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Hugo Lloris denies Tottenham have been 'lucky' in surge towards top four

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has dismissed suggestions his side’s recent form is a fluke.

Son Heung-min’s last-minute goal ensured a thrilling 3-2 victory for Spurs at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, and the north London club’s third straight win saw them climb to fifth in the table – a position that could earn them a Champions League spot after Manchester City’s European ban for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

Jose Mourinho’s team beat City 2-0 earlier this month, with Lloris denying Ilkay Gundogan from the penalty spot and the visitors missing a string of chances, then Son’s 50th league goal saw off Villa after the hosts made a defensive error.

“I don’t think it’s about luck,” Lloris told the Evening Standard. “If you look at some games earlier in the season, we were very unlucky. We know we can do much better.

“Especially at this period of the season, only the points matter. We had a difficult game. We have to give a lot of credit to Villa, but we never gave up. We expected a tough game, it was a big battle played in difficult conditions with a lot of wind. 

“There are a lot of positive things, we still need to correct the negative ones, but we have to be happy with the result. We could have managed the ball better, especially in the first half. We gave too much possession away, but away from home it’s never easy.

“They are playing for their safety, so we knew they’d start with a lot of energy. We conceded a goal not in the best moment, but then we stayed strong.”

Toby Alderweireld’s own goal gave Villa the lead but the defender redeemed himself by scoring at the right end later in the first half.

Son’s first strike, a rebound of his own saved penalty, put Spurs 2-1 up at the break, but Bjorn Engels’ header made it 2-2.

Pepe Reina frustrated Tottenham by making a string of second-half saves before he was finally beaten by Son in added time after Engels – who gave away the penalty – missed a routine clearance.

“Let’s take heart from the performance we put on the pitch,” Reina told the club’s official site, with Villa a point above the drop zone.

“It happens, we all make mistakes. Engs has had a brilliant game but, unfortunately, it happens. We need to cheer him up because he’s been fantastic.

“During training, over the last week or 10 days after the winter break, the team have done very, very well.

“I think the team has shown a great performance. We believe in the three points all the time and that’s the only way to keep Villa up. We believe in that.”

Additional reporting by PA


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Three more EFL games live on Sky

Last Updated: 17/02/20 2:11pm

Sky Sports have announced three more EFL games to be shown live in March.

Latest EFL fixtures announced to be shown live on Sky Sports

Date Fixture Kick-off time
Sat March 21 QPR vs Fulham 12.30pm
Sun March 22 Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City 3pm
Mon March 23 Plymouth vs Exeter 7.45pm

On Saturday March 21, promotion-chasing Fulham go across west London to face QPR in the Championship (Kick-off 12.30pm), while fellow promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest host Bristol City the following day at 3pm, with both sides looking for a spot in the Premier League next season.

And on Monday March 23, it's a battle of two of the top sides in League Two as Plymouth host Exeter at 7.45pm. All three games will be shown live on Sky Sports Football.

Every announced EFL game live on Sky so far...

February

Fri 21: Derby County vs Fulham, 7.45pm

Sat 22: Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers, 12.30pm

Tues 25: Cardiff vs Nottingham Forest, 7.45pm

Wed 26: Millwall vs Birmingham, 7.45pm; Middlesbrough vs Leeds, 7.45pm

Sat 29: Hull vs Leeds, 12.30pm

March

Sun 1: Coventry, vs Sunderland, 12pm

Mon 2: Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest, 7.45pm

Fri 6: Nottingham Forest vs Millwall, 7.45pm

Sat 7: Bristol City vs Fulham, 12.30pm

Fri 13: Fulham vs Brentford, 7.45pm

Sat 14: West Brom vs Birmingham, 12.30pm

Tues 17: Brentford vs West Brom, 7.45pm

Wed 18: Leeds vs Fulham, 7.45pm; Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield, 7.45pm

Sat 21: QPR vs Fulham, 12.30pm*

Sun 22: Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City, 3pm*

Mon 23: Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City, 7.45pm*

*Latest fixtures announced

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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Saul Niguez reveals what he's learned from Jurgen Klopp's side

Saul Niguez admits he is in awe of Liverpool and their relentless run this season as his Atletico Madrid side prepare to face the Reds in the Champions League.

The Spaniards will host the first leg of the last 16 tie on Tuesday 10 years after eliminating the Reds from the Europa League.

Saul admits it is “incredible” to watch the Reds “press like animals”, which has led to a 25-point lead in the Premier League as they bid to land their first league title in 30 years.

“Liverpool are very complete, a great team in every area [but] they find it hardest when you’re deep because they’re very, very, very good in transition,” Saul told the Guardian.

“I watched them against Norwich and if it wasn’t for Mané’s extraordinary control, they don’t win. They’ve won lots of games they could have drawn or lost, which tells you something about what they have inside.

“It’s not luck. It’s work, sacrifice, not giving up a single ball for lost.”

The sides last faced each other in 2010 in the Europa League semi-finals.

Diego Forlan’s away goal at Anfield in extra-time sealed a 2-2 aggregate draw and their place in the final, where they would eventually beat Fulham.

Saul works under the eye of Simeone (EPA)

Saul hopes to lean on Atleti’s new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, to “build the magic” to resemble the previously intimidating Vicente Calderon.

Discounting the domestic cup loss and draw to Aston Villa and Shrewsbury, where the Reds fielded a completely changed side, littered with youth team players, they enter the last 16 tie on a 17-game win streak.

The last team to stop Klopp’s actual first team was Napoli in November, with the Italians holding them to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, Tuesday will provide us with an answer as to how close they are to closing in on a historic treble.


