Wenger: Blues defeat galvanised us

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the humiliating 6-0 defeat at Chelsea was one of the lowest points of his career, but also feels it helped spark a remarkable recovery to end the season in FA Cup glory at Wembley. “It was a massive, massive disappointment, but on the other hand I must say that afterwards we showed great strength,” said Wenger, who marked 18 years at Arsenal earlier this week. “The way we responded until the end of the season would not have happened at many clubs. “I will never forget that day, but was very proud with how we responded.” Wenger continued: “It was the lowest point of the season. When we lost 8-2 at Old Trafford (in August 2011) we had no team on the day, with nobody at the back, so that was explainable. “The players will want to put things right after last season and will be up for it on the day.” Wenger maintains there is no reason why his team – who thumped Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night – should not be confident of getting a positive result this time around. “In life you must always think you are there to change what happened before, or you are fatalistic,” said Wenger. “A competitive guy is somebody who wants to make history and change what happened before. Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge turned into a nightmare at Stamford Bridge last season, when the Gunners were 3-0 down inside 17 minutes and had Kieran Gibbs sent off. Although the final 6-0 scoreline was tough to take, it also proved a turning point for Arsenal, who won their final five Barclays Premier League matches to secure fourth-place and then came from behind to beat Hull in the FA Cup final, so ending a nine-season trophy drought. “We have an opportunity to do that. What counts is the performance on the day.” Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas moved to Chelsea from Barcelona before the World Cup. Arsenal held first option on the 27-year-old, who had left to rejoin his boyhood club for £30million in August 2011 having come of age under Wenger’s guidance after arriving in north London as a raw teenager. The Gunners boss insists there should be no animosity between either party. “I don’t see why he should not be happy with Arsenal or with me. We influenced his life in a positive way, that is what we are about. The most important thing is that he is happy,” Wenger said. “I always understood that he could go back to Barcelona, because he is from Barcelona. “It didn’t go as well as he imagined it, certainly, because I felt that when he goes back to Barcelona he will finish his career there or come back to Arsenal. “It was the fact that he left Barcelona much earlier than everybody expected. Why? I don’t know, he can explain that much better.” Fabregas has impressed in Chelsea’s new-look set-up this season alongside Nemanja Matic and helped provide a supply line for in-form striker Diego Costa. Wenger, though, is not surprised. “Cesc has always been a great player, look at the number of assists he had with us, it has not changed, even at Barcelona it has not changed,” the Arsenal boss said. “That was always the strength of his game and if you look at the number of assists he has had this season, it is like it was before.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Angels score five in 11th to beat the A’s

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics were resilient enough to come back Wednesday, but ultimately not good enough to close the deal.The Los Angeles Angels scored five times in the top of the 11th inning off reliever Lou Trivino (2-1) to beat the Athletics for the second straight day at the Coliseum before a crowd of 21,185.Twice the Athletics came back to tie it in a game that appeared lost. They erased a 5-1 deficit by scratching out two run in the seventh and then knotted the score in the eighth on …last_img

Q&A with South African athlete Akani Simbine

first_imgSouth African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

When All of Your Eggs are in One Big Deal

first_imgThe deal that you are working on is enormous. It’s not quite enough to make your number for the year, but it is enough to get you more than halfway there. The prospect is engaged and compelled to change, and you are excited. So excited, in fact, that you focus on nothing else. You give up prospecting. You stop following up on the early stage deals with the revenue that is a fraction of your big deal. And you put all of your effort into winning your big deal.There are days and weeks between meetings with nothing to do. Whenever you are asked about new opportunities, you hold up your big deal as proof that you are working, and your equally excited sales manager moves on without another question. During calls to review opportunities, you share the latest happenings on your big deal, and everyone seems pleased that things are progressing. And then, without warning, your prospective client has a change of initiatives, and like magic, your deal disappears.A big deal is not a shield that you can use to protect yourself from having to do the work of nurturing your dream clients, prospecting, and building your pipeline. Big deals are important, but they can cause the same psychological response as a lottery ticket when the dollar amount is ridiculously large. You massively overestimate your chances of winning, treating 1 in a 1,000,000 the same as 1 in a 1,000. Because the deal is big, you overestimate your chances of winning because the payoff is so much greater than an average deal. The difference is that when you buy a lottery ticket, you don’t quit your job.Here is a dose of truth. Big deals tend to take time to win. There are often big gaps between meetings without there being anything you can or should be doing to pursue the deal. This time is best spent prospecting and following up your other deals, hedging your bet on the one big deal and protecting you from harm should your big deal go South. Even if you win the deal, you will have built a pipeline that will serve you while you work on your big deal, as well as after you win it. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Lingard: Let’s make sure Manchester is red

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Lingard’s United rallying call: Let’s make sure Manchester is red Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesse Lingard Manchester United Watford Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City The Red Devils forward is felling upbeat heading into a derby date with City and sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot come out on top Jesse Lingard has issued a pre-derby rallying cry, calling on United to “make sure that Manchester is red” following a clash with City.The next chapter of a famous sporting tale is set to be written at Old Trafford on Sunday.Pep Guardiola will take his Premier League leaders to the Theatre of Dreams boasting an eight-point lead at the top of the table, but aware that anything can happen in the Manchester melting pot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lingard sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot claim a prized scalp and keep themselves very much in title contention, with the players fully aware of what is at stake.“I am confident,” the England international told United Review.“It’s two great teams going out there and you don’t know what the game is going to be like. It might be a battle; it might not be pretty. But if we come out on top, it’s always good for the city of Manchester. We need to make sure that Manchester is red at the end of the day. Like us, they have lots of big players.Jesse Lingard Manchester is red“When [Kevin] De Bruyne’s on the ball, he’s always got that eye for a killer pass that can put a player one-on-one with the keeper, and Raheem Sterling’s been popping up with the late goals.“It’s going to be full-on for 90-plus minutes. We need to be on point until that whistle goes, so everyone needs to stay highly-concentrated throughout. As long as we start the game well, like we did at Arsenal, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win.”Lingard netted twice in the aforementioned performance at Arsenal, with a 3-1 win helping to underline United’s claims to a sustained challenge for the top-flight crown.As a home-grown talent, a meeting with City means more to the 24-year-old than it does many of the global superstars that will be on display.He is, however, eager to ensure that there are no distractions, with emotion put to one side in the pursuit of precious points.“You know quite a lot of them [City’s Academy players] growing up, and through the England set-up as well,” added Lingard.“I’m good friends with Raheem [Sterling] off the pitch. But when you’re on the pitch, there are no friends and we’re there to do a job and win the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more