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Jose: Pogba is best midfielder

first_imgPogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.Mourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.”The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.”He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.”At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.”Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.”Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”last_img read more

Simeone: to play as Eibar, better Eibar

first_imgIntensity. To play as Eibar, better Eibar. That was what happened to Atlético in the first half. Mendilibar arrived wanting to win a match for the first time to Simeone. And he raised the crash as he always does in Ipurua. He went out to pressure Atlético and impose his direct football. He managed to prevail in most of the duels and win the second play and with that, and the actions with the ball stopped, he reached the break 1-0 and if it is not for Oblak the advantage could be greater. Simeone came out with his classic 1-4-4-2 (Oblak; Arias, Savic, Felipe, Saúl; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Vitolo; Morata and João Félix)Side saul. Simeone had decided to take Saul from the left side of the beginning. And in the first half the Spanish international barely joined the attack once. In the second half, Saul advanced his position and attacked permanently on the left and Arias also joined on the right. Atletico began to have an inside game when Vitolo and João Félix began to associate demonstrating that when the good guys get together the team can take the initiative. Atlético’s push caused Eibar to defend a few meters further and find himself more in disgust. The tie seemed closer than Eibar’s second. Then (minute 72) he decided to put Lodi for Herrera and placed Saul in the double pivot next to a Thomas who returned to be very irregular and alternated good actions with relevant failures. Bad changes. Atletico continued attacking well and creating danger to Eibar, developed because when the rojiblancos matched the intensity and advanced lines quality prevailed. Marcos Llorente was missed in this match to overcome the first pressure line of Eibar. For half an hour in the second half, João was comfortable leading (the teammates were looking for him) and spreading the rojiblancos attacks when (minute 82) the Cholo decided to remove the Menino to enter the Camel squad. Then (minute 86) he removed Vitolo to debut another canterano: Oscar Clemente. Simeone removed João Félix and Vitolo, the two who had played best in the second half. The changes didn’t work out this time. Instead of the draw came 2-0. That said, to play as Eibar, better Eibar.last_img read more

Can That Damn Accent!

first_imgIf you must acquire something, go buy a house. Or an elephant. Even some mutual funds for all I care.Don’t go get yourself an “accent” just because you live in America. Or London. And please don’t get one if you live in Australia. This is my account from living in two continents literary worlds apart in thought, action and especially speech, even though they speak the exact same language.The Queens English, Ma’am. Thank you very much.For as long as I can remember I’ve had a strong aversion to anyone from the South Asian continent who speaks with a Western accent. I think you know who you are, and I think you know what I mean.Growing up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the 1980’s when student exchange programs were big, many kids would go to Australia for six months and when they returned, we couldn’t understand what they said for the next three weeks. Which I always thought funny, because half my childhood was spent in different parts of the world, yet I always managed to keep my accent intact (Super Woman, or what?). With cable TV, sitcoms and MTV coming into play, young locals with heavily laced accents, feigning to be either Ross or Rachel, or both are a dime a dozen. Sri Lankans fail to realize that the English we speak is quite clear, as is. Especially comparatively, with our neighboring Indian brothers, no insult intended.An accent is a part of a person’s charm.To all the local radio personalities who were ever given 10 minutes of airtime, my advice is, if you are going with a British accent stick with it. Please, don’t switch to a Yankee one in mid-sentence. You lose credibility with your listeners. They lose faith and begin to think you are cover versions or something equally bad.Since I’ve moved to Boston, I’ve had the “privilege” (sarcasm intended) of meeting many, many people who in all probability, were, a-short-time-ago nice Hindi-speaking charmers studying at some Maha Vidyalaya or the other. What they sound like in their feigned accent is quite repugnant.There is this one girl I ran into who went to a school in Kerala that prescribed that students speak only in Malayalam (in addition to only parting their hair in the middle). I will go easy on her very African-American (think Queen Latifah from Living Single) accent considering her English deprivation in school. Letting her hair down is fine, but putting on such an “act”-cent gnaws at me.Then you find the “dudes” who consider the twang a necessary part of their fashion repertoire, along with their GAP sweaters and the Tommy Jeans that serve as uncompensated walking billboards for the companies.Let me be gentle. I won’t go off at all on the ABCDs, considering that for these unfortunate souls the American twang is a birth defect, my son included. It’s the émigrés with the accent that get my goat.The beauty of Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, their physical beauty aside, which, by the way isn’t too shabby, comes from their conscious effort to retain their ethnicity. Ethnicity is ingrained, it is a part of who we are and it is reflected in the way we speak. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. How many of their films have you avoided because you couldn’t understand their Hispanic accent? I would suspect, none. Desperado is an all-time favorite male movie.Yet Americans seem to have this prejudice against outsourced workers in India. My American friends obnoxiously claim to simply not understand Joe Shmoe Patel (who is paid $0.60/hourly) to call you at 1.30 am Bangalore time to sell you that unneeded long distance calling plan. He is just doing his job. Don’t hold that against him. He didn’t get into it lightly; he had to take classes to learn to speak with an American accent only to be told that you don’t understand him. Is it his accent or the fact that you hold him responsible for another lost job?Sure there are those who claim that if you don’t pick up an accent Americans won’t understand you. I work with enough semi-intelligent Americans who don’t understand a “can’t” from a “caan’t.” But I am convinced that if you consistently say a word clearly with proper diction they are going to understand you. That’s it. We don’t need to bend over backwards to speak the way they speak. Where’s the originality in that? Moreover, how superficial are we that we forget how we speak the minute we leave the old country.Think about it. An accent can be lost faster than a bad boyfriend. All it takes is two minutes to make up your mind, and two seconds for your tongue to switch gears.   Related Itemslast_img read more