Pochettino quiet on Schneiderlin

first_img French midfielder Schneiderlin is determined to join his former Saints manager at White Hart Lane, yet new St Mary’s boss Ronald Koeman insists the 24-year-old is not for sale. It remains to be seen whether the £15million-rated Frenchman will eventually be able to leave ahead of the closing of the transfer window. “Our style is always to (get a) feel (for) the player and after to try to get the best out of them for the team and for the club.” Pochettino, conducting his media duties in English, unlike when at Southampton, added: “At the moment our challenge is putting into practice our philosophy, our system. “We know we need time to improve our new system, our new philosophy, but we are very happy at the moment. “We improve quickly and the most important thing is we are ready to play and compete.” Pochettino will assess those players who returned late from international duty at the World Cup – three Belgians and Brazil’s Paulinho – before naming his squad to take to Upton Park. “We need to analyse some players because they arrived late from the World Cup and we need to improve their physical condition,” he said. “At the moment I have my ideas in my mind but I need one more day to decide the 18 players for playing against West Ham on Saturday.” England winger Andros Townsend should be in contention having missed the end of last season and the World Cup with an ankle problem. “We need to recover a player like him because he has great potential and very good qualities,” Pochettino said. Spurs have also announced that striker Harry Kane has signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane. The 21-year-old has long been considered as a hot prospect at the north London club and enjoyed a run in the side under former head coach Tim Sherwood last season. Kane, who has also spent time on loan at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, scored in three consecutive Barclays Premier League games in April and will provide competition to Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor as Pochettino looks to hit the ground running with victory over West Ham on Saturday. Pochettino has already brought in the likes of goalkeeper Michael Vorm and defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier – signings the Argentinian feels can help the north London club in their quest to break back into the Barclays Premier League’s top four. “It (new signings) is not my concern. I think we have an unbelievable squad,” said the Tottenham manager. “Last season the club made a big investment and they signed unbelievable players. The most important thing is to develop our players and to provide the best team to play on the pitch.” When pressed on Schneiderlin, the former Saints boss said: “No, it is not my style to speak about a player from another club, I don’t like that. “I have full respect for all of them and I have nothing to say.” Tottenham open the new campaign at West Ham, and then play a Europa League qualifier against AEL Limassol before heading across London again to tackle promoted QPR. Pochettino sees no reason why Spurs cannot move forward in 2014-2015. “We want to improve every time, but we need to learn,” he said. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he has an “unbelievable squad”, but refused to be drawn on any attempt to recruit Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. Press Associationlast_img read more

Referees overshadow Syracuse ice hockey’s season-opening loss to Bemidji State

first_img Published on October 1, 2016 at 12:37 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ First a Bemidji State fan yelled, “Ah, you suck. You didn’t have trouble blowing that whistle earlier,” in the direction of the referees. About a minute later, a Syracuse fan chimed in, “Hey, blow the whistle. Call that.”And it all culminated with a Bemidji State fan screaming, “Swallow your whistle, a**hole!”The referees were the story of the night Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion as 14 penalties overshadowed Bemidji State’s (1-0) 2-1 victory over Syracuse (0-1). The two teams accumulated 28 minutes of penalties and more than 22 minutes on the power play. Syracuse’s only goal came on the power play. SU’s penalty kill shut out Bemidji State’s power play in six tries.“The girls might as well wear skirts out there,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Seventeen penalties last Saturday night … probably about 15 penalties (tonight). It’s just ridiculous. They call everything so it’s really hard to get a flow going for the girls.”It started less than five minutes into the first period when SU’s Heather Schwarz was called for tripping. A little more than two minutes later, the Orange got whistled for another penalty trip, this time on Dakota Derrer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen Bemidji State took four penalties in a row, which led to a 5-on-3 and SU’s lone goal scored by Jessica Sibley. It was the only bright spot on the power play unit for SU, which finished 1-for-5.“We just need to win those battles, get to the puck first and make smarter plays.” Sibley said. “We need to come back tomorrow with a lot more energy. I think penalties like that, they wreck the flow of the game but there’s nothing we can control about that.”By the end of the first period, eight penalties had been called. SU was the beneficiary with only six penalty minutes and a one-goal lead. But the tide reversed in the second period.The Orange took three penalties in the first three minutes. Those penalties shifted momentum in favor of the Beavers and a little more than four minutes into the second, they knotted the score at one off the stick of Emily Bergland. Then Bemidji state successfully killed off three SU power plays in a row.“You try not to worry about the refs, but for sure they were calling a lot on both ends,” Orange defender Allie Munroe said. SU’s Karleigh Scully and Bemidji State’s Alexis Joyce had to sit on the bench for an extra 10 minutes after their penalties in the second period for “abuse of officials” infractions.Syracuse’s Savannah Rennie ended the second by getting called for tripping. She picked up the only penalty of the third period — interference. When the game ended, the coaches from both teams met on the ice and the first thing mentioned was the referees.“The first thing out of those (Bemidji State) coaches, from the different league (WCHA), ‘Are these the refs you have?’” Flanagan said. “I said, ‘Yeah these are two guys were going to see all the time.’ What are we going to do? We see those guys all year so I can’t bark at them. If you guys look at the WCHA, and look at how many power plays in their games tonight … I’d bet there are two, three, maybe four power plays total. (Bemidji State’s) kid stepped on a puck and we got called for tripping. There are two referees out there. They’ve got to call that. It’s mind boggling.” Commentslast_img read more

Sušić: The Only Problem is Salihović, But I Believe that He Will Be Ready As Well

first_imgThe coach of B&H football representation Safet Sušić at yesterday’s press conference once more confirmed that regardless of playing against a representation that is favorite in the group and candidate for winning the title, the aim is to pass in the second round of the competition.“The situation in the team is good. The only problem we have is Salihović, but I believe that he will be ready for the match”, announced Sušić.Sušić comparing the experience from the World Cup from the perspective of a player and coach, he emphasized “I am a lot calmer than when I was a player”.At the end he said that he is not concerned of the judge but of the players mistakes.The team traveled yesterday to Rio and today at the stadium Maracana will have an official training and a press conference.The first match with Argentina is scheduled on Sunday at midnight according to Central European time.(Source: Fena)last_img read more