About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo: I do have white line feverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo says he enjoys the physical style of the Premier League.Rojo has become popular among supports for his robust style of defending.He told manutd.com: “That’s the way I play my football. That is me on the field. If you see me off the field, I’m the most laid back guy – laughing, joking all day and having fun but, as soon as I cross that white line and go on to the field, I don’t know what happens! “I’m a different person. Something happens inside me and I change. If the ball is there to be won, I go for it and give it everything I’ve got. Individual battles, individual duels, I am always up for them.”
McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salahby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international break.But McAteer believes if they do have to miss an attacker through injury, Firmino would be the more impactful loss.McAteer told The Racing Post: “People have questioned Liverpool’s strength in depth and I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Manchester City’s, but there is cover in key areas.”Take one of their star players out of the team and inevitably it has an impact – it would at any club. But Jurgen has been able to tweak things and bring in different players and look where they are.”The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.”Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him. He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Federico Chiesa’s strike 17 minutes from time earned Fiorentina their first away win of the season as AC Milan’s recent struggles continued in a 1-0 loss at San Siro.The visitors barely threatened Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal but Chiesa jinked past Davide Calabria and fired home his first goal since September to settle the contest.The Rossoneri have now won just one of their previous six contests in Serie A and have failed to score in any of their last three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Milan also dropped out of the top four thanks to Lazio’s win earlier in the day, with Fiorentina now just two points behind them in seventh.72’ FEDERICO CHIESAAAAAAAAA #MilanFiorentina 0-1 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti pic.twitter.com/KIW5L94tm8 — ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) December 22, 2018 Milan entered this contest on the back of two 0-0 draws in Serie A and failed to find a way through in the opening 45 minutes, despite creating plenty of opportunities.Hakan Calhanoglu spurned one of the best, firing wide in the 18th minute after a stroke of fortune saw the ball ricochet back into his path in the box following an attempted give and go with Suso.Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont brilliantly parried away a viciously struck effort from Ricardo Rodriguez while Calhanoglu was denied by Nikola Milenkovic’s clearance off the line on the stroke of half-time.It took until the 51st minute for Fiorentina to fashion their first decent opening as Kevin Mirallas hooked way over from inside the box.Lafont was kept busy at the other end, though, denying Suso at his near post and then preventing Gonzalo Higuain’s header from creeping past him.With just over 20 minutes to go Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso threw on Diego Laxalt and Patrick Cutrone in a bid to inject some life into his below-par outfit but it was Fiorentina that would claim the winner.Chiesa knocked the ball inside Calabria and his right-footed attempt crashed into the corner. Lafont then tipped Rodriguez’s header over as Milan fell to their fourth league loss of the season. What does it mean? Pressure building on Gattuso Five wins in six between September 30 and November 4 had eased the pressure on Gattuso but one win in the half a dozen since will not have pleased the Milan hierarchy. There are just two games remaining before the winter break and Gattuso will be under increasing scrutiny if Milan’s form does not pick up soon.Milan unable to find a way past Lafont Milan did have their chances but French teenager Lafont was equal to everything thrown at him. Rodriguez in particular must be wondering how on earth he did not score as Lafont parried away an attempt destined for goal in the first half before displaying terrific agility to tip over a late header from the Swiss too.Goal-shy Gonzalo fails to fire again It is now eight games without a goal for Higuain and it is no surprise Milan are toiling while the Argentinian experiences a barren spell. Of more concern to Gattuso will be how ineffective Higuain was. He had just one chance across the contest and looks like a man burdened by his current struggles.3 – AC Milan haven’t found the net in three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since November 2001. Lack. #MilanFiorentina— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Key Opta FactsMilan have failed to score in three Serie A games in a row for the first time since November 2001.Milan are the only team yet to score a single Serie A goal in the first half since November.Fiorentina have won a Serie A match against AC Milan at San Siro for the first time since November 2013 (0-2).Chiesa’s goal came with Fiorentina’s only shot on target fired in the match.Federico Chiesa has scored his first Serie A away goal since February 2018 (against Bologna).What’s next?Milan’s next assignment is a trip to Frosinone, who are under new management after replacing Moreno Longo with Marco Baroni this week. Fiorentina welcome Parma to Florence on Wednesday. read more
