Edu explains why Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was the toughest player he ever had to mark

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jun 2020 6:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link280Shares Advertisement Comment Edu has named Paul Scholes as the toughest player he ever had to mark (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Edu has picked out Manchester United great Paul Scholes as the toughest player he ever had to mark and says the midfielder posed a ‘different’ kind of threat to any other opponent he faced in his career.Edu completed a move from Corinthians to Arsenal for a fee of just £6million in January 2001 and became one of Arsene Wenger’s most trusted squad members in his four-and-a-half year stay in north London.Arsenal would go on to win the Premier League title in Edu’s first full season at the club and the versatile midfielder played a key role two years later as the Gunners made history by going the entire 2003/04 campaign unbeaten. Edu had several battles with Scholes during his time in north London (Picture: Getty)The Brazilian, now technical director at the Emirates, sat down for a lengthy discussion with Gilberto for Arsenal’s official website this weekend and the pair covered a range of subjects, from Gabriel Martinelli’s outstanding start at Arsenal to their memories of the Invincibles season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked to name the toughest player he had to mark during his playing days, Edu replied: ‘I always mention a player and people look at me like this (surprised) and ask why? ‘The difficulty for us wasn’t playing against an extremely talented player, it was rather playing against intelligent players who seem to know what you’re thinking.‘I’m going to take a touch, I’m going to take two touches, I’m going to win it back… and there is a guy who I played against and I can tell you that it’s Paul Scholes. ‘Every time I faced him, I thought he was different from the rest. He was always thinking and his thoughts were different from mine.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsEdu also reserved special praise for Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta and said he had to be ‘fully focussed’ when up against the Spaniard.‘There were others as well who were incredible to play against. I used to joke that he was the midfield Messi: Iniesta. ‘When I faced him, I understood that he was different, with the way he drove forward, his thoughts and quick thinking. ‘When I had to play against them, I had to be fully focussed as it was tough!’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Atletico Madrid make huge decision over Arsenal target Thomas Partey’s futureMORE: Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian Wright Edu explains why Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was the toughest player he ever had to marklast_img read more

Koeman already identifies assistant coach for Barcelona

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To WorstWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Holland coach, Ronald Koeman, has already identified his assistant coach for Barcelona. Barca are in talks with the Dutch federation about releasing Koeman from his contract. After axing Quique Setien on Monday evening, Barca want to install Koeman as new coach. And Koeman plans to take Alfred Schreuder with him to the Nou Camp as his No2.Advertisement read also:Ronald Koeman informs KNVB he wants to join Barcelona Voetbal International says Schreuder can immediately take up a post after leaving TSG Hoffenheim in June. He had acted as head coach after previously being No2 to former TSG coaches Julian Nagelsmann and Huub Stev FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Brady: Gunners can target title

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Liam Brady has backed the Gunners to mount a Barclays Premier League title challenge after they clinched a record 12th FA Cup trophy on Saturday. Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud handed Arsene Wenger’s men a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley to record back-to-back FA Cup final wins. Walcott said afterwards that the Gunners are “very close” to winning the Premier League and Brady agrees with the England forward’s summation that a league title is firmly within their grasp. Press Associationcenter_img “I listened to Theo Walcott’s interview and I agree with him (that) we’re not that far away,” Brady told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. “Wenger will know that better than anyone and hopefully he’ll improve things that bit more in the summer with signings and we really can challenge. “But I wouldn’t put a time scale on Arsene Wenger.” Arsenal finished the recently-completed Premier League season in third place – 12 points behind champions Chelsea – and Brady said they must avoid any more sluggish season starts if they are to challenge for league honours. “You have to consistently get results (to win the Premier League) and I’m afraid the 12 points Chelsea got in front of us happened at the very start of the league,” added Brady, who made 307 appearances for the Gunners between 1971 and 1980. “Arsenal had very inconsistent results and just couldn’t match Chelsea’s winning run and once they got away from everybody they managed the situation very well. “If you look at the results since the turn of the year, if they can replicate that at the start of the season I think we’re in for a very exciting time.” last_img read more

American teenage sensation Coco Gauff survives three-set thriller

first_imgAmerican teenage sensation Coco Gauff prevailed over Sorana Cirstea in a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 encounter at the Australian Open, to set up a meeting with defending champion Naomi Osaka.The 15-year-old Gauff, who beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round, was broken midway through the opening set as she struggled with errors off her forehand and a composed performance from her more experienced Romanian opponent.Cirstea’s levels, however, dipped at the start of the second set, allowing Coco Gauff to capture an early break and force the match into a decider. The final set was a gripping, evenly-matched affair as Gauff fought back from a break down to advance to the third round in two hours and seven minutes.Also Read: Barty storms into second round after stuttering start: Gauff bests VenusAlso Watch: Minister of State for Education Smt. Vibhavariben Dave addresses Academia in Guwahati.last_img read more

Amir left out of Pakistan’s provisional World Cup squad

(REUTERS) – Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was left out of Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary World Cup squad but will feature in their warm-up games against England, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said yesterday.Since producing a match-winning three-wicket haul in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Amir has taken just five one-day international wickets in 101 overs at an average of 92.60 per wicket.The 27-year-old, however, will get a chance to impress the selectors in a limited-overs series against England, which begins with a Twenty20 in Cardiff on May 5. Big-hitting batsman Asif Ali also features in the 17-man group for the England games, with Pakistan having until May 23 to finalise their World Cup squad.“Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England,” Inzamam-ul-Haq, former captain and chairman of Pakistan’s selection committee, said in a statement.“These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by May 23, if required.” Abid Ali was preferred to Shan Masood as Pakistan’s backup opener after the 31-year-old right-hander scored a century on debut against Australia last month.Experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was also selected in the World Cup group but subject to passing a fitness test ahead of the tournament. “Yesterday we got a boost when he started playing with a tennis ball, with his doctor confirming he will be available for selection for the series against England,” Inzamam added.“Our World Cup opener is on May 31 against the Windies, which is still six weeks away, and we are confident he will be fully fit and ready to display his vast international experience.”Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper and captain), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik. read more

On the block: Louisville vs. Wichita State

first_img Published on April 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm CenterWichita State’s Carl Hall has a dangerous blend of tenacity and skill. He scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the Shockers’ Sweet 16 win over La Salle, and he averages three blocks per game in the tournament. Though Hall has exploited defenses with his inside touch, his biggest strength is protecting the rim on the other end of the floor. Gorgui Dieng is similarly complete, averaging 11 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in four tournament games. Dieng has also been an incredibly efficient scorer, making 20 of his 24 attempts from the field in the tourney, good for 83 percent. This will be a gritty contest, but Dieng’s size advantage and ability to stretch the floor gives him a slight edge over Hall.Advantage: Louisville Small Forward When Wichita State has needed a big play, Ron Baker has delivered. Baker has made 6 of his 10 3-point attempts in the Shockers’ last three games and shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line against Ohio State in the Elite Eight. He is the third guard in the Shockers’ small lineup and could have trouble with a bigger matchup. Wayne Blackshear is Louisville’s 6-foot-5 wing who Baker could be responsible for covering. A solid defensive player, Blackshear has been an efficient scorer for the Cardinals in the tournament, shooting 50 percent from the field on 18 shots. Though he occasionally gets lost in Louisville’s transition, he becomes a viable outside option in the half court. While Baker is more likely to deliver down the stretch, Blackshear’s steady output outweighs Baker’s clutch factor.Advantage: Louisville Point GuardMalcolm Armstead has been Wichita State’s engine throughout its Cinderella run. With the rare ability to drive and finish with both hands, the undersized Armstead has given the Shockers a boost on both ends of the floor. In WSU’s Elite Eight win over Ohio State, Armstead paced the team with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. But if there’s any player who can neutralize a hot guard, it’s Louisville’s Peyton Siva. The point guard is the catalyst of Louisville’s up-tempo offense, creating fast-break opportunities with his play on the defensive end. He helped hold Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon to just 3 points on 1-of-10 shooting in the Cardinals’ win over Duke in the Elite Eight. Though Siva is known for distributing to his teammates, he chipped in 16 points against Blue Devils. On this stage, Siva is more complete and experienced.Advantage: Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+ Shooting GuardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTekele Cotton is an adequate ball handler, and his shooting ability makes him a reliable wing target for the Shockers. He is also an integral part of Wichita State’s man-to-man defense that’s held opponents to a 34.3 field-goal percentage in four tournament games. Opposing Cotton will be UofL scoring machine Russ Smith. Since the start of the Big East tournament, Smith has been virtually unstoppable. In four NCAA Tournament games, the guard is averaging 26 points per contest while shooting 54 percent from the field, including a 23-point performance against Duke in the Elite Eight. The Shockers close out well against outside threats, but Smith has shown the ability to score in all kinds of ways. At this point in the tournament, there isn’t a shooting guard that can match the play of Louisville’s go-to option.Advantage: Louisville –Compiled by Jesse Dougherty, staff writer, Comments Power ForwardWith his length, skill and shooting touch, Cleanthony Early poses the greatest threat to Louisville. A 6-foot-8 forward, Early knocked down four 3s against Gonzaga in the third round and two more against Ohio State in the Elite Eight. He is also a consistent rebounder, with seven rebounds each tournament game, and a capable shot blocker. Chane Behanan excels in transition and is extremely reliable around the rim. His hustle on the defensive end creates turnovers that spur Louisville’s fast break. At 6 feet 6 inches, he will need to rely on his bulk and physicality to successfully guard either member of the Shockers’ front court. But that likely won’t be enough to slow Early down.Advantage: Wichita State BenchFred VanVleet is the Shockers’ most consistent producer off the bench. He has averaged 8.25 points per game in the tournament while shooting 44 percent from downtown. VanVleet can split the defense, drive to the basket and pull up from outside. Demetric Williams and Ehimen Orukpe also see minimal minutes off the bench for Wichita State. Louisville’s Luke Hancock drains 3-pointers, Montrezl Harrell is a monster on the boards and Stephan Van Treese plays solid defense for the Cardinals. Even with Kevin Ware’s horrific leg injury on Sunday, Louisville still holds the considerable advantage.Advantage: Louisville last_img read more

On the record

first_imgHip-hop DJ J. Period tells students how he broke into the business as part of an Annenberg-hosted conversation with professor of communication and journalism Josh Kun. J. Period has collaborated with artists including John Legend, Nas, The Roots and Mary J. Blige.Megan Harmon | Daily Trojanlast_img

USC Hotel to improve accessibility

first_imgUSC Hotel entered into an agreement last month following a 2017 lawsuit that alleged it failed to meet federal accommodation standards. (Daily Trojan file photo) The department found the hotel’s room options in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. ADA regulations mandate that all hotels built after March 2012 offer a minimum number of accessible rooms and rooms with roll-in showers proportional to the size of the hotel. USC Hotel has 240 rooms and is required to offer 10 accessible rooms and three with wheelchair-accessible showers. At the time of the lawsuit, it offered one accessible room, which the University argued complied with federal policy because the building, opened in 1974 by the Hotels by Hilton chain, predated the ADA regulations. While the investigation did not find the hotel in violation of the act, the ADA requires businesses make reasonable accommodations to advance “full and equal enjoyment” of their commodities. The agreement stipulates that the University will compensate the complainant $4,000 and implement changes to the hotel to align with federal regulations within 30 months of Feb. 21, the date the settlement took effect. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC said its participation in the settlement was elective. The agreement did not constitute an admission of responsibility from either party. Correction: A previous version of this article stated that USC Hotel would have one year from the start of the settlement to enact the changes. The agreement gives the hotel 30 months to complete them. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.center_img USC Hotel has agreed to expand accommodations for guests with disabilities, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The settlement, entered last month, follows a 2018 investigation launched by the department into the hotel’s facilities when a guest who used a wheelchair sued the hotel in 2017 for failing to provide mobility accommodations, alleging that the one accessible room in the hotel was occupied the day of his planned stay.  “The University is committed to accessibility for those with disabilities,” the statement read. “In keeping with this commitment, the University entered into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve its existing mechanisms for accessibility at the USC Hotel.” As part of the settlement agreement, USC Hotel will also install an accessible front counter and increase transparency in its room reservation system to inform prospective guests of the available accommodations.last_img read more

Freshmen step up for UW

first_imgFor the first time this season, Goodman Diamond was treated to hearing the walk-up music of freshman Mary Massei. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native chose the 2pac hit “California Love” for the speakers and gave the Badgers some much needed love in the outfield and at the plate in her return to the lineup from a multiple facial fracture injury that led to a 15-game absence.Donning a protective mask, Massei showed her vision was still perfect in the first game of the doubleheader. Throwing caution to the wind, Massei laid out for a nice diving catch in left field during the top of the fourth inning to rob Minnesota hitter Aubrey Davis of a single.“Having the mask has been funny,” Massei said. “Everyone’s calling me ‘The Phantom’ or ‘Hannibal Lecter.’ Wearing it is weird but it hasn’t affected any part of my game. With the mask protecting me there was nothing holding me back from making that play.”Massei not only demonstrated her fielding abilities in the opening game, but also shook off any rust she may have had against one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten. Facing Minnesota’s ace in freshman pitcher Sara Moulton (23-12), Massei banged a leadoff triple off the centerfield wall in the bottom of the fifth to give the Badgers a chance to tie the game at 1.Although the Badgers failed to bring Massei across the plate and ultimately dropped the first game of the doubleheader 1-0, Massei showed her offensive talent as Moulton surrendered one of her three hits allowed to the Badger freshman and the only extra base hit of the game.“Inside pitches usually aren’t my strength,” Massei said. “I just decided to go for it and powered through it. I was a little nervous coming in today because I haven’t seen live pitching in three and half weeks. The second after I was cleared for this game I hit for two hours on Monday to get prepared.”Head coach Yvette Healy is happy just to have another talent added on to the Badger bats.“She’s got a lot of spark,” Healy said. “It’s huge, every hitter in a lineup makes a difference for the other hitters. A lot of our freshmen have that same energy she has. We love the contributions we’re getting from them this season.”For Massei, it’s a long time coming, as the outfielder is happy to finally be back and contributing on the diamond.“It feels great, every moment today felt that way,” Massei said. “It felt so good to put on my jersey for the first time and be with my team in the dugout and contributing. It was frustrating before, but I just reminded myself I had to give it my all for the team even on the sidelines.”Pitcher this: Pitchers Darrah, Najdek, solid in doubleheader splitIn a sport where pitching is everything, the Badgers received two solid outings on the mound Wednesday night to help Wisconsin earn a split in its doubleheader with Minnesota.With Meghan McIntosh being uncharacteristically shaky in the first two innings of the nightcap against Minnesota, Healy opted to pull the sophomore in favor of emerging freshman Amanda Najdek (3-2). Najdek turned in another great performance for Wisconsin, as the freshman went five innings allowing three hits and no runs. Najdek earned the win, as the Badgers took the nightcap 5-3 from the Gophers.“I was feeling good about all my pitches today,” Najdek said. “My changeup was really working, that was my go-to pitch. I was keeping them off-balance and making them chase. I got the ball on the ground a lot and got my outs.”When the Badgers needed it most, Najdek clamped down with the team clinging to a 4-3 lead.“My approach was to just bear down,” Najdek said. “I just wanted to give our team the momentum and a chance to come back.”The difference between Najdek and freshman Cassandra Darrah’s performance in the first game was a matter of run support. While the Badger offense produced a four-run second inning to give Najdek all the runs she needed, the runs ceased to exist in the first game as the Badgers fell 1-0.“Pitching has been huge for us this year,” Healy said. “It’s a totally different thing to throw in a game when you’re behind and when you’re ahead. When Amanda walked into the game she had a lead and she protected it for us.”last_img read more

Jake Pulver’s work ethic has established him as a leader for Cornell

first_imgUPDATED: April 10, 2018 at 6:28 p.m.From the first day he arrived at Cornell, senior defender Jake Pulver did 100 push-ups and sit-ups before going to sleep every night, senior midfielder Scott Flynn said.It’s a testament to who Pulver is.Pulver has consistently played a large role for the Big Red throughout his four-year career. He has earned two All-Ivy selections by fixating on improving his game. No. 9 Cornell (7-3, 3-1 Ivy) and Pulver host No. 7 Syracuse (6-3, 3-0 ACC) on Tuesday at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, New York. Since his older brother, Josh, already played for the Orange, Pulver is familiar with SU.“I’d always hear my brother on the sideline chirping me a little bit. … We had some good ones,” Pulver said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPulver grew up in central New York and attended Fayetteville-Manlius (New York) High School, where he was named a 2014 US Lacrosse All American. That year, he served as a senior captain as Fayetteville-Manlius won its county championship, the Section III championship, the regional championship, and made it to the state championship game.His high school coaches told Cornell’s then-assistant, now-head coach Peter Milliman how sharp and knowledgeable Pulver was with the tactics behind the game. Coming from what Milliman called a “good, quality program” at Fayetteville-Manlius, the coaching staff at Cornell recognized Pulver’s potential early on, Milliman said.As a recruit, Pulver received a scholarship offer from Syracuse, but his eye was on Cornell.“Growing up in Syracuse and always being able to watch some of those great teams, I did consider them,” he said. “There’s just something about the athletics and academics at Cornell that I fell in love with.”Right when he walked on Cornell’s campus, everyone on the roster knew that Pulver was a natural leader, Flynn said. He saw the most playing time of any Big Red first-year player during the 2015 season. He appeared in all 16 games, picking up eight ground balls and causing four turnovers.While his success on the field was impressive compared to his fellow Cornell freshmen, it was his work off the field that caught the attention of others.“He changed his body physically,” Milliman said. “He’s developed a strength and a skillset that only comes when you have put in a lot of time around practice and in the weight room.”During his sophomore season, he was the spearhead of a defense that held Ivy league opponents to nearly 10 fewer shots per game than their season averages. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was named second-team All-Ivy.Entering his third year, there were far more elevated expectations. He was named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American and a captain before the start of the season. Pulver did not disappoint. He repeated as a second-team All-Ivy selection and finished the year with seven caused turnovers and 28 ground balls.“He’s one of those guys who’s willing to call out a teammate or do some of the things that aren’t necessarily easy to do but need to be done,” Flynn said.Amid Pulver’s strong junior performance, Cornell struggled to the tune of a 5-8 record. But with Pulver’s 100 nightly push-ups and sit-ups setting the tone, his team has followed suit and improved this year, winning two more games to date than it did all of last season.“I like to lead by example,” Pulver said. “Once guys recognize you’re a hard worker, then you can be more vocal.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Jake Pulver was misidentified in a photo caption. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on April 9, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more