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Cesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ with

first_imgCesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ with Fabregas played under some of football’s best ever managers (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named Jose Mourinho as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ with over his illustrious career, snubbing Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.The Spaniard has had the luxury of being tutored by some of the greatest minds in recent football history and won almost every major honour the game has to offer, apart from the Champions League.Fabregas was given his first chance by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, who took a chance on a 16-year-old export from Barcelona’s La Masia academy.Wenger imparted his wisdom on the Spaniard and developed him into one of the finest talents in the Premier League, however, after eight years in north London, he eventually left to join boyhood club Barcelona in 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFabregas played under Guardiola in his first season at Camp Nou and went on to win La Liga and the Copa del Ray over four years at the Catalan club, before moving back to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014.That first season at Stamford Bridge proved to be one of the most fruitful of the midfielder’s career, with his 19 assists helping fire the Blues to the Premier League title. Comment Mike StavrouWednesday 8 Jul 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Fabregas says he had a special relationship with Mourinho (Picture: Getty Images)And while Fabregas credited Wenger, Guardiola and Mourinho as his ‘best managers’, he admitted he built up a unique bond with the Portuguese boss in particular.‘I played under some of the best managers – not just in recent times but in history,’ Fabregas told BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.‘If I have to pick one or two: Pep Guardiola played the game in the style I love at Barcelona, same with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea I had a really special year.‘He is probably the one I had the best connection with. The way he played with my mind was unbelievable.‘I would pick Guardiola, Mourinho and Wenger because I owe them all so much.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGuardiola, however, did get a special mention as Fabregas’ football hero growing up.‘Pep Guardiola. We used to play in the same position,’ he added.‘In the Barcelona academy you would wear numbers depending on position. The number four was the player in front of the defender. Guardiola was playing there and I was number four.’MORE: Ashley Cole tells Tammy Abraham what he must start doing to get back in the Chelsea teamMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang matches Thierry Henry Arsenal record with Leicester goalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stars stumble in Lone Stars defeat

first_imgGoals by Zah Krangar helped Liberia to clinch a 2-0 win over Ghana in an international friendly in Monrovia on Tuesday.The Lone Star raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from the Indonesia-based attacker.Krangar took advantage of miscommunication between Black Stars central defenders John Boye and Jerry Akaminko on six minutes to slot in his first strike.In a similar attack which was started from the right, defender Razak Nuhu failed to clear at the first attempt allowing Krangar to pounce in the box in the 9th minute.But the Black Stars were denied the chance of taking the lead when captain Asamoah Gyan goal was ruled offside.The first-half was played for just forty minutes which led to complains by the Black Stars players over the decision to shorten the game. Coach Kwesi Appiah made several changes after the break to improve the chances of the Black Stars drawing level.Isaac Coffie was replaced by Anthony Annan while Derek Boateng made way for Richmond Baokye Yiadom with Rashid Sumaila taking the place of injured John Boye.The Black Stars lifted their game with Christian Atsu narrowly missed the target with only goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman at his mercy after being set-up by Gyan.The stand-in captain Gyan blasted wide before making way for Abdul Majeed Waris and Kwadwo Asamoah pile-driver could not get the consolation for the Black Stars.The Ghanaians mounted a late siege on the Liberian goal area but that could not prevent the home side from clinching their 17th victory over the Black Stars. Starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Razak Nuhu, John Boye/Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko, Isaac Coffie/Anthony Annan, Solomon Asante/ Andre Ayew, Derek Boateng/Richmond Boakye Yiadom, Asamoah Gyan/Abdul Majeed Waris, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu.Substitutes: Ernest Sowah, Rashid Sumaila, Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Abdul Majeed Waris, Richmond Boakye Yiadom.last_img read more

