“I have not thought about the options we have to pass …”

first_imgOn the eve of the first leg of the round of 16 the Champions League against Liverpool English, the midfielder of Atlético de Madrid Marcos Llorente is clear: there is no “other result that is not winning” and sees the team “more than prepared “to face the current champion. The ‘red’ group is not scared of the Madrid midfielder. On the contrary: it generates “even more desire” to face an opponent whom he sees “very very well”, in a first leg in which he starts out as a starter in the midfield.A situation very different from that of his first third of the season, when despite arriving with the vitola of being a player of the pleasure of his coach, the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, had very few minutes. “No player understands why he doesn’t play,” Llorente admitted, in a new position for him: the right wing.How is the team almost 24 hours away from the match against Liverpool?Looking forward to tomorrow’s game, it is a very important game for us and the team is more than ready to face a great rival such as Liverpool.Facing the current champion, undefeated in his league, does it generate respect or is it a stimulus?That must be taken into account because the opponent you are going to face is that this season is like a shot. I don’t know if he hasn’t lost any games in the Premier. That means that they are very good and that they are going to make things very difficult for us.How does the wardrobe live that wave of external pessimism about the tie?It is a reality, they are very very well. It is a great team, the current champion, but to us that, at least to me, makes me even more eager to play that game and to arrive tomorrow and give everything.What worries you most about Liverpool?We are worried about everything (he laughs), it is a very complete team, the top three are very fast, very fast, behind they are very forceful too, in the midfield they are strong, they are aggressive. They are a very complete team and do not neglect anything before them.Both Diego Simeone and Jürgen Klopp are two coaches reputed to be good motivators.Yes, our coach has already seen everything he has given to this club, and the Liverpool coach has seen the great year he did and the great year he is doing this. They are two great coaches and it will be a very beautiful duel.How likely is Atlético to move to quarters?I have not thought about it. They are two games, now one is coming and it is impossible to think beyond that. We think about the next game, it is very important and we want to go out with a good result for the return to be able to go there to fight it.A good result for Atlético would be …Winning, we do not consider another result that is not winning.If you overcome this tie, do you see Atlético with possibilities to go further?We focus on this tie first, if we get through we will have left behind a great team and obviously we will have a chance to win something.Atletico chained five games without winning since the final of the Spanish Super Cup and generated many doubts, did they also feel them in the locker room?We are also aware and we must be realistic that when things do not come out we are the first to have to change something.We realized that things had to be changed, but it is true that something bigger is done from the outside than it really is, all teams go through good phases and bad phases, and in those bad phases you don’t have to go crazy, keep working as we have done and at the end of it all comes out.Personally, he has been playing five games in a row, is it his best moment since he is in Atlético? In an interview with the EFE Agency, just after completing the last training prior to the momentous European duel, Llorente (Madrid, 1995) is convinced of the rojiblanco team’s options to overcome an opponent who has only given a draw in 26 days in the English Premier League and only the Italian Naples has managed to defeat in the Champions League.center_img Yes, since I’m here it’s the best moment, of course. It is the only time I have had five titles in a row and in the end when you have minutes and they give you that confidence things go much better.How did he live it when he arrived, when it seemed he was going to be an important player but the minutes didn’t come? Did you get desperate?Well, in the end all players do not understand why not play. It is true that you come to a team to help and you have to understand your role at every moment of the season.Obviously I would have liked to play more, but they are situations, decisions that are made and in the end the players have no choice but to respect them, accept them and continue working for when the opportunity comes to be prepared.Did Simeone give you any explanation?No, in the end the coach always thinks of the best for the team, and at that moment he believed or thought he was not the best and did not wear. It is something respectable and must be accepted.Now he’s playing a little more towards the right wing, how do you feel in that position?Well, in order to go out on the field and play we will not complain about the position. Yes, it is true that it is not mine, that I am not used to it, but little by little I am adapting, I am very happy, it allows me to reach the area more, run more, and I am delighted.What does Simeone ask you on the right?What he asks another player when I do not leave. It is true that we have a lot of talk about pressure and defensive positions and that is what I had to learn the most when I was not used to playing there.Were you surprised by Simeone’s insistence on pressure training and the team moving together?Yes, I have already lived it and I think it is something fundamental, that the team knows at all times how to press, when, if we have to stay behind, I think it is something essential, that it is okay to work it and that it is very good for us.Despite that work, Atlético does not dominate the matches, why?I wish we knew why. We these last games have started squeezing up very well, but it is true that it is difficult to maintain that intensity and aggressiveness so high for a long time. We have to learn to that, to prolong more in time and try to have control of the parties.Tomorrow will Atlético start like this, pressing Liverpool?Yes, well, tonight we will talk about that, but I think that when we push up all together and aggressive, we feel good, we steal the ball in their field and we don’t have 50 meters to go to attack like when you steal it back. In that sense we are comfortable and that there is no doubt that we will go for the game.He trained in the Real Madrid quarry, and now plays for Atlético. Both your grandfather (Ramón Grosso) and your father (Paco Llorente) played in both clubs. What does Atlético mean to you?To start this team, I assumed that last year in summer they gave me the confidence, they bet on me, and it is something that I will always be grateful for.Once you come here you realize the football that is breathed here, that there is a lot of passion, a lot of heart, both the club, the workers, the coaching staff, and the fans. It is a pleasure to belong to this club and I am very happy to be here.Did you feel misgivings from fans for coming from Real Madrid?No, the truth is that all the fans have treated me very well, they have behaved ten times with me and at no time have there been such situations. It’s something to be thankful for and that makes us players feel more comfortable. Juanfran Torres, who played in both clubs, said after leaving Atlético that he came “like a Viking” and left “like an Indian”, would you like something like this to happen to him?In the end we are soccer players, we are workers, and it doesn’t matter in the club that you are that you have to give everything, regardless of where you come from or where you are going, it is here where you are and where you have to leave everything on the grass. Having teammates who have played in both locker rooms, such as Alvaro Morata, Mario Hermoso or Antonio Adán, dramatizes this situation?Well, in the end, if I’m honest, you or people think more than me. I take it naturally, I have come to this club because they have bet on me, they have trusted me, I will give everything for them and it is something that I do not think about and that does not come into my day to day.How important is it for you to play the first game against Liverpool at home? What role can the fans play?They can play a very important role for us, we always say it: when we play at home it is something incredible.They push you, support you from the beginning of the match until it ends. Even when it ends and the result has not been good they are still there and I think it is a hobby of ten, with which we are very comfortable and delighted that every game here is incredible.last_img read more

