Schafer drunk by Gold Cup performances

first_imgI must admit to being quite discombobulated and confused as I try to begin the analysis of the Reggae Boyz shock defeat at home to lowly Nicaragua in the first game of the 2018 World Cup qualification. There were simply so many things that went wrong for Jamaica heading into and during that game, beginning with the fundamental error that took place well before last Friday night’s game. The decision by the JFF and or the coaching staff not to have played a single game at our home venue for more than two years is as brainless and as naive a decision as anyone could have taken, considering that home advantage is so vital in football generally, but especially in World Cup qualifying. The psychological and physical advantage of playing at home were basically surrendered by that foolhardy decision. Tactically, head coach Winfried Schafer and company must have been stone drunk from the recent Gold Cup performances to have entered the game with such arrogance and naivety. The fact that this is a home-and-away tie against a team that they knew very little about, and with so much at stake, means that the priority must have been to keep your defensive shape, for as long as it would have taken, to assess the Nicaraguans, instead of darting up the field, and like some immature schoolboys, totally losing their shape and discipline. To go three-nil down at home in a World Cup qualifier to a team ranked 80-odd places below us on the FIFA rankings is inexcusable and under normal circumstances would be a dismissible offence by any coach in any self-respecting football jurisdiction. The actual set-up of the team by Schafer and his staff was simply befuddling. The hype surrounding young defender Michael Hector’s recent signing by English Premier League champions Chelsea must have further intoxicated the Jamaican coaching staff. The fact is that this columnist and many other astute football observers have seen that Hector is an awkward liability in the defensive third whenever the ball is at his feet. His first, second, third, fourth, and fifth touches are equally atrocious. Despite the Chelsea buy and the reasons behind it, almost everyone except the Jamaican coaching staff has seen that Hector is an accident waiting to happen, the more he is asked to control, dribble, and pass the football. Yet Schafer and company put him to play as basically the last defender, doing most of the ball handling in that delicate defensive area, easily one of the daftest tactical decisions ever seen at this level of football. Not only is Adrian Marriappa a senior pro compared to Hector, but the Crystal Palace man is much more comfortable with the ball at his feet, while Hector’s strengths are tacking higher up the park, reading and intercepting passes, and winning headers. That logical switch of positions between the two never took place in the entire 90 minutes. I found it very instructive that Schafer hardly moved from his seat on the bench during the game. He was definitely not the Schafer we saw at the Gold Cup, who was so consumed with passion and intensity. On Friday night, with the Jamaica team staring smack down the barrel of a World Cup embarrassment, Schafer remained slumped in his seat for most of the game, with his assistant, Miguel Coley, being the one expressing the requisite concerns. Based on all we saw in that first-leg game against Nicaragua, an embarrassing first-round exit is certainly on the cards. Jamaica will need to win by two clear goals in Managua tonight to avoid that pending disaster. Can Jamaica recover? Most certainly, but it is imperative that the Boyz and especially coach Winfried Schafer be fully awakened from their drunken stupor.last_img read more

Palmer to lead Ja Scorpions

first_imgPaul Palmer Jr has been named to lead the Jamaica Scorpions in this year’s WICB Four-Day Professional League.The 23-year-old former Under-19 skipper replaces long-time captain Tamar Lambert.Palmer Jr a left-hand opening batsman, who is yet to represent Jamaica at the senior regional level, has represented the Combined Campuses and Colleges and the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI in two first-class and two one-day matches.There was no place for the 34-year-old Lambert in the13-man squad for their opening fixture against Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on November 6.The squad, which was announced yesterday at the end of the sixth and final trial match at Sabina Park, also includes Barbados batsman Kirk Edwards, who was drafted earlier thisseason.Meanwhile, rain brought a premature end to the sixth trial match yesterday.Resuming on six without loss in chase of 310 for victory, John Campbell’s XI closed on 168 for six against Palmer’s XI. Opener Campbell made 31 while leg-spinner, Damion Jacobs claimed three for 19 for Palmer’s XI.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell, Brandon King, Kirk Edwards, Chadwick Walton, Andre McCarthy, Carlton Baugh Jr, David Bernard Jr, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Marquino Mindley, Jason Dawes and Nicholson Gordon.last_img read more

