Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he needs more time to build a team that can emulate the dominance in English football that former manager Alex Ferguson achieved during his time at the club.Mourinho took over from former manager Louis van Gaal last May and has seen mixed results with the former English Premier League (EPL) champions so far. (Also read: Manchester United to take up option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract)The team has generally struggled to create goals with veteran Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic the main threat in their forwardline. The defence not exactly covered themselves in glory either.Of the 12 EPL goals that they have played so far this season, Manchester United have managed only 17 goals and have conceded 14. They currently lie at the sixth place in the EPL table with 19 points, nine behind current league leaders Chelsea.Mourinho, however, pointed out that Ferguson took four years to win his first major trophy in English football and insisted that it may take time for his managerial skills to have an impact at the club.Ferguson spent 26 years at Manchester United, during which he won 38 trophies, including 13 EPL titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.”The best manager in the history of the Premier League needed a few years to build such a successful period. If the best needed that time, means that the others also need that time,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Independent on Wednesday.The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager admitted that he is finding the going tough at Old Trafford, but insisted that he was prapared for the pressure of managing a big club.advertisement”The job is as difficult as I was expecting. I was not expecting the job was easy. I said that I wanted to try to win the EPL but at the same time I thought that was a risky approach with my words,” Mourinho said.”My words were not defensive with the risk. I knew it was going to be very difficult.”The 53-year-old, who has won the EPL twice with Chelsea, asserted that he wants to stay at Manchester United beyond his current three-year contract, but admitted that he will have to earn it by delivering results.”I am in the beginning of my contract. I am in the beginning of the process. Let’s go step by step,” he said..”If you ask me would I like to be successful in these three years, would I like to stay here for more time than these three years, then yes.”
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s ‘Jaddu’s Food Field’ was raided by the food department of Rajkot Municipal Corporation on Friday.Apart from Jadeja’s restaurant, three other eateries, including a McDonald’s outlet was raided.Jadeja’s sister Naina, who looks after the restaurant, said that they used to preserve cooked food but from now on, they’ll destroy everything cooked on the same night.”Yes we had some quantity of boiled and cooked food. Only a few pieces of bread had gone stale. We used to preserve cooked food, but now we will ensure it is destroyed the same night,” Naina said.Naina added they didn’t find a crusher in the market but they’ll surely arrange for one now.”Also, we did not have a crusher. We could not find it in the market, but will make arrangements now. The food colours were meant to be used only for vegetable carvings and not in food.”According to reports, a total of 212 kg of food was discovered to be of poor quality while some did not have an expiry date. Fungus-induced bakery products and stale vegetables were also found in the restaurant.Along with Jadeja’s outlet, the other restaurants were also found guilty and have been warned. All the them have been issued a notice of four days to rectify their act and act according to the rules.Some reports claimed that Jadeja’s outlet had stored food in the freezer for a long period of time, which is why the food got stale.Jadeja is currently preparing for the ongoing Ranji Trophy as he wasn’t included in Team India’s T20I squad against Australia.advertisement
No doubt you’ve seen the string of videos on your Facebook timeline—friends and family sharing their own social media time capsules. Facebook’s “A Look Back” movies offer personalized video montages to celebrate the social network’s 10th birthday. The videos are irresistibly sharable and have even struck a chord with the experts. Here’s what makes these videos work so well:They’re not focused on the organization. The folks at Facebook could have created something more focused on their platform and their accomplishments, but they knew that the real way to make us care about their birthday is by talking to us about, well, us.They tug at our heartstrings. Above all, emotion rules. From the sweet background music to the heavy rotation of photos, the videos capture our attention and pull us in. These videos, while driven by an algorithm, are mirrors of ourselves and heavily feature the things that matter most to us. They remind us of our progress. In keeping with the birthday theme, the videos allow us to look back and see how far we’ve come, whether we joined Facebook way back when or just last year. They connect us to something bigger. The shared experience of posting the videos and the highlights they capture help us see how we’re connected to one another. The idea of Mark Zuckerberg and company inviting us to celebrate this big milestone together underscores this feeling of community.In the process of accomplishing all of these things, these videos endear us more to the whole Facebook experience. Think about how you can emulate these qualities the next time you update your supporters on the progress you’ve made together.