Chelsea linked with Marseille man and Cesar is snubbed by Sampdoria

first_imgChelsea are being linked with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.It comes after one of the Blues’ scouts watched Marseille play Monaco on Sunday.And ESPN report that former Chelsea star Franck Leboeuf told French television that the 21-year-old midfielder will not have impressed.Leboeuf is quoted as saying: “Thauvin didn’t exist for an hour.“There was one moment where he had the ball and he tried to knock it past the defender and go round the other side, and you wonder where he’s going.“Wait for your team-mates to arrive – keep the ball. Football isn’t played with 11 balls.”Meanwhile, Italian media are reporting the fact that Sampdoria turned down the chance to sign Julio Cesar from QPR, having previously tipped him to join the Genoa-based club.Rangers have so far been unable to find any takers for the Brazil goalkeeper, who has been available since the end of last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ashok Gehlot, Joshi lock horns over Rajasthan cricket bodies

first_imgChief Minister Ashok Gehlot backed Sports Council of Rajasthan is targeting Rajasthan Cricket Association , which is headed by his rival CP Joshi – Union Minister for Surface Transport.The sports council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali, who is considered very close to Gehlot. He was appointed as its head on Joshi’s suggestion as a bargain for withdrawing from the race for election to RCA president in favour of Joshi.The Council has declined to give RCA stadium for Irani Trophy matches due in fourth week of September on the grounds that the memorandum of understanding between the two has expired on July 21.RCA moved court of metropolitan magistrate in Jaipur demanding that it be allowed to use the stadium as government has given permission to go ahead with the MoU. But the court dismissed it. Now, RCA plans to appeal against this order.The Council has in the past tried to create hurdles in functioning of RCA on petty issues by locking the gates of the stadium or refusing to let repair works done before crucial matches. It is because Mali’s first love was to head cash-rich RCA.Joshi is known for his erratic handling of the RCA. At times he takes full control of the RCA and at other times, he leaves it entirely to the RCA secretary KK Sharma, who is also his man.RCA has been facing problems in its financial matter of late. The Public Accounts Committee of Rajasthan assembly has ordered it to pay Rs 4 crore dues to police and home department in lieu of security provided for the matches. Recently, RCA’s accounts were frozen by Income Tax department to claim its dues.advertisementlast_img read more

100 games, 7 trophies – the secrets of Zidane’s success

first_imgReal Madrid 100 matches & seven trophies – the secrets of Zidane’s success at Real Madrid Alberto Pinero 23:00 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Zinédine Zidane The Frenchman has won consecutive Champions League titles with Los Blancos and is on course to be the club’s most decorated coach. How has he done it? One hundred games up for Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman reached three figures in matches as Real Madrid beat Getafe in La Liga on Saturday and it is fair to say he has exceeded all expectations since taking over from Rafa Benitez in January of last year.From his 100 fixtures in charge, Zidane has 75 victories and just eight defeats. He has also won seven trophies, including back-to-back Champions League crowns and is already one of the most successful Real Madrid managers in the club’s illustrious history.Perhaps surprising given the fact that he had arrived with minimal coaching experience, taking the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu after a short spell at Madrid’s youth team, and a season alongside Carlo Ancelotti with the first team in 2013-14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “He is already a great coach,” Ancelotti said earlier this year before Madrid met Bayern Munich in the Champions League. “He has everything needed to be a top coach. He is charismatic and the players respect him.”He was also desperate to learn and a source told Goal: “When he was Ancelotti’s assistant, he asked him everything.”Zidane 100 stats“We enjoyed his talents as a player very much in Spain,” Vicente del Bosque told Goal. “But I didn’t see him excessively worried with tactical matters, with coaching. He wasn’t like other players that you perhaps note that they have it in them. He was quiet and respectful.”Other former Madrid coach, Mariano Garcia Remon, commented to Goal: “I was a little surprised when he became a coach. Because some players, when they hang up their boots, have already taken courses. But not Zidane. First he quit football and then he found his place as a coach.”“Before he was a manager, he was in many roles at Real Madrid,” former France team-mate Christian Karembeu said. “As an advisor, and an assistant coach, also he went to school to be in management to learn about sports management. And of course later he went to the cantera where he decided to test himself as a manager. Therefore, what he has built and with his experience as a player, he has made it happen.””He is a winner,” Karembeu added, and Del Bosque is very impressed with how his former player is doing in his new career. “He has done everything in a phenomenal way: from his communication plan, the way he works with the player and also in his sporting strategy,” he said.RM managers graphicsAnd Garcia-Remon added: “He has won the confidence of the president and also the respect of the whole squad. It looks like he has their faith and trust, whatever decision he takes. He has been able to rotate and, it seems, to keep all of the players happy at the same time.””His numbers are spectacular,” Juande Ramos told Goal. “He came out of Castilla to coach Real Madrid. He had a year as assistant to Ancelotti as well and I think that helped him.”As a player he experienced all kinds of situations and now he is at a team that is among the best in the world. He has had spectacular results and he is managing the squad with a lot of intelligence.”And Jean Fernandez, the coach who gave Zidane his Cannes debut in 1989, said: “As well as showing that he’s a great person, in these 100 games he has proved that he is a great coach as well.”Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid“Managing a dressing room is very difficult,” former Madrid team-mate Paco Pavon said. “But you don’t win all the titles Zidane has won only by managing the dressing room.”It’s a mix of everything: tactical work, managing the dressing room, psychological work with the players and having a group of players like the one he has – that are very talented and play at such a high level.”Another former club colleague, Fernando Hierro, told added: “He is defining an era.” And Madrid will hope that this successful era can continue for some time yet.last_img read more