Top-four finish with Spurs better than La Liga title: Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgSealing another top-four finish in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur would be more satisfying than winning La Liga with Barcelona, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.With his vibrant young Tottenham side hunting down leaders Chelsea in the Premier League and facing them in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, Pochettino’s work is making waves.It seems inevitable Pochettino’s name will be linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs once the dust settles on the season, with Barcelona possibly eyeing the man who twice won the King’s Cup with their humble neighbours Espanyol.The good news for Tottenham fans justifiably excited by club’s inexorable rise under the Argentine is that the 45-year-old gives the impression of someone who has found the perfect environment in which to achieve his ambitions.Asked whether success could only be measured in terms of trophies, Pochettino offered an interesting perspective in the build-up to Saturday’s Wembley showdown.”For me all that has happened here is a massive success,” the former Argentina international told reporters with the same intensity with which he used to fly into tackles for Newells Old Boys.”For me I want to win title yes. But with which team? It’s normal with Real Madrid, Barca, Bayern Munich, Juventus. Every manager with the big teams you are already close to winning.”Look at Barca, with Pep, with (Frank) Rijkaard, (Tito) Vilanova, (Luis) Enrique, different managers but with the same group of players. For me top four last season was a big success, maybe more than to win one title with Barca.”advertisementFor the second successive season Tottenham have battled for the Premier League title, having failed to muster a worthwhile challenge for decades.They are four points behind Chelsea with six matches remaining having hauled themselves into contention with a blistering run of seven successive wins.Pochettino takes particular pride in out-stripping the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United – and Chelsea – without the kind of spending power those clubs enjoy.”We are showing we are a team that you can trust,” he said. “I’ve been here three years now and remember the challenge back then was first to reduce the gap to the top four.”We are fighting in our process, a completely different process to the teams in the top six too. I understand that it’s important to win titles but first it’s important to set the base, and then to win.”Tottenham’s new 61,000-seater stadium is looming up alongside White Hart Lane although it is likely to be another 18 months before they can move into it.While that building project continues apace, it is getting left behind by Pochettino’s achievements on the pitch.”The process was for the team to grow at the same pace as the facilities, to arrive at the new stadium with a team that can fight the top four,” he said.”You always love to lift trophies. But success is not just to lift a trophy, it’s how. When you don’t spend the money they spend, then that’s what I like more.”last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch IND vs AUS 2nd ODI match on Sony Liv

first_imgIndia’s top order suffered a rare collective failure in the first one day international on Saturday, with Shikhar Dhawan, captain Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu all back in the changing rooms with their side 4 for 3 inside four overs. The collapse at the Sydney Cricket Ground was a rarity and they would probably look to not repeat the collapse.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inability to set the pace during middle overs will remain a major cause of concern when India take on Australia in a do-or-die second ODI on Tuesday in their bid to keep the three-match series alive.Hardik Pandya’s sudden suspension on disciplinary grounds has badly affected the balance of the batting order, which was apparent during team’s 34-run defeat in the opening match despite vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 22nd hundred in 50-over format.Dhoni’s 51 off 96 balls and failing to rotate the strike has brought to focus the rejigging that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have to fret upon.With Dhoni being slotted at No 5 even though vice-captain Rohit wants the veteran to bat a notch higher but cues from India’s training session made it clear that the team is unlikely to tinker with the batting order.Dhoni averages 52.95 while batting at number four, which is higher than his current career-average of 50.11 over 333 games.Australia didn’t announce their playing eleven for the second ODI but it is expected that they will field the same team as in the first match.What time does the 2nd ODI between India vs Australia start?advertisementThe 2nd ODI starts at 8:50 AM IST on January 15, Thursday at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 2nd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 2nd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from 8:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 2nd ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay ShankarAustralia: Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton Turnerlast_img read more