Madrid against Chelsea in the European Cup, never, never, never …

first_imgLiverpool have been the different nice opponent of the Whites in Europe. They’ve performed two finals, the 1981 European Cup in Paris (1-Zero for the Reds) and the 2018 one in Kiev, with Zidane’s 3-1 triumph (Bale’s double and a purpose by Benzema). Additionally they crossed paths in two heats. In the 2008-09 season, he defeated in the first leg at the Bernabéu in the spherical of 16 (0-1) and debacle in Anfield on the return leg (4-0). In the 2013-14 educational yr, destiny united them in the group stage. Ancelotti’s males shone at Anfield (0-3) with an ideal Cristiano, and so they additionally gained at the Bernabéu (1-0).The third commonest English rival is the different Manchester workforce, Metropolis. On three events they crossed paths. The primary in the 2012-13 season in the group stage, with a victory remembered at the Bernabéu (Mourinho’s celebration was sounded with each knees caught in the grass) after a comeback in the final minutes (he gained 3-2 with a purpose Cristiano) and tied at Ettihad Metropolis (1-1). Three seasons later, the faces met once more, with Zidane on the white bench and Pellegrini on the citizen bench. It was in the semifinals. 0-0 in the first leg of Ettihad and 1-0 in the return of the Bernabéu (Bale). Then he would win the Champions League in Milan against Atlético de Madrid.With Leeds United there was a cross in the 2000-01 season, with Figo already signed. They crossed in the group of the second group. White triumph 0-2 at Leeds and one other success at the Bernabéu, though struggling (3-2), with a well-known purpose by Raúl with the hand just like Maradona’s to England in Mexico 86. In the following course,Actual Madrid and Leeds confronted one another in 2000-01. The journey with the English rivals ends with Tottenham, with which it has been measured in two seasons: 2010-11 and 2017-18. In the first case, Mourinho’s Madrid went like a airplane and went over the Spurs (4-Zero at the Bernabéu and 0-1 in London). The rematch was taken by these of Pochettino in the group stage of the 2017-18 season, profitable in London with an ideal match (3-1). At the Bernabéu, these of Zidane didn’t move the draw (1-1) … however then they ended up profitable the Tredécima defeating one other English participant in the ultimate: Liverpool. However with Chelsea, there is no such thing as a precedent in the European Cup. Never, never, never. Nonetheless, with different English golf equipment it has been extra frequent to see Madrid gamble its status and its future in the most continental competitors. Particularly, it has held a complete of 18 heats, or what’s the similar, 36 video games. No doubt, Madrid’s nice English rival in the European Cup is Manchester United. And, moreover, it was the first. In 1957 they crossed paths in a qualifying spherical in the semifinals. The Di Stéfano, Gento and firm gained 3-1 at the Bernabéu and at Previous Trafford they equaled two. Madrid then gained the title in the ultimate against Fiorentina (2-0). His second crossing with the crimson devils was in 1968. Additionally in the semifinals. At Previous Trafford, slight benefit for the English (1-0). And on the return leg at the Bernabéu, United handed after drawing (3-3) in a recreation that ended up dropping 3-1. Then they’d be champions by thrashing Benfica in the ultimate (4-1). The third crossing takes us again to the yr 2000, from the Eighth of Madrid with Del Bosque on the bench. They have been measured in the quarterfinals. 0-Zero at the Bernabéu and 2-Three at Previous Trafford with the double by Raúl and the magical heel transfer by Fernando Redondo. Three years later the faces met once more, this time in the quarterfinals. Whites win in the first leg of the Bernabéu (3-1) and nice match at Previous Trafford (4-3) with an imperial hat-trick by Ronald Nazario. The fifth and final time the faces have been seen was in the knockout levels of the 2012-13 Champions League. The primary leg, common (1-1 at the Bernabéu). However the return at Previous Trafford was a beautiful victory (1-1) with two objectives from Modric and Cristiano.Actual Madrid and United met in 2000. My good friend Pepe, from Vélez-Málaga, a superb Madrid participant and a voracious soccer fanatic, threw my reminiscence to see if he was in a position to uncover a single duel between Madrid and Chelsea in the European Cup (because it was known as till 1992) or Champions League (because it has been known as since the 1992-93 season). I shortly remembered that ultimate in Athens in 1971, which required a tiebreaker with the first being 1-1 (with an agonizing purpose by Ignacio Zoco close to the ultimate whistle). Two days later, in the replay, the Whites misplaced the title (2-1, with objectives from Webb, Osgood and Fleitas) and Paco Gento mentioned goodbye to soccer, leaving an imperial resume regardless of that defeat. In any case, that was the Recopa, the solely continental competitors that the indeniable King of Europe resisted. There was just one different direct match with Chelsea, and it was the 1998 European Tremendous Cup performed in Monaco. Madrid agreed as the new European champion (the Seventh gained in Amsterdam to Juventus de Zidane) and Chelsea for conquering the Recopa by defeating Stuttgart in the ultimate play in Stockholm (1-0, Zola). The Monaco match was very troublesome and at last the Londoners gained with a final purpose from the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet (1-0), an outdated acquaintance of the Spanish followers (he performed efficiently for Zaragoza from 1990 to 1997). And till right this moment. These three duels, two in the Recopa ultimate and one in the European Tremendous Cup, have been the solely continental clashes between Chelsea and Actual Madrid. Neither in the defunct European Cup nor in the Champions League have the faces been seen. Never, never, never. And that has been 65 years since the first version of the European Cup started, gained by Madrid at the Stade de Reims in Paris (4-3).Chelsea have a good time the European Tremendous Cup that beat Actual Madrid. 2613674. 535 In 1975 there was an enormous knockout spherical knockout match against Derby County. Unappealable defeat in the first leg 4-1 and the first of Madrid’s nice European comebacks on the return leg earlier than 120,000 followers. 4-1 in regulation time and Santillana’s purpose in additional time that eradicated the English.There was worse luck in 2006 against Arsenal, in the solely European confrontation with the Gunners. López Caro was the coach and the unhealthy ambiance of the workforce helped the Londoners. 0-1 in the first leg of the Bernabéu, with an ideal purpose from Henry. The return at Highbury was a need and to not have the ability and, regardless of a shot by Raúl to the publish, the preliminary 0-Zero didn’t transfer and Madrid was eradicated from the Champions League in the spherical of 16 …Actual Madrid’s steadiness against the English PerformedCattleTiedMisplacedObjectives forObjectives againstlast_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Sports and the media

