Saturday, September 22, 2018

LIVE: Sampdoria vs Inter

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Rayo Vallecano vs Deportivo Alaves Highlights

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Huesca vs Real Sociedad Highlights

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Monaco vs Nimes Olympique Highlights

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VfB Stuttgart vs Fortuna Dusseldorf Highlights

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Sassuolo 3 - 1 Empoli Highlights

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin hands points to Chelsea after own goal

The temperature felt far too low for Italy in August and the rain had a drearily English persistence about it but for, long periods, Maurizio Sarri must have felt convinced he was somehow back in Serie A.

Rafael Benítez preceded Chelsea’s manager at Napoli and, clearly remembering that schooling in Catenaccio, very nearly succeeded in choreographing his Newcastle United side to a tactically astute draw against possession monopolising visitors.

Instead DeAndre Yedlin’s late own goal dictated that Sarri’s side boarded their flight back to London, with three wins from three Premier League games and standing second in the embryo table, behind Liverpool on goal difference.

Five at the back may be an anathema to Sarri’s football philosophy – otherwise known as Sarri Ball – but Benítez deployed three centre halves as part of a radical re-structure of his team here.

With the captain Jamaal Lascelles and the playmaker Jonjo Shelvey not even on the bench, this home starting X1 featured debuts for Salomón Rondón, Fabian Schär, Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernández.

Shortly before kick off Benítez was forced to deny reports of a training ground row with Lascelles, reportedly over his refusal to offer his skipper the sweeper role, and indicated that Shelvey was injured.

With Chelsea rebutting a Sunday Times report that Roman Abramovich is hoping to sell the club, it was turning into something of a day of denials. What was slightly puzzling is that, although Lascelles has been carrying a minor injury Newcastle’s manager had repeatedly said he didn’t feel Switzerland’s Schär was quite ready for his Premier League debut.

Instead the former Deportivo stopper’s unexpected bow arrived on a cool, breezy, very rainy, Tyneside afternoon with the conditions sufficiently unpleasant to force Benítez into the rare step of suppressing his inner Geordie and wearing a coat in the technical area.

In ignoring the rain in a worryingly lightweight tracksuit and flimsy baseball cap, Sarri had gone for more of a Tony Pulis look but the rather manic manner in which Chelsea’s manager chewed gum suggested that the Italian may take time to adjust to English grounds’ status as non smoking zones.

Sarri Ball is all about intense pressing and a high defensive line but with a Newcastle side captained by Paul Dummett closing Chelsea down assiduously, this visiting system was unable to operate at anywhere near like maximum power.

It did not help that Eden Hazard, making his first club appearance of the season following the World Cup, was swiftly left limping after being caught, probably accidentally, by the studs of first Matt Ritchie and, shortly afterwards Mo Diamé.

Hazard recovered sufficiently to direct a low shot just wide of a post in a first half low on decent chances. Sarri acknowledges his tactics carry “risk” but Newcastle’s cautious 5-4-1 system often left them looking far too timid to get behind that high line.

On the two early occasions when Chelsea’s defence was breached, Jacob Murphy – deputising for the Stamford Bridge loanee winger Kenedy – dispatched a cross into the arms of Kepa Arrizabalaga and then shot straight at the keeper when it would surely have been better to pass to the better placed Dummett.

With the home priority clearly being stopping Chelsea, it would be an understatement to say that Sarri’s players dominated possession. Yet although the Londoners had the ball for almost 80% of the opening 45 minutes they were not permitted sufficient room for manoeuvre to do too much of note with it.

Admittedly, Jorginho was often impressive at the heart of their 4-3-3 formation and Hazard recovered sufficiently to run through a wonderful repertoire of dexterous ball manipulation, defender-spinning swivels and delicate touches but Martin Dubravka was largely underemployed in goal.

Admittedly, Álvaro Morata saw a shot deflected wide following a lovely one-two with Hazard and Pedro curved a miscued half-chance off target after dispossessing Ki but, significantly the best opening of the first half fell counter-attacking Newcastle’s way.

It came from a set piece and involved Ritchie’s corner being half cleared before being curled back into the box by Fernández. Rondón made a decent connection before dispatching a header wide when the West Brom loanee centre forward really should have scored.

