Cassidy Barrios Voted Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

first_img2018 Women’s Basketball All-Defensive Team DeA’ngela Mathis Lamar G Sr. Bradenton, Fla. Barrios was a true all-around player for the Colonels in the regular season as she ranked in the top 10 against league opponents in scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocks. She averaged 18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She earned Southland Player of the Week a conference-best five times this season and recorded 15 overall double-doubles. Her well-rounded resume also landed her a spot on the All-Defensive Team. 2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection Imani Robinson UIW G So. Round Rock, Texas Kiandra Bowers2 Lamar C/P Gr. West Palm Beach, Fla. Lamar leads the conference with four total selections, followed by Central Arkansas with three. Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, UIW, New Orleans, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned one spot each. All five first team selections are returning all-conference picks from last season while New Orleans senior guard Randi Brown is on her third all-conference team. Second team honorees Taylin Underwood, Kiandra Bowers and Kierra Jordan are all two-time selections. 2018 Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Taylor Sells Central Arkansas G So. Tulsa, Okla. Taylor Baudoin Central Arkansas F Sr. Columbus, Miss. Stevi Parker2 Stephen F. Austin F. Sr. Bixby, Okla. Kiandra Bowers Lamar C/P Gr. West Palm Beach, Fla. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Chastadie Barrs2 Lamar G Jr. DeSoto, Texas Randi Brown3 New Orleans G Sr. Houma, La. 2018 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team Honorable Mention: Taylor Jackson, Stephen F. Austin; Emma Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Shania Woods, New Orleans; Caitlyn Davis, McNeese; Channell Hayes, Stephen F. Austin; Kayla Mundy, New Orleans. Cassidy Barrios Nicholls G Jr. Raceland, La. Chastadie Barrs3 Lamar G Jr. DeSoto, Texas Amanda Johnson Houston Baptist G Jr. Georgetown, Texas Player of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, NichollsDefensive Player of the Year: Chastadie Barrs, LamarFreshman of the Year: Jadyn Pimentel, LamarNewcomer of the Year: Imani Johnson, Stephen F. AustinCoach of the Year: Robin Harmony, Lamar Kierra Jordan2 Central Arkansas C Sr. Jackson, Miss. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown 3 Three-time All-Defensive selection Cassidy Barrios2 Nicholls G Jr. Raceland, La. Breanna Wright Abilene Christian G So. Jarrell, Texas Sights are now set on the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, tipping off this week at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The women’s first round begins on Thursday, March 8. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Chastadie Barrs of Lamar earned her third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award to headline the All-Defensive Team. The junior guard comfortably leads the nation in steals (186) and steals per game (6.64) and needs just six more to become the single-season leader in Division I history. Natalie White of Florida A&M tallied 191 in 1995. In conference play, the Cardinals rank second in scoring defense, allowing just 55.6 points per game. Kamry Orr Central Arkansas G Jr. Little Rock, Ark. All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Lamar earned another individual superlative in Jadyn Pimentel, tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. The St. Louis, Mo., native ranked third in conference play with 2.6 steals per game while averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 assists per game. Brittany Mbamalu Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G Sr. Houston, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with the all-conference teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Taylin Underwood2 Southeastern Louisiana G Sr. Livingston, La. Lamar’s fifth-year head coach Robin Harmony was voted the Southland Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinals to an outright regular season championship. It is Lamar’s third title overall, first since 2010 and first outright championship. LU posted a 22-6 record this season (17-1 SLC) while leading the league in scoring offense (75.9), scoring margin (+20.4), assists per game (15.8) and steals per game (17.7). She now holds a 91-59 overall record with Lamar. 2018 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Third Team Stevi Parker Stephen F. Austin F. Sr. Bixby, Okla. Moe Kinard2 Lamar G Jr. New Iberia, La. Stephen F. Austin’s Imani Johnson was named the Newcomer of the Year. The junior transfer from Southeast Missouri State started in all 18 league contests, averaging 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.last_img read more


