By Tim Stannard
1) Mourinho in new temper tantrum test
Seeing as Jose Mourinho fails to deliver on the pitch these days, having won just the single match from the past seven Premier League games, it is more fun to see what antics the Special One gets up to on the touchlines or the press room.
And in this department, Mourinho does not disappoint with a vintage display of petulance and pettiness over the past few months ending with the booting of a water bottle in a West Ham clash which lead to the Portuguese getting sent off more times this season than his playing squad put together.
Wednesday sees a rematch in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup and a chance for Mourinho to end a run of just one win in four matches at Old Trafford. Or if not, eat his tactical notebook in the press room as a diversionary tactic.
Find out if it will be a Halo or Hulk Mourinho live on beIN SPORTS at 2.55PM ET / 11.55AM PT. Over on Connect, it’s Arsenal looking for their annual straw-grasping trophy that keeps Arsene Wenger in a job for another year with a clash against Southampton.
2) Real Madrid defend six goal lead in Copa del Rey test
The gods of football are also serving up some Copa del Rey fare as well. All to play for in the Santiago Bernabeu in a second-leg clash against Cultural Leonesa where Real Madrid are defending a 7-1 lead. But it’s a cushion big enough for James to be trusted with a start, no doubt. The Colombian could be in the same eleven as son of Zizou, Enzo, and Martin Odegaard, the forgotten man of teen starlets.
All in all, it should be a chill-out evening for Coach Zizou who is fairly relaxed as well he might ahead of Saturday’s Clasico. "We are in a good moment, one to enjoy, although we must continue because we have not won anything yet," soothed the Frenchman. Real Madrid v Cultural Leonesa can be seen live on beIN SPORTS from 12.55PM ET / 9.55AM PT.
3) Umtiti admits Messi in different class
There are eight other Copa del Rey clashes in what are two-legged ties taking place on Wednesday. And that includes Barcelona’s trip to Hercules in a warm-up for some of the more fringe players in the team.
Samuel Umtiti might well get a run out as the French central defender returns from injury and has admitted that the Leo Messi is so good in training that he and his teammates are nothing more than cones on the practice pitches. “His talent is innate although he works a lot. In training, he does things that are out of the norm.”
Umtiti’s fitness will be even more important as compatriot, Jeremy Mathieu, has definitely been ruled out of Saturday’s match after a relapse in his road to recovery from a calf injury. You can catch the Barcelona clash on CONNECT from 4PM ET / 1PM PT and all the best highlights from a busy day in England, Spain and also France’s Ligue Un on the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT.
4) Southgate gets job no one else wanted
England expect to officially appoint Gareth Southgate as the national team coach on Wednesday in a process where there were zero other candidates. That can only be a positive.
5) Tribute to be paid to Chapecoense players
Brazil is still in mourning after the tragic plane crash in Colombia on Tuesday that killed 71, including members of the Chapecoense football team, that was heading to Medellin for the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico Nacional.
While the club is planning a gathering of the club’s fans at their stadium on Wednesday night in Brazil, officials are investigating the cause of the crash with reports from South America suggesting that the plane may have run out of fuel whilst in a holding pattern before landing.
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