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 6, 2012November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In a new post on the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals network, Global health is growing in prominence – now what?, Alanna Shaikh, a leading health and international development blogger, writes about the growing field of global health. Throughout the post, she explores important questions about the new challenges and opportunities that accompany the growth.From the post:Global health is changing – both in policy and practice. Thanks to new funding sources and some scary new health problems, it has got far more attention in the past decade than in the years before. People are more aware of global health issues now and the field is also growing in size, expanding far beyond its roots in tropical medicine and vaccinations. Pneumonia is a global health problem now, as are mental health disorders, and miscarriage.Global health’s prominence, however, also creates challenges. How do you keep up? Distribute your resources? If everything is a global health problem, does that devalue the whole concept? How do we know what really matters when so many things are global?Here’s one way to look at it: global health is more like a lense than a field. It’s a way of looking at health holistically, for the entire planet. It focuses on linkages – between individuals, communities and nations, and among health topics.Read the full post here.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 15, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 9th and 10th, the Maternal Health Task Force and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program convened experts in Boston to discuss maternal and newborn health integration. The meeting, “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health Care: In Pursuit of Quality,” hosted about 50 global leaders—researchers, program implementers and funders—in maternal and newborn health to accomplish the following three objectives:Review the knowledge base on integration of maternal and newborn health care and the promising approaches, models and tools that exist for moving this agenda forwardIdentify the barriers to and opportunities for integrating maternal and newborn care across the continuumDevelop a list of actions the global maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectivenessBiologically, maternal and newborn health are inseparable; yet, programmatic, research, and funding efforts often address the health of mothers and newborns separately. This persistent divide between maternal and newborn health training, programs, service delivery, monitoring, and quality improvement systems limits effectiveness and efficiency to improve outcomes. In order to improve both maternal and newborn health outcomes, ensuring the woman’s health before and during pregnancy is critical.Reviewing the Knowledge BaseThe meeting focused on a variety of themes as global experts led presentations and gathered for small group work to discuss next steps for integration of maternal and newborn health care. While little research thus far has been specifically devoted to maternal and newborn integration, it was shown that great inequity exists among maternal and newborn health interventions and that while about 90% of women receive at least one antenatal care visit, only slightly more than half deliver with a skilled attendant at birth, and about 40% receive postnatal care. These disparities along the continuum of care helped meeting participants identify service delivery points in need of strengthening and optimization to ensure the health of both the mother and newborn. Given the limited knowledge base, leaders were encouraged to strengthen the evidence by engaging in research to identify both the costs, and potential risks of integration.Opportunities and Barriers for IntegrationOverarching themes that emerged while evaluating integration at the meeting included optimization of service delivery points to prevent “content free contact” and the need for efforts to be context specific. There was broad consensus that programmatic and policy efforts for integration need to recognize and reflect the local environment and the capacity of the health system. The meeting concluded that integration should not be viewed as an intervention in and of itself, but rather as a method of reevaluating and designing health systems to effectively provide better maternal and newborn health care, ensure better outcomes, and incur less cost. In approaching integration in the future, it was made clear that some of the most important factors for integration include assessing and understanding contextual factors, as well as anticipating what the woman, family, and health care workers need and want.Case studies were presented from Ecuador, Nigeria, and the Saving Mothers Giving Life program. Each presenter evaluated approaches for integrating health systems, programmatic strategies, and service delivery in order to optimize maternal and newborn health outcomes. These case studies provided potential models for maternal and newborn health integration in future programmatic efforts.Actions for Greater Programmatic CoherenceLastly, and perhaps most importantly, small groups presented action items and next steps to strengthen the evidence for integration and promote integrated care so that no mother or newborn is neglected in programmatic efforts. These action items were created for three levels: facility and service delivery; national policy and programming; and technical partners and donors.Proposed action items include improving and redesigning health workforce training; ensuring quality improvement; integrating health information systems; aligning global maternal and newborn health initiatives; integrating advocacy tools for maternal and newborn health care; and unifying measurement frameworks.Join UsJoin us over the next two weeks as the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series unfolds. This blog series will dive into the details of the meeting discussions and action items. In addition, meeting participants and speakers will share their reactions to maternal and newborn integration from a variety of perspectives.Share this:
Other notable workshop presenters included: Alh Sani Umar Jabbi, a representative of the Sultan of Sokoto; Dr. Kayode Afolabi, director of the reproductive health division in the Federal Ministry of Health; Dr. Kamil Shoretire of TSHIP-USAID; Dr. Okoli Ugo, the project director of NPHCDA SURE-P MCH; Dr. Moji Odeku,country team leader of the NURHI project; Ansa Ogu, the director of health planning, research, and statistics at the Federal Ministry of Health; Emmanuel Otolorin, the country director of Jhpiego; and Dr. Kole Shettima, country director for the MacArthur Foundation.Sources: National Demographic and Health Survey, United Nations, White Ribbon Alliance, Population Council, Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health. Photo Credit: Schuyler Null/Wilson Center.This post originally appeared on the New Security Beat.Share this: Posted on February 20, 2015June 12, 2017By: Katrina Braxton, Program Assistant, The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health InitiativeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)“Nigeria’s population is only two percent of the world population, but we contribute about 10 percent of the maternal mortality,” said Oladosu Ojengbede, professor and director of the University of Ibadan’s Center for Population and Reproductive Health. [Video Below]Despite efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 – reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters compared to levels in 1990 and achieve universal access to reproductive health – Nigeria has seen only modest improvements to maternal health, said a panel of experts participating in both Abuja and Washington, DC in a live video conference supported by the Maternal Health Task Force and UNFPA, on December 17.The simulcast event was preceded by a day-long policy workshop in Abuja with 40 participants from a wide array of stakeholders, including the ministry of health, development partners, NGOs, traditional leaders, health organizations, and the media.Results from Nigeria’s most recent National Demographic and Health Survey indicate the maternal mortality ratio stood at 576 per 100,000 live births in 2013, compared to 800 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2003 – a 52 percent decline since 1990. Through roundtable discussions, participants identified five key factors to Nigeria’s maternal mortality that must be addressed to accelerate progress.Five Central ChallengesThe first roundtable, led by Dr. Chris Agboghoroma, secretary general of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, identified quality of care as a critical area for improvement. “The quality of care in most public and private facilities varies significantly from poor to near excellence,” he said. This inconsistency causes women to lose confidence in health services and leads some to refuse services altogether. To improve quality, said Agboghoroma, Nigeria needs dedicated departments in the ministries of health with motivated staff to enforce standards in training institutions.The second roundtable focused on the provision of integrated services. Dr. Hadiza Galadanci, an obstetrician and gynecologist consultant, said the lack of skilled health care providers, poor infrastructure, and lack of commodities, like family planning, makes it difficult to provide integrated services for women at health facilities. She called for the full involvement of traditional and religious leaders and a more comprehensive curriculum for health workers. Workers should not only be trained in reproductive health services, family planning, or maternal health as individual specialties; they should be able to treat any woman that walks into a facility with a need, she said.Dr. Adesegun Fatusi, provost at Obademi Awolowo University, spoke for the third roundtable. He identified social determinants – such as poverty, child marriage, home delivery without aid or use of a skilled birth attendant, and cultural or religious opposition to family planning – to be consistent contributors to poor maternal health outcomes. There must be macroeconomic, “pro-poor” policies within the health sector that specifically address the poverty rate and provide social protection for the most vulnerable, he said. In addition, stronger legal provisions that protect against child marriage, engaging community leaders, and prioritizing education within households and throughout communities, especially for girls, is required to change social norms, said Fatusi.The fourth roundtable focused on knowledge gaps and research needs. Efficient data collection, reporting, and funding allows for the interpreting of maternal health trends and translation into policy, said Dr. Oluwadamilola O. Olagun, a project manager with the White Ribbon Alliance. In Nigeria, an estimated 38 percent of deliveries take place in health facilities, which means over 60 percent take place outside a facility. A mechanism for collecting maternal health data from all delivery points is therefore essential, she said.Often, there is also a disconnect between research findings and implementation, which delays progress. More government involvement is needed in research projects and the benefits of these findings need to be better articulated to the government, said Olagun.Ojengbede spoke for the fifth roundtable, which focused on policy. For maternal health policies in Nigeria to be more successful and sustainable they require political commitment and incorporation into legal frameworks, said Ojengbede. The ministries of justice, health, and civil service organizations working on maternal and child health play an important role. They must support legislation on the state and national levels to ensure accountability and implementation, he said, rather than relying on ad hoc efforts led by third parties.