Petr Cech reveals how he reacted to Jose Mourinho decision which forced him to quit Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Jose Mourinho sanctioned Petr Cech’s departure from Chelsea in the summer of 2015 (Picture: Getty)Petr Cech knew the writing was on the wall and his Chelsea career was effectively over from the moment Jose Mourinho selected Thibaut Courtois to start in goal on the opening weekend of the 2014/15 Premier League season.The Czech Republic international had been a pivotal figure during Mourinho’s trophy-laden first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and maintained his status as the club’s undisputed No.1 under a succession of subsequent managers. Cech was the penalty saving hero in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich but Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge coincided with Courtois’ two-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid ending. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Belgium international, who had just helped the Spanish side to the league title, was given the nod for the opening game of Chelsea’s campaign against Burnley and never relinquished the No.1 shirt from then onwards.ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Cech did win another Premier League winners’ medal and started in the Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham but was unwilling to settle for a position as Courtois’ understudy and moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2015. Petr Cech reveals how he reacted to Jose Mourinho decision which forced him to quit Chelsea About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Video Settings PLAY Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 May 2020 8:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Petr Cech retired at the end of last season following Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Recalling the end of his Chelsea career, he told the club’s official website: ‘I was not happy at all,’ he remembers. ‘I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.‘But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.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‘Leaving Chelsea was the hardest decision I had to make,’ continues Cech. ‘Having played for this club for such a long time, and becoming a big part of the history of the club, I always thought I was going to finish my career at Chelsea, or maybe leave for the last couple of years.‘At that moment I didn’t feel like it was like the last couple of years. That was not what I pictured in my head. But it was clear my journey had come to an end, and I decided I was going to go and try something else.’MORE: Chelsea risk losing Charlie Webster as Borussia Dortmund eye next Jadon SanchoMORE: Chelsea star Reece James reveals his favourite position and reflects on breakthrough season Advertisementlast_img read more

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Il Cigno development to fly high over Taringa

first_imgAn artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.***THE BASICSIL CIGNODeveloper: TDF ProjectsPrice: From $995,000Location: 73 Swann Rd, Taringa An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.TDF Projects will launch Il Cigno in December, featuring 11 three-bedroom apartments, one two-level three-bedder and three four-bedroom sky homes.TDF developer David Tenison-Woods said the 11 apartments were dedicated to single-level living with no stairs, and three of the ground-level apartments had exclusive access to a courtyard and garden. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.“The communal garden area offers another quiet space to relax,” Mr Tenison-Woods said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“It’s a quality over quantity lifestyle. Swann Road is literally close to every amenity including small shopping centres, large shopping towns, golf courses, universities and medical centres and hospitals. “Transport is at the front door.”Mr Tenison-Woods said the target market was pre-retirees and retirees, including those who had decided to move from the family home but did not want to compromise on the luxuries and space they’d come to expect in a large family home.“It’s for those who want to make the move once and this is why we offer them three-bedroom living so they aren’t trying to squeeze into the already condensed two-bedroom market which often offers only one car space and very little storage,” he said. “Our clients want to feel like they are upgrading on style while downgrading on expensive maintenance.” Standout features of the development include views north to the city and south to the Border Ranges. All apartments feature high ceilings and open plan living.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Weekend Baseball Results

first_imgThe Bulldogs took their second loss of the season from Charlestown on Saturday. The Bulldogs only amassed one hit for the game. The one bright spot for Batesville was a single by Calvin Sherwood in the first inning.Drew Fifer of Charlestown was credited with the victory on the mound. He allowed one hit and zero runs over seven innings, striking out ten.Shane Meer took the loss for the Bulldogs. He went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four.With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the EIAC. Batesville will take on conference rival East Central on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The JV Baseball team was victorious over the weekend in a lopsided win over the Union County Patriots by a score of 25-0.Adam Cox was impressive on the mound as he finished the game with a no hitter. He faced 18 batters, 13 of which he struck out.The Bulldogs tallied 12 hits. 10 different players got at least one hit and 11 different players had at least one RBI, led by a game high 4 by Lleyton Ratcliffe.The Bulldogs have a tough week ahead of them as they return to conference play on Monday night at 5:30 at East Central and again at 5:30 on Thursday at home.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more

