Porto v Chelsea FC: Five players who can heap misery on Mourinho

first_imgFor full match commentary of Porto v Chelsea, keep it talkSPORT from 7pm on Tuesday 29 September.With Chelsea’s dip in form continuing against Newcastle at the weekend, the pressure is still on manager Jose Mourinho.On Tuesday night he returns to his homeland to face Porto, the club he led to Champions League glory in 2004, in the same competition, knowing victory is a must.But the Portuguese giants will be no pushovers as they look to defeat the Premier League champions.They’ve got plenty of stars in their side after a summer of spending, although Jackson Martinez, Danilo and Alex Sandro were sold for big money.So who do Chelsea need to watch out for as they take on Porto at the Estadio do Dragao? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above for five stars who could heap misery on Jose Mourinho… 5 5. Yacine Brahimi – The Algerian ace could give Branislav Ivanovic a real scare if he’s fit enough to start on Tuesday night. The rapid midfielder has got a bag full of tricks and pace to burn and was a steal of a signing at just €6.5m from Granada in 2014. A knee problem could see Brahimi miss out and Jose Mourinho would breathe a sigh of relief. 5 5 4. Maxi Pereira – The Uruguayan right-back will be the man Eden Hazard tries to evade tonight but Pereira won’t let him have an easy ride. He’s tenacious and won’t hold back if the Belgian is within tackling distance. Watch out for him going forward too, he hit five goals last season for former side Benfica. 3. Ruben Neves – A talented ball-player, Neves will be trying to make things tick for Porto. He’s just 18 years old but shows incredible maturity and if the Blues don’t get to grips with him, he could dictate the game. Don’t dismiss him as a plodding defensive midfielder, though, as he’s also got plenty of flair. 5 2.Giannelli Imbula – A €20million signing from Marseille in the summer, Imbula is capable of turning defence into attack at the drop of a hat. He’ll be looking to break up play and scuttle the ball forward. He’s a capable passer too so the Blues will do well to marshal him. There are reports, however, that Imbula is struggling to adapt, leading torumours of Tottenham and Southampton rekindling their interest. 5 1. Jesus Corona – Spritely winger Corona can play on either flank and is full of trickery and, perhaps more importantly, confidence. The 22-year-old has already netted three times for Porto this season following a move from FC Twente in August and is linking up well with his new team-mates. Nicknamed ‘Tecatito’ after a beer sold by ex-club Monterrey’s owners, he could have Jose Mourinho drowning his sorrows by the end of the night.last_img read more

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Are these the strikers that Chelsea could replace the underperforming Diego Costa with in January?

