Jose Mourinho’s career has been ruled by irony. It was ironic that Mourinho, the young translator who wanted to be a coach and whom Louis van Gaal didn’t quite know what to do with during the Dutchman’s time as Barcelona manager, wound up being a formidable foible in the Premier League almost two decades later – when Mourinho’s Chelsea handily won the league as van Gaal’s Manchester United crumbled. It was ironic that when van Gaal left Barca in 2000, Mourinho was let go as well, even though he had predated van Gaal.
A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Valencia 2-3 Barcelona Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez led Barcelona back from 2-1 down to take all three points at the Mestalla Stadium and reclaim the top spot in La Liga. There’s lots to unpack here, beginning with the nasty tackle that’ll keep Andres Iniesta (knee ligament damage) out of action for up to two months. Then there was the controversial fashion in which Messi gave Barca an early lead. Valencia hit back twice before Suarez drew the visitors level again, and Messi converted from the penalty spot in the 93rd minute to seal the victory, at which point Neymar was hit by a bottle thrown onto the field by someone in the stands.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Chelsea star Oscar misses out but Brazil include the Real Madrid pair of Marcelo and Casemiro for the crunch clash next month with old rivals Argentina in World Cup qualifying.Coach Tite on Friday named a strong 24-man squad for