first_img The media have a number of effects on sports, some of which have been very positive. For example, the media have: • Brought more sponsors to sports • Awakened public interest in sports so that people either play or watch sports more often • Made some sports performers rich and famous •  Allow coaches and performers to study techniques on video and improve performance • Educate and inform about sports through documentaries, coaching programmes and discussion of current issues • Paid broadcast rights to sports governing bodies which are used to develop the sports. The media have also had some negative effects on sports. For example: • Some major sports get wide coverage, while others find it hard to get coverage in the media and minor sports find it hard to attract sponsorship. • Live television coverage often means smaller crowds at the game venue. An event may lose money as a result. • Sports personalities may find their private life in the spotlight. The influence of the media on sports, especially television, is very powerful. We can tell how important sports is to our culture by the amount of time and space the media devotes to it. Newspapers, television (terrestrial, cable and satellite), radio, magazines, films and the Internet are all forms of media. All of them devote a great deal of time and space to reporting, discussing and analysing sports. The impact the media has on sport began in the late 19th century, when newspaper first started reporting on games and events. Later at the beginning of the 20th century, radio began to broadcast live, whereas thousands of people attend a football match, the same match broadcast on radio could reach millions. In the 1980s, television turned many sports into entertainment packages, giving them a more glamorous image to attract viewers. In the 1990s, satellite and cable television transformed sports into a global phenomenon. Sports events can now be watched from anywhere in the world, live in your home. The audience that enjoys sports through the media is larger than the number of people who take part, and the opportunities for sponsors to advertise their product are increasing. Advertisers and sponsors back sports because of the exposure they get in the media. Television and radio allow individuals to experience live coverage of matches and sport discussion programmes, where people talk about events and performers. Newspapers carry reports of matches and events, comments and sports news. Sports magazine are also a growing area of the sport media. They concentrate on specific sports and sport personalities. Events presented by the media have been ‘packaged’. They decide what to put in and what to leave out and what point of view to take, for example, in TV sports the camera operators and video editors decide which shots you see and from which angle. The producers decide who should be interviewed. What is presented is often more exciting than the actual event. This is credited to closeup shots, slow-motion replays, dramatic commentary and interviews. In all of the media the way an event is package depends on the time, space and money available. But it also depends on the aim of the media, which might be to: • Entertain • Inform • Educate • Hype an event • Attract attention • Please the sponsors • Express a particular point of view The media have turned sportsmen and sportswomen into celebrities. Top performers became household names. As a result, they attract attention from sponsors and advertisers. For example, the media attention given to Lionel Messi in football and Usain Bolt in track and field athletics have made them into household names. POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE MEDIAlast_img read more

