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Related Video and AudioComing upPlay audio Japanese Grand Prix from BBC Radio 5 liveJapanese Grand Prix05:0005:00BBC Radio 5 liveGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryRace at 06:10 BST – on 5 Live at top of pageVettel on…

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Related Video and AudioComing upPlay audio Japanese Grand Prix from BBC Radio 5 liveJapanese Grand Prix05:0005:00BBC Radio 5 liveGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryRace at 06:10 BST – on 5 Live at top of pageVettel on pole for Ferrari front-row lock out, Hamilton 4thKubica & Magnussen crash heavily, Ricciardo out in Q1, Bottas fastest in Q2Get involved: #bbcf1Live ReportingBy Michael EmonsAll times stated are UKPosted at 3:333:33Eyes on the piesThis is Vettel’s fifth pole position in Japan, so he’s second in the all-time Japanese GP poles list behind Michael Schumacher, on eight.His first was in 2009, and he went on to win, veering around Jaime Alguesuari – who wasn’t having quite as good a day – with Vettel receiving a pie in the face from a mechanic late on for his achievements. Think he’d happily take a pie in the face from Leclerc these days?Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 3:323:32Update on Hulkenberg and KubicaJennie GowBBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporterLooks like Renault caught Nico’s car in time so while he had a hydraulic failure they shoudn’t have to replace anything that would lead to a penalty.Meanwhile its a chassis change from Robert Kubica after his FP3 crash – huge amount of work and the team are trying their best to get him out for the race.Posted at 3:283:28’Why can we not have this at every race weekend?’Continuing our culinary theme, here are the McLaren two as well as the Racing Point pair tucking in to some local specialties.Sainz loves it. Fair to say Norris doesn’t.Posted at 3:253:25Looking tastyFood time for the media out in Japan. Lots of things to choose from for our very own Jennie Gow.Posted at 3:233:23Post updateGiedo’s awake. Not hitting the wall in Japan this year, unlike six years ago.Posted at 3:193:19The race gets going at 06:10 BST so plenty of time for all of you to tell us your thoughts, hopes, dreams and predictions.Tweet us using #bbcf1 and keep us awake for the next couple of hours before the action starts again.Posted at 3:153:15Post updateFerrari have control of the front row in Suzuka, but have not triumphed in Japan since 2004.Will that run end today?.Copyright: .Posted at 3:133:13Post updatePosted at 3:013:01Vettel on pole in delayed Japan qualifying – read the reportAndrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writer at SuzukaMark ThompsonCopyright: Mark ThompsonFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel produced a scintillating performance to take pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix.It was Vettel’s first pole since the Canadian Grand Prix in June and finally halted a run of nine races being out-qualified by team-mate Charles Leclerc.The 21-year-old Monegasque, who has taken pole at the last four races, was second, 0.189 seconds behind.Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth, both just over 0.2secs off the Ferraris.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon were fifth and sixth, setting exactly the same lap time, 0.787secs off the pace, a hugely impressive performance on the face of it from the Anglo-Thai on his first visit to Suzuka.Posted at 2:542:54Watch Vettel’s pole-setting lap recordIf you’re going to get yourself on to pole then you might as well do it in style and smash the track record. Well played Seb, well played.Posted at 2:432:43’All over the place’Another unhappy man is Daniel Ricciardo, who is down in 16th after failing to escape from Q1. He tells Sky Sports: “It is what it is, we didn’t have much time to get it right, we just didn’t. It was a little bit all over the place and not good enough.”It has been such a short morning, I’ll take some deep breaths and I have to recover. It is tricky, but the same for everyone else.”We made a small adjustment between first and second run. It changed the car quite a lot, and I didn’t think we were asking for such a change.”Posted at 2:412:41’Something I need to work on’Lando Norris starts eighth, but behind his team-mate Carlos Sainz. “I’m just annoyed as I keep making small mistakes in qualifying, which costs me one place, usually to Carlos,” the 19-year-old Brit tells Sky Sports, before adding: “It’s something I need to work on.”Posted at 2:342:34’Lacking on one lap’Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: “[An] upset. It should be a good track for us, the Ferraris, out of nowhere, once they’ve packaged it all together, are very quick.”I think our car is well balanced, we are just lacking on one lap. Race pace is looking good but obviously if we’re behind that’s not good.”Posted at 2:322:32The final scoresSo this is how they qualified.Still waiting to see if Nico Hulkenberg needs a new gearbox after a serious problem in Q2, and also whether Kevin Magnussen and Robert Kubica are able to start after heavy prangs early on today.F1Copyright: F1Posted at 2:312:31’Nothing is lost yet’Valtteri Bottas was the best of the Mercedes two and is in third, with Lewis Hamilton alongside him on row two.Bottas says: “We seemed quite strong, we always knew Ferrari had something in reserve to turn things up. In Q3 they were untouchable. We had a new package and it still felt better than before but not quite enough.”We try to do everything we can, nothing is lost yet, they have the starting point, let’s see what we can do. It always feels good to be ahead of a team-mate, we will do the maximum we can and see if we can get it done.”Posted at 2:292:29’Hopefully we’ll keep these positions’Charles Leclerc, who qualified in second, says: “Seb did any amazing
lap and has been great all weekend.”To be honest I’ve been struggling with the lap now in quali, apart from the last sector, where I did a few mistakes but pole was not
possible. Seb was just too quick so congratulations to him.”Very surprised to be first and second after the free
practice we’ve had but the race is the most important and hopefully we’ll be
able to keep these positions. “Mercedes are very quick in the race, so it’s not going to
be easy. We’ll just try to keep focused on our job and keep this one-two.”Posted at 2:242:24’Only part of the job done’Sebastian Vettel, who has just taken his second pole position of the season, says: “Not easy with the conditions, the main thing is the sun is out, the people are happy and we didn’t expect that front row.”I didn’t use the brakes other than turn two. I really enjoyed it, but that’s only part of the job done.”Posted at 2:232:23Andy Capp: YES!!!! Front row lock outChris: Ferrari, where was this pace at the start of the year?!Rachel T: Well, well, well. Life in the old VET yet!Posted at 2:182:18Post update”Huge performance from Vettel, two brilliant laps. The pressure was on and he dealt with it perfectly,” says Jolyon Palmer.”Yes guys,” says Vettel before reeling off some Italian. “Thanks boys and thanks girls,” is as good as you’ll get from me translating Italian.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 2:162:16BreakingVettel takes pole position, all Ferrari front rowFor only the second time this year, Sebastian Vettel will start right at the front.Our top 10 are…
Vettel

