Toe Poke Daily: Spurs deal with the heat of Madrid; Juve fans sign Conte petition
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The Champions League final is just around the corner and there have been some great preparations from Liverpool and Tottenham so far. In the heat of Madrid, Tottenham players found a unique way to cool off.
The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, had some advice about managing in the heat. Which was pounced upon for reasons that only tactical guru Jonathan Wilson could see.
Why would you lay it out like that and then not do the numbers properly (1 - 2 5 6 3 - 7 4 8 11 - 9 10)? https://t.co/9dim1USs9X— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) May 30, 2019
Meanwhile, having scored the decisive goal that catapulted Tottenham into the Champions League final, you'd think that Lucas Moura would be in a position to command as many tickets as he wants.
Not so, with the Spurs winger lamenting the fact that he hasn't been able to land enough final tickets to fly all of his extended family from Brazil to Madrid. He didn't even get anywhere by asking fellow countrymen Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, despite them being on the other side.
"I need a lot of tickets as I want to bring all my family and friends from Brazil and all the people important in my career," Moura told the Daily Mail. "I need 40 tickets and I have only 24. But at Liverpool they have the same allocation as us so they couldn't help me."
Of course it's more than just a game of football for some. And it's nice to see these folks got tickets.
And one of the teams will be walking away with this. Well, not this exactly... this would require a crane and an ocean liner to get it back home!
Juve fans sign Conte petition
Antonio Conte has been appointed as Inter Milan's new head coach, though the news hasn't gone down well with fans of his former club. Indeed, almost 7,500 irked Juventus fans have signed a petition demanding that the Bianconeri to remove Conte's star from the "Walk of Fame" outside their stadium in Turin.
The petition page scolds Conte for making an "unprofessional" decision that will create an "indelible divide" between himself and Juve fans. He is also accused of "trampling on his dignity" in order to join Inter -- a club who have "attempted to destroy" Juve in the past.
Conte made 400 appearances for Juve as a player, winning five Serie A titles and the Champions League before returning as manager and adding three more Scudettos to his trophy haul in the space of three seasons.
Inter are certainly happy with the capture and even more happy that the results of a TV show's prediction over which club he would join turned out to be wrong. Bayern was the choice in the hidden envelope.
Worth watching ... if only for the atrocious acting.
Pictures emerge of Neymar at Real Madrid
Relax PSG fans... While it's fairly well known that Neymar underwent a trial at Real Madrid before signing for rivals Barcelona, images from that time are notably scarce -- or at least they were.
Aged 13, the Santos prodigy was invited to Real's training base with a view to him becoming part of the club's youth team for the 2005-06 season.
According to MARCA, a new documentary features previously unpublished photos and footage of Neymar's brief dalliance with Los Blancos, specifically his aforementioned tour of Valdebebas.
Las fotos inéditas de Neymar en su prueba con el Real Madrid y el apartamento por el que su padre prefirió seguir en el Santos https://t.co/0Ml2RX74ZC— MARCA (@marca) May 30, 2019
Neymar can also be seen being shown around the Bernabeu stadium, venturing inside the hallowed dressing room where he posed in front of the lockers belonging to four Brazilian internationals: Julio Baptista, Ronaldo Nazario, Robinho and Cicinho.
The deal eventually fell through, with the Brazilian teenager instead deciding to remain at boyhood club Santos until 2013, when he made the move to Europe by signing for Barca in a deal initially worth around €57m. The rest, as they say, is history.
Another star with a footballing dad
Meanwhile, you would have seen Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland bagged a record nine goals for his team in a runaway 12-0 victory over Honduras at the U20 World Cup in Poland on Thursday.
But you may not know that the 18-year-old is the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland. What other famous dads have sons playing the same game? See how many you can get.