Brumskine’s U-turn in Liberian Politics

first_imgCounselor Charles Walker Brumskine became politically prominent when he contested the first post-war elections in 2005 but lost to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Posing himself at the time as a “Man of God” to get Christians and their sympathizers on his side, Cllr. Brumskine, however, dropped by the wayside not even in the second, but the third place. Still hoping to ascend to the country’s highest seat, the Liberian lawyer and politician decided to contest the 2011 elections despite the overwhelming weight of President Sirleaf, George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Prince Y. Johnson of the party in disarray – National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) dominated by Gio and Mano people.Interestingly that year (2011), Cllr. Brumskine had an interview with the Daily Observer in which he promised, “If Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins this election, I will surely resign from politics.” With God on his side, Cllr. Brumskine fell from third place in 2005 to fourth in 2011, and he publicly resigned in accordance with his promise after that election in which Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won.Describing himself earlier as a “Man of God,” many Liberians held him to his word, believing that he would uphold the Judeo-Christian ethics of honesty and consistency. To my dismay and that of many others, the “Man of God,” lawyer and politician has overturned his decision again and is gearing up for 2017.When I heard about his ambition for the presidency a few months ago, I thought that Liberty Party was not capable of putting forward any political leader besides Cllr. Brumskine. When I inquired from some partisans, they told me, “A wise man changes and Brumskine’s word is not the Bible.”If this is the philosophy that the “Man of God” and his partisans are holding on to, then, what belief can we have in them? To look at the issue, the Bible that Cllr. Brumskine and most of his political followers believe says in the book of James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”Liberians, like people of feeble nations, are tired of hearing political rhetoric but are seeking for a leader who will inspire a spirit of patriotism in them. The Liberian lawyer, “Man of God” and politician, knowing that he had been in the game and would still surface in the field where the incumbent’s manipulation would be less, should have withheld his emotion and refrained from making such a public statement that he would withdraw from politics.Proverbs 13:3 says, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth his lips shall have destruction.” Liberians have known their politicians to be deceptive people with sweet words, but at the end when they obtain power, they become the bitterest fountain. They grab the country’s resources for their families, and leave the people deprived of their needs.With such inconsistency, there is no doubt that Cllr. Brumskine would be the same as other politicians, who promise constituents and the entire country, but fail to deliver the goods and become a thorn in their flesh.To remind the “Man of God” and politician about another danger, let us see other verses in the Bible. Proverbs 12:22 says “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”Furthermore, Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.” I know the conjunction ending this verse makes no impact on the “Man of God” having diverted from consistency to inconsistency; however, he should be aware that by his confession and decision, Liberians hold him now as a deceptive politician.In addition to his inconsistency, you will also recall that in 2011 during the day of the launch of voter’s registration in Liberia, Cllr. Brumskine went to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to register.There he told the people of the county, “Bassa people, if you want development, elect a Bassa man and vote the Liberty Party. This is the only way you will get development in this county.”I do not know how fluent Cllr. Brumskine is in the Bassa language or how accustomed he is to its culture, but from time to time, he has been tribally sentimental and divisive in his politics.He was again recently heard urging the Bassa and a portion of the Kpelle people in Margibi to join Grand Bassa to produce the next President of Liberia. How sure can the Bassa people be that Cllr. Brumskine would deliver to them, considering his first confession to Christians of being a man of God and by making a u-turn?His statement simply indicates that getting power through the Liberian people’s votes would only yield into tribal divide and the long existing sectionalism that has torn this country apart.Cllr. Brumskine should know by now that Liberians are gradually becoming mature in the political game, unlike the past when many of them were swayed by a few bags of rice and dollars.He should know that even those who have failed to deliver at the level of the Legislature will all be retired in 2017 and 2020. To publicly say something and then later change your mind demonstrates a sort of inconsistency that goes to prove, as you may have realized, the reason for your declining popularity among Liberians.Until you set your record straight, Cllr. Brumskine, Liberians still hold you by your word and decision, and you must respect consistency in your word to them.About the authorJoaquin Sendolo is a senior student studying Mass Communication at the University of Liberia. He earned his first Bachelor’s degree in Management and attended several workshops and seminars both in Liberia and abroad. He has also covered key international events including the 49th annual meetings of the African Development Bank in Kigali, Rwanda and the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He participated in reporting tours both in the United States and China (PRC). He now serves as a diplomatic and business correspondent for the Daily Observer and can be reached at 0886838535/0777463853. Email: jmeahkeehsendolo@yahoo.co.uk. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Bony is desperate to complete £19m move to Liverpool,’ claims Lewis

