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Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Spurs – should Chelsea keep him or get rid?

first_imgWILLIAN is entering the final two months of his Chelsea contract – with the question now should he remain a Blue?The experienced Brazilian is wanted by a host of European clubs, including London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.3 Willian’s Chelsea future is up in the air with his contract expiring in JuneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut to avoid losing Willian for nothing, Chelsea must extend the 31-year-old’s contract.Chelsea have made attempts to, but refuse to accept Willain’s demand of a three-year deal – leaving his Stamford Bridge future up in the air.SunSport’s Andrew Dillon and Tom Sheen make their cases for the floppy-haired Brazilian to stay or go. And you can have your say, below:TOM SHEEN – GOWILLIAN became a firm Chelsea fans’ favourite long before he ever got close to kicking a ball in Blue.You all know the story by now, the Brazilian was so close to signing with bitter rivals Tottenham, he even did his medical before being whisked off in a taxi to West London.Seven years, 329 appearances and five major trophies later, you would expect a player with that kind of CV to be a bona fide club legend.But alas, there has not been a player in the Roman Abramovich era who divides opinion quite like the winger.For those of us in the firmly anti-Willian camp – and remember there is no middle ground in this particular debate – it primarily comes down to one thing: goals.Well not just goals, but scoring goals, creating goals for others and doing things that might generally lead to goals in football matches.It’s something that Willian, who has never hit double figures in the Premier League, has struggled with mightily during his time at Stamford Bridge.He’s scored just 59 times and added only 52 assists, a contribution once every three games.That’s not even close to enough, and please take a breath if you’re thinking ‘one in three isn’t that bad’. We’re talking about the starting right winger for Chelsea.3 Willian has never hit double figures in the Premier LeagueCredit: ReutersNot a relegation-threatened club who set up to nick a goal on the break (except for that one season), but Chelsea who – behind Man City – have been the most dominant team in English football in the last seven years (well, except for that one season).To watch a Chelsea game over the past seven years is to have seen the Brazilian miss gilt-edged chances, overhit crosses, slow down the play and struggle to make the right decisions on a counter-attack.The pro-Willian brigade have their default position and hold on to it with the white-knuckled grip of the most zealous believers: his workrate.Yes, Willian works hard. Yes, his managers haven’t always asked him to play in ultra-attacking teams. Yes, he has had to cover because Eden Hazard wasn’t the most motivated when tracking back.But I’m afraid if £32million is being spent on a floppy-haired Brazilian winger, the last thing you should expect – and laud – is the ability to track back like a prime Steve Stone.We want flair. We want excitement. We want to see a f***ing corner beat the first f***ing man. Most of all we just wanted more goals.There have been moments, obviously, important and impressive performances – and plenty of silverware.And yes, Willian’s name will be heard long and loud in the years to come at Stamford Bridge.But just like with Bobby Zamora and Will Grigg, Willian’s name will be chanted because of the absolute brilliance of his song rather than the quality of his football.ANDREW DILLON – STAYTHE traditional image of the Brazilian star footballer is one who swaggers around a pitch drenched in sunshine but dry as a bone through not breaking sweat.The romanticised Samba soccer which captivates audiences worldwide and makes Brazil and its players so revered.Willian is not that. The industrious winger is also energetic, committed and direct when needs be.Chelsea fans are divided over his usefulness but the manager is not. Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contract.Lampard played with Willian and now has the vastly-experienced winner playing for him. He has seen the player from both sides of the fence: as a team-mate and now one of his employees.Working for one of your friends is a big challenge. The fact Willian has done it and still continues to impress Lampard should point Chelsea fans in one direction about his value to the club.Eight goals last season during the impotent Sarri campaign. Thirteen the years before. Twelve in 2017.Sixty four games aged 30 for club and country made up his exhausting campaign. Now in his twilight, the classic ‘impact’ sub if need be.There have been times when Willian has carried Chelsea’s flyweight strikeforce. His eye for goal at free kicks critical in keeping the team in matches or snatching vital points.When Barcelona employed their usual sneaky method to try to lure him to the Nou Camp, Willian turned around and publicly declared he wanted to stay at Chelsea.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’It’s the sort of statement a player’s agent dreads because it is cutting off what could be a pathway to vast amounts of cash. It is selling yourself short.As the old saying goes ‘loyalty is what they screw you with’. Yet undeterred Willian followed that up by announcing he would willingly play on for Chelsea during these unprecedented times by playing on past his contract expiry date if circumstances require it this summer.Why do you think Chelsea bent over backwards to let him fly back to Brazil and join his family during corona lockdown?The much-adored Diego Costa would have gone and not come back. Oh hang on a minute, he did.3 Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contractCredit: AP:Associated PressWillian’s wife appears to let slip Chelsea transfer exit after being filmed saying ‘our days are numbered’last_img read more