“Fertilizers to Improve the Fruits of Our Labor”“It is evident that Nigeria does not lack expertise or insightful discussions,” said John Townsend, vice president and director of reproductive health at Population Council, serving as a discussant in Washington, DC. “However, the issue of moving intervention to scale and getting services to people still needs to be addressed.”The importance of execution was well noted by workshop participants. Galadanci called for more comparative research that shows which programs are working in different states to determine which should be expanded. Ojengbede pointed out that Nigeria’s response to the Ebola crisis was very efficient; it created a national sense of emergency which spread awareness quickly. Likewise, the perception of maternal health must be changed so improving conditions for women and children is seen as a national duty for all.Ojengbede expressed optimism about the outcome of the workshop and Nigeria’s ability to tackle these important issues. “The government and fellow participants both 100 percent agree that the recommendations from this dialogue will be applied like fertilizers to improve and increase the fruits of our labor,” he said.Dr. Wapada Balami, director of the family health department in the Federal Ministry of Health, said the recommendations would be forwarded to the Honorable Minister of Health, who will set up a committee to advise him on the meeting’s results. “This will help in shaping reproductive, maternal, and newborn health policies in the country.”Event Resources:Presentations from AbujaPhoto GalleryVideo ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 10, 2018August 1, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Mary Nell Wegner, Executive Director, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative; Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Vandana Tripathi, Deputy Director, Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Giving birth in low-resource settings comes with substantial risks to mothers and newborns. Women who experience prolonged or obstructed labor—in which the baby is blocked descending through the birth canal—and do not have access to high quality emergency obstetric and newborn care are at increased risk of developing obstetric fistula.The condition, an abnormal opening in the upper or lower female genital tract, leads to uncontrollable leakage of urine or feces. Many of these women have also had a stillbirth or developed other complications resulting from obstructed labor. Fortunately, obstetric fistula—a preventable condition that disproportionately affects the world’s poorest women—can be treated with skilled surgical care.Margaret, a 50-year-old mother of one, is among the women who received surgical fistula repair in Nigeria this year at a treatment center supported by the Fistula Care Plus project. In describing how she developed fistula, Margaret told staff, “After the doctor did a cesarean section and brought out my child, a few weeks later I could not control my bowel. I went back to the doctor … but he had no solution to the problem.”Iatrogenic fistula: A quality of care issueSurgery to treat obstetric fistula is often highly successful, but surgical error that occurs during other operations—such as cesarean section (c-section), hysterectomy or ruptured uterus repair—can lead to a similar condition: iatrogenic fistula.While the root causes of obstetric and iatrogenic fistula differ, both represent failures of the health system to provide women with timely, safe and appropriate care, and both have severe consequences.Women living with fistula experience unpleasant odor and wetness, often accompanied by pain, stigma, lack of autonomy and isolation. Many women with the condition must also grapple with poor mental health, relationship disruptions and economic challenges. Some women have reported pain, weakness and persistent stigma one year after fistula repair surgery.Fistula in any form has grave consequences for women as well as their children, families and communities. Evidence suggests that a growing number of genital fistula cases in low-income countries are being caused by surgical error, which means that more attention to iatrogenic fistula is urgently needed.While the exact global burden of iatrogenic fistula is unknown, the number of women with the condition appears to be increasing with the rise of obstetric and gynecological surgery around the world. In a study assessing nearly 6,000 women who underwent fistula repair surgery across 11 countries—from South Sudan to Afghanistan—about 13% of injuries were caused by surgical error. Recent reviews of fistula case records from three countries indicated large variations in rates—from 8% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 27% in Bangladesh.Why is this happening?One of the main factors driving this trend is unsafe surgery. For surgery to be safe, it needs to involve a team of well-trained surgeons and other health care providers; a supportive health system; adherence to evidence-based policies and guidelines; access to anesthesia, essential drugs, supplies and equipment; hygienic conditions; electricity and a safe water source.But many health facilities in low-resource settings do not have some of the most basic resources, such as electricity and safe water. As Lauri Romanzi, project director of Fistula Care Plus, has said, “Nobody can work well, no matter how well-trained they are or personally motivated, when they don’t have an environment that works.”The role of rising cesarean section ratesAnother driver of the rising incidence of iatrogenic fistula is likely the growing pandemic of medically unnecessary c-sections.Researchers have been trying to understand what has been causing cesarean rates to skyrocket in so many countries and why rates between and among nations vary so widely—from less than 2% of births to greater than 40%. As this trend continues, more clinicians—especially those working in low-resourced facilities—will be confronted with conducting surgery under