Santos youngster Rodrygo says that comparisons made between his talents and those of Neymar are “idiocy” as the forward prepares for life at Real Madrid.Los Blancos signed the 17-year-old on a six-year deal earlier this year, to take effect from June 2019, tying him to the Champions League holders until 2025.The teenager has struck up a friendship with Brazilian superstar Neymar following his involvement in the Selecao’s youth set-ups, but ahead of his move to La Liga he has played down talk describing him in the same terms as the Paris Saint-Germain star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Neymar is Neymar and Rodrygo is Rodrygo,” he was quoted by AS . “What he does, no one else will do the same.“People want to compare us and there is no comparison. Neymar is 26 years old and has won everything.“He won the Copa Libertadores, the Olympic Games, the Champions League. I am in my first year as a professional.“It is idiocy. He’s one of my idols, but we cannot compare.”Neymar won the Copa Libertadores with Santos, where he started his career like Rodrygo, in 2011 before making the switch to Barcelona.With the Catalan club, he was a two-time La Liga winner and three-time holder of the Copa del Rey, as well as claiming Champions League and Club World Cup honours in 2015.At PSG, he also won a domestic treble, picking up medals for Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this year.On the international stage, he won Silver with the Brazilian men’s Olympic football team in London in 2012 and went one better four years later in his home country to take Gold.He also won the Confederations Cup in 2013 and was part of the national side that finished fourth on home soil in the 2014 World Cup, though he endured a mixed campaign in Russia this year as Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium.Santos struggled this season in the Campeonato Brasileiro, finishing 10th and missing out on qualification to the Copa Libertadores.They will instead play in the Copa Sudamericana next year.
Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham can live up to expectations and become a title-winning side when they move into their new stadium.Tottenham’s stadium has been plagued by delays after initially been scheduled for a September opening, but the club anticipate the ground being ready in early 2019.On the field, however, their progress has not stalled, with Tottenham guaranteed third place in the Premier League heading into Christmas, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s fixture with Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Pochettino, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United at the end of the campaign, wants Tottenham to take the next step.”We are going to have one of the best facilities in the world, the training ground with the new stadium,” he told Sky Sports.”On the football side, all that we are building here will be in the same level. When you add and mix it all together it is going to be the time to win titles and deliver what the people expect.”We still have not won a trophy, but I think we have won more than that, because after four and a half years’ work together, to have a contract for another four and a half years is a massive achievement in the current climate. To create that is a massive achievement for us.”A classic from @J_Klinsmann against our upcoming opponents! #COYS pic.twitter.com/1bLJXicbQY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 22 December 2018Since Pochettino arrived at the club in 2014, Tottenham have become an established top-four side, while the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli have excelled under the Argentine’s guidance.”The platform that we have created here in Tottenham is the most important, the platform we created between all the coaching staff – in the academy and the first team. The platform we created is more important than one person,” Pochettino added.”It’s a very dynamic situation, football is so dynamic. The platform always improves players and the team. That platform is always changing because you always have to improve in football, you are learning in the same process.”That is important for the club to sustain and maintain the ideas in the way that you work.”Having progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, Tottenham are also in the hunt for the first domestic trophy of the season and have an Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea coming up in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham need to be focused despite rumours linking the Argentine to Manchester United.The Spurs boss has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford next season after Jose Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday, and is yet to rule himself out of the job.Tottenham’s press officer angrily interjected during his news conference on Thursday to stop further questions about the rumours, but reporters again probed Pochettino after his side’s thrilling win over Everton on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “A lot [of] rumours happen. I don’t want this guy to get upset again [pointing to Spurs press officer]. We need to be focused. We will do our best to try to be successful,” Pochettino said.The speculation is sure to continue until the end of the campaign as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only been appointed on an interim basis until then, meaning United are yet to appoint a permanent successor to Mourinho. Zinedine Zidane, who is out of work after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, has also been linked with the job, while rumours have emerged that Real could look to hijack United’s bid for Pochettino and take him to the Santiago Bernabeu.Many onlookers have pointed to Pochettino’s past at Southampton, where he refused to be drawn on speculation that he would leave for a bigger club, only to move to White Hart Lane in 2014.A move to either the Liga giants or the Red Devils would surely be hard for Pochettino to turn down, but Spurs fans will be hopeful he sticks to his word and steers them to a fourth successive top-four finish.His side certainly showed encouraging signs in their first outing since the aggressive rumours emerged, claiming a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.Spurs face Bournemouth and Wolves at home next on Boxing Day and Saturday respectively before travelling to Cardiff City to round off a busy festive period.
