Mourinho bites back at detractors

first_imgJose Mourinho insisted Chelsea did everything required of champions as he hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners’ approach. Press Association “What the players are feeling now is fantastic. They deserve.” Mourinho returned for a second spell as Chelsea boss in June 2013 and now in his second season has won the Capital One Cup and the Premier League, taking his personal trophy tally to 22. “When you go back to a place where you had success before you risk a little bit of your prestige, your history. I risked it,” Mourinho added. “This amazing team that was Chelsea’s team for a decade is not here any more. And a new team won again. “Now I can say I won titles for Chelsea with two different generations, separated by almost a decade.” Mourinho made a veiled criticism of rival Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern Munich are the dominant team in Germany, and spoke of enjoying the competitive nature of English football. Mourinho added: “Maybe in the future I have to be smarter and choose another country, another club, where everybody’s champions. Even the kit man coaching is champion in some countries “I still enjoy these difficulties. I still enjoy to be tired after a very difficult match. So I think I am in the right place.” Mourinho is two years into a four-year contract of his second spell and received the congratulations of owner Roman Abramovich afterwards. “I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me to stay. The day he tells me to go, I go,” the Blues boss added. “I was with TV, just a hug and a hug means more than words. “He’s a man that won every title with Chelsea. Some players did some, some players did others. “Some managers did some, some managers did others. Mr Abramovich is the only one that won every title.” Mourinho’s side needed three points to claim the trophy with three games to spare and Eden Hazard headed in the rebound after seeing his first-half penalty saved by Julian Speroni. Chelsea have led for some time and suffered just two defeats all season – on December 6 at Newcastle and January 1 at Tottenham, when Manchester City drew level at the top of the table. The challenge of each of the Blues’ rivals faltered at varying times and Mourinho knew the title was his side’s to lose, but insisted on taking a game-by-game approach. “We were convinced for a long time,” he said “Champions now. Not one hour ago, not yesterday, or a week or one month ago. Champions now. “From that moment (the loss to Spurs), January, February, March, April, not one single defeat.” Mourinho is already targeting title number four, aware the margins between success and comparative failure are fine. Mourinho said: “I will try (for) another one. The day I don’t feel that passion to try to do it again, I stop. I don’t feel that day is arriving. “(But) I think top four in this country, for the top teams, is the first target.” Ramires was a late withdrawal from the Chelsea side through illness and went to hospital to be assessed. Mourinho said: “Ramires went to the hospital, he was feeling so bad.” Palace boss Alan Pardew felt the penalty award was “questionable” and that his side might have had their own spot-kick when John Terry blocked a Jason Puncheon shot, with the ball hitting the Blues captain’s shoulder and upper arm before going clear. “I do feel a little bit hard done by,” Pardew said. “It was kind of questionable. Then they get another break when he misses it and it goes straight to him. “(But) it’s not about us today. They’ve obviously done the job. Sometimes fantasy and flair goes out the window to do the job to win. “That’s why this guy (Mourinho) earns the money he earns, because he wins and he wins trophies.” A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave the Blues an unassailable lead at the summit and a fourth Premier League title in 11 seasons. It was Mourinho’s third – drawing him level with Bill Shankly, Arsene Wenger and Stan Cullis – and first of his second spell. Chelsea, by the Portuguese’s own admission, became “more strategic, less artistic” as the title neared, with detractors labelling the Blues “boring”. Mourinho, who values substance over style, dismissed those who had the temerity to criticise his side. “We do everything that the team needs,” Mourinho said. “That’s why we deserve so much to be champions. And I think everybody knows that. “And the ones that have a big face to say we don’t deserve are the ones that in my country we say: the dogs bark and the caravan goes by. “(It’s) easy to be a pundit, because as a pundit you win every game. Fantastic job. “Maybe in 10 years’ time it’s my job. And then I win every game. “Now as a manager I lose sometimes and it’s a much more difficult job. last_img read more