first_imgNELSON’S HOMEBRED WOUND TIGHT ROLLS TO IMPRESSIVE 3 ½ LENGTH WIN IN $200,000 UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK; 5-YEAR-OLD COIL GELDING GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.24RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2020)–It what was virtual walk in the park, Matt Nelson’s homebred Wound Tight was in complete control throughout as he waltzed to a front-running 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank.  Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the 5-year-old gelding by top sprinter Coil got a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf in 1:48.24.A neck and a nose away from having won three straight races, Wound Tight came off of a nose win in a one mile turf allowance at Del Mar on Dec. 1 and was off at 3-1 in a field of eight older horses, returning $8.00, $3.80 and $3.20.Out of the Mr. Broad Blade mare Bellsblade, Wound Tight registered his first ever stakes win and improved his overall mark to 10-4-2-2.  With the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $266,340.Ward ‘n Jerry, who was shuffled back while in tight quarters early at the rail, saved ground while next to last heading into the Club House turn.  Full of run while a joint fourth five sixteenths from home, he proved second best on the day, finishing a half length in front of longshot Cono.The 2-1 favorite with Umberto Rispoli up, Ward ‘n Jerry paid $3.80 and $2.80.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Cono was off at 34-1 and paid $8.20 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 23.39, 48.62, 1:13 flat and 1:36.61.last_img read more

Meninga: Key positions up for grabs

first_imgThe iconic trio of Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have all retired from representative rugby, while Michael Morgan has suffered a season-ending pectoral tear.As such, Meninga is keeping a close eye on the Origin series, which New South Wales Blues lead 1-0 after game one.”A lot of weight will be placed on the Origin series this year and who wins it,” Meninga said.”Particularly around the spine, your nine, seven, six and one. Some of our greatest ever players have retired so our spots are wide open.”The return of Greg Inglis following a long-term knee injury is a boost to Meninga and the Kangaroos, particularly with a new captain needed following Smith’s retirement.”[Inglis] was excellent [in game one] and that’s what you expect from him, to lead from the front,” Meninga added. “Behind the scenes, he’s very intelligent and can send a message out to his troops.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Mal Meningalast_img read more

Kovacevic, out of danger after suffering a shooting in Athens

first_imgAccording to police, the exdelantero, 46, He was attacked after leaving his home in the neighborhood of Gyfada, Athens, by two men that were waiting for him aboard a Smart from which the Serbian was shot. The car used in the attack was found burned a few kilometers from the old airport of Athens. Kovacevic, which resides between Belgrade Y AthensHe hung up his boots at Olympiacos in 2009 and worked as a sports director for the Olympiacos before arriving at the Serbian football federation. As a footballer he played 284 matches in the txuri-urdin team divided into two stages. The first from 1996 to 1999 and the second from 2001 to 2007. The former player of the Royal Society Darko Kovacevic has been shot this Tuesday in Athens. The Serbian, who was attacked by two men, was shot and managed to avoid the bullet. His life is not in danger. Kovacevic has been in a health center in Voula for the knee and wrist injury as a result of the fall to the ground and the strong emotional shock. Vasilis Tempelis, a journalist for Sport24, told “El Larguero” what Kovacevic told police: “I saw someone get out of their car with a gun and approach me. Instinctively I fell to the right, shot me and then got into the car and left. “last_img read more

Australian Open | Djokovic defeats an injured Federer and will play his 8th final