Why did Shelly leave?

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland:Since her departure from high school, 29-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has spent all of her senior career in track and field under the guidance of MVP head coach Stephen Francis.Francis, arguably the top sprint coach in the world, has guided Fraser-Pryce to seven individual world titles. These include three IAAF World Championships 100m, an IAAF World Championships 200m, two Olympic 100m, and one IAAF World 60m Indoor title.With that record, most people expected Fraser-Pryce to remain with her successful coach until she decided to hang up her spikes.However, during the Rio Olympic Games, the bombshell dropped. Fraser-Pryce would part company with her long-time coach. At first, many believed it to be a wild rumour before Coach Francis confirmed that the news was factual.What are the real reasons for Fraser-Pryce’s departure?ATHLETISSIMA DIAMOND LEAGUEOn Wednesday evening, The Gleaner caught up with Francis at his hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, a day before the Athletissima Diamond League meet, where four of his charges, including Thompson, were down to compete.Francis was quizzed on the likely reasons for his star sprinter’s departure from his camp.As usual, he was frank with his responses.”Shelly informed me that she was unhappy with the job I had done with her this year,” Francis said while accepting the blame. He added that she said she was going to make a change.LOOKING AT THE FUTUREHe continued: “She had some good years, but looking at the future, I think she has every right to assess what is good for her. Staying with me as her coach was not best for her and so she told me that she was going to leave.”After guiding her to several titles at the highest level, Francis was asked if he thought this was a big slap in the face for him.”No, I do not think that way … the past is not relevant to a lot of people when they are making decisions about the future, and the most important thing for her and any athlete is ‘What will the future hold for me?”If she is going to continue in the sport, she cannot dwell in the past, regardless of how well she did in the past, and if she is unhappy and does not think she can achieve what she did in the past, she has to make that decision to move on,” said Francis.Francis was then asked if he thought the rise of his new star, Elaine Thompson, who won the sprint double in Rio, was a factor in Fraser- Pryce’s decision to exit the MVP Track Club.”I think we should take her word as it is. I mean, it is impossible for anybody to know what is in her mind. I have the tendency to take people’s words as they know what is going on inside of them, so even though it is tempting to make that kind of connection, I think it is perfectly reasonable that she doesn’t think what is being done in her training is good for her as she thinks that what has been done the past year was enough to have held her back, and she wants to move on,” he said.Asked if he thought that the fact that she had not performed at her best in the past year despite great success is over the years justified her leaving or if was there something else.”No, I do not think so. I think she is convinced that given the environment that is there, the setback could have been handled better and if changes which she wanted to be made were made, she would have had a better chance of defending her 100 metres title, and it is for her to make that decision. And it is she who has to bear the consequences, and I am hoping that her new training situation will justify what she said.”In the past, athletes who have departed from Francis to go elsewhere have not had the same success they had under his guidance, so Francis was asked if he thought Fraser-Pryce was special and could have success wherever she went.”I have found over the years that athletes who I have coached quickly developed a sense that the importance of their coach is reduced in their mind no matter how lowly a beginning they had. Eventually, in their mind, they believe they are extremely talented and my role is incidental to their success, and it is human.”In Shelly’s case, I think she has been through a lot of success. As a result, her expectation is very high and it is difficult to accept results which are not the best as she is used to it, and I think she has to be in a situation where there is a continued search for improvement. In this case, she thinks improvement is at an end and she has to take chances to see if she can get better,” concluded Francis.last_img read more

