first_imgAdvertisement Chelsea 0-2 Southampton: Frank Lampard post-match press conferenceTo 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 6:41FullscreenChelsea 0-2 Southampton: Frank Lampard post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-0-2-southampton-frank-lampard-post-match-press-conference-2077026/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.He added: ‘Let’s switch it back to Arsenal. Granit Xhaka may be off, so he picked what he thought was the best balance in midfield.‘As much as I like what Matteo Guendouzi has, he has been poor and struggled at times, but he will come good and may come back into the fold at some point. You see that he had to play Bukayo Saka at left-back, but he has done very well considering he is an attacker.‘Alexandre Lacazette is back in the team, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring, but Lacazette was sluggish – he needed that game.‘Mesut Ozil was subbed but was not finding the space, so you can see why. I enjoyed the desire and a bit of fight from the Arsenal team I saw at Bournemouth.‘This should lift the big players. He could make a few changes, but my heart is ruling my head here.’ Arteta is preparing for his opening home match as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘I think energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports. If we are able to generate this it will give us a lift.‘I was really pleased with how the fans treated the players [against Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.‘Slowly, we need to build that back to where it was. It’s going to be very powerful for us to use that. Hopefully we can change it.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 City‘First I need to convince the players and then, if I can convince the players, afterwards we can convince the fans.‘I think it’s very, very important in my job. At the end of the day they’re expecting a lot from us.‘We have to give them enjoyment, we have to make their lives better and, when we win, it will be better because they will be happier.‘It’s our responsibility and we have to do everything we can to achieve that.’ Advertisement Nicholas has backed Arsenal to get the better of Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Despite Chelsea’s poor run of form, Arteta expects his players to face a ‘really good test’ on Sunday afternoon.‘I know they lost at home again but they are a terrific team,’ the new Arsenal boss said.‘It will be a really good test for us.’ Comment Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal play host to Chelsea at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal’s players will be ‘lifted’ after their promising performance against Bournemouth and has backed his former club to beat Chelsea this weekend.Mikel Arteta sat in the dugout as Arsenal head coach for the first time on Boxing Day and the Spaniard took encouragement from a positive display despite his side only coming away from Dean Court with a point.The Gunners have managed just one win from 14 in all competitions and Arteta will be desperate for his opening victory on Sunday afternoon in what represents his first home match in charge.Chelsea have experienced a drastic dip of their own and have suffered shock defeats at home to Bournemouth and Southampton over the last fortnight.ADVERTISEMENT Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferenceTo 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 2:52FullscreenBournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bournemouth-1-1-arsenal-mikel-arteta-post-match-press-conference-2077072/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.And while Nicholas concedes it will be a close match at the Emirates, he is hopeful his former club will come out on top.AdvertisementAdvertisementPredicting a 3-2 victory for Arsenal, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘Chelsea are still up and down, with significant class and real quality.‘I touched on it last week, but Willian has been class this season – he was left out and they lose at home to Southampton.‘They are in a better shape organisationally. The movement of Willian, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic will cause problems. They have nice pace and nice balance, while Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have been good when they have time on the ball.‘What changes do Chelsea have to make? They are very limited to the changes they can make – the three at back worked at Tottenham but did not work against Southampton. There are too many mistakes within the defence. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Charlie Nicholas backs Mikel Arteta to get first Arsenal win against Chelsealast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Stadiums in France will re-open to fans on July 11 as the country continues to lift measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Saturday.A maximum of 5,000 fans, however, will be allowed in the arenas – a restriction that could be eased later in the summer with the new season due to start on the weekend of August 22. The French Cup and League Cup finals could now be played with spectators and fans will also be able to watch their teams play pre-season friendlies.The government said: “A further review of the national epidemiological situation will be carried out in mid-July to decide whether a loosening is possible for the second half of August.“Subject to a new assessment of the epidemiological situation, the start of the new school year may be marked by further easing of the restrictions.”The French Ligue 1 officially ended its 2019/2020 season on April 30, with Paris St Germain crowned champions.It was the only one of the five biggest domestic soccer leagues in Europe to call off the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and the German Bundesliga all resumed this month, and Italy’s Serie A is due to restart later on Saturday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19FansFrench StadiumsLigue 1Spectatorslast_img read more

first_imgJunior Amanda Morris walked into every contest feeling like it was a must-win game during her career at Syracuse. But this weekend holds vast importance for the midfielder, as the Orange can take one large step forward in securing a Big East tournament bid this weekend. ‘Every game is a must-win game in my eyes,’ Morris said. ‘But these are very important games, and we need to win them.’ The Orange (5-7-4, 2-4-1 Big East) plays host to Rutgers (8-7-0, 3-4-0 Big East) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Seton Hall (6-8-0, 2-5-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. With just one point separating SU from fifth place in the American Division, these games hold significant weight in Syracuse’s push for a postseason berth. The top five teams in each division earn a berth in the Big East tournament, something SU hasn’t participated in since 2005. Wheddon has stressed the importance of at least splitting each weekend against his foes. But with just four games remaining in the season, each game is becoming more and more vital.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Obviously we never go into a weekend looking at losses, but I would say there is a certain pressure to at least split the weekend,’ Wheddon said. ‘I know a tie and a win would suffice, I guess, and two wins would be great.’ A winnable game against bottom-dwelling Pittsburgh last Sunday turned ugly when the Panthers scored in the 16th minute. The Orange had to play catch-up the entire game to walk away with a tie. Sophomore Alyscha Mottershead knows the Orange can’t underperform against Rutgers and Seton Hall this weekend. Although SU has struggled to score in the first half of games this season, this trend cannot remain the same if the team wishes to walk away with a win. The playoff push is motivating Syracuse players to perform in the latter half of the season. ‘We are going to have to push really hard and come out from the start,’ Mottershead said. ‘We can’t give away any silly opportunities or breakdowns like we did in the last game.’ Wheddon has seen his team succeed at portions of games, but now if the Orange wants to extend its season, it will have to be able to put together a full game. SU has played solid halves of soccer, but rarely has it played for a complete game. With the Orange’s recent first-half struggles, Wheddon said the first halves of this weekend’s games will be the most important if SU wishes to succeed. ‘If we can come out and play with confidence and play the way that we can play,’ Wheddon said. ‘For example, we’ve showed it against DePaul in the second half, second half against West Virginia and the second half against Pittsburgh. We can play, and if we come out and do what we’re capable of, we should be all right.’ If the Orange is able avoid mistakes this weekend, Wheddon knows his team is capable of winning. Wheddon has seen parity take shape all over the Big East this season. A team like Seton Hall, which has notoriously lost to in-state rival Rutgers in the past, was able to upset the Scarlet Knights this season. The Orange will be confronted by two evenly-matched opponents when it takes the field this weekend. SU will not be the inferior team, but it will have to outwork Rutgers and Seton Hall if it wants to make a case that it deserves a Big East tournament berth. ‘I think we are going to have to step up as a unit; and knowing that we only have a few games left to qualify for the playoffs, we are going to have to push really hard and come out from the start,’ Mottershead said. ‘I think we have to stay composed and do what we know we can do to qualify.’ adtredin@syr.edu Comments Published on October 14, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more