first_imgNole and Roger settled their 17th confrontation in majors, fifth in Melbourne, in situations of bodily inequality and that was decisive. The Swiss arrived very punished, with greater than 12 hours of play and very exhausting video games wherein he was about to lose, whereas the highway to the Belgrade idol had been simpler and had lasted nearly two hours and a half much less. Federer knew it and tried to shock him out with an aggressive, nearly suicidal recreation that labored for him whereas he held his physique. He dazzled an viewers, as all the time delivered to his determine, and put himself with a hopeful 4-1 begin and then an thrilling 5-2, though Djokovic put issues in his place by profitable three straight video games and matching the sport. The tiebreaker was reached and Federer’s resistance ended. The following two units have been dominated by the winner, with a break in every of them. Let’s see who stops him now. He goes for his eighth title in Australia, the 17th Grand Slam and by the way, to attempt to recuperate the primary, which will be his if he wins on Sunday. Outcomes of the boys’s workforce of the Australian Open. Chapter 50 of one of many best rivalries within the historical past of tennis, which is maintained by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer For 14 years after they first met in Monte Carlo, he was very conditioned by the bodily state of the Swiss. He arrived with doubts in regards to the discomfort in his proper thigh that ballasted him in his match in opposition to Tennys Sandgren, when he raised seven match factors to maneuver to the semifinals of the Australian Open. “Most respect for Roger for going out to play in the present day, as a result of he was clearly injured, “Djokovic stated after profitable in three units (7-6 (1), 6-4 and 6-Three in 2h: 18) to the winner of 20 Grand Slams, who will not be capable to add 21 this 12 months in Melbourne. The Serbian will play for the eighth time the final of the event in opposition to Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev, who will face this Friday (09:30, Eurosport). The match for the title will be Sunday on the similar time. Djokovic is already the participant who has most occasions reached the final spherical of main aussie, forward of Bromwich, Crawford and Emerson, who did it seven occasions. It will be the 26th of the Balkan in Grand Slams. His victory, as well as, was the 30th in opposition to a top-5 in matches of the very best degree, greater than anybody in historical past, forward of the 29 of Federer and Nadal.last_img read more

Mahomes takes Kansas to its first Super Bowl in 50 years

first_imgThe Kansas team wins the San Francisco 49ers 31-20The young quarterback shines in the final leg of the match After an advanced 15-game fight, Mahomes himself carried the ball to a diagonal yard for a touchdown and with the extra point of kicker Harrison Butker the ‘Bosses’ took control of the game 7-3. The Kansas City had to opt for the field goal Butker’s 31-yard to increase his lead to 10-3.Missing five minutes to halftime, San Francisco achieved a touchdown who tied the game 10-10. Garoppolo connected on a TD pass with Kyle Juszczyk. The kicker Gould completed the play with his field goal. The San Francisco defense was closed with a minute and a half left for halftime and Kansas City could not take advantage of its offensive series.San Francisco then opened the third quarter with the joy that Colombian Shakira and Jennifer Lopez left in the environment at the halftime show and took the lead 13-10 with a Gould field goal of 42 yards.The Californian team then pressed the accelerator when Raheem Mostert threw the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line to go up 20-10, with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter. At the beginning of the last quarter Mahomes was intercepted for the second time in the game, in a play that could have cost Kansas City the game.Mahomes goes into a tranceMahomes trying to redeem himself approached little by little until yard 1 (he went 82 yards in nine plays) and with a pass to touchdown He connected with Travis Kelce and the ‘Chiefs’ approached 20-17. Kansas City then closed its defense and the San Francisco boys could not complete their offensive series with five minutes left.Mahomes in nothing got five yards from where he later connected with Damien Williams for a touchdown and Kansas City went up 24-20 with 2:44 minutes to play. Then San Francisco lost its offensive opportunity and those from Kansas scored another touchdown through Willliams, who ran 38 yards to finally win the match 31-20. With another excellent performance by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday and proclaimed themselves the NFL Super Bowl 54 champions.Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdown, which earned the ‘Bosses’ to break a 50-year drought without winning a Super Bowl. Marshal Mahomes frustrated the 49ers’ attempt to win a sixth Super Bowl trophy. Jimmy Garoppolo, Marshal of the 49ers, was left wanting to reach a third ring of the Super Bowl, the first as a starting quarterback since the previous two managed to replace Tom Brady in the Patriots.The Chiefs, named MVP of the game, continues to electrify the League with his mobility, arm power and a variety of passes. At 24, Mahomes came once again from behind, since with the adverse score 24-0 in the second quarter against Houston in the Divisional Series he ended up winning 51-31. Mahomes became the second youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.Good start of the 49ersThe Chiefs failed to complete their first offensive series starting the game and the 49ers took the ball with an organized attack led by Garoppolo to approach 30 yards from the desired zone. However, they couldn’t complete it, but they had the option of kicking the ball for a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal and going up 3-0.last_img read more

