Why Bayern Munich emerged winner of UEFA Champions League — Klopp

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp has praised his Bayern Munich counterpart Hansi Flick following the Germans’ UEFA Champions League victory on Sunday, which completed a treble-winning season.Bayern Munich beat Paris St-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon to add the UEFA Champions League trophy to their German league and Cup double. “It is a bit difficult to write more history in just eight months,” Klopp, whose team won the 2019 UEFA Champions League crown and this year’s English Premier League title, said.“Bayern Munich have a sensational squad. They have world class players in all positions, all at just the right age.”Flick took over struggling Bayern in November and on Sunday completed a fairytale run in his first Bundesliga appointment, joining a small group of coaches to have ever won a treble.The Bavarians are unbeaten in 2020 in all competitions.“Germany was a bit lucky that, amid the scheduling chaos (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), their schedule was better suited for the UEFA Champions League,” Klopp said. The Bundesliga was the first major sports league to resume in May after a break of more than two months.“Nevertheless, Bayern Munich are at the moment definitely one of the absolute top, top teams. There is not a lot to complain about.”Klopp was the last coach with a different team to win the Bundesliga back in 2012 with Borussia Dortmund, before Bayern Munich started their domestic run of eight consecutive league crowns.“I know a few teams in England that could beat Bayern Munich on a good day. But even if these teams were there (2019/2020 UEFA Champions League tournament), Bayern Munich could still have won it because of their quality,” Klopp said.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Bayern MunichHansi FlickLiverpoolParis St-GermainUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Amazon Warriors brush aside Patriots to go top

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC )– Last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, maintained their unbeaten start to the Caribbean Premier League season with a comfortable seven-wicket win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots here Saturday night.In a low-keyed encounter at Warner Park, the visitors made light of a target of 122, to notch their fourth successive win and move to the top of the standings on eight points.They are alongside two-time reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders on points but ahead courtesy of net run rate.Jamaican Brandon King led the run chase with a top score of 49 off 24 deliveries, in a 64-run opening stand with Chandrapaul Hemraj (22), before captain Shoaib Malik saw his side home with an unbeaten 24.West Indies’ latest Test recruit, Shamarh Brooks, had earlier top-scored for Patriots with 34 off 25 deliveries as the home side struggled badly after being asked to bat, and eventually crumbled for an inadequate 121 with an over left in the innings.Englishman Laurie Evans chipped in with 26 off 21 balls but no other player passed 20 as the Patriots succumbed to a trial by spin, to slump to their fourth defeat five games to be one from bottom of the tables on two points.Nineteen-year-old Afghan leg-spinner Qaid Ahmad led the attack with three for 28 while South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2-17), seamer Keemo Paul (2-24) and off-spinner Chris Green (2-28) all chipped in with two wickets each.Patriots lost in-form Devon Thomas cheaply for one in the second over, bowled by Green missing a backfoot stroke and Evans struck four fours in posting 35 for the second wicket with Mohammed Hafeez (14) before going run out at the striker’s end by Tahir direct hit from short fine leg in the sixth over.When Hafeez holed out to long off in the eighth over from Qais Ahmad, he became the first of three wickets to fall for seven runs in the space of nine balls, as Patriots slipped to 53 for five at the end of the ninth.Brooks, who counted three fours and a six, then put on 44 for the sixth wicket with Fabian Allen (16) but once the stand was broken by Qais Ahmad, the last five wickets perished for 24 runs.Needing a great start to stand a chance of victory, Patriots never got it as King dominated the early going in a knock laced with seven fours and three sixes.He looked set for his second T20 half-century when he was sent back by Hemraj in a mix-up over a quick single and run out in the sixth over.Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer (1) and Hemraj fell 20 runs apart to leave Amazon Warriors on 86 for three in the 11th but Shoaib and Nicholas Pooran (18 not out) took their side home without alarm in an unbroken 36-run, fourth wicket partnership.last_img read more

Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on the DL and Rich Hill remains out with infection

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Southwest Airlines has 10 flights every morning leaving Oklahoma City for California. The Dodgers might need all of them.Right-hander Brock Stewart was the newest new arrival in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday morning. He was added to the roster after outfielder Yasiel Puig was placed on the disabled list with a sore left hip and a contusion on his left ankle, both suffered during Saturday’s doubleheader.And Stewart could find himself starting a game as early as Monday. On the DL with a cracked nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand, left-hander Rich Hill was scheduled to come off the DL and start the opener of the four-game series against the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks. He won’t make that start – or possibly more – after developing an infection in the finger.The Dodgers already added outfielder Alex Verdugo to the roster Saturday after Matt Kemp injured his left quad Friday night, Kike’ Hernandez came down sick Saturday morning and Puig ran into an outfield wall in the first inning of the doubleheader. Kemp and Hernandez were both back in the starting lineup Sunday. “It’s manageable,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the roster challenges. “There’s some moving pieces but we’ll manage it.”In the short term, Roberts said Verdugo could get “quite a bit” of playing time while Puig is on the DL. Puig injured his hip when he ran into the right field wall while making a catch in foul territory then fouled a ball off his ankle. But Roberts said he anticipates Puig being ready to return in 10 days.“With Yasiel it’s a combo of the ball off the ankle and the hip pointer he took in right field yesterday going into that wall,” Roberts said. “Right now, I expect him to be back playing with us on that 10th day.”Hill’s situation is more unpredictable. He has started taking antibiotics for the infection and “once you get the antibiotics in play it’s a 72-hour thing,” Roberts said.But Hill’s throwing has been limited since the infection cropped up. He threw a simulated game last week but has not made a start since April 14. It’s possible the Dodgers could decide he needs to make at least one start on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment before activating him from the DL. “It’s not a lasting thing but you have to appreciate that he’s still got to be able to throw the baseball to make a major-league start,” Roberts said. “So I can’t really say when he’s going to make his next start.“I know there’s no one more frustrated than Rich.”If Hill is unavailable, right-hander Walker Buehler could be recalled when Hill’s spot in the rotation comes around again next weekend during the Dodgers’ series in Mexico against the San Diego Padres. Officially added to the roster as the 26th man allowed for doubleheaders, Buehler was optioned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga after his start – not Triple-A Oklahoma City. It is highly unlikely that he would actually pitch for the Quakes so the procedural move seems to put him in a holding pattern this week for a possible start against the Padres.“There’s a potential,” Roberts said. “If Rich isn’t ready then we have Walker still around.”Alexander to Triple-AWhen the Dodgers acquired left-hander Scott Alexander from the Kansas City Royals this winter, they expected him to be a key piece in their 2018 bullpen. But Alexander was not great and was demoted to Triple-A Saturday to clear a spot for Verdugo. In 11 appearances before his demotion, Alexander allowed 21 baserunners in 11 1/3 innings – nine on walks, 12 on hits.“He’s still obviously a part of what we’re trying to do,” Roberts said. “But where he’s at right now and the start he’s gotten off to, I think there’s some pressing and trying to be too perfect. That’s hard. To me, the fastball command is nowhere near where it needs to be. So he goes to OKC to clean some things up and get back up here.”Playoff promiseGoing into their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will be at least six games behind the first-place team and under .500 for the first month of the season. But Roberts boldly predicted changes ahead.“When it’s all said and done, the Dodgers will be at the top of the division,” Roberts said Sunday. “I believe that. We believe that.”While winning the NL West the past five seasons, the Dodgers have been at or under .500 at the end of April twice (2013 and 2016). Their lowest winning percentage over the past five seasons has come in April – .523. From May 1 until the end of the regular seasons the past five years, the Dodgers have played at a .593 pace.Up nextDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 0.63 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 4.80 ERA), Monday, 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more