challenging conditions, possibly increasing the problem of iatrogenic fistula.Sustainable solutionsThere are three things we can do to reduce rates of iatrogenic fistula:Improve quality of surgical care. With the rapid expansion of surgical care in low- and middle-income countries must come improvements in quality of care. Advancing safe surgical practices for c-sections, hysterectomy and ruptured uterus repair is key to preventing more cases of iatrogenic fistula. The maternal health and safe surgery communities must collaborate to improve provider training, establish standardized surgical, anesthesia and obstetric criteria and routinely assess EmONC facilities for readiness and quality.Reduce unnecessary surgeries—such as c-sections—in the first place. In childbirth as in other health fields, averting unnecessary medical interventions is crucial. Strengthening the evidence base to support advocacy and empowering women to demand quality obstetric care are critical to prevent over-medicalization and, ultimately, reduce women’s chances of experiencing iatrogenic fistula. Additionally, providers themselves need support, through evidence-based guidelines for labor monitoring and clinical decision-making for delivery methods.Expand access to basic maternal health care. All women have the right to family planning to space desired births as well as quality midwifery services to reduce unnecessary c-sections and promote optimal birth outcomes.Standardizing classification and reporting of iatrogenic fistula is also necessary to better understand the scope of the problem, assess trends over time and respond effectively.Fortunately, Margaret accessed treatment and her iatrogenic fistula was repaired, but no woman should endure the pain and suffering of fistula—whether from childbirth or from unsafe clinical care. Surgeons and maternal health specialists must come together to ensure women’s access to health care that prevents and treats—but never causes—fistula.—This post was slightly edited and originally appeared on News Deeply | Women and Girls.Photo credit: Patients wait in a ward prior to undergoing obstetric fistula repair surgery at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala. AFP/Isaac Kasamani via Getty ImagesShare this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 27, 2018July 27, 2018By: Merce Gasco, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.; Natalia Vartapetova, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) held its annual clinical and scientific meeting in April 2018 in Austin, Texas. It was encouraging to see that woman-centered care and disparities related to health were part of this year’s conversation.In addition to disparities, the meeting addressed family planning services and postpartum contraception risk-management. Presentations and discussions centered around underlying causes and prevention of maternal mortality as well as the growing knowledge base and recommendations for cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment.The focus on women’s preferences, values and goals—such as shared decision making, preference-sensitive care and non-directive counseling—in addition to medical knowledge and evidence, prioritizes well-woman care and applies to emerging areas of work in low- and middle-income countries.Health disparitiesIn the United States (U.S.), the risk of pregnancy-related death for black women is three-to-four times higher than that of white women. As such, we were pleased that there was deep analysis of the social determinants of health by socioeconomic background, race and age. ACOG is a leader in developing guidelines and protocols in the U.S., and it is promising to see positive results in maternal outcomes and improvement in health services for women who continue to receive poor quality care. ACOG is now expanding its program and adapting its guidelines and protocols to address the specific issues found in low-resource settings, including rural and urban areas of poverty in the U.S.Family planning risk-managementWhen it comes to providing a contraceptive method to women, and adolescents in particular, ACOG encourages clinicians to consider the benefit of providing a contraceptive method immediately (preventing unintended pregnancy) and not to postpone contraception while waiting for test results or gynecological examination. If there are no evident contraindications, its new guidance suggests that providing contraception at the time a young woman asks for it is preferable. This is a significant step for women, and we hope providers adjust their protocols using these new recommendations.Postpartum family planningPostpartum family planning was emphasized as a way to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. There are a variety of options available. For example, as long-acting methods such as the intrauterine device (IUD) have become more acceptable for providers and women over the last few years, and postpartum insertion proven safe and effective, more obstetricians and gynecologists are being trained in the method. There has also been increased advocacy for the method, and insurance companies in some states are now covering the cost of a second IUD after the first is expelled postpartum.Postpartum hemorrhageAs previously stated, there are concerns related to the World Health Organization’s weak recommendation of the use of tranexamic acid for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). ACOG supported treating PPH with misoprostol and oxytocin. The title of one of the sessions, Rethinking Postpartum Hemorrhage Management: The role of Simple Technologies in Expanding Access to PPH Management, emphasized continued use of proven treatments.We are pleased that ACOG continues to evolve on issues from social determinants of health to guidelines that meet women and girls’ immediate needs. The information shared at the ACOG meeting is very useful for agencies working to improve maternal health in the U.S. and globally.—Access key resources from the meeting>>Watch conference-goers discuss key takeaways from ACOG 2018>>Learn more about maternal health in the United States>>Share this:
