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Angels Links: Tottenham beat Real Madrid

Spurs made champs look ordinary last night, and Manchester City looked great.

Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Champions League roundup: Tottenham arrives, Aguero breaks record, Napoli on the brink

The Champions League returned to action last night, and we were all treated to some awesome games. Tottenham hosted Real Madrid and drove them out of town with a statement 3-1 win behind a Dele Alli brace. Sergio Aguero became Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer as they topped Napoli 4-2, and Napoli has to get six points from their final two matches to advance to the knockout rounds. Liverpool handled Maribor 3-0, Porto beat Leipzig 3-1, Besiktas and Monaco drew 1-1, Sevilla beat Spartak Moscow 2-1, and Dortmund continued their slide with a 1-1 draw at home to Apoel.

Sunil Gulati's deputy Carlos Cordeiro to run for U.S. Soccer president

In a move that very few expected, Sunil Gulati’s vice president, Carlos Cordeiro, has declared that he will run for President of U.S. Soccer. It was widely thought that Cordeiro would just be a supporter for Gulati in a re-election bid, but there may be more flux internally than we thought in the USSF. Cordeiro has outlined several points of emphasis, including financial growth and structural change. He also said that he feels U.S. Soccer has hit a plateau, and that it “is not about Sunil.“ He joins the likes of Eric Wynalda and Steve Gans as confirmed candidates, in what is sure to be a wild race for the presidency.

Clint Dempsey: USMNT must learn after World Cup failure

Clint Dempsey, after being a part of the USMNT squad that missed the World Cup after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago, has some reflection and advice for what the U.S. can do without the World Cup. Per NBC Sports, he said this to the media ahead of the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals in Seattle against Vancouver tonight:

It’s disappointing obviously for everybody. But maybe it’s an opportunity now to look at youth development, to look at coaching, to look at style of play, and maybe it’s one of those situations [where] you take a step back to take two forward.

As a player who is tied with Landon Donovan on top of the USMNT goal-scorers list, Dempsey may have a point, and it might be time to listen. He is pretty qualified to talk about this, after all.

MOURINHO: MAN UTD DESERVE MORE CREDIT FOR TOTTENHAM WIN

In typical Jose Mourinho style, the Manchester United manager has taken Tottenham’s win and made it all about Manchester United, saying that his squad deserve recognition and that they have not gotten enough credit for beating Tottenham, who have beaten Liverpool and Real Madrid. Mourinho seems to not want to let go of the Tottenham game, as he has recently called out supporters saying they need to support Romelu Lukaku, and that he hopes they enjoy the Benfica game more than the Tottenham one. This is not exactly surprising, but it feels like Mourinho should focus more on his team, who yes, they beat Tottenham, but they also got shut out by Huddersfield Town the previous week.

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