Patriots slam door on Kuyas, complete MPBL Final 4 cast

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Valenzuela-Yulz will meet top seed Batangas City-Tanduay in the other semifinal pairing after the fourth seed Classic overcame a gritty Quezon City Royal Manila squad, 74-72.Sidelined by a rib injury in Game 2 won by the Capitals in Valenzuela, Paolo Hubalde returned to fuel the Classic’s offense, finishing with 21 points and four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut the former PBA stalwart’s biggest contribution came with a second remaining when he challenged Gian Abrigo’s potential game tying layup that preserved the Classic’s victory.Game 1 of both semifinal series will be on Thursday at Batangas City Coliseum, where the Athletics are unbeaten in four home games so far this season. Batangas and Muntinlupa swept Bataan and Navotas, respectively, to clinch semifinal berths last week. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rodriguez seizes opening round lead at Luisita 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Parañaque-Gamboa Coffee rode on a big second half performance to bundle out fancied Bulacan-Ligo Sardines, 77-70, on Tuesday night and complete the semifinal cast in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup.The Patriots silenced a jampacked Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium crowd with former NCAA stars Juneric Baloria, Harold Arboleda and Ryusei Koga delivering the telling blows in the last two quarters to eliminate the second-seeded Kuyas and forge a semifinal duel with Muntinlupa Angelis Resort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Baloria finished with 16 points, including four triples, while Arboleda tallied 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Patriots, who lost the series opener before winning the next two games.It was a stunning end to Bulacan’s campaign which looked promising heading into the playoffs when it went on a six-game winning run.“We won because of our hard work,” said Patriots coach Aric del Rosario. “We lost Game 1, but the players did not give up. They want to prove something in the MPBL.”The Kuyas struggled to find their form offensively as the Patriots led by as many as 18 points in the second half. The entry of ex pro Marlou Aquino in the second half failed to turn the tide for the Kuyas, who also lost for the first time on their home floor.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