first_img 2. Javier Hernandez – Bayer Leverkusen – Many may – perhaps rightly – argue that Hernandez would not be an improvement to Costa. However, while this may, to some extent, be true, the Mexican is the out-and-out striker that Chelsea need. Hernandez’s game is fixated on goals and his movement makes him a nightmare for defenders. These are both areas that Costa is not impressing in at present. Hernandez has exceeded expectations in the Bundesliga this season, having scored 10 goals, and could relish the opportunity to prove former club Manchester United wrong in their decision to sell. What’s more, the forward isn’t likely to command a significant price tag and could be the cheaper option in the winter window. 6 1. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli – The Argentine was tipped to leave Stadio San Paolo in the summer transfer window, and despite staying put, he continues to be linked with an exit. Over the past few days, reports have suggested that Higuain is Chelsea’s top target to replace Diego Costa. And while the player’s agent and brother has insisted that the forward is happy in Italy, a move to Stamford Bridge should not be ruled out. Mourinho worked with Higuain at Real Madrid, which could give the Blues the upper edge in possible negotiations. 6 6 6 6 3. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid – Chelsea were heavily linked with Griezmann, who scored 22 goals in his first season at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, at the end of their title-winning campaign. Unsurprisingly, the La Liga outfit refused to cash in, but with the 24-year-old continuing to find the back of the net, the Blues’ interest could still remain intact. The major issue in signing Griezmann, however, could be Atleti’s asking price. The Frenchman is said to have a release clause of around £43m, and prising him away mid-way through the season could see his price tag soar. Griezmann may be a target that Mourinho will have to wait until the summer to attempt to sign. 4. Paco Alcacer – Valencia – Before putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Valencia in January, the Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Chelsea, nonetheless, have continued to monitor his progress, and having scored five goals in La Liga thus far, he has impressed. However, with a long-term contract having been signed less than a year ago, the striker won’t come cheap. 6 5. Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais – Lacazette was one of the most highly sought after strikers at the end of last season, but opted to commit his future to Lyon, signing a new contract with the club until 2019. The 24-year-old hasn’t quite hit the ground running this term, with five goals in 11 appearances, but he remains one of the most exciting attacking prospects in Europe. If the Blues are willing to take a gamble on the centre forward, the right price could tempt the Ligue 1 outfit into selling. With more yellow cards than goals this season, Diego Costa has become a major concern for Chelsea. The Spain international, when fit, has been one of the few players that Jose Mourinho has remained loyal to, but the Portuguese manager could now be contemplating a change in his attack.Costa again failed to find the back of the net in the Blues’ defeat to Stoke City at the weekend, with the striker more interested in upsetting his opponents that doing his job in the final third.And with the January transfer window closing in, Mourinho may urge Roman Abramovich to spend big – and a new centre forward could be his top priority.In light of this, therefore, we’ve taken a look at six strikers Chelsea could target in less than two months’ time, including an ex-Manchester United player.Find out our pick by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  6. Patrick Bamford – on loan from Chelsea at Crystal Palace – As with any young player with limited experience, throwing them into the first-team, particularly during such a problematic period, is a risk. While Bamford has failed to catch the eye of Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park, would he be any more of a gamble than Radamel Falcao? The England Under-21 international looks unlikely to be handed much action with the Eagles, and could be open to returning to Stamford Bridge in January. It’s improbable that he will solve the Blues’ attacking crisis, but there would be few more players in the squad eager to impress – and this is exactly what Chelsea need at present: hunger. Not only this, but Roman Abramovich wouldn’t have to negotiate a sizeable transfer fee and fans are desperate to see talent from their youth setup be given their chance to shine.last_img read more

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County supervisors call for I-5 tunnel safety improvements

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to urge Caltrans to improve safety in the tunnel on Interstate 5 near Santa Clarita where a fiery pileup occurred Oct. 12. The county Fire Department made the recommendations after it found limited access in the tunnel, a lack of adequate water and air-quality issues while it fought the fire. Among its recommendations, the Fire Department asked Caltrans to install a mechanical ventilation system with large exhaust fans, or a passive vertical ventilation system halfway through the tunnel. Other recommendations include: A water supply and appliances near the entrance and exit of the tunnel for firefighting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A zoned, manually operated water or foam system installed throughout the length of the tunnel. An emergency lighting system. A control system to stop traffic from entering the tunnel when the fire alarm is activated. “I believe they are open to any suggestions that we have and we’re looking forward possibly to meet with them to discuss in detail what our recommendations are,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nelson. Caltrans spokeswoman Jeanne Bonfilio said once the tunnel is restored, Caltrans will review the possible enhancements. “Caltrans works very closely with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to ensure that we do provide the utmost in fire safety measures and we also welcome their input,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN PUTS DONEGAL RAPESEED ON THE MAP

first_imgHE’S one of the country’s finest chefs – and Neven Maguire has taken a TV opportunity to plug one of Co Donegal’s finest products.Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on RTE1 last night, Neven insisted the only way to cook is with…Donegal rapeseed oil.“I don’t cook with anything else. It has a fantastic nutty taste and it’s great for salads and marinades,” the chef told O’Connor. “When you cook with it it doesn’t smoke like vegetable or other oils, it gives a great even heat. It really is a fantastic local product and I’d highly recommend it to everyone.”He said people should shop around to find it.The celebrity chef has endorsed the oil for cooking many times before – but a plug on national telly will give it another boost.Donegal Rapeseed Oil Co. is located in Raphoe. It is a small, locally owned and operated company in Donegal.Their crops are grown by specially selected, individual, small farm holdings dispersed throughout the county.A previous article can be seen here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/03/14/raphoe-cooking-oil-is-proving-hot-stuff/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN PUTS DONEGAL RAPESEED ON THE MAP was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal rapeseed oilneven maguirelast_img read more

