Paul Pogba ‘Pogba & Kante world-class but lack momentum’ – Desailly wants improvement from France’s star men Iain Strachan 17:18 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Zinédine Zidane Manchester United v Swansea City Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Juventus v Real Madrid Sevilla v Bayern München Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Real Madrid Bayern München Manchester City Premier League UEFA Champions League Russia v France France Friendlies A former World Cup winner admits Les Bleus will need Manchester United and Chelsea midfielders to raise their game in order to challenge in Russia Marcel Desailly has urged Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante to rediscover top form at club level in a bid to aid France’s World Cup hopes.Pogba has continued to lack consistency at Manchester United after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in August 2016, and has even found himself left out of the starting XI by manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.Kante, meanwhile, has not been at his best for Chelsea after two stellar seasons that saw him win the Premier League title with Leicester City and then the Blues. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba offered a reminder of what he is capable of with an assist and a goal in France’s 3-1 friendly win over Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.And Desailly, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Les Bleus, knows how important it is for the pair to be in peak condition in Russia. “That’s an issue, [that] they couldn’t [produce] a great season for their respective clubs,” the 49-year-old, speaking courtesy of Hublot, told Omnisport.”We cannot say that they voluntarily didn’t give their all, thinking of the World Cup. “Everything will be determined by the way they prepare ahead of the World Cup – physically and mentally, in order to regain momentum. “They have nothing more to prove as they are both world-class experienced players, but they need to bring a positive momentum to the team.”While the World Cup is beginning to loom large on the horizon, attention now turns to the conclusion of the season at club level, with Desailly’s former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane seeking to guide Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown.“I’m happy that he feels comfortable…he knew a tough time acknowledging that the league [title race] was lost for them,” Desailly said of the coach.”They struggled a little but he [Zidane] was able to reverse the current trend in order to beat Paris Saint-Germain with a great tactical play,” he added, referring to the Champions League round-of-16 tie.”He chose younger players, more focused and well-disciplined regarding the tactical aspect of the game.”Despite his affection for Zidane, Desailly is hoping for a final between Pep Guardiola’s Premier League-leading Manchester City and the Bayern Munich side of Jupp Heynckes, who won the competition with Die Roten in 2012-13.”We want to see some new faces,” he said.”We love Real Madrid because of Zidane but we would also love a great final [featuring Manchester] City versus Bayern. “It would be new and rewards the clubs who were committed and kept their philosophy like Bayern.”
NEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the budding entrepreneurs to think new and innovate constantly in order to reach the pinnacle of success. He was addressing the students at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). The insitiutte organised Pitch Cafe 2.0 with the aim to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young innovators, budding start-ups and bring them closer to fulfilling their dreams. The event saw participation from 14 institutes/colleges from all over the country including IIT-Delhi and BITS Pilani. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAddressing the students, Sisodia emphasised on the need to have a zeal to learn. He said, “Today the major challenge for the educators is not to teach what is already discovered, but to teach which is still to be invented. We have to teach our students to think new, think innovated every time. There are three types of start-ups today, one who think in the box, one who thinks out of the box and one who does not care where the box is. So decide where you are and work accordingly”. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaHe also added, “all the budding entrepreneurs face challenges and failures, but it is up to them whether they want to keep the failure as a burden on their head or convert them into learnings and step upon them. Courage to float against the odds is what is required for the entrepreneurship”. Director, IIIT-Delhi, Prof. Ranjan Bose also addressed the teams and said that “entrepreneurship is not a skill; it doesn’t have a switch off and switch on button, it is a lifestyle”. He also added that “it is not easy to live this lifestyle, but all of you have done so. It is not easy to do a startup. You have to get everything together, and you have to do everything yourself. In the end, you may have the best idea in the world, and it may turn out not to fly. And then you just have to say ‘sorry, it didn’t work, I will try again”. Top 7 teams presented their products to a panel consisting of incubators, industrialists, startup owners and mentors. Apart from the seven teams of IIIT-Delhi, IIT Delhi; BITS Pilani (Pilani); IIM Ahmedabad; Vellore Institute of Technology (Chennai); Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women; National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (Sonipat); and many other institutes from NCR and other parts of the country came with their ideas.
Shimla: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is on a winning spree in Himachal Pradesh, after 2017 assembly polls, and this year’s Parliamentary elections, is set to take a fresh test to its popularity graph in two assembly bypolls at Dharamshala and Pacchad, slated for October 21.After lots of rumbling and suspense in the ranks, the party on Sunday named – Vishal Nehria, a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJMC) leader and Reena Kashyap, a former Zila Parishad member from Dharamshala and Pachhad constituencies respectively. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe two seats fell vacant after Kishan Kapoor, a cabinet minister and two-time MLA Suresh Kashyap were elected to the Lok Sabha from Kangra and Shimla (Reserve) seats with a record winning margins. Both Nehria and Reena will be contesting the assembly polls for the first time. The party’s decision to field news faces, however, has left some potential contenders sulking. Sanjay Sharma – a brahmin, has also lobbied hard since been based at Dharamshala for a long time. He hoped that BJP working president J P Nadda will back his case but the party went out for Nehria to woo Gaddi voters. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAnother contender was Umesh Dutt– who was given ticket in 2017 poll but later dropped to retain Krishan Kapoor, a staunch Shanta Kumar loyalist. The BJP had maintained complete suspense for the candidates even as Krishan Kapoor, now MP, was advised not to push the name of his son Shashwat Kapoor and Suresh Kashyap was too left with no choice but to wait for the party decision on the candidate. Challenging Reena Kashyap will be Congress veteran and former Speaker Gangu Ram Musafir, who had lost the poll to Suresh Kashyap in 2012 and also 2017. Musafir was elected to the assembly first time in 1982 as an independent candidate but later had joined the Congress to become a cabinet minister thrice and also Speaker. He has won seven elections. In Dharamshala, the Congress is trying its luck on Vinay Inder Karan, a youth leader, who also belong to Gaddi community as being Nehria. First time, the battle will be within two Gaddi leaders, who claim to have a sizeable vote percentage in Dharamshala – where Krishan Kapoor been their face and strong Gaddi community leader. Karan’s name cropped up after former minister and a staunch Virbhadra Singh loyalist declined to contest the poll. There were also rumours about his joining the BJP if the party agrees to field him as its candidate. Asked about this BJP state president Satpal Satti said, “The party had taken a principled stand to give ticket only to a person from the party cadres. No outsider was considered for the ticket.” Dharamshala will be a big political testing ground for the BJP once again as it’s also in Kangra region, where BJP senior Shanta Kumar been calling shots. Shanta Kumar was denied Lok Sabha ticket and instead was replaced by Krishan Kapoor.