18% 17 THREE ARE IN TIGHT RACE FOR THE TRAINING LEAD 6 13 Rafael Bejarano83 Money Won JockeyMts 2 13 42% 22 7 28% $116,596 16 15% Ruben Fuentes59 26% 50% 5 5 32% 59% 16 42% $789,788 20 $153,940 11 2 11 5 6 55% $644,504 $1,296,051 TEAM BAFFERT PURSUES MORE THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSICSChad Brown has won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer for the past three years, but if there was a category for most recognizable trainer, Bob Baffert would have retired the cup by now.He’s on TV more than Lucy reruns.Winning the Kentucky Derby five times and sweeping the Triple Crown twice will buoy your mainstream popularity.The 66-year-old Hall of Fame member with the signature shock of white hair is poised to add to his laurels on the Triple Crown trail thanks to a nucleus of three-year-olds with seemingly unlimited potential, although it is three months from the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4.The latest to show his merit is Mucho Gusto, who rolled to a 4 ¾-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, covering a mile and one-sixteenth on a sloppy/sealed track in 1:41.81 under a patient ride by Joe Talamo.Baffert was delighted with the outcome. It was his record seventh win in the race, which was run as the Santa Catalina Stakes from 1964 through 2006.“The horse got to sit off the pace and they have to learn to do that,” Baffert said. “I was happy with Joe. He rode him with a lot of confidence and was on his own. I didn’t give him any instructions. When he asked me what he should do, I told him, ‘You need to WIN THIS RACE.’“This is the time of year when you start getting excited about the big three-year-old races. We’re still dreaming in Technicolor, but the horses have to start performing and moving forward from this point, and it’s fun to be in this position.”Whether Mucho Gusto remains first string or a sub off the bench from Baffert’s varsity remains to be seen. At the moment, Mucho Gusto is among Baffert’s “starters” along with Improbable, Coliseum and his “Michael Jordan,” undefeated Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male of 2018, Game Winner.Coliseum is scheduled to start in this Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. The gray son of Tapit owned and bred by Godolphin LLC worked six furlongs from the gate Wednesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under Mike Smith.“He came away from the gate a little slow,” Baffert said, “but he settled really well, which I really liked. I’m pretty happy with that.”If one of his three-year-olds were to go on and join American Pharoah (2015) and undefeated Horse of the Year Justify (2018) as Triple Crown winners, Baffert would become the first trainer to capture the Classics three times and the Kentucky Derby six times.Had the fates allowed, however, he might already hold those records.In 1998, Victory Gallop hung an excruciating nose defeat on Real Quiet, preventing a Triple Crown sweep for Baffert, and in the 1996 Kentucky Derby, Grindstone nailed Cavonnier on the wire, also by a nose, defeats that will live in infamy. 28% $138,785 39% 55% Jeff Mullins32 13% 5 8 18% 9 2 14 3rd $241,449 5 Richard Mandella24 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $672,654 $461,424 44% 9 12 17% Kent Desormeaux52 Geovanni Franco102 59% DOG BITES MAN: BAFFERT ON DERBY TRAIL AGAIN 13 16% 7 42% ITM% $630,518 Jerry Hollendorfer54 $198,952 15% $585,939 13% 2nd Joseph Talamo84 8 7 5 $117,916 5 $501,307 19% 8 5 12 20 Doug O’Neill87 29% 11 7 Bob Baffert41 12 9 3 $375,639 Assael Espinoza64 $227,436 8 Steve Knapp27 11% 31% 13 Tiago Pereira78 48% 5 41% 10% $650,663 15% Peter Miller64 $690,827 5 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 2) 6 Philip D’Amato55 14 Martin Pedroza40 9 46% 1st 13% Money Won 40% 1 2nd 22 59% Win% $738,591 Flavien Prat106 6 7 20% $727,909 5 Tyler Baze120 9 $912,841 8% $247,370 44% 41% 6 1 Richard Baltas66 12 15 11 7 58% 11 13 16% 3rd 21 20% $1,752,832 Mark Glatt38 $809,150 9 42% 4 6 Joel Rosario115 ITM% J. Keith Desormeaux32 41% 13 71% 18 Mike Smith41 8 7 46% 22% William E. Morey37 13% 2 $526,567 MACHOWSKY SADDLES HIS FINAL RUNNER TODAY 15% 7 10 $356,940 1st $281,778 TrainerMts 7 6 5 11 59% 50% John Sadler40 7 12% 10 Win% 15 Agapito Delgadillo34 28 19% 15 Drayden Van Dyke83 $791,957 46% $666,382 4 10 41% 10 25% 22% 18% $462,788 Edwin Maldonado38 Heriberto Figueroa107 6 10 41% 14 William Spawr12 15% 1 67% 7 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW GAME WINNER, THE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE AND TWO-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPIONMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW POLAR, A PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAILCOLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSFINISH LINES: Proud Emma, 6-1 chance on Jon White‘s morning line in today’s fourth race, is the last runner for Mike Machowsky after a 30-year training career. Machowsky will represent auction giant Fasig-Tipton in California starting Feb. 15. Machowsky won Saturday’s seventh race with Ministersdon’tlie ($12.80) under Aaron Gryder . . . Through 24 racing days, only four wins separate the top four in the race for the training lead. Doug O’Neill remains in front with 14 wins (he has 15 seconds); Peter Miller is second with 13, Richard Baltas third with 12 and Jerry Hollendorfer fourth with 10. The money won battle is close as well, with Miller leading Baltas, $789,788 to $780,957. Among jockeys, Flavien Prat leads Joel Rosario, 26-22. Winning favorites are consistent with the national average of about 33 percent: overall, 64 of 206 (31.07 percent); on dirt, 41 of 135 (30.37 percent); and on turf, 23 of 71 (32.39 percent) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopen for live racing Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, with free general admission and parking. 