Demands of coaching Real Madrid are ‘exhausting’ – Zidane

first_img“Of course there could come a time when there needs to be a change, for the coach, the club, the players, everyone, but it is not the moment.”Zidane has won eight trophies in a hugely successful two years at the helm, including back-to-back Champions Leagues.His team’s indifferent domestic form — they are fourth in La Liga ahead of Sunday’s game at Real Betis — means his future at the Santiago Bernabeu probably depends on the outcome of the PSG tie, with the second leg in France on March 6.Before that, Madrid face a run of five league games in 14 days, including a rescheduled trip to near neighbours Leganes next Wednesday.The gap to league leaders Barcelona — 17 points with a game in hand before this weekend — is surely too great, but they are looking to climb back into the top three in La Liga.Zidane, who has lost Toni Kroos to a knee injury that could make him a doubt for the PSG return, is set to rotate his squad in these matches and give some fringe players an opportunity.“It is the best way to prepare for the second leg against PSG, by being good (and) playing well in La Liga,” added the Frenchman, whose side lost 1-0 at home when they last faced Betis, in September.“There are five matches, and each time we’ll be playing after having just two training sessions. That has not happened to us before and it means we will have even greater need for everyone to be available.“It would have been good to have another day before (Sunday’s) match, but we don’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zidane has been under pressure recently at Real Madrid © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 17 – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.last_img read more

Sturridge ‘anxious to move to Anfield’

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains keen to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and the forward is understood to be anxious to move to Anfield, the Daily Telegraph report.Rodgers, it is suggested, is hoping the recent change of manager at Chelsea will not affect his chances of capturing Sturridge when the transfer window opens.The Daily Express say Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has decided he wants to finish his career in the United States following talks with David Beckham.LA Galaxy have shown an interest in the midfielder and New York Red Bulls are also reported to want him.Meanwhile, Fulham and West Ham are involved in a £5m transfer battle for Benfica midfielder Nolito, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed QPR and Liverpool have also been monitoring the 26-year-old, who was previously at Barcelona.This page is regularly updated.  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Terry injury, Courtois criticism, Polter, QPR look at ex-Spurs youngster

first_imgJohn Terry is due to undergo a scan on his injured ankle on Tuesday.The Chelsea skipper suffered the injury towards the end of the 2-2 draw at Swansea and is a doubt for Friday’s game against Liverpool.Many Blues fans on Twitter have been critical of keeper Thibaut Courtois – and the decision to sell Petr Cech – in the wake of Sunday’s match.QPR also have an injury concern – Sebastian Polter did not train with the rest of the squad on Monday and is a doubt for the match against Newcastle.Polter did not appear for the second half against BlackburnBoth Rangers’ and Fulham’s development sides were in action on Monday evening.Former Tottenham youngster Channing Campbell-Young, who has been on trial with the R’s, featured in a 6-1 defeat at Bolton.Fulham’s Under-23s fared better, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground.Kalas has impressed since joining Fulham on loanMeanwhile, on-loan Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas says he believes Fulham’s squad is stronger than the promotion-winning Middlesbrough one he was part of last season.Chelsea Ladies full-back Hannah Blundell has told West London Sport her team are still very much in the WSL title race.In cricket, half-centuries from Middlesex’s top three put Championship leaders Middlesex into a commanding position against Lancashire at Old Trafford.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brazil give Bafana a football lesson