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Match preview: Arsenal U-23s v Chelsea

We’re looking to bounce back from our defeat to Liverpool when we host Chelsea at Meadow Park on Monday night.

THE STORY SO FAR

We made a strong start to the New Year by going three matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Against Derby County, we battled back from two goals down to claim a point at home, before producing another comeback a week later to draw with Everton.

In a match that would see six goals and a red card, the Toffees looked to have guaranteed all three points when Lewis Gibson struck with 17 minutes remaining. But we immediately hit back after a slick passing move allowed Matt Smith to score his first goal of the season.

We then delivered a fine display in the PL International Cup to beat Leicester City 3-0 and book our place in the knock-out stages of the competition.

Our first defeat in 2020 came against the Reds on Merseyside, as our youthful side were beaten 3-0.

We currently sit fifth in the PL2 table on 25 points.  

THE OPPOSITION

Chelsea are currently one of the league’s in-form teams, and are yet to taste defeat this season.

The Blues have won eight and drawn eight of their 16 games so far this season, with two of those draws coming in their previous two matches against Everton and Leicester City.

In the reverse fixture, Ben Cottrell netted his first goal for our under-23s but couldn’t prevent us losing 3-1.  

Faustino Anjorin is their current top goalscorer with five goals, and the Blues currently sit second in the table behind Leicester on goal difference.  

ONE TO WATCH

Trae Coyle returned from a short period on the sidelines against Liverpool, and will be looking to get back to his best against the Blues.

Prior to his injury, the winger had scored two goals and registered two assists in 13 appearances for Steve Bould’s side, and was one of the first names on our team sheet.

The 19-year-old scored eight goals and registered six assists for our under-18s last season as they went on to lift the title.  

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can receive live updates by following our Twitter account @ArsenalAcademy

Stay close to Arsenal.com for our match report and post-match reaction from Steve Bould.

By Sam Cox

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Harry Gregg: Sir Bobby Charlton leads tributes to late Manchester United great

Sir Bobby Charlton survived the Munich air disaster in 1958 when Manchester United team-mate Gregg pulled passengers to safety from the burning wreckage

Sir Bobby Charlton says Harry Gregg was "a fantastic goalkeeper but more importantly an incredible human being".

Gregg passed away on Sunday at the age of 87 and Charlton paid an emotional tribute to his former Manchester United team-mate.

Charlton survived the Munich air disaster in 1958 when Gregg pulled him and other passengers from the plane's burning wreckage.

"I was proud to call him a team-mate," said United and England great Charlton.

Gregg rescued United team-mates Charlton and Dennis Viollet from BEA Flight 609, as well as a 20-month-old baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother.

Harry Gregg: The Hero of Munich

Speaking to the Manchester United website, Charlton added: "Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Gregg.

"For all the matter of fact things Harry said about that night in Munich for me he will always be remembered as a heroic figure.

"It's incredible to think that he went on to play in a match against Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after that tragic night.

"A shining light both on and off the pitch. For so many reasons, he deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest names in Manchester United's history.

"Harry will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with [his wife] Carolyn and his family at this very sad time."

Sir Alex Ferguson says Harry Gregg was a "true legend" at Manchester United

Ferguson 'deeply saddened' by Gregg's death

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he was "deeply saddened" by Gregg's death.

"Harry was a man of great character and a true legend at our club," said Sir Alex.

"I remember that he was always very excited and proud to host our youth team at his boarding house for the Milk Cup [Northern Ireland youth football tournament] every summer so he could recount the tales of his playing days.

"I loved his company and the many pieces of advice he gave me.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and his family at this very sad time."

Sammy McIlroy's Manchester United career included a period when Gregg was club goalkeeping coach

McIlroy hails 'fantastic character'

Ex-Manchester United star and Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy said Gregg's actions during the Munich air disaster "summed up the man".

"He was a fantastic goalkeeper. Brave as a lion and brave as a lion off the field as well," said McIlroy.

"Going into the burning wreckage and pulling people away from it."

McIlroy, who was legendary United manager Sir Matt Busby's last signing as manager in 1969 before he stepped down from the job, was at the club until 1982 and his time at United included a period when Gregg was the club's goalkeeping coach.

"He was the goalkeeping coach under Dave Sexton. He always had something to say about our performances," McIlroy said.

"After working with the goalkeepers, he would join the lads in five-a-sides."

McIlroy's subsequent managerial career included a three-year stint in charge of Northern Ireland and Gregg was never short of a word of advice to the then national team boss.

"He would come to the hotel. It would start with a cup of tea and the chat would go on for two or three hours. It was very hard to get rid of him," laughed the former Northern Ireland boss.

"After the game when I would come back to Manchester, he'd be phoning me up once, twice a week.

"He was always there for advice and help. I'll never forget him. He was a fantastic character."

Former Irish League player and BBC Radio Ulster football pundit Liam Beckett, who was with the Manchester United great when he passed away at Coleraine's Causeway Hospital on Sunday night, described Gregg as a "man of integrity".

"Despite all the adulation that was showered upon Harry, he was very much a private man," said Beckett, who is a patron of the Harry Gregg Foundation.

"A humble man, a modest man, a man of integrity, a man of principle and he was most happy when he was among family.

"He loved kids, so he set up the foundation to provide a proper structured platform for kids to be able to go out and play the game that he loved.

"When people would always bring up Munich, his answer would always be the same: 'I only did what any other man would have done'.

"Of course, we know that's not true. He was exceptional. The very word legend, it doesn't come close in this instance."


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