Stylish City show the right way to win, says Pellegrini

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyMANUEL Pellegrini had no sooner brought Manchester City their fourth English league title on Sunday than he was plotting the acquisition of more silverware – and the Chilean wants to do it in style too.The first manager from outside Europe to win England’s most prestigious trophy, Pellegrini was tossed in the air in celebration by his players after their 2-0 win over West Ham Unitedsealed the title.Those same players, described by some as millionaire mercenaries attracted to the Etihad Stadium by Abu Dhabi oilmoney alone, queued up to pay fulsome tribute to their manager.“I’m so happy for the manager because it’s his first title in Europe. He remained calm. It was a pleasure to work for him,” said Samir Nasri, who scored the opening goal.“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s my second league in three years. It was an amazing league all year. Everyone put his ego on the side.”Pellegrini will have to get used to the praise, his steady hand at the tiller credited with seeing City through the last few weeks of the season without the drama that marked their 2011-12 triumph.What might have settled City nerves most, however, was the huge superiority in goal difference they enjoyed over Liverpool, which allowed them the luxury of needing only a draw in their final match of the season.That advantage came from a campaign in which City scored 102 goals, one short of the Premier League record but one more than the much-vaunted Liverpool attack and a whopping 31 more than third-placed Chelsea.The narrative of the Premier League title race was often presented as a battle of footballing philosophies between attack-minded Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho’s more defensive approach at Chelsea.Having beaten them both to the title, however, Pellegrini was quick to remind reporters that City’s record 156 goals in all competitions this season gave them a place in the debate.“It’s not just winning titles that is important, but it’s the way you win them,” he told reporters in the post-match media conference.“It doesn’t matter who you play, maybe it’s easy to score a goal and then go behind the ball.“We have players to play on the counter-attack, they are fast and technical, but again, I’m not criticising the way other teams play, but if it was me, I wouldn’t be happy to win in that way.“The fans enjoyed the whole season – we broke the records for the most goals scored by any team in England. It is the way we must play with the quality of players we have.”Pellegrini admitted that everything in the dressing room had not been perfect when he arrived at City but was also quick to revert to his customary self deprecation.“It’s a great honour to be the first manager from outside of Europe to win the title but I’m not the most important person,” the 60-year-old said.“I think we all enjoyed this season – the players, me, the fans – because the team played very well, this is as important as winning the title.”Claiming the Premier League title in his first year at City was also a step up for Pellegrini, who had failed to win the Spanish title in his one season at Real Madrid in 2009-10.He earned that job on the back of the marvels he worked in taking Villareal into the top two in Spain and to the semi-finals of the Champions League.It was repeating the trick at Malaga, who he took to fourth place in La Liga and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, that earned him his chance at City.As his counterpart for much of the season at Manchester United will attest, however, many coaches have failed to step up from success at a smaller club to challenging at the business end of the season with one of Europe’s big-spending super clubs.Pellegrini will now undoubtedly enjoy Monday’s parade around Manchester city centre but said he would soon be back to work preparing for next season.“Big teams cannot be satisfied with one title. It’s very important,” he said.“Celebrate today, tomorrow and Monday and on Tuesday start working for next season because this club and players deserve more titles.”last_img read more

Leaders AEL aiming to maintain perfect start

first_imgThe Monday night clash between AEK and Omonia is by far the most intriguing in Round 4 of the Cyprus football championship. Leaders AEL have a tricky game in Pafos while champions Apoel will play for the first time this season in front of their home crowd.Top of the table AEL are away to Pafos FC and will be aiming to maintain their perfect start to the season especially after their impressive away win against Anorthosis last week. AEL manager Dusan Kerkez did a fine job over the summer bringing in players full of athleticism and passion that suit his high-press style of play. Their media spokesperson Ariadne Genethliou though was quick to point out that the season has just begun and they should be wary of their opponents, who despite their lowly position are more than capable of posing a tough test for the Limassol side.Despite investing heavily over the summer Pafos FC have just one point from their opening two games and were easily beaten by Apollon last week. There were rumours throughout the week that their Scottish manager Steven Pressley was under pressure and that only a good performance and result against AEL would ensure his stay at the coastal team. Pressley is expected to ring the changes against AEL with Karo, Angulo and Policci all expected to start the game.Apoel were very fortunate to pick up six points from their opening two games against Ermis and Nea Salamina and their newly-appointed manager Giorgos Kosti knows that they cannot afford another poor display against Doxa Katokopias at the GSP stadium.Carlao and Efraim are both ruled out through injury while the only bright note in Apoel’s opening two games, the Jordanian Al Tamari, will face a late fitness test.Doxa made 17 signings this summer and this may be the reason for their slow start to the season. However last week they picked up their first three points after hitting four past Alki showing that they are on track for another good season.Alki who are pointless and without a goal face Anorthosis. Both sides lost their last games and will be looking to get back on track with Anorthosis firm favourites to win the game.The second team without a point, Enosis Neon Paralmniou, are at home to Ermis Aradippou with both sides capable of victory. The visitors though have a strong team and Paralimni will need to up their game if they are to get anything out of this clash.The final two games will take place on Monday due to Apollon and AEK’s involvement in the Europa League.Both play at home with Apollon entertaining Nea Salamina while at the Arena stadium AEK host Omonia.Saturday: Paralimni vs Ermis (18.00), Pafos FC vs AEL (20.00)Sunday: Apoel Doxa (18.00), Alki vs Anorthosis (20.00)Monday: AEK vs Omonia, Apollon vs Nea Salamina (both at 19.00)last_img read more

