Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 23rd 2015 Contents LONDON---Chelsea manager
Jose Mourinho made a sur-
prise appearance a British
soccer television show yes-
terday, to query the standard
of refereeing he has seen
Mourinho, whose side drew
1-1 at home to Burnley on
Saturday, was frustrated that
referee Martin Atkinson sent
off Nemanja Matic in the
game for pushing Ashley
Barnes after he made an ag-
gressive challenge on him.
The Chelsea boss says "the
consequence for Matic could
be end of career" if Barnes
had made stronger contact
with the Blues midfielder and
that Atkinson "told me he
didn t have the chance to see
it on TV."
Mourinho was also dis-
mayed that his side had a
number of penalty decisions
rejected and called for extra
technology to be introduced
"to protect the integrity of
the referee." (AP)
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Mourinho queries English refereeing standards
BARCELONA---Manchester City will get a second
chance to shed the label of perennial pretender to
the Champions League title when it hosts Barcelona
tomorrow in the last 16's highlight clash.
Despite winning two Premier League titles in last
three years, City has still yet to make its mark in Eu-
City's first ever appearance in the round of 16 a
year ago ended with Lionel Messi scoring twice and
Barcelona dealing it a 4-1 aggregate defeat as the
four-time champion advanced to the quarterfinals
for a seventh consecutive year.
Juventus also hosts Dortmund on Tuesday. Arse-
nal welcomes Monaco on Wednesday, while Atletico
Madrid visits Bayer Leverkusen.
Here is a look at the Champions League games
After a lull in January, City has regained the kind
of swagger that took it to the Premier League title
last season, scoring nine goals in big wins in its last
Injury worries have relented for City manager
Manuel Pellegrini, too, meaning that Yaya Toure is
the only regular starter definitely missing as the
Ivory Coast midfielder is suspended.
While City arrives from a 5-0 thrashing of New-
castle, Barcelona saw its 11-match winning streak
end in a 1-0 home loss to Malaga on Saturday when
Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were held in check.
"The loss is painful and deserved," Barcelona
coach Luis Enrique said. "Time will tell if it affects
the game in Manchester."
Juventus will not underestimate Dortmund when
the Bundesliga strugglers come to Turin.
The two teams are enjoying very different sea-
sons domestically. Juventus moved nine points clear
at the top of Serie A at the weekend, while Dort-
mund only recently climbed out of the German
league's relegation zone following three successive
"Anything can happen over two matches," Juven-
tus defender Giorgio Chiellini said.
While Dortmund appears to be recovering from
its worst ever league start, questions remain with
the team far from convincing in 2015.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says his side lacks
"cutting edge" and he regrets the jitters that creep
in toward the end of games.
With eight wins in its last nine games, Arsenal
heads into the first leg of its tie against Monaco in
Arsenal has been eliminated at this stage of the
competition in each of the last four seasons but will
be confident its current winning momentum can
help it overcome its French opponents over two
Monaco goes into the fixture off the back of a late
1-0 win at Nice on Friday, with substitute Bernardo
Silva scoring five minutes from time to secure three
City gets second
shot at Barcelona
pool moved two points
off the top four in the
Premier League with a 2-0 win
at Southampton yesterday, while
Tottenham fought back for a 2-
2 draw with West Ham.
The victory moves Liverpool
into sixth and Brendan Rodgers
side is now two points behind
Manchester United, who still
occupies the fourth and final
Champions League position,
despite losing 2-1 at Swansea on
A brilliant long-range strike
from Philippe Coutinho put Liv-
erpool ahead after three minutes,
with the Brazil international s
effort beating Southampton goal-
keeper Fraser Forster from 25
yards and going in off the cross-
Southampton had most of the
possession in the second half but
could not break down Liverpool s
And Raheem Sterling secured
the win in the 73rd, lashing in
from the edge of the area after
Matt Targett failed to clear Alber-
to Moreno s cross.
"It is an excellent win, defen-
sively we were very strong,"
Rodgers said, before refusing to
be drawn on his side s chances
of usurping United. "It is just
going to be small steps for us.
We have organised the team in a
different way and we have been
playing two or three times a week
now for the last four months and
today was a huge win."
Liverpool overtook Tottenham
in the table after Mauricio
Pochettino s side came from two
goals down to draw 2-2 against
West Ham at White Hart Lane.
Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra
Sakho had put West Ham 2-0
ahead before Danny Rose s mis-
hit from distance went in after
81 minutes and Tottneham were
Harry Kane won a penalty after
going down from a challenge by
Alex Song but West Ham goal-
keeper Adrian saved the spot kick
in the sixth minute of added time.
But Kane was first to the
rebound and duly converted with
the game s last kick.
"I think we showed charac-
ter---that s the most important
thing," Pochettino said. "Going
into the last 10 minutes at 2-0
down, to finish the game 2-2 is
something to be proud of."
Elsewhere, Everton was held
2-2 at home to bottom club
Steven Naismith put the host
ahead in the 57th, but two goals
in seven minutes from David
Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso
stunned Goodison Park.
But Everton equalised two
minutes from the end, as defend-
er Mathew Upson turned Chris-
tian Atsu s cross into his own net.
on EPL top four
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
shoots from the penalty spot during
an English Premier League soccer
match at the White Hart Lane ground
in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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West Indies batsman
DENESH R AMDIN
topscored with 51 as
West Indies defeated
Pakistan in the ICC
World Cup by 150 runs
"We came back
strong and showed
pushovers, we are a
good team and one
that can fight."
West Indies allrounder
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