Strikes, gales and gravestones

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Martinez: World Cup may delay deals

first_img The Spaniard can at least be more definitive with his summer spending after Hull’s weekend FA Cup final defeat guaranteed Everton’s direct progress into the group stage of the Europa League. However, he will also give some of the club’s emerging young talent the chance to stake a claim for promotion to the first-team squad during pre-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits the World Cup means he may have to wait until the last minute to complete his transfer business. “We know what we are going to get from the experienced players but every time you bring a player into the club there is always a margin of error in terms of how they will adapt.” Martinez, who will also use the loan market extensively again, is looking to add two strikers, a right winger, defensive midfielder and a defender to his squad. The future of Romelu Lukaku, who scored 16 goals in a season-long loan at Goodison Park, is likely to be one which drags on well into August as parent club Chelsea want to see how he performs at the World Cup before making a decision on the striker. Martinez would be happy to take back the Belgian, Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu and Monaco’s Lacina Traore – who played just one game because of injury after a January loan move – on loan again for another campaign if possible. Shelbourne manager John McDonnell claims Everton are close to signing the Irish club’s 18-year-old defender Ryan Robinson, who has already had a trial with the Toffees. “Everton are chipping away with us on Ryan at the moment and we hope to get the deal over the line soon,” he told the Irish Examiner. “The initial fee won’t make us millionaires, but we’ll make sure it’s heavy on the end of it. It might be better for us to go for the add-ons and everything else. “Ryan certainly has a big future in the game. Everton would have seen a rawness to him, but he has a lot going for him. We’d have no problem allowing him to move on to a better level in England.” The Toffees’ under-18s won their league with victory over Manchester City on Saturday and that could pave the way for some players to follow the path trodden by the likes of Ross Barkley, who earned a World Cup call-up on the back of the pivotal role he was given by Martinez this year. “Recruitment is going to be important,” Martinez told Press Association Sport. “The right characters need to come to the club and we need to be large enough in terms of numbers to face every competition with a real desire to hit good performances. “I do feel we have to be really clear in what we need, who we bring in, and it is going to take until the last day of the window to finalise the squad. “It is a World Cup year and things will get delayed and certain situations will be worth us waiting until the last second to see if they happen or not and that is something we are well in control of. “We have our targets and we have highlighted the positions we need to bring players in. “But I also have a few young players who will be given an opportunity in pre-season and depending on how they do they will fill some of those positions in the first-team squad. “I think our young players next season will have a massive say in how good we are going to be. Press Associationlast_img read more

Vermantia: Timely racing content respite for Italy’s operators

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Italian horseracing fans are ready for an exciting summer with restrictions on broadcasting racing content from abroad set to be fully removed, just in time for the country’s operators to counter the loss of revenues from the impending ban on gambling advertising. We caught up with Fabio Massimo Molinari, Commercial Director at Vermantia – Italy, to find out more.SBC: When does the relaxation of the rules officially come into place? And what does it mean exactly?Fabio Massimo Molinari: Officially, the relaxation of the Italian horseracing programme – the Palinsesto Complementare – comes into force in July.As to what it means. For many years previously, the country’s regulator – Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency (Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli) – enforced protectionist policies to safeguard revenues around its own horseracing. This meant strict rules that ensured the focus of broadcasting was on Italian racing events and a very limited number of international ones via the national horseracing programme. That’s all set to change now, and for the first time in history there will be no restriction on screening international content from abroad. SBC: How will it impact upon customers, operators and suppliers?FMM: I have no doubt it will have an excellent impact for all. For customers, this will transform the way Italian bettors engage with global horseracing. While previously any international racing event broadcast by Italian bookmakers would have to conform to the established time slots, customers will soon be able to enjoy the best of live racing from around the world at any time of day. For operators and suppliers, this will prove to be a great opportunity to expand their offering beyond the traditional fixtures and is likely to be a major boost of acquisition and retention. SBC: What do you make of the timing, especially given the impending blanket ban on advertising?Fabio Massimo MolinariFMM: Without question, the advertising ban and the relaxation of the Palinsesto Complementare are correlated. In my view, the Italian government believes that responsible gaming needs tools to communicate the risk of gambling excessively – such as with this ad ban, but also wants to seek out ways to improve the industry without relying on advertising. Of course, the relaxation of regulations is an effective way of doing that – by helping the business model to renew itself, while giving itself even greater visibility. It’s also a positive, because any restrictions on promotion can now be mitigated by the expansion of content acting as a marketing tool in its own right. As we have seen in other markets, live racing data and pictures from across the world’s racetracks adds excitement and offers a new betting experience. SBC: Do you expect the change to generate greater interest in the Italian market?FMM: I’m sure it will. Italy has always been a country that inspires the international betting industry to innovate. Whether that be number or shops, figures or volume of business, but also in terms of technology. The value of Ippica (horseracing) is clear already – and the love of action-packed, live betting events already well known to both domestic and international operators. It makes sense that Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli wants to make the industry more attractive internationally, as well as increasing the allure of the market, however – one must respect the previous regulations that were in place. Italy is very proud of its local racing, and any international partner looking to enter the market needs to ensure they strike a balance between domestic and international horseracing.last_img read more

