Energy Efficiency in India: Part 2

first_imgIn India, Energy Service Companies and local governments are teaming up to increase energy efficiency and save money.With India’s energy demand expected to more than double by 2030, there is a pressing need to develop innovative ways to conserve energy. As major energy consumers, local governments in India are key players in promoting and implementing energy conservation measures and technologies.Enter Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), which provide energy efficiency-related services on a performance contracting basis, instead of the traditional fee for service model. Municipalities in several states across India are partnering with ESCOs to implement energy conservation measures. The trend for municipalities to use the ESCO model began within the last decade as a way to save both energy and money without the up-front costs of typical energy efficiency investments.For instance:In 2001, DSCLES, one of the first ESCOs in India, worked with the New Delhi Municipal Council on a high-efficiency electrical lighting pilot project that now saves 252,000 kWh per year. The project produces savings of INR 20 (50,000 $US) and 149 million tones of avoided CO2 emissions per year. DSCLES financed the initial investment of IRN 30 lakhs (75,000 $US), which means the project’s payback period is approximately 18 months.Asian Electronics replaced approximately 12,000 tube lights at Sachivalaya Complex for the government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, which reduced the lighting load by 64% without sacrificing illumination levels.The Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) intends to implement energy efficiency programs in street lighting and water pumping systems in 150 municipalities across the state through performance contracts. In response, ESCOs from throughout India have submitted project proposals, which will be evaluated based on the ESCO’s capabilities and the total energy savings. GUDC is requiring a minimum energy savings of 20% for both water pumping and street lighting projects.In the state of Tamil Nadu, a municipal energy efficiency program partnering with ESCOs is underway in 29 cities.ESCO projects follow either a guaranteed savings model and/or a shared savings model. In a guaranteed savings model, the customer provides financing and the ESCO guarantees the performance of a project. The ESCO is paid a fixed fee if the guaranteed savings is achieved through the upgrade. In the shared savings model, an ESCO provides financing through its own funds or a loan, and the client and ESCO share the energy savings based on a predetermined ratio. For municipalities, the shared savings model offers an avenue for energy efficiency projects without the upfront investment. In the end, the savings from these projects lead to a payback period of 18 to 24 months.The appeal of the shared savings model for government energy conservation projects is clear. ESCOs guarantee a percentage of savings, thus taking away the performance risk from the municipality. And since ESCOs provide project financing, municipalities avoid financial risk as well.State and municipal government efficiency projects so far are just the tip of the iceberg. According to data from the Indian Ministry of Power, the investment potential for energy savings in municipalities amounts to 325 million $US with annual savings of 3.7 billion kWh.As part of the Accelerating Clean Energy Markets in India (ACEM) project, WRI is analyzing the ESCO industry in India. Powering Up: The Investment Potential of Energy Service Companies in India gives a comprehensive overview of the Indian ESCO industry and its investment potential. The report will be released later this month.last_img read more

People believe one needs power hitter at top but I trust my methods: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane Saturday said that there is a misconception that only power hitters are successful at the top-order as players have their own methods to keep the scoreboard ticking.It’s been more than a year that Rahane is out of Indian ODI team but he still will like to stick to his own method.”People always talk about power at the top but it is important to believe in your abilities and your own methods. It’s not all about power-hitting, someone has to play an anchoring role and guys around him can play power-hitting shots,” the diminutive right-handed batsman told ESPN Cricinfo.”I always believed in my abilities and it’s important to stick to your game. As long as you are focussing your game that’s what matters.”Out-of-favour Rahane last played an ODI for India in February 16, 2018 against South Africa in Centurion.Talking about the upcoming World Cup, Rahane said despite the loss to Australia in the five-match ODI series at home, India are still a strong contender to lift the Cup.He, however, feels New Zealand, England and an “unpredictable” West Indies will pose serious threats to India’s title chances in the World Cup.”I think personally we (India) have a very strong side. The cricket which we are playing recently is magnificent. The challenge in the World Cup will be to gather that momentum early and continue that. But I feel in ICC tournaments, it is important to give your best in each and every game,” Rahane said.advertisement”Apart from India, New Zealand is a very good ODI side and do well in ICC tournaments. West Indies is unpredictable but dangerous team and also England. Playing England in England is going to be challenging.”It is important to focus on our strengths and be positive all the time,” he added.Rahane, who will be leading Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League, will be hoping for a good outing with the bat in the T20 tournament to knock on the doors of the national selectors ahead of the World Cup.Rahane said the return of Steve Smith will be a big bonus for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.”It’s good to have him (Smith) back as a Rajasthan Royals player. He is a quality player and it’s always good to have him in your team. Also to pick his mind will be very important. We all know his ability to win matches,” he said.Asked about Royals’ challenge this season, the skipper said: “The challenge is to be consistent because the players are coming from all the different countries. It is important to stay together, stick together.”As long as we are enjoying each others success and backing each other we are on the right track. It is important to be positive and fearless as a team.””We have got a good blend of youth and experience and it is important to make use of each and every individual,” he said.Also Read | I am no slouch in white ball cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin on ODI exclusionlast_img read more

BCB trolls ICC over case of mistaken identity

first_imgFormer South Africa bowler Andrew Hall who turned 44 years old on Wednesday was wished a happy birthday by the International Cricket Council (ICC). But while posting the message on Twitter, the world body posted the picture of Hall’s former teammate Charl Langeveldt, an error which was spontaneously spotted by many including the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).Hall took 143 wickets in 111 internationals for South Africa and scored over 1600 runs and ICC mentioned the statistic in their tweet, which was subsequently deleted. However, a screenshot of the Tweet reveals the gaffe in all its glory: ICC’s ‘Happy Birthday’ tweet for Andrew Hall (Twitter)Upon noticing the mistake, the BCB, who have hired Langeveldt as an assistant bowling coach recently posted a quirky reply: “That’s our Bowling Coach Charl Langeveldt ?? Happy Birthday to Andrew Hall!”That’s our Bowling Coach Charl Langeveldt Happy Birthday to Andrew Hall! pic.twitter.com/4on85rkhgSBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 31, 2019Bangladesh have appointed former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as a spin bowling consultant while Langeveldt as the new pace bowling coach, the country’s cricket board said on Saturday.Vettori’s contract is until next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia and the 40-year-old will be available to the team for around 100 days during their preparation.Langeveldt, 44, takes charge as a full-time coach, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) added.Also Read | Put your real name: Dwayne Bravo’s nickname on jersey irks Simon DoullAlso Read | Stuart Broad comes with cheeky reply to Jofra Archer’s old tweet on Ashesadvertisementlast_img read more