Leclerc

Bottas

Hamilton

Verstappen

Albon

Sainz

Norris

Gasly

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak proud of his team’s achievements despite Champions League disappointment DUBAI: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has declared his pride in Pep Guardiola and his players after a season that brought two domestic trophies but ended in the 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea last Saturday. Kai Havertz’s first-half goal…

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak proud of his team’s achievements despite Champions League disappointment

DUBAI: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has declared his pride in Pep Guardiola and his players after a season that brought two domestic trophies but ended in the 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea last Saturday.

Kai Havertz’s first-half goal meant the newly crowned English champions could not complete a historic treble, but Al-Mubarak said he was “very, very proud” of what the club achieved in a difficult season.

“When you reach the Champions League final, which is the pinnacle in football and sport, I think it’s an incredible achievement,” he said. “We’ve been working hard for so many years to get to this point. It’s about building blocks, it’s about growing and achieving our targets. And to achieve targets, you’re going to miss targets. It’s part of life, it’s part of football. You win, you lose in a final, that’s football.”

Mubarak conceded that Manchester City’s involvement in the proposed European Super League was a mistake that he regretted, one that the club has learned form.

“It was a decision based on a view, which was a mistaken view, that this will improve and strengthen our position as a club,” he said. “What it missed was an important aspect which is how the fans felt about it.

“We will learn from it, I have no doubt. Our fans appreciate the heart and spirit of everything we do.”

Despite the disappointment in Porto, the season still delivered the Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.

“It’s been a remarkable season by any description but it’s also the culmination of years of hard work to reach a level of consistency, a level of expectation, that this club has reached now, which is a club that will compete year in, year out,” Al-Mubarak said. “You can’t win every year, but year in, year out, we’re going to be there. For 10 years in a row, we’ve been in the Champions League, no other English team has done that. Five Premier League titles in the last 10 years.”

Ten years ago, Al-Mubarak had set a target of winning five league titles in the next decade, and he now says that it wasn’t just hyperbole.

“It’s easy to say that now, but you’ve seen it happen over the last 10 years and that conviction wasn’t based on a prayer, it was based on clarity and planning, knowledge and the people we have in this club, a clear strategy and confidence in everyone to execute on it,” he said. “And then the talent. You need all of that. In a league the best team normally wins, and I think we’ve had the best team most of the time.”

“I know Sheikh Mansoor is immensely proud. His vision, going back to 2008 and what he wanted and expected over the next 10 to 12 years, has been achieved,” Al-Mubarak added. “And as we look at the next 10 years, his vision of what he hopes to achieve, I believe we are well positioned to achieve that.”

Manchester City started the 2020-21 campaign without fans and in relatively poor form, and had lost the league title to Liverpool the previous season, which for Al-Mubarak made it far more challenging one than previous years.

“It was a hybrid of two seasons because we were in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League in August, and we had no break,” he said. “There was a short period with almost no pre-season. You come back and start the news season, still in the midst of the Covid period. I remember very clearly, the Lyon loss gave us a big missing feeling. Losing the Premier League to Liverpool, in the way we lost it, then losing the Champions League, we needed to be mentally very strong to recover and come back.”

