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September 17, 2020

Liverpool Aiming to Bring Down Camp Nou

first_imgHe said: “The Camp Nou is just a stadium, quite big, but it’s not a football temple.”Once again, he refuses to name his side favourites: “If you play against Barcelona, you are certainly not favourites.”The Liverpool boss finishes up: “This is a fantastic game for all football supporters.”Interestingly, Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk is returning to the Nou Camp tonight hoping to erase the memory of his only other appearance at the home of Barcelona.The newly-crowned Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year was a member of the Celtic team humiliated 6-1 in December 2013 – they were 6-0 down after 72 minutes.What was more galling on that night was that Lionel Messi was not even playing.There is no chance of that happening this night, with the Argentina international being handed generous periods of rest by coach Ernesto Valverde in the games leading up to this Champions League semi-final first leg, but Van Dijk is relishing the prospect. He is also looking to address his history with Barcelona.“It is a nice stadium, an historic stadium and for me it was a great experience to play over there,’ said the Holland captain.“It was my first time, my only time and my last time so far so I am looking forward to playing them again, one of the best teams in the world, but I think this can be totally different than when I was there the last time.’Despite Celtic’s result, Van Dijk came away with plenty of plaudits but – despite that – he was not happy with the performance.“I saw some videos, but if you are losing 6-1, as a defender, you can’t say you had a good game,’ he added.“But the good thing for me personally was I took a lot of experience from that night and that helped me, obviously.”Van Dijk’s imperious form, and the way he has marshalled Liverpool’s defence this season to concede just 20 goals in 36 Premier League matches, should help in combating the threat of Messi.However, the Dutchman knows that is easier said than done.“Yeah, I think he is the best player in the world, I have said that before,’ he said.“But you see how we play, how we defend, we don’t defend one v one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well – so we will see. We will be ready.“The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face one of the best players…I think the best player in the world.“But it is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality and we will prepare well and that is what we are going to do.‘We have also a very good team so we can compete there as well so it is not “ike we are going there for a holiday or something.’It is another huge week for the club, who remain in the title race with the relentless Manchester City, who have a one-point advantage heading into the final two Premier League matches.Many – including former Manchester United defender-turned-pundit Gary Neville – were sceptical of Liverpool’s capacity to maintain a challenge on two fronts, but they have disproved all the doubters.“You definitely want to be in the title race and you definitely want to be in the semi-final, and hopefully you get through to the final,’ said Van Dijk.‘The situation is how it is and I said many times before, we have to enjoy it, show what we have been doing almost the whole season and keep working hard and never give up.“I see what we have. I see the players we have, I see the management and the way we play football so it is not really a big surprise.‘But you still have do it and we have to do it on Wednesday as well. It is going to be unbelievably tough.“You need to be ready for problems and we will be and hopefully we can get a good result or a result we can take with us back to Anfield and we are going to try everything to go through to the final.’“The reverse fixture is scheduled to take place at Anfield next week Tuesday. Barcelona have recently secured the La Liga crown while the Reds are still fighting for their first-ever trophy in the modern edition of the Premier League with Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona will today host Liverpool at the famous Camp Nou which the Liverpool German specialist, Jurgen Klopp does not consider ‘a football temple’. To Klopp, it is just an ordinary stadium. He however admitted ‘it’s always difficult to play there: “You see the other teams who have a bad time when they play there.”But an explosive UEFA Champions League semi-final clash is well anticipated. Klopp, according to Spanish publication, Tribuna, delivers a rather controversial statement as he previews the semi-finals clash.During an interview with DAZN, a subscription video streaming service owned by Perform Group, the German specialist diminished a bit the importance of the Camp Nou stadium which is a bit strange given he has been coaching at such iconic venues as Westfalenstadion at Borussia Dortmund and Anfield Road.last_img read more

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SAGE hosts series centered on body positivity

