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7 Years in Tibet director caught in tax haven accusations

first_imgPARIS – French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud, the maker of Mirage fighter jets and oil giant Total SA are among high-profile French names defending themselves after leaked documents showed they used tax havens.As part of the “Paradise Papers” global investigative reporting, French media reported Wednesday that Annaud used accounts in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Annaud’s directing credits include “The Name of the Rose” and “Seven Years in Tibet.”Annaud’s lawyer, Eric Delloye, told Radio France that the filmmaker informed French tax authorities last month about his offshore holdings as a result of the investigation.Dassault Aviation, maker of Mirage and Rafale fighter jets, acknowledged financial activities in the Isle of Man but insisted that it’s not evading taxes. Energy company Total SA denied hiding money from tax authorities.last_img read more

SDMC cleans Nizamuddin Dargah area after HC order

first_imgNew Delhi: The central zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Sunday undertook massive clean-up operations near Nizamuddin Dargah and Humayun Tomb area in an attempt to remove illegal encroachments that were causing major traffic congestion problems in the area. This action from the municipality comes after the Delhi High Court demanded that substantive measures be taken to this effect based on a plea filed by the Jamia Arabia Nizamia Welfare Educational Society (JANWES). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring the clearing operation, SDMC stated that they demolished 42 temporary sheds and ‘tripals’ and removed several petty articles including iron grills, benches, and refrigerators. Officers from the Licensing and Health and Veterinary departments along with Delhi Police staffers carried out the clearance operations in what SDMC said was an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the streets leading towards the Dargah. The SDMC said that they also issued notices to two kiosks in the area, asking occupiers to remove them, failing which central zone officials will take necessary steps. However, this comes on the back of repeated orders from the High Court regarding clearing up the area, according to an observation made by a bench last week. While hearing the JANWES plea, the court had noted that SDMC and police officials were busy blaming each other and thus delaying clearance operations. It had asked SDMC Commissioner and DCP Traffic to appear before it on April 16.last_img read more

