What would it mean for Granada to reach the final?It is history that we have achieved, which is to reach the semifinals. 61 years later we are in an enviable situation and that nobody could imagine. We will go slowly, we will play the semifinal and we will do everything possible to pass.The city is turning with this semifinal. Flags around the city, the institutions supporting the team … is this the most important thing they have achieved?Absolutely, the most important thing above the sporting result is the identification we are having with the city. It was one of our strategic lines. We are overcome and proud to have generated this illusion and this emotion. Grateful to everyone, public institutions, businessmen, clubs, fans … the whole city and I dare to say that the province. They are all excited and that is a responsibility for us, because all that illusion that we have generated now we have to respond. It is the germ of a seed for the future.What benefits will the Copa del Rey bring you?We prioritize the social aspect. In the Cup we are not thinking about euros, because we do not know what the economic distribution will be, we are only thinking about the social.Is it the best season in club history?I think that without a doubt, the best season and I insist, not only for the sporting result, but for the generated around the club. 37 points and semifinalists of cup with options to spend playing the last game in our house. They have not given us anything.Salvation is practically done …It will be done when it is mathematically.When it is achieved, to think about Europe?When I am a mathematician, we will continue dreaming in the next game that we have to win it and continue adding points. The club and the team have ambition, we are not going to stop it, but we are not going to set goals.Even Miguel Ríos has adapted his mythical song ‘Welcome’, how did the idea come about?At the beginning of the season with the light show we decided that the Welcome was the idea, because Miguel is from Granada and a song called welcome was easy. And in one of the visits with Juan Vida the idea came up. We met at Wanda and I told Miguel the day is day 5 and he resumed it with great enthusiasm. I know that he has been working and we have been in almost daily contact and with the help of Luis García and have created something that I think is a bombshell for us. We are deeply grateful to Miguel.A lot of work is being done on the prolegomenaWe are trying to warm the environment, not the party, that this is another matter. We want everyone to feel that warmth, from the club and from the hand of the rocks and bleachers of animation we are having different initiatives to live a great atmosphere.Athletic has more experience in this type of games and also has not lifted a title for many years, does that make it more dangerous?More makes us not win. He is a rival that I think is the second club with the most Copa del Rey titles in history. He has more experience than us, but this is a game, we started 1-0, but there is a minimum of 90 minutes ahead.Can it be traced?Without a doubt, we are going to try it, it is a difficult game against a complicated opponent that made things difficult for us there. Now it’s different. We are in Los Cármenes with more than 20,000 faithful who are going to take us on volandas. Will President Jiang Lizhang come to the semifinal today?I can’t confirm it, but it’s not easy because of the coronavirus issue. He’s trying to come, but we don’t know if he can. It is in China and we do not know if you can leave with guarantees.He will be happy with the season the team is leading.Everyone inside and outside the club is in love with the team season and you can’t ask for more. That does not mean that we are not still ambitious. We will not settle for what we have, we will not settle for semifinals or 37 points, but we will continue with the line from match to match.It is a complicated season with up to three long-term injuries.The team is competing exceptionally. We started with a short staff, mainly because of our economic capacity, we were forced and in the end we had to stretch for those long-term injuries, but the one that has come out has given a very high level. The competitive gene is in the team and everyone is giving an extraordinary level and there is one of the secrets.The signing of Antoñín is an incorporation looking more to the future.We bring you for the future. He is a very young boy who has high hopes placed in him, but you have to give him peace of mind and little by little. He has no responsibility now only to help us, to be a complement to the future. He is a boy that we had been seeing for months and we already tried in December to bring him. We have been able to bring him even out of the market due to Neyder’s injury.In addition it has also been beneficial for Malaga that needed that economic injection.We think it is good for all three parties. And I think LaLiga also sees it with good eyes because it helps the future of Malaga.Perhaps the ‘bad’ thing about the great season of Granada is that its players will have many girlfriends …It’s not bad, it’s consubstantial with football. If we had no offer and they ignored us, that would be bad. We have had offers and we have rejected them all. In principle this club refers to the clauses of its players. Nor does any player want to leave this project at this time. The club does not want any of its players to abandon this project. There are many rumors, but we are all happy and at ease, it is complicated because neither of us wants to break this relationship. In January it was non-negotiable that no one left the project because sports are the first priority, in summer we will see.The best winter signing has undoubtedly been the return of Fede Vico to the team and at a great level.It is a great addition. It has been a very hard season for him and we were all looking forward to joining the group and we are very happy to recover him.Current affairs rule, what would happen if the coronavirus arrives? Do you already have a protocol?There is a working group in LaLiga already created and we are receiving information on how everything is going daily and we will follow the advice they give us at all times. Hopefully it can be controlled and does not affect our competitionWhat result do you see in today’s game?I dare not give a result, I say that Granada passes the tie, suffering, because we are the club of eternal struggle, but I am hopeful and confident that we will overcome the tie. I know we are going to suffer.