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No Pressure to Win FIFA Club World Cup, Says Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FIFA Club World Cupjurgen kloppliverpoolqatar First Published: November 12, 2019, 2:20 PM IST Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he feels no extra pressure to deliver the team’s first Club World Cup title next month but expects an intense tournament in Qatar amidst a busy run of fixtures across all competitions.Liverpool enter the tournament at the semi-final stage and face a second-round winner on Dec. 18 and the German believes the European champions could be pushed hard by unfamiliar opponents in the seven-team competition. “I’m not someone who has to be the first on the moon or the first winning the World Cup with Liverpool, but when we’re there we’ll try with all we have,” Klopp told the FIFA website here”So far, I don’t feel any pressure. I see it as an absolute opportunity… the interesting and difficult part is that we’ll be playing against teams from other continents, which doesn’t happen that often… it’ll be a tough one for sure.”The teams involved in the December 11-21 tournament are CONCACAF champions Monterrey of Mexico; Qatar champions Al Sadd; Oceania title holders Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia; African champions Esperance of Tunisia; the eventual South American champions and the Asian Champions League winners.”We’ll prepare for it as we would usually and we’ll see if it’s right or wrong… I don’t get to see a lot of Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican or Arabic football… so I don’t know too much about them… It’ll be really intense,” added Klopp.Liverpool outclassed Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final in June to claim their sixth European Cup and followed that by beating Europa League winners Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup.Klopp’s side have an eight-point lead atop the Premier League as they target a first English title in 30 years and can add another trophy to their cabinet before the year ends.”Unfortunately, we won’t round off 2019 in that moment (with the Club World Cup trophy) because there will be games to come before the year ends,” said Klopp, whose side play 12 games across four competitions between Nov. 23 and Jan. 2.Such is the fixture crunch that Liverpool could field two different squads in the League Cup quarter-final on Dec. 17 and Club World Cup the following day due to a lack of available dates to postpone the domestic game.Klopp said he would not take the Club World Cup for granted.”The only reason for us to go there is for the opportunity to win it and that’s what we’ll try… the boys want to play it so it’ll be interesting… it’ll feel big for us, 100%.” last_img read more

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Botched Oklahoma execution shows its time to abolish death penalty in US

