Jose Mourinho says a much-improved defensive effort from his midfield and attackers is behind Chelsea’s return to form.A 2-0 win over Arsenal, just Chelsea’s second in six Premier League games this season, followed the 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.And although Diego Costa’s typically spiky display – which so riled Arsenal and led to Gabriel’s game-changing red card late in the first half – grabbed most of the headlines, Blues boss Mourinho was equally impressed by his side’s workrate.“We improved a lot in the last two matches – in many aspects,” Mourinho said. “Defensively the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better.“I will watch the game again and go for stats. I will see how many times my attacking players lost the ball and recovered the ball.Chelsea worked hard to close Arsenal down in Saturday’s derby“Oscar, Diego, Eden and Pedro make it easy to be a defender because you sit there and the attacking players do half of your job.“They created a compact zone and reacted very well to the moments when they lost the ball. That gives great stability.“We were confident and comfortable with the ball. We gave them no chances and kept good balance behind the ball. The attacking players started moving much more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Young people and children are undoubtedly amongst the most fragile and vulnerable members of South African society and without help, those left destitute by poverty, orphaned by disease and violence, and victims of abuse, cannot fend for themselves.There are many children’s shelters and orphanages across the country giving these children homes filled with love and compassion, but they need financial support to continue their work.The organisation is driven by a firm belief in young people’s potential and the huge role they are destined to play in shaping the country’s futureChubby Chums, a child protection organisation, aims to assist children’s shelters to provide continuous care through funds and support.Founded in 1999 by Martin Barnard and Tony Graham, the organisation has grown to incorporate 30 children’s homes across the country.The organisation is driven by a firm belief in young people’s potential and the huge role they are destined to play in shaping the country’s future.“I feel ecstatic to know that we’ve made some contribution in the children’s lives . . .” says Barnard, “. . . and knowing that we can be there for the children when they need someone“Chubby Chums is about breaking the circle of violence, of abuse, neglect and exploitation that children often get caught up in. Child protection is everyone’s business. Government cannot do this on their own, they need all the stakeholders they can get,” he adds.After a visit to one of the homes receiving Cubby Chums’s support, an organisation sponsor who prefers to remain anonymous said; “Whilst talking with the older children, although they were happy too, I noticed that behind many of those faces lay stories of pain that none of us could ever imagine.“Chubby Chums have done so much to help these children, not only by getting donations, but also by including these children and homes in their own lives.”THE CHUMS’S CHILDREN’S HOMESThe Tembisa Home & Daycare Centre, in Kempton Park, Gauteng, is one of the 30 Chubby Chums affiliates; staff members care for some 120 children who have HIV or Aids, aged between three months and seven years. Poverty in the area is increasing the number of vulnerable children.Apart from feeding, clothing and seeing that the children’s everyday needs are taken care of, Chubby Chums, together with a local church, has built a crèche for the children at the home and in the community.Vuyani Safe Haven, in Graaff Reinet in Eastern Cape Province, joined the Chubby Chums collective in August 2004 when Barnard visited the centre.Chubby Chums, a child protection organisation, aims to assist children’s shelters to provide continuous care through funds and supportSince his visit Vuyani, with help from Chubby Chums, has put together a number of social development programmes; it has introduced gumboot dancing to entertain tourists and sells beadwork to sustain the centre.The haven intends to open a new hospice unit and a baby sanctuary but needs help buying safer metal cots as wooden cots pose health and safety risks; bacteria breed in cracks and splinters develop as the wood wears down.The metal cots, manufactured in Tshwane, Gauteng, cost R3 604 each.To donate towards buying the cots or to find out more about the organisation, visit its website, or call (011) 825 7773.
There is a complicated client issue. You’re not sure what you should do. Doing nothing exposes you to the risk of losing the client. Taking some action may also put the client at risk. Being stuck between a rock and a hard place, you do nothing.An A-player who is putting up the numbers is also seriously abusive to the people they work with–especially those they believe have no power and who they believe are the source of their problems because they don’t give this person what they want when they want it. You don’t want to deal directly with the A-Player because they are delivering. You also can’t allow them to destroy the people with whom they work. You wait, hoping the problem will resolve itself. It doesn’t.Another employee colors way outside the lines. They make deals that are out of line with what is possible, and they create situations that are a potentially legal liability. You’ve spoken to them about staying within the boundaries of what they are permitted to negotiate, but each deal brings more problems than the last. You’re not sure what it is going to take to change their behavior, and what you have tried hasn’t worked. You are paralyzed.You’ve fallen behind your competitor who continues to innovate. Keeping pace–or leaping ahead–would mean that you have to change your overall strategy. Addressing this competitive mismatch is complicated, time-consuming, and it comes with a good amount of risk. To move, you need the support of the board. Doing nothing means the board is eventually going to act–and potentially that action will be a negative event for you.Leaders make hard decisions. It means you deal with complicated client issues, doing what is right, even if it is unpopular, and even if it isn’t easy. You deal with problem employees based on your values, even if it costs you an A-Player. You make decisions based on non-negotiables by making them known, and by holding people accountable. You make decisions, knowing that you have incomplete information, and knowing that you cannot always be 100 percent certain that you are making the right decision at the right time.Right or wrong, you must decide. This is what leaders do.
Neymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it. “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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