St Joseph’s Hospital hosts celebration day for dementia unit

first_imgWoodville Dementia Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital in Stranorlar held a ‘Celebration Day’ to mark the achievements of their staff.Woodville provide a mixture of long term care, assessment care and vital respite care for people who live with dementia. It is a 19 bedded unit and they provide respite to 30 clients on a rolling basis every 6/7 weeks.They provide assessment for clients who need their medications reviewed and provide information and guidance surrounding the long term care process if required. The celebration was to highlight the work staff do at Woodville and how they have focused on moving away from a medical way of working to a more person-centred way of working.L to R: Staff members Joanne Craig, Sandra Gillespie and Sarah Mangan with their award winning posterThe staff are proud of the unit and the work that they do and wanted to share this through hosting the celebration dayThe event was attended by approximately 80 people including residents, those availing of respite and staff and their family members. Also in attendance were staff from other HSE services. Mr Patrick Murray, Head of HR for CHO Area 1 was in attendance representing Mr John Hayes, Chief Officer of CHO 1. Those attending enjoyed food and music was provided by Gary Mangan.Over the last few months Staff at Woodville have won two awards nationally for the work they are doing to increase person-centredness. These included first prize for their project entitled “Everyday Language Counts” at the All Ireland Gerontological Nursing Association (AIGNA) conference and an award “Rooted in evidence & steering the future” at the Northwest Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference Awards.According to Staff member Sandra Gillespie “Our awards are surrounding person centred language, how we speak to our clients our families and to each other. This has had a very positive affect on the ward and there is a great buzz about as it is great to be acknowledged for our achievements”.Staff Nurse Marie Tourish likened the Woodville Staff and the way we work to a family tree, stating “We the staff represent branches, and together we shape a tree, while trying to keep one another rooted. We are mindful that our personalities and characteristics impinge on the lives of those in our care”Resident Willie Duncan with family, Megan, Karl, Micheala and Laura DohertySt Joseph’s Hospital hosts celebration day for dementia unit was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dementia unitdonegalSy Josephslast_img read more

Virgin and Singapore named best airlines

first_imgVirgin Australia has won Domestic Airline of the Year at the Roy Morgan 2012 Customer Satisfaction Awards. The announcement was made at a dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday night. The award for International Airline of the Year went to Singapore Airlines, while, for the second time in a row, Crowne Plaza was recognised as Hotel and Resort of the Year. Addressing the audience, Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine said: “We all know the Australian tourism industry is a tough place to be. “With the GFC, the high Australian dollar and Australians’ increasing international outlook, domestic tourism is down and overseas travel is up – only Melbourne is bucking the trend,” she said. “Keeping Australians holidaying at home means that for this sector, satisfaction is crucial.” The awards, which are in their second year, acknowledge Australian businesses who led their industry in customer satisfaction last year. They cover more than 30 categories, recognising sectors such as travel, banking, retail, motoring and hospitality. Roy Morgan Research collected satisfaction ratings through its 2012 Consumer Single Source survey of over 50,000 Australians and its Business Single Source survey of 22,000 decision makers.last_img read more

