Nemanja Matic: Chelsea team ‘together’ and working hard to make situation better

first_img The champions slipped to 16th on Saturday as they succumbed to a third straight league defeat and seventh of the season, going down 1-0 at Stoke. Three days on from the 2-1 Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev, it turned the heat up once again on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban. “I think the table is not realistic now because I think Chelsea deserve more. We will try to recover points which we lost up to now.” Mourinho was left in the team hotel when his side headed to the Britannia Stadium, and Matic felt the Portuguese had done a good job of preparing the players in the time he had to do so. “He prepared before the game in the last couple of training sessions which we had after the Dynamo game,” Matic said. “He prepared everything, at Cobham especially, and we knew what we had to do. “I think we did our job well – there was only the one situation where Stoke scored the goal, and they were lucky to score it.” Mourinho’s assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria were overseeing things from the touchline as Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic settled Saturday’s game with a 53rd-minute volley. Press Association But while it was another bad result in the London outfit’s grim campaign that left their manager’s future looking more uncertain than ever, Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has expressed his belief the performance showed the players are working hard for Mourinho in a bid to turn things around. And that sentiment has been echoed by Matic, who said: “I think in the last two games we played good football, but have been unlucky. “I don’t want to say that we have played well in all games this season – of course, there were some where we deserved to lose. “But (on Saturday) I think this was not the case and we deserved more. “What is going well is that the team is together, everyone understands the situation we are in and we will try to be more together and work hard to make this situation better. “In this moment, we haven’t had the luck to change something to make it better for us, but I hope in the future we will.” The 27-year-old Serbia international added: “We are not used to being in this position, but we don’t look a lot at the table. “Last season, when we were champions, for the first 10 or 15 games we also did not look at the table – we just tried to take things game by game and collect as many points as possible. Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues are “together” and not focusing on the Barclays Premier League table that sees them lying just three points above the relegation zone after 12 games. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger: Manuel Pellegrini experienced enough to deal with Pep talk

first_img “We go into a top-level game where all the rest will be forgotten and everybody else will just focus on the performance on the day. “The number of goals scored and goals conceded, the number of passes made, percentage of possession, is all very close. If you look at all the numbers (Arsenal and City are very close).” While Monday night’s game will be about two teams with title aspirations, champions Chelsea languish just one point above the relegation zone. After giving his support to Pellegrini, Wenger passed on the opportunity to give his backing to beleaguered Blues boss Jose Mourinho – with whom he has a chequered history. Asked if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, the Frenchman said: “No, (because of) the quality of their team. “If you ask me objectively, will Chelsea go down? I will say ‘no chance’. They are going through a difficult spell but they are not in a relegation battle.” Wenger was then more evasive when questioned on the prospect of Mourinho being sacked. “I do not want to assess any other things about Chelsea,” he said. “It’s not my problem – my problem is the game on Monday night.” He ended the discussion when asked if he had as much sympathy for Mourinho’s plight as he would for other managers by saying: “I just gave you a good answer.” City will go into Monday’s game buoyed by Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness – but Arsenal are not giving up hope on their own talismanic frontman being fit for the clash. Alexis Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury in the recent draw at Norwich but is also back in training, with Wenger revealing the Chile forward could be involved. “Maybe there is a slight chance for Alexis to be in the squad again, but it is too early to be sure about it,” he said. “He is running but not participating in full training.” While the former Barcelona man will be raring to go, Wenger admits he cannot always believe a player who declares himself fit. “Not all of them,” he replied when asked if he trusts all the players who say they are fit to play. “It is not trust in a negative way when I say all of them. Some of them are so keen to forget that they have pain somewhere that they say they are all right when they are not. “You know the players and their psychological profile, you take that into account then you get scientific advice and you trust your gut as well and then you make a decision. “I believe that is normal that he (Sanchez) wants to play. You want him to be keen to play. He respects all the decisions I make and that is what I want from him.” Pellegrini has already dealt with his position being threatened in the past and takes his side to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night looking to beat Arsenal in a match that could potentially see the victors topping the table at Christmas. Wenger acknowledges such rumours can be unsettling, but feels his Chilean rival can deal with such talk. Asked if links to Guardiola could be destabilising to Pellegrini’s ambitions, Wenger replied: “It can be, but Pellegrini is experienced enough to deal with it. “Maybe if it was a very young beginner, it could be destabilising, but I don’t think that at his level it will affect him. “I don’t know if that (the speculation) is down to City – that’s down to media speculation and I don’t know where that comes from. “It’s very difficult to master nowadays, to have this kind of speculation. If you look at Real Madrid, there is always speculation. It looks like it’s part of our job now.” Wenger dismissed any suggestion his side will take advantage of any issues that may arise over the uncertainty of Pellegrini’s situation and wants Arsenal to think only of themselves on Monday. “I believe that what will be an advantage to us is to focus on our performance and not hope for any weakness from City,” he said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini to cope with the constant speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job. Press Association With his contract at Bayern Munich ending in the summer and an announcement on his intentions expected next week, Guardiola has been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League. In varying reports, the Catalan is being lined up by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and City, should he opt not to extend his stay in Germany. last_img read more