Marco Asensio is honoured to be on Inter’s radar but has no plans to leave Real Madrid, according to his agent.Reports have suggested the Nerazzurri are considering a January bid for the Spain international, who has started 11 of Madrid’s 17 La Liga matches this season and scored only once.Asensio’s representative, Horacio Gaggioli, acknowledged his client would be proud to hear of an offer from the Serie A club but says the 22-year-old wants to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s an honour if a club like Inter are interested in Marco,” he told FCInternews.”I don’t know if it’s true, but for now the player has no intention of leaving Madrid.”Asensio has won eight major trophies for Madrid since 2016, including the 2018 Club World Cup this month.Otro título para vosotros, Madridistas. ¡Tricampeones del mundo! / Another cup for us, Madridistas. World Tri-champions! pic.twitter.com/8PJSFYWGRI— Marco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) December 22, 2018
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is the most “decisive” player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.A talismanic figure at Stamford Bridge has often drawn comparisons to the very finest performers on the planet.He is considered to have fallen short in the past, with his goal return and ability to dictate proceedings on a regular basis called into question. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hazard has, however, starred for club and country in 2018 to position himself towards the top of the pecking order in the Premier League and further afield.Martinez believes the 27-year-old is delivering the finest form of his career to date, with only iconic figures at Barcelona and Juventus bettering him over a prolonged period of time.He told The Times: “At international level, I have only seen a player playing at the very top consistently. “If you take Ronaldo and Messi away, I don’t think you can find another player as decisive. “Eden has won the league at Lille, a team that didn’t have the right to win it.“And he has won the league at Chelsea in two different projects. “He’s been the leader of a nation at a World Cup who got the bronze medal. “The consistency is there, and he is at the best moment of his career right now.”Hazard has contributed eight goals and nine assists to the Chelsea cause this season, having been eased into domestic action on the back of his efforts in Russia over the summer.He was, however, powerless to prevent the Blues from suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Leicester in their most recent outing.Maurizio Sarri has thrown in the title towel on the back of that result, with a top-four finish now considered to be the best his side can hope for.Whether that proves enough to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, with an ambitious figure having drawn plenty of interest from Real Madrid and made no secret of his admiration for the Blancos.
In Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have found a player that is “John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic all rolled into one”, says Jamie Redknapp, with the Dutchman potentially the best Premier League defender of all time.The Reds invested £75 million ($95m) in the Netherlands international back in January, making him the costliest player in his chosen position.While breaking transfer records can be considered a gamble, those at Anfield have seen their show of faith richly rewarded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Van Dijk is considered to have contributed significantly to Liverpool becoming Premier League title contenders, with there few obvious weaknesses in his game.Former Reds star Redknapp believes the 27-year-old is the finest all-round defender he has ever seen, telling the Daily Mail: “We are only halfway through the season but already nobody comes close to Virgil van Dijk in the race for Player of the Year. He is the one player every team would love to have in their side.“Think of the best defenders in Premier League history — John Terry, Rio Ferdinandand Nemanja Vidic. Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one.“He reads the game like Terry and is a lovely passer, getting the ball out of his feet and spraying 30-yard balls. Van Dijk is blessed with the pace of Rio, too. Rarely do you see him caught out in a one-v-one situation.“While he is not as aggressive as Vidic, he has that same warrior spirit and will to win. He is calm, cool, composed in the air and is a brilliant leader.”Redknapp added on Van Dijk’s potential to cement legend status while landing major honours: “Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender. I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.“To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.“If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.”Van Dijk has been an ever-present for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, helping them to cement a standing at the top of the table.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who remain unbeaten through 18 games, have opened up a four-point lead on reigning champions Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for “the trophies we won together” but is excited to now have “the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer” in the Manchester United hot seat.Change has been implemented at Old Trafford in the wake of a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign.Mourinho paid the price for inconsistencies with his job, with the Portuguese moved out amid talk of rifts in his squad and an inability to generate the required results. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is, however, a proven winner and Mata will be forever thankful to his former boss for helping him to taste Carabao Cup, Europa League and Community Shield success.Mata wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”While proud of his achievements from the past, the World Cup winner is not looking to focus fully on the future.United opened a new era in the best possible manner on Saturday as they swept to a thumping 5-1 victory away at Cardiff.Mata hopes that is a sign of things to come, with an iconic figure now at the helm and belief returning to a disgruntled fan base.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.“It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.“It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.”United have moved back into sixth spot in the Premier League table.There is still an eight-point gap to be bridged to the top four, but the Red Devils remain convinced that they can force their way back into the Champions League spots.They will get the chance to take another positive step towards hitting that target on Boxing Day when they play host to struggling Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
When Liverpool went four points clear of Manchester City on Friday night, not even the most optimistic Reds supporters expected the lead to last more than 24 hours.But Crystal Palace’s surprise tactical victory at the Etihad Stadium was evidence not only of Liverpool’s ability to push the champions all the way, but of Man City’s increasing vulnerabilities.Elsewhere on a narrative-heavy weekend of football, Leicester City reminded us why they should play counter-attacking football more often with victory at Chelsea, while Manchester United got off to a flying start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks to his bold commitment to attacking football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Here are five tactical things you might not have noticed from the weekend’s Premier League action…Solskjaer’s risk-taking unleashes Man Utd’s wild sideSolskjaer’s first game in charge of Man Utd was characterised by quick forward passes, energetic movement, and – above all – risk-taking.They played with great bravery and creativity, charging around with the joy of prisoners unshackled after an unexpected revolution. Victor Lindelof’s one-two and run into the final third typified their aggressive attacking game, and although the increase in forward-thinking football was largely psychological, Solskjaer deserves credit for his tactical decisions.Their possession was meaningful, minimising the defenders’ time on the ball and using narrow wingers to create multiple short-passing options in the centre of the park. Marcus Rashford operated like a false nine at times, dropping very deep to link with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial as they drifted infield.United had clearly been told to move the ball as quickly as possible with one or two-touch football. A big feature of their game was forwards dropping off and tapping a one-touch pass back where it came from, dragging defenders out of position and keeping the ball moving.Ander Herrera was notably improved, his ability to play clever passes under pressure helping United to get beyond the first line of the press and play expansively in the Cardiff half. The Spaniard’s neat, weaving interplay will become a crucial aspect of Solskjaer’s football ,as will the performances of Nemanja Matic. He cleverly dropped in between the two centre-backs when appropriate, which allowed United to spread wider and get the full-backs further forward.They will face tougher tests than this, but it was very encouraging to see Solskjaer recognise that the fluidity, intelligence, and positional interchanging of Martial, Rashford, and Lingard is United’s greatest asset.Leicester are back, but Puel could still be moved onOrdinarily a big win at Stamford Bridge would provide security for a manager on the brink, but Claude Puel may in fact have hastened his own demise on Saturday.Leicester’s 1-0 victory at Chelsea was reminiscent of their title-winning campaign – suggesting the Foxes should be led by a counter-attacking manager, rather than one set on prosaic possession football.Leicester sat in a hunched shell, accruing just 28 per cent possession, to stop Chelsea from passing the ball through the centre of the pitch.It worked well. The vast majority of Jorginho’s passes went sideways to the wingers, who, with no other option, promptly swung crosses into the box (36 in total, a season high for Chelsea). Unsurprisingly, Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire easily dealt with these.It was classic Leicester, a reminder of how well the team – and Jamie Vardy in particular – could be playing.The former England striker has struggled to fit into Puel’s usual system but was back to his old self on Saturday, chasing down long balls and scoring the winner from a quick break.Elsewhere, Ricardo Pereyra’s and James Maddison’s tendency to run with the ball also proved well-suited to a counter-attacking philosophy.Ozil proves his worth with intelligent displayUnai Emery is getting a reputation for strange tactical choices at the beginning of matches.It was certainly odd to line up against such a narrow team as Burnley in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Mesut Ozil expected to create chances for the two strikers in a No. 10 role.Unsurprisingly, Sean Dyche’s defensive shell held out through the centre, although ultimately they were beaten thanks to Ozil’s reading of – and adaptation to – the game.For a central attacking midfelder Ozil spent a remarkable amount of time on the flanks, his pass map revealing a performance that could be called a “false ten”.He drifted into channels on the outside of Burnley’s narrow four-man midfield, linking neatly with wing-backs Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to ensure Arsenal’s possession dominance never became aimless.Ozil played a crucial role in the early opening goal, without which the match could easily have swung the