Watered-down Gilas for Asiad

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Texters clash with vastly improved Columbian Friday at 4:30 p.m. for a share of the lead with idle Rain or Shine.Barangay Ginebra welcomes back the enigmatic Justin Brownlee in the 7 p.m. game when the Gin Kings slug it out with Meralco.Brownlee will replace the ineffective Charles Garcia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines had a similar setup in the 1994 edition of the Games in Hiroshima, when the core of the champion San Miguel team in the All-Filipino was reinforced by several pro standouts and amateurs Marlou Aquino and Kenneth Duremdes.The Asiad is set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives will look into the rules governing the sale of dietary supplements containing substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.Antipolo City Rep. Chiqui Roa-Puno has called for the congressional inquiry to prevent Filipino athletes from unintentionally consuming these products.The investigation stemmed from the 18-month suspension slapped by world governing body Fiba on Gilas Pilipinas point guard Kiefer Ravena, who was found positive for WADA-prohibited substances after a random drug test facilitated by Fiba officials on Feb. 25.ADVERTISEMENT At the same time, the Australian basketball body announced on Thursday that it will be tapping NBA standouts Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavidova of the Milwaukee Bucks for the Aussies’ Fiba Qualifying match with the Filipinos on July 2 in Manila.The Aussies manhandled the Filipinos the last time they met, 84-68, in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRoger Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro are the Texters who will suit up in Indonesia for a version of the Gilas team that will also be made up of members of its Cadets program.“Everybody in the (PBA) board wants to participate in the Asian Games, but they also want to be competitive (in the pro league), and they also want to meet and find solutions to the challenges,” PBA chair Ricky Vargas said. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche will have another tour of duty for the Philippines, but the Gilas Pilipinas team that has made gains in the world rankings will just be a shell of that endearing five when it plays in the Asian Games in Indonesia in August.With the PBA schedule and with the Philippines also set to participate in the third window of the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers in July, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was left to tap Blatche, four TNT KaTropa mainstays and Alaska’s Calvin Abueva in a bid to reclaim the gold medal in the games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Porteria props Ceres with brace vs Stallion MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Weah Differs with Bility but Thanks Him for Honors

first_imgLiberia’s football idol, George M. Weah, has disagreed with football Chief Musa Bility’s decision to deny young Liberians a chance to participate in the National County Sports Meet if they are not in school.The 1995 FIFA World Player and Africa’s Football Legend told journalists that Bility should compel the National Government to make education totally free to enable skilled footballers whose parents or guardians cannot afford to send them to school, instead of denying them the chance to showcase their talents. Weah said it is globally good to encourage people to go to school ;but they should not be stopped playing football because through their talents they can be scouted for scholarships to pursue their education.He added: “What Mr. Bility needs is to go back to the drawing board and call on the government to make education free for kids whose parents don’t have; but should not deny them to play football.”Weah’s advocate stemmed from Bility’s recommendation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to restrict the National County Meet to U-17 players who are in school.Mr. Bility expressed his confidence in the Ministry of Youth and Sports to organize the Annual Sports Meet, urged for the introduction of ‘Women Football’ to encourage gender equality.Football pundits believe Amb. Weah’s anti-support to Bility is because of his poverty-stricken but humble background where he superbly played football to get access to scholarships to the Muslim Congress and Well Hairston High Schools.His destitution was dramatically turned around when he played professional football. He is now regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.Nonetheless,  Ambassador Weah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Musa Bility’s leadership for naming a technical center as well as its headquarters in his honor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The journey of destruction continues

