Jardine: “Reinier has everything to mark an era”

first_imgAndré Jardine (Porto Alegre, 1979), Olympic coach, he played with Reinier (18 years) for the Pre-Olympic in which the U23 of Brazil has just won the ticket for Tokyo 2020. The coach included him on his list almost by surprise, being the youngest in the age of the call, and the bet has been beneficial for all parties. This is expressed by the coach himself, when talking about the Madrid signing and the Games, in AS. 19 Did you expect such a quick adaptation of Reinier?I was very impressed in the first week of training, for his behavior, his talent and how he manages to show all his qualities. He was the youngest and has not been noticed, has managed to help.While closing the signing for Madrid, did he see him calm, nervous, happy …?Very calm and very happy because at the same time he managed to be in the National Team and live an individually important moment, go to a team the size of Madrid. He is living a dream. I expect great moments from him in Spain as I expected with Brazil.How do you describe him?Little by little I got to know him. He has a great talent and at the same time a lot of ability to work in a team. Its qualities are out of the ordinary. It will do well.What have you worked with him?We have focused on finding more and more spaces and feeling more important. I have talked a lot with him. He told me that he likes that middle function on the left, approaching a lot to 9, working hard, going to contribute to the construction of the plays and also having the possibility of being a second attacker, as in Flamengo. It is important to understand how you like to play to get the best out of it.center_img Where do you play best for you?It’s a classic 10, it must be close to the goal because of that great definition potential. He makes goals, joins the attack with danger and last pass.Have you been treated more carefully than usual?Yes, especially in the physical part. His maturity in that was less than that of his companions due to an age issue.And how has your attitude been?That of a very good boy, simple, relates to everyone. He tuned in quickly with the group. It has ease to adapt.What rating do you make of your Pre-Olympic tournament?It has been important, he knew how to wait patiently for his opportunities and was very important in the decisive game, fulfilling a difficult defensive tactical function and giving creativity and personality in attack.What player does it look like?It is difficult to find the right comparison, its characteristics are very special. He has everything to mark an era and be a decisive player.When did you see him play for the first time?In a semifinal of the Brazilian Cup U17. I was in the technical commission of the first team of Sao Paulo and played our quarry with Flamengo. They won and Reinier stood out a lot. He gave a goal and an assist, and already showed the talent he had. I remember very clearly his performance, I was very impressed.Have you missed the Real Madrid players in the Pre-Olympic Championship?We knew that it was very difficult to have them for the policy that Madrid always made clear. We understand it because the greatness of the club ends up beating the teams.Count on them for the Games …True. It will depend on the moment they go through. Rodrygo, Vinicius and Militao, and now Reinier, are important if they can come.How many would you ‘settle for’ for Japan?Hard to say a figure. The four of them. There are also others who stayed outside the Pre-Olympic and must be taken into account: Neres, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison …last_img read more

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Scouts with nothing to browse

