Poch has not lost dressing room… players just confused by tactical tinkering

first_imgPEOPLE will say Mauricio Pochettino has lost the Spurs dressing room, that his side have stopped playing for him.But that’s such a lazy thing to say — you have to look deeper than that.2 Mauricio Pochettino is overseeing a full-blown crisis at SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty2 Harry Kane reflects on another miserable 90 minutes for Spurs as Brighton celebrate their 3-0 winCredit: ReutersMore than anything, Tottenham’s players are looking confused as to what is being asked of them.Boss Pochettino has been trying to find that winning formula by changing things up, whether that be formation or personnel.He’s tried a number of different systems but the lack of continuity is creating problems.While Pochettino is making fewer personnel changes — 1.86 per game compared to 3.14 last year — he has tried five different formations already this season.The result of this is that you’ve got players asked to play in a number of different positions.Moussa Sissoko played right-back at Brighton but has also been asked to pay right wing as well as his natural central midfield role.Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have played in both a three and four at the back, while fellow centre-back Davinson Sanchez has also found himself at right-back.If you look at Liverpool and Manchester City they will more often than not play 4-3-3.Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and BrightonACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe dynamic might change — for example they might have one or two sitting midfielders — but the system stays the same.But this is not the case with Spurs, who are chopping and changing both before and during games.I had it as a player myself where a manager would constantly change the system or team when they weren’t getting results.In the end the players don’t know what is expected of them as they can find themselves playing in a different position every week.And if you see your manager doesn’t have belief in his system, then it won’t be long before the dressing room starts to lose theirs, too.I can understand what Pochettino is doing but it can be very hard for players.It wasn’t too long ago that Eddie Howe couldn’t buy a win with Bournemouth.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticPeople said that he had to change but Howe stuck to his principles and because of that the players went along with it and they soon got over that bad spell.It may well look like Pochettino has lost the dressing room but actually a majority of the players don’t know what’s expected of them right now.It’s not that the players have all of a sudden stopped trusting their manager — they’re just clearly confused and unsure of what their manager is asking of them.@Higginbotham05 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in agony as he suffers horror elbow injury at Brightonlast_img read more

Bolts continue to lose key players as Hodge suffers suspected knee injury

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases The Bolts are desperate to make a late run in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, and will need to sweep their remaining games against Ginebra and Magnolia for them to have a chance to advance.Unfortunately, with Hodge possibly out, that slim window may be slowly closing as we speak.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Alas rues missed target but still confident of Phoenix’s chances Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESThe injury bug bit Meralco anew on Wednesday in its duel against Phoenix.With Ranidel de Ocampo (calf) and Jared Dillinger (foot) still nursing their respective injuries, the undermanned Bolts continued to lose vital players with Cliff Hodge injuring his right knee in the 92-20 win.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The energetic forward was going for a shot late in the third quarter but his knees collided with Willy Wilson which sent him sprawling in pain on the floor.Though he was still able to shoot the succeeding free throws, he was unable to proceed in the next possession and hobbled his way out of the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“That didn’t look good,” remarked coach Norman Black when asked about Hodge’s status. “I have no idea at this point, but according to Willy Wilson, he banged knees with him, so that’s something completely different from what he’s been struggling with this entire conference which is the ankle injury.”Hodge was immediately sent to Makati Medical Center to undergo MRI, but by the looks of it, he might miss Meralco’s crucial tiff against Ginebra on Sunday.last_img read more

Convicted fraudster back in court for similar offence

first_imgAfter being slapped with eleven counts of fraud and convicted for one back in 2018, 29-year-old Ganraj Raghubeer of Kitty, Georgetown, was last week hurled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was slapped with another fraud charge.Raghubeer appeared before Principle Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the allegation which detailed that between May and July 2018 at Water Street, Georgetown, while being employed by Kumar Chintaman as a clerk or servant, he stole $1.6 million; property of the Virtual Complainant.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, told the court that the defendant was previously charged with eleven counts of fraud and was convicted for one while the others are pending in another court.The prosecutor further objected to bail being granted on the grounds that Raghubeer is often absent when the cases are called and poses a flight risk.Magistrate Daly upheld the prosecution’s submissions and remanded Raghubeer to prison. The case will continue on April 12, 2019.last_img read more

