Mexico ‘won’t underestimate’ young Germany team in semis

first_imgMexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio said Germany’s young squad are experienced and will not be underestimated when the teams meet in the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Thursday.Germany, the World Cup holders, and CONCACAF champions Mexico were unbeaten in their respective groups, each finishing with two wins and a draw in three matches.Germany have rested their more seasoned players for the two-week tournament in Russia that serves as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup, with coach Joachim Low bringing several newcomers into a squad with an average age of just over 24.“I think we’re going to play against a team that can be a great example to follow for those who believe in processes, in development,” Osorio told a pre-match news conference.“I think being young and having experience are two different things.”He stressed that many of the Germany squad had extensive experience with the national team as well as from playing in the top European leagues and the Champions League.“It doesn’t matter if they’re young or not. What really matters is how much experience they have although they are young,” Osorio said.Low told reporters on Wednesday he did not regret selecting such a young squad for the tournament because it served as a good opportunity to test their strengths.“It has worked really well as we’ve seen,” Low said of his team’s performances so far.Mexico — who finished second in Group A on seven points behind Portugal on goal difference — knocked out hosts Russia with a 2-1 win in their final group match last week.last_img read more

Beaten Barca boss rues Song error

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, February 23 – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino took responsibility for a failed tactical experiment as his side suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Real Sociedad to fall three points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.Martino started with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song in an unfamiliar role in a back three alongside Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra. Song endured a torrid time as his own-goal put Sociedad in front before two goals in five minutes just before the hour mark from Antoine Griezmann and David Zurutuza rendered Lionel Messi’s equaliser meaningless.“Losing and ceding ground in the league always hurts, but we will have another chance next weekend and we will continue to fight until the end,” said Martino.“The opponent played very well, they were better than us. The lesson we learned was that our response didn’t match up to what was expected of us today.“The idea was, thinking a bit about (Carlos) Vela and Griezmann as two forwards, to play with three at the back with Busquets in front and the two full-backs pushing forward.“In the end it was the positioning of (Sergio) Canales that caused us problems because they ended up in a diamond and he was running off the back of Busquets.”Despite a morale boosting 2-0 win over Manchester City in first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, Martino made six changes to the side which started at the Etihad.Neymar came into the side for his first start in a month and Martino admitted that also dropping Cesc Fabregas and Xavi to accomodate the Brazilian proved mistaken.“We did as we have always done in rotating the squad so that all the players feel involved.“Obviously results depend on whether the rotations are seen as a good and healthy thing or not.“We felt like we needed to look for more penetration. That is why we played an extra forward, I probably read what we needed for this game wrongly.”Martino’s poor evening was rounded off by the fact he had to watch the second period from the stands as he was sent-off at half-time.However, the Argentine refused to comment on what exactly caused him to be banished from the technical area.“Respecting my sending off, there is nothing to say. The referee took the decision he did and that is all.”Defender Gerard Pique also recognised that the lack of Xavi and Fabregas meant Barca sacrificed their usual grip on possession.“We didn’t feel comfortable and we didn’t have possession, which is our strength. That allowed then to create chances,” he said.“Now we have a week to rest and reflect on why things didn’t go well. It is not worrying, we just have to continue onto the next game.”Real Madrid now lead Barcelona after both sides have played the same number of games for the first time this season as they beat Elche 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier on Saturday.Barca could even end the weekend in third place should Atletico Madrid avoid defeat away to Osasuna on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Norwich player’s shove ‘could have killed’ Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez

first_img1 Arsene Wenger believes Norwich defender Ryan Bennett “could have killed” Alexis Sanchez when he pushed him into the Carrow Road camera pit last weekend.The Chile forward landed heavily in the cameraman’s area on the touchline during an incident in the first half and was later forced off with a hamstring injury.With Sanchez now likely to be sidelined for a number of weeks, Wenger defended his decision to play the 26-year-old in the 1-1 draw against Norwich on Sunday.Having felt his hamstring after the Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb, Wenger said all of the club’s medical tests showed he was in peak fitness to start at Carrow Road.While the Frenchman said he is happy to take the blame for the number of injuries being accrued by his squad – he also pointed to Sanchez being pushed into the camera area as a potential reason for this latest blow and feels it could have been worse for the former Barcelona man.“First of all it’s dangerous to have a camera there,” Wenger said.“He could have killed him. Secondly, he (Bennett) didn’t need to push him like he did. I think the camera position was absolutely dangerous.“When he was pushed into the boards on the side of the field that did not shock anybody. That injury can come from that as well. I’m not expert enough to know but if you want to blame me I’m okay with it.”Bennett tweeted after the match to give his side of the incident, writing: “Genuinely was trying to stop not push Sanchez just to clear that up.”By the time Sanchez then limped out of the contest in the second half, Arsenal had already lost Laurent Koscielny to a hip injury while Santi Cazorla was playing on despite taking a blow to his knee. Alexis Sanchez last_img read more

