Lampard’s assistant: I have ‘utmost respect’ for Mourinho

first_imgJody Morris has insisted he retains the “utmost respect” for Jose Mourinho despite previously poking fun at the Tottenham boss on social media. Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Loading… Morris posted a video of himself jokingly pretending to cry on Instagram in November after Mourinho said he was “still worried” about Chelsea’s chances this term. Mourinho had revealed his fears for new boss Frank Lampard’s youthful squad, with the club having been unable to recruit in the summer due to their Fifa transfer ban. Morris hit back on social media, but has now moved to defend his post as a light-hearted reaction that does not detract from the high regard in which he holds Mourinho. “A lot of people misread my laughing at Jose’s comments,” said Morris. “Listen, I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for Jose. “He’s an absolute legend and one of the best managers in the game. I personally was just laughing at the fact that he was worried whether we would be winning that much. “I don’t think he’s that bothered whether we’re winning that much. And neither should he be, as a pundit.” Chelsea’s assistant coach Morris insisted he took no greater delight in the Blues’ 2-0 win at Tottenham last month given Mourinho’s role as Spurs manager. Mourinho was out of a job when acting as a pundit for Sky Sports and making the comments about Chelsea that led to Morris’ social media post. But the former Chelsea manager endured an afternoon to forget against Lampard and Morris’ Blues, who stole a tactical march with a formation switch that led to the win on December “It’s always nice beating Spurs and Arsenal anyway,” said Morris. “To come out on top against Spurs And Arsenal is good, but you’ve got to go out and carry on this form and continue the momentum. “And that’s the most important thing about the games coming up, it’s not just about going and beating Arsenal and Spurs. read also; Mourinho brands Southampton coach ‘an idiot’ after being booked “The manger was quick to remind the players we need to get more points on the board and be more consistent. To get to where we want to be we’ve got to be more consistent.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


City boss rejects ‘campaign’ claims

first_img Chelsea boss Mourinho recently said some people were trying to influence referees’ decisions against his side via the media. Mourinho was this week fined £25,000 for his comments by the Football Association and Pellegrini, whose City side face Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, does not believe such a campaign exists. The Chilean said: “I hope that in the Premier League they don’t have a campaign against anyone. I hope all is fair and the referee makes mistakes for all the teams exactly the same, that the FA make the fixtures in a fair way. “I think it is the best league in the world and I don’t think it has any strange things because (otherwise) you are not competing. “After that, if you won the title, it (would) not (be) an important title, because all is arranged.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge. The build-up to the game, which defending champions City go into trailing their title rivals by five points, has been dominated by controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa will miss the game after being banned for three matches by the FA following a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek. Pellegrini believes the ban will give Costa, who is renowned for his on-field aggression, an opportunity to change his ways. The former Malaga boss said: “He is a great player, a very important player. “He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment – and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow – it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.” Pellegrini’s remarks did not receive an immediate response from Mourinho because the Portuguese did not hold his regular press conference on the eve of the match. That gave Pellegrini an opportunity to land some verbal blows on Mourinho but, as is usually the case, he was not interested in stoking their rivalry. “I don’t talk about Mourinho,” said Pellegrini, who often expresses indifference when asked about Chelsea’s former Real Madrid boss. Further questions were asked but Pellegrini, who has beaten Mourinho just twice in 12 games in either England or Spain, offered little that could create headlines. Earlier this season Mourinho mispronounced Pellegrini’s name as ‘Pellegrino’, but there was little response when the matter was brought up. He said: “I’m not going to help you with those things because they are not important for me. I don’t want to carry on in that way.” Asked why he did not comment on Mourinho, Pellegrini said: “This profession is so difficult for a manager – we have different styles. The way I do it is the best way for me, but it’s not the only way to do it. “Maybe you think you can take advantage but for me I don’t think it’s the normal way or the fair way.” Asked about Mourinho’s occasional offer to shake hands with opposing managers before full-time, Pellegrini said: “I won’t talk about what Mourinho might do. I will shake hands with him before the game. And after? Yes, probably.” But Pellegrini did admit he was wrong to compare Chelsea to Stoke earlier in the season after their 1-1 draw with the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium in September. Pellegrini expressed frustration by saying Chelsea were like a “small team trying to defend” and were “exactly the same team we played against Stoke”. Stoke had actually won at Eastlands after employing effective defensive tactics but Pellegrini now feels he was wrong to say what he did. He said: “It was a mistake to compare with Stoke. The style of every club it depends on how the manager wants to do it. Chelsea can play in the way they want and we are going to continue playing in the style I think is the best for this team.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims there is “campaign” against Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more


Syracuse struggles to convert scoring chances in season-ending loss to Michigan State

first_img Published on November 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Ange Bradley didn’t mince words.Encircled by a crowd of reporters, the visibly emotional Syracuse head coach had no trouble diagnosing her team’s Achilles heel.“Finishing,” Bradley snapped. “Getting the ball behind the goalie is the difference.”For the top-seeded Orange (16-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday afternoon, converting on its scoring opportunities proved to be extremely difficult. In its shocking 2-1 loss to No. 20 Michigan State (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at J.S. Coyne Stadium, No. 2 Syracuse outshot the Spartans 21-4, but was continuously denied by a hounding MSU defense.Each time Syracuse rifled the ball in the direction of the cage, the threat was immediately neutralized and the partisan crowd groaned in frustration.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was just that the space was so compressed,” Bradley said. “We need to get more corners and we didn’t.”The Orange had just four corner attempts on the afternoon. Three came off the stick of Leonie Geyer, who’s three shots on goal led the team. With just 7:30 remaining, Geyer had the last on-goal chance for the Orange, but Spartans goalkeeper Molly Cassidy had no trouble deflecting it away.With 16 seconds left in the game, Laura Hahnefeldt pushed a desperate attempt into the middle of the field but her shot slowly skidded to the heart of the Spartan defense and was cleared as the final ticks came off the clock.Frustration and despair were evident on the SU players’ faces, as its season came to an end in a game that could have easily gone the other way.Jordan Page said her team played the right way, but that it somehow wasn’t enough.“I thought we took good shots,” Page said. “I thought the goalkeeper made a couple good saves.“It’s not a fun situation to be in right now.”Cassidy finished with 10 saves, and only one goal allowed. She credited the four defenders in front of her for making her job easier.“Our defense started with four in line, and that’s honestly what helped us win the game today,” Cassidy said. “The team worked as a whole to get the low-angle shots for me that were the most predictable.”Cassidy has allowed just four goals in Michigan State’s five-game playoff winning streak. On Sept. 6, the senior allowed three goals to the Orange, and was later pulled midway through a 4-0 loss. Cassidy credited her improved focus for curtailing Syracuse’s scoring opportunities this time around.“My goalie coach always says the most important save is the first one, then the one after that,” Cassidy said. “Really, I just did what I was supposed to do. It was less chaotic.”The chaos continued after the game as Cassidy was congratulated by all her teammates.On the other side of the field, the mood was somber. Bradley credited her opponents, but couldn’t hide her disappointment as her eyes swelled, noting that her side had 17 more opportunities.“They elicited a lot of frustration,” Bradley said. “Unfortunately in 70 minutes we weren’t able to change it.“It’s incredibly disappointing. Nobody likes to lose.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more