Conte on Burnley, his Italy trip, Man Utd’s title hopes, Hazard, Willian and ‘warrior’ Luiz

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley. Here’s some of what he had to say.On Burnley“It will be a really tough game. We must pay great attention because the stats show Burnley are a really strong team at home.“They’re third in the table for games played at home – we are first with 33 points, Tottenham are second with 32 and Burnley are third.“It’s a fantastic achievement for them. I warned my players because if you don’t face this game in the right way, anything can happen.“We are preparing very well for this game. My players know really well the game that we will face.“It’s important to know the strengths and the weaknesses of the team you go to face. We have studied them very well.“They fight a lot, they play a lot of long balls and put a lot of pressure on when you have the ball”On Burnley’s ex-Brentford striker Andre GrayEmbed from Getty Images“Gray is a really good player, very clever, he’s always in the right position when they win second balls to attack the space in the defensive line.”On the benefit or otherwise of playing after title rivals“Whether we play before or the others play before us, the pressure is the same. If our opponents win it reduces the gap, if they don’t you have the possibility to take more points.“I think that until the end of the season you have to live with this type of pressure.“But it’s important to think about ourselves and our game against Burnley. Now we are at the top of the table so we can count only on our game. Then, if good news arrives about the other teams, we’ll be happy but we must count on ourselves.”On whether Manchester United are still in the title raceEmbed from Getty Images“Honestly, I think there are six teams who are very strong and can fight to win the title.“Manchester United have a great squad. If we think that we have a nine-point lead and we are very close to winning the title it’s a great mistake.“There are 14 games to play and five teams, with Chelsea the sixth, who can fight to win the title. It’s important we don’t make mistakes in this race.”On whether his return to Juventus this week was a business trip“No, only fun! [It was] a bit of relaxation after a very intense week, with FA Cup, then Liverpool and Arsenal – so to watch a game totally relaxed was very good for me, and to come back into a stadium I know very well was very good. It was a good experience.”On his players’ time off “After the game against Arsenal I wanted to give them one day off because I thought they deserved it. We’d had an intense week with three games in seven days.“There are different moments – there are the moments you must work very hard and sometimes there is a moment it’s important to have one, two or three days off, to relax with your family, to come back fresher and start to work very hard.“We know our results depend on our work. It’s good if the players want to go and relax in different countries – the most important thing for me is that they come back in the right way, with the right attitude and the right behaviour.”On the difficulty of playing lower-ranked sides“Honestly, in England, if you ask me before a match if it will be an easy game my reply is always the same – there aren’t easy games and we have lots of examples of teams at the bottom who win and draw.“For this reason it’s important to have always great concentration and great focus and to be ready to fight to try to win, if you want to win the title at the end.“If your ambition is to stay in the top four or top six, you can have highs and lows. If you want to win [the title] you must have always the same concentration, good focus and know that in every game you can lose points.”On why Eden Hazard came off against ArsenalEmbed from Getty Images“When I make a substitution there is always a reason. Sometimes I try to preserve some players. Sometimes there is a tactical choice.“In the last game, I wanted to give him the great applause of our fans because I think he deserved this, for the game that he played – not only with the ball, but above all without the ball.”On Hazard’s value“I’m not going to put a price on a player. Eden, for sure, is a great player, a top player. He’s in a very high level but I don’t see the problem because we don’t want to sell him. He hasn’t a price now.”On David LuizEmbed from Getty Images“He’s fit. He’s playing with a little pain in his knee but he’s a warrior and I think he’s playing very well.“I’m pleased for him. He’s showing me great attitude, [and a] great will to continue to fight despite sometimes having a bit of pain.”On whether Cesc Fabregas and Willian may return“There is this possibility because we are talking about two great players in good form.“To have, in this moment, Cesc and Willian on the bench or on the pitch is very important.“Now, Pedro is playing very well, he’s in great form [but] Cesc is playing very well when he plays and also when I call him to come on.“I have different solutions, for sure, but for me the most important thing is I can count on the squad and every single player is in good form.”On Willian suggesting Manchester United wanted to sign himEmbed from Getty Images“I don’t know about this news. For me it’s not important. The most important thing is the present, to be focused, to take the best choice for the team to try to win.”See also:Conte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing Spurs   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fashion week wows Jozi

