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Flamini puts Fab friendship on ice

first_img Fabregas, now 27, came of age at Arsenal, having arrived as a raw teenager from Barcelona, before returning to his boyhood club for £30million in August 2011. The Gunners, though, passed up on the opportunity to sign him back earlier in the summer, with the Spain midfielder instead joining Chelsea ahead of the World Cup. Flamini – who rejoined Arsenal during August 2013 having left for AC Milan in 2008 – was a team-mate of Fabregas for several seasons, including the 2006 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Paris. The pair are now living nearby each other again in north London, but that will not stop 30-year-old Flamini giving his all to limit the impact of his neighbour when the whistle blows on Sunday afternoon. “We are really close friends. It is a special game for me to play against him,” said Flamini. “I stay in touch with him all the time. We live next to each other. “He is someone I really appreciate on the pitch, not just because he is a good player, but he is a top guy off the pitch as well. “Football is our lives, but also we have a life outside the pitch also. “He shows the right mentality and works for the team. He is certainly going to be one of the (Chelsea) players to be careful about on Sunday.” Flamini added: “When we were together here, we had a great partnership on the pitch. He was more offensive and I was more defensive, working hard for him. Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is ready to put his close friendship with Cesc Fabregas on hold for 90 minutes to help beat Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “The difference on Sunday is that I will probably mark him and that will not be easy – first of all because he is a good player, but also because he is a friend. “Now after going to Italy, I have learned a lot tactically and obviously gained experience, so I am trying to play more with my head and more quality.” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes the pair’s friendship will make Flamini even more determined to turn in an strong midfield display. “Mathieu has matured tactically and is a good friend of Cesc. They were always together, so there is that kind of pride that comes in when two friends play against each other, that will make him keen to stop him,” Wenger said. Wenger insists there should be no hard feelings between Fabregas and the club, despite not deciding to renew their partnership. “We had bought Ozil for £40m the year before, in the same position,” he said. “Fabregas was here once and for all. He decided to leave. When a player of those characteristics decides to leave, you buy somebody else. That is what we did. “Why should we again buy somebody else who has already been replaced by somebody else?” The Gunners boss added: ” If you have Fabregas deep, from where he can give long balls, you need people around him who defend as well – we have Ozil, we have Cazorla, we have Ramsey, we have Wilshere. None of them are defensive midfielders. “If you tell me you add some more who do not defend well, what do you do?” Wenger accepts Chelsea are “one of the favourites” for the title and “have the best numbers until now”. However, the Arsenal manager added: “Every team has its difficult at some stage during the season, every team.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino backs his young Tottenham squad to deliver

first_img Spurs’ young stars like Dele Alli and Eric Dier have flourished under Pochettino this season while the club is making strides off the pitch too, with revised plans for their new stadium receiving council approval this week. It suggests Tottenham’s long-term future is bright but there is an opportunity in the short-term too as Pochettino’s side look to take advantage of teams faltering at the top by finally securing a place in the top four. Press Association Their momentum took a knock, however, with last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, ending a 14-match unbeaten run in the league, and Pochettino admits his starlets must mature if they are to achieve success this season. “It is difficult to be consistent when you start,” Pochettino said. “At Tottenham after 18 months we have put the basis for sure in the future to win some titles. We are sure because the basis is very strong. “We have a very young squad that can only improve for the future. We only need time. “We have the youngest team in the Premier League so sometimes we have to expect that we have bad days, like we had Sunday. “It is important to analyse and say, ‘hey, we need to learn about that and move on quick’ because football doesn’t wait for you. “We take a risk to have a younger player in the squad so we need to help them a lot. That is important to be consistent. “We have been consistent from the beginning but different moments will be tough for them and now they need to have the tools to move forward.” Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have already laid the foundations to win titles in the future but says his young side must grow up fast if they are to reach their full potential. Tottenham’s greatest chance arguably comes from the demise of Chelsea, who sit 16th in the table, 11 points behind Spurs and 14 from the Champions League spots. Jose Mourinho’s departure on Thursday might yet revitalise the Blues but Pochettino points to the team’s dramatic downfall as an example to his players of how quickly fortunes can change. “Football is present, it’s a good lesson for all of us what happened yesterday,” Pochettino said. “You need to focus on the present and try to work hard to try to avoid different things because it’s difficult to guess what will happen in months or weeks.” Spurs visit Southampton on Saturday, hoping to close a three-point gap on Manchester United and bounce back from the shock loss against Newcastle. Saints are winless in five matches and Tottenham can make up ground in the coming weeks with fixtures against Norwich and Watford next up over the Christmas period. “I think we need to learn about the last game that it is impossible to have the two faces we show,” Pochettino said. “The players feel the same as me and are disappointed too. The first half was fantastic and second half wasn’t in the way we want to play. “It was hard for us as the expectation was big and we missed the opportunity to stay in the top four but we have a young squad and need to learn about that. “We expect a very tough game as Southampton have one of the best squads in the Premier League and a very good manger and St Mary’s push the people and supporters, but we are ready to compete. “Our objective is to win the three points and try to recover our feeling and performance.” last_img read more

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Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse football’s loss to Notre Dame

first_img Published on October 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Eric Dungey, sophomore quarterbackSU’s offense was dwarfed by Notre Dame’s big plays, but Eric Dungey turned in another solid game. He threw the ball 51 times for 363 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was the team’s leading rusher, ran for three scores and was able to draw the Fighting Irish offside at least four times.His throws weren’t the sharpest again, but Dungey delivered in the red zone. SU abandoned the run game, putting the whole offense on Dungey’s shoulders, and he led it to 33 points. The offense did struggle after the opening two touchdowns again, but Dungey even slid twice on runs, which is an improvement for him.Clare Ramirez | Presentation DirectorStock DownSyracuse’s big-play defenseThe Tampa 2 is a scheme designed to bend, not break. Give up yards in small doses, not huge chunks. But again, the Orange was a major victim of big plays. Notre Dame scored four offensive touchdowns of more than 50 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.Even when it looked like SU had Fighting Irish running back Dexter Williams caught behind the line of scrimmage for a loss, Williams cut back left against the defense that over-pursued and trotted into the end zone after 59 yards with no one around him. Kizer’s 471 passing yards are the most in a win in Fighting Irish history, which dates to 1887.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorKickersPlace kicker Cole Murphy entered the Notre Dame game coming off a week where he went 1-for-3 on field goals and booted two kickoffs out of bounds. It didn’t get much better for him on Saturday. Murphy had his first PAT blocked and returned for a score — not necessarily his fault — and then missed on a 40-yard field goal before halftime that would have brought the Orange within three points.Punter Sterling Hofrichter had a rough day, too. He shanked one rugby-style punt from Syracuse’s 43 that went out of bounds after only 13 yards. He seems to have mishit several punts this season, but he’s tied for being the 10th-most used punter in the country, averaging 6.4 per game. His yards per punt average is 48th in the nation.Hofrichter also mishandled a PAT snap as the holder, costing SU a point.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorCordell Hudson, redshirt sophomore cornerbackCordell Hudson did prevent himself from being hurdled again and made a few nice stops, but he was also apart of three of Notre Dame’s four offensive touchdowns that went for more than 50 yards.On the very first play of the game, Hudson squared up Equanimeous St. Brown running laterally across the field toward him at about the Notre Dame 45. St. Brown cut up the field and Hudson just fell to the ground after only getting a hand on him.On Notre Dame’s next offensive possession, Hudson covered St. Brown one-on-one. Hudson slowed up while St. Brown accelerated as the ball was thrown and St. Brown caught it a step ahead of Hudson, who face-planted into the ground again as St. Brown went in for a score.Hudson was the man with backside contain on Dexter Williams’ 59-yard cutback touchdown run, but Hudson again was caught off guard with a cut up field and missed the tackle, only grazing Williams with his left hand.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor Commentscenter_img The opening five minutes of Syracuse against Notre Dame saw 36 point scored, a blocked extra point returned for two points and a kickoff return for a touchdown. By halftime, Syracuse was within six points. Take away the blocked PAT and give the Orange the field goal missed at the buzzer and it would have been tied. But the Fighting Irish opened the half with 17 unanswered points and stomped on SU, 50-33, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Here’s a look at where some players and units stood out.Stock upBrisly Estime, senior wide receiverBrisly Estime was electric in the punt return game, catching three kicks and taking them a total of 128 yards. His best return of the day came with less than a minute left in the first half. Several Notre Dame players were within a few yards of Estime as he caught the ball at his own 12, but they stopped, apparently thinking he called for a fair catch. So Estime bolted forward, shed about three tackles, and was finally brought down at Notre Dame’s 14. The Orange scored a touchdown right before the half as a result of his return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the first week of the season, head coach Dino Babers took Estime off punt returns to save his energy for offense. But his replacement, freshman receiver Sean Riley, looked a bit shaky. Estime took the last punt in the fourth quarter against UConn last week and started taking punts in the second quarter this week. He already has the seventh-most yards in FBS despite being tied for 48th in number of punt returns, with seven. His 21.9 yards per return in second best.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorZaire Franklin, junior linebackerSyracuse’s defense did not look good against Notre Dame, but one player that shined in moments was Zaire Franklin. The middle linebacker came up with three of the defense’s biggest plays on the day. Franklin finished with nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.He read a jet sweep play at the goal line and took down running back Josh Adams with a solo tackle at Syracuse’s 1-yard line. When Notre Dame had the ball on third down at SU’s 35 with about a minute left in the first half, Franklin darted in from pass coverage and took down a scrambling DeShone Kizer for an 11-yard sack, knocking UND out of field goal range. On Notre Dame’s next offensive play, Franklin jumped in front of a crossing route and returned the interception to UND’s 34 with 16 seconds left in the first.MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to Notre DameSyracuse fizzles once again after hot startBig plays torch the Orange’s defenselast_img read more

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