28-year-old Wisil, who became the first track and field female athlete in the Pacific Island nations to qualify on merit for this year’s Rio Olympic, praised the good Lord for helping her achieve her dreams.“I lost my dad and my brother in the same month but I want to thank God for the talent and helping me achieve my dreams.“I never give up on my dreams; this is my passion and my life. I have been participating in athletics for 12 years now. This is a big moment for me and my coach, they have been behind me and I’m so proud of them,” Wisil said.“I can’t believe it, I trained hard and dedication has paid off and I’m happy. I want to thank God for everything he has done for me,” she added.The elated Wisil said: “When you have a dream, don’t give up. You work hard to achieve your dreams. Nothing is free in life.”Wisil’s coach, Tony Fairweather, said Wisil would skip the preliminary rounds in the Olympics which should make things easier for her.“She was already selected for PNG team but it’s good for her to come here and do her qualifier,” he said.“This means this is going to stop her from going to that preliminary rounds; she’s not going to take the risk of qualifying again when she gets there. That’s the beauty of it.“We had a really long summer, we have done a lot of racing and we knew that if we get the right conditions, we will get the results.”
-Is ERTE necessary for workers?-The situation is complex. It is time to take action. We spoke with professional athletes to reduce players’ wages, but we have also taken action with employees. Affects everyone. With professional players there has been an agreement.-But then if the players submit, why is the ERTE done?-This situation affects everyone. Not only in Can Barça, throughout society. The goal is to get out of this crisis and return to normal. The employees also want to help the club, they want it and it is from Barça. The important thing is that Barça continues, that it will continue. And that it has viability, that it does. In this ERTE that we are doing, the players and the club will supplement with their salaries so that the employees can collect the full salary for the duration of the ERTE.-The Works Council says that it has not received any communication. Will ERTE be done?-Òscar Grau, our CEO, has been talking for days with the Company Committee. The ERTE will be done. Not just because the club wants it, the employees want it too. Everyone wants to collaborate so that Barça has savings. Since March 14, Barça has no income. We have a mattress but we need to take action.-Well, put numbers on it. The Company Committee does not understand that with the saving of the chips of professional athletes there is not enough to avoid ERTE.The saving is 16 million euros and that represents 5.75% per year of the players. And the 16 million euros is not enough to avoid ERTE. We have to think that Barça has nothing since day 14. We do not have the Museum open, television rights, hospitality, tickets … They are not losses. We stopped depositing a lot of money. It is not convenient to give figures, but with these measures that we take with professional athletes and workers, we mitigate losses. Hopefully this will last 60 days at most. They are not desperate measures. What Barça is doing is what the big clubs in Europe are doing. Bayern, Lyon, Juventus.-Messi criticized them for putting them under the magnifying glass.-The players never refused to pay their wages. In any moment. On March 20, there was a meeting in which they admitted.-Why did they say that ERTE would be done yes or yes?-With current alert status regulations, clubs can do an ERTE. It could be done without the agreement of the players. But it is not easy for a group of players who cannot see each other, to reach an agreement. They have to have talks and it has lasted ten days. What was important was an agreement. I am not aware that there were players in disagreement, but they had to talk to their teammates. They have been talking. These days there have been many nerves in society and there have been people from inside and outside the club, who did not have the information and have given too much opinion.-Who has spoken too much?-There are always people. And it has happened. People from inside the club and from outside the club who have spoken from outside without having all the information. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 31, 2020 – it is difficult to think that they put obstacles to collaborate. And it has been possible to transmit that they were insensitive. And that is what is inferred from Messi’s statement.-From my point of view, his vision was open. Both football and the other sections. Everyone has been predisposed to help in the face of this long-term lack of income, although I do not expect it.Do you think it has been managed well from within the club?Everyone knows what he has done, what he has said, what he has hinted at. What I am saying is that the conferences with the captains have been carried out with the greatest predisposition. It has been exemplary how they have behaved. And this extra two percent that the players have put in, is of a generosity that makes us happy. I am proud of everyone.-What about most basketball players?-There are players who have not said yes. They’re very few. I don’t know the number. I am convinced that everyone will end up saying yes. But the club will do it without your permission. I am convinced that little by little they will say yes.-Mirotic has been proactive.-I’m not saying five. Responsive players are missing. With everyone there have been meetings with the captains to explain. The club could do the ERTE without asking, but Barça is a benchmark. And it was important to do it in a negotiated way.– In June it would have entered bankruptcy?-We would not go bankrupt. But if nothing had been restored until June, then there would have been losses. The club should have 1,050 million. Until February we had a higher rate than we had anticipated. It was the highest rate in history. Now it has stopped. If we do not restore normality, obviously there will be losses. And so we are making the reductions.-Are relations touched?