Another masterclass in one-day cricket: Sourav Ganguly hails Virat Kohli

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to praise Virat Kohli after the current skipper overtook him on the list of highest run-scorers for India in one-day internationals. Kohli is now ranked second behind Sachin Tendulkar for India in the 50-overs format.Kohli surpassed Ganguly during his knock of 120 in the second ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain. India rode on Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundred to post 279 for 7 after electing to bat first and then bowled the Windies out for 210 to win the rain-truncated match by 59 runs (DLS method).Sourav Ganguly amassed 11363 runs in 311 ODIs during his 15-year career for India. Kohli went past him in his 238th match and is currently ranked 8th on the all-time list of run-getters with 11406 runs at an average of 59.71, which is the highest for any batsman in the format. Sachin Tendulkar sits on the top of the batting charts with 18426 runs from 463 ODIs at 44.83 with 49 hundreds.”Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly tweeted on Sunday.Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a playerSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 11, 2019Kohli’s latest century came after a gap of five months. It was his 8th ODI hundred against the Windies and he broke Javed Miandad’s 26-year-old record of scoring the most runs against the two-time world champions in the 50-over format.Before the start of Sunday’s 2nd ODI, Kohli needed just 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs. Kohli has needed just 34 matches to get to past Miandad’s tally. The Pakistan great had needed 64 matches to score 1930 runs against West Indies.advertisement”Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up,” Kohli said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Kohli received great support from the returning Shreyas Iyer during the match with the duo stitching a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Iyer, who made a comeback in the Indian ODI team, hit 71 off 68 balls. Kohli was all praise for Iyer at the post-match presentation.”He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said.Also Read | From Virat Kohli’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred: Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli ends 5-month hundred drought, becomes India’s 2nd highest run-getter in ODIslast_img read more

MORGAN NAMED C-E-O OF SIOUX CITY SYMPHONY

first_imgA well known local personality has been hired as the Sioux City Symphony’s Chief Executive Officer.Travis Morgan is the first C-E-O in the 102 year history of the symphony.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRAVIS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..let them know. :16Morgan will have a wide range of duties with the symphony and says he will work to broaden its appeal to all of Siouxland:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRAVIS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…the whole gamut. ;09Morgan will join forces with Music Director Ryan Haskins to take the Sioux City Symphony to new heights:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRAVIS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………go with it. ;19The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra kicks off season 102 on October 1st when they host Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey.last_img read more

War Eagle

first_imgOSU beats OU – Obviously all of this is null and void if this doesn’t happen.OSU doesn’t ge’t jumped by Stanford (who plays Notre Dame) or Virginia Tech (who plays Virginia and Clemson) – They shouldn’t, especially after beating OU.If LSU beats Arkansas, they play in the SEC title game. If Arkansas beats LSU, Alabama plays in the SEC title game (or so says Brad Edwards).The scenarios (winners in bold)Bama beats Auburn | LSU beats Ark. | LSU beats UGA: Bama is in, LSU is in, game of the century of the year part II.Bama beats Auburn | LSU beats Ark. | UGA beats LSU: Bama’s in, and LSU is still probably in. I don’t think there’s any way they drop below #3 after the season they’ve had, even with a loss to Georgia.Bama beats Auburn | Ark. beats LSU | Bama beats UGA: Bama’s in, Arkansas is in, somehow LSU gets left out. OSU is way out, probably still #4.Bama beats Auburn | Ark. beats LSU | UGA beats Bama: Arkansas would have one loss, Bama would be out with two losses, and LSU would stay in. LSU Arkansas rematch. No joy in Stillville.Auburn beats Bama | LSU beats Ark. | LSU beats UGA: Arkansas and Bama would both have two losses, OSU and LSU would play for the title.Auburn beats Bama | LSU beats Ark. | UGA beats LSU: Bama’s out, Arkansas is out, and OSU could be #1 playing #2 LSU for the title.Auburn beats Bama | Ark. beats LSU | UGA beats Ark.: Bama’s out (two losses), Arkansas is out (two losses), and LSU and OSU would play for the title.Auburn beats Bama | Ark. beats LSU | Ark. beats UGA: This is not good for the Cowboys. Bama would be out, Arkansas would definitely be in the title game and I think LSU would stay above OSU because losing to Arkansas at home > losing to Iowa State anywhere.So of the eight scenarios, OSU plays for the title in three of them, I think.The most likely scenario would be a Bama win, and two LSU wins which would mean OSU would finish the year #3, but as we all saw last weekend (well, just watch this)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWhen Lane Kiffin got the job at USC I, like many of you, wondered what in the world he’d done to deserve one of the ten most coveted head coaching jobs in college football (granted, it was on discount at the time because of their probation issues). He’d just gone 7 and 6 with Tennessee and before that driven the Raiders into the ground to the tune of 5 and 15.Well Lane, I’m sorry, and you’ve completely redeemed yourself.I was in Los Angeles for most of this last week. We went out to an improv show on Friday night after the Iowa State game and I was pretty bummed out. My wife, of all people, told me, “hey, there’s plenty of football left to be played, they have to pick somebody from the one-loss teams, right? Why not us?” I laughed her off at the time and probably told her I’d give her a hypothetical amount of money (that I could actually not afford to give her) to spend at Anthropologie if OSU made the national title game. That’s how sure I was of it.Then Clemson got stroked, OU fell in Waco, and SC hung on in Eugene.And all of a sudden we have a race for #2 on our hands. The back door is wide open (LSU has the front on lockdown) and OSU is just waiting for Gene Chizik to invite them in to the title game party.Let’s take a look at the eight ways the following SEC games (LSU vs. Arkansas, Auburn vs. Alabama, and Georgia vs. [SEC West team] in the SEC title game) could play out, with a few assumptions first:last_img read more

