Maurizio Sarri reveals how he mocked Callum Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea’s victory over Brighton

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Apr 2019 8:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Speaking after the match, Hudson-Odoi was hopeful that he had done enough to remain in Chelsea’s starting XI.‘I am very happy for the win and we all worked hard,’ the England international told BT Sport.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We had to get rhythm and bounced back well. Today we got told the team and had to prepare mentally.‘The manager told me to go and express myself. I feel comfortable, hopefully I did well.’ Comment Chelsea beat Brighton 3-0, hand Hudson-Odoi first PL startTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:38FullscreenChelsea beat Brighton 3-0, hand Hudson-Odoi first PL starthttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-beat-brighton-3-0-hand-hudson-odoi-pl-start-1898376/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Ryan Fraser breaks silence over Arsenal transfer link Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed for Chelsea against Brighton (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri jokingly criticised Callum Hudson-Odoi for missing ‘a very easy’ goal following Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Brighton.The 18-year-old forward, who was making his full Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge, produced some neat footwork to skip past Anthony Knockaert before assisting Olivier Giroud for Chelsea’s opener in the 38th minute.Hudson-Odoi had a golden chance to find the net himself as Eden Hazard’s cross deflected into his path just before half-time but the Englishman took a massive swing and completely missed the ball.Thankfully for the youngster, goals from Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the break sealed a comfortable win meaning Chelsea are only behind fourth-placed Arsenal on goal difference.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHudson-Odoi has now been involved in nine goals in his nine starts for the Blues, scoring four and assisting five, but he still got some stick from Sarri after the final whistle.The Italian revealed that he joked with Hudson-Odoi in the dressing room following his fluffed chance in the first half.‘I told him that he missed a very easy goal,’ Sarri explained with a wry smile on his face.‘He has to stay with his feet on the floor. He’s a good boy. Hudson-Odoi assisted Giroud’s opener in the first half (Picture: Getty)‘He can risk thinking that he is a player at 100 per cent, but it’s impossible to be at the top when you are 18.‘He can improve, and I want him to improve. In the future, he, Ruben and Andreas [Christensen] can become top players.‘The future could be good.’”It was a bit of a fluke!” 😉Ruben Loftus-Cheek says that him and Callum Hudson-Odoi have spent years of hard work to start in a Premier League game together.Report and highlights as #CFC continue their 100-per-cent league record against #BHAFC 👉 https://t.co/vdmtOxAS7y pic.twitter.com/EpbVjOqAQB— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 3, 2019 Maurizio Sarri reveals how he mocked Callum Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea’s victory over Brighton Advertisementlast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas tells Unai Emery to bin three Arsenal players and sign PSG star Adrien Rabiot

first_img Comment PSG star Adrien Rabiot would be an ideal signing, says Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)‘In attack, I like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but will they win you the Premier League? I think they could.‘Between them, bearing in mind they haven’t actually played much together, their goal return has been a very good return.‘Arsenal have been relying on one striker for too long and now they have two so it does give me hope.‘I would sell Henrik Mkhitaryan and if I got the right money for Alex Iwobi I would sell him too. Denis Suarez has gone, that was a waste of time.’Arsenal signed Suarez on loan in January with a view to making his move permanent in the summer. Advertisement Charlie Nicholas tells Unai Emery to bin three Arsenal players and sign PSG star Adrien Rabiot Unai Emery has been urged to offload three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has advised Unai Emery to offload three Arsenal players and sign Adrien Rabiot from PSG this summer.The Gunners look set to miss out on a Premier League top-four finish this season but can still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.Emery’s side secured a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Valencia on Thursday and will be confident of progressing to the final.Nicholas says Emery is doing a ‘remarkable’ job at the Emirates but must oversee a major overhaul this summer to ensure the Gunners remain competitive.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd the Arsenal hero thinks Henrik Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and Denis Suarez should all be offloaded, while French World Cup winner Rabiot would be an ideal signing.‘We need a box-to-box style midfield player and a player that can pick a pass too, so it is a matter of bringing in the right ones,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘I think you need to know your system, fit them in and see where it takes you. Adrien Rabiot will be a free-agent and been linked with different clubs, but I would take him.‘He has the quality and is of decent level, which Arsenal need.center_img Emery not taking anything for granted, despite 3-1 lead over ValenciaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:27FullscreenEmery not taking anything for granted, despite 3-1 lead over Valenciahttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-not-taking-granted-despite-3-1-lead-valencia-1917694/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.But the Barcelona midfielder has failed to impress Emery and is yet to start a game for the Gunners.Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates last summer and Nicholas says the Spaniard is doing a ‘remarkable’ job.He added: ‘It looks like the board have asked Unai Emery to survive to this summer and see whether we can win Europa League or get the top four.‘Emery has done a remarkable job with a bottom-six Premier League defence. He has made mistakes, but who wouldn’t make mistakes with this defence?’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 May 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link375Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