first_imgSwansea striker Wilfried Bony is desperate to complete a £19million move to Liverpool, according to Daily Mirror football writer Darren Lewis.talkSPORT told you last week the Reds had held talks with the Ivory Coast international about a move, despite there being no agreement on a fee between the clubs.However, since then boss Brendan Rodgers appears to have switched his attentions to bringing in QPR striker Loic Remy, who Liverpool agreed an £8.5m fee for on Saturday.And Lewis told Saturday Scoreboard: “You know the player I feel sorry for with this? Wilfried Bony, because he is desperate to go to Liverpool.“He’s got a £19m clause in his contract but Liverpool obviously looked at it and thought, ‘why would we pay £19m for this guy when we’ve got a guy [Remy] here for £8.5m?’Lewis continued: “He scored 14 goals last season, he’s adapted to the Premier League and we know he’s going to hit the ground running. We don’t have to wait for him to find his feet in what is a very fast paced league, so we’ve got the player we want.“With [Rickie] Lambert as well, they’ve got a guy with the right attitude and he’s going to come off the bench and score goals. You wouldn’t imagine Lambert starting too many games.“No one player is going to replace Luis Suarez but what Liverpool have done is they’ve added straight away 20 goals between those two players to their team.“And that’s what they need to replace the goals they’re losing with the absence of Luis Suarez.”last_img read more

Bid now for incredible items in Sir Bobby Robson charity auction, including a VIP Andre Villas-Boas meet and greet

first_img1 Sir Bobby Robson The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) have joined forces to host an online auction of exclusive lots where once in a lifetime sporting experiences take centre stage.Just look at some of the items up for grabs…* VIP meet and greet with Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas  –  This once in a lifetime experience will see two lucky football fans meet the Portuguese coach and attend a Zenit home game of their choice. Package includes two match tickets, economy flights and two nights’ accommodation at the luxury Corinthia Hotel in the historic town of St Petersburg* Two VIP All Inclusive Gala Dinner Tickets to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Awards in Zurich* FA Barcelona Experience – Watch the Spanish giants train and then go to a game at the Nou CampThere are more than 100 lots up for grabs, and the online auction is live now, but bidding will be closing from 8pm on Sunday October, 19.So it’s time to get a move on!Register to bid now before you miss your chance – go to bit.ly/EACHSIRBOBBYAuction.For more information about the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, go to www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.ukFor more information about EACH, go to www.each.org.uklast_img read more