Portuguese prodigy Joao Felix can become ‘one of the best’, according to Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.Atletico beat Leganes 1-0 in La Liga on Sunday courtesy of a second-half goal from Vitolo, who was played in by €120 million (£109m/$134m) signing Felix for the decisive strike.Oblak heaped praise on the 19-year-old’s performance while hailing the team’s game management across a contest in which they survived 10 attempts on goal from Leganes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I knew he had great talent, great potential,” Oblak said of the Portugal international, who joined from Benfica in the recent off-season.”The club has made a lot of effort to bring him here and we all agree that they have brought a high-quality player and that he can become one of the best, for sure.”At the moment he is playing very well and hopefully he continues like this, giving us joy.”It was a complicated game. Any team will have problems here against Leganes. “Vitolo came on and scored the winning goal but in general the whole team played in the best possible way. We have defended well, we have suffered.”It is important to know how to suffer because you cannot dominate the whole game.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone echoed Oblak’s comments about Leganes, against whom he fielded a back three rather than his usual four.The approach paid off as Atleti ground out a second win in as many games.Simeone told reporters: “We needed to win and tried to do so in different ways. We changed things around and we won.”Leganes never allow you to relax – they’re very strong at home.”Atletico had 58 per cent possession during the match but struggled to convert than into attacking chances with Leganes having 10 shots to six and winning nine corners to four.Having also achieved a 1-0 result against Getafe on opening weekend, Atletico currently sit second in La Liga behind Sevilla – who hold a plus-one goal difference advantage.They are also ahead of Real Madrid (third) and Barcelona (ninth) and will be keen to maintain that advantage when they host Eibar at the Wanda Metropolitano on September 1.
Pep Guardiola has claimed that Manchester City could not afford to buy a replacement for Vincent Kompany, despite his team spending around £130 million ($158m) over the summer.City have something of an injury crisis at centre half after Aymeric Laporte went down with a knee injury Guardiola fears might be serious in Saturday’s game against Brighton.Central midfielder Fernandinho was forced into emergency service as John Stones was already absent through injury, though he is expected back after the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Club captain Kompany was allowed to leave at the end of last season to become player-manager at Anderlecht, and no direct replacement was acquired.Harry Maguire was Guardiola’s top target but the Spaniard said his team couldn’t match the price local rivals Manchester United ended up paying, reported as £80m, and would have to look internally for the solution to their defensive woes.“We could not buy like our opponents or what teams offered us or asked of us for these players,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager told the press.“Of course, we spent a lot two seasons ago, but last season one player, this season a little bit more so we could not pay the money wanted.“But we have an alternative and sometimes when that happens the team unites better and we are going to find solutions to that.“The club works incredibly well in all departments and sometimes we cannot afford it like other teams afford it and that is all.”City have assembled a very expensive squad in recent years and added several players over the close season.They acquired Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Angelino, but, although all are defensive players, none are centre-backs.Guardiola acknowledged his team’s depth, but said the club had told him he had a budget he could not exceed.“We pay a lot of money for a lot of players, that is why we have a depth of squad with huge quality, be we cannot [sign a central defender],” he went on.“The club tell me you have a limit, you cannot go forward. Maybe in the future, but not now, you cannot do it.“I say OK, you cannot do it so we cannot do it so we are going with what we have.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
YouTube/Colin CowherdMichigan State suffered an embarrassing 38-0 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. For a program and head coach that are so highly regarded, the Spartans simply weren’t competitive and looked completely outmatched.As a result, Colin Cowherd called out MSU and Mark Dantonio on Twitter.Check out what he had to say below.Michigan State gets smoked more than it should for a “good” program w a supposedly “good coach”— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) October 12, 2019 Ouch. But he may have a point.Dantonio is regarded as one of the top coaches in college football. But he has yet to help Michigan State fix its offensive woes.In one of the more confusing moves this off-season, Dantonio decided to retain his offensive staff. But he assigned them all to different roles.It clearly hasn’t worked.Michigan State ranks near the bottom of all major offensive statistical categories in the nation. Granted, the Spartans have played several very good defenses so far this season including Wisconsin’s and Ohio State’s.The Spartans managed to score just 10 points combined in those two games.Michigan State needs two more wins to go bowling this postseason. But it won’t be easy. The Spartans still have tough contests vs. Michigan and Penn State.Dantonio needs to figure out his team’s offensive issues if they hope to get back to contending.