first_imgWhile the body love series of events was initially intended to last for only a week, SAGE decided to extend the event to a month. SAGE though it would be a more appropriate length of time to support people’s various identities and promote lasting body image ideals. (Photo courtesy of Gwen Howard)October is Body Love Month, which is marked by a series of events hosted by the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment to promote intuitive eating, celebration of individuality and body empowerment. The series, which runs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 3, includes a variety of events with different partnerships. Gwen Howard, SAGE Director of Body Love, said that it is important to have a series about body love to enhance student health.“Eating disorders and poor body image are sort of at an epidemic high among college age students specifically,” said Howard, a junior majoring in popular music performance and choral music. “It’s important to remember how many imposed ideals we have about how we should look like, how we should eat and how we should exercise.” One of the upcoming events includes the Body Love Fair at Alumni Park on Thursday. The fair will feature resources to help students foster a healthy relationship between the mind and body. Students will be able to smash scales, participate in crafts, enjoy food and listen to music. “[The goal is to] reclaim the power of makeup for one’s own purposes rather than any sort of ideals that are imposed,” said SAGE Executive Co-Director Rosa Wang. The pursuit of inclusivity was prioritized when SAGE planned the series, according to Executive Co-Director Anya Kushwaha.“Historically, we’ve always had things that have been all abilities or all identities welcome,” Kushwaha said. “But now, I’m so happy that we have space specifically for [marginalized groups].”In addition, SAGE will host its Sephora Bold Beauty Class for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Folks event on Sunday. This event is an excursion to Sephora for a makeup class that focuses on marginalized identities who may feel excluded from traditional cosmetic use.The Body Love series was originally planned to be a week long. However, according to Wang, SAGE found it appropriate to expand it to a month in 2015. “We realized that a week is not enough. There are so many identities and trying to encompass them into one week, even one month isn’t enough,” Wang said. “We wanted to expand it to try to include all audiences.”Body Love Month will come to an end on Nov. 3. “Body image literacy is what I would love for my peers to have a little bit of experience and practice with,” Howard said. “To start questioning the messages we’re getting and start thinking about things in a more critical way with regards to how we see ourselves and what’s making us see ourselves certain ways.”last_img read more

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September 16, 2020

Goaltending position ‘wide open’ 6 games into the season

first_img Published on October 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Heading into the season, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan had “no idea” who his starting goalie would be. “We had two girls (Ady Cohen and Maddi Welch) that didn’t play last year, so basically, from our viewpoint, it’s very much wide open,” Flanagan said. “I’d give Maddi, being a senior, with more experience, maybe a slight edge.”Flanagan also referenced former goalie Edith D’Astous-Moreau, who played in the team’s final game last season — a 3-2 loss to Mercyhurst in the CHA semifinal. D’Astous-Moreau was Flanagan’s projected starter, but she left the team for personal reasons and now studies urban planning at Université de Montréal, she said. Without D’Astous-Moreau, Syracuse (2-4-0, 2-2-0 College Hockey America) has not settled on a starting goaltender, six games into the season. Both goalies, Cohen and Welch, have started three games, each winning once and losing twice. Cohen has the slight edge in save percentage (.889 to .852) and has conceded eight goals to Welch’s 12. Welch has 69 saves overall and Cohen has 64. Cohen, 5-foot-6, has a smaller frame, but she is more agile than the 5-foot-7 Welch, Flanagan said. A year after then-senior Abbey Miller, the former CHA goaltending trophy winner, started 29 of SU’s 36 games, the Orange has faced a goalie competition. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCohen grew up in Boynton Beach, Florida, and fell in love with hockey after seeing the Florida Panthers mascot on television. Welch, on the other hand, was born into a hockey family in the hockey hub of East Amherst. Her dad played goalie at The College at Brockport, and her three sisters also play hockey. Last weekend, both goalies picked up wins against Lindenwood University, with Cohen conceding four goals on 16 shots and Welch allowing three goals on 20 shots. Both goalies played well over the weekend, Flanagan said, but “surrendered a couple goals they’d like to have back.”“That’s a position I’m going to fight for until the end of the year,” Welch said. “Regardless of whether I’m the starter or not, I’m still going to fight, I’m still going to practice as hard as I can every day.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorOn Tuesday, Cohen started against No. 7 Cornell, allowing three goals and making 29 saves in the 4-1 loss. Cohen and Welch push each other in practice by supporting each other, often with gestures as simple as fist bumps after drills, Cohen said.“We learn a lot from each other,” Cohen said. “We support each other always, and it’s good to just watch each other in practice. We take notes from each other, and it’s just a good relationship to have.”Welch and Cohen both spent years under Miller’s tutelage. Miller, SU’s leader in career goals against average (2.02) and shutouts (11), has kept in touch with both goalies. She has given advice to Welch after games via text and chatted with Cohen outside the team bus after the Orange’s 5-1 loss to No. 6 Boston College on Oct. 6. Miller said most of her advice pertains to the mental side of goaltending, especially as Welch and Cohen fight for playing time. “Keeping your head in it ,and don’t let coach’s decision on who’s going to play affect you too much, because if you let that get in your head, you’re not going to be as successful,” Miller said. Flanagan said he’s flexible in his approach to the goalies. In the past, he’s ridden one “hot hand” for most of the season, but he’s also played tandems in net. He is open to continuing to platoon the goaltenders and believes the skaters support both goalies. “Maybe someone will emerge as a starter,” Flanagan said, “or we might be in a situation where we’re just kind of rotating, alternating.” Commentslast_img read more

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