Basically, Redskins get in

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Redskins play Tampa Bay (11-5) in an NFC wild-card game Saturday in their first playoff game since losing 14-13 to the Buccaneers in a second-round matchup six years ago. Just as it did against the Eagles, Washington relied heavily on its running game behind Portis and a strong defense to turn things around after losing three straight to fall to 5-6. “The basics start with playing smart football, not turning it over and also running the football and playing solid defense,” quarterback Mark Brunell said. “That’s how you win. We’ve been doing those things. The first part of the year we weren’t.” Mike McMahon threw two touchdown passes to Reggie Brown as Philadelphia (6-10) completed its first losing season since ’99 after reaching the Super Bowl last February. “We’ll go back through and look at all of it,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’ve got to look at ourselves first, if we’re putting guys in the right position to make plays and did they make the plays.” PHILADELPHIA – Going back to the basics put Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins back in the playoffs. Clinton Portis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Redskins to a hard-fought 31-20 victory over the woeful Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Washington (10-6) clinched the NFL’s final playoff spot and its first postseason berth since 1999 with its fifth straight win. The victory also eliminated Dallas from contention. “Looking back to 5-6, we talked at that time that if we lost another game we’d be out,” Gibbs said. “Trying to win five straight is a tough deal, but our guys seemed to understand what it would take. We went back to the basics.” center_img McMahon, who struggled in his six starts for the injured Donovan McNabb, made a crucial mistake in the fourth quarter. His poorly thrown pass was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Lemar Marshall, putting the ball at the Eagles 22. On the next play, Portis completely spun around to elude a tackle in the backfield, cut to the left and sprinted down the sideline into the end zone to give the Redskins a 24-20 lead. “That play was designed to lose two yards,” Portis said. “I spun around a guy and it was clear from there.” The Eagles drove to the Redskins 38 on the ensuing drive, but McMahon fumbled and Joe Salave’a fell on it. Koy Detmer replaced McMahon on the next series, but didn’t fare any better. Sean Taylor sealed the victory by returning a fumble 39 yards for a score after Phillip Daniels knocked the ball away from Detmer. Gibbs led the Redskins to three Super Bowl titles during his first stint in Washington from 1981-92. His first season back after a 12-year retirement was a flop, with the Redskins going 6-10 last year. However, Gibbs made the necessary adjustments after hearing critics say the game had passed by him. “I was starting all over,” Gibbs said. “It’s a tough road up here and last year, for whatever reason, I probably deserved it (the criticism).” For the depleted Eagles, it was a fitting end to a miserable season. With McNabb and several other key starters sidelined by injuries and Terrell Owens banished from the team, Philadelphia was undermanned and overmatched. Only 10 players who started in the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to New England in the Super Bowl were on the field against the Redskins. “If you give me everybody we had, everybody stays healthy, none of the stuff goes on, we’re talking about a different situation right now,” safety Brian Dawkins said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE DRESSES WERE MADE FROM JUNK?

first_imgTHEY are dresses which look as if they came out of a top London fashion house – but they are made entirely from trash!Four fourth year students from Loreto Community School Milford, Ciara Haley, Kate Haley, Seania Strain and Eilis Mc Clay have made it through to the regional finals of the recycled fashion competition ‘Junk Kouture’.And this is what they have come up with. They have designed two dresses called ‘The Fame Game’ and ‘No Glitz Just Glam’. They have been working on the dresses since September and have really pulled it out of the bag this year in terms of design. Both dresses are made out of 100% recycled materials. ‘The Fame Game’ is made out of old computer and television wires. It’s a dark, edgy, modern design. ‘No Glitz Just Glam’ is made out of foam packaging waste. It is the opposite a beautiful, white, glamorous, delicate design.Now the girls desperately need your help to reach the finals. An online vote will take place from now until midnight on Friday the 1st March. Everyone can vote once per day by going to www.junkkouture.com and using their email address. Make sure you click vote on either:‘No Glitz just Glam’ – http://www.junkkouture.com/index.php?name=seania16Or ‘The Fame Game’ – http://www.junkkouture.com/index.php?name=ciarahaleyAny votes are greatly appreciated. Don’t forget you can vote everyday. Support Donegal’s young fashion designers and GET VOTING!Gladiator Girl!!!This junk kouture bad-boy is the best a bad girl can be! Inspired by the ancient Roman gladiators! Inspired by Russell Crowe’s Gladiator performance! And inspired by a gorgeous Mad Max Mel Gibson!Inspired by men… but only to show the world the power and beauty of a modern seductress gladiator. The materials used in creation this battledress come from all around the house, from garages and sheds, from the everyday world where we all live and where this kind of exquisite female strength and beauty is hidden. The ingredients include heavy duty plastic used for laying the roads; old leather belts and bags; long-forgotten jewellery and watches that stopped before most of us were even born; bits of old farm machinery, and a creative college of screws and bolts, of feathers, of foam wire and mesh!We wanted to focus on the old-fashioned man’s world to find our inspiration. And we have created the perfect female battle armour. Beautiful to look at, with incredible strength, created from almost nothing. And how did we add spice to our ingredients? We threw in a dash of Versace’s spring collection 2013 which features a dress that is strong, bold and entices woman to unleash their warrior!This Junk Kouture creation was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s magical world of our childhood adventures. Under the duvet Alice in Wonderland’s magical universe was painted in magical colours in all our little heads. And Tim Burton took these magical images from our consciousness and created a cinematic masterpiece of images and colour.Creating a magical reality from the world of childhood’s imagination was the spark that ignited the desire to make my dreams come to artistic life. This kind of styles is what drove us into the creativity of Tim Burton’s Alice. The sleeves have too many bows to make sense, and their colours clash and merge and try to outdo each other. And the rainbow ruffle is even bigger and better, even more magical. The zips hold the dress together, suggesting safety… but this safety is only a stepping stone into the deeper world of fashionagination. The modern-art-splattered colours across the bodice into the universe of a teenage child’s world of junk kouture fashionCAN YOU BELIEVE THESE DRESSES WERE MADE FROM JUNK? was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE DRESSES WERE MADE FROM JUNK?Junk KoutureLoreto Milfordlast_img read more