LATEST STORIES But if there’s one thing he knew donning that national tri-colors, it’s that he can always trust the ones on the floor.Romeo never doubted his teammates as the Philippines went on to claim the 89-84 victory over the Akatsuki Five to move to the second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“My trust in the team is always there. I know that they won’t give up that easily. All of them already has the experience,” he said.Romeo’s belief never waned even after Japan made a belated run that cut what was once a 15-point lead down to just two, 86-84, with 31.5 seconds to play — especially when he saw who had the rock. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Abueva proves worth with solid outings vs Australia, Japan View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I saw that kuya Jayson (Castro) had the ball. I wasn’t nervous when I saw he had the ball in that last possession,” he said as he even called Castro as the country’s savior.Castro sank the game-clinching floater over Makoto Hiejima with 10.6 seconds remaining before Andray Blatche hit a free throw to put the game away.“They really made me proud,” related the GlobalPort dribbler as Gilas Pilipinas qualified to the second round of the Asian qualifiers. “They delivered at a time where we really need them the most.”The victory makes Romeo all the more excited to make his national team comeback as he seeks to be in tip-top shape for the third window, slated in June.“I promise that I’ll be ready by that time,” he vowed as he continues his recovery from his knee contusion injury. “I can’t say that my return will be a big factor for the team, but all I want is to help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. .@tbvromeo promises that he’ll be ready for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/nSnFTGHYWG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018The Philippines takes on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Taipei, before flying back home to try and avenge its loss against Australia on July 2 at Philippine Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMissing Gilas Pilipinas’ duty anew in its game against Japan on Sunday, Terrence Romeo admitted that the itch to play for the national team never wavers, especially after the home squad fell behind 4-20 early.“I always feel that [I want to play], especially when I watch the games. I always want to help the team,” he admitted in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZIt’s been more than a decade since the Philippines placed in the volleyball podium of the Southeast Asian Games, but with the country hosting the 2019 edition Ramon Suzara has high hopes for the sport he helped flourish.Suzara, who is the president of the Philippine Superliga, said both the men’s and women’s volleyball events will be played at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games thus putting the sport under the limelight of the nation’s capital region.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m happy that volleyball will be at Smart Araneta Coliseum because it’s a big venue and it’s very close to the general public for easier transportation,” said Suzara Thursday at Shangri-La Bonifacio Global City after the SEA Games Federation meeting.“That has been the initial agreement and nothing’s final but the initial agreement is that we will put both popular sports [volleyball and basketball] in a big venue.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBasketball, often regarded as the main sport of the Philippines, will be played at Mall of Asia Arena with volleyball, the second-most popular sport, getting Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 2019 SEA Games will be played in three key areas in Clark Green City, Subic, and Metro Manila. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Philippine Arena chosen for 2019 SEA Games opening Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Suzara, who oversaw the Philippines’ last volleyball medal haul in 2005 when the country won bronze in both the men’s and women’s categories, expects the host team to go the distance in the event.“The SEA Games is very important in our hearts so we should play in the finals,” said Suzara. “I’m always positive that our women’s volleyball team should play in the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
