Tottenham players are superheroes now: Manager Mauricio Pochettino

first_img Next Tottenham players are superheroes now: Manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham, once mocked by rival fans for being soft-centred, showed immense spirit and forced their way back into their first European Cup semi-final for 57 years.advertisement Reuters AmsterdamMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 11:01 IST Pochettino said on the eve of the Ajax second leg that it would be a miracle if Tottenham won the Champions League (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham advanced to the Champions League final on away goal difference vs AjaxTottenham beat Ajax 3-2 in the semi-final second leg played in AmsterdamLucas Moura wrote himself into Tottenham folklore with a 35-minute hat-trickTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was overcome by emotion after the extraordinary Champions League semi-final victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday and who could blame him?Few managers have had to deal with what Pochettino has this season – from being the only European club to make no signings in consecutive transfer windows to playing home games at Wembley because of delays in the completion of the club’s new stadium.On top of that, many of Tottenham’s squad were involved deep into the World Cup finals with England, Belgium and France and it showed in recent weeks when the losses started piling up, with players running on fumes.Tottenham arrived in Amsterdam on the back of three successive defeats and with top striker Harry Kane watching from the stands as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained in the first leg of Tottenham’s quarter-final win over Manchester City.At halftime on Wednesday they looked down and out with Ajax, already 1-0 up after the first leg, leading 2-0 thanks to goals by Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.But Tottenham, once mocked by rival fans for being soft-centred, showed immense spirit and forced their way back into their first European Cup semi-final for 57 years.Lucas Moura, who would not even have been playing had Kane been fit, wrote himself into Tottenham folklore with a 35-minute hat-trick to send the away fans into delirium and Pochettino into floods of tears.Tottenham’s Champions League campaign had looked all but over after they picked up one point from their first three group games.advertisementThey needed late winners in consecutive games against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan and a draw in Barcelona, earned with Moura’s goal, to get into the knockout phase.Now, after knocking out Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax, they can look forward to taking on Liverpool on June 1 in their first final in European club football’s top competition.”CLOSE TO A MIRACLE”Pochettino said on the eve of the Ajax second leg that it would be a miracle if Tottenham won the Champions League and that he might decide to do something else if they pulled it off.Tottenham fans will hope he was only joking but if Spurs do upset the odds again in Madrid and Pochettino does depart, he would do so ranked up alongside Bill Nicolson on the club’s list of all-time managerial greats.”I think it’s one of the most important nights in my life,” Pochettino, who joined Tottenham in 2014 and is on the verge of sealing a fourth successive top-four finish, told reporters.”I think (the players) are super heroes now. To get the club to the final of the Champions League I think is very close to a miracle. No one believed in us from the start of the season.”With fewer resources than the rest of England’s top six, not to mention the likes of European heavyweights like Barcelona and Real Madrid, Pochettino has had to extract every last drop of value from his squad.Moura, the last signing Tottenham made in January last year, has often been a bit-part player but when called upon has been a vital option for Pochettino.Likewise experienced Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, whose introduction at halftime on Wednesday helped muscle Tottenham back into contention.Moussa Sissoko, whose energy drove Tottenham forward in the second half, is another player who has thrived under Pochettino after initially being written off.Whatever happens in Madrid, Tottenham are punching well above their weight in terms of investment and it is something of which Pochettino is rightly proud.”Without Harry Kane many people were talking about Sonny (Son Heung-min) but today it was Lucas Moura who scored three goals and you know if you don’t respect all the players, you cannot only have 11 players,” Pochettino said.”You can have some players who can win some games but to be in the Champions League final you need 24 or 25 and the relationship must always be honest with everyone.”In moments when you need them, they need to give their best.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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Nearly half of online GPs providing unsafe care for patients health watchdog

first_imgThe CQC, which has inspected every company that provides such online services in England, said that by February, 43 per cent were not providing “safe” care or adhering to regulations.It warned that technological advances should never be used at the expense of quality care, which prioritised patient safety.The CQC said it would continue to hold providers to account until they became as safe as general practices. It’s very concerning to see that even now, 43 per cent of online consultation providers have been deemed unsafe in some respectProfessor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs Nearly half of online GPs are providing unsafe care for patients, the health watchdog has warned.Independent online services, including pharmacies, websites and apps, are prescribing high volumes of painkillers without talking to the patients’ GPs and are inappropriately prescribing antibiotics, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.It also expressed concern that approaches to safeguarding children and those lacking the mental capacity to understand or consent to a consultation may be unsatisfactory and that the prescribing of medicines for long-term conditions could be inappropriate.Providers were also failing to collect patient information or share it with the relevant doctor, who should have accurate records of treatments and health problems. The watchdog did highlight positive findings, including a company that provides sexual health services online, with partner notification services where, with consent, it can confidentially trace at-risk sexual contacts. Show more The CQC found online consultations had the potential to improve access and the convenience of some patients, including those who found attending clinics or surgeries difficult through disability or through living in rural areas with poor transport.Professor Steve Field, CQC chief inspector of General Practice, said: “New methods of service delivery that increase access to care and give patients more control over how and when they see a GP have huge potential for patients and the health system.“However, it must never come at the expense of quality. Patient safety must be at the heart of all decisions around what kind of care is offered and how it is delivered.” The CQC noted that the 43 per cent deemed unsafe was an improvement from the 86 per cent it found on its first round of inspections.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s absolutely right that the Care Quality Commission holds organisations that provide online primary care services to the same high standards as any other healthcare provider.“But it’s very concerning to see that even now, 43 per cent of online consultation providers have been deemed unsafe in some respect.“When patients’ health is at risk urgent, swift action must be taken to comprehensively address these before the service is rolled out further.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more