first_imgMadrid is providing the COVID-19 stoppage to regional scouts with alternative tasks to take advantage of their knowledge. One tool is WyScout, a powerful software with a lot of material from other European Leagues more difficult to follow (Holland, Greece, Turkey …), searching for specific player profiles. Also they analyze the vast catalog of videos of the white club, especially on RMTV, which records a minimum of five games from the lower categories every day in Valdebebas. This is also done, for example, by Valencia. The scouts who work outside the Valencian Community have been sent the videos of the Ches youth squads to give their opinion. A kind of impromptu audit. “The club traditionally tries have homework done by the end of December, there is already transfers signed and they have been done tests interesting players in Valdebebas during the winter, but you should always be on the lookout for the end of the season, ”a scout from the white team tells AS. A job, yours, poorly paid (the majority cannot dedicate themselves to it full time) and that some have made compatible with tasks that range from from being public officials to goalkeeping coaches. More than economically, that also, uncertainty is the future. “The club reassures us, but it is impossible to know what will happen, this season is lost ”. The only ones who really have their job secured are the high-ranking officials of the quarry. Ramón Martínez, the head of the Factory, David Fernandez, Recruitment Coordinator and strong man since 2017 when he joined Espanyol, Alfredo Merino (head of scouts) and some managers of weight zone, such as the former soccer player Mutt Solarium (head of the downtown area). It is a long-suffering profession, that of the foot-scout. For the number of recommendations that remain on the road and for the day to day. “I would go out at eight in the morning on Saturday and have breakfast in a field before a game, I would watch games and sometimes I had to eat a snack in a bar in the sports hall itself so as not to miss a game first thing in the afternoon… on Sunday the same and so every weekend, it started in Tarragona and ended in Girona ”, explains Manolo Romero, a veteran Madrid exojeador for two decades in Catalonia. Your stubbornness was the one that took Mariano to Valdebebas against the initial reluctance of the entity, which really went to Barcelona to see another promise, Sergio Cortés. A scout of the notebook, pen in hand and a lot of smell. Easter has always been a hotbed of championships de grassroots. A fishing ground in which the scouts of the great clubs, including the Real Madrid, take the opportunity to make reports, discover kids and be aware of what new talent pops up. A section that coincides with the end of the season, a fertile time in quarry movements that this year will not be. COVID-19 has paralyzed everything and its effects have left an essential part of Factory, the scouts. David Fernández is the coordinator of scouts for Real Madrid. The club signed him from Espanyol in 2017. Ramón Martínez, boss of La Fábrica blanca, and Juni Calafat, the strong man in the club’s signings.JAVIER GANDUL Distributed by the four cardinal points …They are also placed in constant rotation. Strong men left in important regions, such as Arkaitz Mota (left Madrid for the Qatari Aspire academy) in the Basque Country and Carlos Paniza, an institution in the Balearic Islands and discoverer of Marco Asensio, who left for Mallorca. They are supported by Madrid, yes, very veteran as Antonio Galán, a huge connoisseur of Andalusian football and especially of Cordoba, and Sixto Alfonso, attentive to the always prolific Canarian quarry (he discovered Jesé). There are spies at the four cardinal points. The Galician quarry controls it Pablo Fernández and the Asturian, despite being dominated by Sporting and Oviedo, watches closely Juan Carlos Rodríguez ‘Sardín’. In the downtown area, under Solana’s command, reports pass Mario Followed and the former soccer player of the entity Santi Aragon…They are on the ground, become the first link in the chain (they are the ones that alert the club before Merino travels to see the possible signing) and although now, because of the stoppage of all national grassroots football, they cannot browse talent, they are an essential piece for Real Madrid and Factory. Manolo Romero thinks so: “Today there are computer applications with a lot of data and the agents carry a lot of weight, but in the end the talent … the talent is seen by two eyes“last_img read more

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Refreshed Murray ready for 2018 assault

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino fighter notified of potential anti-doping infraction in UFC fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Andy Murray of Great Britain takes part in a tennis practice session in Abu Dhabi prior to heading to compete in the Australian Open in January, on December 29, 2017, on the sidelines of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTFormer world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury.Murray, who is in Queensland for the season-opening Brisbane International, has not played on the ATP tour since losing a tough five-setter to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson He said despite some lingering problems with his hip, his body was feeling much better than at the same stage last year.“I don’t feel like there’s many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.”Murray admitted he wasn’t heading into this tournament or the Australian Open with great expectations. MOST READ “Just because I’ve not played for such a long time,” he said.“And also I just want to enjoy playing again. I’ve really missed it the last six months or so.“I don’t mind if it’s 30 in the world level. I would love it to be number one in the world level, but I just want to play.”Murray spent 41 weeks at number one, losing that ranking in August during his injury-enforced absence.He is now ranked 16th in the world and said he had adjusted his schedule to play less in 2018 in a bid to avoid further injury.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With Rafael Nadal (knee) and Novak Djokovic (elbow) in doubt for the Australian Open, the 30-year-old Scot said other players should follow his example.“Certainly, when you miss a period, you realise how lucky you are to be doing this as a job,” he said.“Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I’ll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing.“For tennis as a sport, it’s not good when so many of the top players are injured and for extended periods,” he added.“I certainly think it’s something that should be looked at and to understand why, what the reason for that is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Ebola “Fight Requires A Commitment From Every Nation That Has The Capacity To Help”

first_imgDear World,In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments. There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright. Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed. The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster. But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away. This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need. From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence. The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”Yours sincerely,Ellen Johnson SirleafShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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France gives W Cup winners a heroes’ welcome