first_imgDear Editor,I had written in the media on October 11, 2019, that profitability should not have been the sole criterion for the closure of the estates and that has always been the position of the PPP/C in Government and as the Opposition.The Leader of the Opposition is emphatic that the focus should have been on the economic viability and he succinctly pointed out the numerous economic benefits as well as the devastating effects of the multiplier effect. The closure of the estates have cost the economy more than it has saved but the coalition was not only trigger happy but greedy as well!In direct contravention of sound economic policies, the coalition took no time to shutter four estates and ‘wrong sized’ the remaining three to the point of utter destruction. In this letter, I will be dealing with the APNU/AFC‘s deliberate and vindictive acts to obliterate sugar from the economic landscape of Guyana.It must be recalled that in May 2017, the coalition Government prepared and presented in Parliament a ‘White Paper’ on sugar in which they embarked on their journey of deceit to paint a good picture of how they would return the sugar industry to profitability.This was a deliberate smokescreen to camouflage its callous closure of the four estates and firing over 7000 workers. The restructure was supposed to produce 147,000 tons of sugar to satisfy the local and foreign markets. Over 2 years later, the sugar industry is still struggling to produce a mere 100,000 tons after spending $12 billion subsidies and $17.6 billion from the $30 billion bond.In this ‘White Paper’ the Government admitted that the sugar industry made an “invaluable contribution” over the years and yet they deliberately destroyed the same industry. Moreover, the Paper did not address the negative social and economic impacts due to the closure of the estates since the sugar workers are expendable. The promise to upgrade and embark on co-generation and the production of plantation white sugar are yet to be put in motion.But what is more appalling is the fact that the shuttered estates, both the factories and the fields, have been destroyed to such an extent that no investor will ever pursue it as an investment. This is to make them viable to cronies and party hacks at grossly undervalued prices. We have seen a typical example at Wales.In addition, the machinery and equipment at these estates have been the subject of much corruption, where operational machinery and equipment have been sold as scrap, again to cronies. It would seem that the ‘White Paper’ was only meant to legitimise these corrupt acts through the Special Purpose Unit, another corrupt arm of the coalition Government.Despite all these corrupt acts and failed economic policies, the Government is still trying to blame the PPP/C for the current failures. A Government Member of Parliament sought to blame the PPP/C for acts of sabotage at the Estates, especially Albion Estate, when she claimed on the Chat Group, Moving Guyana Forward, that workers at the Albion Factory were deliberately throwing away cane juice.She ridiculously claimed that was the reason why the Estate cannot achieve its target. She said that this was told to her by some employees! Of course, she failed to investigate the matter. Had she done that she would have realised that: substandard and old parts are being used in the factory, resulting in frequent breakdowns and time lost, the old and substandard valves and seals break frequently causing cane juice to be spilt, and that her Government employed some geriatric PNC engineers who cannot even climb the factory steps and who are more asleep than awake! These are employed by the Head Office and furthermore, they employed a man on an electrical contract who should have been dismissed when he burnt eight motors costing millions of dollars.He went on pension this year and was immediately hired on contract. The job he is now doing was done before by the Factory Workshop. It can be seen that jobs for the ‘boys’ have also contributed immensely to the downward spiral of GuySuCo! It is clear that GuySuCo has now become the nursing home for the retired PNC hacks and the vacation destination for others. The coalition is not responsible to give a wage increase to sugar workers but they can dump their garbage there!Lastly, this coalition has spent $32 billion in ‘bailouts’ and $17.6 billion from a $30 billion bond, a total of $49.6 billion and everything has fallen apart! That amount of money could have subsidised the entire GuySuCo, inclusive of the closed estates for a period of at least 8 years, that is until 2023 and the economic and social devastation this nation is now plunged into would have been avoided.Granger, it seems, had slept through his entire tenure as President since he has now awoken to the fact that to make the industry economically viable will take 3 to 4 years. This is what the PPP/C was saying all along and as seen above, the entire sugar industry could have been saved with the $49.6 billion wasted by his Government. It is worth noting that the PPP/C only spent $26 billion to keep the entire GuySuCo afloat for 5 years (2011-2015).I could recall that the PPP/C in its 2015 manifesto had said that the sugar industry needed $20 billion to bring it back to viability and the Commission of Inquiry done by the coalition made a similar conclusion. The CoI never mentioned closure! I have no doubt that a PPP/C Government will be able to reopen the estates. They are not comprised of voodoo economists and Dr Irfaan Ali is a competent and world-class economist backed by a most competent team led by the maestro Jagdeo.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Kane, Salah in spotlight as struggling stars clash

