The Warm-Up: Europe gets a taste of the full English
What is it with England and refusing to leave Europe?
FRIDAY’S BIG HEADLINES
English clubs make a full set
Yesterday, in Westminster, the Brexit secretary voted against the Government’s motion on Brexit, which he had just spent some time passionately defending. Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition reiterated his support for a second referendum after instructing his MPs not to vote for one. It’s almost impressive that one of the greatest self-owns in history can get even more humiliating each day.
And, seamless segue alert, it’s not just our politicians who are proving incapable of exiting Europe. In rather more impressive scenes last night, both Arsenal and Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League to leave a full complement of six English teams in the two draws taking place on Friday. Congratulations to Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea for a feat which hasn’t been achieved since the 1970-71 season.
The 3-1 loss in the first leg suggested that progress under Unai Emery had become stunted but a win over Manchester United at the weekend and now a stirring comeback in Europe have left the picture looking rather more favourable.
You can watch live streams of both the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws from 11am right here.
Sevilla and Inter crash out
Eintracht Frankfurt feiert den Sieg gegen Inter MailandGetty Images
In the other big results last night there were two high-profile casualties. Sevilla, winners in three of the past five years, crashed out to a last-minute goal from Slavia Prague, who won 6-5 on aggregate. Cue: absolute scenes.
Three-time winners Inter were also the victims of a shock as they lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt, with wonderkid Luka Jovic on target.
Which means the quarter-final line-up is as follows:
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Slavia Prague
It’s a totally free draw on Friday but The Warm-Up’s money is on a Santi Cazorla derby, with Chelsea surely destined for Napoli - the club where ‘Sarriball’ isn’t a slur.
Paul Scholes has stepped down as manager of OldhamPA Sport
Raucous laughter was heard emanating from a palatial villa in Setubal, Portugal, last night following the news that Paul Scholes’ managerial career has officially acquired the moniker ‘ill-fated’.
Scholes quit as manager of his boyhood club yesterday after only 31 days in charge, citing broken promises as he walked out, pointing his finger at owner Abdallah Lemsagam.
" It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role. I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I've supported all my life. The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role."
Scholes only won one of his seven games in charge. If Jose Mourinho ever ends up back in management in England, you best believe that’s getting mentioned.
IN OTHER NEWS
This just in from the Year 7 v Year 8 lunchtime kickabout in the playground:
And now for the kind of goal you won’t see scored with a sponge ball against the back of the science block:
IN THE CHANNELS
As we are (loosely) talking Brexit, it would be remiss not to mention the intervention from Tottenham and England star Eric Dier as he came out in support of a second referendum yesterday, giving the centrist (sorry, centre) midfielder an interesting afternoon perusing his mentions.
Dier’s endorsement of a People’s Vote did also give rise to this pretty well judged meme from For Our Future’s Sake - the student group opposing Brexit.
And now we remember Paul Scholes in happier times, with his best goals for Manchester United. Oof.
The pick of the Friday night football sees Doncaster take on Barnsley in League One in what, without resorting to Google Maps, is presumably a Yorkshire derby of sorts. You can see all the EFL highlights on Saturday on Quest, don’t forget.