Rose Hall Town to observe 49th anniversary in grandeur

first_imgThe town of Rose Hall will observe its 49th anniversary with a one-month celebration which was launched on Friday.Town Day 2019 is a collaborative effort of the Rose Hall Town Council and several businesses and will run from August 25 to September 28.At the launch, one of the organisers, Dauren Deonarine explained that a total of 18 events will be executed during the one-month celebration, which was opened with a clean-up campaign and on July 31, there will be a candlelight vigil.On September 1, a fitness walk has been planned along with a 5-a-side football competition while an art competition for students is organised for September 5.“As the Mayor did mention, we are catering for everyone at Rose Hall Town Day anniversary 2019; even for the little children, so on September 5, we are proposing an art competition for students within the surrounding communities,” Deonarine explained.Among the feature events will be a health fair on September 25, but before that, an auto vehicle show is scheduled for the Area H Ground.On September 20, which is the Town’s anniversary, an award ceremony, street fair, and exhibition-career fair have been organised. The curtains will come down with an international concert on September 20.Initially, the Rose Hall Town Anniversary Organisation had submitted a proposal for similar activities and the Council had asked for a meeting with the two sides, but according to the Town’s Mayor, Chattergoon Ramnauth, the Anniversary Organisation refused to sit with the other promoters.“Both of them were invited and only one turned up; the other one never turned up and never sought to get in contact with us,” Mayor Ramnauth explained.Proceeds from the event according to Deonarine will be used to repair streets in the Town and erect signs.last_img read more

Mata gives UCLA a boost

first_imgPhoto: UCLA vs Cal LOS ANGELES – Lorenzo Mata stood at the foul line, bounced the basketball a few times and released it toward the rim. The ball bounced high, off the back of the iron, and fell harmlessly to the floor. Yet, many in the sold out Pauley Pavilion crowd rose to their feet and applauded Mata, because for once his miss from the line was well beyond the norm. The success against Cal pushed Mata’s free throw shooting to 37.7 percent. Mata has scored in double figures each of the last three games, averaging 11.3 points. His play gives the Bruins a low-post option at a crucial time. The emergence of center Ryan Hollins was central to UCLA’s late-season renaissance last season, and helped push the Bruins into the national title game. “It’s hard to beat us (when Mata is scoring),” said Collison, UCLA’s point guard. “You can’t just focus on one guy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mata, one of the worst free throw shooters in the nation, provided the emotion with his spot-on foul shooting (8 of 9) and career-high 14 points as the fourth-ranked Bruins stretched their lead atop the Pacific-10 Conference with an 85-75 defeat of California in front of 11,230 fans Thursday night. UCLA (24-3, 13-2) can clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title by beating Stanford on Saturday, as second-place Washington State (22-5, 11-4) lost at Oregon 64-59 to fall two games behind the Bruins. center_img A 30.9 percent free throw shooter entering the game, Mata made his first seven attempts from the line, with the initial two triggering a 10-2 run that gave slow-starting UCLA a lead it did not relinquish. During a ridiculously easy second half, UCLA shot 64.5 percent as the Bears (14-13, 6-9) were crushed in transition, and carefree in the half-court. “We just couldn’t play defense consistently enough inside-out,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “It’s uncharacteristic of us. We gave up those inside baskets not to just the post players, but to Josh, Arron and Darren (Collison).” Shipp had his second straight big game with a game-high 22 points as the Bruins embarrassed the Cal defense en route to shooting 61.1 percent from the field. “It’s just a matter of confidence,” Mata said of his good night at the line. “I’ve been shooting them well in practice. It’s just been getting them to a game. I’ll make them, so don’t foul me anymore.” last_img read more

Man United don’t need Di Maria! Former star says £60m should have gone on Hummels and Khedira

first_imgRay Wilkins has questioned Manchester United’s decision to spend £60million on Angel di Maria.United smashed the British transfer record to land the Argentine winger from Real Madrid and his arrival has given supporters and the club a welcome lift.But Wilkins does not share the excitement around the 26-year-old’s arrival at Old Trafford.According to the former United star, the money used on Di Maria would have been better spent on a top-class defender and defensive midfielder, with Mats Hummels and Sami Khedira the players he believes the club should have targeted.“They are putting the roof on before the foundations of the house,” said Wilkins, co-host on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think they spent the £60million unwisely on Di Maria.“Why don’t they go and pay £35million for Hummels first? We know Dortmund, as good a side as they are, are a selling club. Take him out of Dortmund and put him in alongside Phil Jones.“Then go and get Khedira for £25million. There’s your £60million and you already look more solid.”last_img read more