first_imgA striking outfit by designer Tiaan Nagel for his summer 2009 collection. A creation by Anisa Mpungwe, winner of the 2008 Elle New Talent award. A suit from Ephymol, owned by formertop male model and now leading designer Ephraim Molingoane. (Images: Sanlam SA Fashion Week) MEDIA CONTACTS • Estelle Cooper Media liaison: Sanlam SA Fashion Week +27 11 705 1714 Estellec@cooperpr.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • SA fashion goes to New York • African fashion takes Paris • Elizabeth Arden’s new SA face • Miss World returns to SA Khanyi MagubaneLoincloth & Ashes, De Beers diamonds, velvet lingerie, indigenous craftwork, clothes for Barbie … These were some of the ingredients that went into the sumptuous Sanlam South Africa Fashion Week (SSAFW).Held in Johannesburg from 16 to 19 September, the event was an opportunity for leading South African designers to showcase their winter 2010 collections to fashion critics, magazine editors, stylists, design students and everyday fashion addicts.Included in the stellar line up this year were the winners of the 2009 Mercedes Benz Art Award, designers Black Coffee, as well as Gideon, Tiaan Nagel and Lisa Jaffe, Abigail Betz, Clive Rundle, Life and Ephymol, David Tlale, Ruby and the duo who make up Two.A popular show on the first day was the special collection designed to commemorate the 50th birthday of Barbara Millicent Roberts, more widely know as Barbie.Thirteen established designers such as David Tlale, Stoned Cherrie and Craig Port were commissioned by the organisers, along with Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to create a classy but fun and whimsical collection in line with the doll’s image.The top designers were joined by a selected number of design students from the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Fashion Design, whose winning designs were selected to be part of the show.The Barbie Collection also included jewellery from the De Beers Southern Africa Shining Light collection.On 17 September leading lingerie designer Ruby also showcased an edgy collection characterised by velvet underwear and vests, as well as, low-cut French cut knickers with striking bows.Newcomers to watch at fashion week were designers Anisa Mpungwe and Gugu Msomi, the former head wardrobe mistress of popular South African soap opera Generations.Since winning the 2008 Elle New Talent award, Mpungwe has been creating a name for herself.Her label, Loincloth & Ashes, has sold very well at the clothing chain stores of the Mr Price group. She was invited to design a clothing collection for the retailer.According to Msomi, her Gugulam label is designed to be a brand of clothing that glides with the body.Speaking of her collection, Mpungwe says her 16-piece Midnight collection combines the elements of “wholesome comedy and creepy horror,” she says.According to Gugulam’s website, the dresses will fit all the occasions of life “…dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in; dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in; dresses in which to do nothing at all; dresses for winter, spring, summer, and autumn.”Bringing crafts and fashion togetherA 2006 partnership formed between SSAFW and the Department of Arts and Culture, the Fashion Fusion Project, once again saw top designers collaborating with crafters from different parts of the country.The initiative has empowered 900 crafters, and assisted 40 designers to develop collections with a uniquely contemporary “made in South Africa” look and feel.Another success story which has come out of the Fashion Fusion Project since its inception, is the export of cotton/linen fabric batik, printed by Sizakele, who are a Pretoria based group of crafter for use by a former South African designer who now lives in New York.A fashion and accessories exhibition comprising 120 stands were on hand to further delight and entice visitors.This part of the event was primarily aimed at pleasing the finicky tastes of fashion die- hards, who prefer to buy directly from the designers.Most designers exhibiting their clothes showcased their 2009 summer collections.A love for fashionThe Sanlam SA Fashion Week is a celebrated annual event that has contributed in launching many designers’ careers in South Africa.Established in August 1997, renowned and respected fashion stalwart and show producer, Lucilla Booyzen, seized the opportunity after South Africa’s 1994 democratic dispensation to produce a fashion event that would unleash South African talent.The first event took place inside a large marquee, placed in the middle of what is now known as the Nelson Mandela Square.At the time, 17 relatively unknown designers showcased their collections and since then, the event has claimed its place as the premier event on the fashion calendar.Fashion journalists were also recognised for their work during the 2009 Sanlam Fashion Journalism Awards during fashion week.Each of the finalists in each of the two categories of the awards – fashion writing and fashion editing, were selected by a panel of leading journalists and radio personalities.The 2009 judging panel comprised of the newspaper City Press’s editor Ferial Haffajee, Laurice Taitz, publishing and media consultant, Jenny Crwys-Williams, literary critic and Talk Radio 702 show host, Kassie Naidoo, whose a creative director at advertising agency, King James RSVP (Johannesburg), as well as fashion commentator and trends analyst, Dion Chang.Each category winner received a prize to the value of R25 000 (US$ 3 000) each, to be used for a trip to an international fashion event, or a trade fair in 2010.Queries or comments? 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Isco: I’m not speaking to Ronaldo again!

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Isco: I’m not speaking to Ronaldo again after hat-trick against Spain! Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:32 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Isco Portugal Spain World Cup 2018 Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Isco Iran v Spain Spain Iran Portugal Real Madrid World Cup The Portugal superstar bagged the match ball in a thrilling World Cup encounter, with his efforts frustrating a number of Real Madrid colleagues Isco has claimed that he is “not going to speak to Cristiano Ronaldo again” after seeing his Real Madrid team-mate net a hat-trick for Portugal against Spain at World Cup 2018.An Iberian derby on Russia soil was expected to produce fireworks, and it did not disappoint as a topsy-turvy encounter swung one way and then the other – with a familiar figure having the final word.Ronaldo proved to be a thorn in the side of a number of club colleagues as he recorded the 51st treble of his remarkable career, with a stunning late free-kick bagging him the match ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Spain were fully aware of the threat posed by a five-time Ballon d’Or winner but they were still unable to contain him, much to the disappointment of Isco.A man who has won a number of major honours alongside Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu joked to Cadena SER when asked about the exploits of his close friend who is now a fierce rival: “Don’t talk to me about Cristiano!“I’m not going to speak to him again after what he did the other day.“He doesn’t have a high strike rate [from free-kicks], but when he has his day… his first two goals gave him confidence and got him looking for his hat trick.”Having been held in their opening encounter, much-fancied Spain have plenty to do in order to reach the knockout stage.Their next Group B fixture will see them face Iran on Wednesday, with Isco adamant that belief inside the camp remains high despite the untimely sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the finals.He added: “It’s true that it was a complicated situation for us to be in, but the hope and belief the squad has is way beyond any setback.“I think we showed great maturity to deal with what happened and we realise that the most important thing of all is that we are here at the tournament.“It’s a nice challenge for us to confront and we have to give everything we’ve got to put any issues behind us; we have to pull together and take this forward, like we did against Portugal.”Isco SpainIsco did not find the target in a 3-3 draw with Portugal, but he did strike the crossbar with one fierce drive and caught the eye with his neat footwork and tidy build up play.Pressed on whether he could be a contender to claim the Golden Ball in Russia, the 26-year-old playmaker said: “We’re still at the start and it’s not something I have in mind. The team comes first.“If the team does well and we go far then it’s easier to be considered for those kinds of individual awards.”last_img read more