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  • Pochettino says Dele Alli is ‘laughing’ at criticism from pundits like Keane

    first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO says Dele Alli is ‘laughing’ at criticism from pundits like Roy Keane and Graeme Souness.The Spurs ace was criticised by the duo in the Sky Sports studio for his performance in the 2-1 Premier Legaue defeat to Liverpool last weekend.1 Dele Alli has come under criticism from Roy KeaneCredit: EPAIreland legend Keane blasted Alli for losing his hunger as Spurs threw away an early lead to lose at Anfield.He said: “He’s a great example to a lot of footballers out there if you lose your hunger.”Spurs were carrying three of four players. He’s lost that hunger, today non-existent.”He was nasty, played on the edge but today, non-existent for a year or two.”DEVIL INSIDEBut Tottenham boss Pochettino says the England ace still has that fire and backed his man in the face of criticism.He said: “It is still there inside Dele. We spoke to him about improving different areas. But for sure, the devil is going to appear again.”I don’t know when. But for sure it will. If you go back, we all criticised him, but I liked that Dele Alli. Sometimes players being a bit naughty makes that difference.”We know very well Dele is going to be back. When Dele was scoring goals, it was easy to embrace him.”Now, when he is maybe not at his best, that is the most important time to embrace him and say, “I trust you and I know you will get back to your best”.”It is too easy now to criticise him. If you go on TV, you need to talk and say something.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club”When you are not in the club, you do not have all of the information. Then people in the club are laughing about your opinion.”Pochettino has earlier this season spoke of his admiration for Keane after the former Man United captain said his old club should make a move for Harry Kane.Poch spoke of how highly he rated Keane as a player and believes it is no surprise that the former Ireland captain rates Kane so highly.last_img read more

  • FIFA legacy program ‘Live Your Goals’ launched

    first_imgThe ‘Live Your Goals’ campaign was first launched at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany and is part of FIFA’s legacy for staging the 2016 World Cup in PNG. The program will target young girls from the age of 6-24 years old and is aimed to promote and empower them to take up football.It will be rolled out to the four regions in the coming months.As part of the launch, over 200 girls participated in a football festival organised to promote the U20 Women’s World Cup to be hosted in Moresby in November.PNG Football Association (PNGFA) senior vice-president Linda Wonuhali launched the program at the Sir John Guise Stadium.Wonuhali said women’s football is growing rapidly and the program provides an opportunity for women and girls to develop a healthy lifestyle and participate in the sport as players and professionals.She said there’s a strong focus on women football development in PNG and they anticipate an increase in popularity of football as a result of hosting the U20 Women’s World Cup.For the first year of the program, the focus will be in Moresby and will include some of the home towns of the PNG U20 women’s players.last_img read more

  • 14 teams confirmed for NGI Super 9s

    first_imgThe tournament will run from January 20-22 at Kalabond Oval and is being coordinated by Agmark Gurias coach, Steven Nightingale.The final number of teams will be released by next Monday, with the draws to be sent out the following day.Teams from outside centres that will be taking part include the Port Moresby City Punishers and Maprik United.The prize money for the tournament:1st (K40,000)2nd (K12,000)3rd (K5,000)4th (K3,000)(Picture of Maprik United at Tokua airport, East New Britain)last_img

