Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger sends message to Liverpool as coronavirus threatens Premier League title bid

first_img“There was something special when you arrived.” ✅“Sometimes when I was in the area there, I just had to drive through to go home.” “The link was there. It was a special atmosphere.” 👏Arsene Wenger tells @JimWhite just how much he loved Highbury. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/P9MgBIUSju— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 8, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 May 2020 8:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link622Shares Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has hailed Jurgen Klopp and insisted his Liverpool team will be remembered as Premier League champions even if the season is voided due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Reds had stormed 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and to within two victories of the title when the season was suspended on March 13.While the Premier League hope to resume the campaign in the coming weeks, it remains unclear whether that will be possible, with the UK still currently in lockdown.The Premier League’s worst-case scenario would see the 2019-20 season voided altogether, an outcome that would deny Liverpool their first domestic title in 30 years.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut former Arsenal manager Wenger believes Liverpool will be ‘champions in everyone’s head’ even if the campaign cannot be resumed. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveDiscussing Liverpool’s stunning season, Wenger told talkSPORT: ‘Jurgen has done extremely well because that club has waited 30 years for this title.‘And when you think they have such a massive difference [points gap] to the second team, Manchester City, as well – 25 points, it’s absolutely massive. Advertisement ‘No matter what England will decide, Liverpool are champions in everyone’s head, I think.’The Premier League’s plan to resume the season in June has been titled ‘Project Restart’ and a host of temporary changes may be made in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.Some clubs – including Arsenal – have returned to training, although players are only permitted to train in groups of five for the time being and are still adhering to social-distancing guidelines.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEarlier in the month, former England star Shaun Wright-Phillips said the current season should be suspended and Liverpool given a 15-point head-start for the 2020-21 campaign.‘I would just null and void the season,’ he said.‘Liverpool deserve to win the title but then if you give them the title, then you have to give them a bonus and where’s the Premier League making their money from now? Liverpool have enjoyed a superb season (Picture: Getty)‘Then if you give them the title, realistically you have to relegate the three teams. There are like three or four points between them down at the bottom, so then there’ll be an argument on that side.‘And then if you do that, then you’ve got to decide who’s getting promoted and who wins the play-offs without even going into it.‘So I think it’s a little bit more difficult than just giving Liverpool the title. I would just null and void it, even if they then gave Liverpool a 10/15 point headstart next year.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsene Wenger sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal fearsMORE: How Liverpool target Kylian Mbappe embarrasses PSG team-mates Advertisement Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger sends message to Liverpool as coronavirus threatens Premier League title bid Commentlast_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 playoff scenarios: Mumbai Indians hurt Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals’ chances

first_img New Delhi: Mumbai Indians changed the entire scenario regarding the playoff race by beating Chennai Super Kings. Their 46-run win has also dented Chennai Super Kings’ net run-rate and it has also ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are on the brink of elimination. Sunrisers Hyderabad now holds the key in the playoff race and a win against Rajasthan Royals will knock Steve Smith’s side out while for the bottom three teams, a loss in either of the games knocks them out. Here is what each team must do in order to seal a spot in the playoffs.Chennai Super KingsPosition: 1P – 12, W – 8, L – 4, Points – 16Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 1), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 5)What they must do: MS Dhoni’s absence hurt Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians and their 46-run loss has dented their net run-rate as well. A loss in their last two games and big wins for Sunrisers Hyderabad could hurt their playoff chances.RELATEDMumbai IndiansPosition: 2P – 11, W- 7, L-4, Points: 14Remaining games: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (April 28), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 2), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 5)What they must do: Mumbai Indians have effectively changed the entire complexion of the playoff race with their win against Chennai Super Kings. A win in either of their last three games will seal a playoff spot for them. For the bottom ranked teams, a loss in either game will result in their elimination.Delhi CapitalsPosition: 3P -11, W – 7, L – 4, Points – 14Remaining games: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (April 28), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 1), vs Rajasthan Royals (May 4)What they must do: A win for Delhi Capitals against Royal Challengers Bangalore will not only knock Virat Kohli’s side, but they can also seal their playoff spot. If Delhi Capitals lose their remaining games and Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad win their remaining games, then they can be eliminated.Sunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -10, W – 5, L – 5, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Rajasthan Royals (April 27), vs Kings XI Punjab (April 29), vs Mumbai Indians (May 2), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins against Rajasthan Royals, they eliminate Steve Smith’s side from the tournament. They must win three out of four encounters in order to stay in contention. If they lose more than one game, their chances of reaching the last four will take a big hit.Kings XI PunjabPosition: 5P – 11, W – 5, L – 6, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (April 29), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 3), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do:  Their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad is vital. A loss will dent their prospects in a big way. They have to win all their three games. A loss in one game could mean that Kings XI Punjab will have to rely on other results, notably Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians losing more than two games each.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 6P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (April 29), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 3), vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: With their sixth straight loss, Kolkata Knight Riders are in a do-or-die situation. A loss against Mumbai Indians will eliminate them and they will be hoping to snap their losing streak. However, their poor record against Mumbai Indians makes their task even harder.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 7P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (April 27), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (April 30), vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: Rajasthan Royals have kept their playoff hopes alive with a win against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, they will be hoping Royal Challengers Bangalore and either of Kings XI Punjab or Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their remaining games in order to seal a spot in the top four.Royal Challengers BangalorePosition: 8P – 11, W – 4, L – 7, Points: 8Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (April 28), vs Rajasthan Royals (April 30), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 4)What they must do: A loss in either game and they will be eliminated from the playoffs. If they win all their remaining games, they will have to hope Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their remaining games. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Mumbai Indians have moved to second spot in the points table.Chennai Super Kings are still on top in the points table.Sunrisers Hyderabad can eliminate Rajasthan Royals from the playoff race.last_img read more