Brighter future as Maroons acquire services of Akhuetie

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The acquisition of Akhuetie is expected to boost the fortunes of the UP Fighting Maroons, who exceeded expectations and almost made it to the UAAP Final Four behind a strong showing in the second round of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon in a short text message.“Yes, Bright has committed to play for UP. We were also able to secure the release from Perpetual,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe Maroons bested Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the recruitment war for the high-scoring center.Perasol explained that the UP management led by team manager Dan Palami and Akhuetie are still in the process of transferring his school records and the 19-year-old is set to enroll this coming academic year. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes FILE – Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines’ future just got brighter.Bluechip big man Bright Akhuetie is set to go from Las Piñas to Diliman after securing his release papers from University of Perpetual Help – System Dalta.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter From L-R: Taipan Millan, Dan Palami, Bright Akhueti, Renan Dalisay, Coach Bo Perasol, Rollie Fabi, Jayson Jorvina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAkhuetie averaged 17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks in his sophomore year for the Altas this past NCAA Season 92.If the Nigerian’s enrollment goes as smooth-sailing as expected, he can see action for UP in UAAP Season 81 at the soonest.“He will be definitely be a big positive factor to our program. He also needs that one year to make himself comfortable to the UP educational system,” said Perasol.NowheretogobutUP Foundation headed by its chairman, Renan Dalisay, as well as former Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and UP alumni Ronald Mascarinas and Robina Pe also played a big role in luring the 6’8″ big man.The Fighting Maroons are coming off a morale-boosting 5-9 record this past year in Perasol’s first year at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Rousey quotes JK Rowling about hitting rock bottom on Instagram We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

Ambris, Blackwood get chance to impress selectors

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Test opener Kieran Powell will get the opportunity for valuable match practice ahead of the upcoming Test series while Sunil Ambris and Jermaine Blackwood have been given a chance to impress selectors again, after being named in a 13-man Cricket West Indies President’s XI squad to face Sri Lanka starting today. The left-handed Powell will captain the side, which also includes fast bowler Miguel Cummins and uncapped batsman Jahmar Hamilton, both of whom were last week named in the squad for the first Test. Though Powell was included in the Test squad, he has been short of runs of recent, and the three-day contest at the Brian Lara Stadium offers him the ideal chance to find some form ahead of the three-Test series. An attractive stroke-maker, the 28-year-old managed just 142 runs from six innings on the three-Test series against England last year, and a mere 82 on two-Test tour of New Zealand last December where he suffered the ignominy of a dreaded “pair” in the last match. He got two half-centuries against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last October but has not scored another half-century since his return to international cricket following a three-year self-imposed break. While he captained West Indies A to a resounding series win over touring England Lions four months ago, his returns were again disappointing with 128 runs from five innings. Meanwhile, Blackwood will hope to catch the eyes of selectors after being axed for the upcoming series. With just 15 runs from his last five Test innings, the attacking right-hander can keep himself in the selection frame with healthy scores against the Sri Lankans. Ambris will taste high-level competitive cricket for the first time since fracturing his arm on the ill-fated tour of New Zealand. Last year he forced his way into the Test squad with heavy scoring, but then astonishingly trod on his wicket twice in scoring 25 runs in four innings against the Black Caps, to complete the most forgettable of Test debuts. All-rounder Raymon Reifer, who made his Test debut against New Zealand, is also in the President’s XI line-up. The match is the only warm-up fixture before Sri Lanka take on West Indies in the opening Test at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad starting next week Wednesday. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Jahmar Hamilton, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Vishual Singh, Jomel Warrican. AMBRIS’ RETURNlast_img read more