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Gardner feels harshly treated

first_img Press Association He added: “I’ll be involved on the training pitch, I’ll be in the tunnel before the game, geeing every one of our lads up. “I can assure the fans I’ll get the team up for it, I’ll be right behind every player on Sunday. It’s football, but there we are.” Ba failed to re-appear after the break as Chelsea overturned a 1-0 deficit with the help of Matt Kilgallon’s own goal and Branislav Ivanovic’s fortuitous winner. The defeat means Sunderland are without a win in nine league games and have taken just three points from the last 27 on offer to slip deep into relegation trouble ahead of their visit to St James’ Park, where a win for Newcastle would all but end the Magpies’ own fears of being dragged into the scrap at the foot of the table. Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has accused former Newcastle striker Demba Ba of play-acting after being ruled out of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.center_img The 26-year-old, playing his first game in front of new boss Paolo di Canio, was booked for the 10th time this season for a challenge on the Chelsea striker during the Black Cats’ 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, and will now serve a two-match ban. However, while television pundits voiced the opinion after the game that he was perhaps fortunate not to receive a red card for his tackle, Gardner has insisted he should not even have been cautioned. The former Birmingham man told the Journal: “It’s not the start that I wanted, but it’s not a yellow card. It was a fair tackle. He’s just rolled around and forced the booking.” last_img read more

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Loan star Ireland impresses Hughes

first_img Ireland, who had made two substitute appearances in the previous two Barclays Premier League games, played for the first hour before being withdrawn. Hughes hopes he can go on to make a big impact this season but is not planning for him to start against Norwich on Sunday. Hughes said: “He is not ready yet but he is getting there.” Hughes made seven changes against the Wirral side but his new ethos was much in evidence. The Welshman has already earned plaudits for the fluid passing style he has introduced at the Britannia Stadium and his side again played it with confidence. The downside was a lack of cutting edge that they could have paid for had the mostly outplayed Tranmere taken advantage of the second-half chances they eventually created for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Chris Atkinson. Nevertheless, Hughes was pleased with another positive performance and happy to still be in the competition. Stoke will now travel to Birmingham, who knocked out holders Swansea, in the fourth round. Hughes said: “We want to progress. It is important we show respect to the competition. I have got a good group of players who would like to go all the way. “It will still be difficult because there are some quality sides left in the competition but if we keep going and keep playing in the manner we are, who knows how far we can go? “It is all about performance and the levels we are hitting. We continue to look a really accomplished side at the moment. That is pleasing. “We are not allowing standards to drop and when I make changes the guys who come in are ready to take their chance and show me what they can do.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes Stephen Ireland’s match-winning performance against Tranmere was just a tantalising glimpse of what he is capable of. Ireland is hoping to revive his career on a season-long loan at Stoke after falling out of favour at Aston Villa. The 27-year-old, who enjoyed his best times under Hughes at Manchester City, had not played since January prior to joining the Potters this month and his goal at Tranmere was his first since December 2011. Hughes said: “Stephen has come in and everybody can see he is an intelligent footballer. “He understands the game and how to affect the game in a positive manner. “He took up some great positions in and around the opposition box and when he gets in good areas he will finish. I thought he was excellent. “But we are still trying to get him up to speed. “He has missed a lot of senior football. He has not had a lot of game time and it is going to take him a little bit of time to get up to the level I know he is capable of. “But you saw in the amount of time he had that he is going to be a good player for us.” Ireland marked his first start for the Potters with the opening goal of a 2-0 win over the League One side in the Capital One Cup. With Peter Crouch’s second not coming until the fourth minute of injury time at Prenton Park – with what proved to be the final kick of the game – it was a strike that effectively secured Stoke’s place in the last 16 of the competition. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Anelka sacked following quit bid