Gayà, the ninth low of Valencia to visit the Royal Society

first_imgThe left-handed side José Luis Gayà is for some muscle discomfort in the right leg, the ninth low in the list of summoned Valencia to visit this Saturday at the Royal Society.On the list are goalkeepers Jaume Doménech and Jasper Cillessen and defenders Thierry Correia, Daniel Wass, Eliaquim Mangala, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jaume Costa and Hugo Guillamón.There are also midfielders Ferran Torres, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler, Denis Cheryshev, Gonçalo Guedes, Kang In Lee, Vicente Esquerdo and strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rubén Sobrino Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulista, José Luis Gayà, Francis Coquelin, Manu Vallejo and Rodrigo Moreno are injured. By illness it is Alessandro Florenzi and by sanction, Maxi Gómez.last_img

Sheila: “It motivates me to face Rapinoe, we’re like that”

first_imgYes, I can only dedicate myself to football because I live with my parents. Right now I combine football with studies. I study sports nutrition, a medium grade. But most of my colleagues work, because the average age is high (29 or 30 years old). There are few others in the university. In my case, studies are very important for when football ends, but I think I can live years of this.How is a day in your life?We have the bad luck that we train in the afternoons because most of the players work. Although the Agreement has been signed, they have to combine it. We adapt to your schedules. In the morning I study. Then I have an hour’s drive to train from my home in Yunquera (Guadalajara). I also direct several teams of Rayo girls.Is it rewarding to work with girls?The quarry is very good. And now there are more resources, there is professionalism. When I was little I had to play with children, there were no teams of girls. When I was five years old, I had to wear an M shirt, which was huge. Now they all have their ideal material.Tell me how it started in this football.It was thanks to my older brother. I went down to the street and won, but I had more body. It itched a lot. He was the one who trusted me and made me believe it. With three I started and with five I signed for the team of my town. At nine they called me from Guadalajara. At 12 I was selected with Castilla la Mancha and that was a showcase in my career. With 17, Rayo loved me but I didn’t have the possibility to go to Madrid every day. My parents worked and did not dare to let me go alone to Vallecas by train. They were afraid. It was turning 18 and the first thing I did was take out my driving license to be able to sign for Lightning. Luckily they called me again. That was what made me become a professional player, move on to the First Iberdrola. Take that leap. It was my dream.You will share costumes with the best in Spain. Who are your La Roja references?Jenni Hermoso, Marta Corredera or Amanda Sampedro, whom I’ve been watching since I was a little girl. They are referents. They have incredible quality. I have a lot to learn from them.What can you contribute to this Selection?I think a lot of verticality, since Spain has a very different style of touch. I have respect for this situation but not fear. There are going to be high level players in the United States and that motivates me. How did you find out that you were among the 23 called to dispute the SheBelieves Cup with Spain?I was picking up my mother from work and I saw him on social media. I thought about the work behind me and that I am having a great season. I think I deserve it, but part of this is thanks to my team that has always supported me and helped me.What did you know about the SheBelieves Cup?I had no idea how important it really is. I knew it was special. I am very grateful to the coach for taking me to this beautiful tournament. Now it’s my turn to do my best.Which player motivates you to face?To Rapinoe She is a player more or less my style. It is my reference in the United States. But all three teams have incredible players, they are the best in the world. I hope to enjoy this moment to the fullest.Reach the absolute after a great career in lower categories.My companions have called me to congratulate me. It came from lower categories and is a job that I have done well to reach the absolute.What have you been told in your club? It’s been a long time since a Lightning player arrived …They are very happy. The last one was Natalia Pablos. She called me to congratulate me and gave me some advice. He told me to take full advantage that this happens only once.How is the Lightning?The team is fine, at ease. We are in the middle of the table and do not suffer with the issue of descent. We are happy Vallecas’s feeling never changes. Although important players have gone to great clubs and that has made it lower the level a bit. But we have pride and a lot of feeling in the costume family. That is key to getting the team forward.What does it look like in the future?I am very comfortable and very good at Rayo, but it’s always nice to get to the Champions League or win a Queen’s Cup. Or win an Iberdrola League title. I want to mark those goals. I think they can arrive. That’s why I don’t discard anything.A few days ago history was made by signing the collective agreement. How has it affected you?It has not affected me personally. These are rights that we should have all had for a long time. In my club, which is humble and with the lowest budget, I think we deserve to have that minimum.Is it one of the lucky ones that can live only from football?last_img read more