other way. His cross to Kolasinac was special, but from a tactical perspective his involvement in the build up down the right was just as important.Within 15 minutes on Saturday it was clear that Ozil is a better option for Arsenal than Henrikh Mkhitaryan.PIC: All Ozil’s passes vs Burnley (Black = successful) Stones struggles underline City’s Fernandinho reliancePep Guardiola has been guilty of too much squad rotation in recent weeks, culminating in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in which only five of his starting 11 could be considered first choice.Injuries have played their part, but this weekend he had three of his best players on the bench, plus he decided to replace Fernandinho with John Stones when he had the manpower necessary to avoid such an unusual move.It was no surprise Nicolas Otamendi struggled against the speed of Palace’s breaks, while Stones was directly at fault for two of Palace’s goals.What makes Fernandinho so unique for a defensive midfielder is his agility and technique; without him, City’s expansive formation meant Palace could counter in the spaces around the flat-footed Stones.His poor mobility saw him turned in the build-up to the first two Palace goals, first failing to properly tackle James McArthur before Jeffrey Schlupp fired in a equaliser, and then losing his man in the move that led to Palace’s free-kick from which Andros Townsend gave the away side the lead.Fernandinho remains an under-rated component of this City team and, judging by Saturday’s game, arguably the only irreplaceable player in Guardiola’s team.Hodgson out-tactics Guardiola to stun CityBy contrast, Roy Hodgson’s midfield selection was perfect.Schlupp played in central midfield for perhaps the first time in his career, the plan being to inject some counterattacking directness into the centre without losing defensive sturdiness.Schlupp consistently burst beyond Ilkay Gundogan and Stones – most notably to score Palace’s first goall – often moving into a wide left position to double up with Max Meyer.Schlupp’s selection meant Hodgson switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 with Townsend moving to the right wing, a clever tweak from the former England manager that exploited City’s historic weakness on this side.Townsend’s cutting infield drew City in, creating space for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to drive directly at Fabian Delph – who has always struggled to defend one-on-ones. It was Wan-Bissaka’s burst past Delph that led to Palace’s match-winning penalty.PIC: All Schlupp’s touches vs Palace Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kolkata: Dulal Bar, a BJP MLA from North 24-Parganas’ Bagda has been suspendedon Tuesday for the rest of the current session of the Assembly. Nirmal Ghosh, the chief whip of the government urged the Speaker Biman Banerjee to take some steps against Bar for vitiating the atmosphere of the Assembly. The Speaker took objection of the matter and suspended Bar for the rest of the Assembly session. The Speaker also felt that Bar was destroying the peaceful environment of the Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHouse. Bar will not be able to attend the rest of the session in the Assembly. Bar wanted to attract the attention of the government to an incident in which a woman was raped in front of her five -year-old girl in Basanti. He also alleged that state government has taken no steps so far to arrest the accused in the incident. The BJP MLAs staged a protest demonstration inside the House.BJP MLA from North 24-Parganas’ Bagda was suspended for a day on last Monday after he started protesting against the alleged attack on BJP MLA from Bongaon.
OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell yells at his players during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIn the game of college football, a win’s a win, no matter how or at what cost.For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0), their 24th victory in a row might have been the toughest of the streak to date, a 42-41 win on the road against archrival Michigan (7-5, 3-5) that saw the OSU defense give up a season-high 603 yards to the Wolverines.Such a performance garners questions to be directed at the team’s defensive coordinator, and OSU’s Luke Fickell was no exception Monday.When asked about what he thought went wrong in Saturday’s win, Fickell didn’t take kindly to the question.“What do you mean what went wrong? Did we win? Did we win?” Fickell said. “I’ve been up (in Ann Arbor) quite a few times in my 18-year career here … We know there’s things we have to correct, momentum and things happened and we didn’t play great on the defensive side of the ball so there’s a lot of things to correct. Every single week we have objectives and the last objective last week was win, and we came away with a win.”Don’t tell that to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, though, who called the unit’s performance Saturday “bittersweet” even though the team won the game.“The most important thing at the end of the day is getting a ‘W,’” Shazier said. “But we (are) still pretty mad … the whole defense is pretty pissed off about how many yards we gave up rushing and passing. It’s just not acceptable.”Even though the Buckeye defense struggled all game, it did make a big play when it mattered most as redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell picked off Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion pass attempt with 32 seconds left to ice the game.Powell said after the game he knew that play was coming thanks to cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, which Fickell said is all part of weekly preparation.