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Ceres Negros. Photo from @AFCCup Twitter account.Ceres Negros stayed unbeaten in the AFC Cup with a hard earned 1-0 away victory over Myanmar’s Shan United Wednesday night, while Global Cebu secured a breakthrough win in dramatic fashion at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Busmen leaned on an early penalty conversion from Spanish striker Bienve Maranon and needed some stellar goalkeeping from Toni Doblas to preserve the victory at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Go for Gold athletes deliver in Asian triathlon MOST READ But Sanchez was fouled inside the area in the 93rd minute and the Spanish striker duly converted the spot kick as Global finally notched victory after four matches.Global remained at the bottom of its group, behind Vietnamese side Thanh Hoa on goal difference, but the Filipinos can still advance if they beat Thanh Hoa at home and Bali United away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Maranon scored in the 15th minute after he was fouled inside the area, but the Busmen also missed a host of chances that could have sealed the match earlier. Fortunately for Ceres, Doblas was in fine form, saving a couple of one-on-one opportunities to keep another clean sheet.With its second straight win against the Myanmar League winner, Ceres, the reigning Asean zone champion increased its haul to 10 points from four matches in Group F, moving closer to the knockout stage of the continental competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAt Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global kept its hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive after a last gasp goal from Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez secured a thrilling 2-1 win over Group G leader Yangon United Tuesday.Former Trinidad and Tobago international Daryl Roberts put Global in front with a header off a Dom Del Rosario delivery in the 79th minute, but the visitors equalized through Muang Muang Lwin’s diving header just before stoppage time. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Just 12 minutes of quality basketball would’ve done the trick, but the Aces didn’t have quality basketball in those 10 minutes of play.Alaska had poor execution down the stretch that allowed the Hotshots to take a 77-71 win and a commanding 2-0 series lead Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was hard, I mean you guys saw. It was tough and we really couldn’t get anything,” said Alaska point guard Chris Banchero. “We need to do a better job, we’re going to watch film, and we just have to do a better job of getting into our offense and get into the post and out.”The Hotshots’ performance in the fourth quarter wasn’t exactly a masterpiece since they went just 5-of-13 in the period but what the Aces’ did was quantifiably worse. LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “They’re very pesky and they have good defensive guards, we just have to take care of the ball.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Alaska needed less than 12 minutes to tie its championship series with Magnolia at 1-1 in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sharpening the dagger View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska went an abysmal 2-of-20 from the field and committed eight of its total 26 turnovers all in the fourth quarter.The Aces’ lone field goals in the fourth were a Mike Harris jumper and a Banchero layup with the latter giving Alaska a 69-68 lead and those were early in the period.“They [the Hotshots] took us out of our rhythm,” said Banchero, who had nine points, nine assists, but turned the ball over seven times.“We couldn’t knock down shots at the end. We couldn’t get anything and what destroyed the game for us were the turnovers. We have to take care of the ball better.”Of Alaska’s 26 turnovers, 20 came off Magnolia steals.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Mr. Editor:The editorial of the Friday, January 24, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer captioned “The way forward for Liberian Raw Materials” did not go unnoticed. A variety of interposing occurrences distracted my mind, and withdrew my attention from writing earlier. Anyway, it is “better late than never.”Undeniably, the concern expressed in this editorial that China Union is shipping out tons and tons of iron ore from the Bong Mines Mountain Range without establishing a manufacturing company to manufacture even a portion of the thousands of tons of iron ore, being extracted from Liberia, into zinc, steel rods or other finished products is also of paramount concern to many well-meaning Liberians,I am in full conformity with the assertion that “the time has come in this country for us to say NO MORE OF THAT”, but the reality is that Liberia will remain in this state of backwardness and degradation as long as Liberian negotiators bargaining contracts with foreign investors on behalf of the government and people of Liberia exhibit more interest in receiving their ‘brown envelops’ than in seeking the well-being of Liberia