Sing out

first_imgBrandon Hui | Daily TrojanLara Johnston (left) and Peter Johnson, both freshmen majoring in pop music, perform at Ground Zero’s open mic night competition on Monday. Monday marked the third and final night of the open mic night competition. One winner was chosen each night, and the winners will perform at  a benefit concert with a headlining band.last_img

Ireland qualify for Rio

first_imgThe team will be the first Irish hockey team to compete at an Olympics since 1908. Ireland will join ten other confirmed teams including Great Britain, India and Canada as well as one yet to be confirmed qualifier.last_img

Leinster name match day squad for Edinburgh clash

first_imgMeanwhile, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald have been restored to the side, while Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross will form an all-new international front-row in Leo Cullen’s team.The province will be aiming to retain their top spot in the table.last_img

The FIFA Interactive Club World Cup will take place in London on August 5th

first_imgUpdate: The next six clubs have since been announced. These are West Ham, VfL Wolfsburg, Olympique Lyonnais, Heracles, Sporting C.P. and PSV EindhovenFIFA will launch the first edition of the Interactive Club World Cup (FICWC) competition in London on August 5th.The Interactive Club World Cup will see 19 professional football clubs with esports divisions battle it out for the remaining two places at the Grand Final of the FIFA Interactive Club World Cup (FIWC). The FIWC will itself take place in London in August 16-18. The first six clubs that have been announced to take are PSG, Schalke, Man City, Brondby,  Sampdoria and Valencia.There will be another 13 clubs announced in due course, and 24 players representing these 19 will take part in the first FICWC. As in all the previous FIWC 2017 live qualification events, the players will be split into two divisions: PS4 and Xbox One. Each division will consist of two groups of six players. The top two in each group will progress to the divisional semi-final. The semi-finals and final for each division will be played over two legs. The PlayStation division champion and the Xbox division champion will each receive a qualification seat at the FIWC 2017 Grand Final.The winner of this year’s FIWC will receive close to $200,000 (£153,000) in prize money, which is a huge increase on the same tournament last year. The winner will also receive an invitation to The Best FIFA Football Awards where they will have the opportunity to meet the best football players in the world.The FIFA space is a fascinating one to look at in esports right now, its scene remains relatively small in comparison with numerous other titles but regardless a number of major football clubs have now entered, and more seem set to do so. Last week saw VfB Stuttgart become the third Bundesliga club sign two FIFA players, and there’ll undoubtedly be more with the forthcoming launch of the latest version of the EA title. What we expect to see is more English clubs get involved, and we’ve an eye on Liverpool FC making a splash in esports generally at some point soon especially now Peter Moore (ex-EA Sports Competitive Gaming Division lead) is the club’s CEO. As for the FIWC, Esports Insider will be in attendance on the 19th and we look forward to seeing the best of the best in FIFA battle it out. Esports Insider says: As more football clubs add FIFA esports divisions it’s inevitable that this FICWC is likely to grow year on year. As more domestic leagues such as the Dutch E-Divisie pop up too, the hope is that this will get evermore competitive too.last_img read more

