Maurizio Sarri explains shock decision to bench Chelsea ace Eden Hazard v Eintracht Frankfurt

first_img‘The Frankfurt dressing room has been given a big lift.’Owen Hargreaves added: ‘His whole life he’s been playing multiple games in a week. It’s a big risk. It needs to come good for Sarri.‘No way do you ever leave one of the best players in Europe out for a game like this.’Former Arsenal player Lee Dixon was also critical of the decision, saying: ‘Eden Hazard on the bench?‘If the manager came in and said he was leaving me out I’d say, I don’t care who you are, what you’ve won in the game, this is what the season is all about!‘It’s what you do all your prep for, play all those games, get to the semi-final which is arguably the most nerve-racking game. To rest him for Watford, I’m sorry, I can’t see it.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 May 2019 7:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link598Shares Eden Hazard was named on Chelsea’s bench (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has explained his decision to bench Eden Hazard for Chelsea’s Europa League clash at Eintracht FrankfurtSpeaking to BT Sport before the match, Sarri said: ‘We have to play five matches in two weeks with the same level of importance. We need to make changes.‘This is why Eden is on the bench. He played ten matches in a row and usually he is really able to change the match from the bench.‘After ten matches in a row he needs a rest. I don’t want him to play for 90 minutes.’ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHazard is one of five changes made to the Chelsea team that started against Manchester United last weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementPedro, Olivier Giroud, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christesen and Emerson all come in as Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain drop to the bench.Reacting to Sarri’s decision to bench Hazard, Glenn Hoddle said: ‘We’re sitting here scratching our heads – why would you leave him out?‘I really cant understand why you wouldn’t play your best player in the semi-final. You need your star players. For the life of me I can’t understand it.The team sheets are in! Here’s how we line up against Eintracht Frankfurt this evening. 💪#FRACHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 2, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement Maurizio Sarri explains shock decision to bench Chelsea ace Eden Hazard v Eintracht Frankfurt Commentlast_img read more

Ivy Tech, Hoosier Hills Literacy League team for burrito-fueled literacy awareness event

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College and The Hoosier Hills Literacy League are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of literacy through a special lunchtime event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the College’s Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus.The event, “Books, Burritos and Board Games,” brings burritos from Chipotle to the campus along with the opportunity to play board games and purchase books. The event is open to the public. A variety of board games will be available for anyone to play. There will be free giveaways throughout the event.A burrito and bottle of water is $7. For Ivy Tech students, the cost is $4 when they show their student identification. Chipotle’s delicious house made chips and salsa will be available for $2, and new books will be available to purchase for $2 each or three for $5.Event sponsors include the Aurora Chipotle, Thrivent Financial and Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg. All funds raised support the literacy efforts of the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, a United Way Agency that enhances personal growth and individual livelihood by providing literacy instruction, community outreach and supportive resources to residents of Southeastern Indiana.Among the Literacy League programs are adult literacy classes, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Independent Study towards the High School Equivalency diploma (formerly the General Education Diploma) at the Dearborn County Jail, Write and Read to Reconnect with the Jail Chemical Addiction Program, tutor training and one-on-one tutoring.For additional information, contact Laura Priebe of the Hoosier Hills Literacy League at 812-584-8516 or read more

Volleyball looks to build its momentum at home

first_imgThe tough early schedule may prove to be an advantage for USC as conference play continues. USC will have more experience against top-level talent than other teams who played an easier schedule before Pac-12 competition.  Strong defense will be important when facing a tough middle-hitting team in the Bears. Cal relies heavily on two middle blockers, senior Savannah Rennie and junior Preslie Anderson. Sunday will be a battle of two of the conference’s best players. Stanford senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer leads the Pac-12 with 5.18 kills per set. USC senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier is fourth in the conference in that category with 4.39 kills per set.  The Trojans face the 17-1 Bears Friday night before taking on the 13-3 powerhouse Cardinal Sunday afternoon. USC’s defense at the net has been a consistent advantage for the team. The Trojans have 186.5 total blocks this season while their opponents have 133.5.  This weekend is an opportunity for a USC team that entered the season with high expectations to right the ship after what has been a disappointing start. USC still has hopes of competing for the Pac-12 title and making a run deep into the NCAA tournament.  “[The Bears] have got exceptional middle attackers, and when they are able to pass well, they can get the ball to them; they are really really physical and really good,” Crouch said. “If we can serve them and keep them off the net a little bit, that will help us a lot.” Facing Stanford poses a tougher challenge for the Trojans. Stanford is the reigning NCAA champion but has shown a slight regression this season. The Cardinal have three losses, but each of those came against teams ranked in the top 12.  The Trojans bring momentum into this weekend’s matches after defeating Oregon State 3-1 and sweeping Oregon last weekend. The Cardinal have won the past six matchups against USC and have not lost to an unranked opponent since October 2016.  Six of the Trojans’ seven losses have been to teams currently ranked in the Top 25. The only other loss USC has suffered so far was a five-set loss to UCLA. The Trojans have just one win against a ranked team — a four-set victory over No. 9 Washington at the end of September.  “The offense is coming along,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “In both those matches we were able to hold both those teams to fairly low hitting efficiencies, and that is starting to look better, the defense is really starting to look better.” Every service for the Trojans is essential; if the Bears can make accurate passes off the serve, they will be able to set up their powerful middles for easy scores. USC will need to maximize service opportunities from freshman outside hitter Emilia Weske and sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro — two of the team’s most potent servers. “I think if we can win the serve pass battle versus Cal, our pins our better than theirs, we are better at the antennas than they are,” Crouch said. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro sets up for her serve. Lázaro has 17 service aces on the season, which ties for second most on the team. (Edison Liu / Daily Trojan) “Stanford is a little bit more stacked all the way around, so that’ll challenge us all over the floor,” Crouch said. “So we will have to play our best to beat them.” The USC women’s volleyball team hosts No. 15 Cal and No. 2 Stanford — according to NCAA’s AVCA Coaches’ rankings — this weekend at the Galen Center.  Cal has faced just three ranked teams so far this season, losing to Stanford 3-1 and beating Washington State and Utah in five sets.  First serve against Cal is at 8 p.m. before Stanford visits for a 1 p.m. start Sunday.last_img read more