first_imgOn Tuesday, the U.S. state of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett, 38, who killed 18-year-old Michelle Neiman in 1999. Neiman had shown up with her friend at a house where Lockett, with two previous felony convictions under his belt and less than a year out of prison, was trying to force a man to pay back a debt. The friend was raped by Lockett and his two associates but escaped alive. Neiman refused to give up her car keys, and he shot her.Fifteen years later, Lockett took 43 minutes to die after the first of a combination of three drugs was administered. The execution was halted after 20 minutes because he was writhing, clenching his teeth and trying to talk, but a heart attack killed him anyway.It could be argued that Lockett deserved to suffer for what he did, but that was not the intention of his executioners. They were trying out a new drug mixture, namely midazolam to knock the convict out; vecuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent; and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Such experimentation will now be taking place in many states that still use the death penalty. In January, Dennis McGuire fought for breath for 11 minutes after being given midazolam and hydromorphone and took 26 minutes to die. In Oklahoma, Michael Lee Wilson complained that his “whole body” was “burning” after being given another experimental injection.Those particular violations of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bans “cruel and unusual punishments,” were also unintentional. It’s just that executioners can no longer administer the tried-and-tested drug cocktail of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, first proposed in 1977 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, because sodium thiopental is no longer available. While the drug was widespread in the 1970’s and ’80s, more effective painkillers have since come into use.By 2010, only one U.S. company, Hospira, was making sodium thiopental. When it tried to shift manufacture of the drug to Italy, the Italian government started asking questions about what it would be used for. Hospira decided to suspend production to avoid unwelcome attention and legal fees. The company says it has never condoned the use of its products in capital punishment.Drug companies also came under pressure from awareness campaigns and boycotts. Unipension, a $15 billion Danish pension fund, sold off its long-held stake in Lundbeck, the Scandinavian pharma group, because it refused to stop making sodium thiopental. Lundbeck soon halted production. In 2013, Unipension very publicly got rid of its $48 million stake in Hospira.There is only one country in Europe that uses the death-penalty: Belarus, a Soviet-style dictatorship. Even Russia, where capital punishment is enshrined in the constitution, has upheld a moratorium on death sentences and executions since 1997. Abolition of capital punishment is a prerequisite for membership in the EU and a key human rights goal for the bloc worldwide.So in 2011, after activists found out that some U.S. states had obtained sodium thiopental from a company called Dream Pharma, operating out of a London driving school, the EU formally banned the export of lethal injection drugs to the U.S. A proposal to impose further restrictions on brokering deals involving such drugs and transporting them is now on the table in Brussels.Drug companies could produce sodium thiopental in the U.S., of course, but supplying the penal system for roughly 40 executions a year doesn’t provide enough of a return. That means the 35 U.S. states that use lethal injections to execute convicts, plus the federal government and the military, will only be able to maintain this practice if they rely on pharmaceuticals widely used for other purposes, too. Even then, some manufacturers will fight this application: Oklahoma tried to use pentobarbital for executions, but Lundbeck, the only producer authorized to sell it in the U.S., prohibited it from doing so.Hence the midazolam experiments: The drug is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines and its production cannot be discontinued. McGuire’s family, however, has already sued Hospira as the producer of the drug cocktail that caused the convict visible suffering. Legal wrangling may well force death-penalty states to keep trying other options. That means more inhumane killings, and more ammunition for opponents of capital punishment.The reason the lethal injection was adopted in the first place was that it was more humane than the electric chair, hanging and the firing squad. It accounted for more than 1200 U.S. executions since 1976, compared to 175 for all other methods combined. For Lockett, however, a needle turned out to be worse than other options.The continued drug experimentation – effectively a race against European-driven bans and restrictions on various compounds – will cause more such painful deaths. Legislators in some states are talking about bringing back firing squads, now only allowed in Utah, but they are going in the wrong direction. The existence of the death-penalty has done nothing to change the fact that the U.S. has a higher murder rate than other developed countries. Only a fraction of killers are put to death, anyway, so they take their chances.If they don’t want to listen to busybodies in Europe, U.S. states that still administer capital punishment should pay attention to Shonda Waller, the mother of the 11-month-old girl raped and killed by the next man in line on Oklahoma’s death row, Charles Warner. “It would dishonor me and everything I believe in,” she said of his execution, delayed because of the Lockett fiasco. “When he dies I want it to be because it’s his time, not because he’s been executed due to what happened to me and my child.”© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Nicaragua pleads with US to call off Texas execution Virginia executes El Salvador native convicted of multiple murders George Clooney’s fiancee named to UN Gaza inquiry team In Syria, freelancers like James Foley cover a dangerous war zone with no front lineslast_img read more

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