UCL Round of 16: Real Madrid v Ajax preview

first_imgReal Madrid: Courtois; Reguilón, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Vázquez, Benzema, ViníciusOut: Ramos (suspended), Llorente (adductor)Misses next game if booked: noneAjax: Onana; Tagliafico, Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui; De Jong, Van de Beek, Schöne; Neres, Tadić, ZiyechOut: Bandé (calf)Misses next game if booked: Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui, Tagliafico, Van de Beek, ZiyechKey battleModrić v De Jong: The Dutch press felt UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Luka Modrić won his game within a game against Frenkie de Jong on points in the first leg, but the Barcelona-bound youngster has a second chance to get one over on his Croatian counterpart. If De Jong can set the early tone, then his side will follow – and Ajax will have a puncher’s chance of overturning the first-leg arrears.Form guideReal MadridLast game: Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (02/03)Form: LLWLWWDWWWAjaxLast game: Feyenoord 0-3 Ajax (27/02, Dutch Cup semi-final)Form: WWWLLWLWDWSantiago Solari, Real Madrid coach“The team really want to win and I like this. We’re going out to win, as we always do. The team’s in good shape and they have a lot of experience and are relaxed about what people are saying.We’re working hard and of course we’re not happy when we lose, but we still want to do well in the Liga, and now we’ve got the Champions League. It’s a shame Sergio Ramos won’t be playing … He’s a leader, but we have enough players with experience and quality to replace him.”Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach“They [Madrid] know that if they want to win a prize this season, the Champions League is the most realistic left. That will probably give them a special mentality on the pitch. But that does not matter to us. We are still active on three fronts.Our players are ambitious. We are going into the match to score goals. This Ajax side takes the initiative in every match. Ramos is definitely a loss, both on a tactical and a mental level. [His absence] certainly won’t make them stronger.” Real Madrid look to bounce back from two home losses against Barcelona while Ajax need to overturn a 2-1 deficit.After back-to-back home defeats by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and Liga, Real Madrid are in need of a tonic as they return to a competition that has been so dear to them in recent years.On Tuesday, they will have been European champions for 1,011 days, and what better way to pick themselves up than by finishing off Ajax? The heat is definitely on, but Madrid invariably respond when that UEFA Champions League anthem plays.Possible line-ups –Source: UEFAlast_img read more

Clippers’ Landry Shamet eager to play alongside Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_img“Just being a shooter, knowing how teams are going to play those guys, I feel like I am a smart, cerebral guy on that end,” said Shamet, who is shooting 41.5 percent overall and 38.7 from 3-point range in 11 games this season.“I know where to find my spots.”INJURY UPDATESRivers said Patrick Beverley (concussion) and Lou Williams (right calf soreness) practiced Monday, but the 58-year-old coach cautioned that even he could’ve made it through the session, “which is telling you it was very little movement.”Continued Rivers: “We’re tired, we had a back-to-back, we got into Chicago at 3:45 a.m. or whatever and most of the guys probably went to bed at 5. Next night we landed in L.A. at 2:30 a.m. I went out after that, of course, went to the clubs – and so I went to bed at 5. So today I almost canceled practice. It was one of those coaching things, tough to decide.”In the end, he said his players decided for him: “Everyone was gonna come in, so we had practice.”Closing a tough six-game trip in Chicago, the Clippers were missing both guards, as well as Kawhi Leonard (injury management) and JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion).Beverley, Williams and Green all are listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game on the official injury report. Rivers said he doubted Green would play Tuesday. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PLAYA VISTA — Landry Shamet stood before a media scrum on Monday at the Clippers’ training facility for the first time in five weeks, healed and happy to talk about his role beside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.“I want to play basketball and I don’t like to sit out,” Shamet said. “It sucked, but I was patient, diligent, competitive in my rehab and I’m back.”Shamet showed as much in the Clippers’ loss Saturday in Chicago, when he was 4 for 5 from the field, including shooting a confident 3 for 4 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points in 21 minutes.“He’s still gotta get back into the flow of the game,” teammate Montrezl Harrell said. “But for the minutes that he was out there, he gave us productive minutes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Shamet can envision it, too.Related Articles Saturday marked Shamet’s first action since he sustained a sprained left ankle on Nov. 11. It also was his first game alongside George, who missed the first 11 games this season as he completed rehab on his surgically repaired shoulders.“I think I will be able to find spots and figure out where I can be effective with this team,” said Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year sharpshooter, whose 167 regular-season 3-pointers last season rank fourth all-time on the rookie 3-point leaderboard.“I wasn’t playing with Paul George before I got hurt, so I have to get acclimated to him, and Kawhi didn’t play the other night, my first game back, so still yet to be on the floor with both those guys.”Coach Doc Rivers predicts good looks ahead for the former Wichita State star, starting Tuesday night when the Clippers (20-8) host the Phoenix Suns (11-14).“When we put that whole group out on the floor, I think what we’ll find – or what he’ll find – is nobody is guarding him at times, which for him will be a new thing,” Rivers said. “It’s tough to key on him. You could see Chicago just wasn’t ready to key on Sham because they were worried about Lou (Williams) and Kawhi and PG – obviously, they didn’t know those two weren’t playing – but you could see that.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more