Atrophy of institutions

first_imgThe much-publicised sexual harassment allegation by a sacked employee of the Supreme Court against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the charge made by the young lawyer on affidavit that ‘fixers’ in league with disgruntled and dismissed SC employees had ‘ganged together to frame the CJI and defame him,’ have shaken the Hornet’s nest. It seems, ruthless enemies within the country, with their demoniacal designs, are all out to atrophy the forward-thinking Supreme Court when the country is elated with several of its recent judgements. ‘No CJI had the courage to take the action against certain elements. This has been happening in the past as well. CJI Gogoi wanted to clean the system. When someone tries to correct wrongs, he is killed or maligned,’ observed Justice Arun Mishra, who was heading the three-member bench that took suo moto cognisance of the ‘matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary.’ Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile the in-house committee of three judges, including two female judges, would look into the allegation against the CJI, the issue that takes prominence is bench-fixing with the help of SC registry. Assisted by CBI, IB and Delhi Police, former SC Judge, Justice AK Patnaik, would go into the roots of this matter. Although such things have been in the air, it was Justice Kurian Joseph who, after retirement, said that he felt the then CJI Justice Deepak Mishra was remote-controlled. Now, Justice Arun Mishra said, ‘The way this institution is being treated for the last three-four years, this institution is going to die. There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this great institution,’ while at the same time warned, ‘rich and powerful people thought they could bludgeon and blackmail the court into submission, but little did they know that they were playing with fire.’ And to begin with, the SC sought a report from its registry on how the DND flyway matter, which involves hundreds of crores of rupees, gets listed for hearing contrary to the court’s order. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs such, every institution in the country has been captured by the political establishment. Already, bureaucracy has been subdued; more so in the present regime; rules and procedures are dictated by the political executive. For the lack of organic relationship with the bureaucrats, many IAS officers in the PMO have even sought a shift out, if Modi is re-elected. In demonetisation, etc., RBI was bulldozed into submission, against all the norms. Suppressing the real fraud, CAG trivialises the Rafale matter. Even the EC has no courage to pull up the BJP leadership for violations; minor actions taken only after the reprimand of the SC reminding them of their powers. Poor CBI, IT, ED, CVC, etc., have been acting only in compliance with the whims and fancies of those in power. Media is also made to dance to their tune. Having already sabotaged all the important institutions, it seems, the sight of these powerful people is now set on the Supreme Court, whose reformatory approach is not palatable to them. In the presence of PM Modi, Justice Thakur had burst into tears on a public platform while pleading for support of the government to reform the laggard judicial process. Justice KM Joseph had to face the ire of the government with their hurdles for his elevation to the SC for having quashed the President’s rule in Uttarakhand to uphold Constitution. The country is aware that Justice Khehar had favoured Modi in the Birla-Sahara diary matter, apparently as a quid pro quo in lieu of his own elevation as CJI in spite of the allegation of corruption as revealed in the suicide note of Kalikho Pul, the former CM of Arunachal Pradesh. An upright judge Loya had to pay with his life for his strict legal approach in the Sohrabuddin case that involves Amit Shah, and with remote control in the SC, an enquiry into his death was thwarted and the issue was buried. It is in this context that four senior judges of the SC, including Justice Gogoi, had voiced their concern in public about Justice Deepak Mishra, CJI, usurping all the powers in deciding benches, when bench-fixing has become a norm. Since the time of his elevation as CJI, Justice Rajan Gogoi has set upon the task of making course corrections. The judgements in the recent past themselves speak about their openness. In an extraordinary kind of mea culpa, the SC reversed its verdict on six death row prisoners, not only freeing them but ordering compensation and pulling up the Maharashtra police. It was the crime of rape and murder of a woman and her teen-aged daughter. In yet another judgment, they stayed an SC order to evict more than a million forest-dwelling people. Such pro-activity cannot be digested by those in power, especially when several politically sensitive issues are pending in the SC. Already, to the detriment of BJP, Ram Mandir issue has been quietened. Raking up Rafale matter is worrisome. Also, the chances of over-ruling the earlier order of the SC in 1998, giving immunity to MPs and MLAs from criminal and civil proceedings for their actions while discharging their legislative duties, including for taking bribes to vote in Parliament or an Assembly, are giving sleepless nights to all those who indulge in horse-trading of legislators. The ruling party is more worried for other reasons too. As the election process is on, the writing on the wall is getting strikingly clear. Promises and illusions are no longer mesmerising people. The surgical strike has not cut any ice with them. The pain of demonetisation and loss of businesses and jobs are not forgotten. The patience of farmers and unemployed has been tested enough. The economy is in debt-trap but whitewashed with fudged figures. The environment has been ignored. Thus, people have begun thinking. There is no Modi-wave. Instead, South is anti-Modi. Political arithmetic is also not so favourable in the Hindi belt, including UP, and Bengal, and other states. Under these circumstances, they are not able to swallow the fact that SC reprimands the EC for not exercising their powers. Further, the recent verdict in the case of Bilkis Bano tarnishes the image of Modi since it was he who shielded all those who mattered from communal outfits in the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002. Bilkis Bano was gang-raped in broad daylight by a baying communal mob. She was also the witness to 14 of her family members being killed; heads of children being smashed on the ground. Yet, police, under Modi and Shah, found no evidence to charge anyone. On the order of the SC in 2003, it was the CBI that arrested the accused. It was only after the SC’s directions this March that the police officials, including an IPS officer, found guilty by Bombay High Court for destroying evidence, were punished. Now, to the discomfiture of Modi and BJP, SC ordered that the Gujarat government pay her compensation of Rs 50 lakhs, and give her a job and a house to live in. The country has been witnessing the way bigots of BJP are being protected with their remote control mechanisms. In the Malegaon case of 2008, even the Mumbai-based special public prosecutor Rohini Salian had publicly claimed in 2015 that the NIA in Delhi was leaning hard on her to go easy on the accused in the case. Like how the ‘fixers’ issue has been taken up by the SC, this shocking matter, too, demands judicial intervention. What is strikingly noticeable is that after the change of government at the Centre in 2014, practically all accused began to be set free in cases wherein Muslims were the victims, and the persons charged had affiliation with the RSS and kindred outfits – be it the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Mecca Masjid, or Samjhauta Express incident. In the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2007, recently, Nabakumar Sarkar, a radical Hindutva monk, and others were acquitted. In spite of the fact that it was his 2010’s confession – which he later retracted – that had led the investigators to a whole network of people who were alleged to have been involved with other high-profile cases in which the victims were all Muslims, the court simply pronounced that NIA could not produce evidence to connect the accused. It also appears to be a case of remote control, unless the higher courts decide otherwise. With the present trend in the SC, BJP camp appears to be apprehensive that their dubious methods might not work any longer. The nomination of Pragya Thakur, a prime accused in Malegaon terror case, to contest elections only proves how desperate they are to promote their Hindutva agenda to cover up all their failures. In addition to splashing money, it is a gift of the gab of these yogis, sanyasis, and sannyasins, and the aura of their ochre robes that are being tapped. Such people can even ‘curse’ someone to death, like what Pragya claims! Unfortunately, as against the provisions of only representative democracy in the Constitution, India has been reduced to a ‘choiceless electoral party democracy’, with a deadly cocktail of caste, religion, liquor, and money trying to influence the elections. A virtuous common man who lacks monetary resources cannot even dream of contesting elections. People are anguished; feel that there is no redemption. Yet, the wise among them think that an independent Supreme Court is the only resort to put things in order and to bring back the glory of all other institutions. Since ruthless people are on the job to atrophy the apex court, the country has to stand united in its support, to maintain its independence; to bring about a change. Otherwise, the loss is of the people; of the country. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Days of Narendra Modi govt are numbered JP Agarwal

