Motta wants rugged Genoa

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Thiago Motta has made clear what he wants from his Genoa side ahead of his managerial bow against Brescia. “We must become a tough team to face…” Motta is preparing to take charge of Genoa for the first time tomorrow, the former Italy midfielder having recently replaced Aurelio Andreazzoli as the club’s Coach. The Rossoblu have won just two competitive matches all season and were thrashed 5-1 by Parma last time out. “I already know the team well and I have good feelings about them because I’ve found great willingness on their apart and the lads are doing well, apart from those already injured, to which Pajac’s been added,” he said at a Press conference. “It’ll be a great match, so we have to show we’re a team on the pitch. The past doesn’t matter. Out of respect, I won’t talk about what happened before I got here. “I don’t like to distinguish between psychologist and tactician. It’s important that an idea is transmitted and put into practice. “I want the lads to show that they want to have a great game. We must become a tough team to face in terms of character and how we play. “We all want the best for Genoa, me, the team, the fans and the club. We’ll give everything we have, but we need to be positive.”last_img read more

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Ibra ‘closer to Galaxy stay’

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic seems closer than ever to staying at LA Galaxy as it reported the striker will not return to Europe for Bologna. Bologna have been busy trying to convince Ibrahimovic to sign for them in January, given his Galaxy contract is about to expire. However, Tuttomercatoweb warns the 38-year-old is holding out for a bigger European club than the Rossoblu. That may not suffice as Milan have yet to make a formal move, links with Napoli have cooled and Manchester United look to have pulled out of the running. With that in mind, TMW explains the best offer right now is being tabled by his current club, who are proposing a combined €14m for two more years. Zlatan joined the Galaxy from United in March 2018 and has been prolific for the MLS side, scoring 53 goals in just 58 games. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Thiago Motta demands Genoa goals

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Genoa boss Thiago Motta expects his midfielders to chip in with goals in the wake of Christian Kouame’s injury and has a very different approach to SPAL. The Grifone visit SPAL on Monday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview. “Kouame’s injury should act as motivation for the whole team, not just in the attacking department. I expect goals from midfielders and defenders. Games are just not won by strikers,” said the coach in his press conference. Motta graduated through the Barcelona youth set-up, and wants Genoa a style similiar to that of the Catalans. “Every coach has a style of play he strongly believes in. Possession of the ball is a means to try and win the game, not to appease the fans or to be comfortable. Sometimes you win with less of the ball, and other times you win without a lot of it. “SPAL run a lot, but they are convinced of their own ideas, they know what they want to do. It’s the victory of [Leonardo] Semplici. It will be a very competitive game against SPAL tomorrow night.” Genoa put in a positive display against Napoli before the international break, and Motta wants that to continue. “Lets start from the Napoli game without thinking too much of our opponent, because I can only control what is in our capabilities. I ask the lads for the absolute maximum, in the end all that counts is the result.”last_img read more

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Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Pacers give India the edge

first_imgIndia paceman struck thick and fast to push Australia on the match for the second time in the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Score | PhotosOn Wednesday, a day when the wicket or was it the weather that was assisting the pacers, Umesh Yadav, who according to Aussie opener Ed Cowan has the “X-factor” claimed four wickets to reduce the hosts to 179/8 – a lead of 230 runs in the second innings.As many as 15 wicket fell on the way that saw pacemen from both camps rejoice. First it was Aussie Ben Hilfenhaus who did it with aplomb, claiming a five-for and later it was Yadav, who ended the day with four scalps.In the morning session, Aussie paceman Ben Hilfenhaus turned the tables on India with his five-wicket haul. Hilfenhaus along with Peter Siddle, who claimed three wickets in the innings, sent India packing on 282 and helping the hosts end the first session with a lead of 51 runs.First Hilfenhaus got rid of overnight batsman Rahul Dravid, who was looking iffy. He clean bowled without a single being added to India’s overnight total of 214/3. New man in the middle VVS Laxman too didn’t get too many runs on the board and fell to Siddle.Hilfenhaus was already five wickets up in the innings by the time lunch approached.Clearly the bowlers were having a field day at the MCG on Wednesday as post lunch, pacer Umesh Yadav brought India back in the game with his double-strike.advertisementOn the first ball of the eight over an inside edge rattled opener David Warner’s wicket on five and two balls later Yadav got the other opener Ed Cowan trapping him leg-before with his length ball that was pitched on the line. Cowan fell for 8 and Australia were reduced to 16/2 early in their innings.But Yadav hadn’t finished. He came around to get rid of Shaun Marsh to reduce the hosts to 24/3. The ball was just a touch wider outside off and the batsman went for it, but failed to connect properly and an inside edged went straight down to the stumps.Taking cue Ishant Sharma, who was bowling a probing line but hadn’t had any luck with the wickets, opened his account with Aussie captain Michael Clarke’s wicket. The ball curved in took the inside edge of Clarke’s bat and cleared the bails off in a jiffy. And Australia were down to 27/4.Finally the Aussie batsmen got their rhythm back, maybe to some extent, but veterans Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey stabilised the innings after the Indian pacers had done away with their top order. At tea the hosts were batting on 81/4 – a lead of 132 runs.The final session saw the two batsmen keep their bats straight even as India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni employed a paceman, Umesh Yadav, and a spinner, R Ashwin, in tandem.Ponting and Hussey provided Australia the much-needed stability, adding 115-runs for the fifth wicket. But just when Australia were gradually coming back into the game, India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan struck to remove for the former Aussie captain with Virender Sehwag performing the final honours at gully. He fell for 60, and Australia lost their fifth wicket on 142.Soon new man in the middle Brad Haddin was back in the pavilion with Zaheer Khan claiming his second victim of the innings and Aussies were down to 148/6. Later Yadav came around to remove Peter Siddle cheaply. Off spinner R Aswin,who was feeling left out joined the pacers party by getting rid of Nathan Lyon and Australia were looking down the barrel with 166/8 on board.At close on Day Three Aussies were 179/8 with the man they love to call Mr Cricket, Hussey not out on 79 with tail-ender James Pattinson by his side.PS: In case you have noted the Aussies are wearing black armbands. That is to express sympathy with their media manager Lachy Patterson. His twin girls died at childbirth.last_img read more