Online learning inspires refugees

first_imgGustave Lwaba, a 47-year-old from theDRC, is working towards a diploma in liberal studies from a US university, through a distance learning programme at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi.(Image: Kristy Siegfried/Irin) A cluster of huts at Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp.(Image: IAFR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben Parker  Director, Irin News  +254 20 762 2147 or +254 733 860 082 RELATED ARTICLES • Educated Africans teach SA children • Online resources to help pupils • SA universities to get fast broadband • Tackling SA’s education challenges • From refugee camp to universitySource: Irin NewsSanky Kabeya, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has spent half of his 24 years in Dzaleka refugee camp in central Malawi. He attended primary and secondary school in the camp but, after graduating, his dream of furthering his education seemed an impossible one.“I was just staying at home with nothing to do and I lost hope in everything,” he recalled.With only three-quarters of refugee children accessing primary education and just over a third enrolled in secondary schools, according to a recent assessment by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), higher education is generally considered a low priority and opportunities for young refugees like Kabeya are extremely limited.Recently, however, there has been a growing recognition of the benefits that higher education can bring, not just to individual refugees, but to the vast reconstruction needs of countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the DRC which will require a new generation of teachers and other professionals when peace finally comes.According to the UNHCR, there is also evidence that offering continuing education opportunities motivates more refugee children to complete primary and secondary school.An education strategy (PDF, 1.57MB) released by UNHCR in February recognised the “huge unmet demand for higher education among refugees” and made improving access one of its goals over the next five years.Although part of this approach involves doubling the current 2 000 scholarships a year available to refugees through the German government-funded DAFI programme, a key element of the strategy is to make use of internet technologies and partnerships with academic institutions to reach much larger numbers of refugees through distance learning.International Catholic NGO Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) is pioneering this approach through a pilot project at three refugee camps, including Dzaleka, which offers small groups of refugees the opportunity to study towards a diploma in liberal studies from Regis University in Denver, Colorado at no cost.For refugees who do not meet the academic requirements, but are keen to further their education, JRS has developed several vocational courses in areas such as community health and entrepreneurship.“JRS tries to do things that other organisations aren’t doing and this was certainly identified as a gap,” said David Holdcroft, JRS’s Johannesburg-based regional director.“The suffering in camps results from frustration building over years of not being able to prepare for the future.”Paving the way for the futureNow in his second year of the three-year course, Kabeya’s feelings about the future have changed dramatically.“I’m very inspired, I’ve obtained a lot,” he told Irin. “I want to make my future bright.”At Dzaleka, which is home to 18 000 refugees, mainly from the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda, the courses are mostly done online using solar-powered computers, but the students’ Skype interactions with their professors in the US are supplemented by on-site tuition from an academic coordinator and two interns.“The need for cultural and linguistic adaptation was too great,” said programme coordinator Clotilde Giner, explaining that most of the 60 students are French speakers who have learned English through classes at the camp.Carine Nice, 22, spoke no English when she arrived at Dzaleka four years ago, but she held on to her hopes of becoming a doctor. She had been in her second year of medical school when conflict erupted in the North Kivu region of DRC where she lived and she was forced to flee with her mother and five siblings.“When I arrived, it was boring in the camp and I felt I was still young and needed to learn,” she told Irin. After taking English and computer classes, she jumped at the opportunity to enrol in the diploma programme.She is one of only eight women on the course. “According to the culture, [women think] studies are for men, and have low self-esteem,” she said.Nice is fulfilling a requirement of the programme that students transfer some of the knowledge they are gaining to other camp residents, by leading a weekly discussion group for women aimed at improving their English and their confidence to apply for the programme next year.Unlike scholarships available through the DAFI programme, the JRS programme is open to all ages and educational backgrounds.Gustave Lwaba, a 47-year-old from the DRC, gave up his job teaching at Dzaleka’s primary school to enrol in the course.Opportunities to earn an income are scarce in the camp so the decision was a difficult one, said Lwaba, who has a wife and three children.“I was hungering for tertiary education and I didn’t have that chance in my country,” he explained. “I wanted more skills to help the community or even if I can be repatriated.”If the JRS programme helps Lwaba achieve his goal of becoming a tertiary-level teacher, it could benefit not just him and his family, but a future generation of pupils in the DRC and reconstruction efforts in that country.Bringing higher education to refugees It is these broader goals that inform the thinking behind another project to bring higher education to refugees due to be launched at Dadaab camp in Kenya in the next academic year through a joint initiative between Canada’s York University and Kenya’s Kenyatta University.Like the JRS programme, it will blend online and face-to-face learning, but will give students the option of earning a four-year bachelor’s degree, or opting out after two or three years with a teaching diploma.“We’re also aiming towards something that could be accessed from anywhere so that if someone were to start the programme and then be repatriated or resettled, they could continue,” said Sarah Dryden-Peterson, a researcher at the University of Toronto, who is involved in the project. Dryden-Peterson said refugee students tend to be extremely motivated.“They’re looking for any kind of printed material they can get their hands on to learn and keep their brains active,” she told Irin. “More and more what we’re seeing is that with the opening up of telecommunications and internet access, refugees are following online courses and developing their own ways of learning by pulling things off the internet.”Distracted by poor living conditions Participants in JRS’s programme at Dzaleka need to be motivated to stick with their studies in a camp environment where poor living conditions and insufficient food can be a major distraction.In March, the World Food Programme, which supplies food aid to the camp, slashed rations for refugees by half due to a lack of funding and many of the students quietly typing at computers in the programme’s makeshift classroom were working on empty stomachs.“It’s very difficult when you eat less and have to study, and we don’t know what will happen next month,” said Nice, who juggles her studies with helping her mother at home and working as an interpreter for UNHCR and JRS.Kabeya said frequent blackouts meant he often strained his eyes studying by the light of a candle and that his friends told him he was wasting his time.“But I’m getting good grades and I’m very motivated because I have a goal.”last_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPosted on the, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Disrespect an issue in Warriors’ narrow NBA Finals escape

