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Dele Alli's main ambition is getting himself a Premier League winner's medal The midfielde..



  • Dele Alli's main ambition is getting himself a Premier League winner's medal
  • The midfielder was the star of the show this week as Spurs defeated Real Madrid
  • Alli has since insisted his team now believe they are capable of beating anyone

By Sam Cunningham for the Daily Mail

Published: 18:30 EDT, 2 November 2017 | Updated: 18:56 EDT, 2 November 2017

Dele Alli has warned Tottenham’s rivals that the club believe they can beat anyone now and consider themselves unlucky not to have won the Premier League in the past two seasons.

Spurs firmly stamped their mark on the footballing map with a crushing 3-1 victory against European champions Real Madrid in front of an 83,000 crowd at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino acted as though he were completely at ease at simply any old result afterwards.

Dele Alli has issued a warning to Tottenham's rivals after their defeat of Real Madrid

Dele Alli has issued a warning to Tottenham's rivals after their defeat of Real Madrid

Yet he knows beating Zinedine Zidane’s successive Champions League winners will have reverberated throughout European football and that the effects will be felt strongest back in the Premier League, where the Argentine has been steadily growing the Tottenham’s reputation with a third place finish two seasons ago —when they ran surprise champions Leicester City close until the end — and improved on that by coming second last year.

‘We have been a bit unfortunate the last two seasons in the Premier League, coming second and third,’ Alli said, although the attacking midfielder was wary that his team-mates keep their feet on the ground following such an historic night against Real Madrid.

'Its important we don’t get carried away with the way we played,’ he added, ‘we have to keep making sure we build together as a team, keep working together on the training field and make sure we are putting in performances at the weekend. Take each game as it comes and make sure we get as many points as we can.’

Pochettino, often compared to Sir Alex Ferguson, is the mastermind behind the club’s emergence as a leading force in the game. He is known as being firm but fair; you are either with him, or against him, and those who are on his side are made to feel as though they have nothing to fear in anyone.

Alli was a driving force in the game and has his sights fixed on a Premier League medalAlli was a driving force in the game and has his sights fixed on a Premier League medal

Alli was a driving force in the game and has his sights fixed on a Premier League medal

The midfielder has admitted Spurs believe they can go up against the best and winThe midfielder has admitted Spurs believe they can go up against the best and win

The midfielder has admitted Spurs believe they can go up against the best and win

‘The way he talks to us in the meetings he gives us a lot of self-belief,’ Alli revealed. ‘Tactically we are very strong, we put a lot of trust in the manager and he puts a lot of trust into us, we feel like we can beat everyone.’

While many clubs disregard the importance of relying on English talent, Pochettino has achieved his success with a core of current and potential England players.

Alli, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier all excelled in the Real victory. All of them were called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil on Thursday, as was their team-mate Danny Rose, who has only not played at left-wingback this season due to injury.

Kane, who has captained England and is the national team’s leading striker, believes that it can only benefit Southgate and the country that this group are playing at the highest level and beating the world’s best.

‘It’s great for England,’ Kane said, ‘it’s great for our national side, to be playing in those big games and performing in those big games. That’s what we need to do.

‘The most important thing for us is doing it in big games, high pressure games. It will be a good chance next week to play against tough opposition, see where we’re at, maybe try new things or see what the gaffer wants us to do. It matters more when the pressure is on, and [against Real Madrid] the pressure was on to qualify and we did that.’

Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Alli and the potential in his Tottenham teamMauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Alli and the potential in his Tottenham team

Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Alli and the potential in his Tottenham team

Kane has a warning of his own for Alli, urging his young team-mate to keep calm so he does not pick up any more unnecessary suspensions. Alli was absent from Tottenham’s first three Champions League matches due to a horror challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere in the Europa League last season. He missed the last three games of the season before after punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach.

‘I think it hurt him he was banned for three games, as it would anyone,’ Kane said.

‘Especially missing big games; Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid. So you can see he was raring to go, and what a performance from him, he was fantastic, two goals.

'It was great to have him back in the Champions League. Hopefully he stays calm and we’ll have him for the rest of the campaign.’

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms




The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official




Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection




The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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