Terry – Chelsea have identity back

first_img Chelsea have tended to rise to the occasion this season against the bigger sides and did so again against Liverpool in a performance Terry believes was the Blues’ best so far this term. A ninth win from 10 home matches – West Brom the only blip, when Hazard converted a late penalty to earn a draw – extended Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League run at home to 70 games. “I thought we were brilliant, for me the best we’ve played all season in the first half, especially after going a goal down,” Terry said. “I thought we responded really well. First half the pressure, the tempo, from everyone was excellent. And the fight and the desire to win. “Away to Arsenal with five or 10 minutes to go you want a point; at home you always push and you want to win. That’s why we’ve got such a good record (at home).” Terry had a key role to play and did it well alongside Gary Cahill in central defence, starving Liverpool’s prolific goalscorer Luis Suarez of chances. It was Terry’s 600th appearance for Chelsea after transcending eras of big spending prior to Roman Abramovich’s 2003 takeover and since. He added: “I’m really honoured to have played so many games for such a top team. “When I came through here we were buying players and it was difficult to come through. I had to work hard to get where I am today. “To still be fighting and playing and being involved is really special to me.” Asked if he will now target Ron Harris’ club record of 795 appearances, the 33-year-old said: “No chance.” Chelsea’s win was based on a collective endeavour and a defensive solidity helped by the deployment of David Luiz in midfield. Mourinho had vowed not to select the Brazil defender in the position after his predecessor Rafael Benitez often did last term, but decided needs must against Liverpool. Mourinho told Chelsea TV: “He can do it and he can do it very, very well. I saw last season and I like very, very much. “The point for me is that the Chelsea we want to build is a Chelsea with a different profile. “Without Ramires I needed intensity there. I needed his energy; (Frank) Lampard is not especially a fast player in terms of defensive transition. “I needed David to do that. He had a fantastic game, not just on that, but also on playing football. He was magnificent.” Luiz is suspended for the trip to Southampton after picking up a fifth booking of the season against Liverpool, but Ramires is available again. Frank Lampard (undisclosed) and Branislav Ivanovic (knee) are out after suffering injuries against Liverpool, the latter meaning Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to switch to right-back with Ashley Cole recalled at left-back. “The last couple of years we’ve lost our identity a little bit,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “There’s some good teams in the league and when you go 3-2 up (for example) it’s important you get men behind the ball and dig in deep and not give them opportunities to really feed on. I think we’re doing that really well at the moment. “At times when we’re looking really solid, getting the wide men in and then when we do break it’s important for them to then go again and show their fresh legs going forward.” One of those wide men is Eden Hazard, who netted his eighth Premier League goal of the season to cancel out Martin Skrtel’s opener, before Samuel Eto’o poked in the winner. Terry was full of praise for Hazard, who has become “a complete player” since adopting the new-found defensive work ethic demanded by Mourinho. “It’s important you keep it tight at the back and you look for those type of players to create something or do something out of nothing,” Terry added. “He’s been doing that all season (and) scoring. The last four or five games he’s been really tracking back and really dug in. “He’s really dug in and added that to his game and made him the complete player.” Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday to move two points behind Arsenal at the halfway stage in a campaign which has seen Mourinho’s men beat Manchester City and Liverpool and draw at Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. In the last two seasons Chelsea have struggled to remain in contention – in 2012 they finished 25 points behind winners City and in 2013 they were 14 points behind champions United, each time after being well adrift by Christmas – but Terry reckons the Blues now have the character to secure narrow wins, such as Sunday’s. Captain John Terry believes Chelsea have rediscovered their identity under Jose Mourinho to make a Barclays Premier League title tilt. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hughes hails ‘outstanding’ goal