Ciro Immobile finally broke his drought for Italy, scoring his first international goal in two years to give his side a 59th-minute lead. They were pegged back by Teemu Pukki’s penalty 18 minutes from time, but Jorginho secured a sixth win from six Group J games after 79 minutes, slotting home another spot-kick. The Lazio striker admitted the barren spell played on his mind but said remaining clam was the key to him finding the back of the net again in international football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “It was weighing on me so much, not scoring with this jersey,” he told Rai Sport. “So much has been said over the last two years, but I was calm and knew my moment would come. “People always tried to cause controversy around me, including with the coach, but there was no issue there. “It wasn’t easy to get a victory here, but after the disappointment of [failing to qualify for] the World Cup, we are back on track with Italy.” While happy to come through a game on the road with another three points, head coach Roberto Mancini said Italy were guilty of creating their own problems as they scraped past Finland on Sunday. “There was a little bit of suffering, but we created it ourselves,” he said. “We were dominating the game and gave away the ball cheaply. The team did very well overall, although we had a few scares when it was 1-1. “We must try to improve; these games are tough and make us stronger. It’s positive to dominate away from home when making five changes from the last match, so we have a lot of talent to draw from. “Our intention is to always attack. Naturally, that means you’re going to allow a few chances. We gave away the penalty on a ball that we shouldn’t have misplaced, so they put some pressure on, but we got back in front so it was a good performance.” Italy are in a commanding position in Group J, six points ahead of second-placed Finland after six rounds of matches. They’ll take on Greece in their return to the pitch in October.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has explained that his continued omission of Christian Pulisic is simply down to other players being preferred at the moment.Pulisic has now been an unused substitute in three straight games for the Blues, even after he left U.S. national team duty early to rejoin his team-mates in London this month. The 21-year-old was Chelsea’s lone new addition this summer, having signed for €64 million (£58m/$73m) from Borussia Dortmund in January and played the second half of last season on loan with the Bundesliga side. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Despite Chelsea’s inability to sign new players due to a transfer ban, Pulisic has recently fallen behind options already on the roster such as Mason Mount, Willian and Pedro. Following Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, though, Lampard insisted that the USMNT star would get his chances at Stamford Bridge. “I have a squad to pick from, he played before that in a few games,” Lampard said of Pulisic.”Willian has come back and looked sharp and good. I decided to go with Mason today. We needed to stay strong and play Mason high up the pitch. That’s my choices to make.”[Pulisic] will get ample opportunities. He is a young player as well. Everyone talks about Mason, Tammy [Abraham] and Fikayo [Tomori] but he is young and younger than some of them so his chances will come.”It has been suggested that Pulisic is struggling to adjust to his new surroundings in London and the Premier League, but Lampard has denied those claims.”It is not the case [that he hasn’t settled in],” Lampard said. “There’s Pedro, Ross Barkley and [Michy] Batshuayi on the bench.”[Batshuayi] deserves more minutes from the way he is training, those are unfortunate choices I have to make.”Overall, Pulisic has tallied one assist in four Premier League appearances this season, three of which have been starts. However, the winger has not played at all for Chelsea since a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United on August 31.That could change on Wednesday, however, as the Blues welcome League Two side Grimsby Town to Stamford Bridge in a Carabao Cup fixture.
