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Mourinho wants more from Hazard

first_img And in presenting Hazard with Chelsea’s 2013-14 player of the year award in May, Mourinho told him: “Next season we want more from you.” The Portuguese said: “We are feeling day by day his motivation to work hard and to improve. “He’s a kid that was always leaning on his natural talent, which is amazing, and from a certain moment he was starting to have some tactical education, mental education. It’s clear the improvement. “It was a big evolution from the Eden I met in Thailand (in July 2013), where we started pre-season, and the Eden that ended the season. This season, even more.” If Hazard’s individual aspirations are lofty, so too are Mourinho’s, with the possibility he could become the first manager to lift the European Cup with three clubs. He denied the quest to follow his 2004 win with Porto and 2010 success with Inter Milan is an “obsession”. “To win with three clubs is unique,” Mourinho said. “But it’s far from being an obsession and it’s not something that I think about a lot. “Even if I don’t do it, how many top managers in the world have only one or even not a single one? “The greatest in our country (Sir Alex Ferguson), he won it twice. “Do I want to try to win it again? Of course. But in this moment I only think about ‘don’t play Europa League’. “We have a championship of six matches and three opponents (in Group G) and we have to do everything to qualify.” Chelsea twice beat Schalke 3-0 last season en route to the last four and have begun the Premier League season in scintillating style, with four wins from four games. “We are far from perfection,” added Mourinho, who has a fully-fit squad after Didier Drogba shrugged off an ankle knock. “We did well (last season). I know that it’s difficult to do better, but we feel we’ve got the conditions to try to do better. We’ve got a better team, a better group.” Petr Cech has been displaced as first-choice goalkeeper by Thibaut Courtois, but specific competitions have not been designated for the goalkeepers. “Don’t be surprised if (Cech) plays a Champions League game or a Premier League game, or if Courtois plays a Capital One Cup game,” Mourinho said. “Petr is more than ready to play every game. He will play a lot, that’s for sure.” Schalke lost 4-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga last weekend and have a host of injury problems. Mourinho is cautious nonetheless, after his side lost their opening home match to Basle last term. He said: “I don’t see a relation between the fact they lost the last match. Probably it makes them stronger. “They will discuss the mistakes they made. For sure they will be a better team and a difficult opponent.” Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on Eden Hazard to prove his talent as one of the greatest players of his generation. The Blues boss expects the Belgian playmaker, signed for a reported £32million from Lille in 2012, to agree a new contract despite having three years to run on his existing deal, as a reward for his ever-increasing influence at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was at times critical of Hazard last season, perhaps because he felt the forward was capable of so much more. “His talent allows him to think about going from a top player to become one of the greats of his generation,” said Mourinho, speaking on the eve of the Champions League Group G opener with Schalke. “We are very proud that he thinks Chelsea is the perfect environment for him to have that evolution. “That’s why he wants to commit to us and we want to commit to him for the future too. “It will be a question of time, but it will end with a new contract.” Hazard, who has continually been linked with Paris St Germain, now wears the number 10 shirt vacated by Juan Mata last January and previously worn by his idol Zinedine Zidane. Mourinho joked Hazard does not have the stature of Zidane – at 1.85 metres the Frenchman is 12 centimetres taller than the Belgian – but it is clear the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ believes he can realise his potential. While insisting he “doesn’t care” personally about shirt numbers, he admired Hazard’s intentions, adding: ” To have that ambition is good. I like that.” Mourinho was critical of a Hazard defensive lapse which contributed to Chelsea’s semi-final exit to Atletico Madrid last term, saying “I’m not happy. I speak all season and I try to improve him all season.” last_img read more

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Women’s water polo heads to La Jolla for tournament

first_imgFresh off two convincing wins to start their 2016 campaign, the No. 2 USC women’s water polo team will travel to La Jolla to play in the Triton Invitational this weekend.The Trojans will square off against Santa Clara at 8 a.m. Saturday and the winner of the UC San Diego-Indiana game at 2:40 p.m. If USC comes away with both wins Saturday, they will advance to the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and to the championship at 5:50 p.m. the same day.In order to claim the title, the Women of Troy will likely have to get past top-ranked UCLA in the championship match.“We’ve been conditioning hard and working on our team chemistry to get ready for big games,” junior two-meter Brigitta Games said. “This weekend will test our hard work.”The Trojans will lean on junior two-meter Avery Peterson, one of their captains and the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 4.5 goals per game early on in the season.“It gives me confidence knowing I can come out and score, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates with setting me up with those opportunities,” Peterson said. “I’m thankful for them being a part of this team.”Pre-season NCAA and MPSF women’s water polo is in full force after a packed weekend of match-ups. While USC took down UC San Diego and Whittier this past weekend, top-ranked Stanford fell to the No. 2 spot after losing to Cal 5-2 in Stanford’s own tournament.Following the upset, UCLA and USC have both taken over the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in the rankings. The Trojans outscored UC San Diego and Whittier by a combined score a 45-6.“Our goal was to focus on defense and keep the other team to a low score,” Peterson said. “When we have good defense, it helps produce our offensive game.”Heading into this week, the Trojans hope to cling on to their top two spot. The Women of Troy faced off with the Brazilian national team Wednesday to get ready for the weekend games.Last season, USC won the Triton Invitational, sweeping four opponents and beating UC Irvine 10-5 in the title match.last_img read more

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first_imgMeanwhile, M P Pandove, Secretary General, Punjab Cricket Meanwhile, M P Pandove, Secretary General, Punjab Cricket Association, also condoled Dalmiyas demise. Pandove fondly recalled his long association with Dalmiya. He said that he enjoyed a very cordial working relationship with Dalmiya for a very long time in BCCI. Pandove further said that Dalmiya would be remembered for the financial turnaround in the BCCI. He stated that the members of the PCA join him in conveying their heartfelt condolences to the family of Dalmiya. PTI SUN AKA FK FKlast_img read more