first_img Press Association Diouf ran from deep inside his own half to nutmeg Joe Hart and hand the Potters 1-0 success over the Barclays Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium. It was a brilliant first goal in Stoke colours for the former Manchester United forward, who was signed on a free transfer from Hannover in the summer. “I am going to say they even themselves out. We scored a goal so we would have won anyway.” The victory was Stoke’s first of the season and Hughes expects it to lift their campaign. He said: “It was important. Either way, I always sensed this was a game that was going to kickstart our season.” Hughes, a former City boss, said the only personal satisfaction he took was in the importance of the victory for his side, as he had “no axe to grind” with the Eastlands club. He added: “I was here as the manager and enjoyed that time. It didn’t last as long as I thought it could have done, but there you go. “You just move on to the next challenge. I am at a good club now.” City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his side, who had started their title defence with comfortable wins over Newcastle and Liverpool, were off-colour. The Chilean said: “I think we were a very patient team, we tried to create space but Stoke defended very well, and we couldn’t create space. “I think (in terms of) the attitude of the players, we did all we could do but it was a bad day for the creative players. “It was too easy (for them) the way they scored the goal in a counter-attack, from a corner in their own box and he ran 70 metres to score. “In these games it is very important to be patient but it is more important not to concede. They defended always with 10 strong players behind the ball.” Pellegrini was frustrated about the late penalty incident involving Toure but did not want to make a big issue of it. He said: “What I think doesn’t matter. I don’t talk about the referee. All of you know it was a clear penalty. It doesn’t matter. I don’t want to analyse the game.” Pellegrini would not be drawn on reports linking City with a loan move for Monaco star striker Radamel Falcao before Monday’s transfer deadline. He said: “I am not talking about rumours. We have now 48 hours, we will see what happens. “We have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend and the number of players we can use, so it is not easy for us to bring important players.” Stoke were hopeful a knee injury suffered by Odemwingie was not serious while City midfielder Fernando was to have a groin problem assessed. Stoke boss Mark Hughes hailed Mame Biram Diouf’s stunning winner after his side claimed a shock victory at Manchester City. Hughes said: “We are really pleased for Mame. He is a striker and when you come to a new club you want to make an impression as quickly as possible and that means scoring goals. “We could see he was going to give us something we didn’t have last year, which was pace and power on the break. “It was an outstanding goal and I hadn’t realised until I saw it again how deep he picked the ball up. “He kept on going and you always sensed he was going to go all the way and get a shot off. Thankfully there was enough power on it to beat Joe. It was fantastic goal to win any game.” Diouf might also have had a penalty in the first half when he appeared to be tripped by Aleksandar Kolarov and he went close to a second when he almost connected with a Peter Odemwingie cross. Yaya Toure went closest for City when he hit the bar and the Ivorian also appealed for a penalty late on after a challenge by Erik Pieters, but he was instead booked for diving. Hughes said: “Apparently people were saying it was a good call for a penalty. “But I saw the one we should have had in the first half, which I felt was a good call. last_img read more

Jose expects big things from Blues

first_img Chelsea are certain of topping the table for another week even if Louis van Gaal – Mourinho’s one-time mentor – masterminds a victory for Manchester United over the Blues at Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho and United endured rare trophyless seasons last term and, while silverware appears a great challenge for Van Gaal, for Chelsea it seems within reach after a scintillating start to the campaign. “Last time we won a lot,” said Mourinho, referring to his two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups from June 2004 to September 2007. “It’s not good for a team that’s won nothing to be compared with a team that won everything. “(But) at the same time I have also to be honest and say that this team is showing great quality in its football and, if we manage to win also titles, it can be better, but let’s see.” It is quite a statement from a manager who identified numerous flaws in the first season of his return last term, despite guiding the Blues to within four points of champions Manchester City. Mourinho has apparently addressed many of those unsatisfactory elements, particularly with the addition of prolific striker Diego Costa – a fitness doubt for Old Trafford – and midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas. The most pleasing thing for Mourinho is playing well and getting the rewards. He added: “If you get results and you are not happy with the quality of the game, it’s not perfect. If you play amazingly well, but don’t get results, it’s not perfect too. “It’s difficult to say that Chelsea are not playing good football. Press Association Jose Mourinho believes his Premier League leaders have the potential to be even better than the vintage Chelsea of his first spell, but warned his players they have won nothing yet. “It’s important for us as a group to have that feeling that we are getting results, but at the same time we are playing well.” Much was made of Mourinho’s Chelsea being physical and direct during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but he insists he works with the players at his disposal. “We are trying to play a football adapted to the qualities of our players,” he added. “This is something people sometimes don’t understand. If you are a team that has players that are killers at counter attack, you have to play that style. “If you have players very strong with a low block (defensive line) and direct football, you have to play that style. “If you have people like Eden (Hazard) and Oscar and Fabregas, these kind of players, you need the ball. “You need to control the game by having the ball and by using their intelligence and creativity.” A player like Nemanja Matic has allowed Fabregas to flourish, but Mourinho believes the Serbia midfielder is more than an uncompromising presence. “They start together the eight Premier League matches and the three Champions League matches – 11 matches together,” Mourinho added. “There are teams and players that don’t do that during the whole season. People change a lot and players don’t have this situation of the chance to improve together. “They understand each other very, very, very well. People sometimes can look to a physical guy like Matic and think he’s a physical player. “He’s very technical. He plays fantastic football. He thinks very quickly, he executes very well. Together they are playing really well.” Mourinho also has leaders throughout his team, like during his first spell. He added: “I like all of them to communicate. I like all of them to have a voice. I think communication on the pitch is very, very important.” Didier Drogba’s return has, in part, been about facilitating the development of Chelsea’s young players. “Didier was always a fantastic example of a team player, of a club man, of a dressing room man,” Mourinho added. “At the age of 36, after so many years of experience, he has even better conditions to be a key man.” Mourinho learnt from, and by, experience when at Barcelona working as Van Gaal’s assistant. Sunday’s match will be the second competitive clash between the pair, the first coming in the 2010 Champions League final which Mourinho’s Inter Milan won against Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich. The Portuguese recalled “good memories” of the Catalan Cup win while at Barcelona, when Van Gaal gave him the run of the team. “I took the team, but he was in the stands,” Mourinho added. “I accept that as a gift for somebody that was giving everything and was working hard. “He was there to support. He was in the stands. He came down at half-time to the dressing room to listen to my team talk. “He didn’t want to interfere, because probably he thought that was right.” last_img read more

