Red Bull have revealed the car they hope will end Mercedes’ F1 dominance as they target the 2020 title. The RB16 was launched on social media, but Red Bull became the first team to hit the track in their new-for-2020 car later on Wednesday as Max Verstappen was let loose at Silverstone.
Deontay Wilder has threatened that Tyson Fury will have “blood in his face” and will need to be rescued in their world heavyweight championship rematch. WBC champion Wilder explained his plans to re-open the cut that Fury sustained in his previous fight against Otto Wallin when they meet on February 22 in Las Vegas. Wilder said about Fury’s bloody win over Wallin: “I feel like the fight should have been stopped, with a cut so wide and deep. But I understand he had a major fight with me coming up. He was saved because of the fight that is happening right now. “I’ll be exploring the things that Wallin did. I look forward to recutting open his eye.
Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and a £38m deal is likely to be completed in days. Ziyech was one of Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard’s top targets in January but Ajax insisted on keeping him until the summer.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. Yobo will replace Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew of the senior men’s national team. He played for the Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles – during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999. The attack-minded defender won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001 and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014. He also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals – 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.
Philippe Coutinho is not surprised by Liverpool’s success in the Premier League this season but does not have any regrets over his decision to leave the club. Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, joined the Spanish giants in January 2018 for £146m. While the Brazilian struggled to hold down a regular spot at the Camp Nou, Liverpool re-invested the money they received for him to sign defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Allisson.
Mauricio Pochettino admits he would love to return to the world of Premier League management. The 47-year-old currently has the relaxed air about him of a man who has spent almost three months away from the intensity of his chosen profession, detaching himself completely from football. But it is clear the ambition to return to the sport, specifically in England, burns brightly inside him. Pochettino cut a relaxed and convivial figure during an hour-long chat with Sky Sports’ Natalie Pinkham for the In The Pink podcast, but his eyes notably sparkled when talk of a potential return to English football came up. He has enough integrity to never mention the names of the clubs which have been consistently linked with his services, especially those with managers already in post.