Tourism ties between Guyana and Brazil strengthened

first_imgAmidst Venezuela’s economic crisisTies between Guyanese and Brazilian tourism operators have been strengthened following a networking conference in Boa Vista, Brazil, last week which sought to promote enhanced awareness of the Rupununi and its potential to develop a better understanding of the Brazilian market.It was disclosed during the conference that interest in Guyana had risen due to the economic and political turmoil in Venezuela, which was once a popular destination for Brazilians.According to a statement from Visit Rupununi, the Brazilians also want to see more of their country and states like Roraima inSome of Guyana tourism products on displaycollaboration with Guyana. It stated that shopping tourism and community-based tourism are becoming more attractive avenues for Brazilian travellers.The two-day conference was organised by Visit Rupununi, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism for Roraima; Vice Consul, Brazil to Guyana; Consulate General of Guyana to Brazil; and Conservation International-Guyana (CI-Guyana).It stated that the collaboration was regarded by participants as timely and a significant step in developing the cross border tourism sectors in Guyana’s Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) and its neighbouring state, Roraima in Brazil.However, challenges were discussed and both countries highlighted the difficulties which needed to be overcome in order to facilitate tourism development. It pointed out that there is limited information on Guyana and the Rupununi, expensive travel cost, the language barrier, policy regulations in relation to cross-border movement of people and vehicles, as well as the state of the Lethem to Linden road – all serving as barriers.Thus, the participants proposed action plans be developed to tackle these issues.Further, as another result of this collaboration, Visit Rupununi and its affiliated tourism operators were invited by their Brazilian counterparts to share an exhibition booth at the Associação Brasileira de Agéncias de Viagems (ABAV) International Tourism Expo in São Paulo, Brazil in September. ABAV is the largest tourism fair in Brazil.In the interim, Visit Rupununi will be hosting a ‘familiarisation trip’ at the end of August throughout the Rupununi for tour operators from Roraima (Brazil) who have indicated a strong interest in including the region as part of their tourism packages. This activity will allow for the Brazilian operators to learn and understand Guyana and the Rupununi products they intend to market as part of their programmes.Guyana was represented by tour operators Ron Allicock, of Ron Allicock Birding Tours; Melanie McTurk of Karanambu Lodge; Jacqueline Allicock of Surama Eco-Lodge; Jonathan Joseph of Ariwa Beach; Kayla De Freitas and Leroy Ignacio of Rupununi Trails; and Daniel Gajie of Rupununi Eco Hotel.It was stated that the Brazilian operators indicated that their customers want to explore additional tourism markets. These markets included spiritual tourism (reconnecting with nature) and gastronomic tourism (tasting cultural dishes unique to a country). Guyana’s unique and diverse cultures and the Rupununi’s distinct natural environment and indigenous cultures were outlined as attractions that can support both markets.The event was supported by Conservation International-Guyana under the “Leveraging Natural Capital in Guyana’s Rupununi” project being implemented by the organisation. This project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and will create and strengthen sustainable local-level community-based enterprises with a focus on nature-based tourism and agriculture, which have been indicated as the most adequate tool to foster sustainable development in the Rupununi.last_img read more

Moves afoot to find replacement for Chief Planning Officer

first_imgalmost two months after his death, steps are now being taken to find a suitable replacement for the Chief Planning Officer within the Finance Ministry.Finance Minister Winston Jordan made this disclosure during a news conference on Monday. ClydeClyde RoopchandRoopchand had served as Chief Planning Officer within the Ministry for a number of years before his passing on March 31, 2016, in New York.Roopchand was born on February 2, 1947, at Friendship, East Coast Demerara, and attended the St Anthony’s RC School in Friendship, before continuing his education at Central High School in Georgetown. He then furthered his studies at the University of Guyana.From 1967 to 1974, he taught at the St Anthony’s RC School.After graduating from the University of Guyana in 1975, he secured employment with the Economic Development Ministry as an economist.Later, as the Chief Planning Officer in the State Planning Secretariat, his job responsibilities included designing, developing and managing the Public Sector Investment Programme, appraisal and monitoring of Public Sector projects and participation in the preparation of the National Budget.He sat on several boards and was the Chairman of Guyana Revenue Authority.last_img read more

