Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has assured fans of the club that his team would rise to the occasion when it matters most and beat Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal on May 29. Tuchel told Evening Standard of London that the Blues would go into the game with the “true belief ” that they can beat Man City again. It would be noted that Tuchel’s side have beaten their final opponents twice in recent weeks following last Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium. The London outfit were also triumphant when the sides met in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley last month. In the words of the German tactician: “The EPL victory over City is not a disadvantage going into the Champions League final… it gives us the true belief that we can do it because we’ve already done it. We’ll try to conserve the feeling and this momentum for our arrival in Porto…We know very well that if you play a final, it’s very special and you fight for every centimeter and every advantage that you can make to win the game.” Tuchel said his team would overcome the setback of losing to Arsenal midweek in the EPL. Chelsea yesterday (Saturday) faced Leicester in the FA Cup final in another game which fans of the club believe would give them an insight into what to expect in the all-important UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City
Pro- wrestling boss promises regular tourneys
President of ProWrestling Federation of Nigeria, Chief John.O.Uche has declared that his immediate mandate is to ensure that the game regains its leadership position in the country through the staging of regular tournaments in all the states of the Federation. He told The Catholic Herald Sports yesterday that the just concluded mock wrestling championship held February in Lagos was aimed at keeping the mats men in top shape ahead of the forthcoming Presidential wrestling championship against corruption slated for later in the year noting that the sports under his leadership will undergo massive improvement. “Right now we’re on course to re-position wrestling in the country. We’ve already mapped out plans on how to make the game attractive to both the fighters and the fans and part of this is to organize regular tournaments in all the states of the Federation. “I also intend to take the game to the grassroots through the establishment of wrestling academies where talented youths would be discovered on time and nurtured to become world champions as is done in Europe and America” He regretted that although Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents in the game but lack of adequate tournaments and exposure is affecting their chances of moving forward in the sports promising that the era of wrestlers purse not being paid will be a thing of the past under his leadership.