PBC Schools District to Survey Parents, Detail Opening Plans in July

first_imgSuperintendent Fennoy expects some students to stay away from campus when classes do start again. He says the district is expected to continue providing options for those students to learn online.District spokeswoman Claudia Shea says the results of the survey will not dictate the reopening plans, but will instead be used to help administrators make more informed choices.“It’s not going to guide our decision,” she adds. “We’re looking for information to help make our decision.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last month that schools resuming in-person classes reduce their class sizes enough to space students’ desks at least six feet apart.The CDC also suggests that students and teachers use face coverings whenever possible, and that children stay with the same teacher all day.This week, the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association, also called for schools to screen students and employees regularly for symptoms, to limit the number of students in classrooms and on buses in order to allow for physical separation, and to restrict students’ movement on campus.Board members are scheduled to receive an update on the Palm Beach School District’s reopening plans at a public workshop on June 10. Parents and students in should know what the school reopening plans are by the middle of July, Palm Beach Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy said on Wednesday.The school district plans to survey every school parent, in order to obtain a sense of how many students could return to campuses when classes start again Aug. 10.Fennoy announced at a school board meeting that the online survey will be sent this week to the families of the district’s 174,000 students.It will also about topics including families’ comfort level in returning their students to school and using school buses.The responses will then be considered by a committee of district officials that have been tasked with studying various reopening scenarios, according to a timeline that was presented to board members Wednesday.The Reopening Task Force is scheduled to present various reopening options to district leaders on July 8. A formal announcement of the district’s reopening plans is then expected on July 15.“Although this can feel like an uncertain time for all of us, I want to be clear we do know school will be in session in some form once the academic year begins,” Fennoy explains.Tune in for the Palm Beach County School Board’s virtual workshop this afternoon with @SuptFennoy on Comcast channel 235 or live online here: https://t.co/clO9SLUfH4 pic.twitter.com/izlKY4ht45— PBCSD (@pbcsd) June 3, 2020last_img read more

Cricket News Former India cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passes away at 57

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India opener and national selector VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai on Thursday following a massive cardiac arrest.The dashing Tamil Nadu left-hander of yesteryears, who was only six days short of his 58th birthday, is survived by his wife and two daughters.Chandrasekhar played 7 ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs, but at the domestic level he was prolific for a few seasons, aggregating 4999 runs in 81 games with a highest score of 237 not out.A qualified engineer, Chandrasekhar made his first-class debut at the age of 25 and played in a formidable Tamil Nadu team, which comprised WV Raman, Diwakar Vasu, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Bharath Arun.Till a few seasons back, he held the record for the fastest hundred in the Ranji Trophy—a 56-ball ton for Tamil Nadu against Rest of India in an Irani Cup game—that brought him into national reckoning.Unfortunately, his technique was found out during a tri-series in New Zealand in 1990, ensuring that he never played for India again.An astute reader of the game, he was later a national selector when Greg Chappell was the coach and in his later years also did commentary in domestic cricket.“I have done two years of commentary with him and I can vouch that I became better simply interacting with him. His game reading, grip on technical aspects was mind blowing and it is memory I would always cherish,” former India stumper Deep Dasgupta told PTI.“His passion was unmatched and I know he used to spend a lot from his own pocket in a running a team in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) known as VB Kanchi Veerans. It will take some time for this tragic news to sink in,” said Dasgupta.Former India opener Aakash Chopra expressed shock at Chandrasekhar’s death.“Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of V B Chandrasekhar. Was only 57. Went away too soon. Thoughts with the family….heartfelt condolences. R.I.P.,” he tweeted. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Coleman now free to compete in Doha after USADA withdraws case

