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Spurs face their biggest test in years when heading to Madrid on Tuesday night, and Neville believes it could be an overwhelming experience for a number of Mauricio Pochettino's players when they walk out at the Bernabeu.

I don't think it is mission impossible at the Bernabeu but I do think it will give us a barometer of how good this Spurs side are. Are they capable of playing at the top level of European football?

I think when you go there for the first time it does blow you away, when you come up those steps from the dressing room and you see this cauldron you're about to play in. It's also the history of the football club and I think Tottenham will find this fixture really difficult.

We talked a lot recently about Anfield being a good barometer for Manchester United players over the years and I think the Bernabeu and Nou Camp are stadiums and occasions where it really tests you mentally and physically.

Playing at the Bernabeu is a special, special experience. Something that most Tottenham players probably haven't done in their careers and it will be interesting to see how they do, and whether this young side play with the same determination and quality as they do in the Premier League.

It's a stage that Harry Kane believes, and probably Dele Alli believes, he wants to be playing on.

I remember when we first got into the European competitions and we came up against Rivaldo at Barcelona, Ronaldo at Inter Milan or Juventus when they had Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero, you thought to yourself these are players we used to watch on television, the top players in world football, and I've got to test myself against the best.

Kane is playing on the biggest stage against Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, two of the best central defenders in world football, and it will be a test to see whether he can perform at that level.

I think Kane has answered every question that has been levelled at him so far and this is just another question he has got to answer.

Is he now at a higher level that Gareth Bale? I don't think so because Bale has won the Champions League and other titles.

He's a fantastic striker and he's getting up to world-class level, but Bale is at a world-class level. He's made the move for massive, massive money, he's proved to the world he can do it in European tournaments, Champions League finals.

He's done it on the biggest stage and it's not just doing it one game, Bale has done it over a period of a time. If you can play for three or four years for a team like Manchester United or Real Madrid then that's when you can talk about being in the greats of European game. Bale has done that.



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Choirul Huda was playing for Persela FC on Sunday against Semen Padang in Liga 1, the top division of Indonesian football, when the incident happened just before half-time.

Huda, who was 38, was rushed to Dr Soegiri Lamongan hospital, but passed away after failing to respond to treatment.

Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, an anesthesia specialist at the hospital, said that the collision caused Huda to "stop breathing" and suffer "cardiac arrest".

He said "initial analysis" suggested that "impact on the chest and lower jaw" led to the "possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma".

Huda had made over 500 appearances for Persela, who are based in Lamongan. They were the only club that he represented during his career.In an Instagram message dedicated to Huda, Persela said: "Thanks for the endless dedication and inspiration for Persela, Lamongan and Indonesian football."

The club added that Huda was "the real legend of Persela", and that thousands of fans had lit candles in his honour.

The match continued following Huda's injury, and Persela went on to beat Semen Padang 2-0.

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Charly Musonda’s brother has weighed in on the Chelsea man’s social media outburst and said the club wouldn’t know if they had Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo coming out of their academy.

The Belgian winger last night caused some controversy with an Instagram post that appeared to criticise his lack of opportunities in Antonio Conte’s squad.

He wrote about giving everything, but failing to get what he deserved and that he was ‘done’ as a result of it.

Usually, you see players lose it on social media before then realising the situation and deleting whatever they have posted.

But Musonda’s post is still live on his Instagram page – and his brother Lamisha, who was once contracted to Chelsea’s academy, added to it.

He wrote in a comment that has now been deleted:


Musonda’s brother obviously couldn’t stand by that message as he’s now deleted it.

But he has followed it up with a lot more on Twitter, defending his brother’s work ethic and quality while saying Chelsea would be robbed of good football if Musonda was to leave in the future.

 

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Adam Lallana has been sent by Liverpool to the Aspire clinic in Qatar to aid his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

Lallana had been stepping up his recovery at Liverpool's Melwood training ground, but the Reds have now decided to send him to the Middle East as he nears a return to first-team football.

The midfielder suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid in August. As a result, he's yet to play a single minute of competitive football for club or country this season.

Speaking last month about his recovery, Lallana said: "I'm getting on well - slowly but surely in the background. It's going as well as it can. I'm obviously looking forward to getting back."

Jurgen Klopp said at the time that Lallana would likely be out "for a couple of months", but no exact timescale has been put on the player's return.

He is unlikely to be available for Liverpool's match with Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Main Event HD from 11:30am on Saturday 14 October.

Gareth Southgate recently bemoaned the loss of Lallana, and described him as a key "link player" for England.

He said: "In my year in charge, Adam Lallana has been our best player and we've not had him for the last three matches."

The Aspire clinic describes itself as the "world's leading specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, staffed by some of the world's leading medicine practitioners and researchers."