“Even at the lowest point I had no doubts that we would get it right.”

This summer club legend Sergio Aguero is leaving the Etihad for Barcelona and City’s chairman is already planning to strengthen the squad ahead of next season.

“We need to constantly bring in talent, refresh and particularly when you are at a high level, at the top,” Al-Mubarak said. “Having won the league it’s not the time to sit back and be content, that would be a big mistake. This is the time to send a message that you’re committed and bring in talent, not just for the squad but for the starting 11. We lose a legend in Sergio Aguero. Very big shoes to fill but I’m confident we will find the right player, and there are other areas of the team which need investment. Not too many, it’s not about numbers, it’s about quality.”

One thing City’s management has never wavered from is their full support for Guardiola, who has now been longer at the Etihad than at any of his other previous clubs.

“His record here, seeing his work ethic and his passion, you can’t not be confident,” said Al-Mubarak. “Another thing to note with Pep is the humanity that comes with him. He’s a very special human being. I knew he was in a tough spot, at a low point, probably back in November before he signed his contract, and I look back at our meeting when we sat together, had long discussions and really had a refresh, a realignment. I saw a man that was so disappointed, in his mind, for not delivering what he felt he needed to deliver for this club, a man who had so much hunger but felt he’d let us down.

“But he hadn’t, and that’s what I needed to make clear to him. I told Sheikh Mansoor I felt we would win the league, and I said I thought we would go far in the Champions League. I didn’t know if we were going to win it, but I thought we would go far.”

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak proud of his team’s achievements despite Champions League disappointment

DUBAI: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has declared his pride in Pep Guardiola and his players after a season that brought two domestic trophies but ended in the 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea last Saturday.

Kai Havertz’s first-half goal meant the newly crowned English champions could not complete a historic treble, but Al-Mubarak said he was “very, very proud” of what the club achieved in a difficult season.

“When you reach the Champions League final, which is the pinnacle in football and sport, I think it’s an incredible achievement,” he said. “We’ve been working hard for so many years to get to this point. It’s about building blocks, it’s about growing and achieving our targets. And to achieve targets, you’re going to miss targets. It’s part of life, it’s part of football. You win, you lose in a final, that’s football.”

Mubarak conceded that Manchester City’s involvement in the proposed European Super League was a mistake that he regretted, one that the club has learned form.

“It was a decision based on a view, which was a mistaken view, that this will improve and strengthen our position as a club,” he said. “What it missed was an important aspect which is how the fans felt about it.

“We will learn from it, I have no doubt. Our fans appreciate the heart and spirit of everything we do.”

Despite the disappointment in Porto, the season still delivered the Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.

“It’s been a remarkable season by any description but it’s also the culmination of years of hard work to reach a level of consistency, a level of expectation, that this club has reached now, which is a club that will compete year in, year out,” Al-Mubarak said. “You can’t win every year, but year in, year out, we’re going to be there. For 10 years in a row, we’ve been in the Champions League, no other English team has done that. Five Premier League titles in the last 10 years.”

Ten years ago, Al-Mubarak had set a target of winning five league titles in the next decade, and he now says that it wasn’t just hyperbole.

“It’s easy to say that now, but you’ve seen it happen over the last 10 years and that conviction wasn’t based on a prayer, it was based on clarity and planning, knowledge and the people we have in this club, a clear strategy and confidence in everyone to execute on it,” he said. “And then the talent. You need all of that. In a league the best team normally wins, and I think we’ve had the best team most of the time.”

“I know Sheikh Mansoor is immensely proud. His vision, going back to 2008 and what he wanted and expected over the next 10 to 12 years, has been achieved,” Al-Mubarak added. “And as we look at the next 10 years, his vision of what he hopes to achieve, I believe we are well positioned to achieve that.”

Manchester City started the 2020-21 campaign without fans and in relatively poor form, and had lost the league title to Liverpool the previous season, which for Al-Mubarak made it far more challenging one than previous years.

“It was a hybrid of two seasons because we were in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League in August, and we had no break,” he said. “There was a short period with almost no pre-season. You come back and start the news season, still in the midst of the Covid period. I remember very clearly, the Lyon loss gave us a big missing feeling. Losing the Premier League to Liverpool, in the way we lost it, then losing the Champions League, we needed to be mentally very strong to recover and come back.”

“Even at the lowest point I had no doubts that we would get it right.”

This summer club legend Sergio Aguero is leaving the Etihad for Barcelona and City’s chairman is already planning to strengthen the squad ahead of next season.