It’s about progress,

first_imgBarely a month into the session, Congress has introduced more than 150 bills that do everything from preserving Native-American languages to creating federal funds to clean perchlorate-contaminated groundwater. But what ever happened to the hundreds of bills from last year – particularly ones introduced with such fanfare by Southern California lawmakers to repeal the phone tax, create health programs for minorities, and, yes, to clean up perchlorate? The short answer: Not much. Of the nearly 200 bills introduced last year by Southland lawmakers, only about a dozen have made it into law. And of those, seven are simple resolutions expressing congressional support for issues like the prevention of teen violence or the 60th anniversary of VE Day. One was to name a post office for Karl Malden. Analysts say the low success rates are hardly atypical. It’s a reflection, many said, of a system in which only a select few – those with power and those with seniority – have the juice to turn a bill into a law. “Most bills introduced go nowhere,” said Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Last year, the House and Senate introduced more than 8,300 bills and resolutions. Of those, 174, about 2 percent, became law. The average was slightly better in the 108th Congress, under which the president signed 4percent of more than 9,900 bills. “You’ve got a bazillion bills out there, and you’ve got 435 members vying for attention,” said Geoffrey James, spokesman for Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita and a longtime Capitol Hill aide. Getting a bill passed is no small undertaking. “The system is designed to slow the passage of legislation,” James said, noting that the founding fathers, in their wisdom of creating checks and balances, “were trying to gum up the works.” Added Jo Maney, spokeswoman for Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora: “Making law is supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to be time-consuming, and it’s supposed to be vetted very carefully. The framers didn’t believe we should pass everything we introduce.” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said he is concerned about the low number of bills that pass, but more concerned that so few of them get even a hearing. In the meantime, the system leaves GOP members, particularly those in the leadership, with far more bragging rights at the year’s end than their Democrat counterparts. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, hasn’t moved his signature bill of 2005, repealing the 107-year-old phone tax. But he did push through legislation adjusting the FHA loan limit, as well as one authorizing $153.9 million to improve water quality in the Santa Ana River and increase the region’s water supply. Dreier created a commission to work with developing democracies, such as Georgia and East Timor, and passed as part of a larger immigration bill a measure barring illegal immigrants from seeking a judicial review of removal orders. His bill to create tamper-proof Social Security cards didn’t pass, but the issue will get a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee this year, his spokeswoman said. Some say calculating the number of bills a politician gets passed in a given year is a poor measure of their power or effectiveness. After all, Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, did not need legislation to nab more than $700million for Kern County roads in a transportation bill last year, about 10 times more than Los Angeles received. Bill passage also doesn’t reflect the use of back-room maneuvering or parliamentary tactics like the ones employed by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, to get a hearing in the House International Relations Committee on his bill to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Schiff had threatened to bring an amendment to a State Department bill on the genocide in June – just as the Turkish prime minister was visiting Washington. To avoid an internationally embarrassing situation, House leaders granted Schiff the hearing. The bill didn’t pass, and it isn’t expected to any time soon. Nevertheless, Schiff said the hearing brought “tremendous momentum” to the issue, and counts it as one of his top achievements of 2005. Indeed, lawmakers said, it’s far more common to weave a portion of one’s bill into a larger measure. “It’s a stew, and you throw your ingredients in there and hope that they stick,” Sherman said. Some lawmakers say that drawing attention to an issue is sometimes the real goal of introducing a bill. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, said a resolution she offered voicing concern over the unsolved murders of women in Juarez, Mexico, has met with resistance from the Mexican government. Nevertheless, the attention it has received has prompted some changes, including the freeing up of some funding to conduct forensic investigations. “Even though the bill hasn’t gone through, we’ve been able to raise enough public attention where it has caused a change in the Mexican government,” she said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ULSTER FINAL LATEST: DONEGAL HIT BY NEW INJURY SCARES