Had former Newcastle managers Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew presided over such apparently negative home tactics they would have doubtless been pilloried by Gallowgate Enders but Benítez can do no wrong – locals are convinced he is capable of walking on the Tyne – and, in truth, the coach who led Chelsea to Europa League triumph surely had his strategy spot on.

While permitting Hazard and friends to strut their stuff made have made for a more entertaining spectacle, it would surely not have done too much for a Newcastle goal difference which, come the end of the season, could potentially prove the margin between survival and relegation. Moreover, Benítez’s players menaced from set pieces.

With Fernández, recruited from Swansea, shining in Benitez’s back three, even Hazard could not quite blow the black and white house down and although Dubravka was finally called to arms, César Apilicueta’s shot prefaced a routine save.

Sarri replaced the ineffective Morata and Pedro with Olivier Giroud and Willian and his side briefly raised the tempo. Antonio Rüdiger hit the bar with a ferocious 30 yard shot before Schär sent Marcos Alonso crashing in the area and, somewhat contentiously, Chelsea were awarded a penalty. Dubravka guessed right but Hazard’s kick was far too good and, finally, Sarri smiled.

It did not last. When DeAndre Yedlin swept past Giroud, inexplicably filling in at left-back, the substitute striker claimed the right-back had elbowed him in the face but the referee ignored him permitting Yedlin to cross superbly for Joselu – on for Rondón – to head an imperious equaliser.

Giroud scowled. Or at least until Willian’s free kick was only semi-cleared and Alsonso’s volley was diverted into Dubravka’s net by Yedlin.
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Nabil Fekir affected by failed Liverpool move, says Lyon manager

'It is never easy accepting this kind of situation'

Coach Bruno Genesio admits Nabil Fekir has been affected by his failed summer move to Liverpool
Nabil Fekir has found it tough to adjust after missing out on a move to Liverpool in the summer, according to Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio.

The 25-year-old looked set to join Liverpool from Lyon before negotiations between the clubs ended.

It was reported that he underwent a medical and agreed personal terms, only for the deal not to be completed.

Fekir is yet to return to Ligue 1 action for Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but Genesio says he has been affected by not joining Liverpool.

"It is never easy accepting this kind of situation, when you are very near to signing for a club where you want to go," he said.

"Where you want to reach another level and to give a boost to your career.

Fekir won the World Cup with France
Fekir won the World Cup with France
"But as I said, it could have been worse for him. He is at Lyon, at a strong club, he is captain of a team who plays in the Champions League.

"This could be a very important season for Nabil. I haven't seen any attitudes or signs that make me think he won't live up to his role the way he did last year."

Fekir looks set to make his competitive return for Lyon against Strasbourg on Friday.

"Nabil is ready to start the match and to put in at least an hour of very high quality," added Genesio.

"It was better to take our time with him, even if we would have liked to have had him with us from the start of the season. He wasn't ready physically."
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Maurizio Sarri exclusive: My Chelsea philosophy

So much has been said about 'Sarri-ball' over the past two months, but what does it mean to the man himself?

Despite admitting the term is a journalistic creation, Maurizio Sarri is happy to talk about his blueprint for success at Chelsea, having taken over from Antonio Conte in the summer.

For him, it's about pressing for 90 minutes, ball possession in the opposition half, and defenders focusing on the ball, not the man.

Here, he outlines his philosophy, plus much more, as Chelsea look to continue their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

See Sarri-ball in action as Chelsea go to Newcastle on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4pm

The fundamentals
"I like it when the team is in control of the match, I like very much the ball possession, I like to play in the other half.

"Ball possession, but at a very high speed. Mental speed, first of all, not only ball possession in my half. Maybe I've learned it from a lot of lost matches, I think!

"I tried to play as a five-man defence six years ago, but for me it is impossible. Because if I want to press in the other half, if I want to look only at the ball with five defenders, I lose immediately the metres."

How long will it take?
"They are working well, trying to improve, working on the mistakes. We need to improve, and we want to reach our 100 per cent as soon as possible.

"I think it's easier for the offensive players. It's usually three months, but my feeling is in this team there are a lot of intelligent players so I hope only two months.

"It takes defenders longer because I want to defend by looking only at the ball, and some players have played for 10 years looking at the man, so you have to change the way of thinking of this player, and it's not very easy.

"For a defender who is 18. It is easier, for a defender who is 30, it is more difficult."