-No. I have a fluid and constant relationship with the captains. Not just to talk about that agreement. I am on committees of UEFA, FIFA and we have discussed new scenarios, new competition models, dates. We talk often because it is important to know what will happen next, when we will go on vacation. There are many unknowns because the scenarios are unpredictable. This may make some things change for us.-What are you thinking?-The club will have to rethink it. Competition, organization. It is a responsibility to study it and see when the pandemic comes down, how we– What competition is there to rethink?-We are watching the Club World Cup with 24 teams, we have to rethink the Champions since 2024. We have to finish the LaLiga out of respect for everyone. How it could affect it at the level of income and fans. There are unknowns to be solved.-LaLiga says that you have to finish the competition anyway. The Barca?Barça agrees to finish LaLiga, the Champions League and the Europa League. We will see how we will do it. But having agreed to change the Euro Cup and the Copa América makes the schedules easier. But Barça wants to do it open door. If you have to extend the competition by two or three weeks for people to be in the stadium, that’s what we want.-What are you doing with the Generalitat?We are in talks. At the moment, some team is using the facilities. The mobile team that carries players when players are injured is in Sant Pau.-Are you helping older partners in this coronavirus crisis?-Yes. We speak to everyone who has questions about the pandemic. A person always gives you solutions and accompanies you.-What news do you have of the audit for the I3 Ventures case?-It is not the same to work in an office as from home but once it is finished, we will talk for sure. The president of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, spoke into the microphones of Catalunya Ràdio this Tuesday to explain details about the agreement he reached with the footballers and to analyze the economic situation of the Barca.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday’s practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.Asked if Butler would play in Minnesota’s regular-season opener at San Antonio next Wednesday, Thibodeau said: “The situation remains fluid.”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 ChrissButler told ESPN following Wednesday’s practice that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been fixed.“Let’s just be honest. It could be,” Butler said in the interview. “But do I think so? 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Thibodeau has said any deal must be in the best interest of the Timberwolves.Thibodeau said some of what was reported in the aftermath of the practice was incorrect, but he declined to elaborate.“It’s not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk,” Thibodeau said. “It was competitive.”Asked if he was pleased with the practice, Thibodeau said: “You’re never pleased with practice. You’re always striving for it to be as good as possible.”Thibodeau said he would not comment on Butler’s reported criticism of Towns and Wiggins. He acknowledged his team would have to deal with the constant media attention over the situation and whether Butler will be traded.“That’s the challenge of the NBA,” Thibodeau said. “Every team is going to through something at some point of the season. For us it’s early on and the challenge is not to get distracted, to get ready for the season.” Center Karl-Anthony Towns would not address what happened at that practice or whether a players’ meeting was held Thursday.“I think the only thing that needs to be clarified is we’re excited to pick up a basketball here today in Milwaukee,” Towns said. Asked if he would be happy to play with Butler in the season opener, Towns said, “I’m happy to play basketball with anybody.”Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season and would be eligible to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota at that point. Young stars Towns and Andrew Wiggins have signed five-year contracts with the team.Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, who played with Butler in Chicago, said he did not think Wednesday’s practice was out of the ordinary.“I felt it was like a normal practice, but it was new for guys,” Gibson said. “It’s only our second year together (in Minnesota), but I’ve been around Jimmy for a long time.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 25, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, right, watches from the bench during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in Houston. With Butler’s status still unresolved, coach Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves head toward the season coming off the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 14 years but carrying yet a still-cloudy outlook despite the super-max contract Karl-Anthony Towns.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams talks motherhood, insecurities at conference Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Butler was brought to Minnesota prior to last season to reunite with Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach, and bring leadership to a young team. The Timberwolves reached the playoffs last season and lost to Houston in the first round.“The biggest job of a leader, in my eyes, is to unite and inspire,” Thibodeau said. “It’s OK to confront, that’s not an issue. But if you do confront, don’t beat down.”Notes: Wiggins was not with the team Friday, remaining home while awaiting the birth of his first child.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Mr. Tweah: “FPA’s story is far from the truth.”The National Independence Day Orator, Mr. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., was born on May 6, 1971, onto the union of Mr. Samuel D. Tweah and Mrs. Mary Datiloh Williams, respectively of Matuken and Doloken, Maryland County. Young D. Tweah, as he is affectionately known, had a Christian upbringing under the guidance of his prayerful mother, who worked at the John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital for 23 years before her retirement. His father worked as a mechanic at the Jos Hansen Garage, formerly located in the Waterside area. Education:Samuel D. Tweah, Jr. is a proud product of public education. As a resident of the Bong Mines Bridge community in the early 80s, he attended the William V. S. Tubman Elementary School located in Point Four, Bushrod Island, before departing for Bomi Hills (now Bomi County) where he had brief stints at private education at the St. Paul Episcopal Elementary School and the more famous St. Dominics Catholic School.D. Tweah completed middle school at the G. W. Gibson Jr. High School (now a high school) before enrolling at the William V. S. Tubman High School, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1993. In 1995 the National Orator was among the first group of students to gain admission at the University of Liberia, five years after the onset of the Liberian civil conflict. At the UL, he read economics and mathematics, graduating magna cum laude in 2001. In 2009, he obtained a Master’s degree in economics from George Washington University, in Washington D. C., United States. Professional Career:Prior to and during graduate school, Mr. Tweah began his formal work experience in Minnesota, United States, variously working for U.S. Bank, Citi-Financial Auto, a subsidiary of Citi-Group; B. F. Saul Company in Bethesda, Maryland, and MBA Management in Chantilly, Virginia. The national orator returned from the United States in 2011 and was hired as the lead economic consultant at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs to cost the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), which was a five-year development plan of the Government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The costing team developed the methodology and conducted wide-ranging consultations, finally putting the cost of 1,200 interventions in the AFT Results Framework at $US3.2 billion. Beyond duties of costing the AfT, Mr. Tweah also provided program and policy advice and support at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, spanning the years 2011-2013.In 2013, he was hired as the Lead Economist of the National Millennium Compact Development Project, the Liberia country team assembled to manage Liberia’s access to the United States Compact grant administered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). In 2013, Liberia became eligible to receive the MCC grant but as a requirement the country had to develop an economic constraints analysis proffering evidence of the binding constraints to private investment in Liberia.Under the lead authorship of Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., the MCC Liberia Country Team delivered a 212 page Liberia’s Constraints Analysis, which identified the poor quality of roads and the lack of reliable and affordable electricity as the binding constraints to private investment. The Country Team worked to deliver for Liberia US$257 million, the lion share of which partly financed the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Dam.While serving both as Consultant at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs and the lead economist on the Compact Team, Mr. Tweah had the opportunity to also consult with many NGOs and other organizations on economic matters ranging from the economics of natural resource management to agriculture development. He was hired by UNESCO and the Government of Liberia as the consultant to cost Liberia’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) five-year implementation work plan.In 2016, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the constituency comprising, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. At the Board of the AfDB, Senior Advisor Tweah became known for his impassioned advocacy for Africa’s development. He was, and remains as Governor of the African Development Bank, a loud voice for recapitalizing the AfDB to enable the Bank do more for Africa.In January 2018, Mr. Tweah was appointed Minister of Finance and Development Planning by His Excellency President George Manneh Weah. Social and Political Life As a young man and while a student at the University of Liberia, Mr. Tweah was always drawn to politics and social advocacy. He was elected President of the first post-war Freshman class at the UL in 1995 and thereafter joined the Student Democratic Alliance (STUDA), where he became Assistant Secretary-General, Secretary General and Chairman.In 1999, he became Standard Bearer of STUDA and contested the leadership of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU). Also while at the UL, Mr. Tweah led the establishment of the first post-war student-based anti-AIDS advocacy, the Student Anti-AIDS program (SAAP), which mobilized students and young people against the deadly HIV virus in the late nineties. Mr. Tweah made his first foray into National politics as a Member of the Unity Party in the 1997 presidential elections, serving as member of the UP youth wing.As the 2005 election approached and while residing in Minnesota, USA, Mr. Tweah joined LIBWIN, an organization supporting the presidential bid of Cllr. Winston A. Tubman and chaired by Mr. Nathanial F. McGill. On the evening of July 18, 2004, the National Orator was inspired by a memorable event: UNICEF Ambassador George Manneh Weah’s receipt of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 12th annual Espy Awards, aired on the cable network CNN.During the award ceremony, the American actor Denzel Washington’s moving description of the patriotism, humanitarianism and nationalism of Ambassador George Manneh Weah stirred Mr. Tweah into perceiving Ambassador Weah through a new political lens. He saw Ambassador Weah as a perfect candidate for the 2005 presidential elections, believing that any postwar Liberian president had to come from outside the very decrepit political culture that had collapsed Liberia and had to embody the character and exude the patriotism, national sacrifice and nationalism exemplified in Ambassador George Manneh Weah.A few phone calls and political meetings later, the Liberia National Congress (LNC) was born in Minnesota to project George Manneh Weah on the political stage. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., was selected as its chairman and James F. Kollie, Jr., its Secretary-General. While the leaders of LNC had been organizing in Minnesota, they soon discovered that another group of Liberians in Monrovia were on the same path to projecting Ambassador George Manneh Weah, and remarkably doing so under the same nomenclature of Liberia National Congress.After a few discussions and visit by Ambassador Weah to Minnesota, the two groups combined forces. The name LNC was changed to the Congress for Democratic Change. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., was elected the first Chairman of what now became known as CDC-USA. In 2005, the National Orator became the keynote speaker at the first Convention of the Congress for Democratic Change held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. He served as Senior Political Officer to candidate George Weah in the 2005 presidential elections. He has also served as Chairman of the CDC Grievance and Ethics Committee.Religious Life:The National Orator is a Christian and a member of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church. As a Christian, Mr. Tweah has a very strong tolerance for religious diversity, believing that God is the ultimate Judge of mankind.Family: Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., is wedded to Mrs. Delecia B. Tweah and the union is blessed with four wonderful girls: Sadel Datiloh Tweah, Samel Tweah, Sadela Tweah and Samela Tweah.Mr. Tweah’s siblings include Dr. Patricia Wesley, Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing and African Literature at Penn State University; Mrs. Oretha Pannoh, resident of Staten Island New York, and Attorney at Law Norris L. Tweah, Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia and a former Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Hobbies:The National Orator is an avid player of chess who led the organization of the Liberian Chess Federation in 2016, becoming its first President. He loves football, and his best footballers ever are Maradona, George Manneh Weah and Zinedine Zidane. In tennis, he is a huge fan of Roger Federer, very worried that Roger’s tennis record may soon be overtaken by his rival Rafael Nadal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Monday revealed that three councils would be assembled to monitor trade relations with three of Guyana’s bilateral partners.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin flanked by the Cuban, Canadian and Indian Ambassadors along with representatives from GCCIThe three countries – Cuba, India and Canada – recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guyana to boost and monitor trade relations.As such, the councils namely the Guyana-India, the Guyana-Cuba, and the Guyana-Canada Councils – are expected to be established soon, GCCI President Deodat Indar announced.The councils will consist of representatives from the GCCI, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Business Ministry, GO-Invest, Guyana Bar Association, representatives from the respective country’s High Commission to Guyana, and officials from the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).According to Indar, the Councils “will operate in their own right, have their own meetings; have their own Terms of Reference that they agree on and they will deal with that, they will approve that, change that as they see fit; and they will run it independently, but there will also be some form of reporting mechanisms for it, so that we know that work is being done.”Moreover, he posited that the Chairperson of each trade facilitation council would be expected to report to the statutory meetings, which would be held at the Chambers once a month.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin expressed eagerness to support the endeavour, noting that trade facilitation was not just the work of the Government or Private Sector as a collective body.He further highlighted that the Business Ministry was “willing to participate” in any way that would ensure the success of the initiative involving Guyana and the three countries.Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Narciso Reinaldo Armador Soeorro indicated that this launch and signing of the MoU collectively was an important step to improving bilateral relations.In addition, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Mahalingam Venkatachalam told media operatives that the launch of the Councils was one of the most anticipated steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the MoU.Canadian Ambassador to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee related, “The Councils are only going to help things in a more organised way to ensure that both parties can realise the full potential of our countries and counterpart Private Sectors.”Further, Indar explained that owing to reports of a fluctuating export sector, the GCCI took up the task of improving it.“Over last year, this Chamber decided that the local scene we were seeing some downturns and some upswings in different sectors and strategically what we said is that we need to try to start building on the export markets for our members, so we took the initiative and we first went to Cuba … they actually drafted the MoU between the Cuba Chamber of Commerce and us … to strengthen ties bilaterally between Guyana – not just Georgetown Chamber of Commerce – but between Guyana and Cuba”.Subsequent to this, Indar said that similar MoUs were signed with India and Canada respectively.
D’Urban Park Project…Auditor General probe hits brick wallAs the probe into the controversial D’Urban Park Project continues, Auditor General Deodat Sharma says he is dissatisfied with the information they have gathered thus far and would, therefore, need more documents.Last week, the Public Infrastructure Ministry said in a statement that it had already handed over documents requested by the Auditor General’s Office.But Sharma told <<
A 30-year-old East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident has been hospitalised in critical condition after he was shot by armed bandits just after midnight on Tuesday.The injured man has been identified as Ishwar Ramanah, called “Jack”, a machine operator from Macaw Drive, Kaneville, EBD. The incident occurred at 00:10h at the victim’s home.According to reports, Ramanah was attacked by two armed men, who relieved him of a gold chain valued $40,000. However, the bandits shot the man once in the abdomen before making good their escape.The injured man was taken to seek medical attention at a medical facility and has undergone surgery.The Police have since recovered a spent shell of a small calibre weapon at the scene. No arrests have been made. Investigations are continuing.