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Liverpool target to replace suspended star? Predicted Barca XI to face Deportivo

first_img 10. Lionel Messi (forward) 11 11 11 11 11 11 14. Javier Mascherano (centre back) 11 5. Sergio Busquets (midfield) 9. Luis Suarez (forward) 11 15. Marc Bartra (centre back) 4. Ivan Rakitic (midfield) Click the arrow, right, to see the full predicted line-up in squad number order You can listen to live coverage from the Riazor on our new DAB sports radio station, talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio to receive talkSPORT2 and our other new stations (talkRADIO and Virgin Radio), click here.Talk of Barcelona being in crisis may sound extreme but having lost three La Liga games in an era when expectations are so high, it’s not quite as strange as it appears.The drop in form has seen the reigning champions go without a win in four in the Primera Division, with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal preceding defeats to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia.It had looked like the title in the bag before this run of results, but now Barca only sit above Atletico Madrid due to their head-to-head record, while Real sit just one point below the duo.A victory against Deportivo La Coruna, who aren’t in the best of form themselves, is now vital, but Barcelona must do without key defender Gerard Pique, who is suspended.They’re also without Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen and Sandro due to injury, while Arda Turan is a doubt following illness.So who will take to the field in Galicia? See talkSPORT’s predicted Barcelona XI v Deportivo La Coruna.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Barcelona line-up for their La Liga clash with Deportivo… 11. Neymar (forward) 13. Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper) 11 8. Andres Iniesta (midfield) 11 6. Dani Alves (right back) 11 18. Jordi Alba (left back)last_img read more

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Mourinho latest – Valencia ready offer as Man Utd target declares: I’ll be back

first_imgWill he, won’t he? The Jose Mourinho to Manchester United saga goes on, but if they want their man they will have to act soon.Mourinho, coaching a FIFA Legends team against a Mexican All-stars line-up this week, declared he will ‘be back’ in the summer.And, after Louis van Gaal saw the Red Devils’ hopes of a top-four finish dashed at West Ham on Tuesday, the speculation is back on.Last week, it was reported that Old Trafford chiefs had asked the Portuguese to wait another year for the job. But with Champions League football looking increasingly unlikely, United may be tempted to axe their Dutchman in order to bring the in-demand 53-year-old – despite a possible first FA Cup success in 12 years.They face fresh competition from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain – who are continously linked with the two-time Champions League winner – while the Daily Star reports that Valencia are preparing to offer Mourinho a five-year contract worth £36m as they look to permanently replace Gary Neville.Mourinho told Sky Sports: “In July, I will be back.“So we are in May. May to July is nothing. I keep enjoying my life which I’m doing, keep enjoying my family. But in July I am back.”Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December after a disastrous Premier League title defence, continued: “It’s difficult because when you get a new club in this period normally the clubs have already done their work.“I give you an example. I’m not the Chelsea manager, but I organised the Chelsea pre-season in many aspects because I did that 10 months ago.“Clubs have their commercial, marketing departments always involved in everything. When a new manager arrives in May, June it’s very difficult to touch in some points, but we know that.” Jose Mourinho has been out of football since leaving Chelsea in December 1last_img read more

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Mahrez wants to stay at Leicester, according to Claudio Ranieri

first_img Riyad Mahrez played a key role in Leicester City’s title success last season Leicester City have been handed a boost after Claudio Ranieri revealed Riyad Mahrez wants to stay at the club. The 25-year-old has been linked with a big-money move away from the Foxes after playing a key role in their title-winning campaign, with Barcelona, Paris St Germain and Arsenal among the clubs touted as possible destinations.However, Ranieri says the Algeria winger – last season’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year – is not looking to leave the King Power Stadium.Asked after Leicester’s 2-1 friendly win over Oxford on Tuesday night if Mahrez had spoken to him about his future, Ranieri told Sky Sports News: “Yes, he wants to stay.”The Italian added about trying to keep hold of his best players: “I think everybody here is happy and then it’s finished, the market has finished.”READ MORE: STUNNING transfer report: Manchester City to target Leicester ace Riyad Mahrez if they fail to land Leroy Sane 1last_img read more

