first_imgMumbai Indians batsman Kieran Pollard felt that the team showed a lot of character at key moments and played as an unit as they got the better of Rising Pune Supergiant by one run to win their third Indian Premier League title here on Sunday.Opting to bat, Mumbai were left reeling at 79/7 in the 15th over, but Krunal Pandya’s 47 off 38 deliveries helped them reach 129/8. During the chase, Pune kept wickets in hand and took it deep but found it tough in the final five overs.Mumbai had finished first in the round-robin stage but then lost the first qualifier to Pune before coming back to hunt down Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier. Also WatchComing into the final, Pune had defeated Mumbai thrice in this edition but the latter managed to get the better of their Maharashtra rivals in the big match.”The team has come together many times and that’s what happened tonight. Big up to this man here, Krunal, he batted nicely and kept us in the game,” Pollard said after the game.”The boys showed a lot of character and belief during difficult moments, like today. But we have managed to come out on top,” the West Indian batsman added.His compatriot, Lendl Simmons said that Mumbai have big match-winners that helped them win their third title.”Our team has several match-winners and big match players, so it helped. They have the experience of winning the finals and did that today,” Simmons said.Krunal said that his idea was to bat till the 20 overs as he shared a 50-run stand for the eighth wicket with Mitchell Johnson (13).advertisement”When the wickets were falling, I wanted to play 20 overs because I was the only batsman. I knew if I stayed till the 19th-20th over I could attack,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe move is likely to cause mixed reaction in Italy because of Sarri’s three-year spell at Napoli, during which he transformed the club into Juve’s main challenger for the Serie A title.Allegri was in charge of Juventus for the last five seasons, winning the league every year as well as four Italian Cups.He also led the team to two Champions League finals but Juventus appears frustrated by not being able to win the European trophy — especially after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.TweetPinShare0 Shares Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea on Sunday after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus.The former Napoli coach has joined Serie A champion Juventus on a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri.The 60-year-old Sarri won the Europa League with Chelsea, beating Arsenal in his final game in charge last month, and he also led the team to third place in the Premier League.“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. “He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.”last_img read more