Baptist Seminary Celebrates 40th ‘Strong and Confident’ Year

first_imgThe weekend of June 24–26 was a festival of celebrations, reflections, and anticipations of the 40th year of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) and the institute’s 16th graduation ceremony.Several high profile individuals, faculty, staff, well-wishers and families of the graduates attended the occasion.On Friday evening, graduates and their families assembled in the Stephen R. Tolbert Dining Hall for a fellowship meal, where they were challenged by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor. Senator Taylor reminded the graduates that their “Seminary is one of the most respected and important schools of higher learning in our country.” She also spoke of the need for the students to embody their motto and to “walk worthy of the calling” they had received.On Saturday morning the Carolyn and Bradley D. Brown Fellowship Chapel was filled with excited graduates decked in their caps and gowns. The students were surrounded by family and friends. On one side of the building, the choir from the Restoration Baptist Church added style and passion to the service when they offered several selections in the course of the two and a half hour service. The Baccalaureate speaker was Rev. Gerald Emory Thomas, Jr. from the Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church in Roxboro, North Carolina. The Seminary’s President, Richard F. Wilson, reminded the assembly that the Lamberth Church was the key partner with LBTS during the Ebola crisis. “During more than 16 months, beginning August 2014, Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church and its Pastor were present with us all,” Wilson recalled. “During that time over US$70,000 was collected and sent to LBTS to provide needed food for Liberians sequestered in closed compounds because of Ebola,” he said, noting, “In partnership, we fed people in six of the country’s 15 counties.”Rev. Thomas delivered a focused and inspiring sermon on the theme, “We are supposed to be surrounded,” taking his texts from Psalm 139 and Hebrews 12. “We are called to be surrounded,” he said, “finding our place in the midst of a world of suffering and need.”Respondents included President Wilson, Deacon Aaron Marshall, Chair of the LBTS Board of Trustees, and Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention’s (LBMEC) President, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay. Following the service Thomas remarked: “It is a joyous thing to participate in the celebrations of the LBTS Class of 2016. We sent them out with the hope that they will influence and shape better days for all Liberians.”Sunday’s celebrations included the full-fledged pageantry of Commencement, held at Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville. The commencement address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Terry L. Henry. His address explored the Gospel story of Bartimaeus, a blind man who insisted that Jesus hear his cry. The theme, “Carpe Diem,” Latin for “Seize the Day!” challenged the graduates to take seriously every day and every opportunity they will face in their life of ministry.Dr. Henry announced that the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been Pastor for 29 years, has elected to include LBTS in their budget for four years, donating US$10,000 each year. When asked about the financial support, Henry said, “I know Presidents Menjay and Wilson. I have seen for myself their commitments and passions for theological education in Liberia. Our church in North Carolina shares those commitments and passions. We will be proud and attentive partners for years to come.”Nine graduates received the Bachelor of Theology and seven received the Bachelor of Religious Education. The LBTS Board of Trustees approved conferring the Doctor of Divinity upon Rev. Thomas, Rev. Henry, Rev. Jones, and Rev. Wilson.Rev. Jones is an LBTS graduate. A son of Liberia who has an impressive history in global ministry, he currently is the Director of Missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Liberia, under the auspices of the Baptist Churches of America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bogdanovic hits 3 at buzzer as Jazz beat Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES “Mike (Conley) was supposed to be in that corner, but I asked him if he could go to the other,” Bogdanovic said.Joe Ingles faked a pass to his right and then threw it to Bogdanovic near the left corner — one of his favorite spots. Ingles raised both his arms before the 3-pointer even settled into the net, and Utah beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Players ran from the bench and mobbed a smiling Bogdonovic at midcourt. Bogdonovic finished with 33 points.Utah’s Donovan Mitchell was driving for a possible winner when George Hill stripped the ball and called timeout with 2.3 seconds left. Milwaukee inbounded to Khris Middleton, but he traveled as Rudy Gobert flew at him. The clock was reset to 1.3 seconds, giving the Jazz one last chance. “It was big that we could close that out and get that win,” said Gobert, who missed two free throws and had a late turnover before his defensive heroics. “If we lose that game at the end after all that, it would have really hurt.”Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 28 of his 30 points in the second half, hit a 3 and made a follow shot to give the Bucks their first and only lead, 89-88, but later fouled out and wasn’t on the court for the dizzying finish.“I was like, ‘How bad can it get?’ We’re down 22. I couldn’t get it going but I decided to be aggressive, try and go downhill, try and shoot shots and make plays. Obviously, I was just trying to power through guys,” Antetokounmpo said.Bogdanovic made five 3-pointers and all 10 free throws on a night when nothing seemed to come easy for most players.“I was surprised I had a standing ovation, even that I hit a game-winner, so it was a great atmosphere, like a playoff crowd,” Bogdonovic said.ADVERTISEMENT PH Volcanoes intensify SEA Games preps with Tokyo 2020 qualifiers View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) celebrates after scoring the winning shot in the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic didn’t hesitate to ask his new coach for the final shot.With 1.3 seconds left, Utah coach Quin Snyder drew up a play the Jazz practiced earlier Friday, but Bogdanovic said he wanted the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Mike Conley had 20 points, and Mitchell finished with 20, but it was Bogdanovic’s time to shine.“Bogey’s still showing the world what he can do. A lot of people still don’t know that he’s that good, but he really is,” Conley said.Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe had 22 for Milwaukee. The Bucks had won four in a row.“I think we played as hard as we could. We didn’t make shots,” said Middleton, whose team shot 36%. “The guys out there gave it our all. It came down to two plays down the stretch that cost us the game.”Mitchell’s step-back jumper put Utah up 100-92, but Bledsoe made a couple quick hoops and Middleton made two free throws with 8.0 seconds remaining to knot it at 100.The Jazz led by 25 in the first half, but Antetokounmpo sparked a 21-5 run to start the third quarter and it was tight from there.The Bucks have lost 18 consecutive games since their last road win over the Utah Jazz on Oct. 30, 2001.LOTS TO LEARN, EVEN FROM A WINThe Jazz blew a 22-point lead in the first half and an eight-point advantage in the final 1:31. Snyder noted the jubilation had a tinge of angst.“Giving up rebounds on a free throw, fouling length of the court, going after an offensive rebound at the wrong time — there were a number of things that we need to look at it and we will,” Snyder said. “We should feel really good about this win … but there’s a lot of things we need to learn from that game.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP INSBucks: Brook Lopez picked up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter and only scored five points. … Coach Mike Budenholzer unsuccessfully challenged Antetokounmpo’s sixth foul on a dunk attempt by Gobert with 53.9 seconds to play. … The Bucks forced 20 turnovers.Jazz: Dante Exum is still inactive as he recovers from knee surgery, Ed Davis has a fractured leg and Emmanuel Mudiay sat out with hamstring tightness. … Antetokounmpo poked Bogdanovic in the eye in the fourth quarter and appeared to dislodge his contact lens.UP NEXTBucks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.Jazz: At Golden State on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

