Tottenham Hotspur suffered a setback ahead of their one-season tenure at Wembley after the Premier League said they cannot alter the dimensions of the playing surface, the Times reported on Tuesday.Spurs will play home matches at the 90,000-capacity national stadium before moving to a new 61,500-seat home stadium, which will be ready for the 2018-19 campaign. The Times reported last month that Tottenham were hoping to reduce the pitch size at Wembley to suit their high-pressing game but were told in a meeting of 20 Premier League chairmen that such a change would not be permitted.Mauricio Pochettino's side will need to adapt to a 105 metres by 69 metres playing area at Wembley, the largest in the English top-flight football next season. They won only one of five games at the venue, which they used for home European matches, last season.
Robert Lewandowski feels stung by Bayern Munich despite the German club's continued success in lifting the Bundesliga title.While Die Roten enjoyed their first domestic crowning under Carlo Ancelotti, the striker's representative Maik Barthel spoke out on their treatment of Lewandowski's personal goals."Robert has told me that he has not been supported and that the coach did not summon him for the last game to help him become the top scorer," the agent told Kicker. "He's disappointed, I've never seen him like this before. "He expected the team to support him in a proactive way."The player himself remarked last month about how he felt helpless in the fight with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the individual gong. "I have not been completely satisfied with the way my team helped me," he stated. "Disappointment with my team, that's the feeling I had."
Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid. The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros (2.91 million pounds), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016. Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits". They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros in 2014. But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.Known as "the Special One", Mourinho, 54, is one of the most prominent and successful coaches in soccer today. In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut campaign at Manchester United, although he drew criticism after a poor league performance in which United finished sixth in the Premier League. In European competition, he has led Porto to UEFA Cup victory in 2003 and a Champions League triumph in 2004, and also won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010. He has claimed a haul of domestic trophies with Chelsea and other clubs.The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain. Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo has been called to testify on July 31 in Madrid on allegations that he hid income from tax authorities between 2011 and 2014, the court said on Tuesday. Real Madrid was not immediately available for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing. Gestifute, a Portuguese-based soccer agency which represents Mourinho and Ronaldo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A long season of injuries, transfer rumours and the odd goal was not the usual fare for Sergio Aguero who has now reassured fans that he'll be staying at Manchester City. Some are discussing Alexis Sanchez as a possible incoming at Eastlands, which would put the Argentine's place in the side in further doubt."I feel very happy here, so I will stay until the end of my contract [to 2020]," said Aguero to Chinese outlet Xinhua. "I have not thought about where to play next. I just want to focus on my work here. "I think my season was not bad. My form was pretty good. "It's true, I missed a lot of games and that stopped me from helping the team score more goals, but overall it was a very positive season."
Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig and Austrian champions Salzburg can both play in the Champions League next season after UEFA said it was satisfied that energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull does not have a controlling influence in both clubs. The club financial control board of European soccer's governing body said in a statement on Tuesday that "no individual or legal entity" had a decisive influence over more than one of the two clubs.
UEFA rules do not allow any two clubs competing in European competition to share the same owner. In cases where that happens, priority is given to a team who are champions of their country -- meaning that Leipzig would have missed out.Red Bull bought Austria Salzburg in 2005, renaming it Red Bull Salzburg, and then SSV Markranstaedt in 2009, giving it the name RB Leipzig. It has argued that, following a restructuring, it no longer has a controlling stake in Salzburg and merely sponsors the club. Salzburg will enter the Champions League in the second qualifying round after winning the Austrian league last season.Leipzig will go straight into the group stage after finishing second in the German Bundesliga in their first season in top-flight football. UEFA said it had conducted a "thorough investigation" and that there had been "several important governance and structural changes made by the clubs". It said it would "continue to monitor both clubs to ensure that integrity rules are respected going forward".