Juan Mata's tapas: Why Zlatan is a sirloin steak

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Juan Mata takes CNN Sport to his restaurant Tapeo & Wine, where he guides them through his favourite tapas dishes, comparing them to his fellow players.

From tasty tapas to sublime seafood, Spanish cuisine suits all tastes, but if he could describe himself as a dish from his native Spain, Mata would opt for the humble tortilla.

In the video, the 29-year-old compares teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to chargrilled sirloin steak (lomo de buey) because he is “aged, classic, very powerful and strong … very experienced, a very successful player, lots of character and a lot of passion for everything he does.”

He suggests Michael Carrick would be ham croquettes (croquetas de jamon).
"We are speaking here about a player that is liked by everyone," says Mata.



He also compares the dish potatas bravas (brave potatoes) to Ander Herrera.

“Spicy, right?” says Mata. “Ander Herrera is very funny, always joking and pranking everyone so probably him. Obviously, he’s Spanish and he’s a bit spicy sometimes the way he plays so he will fit.”


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Newspaper round-up after Manchester United are crowned Europa League champions

Sport360 staff 25/05/2017

Manchester United secured Champions League football for next season after crushing Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The victory came amid the backdrop of swirling emotions following the attacks in Manchester with football a mechanism in helping to unite the city.

Here, we take a look at how the British media assessed the European success for Jose Mourinho's side.

THE MIRROR

He knew the importance of an unimportant match. It might have been a different Mourinho but it was a familiar Mourinho team. Each and every one knew what they were meant to be doing, each and every one did it to the letter of their manager’s law. They performed with the physical and mental commitment you would expect, swollen by the circumstances. A very poignant piece penned by Andy Dunn

THE GUARDIAN

It culminated with Wayne Rooney running on as a last-minute substitute so he was in place to lift the trophy that had come their way because of the goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. If this was Rooney’s goodbye it was a nice way to go and none of those players cavorting about the pitch will care that Bosz called it a “boring game”. Mourinho made his own point. “There are many poets in football,” he said. “But poets – they don’t win many titles.” Daniel Taylor on the possibility of Wayne Rooney's exit

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

When the stadium managers, who showed great empathy, confused the crowd by calling for a minute’s silence after the audience had already tried to observe one, the United end boomed with chants of “Manchester, Manchester”. People punched the air and jumped as they sang. You could see the emotion bursting out of spectators shouting not for their team so much as their violated city. A long red banner rippled up the tiers: “Manchester – a City United - prayformanchester”. Paul Hayward says United honoured a promise to their community with victory.

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Paul Pogba leads player tributes to victims of Manchester terror attack after Europa League triumph

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Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United’s Europa League triumph in Stockholm to the victims of Manchester terror attack.

A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

Two days later one of the English city’s two Premier League clubs beat Ajax 2-0 to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time, and after full-time

French midfielder Pogba paid tribute to those who had lost their lives.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too. We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country.

“We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died.”

Referring to the cup win, which earns United a place in the Champions League next season, Pogba, who opened the scoring before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead, added: “We knew we were going to play in the Europa League and the goal was to win the Europa League.

“We did it, so we’re very proud. Some say we had a bad season but the prize is here. We worked hard and we’ll enjoy it now.”

Mkhitaryan was happy to fulfil his colleagues’ prophecies after helping the Red Devils reach the Stockholm showpiece with five European goals this term.

The Armenian said: “Thank you to my team-mates because without them I couldn’t score so many goals. I’m happy that I scored here today in the final because everyone was saying, ‘You’re going to score in the final’ and after the last game against Celta Vigo I was dreaming about scoring in the final and I did.

“We were fighting in two races: the Premier League and the Europa League. In the Premier League we couldn’t hit the target to go to the Champions League but tonight we gave all our effort and now we’re playing in the Champions League.”

Juan Mata added: “It’s massive for us. We came here with one option – to win the trophy that the club had never won and we did it so we are happy.

“It was a great final and my first European final with United, hopefully the first of many.

“Especially after what happened (in Manchester) we wanted to win this and we’ll bring the trophy back.

“It was a very difficult week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. This trophy is for them.”

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