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

Paschal Chukwu’s early exit leads No. 11 seed Syracuse to similar fate in 78-59 loss to No. 6 seed North Carolina

first_img Published on March 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR NEW YORK — Paschal Chukwu’s one regret was that he didn’t talk to the referees after his first foul. Six minutes in, the whistle blew after North Carolina snared another offensive board and Syracuse’s center thought he recorded a clean block. The official thought differently. Chukwu didn’t know if communicating with them would’ve helped, or what he would’ve said — because “Coach talked to them a lot, but it still didn’t change” — but he would’ve liked to at least say something. When he thought about it later, he decided he would’ve said something like this: “What do you want me to do? I’m not touching him.” He paused. “That was minimal contact and they called a foul. Tyus was getting pushed, held (on the other end) and they didn’t call anything, so I didn’t have any idea what was going on.”When the whistle tweeted, Chukwu put his hands on his head and the Orange’s head coach Jim Boeheim called it “a bad start.” Things unraveled from there as a discombobulated offense never made up for a frantic frontcourt strained by foul trouble. No. 6-seed North Carolina (23-9, 11-7 Atlantic Coast) cudgeled No. 11-seed Syracuse (20-13, 8-10) inside for an eventual 78-59 win in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night.Since the tournament expanded to five days in 2014, none of the 10 teams to win on Tuesday had won again on Wednesday. This year, by the end of the night, two had, but Syracuse was not in that number. North Carolina’s right hook leaves the Orange teetering on the bubble’s edge, in danger of not appearing in the NCAA Tournament for three times in four years for the first time in Jim Boeheim’s 42 seasons as head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It all depends,” bracketologist Patrick Stevens told The Daily Orange at halftime. He listed Baylor, Kansas State and Washington as teams to watch in their conference tournaments. “The thing that helps Syracuse is there’s not a lot of bad (losses) in their resume.”Syracuse game-planned to clamp down on UNC’s 3-point shooters, but the Tar Heels countered by funneling the ball inside. Even when those shots missed, the Tar Heels grabbed 15 offensive boards to go with 27 defensive rebounds. North Carolina’s bigs, forward Luke Maye and wing Theo Pinson, wrecked most of their havoc by stretching Syracuse’s zone with quick interior passing. “We’ve guarded them pretty well on the 3-point line in the two games, we just haven’t been able to do anything inside,” Boeheim said. “… Our front-line guys, they’re playing against guys who won the national championship, guys who are very smart players and interior passers.”North Carolina’s slashing guards and bodying big men were blurs. They knew Syracuse contested every shot near the rim, Pinson said, so his team kept attacking. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett, who plays low in the zone alongside Chukwu, told Chukwu drivers were going to charge into him and utilize effective up-fakes. Stay down, Brissett said. But UNC got Chukwu in the air and pocketed the reward. Two minutes after Chukwu’s first foul, North Carolina’s Joel Berry II snagged an offensive rebound and fed Pinson cutting. Pinson faked. Chukwu leapt. A whistle blew. Syracuse subbed Chukwu out tied and, when he re-entered six minutes later, they trailed by 10. “Having (Chukwu) out the game was huge for us,” Pinson said. The Tar Heels challenged Chukwu and backup center Bourama Sidibe at the rim again and again. Most of the time, both altered shots with their length, but often some iteration of the game’s first play replayed. Then, Chukwu blocked Maye’s first shot, but UNC’s Berry II grabbed an offensive rebound. Maye grabbed a second when Berry II missed the shot, but he finished with a tip-in. The relentless attacking keyed kick-outs for perimeter looks and also had both Syracuse centers nursing three fouls with six minutes to go in the first half. With more than 16 minutes to go in the second stanza, Chukwu fouled out. He had played 15 minutes.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWhen asked about his fouls, Chukwu rolled his eyes, threw up his hands and said, “Man…” He paused. “I had two fouls that I thought were blocked shots. That kind of stuff throws your game, because when they start calling those kinds of fouls, in your mind…” He paused again. “… It’s hard to go up and contest the shots you really want to and block shots because you always got second thoughts, like, ‘Oh, this might be a foul.’ Because against this team, we need our centers to be in the game. It was obvious. When I fouled out, things changed.”Within a minute of Chukwu’s departure, UNC’s Kenny Williams splashed a 3 that extended their lead to 18 and forced Syracuse into a timeout. As players walked to their benches, Frank Sinatra’s voice wafted through the Barclays Center.“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,” he crooned as an introduction to a video-board promotion.The screen showed a host of ACC players in polos picking what they liked better: New York-style pizza or Coney Island hot dogs. A host of eyes in the Syracuse timeout — at least a portion of players, coaches and other staff — gravitated away from the huddle, away from the team in a hole so deep it seemed inescapable, and up toward the distraction. Scowls from the fouls and turnovers and missed shots and everything else that doomed the Orange were, for a second, replaced by grins.Chukwu did not smile. He thought about this game and the Orange’s last against the Tar Heels, when Syracuse pressed and North Carolina sped itself up and Chukwu’s rim-protecting catalyzed a run that rocked the Carrier Dome. This time, Chukwu and Sidibe — who fouled out not long after him — could only watch as UNC quashed their team’s upset bid. Chukwu stood off to the side of the timeout huddle, looking at the floor, a white towel draped over his head. Soon, the buzzer sounded. The North Carolina band played. Syracuse traipsed off the floor. Their night, their run, was over. Their future was uncertain. 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