Terry hails Chelsea character

first_img It leaves Jose Mourinho’s men with a six-point lead and with a game in-hand on second-placed Manchester City. “The importance of the win showed on the players’ faces and that of the manager afterwards,” Terry said. “When you set the standard so high as we have done from the word go, then start dropping points at home and go out of the Champions League, once again it comes back down to character. “It’s immense in the dressing room, there is an awful lot of experience in there. It will serve the younger lads well, too. “It was an important three points going into the international break. For everyone to dwell over that for two weeks was massive.” Mourinho reflected on a commanding advantage which he hopes will help Chelsea win a first Premier League title since 2010. “It’s the best position since the beginning of the season,” Mourinho, who is chasing a third Premier League title, told Chelsea TV. “The maximum points (advantage) we had was eight points and when we had eight points we were speaking about 20 matches to go. Chelsea captain John Terry praised the character of his Premier League-title chasing team to bounce back from conceding a two-goal lead to beat Hull and enter the international break on a high. “In this moment we have six points (advantage) with one match in hand with 24 possible points for our opponents. “We know our opponents are there, we know football is very unpredictable, we know that what is happening to us for the last two or three months we cannot control. “But we also know that we are strong, we are together and we are going to fight to get the points we need to be champions.” Mourinho was referring to the incidents, such as in the draw with Southampton, which he believes denied his side more points than they earned. The win at the KC Stadium was Chelsea’s third in seven games. The Blues had followed the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham at Wembley with victory over West Ham, but had been frustrated since. Now Terry hopes his Chelsea team-mates can return from the international hiatus reinvigorated and ready to carry the momentum from the Hull win by claiming a first home win since February 11 against Everton. “The title race is exciting,” the former England defender added. “There is still an awful long way to go. We have Stoke at home and QPR away next, which is always a tough one for us. “Hopefully everyone will come back fit after the break and go again. “But it’s important we get back to winning at the Bridge because it’s something we haven’t done for a few weeks.” Remy was being readied to play alongside Costa at Hull, but had to instead replace the striker, who picked up a hamstring injury. It was the France striker’s fourth goal of a season which has seen him given limited opportunities, mainly off the substitutes’ bench. He told chelseafc.com: “It is true it is frustrating sitting on the bench but the manager knows all the team and he has very good quality in the squad. “I know there are only 11 players on the pitch and as soon the manager needs me I am here. “It’s one of my best moments at Chelsea. I hope I will have more moments like that before the end of the season.” Draws against Paris St Germain – a result which ended the Blues’ Champions League participation – and Southampton may have knocked confidence. And when Hull came back from going 2-0 down after nine minutes to draw level at 2-2, Chelsea had to dig deep to win 3-2 through Loic Remy’s strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

2018 CHAN: See Full Schedule Of CAF’s Inspection Visit To Kenya

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football, CAF will visit Kenya on Monday, September 11, for the facility inspection visit to Kenya ahead of 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN).Last weekend, CAF canceled the visit which was initially scheduled for 7th September to 12th September 2017 due to the political and security situation in the country following the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election by the Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday.The CAF eight-man inspection delegation, led by 2nd CAF President, Mr. Constant Omari, will arrive Kenya tomorrow and depart the East African country on 18th September 2017.The 2018 CHAN is scheduled to take place in Kenya From January 11 to February 2, 2018.Related2018 CHAN: CAF Sets New Inspection Visit Date Following Political Unrest In KenyaSeptember 7, 2017In “Africa”CHAN 2018: CAF Cancels Kenya Inspection VisitSeptember 3, 2017In “Africa”CHAN 2018: CAF To Inspect Kenya’s Readiness To Host Africa, Set Visit DateAugust 15, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Cheika calls angry Wallabies fan

first_imgGregor Townsend’s side ended a three-match losing streak against Australia in Sydney as they sealed a 24-19 win, Hamish Watson’s second-half try proving decisive.Defeat was a shock for the Wallabies given Scotland were without some of their star players like Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw and Tommy Seymour due to British and Irish Lions responsibilities.And one fan took to Facebook to express his anger at the loss, Jack Quigley calling the performance “a disgrace” and questioning how much the current Wallabies side care about playing for their country.Quigley even offered to travel to Brisbane to speak to the squad and explain his anger, but Cheika opted to talk to him directly to insist his side were hurting just as much as the fans.”I spoke to the gentleman and gave him a ring because I think it’s important that we talk to the fans,” he said.”When we come out to pressers and say that we want to make the fans proud – that’s not lip service – we do.Our #Wallabies straight into training ahead of #AUSvITA. #ArvoRugby pic.twitter.com/K6B0xBQ6Fc— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) June 19, 2017″We’re not perfect at it sometimes but I think that he’s expressed how he is feeling after the game and I don’t think it would be too far away from – maybe not in the detail – but not too far away from how some of us were feeling about it as well.”I spoke to him about some of the things that we are feeling, what we are trying to do around it and what some of those things are in the background.”We’re feeling the same thing as fans.”The coach also confirmed Quigley’s post had been pinned on the wall of the team room, catching some of the players by surprise.”We put the post up on the wall and that was pretty confronting for a few of the guys because they hadn’t seen it – it was pretty heavy in some ways,” he added.”That’s the message there and then.”last_img read more