first_img0Shares0000An air force flyover accompanied France’s victorious World Cup team as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUPARIS, France, Jul 16 – The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols.After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the nation’s imagination. The footballers did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with “World Champions” emblazoned on its side.Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the Champs-Elysee parade route, which was secured with a heavy police presence © AFP / Bertrand GUAY“Wow, it was completely crazy! They are too beautiful, France is beautiful!” said Julia Cohen, 28, after seeing players pass by on the Champs-Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations.The parade was under heavy police guard, with 2,000 officers deployed in the capital to ensure the safety of the estimated 300,000 people who turned up.Above the partying crowds, nine jets from the Patrouille de France, the air force’s acrobatic unit, did an honorary flyover trailing blue, white and red smoke.– ‘Allez les Bleus!’ –President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with the victorious French side © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREAfter leaving the Champs-Elysees, the players changed into custom-made blue suits before being welcomed at the Elysee Palace by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, who were also decked out in blue for the occasion.Macron has already promised the Legion of Honour for the victors’ “exceptional services” to the country, an award given to the legendary team that won France’s first World Cup title in 1998.The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting.“Thanks to you all!” Macron told the team after gathering again outside. “This team is beautiful because you are united!”Brigitte Macron and midfielder Paul Pogba hold the World Cup trophy at the Elysee Palace © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREMidfielder Paul Pogba, despite his voice nearly failing him, then proved himself a showman off the pitch as well as on by leading the guests in an impromptu celebratory rap punctuated by “Allez les Bleus!”“It’s true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We’re going to crush them all!” he said.– ‘Thank you!’ –Nearly 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe.Some of the children even got to touch the famed trophy, which captain Hugo Lloris handed around.France’s 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe gestures from the balcony of the Elysee Palace during an official reception on Monday © POOL/AFP / LUDOVIC MARINThe guests were also treated to the beats of DJ Snake, who has worked with pop stars including Lady Gaga and is part of the Pardon My French collective of French DJs.Mbappe, who applied the coup de grace in the final to cement his place as a new global superstar at just 19, said he achieved what he had set out to do — win the World Cup.“We are proud to make the French happy,” he told French channel TF1.Striker Antoine Griezmann said: “Frankly, personally, it’s not real yet. This cup weighs a lot.”“We are trying to give a good image for France, for French players. I hope that lots of young people will have seen this match and do the same,” he added.Now, “the players are on holiday,” Philippe Tournon, head of press for the team, told AFP.Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols © POOL/AFP / Eric FEFERBERGMacron had already celebrated with the team on Sunday — even doing “dab” dance moves with players in a video that has gone viral — after attending the final in Moscow.Some analysts believe the 40-year-old centrist will benefit from the feel-good factor sweeping France, with Macron able to show a common touch after months of criticism from his opponents that he is distant and elitist.Commentators have also focused on the outpouring of patriotism and sense of national unity created by the multi-ethnic French team, many of whose stars including Pogba and Mbappe hail from deprived and often overlooked suburbs of Paris.– Disappointed fans –The French players were given a heroes’ welcome as they displayed the golden World Cup trophy © AFP / Lucas BARIOULETMacron will be relieved that joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across the country on Sunday night passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed nearly 250 lives.Some fans outside the luxury Hotel de Crillon were however disappointed after a lengthy wait to see the team, and vented their frustration on police.Bottles were thrown, people shouted and booed angrily, before police finally broke up the crowd and forced them to disperse.Overall, some 292 people were arrested nationwide with 31 people, including eight minors, having their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.jw-gj-adp-js/dl/je/ceb/amz0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I need to play’ — Bale hints at Real exit after UCL heroics

first_imgIt was an incredible contribution from Bale, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes when he launched into his brilliant acrobatic effort.The 28-year-old, who also scored in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, has now won four Champions League crowns since moving to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013.But Bale has endured a difficult season marred by regular spells on the bench as he struggled to convince Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to give him a starting place.Amid talk of a potential close-season move to Manchester United, Bale was asked if there was a chance he could return to the Premier League in the coming months.His answer expressed his frustration with Zidane and will be seen as a clear come-and-get-me plea to England’s biggest clubs.“Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions,” Bale told BT Sport.“The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did.“I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season.“I had an injury five, six weeks in but I’ve been fit ever since.“I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”Bale’s majestic contribution underlined the quality he can bring to a team willing to pay Madrid’s asking price.The substitute said the goal was the best of his career.“It has to be the best goal. In a Champions League final, there is no bigger stage. I am just happy to get the win,” he said.“It is a team game but when you are a substitute, it is a game of more than 11 players. I made an impact.”After flopping in La Liga, Madrid have salvaged their season in style, clinching a third successive Champions League title — the club’s 13th in their illustrious history.“We know what we have achieved and how good we have been. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League. It turns out to be a great season,” Bale added.“We let everyone else speak. We know how hungry we are in the changing room, how prepared and motivated we are.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Match-winner Bale holds the Champions League trophy aloft following his heroics in Ukraine against Liverpool. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 27 – Gareth Bale hinted he will consider leaving Real Madrid after the Wales star inspired their 3-1 Champions League triumph over Liverpool with one of the greatest goals ever scored in the final.Bale blasted an astonishing overhead kick to put Real ahead in the 64th minute and sealed the silverware with his second goal — a long-range effort in the closing moments that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius dropped into his own net.last_img read more

