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Sarri: I am not scared of Chelsea’s player power


first_imgMaurizio Sarri raged after Chelsea’s poor performance that led to a 2-0 defeat to rivals Arsenal on Saturday and said that his players are “extremely difficult to motivate”.He also said he was ‘p*ssed off’ and spoke in Italian for the first time since his unveiling at the club in July, as he seemed to be sending a message to his side.The Blues were facing off against this season’s second worst defence but were blunt and predictable in attack, only managing their first shot on target in the 82nd minute, leading to their third non-scoring display in the last five matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sarri doesn’t think it is much of a risk to point fingers at his players, despite the club’s previous accusations of the impact of player power on the high level of hiring and firing of head coaches at Stamford Bridge. He isn’t scared of conflict as he aims to encourage a change in character of his group to improve his side’s chances.”I don’t know. It is my character, though,” Sarri told reporters at the Emirates Stadium. “I don’t think it is risky. These guys have a sensible head on their shoulders, so I don’t think I am risking anything.”I said the players are difficult to motivate but by the same token there are players who are sensible, who will listen and won’t take it the wrong way. There might be a slight risk, but I don’t think there is. This is my character – I am a straight-talker.”This is how I speak. Yes, sometimes when you speak in that way it might cause some upset or some conflict, but it doesn’t cause any lingering bitterness. I think we probably do [have leaders].”I think we might even have someone who is capable of embodying the characteristics I have talked about. Of course there is always a danger a leader emerges who is a bad leader – who doesn’t necessarily do the kind of things that I want the team to do.”Nevertheless I do think we need to change the mentality and I do think within the group of players we do have that ability and the characteristics to change.”Antonio Conte coached Chelsea before Sarri and his disappointing fifth place last season finish came as he not only had a strained relationship with the club’s board, but also with many of the club’s players.Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017-18The former Blues boss’s clashes with the club’s board often centred around the need to overhaul the squad through the transfer market, as he believed his side weren’t good enough to achieve its aims.Sarri doesn’t share that view and thinks that adds that he will stick with his tactical approach without necessarily needing many new signings”I can’t remember exactly what happened,” Sarri added. “But with my team I think it is different because with Conte at the time was using a three-man defence and changed to a four-man defence. But he was used to doing that anyway, so it wasn’t quite the same, whereas this is the football I have.”I am a good teacher of this football. I don’t think it would be a good idea if I try to teach my players a different type of football. There will be some changes perhaps but there will be no massive upheaval.”When I came here certainly I realised the group had a huge amount of potential. There is no doubt about that. I don’t think it would be correct for me to talk about being disappointed with what I found when I arrived.Chelsea quote GFX Maurizio Sarri“When I arrived, of course, I knew the team was coming off the back of a pretty disappointing season. Over the last couple of years they have a lost some really important points of reference for the club. But certainly the team has a lot of potential.”However, Gonzalo Higuain is likely to arrive into the club in January, as Chelsea work to finalize a deal with his parent club Juventus to takeover his AC Milan loan deal. Chelsea need to offload Alvaro Morata before they sign him, while Milan are targeting Krzysztof Piątek as a replacement from Genoa.Sarri won’t punish his players after another high profile collapse and he is hoping that keeping a positive atmosphere in training can help his players learn his system more quickly.”I am pretty consistent in my approach in that I like there to be a good atmosphere I like it when the players are enjoying themselves because if they are enjoying themselves out on the pitch there is more chance that they are going to be winning and that is an enjoyable experience as well,” he continued.”Nevertheless I am demanding in the sense that we need to have the right attitude and approach and we need to be able to show exactly the same or even better level of determination than our opponents.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Bell Medias CraveTV expands service to all Internetconnected Canadians