  • Real Madrid dispatches the Unionists with a discreet version

    first_img–OUTCOME: UNIONISTAS DE SALAMANCA, 1 – REAL MADRID, 3 (0-1, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS. Photo: EFE Those of Zidane go to eighths after being tied for a few minutes (1-3)So many of Bale, who was injured, Gongora (p.p.) and Brahim for whites He spent half an hour of the game and James, with an action of many carats, put the leather on the crossbar, but there was no way to expand the account. Without fuss, but with possession and authority, those of Zidane wasted up to three good occasions not to give life to their rival in the second round. And that was what happened after two opportunities sent to limbo. To top it off, Bale was no longer in the field suffering from another muscle injury.The first one was from James, who ran into Brais at 49 minutes in a very clear shot. That was when Jabi Luaces’ team found the lamp genie in an action that the people of Salamanca will never forget. Romero took the ball in three quarters of the field, caracoleó in front of Militao and found the hole to overcome Areola.The goal spurred Unionists, but Madrid did not succumb to its charms. Those of Zidane relied on the verticality of Vinicius and the Carvajal climbs to recover the mordant they had lost until then and just five minutes later they could find so much tranquility.Brahim seizes the opportunityMarcelo focused on the area and Brahim, just entered, finished off badly, but Gongora put it in his goal in an attempt to clear the ball. From there, the Unionists got rid of the white area, but it was Brahim who kissed the nets again. This time on a personal play on the right side.The Malaga whipped with his right leg and closed a game that will be historic for a club of only six years of life. The night of this January 22 will always be remembered because – for five minutes – they had against the ropes the 13 times European champion. Blessed new format, blessed Copa del Rey.DATA SHEET.center_img Real Madrid confirmed their classification for the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey after getting rid of the Salamanca Unionists on Wednesday (1-3) in a discreet match of the merengue team that solved the goals of Gareth Bale and Brahim Díaz after the scare of the locals, who came to match the tie for five minutes.From 57 to 62, the Pistas de Salamanca vibrated as they had not done in the last two decades. The visit of the white galaxy became madness with the goal of Álvaro Romero. A left-footed shot from the heart of the area that slipped through the entire Areola squad. Fear was present for those of Zidane, especially for the previous notice to Barça.Real Madrid was warned to the Salamanca turf, but soon any hint of anxiety was removed from the middle. The person in charge was Bale, who achieved the 0-1 before reaching the equator of the first half. The Welshman connected with a right leg a center of James and his shot was introduced by the goalkeeper’s stick.The goal, which was not celebrated by the ‘Cardiff Express’, served to appease the spirits of the Unionists and also those of all the noisy local stands. In fact, that launch of Bale gave more dominance in the final meters and Benzema forgave the second after a shot that hit the side of the net. UNIONISTS: Brais; Gallego, Zubiri, Ayoze (Amouzou, min. 86), Góngora, Piojo; Javi Navas (Diego González, min. 80), Guille Andrés, De la Nava, José Ángel; and Garrido (Romero, min. 55).REAL MADRID: Areola; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, James (Isco, min. 80); Vinicius, Bale (Brahim, min. 53) and Benzema (Jovic, min. 75).– GOALS:0 – 1, min. 18, Bale.1 – 1, min. 57, Romero.1 – 2, min. 62, Gongora, in own goal.1 – 3, min. 92, Brahim.–REFEREE: Melero López (C. Andalusia). Yellow card with Romero (min. 67) in the Unionistas.–STADIUM: The clues. 4,000 spectators Full.last_img read more

  • Lucas Pérez, favorite in the casting of 9 Barça

    first_imgThe Alavés forward (31 years, 8 goals this season and 20 million clause) seems to be the best placed player. The reason is that the Alavés could negotiate a price below its termination clause, which neither Getafe nor Girona seem to be willing to do as reported by the Cadena SER.The technical secretariat of the club also speaks of other options that have not transcended the press and that could interest the technical culé. The Cup match in San Mamés showed, among other things, that Barcelona has an urgent need to strengthen its front. The lack of effectiveness against the front of the Blaugrana strikers condemned the set of Setién to remain attached to the competition. Today, Barça at the request of its technician has activated the search for an attacker who occupies the place of the injured Ousmane Dembélé, which will be operated on Tuesday in Finland and who would be discharged, if the medical committee of the Spanish Football Federation accepts it.The casting of strikers, who must play in Spain or be without a team, seems to be reduced with each passing day. Two of the goals that Barça valued, such as Ángel del Getafe (32 years, 13 goals this season and 10 million clause) and the attacker of Girona Stuani (33 years, 20 goals this season and 25 million clause) seem to have remained lagging behind Regarding Lucas Pérez. In fact, Setién has requested the club to hire a striker to reinforce its workforce, although in public maintain the position that if no one arrives, trust what is there to move the season forward.last_img read more