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Exclusive – EVERYONE at Arsenal believes in Wenger, insists Gunners star

first_img 6 Arsene Wenger So you were overexcited?“I wanted to do something extra, but this usually goes wrong. You shouldn’t do things that are extra; you should do things the precise way and not try to do something you don’t have to. You learn in every moment, even at 33. And, in a way, you surprise yourself because this has never happened to me before. I’m always good at keeping myself focused on doing what I need to do.”Did you look at any of the social media reaction afterwards?“My wife showed me that Superman-style picture floating around the internet. This is part of the game. When something like that happens, people take the opportunity to make a bit of fun. The way I see it is: they don’t get a chance to do that the whole year, so the first time they have it, they have to use it. For the rest of the season they might not get a chance.”Having spent 11 years at Chelsea, were you apprehensive about starting afresh? “Last year I realised that the club [Chelsea] had sort of turned the page from me. I knew the manager had made his choice and that this was not for me at this point of my career. If I was new to the club or I had been there two or three years, then you might think: ‘Okay, let’s fight for my place and see what the outcome will be.’ But at my age and after all I’ve done it was like a chapter closing. Sometimes you have to think about yourself, and this was the best thing for me. At 33, I don’t want to just give things time, just to wait and see. So, after all I’d done at Chelsea, I felt it was the right time to move on.” You have said before that meeting Arsene Wenger convinced you Arsenal was the right club. Why?“He introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after. I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. With Arsenal, that all came together.”Does his longevity at the club give him anything different to other managers?“In football everything changes fast, so you need to have a clear vision and support from people at the club. Obviously the board and everyone at Arsenal believe in the manager – that’s why he’s still here. It’s not just for the way you are – it must be for the way you work, too. The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes. So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.” At this stage of your career, can you see the positive side of being rested?“Obviously you would prefer to play every game, but football is a team game and sometimes the manager needs to spread it on every player, so he [Wenger] made a decision last night to play David. Every manager wants to win every game, so you pick your team the way that you believe makes the team ready to win. That didn’t happen [against Olympiakos], but we all win together and we all lose together. This is the nature of football and we have to get on with it.”David Ospina was slammed for his mistake. Have you developed a way of coping with the aftermath of games like that?“You have a good game and you are the best in the world. You have a bad game and you are the worst, so it’s better not to read anything. The fact is you made a mistake. The reason why you are where you are is the way you prepare, the way you work and the way you approach your job. I believe if you are 100 per cent prepared and concentrated and in a game everything goes wrong, then at least you know you’ve done everything possible to make this a successful game. If you don’t prepare 100 per cent and something bad happens, then you have your regrets and you feel much worse about it. I try to avoid these feelings.”Your first league game at the Emirates against West Ham was one of those days when everything went wrong. Do you attribute that to early-season jitters?“It was just a coincidence, in a way. We were all raring to go and then the first half was really slow. There was a bit of a lack of rhythm and you think: ‘Let’s put a bit of energy in here.’ So when that ball came [a free-kick by West Ham’s Dimitri Payet], I was thinking: ‘Let’s go and get the ball and make something happen.’ A fast counter-attack, or whatever. And this was where the mistake came, because there was no way I could have got this ball.” This interview appears in the current edition of sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIt’s the day after the night before at Arsenal’s training ground. Some 24 hours earlier, the team was preparing for a Champions League home tie against Olympiakos that many believed would give them their first points of the competition. Instead, Arsenal are reeling from a defeat that puts them on the verge of their earliest exit since 1999.“It was a game we had to win,” says Petr Cech, the Gunners’ goalkeeper. “So obviously you can still see the disappointment around the squad today.”The former Chelsea man’s non-inclusion was the hottest topic of conversation among fans and pundits during the 24 hours that followed the Olympiakos defeat. Arsene Wenger instead decided to play his number two, David Ospina, in goal against the Greek champions. If it was a tricky selection to explain before kick-off, it was almost impossible after Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat.Ospina’s calamitous error gifted Olympiakos a goal that put them 2-1 up at half-time. It also ensured the post-match spotlight shone on the futility of leaving Arsenal’s best shot-stopper on the bench. Wenger was in no mood to explain the Photography by James Eckersley thinking behind his decision – and when we ask Cech about it in the cold light of day, he keeps his counsel too. He and your old boss Jose Mourinho have had their differences. Do you see any similarities between them?