“We need to constantly bring in talent, refresh and particularly when you are at a high level, at the top,” Al-Mubarak said. “Having won the league it’s not the time to sit back and be content, that would be a big mistake. This is the time to send a message that you’re committed and bring in talent, not just for the squad but for the starting 11. We lose a legend in Sergio Aguero. Very big shoes to fill but I’m confident we will find the right player, and there are other areas of the team which need investment. Not too many, it’s not about numbers, it’s about quality.”

One thing City’s management has never wavered from is their full support for Guardiola, who has now been longer at the Etihad than at any of his other previous clubs.

“His record here, seeing his work ethic and his passion, you can’t not be confident,” said Al-Mubarak. “Another thing to note with Pep is the humanity that comes with him. He’s a very special human being. I knew he was in a tough spot, at a low point, probably back in November before he signed his contract, and I look back at our meeting when we sat together, had long discussions and really had a refresh, a realignment. I saw a man that was so disappointed, in his mind, for not delivering what he felt he needed to deliver for this club, a man who had so much hunger but felt he’d let us down.

“But he hadn’t, and that’s what I needed to make clear to him. I told Sheikh Mansoor I felt we would win the league, and I said I thought we would go far in the Champions League. I didn’t know if we were going to win it, but I thought we would go far.”

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Leonardo Jardim looks to recreate Monaco-style success after taking over at Al-Hilal 

LONDON: Al-Hilal fans have had a bewildering few months.

The Riyadh giants celebrated Saudi Pro League title number 17 just last week and on Tuesday appointed their fourth coach in less than four months.

In February Razvan Lucescu was dismissed after 18 months in the job and the Romanian was replaced by Rogerio Micale.

The Brazilian led the Riyadh giants through the group stage of the AFC Champions League – just – but was replaced by Jose Morais at the start of May.

A month later and there is a new man, also Portuguese, at the helm.

Leonardo Jardim has the most impressive CV out of all of them.

He will need all of his experience as he prepares to occupy one of the hottest seats in the world of football, but if he can get comfortable then this could be an interesting appointment. 

The 46-year-old, who has been handed a one-year contract with the option of an extension for a further 12 months, had been linked with a number of jobs in Europe since leaving Monaco in December 2019.

The reasons are clear as his first spell in charge of the French club was seriously impressive.

After stints in charge of Braga, Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon, he was appointed to take over at Monaco in the summer of 2014 with the club a shadow of the one that had won the French league in 2000 and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League four years later.

Despite selling influential players such as Rademal Falcao and James Rodriguez, Jardim steered Monaco to third and the quarter-finals of the Champions League in his first season.

And he won the Ligue 1 title in 2017, the first in 17 years, playing exciting football with a new group of exciting players such as Kylian Mbappe.

No doubt that this has been noted by the powers that be in Riyadh.

Here is a coach who has won major trophies in Europe and competed at the top table – but it is not just about results.

Jardim’s record in the transfer market was impressive and that bodes well as the team looks to build ahead for next season as well as the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League that are scheduled to start in September. 

Some of Hilal’s foreign contingent such as Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, Luciano Vietto of Argentina, Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco, Gustavo Cuellar of Colombia and French goal machine Bafetimbi Gomis will leave.

With Jardim’s contacts and past deal-making abilities, he has a lot to contribute in this area. 

It is not just about buying and selling players, however.

In Monaco, the coach demonstrated that he could get the most out of the players he had.

If he is afforded time, Jardim should be able to improve the existing squad and help take the players, especially the local stars, to the next level.

That would also be a major benefit for the national team and would surely be appreciated by Saudi Arabia boss Herve Renard.

Jardim played a big part in the development of Mbappe, giving the forward a debut at the age of 16, though the boss always knew he was going to lose the young star for big money to a mega club sooner rather than later.

Other talents such as Thomas Lemar of Atletico Madrid and Manchester City duo Bernando Silva and Benjamin Mendy thrived under the Venezuelan-born boss. 

At Monaco he was able to adapt his style to the players.

At the start of his first tenure, some of the football was functional and reactive but over time, as new talent such as Mbappe came in, Jardim was able to switch and Monaco became a thrilling team to watch.

In that 2016-17 title-winning season, no team in any of Europe’s big five leagues outscored the French champions. 

As it tends to do, unlikely and spectacular success attracts attention from richer clubs and after Monaco lost a number of their stars to bigger clubs, the results suffered.

Jardim may have been fired and out of work but if he had continued with such success then he would be now coaching at the top of La Liga or the English Premier League.

All in all, Jardim is a promising appointment: he is a coach who has helped develop some of the best players in the world, knows the transfer market, is tactically flexible and can also build a team if given time.

The Ligue 1 manager of the year in 2017 is coming into a club that has just won a second successive championship, and while the pressure and expectations are at a high level, so is the talent and the resources,

The most precious resource is time however.

Al-Hilal are going through a period of success but if the club and Jardim can work well together then they may be able to move to the next — and exciting — level.

 

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