Texas WR and OSU Target Nearing Commitment

first_imgWide receiver target Tren’Davian Dickson has long been on the radar for OSU, and he tells Scout he will be making his decision before the end of July.Dickson’s top six includes Alabama, OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and Baylor – where he was previously committed. Dickson is a stud prospect who set a national record last season at Navasota High School with 39 touchdown catches – including this one-handed snag in the state championship game.Tren'Davian Dickson is a stud. Tren’Davian Dickson is a stud. Dickson is visiting Alabama this week and also expects to take a visit to Texas A&M before committing around July 31. A&M is the 247sports favorite to land the four-star prospect, and the 20 minute drive from home to College Station could be one of the main reasons.Dickson has already visited Stillwater once, and he had great things to say this weekend reflecting on OSU. “When I took a visit there, it was like some of the nicest stuff there I’d ever seen. And then Coach Gundy was real cool, and Coach Dunn was real nice so I like them two coaches there.”trenTalking about his decision, it’s clear that the coaches will play a factor in his decision as well. Coach Dunn and Coach Gundy seem to have some work on their hands if they intend to pluck Dickson from the hometown favorite of Texas A&M.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kingsbury Praises Washington, Tech DBs Worried About Vertical Attack

first_img“They definitely can throw and run the ball for sure,” added defensive back Justis Nelson. “They have big backs. They have experienced quarterback, they have a lot of deep threats.“I know they definitely like to go vertical. They like to toss the ball up. So I think the key is just keeping everything in front of us, making tackles. Making them move the ball consistently just down after down. They’re a well-coached team, and they have all the talent that you need.”OSU certainly has seemed more talented than Texas Tech in recent years. The Red Raiders haven’t beaten Oklahoma State since 2008 (pre-PFB!)“We haven’t beat them in a long time,” said Kingsbury. “They always have a great environment. The fans are right on top of you. I think our players understand what it means and how long it has been.”Hopefully the streak continues.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Texas Tech gives up 7.7 yards per pass which is inside the top 100 in the country. This stat actually looks elite compared to some of their other ones. They give up 5.8 yards per carry on the ground which is No. 125 in the country and 3.33 points per drive. It’s not pretty.And now they face an Oklahoma State offense that seems to be getting better by the week and currently gains 9.0 yards per attempt through the air. Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is rightfully concerned and spoke glowingly about The President.“It’s a team that continues to find a way to win at the end,” said Kingsbury. “They’ve had some really good comebacks. Offensively, tremendous skill players. Their young running back is doing a great job. Washington is as good as anyone in the country. And their quarterback is throwing it really well. They tend to make plays when they have to. Throughout this league at the end they’ve found a way to win and that’s a credit to them.“You have to dedicate a scheme to [Washington] .. each snap. Make sure you stay over the top. He’s going to get his catches. Don’t give up an easy one deep. It’s easier said than done because he does such a good job playing the ball in the air and they take shots. We’ll have to have an answer for him on every snap.”last_img read more

Man Utd target Perisic pens new Inter deal

first_imgIvan Perišić Perisic rules out future Man Utd move by penning new Inter deal Last updated 2 years ago 21:36 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ivan Perisic Inter 2017 Getty Images Internazionale Manchester United Serie A Premier League Transfers The Croatia international was heavily linked with the Red Devils in the summer, but he has committed his future to the Nerazzurri until 2022 Inter winger Ivan Perisic has ended all talk of a future move to Manchester United by signing a new contract with the Serie A side.The fresh terms will keep the Croatia international, 28, forward at the San Siro until 2022.Inter 9/1 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Perisic spent much of the summer seeing his future being called into question, amid intense talk of interest from United.Inter, though, maintained throughout that they had no intention of parting with him and have now been able to put an extended deal in place.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Inter are happy to announce the extension of the contract of Ivan Perisic, who will continue to wear the Nerazzurri colours until June 30, 2022.“Born in Split on 2 February 1989, Ivan arrived at Inter in the 2015-2016 season.“He has made 81 appearances in Serie A, national cups and Europa League so far. But it does not end there…”Ufficiale! Ivan #Perisic con noi fino al 2022!https://t.co/8BNqLx8knn #InterIsComing #FCIM pic.twitter.com/3sCyxmQHF4— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) September 8, 2017Perisic joined Inter from Wolfsburg and has been a consistent performer throughout his time in Italy.He netted 11 times in all competitions last season, while providing eight assists in Serie A.The talented forward has already conjured up three efforts for grateful team-mates this season to top the early creativity charts.Perisic is delighted to now be in a position to focus his full attention on matters on the field, telling Inter’s website: “It’s a special day, it’s certainly emotional and I’m happy after the stress of this summer.”Now, we can look forward and I’m only thinking about Inter. After signing, the pitch is the only thing left for me to think about.“For a long time I didn’t give quotes, I can now say that I had already spoken with [Luciano] Spalletti in pre-season and he told me that I can be an even better player with him.”[Samir] Handanovic also spoke to me about Spalletti from their time at Udinese and he only had good things to say about him.”We did well in our first two matches and now we have to continue in the same way. There are always a lot fans who turn up and it’s better for us like that. It will be easier with their support.”  Inter have taken maximum points from their opening two fixtures to sit joint-top of the table with Juventus.last_img read more