first_imgDONEGAL have been hit with a series of injuries in advance of next Sunday’s Ulster senior football final clash with Derry.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was still getting over the injury to Leo McLoone when he learned that Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty and Anthony Thompson are all carrying knocks.McLoone underwent an operation for a fractured eye socket in Altnagelvin Hospital this week and will be out of action for some weeks. He was injured in the chaos that took place after a victory by Glenswilly over Leo’s club Naomh Conaill in the Donegal Championship last Sunday, sparking an angry response from Jim who felt the games should have been postponed until after the Clones final clash.Kavanagh suffered an ankle injury when he came on as a sub for his club side St Eunan’s while Rafferty has a groin strain and Thompson also picked up leg injuries while helping their clubs.McGuinness will have to wait to see if the trio will recover in time for next weekend’s Ulster showpiece clash.Donegal County Board officers have been fighting off criticism from McGuinness and others over the decision to go ahead with the county championship. * Naomh Conaill are unable to field a Reserve side this evening against St Eunan’s and so the Reserve match that was set for 6pm this evening in Glenties has been called off. The Senior game goes ahead as scheduled.ULSTER FINAL LATEST: DONEGAL HIT BY NEW INJURY SCARES was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal v Derry previewlast_img read more

Spurs ace ‘like Iniesta and Xavi’ but Pochettino says he must learn to focus

first_img“The characteristics are perfect to play football. When we talk about midfielders – because you like to use Spanish midfielders like Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta – he’s like this type of player, this capacity but please he needs to take in a very positive way my words.“Football is his focus, not business that is around football. Maybe [if he learns this] he will arrive to play in a very good level and be one of the best midfielders in England.“It is not my advice it is only how I describe the reality. If he wants to take it, take it. If people don’t want to take it’s not [that] we can help. But of course his potential is to be a very, very good player for England and Tottenham, first for Tottenham and then if England believe that he can help them for England too.”“If you ask all the players today, it is impossible to play without pain in some point of your body. silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Most read in Premier League 2 “You use your body for work. You push your body from a very young age. It is not a healthy sport and you always try to push your body and touch and cross the limits sometimes.“For him, it was new. He had a serious operation last summer and of course that is something that will always be there.“The psychology is that you have suffered and are not free. You need to learn to live with this situation and he is now much better and stronger in his mentality.“I am sure he will make a step up. It is only time to get to his best for the team.” revealed predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Winks miss much of the second half of last season through injury Winks has made three substitute appearances this term as he works his way back to full fitness REVEALED How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 latest gameday cracker tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The midfielder, who signed a new contract earlier this year, had made a promising start in the Spurs first-team and was rewarded with an England call-up and debut cap in 2017.He was seen as a potential difference-maker for the Three Lions due to his very individual skill set, with Winks‘ earning comparisons with foreign midfielders rather than his English contemporaries.Having returned from injury he has made three substitute appearances this season and is now closing in on a start ahead of Tottenham’s game with Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.“Harry has all the profile of the perfect midfielder,” Pochettino said. “But I don’t want to talk too much and praise him because if so his head [grows big].“His perception will be, ‘Wow’ and the reality is, ‘You still need to improve’. whoops changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is like Barcelona legends Andres Iniesta and Xavi but he needs to learn to focus on football, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.Winks, 22, is still working his way back from a serious ankle injury that required surgery over the summer and curtailed his blossoming career. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more