“Camavinga has conditions to play for Real Madrid”

first_imgBy the way, he also knows Dembelé very well …I had him in the subsidiary and pushed him to go with the professionals. Then we kept in touch when he was in Dortmund. Since he is in Barcelona, ​​we have less contact, at first we talked a little but then, the conversations were diluted. You have to analyze your injuries well because you have many and know how to correct it within what fits. But he is a footballer with whom he really enjoys himself.Tempted by Henry …Photo: Max PPP ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Photo: Max PPP Do you have conditions for Madrid?Yes, it does. In the medium term I see him in a structure of the highest level with demands of the highest level. Following his progression he has the potential and all the qualities required to settle in a top club one day.Do you talk to him about whether it’s good to take that leap this summer?I always give him advice to stay one more season at Rennes because it is his training club. After a good season, that quality leap must always be confirmed and it would be easier for him to do it here. I think he has one or two stages left before making the jump for a big one. There is a difference between being able to play a high-level season at your training club and being able to play about 60 games per campaign at a giant club every three days. It already makes a big difference, but he has a couple of steps to take to establish himself in a top clubDo you think that with the coronavirus its price will drop as for other cracks?I’m not sure. They are peculiar, I think there will always be funds for those types of players. For others, the market will surely be different this summer with the coronavirus, but for young cracks, I am not convinced that it is different.Fan of Quique Setién and the Betis anthemThey beat Betis in the Europa League. What anecdote happened in the locker room?I started my last talk putting the Betis anthem because I did not want the players to be surprised at Benito Villamarín. I remember I turned the volume up and the players were speechless. The truth is that we beat them because we saw many Betis games and when I say many I fall short.Tim Clayton – Corbis & nbsp; (Corbis via Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Montpellier Vs Stade Rennes. French Ligue 1, Regular Season.Tim Clayton – Corbis (Corbis via Getty Images) What did he say to them to enjoy victory and stop being angry about losing possession?But I explained to them that winning 2-0 quickly, it was logical that Betis would have had more the ball at the beginning of the second half and that we should be glad to have finished very strong, marking the third at the end. I also told them that we had to appreciate that we had made a lot of progress in mastering the ball in a single week. I remember very much the preparation of the match. Between the first leg (3-3 in France, winning the Rennes 3-1 at half-time) and the return, we had a week to prepare and I remember that we totally failed the match in Reims (defeat 0-2 with the first goal conceded to the minute 3). Then we had three days to prepare for the match at Villamarín. I insist on the preparation because it was shocking. The players got involved with the project and game plan. We talked a lot with them to see how we could put Betis in trouble. From the beginning we were uninhibited, contrary to the second half of the first leg in which very soon we were under pressure, in great difficulty, as suffocated. In the return, we looked Betis in the eye from the beginning of the game and we never looked down, we were always at their level. And well, obviously I remember the third goal, that of M’Baye Niang, the incredible explosion of happiness of our 3,500 fans in the stands, the Villamarin suddenly shutting down, all silent, without a noise … the contrast between our 3,500 fans , all crazy, all happy in a corner of the stands and all the rest of the field completely off. That moment will stay a long time in my memory. Shortly after, at the end of the game, I remember very precisely the joy of the fans, of the club’s sponsors who were in another part of the stands, of the players … It was an impressive memory too, that joy shared with the final whistle in such a mythical stadium.Did you talk to Setien after the game?No, we did not have the opportunity. I would have liked. I think he would have a lot to say to me about football. He is someone with great experience and very precise ideas about the game. I have great admiration for Quique Setién and great