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Mourinho, Klopp react to Champions League losses

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If there is a looming, early crisis at Stamford Bridge, inimitable Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hiding it pretty well.

Considering the last few days, and considering his odd, sometimes testy exchange with press before Wednesday’s Champions League contest with Basel … and considering that Chelsea lost to the heavy Swiss underdogs to begin Champions League group play, his post-game performance could have been epic.

This was Chelsea’s first loss at Stamford Bridge home in Champions League group play since 2003. And it comes just days after the Blues fell for the first time this year in Premier League play, dropping a 1-0 match to Everton. So, how is he feeling?

I am not in shock. Football is a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I am not happy with the result. We had a lot of the ball but couldn’t create many chances.

“Emotionally this is not a very mature team. They responded with some heart but it was not enough. The same people that lost the match are the same people that need to react.”

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp also sounded surprisingly subdued considering he very nearly became the first manager in the history of the world to actually, literally explode into brilliant flames right on the field.

Also in Champions League group play, Klopp was apoplectic that match officials declined to immediately allow defender Neven Subotic back on the field after treatment along the sideline. As Dortmund attempted to get Subotic back in, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain scored … from the very area Subotic would have been patrolling.

If you haven’t seen Klopp, an animated character anyway, twisting off in the fourth official’s face, it’s below – and it is worth watching. Meanwhile, here’s what he had to say, according to the official UEFA site:

We definitely did not show our best today, but nothing is lost yet. We knew ahead of the game that Napoli were a very strong side. The second half performance was better and we managed to score a goal and hit the crossbar despite having a man less on the pitch. So not everything was bad today.”


LINEUPS: Tim Howard starts for USMNT against Costa Rica

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.

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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.

Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins record fourth European Golden Boot

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13:  Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his four Golden Boot Awards as maximun goal scorer of European leagues at The Westin Palace Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.

The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.

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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.

Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:

What a special moment in my professional life!

Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.

I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.

Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.

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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.