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Report drunken drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThis year law enforcement officials are enlisting the public’s help in getting drunken drivers off the road. They urge people to call 911 when they see indications of drunken driving. These include weaving or zigzagging across the road, turning abruptly or illegally, driving slower than 10 mph below the posted speed limit, following others too closely or driving with the headlights off. The Office of Traffic Safety is funding the “Avoid DUI” program’s efforts, including pay for officers working overtime on sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. We urge drivers to report suspected drunken drivers to authorities during the holiday enforcement period. Such citizen efforts will strengthen the law enforcement campaign to dissuade drunken driving and make the holidays a happier time for all. Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County are continuing a stepped-up three-week holiday enforcement effort against drunken drivers. Last weekend they arrested 775 people suspected of driving under the influence. South Bay residents can expect more of the same this weekend as police set up sobriety checkpoints at nearly three dozen locations countywide and increase patrols. Such enforcement efforts are welcome, considering that last year 300 people were killed and 7,718 injured in the county as a result of alcohol-related accidents. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, checkpoints help prevent drunken driving, and this translates into lives saved. Studies in the state show that cities which conduct sobriety checkpoints have fewer alcohol-related crashes per capita than those that do not. The mere existence of checkpoints can deter would-be drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Amazing glaze

first_img One large grocer, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., has regional chicken flavors such as tandoori and apricot glaze. Company spokesman Gary Rhodes said the grocer hasn’t ruled out selling other rotisserie meats, though. “We believe there may be opportunities to expand into other fresh meats,” Rhodes said. Andy Seymour, a vice president of sales and marketing for Perdue’s deli line, conceded that the rotisserie chickens offered in grocery stores haven’t changed much since the concept took off more than a decade ago. “There’s not a been lot of new flavors in that category, and there’s a real need for that,” he said. It didn’t used to be this way. Starting in the late 1980s, fueled by the popularity of rotisserie chickens in restaurants such as Boston Market, chicken processors started pre-marinating birds so grocery stores could join the trend. A few years later came different flavors – cue the lemon pepper and barbecue – and time-pressed shoppers snapped them up for easy dinners. “It answers the question, what’s for dinner?” said Perry Fleming of Jubilee Festival grocery stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “There’s very little time involved with taking them home and serving them. People see it as healthy and convenient.” But maybe grocers haven’t done a good job selling the birds, said food industry analyst Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com. “It has to be theater,” Lempert said, noting that high-end stores that keep their rotisserie cases gleaming, sometimes with shooting flames, have maintained sales growth of rotisserie birds. “In traditional supermarkets, you look at that rotisserie case and you get sick to your stomach. They haven’t done a good job keeping it clean and making it appealing,” Lempert said. And new meats will give chickens more competition. Lempert noted the Brazilian steakhouse fad that has people packing restaurants that serve hot cuts of steak and pork. “We’re going to see more rotisserie everything,” he said. At Food Lion, a North Carolina-based chain of 1,220 grocery stores, spokesman Jeff Lowrance said rotisserie chickens are still popular, though the grocer is considering adding other meats, perhaps in 2006. “You want to offer things customers want,” Lowrance said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was growing in the double digits there for a while,” said the council’s vice president, Bill Roenigk. The slackening growth is being tackled in a test kitchen in Salisbury, headquarters of Perdue Farms Inc., the nation’s third-largest chicken producer. Cutting into a steaming chicken nearly black with a spice rub of garlic, basil, rosemary and oregano, Perdue product marketing manager John Moore says shoppers still love rotisserie chickens. They just want their birds to have more zip. “We’re thinking more robust flavors,” Moore said. “Americans are becoming more sophisticated in their palates.” So Perdue is rolling out a spicier Italian flavor, called Tuscan, and has already tested a new line for Latino shoppers, called Perdue La Cocina. SALISBURY, Md. – Has rotisserie chicken, once the darling of the grocery store, lost its sizzle? The ready-cooked birds flew off grocers’ shelves in the 1990s, but sales have begun leveling off, industry estimates show. A growing number of grocers worry customers are getting a little bored of the chickens, even in lemon pepper or barbecue flavors, and they’re throwing new meats on the skewer. Coming soon: rotisserie pork loins and beef. “You don’t want to eat chicken every day,” said Barry Loy of Supermarket Operations, an eight-store grocery chain based in Mississippi. His stores still sell rotisserie chickens, but now they’re experimenting with hot baby-back ribs, smoked sausage and ham. “It’s probably growing faster than the chicken,” he said of the beef and pork, even though they cost more. The competition from other meats has not gone unnoticed by chicken producers. Although about 750 million rotisserie chickens were sold in 2005 – two-thirds of them in grocery stores – sales growth of the birds was just about 3 percent, about the same as chickens overall, according to the National Chicken Council, based in Washington, D.C. last_img read more