first_imgNew Delhi: With the polls in Delhi approaching and just a few days remaining for the candidates to campaign, Congress’ Chandni Chowk candidate JP Agarwal on Saturday intensified his efforts to reach voters in his constituency.While greeting voters on morning walks in parks across Pashchim Vihar and Shakoor Basti, Agarwal said that the Narendra Modi government’s days are numbered. He said that the results, which are due on May 23 will confirm this once and for all for everyone to see. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWith several residents receiving the four time MP heartwarmingly, Agarwal said if he wins the upcoming election, he will make sure that he is available for his electorate and listens to their problems. Talking to people Mr Agarwal said, “You should come out in good numbers to exercise your franchise and vote this government out of power. Every vote counts and therefore every single vote is necessary to teach the BJP a lesson. The public has made up its mind to vote the ‘jumlebaz’ and misleading government out of power.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAgarwal is going up against sitting MP and Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan of the BJP and Pankaj Gupta of AAP. While Vardhan seems to be the strongest opponent for a heavyweight like Agarwal, it remains to be seen which way the people of Chandni Chowk will go. Agarwal’s campaign has been focused on reaching out to voters in the forms of padyatras, two of which were held on Saturday in Gandhi Market and Lal Kuan. He met voters and urged people to vote for him and his party to form the government at Centre. Agarwal thanked his supporters and party workers and said that their support gives him hope for the nation. During his Padyatras he said, “Looking at the people’s attachment for the Congress party during my Padyatra, I am convinced that Congress-led government is going to be formed after May 23. I am very happy to see the positive response of people of all sections towards our public outreach campaigns.”last_img read more