A fine was also reduced from 600,000 Swiss francs ($607,000; £462,000) to half that amount by the Lausanne-based court.Lampard insisted he had not yet had any conversations with Chelsea’s board about transfer plans, but will start them now in earnest.“It’s a positive outcome for us. It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward,” Lampard said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Everton.“So I’m pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.“So from my point of view, for the club moving forward, it’s obviously a good thing.”A CAS statement explaining their decision said that Chelsea were guilty of violating rules related to the international transfer and registration of minors, “but for a significantly smaller number of players”, concluding that they were only guilty of one third of the violations found by FIFA.In addition, the breaches of other transfer rules “were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea FC by FIFA”.Chelsea later welcomed the news before describing FIFA’s approach as “deeply unsatisfactory, not least as FIFA chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense to Chelsea”.A 451-word statement issued on Twitter detailed how, according to the club, FIFA had got it badly wrong bringing the charges.The club said it “respects the importance of the work undertaken by FIFA” concerning the protection of minors.But it warned that if FIFA continued to impose “inconsistent and unequal sanctions” on clubs it would cast doubt on the confidence in the body’s ability to “appropriately regulate this important area”.The initial ban was announced by football’s world governing body in February, but Chelsea had always denied wrongdoing.It followed a FIFA probe into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players, including the club’s former forward Bertrand Traore, a Burkina Faso international who now plays for French Ligue 1 club Lyon.Frank Lampard could now see new signings arrive at Chelsea in the January window, but admitted the club would need to be careful with their recruitement policy © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLTraore signed professional forms for Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January the following year.At first they appealed to FIFA who partially lifted the ban in April, although only for players under 16 who are not “international transfers and first registrations of foreign minor players”.That left Chelsea still unable to sign players over 16 during the summer transfer window.– ‘Important we get it right’ –Chelsea had been eager to have the ban lifted at the time, or at least suspended pending an appeal, so they could be in a position to sign a replacement for Eden Hazard, who was sold to Real Madrid.Nevertheless, in the absence of new recruits, Lampard has enjoyed success promoting several members of the club’s youth academy to the first team.Centre-back Fikayo Tomori, midfielder Mason Mount and striker Tammy Abraham have all returned from loan spells to become regulars, their form leading to England call-ups. Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals this season.Young full-back Reece James has also broken into the first team, while USA winger Christian Pulisic remains the last new signing brought to the club after being signed from Borussia Dortmund for £58 million ($74 million) last January.Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League and Lampard admitted the club would need to be careful with their recruitment policy.“As we go forward of course if I feel there are positions we can strengthen then we will obviously look at that, as all big clubs do.“That’s why people expected less of us this season, because lots of clubs around us and below us were spending £100 million and we didn’t have that chance, and we lost Eden Hazard and two number nines.“Now the picture’s slightly changed and it’s important that we get it right moving forward.”0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea will be able to make new signings in January after their transfer ban was reduced on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport © AFP/File / JUSTIN TALLISLausanne, Switzerland, Dec 6 – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted the club will be on the lookout for new faces in the January window after a FIFA-imposed transfer ban was reduced on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.The ban, imposed following violations in the recruitment of minors, was reduced from two transfer windows to one, which Chelsea already served in the summer.
Liverpool’s recent excellent form is a huge threat to Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, Gary Neville has revealed.The Red Devils legend firmly believes his former side will finish in the top four this season but, in a conversation with Jamie Carragher on talkSPORT, he conceded their rivals’ brilliant run of results has got him worried.While guest hosting Drivetime, he admitted: “While I said that I think Manchester United will finish in the top four, I’m a lot more concerned about it than I was three or four weeks ago – particularly about Liverpool.“They obviously now have come into a run of form where they are keeping clean sheets and they are playing a lot better.“I wasn’t as concerned a few weeks ago; thinking they were seven or eight points behind and they had the cup commitments they have got coming up. But now they’re within a fairly short distance of Man United I think I am more concerned.“I still think, in the end, [their extra European games] will be too much but I am more concerned than I was.”
Welcome to this week’s European Football Show.Andy Brassell is joined this week by Paolo Bandini to take a closer look at the game across Europe.Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s potential summer transfer and the young star between the posts at AC Milan, Gianluigi Donnarumma, are among the subjects debated.