Paving the Way

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Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment He told beIN Sports: ‘I didn’t understand and sometimes it still happens to big teams that the Premier League puts you on a schedule where you have to perform at the end of the season. In 10 days what happened at the time (we had to play) against top, top teams.‘No team, however good it is, can perform every two or three days on such a high level. It was our disadvantage against Chelsea. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I remember I made a mistake against Chelsea because we played with a brand new Nike ball and it came swerving like that and I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t catch it.‘It was a draw then with Frank Lampard and then in the last minute all of a sudden, because we were so tired, we couldn’t defend a draw and we lost that game.’MORE: Wojciech Szczesny takes dig at Arsenal after Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus moveMORE: RB Leipzig chief hints at summer exit for Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano Advertisement Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea Jens Lehmann believes Nike’s Total 90 Aerow ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea in 2004 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s Champions League quarter final defeat against Chelsea represented one of the most significant of Arsene Wenger’s entire reign and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has claimed Nike’s Total 90 Aerow ball was partly to blame.Wenger’s side had swept all before them on the domestic front and were well on their way to claiming the league title, completing an unprecedented unbeaten campaign in the process.Their hopes of progressing in Europe, however, hinged on defeating Chelsea. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal remained favourites to progress despite having been knocked out of the FA Cup four days earlier by Manchester United. AdvertisementAdvertisementJose Antonio Reyes gave Wenger’s men the advantage before the break at Highbury, but the turning point of the tie arrived six minutes after the interval when Lehmann spilled Claude Makelele’s long-range strike and Frank Lampard gobbled up the rebound. ADVERTISEMENTWayne Bridge’s late goal sealed Chelsea’s place in the semi-final against Monaco and although Lehmann acknowledged the gruelling schedule played a part in Arsenal’s demise, he also claimed the decision to ditch the Merlin Vapour ball, which was used during the group stages of the competition, also contributed to his downfall. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 8:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShareslast_img read more

Couple counts lucky blessings after landing quality, affordable home in Cairns suburbia

first_imgAgent Vanessa Robinson with Don and Di McFall, Mike and Silas Platz and Clare Ferguson. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYA CHANGING of the guard is afoot in a quiet suburban Cairns cul-de-sac.Retirees Don and Di McFall are downsizing, and have sold their much-loved Manoora home to a young family making its first foray into the property market.Local real estate agent Clare Ferguson and her husband Mike Platz bought the large three-bedroom house at 70-74 Upper Perkins St for just over $400,000. “I’m from here, but Mike and I met in Brisbane,” she said. “We wanted to buy down there but were priced out of the market.“We looked up here and realised there was a lot more available in our price range.“We still had a lot of obstacles to overcome before we could buy and we were very lucky to have the support of my mother and family.” In a leafy street, the home has an immaculate backyard and ample living space.Such a classy property would almost certainly carry a far higher price tag in the state’s capital.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We never thought we’d have a great house like this as our first home – we’re stoked,” Ms Ferguson said.“It’s been so well looked after. Don is an ex-builder and you can see all the attention to detail he and Di have put into the house. “We feel quite privileged to be able to own the property.” The deal was struck with the help of Vanessa Robinson from LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill. Mr and Mrs McFall bought the property about eight years ago after moving to the tropics from rural NSW. “We’re close to family here and we love the climate,” Mrs McFall said.The couple has bought a smaller property in the nearby Village Edge residential estate.“The stairs were becoming a bit of a hassle for us,” she said. “But we have really loved this place, it is full of happy memories, but it’s now time for someone else to enjoy it.”The average selling price for houses at Manoora, according to CoreLogic, was $302,500 as of February.last_img read more

Cates, Mehlbauer attends Indiana Sheriff’s Association course

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Franklin County Sheriff-elect Peter Cates and chief deputy Gregory Mehlbauer recently attended the Newly Elected Indiana Sheriff’s Program. The course is offered to all first and second term sheriffs.Sheriff-elect Cates commented on how impressed he was with the ability of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association to coordinate the event and felt each presenter provided valuable information.last_img

Gardner heading for exit door

first_imgSunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has played his last game for the club as head coach Gus Poyet begins the process of reshaping his squad. Press Association Sport understands the former Aston Villa and Birmingham man will not be offered a new contract, with his existing deal due to expire at the end of next month. The 27-year-old will join Carlos Cuellar and Andrea Dossena in leaving Wearside, with Poyet making decisions on a series of players who have reached a watershed with the Black Cats. Press Associationcenter_img Gardner, who joined the club in a £6million switch from Birmingham in June 2011, made 26 appearances last season, but only 12 of them were starts as he slipped in the pecking order. Uruguayan Poyet indicated after Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Swansea that the club would hold talks with “three or four” of a group of 11 men either out of contract or having reached the end of loan spells at the Stadium of Light. Phil Bardsley, Jack Colback and Sebastian Larsson are the principle candidates, with Fabio Borini, who spent last season on loan from Liverpool a man Poyet would love to secure once again. However, Colback’s situation in particular is being monitored by a series of potential suitors with derby rivals Newcastle among them, and there is little doubt all four men will have options. Their continued presence on Wearside was thrown into doubt by Sunderland’s desperate fight against relegation, which looked to have been lost on several occasions. The club has built pay-cut clauses into contracts since its last fall from the Barclays Premier League, but there is little doubt there would have been a significant restructuring of the squad had the worst come to the worst. However, Poyet’s outlook is now very different and while his aim is to prevent a repeat, he is keen to retain the services of those men who proved their worth when it mattered most and avoid the kind of wholesale change which saw 14 new players arrive at the club last summer under predecessor Paolo Di Canio. last_img read more