West Ham transfer news: Hammers eyeing £9m deal for unwanted Juventus midfielder

first_imgWest Ham have been put on alert to the possible availability of Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra.The Italian champions are planning on a summer spending spree but first need to raise cash to boost their transfer war chest.According to Tuttosport, the Old Lady are prepared to put Pereyra in the shop window, with the Argentine only considered a bit-part player by manager Massimiliano Allegri.West Ham have been monitoring Pereyra’s progress for some time but have yet to make up their minds on whether to submit a bid due to concerns over the player’s fitness.Pereyra made just 16 appearances for Juve last season, making it difficult for scouts at West Ham to make a conclusive judgement on whether to go for him this summer.However, after hearing Pererya will be put up for sale, the Hammers are now seriously considering a swoop, and a fee of around £9m will be enough to broker a deal between themselves and Juve. 1 Roberto Pereyra in action for Juventus last_img read more

Pogba ‘ready’ to play against Saints – just don’t expect a star performance yet

first_imgMan United manager Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba is ready to feature against Southampton on Friday night, though he warned the £89m midfielder may not yet be able to live up to his star billing.The 23-year-old, who became the world’s most expensive footballer when he sealed his return to Old Trafford, missed the start of the season through suspension and has only been training with his new club for 11 days after an extended break at the end of his Euro 2016 excursion.However, Mourinho is confident he is in a condition to face the Saints, even if he is unlikely to last the 90 minutes.“We played with some players against Leicester with less training than Paul,” he said.“We had guys coming back from the Euros, who were on holidays, had one week of training and they played [in the Community Shield] against Leicester not at the top of their game, not ready for 90 minutes but they played and performed and it was a good way for them to accelerate that process. In this moment they are in the building-up process of their form.“Paul has been training for more than a week, around 10, 11 days, adaptation is really easy because he is a boy from here, he knows the club, he knows everybody. There’s no need for time to adapt.“He needs time to build his condition and his understanding in the way the team tries to play. Yes, he’s ready to play. Ninety minutes? I don’t believe. Super performance? I don’t believe. But in condition to accelerate his process of integration in the team, that’s for sure.”Given the hype surrounding Pogba’s return to Manchester, he will be assured of a huge reception on his homecoming at a venue which opposing teams have viewed with less trepidation in recent years.Southampton have emerged from Old Trafford with three points in their last two visits, while Norwich, West Brom and Swansea have also recorded victories in the previous two terms.When Mourinho, who assumed control in the summer, was asked if he can help restore the “fear factor” to the Red Devils’ home, the boss placed the onus on United’s fans to be more vocal.“Not me,” he said. “The team, yes. And the fans too. I think everything starts there – the relationship between the team and the fans.“If at Old Trafford, a couple of thousand away opponents can be more noisy than 70-something thousand then we are in trouble. It means that there is no connection between the team and the supporters.“If there is connection, I think that factor of being really strong at home has to be back. Everything starts on that relationship between the team and the fans.“If the fans feel that connection, they want also to play, and if the fans play then there’s no chance for the opponent.” 1 Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba ‘ready to play’ against Southampton last_img read more

UEFA set to introduce third European club competition

first_imgAgnelli said: “Pending approval of the UEFA Executive Committee, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season.” UEFA are set to introduce a third European club competition from 2021/22 pending final approval from the executive committee. The governing body’s competitions committee executive Andrea Agnelli confirmed at the European Club Association conference on Tuesday that the the “green light” had been given to create a new tournament.Running alongside the Champions League and Europa League, the third competition would open another door into Europe for Scottish clubs hoping to compete on the continent.The idea has been mooted for some time as UEFA has been looking for new ways to maximise the commercial potential of the game’s top sides, all the while rewarding clubs that achieve domestic success with European football.last_img read more