Heavy rain interrupts Italian Open play

first_imgRome: Heavy rains postponed Wednesday’s Italian Open in which Swiss tennis pro Roger Federer and Spanish star Rafael Nadal were to make their debut. The Foro Italico courts have been covered and the tournament organizers will give an update every half hour to inform the press and spectators when play will resume, reports Efe news. Federer was going to open the programme at center court against Portuguese Joao Sousa but heavy rains, which are expected to continue until night, delayed the match. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Also, the matches of Spanish Garbine Muguruza against Danielle Collins of the US and Spanish Carla Suarez against French Alize Cornet were postponed. The eight-time Rome champion Nadal is set to take on Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the second round at the center court. On Tuesday, rain interrupted the match between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka several times. After play was suspended for more than an hour, Azarenka eliminated her opponent to win 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.last_img read more

Kyle Lowry Could Make Toronto An NBA Finals Dark Horse

It’s likely no coincidence that Toronto’s opponents are scoring at a rate of nearly 4 fewer points per 100 possessions with Lowry on the court than they did a season ago. In fact, Lowry’s rehabilitation has been so complete that the Raptors now rank among the league’s top 10 teams at both ends of the floor and he has risen to full-blown MVP candidate status.You’re only as good as your best playerIt’s no secret that there’s a distinct relationship between a team’s championship probability and the quality of its best player, but it takes a truly exceptional player to make a run at a title. In the past, Lowry hasn’t been good enough to move that needle, but this season’s version is inching into the territory where small individual improvements can drastically upgrade a team’s chances of winning a championship.We’d expect a team being led by Lowry at his previous career-high BPM of +5.9 to win the title about 5 percent of the time; at this season’s +7.2 mark, those odds are doubled, to 10 percent. (Not even Carter in his prime led Toronto with a BPM so high.) Add in a decent supporting cast — and it’s debatable as to whether Toronto has one of those, particularly with DeMarre Carroll on ice, but let’s entertain the notion anyway — and suddenly the idea of a championship parade down Bay Street doesn’t seem quite so pie-in-the-sky. By just about any measure, the last three seasons have been the best time to root for the Toronto Raptors in their 20-year history. The Vince Carter era was thrilling but brief, and Chris Bosh’s dinos never quite realized their potential. Since 2013-14, however, the Raptors’ winning percentage has hovered around 60 percent, and their efficiency differential has been roughly 3.5 points per 100 possessions — numbers that those previous runs only approached in spurts.For all that success, however, Toronto has had trouble making any kind of dent come playoff time. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote about Tuesday, each of the team’s past two postseasons ended with a first-round exit, and although the Raptors were upset both times — implying they had the talent to potentially go further — 49-win teams don’t typically vie for NBA championships anyway.1There are rare exceptions, but even conditional on making it past the first round of the playoffs, only 13 percent of teams that won 48 to 50 games in a season went on to the NBA Finals. If this season’s version of the club is basically the same, expecting different results would be irrational.These Raptors, however, have a secret weapon that their predecessors lacked: skinny Kyle Lowry.Technically speaking, this is Lowry’s fourth season with Toronto; he even logged the second-most minutes of any Raptor during the failed playoff runs of 2014 and 2015. But that version of Lowry was — how can we say it? — less svelte, and far less productive. By Box Plus/Minus (BPM), Lowry’s 2014-15 season was the worst he’d had in four years. This season, though, Lowry profiles like a top-five player according to the advanced metrics. And his sudden improvement could finally give Toronto the star power necessary to truly compete for a championship.Lowry’s evolving gameBefore this season, Lowry appeared to be on an evolutionary arc many players go through, trading a higher usage rate for less efficient scoring. In his rise as one of the game’s best guards, he’d once ranked in at least the 70th percentile of NBA players in both true shooting percentage and usage. That isn’t an easy thing to do. But last season, Lowry seemed to have surpassed the workload at which he could maintain a reasonable level of efficiency — a situation exacerbated by the banged-up state he found himself in as the season progressed. As a result, his offensive numbers dipped: He settled for more midrange shots and drew