Marsh defends Liverpool approach

first_img The club’s training methods were criticised by England manager Roy Hodgson in the continuing fall-out from teenage forward Raheem Sterling’s telling the national team boss he was tired ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia. Hodgson disagrees with Rodgers’ claim speedy players such as Sterling and Daniel Sturridge – who has not played since getting injured in a training session on international duty last month – require lighter duties in the 48 hours after a match and intends to speak to the Reds boss about it. First team coach Mike Marsh insists Liverpool’s approach to training and recovery will not change despite their approaching busy schedule. Starting on Sunday, Liverpool face seven games in 21 days – including two fixtures against Real Madrid and one against Premier League leaders Chelsea – but Marsh said their approach would not alter. “It’s a tough fixture list with the amount of games and the quality of the opposition so we know it’s going to be tough, but the more players we have available the better,” Marsh told “With England there has been a lot of discussion recently. We don’t really change. Our fitness programmes have been well documented. “We try to recover the players as best we can to prepare for the games. “We have a couple of days’ recovery after the game and we work with the group that don’t start (the previous match) and we build up to the next game and once one game finishes we try to recover as soon as possible. “We try different ways. We do quite a lot of analysis with the players so we break them up into smaller groups and get players’ feedback in different ways.” Sturridge is likely to be back for the weekend trip to QPR and – while that will be a welcome relief – Marsh believes having a bigger group to choose from was more important to deal with than the stresses of so many fixtures. “We know Daniel is an important player for us as he offers the team goals but we have seven games in 21 days,” he added. “But with Emre (Can) and Joe (Allen) coming back it is important we have as many players as possible to select from.” Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler said Sterling should be praised not vilified for his honesty. “I take my hat off to Raheem,” Fowler told the Liverpool Echo. ” I’m chuffed that he had the guts to speak up and say what we did as it showed maturity. “It was a selfless act and people are wrong to have a go at him. What he did was for the benefit of the team. Not everyone puts the team first like that. “For a lot of players the priority is just getting caps and goals. Raheem was more concerned about three points and a win for England. “As he didn’t feel 100 per cent he didn’t think he was able to go out there and play the way he wanted. England would have basically been playing with 10 men. “Look at Diego Costa and what he did in the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid last season. “He wasn’t fit but started and ended up having to come off with a hamstring injury after nine minutes. It cost them. “If a player isn’t quite right it’s best for everyone if he speaks up. “Any team is much better off if all 11 players are fully fit and ready to perform.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Mexico: We’re Open to Negotiating Over Tariffs

first_imgMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador  says he is leaving the door open to negotiating with the U.S., after President Trump threatened last Thursday to impose tariffs on Mexican imports over immigration issues.According to López Obrador, “I believe we will be able to reach an agreement, because reason is with us.” He added that he wants to maintain a good relationship with the U.S.Although Mexico’s president says his country does not want a tariff war, he adds, “In these moments we have national unity. That all, regardless of our political or ideological differences, of our conviction, of our religions, we defend Mexico. Because our country does not deserve that treatment.”Trump announced via Twitter on Thursday evening that he planned to impose tariffs of five percent on all imports from Mexico, gradually increasing that amount to 25 percent in October, if Mexico’s government does not help to stop illegal border crossings.In response, López Obrador says plans are in place to address the migrant flow. He explains, “We’ve been doing important work, like we haven’t done before, but we would like to inform President Donald Trump with data there is something that is evident.”He attributes the increase in border crossings to a “crisis” in Latin American countries.In a letter that was published in response to Trump’s announcement, López Obrador explains, “This is not an eye for an eye, we need to find dialogue with a lot of diplomacy. We will act responsibly.”Trump Imposes New Mexican Tariffs Due to Border Migrantslast_img read more