  • The Real Madrid sports project saves time

    first_imgThe victory in the Classic It was a relief in the offices of Bernabeu. It is true that after the game there are 12 days left to play and that five points of difference would have been salvageable. But it is also that they would have set the goal too uphill just before the difficult visit to Manchester to lift the 1-2 of the Champions League. Stay, for the second consecutive year, with no chance of winning the League and Champions in the month of March, would have shaken the foundations of the white stadium itself. The project would have been hanging by a thread …In the current Madrid there are seven players who are 30 years old or far outnumber them. They are Modric (34), Ramos (33), Benzema (32), Marcelo (31) and Bale, Kroos and Nacho (who are 30). Hazard already has 29 and two operations on the same ankle … On the contrary, the club has made a great investment in young players. They are the Vinicius (45 million, 19 years old), Rodrygo (40, 19 years old), Reinier (30, 18 years old), Brahim (20, 20 years old), (Jovic (60, 21 years old) or Kubo (18 years old, wine free). There are other young people who are already installed in the elite, such as Valverde (21 years old). But a second dry season would have prevented a smooth transition. Too much pressure for those young people and for the club itself.Manu Kingdom / SOPA Images via ZUMA & nbsp; (Manu Kingdom / SOPA Images via ZUMA) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Vinicius, in the Classic.03/01/2020 ONLY FOR USE IN SPAINManu Kingdom / SOPA Images via ZUMA (Manu Kingdom / SOPA Images via ZUMA) The victory in the Classic was balsamic. It cleared any doubts about future projects and left the possibility of winning the League very open. The three Champions in a row, curiously, they arrived in periods of low investment in Madrid players, who seemed to be in a time of contention to clear their accounts and thus obtain the loan for the stadium in the best conditions. In 15-16 they just came Kovacic (39) and Danilo (31) and won the Eleventh. In 16-17 he only came Morata for 30 million (and he won the TwelfthY The league). In 17-18 it only arrived The O (24) and Ceballos (16) and won the Thirteenth… The best came almost without investment, and that is exactly what Madrid needs, to gain time while the construction of the stadium is on its way and arrives Mbappé. The project of the future of Madrid is not so immediately corseted by the remodeling of the Santiago Bernabéu. The conditions under which the loan of money necessary to do the works has been closed are advantageous. You will have to pay one fixed annual fee of 29.5 million as of July 30, 2023 and until its maturity on July 30, 2049 (27 installments). The sports project could be more conditioned, even, by the strategy of try to undertake the signing of Mbappé in the summer of 2021, when the French star has only one year left on his contract and can come at an affordable price, being a player of his size He could be around 200 million (he is 21 years old by Hazard, one hundred million were paid and he was 29). It is a strong investment (you will also have to pay a salary according to your level).last_img read more

  • Vaclik: “The VAR is difficult. In general it is a good concept but …”

    first_imgTwo penalties with the VAR. “The VAR is difficult. In general it is a good concept but that action with Diego Carlos always depends on the referee and on our penalty too. But in general the VAR is good and can help football a lot. ”Hush criticism. “In the life of football there are always criticisms. The fans want more, the sports director wants more, we also always. But we are calm, we are in a good position in the League, in the second round of Europe … Now we have very important games against Roma or the derby at home. We must trust us. ” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 7, 2020 Vaclik, Sevilla goalkeeper, valued in Movistar the meeting of his team against Atlético: “We have one more point in a very difficult field. Only Barcelona has won this campaign here, Atlético has a very good team and the tie I think has been deserved. ”2-1. “Joao Felix is ​​very good, he has a lot of quality. In the goal he is lucky because Koundé touches and the ball goes up. But Joao has a very good career ahead. ”last_img read more

  • “When I was young I was very wayward”

    first_imgThe actual Barcelona coach, Quique Setién (Santander, 61 years old), acknowledged this Sunday that until he saw Johan Cruyff’s Barça for the first time, he “never” worried “about tactics”, being a professional player.In a relaxed talk by videoconference with the Galician Ramiro Amarelle, Barca former player of the beach soccer section, both recalled old times when they coincided in the Spanish team of this modality.Through the channel ‘Beach Soccer Worldwide’ both shared a conversation that Barcelona has posted on its website, in which the current Barça coach He recognized that as a young man he was “very wayward”, that he left school early and started working “at the age of 13 or 14”. Already a professional, and in his last stage, both in Logroñés and in Racing, Setién recognized that Until he saw Cruyff’s Barça “he never” worried about “the tactic”. “I went out to the field and played”, added.“When you saw the Cruyff team, to play and to play, and you were on the field and you were saying … what I have been doing until now, was this. What I like is this, because this is having the ball “, stressed.“And then you played against them and you were 80 minutes behind the ball and you didn’t see it. That’s where I started to see tactical aspects and I started to analyze things and see them, and why this happens, and you start to realize what you like and fix an idea in your head. And it is the one I have followed, “he stressed.last_img read more