TORONTO — Bell Media’s CraveTV streaming service is now available to all Internet-connected Canadians.CraveTV’s catalogue includes older off-air HBO TV series like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” and Showtime shows including “The Affair,” “Penny Dreadful” and the new drama “Billions.”It costs $7.99 a month to subscribe, with a one-month free trial available to new users. TV customers with providers including Bell, Eastlink, Sasktel and Telus can bundle in CraveTV access for a lower rate.CraveTV competes with Netflix and Shomi, a streaming service launched by Rogers and Shaw.In Canada, Netflix offers three plans ranging from $7.99 to $11.99 a month. Shomi charges $8.99 a month.Netflix to block proxy access to content not available in subscribers’ home countryNetflix, Shomi or CraveTV? How to choose the streaming service that’s best for you read more


Exposing the hidden crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls


They are mothers, daughters and sisters. They number more than 1,200. They are Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Their voices have been silenced. For decades, no one was listening.That is finally starting to change but there is still so much work to be done to put an end to this national tragedy, says Brock University Faculty of Education PhD candidate Jennifer Brant, co-ordinator of the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program.There’s case after case of another missing or murdered woman.Brant and D. Memee Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have compiled and edited a new book that shines a light on the ongoing problem.In Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, a variety of voices from academia to the front-lines discuss the issue, its root causes and its terrible human toll on families, communities and the very culture of Canada’s First Nations.“There’s case after case of another missing or murdered woman. It’s ongoing,” Brant says.In 2004, Amnesty International released a report called Stolen Sisters, identifying a problem that, at the time, involved over 500 Indigenous women who were victims of racialized and sexualized violence. That number, according to the most recent RCMP report that notes Indigenous women are eight times more likely to die as a result of violence, climbed to 1,181 between 1980 and 2012.Brant says Amnesty International’s initial report was the first time the crisis was brought to light for many Canadians. In subsequent years, there have been more reports from human rights organizations, First Nations organizations and governments all calling for action. But, not much has been done.The issue has made it into the public consciousness in recent years, with media reports and political discussion largely inspired by grassroots movements. However, Brant says it isn’t enough just to know about the problem. Indigenous communities are looking for accountability and immediate action.She says the new Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has responded to the call for a national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The book is meant to educate and promote awareness as well as offer support. We want this to be healing and reach the hearts and homes of those affected by this issue.It’s a start and gives advocates hope, but there is a lot of work to be done, Brant says.Forever Loved explores everything from police and government responses to media coverage and education.“We have a balance of academic and non-academic chapters to bring awareness to the issue and debunk the myths that dehumanize Indigenous women,” Brant says. “Like Amnesty International’s Stolen Sisters campaign, we hoped to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and their stories as daughters, mothers, sisters and aunties.”She says the book includes stories from the loved ones of the missing and murdered. It gives them a voice that is too often left unheard.“The book is meant to educate and promote awareness as well as offer support,” she says. “We want this to be healing and reach the hearts and homes of those affected by this issue.”Brant says the book exposes the hidden crisis and she hopes it promotes awareness, action, dialogue and ultimately an end to the violence so Canada can be a safe place for Indigenous women and girls.“We are urging all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together and participate in this dialogue,” she says. “We intentionally didn’t write a conclusion. We want this to start a discussion.”Brant first heard of the issue in 2006, in class at Brock University. She was shocked that so many hundreds of Indigenous women were gone as a result of racialized and sexualized violence, and she’d never heard about it. During her time at Brock she’s worked to raise awareness and the issue features in her research into Indigenous women’s realities.These women lived real lives, and they are not a number. They have names. They have stories. They matter.Brant, who teaches in the Indigenous Studies program at Brock, has noticed a “distinct shift” in student awareness since the push for the national inquiry.Jessica Riel-Johns, graduate of the Gidayaamin program, also first heard of the problem when she was a student at Brock. From that moment in class, she’s worked to try and make a difference. Her essay in the book looks at the systemic issues that perpetuate violence against this population, including political and legal discrimination and the sexualization of Indigenous women.Riel-Johns shared her personal journey exploring her cultural roots and the reasons she is an advocate for more awareness. Her reasons are simple and powerful.“These women lived real lives, and they are not a number,” she writes. “They have names. They have stories. They matter.”•••The book is available through publisher Demeter Press and at the Brock Campus Store. read more