New course records set at Benbulben 5K on New Year’s Eve

first_imgBENBULBEN 5K 2017Text31 number name club category results Text341 504 John Travers Donore Harriers SM 12:14:37 AM 12:00:00 AM2 555 Shaun Dixon Highgare Harriers SM 12:15:15 AM 12:00:38 AM3 517 JP Carty Sligo AC SM 12:15:25 AM 12:00:48 AM4 553 Alex Hunter Rathoath AC jm 12:16:06 AM 12:01:29 AM5 581 Seamus Somers Sligo AC M40 12:16:09 AM 12:01:32 AM6 515 Shane Hayes sligo AC M40 12:16:26 AM 12:01:49 AM7 523 Desi Foley Nth Sligo AC SM 12:16:40 AM 12:02:03 AM8 514 Turlough Conway M40 12:16:47 AM 12:02:10 AM9 512 Daragh Williams Sligo AC jm 12:17:36 AM 12:02:59 AM10 516 James Callaghan Sligo AC SM 12:17:38 AM 12:03:01 AM11 530 Sara Doohan Corran AC SL 12:17:50 AM 12:03:13 AM12 554 Derek Hunter M50 12:17:53 AM 12:03:16 AM13 584 Martin Brennan SM 12:18:01 AM 12:03:24 AM14 595 Eamonn Murphy Nth sligo AC M40 12:18:20 AM 12:03:43 AM15 590 Philip Hunter Sligo Ac SM 12:18:21 AM 12:03:44 AM16 525 Heather Foley Nth Sligo AC SL 12:18:36 AM 12:03:59 AM17 542 Alan Wallace Nth Sligo AC M40 12:18:48 AM 12:04:11 AM18 613 Sarah Healy Nth Sligo Ac SL 12:19:09 AM 12:04:32 AM19 532 Thady Fox Primrose Hill Billys jm 12:19:11 AM 12:04:34 AM20 577 Seamus Leddy Galway City Harriers SM 12:19:22 AM 12:04:45 AM21 508 Rian O’Callaghan Nth Sligo AC jm 12:19:25 AM 12:04:48 AM22 643 Aisling Can Rensburg Nth Sligo Ac SL 12:19:49 AM 12:05:12 AM23 646 Karen Sweeney Sligo Ac SL 12:20:05 AM 12:05:28 AM24 627 Joe Keaney M50 12:20:14 AM 12:05:37 AM25 585 Martin Feeney M50 12:20:18 AM 12:05:41 AM26 541 Thomas Roohan SM 12:20:29 AM 12:05:52 AM27 618 Patricia McCosker Nth Sligo Ac F40 12:20:30 AM 12:05:53 AM28 583 joe Davey Sligo AC M50 12:20:33 AM 12:05:56 AM29 586 Liam Haugh M40 12:20:38 AM 12:06:01 AM30 601 Eavann McLoughlin SM 12:20:44 AM 12:06:07 AM31 579 David Foran SM 12:20:47 AM 12:06:10 AM32 587 Cindy McCarthy Sligo Ac F50 12:21:12 AM 12:06:35 AM33 637 Annyadda Koipuruhamyge M40 12:21:15 AM 12:06:38 AM34 588 Declann Kerr SM 12:21:23 AM 12:06:46 AM35 605 Fiona Hennigan SL 12:21:25 AM 12:06:48 AM36 630 Joe Stag Corran AC M40 12:21:29 AM 12:06:52 AM37 594 Marita McMorrow Nth sligo Ac F40 12:21:44 AM 12:07:07 AM38 573 Michael Comer Carrick AC M40 12:21:58 AM 12:07:21 AM39 614 Barrai Brennan SM 12:22:12 AM 12:07:35 AM40 552 Gerard Herity SM 12:22:40 AM 12:08:03 AM41 604 Gerry Sheridan SM 12:22:42 AM 12:08:05 AM42 567 Catherine Lipsett SL 12:22:43 AM 12:08:06 AM43 539 Gerard Carroll SM 12:22:48 AM 12:08:11 AM44 578 Marie Foran Nth Sligo SL 12:22:56 AM 12:08:19 AM45 509 Gemma O’Callaghan Nth Sligo AC JG 12:22:58 AM 12:08:21 AM46 620 Alison O’Sullivan Nth Sligo Ac F40 12:23:04 AM 12:08:27 AM47 544 Brendan McCarrick Sligo AC SM 12:23:06 AM 12:08:29 AM48 518 Nicola dunleavy Nth Sligo AC JG 12:23:07 AM 12:08:30 AM49 565 Adam Kelly Nth