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Patriots’ act is over

first_img The record shows that Bailey got caught and knocked down at the 1-yard line after his 100-yard return Saturday night. But his interception of Tom Brady did plenty of damage, setting up the game-changing touchdown in Denver’s 27-13 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions. “It was a great play by me,” Bailey said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Sure was. It was the highlight of the first playoff game in the history of Invesco Field, which resulted in Denver’s first postseason win since John Elway’s last game, the 1998 Super Bowl. Next week in the AFC championship game, the Broncos will play the winner of today’s meeting between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. New England (11-7), meanwhile, will go home, three wins short of NFL history. Trying to become the first team to win three straight Super Bowls, the Patriots simply didn’t have enough to overcome Denver’s steady play, a few bad breaks or their own five turnovers. That was one fewer than they had during their entire, record-setting 10-game playoff winning streak that ended at the hands of the Broncos (14-3). It took a Champ to knock off the champs. Huffing, puffing, sprinting down the sideline, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey made the interception that put an end to Denver’s years of playoff misery and finished off New England’s dominating dynasty. center_img “When you lose, you want to go down fighting,” Brady said. “You want to go down playing your best and we didn’t do that. We made it easy for them.” It didn’t get really easy until Bailey changed the game. The Patriots were moving the ball well in the third quarter. They cut a 10-3 deficit to four points on a field goal and had moved quickly to the Denver 5 for what could have been the go-ahead score. But on third down from the 5, Bailey stepped in front Troy Brown in the end zone for the pick. He sprinted down the sideline and when he felt Kevin Faulk swipe at him helplessly about 70 yards into the trek, he thought he had it cinched. Champions don’t go down easily, though, and tight end Ben Watson wasn’t quitting. Watson took an angle, and with Bailey slowing and bringing the ball down to his hip, Watson got there, knocked Bailey down and sent the ball flying out of bounds at the 1. Or maybe through the end zone. With Bailey lying on his back, grimacing and gasping for air, Belichick challenged the call, saying the ball flew out of the end zone, not at the 1, which would have given New England the ball back on a touchback. “It was a great effort on his part,” Belichick said of Watson. But did it go out through the end zone? “Go ask them,” the coach said of the officials, who also set up Denver’s first touchdown on a questionable pass-interference call in the end zone against Asante Samuel. It was the kind of call a championship team might have gotten. With no decisive TV angle, though, the Pats didn’t. On the next play, Mike Anderson scored his second 1-yard touchdown of the night and gave Denver a 17-6 lead. “I never saw the guy coming, but I was going as hard as I could,” Bailey said of the longest non-scoring interception return in NFL playoff history. Not that anybody was questioning him. Nor is there any more doubt about who won in the blockbuster trade before the 2004 season, when the Broncos sent Clinton Portis to Washington for Bailey and a second-round pick. Portis and the Redskins got knocked out of the playoffs Saturday. Bailey and the Broncos are moving on. “I don’t care about what happens tomorrow,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Pittsburgh or Indy. We got this one.” Trailing 17-6, always reliable Adam Vinatieri, the difference in all three of New England’s three-point Super Bowl victories, missed a 42-yard field goal. Shortly after, Brown fumbled a punt return to set up Jake Plummer’s lone touchdown pass of the night, a 4-yarder to Rod Smith for a 24-6 lead. Plummer finished 15-for-26 for 197 yards with the touchdown and one interception. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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