fewer fouls; he ran the pick-and-roll less often (and less efficiently); and over the course of the season, he struggled with his jump shot in a way he hadn’t for years.Although Lowry was pretty clearly not being himself, the Raptors won the Atlantic Division and locked up the No. 4 seed in the East. But the team was also unceremoniously swept by Washington, a series in which Lowry kept a high usage but saw his efficiency completely collapse. This seemed like a bad sign.Perhaps even more troubling, it was getting harder to find evidence that Lowry — a player with a good two-way reputation — was still among the league’s best defensive guards. Going into last season, he’d ranked up around the 80th percentile of NBA guards in defensive BPM over his career — a ranking corroborated by play-by-play plus/minus metrics and tracking data from Synergy Sports Technology — numbers underpinned by smart, bruising pick-and-roll defense. But in 2014-15, Lowry’s defensive indicators offered mixed messages. Although he still gave the Raptors’ defense a boost while on the floor, the team was also significantly worse defensively than it had been the previous season, and Lowry often looked slow, clunky and, at times, indifferent when trying to fight through ball screens. This season, Lowry has made course corrections at both ends of the floor. Although his usage continues to grow, his scoring efficiency has bounced back, in part because of smarter shot selection. He’s once again devoting fewer shots to the midrange, allowing his rates of taking threes and drawing fouls to return to their historical norms, and he’s been faster and more aggressive in the transition game as well. On defense, you can really see the effects of Lowry’s offseason weight loss. Last season, Lowry frequently failed when trying to use his strength to fight through screens (both on the ball and off), ceded too many easy buckets on pick-and-rolls and was generally slow to recover when he guessed wrong or his gambles didn’t pay off.2014-15: So this season should be encouraging for Raptors fans, at least by this metric. But after years of watching Chris Paul-led teams underachieve in the playoffs, it’s fair to ask whether this algorithm oversells the title chances for a point guard-driven squad. And as it happens, controlling for the entire skill set of a team’s best player, we found a slight tendency for teams led by players with a lot of value tied up in passing to perform worse in the postseason than we’d expect from their BPM. This could be due to any number of causes — from defenses keying in on passing patterns in a long playoff series to the way a playmaker’s value is only maximized when complemented by other skills (or perhaps it’s just random noise) — but it’s one (albeit minor) reason to consider lowering expectations for Lowry.Except that this season, Lowry’s game has been extremely well-rounded — he ranks in at least the 78th percentile of all NBA players in scoring efficiency, possession usage, assist rate and defensive BPM. Historically, teams whose best players excel in the first and last of those categories tend to exceed expectations in the playoffs at a rate far greater than any penalty that’s levied against passers.Of course, all of this presumes that Lowry’s overhauled game is legit. He’s currently 29 years old, an age at which NBA players are typically already on the downside of their careers, not metamorphosing into championship-caliber stars. Also, there was little in Lowry’s preseason CARMELO projection (our statistical crystal ball for NBA careers) to suggest an imminent breakout, aside from the late-blooming presence of Steve Nash on the fringe of his comparables list. An optimistic look at his strongest CARMELO comps suggested that he might pull a Rod Strickland and stay productive into his mid-30s; a less rosy one saw the possibility of flaming out far sooner, like Michael Adams and Derek Harper. So it’s entirely possible that Lowry will regress toward his previous career norms in the season’s second half.But given the particulars of Lowry’s skill set, and the ways in which he’s corrected his deficiencies of a season ago, it’s also very possible that if his caloric intake doesn’t regress, neither will his output.The question of whether Lowry’s teammates are good enough to support a championship run is still very much open. And even if they are, Lowry may have timed his improvement poorly, elevating his play during a season with two abnormally dominant teams that are soaking up all the league’s title odds. But Lowry’s sudden upgrade to the NBA’s elite class of players gives the Raptors a superstar the likes of which they’ve never had before. At the very least, they now possess a crucial element that was missing from the team’s recent string of good-but-not-good-enough campaigns. The new, slimmed-down version of Lowry has been quicker afoot and more focused in his pursuit of ballhandlers around and through screens, forcing more turnovers and fouling less as a result.2015-16: read more