first_imgThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has withdrawn its case against sprinter Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year.Coleman, 23, had been charged with missing three drugs tests and was facing an automatic one-year ban.USADA said it had withdrawn the charge after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).Coleman is now free to compete at the World Athletics Championships, beginning in Doha on September 28.The American ran a world-leading time of 9.81 seconds in the Diamond League in California in June. WHY HAS USADA WITHDRAWN ITS CASE?Under the ‘whereabouts’ system, athletes must let officials know where they will be for one hour every day as well as details of overnight accommodation and training.Failure to do so – a ‘filing failure’ – three times in a 12-month period could lead to a rule violation under the World Anti-Doping code.USADA said clarification from WADA had been sought around the interpretation of the current International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), This concerned the date on which a failure to update an athlete’s changed whereabouts information should be considered to have occurred.USADA recorded filing failures for Coleman on June 6, 2018, January 16, 2019 and April 26, 2019. Two of the three tests were directed by USADA, while a third was initiated by the Athletics Integrity Unit.However, as the ISTI states that filing failures relate back to the first day of the quarter, Coleman contended that his failure to update which was discovered on June 6, 2018, should relate back to April 1, 2018. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Introduction of Women’s Champions League long overdue – Hillary Boateng

first_imgCAF’s decision to introduce the maiden CAF Women’s Champions league in 2021 is long overdue, that’s according to Chairperson of the Ghana Women’s League, Hilary Boateng.This is the first time CAF is organizing an interclub competition for women’s football and forms part of a strategy to develop the women’s game on the continent.Speaking to Citi Sports, Boateng says the competition will go a long way to showcase women’s football across the continent and beyond.“I think its fantastic news as well, the Champions league across the world is known as an elite competition, it will go a long way to showcase women’s football across the continent, Personally I believe that this is long overdue, the men have been playing it for so many decades and so it is time that there is a women’s game as is being projected by FIFA,” Boateng said in an interview with Citi Sports.“We are waiting for the details to know how exactly the competition will be run and then we would probably know how to get our teams also prepared to qualify for the competition but it means that women’s football is slowly beginning to get the recognition it deserves.”The CAF women’s Champions league was announced by CAF on June 30 during its executive meeting and will be launched in 2021.last_img read more

Baah Nuakoh quits Kotoko job

first_imgJoy sports can confirm that Kwame Baah Nuakoh has resigned as International Relations Manager of Asante Kotoko following his boss Dr KK Sarpong’s decision to quit the club.The lecturer at the Economics Department of the University of Ghana, who has been a long time follower of the club, has changed his email details which had the heading of his position to his personal details which reads, Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, PhD Candidate, School of Sports, University of Stirling, UK.Baah-Nuakoh who has been in the news recently confirmed to Joy sports of his resignation at the weekend but declined to state it on record.However, Kwame Baah Nuako has been summoned to appear before the ethicscommittee of the Ghana Football Association on Tuesday for unethical comments made against President of the Ghana FA Kwasi Nyantakyi on our sister station Asempa fm.last_img read more

Six BiH Football Players Received Same Status as EU Players

first_imgWith Croatia’s recent accession to the EU, six BiH representatives became EU members overnight. In addition to BiH passports, they also have Croatian passports.In order to protect the European football market from the invasion of young talented players from Africa and South America, leaders of most of the football cubs adopted strict rules on the number of players that every club could have, and those who do not have a passport of a EU country, said Reprezentacija.ba.The BiH players that received EU citizenship are: Emir Spahić, Senijad Ibričić, Boris Pandža, Mensur Mujdža, Toni Šunjić and Ivan Sesar.The first one to use this was Emir Spahić, who is coming to Bayer Leverkusen as a player with a passport of an EU country, and he believes that the same right will be used by Boris Pandžo, whose transfer is expected in the next period.(Source: depo.ba)last_img read more

Arsenal survive Ostersunds scare as policeman dies in Bilbao clashes

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday’s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead.Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate.The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality.“At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle,” Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport.A Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao.“We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday,” said a press spokesman for Ertzaintza, the Basque police region.However, he would not comment on reports that the officer died as a result of the violence. “Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians.”More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie, which Bilbao won 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night.Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates.Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos’ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers.The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina.Potter may have been thinking back to his side’s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more