Arsene Wenger: ‘It’s more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona’

first_imgArsene Wenger admits Barcelona are almost perfect – but insists it is easier to prepare his Arsenal side for the Catalan giants than it was for Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Hull.The Gunners face a tough examination when they come up against Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday night as they look to progress past the round of 16 stage for the first time in five successive seasons.With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forming a formidable front three for the visitors to the Emirates Stadium many – including Wenger – make the Primera Division side favourites for the tie.Wenger believes Barcelona currently have “top, top class” attacking talent but says they have a chink in their armour and his players will take no preparing for the task at hand.”Honestly, of course the difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona,” he said.”Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence, because Barcelona are super-favourites in this game. “Against Hull it is more to raise the urgency level and convince everybody that it is a very difficult game.”Tomorrow everyone is convinced that we absolutely need to have, as a squad, total focus to have a chance and that is what I try to raise. Belief, confidence and let’s go for it.”Of course, there is no team – our world is not perfect and no team is perfect. But they are not far from it, Barca, I must say.”We have to use every moment in the game where we have the chance to score, and as I said after the Hull game, we had 70 per cent of the time the ball but we didn’t make a lot of it. Against Barcelona we will have the ball far less and we will have to make more of it.”Arsenal have suffered from poor results in the opening leg of knockout Champions League ties in recent years, last season losing 3-1 at home to Monaco before being eliminated on away goals following a 2-0 victory in the principality. And Wenger wants his squad to show they have learned from previous mistakes as he looks for the right balance to pull off a result on Tuesday.”It is a good opportunity to show we have learned because it is true we have given ourselves a difficult task after the first home leg and maybe after we have been a bit too keen to make the difference in the first game,” he added.”We need to find the right balance between being audacious because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona.”We need to be strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in front of a very difficult task in the second leg.”Arsenal only scraped through to the latter phases after staging a comeback in their group having lost three of their opening four matches. A 3-0 success in Olympiacos on the final matchday saw them edge through at the expense of the Greeks and Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick in Piraeus, has pointed to Arsenal’s strength in depth as a positive as they look to not only roll over Barcelona but also challenge for the FA Cup and Barclays Premier League trophies.”Obviously Barcelona are favourites,” he said.”It’s the Champions League against Barcelona but we have good quality this year, even if we had a lot of injuries, but we did well during a tough moment in the Autumn and we have our players back.”We are very happy with that. For example Danny (Welbeck) made the difference against Leicester, and I was very pleased for him. We will need everybody, we have a strong squad and that is why we can play in every competition.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Eddie Rosario injury update: Twins outfielder leaves game with sprained ankle, listed as day-to-day

first_img MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in at least 2 closers, including Felipe Vazquez Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees star (knee) headed to IL, not London Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario left Wednesday’s game against the Rays in the third inning with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.He is considered day-to-day. Rosario singled for his second hit of the game off Rays starter Charlie Morton, but stumbled around first base and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He came up limping and slammed his helmet down on the ground in frustration. After a visit from Twins trainer Tony Leo, he exited the game.Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario left the game with an injury in the third inning. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/z391yrYnRw— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) June 27, 2019Rosario is a big reason the Twins lead MLB in runs scored and home runs, leading the team in home runs (20) and RBIs (60).  Related News MLB trade rumors: Twins have ‘strong interest’ in Madison Bumgarnerlast_img read more

Mason City man faces vehicular homicide charge after fatal accident in Worth County

first_imgHANLONTOWN — A Mason City man has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal accident last May in Worth County. The Iowa State Patrol said at the time of the accident on May 3rd that 38-year-old Rick Johnson was walking eastbound on 390th Street, about an eighth of a mile east of Ironwood Avenue northeast of Hanlontown, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle also traveling eastbound, driven by 43-year-old Luke Beenken of Mason City. Beenken has been charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.  Investigators say Beenken was texting while driving and sent a text message at the same time that he ran into Johnson.last_img read more

Jon Bricks Ready to Storm Monrovia

first_imgHip-Co rapper, Jon Bricks will celebrate his 10th year in the music industry with a three-day “Diva Dream Alive” concert for his new album together with his friend, Chinese superstar Zheng Zheng. Bricks promised a thrilling performance for his fans.LIB Life has reliably learned that during the three day concert there will be lots of surprise gifts for fans, including Diva T-shirts, car bumper stickers and customized flash drives with diva songs on them, as well as personal gifts from Bricks’ charity foundation.In an email interview, Jon Bricks informed LIB Life that he is grateful for and excited about the concerts because “history is in the making.” “I cannot talk much, but the performances will remain in the minds of Liberians forever; they will serve as history within our progressive industry, most especially for a Liberian artist to bring a foreign artist that he featured on his album to share the stage together in his homeland. I think this is a great boost for Liberian entertainment. “The third day of the concert will coincide with the official launch of my Zama Plus International Foundation. We will also surprise our fans with our chief launcher on that day; it’s someone that everyone wishes to see,” said Jon Bricks.Speaking on his excitement, he said: “I’m excited because I’m celebrating a decade (10 years) of struggles and successes in this our struggling industry. I will forever remain grateful to everyone that has continually shown endless support for my career, directly or indirectly, not forgetting the hardworking entertainment writers and disc Jockeys.”Day 1 of the three day concert will go down at Club Gossip on February 12; admission is US$20. Day 2 is at Royal Plus International in Paynesville on February 13; admission is US$5. Day 3 will go down at Bernard beach on February 14, Valentine’s Day; admission is L$300.According to Jon Bricks, the first and second day of the show will kick off from a red carpet at 9 p.m. “until the break of dawn” and the third day will kick off at 12noon, ending at 6 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

REMAX Acquires Technology Firm booj

first_img in News, Technology Real estate brokerage firm RE/MAX acquired booj, an award-winning Colorado-based web design, and technology company as part of its technology strategy.Moving forward, RE/MAX will leverage the capabilities of booj and other strategic partners to deliver core technology solutions designed for and with RE/MAX affiliates, the company said in a statement. The acquisition will help RE/MAX use technology platforms that create a distinct competitive edge for its brokerages and agents and complement other tech products they choose to use.“Our strategy is to serve the industry’s most productive agents by providing technology that saves them time, connects them to buyers and sellers, helps them leverage the brand and its many competitive advantages, and ultimately enables them to be even more productive and successful,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX CEO.Booj has developed powerful technology systems for more than 40 regional real estate companies and 20,000 agents, allowing agents and brokerages to grow their business. These platforms, designed by and for the real estate industry, include websites, mobile apps, lead generation and cultivation systems and predictive analytics.“We’re passionate about building technology that changes agents’ lives and makes buying and selling a home easier,” said Ido Zucker, Enterprise Director and Managing Partner of booj. “Putting our existing platform and new innovations into the hands of RE/MAX agents will be incredibly rewarding for our entire team. We’re excited to see what world-class technologies we can build together.” March 4, 2018 634 Views Sharecenter_img RE/MAX Acquires Technology Firm booj analytics booj broker clients platforms RE/MAX real estate technology 2018-03-04 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more