France Is Only Going To Get Better

The 2018 World Cup final didn’t disappoint (though this website predicted that it might). France beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that yielded more goals than the previous three finals combined. For Croatia’s golden generation, this might have been the last hurrah. Their best players — Golden Ball winner Luka Modric and midfield genius Ivan Rakitic — are both on the wrong side of 30, and this was probably their last shot at winning the thing. The same is hardly true for this incarnation of Les Bleus: They’re very young, and they might just be getting started.With an average age of 25.4 years (weighted by minutes played), this was the youngest World Cup-winning team since at least 1966, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And although it sounded a little odd to hear from the Fox commentators after the match, it was true that France hardly scratched the surface of its potential during the tournament. Relative to other Cup winners, it had the fourth-lowest goal differential per 90 minutes and the second-worst possession rate of any victor since 1966: 1974Germany27.14301.80.6+1.356.0 Antoine Griezmann27118.8 2014Germany27.06012.20.5+1.760.0 * Ages are as of the opening date of the World Cup, weighted by minutes played for the team during the tournament.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Raphaël Varane2583.2 1966England26.65011.70.5+1.246.2% 2010Spain27.06101.00.3+0.865.3 2006Italy28.75021.50.3+1.248.7 2018France25.46011.80.8+1.148.6 1978Argentina25.54122.00.5+1.552.8 Thomas Lemar2277.2 1982Italy28.63131.70.8+0.848.8 1990Germany28.04121.90.7+1.357.8 2002Brazil27.17002.40.5+1.948.9 YearTeamweighted Avg. Age*WLTforagainstdiff.Poss% Corentin Tolisso2347.5 PlayerAgeMarket Value Nabil Fekir2471.3 Luckily for Les Bleus, Best Young Player Award recipient Kylian Mbappé, who became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since 1958 when some guy named Pelé did so for Brazil, will be just 23 when the next World Cup rolls around (and he’ll be just 21 at Euro 2020). And he’s not the only world-beating young forward on France’s roster: Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Lemar are all 24 years old or younger. It may sound odd, but the current holders of the FIFA World Cup probably aren’t the best version of themselves yet.Despite being set up to defer possession and withstand opposition attack after opposition attack, this French group still outperformed offensive expectations: They scored 1.84 goals per 90 minutes, 0.64 goals per 90 more than their expected goals rate of 1.20. All that while relying on a forward (Olivier Giroud) who plays much of the game with his back to the goal, more subdued and defensive-minded versions of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba that hardly resemble their club selves, and a teenager.As France’s attacking players enter their respective primes — and if Deschamps allows them to play more beautifully — the goal tallies are just going to increase. Les Bleus ought to be scary in two years at Euro 2020, and they ought to be downright devastating in the fall of 2022 in Qatar. France may have just claimed its second ever World Cup trophy, but its best ever team may well exist in the future. Samuel Umtiti2471.3 goals Per 90 Min. Source: transfermarkt.com But, boy, does this team ever have room to grow. Of France’s top 13 most valuable players according to TransferMarkt.com, just two are over the age of 25. And many of them haven’t even cracked the starting lineup yet. Didier Deschamps’s group won in Russia by playing pragmatic — if boring — soccer. Deschamps asked his players to park the bus more often than he gave them the keys to drive it. But the French roster is brimming with attacking talent — and if Deschamps wants to keep his job,1Cue Zidane and Wenger rumors. he’ll probably be asked to employ a more offensive style of play going forward. Benjamin Mendy2347.5 Ousmane Dembélé2195.0 1986Argentina26.56012.00.7+1.352.0 N’Golo Kanté2771.3 Lucas Hernández2241.6 1998France27.96011.80.2+1.653.6 1970Brazil25.96003.11.1+2.054.8 Florian Thauvin2559.4 France didn’t control the ball much in victoryWorld Cup winners with the lowest possession rates, 1966-2018 France isn’t going away soonAge and market value (according to TransferMarkt) for top players on the 2018 French national team Paul Pogba25106.9 Kylian Mbappé19$142.6m 1994Brazil28.15021.40.4+1.059.4 read more