respect.How do you assess what you are doing in Barcelona?It doesn’t take long, but it was noticed very soon what he wanted to install at the game level. He started some games with a defense of three, I saw him also play again with four behind, in a 4-3-3. He is someone capable of adapting to the characteristics of his players, but keeping his game principles.And how do you define yourself?I would define myself as a humanistic coach. I really like to share, talk to the players and be a very engaging coach, that’s the first point. I also consider myself pragmatic, since I have to adapt to the characteristics of the players, so I do not have a privileged game system, rather I am always looking for the best options. His father Guy is the right hand man for Deschamps in the national team, I imagine that both of them already know what the trick is to stop Mbappé …It is very difficult. Mbappé has this season more than 30 goals in all competitions. It has it all: speed, technical quality and incredible confidence. I see that he wants to win many titles. In addition, he is 21 years old and has a lot of progress ahead of him. He has all the keys to be one of the best strikers on the planet and, perhaps, a Ballon d’Or.From one crack to another, how do you discover Camavinga?He was previously in the lower Rennes. He was with the sub-16, but he played all season with the sub-17, I trained the subsidiary and saw him very often. I discovered him that season. I called him to training sessions with the subsidiary and the following season I started him. He played the entire first phase and at the beginning of December 2018 I was appointed coach of the professionals, so I took him by the stretch to training because I had very quickly identified his enormous potential.But … weren’t you afraid of throwing him so young?I didn’t see if he was 16 or 20. Talent doesn’t know how old it is and when it’s ready it has to be that way, period. We tried to prepare him to join the team and we saw signs to think that this was not rash. We knew it was going to turn out well and at the end of last season I made it debut and it’s literally exploding.Photo: Max PPP ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Photo: Max PPP How did you tactically propose the return match against Betis?The idea was to be ambitious, sticking one-on-one across the field. I started with four forwards, in a very offensive 4-2-4, with a very precise role for each striker. M’Baye Niang and Ismaïla Sarr debiank, alternating, had to go out to press the third central bético according to the side in which we started the collective pressure, and behind the two that launched this, we came very high with an individual marking of one against I join all the Betis midfielders to cut the first build pass. We wanted to short-circuit the three Betis centrals and defensive midfielders, we wanted to try to cut Betis in two to take advantage of the recovery of the ball, the position of the wing players, take advantage of those spaces to put them in danger in the transition phases and they were very high.Canales and Carvalho did not see the light that night …Carvalho had done us a lot of damage in the first leg in the midfielder-attack relationship, at least on the first pass, so we had to destroy his influence as much as possible. We define different roles regarding the first leg. For example, in the first leg Hatem Ben Arfa had no defensive duties, but Sidnei and Mandi had managed to gain a lot of ground, particularly in the second half. At Villamarín, we took another option. Our inside midfielders went out to systematically short-circuit Canales and Carvalho. Inevitably, behind them they freed spaces, but it was a risk that we assumed, we knew that at times, defensively, we were going to be four against four or five against five, but it was something decided and assumed.How did you face Setien tactically? In the first leg they have 25% possession and in the return 45% …Everything was favorable, positive. But what I really liked is that we wanted to put pressure on them and have control of the ball. In the first leg they overwhelmed us with a 25-75 possession, in the return we finished with 55-45, and we knew that we would have no chance of taking the tie without reversing that number. We actually started with the goal of 50-50 and it was so bad that I remember three players with disappointed faces, in the locker room, after celebrating the qualification with the 3,500 fans in the stands, when I told them that we had finished with 55- Four. Five. Despite the historic victory, they were disappointed