Dear Editor,My family and dozens of other residents of Atlantic Gardens were thoroughly harassed when they were caught up in total traffic chaos on the East Coast Demerara highway on Mother’s Day at about 09:30hrs, simply because the persons responsible for road works do not give two hoots about commuters’ safety and convenience.On Mother’s Day, my family had to travel from our Atlantic Gardens residence to attend a function at the Church of the Unification in Georgetown. They left in reasonable time to be punctual, but when they arrived at the turnoff into the highway, they were stunned to see unrestrained confusion and havoc in the traffic at the intersection.They found out that the brilliant builders and Guyanese engineers had decided that Mother’s Day morning was the best possible time for them to do a major excavation right in the middle of one of the most heavily traversed highways in Guyana on one of the biggest observances in the year.Furthermore, they did not think it was necessary to give the residents of Atlantic Gardens due notice in advance, and did not even see the need to put up a sign to let people know what they were doing. They casually went about their business while traffic built up all around, with frustrated commuters being clueless about where to pass.Remember, it was Mother’s Day. Anyone with a brain knows that Guyanese get out of their homes and do a lot on this day. There are countless activities and functions on Mother’s Day. Furthermore, many people go to churches and mandirs on Sundays. Sundays are big market days in some areas.So, you can imagine the chaos that occurred because of the road works that caught everyone by surprise on the East Coast highway that day. Traffic was backed up left, right and centre, with frustrated commuters not knowing how or when they would get out of the mess.Why didn’t they put up signs to alert people that they would have restricted entry to their communities because of excavation works? Why didn’t they inform the public of the time frame in which these works would take place? Someone could have also distributed fliers to that effect as people were entering Atlantic Gardens.I have a video of an old lady walking with a cane crossing the road works by balancing precariously on a piece of wood.My family was able to get out by crossing the muddy plank with their dress shoes. They were able to be on their way because someone on the road lent them a car to get to the event, and they arrived a bit late.I am very disappointed with this short-sighted approach by persons overseeing road works. This is slackness; it reflects contempt for the public.Let me point out to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and the Government of Guyana, and the NDCs and REOs and whoever else has a stake in road works: when such work is being done, especially when it would disrupt a major thoroughfare or a bridge, entrance or exit to a highly populated area, signs have to be put up to alert the public.In many countries, except for grave emergencies, major public infrastructure works are never done during peak traffic hours.The people who are in charge of our road works have to get their act together, or there will be hell to pay.My advice to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is to create a protocol guidance for opening up bridges in areas where large numbers of people live. This is to prevent annoyance and complications when the works being done can become a major hindrance to traffic.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Sr
The trophies for the first and second winners were yesterday displayed during the draw held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (photo credit: Augustus Doe)– Eight Compete for L$30,000After it was last held four years ago, another edition of the LISCR FC Trust Tournament will this weekend kickoff at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) with eight teams to compete for the $30,000 cash prize and trophy.The tournament, which is being organized by LISCR FC, is the third edition and will comprise four first division clubs and four second and third division clubs.Following the random selection at the ATS yesterday, top seeded Monrovia Club Breweries and NPA Anchors will kickoff with the opening match on December 14 before Watanga FC and newly promoted second division side Bristol FC of Margibi County will clash in the second encounter.Later on Thursday, December 15 host team LISCR FC will take on Pags FC in the first encounter before Keitrace FC battle Small Town FC.The four winners from the first round will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, December 16. According to the fixtures, the winner of game one will face the winner of game two, while the winners of games three and four will face each other in the last semi-finals.The tournament is aimed at testing the strength of participating clubs ahead of the new league campaign. However, first division side Keitrace FC have vowed to use their young players and showcase their talents in the tournament. The participants were given US$250 each as preparation fees.In the two previous editions in 2012 and 2013, Jasmine Ranger and Aries FC were the respective winners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Officials from oil giant ExxonMobil made a first-time appearance before the National Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee on Friday, where they gave an account of their activities in Guyana and defended the recently announced US$10 million grant made to Conservation International.Leading the team was Country Manager Rod Henson, who was asked about the implications of conflict of interest when part of that money will go to Conservation International of Guyana: a pro-environment, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).