Mourinho is right – £75m Lukaku is a bargain

first_imgManchester United Mourinho is right – £75m goal-machine Lukaku is a bargain Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel The front man was at it again on Tuesday as he led United to Champions League victory with another goal and a convincing performance up front Manchester United returned to Champions League football after a 21-month hiatus on Tuesday night, and by full-time it felt a bit like they’d never been away.They saw off Basel 3-0 with a bit to spare at Old Trafford and were led, as they have been so often in the past, by a clinical showing in the final third from a big-name striker.Lukaku 11/5 to score first vs Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Romelu Lukaku has a long way to go before his European exploits can be compared with some of United’s great front men, but the Belgian marked his Champions League debut with a crucial goal and a very convincing individual performance leading the line.Coming just days after Jose Mourinho claimed his value has already doubled since his £75 million signing this summer, Lukaku’s sixth goal in six appearances served to underline the point.“I think we were very clever,” Mourinho told The Times . “We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season after Neymar everything changed – and changed for the worse in terms of prices. I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150m.”Before Tuesday, Lukaku had done plenty in the Premier League to suggest he might have increased his worth to the United cause, but then few had been in doubt about his qualities in the English domestic game. It was in Europe that some were more keen on judging him, and his excellent work off the ball and working the channels was proof that he can do the job on the continent too. He provided shape and pace to United attacks which had Basel on their toes all night.Manchester United Champions League 2017Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017United had to overcome the early loss of their skipper Paul Pogba after the Frenchman departed just 19 minutes in with a hamstring injury. But his replacement, Marouane Fellaini, would have United ahead before half-time with a towering header from a wonderful right-wing cross by Ashley Young.In a modern game which seems increasingly bound to the notion that inverted wingers can bring greater options in the final third, the sight of a right-footer on the right wing sending in a good old-fashioned out-swinging cross for a team-mate’s head is far too rare.It was another header which broke the back of the fixture, with Lukaku heading home the second from Daley Blind’s left-wing cross shortly after the interval.As professional, functional performances go, this was right up there alongside United’s most thorough in Europe and it rightly had two meaty headed goals to top it off. Marcus Rashford’s late third was just the icing on the cake which sent the home fans out into the drenched Manchester night with even bigger smiles.With the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being talked about more and more by the week, and United fans regularly reeling out the Swede’s song on the terraces, there are some questions which remain in relation to Lukaku’s standing once the larger-than-life veteran is an option for Mourinho.But current form suggests Lukaku will take some moving from the role as United’s spearhead, and when it comes to sticking a price on the 24-year-old’s head the figure only grows by the game.last_img read more

Bosz: System not to blame for loss

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Bosz: System not to blame for Hannover horror show Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:52 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sokratis Papastathopoulos - cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Hannover 96 Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Despite shipping four goals the BVB boss says his side’s defensive issues are not the result of tactical naivety Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz downplayed his high-pressing defence’s role in the 4-2 defeat at Hannover, instead blaming the loss on an overall lack of intensity.The visitors, who had Dan-Axel Zagadou sent off on the hour, slumped to a second defeat in three Bundesliga matches as Bayern Munich opened up a three-point lead in first.Freiburg 16/5 to beat Stuttgart Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At the forefront of Bosz’s problems is a back four which has now conceded nine goals in three league games and come under criticism for being exposed in behind.But the Dutch coach offered a simple explanation for his team’s capitulation on Saturday.”Hannover was much more aggressive, that was the problem,” Bosz told Sky Sport Germany.”You can talk about systems but if you do not play aggressively, you cannot play a system.”Hannover attacked very early and defended one-on-one for the whole match. We were not able to play our football.”It has nothing to do with us defending too high.”1 – @BVB only won 1 of the last 5 competitive games (2 draws, 2 defeats). Crisis? #H96BVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 28, 2017Hannover boss Andre Breitenreiter took a different view, claiming his side – which climbed to an impressive fourth – was specifically set up to exploit Dortmund’s risky positioning.”[Our plan] was to hunt, to fight against our opponents and to repeatedly use our fast players in the space that was offered to us,” Breitenreiter said.”From the first minute to the last the guys did it perfectly.”last_img read more

Rising U.S. star McKennie tries to stay humble

first_imgUnited States ‘My mom would bust my chops’ – Rising U.S. talent McKennie not acting like a star Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie Schalke United States Bundesliga Schalke 04 The teenager has made the breakthrough to Schalke’s first team this season, but his family helps ensure he doesn’t get a big head Rising American midfielder Weston McKennie relies on his mother to keep him humble, saying she would “bust my chops” if he started behaving like a star. The 19-year-old has become a regular with Schalke this season, leading many to pencil him in as a future U.S. national team fixture. But the Texas native isn’t letting his success get to his head, and McKennie says that his mom is a driving force in keeping him level headed.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I know exactly who I am and where I come from,” McKennie told Kicker. “And my mom would bust my chops if I would suddenly start behaving like a star.”He might not act like a star, but the holding midfielder is showing signs he could develop into one. McKennie started three straight Bundesliga games in September before being sidelined with a thigh injury. Now back in the squad, McKennie said that he developed his aggressive playing style from his home country’s most popular sport. “I’m a player who attacks his opponents aggressively and puts them under pressure physically,” McKennie said. “I think that’s when the American football player inside me comes out.”McKennie is hoping he gets his first call-up to the senior U.S. squad for November’s friendly against Portugal — the team’s first match after it was knocked out of contention for the 2018 World Cup. “I have the hope that I will be considered for the game against Portugal on Nov. 14. I’d very happy about this,” he said. “After failing to qualify for the World Cup, there is the chance to reset a few things. Maybe I can profit from that, even though I am very sad that my country won’t take part in the tournament in Russia.”last_img read more

Mou: I won’t chase Conte for a handshake

first_imgManchester United ‘Do you want me to chase him?’ – Mourinho plays down missing Conte handshake Goal 03:23 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Chelsea Antonio Conte Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The Italian chose to celebrate victory with his players rather than greet his opposite number, but the Man Utd boss won’t lose sleep over the incident Jose Mourinho played down the significance of not shaking hands with Antonio Conte after Manchester United were downed 1-0 by Chelsea on Sunday.The pair have maintained an uneasy relationship since Conte arrived in the Premier League, and tempers flared last season when the Italian was accused of over-celebrating his team’s goals during a 4-0 thrashing of the Red Devils. On Sunday, too, Mourinho was bypassed by Conte at the final whistle as the Chelsea boss went straight onto the pitch to greet his players, leaving the ‘Special One’ with members of his backroom staff.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United’s manager, however, insisted there was no problem between the two when asked about the handshake that never was. “You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch? I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there,” he told reporters after the game.”I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”Mourinho added that United deserved to take something away from a well-matched game that was eventually decided by Alvaro Morata’s header. “It was a big game. Powerful team against powerful team. Tactically, emotionally, physically. Of course, we missed some important players who weren’t available,” he said.”The team that scored first would probably win, because both were good defensively. Being in front would always be an advantage.”They scored before us and were in a more comfortable position. We lost emotionally for a few minutes after the goal. We struggled being confident and playing again, but we had a good reaction and control.”We showed initiative, courage and had the chance to equalise, which would have been a fair result.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mane injury ‘a concern’ for Klopp