first_img “These conditions were, firstly, that the club required Nicolas Anelka to apologise to it, its supporters, sponsors and the wider community for the impact and consequences of his gesture made on December 28 and secondly, that he accept a substantial fine.” The infamous ‘quenelle’ pose that Anelka struck after scoring against West Ham on December 28 has been associated with anti-Semitism in France. Anelka claims his gesture was anti-establishment and made in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. The independent regulatory commission that handed Anelka his punishment accepted there was no intent by the player to be anti-Semitic. But West Brom have received a considerable amount of bad press as a result of the incident, and their main sponsor Zoopla announced it would not be seeking to renew its deal with them. Anelka – who joined Albion last summer on a one-year deal, with a further year’s option in the club’s favour – had been due to begin his five-game ban on Saturday when West Brom face Swansea away. After those five matches, the Baggies have only five more this season in which he would have been eligible. But his West Brom career is now over, showing a total of 12 appearances and just two goals – both of which came in the West Ham game. Along with the five-match suspension, Anelka was also issued with an £80,000 fine by the commission and ordered to complete an education course. He had been charged by the FA with making an ”abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” gesture, with it being alleged that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included ”a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”. And while it was the commission’s finding that Anelka had not been deliberately anti-Semitic, both charges were found proved. The FA had wanted a heavier punishment for Anelka, but said on Thursday: ”We do not consider there is a real prospect of successfully appealing to extend the sanction imposed.” And they subsequently released another statement on Friday night, which said: “Nicolas Anelka’s purported termination of his Premier League contract this evening via social media was invalid as this was not conducted under the correct legal process as required by his contract. “The club considers the conduct of Nicolas Anelka on December 28, coupled with his purported termination on social media this evening, to be gross misconduct. “As a result the club has tonight written to Nicolas Anelka giving him 14 days’ notice of termination as required under his contract.” Anelka was placed under a club suspension by West Brom after his five-match ban was imposed, pending the conclusion of an internal inquiry. In his announcement on Twitter, the former France international, who turned 35 on Friday, said he was quitting the Baggies due to the unacceptable conditions they were proposing. He said: ”Following talks between the club and me, propositions were made to me in order to reintegrate me into the squad under certain conditions that I cannot accept. ”Wishing to retain my integrity, I have therefore taken the decision to free myself and put an end to the contract linking me with West Bromwich Albion to 2014, with immediate effect.” And Albion made reference to this in their second statement on Friday, saying: “The club notes Nicolas Anelka is unwilling to agree to the conditions set by it which may have enabled his suspension to be lifted and for him to resume training. West Brom have trumped Nicolas Anelka’s attempt to quit the club by sacking the striker for ”gross misconduct”. The Frenchman declared on Twitter on Friday he had decided to terminate his contract with Albion, a day after it was confirmed neither he nor the Football Association would contest the five-match ban he was handed for his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. West Brom responded by issuing a statement themselves, in which they stressed they had not received any formal notification from Anelka or his advisors. Press Associationlast_img read more

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ICC World Cup World Cup 2019: Pakistan and South Africa look to play for pride at Home of Cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : The encounter 30 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will witness Pakistan locking horns with South Africa at the home of cricket Lord’s in London. The game was supposed to be one of the big matches of this tournament but it looks like this contest is going to have no bearing on the overall result. Pakistan has won just one match out of its five while South Africa has won one out of its six. Both the teams are virtually out of the race for a semi-final berth unless something truly disastrous happens to one of the top-4 teams.That does not mean there is nothing to play for. Both South Africa and Pakistan are proud cricketing nations that are hurting due to their poor performances. The teams are receiving a lot of criticism from their fans and some players may be playing for their careers.Both the teams have some players that are at the end of their careers and a couple of them may well have played their last international game. It would have been a week since Pakistan lost its match against India and suffered a tidal wave of criticism. The team would be very keen to get on the ground and start playing some cricket because the only way to shut down this reaction is to start winning again.Pakistan recently played a series against South Africa where they won two matches and showed that they can compete. They must remember those times and cone into this match with confidence.Team Combination: Pakistan: Pakistan team had a miserable outing against India at Old Trafford in Manchester. In batting, the team looked all over the place. However, it looks highly unlikely that team will tinker with their batting line up. In bowling, it is highly likely that Shaheen Afridi replaces Hasan Ali into the set up. Hasan hasn’t had the best of the World Cup and struggled to break important partnerships. Probable XI: Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, and Shaheen Afridi. South Africa: South Africa will look to start fresh against Pakistan, and with this, they might well be tempted to bring JP Duminy back into the set up to make their middle-order look strong. Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markaram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran TahirWho will win? On current form, and the way World Cup has panned out for these two sides, South Africa has slight edge over Pakistan. Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain.The weather report for Sunday is sunny with some cloud cover but no threat of rain.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Lord’s and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. Pakistan is currently placed at ninth spot in points table. South Africa lost against New Zealand in their last World Cup game. This will be the first game at Lord’s. center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Selma made a poisitive impact towards  cricket delevopment in Essequibo – NECC

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyTHE North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC), in a statement on Wednesday, expressed sadness at the sudden passing of former General Manager of Guyana Beverage Inc. Mr. Robert Selman who died in his native Trinidad at the age of 75 years.The Committee recognised his invaluable and unconditional commitment towards the long-term development of cricket among the eight area committees of the Essequibo Cricket Board.In this regard, Guyana Beverage Inc. was one of the major sponsor of the ECB for over a decade with the much- anticipated and colourful annual ‘Busta Cricket Festival’ 50 overs cricket competition, the release added.‘In this regard, North Essequibo was the proud and first winner of the trophy in 2000’ added the statement. The tournament expanded over the years and was critical for the exposure and establishment of several talented cricketers across the Region.‘Mr. Robert Selman will forever be remembered as a visionary, pioneer and affectionate sporting enthusiast whose contributions to sport generally in Guyana was magnanimous’ stated the release.The Committee has since extended its sincere condolences to his family and friends from across the Caribbean where he was a household name.last_img read more