Sligo AC jm 12:23:12 AM 12:08:35 AM50 568 Ciara Kelly Nth Sligo AC F40 12:23:13 AM 12:08:36 AM51 591 Dave Golden M40 12:23:15 AM 12:08:38 AM52 642 Conor Jack Vanrensburg Nth Sliogo Ac jm 12:23:36 AM 12:08:59 AM53 636 Aoife Doran SL 12:23:38 AM 12:09:01 AM54 640 Fiona Lenehan Nth Sligo Ac F40 12:23:40 AM 12:09:03 AM55 638 Gillian Lyons Carrick on Shannon M40 12:24:00 AM 12:09:23 AM56 629 Mathew Persy Sligo AC jm 12:24:10 AM 12:09:33 AM57 624 Noel Darcy Nth sligo Ac SM 12:24:50 AM 12:10:13 AM58 608 Alan Kelly Nth sligo SM 12:24:53 AM 12:10:16 AM59 527 Paddy Cullen SM 12:25:02 AM 12:10:25 AM60 528 Amanda Looby SC25K SL 12:25:03 AM 12:10:26 AM61 526 Marion Monaghan SL 12:25:04 AM 12:10:27 AM62 621 Saoirse Lawley Nth Sligo Ac JG 12:25:13 AM 12:10:36 AM63 524 Kiera Ferguson Nth Sligo AC JG 12:25:14 AM 12:10:37 AM64 522 Shay Davis jm 12:25:30 AM 12:10:53 AM65 632 Keefe Dolan Nth Leitrim jm 12:25:32 AM 12:10:55 AM66 513 Ciaran Adams M50 12:25:48 AM 12:11:11 AM67 609 Michelle Lally Nth Sligo Ac F40 12:25:52 AM 12:11:15 AM68 562 Jack Lipsett Nth Leitrim SM 12:25:56 AM 12:11:19 AM69 564 David Lipsett Nth Leitrim AC SM 12:25:57 AM 12:11:20 AM70 506 Bridget Devins W 12:26:05 AM 12:11:28 AM71 598 Mary Sayers Sligo Running Club F50 12:26:07 AM 12:11:30 AM72 535 Peter Keating Sligo Tri M40 12:26:09 AM 12:11:32 AM73 634 Carmel Mullaney F50 12:26:13 AM 12:11:36 AM74 507 Lauren Cleary Nth Sligo AC JG 12:26:15 AM 12:11:38 AM75 641 Catherine Donlon F40 12:26:20 AM 12:11:43 AM76 602 Anne Marie Sayers Sligo running Club F40 12:26:22 AM 12:11:45 AM77 644 Tim Leavy M40 12:26:46 AM 12:12:09 AM78 560 Shane O’Doherty Sligo Running Club SM 12:26:55 AM 12:12:18 AM79 582 Sarah Kisby Nth Sligo AC JG 12:26:55 AM 12:12:18 AM80 644 Tim Leavy M40 12:26:56 AM 12:12:19 AM81 592 James Golden jm 12:27:05 AM 12:12:28 AM82 505 Anna Currid Nth Sligo AC JG 12:27:06 AM 12:12:29 AM83 501 Teresa Devany JG 12:27:07 AM 12:12:30 AM84 540 Pamela Hunter F40 12:27:08 AM 12:12:31 AM85 561 Claire O’Doherty Sligo running Club F40 12:27:09 AM 12:12:32 AM86 559 Maura Mullen Sligo Running Club SL 12:27:09 AM 12:12:32 AM87 564 David Lipsett Nth Leitrim AC SM 12:27:10 AM 12:12:33 AM88 610 Padraig Tierney Sliabh Mor M40 12:27:18 AM 12:12:41 AM89 589 Liz King F50 12:27:20 AM 12:12:43 AM90 531 Ryan Roberts Sligo AC W 12:27:23 AM 12:12:46 AM91 510 Eva Delahunt sligo AC W 12:27:23 AM 12:12:46 AM92 511 Michael Carroll Nth Sligo AC jm 12:27:24 AM 12:12:47 AM93 569 Rebecca Oates Nth Leitrim AC SL 12:27:27 AM 12:12:50 AM94 571 Declan Oates M40 12:27:30 AM 12:12:53 AM95 537 Sam Ferguson Nth Sligo AC jm 12:27:34 AM 12:12:57 AM96 538 Trevor Ferguson M50 12:27:38 AM 12:13:01 AM97 519 Jasmine Dunleavy Nth Sligo AC JG 12:27:53 AM 12:13:16 AM98 570 Michael Mortass M40 12:27:54 AM 12:13:17 AM99 645 Linzi Ryan SL 12:28:12 AM 12:13:35 