first_imgSadio Mané Mane’s returning hamstring injury concerns Klopp as Liverpool await full assessment Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 21:34 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sadio mane - cropped Getty Images Sadio Mané Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Senegal v South Africa Liverpool v Southampton Senegal South Africa Premier League WC Qualification Africa The forward has been sent back from Senegal duty after suffering a setback on the injury that kept him out of five games in October Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a concern” to have had Sadio Mane return from international duty with another hamstring problem.The forward has been sent back to England after Senegal’s football federation confirmed he had been feeling slight pain in same muscle that kept him out for the majority of October.Reds 6/4 to score U1.5 goals v Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Senegal having sealed qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Africa last week, Mane has been allowed to go back to Liverpool for assessment on the problem before they resume Premier League duties against his old club Southampton this weekend.Klopp is unwilling to speculate on the severity of the injury but concedes it is a worry to see the 25-year-old suffer another setback.”First and foremost, I have to say big congratulations to Senegal on the achievement of qualifying for the World Cup,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “This is fantastic news for their country and the players, Sadio included.”Aliou Cisse and his guys have done a fantastic job there and you can see them making a real impact in Russia come next summer. Personally speaking, I’m delighted for Sadio. Everyone in Liverpool knows his ability and the best players should be on the best stage – Sadio will now have this wonderful chance.”Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us: obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.”At this stage, we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after. We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.”It should not be forgotten in Liverpool, either, how important it is to Sadio that he represents his country whenever he is fit enough to do so. He is so proud of his country and recognises what a role model he is for them.”So, in this moment all I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Villarreal 0 Barcelona 2

first_imgVillarreal 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez, Messi restore five-point LaLiga lead Joe Wright 05:47 12/11/17 luis suarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona ended a run of back-to-back draws in LaLiga thanks to second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi away to Villarreal. Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over 10-man Villarreal on Sunday and restored their five-point lead at the top of LaLiga.The Uruguay forward struck with 18 minutes to play at the Estadio de la Ceramica before Messi added a simple second, ending a run of back-to-back draws in the top flight for the Catalans and keeping the title race firmly in their hands.Messi’s goal saw him equal the record of 525 goals in all competitions for the same team in one of Europe’s top-five leagues, set by Bayern Munich great Gerd Muller. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca, held by second-place Valencia and Celta Vigo in their last two games, had not gone three games without a league win for over a year but found it difficult to break down Javier Calleja’s side.Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique each hit the woodwork but Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called upon to keep the home side at bay, before Raba’s red card in the second half left Villarreal up against it.The visitors had been short of their best but one moment of slick passing carved open the Villarreal defence and allowed Luis Suarez to break the deadlock, and Messi made the points safe with seven minutes remaining.The victory again moves Barca five points clear of Valencia, six above Atletico Madrid and eight ahead of champions Real Madrid, all three of whom won this weekend.Pique hit the bar after only three minutes with a header from Denis Suarez’s corner, though Ter Stegen had to be alert to deny Roberto Soriano from close range in an evenly contested first half-hour.WHAT A GAME to make your comeback, @SergioAsenjo1! #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/pIZfmAWDe2— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 10, 2017A Messi free-kick forced a save from Sergio Asenjo – back in the team in LaLiga for the first time this season after recovering from his latest knee injury – and the Argentina star flashed another shot narrowly wide, but it was a pretty subdued display from the leaders in the opening half.Villarreal were not looking too stretched by Barca’s approach play and Valverde responded by bringing off Denis Suarez for Paco Alcacer just before the hour mark, with the Catalans shifting to more of a 4-3-1-2.Alcacer almost made an immediate impact, connecting with Jordi Alba’s low cross only to be denied by Asenjo six yards from goal, before Messi sent another Alba pass inches wide of the right-hand post.As Barca suddenly looked to be in the ascendancy, Raba handed them a huge advantage, lunging into a challenge on Sergio Busquets on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area and catching him on the foot with raised studs, prompting referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to brandish a straight red card.Luis Suarez was inches from capitalising on that man advantage seven minutes later, nudging Alba’s cross onto the right-hand post with an outstretched boot, but the Uruguayan at last made the telling impact in the 72nd minute.Messi started a quick passing move that saw the former Liverpool striker play a one-two with Alcacer, round Asenjo and slot home for his seventh league goal of the season.Manu Trigueros brought a flying stop out of Ter Stegen but Villarreal killed off their own hopes of a comeback with eight minutes left. A loose pass allowed Busquets to feed Messi on the edge of the area and the Argentina star burst into space and slotted the ball past Asenjo, securing a 12th win in 15 league games this season. With that goal, Leo #Messi equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe’s major league with one club. Well done, Leo! #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/30vNDzu4zx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 read morelast_img read more

Real Madrid team news vs Barcelona

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Barcelona Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:43 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Everything you need as Los Blancos take on the Blaugrana in a Clasico clash in the capital on Saturday Real Madrid will look to revive their fagging title hopes by beating Barcelona in the Clasico at the Santiago Bermabeu on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men are in fourth place after 16 rounds of matches, provisionally 11 points adrift of their fierce rivals, albeit with a game in hand due to their participation in the Club World Cup.Los Blancos beat Gremio in Abu Dhabi to claim their fifth trophy of 2017, a club record, and will now look to get back on track in the Primera Division. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Clasico clash in La Liga on Saturday…REAL MADRID INJURIES Raphael Varane is back from a muscle problem and Gareth Bale is also available after making his injury return at the Club World Cup, so there are no fresh injury concerns for Real Madrid ahead of the Clasico.Cristiano Ronaldo is fit despite missing training this week in the build-up to the game.Raphael Varane Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund 25092017REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Sergio Ramos was shown the red card in Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Athletic Club at San Mames in early December and missed the 5-0 win against Sevilla prior to the Club World Cup, but he back for the Clasico.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridREAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPProbably for the very first time this season, Real Madrid go into a match without any major injuries as only Zidane’s son Luca is sidelined ahead of the Clasico clash against Barcelona.Gareth Bale is in line for a return to the starting line-up in attack, alongside Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in what would be a first start for the BBC all together this season.In defence, Sergio Ramos will feature after missing the 5-0 win over Sevilla through suspension and Raphael Varane should start alongside him (as he did in the Club World Cup final win over Gremio) after recovering from injury.Real Madrid possible ClasicoBARCELONA TEAM NEWS Barcelona are still without summer signing Ousmane Dembele, who is not ready to feature despite targeting an injury return against Real Madrid.Defender Samuel Umtiti and striker Paco Alcacer are also sidelined, while Gerard Deulofeu has been left out of the squad after his injury.Rafinha also fails to make the squad following a long spell out, while there is also no place for Arda Turan, who is set to leave the club in January.Luis Suarez Jordi Alba BarcelonaTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Madrid versus Barcelona kicks off at 13:00 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football and also on Sky Sports Mix from 11:30 GMT. In the United States (US), Real Madrid v Barcelona can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) and kicks off at 07:00 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS This will be the 237th El Clasico in all competitions between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Los Blancos have won 95 and the Blaugrana 92, while there have been 49 draws. Real Madrid, on 399, can become the first to reach 400 goals in the fixture. Barca currently have 384. Zinedine Zidane’s side won the last two Clasico clashes, both in the 2017 Spanish Supercopa (3-1 at Camp Nou and 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu). The last time Real Madrid won three consecutive matches against Barcelona in all competitions came back in 1978. Barcelona have the chance to win three consecutive La Liga matches against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time in the club’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 goals against Barcelona in all competitions since he joined Real Madrid and could equal Alfredo Di Stefano as the all-time top Real Madrid scorer in El Clasico history (18). Lionel Messi is the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history in all competitions (24 goals), the all-time La Liga top scorer in El Clasico history (16) and the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history at the Bernabeu (14).last_img read more