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Emery’s Arsenal Host Reigning Champions Man City

first_imgPep Guardiola has warned that his players must better last season’s performances if they wish to win back-to-back Premier League titles, as Manchester City prepare for today’s season-opening clash with Arsenal.Under the guidance of the Spaniard, City blazed a trail to the title in 2017/18, breaking nine records and equalling another in a season that saw the division’s first-ever 100-point haul.City begin their title defence against Unai Emery’s Arsenal – who are led into the new season by a new manager for the first time in 22 years – and speaking to the club’s official website, Guardiola said: “Doing the same as we have done will not be enough.” “That’s my experience at Bayern Munich and Barcelona – you always have to demand more to keep that level,” he explained. “First, you have to win the first one, and after that win the second one. In every competition we play we must try to win.”Today’s curtain-raiser marks the beginning of a new era for the Gunners and in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports earlier this week, the Spaniard alluded to the manner in which his side will set-up in their quest for success this season.“Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball. And then when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward,” he said.“We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. I repeat: organised, then play.”Emery will be hoping Aaron Ramsey is fit for today’s match. Ramsey, whose contract expires at the end of the season, suffered a slight calf injury but has returned to training and could be fit.Sead Kolasinac (knee) and Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) are definitely out as summer arrivals Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi all push to make their competitive debuts.Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon both Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are available for selection for City, despite only returning to training this week following their three-week post-World Cup break.Bernardo Silva has impressed in midfield this summer and could start, and though Ederson is another player yet to feature ahead of the new campaign, he should replace Claudio Bravo in goal, despite the Chilean’s clean sheet in the Community Shield triumph over Chelsea.Danilo (ankle) has been sidelined since picking up an injury during the World Cup with Brazil, while David Silva is also on the treatment table, having been absent throughout City’s pre-season campaign.Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine opening Premier League fixtures (W8 D1), winning the last seven in a row. Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against City (D5 L5).At the Emirates, Arsenal have enjoyed just one win in their last six league clashes with Man City (D3 L2), courtesy of a 2-1 win in December 2015.The reigning Premier League champions have lost their opening game in each of the last two campaigns – this has never happened in three consecutive seasons in English top-flight history.This is the seventh consecutive season that Arsenal have kicked off a Premier League campaign with a home game, but they’ve only won two of the previous six (W2 D1 L3).Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery met 10 times in all competitions during their spells in Spain, with Guardiola never losing in those meetings (W6 D4 L0).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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David Kelly joins Camelot Lottery Solutions as new chair

first_img Camelot Lottery Solutions has confirmed that David Kelly will assume the position of Chair of the company, while its sister business Camelot UK Lotteries has appointed Gill Whitehead as a new, non-executive director.Having served as a non-executive director at Camelot UK lotteries since 2014, Kelly has also held a number of other senior roles across a variety of sectors, including chief operating officer of eBay Inc. and operations director at Amazon.co.uk.He celebrated his new appointment: “I’m proud to be part of a company with such a strong heritage in building successful global lotteries, based on modern digital solutions like mobile, cloud and data.“I look forward to working with the management team and board to continue the company’s legacy of driving responsible lottery growth by engaging players and increasing benefits returned to local communities.”He also holds the position of chairman of Simply Business, an online insurance broker, and holiday retailer On The Beach while also acting as a non-executive director at newspaper group Reach Plc, The Gym Group and Holiday Extras.Wayne Pickup, chief executive of Camelot Lottery Solutions, added: “David has an incredible pedigree in leading internet and technology businesses, from start-ups to fast-scaling and established global brands, and his expertise will be instrumental in guiding the future success of Camelot Lottery Solutions.”Whitehead, meanwhile, brings with her over 20 years of experience in serving major corporations such as Google, the BBC and Channel 4. Prior to her time at Camelot UK Lotteries, Whitehead worked for BBC Worldwide for three years, and spent five years with Deloitte.Camelot chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson, added: “I would like to welcome Gill – whose extensive experience in digital transformation, data and analytics, and consumer insight within high-calibre UK businesses will ensure that innovation continues to be at the forefront of our strategy.“She is an ideal fit to continue to boost the standard and skill set of our board, and I very much look forward to working with her.“At the same time, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank David for his expertise and guidance since I joined last summer, and also for his over four years of tenure on the board.” Submit National Lottery hits peak sales to help support critical causes June 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Camelot ends sale of £10 scratchcards October 21, 2019 Camelot B2B division secures WLA accreditation as a ‘responsible supplier’ July 21, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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