AM100 617 Toni Lawley Nth Sligo Ac M40 12:28:36 AM 12:13:59 AM101 596 Majella golden F40 12:28:40 AM 12:14:03 AM102 550 Aoibhinn Nugent SC25K SL 12:28:49 AM 12:14:12 AM103 615 Gina witherow F40 12:29:04 AM 12:14:27 AM104 631 Janis Dolan Nth Leitrim F40 12:29:05 AM 12:14:28 AM105 597 Olivia Lindsay Sligo running Club F40 12:29:16 AM 12:14:39 AM106 551 Anne Gallagher SL 12:29:19 AM 12:14:42 AM107 607 Julia Cronin JG 12:29:36 AM 12:14:59 AM108 606 Paula Cronin F40 12:29:37 AM 12:15:00 AM109 558 Rosie Rynne Nth Leitrim AC F40 12:29:43 AM 12:15:06 AM110 572 Caroline McShane Sligo running Club F40 12:29:59 AM 12:15:22 AM111 563 Nicola Sheerin F40 12:30:25 AM 12:15:48 AM112 566 Onora Gill Fitch F40 12:30:27 AM 12:15:50 AM113 557 Yolanda Gallagher SL 12:30:28 AM 12:15:51 AM114 500 Anne Devany F40 12:30:42 AM 12:16:05 AM115 619 Aidan Lawley M40 12:30:45 AM 12:16:08 AM116 549 Cormac Meehan M50 12:30:46 AM 12:16:09 AM117 575 Gerry Morran M40 12:31:21 AM 12:16:44 AM118 545 Mary Shields W 12:31:51 AM 12:17:14 AM119 556 Clare Boyle F50 12:31:53 AM 12:17:16 AM120 521 James Lockhart jm 12:32:40 AM 12:18:03 AM121 520 Karan Lockhart F40 12:33:39 AM 12:19:02 AM122 593 Dorothy Nealon SC25K F40 12:33:54 AM 12:19:17 AM123 502 Gillian Timoney F40 12:34:38 AM 12:20:01 AM124 503 Vera Deacy F40 12:35:06 AM 12:20:29 AM125 536 Karen Keyes F50 12:35:18 AM 12:20:41 AM126 534 Hope O’Brien Nth Sligo AC JG 12:35:35 AM 12:20:58 AM127 533 Conor O’Brien SM 12:35:36 AM 12:20:59 AM128 635 Elaine Doran SL 12:35:54 AM 12:21:17 AM129 623 Eoin Lawley W 12:39:40 AM 12:25:03 AM130 611 Michael Brennan W 12:39:53 AM 12:25:16 AM131 506 Bridget Devins W 12:40:11 AM 12:25:34 AM132 529 Andrew Currid W 12:40:19 AM 12:25:42 AM133 622 Darragh Lawley W 12:42:17 AM 12:27:40 AM134 548 Maureen Meehan W 12:42:46 AM 12:28:09 AM135 574 Aine Moran W 12:45:15 AM 12:30:38 AM136 576 Darragh Morran W 12:46:22 AM 12:31:45 AM137 547 Susan McDonagh W 12:46:26 AM 12:31:49 AM138 626 Holly Fagan W 12:47:40 AM 12:33:03 AM139 625 Aoife Keogh W 12:47:51 AM 12:33:14 AM140 628 frances Fagan W 12:47:52 AM 12:33:15 AM Both the men’s and women’s course records were smashed, with John Travers, Donore Harriers, winning in a time of 14.37,a new record from last years 15.05. Sarah Doohan, Corran AC set a new women’s record of 17.50.It was a highly competitive event with top class athletes in all categories.Kevin McGlynn, Sligo Southern Hotel, main sponsor, presented the Perpetual Cups to the winners. Top 3 finishersMens1st   John Travers   Donore Harriers       14.372nd  Shaun Dixon  Highgare Harriers     15.153rd   JP Carty          Sligo AC                      15.25Womens1st   Sarah Doohan   Corran AC             17.502nd  Heather Foley   North Sligo AC     18.363rd   Sarah Healy       North Sligo AC     19.09last_img read more