first_img5 March 2014A crowd of 51 083 turned out at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening to witness upcoming World Cup hosts Brazil hand South Africa a 5-0 thrashing with a fluent and entertaining performance.In a low-key beginning to the match, Brazil started confidently, passing the ball about, moving it from left to right and using the depth of the field too, but it was South Africa who managed the first shot on goal, with Dean Furman’s long range, left-footed shot being comfortably handled by Julio Cesar in the Brazilian goal.Hulk came close to setting Fred up for a goal when he got onto the end of a free kick on the right and centred for the Fluminense striker, but Fred’s side-footed shot was skied high and wide of Ronwen Williams’ goal.Opening goalIn the 10th minute, though, the World Cup hosts hit the front. Hulk, wide on the sideline, picked out Oscar with a well weighted ball for the midfielder to run onto. The South African defence was too narrow and Bafana goalkeeper Williams was left in an uncomfortable one-on-one situation. He came out to close the angle, but Oscar kept his cool and chipped the ball past the goalie’s right shoulder and into an open net.South Africa, to their credit, immediately worked hard to put the South Americans under pressure, and while they managed to play some of their football in the Brazilian half, they couldn’t make an impression inside the visitors’ box.Neymar almost rounded Williams in the 20th minute when he ran onto another well judged through ball, but the goalie did well to force the Barcelona star wide and then knock the ball behind for a corner.Refreshingly openJudging from the number of players that lost their footing, the surface appeared somewhat slippery, but the football was refreshingly open. Brazil, especially, were doing well to stretch South Africa, not so much out wide, but with the depth of their play and their searching long balls down the flanks.Bafana, though, were able to string some pretty passing movements together, without really testing the five-time world champions.In the 29th minute Neymar came oh so close to scoring Brazil’s second when he ran onto a loose South African pass and bore down on the Bafana Bafana goal with the home team’s defenders trailing in his wake. He tried to chip Williams, but the goalie, who was making his debut, managed to get a hand on the ball and deflect it behind for a corner.Nthethe saved a very dangerous situation when Hulk again found space on the right, with four players in the middle in support, and tried to send in a low cross. The South African captain managed to cut out the ball at full stretch. Had he not done so, there were two Brazilians waiting to have a close range shot on goal.Neymar threatened on the counter-attack, with Brazil in a two-on-two, but Siyanda Xulu didn’t fall for any of the winger’s trickery and managed to dispossess him deep in the South African box to the applause of the crowd.Neymar’s firstThree minutes later, however, Neymar got his name onto the scoresheet when Paulinho found with him with a stabbed pass with the outside of his right foot from a goal kick. Neymar took it to his left and from the top of the box beat Williams to the goalkeeper’s left with a solidly struck left-footed shot to make it Brazil 2, South Africa nil.With half-time nearing, Oscar found Marcelo with a through ball on the left, but the South African defence just managed to scramble his low cross for Fred out over the touchline as Brazil went in search of a third goal.Just before the half-time whistle, Dean Furman robbed a Brazilian in the midfield and let rip with a left-footed thunderbolt that flew narrowly wide of Julio Cesar’s right- hand post, drawing oohs and aahs from the Bafana Bafana faithful. Shortly after that, the whistle sounded. The first half had belonged to Brazil.The World Cup hosts took to the field in the second half wearing their change strip with black armbands bearing the famous 46664 number that was former South African President Nelson Mandela’s prison number to match the 46664 on the home team’s new all white kit.Early second half strikeAfter only 24 seconds, Brazil had added a third goal to their tally. When South Africa were unable to control the ball in the midfield, Fred knocked a pass for Neymar to run onto. He was in acres of space, which forced Williams to come out of his goal to close down the Brazilian star. With so much space, though, Neymar simply lofted the ball high over the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and into the back of the net.Luiz Gustavo, on as a substitute, was narrowly wide of William’s left-hand post with a curling shot from the left shortly after that.SubstitutesWith the result already decided, Dino Ndlovu replaced Daylon Claasen in the home team’s line-up, followed not five minutes later by Bongani Zungu.When South Africa managed a ball across the face of the Brazilian goal, David Luiz was on hand to cut it out and end the danger. Anele Ngconga then sent in a teasing cross to the far post, but Rafinha was on hand to head it behind for a corner.Barcelona’s Dani Alves, the scorer of Brazil’s winner in their 1-0 Confederations Cup victory over South Africa in 2009, replaced Real Madrid’s Marcelo just 13 minutes into the second stanza.Next up among the flood of substitutes was Jo replacing Fred for Brazil, while Ayanda Patosi took over from Bernard Parker for Bafana Bafana.Fine saveAlmost immediately Serero played Patosi in with a superb pass with the outside of his boot, but Julio Cesar pulled off a fine save with his left hand to deny the Belgium- based striker a stunning introduction.David Luiz next joined his team-mates on the sidelines, with Bayern Munich’s Dante replacing the Chelsea star in a team mostly loaded with one name, recognisable stars.Neymar then found space on the right and drifted easily past a defender before just missing Jo with a ball to the head of the striker at the far post.Bafana Bafana were caught square in the 74th minute once more, but Williams did extremely well to cut down the angle and save Dani Alves’ shot with his feet. Shortly after that, Alves just missed finding Neymar with a chipped pass as his Barcelona team-mate went in search of a hat-trick.A rocketIt became 4-0 in the 74th minute when Fernandinho beat Williams with a rocket from 27 metres out that found the top right hand corner of the Bafana Bafana net- minder’s goal, leaving the stunned debutant rooted to the spot. It was Fernandinho’s first goal for his country.Hat-trickFinally, Neymar completed the scoring and netted his hat-trick in the 90th minute when Alves found Jo with a ball from the left to the striker on the far post in the box. Jo, in turn, picked out Neymar with a well directed header, leaving the winger with a simple tap-in for his third.Three minutes later it was all over. Brazil 5, South Africa 0.last_img read more

Google Voice on the iPhone: Is HTML5 Good Enough?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google launched a new web-based version of its telephony service Google Voice on the iPhone today at m.google.com/voice, built on HTML5 like Google’s other iPhone apps are. This after a long and heated battle with Apple over allowing Google Voice on the iPhone. Once it’s a website, though, there’s nothing Apple can do about it.HTML5 makes for a relatively nice experience, with its local caching for speed and its responsive interface, but there are some things about the Google Voice web app that just don’t feel quite right. It’s hard to know which of its problems are just oversights to be fixed and which of them are rooted in the fact that it’s a web app. What do you think, is an HTML5 telephony app good enough? Or does your phone need to, you know, be on your phone? The new Google Voice mobile web app doesn’t offer a clear way to add contacts through the mobile interface, its call history function falls short and there are other things that are funky about it. It’s fast, but it’s still just not as fast and responsive as a native mobile app. Perhaps that will change with time. It does feel nice, though, and has a very attractive interface.It was less than a year ago that Gmail was first available in HTML5 on the iPhone. Now there’s a heated debate about whether the future for mobile apps is in the browser like this or whether native apps will still reign supreme.What do you think? Is the new Google Voice in HTML5 good enough for you to use and like? Let us know in our poll below. RSS readers can click through to respond and view responses. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more