and the Liberian people.The editorial numerated three things that the Chinese have which Liberians lack: patriotism, hard work, and a sense of personal and national purpose. I would concord with the first and third, but not the second.I have stated repeatedly that Liberians are not lazy. Without doubt most of the employees working laboriously at public and private entities, including the ones managed by the Chinese and other foreign nationals, are Liberians.What can be asserted that is unquestionably true is that we, Liberians, have no love for our country and lack a sense of direction. It would be impossible to count the number of Liberians who are desirous of departing to the United States. Rather than put our house in order so as to enjoy “the bountiful blessings that the God of nature has bestowed upon us.” Liberians would prefer to reside in the U.S. or other foreign lands. Liberians are exceptional short-sighted; this is a blunt fact.Regrettably, this editorial mentioned that the Liberian Finance Minister Amara Konneh is yet to make good his pledge to equip government offices with locally produced furniture but what is even more regrettable is that the officials and members of the National Carpenters Union, who are directly affected by this unfulfilled pledge of Minister Konneh, are sitting as spectators expecting their “rights and privileges” to be delivered on “silver platter.” Hardly nothing is heard of this union making conscious effort to ensure that Minister Konneh fulfills this pledge.The way forward for Liberian raw materials to develop our own industries is to stop leaving our destiny in the hands of greedy and self – centered government officials who wish to see no change in the status quo owing to the gains they are reaping on a daily basis. The time is ‘Now’ when all Liberians must, not only through words, but actions such as peace marches and non-violent demonstrations, ensure that the bountiful blessings from God benefit Liberians, many of whom live in abject poverty, instead of a selected few.Let me close with a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. : “The ultimate tragedy is not the brutality of bad people but the silence of good people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By J. KarbarThe Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) and its lesser known offshoot, the Genuine Transport Union of Liberia (G-TUL), have been accused of failing both its members and the general public. Unions, whether of labor, industry, agriculture, trade or otherwise, are not only formed to enhance the bargaining powers of its members, but to also influence legislation that would benefit them. But not so the FRTUL and the G-TUL.According to many drivers of commercial vehicles, the leadership of the drivers’ union is only interested in collecting money. They say they don’t see where their money is going or for that matter what is done with it. They complain that the unions do not come to their aid when they run afoul of the police. In Liberia, where more than half of the vehicles plying the streets are uninsured, this is a daunting challenge – especially in cases of accidents, fatal or otherwise. According to one driver, that is why many drivers flee the accident scene and go in hiding. They also claim that whenever they breakdown on the highways, they have to fend off angry passengers, some of whom demand a refund which usually is not forthcoming because the union collects its fees upfront; the fare of one passenger per vehicle is collected before the vehicle is allowed to leave the parking lot. It matters not how many trips you make; if you make a hundred trips a day, you pay a hundred times.On the other hand, passengers complain that the unions’ first-come-first-serve policy robs them of any right to choose the vehicle they like. The policy encourages vehicle owners to be lax with vehicle safety and maintenance. If a 1980 model vehicle, rickety, with smooth tires and bad breaks/clutch is the first in line, it must get loaded and be off before any other vehicle can be boarded. This means it’s the old car owners and union officials and workers who are the principal beneficiaries of the drivers’ union plus some corrupt government officials who have oversight responsibility for the drivers’ unions. A former FRTUL Union president told me on condition of anonymity that every time a new transport minister takes office, they present him with a Heineken carton full of Liberian dollars. Meanwhile, long distance passengers continue to spend days on the road to get from one point of the country to another, not necessarily because of bad roads, but many times also because of vehicle failure.Sadly, some people in power have figured out how to make money with a tow truck but no one has thought about making sure the driver’s union have a standby relief/rescue vehicle at its major hubs to assist in moving passengers forward and to assist in repairing broken-down vehicles. This past Christmas season we passed a truck which broke down on a hill in Lofa between Voinjama and Kolahum. On our way back to Monrovia, after New Year, we passed the same truck in the same position on the hill – a waste of resource.Red Light – Paynesville This is now probably the biggest market in Liberia, home to the FRTUL and the G-TUL. Note how filthy the FRTUL main terminal and parking ground is with garbage; the saying is: “hold your nose and pass.” Meanwhile, “cold bowl sellers” ply their trade and travelers eat sitting right next to piles of garbage.