Public Health Ministry mulls establishment of Nurses’ College

first_imgIn an effort to address the human resources aspect in the health sector, the Public Health Ministry is seeking to acquire 30 acres of land to establish a college for nurses, as a way to build capacity.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence“A college, where all tiers of persons within the nursing profession will be given the opportunity to improve themselves. Where, for example, we can have modern technology that will allow for simulations whether it is with a university in the United States, Russia or Cuba. Students can be right here in Guyana and be connected to those classes,” Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.This was highlighted by the Minister during the observations for the 90th anniversary of the Guyana Nursing Association (GNA). This initiative is one of many that the Ministry has planned as it continues to development of the healthcare services in Guyana.“We want to ensure also that at the end of the day, irrespective of where our people would like to reside because the world is becoming a very small place that we continue to have the necessary resources we need in Guyana”.The Minister pledged that her Ministry will continue to work assiduously towards achieving the Health vision 2020.last_img read more

Man United set to miss out on Dutch World Cup star

first_imgManchester United will have to move fast if they want to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder as reports in Italy suggest that Juventus are making advanced moves to sign the Holland international.Louis van Gaal has wasted no time strengthening his new squad during the summer with big names including Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind arriving at Old Trafford.But the United manager does not appear to have finished in the market just yet and has been strongly linked with a move for Sneijder who appears to have fallen out with Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli.The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star reacted furiously to being substituted last week and it appears that his future lies away from the Turkish giants.But Italian website Tuttomercatoweb is claiming that Juventus are also closely monitoring the situation and could make their move to sign Sneijder. Wesley Sneijder in action for Galatasaray 1last_img read more

Qatar coach to ‘isolate’ team from Gulf politics at Asian Cup

first_img0Shares0000As if the on-pitch pressure of expectation surrounding the young Qatar team was not enough ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2022, now they must navigate a delicate off-field situation in UAE © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Jan 6 – Qatar coach Felix Sanchez has vowed to “isolate” his players from politics at the Asian Cup, which is taking place in the United Arab Emirates during a diplomatic crisis between the countries.The tournament represents the first visit by the Qatari national side to the UAE since the beginning of a row that has transformed the Gulf and left Doha cut off from its neighbouring former allies. Since June 2017, the UAE and other regional powers have imposed a boycott on Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism and being too close to Iran.Two of the other nations who have enforced the boycott also have teams in the tournament, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.Qatar denies the charges and says its neighbours are seeking regime change in Doha.With the dispute now into its nineteenth month, the Asian Cup is the most high-profile sporting competition so far between the former allies turned bitter rivals.And nothing is likely to be more highly-charged than the meeting between Saudi and Qatar in a Group E match in Abu Dhabi on January 17.Graphic on the schedule, venue and the teams playing in the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. © AFP / John SAEKIAs if the on-pitch weight of expectation surrounding Qatar’s young team ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup was not enough, now they have to navigate a delicate off-field situation.Sanchez though has vowed to concentrate solely on football.“This [political situation] is something we’ve discussed with the players,” he told AFP.“They are very conscious and I am convinced that during the competition they will be able to maintain their focus on the sport and to isolate ourselves from the rest of it all.”The team arrived in UAE on Saturday, having to fly via Kuwait in the first sign this is no ordinary trip — a ban on direct flights has been imposed against Doha by the UAE, Saudi and Bahrain.A leading Qatari official and tournament organiser was earlier allegedly barred from entering the UAE on his first attempt, though officials in Abu Dhabi disputed this.Saoud al-Mohannadi eventually entered the Emirates on Friday. But Qatar-based journalists also claim they were not allowed into the UAE to cover the tournament, after allegedly being kept waiting at Dubai airport for 13 hours before returning to Doha.Qatari domestic sides who have played in the UAE or Saudi in the AFC Champions League have previously spoken of delays at airport immigration and comments about Qatar, or encountered rival captains refusing to shake hands before the match.However, goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb said the players would remain unaffected.“In the end this is football,” he said. “We just control ourselves and play football.”– Dark horses? –On the pitch, Qatar have shown a distinct improvement since Spaniard Sanchez took charge in 2017.Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez Bas has vowed to concentrate solely on football © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARInitially seen as a stop-gap appointment at the end of a failed World Cup qualification campaign, the 43-year-old has transformed the team.He has placed emphasis on young, largely Qatari-born players — rather than imported stars — who have progressed through the Aspire Academy, an expensively-built Doha training centre which seeks to hothouse local talent.These include forward Akram Afif, the first Qatari to play in Spain’s La Liga, and defender Abdulkarim Hassan, just voted the AFC 2018 player of the year.In November, Qatar achieved its most notable international victory, beating Switzerland 1-0 in Lugano.The average age of Qatar’s starting line-up in Switzerland was 24 years and 195 days, and 13 of the 25 players who travelled to Europe were Aspire graduates.Sanchez is proving a unique problem for Qatar football association bosses who like to hire and fire coaches.Since the beginning of the century Qatar has hired 15 separate coaches, and one of those twice, as they desperately seek to put the team on the world stage.Graphic on five players to watch for in football’s Asian Cup due to kick off on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates. © AFP / John SAEKISanchez has worked with the Qatari players at every level from the academy through the Under-19s, Under-20s, Under-23s and now the full team.It is the beginning of a massive year for Sanchez and Qatar, who will also play in the Copa America later in 2019.In an Asian Cup group also consisting of Lebanon and North Korea, a resurgent “al-Annabi” (the Maroons) will be confident of reaching the knockouts.It is the tenth time they have qualified for the Asian Cup but have never progressed further than the quarter-finals.This time though they have a lot to prove.“I certainly nominate Qatar to be the dark horse of the tournament,” said Hassan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Spar Glencar seeks deli assistant

