Unconcerned Conte puts ball in Chelsea’s court

first_img“Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach or not, what is the problem?” said Conte. “I go to sleep without a problem.“I try to do everything and, if this is enough ok, otherwise the club take a different decision. The life goes on.”Defeat leaves Chelsea still lagging in fourth and just a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for the top four.Conte has repeatedly complained throughout the campaign at his lack of input towards the club’s recruitment strategy.Once more the Italian lined up without a recognised striker at Vicarage Road with Alvaro Morata sidelined by injury and new-signing Olivier Giroud deemed fit enough only for a place on the bench.However, Conte also delivered some stinging criticism to his players, who he said “played with fear”.“I try to continue to work to try to improve different aspects of my players, but today I think our performance was very poor,” added Conte.“For sure I have to take the responsibility because maybe I made the wrong decision for the starting XI.“To play football in a big club it means you must have personality. It is simple to play when there is the confidence.“In this type of moment you can see who is (made) for a great club, to play with personality to risk something.”– ‘A loser finds excuses’ –Chelsea’s task wasn’t made any easier when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent-off after just half an hour for two quickfire bookable offences.Troy Deeney’s penalty put the hosts in front just before the break, but Chelsea were offered a lifeline eight minutes from time by a brilliant 25-yard strike from Eden Hazard.And Conte was particularly annoyed with his side’s reaction in the closing stages as they conceded three times in the final six minutes to Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra.“In the second-half I saw great will and desire, but a lot of confusion. We were able to draw and I think in that moment we must be good to manage the situation, to understand the moment.“A great team must do this, instead in 10 minutes we concede three goals.”Conte also refused to accept injuries and fatigue are the reason for the stark difference in Chelsea’s performances in results from his first season where they didn’t have the distraction of European football.“For sure it is a difficult moment and if we want to find excuses or alibis always we can find everything,” added Conte.“This is not my way to face the situation to solve the problem.“The winner finds a solution, the loser finds excuses. In my life I like to be a winner and I am a winner.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coach Antonio Conte said Chelsea “played with fear” during their 4-1 thrashing to Watford © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 6 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he will lose no sleep over the threat he could be sacked less than a year after winning the Premier League following a 4-1 thrashing at Watford on Monday.The champions have now conceded seven goals in their last two outings after also going down 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week to put their chances of Champions League qualification for next season in serious peril.last_img read more

Game Of Thrones Maisie Williams Jumps From A Plane For Dolphins

first_imgGame Of Thrones star Maisie Williams threw herself out of a plane for dolphins this week.Ric O’Barry and Maisie Williams after their skydiveCredit/Copyright: DolphinProject.netThe star, who is currently appearing in the latest season of Dr Who, took to the skies for a charity skydive with Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry.“The jump was fantastic!” said Maisie. “As an ambassador for Dolphin Project, I was so happy to be able to raise money and awareness for their amazing cause. It was so much fun to celebrate Ric’s 76th birthday by jumping out of a plane 15000 feet in the air!”Over $1000 was raised during the jump for Dolphin Project, which aims to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all.“Skydiving is something I have done before and enjoyed so much, so I thought, why not do it for a good cause?” added Maisie. “Doing wild things for charity brings more attention to topics I feel are really important.”To find out more about Dolphin Project, click here.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cornwall Visits Montenegro With UNICEF

first_imgHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall last week visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.The app was developed through UNICEF’s work with #WeProtect – a global initiative created by the UK government to tackle online child sexual abuse and exploitation that includes UNICEF’s programme to address the issue in 17 countries.The Duchess of Cornwall met with teams to see an exclusive preview of the new app and to discuss how it will protect children online. On her visit The Duchess of Cornwall also met with a classroom of children to find out how UNICEF is supporting them develop essential skills and competencies so they can thrive in school and their future careers. The programme, developed and conducted in partnership with the Jubilee Center and University of Birmingham, aims to help children grow into well-rounded human beings with strong social and emotional skills as well as a formal education.The Duchess of Cornwall also met children in foster care and their foster families as part of UNICEF Montenegro’s Every child needs a family campaign. The initiative aims to encourage more people to become foster parents so that vulnerable children are not placed in institutions.Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, a long term supporter of the Unicef work in Montenegro, was also at the event to meet The Duchess of Cornwall.Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull, said: “We are delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with UNICEF in Montenegro to understand how we are protecting children from danger. Online sexual exploitation of children is a huge and deeply disturbing issue that needs urgent attention and we are working with #WeProtect to keep more children safe online.”last_img read more

NBA Playoffs Preview Do The Grizzlies Have Any Chance Against The Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an insanely dominant team. To answer the question in this article’s headline: Yes, the Grizzlies have a chance — about a 6 percent chance according to our Real Plus-Minus-based projections. The Warriors projected Real Plus-Minus (RPM) of +15.8 points against the Grizzlies is easily the best of any team; Golden State has about a 10-point advantage per 100 possessions.So the Warriors are likely to win, yes, but the series has several interesting contrasts for the basketball geek.Take speed. If the Warriors do succeed against Memphis, they’ll probably do so playing their breathtakingly fast style. Golden State had by far the fastest pace in the league this season, at 98.3 possessions per game. The Grizzlies play at a lumbering gait: at 92.0 possessions per game, Memphis ranked in the bottom five of the league. The Warriors are also in the top four in total blocks and steals, which ignite fastbreaks. The Grizzlies are content playing solid half-court defense, forcing turnovers and limiting your total shots. It’s fast vs. slow.Shot selection is another difference. The Warriors, especially Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, excel behind the 3-point arc. The team led the NBA in both 3-point percentage (at nearly 40 percent!), and in the total number of threes attempted. The Grizzlies? They attempt the second fewest 3-pointers of any team in the NBA, with below-average success. Memphis’ strength is near the basket, where you’ll find their two big men, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. It’s outside vs. inside.Curry, who might just win the MVP award, leads the way for a stacked Warriors team; his projected +8.8 RPM is the second highest of any player (behind Cleveland’s LeBron James). At the other end, the Warriors will rely on defensive superstar Draymond Green, the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year. Draymond will have a unique challenge against the two Memphis big men. If he can handle one of them one-on-one, the Warriors could cruise.For the Grizzlies, their (already slim) chances took a hit when point guard Mike Conley suffered a facial fracture. He’s projected to play only 15 minutes per game by these RPM calculations. But if he plays through the injury, and if the Grizzlies can slow the pace and prevent the 3-point-happy Warriors from blowing the roof off, Memphis could make this series interesting. read more