“Aye man, will we never learn? Do the unions even have their own parking lot?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Triathlon is once again taking place this Sunday, though there will be fewer athletes competing in the race.Triathlon organizer Stephanie Sutherland says that while there were approximately 75 participants in last year’s race, this year after registration closed last Sunday, only 58 will be taking part. Sutherland says that several factors appear to have played a part in the drop in registrations. She explained that not only is the Vertical Slam taking place on Saturday at the Big Bam Ski Hill, there is also a triathlon happening in Grande Prairie on the exact same day as Fort St. John’s.Sutherland added that the Fort St. John triathlon is also not the only such event seeing a drop in registrants. She says that this year’s triathlon in Prince George was outright cancelled after not enough participants registered.- Advertisement -This year’s triathlon is taking place at the North Peace Leisure Pool beginning this Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
REV never got closer than four points after Jones scored two baskets to start the final quarter. The Wildcats, led by Darnell Ferguson’s 25 points, fought gamely until the end and weren’t subdued until the final minute. Ronnie Fouch, the Wildcats’ top 3-point shooter, was hampered by foul trouble for most of the game and finished with eight points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bishop Montgomery coach Douglas Mitchell probably would have agreed with Berich before last night’s game. But Ware picked up two fouls in the first four minutes and, although he finished with 17 points, wasn’t effective in the first half. “Leland had a super game,” Mitchell said. “We told the kids you have to go on the road to win a tough game in the playoffs.” Jones had 14 points in the first half as the Knights rallied from a six-point deficit early in the second quarter to take a 29-27 advantage at intermission. REV managed to press effectively in the first half, but the Knights managed to break the press more easily in the third quarter and took the lead for keeps. “We just wanted our guys to be more aggressive and throw more diagonal passes against the press,” said Mitchell. Ware and Jones had some easy baskets at the end of fast breaks. Bishop Montgomery might have taken complete control at that point, but Mitchell had to rest Jones twice because he had cramps. Bishop Montgomery (23-3), the Torrence school which was undefeated in the Del Rey League, plays a home game in the third round. REV, which finished second in the Citrus Belt League, finished the season with a 19-10 record. “We thought Ware was the better big guy,” said Berich. “He looked better when we saw them.” MENTONE – Redlands East Valley boys basketball coach Bill Berich thought Aaron Ware would be Bishop Montgomery’s most troublesome forward. As things turned out, Leland Jones proved to be the most difficult frontcourt player for the Wildcats. Jones, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, scored a career-high 31 points to lead Bishop Montgomery to a 76-71 victory over REV on Tuesday night in a second-round Division II-AA CIF-Southern Section playoff game.
0Shares0000Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo gave the thumbs up to Juventus fans before signing a four-year contract with the Italian giants © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINARome, Italy, Jul 16 – Juventus are dreaming of Champions League glory ahead of the official unveiling Monday of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Serie A champions’ superstar summer signing from European kings Real Madrid.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be presented to the world media at a press conference scheduled for 6:30 pm (1630 GMT). Juventus fans gave the 33-year-old a rousing welcome during a brief appearance ahead of his medical Monday morning. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the Allianz Stadium in Turin from early morning singing “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)” as the European competition’s most lethal striker of all time emerged from the club’s medical centre to sign autographs and shake hands amid raucous chants.Juventus later published a video of Ronaldo chanting “Juve, Juve” as he went back inside to undergo tests.After passing his medical he met club directors, coach Massimiliano Allegri and his new teammates, saving a warm hug for Italian international defender Giorgio Chiellini, a scene filmed in official club footage.Ronaldo fever hit Turin after the announcement last week of his 100 million-euro ($117 million) transfer from European champions Real Madrid. Italian media reports the attacker will earn 30 million euros a season and the deal will cost Juve a total of 350 million euros.Many of the youngsters who came out to greet their new hero were wearing Juventus shirts emblazoned with “Ronaldo” and the number 7, which have been selling quickly in Turin. Others wore t-shirts with the message “Bem-vindo” — “welcome” in Portuguese — which 5,000 shopkeepers put up posters ahead of Ronaldo’s arrival late Sunday.One local ice-cream parlour has even created a “CR7” cone, featuring a Portuguese cherry liquor and chocolate shavings.The mood of joy was not universal. The costly signing upset leaders of one minority union at an automobile plant in southern Italy owned by Fiat-Chrysler — in turn owned by the same holding company as Juventus.They called a protest strike for Monday but only five of the plant’s 1,700 workers turned out at a protest in support of the action dismissed as a “stunt” by bigger unions representing the workers in Melfi, in the Basilicata region.