CHP: Number of crashes on rise

first_imgZizi said that there could have been a particular driver safety program that year that would explain the “incredible drop” in collisions. He added that the numbers are probably higher because the CHP’s data do not include statistics from the sheriff’s department or individual police stations. There were 42 fatalities in 2006 in the Santa Fe Springs coverage area. The department’s Baldwin Park station also showed an increase in collisions, from 5,476 in 2005 to 5,878 last year, a 2.3percent hike. Other stations showing increases in their coverage areas included Antelope Valley, East Los Angeles and South Los Angeles. These increases are reflected in the statewide collision rate where Los Angeles County had the highest total with 53,308. The lowest total in the state, 7,173, was the Northern Division, which includes Humboldt, Redding and Mount Shasta. The Border Division, which is all of Orange County and San Diego, totaled 36,978; the Golden Gate division, which includes San Francisco, San Jose and Napa, totaled 36,106; the Valley Division, which includes north and south Sacramento, Chico and Placerville, totaled 29,898; the Central Division, which includes Bakersfield, Fresno and Merced, totaled 25,428; the Coastal Division, which includes Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, totaled 15,396. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Collisions in the coverage area for the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs station rose 8.6percent in 2006 from the previous year, according to a new report released by the department. There were 9,637 collisions – including hit-and-run, non- injury, injury and fatalities – in 2006. The 2005 total was 8,876. The coverage area is from the Orange County line of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the Pomona (60) Freeway then east to the San Bernardino County line and parts of the 91, 710 and 105 freeways and all unincorporated areas, said CHP Officer Joe Zizi. He cautioned that the numbers could be deceiving. “The number of collisions last year is comparable to the numbers in 2003 and 2004,” he said. “We are investigating why the numbers in 2005 were so much lower than the previous two years.” last_img read more