first_img“I think he sensed that we needed his production in that second half and he came alive.Warriors teammate Draymond Green said Iguodala’s shot was simply what the team knows he can do.“As big as Andre’s shot was, we have come to expect Andre to hit big shots,” Green said. “Since he’s been here I’ve seen him hit several game winners. I’ve seen him put the icing on the cake at several wins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting For Raptors, a bad 6-minute stretch proved very costly Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP When the alternative is leaving the ball in the hands of 30-point sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who struck for 23 points, Iguodala didn’t seem so bad a choice.“I’m going to probably live with that,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It wasn’t like we were disrespecting him and not trying to guard him.“He misses that we call timeout, we go down with a chance to win the ball game unbelievably, somehow.”The Raptors led by 12 in the second quarter, surrendered the first 18 points of the third quarter to fall behind by 13 and nearly battled back to win by silencing Golden State more more than 5:30 until Iguodala’s shot.“He’s just got a lot of experience,” Kerr said. “He has done everything in his career, been in the Olympics, won three rings, one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and teammate Shaun Livingston (34) celebrate their win against the Toronto Raptors following the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry saw it as an insult that the Toronto left Andre Iguodala open for what became the decisive 3-point basket in Golden State’s victory Sunday in the NBA Finals.That made it all the sweeter when Iguodala, who was 1-of-14 from beyond the arc before his crucial shot, sank the bucket to clinch a 109-104 victory that pulled the defending champions level 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “It’s kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that,” Curry said. “He has made big shots like that before.”Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet, who struck for 17 points in the loss, said Toronto was not insulting Iguodala, but he simply was the option they were most willing to have take a long-range shot in the late-game situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They found Iggy on the way back out and he got a wide-open look,” said VanVleet. “He knocked it down. So that was a really big shot for him. We would like to have contested that a little bit more.“We don’t disrespect those guys. We know Iggy’s made big shots in his whole career. We’ve seen that movie before.” View commentslast_img read more

Colin Cowherd Has Oklahoma State as 2017 Playoff Team

first_imgOh it’s early. It’s so, so early. It’s “we’re still talking about Spring Ball, wondering who QB2 is going to be and placing wagers on where Mike Gundy is going to vacation this summer (Reno, Nevada is the 2-1 favorite)” early. But still, college football is sort of wriggling over the horizon right now, and people are already thinking about fall 2017.Oklahoma State goes into the season with probably its best ever chance to play for a national championship — even better than 2011 because there are twice as many teams that can play for it and your pedigree doesn’t have to be as a top 10 recruiting school to do so (as Michigan State and Washington have proven in the last two years).Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd is picking Oklahoma State as a playoff team along with Carson Cunningham’s beloved USC, Florida State and Alabama. Whoo boy, I am here for all of that.“My four teams that I really like this year are Florida State, Alabama, USC and I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State,” said Cowherd. “I’m going to throw a dark horse at you, Oklahoma State.”OSU fits the bill of a national title dark horse considering it’s not even the favorite to win its own conference.USC will play for the National Championship— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 17, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Pochettino compares ‘genius’ Dembele to Maradona

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Dembele ‘a genius of football’ like Maradona and Ronaldinho, claims Pochettino Ben Spratt 04:51 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace The Argentine manager played alongside both superstars, and he puts the former Fulham midfielder in the same bracket Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Mousa Dembele to be “a genius of football” like Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.Dembele has received rave reviews in recent weeks as Spurs emerged unbeaten from a run of fixtures that included clashes with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.The former Fulham man has been key to this fine form and his manager was in no mood to play down the midfielder’s talents ahead of Tottenham’s next Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I can talk about [Dembele] because I know very well him after nearly four years,” Pochettino told a pre-match news conference. “I have told you – and some people use my word to describe him – he is a genius of football.”He is this type of player I put next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, [Jay-Jay] Okocha – players that I was lucky to play with. For me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”For him, it was always difficult to be fit – he’s always fighting for his fitness – but now he’s in an amazing moment and he deserves all the praise people are giving him.”Pochettino is hoping Dembele can again stand out at Selhurst Park, where he is expecting a tough test against Roy Hodgson’s Palace.”It will be a big battle,” he said of the match. “Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job. It will be good to see them again.Great fight by the team #UCL #COYS — Mousa Dembélé (@mousadembele) February 13, 2018 “We need to match them in the areas of motivation and [being] ready to fight and then, of course, try to deliver our way and our game. It will be very tough.”It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The idea is to win, the idea is to fight, to be ready. The three points are massive for us.”last_img read more