Why is England star Danny Rose playing against Belgium with holes in his socks?

first_imgThe craze appears to be a relatively new thing, and kit manufacturers will no doubt respond by increasing the elasticity for players next season.It did not seem to help Rose, as Belgium scored within four minutes – the 28-year-old lost Thomas Meunier who slotted past Jordan Pickford.You can listen to the game, live on talkSPORT by following this link here. Rose showed off his look during the semi-final defeat to Croatia Across the back of his legs, Rose had several cuts in his socks across the back of his legs.It is a look former teammate Kyle Walker endorses, purely because his calves are too big and the socks restrict blood flow.In order to release the tension around the lower leg muscles, to prevent cramp and pain in the latter stages of games, players have been cutting holes in their socks.West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku debuted the look in the Premier League last season, and Champions League winner Gareth Bale is a fan in Spain. 2 Masuaku cuts holes in his socks as well 2 Danny Rose had people talking about his performance against Belgium, but not for the reasons you may have expected.The Tottenham Hotspur defender was afforded a rare start at left-wing back by Gareth Southgate in the World Cup third place play-off.However, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice something interesting about the defender’s appearance.last_img read more

This is what makes Cristiano Ronaldo one of the true greats

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade This was the first of Ronaldo’s five Champions League triumphs so far Ronaldo opened the scoring with a bullet header Although Ronaldo missed his spot-kick, United won their third European crown after winning 6-5 in the shootout.The victory sparked emotional celebrations in the United camp, particularly from Ronaldo but his cousin Nuno Viveiros described how the now Juventus star got straight back to work when he returned to his Manchester home.Viveiros told Tuttosport: “I lived with Cristiano in Manchester for five years, an unforgettable experience.“The night when the team won the Champions League in 2008. Do you remember the final of Moscow with Chelsea that ended on penalties? 2 REVEALED smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 RANKED He had a very successful career at the Bernabeu – winning the Champions League another four times for Real while also claiming another four Ballon d’Or awards.Ronaldo will make a return to Old Trafford when his Juventus side go to Manchester United in the Champions League group stage in October. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “Terry slides into the right post of the goal and at the end Van der Sar saves Anelka’s shot.“Do you know what Cristiano did when we got back to Manchester that night? He went to train.“He went to train after becoming a champion. European Champion at the age of twenty-three, he is like that, he’s a real son of Madeira.”Ronaldo went on to win the Ballon d’Or for the first time later that year before moving to Real Madrid in June 2009 for £80million – a world record transfer fee at the time. Latest Football News impact highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Cristiano Ronaldo’s cousin claims the former Manchester United star went on a training session as soon as he set foot back in Manchester following the Red Devils’ Champions League triumph over Chelsea in 2008.The Portuguese scored the opening goal in the Moscow final but a Frank Lampard goal ensured the game went to extra-time and then penalties. silverware MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more last_img read more


first_imgA MOTORIST caught driving an English-registered vehicle has been fined.Daniel McLaughlin, who is 26 and from Kinnego, Ballymagan, appeared at Buncrana District Court charged with failing to have a valid NCT certificate.He was stopped by Garda Thomas Duggan at West End, Buncrana, on July 19 last year. Dorrian Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn told Judge Paul Kelly that McLaughlin had only received the car and had a VRT appointment booked for July 5th but had been unable to take up the appointment.He produced a document showing this to Judge Paul Kelly.Mr MacLochlainn said McLaughlin had only just come into possession of the car which had been owned by McLaughlin’s brother who had emigrated to Australia.Garda Inspector David Murphy questioned this however, telling the court that McLaughlin’s brother had the vehicle in September 2012.“He was back and forward from Australia between then and July,” said Mr Mac Lochlainn.“Really judge?,” said Inspector Murphy.McLaughlin was fined €150.FINE FOR MOTORIST DRIVING ENGLISH-REGISTERED CAR was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncranacourtDaniel McLaughlinFRank DorrianJUDGEKinnegoNCTVRTlast_img read more