F1’s Kevin Magnussen: ‘I’m not here to make friends. It’s a race and that’s it’

first_img Lewis Hamilton: Sebastian Vettel would not want to be in the same team as me “I am not here to make friends,” he says. “I am not here to please anyone. I am here to get results. What he says doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care what he thinks. What matters to me is that I get the most out of myself and my racing.”Hülkenberg proved incapable of ignoring the issue and went on to call him a “wannabe Verstappen” and wryly added that having “hot-headed and sensitive” drivers was good for the show.Magnussen remains insistent he has no regrets and that there would be no apologies. “I don’t have to defend myself to him,” he says. “I really don’t have to. Its a race on track and that’s it. I don’t care about anything else.”Magnussen is no stranger to controversy. He has packed an awful lot into a what has been a deceptively short F1 career. Taken on as part of McLaren’s young driver programme, he made his debut for the team alongside Jenson Button in 2014. His second place in the opening race that year in Australia was the last podium the team scored. He was demoted to reserve driver the next season, when Fernando Alonso returned to the team, and was released at the end of 2015. One season with Renault followed before he joined Haas this year. They have just confirmed he will be driving for them next year – the first time he will have concluded two racing seasons in a row for the same team. Support The Guardian Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa interviews Read more Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… He has, he insists, made the most of every opportunity he has been given. “F1 has been my dream since I was a kid,” he says. “I am here. That feeling of having achieved that and a step in my life’s dream of winning the championship – there is no way I wouldn’t work extremely hard – I put the time in. I feel like Haas is a much better fit for me, it is less political and there is room for me to be me.”With F1 resuming with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday after the sport’s summer break, he currently trails his team-mate Romain Grosjean by seven points and has a best finish of seventh. But now Magnussen has a solid season behind him, it is a position he expects to improve upon as the team attempt to secure seventh place in the constructors’ championship. His goal remains a seat at one of the top teams for a tilt at the title, a target he believes is still achievable by proving himself at Haas but not, he insists, at the cost of his fiercely independent character. “I say what I think,” he concludes. “I will not change myself or my opinions for anyone.” Kevin Magnussen cannot help but smile when reminded of his riposte to Nico Hülkenberg after the pair had clashed at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Magnussen discarded years of careful media training with his childishly gleeful retort of “suck my balls” when Hülkenberg berated him for his driving. Magnussen is unrepentant but the grin swiftly disappears, to be replaced with a look of cold conviction. Although his flippancy hit the headlines the young driver is more concerned with emphasising just how seriously he takes his role in Formula One.The 24-year-old had squeezed Hülkenberg wide in Budapest and was given a five-second penalty for doing so. Hülkenberg was still fuming about the incident after the race and interrupted an interview Magnussen was conducting to accuse him of being “the most unsporting driver”. Magnussen’s reply was impudent but he is unafraid of a fight, a character trait reflected on and off the track. It has given the Dane a level of confidence and allowed him to relax and race freely; he is finally under no pressure to earn his place. As Hülkenberg discovered, it has not, however, made Magnussen any less tenacious. “I don’t see myself as a tough person off the track, I see myself as friendly, open and calm,” he says. “But on track I do my best and I don’t give anything away. I try to push the limits. Maybe I am uncompromising on track. The stewards judge whether I’m fair or not, it is my job to extract the most from the rules and circumstances. I admit sometimes I go over the limit but sometimes I don’t and I get results. You need to be pushing the limits and I am not going to change that.”That he pushes on the track has been clear enough but his mindset off it has been called into question. That second for McLaren remains his best result and his work ethic was questioned by a senior figure within the team. The single season with Renault ended with recriminations after the managing director, Cyril Abiteboul, said he lacked discipline and commitment.Indeed, the claims were still doing the rounds this season, so much so that Magnussen’s current team principal, Guenther Steiner, backed his driver publicly last week, saying he had “never seen that he’s lacking effort or anything”. Sources within the team back up Steiner’s opinion, believing Magnussen is working hard and well because he is finally genuinely comfortable with the set-up at the American squad. He denies that he has ever shown a lack of focus. “When I was there McLaren was not a healthy place to be for a young driver,” he says. “McLaren at that time was a giant on the way down, people were panicking and under huge pressure and it was a very, very tense environment. To come in as a young guy with no experience and try to find your feet in F1, that was not the right environment to be in.” Motor sport Topics Formula One 2017 Share on Pinterest When I was there McLaren was not a healthy place to be for a young driver Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share via Email Formula One Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale to return to Tottenham Hotspur?