Leicester agree £7m deal for defender

first_img1 Yohan Benalouane Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign Atalanta defender Yohan Benalouane.The experienced Tunisian stopper could be new Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri’s first signing for £7million.The 28-year-old is keen to move to the Premier League despite interest from Udinese and Lille.Leicester are now looking to close out a deal although they will have to move quickly, as Benalouane is yet to have a medical or agree personal terms and talkSPORT has been told other Premier League clubs are considering hijacking the deal.last_img

TAP awards to ease transition

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Five College of the Canyons students bound for the University of California, Los Angeles, were among the 65 awarded a Transfer Alliance Program scholarship for the 2006-07 school year. Scholarship recipients, Johnny Bontemps, Tiklat Issa, Andres Medina, Rose Silvas, and Donovan Smith, completed the TAP Honors/Scholars Program while at College of the Canyons. “I was pretty ecstatic,” Smith said. “I know there are a lot of things I wanted to accomplish while at UCLA. Besides majoring in mathematics and economics, I want to join the opera and choir groups and become fluent in Japanese. With this scholarship, I don’t have to worry so much about money.” TAP scholars are entitled to an academic scholarship of at least $5,000 per year. Scholarships can also be renewed a second year if a student achieves a grade-point average of 3.0, complete 45 units and participate in undergraduate research while at UCLA. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We want to ensure that students have a successful and smooth transition to four-year universities and are just as capable as their fellow peers,” said Sue Bozman, Canyons’ dean of district communication, marketing and external relations. Since 1985, College of the Canyons has been developing special transfer alliance agreements with the colleges and universities to which most of its students transfer. Canyons has special transfer alliances with several four-year institutions, such as UCLA. Students who join one of these transfer alliances can benefit from receiving special priority consideration for admission, and possible special consideration for scholarships and housing. For information regarding the TAP program at College of the Canyons, visit the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-5333.last_img read more

Europa League draw: Celtic face Valencia, Chelsea, Arsenal handed favourable draws

first_imgCeltic will face Valencia in the Europa League round of 32, while Chelsea and Arsenal have been handed more favourable draws.The Bhoys were unseeded heading into Monday’s draw, and they were unfortunate to be pulled out the pot along with Los Che, who were one of the teams to drop out the Champions League after finishing third in their group, behind Juventus and Manchester United. MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Both the Gunners and Chelsea topped their respective groups and will therefore play their second legs at home – with UEFA rules stipulating the pair cannot play in the city on the same night.Arsenal will therefore be the team whose fixture is brought forward with UEFA confirming that, as FA Cup winners, the Blues are given priority.The situation is clouded further as the tie cannot clash with any Champions League fixtures played on the same day, meaning Unai Emery’s side will kick-off at 17:00. There are 32 teams left fighting to win the Europa League no dice Getty Images – Getty Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Latest Football News Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal were both seeded for the draw, and they leave feeling confident of securing progression to the last 16.The Blues have an encounter with Malmo of Sweden, while Unai Emery’s Gunners have been drawn to face BATE Borisov, who finished second in Chelsea’s group.The matches will be played on 12/14 and 20/21 February, though it has been confirmed Arsenal’s second leg fixture will take place on a Wednesday, rather than the traditional Thursday. shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED 2 huge blow “Due to the city clash between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC, and in order to respect the sporting criteria of the competition (both teams are seeded and have to play the return leg of their respective round of 32 ties at home), one of the two return-leg matches will be played on a Wednesday,” a UEFA statement read.“In accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, Chelsea FC have priority, having won the national domestic cup. Arsenal FC with therefore play their return leg in the round of 32 at home on Wednesday 20 February 2019, at 18.00 CET (17.00 GMT), irrespective of their opponents.”Europa League round of 32 draw in fullViktoria Plzen vs Dinamo ZabregClub Brugge vs FC SalzburgRapid Vienna vs Inter MilanSlavia Prague v GenkKrasnodar vs Bayer LeverkusenFC Zurich vs NapoliMalmo vs ChelseaShakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht FrankfurtCeltic vs ValenciaRennes vs Real BetisOlympiakos vs Dynamo KyivLazio vs SevillaFenerbahce vs ZenitSporting CP vs VillarrealBATE Borisov vs ArsenalGalatasaray vs Benfica Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Arsenal will discover if they have progressed to the last 16 a full day before any other team Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 🔸OFFICIAL: ROUND OF 32 DRAW!🔸😃 or 😩 ❓#UELdraw pic.twitter.com/goTApmKddP— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) December 17, 2018last_img read more