D’Tigress Retain FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Title in Dakar

first_imgBut like D’Tigress did two years ago in Mali, Evelyn Akhator and her teammates rose up to the task to once again deliver devastating blow to the Senegalese.After dispatching Tunisia, Cameroon and DR Congo on the way to the final, Senegal made real good attempt to end Nigeria’s dominance of the continent.Though the hosts began slowly, but surely had an improved defence to curtail D’Tigress, thereby forcing the Nigerian girls to making fouls. Akhator was worse culprit, registering six fouls in all.At a point midway, Nigeria Head Coach Otis Hughley Jr had to introduce Aisha Balarabe. The physical game plan of the hosts was expected as the only way to match Nigeria’s sleek play.D’Tigress too played solid defence and forced Senegal to turnover the ball and make easy buckets on the other end of the court.Bintou Dieme had two fouls inside three minutes of playing time which was cause for worry for Coach Sarr who looked rather disturbed at his bench for help.With Nigeria leading all first three quarters 14-10, 18-14, 16-13, Senegal took the battle as matter of life and death and came out smoking in the last quarterAdrenaline rose with the few Nigerians in the Arena and those watching on television edgy with anxiety.Nigeria was in foul trouble with 5:41 to play in the last quarter. Senegal therefore started using this to their advantage in this game full of emotions from both sets of players.What do you tell your team during a timeout with 58.8 seconds on the clock in the last quarter when you’re leading 57-54? Nigeria’s Otis knew only carelessness from his ladies will throw this fourth title in the kitty aware and so dug deep to psyche them up.At the final buzzer, Nigeria danced to the ultimate prize of this edition with scores standing at 60-55.Meanwhile, African champions D’Tigress have been drawn with Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A of the African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The official draw ceremony featured FIBA Vice-president Hamane Niang, newly elected FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave, FIBA Africa Regional Director Alphonse Bile, members of the FIBA Africa Central Board and National Federations.Top six teams at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in Senegal will play at this tournament. The teams include: the two Finalists, hosts Senegal and the reigning champions Nigeria, Mozambique, Mali, DR Congo and Angola.The D’Tigress of Nigeria have been drawn with Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A while Senegal will face Mali and Angola in Group B.The African Qualifiers for the Pre-Qualifying Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from November 14-17 at a country yet to be determined.Teams will play a round-robin format in their specific groups with the winner of Group A facing the second team in Group B while the winner of Group B will come up against the second ranked team in Group A in the Semi-Finals.The two winners of the Semi-Finals will not play a Final as they will automatically advance to the 16-nation FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) where teams will be divided into four groups in February 2020.The top three teams from each of the three WOQTs will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Prior to this format, the winner of the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket automatically qualified for the Summer Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s D’Tigress won the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket title yesterday in Dakar, defeating host Senegal 60-55 to retain the trophy they won in Mali two years ago.It was not an easy road to the title as the hosts backed by nearly all the fans inside the 15,000 seating capacity Dakar Arena stood solidly behind the Cheikh Sarr coached teamlast_img read more