Ten Hag: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stressed that his team should be taking part in the UEFA Champions League next season. The Dutch boss led United to a sudden return to form after taking charge last season. The Red Devils ended a six-year trophy drought by beating Newcastle United in the final of the League Cup on February 26. Manchester United are in third spot in the English Premier League, three points ahead of Newcastle United. Only the top four teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League. Because of this, ten Hag is motivated to mentor the team to the top-tier European championship for soccer, which will benefit online sports betting sites as it will have the three-time European champions in the mix.
Ten Hag: United has Enduring Appeal to Players
Before the rematch against League Cup finalists Newcastle United on Sunday, ten Hag noted that the Red Devils must play Champions League from now on to make it to the prestigious European event next season. He said that United must act like they are a perennial Champions League competitors to achieve their main objective – to compete in the premier continental club tournament or compete again in the Europa League and win. He also noted that United had an “enduring appeal” to international players with soccer stars like Casemiro, Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia transfering to Old Trafford despite achieving team titles in other leagues. Ten Hag said that the hiring of the footballers place Manchester United in a good direction as they build a foundation that can contend for many years.
Stellini Has Conte’s Approval as Spurs Acting Head Coach
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte gave the blessing to Cristian Stellini to be the team’s acting head coach. According to Stellini, Conte and the club talked about the future and they decided to give the Italian the opportunity to call the shots for the team. Conte’s time with Tottenham breathed its last on Sunday after his critical statement on the players after a 3-3 tie with Southampton before the international break. Stellini, who has worked as Conte’s assistant at four different clubs, will now take charge of a Tottenham squad until the end of the season. The departure followed FIFA’s announcement of a worldwide 30-month ban against Tottenham’s managing director Fabio Paratici, who was sanctioned as part of a probe into an alleged financial mismanagement at his former club Juventus. Currently, the Spurs are seeking clarification as to what the ban means for the club. Stellini insisted that the team is strong and has no crisis.
Tottenham is currently in fourth place in the English Premier League and are two games ahead of fifth-place Newcastle United. Stellini’s hiring is seen as a timely boost for the team that has been trying to make the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League proper. The coaching change will also give the Spurs a sort of fresh start and will definitely improve their status in online soccer picks and parlays in the coming weeks.