Man charged with killing El Monte infant

first_imgBy Brian Day Correspondent LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old man has been charged with a Saturday shooting in Los Angeles that left an El Monte infant dead and a man critically injured, officials said. Luis Silva was charged Tuesday with capital murder of 23-day-old Luis Angel Garcia as well as three counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted extortion, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Peter Cagney. Silva, believed to be a member of Los Angeles’ 18th Street gang, was arrested about 11 a.m. Sunday as part of an extortion investigation, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez. In the following days, detectives learned that Silva was also a suspect in the shooting, Lopez said. In addition to Garcia’s death, Silva has been charged with the attempted murders of Clemente, Garcia’s mother, and her fiance. Prosecutors have not yet determined whether they will seek the death penalty against Silva. Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two additional suspects in the shooting, said Lopez. A reward of $75,000 has been offered by the city of Los Angeles for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved, he said. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Garcia was struck and killed by a stray bullet as his mother pushed him in a stroller on 6th Street near Burlington Avenue, said a District Attorney spokesman. The baby was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about half an hour after the 9:30 p.m. shooting, said Los Angles County Department of Coroner Lt. John Kades. The intended target in the attack, a 37-year-old street vendor named Francisco Clemente, was listed in critical condition after being shot at least twice, officials said. Clemente is believed to have been targeted because he refused to pay extortion money demanded by the suspect, District Attorney’s Office officials said. Gang members tried to extort money from outdoor vendors on Sept. 1, but one refused to pay, officials said, allegedly prompting Saturday’s shooting. last_img read more

Poor air quality adversely affects pregnant women

first_imgPregnant women who breathe very smoggy air are at greater risk of giving birth to underweight babies – findings that raise health concerns in Los Angeles, the nation’s smog capital, a study released Monday says. Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed the birth weight of nearly 4,000 California children born from 1975 and 1987, and the air pollution in the areas where their mothers lived during pregnancy. They found an increase in ozone levels was associated with lower birth weight. “These findings add further evidence that our ozone standards are not protecting the most vulnerable members of the population,” said Frank D. Gilliland, the study’s senior author. Ground-level ozone is created through tailpipe exhaust, gasoline vapors, industrial emissions and chemical solvents. It reduces hemoglobin’s ability to carry oxygen to parts of the body, thus affecting a fetus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Fetal growth and birth weight are strongly linked to morbidity and mortality during childhood and adulthood, so it’s clear that air quality is important to everyone’s healthy development,” Gilliland said. The effects of ozone were strongest when the average daily exposure rose above 30 ppb. The national ozone standard is 80 ppb over eight hours. The South Coast Air Quality Management District region, which includes urban Los Angeles County, exceeded that standard on 84 days this year. Erica Lepping, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Clean Air, said the research is a concern, particularly for Inland Empire communities where pollution from the ports, cars and trucks sits and transforms into ozone. “This is just one more reason why measures that could be taken today to lower current levels of pollution should immediately be passed.” last_img read more

Which Raider great got to light Al Davis’ memorial torch for last time in Oakland?

first_imgBefore being dismantled and sent packing to Las Vegas along with the Raiders, the Al Davis Memorial Torch was ceremoniously lit one final time at the Coliseum on Sunday.The season-long mystery over who would get the honor of flipping the switch was solved when Charles Woodson did the honors before the Raiders faced the Jaguars in their last ever game in Oakland.One last National Anthem and flyover complete . . . Charles Woodson lights the torch in honor of Al Davis . . . #Raiders . . . .— …last_img

New No-Till History book

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)Several Ohio folks and organizations are part of a new book by Frank Lessiter, “From Maverick to Mainstream.” Among those prominently featured are Bill Richards, Glover Triplett, David Brandt and Bill Haddad.Books are for sale at the National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis, Jan. 8-11, or you can order a copy online at: No-TillFarmer.com/ historybook. The cost is $47.95. Can you say “stocking stuffer”?last_img