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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sets new record for wins in the Champions League

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Thomas Tuchel has set a new record for wins in the Champions League

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has jumped to the top of an exclusive club, ahead of legendary manager Pep Guardiola following his side’s win over Lille.

The Blues had gone a goal down to the reigning Ligue 1 champions when Burak Yilmaz converted a penalty seven minutes before half-time. But on the cusp of the break, Jorginho produced a brilliant pass to find Christian Pulisic who fired in an equaliser.

It was far from a vintage performance at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with the hosts continuing to threaten in the second period and seeing Xeka hit the post with a header. Chelsea’s Mr Reliable, Cesar Azpiliceuta to calm their nerves and book his side’s place in the quarter-finals when he guided Mason Mount’s whipped cross into the net.

As well as seeing the Blues reach the final eight of this year’s edition of the competition, it also saw Tuchel set a new record. The German is one of only three managers to have secured 30 or more wins from their first 50 Champions League games as a boss.

Guardiola secured 30 wins in that timespan, all of which were achieved during his four-year spell as Barcelona manager. That record helped the La Liga giants to lift two Champions League titles, reaching the semi-finals in the two years Guardiola failed to win the tournament.

Next up on the list is Zinedine Zidane, who secured all 31 of his wins while in charge of Real Madrid. Zidane led Los Blancos to three successive Champions League titles in that span, though won only one of his next three games in the competition before leaving the Bernabeu.

Chelsea ‘s win in Lille means that Tuchel is all alone at the top of the list, with his 32 wins coming during spells in charge of Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and the Blues. The German led PSG to the final in 2020 before winning the competition the following year with Chelsea.

While their performance that secured the record-breaking win left much to be desired, Tuchel was still happy to see his side reach the quarter-finals. And the German hailed the Blues for overcoming their slow start to triumph in France.

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U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)

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Anita Alvarez loses consciousness in pool at world championships in Budapest

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.

She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.

“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

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A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
USA's Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
USA’s Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

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Serie A: Pogba agrees deal with Juventus

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Juventus have reached an agreement in principle to sign Paul Pogba, according to Sky Italia.

Pogba is a free agent after leaving Manchester United this summer.

It is believed that small details of the contract are being sorted out. It will either be a four-year contract or a three-year deal with an option for a further year.

Pogba will officially sign the contract at the start of July.

The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before rejoining United in 2016.

Manchester City also made a bid to sign Pogba from their bitter rivals, but the player opted against it and has now gone back to Italy.

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season confirmed

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season

The LaLiga fixture list for the 2022/2023 season was released by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.

Real Madrid will open their campaign with a trip to newly promoted Almeria, while Barcelona are home to Rayo Vallecano.

The two rivals will face off in the first Clasico on the weekend of October 16.

The game on Match Day 9, will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the return fixture at Barcelona’s Camp Nou taking place on the weekend of March 19, 2023.

Atletico Madrid, who finished third last season, begin the season away at Getafe while Sevilla, who finished fourth in the final Champions League spot, will travel to Osasuna.

The 2022/23 LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 14, 2022, and end on the weekend of June 4, 2023.

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