#NEXTCHAT: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said — She Said

first_imgQuite often, we get stuck in quicksand in the human resources profession while we endlessly gaze at our navels and debate whether we are in the Strategic vs. Tactical, or the Traditional or Cutting-Edge camps. We read, we discuss, we talk…but at the end of the day it becomes the ACTION we take, as individual practitioners and leaders, that can define HR for now and the future. There are a number of authors, academicians and pundits who write about the human capital space. In June of this year, the group of Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich released HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources, the latest book encapsulating research into HR competencies which they’ve undertaken over the past 25 years. The current book outlines what the authors have defined as the six competencies for HR professionals/leaders:  Strategic Positioner, Credible Activist, Capability Builder, Change Champion, HR Innovator and Integrator and Technology Proponent.  And while human resource professionals may sometimes be chastised for having too many self-indulgent discussions about what they do, or (heaven help us) where they want to sit, these conversations remain an important undertaking.  Without an awareness of what we as HR professionals must focus on to contribute to business (and people!) success, there can be no resulting ACTION! Several months ago Bill Boorman and I (Robin Schooling) began a series on our respective blogs (He Said/She Said: HR Edition) where we discuss an issue by approaching it from our specific frames of reference — SHE as an HR Leader working day-to-day for a mid-sized organization in the U.S. and HE as someone who lives in the global space where he sees and experiences firsthand the changes brought about by a connected world where people in HR and Recruiting are doing “cool things.”   At the intersection of traditional and cutting-edge lies the future of Human Resources, and so we’re asking, as we discuss HR leadership in the 21st Century:  “Is HR ‘New Cool’ or ‘Old School?” Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 3 for a “He Said/She Said” #NextChat with @BillBoorman and @RobinSchooling.  We’ll explore the questions surrounding HR’s movement along the continuum of change as the profession continues to evolve, as well as the competencies needed to deliver success. Q1.  Where does HR begin and where does it end? Q2.  Can a set of competencies be defined that covers ALL HR practitioners or does this vary based on location, size, or industry? Q3.  What should HR professionals be doing to create and deliver value?  How has this changed over the years? Q4.  How can HR pros simultaneously manage tactical duties while also responding to future strategic and technical expectations?  Q5.  Do today’s students want to work in HR? Do they consider it cool? Or do they view it as old school Q6.  Are there “cool” new ways of doing things that allow HR professionals to look forward rather than looking backward?last_img read more

Conte: ‘Inter not like my Juve’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Antonio Conte has insisted that this Inter side are nothing like his first Juventus team. “We weren’t in Europe that year…” Speaking at a Press conference ahead of the game against Bologna tomorrow, the former Italy CT was asked about similarities between his current squad and the Juventus team of 2011-12. “No, we weren’t in Europe that year,” he asserted. “You can’t make comparisons, the only similarity is that we always play at 1,000mph. If we take our foot off the pedal, we don’t win. We are not built to wait.” Pressed on a potential bid for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, Conte refused to be drawn into any speculation. “I’m not talking about players from other clubs, out of respect for my players. I have great affection for those who helped me win important things, but it ends there.” Conte worked with Matic at Chelsea during the 16-17 campaign, winning the Premier League together. last_img read more