The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 8 April 2014


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Mourinho may pin faith in unfit Eto’o

Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea have the quality to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League, though he may risk hamstrung striker Samuel Eto’o. Seeking to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit, Mourinho admitted Eto’o wasn’t “fit, fit” but could replace Fernando Torres. MORE

Sorry Sunderland no match for Spurs

Sunderland look destined for relegation after they were thrashed 5-1 by Tottenham last night. Lee Cattermole scored the opener at White Hart Lane, but two from Emmanuel Adebayor, plus strikes from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the home win. MORE

Klopp in need  of a Real miracle

Dortmund head into tonight’s game against Real Madrid hoping for an unlikely three-goal turnaround to progress to the Champions League semi-finals. However, coach Jürgen Klopp admitted that “miracles never happen when you talk about them beforehand”. MORE

Injured Rodriguez out of World Cup      

Jay Rodriguez has been ruled out of the World Cup after Southampton confirmed he ruptured his anterior crucial ligament against Manchester City. The forward, with 17 Premier League goals this season, was in the running for a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for Brazil.

Henderson won’t dream of title yet

Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City won’t be a title decider, and the players are treating it as just another game. “We’ve got five games left,” he said. “It’s not one, it’s five. It is a big game but so are the other four.” MORE

Dennis: Time to embrace green age

McLaren’s executive chairman, Roy Dennis, has sprung to the defence of Formula One after an entertaining race in Bahrain. Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo have criticised the sound of the new “green” engines. MORE

Ball seizes chance against Lancashire

Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball took two quick wickets on his Championship debut as Lancashire slumped to 77 for 6 on a wet day at Trent Bridge. Ball dismissed Ashwell Prince and Luke Proctor to put the hosts in control. MORE

Donaldson ready for Masters tilt

Practice may have been washed out at the Masters yesterday, but Welshman Jamie Donaldson feels better prepared for the major than ever. “The course is in great shape,” he said. “I’m playing well and feeling comfortable in my own game.” MORE

Myler could return for Northampton

Fly-half Stephen Myler has an even-money chance of returning to the Northampton line-up against table-topping Saracens this weekend. The Saints have faltered in the league without their No 10. MORE

Ian Herbert

Sophisticated Everton boss Roberto Martinez does not inject the fear of God like Sir Alex Ferguson once did. But he, not Ferguson, is the one I’d beat a path to hear speak at Harvard.