“The similarity is that everybody wants to win. If you ask Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger if they want to win everything: yes they do. You can see they don’t like losing games, and I think this is something you need to have in you if you want to be successful.”Is that similarity a reason why they clash?“It’s more a question for them. But, yes, sometimes two pluses doesn’t make a plus.”You have won everything in club football. What do Arsenal need to do to go from finishing third and fourth to winning titles?“We need to be more consistent in the way we put a run together, and avoid the games where you switch off. I think that’s the only thing, because in terms of the quality of the team and the motivation of everyone, you can see that we can compete with everybody. But we need to make sure that every game we are 100 per cent consistent and focused. Sometimes this is the hardest part.”You’ve been at a club that found a winning consistency. What’s the secret?“You need to make sure you do the basics right in every game. That gives you the platform to build on – and then, if you don’t have a particularly great day, you can make sure you still get the maximum out of it. At Chelsea we had games where we knew it was not going our way, but we managed to get the most out of it, which was a great skill to have. Sometimes you need to stick to the basics and forget about playing the way you want when it’s not going your way. It’s about adapting to the situation better. As I said before, if you go too much with the emotion, you can be punished. I think that’s what happened to us against Olympiakos, with that third goal.” 6 6 In fact, during the hour we spend with the 33-year-old, when he speaks as freely and honestly as a Premier League footballer possibly can, this is the only time he keeps an obvious leash on his words:“The manager has the choice between players and keepers, and he decided to go with David. You have to respect the manager’s choice.”It’s the kind of answer one expects from a player who has been the consummate pro since he arrived in England from French side Rennes in 2004. Fortunately, there are plenty of other issues on which Cech is willing to let loose, revealing much about the man on whom Wenger spent £10m this summer. It would appear to be a smart gamble, with Arsenal second in the table after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Manchester United. That result meant Cech moved a step closer to matching the Premier League clean sheets record: he is now on 166, by his own analysis, with David James’ mark of 170 now within touching distance.You watched the Olympiakos game from the bench. How do you analyse the defeat?“We started well. We created two chances early on and you think: ‘Okay, we have the right intensity to win the game.’ But then the rhythm of the game slowed. They took time before playing on after any foul or set-play and there was a period where the game went too slow, which suited them. In the second half we put more pressure on them and equalised, but the killer blow was the third goal. We were back in the game with 20 minutes to win, but we gave them a chance to get the third and that’s when the game turned against us. You can’t afford to give your opponents in the Champions League a lead like that.”How can Arsenal ensure that games like that don’t continue to thwart their challenge for trophies this season?“You need to get away from the emotions and make sure you play the game in a practical way. We went with the emotion after coming back to 2-2, and we lost because of that. Sometimes you need to be more practical. You have to make sure you don’t give your opponent any easy options and that you are focused and concentrated every minute of the game. This is where we need to control the emotions better.” 6 There has been a lot of head-scratching over the struggles of English clubs in Europe. Do you have a view on it?“I know from my own experience why. If you look at the game against Olympiakos, the only time they looked like they couldn’t cope was when we played at full intensity. In the European game, there is not the same rhythm, even down to the way the referee blows the whistle more often than in the league and how everybody is kind of cheating with the time. The English teams are so used to playing end-to-end stuff that, when the game slows down, everyone gets frustrated. We always had a problem with the Italians [at Chelsea] because they made us almost fall asleep with the way they walk around. You think: ‘Oh, the game is easy,’ and suddenly you are 3-0 down because you fall into this trap.”Should teams be prepared better for that?“We need to be more cautious in European games because every week English teams get caught. We need a change in mentality to make that switch between Premier League and European games. You know it’s going to be more tactical and slower. So you need to make sure that, even if the game goes really slow, you pick up your own intensity. It’s the only way. The other factor is that we spend so much energy on every game in the Premier League that sometimes the teams you play prepare better because they can afford to rest players [in the league]. You can’t do that here. If you want to win it, you have to play every game 100 per cent – no matter what.” 6 6last_img read more

