Giroud and Mount sensational as Chelsea sweep past awful Tottenham

first_imgCHELSEA took a huge step towards Champions League qualification with a sensational win over rivals Tottenham.The Blues were excellent as goals by Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso gave them all three points at Stamford Bridge.4 Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount were sensational as Chelsea beat SpursCredit: GettyAn Antonio Rudiger own goal late on made it a nervy finish, but Frank Lampard’s side held on to go four points clear in the top four race.There were a number of standout performances for Chelsea, and SunSport gives you the lowdown after the 2-1 win.Willy Caballero – 7Made two fantastic saves in the first-half, getting down well early to Lucas Moura’s fierce shot.He also did well to tip over Sanchez’s looping header. Dealt with corners and anything near him.Distribution was solid as well. Kepa is going to have a real tough fight on his hands to get back in the side.Cesar Azpilicueta – 7Another steady performance from the captain. Kept it simple and defended well throughout.He’s always a seven or eight of ten man and is such a key member of that Blues defence.Made a few brilliant blocks to keep Spurs at bay. He was class.Antonio Rudiger – 6Was very unlucky for the own goal at the end after a decent display.Didn’t have much to do because of Spurs lack of a striker, but was strong.He’s another top performer and rarely has a bad game. Kept Moura out.4 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAAndreas Christensen – 6Despite having to wear a mask following a broken nose, he was very good.Read the play and swept up the loose balls. Didn’t have much to do apart from that.Chelsea will need him to keep this form up to continue their Champions League charge.Reece James – 7The Blues academy product is going to be a part of this team for another decade.He’s young, athletic and was up and down the right-hand side all day.Not only did he play well going forward, but was a lot better in defence.Marcos Alonso – 8One of the best players on the pitch. Excellent going forward and at the back.Scored a brilliant goal with a smashing finish to win the game for Chelsea in the second-half.Could have had a hat-trick after hitting the bar with a free-kick and narrowly missing with a volley.4 Marcos Alonso put Chelsea 2-0 up just after half-time with a fine strike from 20 yardsCredit: Rex FeaturesMateo Kovacic – 7The Croatian was very tidy in midfield. He picked up the ball and kept it moving.Worked very hard and is having a solid few weeks after a great performance against Manchester United on Monday.There was a lot of question marks over him, but he’s proving the doubters wrong game-by-game.Jorginho – 6Keeps the midfield ticking over and moving from front to back.He was clever as well. Making niggling, little fouls, which frustrated Spurs.A class act and a key part of this Chelsea team and their pursuit of Europe.Ross Barkley – 7Deserved the plaudits after a brilliant performance after being recalled to the starting eleven.He almost scored with an incredible swirling effort late-on and worked and pressed.Gareth Southgate will be delighted and he’s sure to be in the England squad on that form.4 Antonio Rudiger netted an own goal late on, but Spurs couldn’t nick a drawCredit: ReutersMason Mount – 9Absolutely sensational, his high press was behind everything Chelsea did well going forward.He ran himself into the ground, never giving the Spurs defenders a moments rest.Was also classy with the ball, passed well and was the man of the match. Excellent.Olivier Giroud – 8Started only his third Premier League game of the season and justified his selection.Scored with a powerful effort in the first-half, and kept the Spurs defence busy all game.Had a couple of other chances but ran his heart out.MOST READ IN CHELSEALive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownSUBSWILLIAN – 6ABRAHAM 6last_img read more

Patsy McGonagle steps down as Irish Athletics Team Manager

first_imgPatsy McGonagle today announced that he is stepping down as team manager to the Irish Athletics team, 25 years after first managing the team at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea.During the quarter of a century at the helm of the national team, the Donegal man oversaw unprecedented success including Irish athletes winning 2 Olympic medals, 9 World Championship medals and 27 European Championships medals.A graduate of St Mary’s College of Physical Education in London in 1972, the Ballybofey man was one of the early pioneers of full time PE teachers in Ireland. It was from this base that saw McGonagle selected to manage the national team on a record 68 occasions including 4 Olympic Games, 6 World and 6 European Athletics Championships.These experiences saw him manage Irish teams on 4 continents and in 28 countries.To give his time at the helm some context, only one man, Jack Charlton, has managed the Irish football team on more occasions while similarly only one man, Eddie O’Sullivan, has managed the Irish rugby team more regularly.Although McGonagle was recently re-offered the post by Athletics Ireland until Tokyo 2020, after careful consideration he felt the time was right to step aside and allow new blood to take over the duties. “It was a huge honour for me, especially being from rural Ireland in Donegal, to have been appointed to manage the National team on so many occasions” said McGonagle.Tori Pena & Irish Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle at the European Cup Team Championships Dublin. Photo By Kieran Carlin“I was always so proud to wear the Irish tracksuit and to fly the Irish flag abroad at major athletics event and I am forever indebted to the Irish athletes I managed who put in so much effort to represent their country with such distinction abroad at the highest levels“I have so many highlights – the Olympic medals won by Sonia O’Sullivan in Sydney 2000 & Rob Heffernan in London 2012 and the World & European Championships championship medals also won by Olive Loughnane, David Gillick, Derval O’Rourke, James Nolan, and more recently from Mark English from my own county and Ciara Mageean.”“I never tired of seeing the Irish flag raised for a medal ceremony and hearing Amhrán na bhFiann being played in stadiums around the world.”Following his last selection as team manager at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August, he has been approached by numerous people to record the many stories he has lived through and is currently considering compiling them for a book. His experiences building the Finn Valley Athletics Club into a world class community sports facility, in addition to a lifetime spent working at the highest levels of sport encompassing training the Donegal football team in their golden era in the 90s and noughties as well as being an Commandment in the FCA and founding member of Donegal County Board in the late 60s would all make for a fascinating book from the straight-talking Donegal man.Patsy in Moscow with gold medal winner Rob HeffernanAfter 25 years managing Irish Athletics Teams he is probably the longest serving Irish Team Manager in any Sport.He will continue to devote his energy to his beloved Finn Valley Athletics Centre and has plans to expand the facilities beyond the existing athletics track, swimming pool, astro turf, and indoor facilities in what is a great example of coordinated sports facilities for the community.Patsy McGonagle steps down as Irish Athletics Team Manager was last modified: October 28th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Athletics IrelandBallybofeyFinn Valley ACOlympic Gamespatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more