Moura bursts into tears after Leipzig KO Spurs from Champions League

first_imgWEEPING winger Lucas Moura summed up Tottenham’s misery as they whimpered out of the Champions League.The Brazilian howled after Hugo Lloris’s two howlers gifted Marcel Sabitzer a double within 21 minutes as RB Leipzig reached the quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate with a 3-0 win.3 Spurs boss Jose Mourinho consoled Lucas Moura as the Brazilian took exiting the Champions League harder than mostCredit: Reuters3 Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho stepped in when Lucas Moura burst into tears after defeatCredit: AP:Associated Press3Boss Joe Mourinho stepped in to console Moura, walking off the field with his arms round the 27-year-old, who covered his face with a hand.Moura was a stand-out star in Tottenham’s run to the final last season.But he went from hero to teary woe in Germany as he looked as hapless as most of his team-mates amid a dominant display from Leipzig.His tears provoked jeers on social media,  plus the odd hint of sympathy.One fan tweeted: “Why is Moura crying? They didn’t even show up LOL.”And another said: “Dele Alli should not play for this team next season Lucas Moura should be a substitute and for crying out load Play Parrotttttt.”TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESBut Mourinho insisted his team will learn from their “very difficult” night – and will NOT need rebuilding in the summer.He told BT Sport: “It’s hard for us to score at the moment. Our first couple of mistakes they score and then it’s very difficult.”Their physicality is incredible, their defenders win the duels, they stop the game. They are very fast in attack. They can hurt us all of the time, they deserve to go through.”If I can be critical of some of my players, I keep this for us. They tried to give what they can give.”Mourinho admitted: “We made mistakes, mistakes that we have analysed in previous matches. I never blame players with some difficulties.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes”It’s hard for me to cope with players who cannot express their potential, not those who are at their limit. I am with the boys.But he added: “This summer, unless something happens during the holidays, when we start we will have Sissoko, Kane, Son, Bergwyn, Davies so that is massive.“People can say it’s excuses but it’s [the injuries] pretty bad for anyone and I don’t think anyone would resist in this situation. We have matches to play and we go to our limits. Let’s see how we end the season.”last_img read more

India hockey team addresses late goal concern to boost Rio Olympics hopes

first_imgLeaking late goals has been something of an Achilles’ heel for the Indian hockey team but captain Sardar Singh believes his team have addressed the issue as they head to Rio looking for the country’s first Olympic medal in 36 years.Once-mighty India are the most decorated nation in the sport’s Olympic history but the South Asians collected the last of their eight gold medals way back at the Moscow Games in 1980.Having failed to qualify for the Beijing Games in 2008, the team representing a nation of 1.3 billion people did recover to seal a spot at the London Games four years later only to finish last among the 12 countries taking part.India, in Pool B along with Argentina, Canada, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands in Rio, have often been hamstrung by an inability to stay competitive in the final 15 minutes.”We have worked a lot on not conceding goals at the end,” Singh, who has been rested for India’s Champions Trophy campaign in London, told Reuters. “The main thing is concentration.”Hockey now is very fast and you need to focus every second in a match. The training sessions have been very good but it now depends on how we execute.”India did concede a late goal in the 57th minute against South Korea on Tuesday but scored within seconds to go up 2-1 for a victory against their Asian rivals.Under Dutchman Roelant Oltmans, who became India’s high performance director in 2013 and then was appointed coach last July, a relatively inexperienced team finished second behind Australia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia in April.advertisementThe team are currently second in their group behind Australia at the Champions Trophy, fuelling renewed hopes of a first Olympic medal in more than three decades.”People follow hockey in India and they want results and so the expectations keep on increasing. But that is a good thing too,” Singh, 29, said”The team is doing well in the last two years. The way we are training, the process we are going through has been good. The team is on the right track.”It’s imperative that we execute our plans if we are to win a medal at the Olympics.”The halfback said the current side gelled well both on the field and off it and their speedy forwards make India a dangerous side on the counter-attack.Singh also feels coach Oltmans has had a big impact.”Oltmans understands our culture, his understanding with the players on and off the field is good,” he said.”We have a good understanding and can share anything with the coach. He likes attacking hockey which is also good.”last_img read more