They have previously treated players including John Obi Mikel and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Jack Butland also spent time at the Aspire clinic when he was recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of action until the end of last season.

 

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Thomas Muller has aimed criticism at former head coach Carlo Ancelotti by saying Bayern Munich "will have good training again" following the return of Jupp Heynckes.

Ancelotti was sacked 24 hours after Bayern were beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, with former boss Heynckes announced as his replacement until the end of the season after Willy Sagnol had initially been put in temporary charge.

President Uli Hoeness claimed Ancelotti lost the support of five senior players at the club and there have been reports in Germany that his laid-back training sessions had begun to frustrate some of the squad.

Arjen Robben was said to have criticised the sessions but vehemently denied the claims, while Mats Hummels has also dismissed suggestions he was among those to turn against the Italian.

But Muller, who struggled for form for much of Ancelotti's year in charge, has welcomed the return of treble-winning coach Heynckes and admitted he hopes for an improvement in Bayern's preparations.

"We will have a good training again," he was quoted as saying by Welt after Germany's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan.

"Heynckes is the right man because he can inspire the team to have the ability to suffer more, to have more commitment and a better defensive set-up.

"Heynckes will work with interest and passion. There are several screws that need to be turned. The team have some responsibilities to carry out."

Bayern - who sit second behind leaders Borussia Dortmund - resume Bundesliga action against Freiburg on Saturday.

 

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The super eagles team were pictured yesterday training ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpapio Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, October 7th.

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Lionel Messi is all but set to experience the biggest disappointment of his football career, and Argentina's biggest disappointment since 1970, after Argentina played out a 0-0 draw with Peru in Buenos Aires, meaning they face a make or break tie with Ecuador if they have any hopes of entering the qualification slots for Russia 2018 World Cup.

Argentina is in sixth place, with the top four teams advancing automatically. The fifth-place team can advance by winning a playoff against New Zealand. 

Brazil has already qualified, and drew 0-0 against Bolivia on Thursday. Brazil has 38 points, followed by: Uruguay (28), Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25) and Paraguay (24).



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 Abu Azeez Nigeria beach soccer star has been ranked among the top 50 Best Beach Soccer players in the world for 2017.

See what he wrote on twitter;

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Kingsley Sarfo  22-year-old Ghanaian midfielder who plays for Malmo FF has been arrested for allegedly raping an underage girl in Sweden. 

 He was arrested in Malmo on Saturday, damaging his chances of making his debut for the Black Stars of Ghana in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uganda.

According to Ghana soccer net, Sarfo who became the third most expensive signing in the history of Swedish giants Malmo FF, is said to have slept with the minor on several occasions.

On Sunday morning, the Ghanaian made a court appearance following charges of rape with the younger girl who was not eligible for sex according to Swedish law.

At the hearing which held at the legal center in Malmo  'Malmo Tingsratt', where cases are mostly held behind closed doors, Sarfo denied it was rape and admitted he penetrated the lady but did it with her consent.

Sarfo who faces a long-term jail sentence which is normally handed out to offenders of rape cases already has a pending case with the Swedish authorities for driving without a License.

If the young football star is found guilty he'll become the second Ghanaian player to go to jail in Sweden in recent times after former Heart of Lions Midfielder Kwame Bonsu of Gefle IF, was sentenced to two years for sexual abuse against his ex-wife.

 

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Barcelona could look at joining the Premier League, Ligue 1 or Serie A if Catalan independence is secured, according to the region’s sports minister.

A controversial referendum is due to be staged on Sunday, with Catalunya seeking to become recognised as a nation in its own right,

The Spanish government has deemed the process illegal, with ballot boxes being seized and prime minister Mariano declaring that the vote “won’t happen”.

Catalan natives are pressing ahead with their proposal, though, and that includes a plan of action for sporting clubs should a new country be formed.

Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona would all face an uncertain future on the back of independence, but Gerard Figueras believes that there are plenty of intriguing options to explore.

He said: “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League.

“Now in Spain there teams from other countries who play in national leagues: clubs from Andorra in football and basketball. Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs. I don't think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.”

While suggesting that Barca could remain part of the La Liga set-up, those in charge of the Spanish top flight have warned that any exiles will be excluded.Liga president Javier Tebas said: “In sport, it isn't a la carte and things must be clearly stated. It isn't easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they [the Catalan clubs] do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain's La Liga, but I hope it doesn't come to that."

Barcelona have yet to address the potential ramifications of independence in public, with the club waiting on the will of the people before putting any plans in place.A statement from the club regarding the current state of affairs read: “FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”

While events away from the field continue to dominate the headlines in Catalunya, Barca have avoided any distractions to reassert domestic dominance on it.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have secured eight successive victories in all competitions this season, with faultless openings being made to their La Liga and Champions League campaigns.

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