When Tottenham last faced off against Fulham at Craven Cottage during an FA Cup game in 2011, Mousa Dembele not only played for Fulham, but even scored with a stunning solo effort in his side’s 4-0 victory.
Six years down the line, the 29 year-old made a nostalgic return to his former club during the FA Cup’s fifth round encounter yesterday, albeit in a Tottenham shirt this time.
Mauricio Pochettino’s boys placed themselves on a firm footing following their 3-0 victory over the Cottagers, thanks to a brilliant Harry Kane hat-trick.
Although Dembele before the game stressed on the importance of this win, the Belgian also did not fail to respect his obligations towards his former club where he played two happy seasons before.
And during the game, in a lovely gesture, the Belgian stopped his warm up to take a selfie with a Fulham fan. The moment captured by @JackToulson12 on Twitter, check out the picture below –
Chelsea continued their march towards FA Cup glory with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The home side did put up plenty of resistance and it made life hard for the Blues, particularly in the first half. However, goals from Pedro and Diego Costa were enough to get the job done.
Antonio Conte was quick to dismiss talks of a double post the win but it still remains a real possibility. Whilst players like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have gotten a lot of credit for Chelsea’s renaissance this season, Pedro has been an integral part of the side too with his goals and consistent work-rate.
His work-rate was on display in the build up to Chelsea’s opening goal, scored by the Spaniard himself. For the move, the winger had to make up a lot of ground in a very short span of time. Not only did he do that, he also capped off the move with a cool finish that gave Chelsea the lead.
See an MOTF graphic highlighting Pedro’s (number 11) impressive work for the opener here:
After a disappointing mid-week Europa League game against Gent resulted in a 1-0 defeat, Tottenham found themselves back to winning ways following the FA Cup’s fifth round 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The main man for Mauricio Pochettino’s side was striker Harry Kane, whose sheer brilliance helped him score a hattrick and net his 19th goal of the season.
Sticking true to his role as the chief architect of Tottenham’s goals, Christian Eriksen assisted two goals of Kane’s hat-trick. This fluidity of this link-up between the duo shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since four of Eriksen’s last six assists have been for Harry Kane goals.
And apart from the assists, the 25 year-old Danish midfielder, in a moment during the game, also humiliated Fulham’s left-back Scott Malone while making a thundering run towards the goal.
Watch Eriksen absolutely destroying his opponent’s career below!
When sanctions are harshly imposed on fans by mighty football associations, support from fans of other clubs can often transcend boundaries, and a similar moment was spotted at Celtic Park yesterday.
Dortmund fans’ famous “yellow wall” that can intimidate even the biggest of football teams visiting Signal Iduna Park was banned by the DFB for their game against Wolfsburg following an incident of altercations with RB Leipzig fans earlier this month.
While the club issued a statement condemning the violence and expressed regret over the shameful incident, many Dortmund fans found the punishment unjust provided that a large number of fans had to suffer due to a few miscreants in the stands.
In a fantastic show of support for their German counterparts, Celtic fans put up massive banners in their stands that expressed solidarity with Dortmund fans during their win over Motherwell yesterday.
The banner read: “From Glasgow to Dortmund. Against Collective Bans. Scheiß DFB”
Check out the picture of Celtic fans’ banners below –
Newcastle United player on loan at Marseille from the start of 2016, winger Florian Thauvin has started to really impress with his play this season. With 7 goals, 3 assists and 5 Man of the Match performances in 26 appearances, Thauvin’s stock seems to be on the rise.
Thauvin has become an integral part of this Marseille side chasing European football next season, and the Frenchman put yet another impressive display last night.
In the 63rd minute of the game, after collecting a back pass from Morgan Sanson, the Newcastle loanee let out an absolute screamer from 20 yards out to seal the victory for his side.
Statistically the most creative player in France this season, check out Thauvin’s goal below!
They might be 6th in the Premier League standings right now, but Manchester United still remains the biggest club in English football by quite a margin. This is evident from the number of sponsorship deals they are able to ink despite their turbulent post-Sir Alex Ferguson years that have seen their stock drop a bit.
The latest of these deals came alongside the luxury watch brand TAG Heuer. The deal is a pretty big one for both the club and the company; United get to add yet another top sponsorship deal to their already-impressive list and TAG Heuer get another high profile deal to go with their deal with Red Bull Racing.
To commemorate the coming together of the two powerhouses, TAG Heuer launched two new models that feature the Manchester United logo in some way. Named the Carrera Heuer-01 and the Formula 1 Chronograph, they provide the club with some perfect branding as well as two stunning watches to sell to their fans.
See the amazing watch designs below:
Despite the current results, there seems to be a general sense of excitement at Tottenham Hotspur this season. Apart from being one of the most serious contenders who stand a chance to put up a challenge for the title against Chelsea, the fans are also eagerly waiting to move into their new home next year.
The club is all set to throw open a brand new stadium in 2018 that will cost them a massive £750 million. With a capacity of 61,000, the stadium will be the biggest of its kind in London.
Apart from stunning architecture, the stadium will boast of modern technology being incorporated into various aspects of its functioning, including USB points-enabled heated seats, glass-walled players’ tunnel and a massive beer delivery system.
As if teasing Spurs fans with a peak of what their new home will look like, concrete manufacturers Macrete Ireland Ltd. released some pictures of the stadium on Facebook, which can be seen below –