“CI is an international NGO… Don’t you think that CI being grantee of US$10 million is actually a conflict of interest? They are the international watchdog which our Government has been partnering with as it relates to environment and conservation,” Committee member and opposition Parliamentarian Pauline Sukhai questioned.Committee Chairman Odinga Lumumba backed up his colleague’s observation, noting that the local CI has effectively been relieved of credibility when it comes to “any issue in Guyana with oil spills, environmental problems, etc.”In his answer, however, Henson denied that this was a conflict of interest. In fact, Henson affirmed that the Government of Guyana had prior knowledge that the company would partner with CI.Henson stressed that this initiative is a good thing, as CI could build capacity to improve its oversight.“This is our ExxonMobil Foundation initiative. This is not directed or approved by the Government. This is a good thing. I am not aware that Conservation International has a sole role and a unique role as a watchdog. ExxonMobil uses this organisation or partners with this organisation around the world,” he responded.The company announced on Monday that its philanthropic arm would be investing US$10 million into Guyana’s conservation efforts and into collaborations with the University of Guyana. According to a statement from the company, the US$10 million will be provided in tranches over a period of five years. It is understood that the initial grant money will fund a feasibility study that will work out the scope of the programme.ExxonMobil FoundationThe ExxonMobil Foundation engages in a number of philanthropic activities in the United States, with a focus on advancing education and training. But with the company’s local subsidiary having discovered over three billion recoverable barrels of oil off Guyana’s coast since 2015, the foundation has turned its attention here.“Once defined, Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will deliver the education, training, research and retention programmes that will help ensure that economic growth reinforces Guyana’s environmental development goals. The investment is also intended to expand conservation areas in the Rupununi Wetlands,” the ExxonMobil statement detailed.According to the statement, money will go towards “mangrove restoration, and management and support improvements to community-based fishing on Guyana’s coast, a sector the Government of Guyana has identified as critically important to the wellbeing of the Guyanese people, and support the work of the University of Guyana’s Greening Research and Innovation Centres.”President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, Kevin Murphy, was quoted affirming that the money would go towards supporting the Government’s objectives in the Green State Development Strategy.“This partnership will support the highest conservation priorities for the country, as well as education and training for sustainable employment,” he said. “It (also) demonstrates the value we place on our long-term relationship with the citizens of Guyana.”Threat to environmentAn environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had previously found that the likelihood of an oil spill offshore Guyana as part of the ExxonMobil exploration is considered unlikely to occur because of the extensive preventative measures employed.It has nevertheless found that an oil spill is considered possible, and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has conducted oil spill modelling to evaluate the range of likely spill trajectories and rates of travel.The location of the Project at 190 km (120 miles) offshore, prevailing northwest currents, the light nature of the Liza field crude oil, and the region’s warm waters would all help minimise the severity of a spill.“Accounting for these factors, the modelling indicates only a 5-to-10 per cent probability of any oil reaching the Guyana coast without taking into consideration the effectiveness of any oil spill response, and in the unlikely event that a spill were even to occur,” the study found.The results from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into the Liza Phase 2 development project had also relieved ExxonMobil’s subsidiary from the presumption that its operations would cause damage to Guyana’s wildlife and the environment – that is, pending an independent assessment.The report’s findings were that damage will be “negligible to minor” when it comes to various categories. That is, save for damage to marine mammals, which the report does find will be moderate.
