Chelsea boss pledges to find strategy to upset Barcelona

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo insists Chelsea are capable of overcoming Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Barca will be strong favourites to reach the final – partly because of the Blues’ struggle to overcome 10-man Benfica in Wednesday’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.But interim boss Di Matteo believes his team can cause the Catalan giants problems, both by stifling them and having attacking intent of their own.AdChoices广告Lampard netted a crucial penalty in the 2-1 win against Benfica.“I think it will be a combination [of the two],” he explained.“We will find a strategy that will suit our players and a team to face Barcelona.“They obviously have some individual players that are a big threat and very dangerous, but we also have to play our game and play to our strengths.“It will be exciting to play two games against probably one of the best teams in the world.”The Italian admitted that Chelsea were not at their best against Benfica, who caused them problems even after the first-half sending-off of Maxi Pereira“We didn’t keep possession with the extra man as much as we would have liked,” Di Matteo said.“Our team wasn’t as sparkling as we would have hoped – maybe a little tired in stages.“But we are pleased we won the game and over the two legs I believe we deserve to go through.”See also: Chelsea stumble past Benfica to secure semi-final clash with Barca Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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David Accam survives after massive tornado hits his US home [VIDEO]

first_imgGhanaian international, David Accam survived after a major tornado swept through Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America, where the player resides.Per reports by CNN, 9 people have been reported dead and numerous homes have been destroyed by the tornado that tore through Tennessee.The Nashville Soccer Club winger, Accam tweeted a video of his apartment in a mess after the tornado had passed.He described the event as the “craziest night ever. Thank God we survived” after he survived the tornado in Nashville.Craziest night ever. Thank God we survive it🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/oh4qu6htYT— king David Accam (@iamdavidaccam) March 3, 2020David Accam, 29 moved from Columbus Crew last season to Nashville Soccer Club and played 64 minutes in his team’s 2-1 loss to Atlanta United in the Major League Soccer on March 1, 2020.last_img read more

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Travelers undeterred by threat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe tour company’s most popular destinations are Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Hien said. The summer months of June, July and August are peak season for travel to Asia as people take advantage of school vacations to take long-distance trips. The travel industry took a hit during the SARS outbreak when there were more than 8,000 known cases. Some airports in Asia installed thermal scanning checkpoints to screen travelers. Today, it’s the gas prices. Anna Chan of Lincoln Tours & Cruise Center in Monterey Park said she has not heard much talk about bird flu, but believes ticket prices have had an impact. As some in the San Gabriel Valley’s large immigrant population prepare for summer vacations visiting friends and family in Asia, news of a deadly bird flu does not appear to be impacting the travel season. While the SARS outbreak of 2003 prompted many to stay home, spread of the bird flu, which so far only rarely infects humans, is not considered a serious threat. “They’re not really that concerned,” Shelly Hien of Sun Da Tours in Monterey Park said of her customers, as the agency’s three staff answered one phone call after another. Human cases of the bird flu have been confirmed in laboratory tests in nine countries, with most in Asia. “It costs over $1,000 to fly anywhere in Asia” this summer, Chan said, adding that it costs an average of $300 more to fly than last summer. Arcadia resident Eva Lim, 30, said demand for flights to Asia is relatively inflexible because travelers are not going just for leisure, but to see family and friends. “I have to go,” she said. Lim said she believes any threat the bird flu presents can be overcome, “as long as you take care of yourself and wash your hands,” she said, a precaution physicians say certainly can’t hurt. Lim did not fly to her home country during the SARS outbreak. That disease was more of a concern because people had died in Hong Kong because of it. While travel was discouraged then, the bird flu outbreak has not reached that level. “At this point we’re not recommending that people don’t go, but that they do take a few extra precautions,” said Christine Pearson, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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