Mourinho’s unrest stems from the fact that Chelsea are the only English team to have been involved in Champions League football who must return to domestic action on Saturday rather than Sunday. The Portuguese was also upset at the end of last month when the Blues were forced to play Manchester City and Arsenal with a little over 48 hours in between. Press Association This weekend Chelsea host West Brom on Saturday whilst Arsenal and the Manchester clubs play a day later. Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford for a blockbuster late afternoon Sunday fixture, hours after Man City’s trip to Sunderland. Mourinho was unhappy with the situation and believes those with the power to change fixture schedules are making fun of Chelsea. “I think they laugh,” he said. “They know what they can do and laugh because I can do nothing. The people who decide the fixtures, I don’t know who they are but what I know is that they think we’re special and give us the right fixtures. We’re the only ones who play Wednesday and Saturday. “I feel our match is very special because from every English team involved in European competitions, especially the ones involved in Champions League matches, we’re the only team that play Saturday.” Mourinho also spun his own phrase for the visit of the Baggies, with Sky’s three-match ‘Super Sunday’ showpiece in mind as the former Real Madrid boss also casts his mind forward to the Blues’ next encounter. “Everybody has one more day to rest,” he added. “Others play Tuesday and Sunday. Once more we’re really special and maybe our game versus West Brom becomes the ‘Special Saturday’. “It is happening a lot with us. Instead of having 15 days to prepare for West Ham, now we have 16 days, which is good. “I think Big Sam will be very upset because we have 16 days to prepare for the game. That is good.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Barclays Premier League fixture list and its compilers, claiming they are laughing at the club.
“This is the synergy between our brands and the Lagos City Marathon as we partner Lagos State Government to ensure that Lagosians cultivate a youthful lifestyle through physical and leisure activities like the marathon.”Managing Director of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Sunil Sawhney, congratulated the winners in the male and female categories and Team 7Up for putting up an excellent performance.Mr. Sawhney said though 7Up and Aquafina premium table water were official beverage and water respectively of the Lagos City Marathon, his organisation identifies with the Lagos Mega City project hence it is partnering the Lagos State Government to realise this objective.“All over the world big cities have one major annual marathon event: London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Dubai to mention a few. Lagos City Marathon will project Lagos on the global map and ensure that the mega city status is achieved in a very short period,” said the Seven-Up Bottling Company helmsman.Abraham Kiptum of Kenya retained the title he won last year with a cash prize of $50,000. He was followed by his compatriots Ronny Kipkoech Kiboss ($40,000) while Kiprotich Kiroi won the third position. He also won $30,000 for his effort.In the female category, it was also an all Kenya affair with Tanui Rodah, Fridah Lodepa and Alice Timnilil winning the first, second and third positions respectively.Among Nigerian runners, Philibus Sharubutu and Olude Fadekemi won in the male and female categories respectively and were rewarded with N1million cash prize each.The 10km Wheel Chair Marathon was won by Hannah Babalola and Sefiu Adewale in the female and male categories and were rewarded with N1m cash prize each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 7Up and Aquafina premium table water official beverage and water respectively of the second Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon provided the necessary tonic for great performance by the athletes as they took to the 42.5 km race last Saturday morning.From the starting point at National Stadium Surulere, Lagos to the Finish Line at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island, there were over 20 water points and 10 refreshment booths to refresh the runners.Head of Marketing, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Norden Thurston, said 7Up and Aquafina premium table water are lifestyle brands as they give energy to the consumer, provide refreshment and inspire a youthful lifestyle.
“Marco played really well today, and really hurt us,” said Ter Stegen.A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well over, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar.Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his teammates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Hummels and Axel Witsel.He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney.Share on: WhatsApp Dortmund, Germany | AFP | Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half.“We played brilliantly in the second half, and it feels a bit like we have lost two points,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky.“It is a tough group and we could have put ourselves in a good position with a win today.”Lucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line.Both sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score.Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time.The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box.Yet Ter Stegen denied Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick. The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate.