Terry ready for tough night

first_img “I played in one (final) and was very disappointed in the one in Moscow, but delighted for the side to go on and win it the way we did,” Terry said. “But as an individual you want to be playing in those games, in those moments and that’s what I’m aiming to do.” This season could provide his last opportunity to do so at Chelsea, with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign. Terry steered clear of the subject of his future. “The manager was honest with me at the start of the season and said ‘listen, if you play well and stay fit, you’ll be in the side’,” he added. “If that’s not the case, I won’t be in the side, which then puts everything else up in the air. “I’m just concentrating on playing well, which I feel as if I’m doing at the moment. “Hopefully everything else takes care of itself.” Chelsea are without Ashley Cole (ribs), but Andre Schurrle (leg) could return. Terry could be partnered by Gary Cahill in defence, with David Luiz making way following an error-strewn display against Cardiff. John Terry wants Chelsea to wrest control of Champions League Group E from Schalke by winning in Gelsenkirchen. Chelsea responded to their opening round defeat against Basle by winning at Steaua Bucharest and on Tuesday night face the first game of a potentially decisive double-header with group leaders Schalke, who have maximum points from their first two games. The Chelsea captain said: “We had a minor blip at home (against Basle). Win this game and we’re in a much stronger position. “We’re not coming here under false pretences that we’re going to come here, pick up three points easily. We understand it’s going to be a tough night.” Jose Mourinho knows the bouts with the Bundesliga’s Royal Blues could be key, but is calm about Chelsea’s position. The Chelsea boss said: “We need points over these two matches. That’s obvious. “But we’re in condition to play without thinking about finishing first or second. “I don’t think it’s yet the time to have the calculator and to be counting the number of points you need to qualify.” The Veltins Arena contest is Chelsea’s first in Germany since the 2012 Champions League final, when Terry lifted the European Cup following the penalty shootout defeat of Bayern Munich, despite being suspended for the final. It is also the teams’ first meeting since November 2007, shortly after the abrupt end of Mourinho’s first spell in charge, at the beginning of a season which ended in a Champions League final shootout loss to Manchester United. In Moscow it was Terry who missed the decisive kick and he is eager to experience a European Cup win on the field. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich unhappy with Marcus Morris’ unprofessional behavior in free agency

first_imgPopovich addressed Morris’ decision Monday during San Antonio’s media availability, blasting Morris for how he handled the situation and how much of a loss it was to trade away Davis.“It was more than difficult to lose Davis,” Popovich told reporters. “Let’s just say that was an unfortunate situation that was handled unprofessionally on a couple of different levels. We made that move to make the signing that we did and got blindsided. Related News Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was unhappy with Marcus Morris’ unprofessional behavior in “blindsiding” the Spurs during free agency. Morris reportedly had a deal in place to join the Spurs over the summer, but at the last minute signed with the Knicks on a one-year deal. San Antonio, meanwhile, had traded Davis Bertans to the Wizards to make room for Morris under the cap. Morris revisited the topic again Monday, admitting his “free agency didn’t go as planned.”“A lot of the specifics came off a lot of unknown — unknown situations,” Morris said. “I kind of committed very early.”Marcus Morris says his free agency didn’t go like he planned and that he committed early. He cited “unknown” issues. He committed to the Spurs but then signed with the Knicks. Says he wanted to be closer to Philly, his hometown. pic.twitter.com/H72YRC0ERW— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 30, 2019Morris, selected by the Rockets in the first round of the 2011 draft, averaged 13.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds last season in his second season with Boston. Damian Lillard fires back at Shaq with new diss track: ‘Kobe won you them rings though’ Draymond Green confident Warriors can reach 6th straight NBA Finals 76ers star Joel Embiid eyes MVP after heartbreaking season; Ben Simmons ready to shoot “Davis was a special player as we all know, and he was young and getting better and better. So, yeah, we hated losing him.”And Popovich on losing Davis Bertans and the Marcus Morris situation … said it was handled “unprofessionally on a couple different level” #Spurs #Knicks @TheAthleticNBA pic.twitter.com/rNomm3H5KJ— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) September 30, 2019Morris initially said in July that he still has a “good relationship” with the Spurs, adding that “the first thing that I did when I knew I would be going another direction, I called and made sure they knew.”last_img read more

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Papandreou calls IMF chief to convey complaints

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou has called the managing director of the International Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to convey Greece’s dissatisfaction with comments made by officials from the IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank – collectively known as the troika – on Friday.Earlier, the Greek government had issued a statement condemning the comments about the Greek economy as “unacceptable” and an attempt to meddle in Greece’s domestic affairs.According to the prime minister’s office, Papandreou called Strauss-Kahn to explain why Athens was so unhappy with the troika’s comments.In approving the fourth tranche of Greece’s emergency loan package, worth 15 billion euros, the troika warned that Athens would have to speed up its reforms and to sell 50 billion euros worth of state assets, including public property.It appears that this last suggestion in particular has angered the Greek government.“The behavior of the representatives of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank during Friday’s news conference was unacceptable,” said government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis in a statement. “We asked for their help and in return we have kept to the letter in all the pledges we made.“However, we did not ask anyone to intervene in our country’s domestic affairs. Everyone has to be aware of their role and this is something that we will make clear to our partners.”Greece turned to the troika last May for 110 bullion euros in emergency loans to avoid bankruptcy. But in order to qualify for the loans, the government had to agree to a raft of structural reforms.“We are in need but we also have limits,” said Petalotis. “We are not willing to negotiate the limits of our self-respect with anyone. We only accept orders from the Greek people.According to Papandreou’s office, Strauss-Kahn expressed his understanding and respect for the Greek government and its people.The prime minister was also due to speak with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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