Rangers players with some delicious side-stepping business, the midfielder enthralled Hoops fans with an equally impressive through ball ahead.
Watch Scott Brown’s midfield magic on display below –
Chelsea new boy Alvaro Morata notched up a brilliant hat-rick at the Britannia Stadium to help his side win the game 4-0 on Saturday.
The hat-trick took the striker’s goal tally to 6 from his opening 6 games ever since his arrival at Chelsea from Real Madrid.
While any player would be over the moon with credentials like these, a very mature Morata kept his feet on the ground when asked about his goals during the post-match interview.
Instead of acknowledging his hat-trick, the 24-year-old went into self-critical mode instead and pointed out the two chances he missed in the dying moments of the match.
Needless to say, Chelsea fans absolutely loved the humbleness on display from their new signing. Check out the bit from his interview below –
Tottenham’s 3-2 victory over West Ham ended with an entertaining finish when the Hammers put up a valiant fight lasting right until the final whistle.
Spurs, who had a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time, faltered when their opponents intensified their efforts to try and change the outcome of the result in the second half.
Despite leaking two goals, Spurs resisted hard and the intensity got the better of the two teams when a fracas broke out between the two sets of players in stoppage time.
Fernando Llorente, who had to spend much of the game on the bench, came on for Harry Kane in the 89th minute and ignited a clash.
It was the Spurs striker’s collision with Andy Carroll that led to a late fiasco involving players from both clubs indulging in some violent pushing.
Check out the full incident below –