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Bears implement ‘Augusta silence’ to help choose new kicker

first_imgThe Bears are doing what they can to make sure last season’s kicking disasters don’t happen again.To give their current kicking candidates the ultimate test in being unnerved going up to kick a field goal, coach Matt Nagy and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor are implementing the “Augusta silence” during OTAs to make sure their kickers feel the pressure. “No one talks,” Tabor said, via ESPN. “Obviously we’re doing the ‘Augusta silence’ [for a reason]. That’s been awesome. I am used to people yelling at me. You know, I’m used to, I mean my daughters and my wife will yell at me, so I’m used to it. But when it’s quiet out there it is, it is a different feeling. Nagy and I have talked about it … it’s different.”During drills when a field goal is called, the entire field gets quiet to create an unsettling silence. The term comes from the rulebook at Augusta National for the Masters, when spectators and players alike are required to be silent while a golfer is playing. Related News Bears’ throwback jerseys may have been spoiled on Twitter NFL trade rumors: Bears add another kicker to competition However, Nagy admitted the team doesn’t have a time table for selecting a kicker and said he was hoping one kicker would break away by the end of minicamp.”Honestly, we have not figured that out yet,” Nagy said. “We wanted to get through, get right into the end of minicamp and just kind of get back collectively and talk about it, collaborate. But we’re kind of up in the air. We’re trying to let this thing play out. The more kicks we have, the more of a library we have.”Tabor added that the team “definitely” will have someone for their season opener against the Packers, which happens to be the first Thursday night game of the season. “We’re creating as much pressure as we can on these guys,” Nagy said. “We’re getting the ‘Augusta silence’ out here with the team and that’s eerie.”The Bears have actively been looking for a new kicker after cutting Cody Parkey, who needed to make a field goal during the playoffs against the Eagles to keep the Bears’ season alive.Instead, Parkey’s last-second kick ricocheted off both goal posts and caused the Bears to lose, 16-15. He was released by Chicago shortly after.Now the team has their choice narrowed down to Chris Blewitt, Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro, who was traded from the Raiders. Bears coach Matt Nagy says kicking competition is ‘not good enough’last_img read more

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HEALTH: HUGE INCREASE IN E.COLI INFECTIONS

first_imgProvisional figures from the HSE show a 200% increase in the number of VTEC E.coli infections notified in Ireland during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. This increase comes on top of continual increased incidence rates since 2005.Two hundred and twelve cases were reported nationally in the first six months of 2012 compared with 69 cases for the same period last year.  29 of the cases this year were reported in the North West region (Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim), according to Dr. Anthony Breslin, Public Health Specialist, HSE North West.“VTEC is a germ that can cause infection if swallowed and usually causes a mild illness. Most people recover completely without any problems. However, VTEC produces a toxin that may damage the bowel wall causing severe bloody diarrhoea. In about 5-8% of cases the infection causes a life-threatening complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). In HUS the red blood cells are destroyed and kidney failure occurs. Up to 9% of people who develop HUS following VTEC infection die. HUS is more likely to occur in children aged under 5 and the elderly. “Part of this year’s increase is explained by improved sensitivity of laboratory testing methods and most cases have occurred in rural areas.“Nationally, eight outbreaks involving childcare facilities have been reported and 56% of cases were in children under the age of 5 years. There were 13 cases of VTEC associated HUS,” Dr. Breslin said.The public can help to prevent the spread of VTEC by:Careful hand washing. Hands should be washed after handling animals, after using the toilet, after helping others use the toilet or changing nappies, before eating, and before and after preparing food. Young children should be assisted and supervised when washing their hands  Well water supplies should be chlorinated or ultraviolet treated before using for drinking, preparing food and brushing teeth. VTEC is killed by heat. Meat (especially minced meat and burgers) that could be contaminated with VTEC should be fully cooked. Children and the elderly, who are particularly susceptible to HUS should avoid raw or rare meat and unpasteurised dairy products.  Raw vegetables and fruit should be peeled or washed in drinking water. Anyone with diarrhoea should stay away from work, school and especially childcare facilities and food premises until the diarrhoea has stopped for at least 48 hours. Childcare workers and crèche owners need to ensure that they have in place policies and practices which are adequate to prevent transmission of VTEC. The HSE has initiated a multi-agency group comprising of the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and Food, the HSE, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, safefood, Teagasc, the Environmental Protection Agency and local authorities to look at both short term and medium term actions to deal with this problem.  Actions will include the roll out of awareness campaigns for the public, farming communities and childcare facilities as well as on-going liaison with these groups. HEALTH: HUGE INCREASE IN E.COLI INFECTIONS was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more