Indian players attend a training session at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Both the Champions League and Europa League titles this season will be going to clubs from England. While Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will be vying for Europe’s blue riband club football completion in Madrid come June 1, it will be Chelsea and Arsenal who will figure in the Europa final in Baku.
The best way to popularise a sport is to have wider participation, so the decision to have only 10 teams for the 2019 Cricket World Cup goes against that spirit. FIFA for instance is planning to expand its reach by holding a 48-team Football World Cup in 2026. The Cricketing governing body should have implemented
Though heavyweights India and Australia are out of contention, there is much to look forward to as England square up against New Zealand at Lord’s (‘Morgan wants England to relish pressure of World Cup final,’ July 13, Gulf Today). We will have a new champion as neither of the finalists have ever won the title.
India is on a roll. At the rate they are going, even if rains plays truant for the rest of the tournament, the Men in Blue should reach Lords comfortably (“Rohit stars as India beat Pakistan to maintain perfect WC record, June 17, Gulf Today). While it was a disciplined show of skill by the Indians, their counterparts failed in almost all departments of the game.
VAR denied Manchester City a win against Tottenham for the second time in four months as the visitors secured a 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Saturday despite being largely outclassed by the Premier League champions.
Al Jazira have completed the signing of Serbian defender Milos Kosanovic from Belgian Club Standard Liege. The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will join up with his new team-mates in Abu Dhabi ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season.
Barcelona made a nightmare start to the defence of their La Liga title on Friday by losing Luis Suarez to injury and then losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao, after a sensational late volley from substitute Aritz Aduriz.