Editors’ Recommendations It’s almost as hard to succinctly define the book Wildside: The Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers as it is to summarize the kind of people you will meet in its pages.We’ll start with the book, though. Wildside, published in 2016 by the Berlin-based publishing and creative agency Gestalten (or, more formally, Die Gestalten Verlag), is similar to many of the other artistic volumes the company has released over the past few decades in that design plays as big a role as content.Wildside is, in short, a beautiful book. From the careful curation of the pictures to the layout of text to the placement of quotes to the use of negative space, this is a book you will likely flip through in its entirety simply because every page is pleasant to behold. But it’s not a coffee table book. (Or at least not that alone, surely). 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny Alongside the gorgeous pictures (which feature everything from remote forestland in Sweden, to scrublands in Spain, to mountain ranges from both coasts of America, to the occasional urban tableau), is prose that comes in several different forms. Some of it is short-form biography, telling the story of a pair of married nomads who live their lives on the road and in a tent, making their living as photographers with wedding shoots as their staple source of income (rather ironic, really, or at least a striking contrast: the ultimate curated society event vs. life lived without a permanent address). Other sections feature just a few sentences prefacing the photo essay to be found in the subsequent pages.As for the people profiled, beyond those wandering wedding photographers, you will find an honest-to-goodness gatherer or two — foragers living off the land and eschewing processed foods, even including bread — several hunters, artists, fishermen, and at least one chef who runs a world-renowned restaurant (that would be Magnus Nilsson, the brain behind Fäviken Magasinet in northern Sweden).Most of the characters in Wildside (and that’s not meant derisively, it’s simply accurate) are unusual and inspirational in equal measure. Reading about their lives won’t motivate most of us to abandon our climate-controlled homes and innerspring mattresses in favor of a tent or lean-to and a bed of pine boughs; instead, reading Wildside: The Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers helps us to understand why some people have.To be fair, while beautiful to behold and largely enjoyable to read, Wildside is not all that logically arranged: you have to flip through most of the book to find a given section or else know the name of the author whose section you want to read, and then check the list in the back of the book, which is arranged alphabetically by author’s first name. (Or else by topic, as in “Grain” or “Juniper Ridge.”) This can make flipping through the book for just a moment or two less satisfying than it might be, and you may well miss a topic or personality you would have found intriguing.Mirroring the lives of those profiled in Wildside, the point here isn’t to rifle through quickly, but rather to slowly absorb. If you have the time, you will find the interest, just keep reading. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn
Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes that Joe Willock has what it takes to fill the midfield voids that Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have left behind. Ramsey was a stalwart at Arsenal but left the Gunners over the summer to join Juventus on a free transfer. Wilshere was also at Arsenal for 10 seasons before he left to link up with West Ham ahead of last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The duo, who patrolled the Arsenal midfield for much of the current decade, left an opportunity that young players like Willock are beginning to seize. The 20-year-old academy product has become a regular in the last year, making nine total appearances in 2019-20 and scoring three goals thus far. Emery is excited by Willock’s potential, and believes the young midfielder has what it takes to become a regular at the Emirates just like his predecessors. “Willock started the pre-season with us last year, I didn’t give him more minutes but he was with us in every game, working in training, playing matches in the cup and at the end of the season,” Emery said.“He deserved to start this season with the first-team and with us. My decision was after I saw him the last two months of last season working with us, his really big challenge was that Jack Wilshere left here, Aaron Ramsey left and he had to take that opportunity to be with us.“The last months of last year was the moment I spoke with him and said: ‘For you it is a big challenge in the new season to do differently and really show us you can take their position in this squad’.“I told him he is improving but he needs to not stop that improvement, we are working with him to improve even more.“But, if his progression keeps going the way it is going right now, I don’t know when he will stop and how far he can go.”Willock, alongside players like Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson, are demonstrating the strength that Arsenal have in their academy.“The very first thing I learnt when I came here was how historically important the academy and young players are to this club,” Emery said.“It is my responsibility to carry on that work from the academy and progress those players for when they arrive to the first-team, help them in training every day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.