BY EMMET RUSHE This is part two of ‘How to lose weight and keep it off – for good’While writing this it became apparent that this will be a 3 part article, which will finish next week. If you missed last week’s article, we covered Calories, Protein intake and your Fat intake.3: MANAGE YOUR CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE In the past 10 years, carbs have been seen as the enemy and the impression is that if you eat them, you will get fat.This couldn’t be further from the truth. Carbs in your diet are not a bad thing; the problem is with the eating habits we have acquired over the last 15 years.Diets high in processed foods have huge amounts of hidden carbs that are used for sweeteners. Look for High Fructose Corn Syrup HFC’s in the ingredients.Low fat foods have carbs added in to replace the fat that is taken out (low fat milk has more carbs per 100ml than protein). Highly processed foods can also have a high fat content which, along with the high carb content, can send your calorie limit through the roof.Managing your carb intake is easier than you might think.Cut out refined carbs by eliminating processed foods, high sugar drinks, white sugar and white flour products (pasta and breads).Fill your plate with more fibrous carbs through vegetables and limit your intake of starchy carbs (potatoes, rice).This simple step alone will accelerate your fat burning to new levels. If you are looking at this and thinking that I have removed everything that you currently eat, there are two points I must make.If you currently eat predominantly processed foods and cannot lose weight, you have to change your habits or you could end up with severe health problems. You will not lose weight eating like this.No one food is evil. You did not gain weight because of one single chocolate bar. If you eat a well-balanced diet 90% of the time, and you are not misreporting or lying to yourself, you can allow yourself a free meal each week where you can eat whatever you like and it won’t hinder your weight loss goals.Managing your carbohydrates is your key to fat loss and the body you have always wanted. You do not need to remove them permanently in order to achieve this. 4: LIFT MORE WEIGHTSWhether you like it or not, lifting weights has been proven time and time again to burn more fat, especially belly fat, than jogging or running.Why? It’s simple.As you build more muscle, (no you are not going to turn into a body builder, get over it, it won’t happen), you are increasing your body’s ability to burn calories even while resting.Say that again??The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.Weight lifting is the only way you can achieve this and get a great body at the same time.In fact, a study on diet plus exercise found that;The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than the diet and aerobic exercise only groups respectively). Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.Want to know how to do this properly?Ask your gym instructor or contact me through the link below and I can write you up a program that will help you achieve the body you always wanted, faster than ever.For fat loss, you will start with full body training sessions and try to do this 3-4 time per week.As you progress, this can be split into an upper body session (twice per week) and a lower body session (twice per week).If you cannot get 4 session per week your upper-lower split can become a 3 day cycle which would be split up like this;Week 1 – Upper body – Lower body – Upper body. Week 2 – Lower body – Upper body – Lower body.Again, for exercise selection and a structured training program, contact me through the link below.That’s it for this week, next week we will cover cardio and if it’s actually needed for fat loss.Any questions, contact me. #TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF – PART TWO was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalemmet rushefitness column
BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal could move to sign Ricardo Rodriguez from AC Milan this week, according to the Daily Mail.The Gunners have an injury crisis at left-back with both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac out for the start of the new Premier League season. revealed Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Most Popular Premier League News smart causal predicted latest Ricardo Rodriguez in action for Switzerland at World Cup 2018. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won SORRY Spain star Monreal returned from World Cup duty with a knee injury, while Bosnian star Kolasinac has been ruled out for ten weeks after he also picked up a knee problem in the Dublin friendly against Chelsea.This leaves Ainsley Maitland-Niles the man likely to begin the campaign on the left side of defence, unless Emery opts to place either Stephan Lichtsteiner or Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update possible standings ALTERED silverware gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 There is a good chance Monreal will be fit to return soon but Arsenal are still reportedly eyeing Rodriguez if the situation changes.Rodriguez only signed for Milan last summer and are unwilling to sell but a bid of around £30million could tempt them into a deal.
