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Thomas Tuchel has long admired Pep Guardiola, from his early coaching days watching the great Barcelona team from afar to the night in 2014 when the pair — then rival Bundesliga managers — talked tactics for hours in a Munich restaurant using salt-and-pepper mills as props. With Tuchel now a world-class manager in his own right, Guardiola might no longer be on that same pedestal. The admiration hasn’t disappeared, though, ahead of their first meeting in English soccer. It’s a big game, too: Guardiola’s Manchester City vs. Tuchel’s Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. “The benchmark,” Tuchel said in reference to Guardiola and the City team he has rebuilt this season and that is still on course for an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies. The two teams reached the Champions League semifinals this week — Chelsea after getting past Porto and City by outlasting Borussia Dortmund — but Tuchel said there remains a gap between them. After all, City, the Premier League leader, is 20 points ahead of fifth-place Chelsea and Tuchel still sees his team as a work in progress after joining in January as the replacement for Frank Lampard. That does not mean, he said, that Chelsea should have an inferiority complex going into the cup semifinal. The teams will also meet in the league before the end of the season, and maybe in the Champions League final, too. “It’s important that we accept this without making ourselves too small,” Tuchel said. “From next year on, from day one of next season, we will hunt them, we will try to close the gap between us. “We have to admit there is a gap but, for 90 minutes, we are very self-aware and very self-confident that we believe we can close the gap tomorrow for one game. And this is the target for tomorrow. I arrive happy to compete against the benchmark in England and Europe.” In that well-documented meeting of minds in Munich seven years ago — when Guardiola was with Bayern Munich and Tuchel was between jobs at Mainz and Dortmund — waiters reportedly were too afraid to interrupt the two animated coaches, who were using objects from neighbouring tables to demonstrate their tactical ideas. Tuchel has established a reputation as something of a thinker, just like Guardiola, but he doesn’t see their meeting on Saturday turning into a chess match. More a physical battle. “We need to be on them every minute,” Tuchel said, “not allow easy chances and exploitation of spaces between our lines. We need to be very brave, play with courage, be adventurous and do what’s needed. “It’s a big challenge and it’s the right moment for us to face a challenge like this.” Indeed, Chelsea has lost only two of 18 games in all competitions under Tuchel, the latest — 1-0 at Porto, courtesy of a last-minute goal — not being enough to stop the London club advancing to the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 2014. Tuchel has rotated his squad heavily amid the fixture pile-up but appears to have landed on a preferred forward line in recent weeks — of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount — that leaves high-profile and expensively purchased attackers like Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner looking on from the bench. “We have no promises to make, no gifts to give,” Tuchel said. “Everybody has to fight hard for their place. “Once you get any minutes, you fight hard to make the coach make a change. This is the life for a player at Chelsea. It’s big fun and you have to embrace the situation even if it’s a bit harder for some players.” Pulisic, the U.S. international, is finally getting a run of games near the end of another injury-affected season and has three goals in his last two league matches. “He made huge progress, he was fantastic in the last games,” Tuchel said. “He has a huge impact physically and in terms of quality, dribbling runs, arriving in the box in crucial moments. He stepped up and this is what I know from him.” Leicester plays Southampton in the second semifinal match on Sunday, when there will be 4,000 spectators inside Wembley, drawn from local residents as opposed to fans from each club. There will be no spectators for Chelsea-Man City. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Steve Douglas is at https://twitter.com/sdouglas80 Steve Douglas, The Associated Press
KRALJEVO, Serbia — Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez beat Serbia's Olga Danilovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener of their Billie Jean King Cup playoff tie on Friday.Fernandez, the top-ranked singles player in the indoor hard-court-tie at No. 72, needed two hours 34 minutes to finish off the 162nd-ranked Danilovic.The Canadian broke Danilovic in the final game of the match to win.The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won six of seven break-point chances. Danilovic was good on just five of 14.The 230th-ranked Rebecca Marino, from Vancouver, will meet world No. 87 Nina Stojanovic in the second match on Friday.Reverse singles matches go on Saturday before Canada's Carol Zhao and Sharon Fichman face Danilovic and Aleksandra Krunic in a doubles match.The winner of the best-of-five tie advances to next year’s qualifiers and the loser drops into the Regional Group I.The Billie Jean King Cup is the new name for the Fed Cup — the top international team tournament in women's tennis.Canada's top singles player, Bianca Andreescu, is sidelined with a foot injury. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada's top doubles player, also isn't competing at the tie.This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The cavernous Toronto Track and Field Centre was all but empty, and far too quiet for Brittany Crew and Sarah Mitton. So the Canadian shot putters blasted music. Some officials wrinkled their noses at the classic rock that blared from Crew's portable speaker while the two competed in the closest thing to track meets amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. But music was a deal-breaker in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. "It's been really weird," Mitton said. "Luckily the officials let us play music because if not you would hear a pin drop in the background. It's pretty quiet." "We created our own atmosphere," added Crew, the Canadian record-holder in women's shot put. "We changed up the playlist all the time, whoever's got music (would choose). It didn't really matter as long as it was loud. One official told me to turn it off, and I was like 'Are you kidding me?'" Toronto's COVID-19 restrictions have limited indoor capacity at the indoor track and field facility at York University to just 10 people, meaning with a couple of throwers, plus officials and a videographer, even their coach Richard Parkinson wasn't able to watch their indoor competitions the past few weeks. Parkinson watched the events via live stream on social media. Both Crew, a 27-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., who was sixth at the 2017 world championships, and the 24-year-old Mitton, from Brooklyn, N.S., have qualified for Tokyo. If nothing else, throwing in York University's virtually empty building all winter helped prepare them for what should be a subdued experience in Tokyo. "It's funny. A few people have said that to me recently," Mitton said. Olympic organizers said fans won't be allowed to cheer at events, they'll have to show their support by clapping. With COVID-19 cases climbing in Japan, it's still to be determined how many fans — if any — will be in attendance. Fans from outside Japan won't be allowed. The throwers were apart for about four months after the pandemic arrived in Canada in March of 2020. Crew moved to live with her aunt and uncle on their farm in Breslau, Ont., where her uncle built a shot put circle. Mitton's dad, meanwhile, created a throwing circle in his garage where she could hurl the shot into a hanging tarp. "That was really difficult, we were home on our own doing our own things, trying to make things happen and you definitely felt alone and you had to come up with your own ways to stay motivated," said Mitton, "It was very refreshing to come back and have all your teammates be there for you, when you're upset or having a bad day and you just need a little extra push." Mitton and Crew's training group also includes Trinity Tutti, double gold medallist at the PanAm U20 championships in 2019, Ashley Pryke, the No. 2 javelin thrower in Canada, and Charlotte Bolton, a Paralympic thrower who recently shattered her own Canadian record. "It's a great training group. They can rely on each other, they can lean on each other," Parkinson said. Parkinson is a stickler for preparation. He scheduled the indoor mini-meets to mimic the Tokyo Olympic schedule, so the throwers competed in a mini-meet Friday in what would be the Tokyo preliminary round, and then again on Sunday, to mimic the final. With some experts predicting the pandemic to be peaking in Japan in July, athletes will face challenges unique to these Games. "I'm trying to prepare them for tighter security in the (athletes') village, you're probably going to have longer lines, I bet there's going to be COVID checks," Parkinson said. Parkinson's athletes already have an ongoing "snag list" — a list of anything and everything that could go wrong in an event, and how they would solve it. It could be a broken shoelace to an official who's not correctly following the rules. They're each required to have at least 50 items on their list with solutions. "If the official doesn't know the rules, what are you going to do about that? So you're not learning how to protest on the spot," Parkinson said. "Shoelace breaks? Well they have extra shoelaces in their bag. So there's a lot of stuff." The group is gearing up for Tokyo with a series of meets in the U.S. Mitton threw 18.53 metres last weekend in Miramar, Fla., surpassing the automatic Olympic qualifying mark for the third time. They'll continue competing through May 22 before heading home for Canada's mandated 14 days of isolation post-travel. However, Crew go could straight to Europe from the U.S. to compete in a couple of Diamond League meets and earn some prize money. "Financially, it's been a friggin struggle this year, because a lot of my income is from prize money," Crew said. Crew received some financial help in November as part of CanFund's #150Women campaign. "Otherwise I was going to have to get a job," she said. Crew has also been struggling with a nagging groin injury and said her recent drop in weight could have contributed to a slow recovery. She's lost almost 25 pounds since October, from 264 down to almost 240 and is now focused on maintaining muscle mass. "I just really didn't like what I looked like anymore. I was starting to hate my body, and that's not good for confidence," Crew said. "Yeah, OK, I was stronger. But I was losing my speed. This is the lightest I've been ever since high school. And I look so much different. So the body composition has definitely changed. "It's been a little bit of an experiment, probably shouldn't experiment with it too much during the Olympic year, but I needed to make the change for myself personally, and now I feel better about myself, and I'm healthier, and way more fit." If and when Crew and Mitton are throwing in the Tokyo Olympic final, these many months of challenges will have been worth it, Crew said. "You know, everything happens for a reason. Usually, the best things happen at the right time for some reason, it just works out," Crew said. "It would be nice to reap the benefits of this struggle bus." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