first_imgRumour mill Share on Pinterest Topics Elsewhere in Spain, Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona sent scouts to keep tabs on Tottenham duo Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane during Tuesday night’s match between Real and Spurs. While the quality of both players can hardly be questioned, neither man was at his absolute best during an outstanding Tottenham Hotspur performance in which several other players stepped up and caught the eye. Those Harry Winks and Hugo Lloris to the Camp Nou rumours start here. Still only 18, Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt is another man wanted by the Catalan club, who have also approached representatives of the Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.Chelsea are hopeful of securing the signature of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly come season’s end, but will have to fend off interest from – you’ve guessed it – Barcelona to bring the Senegal international to Stamford Bridge. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has previously confirmed that he attempted to sign Koulibaly during the summer, but couldn’t afford Napoli’s £60m asking price. “Kalidou stayed because he has a strong contract and he knows that with these team-mates and this staff they can have important ambitions and try to win the Scudetto,” said the player’s agent, Bruno Satin, back in early September. So far, so good – Napoli lead Serie A and have yet to drop a point after eight matches. Crystal Palace are ready to ramp up their interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who scored twice for the Turkish side in their Champions League win at Monaco this week. Meanwhile in the Midlands, West Brom and Wolves are both hopeful of signing Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, whose manager Eddie Howe has said the 24-year-old will not be going anywhere in the next transfer window. And finally, West Ham goalkeeper Adrián wants to find a new club after losing his place in Slaven Bilic’s first team to Joe Hart. Yet to feature in the league and aving made just two appearances in the Carabao Cup this season, the Spanish goalkeeper feels he needs a move elsewhere to boost his chances of making Spain’s World Cup squad. Uneasiness pervades at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte among the malcontents Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read morecenter_img Share on Twitter Spanish sports news purveyors Don Balon say Gareth Bale could make a surprise return to Tottenham, despite his current employers, Real Madrid, having previously rebuffed advances from Chelsea and Manchester United. With Isco and Marco Asensio proving more than capable of filling his Adidas Predator Precisions, the injury prone Welshman is fast becoming surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu and has even been subjected to jeers and whistles from the cheap seats during some of his appearances this season.Bale, 28, was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer and speculation persists. Nevertheless, Don Balon report that he would rather move to Tottenham, the club that helped make him a star. In May 2015, at a time when Bale was being heavily criticised for poor performances towards the end of his second season in Spain, Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham were “open to receive” him back at White Hart Lane if he was “not comfortable” at Real Madrid. “Tottenham will always have a place in my heart,” said Bale a year after his move to Spain. “I hope the fans still love me even though I’ve moved on. I love Spurs fans; you never know, I could come back one day.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook features Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

Alfredo Morelos rescues a point for Rangers against Kilmarnock

first_img 35 Grezda Substitutes 4 Bruce Share on Messenger 39 61 Substitutes 17 Findlay Kilmarnock had crumbled 5-0 here in a Scottish Cup tie last month after their goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was sent off. But with a full complement they were able to sit in and heap more angst on a side that were still reeling from their Scottish Cup exit in midweek.Gerrard made four changes to the team dumped out by Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen as Nikola Katic, Steven Davis, Andy Halliday and Lassana Coulibaly came in. Kilmarnock, meanwhile, were forced to change their line-up three minutes into the match as Eamonn Brophy’s hamstring went after he sped past Katic.Steve Clarke turned to McAleny but the change made no difference to the Rugby Park manager’s gameplan as his side sat in and dared Rangers to break them down.Davis almost provided the cutting edge Rangers have lacked lately as he cut past Gary Dicker but Bachmann palmed his shot over.Gerrard was left fuming when Greg Aitken waved away strong penalty appeals after a Morelos strike hit Kirk Broadfoot’s outstretched arm. It proved a decisive call as Kilmarnock grabbed the lead. Dicker spotted the Rangers defence sleeping as McAleny was allowed to drift into space. Dicker’s ball over the top was inch-perfect and the striker calmly strode past Allan McGregor to finish after the keeper strangely wandered into no-man’s land. Rangers tried to up the tempo but again looked incapable of breaking down a packed defence. Instead it was Kilmarnock who almost struck again in first-half stoppage time as Alan Power dragged just wide. Frustration was rising both on and off the pitch as the whistle went for the change of ends, with Morelos pushing Broadfoot to the ground as the home support booed Gerrard’s team down the tunnel.Andy Halliday and Daniel Candeias failed to return for the restart, with Eros Grezda making his return from injury alongside Borna Barisic. That made little difference and Gerrard rolled the dice again on 64 minutes as he swapped Coulibaly for Jermain Defoe. 20 Morelos Topics match reports Kilmarnock Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus Match stats 5 3 (s 72′) 3 Worrall (s 64′) Eni Aluko KIL RGR 29 Burke 6 Power 9 Defoe Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 13 Foderingham 6 Goldson 15 McAleny 9 Boyd 17 McCrorie KIL39RGR61% (s 69′) Scottish Premiership 14 Kent 1 McGregor 26 Bachmann (s 46′) Possession 11 Lafferty Rangers Read more (s 46′) 10 Davis 2 Rangers Off target 1 Kilmarnock 7 Rangers On target 1 Kilmarnock 21 Candeias 5 9 But it was Morelos who fired Rangers level seconds later as he collected James Tavernier’s pass and turned past Stuart Findlay before beating Bachmann at his near post.The mood round Ibrox had suddenly changed from despair to hope. But the groans were not gone for long. Ryan Kent led an 88th-minute breakaway but Grezda’s pass forced Defoe away from goal and his shot squirmed wide. Gerrard told Rangers TV afterwards: “The result is frustrating. Conceding the poor goal certainly helped them an awful lot but, in terms of us trying to get back into the game, I can’t fault the players’ application in trying to create and make things happen. We’ve played football the right way.”He had a special word for his goal-scorer. “He’s took his goal really well but we are over reliant on him at the moment and it’s my job to try and fix that.”ROUNDUPHibernian took a significant step towards a Premiership top-six place after goals from Marc McNulty and David Gray earned them a 2-0 home win over Motherwell.McNulty scored his seventh goal in as many matches by converting a 19th-minute penalty before Gray headed in Stevie Mallan’s corner six minutes before the break.Paul Heckingbottom’s side are five clear of the Steelmen and within two points of city rivals Hearts going into the international break.The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, called for improvement following a 1-1 draw with Livingston.Niall McGinn’s 30th-minute opener was cancelled out by Craig Sibbald to leave the Dons with one victory in their past nine matches at Pittodrie.McInnes said: “I’m frustrated by the result. We spoke before the game about how we’ve made the challenge more difficult in recent home games by losing the first goal. We wanted to defend with the same authority we’ve shown in recent games.”The Livingston manager, Gary Holt, praised his side. “I’m delighted for the boys, and the character they showed to take a point, especially after going a goal down,” he said.“Aberdeen are an exceptional side, and you’re not going to be able to turn up and play your style of football. You have to match them. We worked on that through the week and I thought we were excellent.“We spoke before the game about how Aberdeen were the only team we hadn’t taken any points from, and the boys are buzzing in there because we have now. With a wee bit of luck we might even have won it.”Aaron McGowan’s first goal for Hamilton gave them a 1-0 win over Hearts at New Douglas Park. The 22-year-old former Morecambe defender scored with a brilliantly-taken volley after 36 minutes. The fifth-placed visitors showed greater application after the break, but Brian Rice’s side stood firm for a victory that moved them six points clear of second-bottom Dundee. 31 Barisic 19 Millar 18 Kamara 27 Tshibola 22 Millen Share on Facebook 19 Katic Alfredo Morelos scored his 29th goal of the season but there was fresh frustration for Rangers as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kilmarnock.Morelos rescued a point for his side at Ibrox, his ninth goal against Kilmarnock this season, as he cancelled out Conor McAleny’s first-half goal. But Steven Gerrard’s team now risk falling 10 points behind Celtic if the Parkhead side can win at Dundee . 1 MacDonald Rangers 24 Mulumbu (s 5′) 25 Brophy The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Fouls 2 Tavernier 2 O’Donnell Share on Pinterest Corners 7 McKenzie The Observer 23 Coulibaly Kilmarnock Goal attempts Reuse this content Lineups Share via Email Share on LinkedIn 3 Taylor 16 Halliday 8 Dicker 5 Broadfootlast_img read more