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Indian hockey coach Rajinder Singh gags his men but sets tongues wagging about the team

first_imgTriumph marred: Joy from the Asia Cup was followed by controversyEight Olympic golds, magical stick work and the sacred 5-3-2 formation are passe. Indian hockey has found another tradition – the self-activating self-destruct that kicks in at a moment of triumph. After the Indians won the 1998 Asian Games gold,Triumph marred: Joy from the Asia Cup was followed by controversyEight Olympic golds, magical stick work and the sacred 5-3-2 formation are passe. Indian hockey has found another tradition – the self-activating self-destruct that kicks in at a moment of triumph. After the Indians won the 1998 Asian Games gold medal, six seniors were sacked.Returning with their first-ever Asia Cup title this week, the team’s coach and captain snarled at one another in front of TV cameras in Chennai over who could and could not speak to the media.Disagreements travel with sports teams-the squads are, after all, groups of athletically (though not always intellectually) gifted, headstrong young men who must take orders from someone older, and are constantly thrown into high-pressure situations. It is, therefore, perfectly normal for Dhanraj Pillay and Rajinder Singh to have a squabble or two.But the where and why of this argument tell their own story . As coach, Singh has produced results – the Indians have won titles in three of four assignments. It was the scenes played out around the one they didn’t win – the Champions Trophy – that caused the problem.Before the Asia Cup, Singh accused his players of being distracted by “24-hour media,” lacking commitment with some resenting the earning power of others. The defeat thus explained, he then cut off their access to the media. The hockey players are not unduly worried about this infringement on the power of the free press but they now wonder why crises have been created out of nothing.One of them said, “We know why we lost in the Champions – we were jaded, we played badly. But team spirit was not an issue, nor was talking to the media. We can’t figure out what fights the coach is talking about. Or what money.”With victories in Australia and Germany, sports agents signed up a few players who now conduct clinics and show up in schools. They are not given minimum guarantee fees and don’t feature in high-profile ad campaigns yet.advertisementSeptember on, team sponsor Sahara has begun to pay every player a retainer of Rs 25,000 per month-over and above its marketing deal with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) worth, some say, Rs 20 crore for eight years. What could one player resent in another who earns the same retainership? Front-page photos? Air time? Indian coaches, however, are not part of this retainership arrangement. The sponsors seemed to believe that the IHF paid the coaches. That would have been historic. The IHF pays for nothing – neither its sins of feudal narrow mindedness nor professional expertise.After the Asia Cup, it has been decided “on approval from the IHF” that Sahara will pay a retainer and incentives to coaches too. This came with a confession: “We knew this had to happen. The moment the players become popular, it bothers others. We want to make them superstars. Youngsters will be attracted to hockey because of players, not coaches,” says its spokesman. Singh’s biggest asset, his players say, is “man-management”. But the volume of debate at the Champions Trophy had, many believe, “rattled” him into lashing out. As Indian hockey enters a brave new world of exposure and accountability to a wider audience, it will have to prepare to have its fault lines unearthed again and again.last_img read more

