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Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A

first_imgNigeria’s Victor Osimhen has been aspiring to play against Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. After a scintillating debut season for Lille, where he scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue games, the Super Eagles striker is ready to have another experience against “one of the greatest players on earth”. Osimhen’s Napoli visit Gervinho’s Parma for their opening league outing on Sunday but the 21-year-old also has his sights set on the trip to Allianz Stadium on October 4. “I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Christian Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait,” Osimhen told the Caf website. “While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest players on earth. So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.” The Lagos-born star moved to Naples for a reported African record transfer fee which could rise to €80 million. Despite the buzz around his switch, he said he is not feeling any pressure to perform. “There is no pressure on me since I came here rather, I just need to work and do what I loved doing” he added.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You “I just need to do my work on the pitch and give my all like I have always been doing and getting the goals for both my club and country. This is the most important thing for me and there is no pressure at all. I just want to do my thing in my own way.” During Napoli’s pre-season training camp in Castel di Sangro, Osimhen scored two hat-tricks in the two friendly matches Gattuso’s side played. He first scored an eight-minute hat-trick against L’Aquila in an encounter that ended 11-0 and then scored another hat-trick against Serie C outfit Teramo a week later. read also:Osimhen benched for Napoli opener Ahead of his maiden Serie A campaign, he disclosed he has no personal goal target but he is focused on helping the Stadio San Paolo outfit win silverware. “I am happy for the goals I scored pre-season,” the Nigeria forward said. “I’m not the kind of players that set a number of goals I’m going to score for my team because I’m a team player; I don’t set personal target before that of the team. “I just want to score as much as I can for my team, help them doing well and winning trophies. So, there is no personal targets for me; I just want to do well and get the goals for my team.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Pochettino: Kane has big potential

first_img He said: “He has big potential. He is young and this is his first full season in the first team. We need to push him to try to improve his level because he has the potential to improve. “It’s a fantastic achievement and I congratulate him. He deserves this moment because he has worked a lot. It’s an historic thing. “He’s happy in the changing room and all his team-mates are happy, and I think all our supporters and the club are happy at his achievement.” If it was Kane who put the icing on the cake at St James’ Park, it was Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen who paved the way for his late contribution as the visitors condemned Newcastle to a sixth successive league defeat. Chadli fired them in front on the half-hour and after Jack Colback had levelled 20 seconds after the restart, Eriksen scored with a free-kick which evaded all the yellow shirts in the middle and defeated keeper Tim Krul. Kane killed off any hopes of a second fightback when he rounded off a 91st-minute break to leave Pochettino delighted. He said: “We fully deserved the victory and the three points. I think our performance was better than Newcastle’s and I am very pleased for our players. “I am happy to recover this feeling after the last two games – that wasn’t good and it’s important to feel victory again.” Kane became the first Spurs player since Gary Lineker to reach the 30-mark with a late strike in his side’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday. However, Pochettino is convinced the 21-year-old England hitman can improve further as he continues to make his way in the game. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced there is more to come from striker Harry Kane after seeing him plunder his 30th goal of the season. It proved a difficult day for opposite number John Carver, whose side had to contend not only with Tottenham, but a boycott by some of their own fans. Carver insisted that had little impact – the official attendance at the 52,000-capacity stadium was 47,427 – but admitted the Magpies, who are currently seven points clear of the drop zone, are engaged in a survival fight. He said: “Absolutely, we’re in amongst it, there’s no danger of that, because you have got sides – and I’ll use Leicester as an example – who are winning games. We aren’t. “But we have got to find a way of trying to find some points and put some points on the board. We have to come up with a solution, I have to come up with a solution. “I have to find a method of trying to play now that might not be pretty on the eye, but I need to find a way of getting some results, getting some points. People might not like what they see, but I’m going to have to do it.” Geordie Carver was installed as Alan Pardew’s replacement until the end of the season in January, and has found himself in the firing line virtually ever since, although he is refusing to throw in the towel. He said: “It’s probably the most difficult situation I have ever been in. But I’m a fighter and I’m not going to shirk anything. I’ll take the stick and I’ll take the responsibility because that’s the type of person I am. “But I’m not going to give up on it. Yes, I’m angry and I’m annoyed, and I’ve got my own thoughts in my head that will stay private. But I have just got to get on with it because nobody else is going to do it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Stoke steward dispute with Diego Costa resolved

first_img Moments after the Blues’ 1-0 loss at the Britannia, a member of Stoke’s security staff reported Costa to the match referee after an incident on the touchline. TV footage of the alleged incident showed Chelsea striker Costa going to retrieve the ball for a throw-in and then appearing to make contact with the steward with his foot. A Chelsea spokesperson simply said: “Utter nonsense”. It is understood that the issue was then dealt with amicably and put to bed. Referee Anthony Taylor will now make mention of the matter in his match report, but further action would appear highly unlikely. The incident nonetheless provided yet another negative headline for the beleaguered champions after their dismal season took in a new low. The Blues, without their under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho due to a stadium ban, were beaten for a seventh time in 12 Barclays Premier League games as they went down 1-0. Chelsea did actually perform creditably, but luck was not on their side and Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal after 53 minutes. In Mourinho’s absence, Chelsea did not send a representative to speak at the post-match press conference. It is the second time in three games that no member of the coaching staff has spoken to written media after Mourinho shunned duties after the loss at West Ham a fortnight ago. It was other events at Upton Park that day that led to Mourinho’s non-appearance for the game at the Britannia Stadium. The Portuguese was handed a one-match stadium ban for abusive language towards match officials. And despite suggestions Mourinho may try to circumvent the ban – reviving claims that he hid in a laundry basket when suspended in 2005 – there was no sign of him at the stadium. Club officials said he had remained at the team hotel. If he watched on TV he will have seen Chelsea slip to a third successive league defeat for the first time in 16 years. It was a result that turned the heat up on the manager considerably. Asked about Mourinho’s position, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who did speak to TV reporters, told the BBC: “That is out of our hands, we are behind the manager – you can see that from our performances. We think he is the right man and someone we work hard for. “His spirit and his presence is always there, we wanted to get a result for him.” One the matter of the stadium ban, Begovic said: “Jose did the pre-match talk at the hotel and that was it.” Begovic, Stoke’s former number one, felt the Blues were unlucky at his old club. He said: “We definitely did enough to get a result here, but when things aren’t going your way you don’t get the luck you deserve. “We hit the post, we slipped over when we had open goals, we are making things hard for ourselves.” Press Association Chelsea’s bizarre season had another story on Saturday as a Stoke steward’s claim that Diego Costa stamped on him was refuted as “utter nonsense” and then resolved. last_img read more

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Friday Letters to the Editor

first_imgThe Rancho Palos Verdes “public records request” caper has all the trappings of a Washington, D.C., whodunit. Councilmen Doug Stern, Tom Long and Larry Clark have portrayed the requestors as guerilla fighters and perpetrators of financial ruin. This secret legal request is offensive, but it may very well have some merit. For five years some of us have questioned the financial priorities and management of the city. Until recently questions always received a response, but not necessarily an answer. During the recent election period, several questions to the new city manager were unanswered, delayed or ignored. Councilman Peter Gardiner finally started to question the council majority’s financial practices. City Council candidate Paul Wright also used his war chest to address this issue. One of the major points was/is information technology, including PVNet and Channel 33. Coincidentally, the management audit that includes this item was scheduled for completion after the election. Questions such as how much staff time was spent on items like the Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) plan were answered by “we don’t track those hours,” and yet the city manager knows that this public records request will cost $15,000 to $20,000. The council constantly allocates similar amounts to nonbudgeted items with barely a thought about the budget, but this request may require a budget modification. If only they had thought about budget management last year when the General Fund expenditures increased about $2.8 million (20 percent) from the previous year. When asked how much the city spent on consultants last year, the response was that it was not possible to answer that question. Just recently, the council allocated $15,750 to see if anyone actually watches Channel 33 and may spend $50,000 on the ill-defined vision plan in addition to the $135,000 previously spent on an abandoned plan. I have no idea what the requestors have in mind, but there may be more to the story than City Hall wants you to know. – DON REEVES Rancho Palos Verdes Huckabee: just like Bush Just when I thought times were getting better with Bush leaving next year, along comes another Bible-thumper from the middle of the country, who pardons hardened criminals for secretive and political reasons, and starts climbing in the polls. The rest of the United States must do a better job of getting the vote out so we don’t have to sit back and watch as Border Patrol agents sit in jail for doing their jobs while others get out after committing horrible crimes. Mike Huckabee reeks of Bush policy. I could see the occupation dragging out forever with Huckabee in office while Huckabee looks for more weapons of mass destruction. You should put the voters in this area on notice. The Bush administration is one of the most secretive in history. Mike Huckabee comes across as secretive as well. How did he stay in office for 10 years in Arkansas? The rest of us do not need four more years of secretive administration. – CHARLES ANTON San Pedro Reduce air traffic at LAX We are told Los Angeles International Airport is an accident about to happen. And what, kill hundreds of people, close LAX for months or years, cost the economy millions of dollars? And why? Simply because LAX management permits more takeoffs and landings than the airport was designed for. Reduce the takeoffs and landings back to the correct safety levels, and it will be a forcing function to use Long Beach, Ontario, John Wayne and maybe even the empty runways at closed Air Force bases. – JOHN ROEHRIG San Pedro160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Letters were on target Wow! Where do I start? Tuesday saw two outstanding letters to the editor. Norm Authier reminded us that the badly needed repairs to our overspending habits were all defeated by the liberal special interests and now the bill is due. Don’t blame Arnie; he came within an inch of sacrificing his own career to try and save us, and Tom Elias got what he asked for: more spending with no balanced budget in sight. Increasing entitlements that go on forever when we get a few extra bucks in the good month is just plain bad fiscal management. Regarding the letters by Joe Saraceno and Jim Overstreet: They are both exactly on target. Nuclear, coal, oil and “dirty diesel” power opponents got their wishes granted when no permits were issued to build or rebuild generators for many years, and we had no electricity to show for it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSaraceno is right: France knew how to manage the nuclear waste issue 25 years ago and offered to share the technology with us. So why are they so self-sufficient and we are still buying foreign oil with so much in our back yard? There is hope, guys; GE and others have applied for permits to build new reactors that take less time to construct (read 14 years instead of 20, so don’t breathe easy yet), and the states are seeing the nuclear light as the only way to keep them lit. “Know nukes” is making a catch-phrase comeback – just way too slowly. – BOB BURCHETT Rancho Palos Verdes RPV needs investigation last_img read more

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