Fenerbahce’s Victor Moses: ‘The atmosphere here in Turkey is amazing’

first_imgFenerbahce are in a state of transition under the new director of football, Damien Comolli – who counts Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool on his CV – who is trying to create a younger squad. Moses is still only 28, something many forget considering he made his professional debut aged 16 in 2007. Now he is aiming to be a senior player, proven by him taking the responsibility from the penalty spot, scoring Monday’s winner at Erzurumspor.Despite other offers from around the world, Moses desired a more authentic experience in one of the world’s most fascinating football cultures. “It obviously wasn’t the easiest option to take. I wanted to come here because I just wanted to play football,” Moses explains. “I want to make sure the club is in a better position than when I arrived and that is a huge test of myself as a player, to take them to where they want to be.”Home comforts have aided the adjustment to a new home and lifestyle, as moving abroad mid-season can be a tricky prospect, but Moses himself thinks little has changed. “I am here with my wife and two kids. My kids are going to school here and my wife has settled down. It has made it a lot easier for me to go to work and come home to see the kids, it feels like I am still back in London.” Victor Moses has helped transform the fortunes of Fenerbahce who were in danger of relegation when he joined on loan from Chelsea in January. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images European club football Fenerbahçe Football Reuse this content The Africa Cup of Nations takes place this summer but Moses will not be representing Nigeria, having retired after last year’s World Cup to concentrate on club football. He has already won the biggest prize in Africa and regularly visits the country of his birth, so knows what it would mean if his compatriots can repeat the feat of 2013. “It’s a massive thing to win the African Nations, it will go down in history. It was my first tournament with Nigeria and winning it was a bonus for me, it was a good experience for me.”Rather than a summer of football, it will be one of rest for Moses cheering on his former international teammates, giving him time to reflect on what has brought the biggest change of his professional career. interviews Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Facebook Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIncenter_img Chelsea Read more “It’s tough, as Chelsea’s a very special place for me and I’ve always had a great relationship with the fans but it became very obvious that I was not in the manager’s plans,” Moses says when we meet in Istanbul. “I have achieved great things there but I just needed to play football and that’s why I got the move to Fenerbahce.”There were offers on the table from numerous clubs, including in China, but the romance of Fenerbahce was an enticing prospect for a player who had previously spent his entire career in England. The 19-times Turkish champions had won three matches out of 18 in the league before Moses arrived on loan for 18 months, leaving them outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.Since landing in Istanbul Moses has played in 13 league games and lost just once, helping Fenerbahce up to eighth and with a fighting chance of Europa League qualification. “When I came here, everyone was a little bit shocked by the position they were in and that was the main reason why I came, as a big club like Fenerbahce should not be in a position like that.”The stands at Premier League grounds can be a sedate environment, so the constant bouncing of the fans in Turkey has taken a little getting used to. “In the stadium the atmosphere is a lot different [to England], it’s unlike anything I have ever experienced in football, every game is a must-win game and they are so passionate as they just want us to win and make everybody happy. It’s not just football, it’s a way of life here.”Few things in football can compare to Istanbul derbies and Moses can now say he has featured in two. Six goals were shared away at Besiktas, while a 10-man Fenerbahce came back to draw against eventual champions Galatasaray, games that will live on in his memory.“It’s a massive experience, playing against Galatasaray and Besiktas, you can feel the atmosphere, it feels like the stadium is going to fall down due to the fans singing and bouncing. The atmosphere is amazing, you can easily tell the passion they’ve got for football here is crazy. They just love football and want the team to win, that’s why they support the team.” Share on Twitter Topics Read more Facebook Share on WhatsApp Moving abroad was not always part of the plan for Victor Moses but after being left out in the cold by Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, the forward is enjoying the heat of the action at Fenerbahce. By his own admission he could have taken easier options when deciding where to move in January but the challenge of bringing one of Turkey’s bigger clubs out of a relegation battle was appealing.Sarri’s summer arrival at Chelsea brought a change in system, with Moses being a victim of the adjustments. The Nigerian enjoyed a Stamford Bridge renaissance under Antonio Conte after a stuttering spell in west London in which he went out on loan three times before becoming a key component of the title-winning squad of 2016-17. However, he managed only five appearances under Sarri, forcing him to look elsewhere. Christian Pulisic: ‘There’s a champion mentality at Chelsea’ Share on Messenger If my Chelsea future hinges on winning final, sack me now, says Maurizio Sarrilast_img read more