first_imgJob Vacancy: Management at Spar Glencar require a full-time deli assistant required for immediate start within their store.Experience is preferable but not essential as full training will be givenHave a flair for food and have good presentation skills.Be customer orientatedBe flexible in regard to working various shift times, including weekends.To apply for this role, please forward your CV to hrglencar@gmail.com  Job Vacancy: Spar Glencar seeks deli assistant was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgMinor team had 2 games this week ,away to Ardara ,which ended in a defeat,1-11to 1-5,then on Sat they had a victory over St Nauls 3-10 to 1-9,well done to the boys on both days as they were short 4 players each day.Minors are home to F Masters next sat at 12.Commiserations to Colaiste na Carraige Under 16 team who were beaten in the Ulster Final. This team has given us a hugh amount of entertainment all year, thank you to all involved.Congratulations to Donegal who had a good victory over kerry. Bingo;There was no winner of the Bingo Jackot on Sunday night. Winners on the night were, Siubhan Brady, Churchtown €150, Tom Campbell €80, Eveleen Boyle €70, Kathleen Keeney €70, Rita Doherty €70. Jackpot next Sunday night will be €2,400 on 48 numbers.Lotto;There was no winner of the GAA lotto. Numbers were 8,12,14,22 and lotto plus numbers were 4,8,22,28. Consolations prizes went to, Deirdre & Cormac Cannon, Mary T Byrne & Barry Shovlin. GAA lotto next week will be €1,600. There will be an Easter camp held on the 26th and the 27th March. More details to follow.Club meeting on Friday the 15th March in the Aislann @ 8pm.Ladies Training on Thursday at 6.30pm at Pitch , the ladies start their new league campaign in Division 2 with a game away to Milford on Sat at 12 noon.All Girls Under 12s U 14s U16s who are interested in playing this year are asked to be in Towney on Monday 18th March for a short meeting and training.Comhghairdeas le Club Oige Cill Chartha a thug pairteach sa comortais Natuinsta X Factor Gaelacha ar Oiche De Sathairn I Gaoth DobhairBhi Maire Clare Ní Dhomhnaill (damhsa), Soracha Ní Chonaire(Dán) Pauic mac Seain,Aaron Mac Seain,Daithí Mac Craith,Gary O Ludhóg (Píobairí Óg Cill Chartha).Thug na Piobaraí an dara Ait sa comortais.GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 11th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more

Warriors rank best among 111 pro sports venues in this category

first_imgNot only are the Warriors usually the most aesthetically pleasing pro sports team to watch in North America, it turns out their food is also easiest on fans’ stomachs.Oracle Arena’s food stations had the lowest amount of high-level health violations reported among 111 NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL venues tested over a two-year period, according to an ESPN Outside The Lines report Thursday.Maybe that data will make the Warriors’ nauseating loss to the Raptors Wednesday night easier for their fans to …last_img read more