“You prepare. You don’t know exactly, but when you do your studies and you have an idea,” Fickell said. “Obviously, you see the things that we rep we do a lot better job of … but that (play) was one of the things that we had repped and had a good idea but it comes down to the guy making the play.”OSU’s defense gives up an average 255.8 passing yards per game, tied for 101st in the country with Northwestern. The whole season, the team has been able to compensate for the lack of consistency on that side of the ball, but coach Urban Meyer remains confident in them.“(The) pass defense surfaced again, and (a) lack of contact on the quarterback,” Meyer said Monday. “We just had some guys running open … I trust that we’ll get it fixed, and I trust that these guys will be locked and loaded and have a good week of preparation.”The Spartan offense ranks third to last in the Big Ten in total offense with 380.2 yards per game, but is better than that number indicates, Shazier said.“They have playmakers out there,” Shazier said. “They would not have went undefeated in the Big Ten so far if they weren’t (good) so I feel like they’re doing a great job right now.”After watching the film of Saturday’s win against Michigan, sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense was “really close” to stopping the Wolverines from a lot of their big plays. The mistakes, though, were pretty evident.“When you turn on the film you gotta face the facts and realize that there were some mistakes made,” Perry said. “We got a chip on our shoulder, but it’s nothing that’s too urgent like we gotta throw out the whole defense and start over again. It’s just that we gotta correct up what we know to do.”Whether there are questions about the defense as a whole or specifically about their performance against Michigan, Fickell said it all comes back to one thing.“You have a standard, and that’s what’s been set around here. And I think that’s the beauty of it,” Fickell said. “You’re never satisfied with what you got.”The Buckeyes and No. 10 Spartans (11-1, 8-0) are set to face off for Big Ten supremacy Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Photo of the 2017 winners Teachers will be recognized in five regions: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula and outlying areas (everywhere else). Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Nominations are open for Alaska teachers from every community in the state for the BP Teachers of Excellence. The nomination period ends on February 1, click here to nominate a teacher. The winners will be notified on March 30. The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program recognizes teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. Story as aired: Since the program launched in 1995, hundreds of teachers have been recognized by their peers, students, parents and community members as BP Teachers of Excellence.
Desktop LCD Minimum gamut DisplayHDR 400 Maximum black (nits) 10/8 20,000:1 The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2018 8/8 Peak brightness, 10% window (nits) 600 133 ms (8 frames) 500 90% P3 D65 600 133 ms (8 frames) 300 90% P3 D65 1000 1000 0.1 500 1 Full screen flash brightness (nits) 1,000,000:1 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Display tech CES 2019 DisplayHDR True Black 400 250 Monitors Tech Industry Sustained brightness full screen (nits) DisplayHDR 600 250 6,000:1 10/8 33ms (2 frames) Implied maximum static contrast ratio (peak brightness/max black) 350 800,000:1 12 Photos 0.0005 600 320 DisplayHDR 1000 Desktop LCD 0.1 90% P3 D65 Laptop LCD Desktop, laptop LCD 90% P3 D65 OLED Minimum processing bit depth/panel bit depth 0.05 DisplayHDR 500 10/8 1,000:1 OLED DisplayHDR True Black 500 0.4 320 VESA Since its inception, VESA’s (the Video Electronic Standards Association) DisplayHDR logo-certification program for monitors has been a clear-cut mix of competence requirements (DisplayHDR 600 and 1000) and marketing desperation (DisplayHDR 400). But with the CES 2019 announcement of DisplayHDR 500, DisplayHDR True Black 400 and DisplayHDR True Black 500, somehow they’ve managed to make things more confusing than necessary. There are just too many now.DisplayHDR 500 essentially certifies that a display is almost DisplayHDR 600 capable, but since it’s in a laptop it gets a pass on hitting the same peak or sustained brightness levels to conserve power. However there’s nothing preventing a desktop monitor manufacturer for opting for this lower level — dare we say “cheaper to implement” — level either. But the naming underemphasizes the huge disparity between DisplayHDR 400 and DisplayHDR 500: the latter requires the wide color gamut, local dimming and higher contrast the 400 spec lacks, all of which are essential for HDR video rendering. The two DisplayHDR True Black logofications similarly downplay the benefits of OLED. Since OLED generally can’t hit or sustain peak brightness for the full screen, only for the 10 percent window required by the spec, it gets its own category which dramatizes the fact that OLED achieves near perfect black levels compared to LCDs. But what the nomenclature utterly fails to conveys is the huge jump in contrast that results in, despite the lower brightness levels.If you’re not familiar with DisplayHDR, the number indicates the peak brightness of a 10 percent window in the middle of the screen displayed for short intervals as measured in nits (candelas per square meter). The names actually conveyed information when there were only three options — 400, 600 or 1,000. It meant you’d know not to expect actual HDR-quality video from a DisplayHDR 400 monitor; they barely squeak by the letter of the definition, as defined by the ability to decode an HDR signal, much less the spirit. (In fact, it’s not even a given that a DisplayHDR 400 monitor will be better than one that’s not certified given the increase in the number of 400-nit panels we’re seeing in monitors.) But it also it meant that you’d be able to tell that DisplayHDR 600 and DisplayHDR 1000 offered reasonable and differentiable display qualities, because they had different contrast levels. But what are the real visual differences between 500 and 600?HDR quality is primarily determined by contrast and color accuracy, not absolute brightness. If you look at the table below, the OLED-focused specs offer much better contrast and rise time (which affects lag) than the more impressive-sounding 600 and 1000 versions. Maximum rise time (at 60Hz) 133 ms (8 frames) 133 ms (8 frames) DisplayHDR logo requirements Share your voice 90% P3 D65 300 400 Comment 400 500 5,000:1 95% Rec 709 10/8 33ms (2 frames) Unfortunately, DisplayHDR still has no color-accuracy and limited gamut requirements — so you’ve got to take it all with a grain of salt, anyway. Tags 10/8 320 0.0005
