Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 5th 2014 Contents Bayern Munich s 5-0
thrashing of Eintracht Frank-
furt has helped the Bundesli-
ga leader remain top of The
Associated Press global foot-
ball poll this week, and
Atletico Madrid s Diego
Costa has topped the player
It s the fourth time this sea-
son Bayern is the weekly poll
"Everyone must be running
out of adjectives to describe
just how good Bayern Munich
is," Mark Rodden of Eurosport
said. "The European cham-
pions are still on course to go
through the Bundesliga season
unbeaten though, so we may
need to find a few more."
Bayern s only representative
in the player poll was Thiago
Alcantara, in fourth, after he
scored an acrobatic scissor
kick in injury time for a 2-1
win against Stuttgart on
Costa, the players poll
leader for the second time
this season, scored in Atleti-
co s 4-0 rout of Real
Sociedad, sending the side
three points clear atop of the
The victory came after
Atletico fans paid tribute to
former player and coach Luis
Aragones, whose death was
announced on Saturday.
"Remarkably, this is the
first time that Atletico Madrid
have led Spain s La Liga out-
right since winning the title
eighteen years ago," Chris Tait
of The Herald in Scotland
said. "It would seem a fitting
tribute to Luis Aragones."
Atletico polled second
among the clubs, six points
behind Bayern. Its emphatic
win over Frankfurt meant it
was 13 points ahead of sec-
ond-place Bayer Leverkusen,
a winner of 17 out of 19 league
games and unbeaten in 44
Valencia was third for beat-
ing Barcelona, Juventus fourth
after beating Inter Milan 3-
1, and Chelsea fifth, for
inflicting a first home defeat
on Manchester City in a tac-
tical masterclass from coach
"Chelsea were magnificent
... thanks to a brilliant per-
formance, a great team spirit
and an intelligent tactical
plan," Aurelio Capaldi of RAI
Sports in Italy said. "Eden
Hazard (third in the player
vote) was superb and Neman-
ja Matic made things heated
for Yaya Toure, but this is Jose
Mourinho s triumph as he
made the right choices, pre-
pared the game perfectly, and
showed yet again an amazing
talent for exploiting the rivals
James Porteous of The
South China Morning Post
believes Chelsea can challenge
for the Premier League title,
despite Mourinho suggesting
after the win that his side will
not be ready to do so until
"For all Jose Mourinho s
insistence that his team aren t
title contenders, he will be
telling them something very
different in the privacy of the
dressing room," Porteous said.
was second in the player vote
after scoring both goals in
Arsenal s 2-0 win over Crystal
Palace and leading the Gun-
ners back to the top of the
English Premier League.
Rounding out the top five
were Chelsea s Eden Hazard,
Alcantara, and Atalanta s Ger-
Denis scored twice in the
3-0 win over his former club
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United will prepare for next season by
going on tour to the United States.
No details have been announced, but
United says it will visit several cities on
its first US trip since 2011.
Plans for the tour might be disrupted if
David Moyes side has to take part in the
early qualifying stages of the Europa League
in early August.
The English Premier League champions
are struggling in their first season since
Alex Ferguson retired, sitting seventh in
the standings, seven points behind the
Champions League qualification places.
United is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange and owned by the Glazer family.
Man United to go on pre-season tour of US
swimmer Mads Glasner has been rein-
stated as the 1,500-metre gold medalist
at the 2012 world short-course cham-
pionships after winning his doping case
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
says it overturned Glasner s disquali-
fication because his positive test for a
stimulant resulted from accidental
mislabelling of a nasal inhaler.
Glasner showed that an American
bottle containing levmetamfetamine
was covered with a label intended for
the Danish market, where the brand
does not contain the stimulant.
The court describes "two very sim-
ilar looking products but with differ-
ent chemical compositions."
CAS upheld Glasner s request that
swimming s world governing body,
FINA, which banned him for three
months, publish a corrective news re-
Glasner accepted being disqualified
from bronze medal position in the
400 free on the day of his positive
Swimmer regains world title with doping case win
Atletico's Diego Costa scores his goal during a Spanish La Liga
soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Sociedad
at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, February 2,
Bayern Munich, Diego
Costa top AP football poll
1. Diego Costa, 99 points.
2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 80.
3. Eden Hazard, 79.
4. Thiago Alcantara, 62.
5. German Denis, 61.
6. Charlie Adam, 58.
7. Andrea Pirlo, 50.
8. Wesley Sneijder, 43.
9. Daniel Parejo, 38.
1. Bayern Munich, 143.
2. Atletico Madrid, 137.
3. Valencia, 130.
4. Juventus, 115.
5. Chelsea, 107.
6. Arsenal, 56.
7. Stoke, 47.
8. Atalanta, 42.
9. Paris Saint-Germain, 41.
10. Sunderland, 34.
Munich teammates celebrate after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer
match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, February 2,
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