The fun factor
"I like it when the team is training very well, when they are trying to improve, and I like it also when they have fun.

"We can play, we can work very hard and at the same time we can have fun. Ninety per cent of the work is with the ball.

"So far, so good I think. But I know in the future I will have to face some difficulties."

Praise and influence from colleagues
When asked about praise from Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola

Sarri says Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world
"[Arrigo] Sacchi and [Pep] Guardiola are friends, so I think they are speaking about me only for this, I think! Sarri-ball is a word from journalists, not from Sacchi or Guardiola.

"But I am very, very proud of this, because I respect Guardiola as a man and a coach, for me he is the best in the world now.

"And what I do as a coach now is [because of] Sacchi."
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What happens in a family-owned business when a member wants to sell their share?

 This is the second part in a series of articles that address common problems and issues in family-owned businesses. The articles are based on an interview between Al McClymont, CEO of Autologica Dealer Management Systems, and J.C. Aimetta, an expert and coach who specializes in family-owned businesses.

Al McClymont: Several companies I personally know of have suffered huge troubles that were even irreparable sometimes, both for the company itself and for the relationship among the members involved, the emotional relationships... when a family member decides they want to, or that they need to sell their share of the family business.

J.C. Aimetta: Well, in these cases, the first thing one should think about is how to avoid this actually happening, how to prevent the possibility of this happening.

First of all, we must distinguish between a person who sells because they want to, from a person who sells because they have to, because they have no choice, because they need the money for an urgent personal situation, an illness, a child who has a scholarship abroad, or something like that.

In this type of situation, the family-owned business should have a liquidity fund to be available, under equal conditions, for all partners to use in cases of personal emergencies. This liquidity fund, generally placed in investments that can quickly be turned into cash, implies an immobilization of funds that the family business usually does not want to have. But it is a guarantee, when an emergency situation arises, that prevents someone from being forced to sell their part.

Another thing to consider is that no one can sell unless there is someone willing to buy. Therefore, when someone wants to sell their part, it should be stipulated, written and signed, to whom the part must be offered. Because it is not the same to offer it to a brother, to a cousin, to the company itself (the company can reabsorb the partner's part), or to a third party. Because when an angry family member decides to sell to someone who is not a part of the family, they are immediately including among the owners a person who is not a family member. In summary: the company stops being a family business.

In the next part of this interview, we'll talk about how a family-owned business can reconcile the interests of family members who work in the company, with the interests of those members who don't.
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Identity Theft of your Limited Company

The UK registry at Companies House provides a useful service for limited companies. In addition to incorporating and dissolving companies they also maintain the national register. This involves the recording and storing of data relating to all UK incorporated companies and LLP's. Historically most records were updated by the submission of manual forms. This would include the submission of company accounts, change of address forms and forms appointing new company officers as well as many other documents. Whilst this system has served a purpose for many years it is far from secure as signatures are not checked and changes are implemented without further checks.

Identity fraud has increased over recent years, which meant that the previous system at Companies House was open to serious abuse. Companies have found their records have been updated without their knowledge. Individuals can masquerade as company officers, open bank accounts and enter into fraudulent contacts. It has been too easy for too long for businesses to be deceived and for companies to be hijacked

However, Companies House has now introduced some basic protective measures that limited companies in the UK can adopt. Firstly they have introduced 'WebFiling'. This is an electronic online filing system. It allows companies to make changes to their company details online. Instead of posting forms to Companies House changes can now be made in minutes online. To increase security there are two simple security procedures used. A security 'authentication code' is issued for each company and users require a security code to access the software.

The second security improvement is that users can sign up for Companies House 'PROOF' service. This means that they will no longer accept manual paper forms to make changes to your company records. This stops the opportunist from simply completing forms and posting them to Companies House. Any paper forms will require further authorisation from existing officers.

Whilst these two points should reduce identity theft companies can also 'monitor' their companies filing. This does not literally require daily monitoring of Companies House. For a small fee of £0.50 per annum Companies House will inform you by email every time a document if filed at Companies House for your company. This includes manual and electronic filing. This means that you can double check all changes made to your company without leaving your desk.

These three simple to implement measures should help protect the future identity of your limited company. Not only will you have piece of mind but you will save your company time and money by filing online.
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