  • City, Leicester highlight ‘Prem’ weekend

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.Instead, this weekend is all about whether Leicester can pull off their biggest shock yet and finally be recognised as genuine title contenders.Leicester, which battled relegation all of last season, take a three-point lead to Manchester City today in a match between the top-two sides in the league. A victory would guarantee Leicester at least a five-point lead with 13 matches remaining.Surely that would make the team favourites for the title, and set up one of the most unlikely storyline in English football history.”It’s not a coincidence we’re top of the table,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “This is team spirit at its highest. We won’t stop believing.”We’re staying on the ground, but if we carry on the way we are, then why not have the belief (to win the league)? It would go down in history surely.”Even a draw would be fine for Leicester, which visit another title challenger in Arsenal the following weekend before a benign run of games.City, though, will want to send a message to Leicester’s upstarts and collect a fourth straight win in all competitions to take over in first place on goal difference.Seeking a third league title in five years, City have extra motivation for the run-in – giving departing coach Manuel Pellegrini a successful send-off after it was announced this week that Pep Guardiola would the club’s manager from next season.”Manchester (City) are built to win the title, to win the Champions League,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Thursday as he continued to downplay his team’s chances of winning the league.Asked who will win the title, Ranieri chuckled and said with a smile: “The others.”City said Thursday that captain Vincent Kompany is back in training after a six-week lay-off with a calf injury.Chelsea – the defending champions – and Manchester United – a record 20-time champion – already are also-rans in the title race, although United will boost their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League with a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. United are in fifth place, five points off the Champions League qualification spots and 10 points behind Leicester.Chelsea are 13th and can probably forget about making up ground to the European positions in the top five.Arsenal are winless in their last four league games and have dropped to fourth, behind Tottenham on goal difference, ahead of a visit to Bournemouth tomorrow.Also today, it’s: Liverpool vs. Sunderland; Aston Villa vs Norwich; Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion; Swansea vs Crystal Palace; and Southampton vs West Ham.last_img read more

  • Gayle hopes for another big knock against India at World T20

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):Chris Gayle hopes to smash another century when West Indies returns at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow for their World Twenty20 semi-final against India.Gayle’s 47-ball century against England gave West Indies a winning momentum in the tournament before Afghanistan broke the three-match winning sequence of the 2012 champions on a turning wicket at Nagpur.”This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position,” Gayle said yesterday.A niggling hamstring injury denied Gayle a chance to bat against Sri Lanka. He returned against South Africa but lasted only two deliveries – flicking the first one for four before getting clean bowled off the next ball.He was then rested against Afghanistan in their last last group match.POWER HITTINGBut the batting-friendly wickets in Mumbai with short square boundaries ideally suits the power hitting of Gayle as West Indies raced to 183-4 against England with 11 balls to spare.South Africa also twice scored over 200 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. However, first England denied the Proteas with the second highest ever successful chase of 230-8 and then Afghanistan put up a brisk start before losing by 37 runs in pursuit of South Africa’s 209-5.In the absence of at least two key players leg-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard, West Indies have ousted South Africa and defending champions Sri Lanka from the tournament.”That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home,” Gayle said. “The guys who actually replaced the first picks, someone like Carlos Brathwaite, he won us the game against South Africa … and the bench is still strong enough.”Gayle said that six-run defeat against Afghanistan has only increased the motivation of West Indies to do well in the semi-final.”The only positive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the motive,” Gayle said.”We saw India bounce back from losing games as well, so it can put us in a strong position as well to actually lift our game and do better on Thursday.”Virat Kohli has been key in guiding the host into the semi-finals with his two masterful half centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan and an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls in the do-or-die last group match against Australia.Gayle was not surprised by the sublime form of India’s master middle-order batsman, who has scored 184 runs at an impressive average of 92.00.”No surprise there. I have said it over the years he is going to be the world beater he is today,” he said.”He has been fantastic right through the year. He has been in great form. He can still get runs but in a losing cause. We’ll be happy with that as well.”- APlast_img read more