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Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ This image taken from video shows a car crashed up against a lamp post in Amsterdam, Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been injured in a road accident in the Netherlands, the English Premier League club said Friday. (KaWijKo Media via AP)Asked if he had given Aguero permission to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “I’m not the police.”“I want the players to be happy,” Guardiola added. “They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that’s OK with me.”On Thursday, Aguero posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: “Thanks for the invitation!”Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.The absence of Aguero for the Chelsea match is another blow for Guardiola, coming a day after City confirmed that left back Benjamin Mendy had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight back to Manchester when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamp-post.The Argentina international spent the night in the hospital before returning to Manchester on Friday. He will not be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to a month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe accident happened at 11 p.m. local time, on Aguero’s day off. City had scheduled its training session on Friday for 11 a.m.“The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole,” Aguero said on Twitter. “It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.” LATEST STORIES Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero looks around the pitch during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team’s biggest Premier League game of the season so far.“Hurts, but I’m fine, fully focused on recovery,” Aguero tweeted late Friday. “Thank you all!”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron misses second straight practice with ankle injury Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupscenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Guardiola said Mendy would be out until the semifinals of the Champions League, which begin in April. The France defender has added a new dimension to City’s attacking play this season with his powerful runs and delivery from the left wing.City captain Vincent Kompany will also be absent, with Guardiola saying the defender hasn’t taken part in asingle training session over the last month.Aguero lost his status as first-choice striker at City last season following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However, he has been in good form this season, scoring seven goals in eight games in all competitions.He was selected in Argentina’s most recent squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.City leads the Premier League on goal difference after six games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View commentslast_img read more

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MVP asks for support as Gilas wages war in 2019 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgGilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid all the drama happening in the PBA, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan urged the basketball public to be united as Smart Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the next challenge at hand: the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.“We are hoping that the best of the best players in the country will join Gilas for this tournament,” he said in a statement. “We are calling for the support of every club team and every collegiate program to support this endeavor.”ADVERTISEMENT The national team handled by coach Chot Reyes returns to practice on Friday evening as they get the wheels turning for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasseFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThere are doubts whether the best players from all teams will be made available for Gilas practices with the clear divide on the PBA Board of Governors but the SMC bloc along with its allied reaffirmed their commitment to the national team.Instituting a new format, Fiba will be holding a home-and-away structure, with Asia being divided into four groups of four in the first round. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pangilinan also encouraged the public to give their full support on Smart Gilas Pilipinas anew.“Let’s show the world once again what puso is all about!” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippines is slotted in Group B, together with 2017 Fiba Asia Cup champion Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.READ: PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bidSmart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in Tokyo when it faces off against Japan on November 24. The national team will then fly back home, this time taking on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.Pangilinan has full confidence that the Philippines can trot out the best squad for the first leg of the home-and-away format as it seeks to make it to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“Every tournament we joined this year was done in preparation for this tournament. Though the new FIBA format for qualification is different from past editions, we are confident that we will adjust to this and return to the global stage once more,” said the chairman of Smart, who is once again stepping up to the plate as the national team’s chief backer.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Maverick Ahanmisi lashes out at refs after bro Jerrick, Adamson lose to La Salle

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout Ahanmisi, the older brother of Soaring Falcon Jerrick, used Twitter to lambast the game’s officiating that awarded La Salle 39 free throws attempts against Adamson’s five.“I’m all for fair play, but I’m not going to watch this game if the UAAP refs are getting paid by La Salle,” posted Ahanmisi on Twitter. “It’s a joke for real, major run with the refs #ismellsomethingcooking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Hey La Salle, I hope you guys are treating the refs to a good ass dinner after the game cause they definitely fed y’all tonight.”Ahanmisi also called out La Salle guard Kib Montalbo on the latter’s stingy defense on his brother. MOST READ View comments Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Montalbo added that he’s “not a bully” and that he reminded Jerrick he’ll be clamping down on him throughout the game.“I told him it’s the Final Four and I’m going to be up on him all night. I asked him if he’s up to it and he said it was okay,” said Montalbo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Montalbo was all over Jerrick especially in the fourth, with the distance between the two were mere inches in several instances.“Hey Kib Montalbo, I don’t care, you better hope I don’t catch you outside bruh,” tweeted Ahanmisi.Montalbo, though, clarified that he did not mean any physical harm on Jerrick and he was just playing straight defense.Jerrick still managed to put up 17 points against Montalbo.“I meant no harm to his brother,” said Montalbo. “I just want to play basketball. I wanted to get to his head in a basketball manner and I mean no harm. He’s a great player and I respect him.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaverick Ahanmisi wasn’t at Smart Araneta Coliseum when De La Salle scored a 82-75 win over Adamson in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Yet he still managed to make his presence felt.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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