West Brom sign Sandro on loan from QPR

first_imgWest Brom head coach Tony Pulis has strengthened his midfield options with the loan signing of Sandro from QPR. The former Tottenham midfielder, who has made 11 appearances for Rangers this term, will stay at the Hawthorns until the end of the season, with the Baggies holding the option to make the move permanent in the summer. “We’re delighted to bring such a quality player to the club,” Pulis told the club’s official website. Press Associationcenter_img “We’ve got a few injuries and knocks at the moment so we’re pleased to be able to strengthen the squad. “Sandro has a great pedigree and will be a good addition to our squad.” Brazilian Sandro arrived in England when signing for Tottenham in 2010, and made 81 appearances in four years at White Hart Lane, before switching to QPR. The 26-year-old could not prevent Rangers from losing their Premier League status last term, and is delighted to return to the top flight with West Brom. “I spoke to the manager and was impressed,” Sandro told the club’s official website. “This is a big club and I feel happy to be here and very happy to be back in the Premier League. “I believe I have a lot to offer. It was my first day today and I’m looking forward to being part of this family. “As a player I play with my heart, I give all I can on the pitch – all the time I want to win the ball and play the ball. “I hope the fans will see the best of me during my time.” last_img read more

Three PBSO Deputies Hospitalized Due to Chemical Spill

first_imgThree PBSO deputies have been hospitalized after being exposed to chemicals from a mold remediation project in an unoccupied mobile home at the Seminole Colony Mobile Home Park in suburban West Palm Beach.Officials said the home was being treated for mold using a chemical that contains formaldehyde.The smell overcame three deputies when they arrived on scene, and those deputies were taken to the hospital.PBC Hazmat crew responds to SEMINOLE Colony community off Okeechobee Boulevard. Possibly one person transported. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/LEvrDOzPV6— Tania Rogers (@TaniaRogerswptv) May 28, 2019 Fire Rescue officials said the area has been cleared, and there is no danger to the community anymore.The Department of Environmental Protection will come out to collect the chemical.last_img

Sen. Scott: Boca principal should have been fired, no excuse for Holocaust denial

first_imgFlorida Rep. Mike Caruso also took to social media to condemn the district’s handling of Latson following his removal.As of Tuesday afternoon, Latson has remained silent about his now viral and highly controversial comments. Florida Senator Rick Scott and other Florida official are speaking out after a former Boca Raton High School Principal questioned the existence of the Holocaust.In an email to parents in 2018, former Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson said: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”Latson added that “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”The Palm Beach County School District released a statement Monday confirming that Latson had been reassigned “out of an abundance of concern and respect for the students and staff of Spanish River Community High School.”“Mr. Latson made a grave error in judgment in the verbiage he wrote. In addition to being offensive, the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board,” the statement read.However, Sen. Rick Scott says the district’s reassignment of Latson is “simply” not enough.Sen. Scott wrote via Twitter Tuesday that “This Principal should have been fired.”last_img read more

LIVE ADDRESS: President Trump “All Is Well” after Iranian Missile Strikes in Iraq

first_imgPresident Trump will talk to the nation at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning about last night’s missile attacks of US Troops in Iraq from Iran.The president has responded to the attack with this tweet: “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!” All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020 The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the 15 missile strikes on Iraqi military bases used by U-S forces a slap against America.Iraq’s prime minister says Iran warned him before it fired missiles at two bases where U.S. troops are stationed. There are no reports of any American casualties after more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeted bases in western and northern Iraq. Iran has said the attacks were retaliation for last week’s U.S. airstrike that killed the Islamic Republic’s top military leader, General Qassem Soleimani.Watch President Trump’s live address here.last_img read more

Primary Election Day, Polls Are Open

first_imgToday is Primary Election day in Florida.  The polls are now open and will close at 7:00 p.m.If you have not mailed your vote-by-mail ballot, you still have time to hand-deliver it to the Supervisor of Elections office.Palm Beach County supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartore Link says voters can feel very safe from the coronavirus while casting their ballot today.Hand sanitizer, single-use pens, plexi partitions are all in place to assure protection from the virus.Link on safe votingYou can click here for all your election information needs, including wait times at the polls.last_img