Juve still in control – Allegri

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that his side are still in control of the Serie A title race, after losing 1-0 to rivals Napoli on SundayThe reigning champions suffered a shock home defeat to their title rivals at Turin with a late Kalidou Koulibaly winner allowing Napoli to reduce the gap to just one point between the sides in the Serie A standings with just four matches remaining.The victory in Turin has restored Napoli’s title aspirations with fireworks and exuberant fans diving into the fountain at the Piazza Trieste e Trento on the streets of Naples.But Allegri is certain that Juventus, with their slender point lead, still have the advantage.“We are still top of the table, we still have the advantage,” said Allegri, according to Sport360.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Now we have a rest day, then we have to prepare for what I think really will be the decisive match for our season against Inter Milan (next Saturday).“I think the title race will remain open until May 20. There’s nothing you can take for granted in football.”The Juventus coach admitted that the team’s hectic schedule played a part in their dismal performance: “To the lads I can’t say anything, we play 57 games in a year, the others do not.”The defeat marked Juventus’ second at their Allianz Stadium in the Serie A with the Turin side having previously lost to Lazio back in October.last_img read more

Arsenal interviewed 10 candidates – Balague

first_imgGuillem Balague has revealed that Arsenal had interviewed 10 different candidates for their managerial vacancy, before opting for Unai EmeryThe Gunners have been actively pursuing candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates with likes of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri having been strongly linked with the post.However, recently these two candidates have since been ruled out and, as of last week, Mikel Arteta was believed to be the favourite for the vacancy after holding talks with the board.But now Emery has shockingly emerged as the leading candidate for the role, despite not being able to speak English.Balague confirmed that Arteta had indeed come close to receiving an offer, before Arsenal eventually decided in favour of Emery.“Arsenal have been speaking to ten different managers, ten different candidates, and it got to a point where they had to make a decision,” he told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Some of the candidates did not have much similar to each other. They were looking for a series of things which eventually led them to make Emery the number one candidate.“Arteta was one of those ten and came closest but at the end maybe the lack of experience worked against him. I’m sure from minute one he would have said he lacks experience himself. He had other things which Arsenal were impressed about.“Emery has the experience, has won trophies and done it with director’s of football wherever he has been. Valencia, Sevilla and PSG as well.“I’m not sure about this thing about embodying the shadow of Arsene Wenger – that is dangerous. He is his own man. He will work within the structure, he will make the team flexible. He will sharpen everybody up and will make sure the players come out onto the pitch knowing their obligations and responsibilities.“There has been a lot of [emphasis] in training and you will see that in the way Arsenal shape up in the future.”Emery won seven trophies in his two seasons at PSG, before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more

Sarri open to Chelsea youngsters

first_imgNew Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri predicts good things for the club’s young players.Maurizio Sarri has hinted he may make use of Chelsea’s youngsters in main competitions next season as he says “we will hear a lot of positive things” about them next season.Chelsea have always been criticized for stockpiling young players and sending them out on loan to other clubs as well as failure to give their academy products a chance in the first team.On Saturday night, a host of Chelsea youngsters including Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marcin Bulka, Lucas Piazon all saw action in the International Champions Cup match against Italian side Inter Milan.A game which ended 1-1 after 90minutes before Sarri’s troops won the game 5-4 on penalties.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sarri spoke to reporters of his team’s progress after the game. The former Napoli boss said according to Sports Mole:“We’ve been working hard but it is only the beginning.”“Not everyone is back from holidays but the players here are doing very well. We’re a little behind physically but I’m pleased with the result.”“For the youngsters, we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes some of them to have an impact because I don’t have an experience in the English game. I think we’ll hear a lot of good things about them this season.”Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign against Huddersfield but will face Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on August 5.last_img read more