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Pochettino to be offered record new deal to stay at White Hart Lane

first_img1 Tottenham are ready to break the bank to keep manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine signed a five-year contract when he moved to White Hart Lane from Southampton in May 2014, but chairman Daniel Levy is ready to tear up that deal and offer the 44-year-old bumper new terms.The Daily Mail is reporting Pochettino will be handed a fresh five-year agreement worth £5.5million a year, with lucrative performance-related bonuses also included.The former Espanyol boss has been a revelation since moving to England in January 2013 when he replaced Nigel Adkins at St Mary’s, and is now one of the most highly-rated young managers in Europe.He has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months and Tottenham are determined to keep the man who has masterminded their Premier League title challenge this season.It is understood the offer was made to Pochettino during talks with Levy in the recent international break. Spurs are now awaiting an answer from the South American, but are confident an agreement will be reached for him to extend his stay in north London. Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

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first_imgPearls and Lace, Donegal’s Newest Bridal Boutique has won ‘Best Newcomer’ in the Wedding Journal Awards. The Wedding Journal Reader Awards are firmly established as the leading awards for the wedding industry. Over 170 of Ireland’s finest wedding businesses and suppliers attended the Wedding Journal Reader Awards Gala Dinner in the Gibson Hotel Dublin on 27th May to discover who the readers of Wedding Journal had voted the best in their class! The owner, Carole Boyd told Donegal Daily, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have won such a prestigous award, especially so soon after opening.“We hadn’t expected to win, so hearing our name called at the awards ceremony was just fantastic and we’ve been overwhelmed since with the good wishes of our customers and the locality.It’s been a fantastic acheivement for us’. A spokesperson for The Wedding Journal said, ‘The standard of bridal businesses increases year on year and we at Wedding Journal are always blown away by the calibre of products and services being offered to couples across the country’.Carole concluded, ‘We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to our brides, our team and our friends and family who have helped make this happen’.Pearls and Lace Bridal Boutique which is located just outside Donegal Town, opened just before Christmas 2014.The boutique which specialises in wedding dresses, bridesmaids and a huge selection of Bridal Accessories has become a must visit for brides to be on their wedding planning journey!For more information and updates visit their website www.pearlsandlace.ie, follow them on facebook, give the girls a call on 074 97 23341 or pop into the store!DONEGAL BRIDAL BOUTIQUE WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


DONE DEAL! Burnley land Leeds defender on four-year contract

first_img Charlie Taylor [right] in action for Leeds United 1 Charlie Taylor has left Leeds United to join Burnley on a four-year deal.The left-back, who came through the youth ranks at Elland Road, was out of contract with the Championship club after turning down the offer of a new deal.As he is 23, Burnley will be required to pay Leeds a compensation fee.Taylor handed in a transfer request last summer soon after opting not to take up the offer of a new deal and made clear his intention to quit the club when he refused to play in Leeds’ final game of the season at Wigan. He was later fined two weeks’ wages.He was widely expected to join West Brom this summer after manager Tony Pulis publicly declared his pursuit of the player, but it is understood neither club could agree on a valuation.Taylor progressed through Leeds’ academy and after making his full debut aged 18 in September 2011 went on to make over 100 first-team appearances.He also had loan spells at Bradford, York, Inverness and Fleetwood and made two appearances for England Under-19s.Taylor said the opportunity to play Premier League football was too strong a temptation as he decided to end his 14-year stay at Elland Road.“I’ve been there since I was nine and I knew it was the right time really,” Taylor said.“There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley – it ticks every box and it was a no-brainer.“That’s the huge attraction of the Premier League, just everything about it! Week in, week out you are playing teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, so I just can’t wait to get started.”Taylor joined up with his new team-mates for pre-season training on Thursday morning and is ready for his new adventure.“Last season was definitely a positive one for Leeds,” he added. “It didn’t end too great, missing out on the play-offs but there’s definitely a lot of positives to take from that.“It was a tough decision in the end to leave, but one I had to make.“It’s nice to hear some nice comments from Leeds fans. I was there a long time and it is sad to leave.“But I’m just looking forward to the next chapter in my life and kicking on, trying to improve with the manager, the staff and get used to the surroundings and my team-mates.”last_img read more

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