Lady Mariners Fall in Volleyball Final

first_img Bio Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 CASTINE —Maine Maritime Academy’s Lady Mariners fell 3-0 to the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer College in the North Atlantic Conference volleyball final on Saturday in New London, N.H.Colby-Sawyer swept the match with game scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-20.Junior Ariel Knights led the Lady Mariners with 5 kills, senior setter Jennifer Dixon had 10 assists and sophomore Sydney Robertson had 3 kills and 2 aces.Dixon and Roberson were named to the All-tournament Team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Lady Mariners earned their sixth straight final appearance with a 3-1 semifinal win over Husson University on Friday.After dropping the first game 20-25, the Lady Mariners ralled for wins of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20 over the Eagles.Knights had 9 kills and 12 digs, Robertson had 8 kills and 6 blocks and Dixon had 22 assists, 12 digs and 5 aces.Dixon, Knights and Robertson all earned NAC Second Team All-star honors.Dixon was third in the conference in assists per set with 6.25 and third in total assists with 459.Knights ranked sixth in kills with 150 and seventh in points with 261 and Robertson was fourth in aces with 51 and blocks with 47 and sixth in points with 219.5.Men’s soccerTop-seeded Thomas College ended the Mariner men’s season with a 4-0 win in the conference semifinal on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Waterville.MMA finished the season with a 10-8 record.Four Mariners were named NAC All-stars.Earning First Team honors were senior midfielder Abdullah Alkhayyat and sophomore defender David Clough. Senior midfielder Ben Russell and junior forward Nicholas George were named to the second team.Alkhayyat is the first Mariner in program history to earn first team honors for four consecutive years. He was 10th in the conference in scoring with 6 goals and 4 assists.FootballThe Mariners finished a disappointing 0-9 season on Saturday in New London, Conn., with a 42-13 loss to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch tield his own school record with six touchdown passes in the contest.Junior fullback Billy Wetherbee had both touchdowns for the Mariners, the first on a seven-yard run and the second on a 65-yard dash with 4:58 remaining in the game.Wetherbee finished with 153 yards rushing on 17 carries, and freshman quarterback Michael Fahey had 122 yards on 30 carries.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Postscenter_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Hassett, Tardy win at Hancock County championships

first_imgBLUE HILL — All season long, George Stevens Academy’s John Hassett and Mount Desert Island’s Tia Tardy have been the faces of cross-country in Hancock County. On Friday, that was no different.Hassett and Tardy won the boys’ and girls’ individual events, respectively, at the Hancock County championships Saturday. Below is a list of the top-10 individual performers and all team scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.Boys’ individual Girls’ team scores MDI, 30GSA, 41Ellsworth, 55 Tia Tardy, MDI, 17:32Eliza Broughton, GSA, 18:44Mary Richardson, GSA, 19:03Trinity Montigny, Ellsworth, 19:49Katelyn Osborne, MDI, 19:49Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 20:01Emmy Banks, MDI, 20:11Tasha Clement, Bucksport, 20:25Emma Strong, MDI, 20:27Louise Chaplin, MDI, 20:30 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ individualcenter_img GSA, 26MDI, 43Ellsworth, 64Bucksport, 98 John Hassett, George Stevens Academy, 15 minutes, 7 secondsOllie Dillon, GSA, 15:42Brendan Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 16:26Max Mattson, GSA, 17:01Matt Frost, Ellsworth, 17:02Josh Bloom, Mount Desert Island, 17:13Sean Murray, MDI, 17:15Caden Mattson, GSA, 17:17Mark Berry, Ellsworth, 17:21Calvin Partin, MDI, 17:27 Boys’ team scoreslast_img read more

Former Indian footballer Abdul Latif passes away

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Renowned footballer and coach Abdul Latif passed away last night after prolonged illness. He was 72. The former international footballer left behind his wife and two daughters.Latif, who played as a midfielder, represented India in the 1970 Asian Games where the team had won a bronze. He also represented two big clubs of Kolkata-Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan during late sixties and early part of seventies.The footballer hold a rare record of representing Santosh Trophy for three different states: Karnataka, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. After taking retirement from football he actively involved in coaching and was equally successful. A brilliant schemer of strategies Latif coached Mohammedan Sporting in 1978 and former Indian captain Victor Amalraj was one of his trainee.Later he shifted to Assam and actively involved in coaching. Under his training Assam brought laurels from many competitions. Assam won Sub Junior National Soccer title thrice under his coaching between 1979-1981. He also coached State team in the Santosh Trophy. In the club football coaching Latif was mostly associated with Gauhati Town Club and Green valley club.Recalling his association with Latif former national footballer Bidhan Das said: I played under him on numerous occasions. He was brilliant as a coach. Assam made hat-tric of victory in Sub Junior National soccer (1979-1981) under him and I was in the team on last occasion. Later I also played Santosh trophy and in different club level meet under his coaching. He was a very good strategy maker and also knew it very well how to bring out the best from a player.”Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today condoled the death of Latif. In a message Chief Minister said: “Latif, a great footballer in his era, would be remembered for his superb skills and dedication.”Assam Sports Journalists Association also condoled the death of former international footballer. In a release secretary Imtiaz Ahmed said: “He was great footballer and one of the finest coach that Assam has ever got. His demise has created an irreparable void in the state football.”Among other condoled the death of Latif included Gauhati Sports Association, Assam Sepak Takraw Association, Assam Badminton Association, Assam Cricket Association, Assam Kho Kho Association, Veteran Cricketers Association of Assam (VCAA) and All Assam Students’ Union.Also Read: Legendary footballer PK Banerjee passes away in Kolkata hospitalAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more