– ‘Repay us with interest’ –Juventus fans are hoping that Ronaldo’s arrival will push them to a coveted Champions League title, the continent’s holy grail.Fresh from their seventh Serie A title in as many years and four straight domestic doubles, the Old Lady of Italian football have struggled to turn Italian dominance into European trophies. “Our hope is to win the Champions League that for now is the only objective that we’ve not been able to conquer,” says Francesco, 38, from the Tuscan city of Pisa.“Ronaldo coming will only bring good things to Juventus… He’ll help others to learn things that only champions like him can do.”Ronaldo has scored 120 Champions League goals, more than anyone else in the history of the competition, and won four out of the last five editions with Real Madrid.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 but reached the final in 2015 and 2017, where they were bested respectively by Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former club.Mario, 47, from Brescia in Lombardy, got up at 0430 (0230 GMT) to be at the stadium in time to see Ronaldo.Juventus fans gathered outside the club’s medical centre to greet Cristiano Ronaldo. © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAHe was at the Allianz Stadium for the first leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-final — won 3-0 by Madrid — when Juve fans rose to their feet to applaud Ronaldo’s outrageous bicycle kick goal. Massimiliano Allegri’s side were effectively knocked out of the Champions League by Ronaldo in the last two seasons, with the Portuguese scoring a brace in the 2017 final and slotting home the controversial stoppage-time penalty that thwarted an incredible Juve comeback from three goals down and saw them exit at the quarter-final stage.“I applauded him because he scored a spectacular goal. Now we can enjoy watching him,” says Mario.“I went to Cardiff for the 2017 Champions League final where he gave us a slap. Now he has to repay us with interest.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho expects to still be the Chelsea manager even if the defending Premier League champions finish in mid-table.Chelsea enter Saturday’s match at home to Aston Villa 16th after four defeats in the opening eight games.Mourinho called for the backing of the Chelsea board after the October 3 loss to Southampton and a first vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership was issued.Chelsea have dispensed with numerous managers, often when when Champions League qualification is in doubt.But Mourinho says he will not be sacked even if Chelsea are adrift in the race for the top four.Asked if he would still be in charge if Chelsea finish in mid-table, Mourinho said “Yes”, before added: “No. I was not told that because we don’t expect to finish mid-table.”Following the Saints loss, Mourinho, who has won three Premier League titles over two spells, suggested the Blues would be sacking the best manager they ever had if he was fired.Now Abramovich’s approach to his managers is different, according to the Portuguese, who was reappointed in June 2013.“It’s different for many reasons, since the moment I came back in 2013, when I had my first conversation with the owner and the board in 2013,” he said.The competition in the Premier League means Chelsea could miss out on the top four this term, as Manchester United and Liverpool have done in recent seasons.The Blues are seven points adrift and 10 behind leaders Manchester City.“Somebody will be out (of the top four). Do I think it’s Chelsea? No,” Mourinho said. 1
Remi Garde has slammed his Aston Villa side after they were ‘humiliated’ at home to Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds left Villa Park 6-0 winners on Sunday afternoon, in one of talkSPORT’s three live commentary games over the weekend. Boos rang around the West Midlands ground at half-time, as they trailed 2-0, and fans streamed out with 30 minutes remaining as their side put in a disastrous performance.The defeat was the first time Villa had conceded five or more at home in the Premier League and while Garde refused to comment on his future, he expressed his deep disappointment. “I feel humiliation when you concede six goals at home without scoring,” Garde said.“It’s very painful. We don’t have time to moan too much, we have to concentrate on the next game. “I have a lot of feelings but I will keep some for myself. The first 15 minutes we were not too bad but we gave them the first goal. We have 12 games to go, there’s still the possibility to win these games and we have to fight for it.“I will find 11 or 18 players who still have the desire to win those games.”The victory was Liverpool’s first league clean sheet of 2016 and it leaves Garde’s side languishing at the bottom of the division, eight points from safety.The Frenchman also labelled it his worst result as a manager after Villa suffered their 16th defeat of a wretched season. “I saw that as well,” he said when questioned about Villa’s lack of fight.“In the previous weeks and games it was not the case. I always knew this was a very fragile situation.“To keep fighting it’s not easy but you can imagine I didn’t ask for something different today. I haven’t got much explanation in that.”