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Shock Messi’s hint on Bielsa sends jitters into Leeds camp

first_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art And Messi believes the ideal solution would be to bring in Bielsa to stop the rot. As the man idolised by Pep Guardiola for his coaching beliefs, Bielsa’s approach to the game is one Messi feels would work well in Barcelona. At this stage, there has been no contact between Barca and Bielsa’s representatives. But that threat will certainly set alarm bells ringing at Elland Road. Club bosses have so far been fairly relaxed about delaying new talks to allow Bielsa to enjoy the title celebrations. read also:Inter boss Conte brands Messi talk as ‘fantasy football’ However, the prospect of losing a man who has done so much for the club may prompt to act imminently. Leeds’ hand may also be forced after they recently lost Bielsa’s right-hand man Carlos Corberan to Huddersfield. The Spaniard was being lined-up as Bielsa’s long-term replacement at Elland Road but took over as Town boss on July 23. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona to snatch Marcelo Bielsa from Leeds to become the new boss at the Nou Camp. Bielsa is yet to agree a new contract with the Championship winners, with his existing deal running out this week. And Messi wants Barca to go all out to try to tempt the 64-year-old away from Yorkshire to take over from Quique Setien, according to The Sun. Barcelona are struggling on and off the pitch, with Real Madrid winning the title amid financial troubles in Catalonia. The LaLiga giants have reportedly put 12 first-team players up for sale as they look to get back on track. There are also issues between Setien and Messi, with the pair having a strained relationship. The battle is also on for the club presidency. With current incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu facing criticism for his handling of affairs. Bartomeu favours making club legend Xavi the new manager. But the former Barca midfielder has his concerns about returning.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, November 16, 2015:•8:14 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery of a known suspect(s) in the 600 block E. 22nd, Wellington.•10:31 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•3:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1800 block N. A, Wellington.•5:39 p.m. Officers investigated stalking and criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block N. High, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Stormie G. Higgenbotham, 53, Wellington and Dominque L. Vargas, 18, Wellington.•7:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 100 block Apple Blossom Lane, Wellington.last_img read more

Champions League: Edinson Cavani scores as PSG beat Chelsea 2-1

first_imgStruggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched onto a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defense from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often, because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free-kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of halftime with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG is unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on Nov. 3 – a run of 23 games.advertisementStill, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy its chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge, we will get chances and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarterfinals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season – with both ties settled on away goals.PSG’s preparations for the match were rocked by a scandal involving right back Serge Aurier, who was suspended by the club for insulting Blanc and some teammates in an expletive-filled online video.But Blanc’s side came out with plenty of energy, with midfielder Marco Verratti forcing a save from Courtois and Brazilian winger Lucas shooting wide.Chelsea’s makeshift defense – missing injured center-halves John Terry and Kurt Zouma – was often caught in two minds, whether to sit back or push up on their opponents.Thankfully for the visitors, left back Cesar Azpilicueta cut out Di Maria’s defense-splitting pass to Lucas as he was breaking into the area.But the visitors almost took a shock lead in the 23rd only for PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to brilliantly push Diego Costa’s header onto the crossbar following left back Abdul Baba Rahman’s drifting cross.PSG attacked next, but Ibrahimovic – having done well to peel off his marker – delivered a poor downward header that startled Courtois only because it was so weak.Di Maria wasted another opportunity, but the breakthrough came after Lucas was fouled by Mikel some 25 meters out, and Ibrahimovic’s powerful free-kick clipped Mikel’s leg and wrong-footed Courtois.Ibrahimovic’s intense joy at scoring was understandable, too, given that he was harshly sent off during the first half in the second leg last season.But PSG’s defense, so rarely tested in the French league, paid the price for poor marking when Costa rose brilliantly above Ibrahimovic to flick on a corner, the ball fell to Mikel and he blasted past Trapp.”I think the big regret tonight is conceding this goal right on halftime,” Blanc said. “I was quite angry about that. We gave the ball away four or five times before their goal.”While Ibrahimovic scores for fun, it was Mikel’s seventh goal in 361 career club appearances.Chelsea’s gleeful support chanted “You’re not singing anymore” and from the restart, Chelsea could have scored again when Willian played in Costa. But he opened his foot too much, allowing Trapp to guess the angle of his shot.Courtois was much busier, stopping efforts from Di Maria and Ibrahimovic and unlocking his giant frame to superbly palm away Di Maria’s curling shot.But Cavani pounced to hand Hiddink his first defeat since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December.”Of course a defeat is never a good or nice feeling, but scoring away is always good,” Hiddink said. “We are still in the race.”advertisementlast_img read more