The election commission is facing an awkward situation as the internal discord of the constitutional body has come to the fore at a crucial stage when it is taking preparations for the next parliamentary elections.One of the five election commissioners, Mahbub Talukder, boycotted the commission’s meeting on Monday after he could not present a five-point proposal and issued a ‘note of dissent’ claiming his right to opinion was violated, according to EC officials.With this fresh allegation added to the existing array of dissociations, the commission’s unwillingness over discussing crucial issues of creating equal opportunity for all parties, taking polls-time control over the law enforcement and administration and so on, that are considered essential for holding a participatory election, has put the commission’s role into question, say experts.The experts also think that all these point out the unwillingness of the constitutional body, which is responsible for holding the parliamentary polls.Despite the issues casting doubts over the EC’s capacity to carry out a free and fair election, chief election commissioner Nurul Huda told the media on Tuesday that ‘it would not be difficult’.The 11th parliamentary election will be the second one under a political government after the elimination of the caretaker government system in 2011.Several political parties, including key opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, boycotted the 10th parliamentary election demanding a neutral election.All but the Awami League and its alliance members have been demanding an election under a neutral government.Ignoring both the demands of the political parties and its own members, the commission is approaching the elections.Commissioner Mahbub’s boycott has stirred discussions among experts in the field. According to the officials, his ‘note of dissent’ included demand for discussion on ways to deploy army in the polls, holding talks with political parties for ensuring participatory polls, increasing the EC’s capabilities, finding out ways to ensure equal opportunities for all parties and discussing with the government the recommendations made by the political parties in the previous talks with the EC.According to EC sources, Mahbub could not raise the five-point in the meeting due to others’ objections.The present commission held talks with the political parties after it assumed office, but it never reviewed the recommendations made by the parties and never sat within themselves to discuss the issues.While asked over Mahbub’s ‘note of dissent’, CEC Nurul Huda refused to comment. “It has been broadcast on television. No comments. Do not insist me on this. I’ll not comment,” he told newsmen on Tuesday.The internal discord is not new for the present commission. Discontent among the five commissioners came to the light over the transfer of 33 EC secretariat officers on 9 July 2017, after their oath taking on 15 February.The disharmony was further manifested over the issues of army deployment, allowing parliament members in the city polls campaign, introduction of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) and so on.There were dissensions regarding the Barishal city polls held on 30 July, too. In most of the instances, Mahbub Talukder was opposed by other commissioners.Earlier the CEC on 7 August told the media that he cannot guarantee that there will be no irregularities in the general elections.Following this remark, the other four commissioners told the media that this was not a statement of the commission but of the CEC himself.In September, once again discontents sprouted among the commissioners over leadership.Despite the boycott, Mahbub Talukder went to the commission headquarter on Tuesday as usual where he attended a meeting, along with other commissioners, with the field level officials to discuss preparations for the polls.The schedule will probably be announced in the first week of November while the election may be held by the end of December or the beginning of January.An EC official said Mahbub is going to the US on a 10-day private tour on 20 October.Terming Mahbub’s boycott an ‘unprecedented incident’, former election commissioner Sohul Hussain told Prothom Alo that such actions lead to confusions, adding that there might be discord in the commission and one or more commissioners may dissent regarding a specific issue.The decision given by most of the commissioners will be granted finally and that decision will be carried out.Resonating similar attitude, the CEC told the media Tuesday that the situation is satisfying as field level officials have taken all the preparations. They are also receiving adequate help from the local police along with the administration.When asked whether this time in the meeting they have discussed the recommendations made by the political parties, Huda said there were no discussions over this issue.The position of the government or members of the parliament will be known after the schedule announcement while the commission will take a few steps to introduce changes in the code of conduct, he added.Regarding the issue of discord in the commission, former commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said, commissions that had internal discords in the past had turned inactive due to lack of mutual understanding leaving the body dysfunctional.The rift is widening gradually. As the leader of the team, the CEC is responsible for coordination, he said. The voters will lose trust, if there are so many rifts in an institution occupying a significant place in the constitution, Sakhawat observed.*This article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
