Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment

first_imgMikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgWith the drop came the plummet of Zamar’s draft stock.The 2012 Draft was the year of “The Kraken.” San Miguel Beer selected June Mar Fajardo No. 1 overall in a pool that included the likes of No. 2 pick Calvin Abueva, No. 3 pick Alex Mallari, No. 4 pick Cliff Hodge and No. 9 pick Vic Manuel.While it wasn’t exactly a pool to remember, the class of 2012 had its share of talent, and Zamar was lost in the middle of all of them.“So many other players were getting picked, some whose names I didn’t even know,” said Zamar. When finally he got picked by Barangay Ginebra, just as he nearly fell over the edge of hopelessness, it wasn’t relief Zamar felt. It was the sobering thought that his road to the PBA would be a long one—he just didn’t know at that time how long it would be.The Kings were packed with guards in their roster: Ginebra had just acquired LA Tenorio. Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand were resident stars and Mike Cortez was also around.ADVERTISEMENT “I now understand the hardships our OFWs go through. They’re the real heroes,” he said. He got to bond with a lot of them with Thailand, and they eased his loneliness. “I became close with the Filipino community there.”“I cried before I left and told them someday, we’ll be together again, when it’s your turn to come home.”For Zamar though, Thailand needed to happen before he could play in the PBA. His stints there, particularly with Mono Vampire, taught him to grow up, “to be more mature,” to be responsible and prudent about his career benefits.He drove to his guesting at Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multiplatform sports talk show, in a modest sedan, a far cry from the often shiny rides PBA stars prefer.“It takes me from point A to point B just the same,” he said. “I’d rather save up for a house for my family, especially since my wife will give birth soon.”Basketball-wise, it taught him the value of hard work, of making sure he continued to get better. He worked on his shooting during his stint in Thailand and it was his ability to consistently hit the three ball that earned him that call that booked him a flight home.In a conference where Blackwater made the playoffs and had its best showing in franchise history, Zamar averaged a shade over 10 points per game, hitting 45 percent of his shots, including a 38 percent clip from beyond the arc. He has earned a player of the week citation and has made big shots to win games for the Elite.Now, he imparts life lessons to anyone willing to listen. Lessons he learned as he chased his PBA dream.“You will always be criticized,” he said, taking to heart what Mono teammate Patrick Sanders taught him. “It could be your father, your teammate your coach. But take those criticism to improve yourself. Because once you stop to improve as a player, that becomes you downfall.”His faith has been renewed, too, and he takes time to always pray and be thankful for the opportunities he was given, the lessons he learned which he someday hopes to pass to his future son. PVL’s star continues to shine bright Zamar displaying a picture-perfect form for Blackwater as he lives out his PBA dream.The heartache hits hardest at 3 a.m., when a sudden surge of sleeplessness startles Paul Zamar into surveying the empty spaces around him.As his eyes grow accustomed to the darkness, the reality becomes clear.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You realize you’re alone in your room,” said Zamar in Filipino. One by one, the emotions land blows all around him. “You miss your family. You miss your loved ones. You get homesick.”He sometimes succumbs to phone calls to his dad, San Miguel Beer assistant coach Boycie Zamar, to pour out his feelings. Maybe this was the wrong decision. Maybe he should fly back home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut he always manages to reel himself back to the same steely determination that made him leave home in the first place: There is a dream. And Paul Zamar, no matter how late, believes he can make that dream come true.Zamar was a rotation guy at University in the East in the UAAP, a vital cog in teams that went to the Final Four and even the Finals of the country’s most prestigious collegiate tournament. Then the slide dreaded by those chasing a spot in the pros: UE dropped out of the Final Four race the next season and fell near the bottom the year after. LATEST STORIES Despite a relatively successful stint in the D-League, there were no call-ups. Thus, the decision to try his luck abroad.“It was a financial decision. I had just gotten married [in 2016],” said Zamar. “Plus, every year that I wasn’t getting into the PBA, fresh talents were getting added from the UAAP and NCAA.”Roster spots were getting fewer and fewer.When he flew to Thailand, he knew he’d fall out of the radar of PBA scouts, but he gambled anyway.And the right numbers came up when he rolled the dice.Zamar had a career to remember with the Mono’s sister club in Thailand, highlighted by a 52-point game and a Finals appearance in the ABL against San Miguel Beer-Alab, which finally sent Blackwater management dialing his number.Finally, he was on a flight home—for good. In between his Draft night and his first game in the PBA (against Ginebra, where before tip-off he got a congratulatory handshake and pep talk from Caguioa. “I didn’t want to let go of his hand. He’s my idol.”), was a circuitous path filled with D-League games, Thailand league matches, lost-in-translation basketball moments and wave after wave of homesickness.He was 24 when he got drafted. He was 30 when he finally got to play his first PBA game, looking like a wide-eyed rookie before tip-off. He was drafted when President Aquino was in power and played his first game under President Duterte’s rule.In between Zamar’s Draft night and his first PBA game, Fajardo had won four MVP trophies.Now, when Zamar looks back to those long Thailand days, his eyes well up until they can no longer hold back the tears. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “You should always be faithful to your dream and be faithful to God. Because God will always fulfill his promise. You never know when but his promise always prevails. And I will be a testament to that.”“Always be resilient because this world can be very cruel. If you don’t put up a fight, this world will swallow you whole. I think that’s a trait of every Pinoy. We’re all survivors. Put us in America, in the Middle East, anywhere, we will always put up a fight.“Me, I’ve always fought for my dreams—to play basketball, to play in the PBA,” Zamar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more