As in the 2016 Games in Rio, eighth-ranked Canada could be drawn with two top-five teams in the group stage at the Olympic women's soccer tournament. On Friday, using the April rankings, FIFA released the makeup of the pots to be used in next Wednesday's draw to determine the three groups of four for the women's field in Tokyo. Pot 1 contains host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) while Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are ranked separately by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7). Canada is in Pot 3 along with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104). Britain qualified via England’s performance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup — the three best-placed European teams earned Olympic berths — so was allocated to a pot based on England’s position (No. 6) in the rankings. FIFA says the "general principle" for the tournament draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation so Canada should avoid the Americans to start. The Canadian women could find themselves in a group with Sweden, which knocked them out of the 2019 World Cup in France in the round of 16. And drawing Japan, the lowest-ranked team in Pot A, is no guarantee of success given Canada is 4-7-3 against the Japanese, losing 4-0 last time out in October 2019. Former Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen will help with the draw in Zurich. The former defender captained New Zealand at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Former U.S. international Lindsay Tarpley, who won gold in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008) will also assist. Canada (ranked 10th at the time) was drawn in a group with Germany (No. 2), Australia (No. 5) and Zimbabwe (No. 95) at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Canadian women upset Germany to top the group with three wins. They defeated France 1-0 in the quarterfinals before falling 2-0 to eventual champion Germany in the semifinals. Canada then downed Brazil 2-1 to win bronze, repeating its performance from the 2012 Games in London. Canada remained at No. 8 in the FIFA rankings released Friday. But this time it does not have company there with Brazil moving up one place to No. 7 at the expense of Australia, which fell two spots to No. 9. The U.S. and Germany remained 1-2 with the Netherlands leapfrogging France into No. 3. The rest of the top 10 has France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia and North Korea Also next week, the 16 men's sides in Tokyo will be drawn into four groups of four (Groups A to D). Pot 1: Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea. Pot 2: Mexico, Germany, Honduras, Spain. Pot 3: Egypt, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, South Africa. Pot 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Romania, The Olympic soccer tournament runs July 21 to Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
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BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish soccer federation has offered Seville as an alternative host city for this year's European Championship if UEFA rules out using Bilbao as planned. Federation president Luis Rubiales said Friday he has put forward La Cartuja Stadium in the southern Andalusia region as an alternative to San Mamés Stadium. Last week, the federation announced that the current pandemic situation in Bilbao made it impossible for fans to be allowed into matches based on the regulations established by health authorities in the northern Basque Country region. “With all my respect for what Bilbao has done, it is facing many difficulties and it would be terrible for another country to get the host city,” Rubiales said. “La Cartuja would be a magnificent site ... and the first option if Bilbao is finally discarded.” The federation told The Associated Press that it would be up to regional authorities in Andalusia to decide whether fans could potentially be allowed into games in Seville. Currently, there are no fans allowed into league or national team matches anywhere in Spain. A Basque Country region spokesman said Friday that the local government has “not received any direct notification from UEFA” of a change of plans. “If they changed their opinion, and we have to see if they do, then they would inform us. And if they did, they would have to give us an explanation,” regional official Bingen Zupiria said. Other host cities for the tournament to be held around Europe between June 11 and July 11 have given assurances to UEFA that spectators will be allowed into stadiums. A UEFA decision on Bilbao is expected soon. La Cartuja Stadium is a publicly owned stadium run by Andalusia’s regional government. The stadium, which has a running track around the field, can hold 60,000 fans. Seville’s biggest soccer clubs, Sevilla and Real Betis, each have their own stadiums in the same city. The stadium is set to host a second Copa del Rey final this month when Barcelona plays Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. It also hosted the delayed 2020 final two weeks ago, when Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao. No fans have been allowed to attend either final. UEFA has used another stadium in Seville, Sevilla’s Sánchez Pizjuán, as a replacement venue after the home team was eliminated from the Champions League. It hosted both legs of the Chelsea-Porto quarterfinal matchup because of travel restrictions between England and Portugal. San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao is scheduled to host Spain’s Group E games against Sweden, Poland and Slovakia as well as one match in the round of 16. The Basque Country region around Bilbao has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in Spain. On Thursday, the region reported 358 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days, compared to 225 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Seville's Andalusia region. Above 200 cases per 100,000 is considered high risk by authorities. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press
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