Gareth Southgate’s side will play for the first time since the tournament when they kick-off their UEFA Nations League campaign against Spain on Saturday night at Wembley – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 19:45. Alli made four appearances at the World Cup, scoring one goal There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Alli picked up a worrying injury during England’s World Cup opener GETTING READY England star Dele Alli says he was given a “lucky charm” bracelet by a taxi driver in Russia – before discovering the injury he sustained at the beginning of the World Cup was not as bad as first feared.Alli, 22, had a tense 45-minute journey from England’s base camp in Repino to a St Petersburg hospital the day after hurting his thigh during England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia. sad day Speaking in July, he said: “Now you might’ve noticed there’s tape on my knee.“That’s a superstition as well. I don’t like taking it off.“I took it off for the first game (against Tunisia) – this is a bit of a silly superstition – but that was the first game in ages I haven’t had it on, and I got injured, so I’m going to be keeping it on again.“Yeah it is getting out of control. It’s a bit crazy.”Whether it was down to Alli’s superstitions or not, there is a new found confidence in the national team as England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Latest England News GETTY ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp In an interview with the Evening Standard, Alli said: “As I got out, the taxi driver gave me a bracelet and said it was good luck.”And the bracelet seemed to have the desired effect with scans showing Alli had just a thigh strain.He missed England’s remaining group games against Panama and Belgium, however, the Spurs player playedin England’s knockout games against Colombia, Sweden and Croatia.Alli added: “So I’ve kept it. I don’t wear it but I keep it in my washbag.” Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania preparation RIP LEGEND have a look Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death Alli and co. face Spain on Saturday evening The bracelet is one of a number of rituals and lucky charms Alli likes to have in place in preparation for matches.These include an eight-minute ice bath on the eve of a game and taping his left knee regardless of injury. He has also worn the same shinpads he has owned since he was 11-years-old.Alli said in July: “Yeah I have a lot of superstitions. There are so many.“I do all my right leg first, then all my left leg.“I have an eight-minute ice-bath the night before. I don’t know why, it’s just a superstition.“Then I always say a prayer, the same prayer, before.” Second is best Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 explained 3 England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 3 TALENT 3
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 United’s players didn’t start warming up until 7.40pm Jose Mourinho’s men did not arrive at Old Trafford until around 7.15pm and the outfield players did not emerge for the warm-ups until 7.40pm, leading to the kick-off being put back five minutes until 8.05pm.UEFA has now opened disciplinary proceedings against United for the “late team arrival” and “late Kick-off” to the match that ended 0-0.It is understood the charges are separate, with the late kick-off charge relating to the failure to meet the rearranged 8.05pm start time.Valencia have also been charged over the late kick-off – along with other charges for the “setting off of fireworks” and a “kit infringement” – and the case will go before the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 18. MONEY ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware 3 REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “But it was not a problem with the club organisation. We anticipate everything that it could be dangerous, in the sense of arriving late, but we were informed the police refused an escort.”GMP took umbrage with Mourinho’s response and explained they were not to blame the following morning.Chief Inspector Andy Sutcliffe, GMP’s Silver Commander for the match, said: “All police deployments are carried out following a comprehensive risk assessment process and specifically in respect of escort team buses, are only ever undertaken on occasions when there is intelligence or information to suggest a risk of threat or harm to the players. “GMP has previously used police vehicles to accompany a team’s coach but after a review of our core policing responsibilities, it was decided that we would no longer provide this service at every fixture.“We consulted with the relevant football clubs over a period of months to allow them adequate time to plan ahead for their journeys to the stadium.“Every fixture is assessed individually, and we will continue to work with all clubs to provide an appropriate policing response.” huge blow It was another disappointing night for United RANKED Manchester United have been hit by two UEFA charges after turning up late to their own stadium ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Valencia.As if things on the football side were not difficult enough, the beleaguered Reds’ preparations were hampered by the city’s traffic en route to the Group H clash. The European governing body’s regulations shows that late kick-offs bring a warning to the coach and team for the first infringement. A second infringement brings a Eur10,000 (£8,880) fine for the team and one-match under probation for the coach.Issues relating to team arrivals can bring a warning or a £4,440 fine for the second offence.United arrived late for matches at West Ham and Tottenham in 2016 under Louis van Gaal, who was manager the last time the club went on a four-match winless streak.Their current poor form has seen pressure mount on outspoken manager Mourinho, who blamed Greater Manchester Police for Tuesday’s late arrival.“We left the hotel at six o’clock, hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally is,” the United boss said after the 0-0 draw. “But this time the police refused to do an escort, so we come by ourselves.“We took from the Lowry Hotel, 75 minutes. UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least need half an hour to be prepared. More trouble for Mourinho and United Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED BEST OF