Researchers in Australia say that fact checking can reverse the views of even the most dyed-in-the-wool partisans, and over time could cause voters to shun an often-lying candidate. Photo: CollectedResearchers in Australia say that fact checking can reverse the views of even the most dyed-in-the-wool partisans, and over time could cause voters to shun an often-lying candidate.Scientists from the University of Western Australia, the United States and Britain found that Aussies did change their minds about false statements — even from politicians they support — when corrected.In findings that offer hope that “post-truth” politicians and a rash of disinformation from state-actors like Russia can be checked, the authors found voters from across the political spectrum would change their minds when presented with facts, and were turned off by persistent lies.”This study’s findings are encouraging regarding both the potential effectiveness of fact checking and the importance of veracity to voters,” they said.The study presented 370 Australians with a series of false and true claims from conservative prime minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten and a corresponding fact check for each claim.Unlike earlier studies, the false claims outnumbered the true, allowing researchers to measures whether a pattern of debunked false claims had a longer-term impact on the politician’s appeal.The authors found that, while right-wing voters were slightly more likely to believe false claims as a whole, left wing participants were more likely to believe their own side.But for both sides “corrections strongly reduced myth beliefs” and participants’ support for politicians “did decline” even if participants’ political views did not change.”It appears that veracity does matter to voters,” they said.The “results suggest that fact checking could serve as a genuine threat to the electability of politicians who regularly make false statements.”But there were some notes of caution: In the real world not every lie is fact checked, not everyone sees or seeks out those checks, and false claims could go unchecked for a long time.And there could be cultural differences from country to country, particularly in places that do not have compulsory voting or in deeply polarised countries like the United States.”Our results suggest that the impact of politicians’ false statements on the level of support they receive may differ between the USA and Australia,” they said.Some earlier studies have suggested that misinformation continues to affect memories, beliefs and reasoning even after it had been corrected.
Share – / 2Some drivers who use I-45 to get into downtown Houston will have to brace for some big traffic snarls this weekend. And those delays will continue into next week.Starting at 9:00 Saturday night, TxDOT will close three of the four mainlanes of I-45 northbound between Telephone Road and the I-69/U.S.59 interchange. That’s so crews can put down concrete barriers and finish construction of the new St. Joseph/Pease Street two-lane exit ramp. While those lane restrictions are in place drivers will still be able to access the I-45/I-69 interchange.As the work goes on, TxDOT says it’ll open additional lanes to traffic. Beginning at 5:00 AM Monday, crews will open one more lane. At 5:00 AM Thursday, a third lane will open. And that new three-lane configuration will be in place until December 1.To avoid congestion, drivers who want to access I-69/U.S. 59/SH 288 are asked to detour to the I-610 East Loop.TxDOT’s Deidrea George says the lane restrictions are part of a bigger project to reconstruct connector ramps in an effort to eliminate weaving— those rapid lane changes as drivers try to make their exit.“People are waiting until the last minute to make the decision as to what freeway or connector they’re going to utilize,” says George. “And that causes a lot of traffic congestion and also accidents in the area.”The connector from I-45 northbound to I-69/U.S. 59/SH 288 southbound is currently on the left-hand side. TxDOT is converting it to a right-hand exit. The project also includes a new connector to I-69/U.S. 59 northbound.The work will cost a little over $30 million and it’s expected to be finished in spring of 2019.
The Howard County Center of African American Culture and the Columbia Town Center Community Association are celebrating Juneteenth on June 17 from noon to 8:00 p.m. There will be live music, refreshments, lectures, museum tours and more. All ages welcome and admission is free. The Howard County Center of African American Culture is located at 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, Md. 21044. For more information call 410-715-1921.
Darjeeling: Twenty-two police personnel, who were returning home to North Dinajpur from Kalimpong where they were deployed for chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit, were injured when their van overturned on Friday. Police sources said the van overturned in a bend at 3rd Mile, about 9km from Kalimpong town around 2pm. “The van hit the guard rails on the road and overturned. Had it jumped the guard walls, it would have tumbled down the hill,” said a police source.Thirty-six police personnel were travelling in the van.”Investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the accident,” said a police source.