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Bale finds room for improvement

first_img The Wales international, 23, topped the 2012/13 poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year’s recipient when at Arsenal, and received the prestigious accolade at a gala dinner in London on Thursday evening. Bale’s 25 goals have helped take Andre Villas-Boas’ men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League. Bale was also named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association. “Hopefully there is a lot more (to come),” the Wales forward said. “I have only just started in my new free role in the middle, so there is still a lot to learn in that position for me, I still need to kind of figure out a few things – which is important. As I say to myself every season, I want to improve again, there are still things I need to improve, there are things which need working on in more areas than others, and I can do that.” Despite the setback of Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea, Bale maintains Tottenham can head into the final two games of the Barclays Premier League season still hopeful of securing a top-four finish, which would secure Champions League football. “Everyone at Tottenham still believes, we know it is not in our hands, but there are a lot of funny things which can happen in football,” he said. “The main thing is we need to concentrate on ourselves and hope that little bit of luck goes with us.” The FWA award has been running since 1948, when Sir Stanley Matthews was the first recipient of a long list which includes the likes of England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, the Charlton brothers, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. “When you look at all of the past winners, the legends of the game, this is a massive honour, and to be on the list with them now is a massive privilege,” Bale said as he received his award from FWA chairman Andy Dunn at the Lancaster London Hotel. “You always dream of things like this, whether they come true or not is another, but now that it has, it is a massive achievement for me, but one I could have not done without my team or my manager. The team has been fantastic this season and we have played some very good stuff, it is always easier to play in a really good team. “The manager has been fantastic for me, playing me in different positions where I am able to find the space and actually show my stuff. I have really enjoyed my football and been able to play well.” Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale believes he can get even better next season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Ben Stokes had asked not to award 4 overthrow runs in World Cup final: James Anderson

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run. But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it. I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” James Anderson said while speaking on the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.“But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is. It’s been talked about for a while among the players, potentially that being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere.“It was truly an incredible question to ask of the umpires, considering the gravity of the situation and the fact it would have left England struggling to force a tie after 50 overs of batting,” he further added.Thanks to those four overthrow runs, England managed to tie the match and then scored 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand too scored 15 in and the super over score also tied. However, England were announced winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand saw one of the most dramatic contest and the hosts eventually announced winners on boundary counts after the match tied twice – first in the full game and then in the super over. The New Zealand, which looked certain to win the match after the first two dot balls in the final over with 15 needed on just four balls. However, the luck was clearly not in their favour and Ben Stocks who was on strike hit Trent Boult for a six which left England needing 9 runs off just three balls.On the fourth ball, something dramatic happened that left New Zealand hearts broken. Stokes hit the ball towards deep midwickets for two runs. However, a throw from Guptil accidentally hit the bat of diving Stokes and deflected to the third man boundary for four runs. The England was awarded 6 runs and that is where the entire match slipped out of New Zealand’s hands. Unlucky there were but Ben Stocks had reportedly told umpires that they don’t want those four runs. England Test Cricketer James Anderson has claimed that the umpires ignored his request as they made the decision as per the rules.last_img read more

“It’s Gudelj’s lack; they can complain but you’re welcome. What Monchi said is strong …”

first_imgZinedine Zidane valued the suffered victory of Real Madrid against Sevilla. First he did it in the flash interview and then in the press conference. On both sides, the coach of Real Madrid, asked about the criticism of Sevilla to that goal annulled to De Jong, stated that Martínez Munuera’s decision was the right one: “It’s necessary, they can complain but there’s nothing to do with it.” On the words of Monchi, in which he assured that if they annulled the second goal to De Jong he would take Sevilla out of the field, he said: “I think it is a bit strong what he said” …What feeling do you leave with?In the first part we suffer greatly. We do not enter the game well. We lacked a bit of everything and then we were much better in the second. Pressing up is our strength. We quickly recovered the ball. We have felt another attitude and in the end we can be happy because we played against a very good opponent that if you let him play complicates you. In the first part we suffered a lot in the game because we missed recovering the ball up.The importance of the second line has been demonstrated today.I think it was important for us to be more aggressive, more above the rival. We know that with the ball we were better and more dynamic in the second part. We can make plays like Jovic’s heel. They are things we know how to do. We were much better and more convinced to recover the ball in the second half.How important is keeping the whole game focused?It is essential for us. The matches are 90 minutes away. If you are not focused, rivals like today can mess you up. But this is nothing new. We continue with our good run. Suffering a lot today, but this is what we are going to play until the end of the season. But today you have to enjoy the three points.What else will Casemiro surprise us with?Offensively from time to time it may be there, in a position to finish off. The second goal has surprised me the most. Any player can make a difference in offensive position. Today was Case and I am happy with him.Sevilla complains a lot about the VAR. Have you seen both plays? Do you understand how VAR works?I saw the play of his first goal and it is a clear block. There is a lack of Gudelj. The second, does not ring the hand. For him it is not, but I saw her. That is why I never enter into assessing what happens in the field, because sometimes it happens against you, other times for you. It’s complicated, it is they [the referees] who decide. They can complain, but don’t complain.Has this been one of the most worked victories of the season? Very good Seville, sure. In the first part we have lacked a bit of everything and in the second we were better. If you let Sevilla play, as we did in the first part, it is a team that are good. We know what we have to do, we have to be convinced of the pressure, especially in our field.Monchi has said that if he cancels Munir’s goal, he takes Sevilla off the field. Do you think arbitration proceedings are so decisive?I don `t believe. The referee has done what he had to do. There is a hand and he hasn’t called it. And what do I have to say? I will not go into that. It is a very complicated game for everyone. The final result is logical because of what has happened in the field.The team is physically well. Is it the key of the team so that it is full?It is a fundamental part today. Players are machines, they always have to be physically well prepared. Today’s game has a higher speed. We know it and we work it. I think the second part was much better also in our possession of the ball.Neither Bale nor James entered the call. You have sometimes said that a player can train and not be available. Is that the case?Yes. They were a little touched. Gareth didn’t train the other day and just for that.Is Militao a player of the future for Real Madrid?Yes, and present. When it comes out it does quite well. He is young, can improve in many aspects. We are happy with all the players we have, and with the youngest ones too. They have to learn and do many things in the field, but we are in it to work.Can you understand Monchi’s attitude? Would you do the same?No, what he says is his responsibility. I am not who to tell you if you are right or not. In the end it is the referee who decides. It seems a bit strong what he says but I am not going to stop talking to the sports director of Seville.How do you see the evolution of Varane?We see it all. He has played his 300 match, but there is a lot of work. It is normal. It doesn’t surprise me, because when 10 years ago with coach Mourinho the club believed in him, it was a great decision. I am very happy after 10 years of seeing you here.What does victory represent?There are only three points, but it is very important. In the first part we did not know how to react very well, but that also happens. We knew how to react and be superior in the second part, raise the pressure a little more. When we don’t let the opponent play, we can have a great reward as we did this afternoon. Every minute we have to respond and we can be happy to have started a little badly and then well and not the other way around.last_img