first_imgYet they go into this weekend’s eagerly anticipated clash between Tottenham and Liverpool with concerns about their ability to maintain that breathtaking form in the midst of a post-World Cup malaise.Kane and Salah slugged it out for the Premier League’s Golden Boot prize right up to the last game of the season.The Egypt international, with 32 goals, pipped his England rival to the coveted prize despite Kane’s first 30-league-goal season.Salah bagged an incredible 44 goals in all competitions in his debut year with Liverpool, earning him the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association player of the year awards.But Salah’s season came to a bitter conclusion in the Champions League final when he suffered a shoulder injury after a cynical challenge from Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.Leaving the pitch in tears, Salah’s departure triggered Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat and ultimately cast a cloud over his World Cup, where he missed the first match and was unable to stop Egypt crashing out at the group stage.The 26-year-old returned to Merseyside to kick off the new campaign with a goal in the demolition of West Ham.But while Salah has scored twice in four games so far for Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool, he has not been the effervescent figure that tormented opponents last term.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is searching for his peak form in the early weeks of the campaign © AFP / Adrian DENNISThe combination of lethal finishing and off-the-cuff inspiration that made him such a joy to watch has been replaced with a more subdued demeanour that gives the impression he has lost his mojo for now.Replicating the sky-high standards of 2017-18 was never going to be easy for Salah and, ironically, he was warned of the potential for a sophomore slump by Kane last May.“For me it is about doing it year after year. Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis and that’s what defines a good player from a great player,” he said.Kane and Salah have a respectful relationship, but their rivalry intensified when Salah questioned the decision to award Tottenham’s second goal in April’s 2-0 win at Stoke to Kane, after it had initially been credited to Christian Eriksen.– Burnout –Kane may have been hurt by the perception he was greedily hunting individual accolades but, undeterred, the England captain finished as top scorer at the World Cup with six goals.Yet, by his own admission, Kane was not quite at his best in Russia despite England’s run to the semi-finals and the hangover has continued into the new campaign.The 25-year-old has just scored two goals in six games for club and country this season, with the statistics behind those numbers making for even more unsettling reading.Sky Sports statistics released this week show Kane averaged 6.7 shots per 90 minutes by the end of August 2017, whereas he currently averages 2.6 shots per match.Amid fears Kane is nearing burnout, England boss Gareth Southgate was forced to defend his decision to bring on his captain as a substitute in the 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland on Tuesday.Ankle ligament damage suffered at the beginning of April, fatigue after such a short summer break and opponents taking extra care to snuff him out have all been mooted as reasons for Kane’s problems.“I’m concerned about Harry Kane. Since 2015, Kane has played 175 matches. Forget the physical side, he needs a mental break as well because he’s struggling,” former England assistant coach Gary Neville told Sky Sports this week.Salah’s dip has not stopped Liverpool climbing to the top of the Premier League after four successive wins, while Tottenham are just three points behind.Even so, it would be a comforting sight for Reds manager Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino if their star men were back on song this weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham striker Harry Kane has looked fatigued in the opening weeks of the season © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have the perfect stage to end their unexpected slumps when the superstar strikers go head to head at Wembley on Saturday.Just four months ago, Tottenham striker Kane and Liverpool forward Salah were being hailed as Europe’s most feared marksmen after the pair tore through Premier League defences on a weekly basis.last_img read more

Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils to have last laugh over Juventus?