Bleak future beckons for England’s weak tweakers

first_imgBy Sudipto Ganguly  MUMBAI,(Reuters)-England’s humiliating series defeat in India painfully exposed an alarming paucity in the side’s slow bowling options and drove home the fact they will continue to struggle in South Asia until they unearth some world class spinners.Retired off-spinner Graeme Swann had bemoaned England’s indifferent approach towards slow bowling before the five-match series started and his fears were confirmed after the touring side were handed a 4-0 drubbing.The alarm bells would have been ringing when England’s spinners were out-bowled in Bangladesh in October, where the side lost their first ever Test against the hosts in a series regarded by many as an appetiser for the Indian leg of the trip.That 1-1 drawn series did little to prepare England’s batsmen for the main course as India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s top-ranked Test bowler, and Ravindra Jadeja helped themselves to 54 wickets.By comparison, England’s main spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined for 33 wickets, and the other four slow bowlers used on the tour — Zafar Ansari, Liam Dawson, Gareth Batty and part-timer Joe Root — only claimed seven more between them.“I think everyone can see we are suited to playing in seaming conditions,” Cook said. “There’s no point hiding behind that fact.“These conditions have tested us to our limits and I really don’t want to be disrespectful to Mo and Adil but they are not as good as Ashwin and Jadeja yet.“They haven’t quite got the control and consistency, certainly in the first innings when there’s not much happening.”ANDERSON DISAPPONTSOn their last trip to India in 2012, Swann and his left-arm spin colleague Monty Panesar took more wickets than the hosts’ two leading spinners of Pragyan Ojha and Ashwin and that translated into a 2-1 series victory for England.Cook would have hoped his spinners could turn the screw on India after the touring side made first innings totals of 400 and 477 in Mumbai and Chennai, but England barely threatened with the ball and lost both matches by more than an innings.The captain accepted their current resources were lacking and pleaded for a full-time spin bowling coach for a side who only had former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq with them as a consultant until the third Test in Mohali.James Anderson, England’s most prolific wicket-taker, had taken 12 wickets in the four Tests in 2012, prompting then India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to dub the seamer as the difference between the sides.However, the injury-hampered 34-year-old went wicketless in Mohali and Mumbai and was a huge letdown for the England attack.The tourists were also let down by some bizarre selection choices during the series.England picked Batty as an extra slow bowler on a Mohali strip known to be one of the country’s least spin-friendly wickets, while the tourists opted for an extra seamer in Mumbai, where Indian spinners bagged 19 out of their 20 wickets.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul: Blake Griffin starting to understand how good he is

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin told reporters during training camp that he worked a lot on his shot during the offseason. The 3-pointer was part of it, and coach Doc Rivers is glad about that.“He works on it a ton,” Rivers said. “We feel very comfortable, we’ve run it a bunch at the end of quarters. We’re putting him behind there to dare people. If you help, he gets it. If you don’t, we get a lay-up.”Griffin shot 44 3-pointers in 2013-14, making 12 for 27.3 percent. He had shot just the two so far this season ahead of Sunday’s game against Sacramento.Speaking of his overall play, Griffin said, “I’ve become a little more comfortable and confident each year.”Prior to tip-off Sunday, Rivers was asked if he had any specific conversations with Griffin during the offseason as they might have related to his game. Not surprisingly, the good-natured Rivers added some comedy to his response. “It was short. It was, ‘Blake, you’re really good. Keep being good,’” Rivers said, drawing laughter from reporters. “It was a good conversation. A lot of it was, you know, continuing to grow offensively. Keep adding the bank shot. That was one of my big things with him. I would text him silly quotes about bank shots. They were made up; they were stupid. But I texted him a lot about that.“And just keep extending his range. Blake, you don’t have to talk to him about working. He does it on his own. He was in the gym probably a week after the season, which I actually thought was too quick. But that’s just Blake.”All that said, Griffin scored 17 points Sunday but shot just 6 of 20 from the field.Rivers misses CollisonFormer Clipper Darren Collison, who is Sacramento’s starting point guard after signing a free-agent contract with the Kings during the offseason, is off to a good start with his new team. In Friday’s victory over Portland, Collison had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.Rivers said he misses Collison’s speed and defense, as well as something else.“And his personality,” Rivers said. “That’s a value. He’s a great kid in the locker room, he really is. And our guys that we’ve added will be as well, we just don’t know them as well yet.”Collison spoke with reporters before the game. He likes the way things are taking shape.“It’s been going well,” he said. “I think my team’s committed to winning. That’s always a good sign. When you leave a team that’s contending for a championship, you want to make sure that you’re going to a team that’s, if not doing the same thing, but committed to winning.“We’re not where the Clippers are at as far as goal-wise, but at the same time everyone’s committed to winning.”This and thatPaul’s 10 assists Friday moved him past Clyde Drexler into 27th place on the all-time assists leaderboard. Paul now has 6,129 during his career and was seven away from passing No. 26 Scottie Pippen (6,135). … Jamal Crawford sat out Sunday’s game with what was described as a rib injury sustained in Friday’s win over the Lakers. … The Clippers host Utah on Monday night.center_img There was a lot of talk about the performance of Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ 118-111 victory over the Lakers on Friday. He scored 39 points on 13-of-23 shooting, he made both of his 3-point attempts and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds and four assists.Also, he was regularly calling for the ball during a tight game.Teammate Chris Paul gave Griffin, who finished third in this past season’s MVP voting, quite a compliment.“(Friday) was the night where he started to understand who he is, and how good he is,” Paul said. “He demanded the ball, and I think that was great. Every time he posts and says ‘Bring it,’ it’s like music to our ears because he deserves it. He is our go-to guy.”last_img read more