Mastering momentum: exploring the anatomy of amazing comebacks | Andrew Anthony

Psychological momentum helped Spurs and Liverpool reach the Champions League final, even if they did not realise it Whatever you think about Jos Mourinho, most would agree he knows a thing or two about football. Surveying the two epic semi-final second legs of the Champions League, he came to two very different conclusions about Liverpools and Tottenhams unlikely victories. In the first case, he said, losing 3-0 in the first leg to mentality, specifically the mentality instilled in the team by Jrgen Klopp. In the second, he thought Spurs three second-half goals to snatch the tie against Ajax were all down to tactics, namely playing long balls up to Fernando Llorente. Both analyses have their merits but they miss out …

Pep Guardiola last won a big European away game in 2011. Is he overthinking? | Jonathan Wilson

Manchester Citys defeat at Tottenham took his run without a quarter- or semi-final victory to 10. It feels like more than a blip Eight years ago Pepe was sent off and Lionel Messi scored two goals, one of them brilliant, as Manchester Citys 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Tuesday was the 10th straight away game in the Champions League quarter- or semi-final that Guardiola has failed to win. A skim down the list shows a range of games. Draws at Milan with Bara in 2012 or at Manchester United with Bayern in 2014 were good results. Nobody was initially concerned by what were widely seen as unfortunate 1-0 defeats by Chelsea and Real Madrid in the following round in those …

Sons solo effort secures win for Spurs after Lloris saves Man City penalty

Son Heung-mins solo effort secures a Champions League quarter-final first-leg win for Tottenham after Sergio Ageros controversial early penalty is saved It was the kind of epic night for which this stadium was built and by the time the match was all done, with the victorious players of Tottenham celebrating in the centre-circle and Mauricio Pochettino striding on to the pitch to join them, it felt like their regal new home had already created its first golden memories. The supporters will certainly cherish Son Heung-mins contribution if it is the platform for Spurs to eliminate the Premier League champions when the sides renew acquaintances in Manchester next Wednesday. Sons goal dramatically changed the complexion of this two-leg tie, but that …

Manchester United must be streetwise against Barcelona, says Solskjr

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjr said his players must learn from their defeat to PSG while Chris Smalling added he is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi Ole Gunnar Solskjr has warned Manchester United they will need to be streetwise to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the manager hoping lessons will be learned from their to progress on away goals but Solskjr wants his side to be cuter against Bara. Reflecting on a time when his side had 10 victories from his opening 11 games in charge, Solskjr said: Some of these players will have some tricks up their sleeves, streetwise players. Weve learned from that PSG game the mood was a little bit different because …

Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

Tottenham and Manchester Citys Champions League quarter-final is the latest in a line of intrigue-filled English derbies in Europes top competition A new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when the first European game at Tottenhams scored three goals in a stunning 20-minute burst at Anfield. City did not play badly in either leg but ended up losing them both. After The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Terrys miss sent the shootout into sudden death, where Edwin van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka to secure a 6-5 win. Avram Grants Chelsea came second in the league to Manchester United that year, …

Lionel Messis masterclass gives Barcelona resounding win over Lyon

Lionel Messi scored two and set up two in a convincing 5-1 win for Barcelona over Lyon to put them into the Champions League quarter-finals Paris Saint-Germain fell, Real Madrid fell, Atltico Madrid fell, but Barcelona didnt. This time there was no surprise, not even really for Lyon who saw Lionel Messi coming again and again, just as they knew they would, but couldnt prevent him from putting them to the sword. Bruno Gnsio had talked before the game about limiting Messis influence and talked after it about a player who, in his words, is almost impossible to stop at this level of performance and motivation. By then, the Lyon coach had watched the Argentinian score two and make two, …

Sadio Man and Virgil van Dijk take Liverpool past Bayern Munich

Sadio Man scored twice, either side of a Virgil van Dijk goal, to give Liverpool a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and put them into the last eight It was a night when Liverpool reminded themselves why a banner can be seen at their games to proclaim European football royalty. And, finally, when the action was over, Jrgen Klopp was running across the pitch to pump his fists towards the Liverpool supporters in the highest tier of this spectacular stadium. His players could celebrate a hugely satisfying night of mature and controlled football and, for the first time since 2009, the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals. Not that Liverpools euphoria at the final whistle was, in any …

Manchester United floor PSG as Marcus Rashfords late penalty caps comeback

Marcus Rashford scored a contentious stoppage-time penalty to complete a stunning comeback as Manchester United overcame a two-goal deficit to reach the Champions League quarter-finals So, where does this register in the list of spectacular European nights for Manchester United? Very high, presumably, judging by the scenes of euphoria after Marcus Rashfords decisive penalty, deep into stoppage time, and the victory run at the final whistle when every single player, pursued by a small army of backroom staff, was haring towards the away supporters to celebrate. If Ole Gunnar Solskjr has not already secured himself the job on a full-time basis, surely the announcement must be soon. He had told us there was no such thing, in the world of …