first_img talkSPORT looks at Manchester United target Ricardo Rodriguez 1 Manchester United could be about to get one over on Juventus, with reports claiming they will beat the Italians to left back target Ricardo Rodriguez. The Swiss international performed well at the World Cup, and it’s believed United can better a Juve offer of €15m. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more…Name: Ricardo Ivan Rodriguez ArayaDate of birth: 25 August, 1992Birthplace: Zurich, SwitzerlandPosition: Left backClub: WolfsburgInternational appearances: 22 (Switzerland)Honours: 2009 U17 World Cup winnerWhat’s the latest?Touted as the best left back in the Bundesliga last season, Rodriguez supplied an incredible 10 assists and scored seven goals of his own in 2013/14, so it’s no surprise to see big clubs looking at the defender. A good showing with Switzerland at the World Cup hasn’t hurt his reputation, and while Juventus would love to bring the Wolfsburg man to Turin, they won’t be able to compete with United’s financial muscle should the Red Devils decide more support for Luke Shaw is necessary.Did you know?1) As is evident from his name, Rodriguez has Spanish heritage through his father, while his mother hails from Chile. As such, he could have chosen to represented either nation, but has always opted to play for Switzerland.2) The defender started out with FC Zurich in 2002, going through the various youth categories before making it to the first team in 2010. He made his top flight debut in March of that year, and the following season was a regular part of the side that finished runners up in the 2010/11 Super League, missing out on the title by only one point.3) Like many players from the Swiss league, Germany proved to be the next logical step for Rodriguez, and he made the move to Wolfsburg in January 2012. The defender quickly established himself as a regular in the Bundesliga side, assisting an impressive 16 goals and scoring seven more over two and a half seasons with the club.4) Rodriguez has two brothers who also play football at a high level. Older sibling Roberto has made 30 appearances for FC St. Gallen since 2013, while youngster Francisco is part of FC Zurich’s under 21 set-up.5) The defender was a key member of Switzerland’s 2009 U17 World Cup winning side, scoring three goals at the tournament and playing in every game but one. It was no surprise when he made his senior debut in October 2011 therefore, while at the 2014 World Cup, he played in all four of Switzerland’s games, assisting two goals.He says“Countries like England and Portugal have good defenders, but I don’t need to hide, I’m one of the best.” Rodriguez has a high opinion of his own ability.Video evidenceUnited fans, what do you think of Rodriguez, and is it necessary to sign another full back? Let us know below…last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: The Blues target whose heart beats for Arsenal

first_img Antonio Rudiger 1 Premier League table-toppers Chelsea are the team to beat this season but they’re looking to consolidate their position at the summit by bringing in a new defender.The man they’re reportedly targeting, who will compete with John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma at the back, is Stuttgart starlet Antonio Rudiger.There could be a major stumbling block for Jose Mourinho though as he attempts to snare the man in his crosshair – Rudiger is a huge Arsenal fan.So why is the Portuguese boss so keen on a man who openly admits his love for the Gunners? talkSPORT takes a look…Name: Antonio RudigerDate of birth: 3 March, 1993Birthplace: Berlin, GermanyClub: VFB StuttgartPosition: DefenderInternational: Germany (Four caps)What’s the latest?The imperious form last season of young defender Rudiger has continued into this campaign, and that has seen him go from youth team player to German international in under two years. His displays at the heart of the Stuttgart backline have attracted interest from numerous sides, including West Ham and Tottenham, but it is Chelsea who currently lead the chase for his signature.The nitty gritty1) Rudiger had a nomadic career in youth football before finally settling at Borussia Dortmund, where he spent three years prior to his Stuttgart switch in 2011.2) The centre-back, who was born to a German father while his mother was from Sierra Leone, very quickly made an impact at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, although his debut at the age of 18 ended in a 3-0 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach.3) It took a little bit longer for Rudiger to net his first goal, as he had to wait until September 1, 2013, when he scored in Stuttgart’s 6-2 triumph over Hoffenheim.4) With his obvious talent, Stuttgart tied the defender down to a new contract which lasts until 2017, but he may be plucked from their grasp long before then.5) His abilities have already been recognised on the international stage too, with Rudiger making his debut in Germany’s friendly with Poland in May, which the soon-to-be world champions drew 0-0.He says:“I have always dreamed of the Premier League,” Rudiger told Bild.“I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp. I watch videos of Arsenal all the time on YouTube and I often wear the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.“My heart beats for Arsenal.”They say:“Antonio is under contract until June 2017 with us. But the thing is, how much longer can we keep hold of such a player?“I understand that there are big clubs chasing him but a move will only be considered for Antonio if he joins a really big outfit. Otherwise, it would be better for him to stay at our club.” (Stuttgart manger Armin Veh)Video evidence:last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur release defender

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have released Benoit Assou-Ekotto from his contract.The left-back was a member of the Spurs side who qualified for the Champions League back in 2010 but hasn’t played competitively at White Hart Lane since May 2013.He spent time on loan with Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last season as he looked to get his career back on track under former boss Harry Redknapp.But new Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has not needed the 30-year-old, preferring Danny Rose and Ben Davies to the Cameroonian player, who he has now chosen to release. Benoit Assou-Ekotto 1last_img