and their reaction translated the desire we had to catch up with Betis in the game.center_img Julien Stéphan (France, 1980) is one of the most valued technicians in all of Europe. Son of Guy Stéphan (Deschamps’ right hand in the national team), he took the reins of Rennes in December 2018 after being promoted from the subsidiary and reached the Europa League quarters after knocking down Betis de Setién and, later, being defeated by the Arsenal. Although fate had a surprise in store for him. In April 2019, he won the French Cup at PSG after 48 years without the club winning a title. In that same month and against PSG, he made his debut for Camavinga, whom he had in the subsidiary despite being smaller and returned to win in the League. Fan of Setién, Dembelé’s mentor and passionate about Spanish football, attends AS.He is 39 but has already won the Coupe de France and has the third team. Did you imagine achieving these milestones?I started when I was 24 years old, so I have been organizing training sessions, giving talks and gaining experience for about 15 years. For a long time I worked training young people in the quarries. Then for three years he has been rather post-training because he was the coach of the Rennes subsidiary. Now I am with the professionals and I try to instill what I have learned and keep improving.Life things. You have beaten PSG twice in four games and just played there …I would say that my vocation to train came more than 20 years ago, when I played for PSG. At the same time I was in university, in a sports career, and I started to get my first coaching diplomas. I liked it and felt it was a path I could take. I was pleased to think of the sessions, to reflect on exercises, to cheer them on … We beat them in the French Cup final and in the League, although we narrowly lost the Super Cup.Photo: Max PPP ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Photo: Max PPP He was close to going to Monaco with Henry. Why did it not materialize? A month and a half before I was Rennes’ head coach, Thierry called me to join his coaching staff. It seemed like a good step in my career, so I answered his call favorably, but the conditions were not met for it to be done. Then came that opportunity at Rennes. Fate did things well.Speaking of Henry, who now trains at the Impact Montréal in Canada, let’s move on to another technician, Unai Emery. You beat him 3-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League last season, what impressed you about that Arsenal?We then face Arsenal in great shape, arriving in Rennes with world-class players, with a lot of experience. We were on a great streak, it gave us a lot of confidence to eliminate Betis and made us aware that we had a lot of quality in this squad, that we were capable of rolling it against stronger teams. We had a very difficult start to the game with Arsenal, he scored very fast, after five minutes, with some luck in a center. We don’t start in the best conditions. But then our fans were exceptional and fantastic, as soon as Arsenal had just scored, the ball was still in our goal and the stadium was lit to support us. Then Arsenal could get the second, but after half an hour of play, I noticed that we were coming up. We kept the ball more and one of the priorities was this because obviously we remembered the first leg against Betis in which after 25 minutes of play we had left the ball and we had suffered a lot. We didn’t want to live that movie again. So, against Arsenal in half an hour of play we began to press, attack, drown them until they led the opponent to error. Papastathopoulos was sent off and Bourigeaud scored the tying goal in the 40th minute. Then in the second half, the power struggle turned completely, they passed in a rhombus system, we opened the bands, we used the bands a lot to unbalance them, taking our time, with mastery of the ball. In the second half, they did not shoot once on goal. We keep constant pressure. We scored twice and if we review the film, I would say that the tie went away then. Beating Arsenal was historic, plus 3-1 was unexpected, the fourth goal would have changed everything. History is not remade.The ‘black beast’ of PSGHis moment of glory was the victory in the French Cup final against PSG. How do you remember it?Against PSG at the beginning the forces were very unbalanced, it was necessary to take clear options. We knew that we could not leave spaces for Neymar and Mbappé. We abandoned the ball because we had no other choice. We wanted to control as much as possible our space between our two lines of defense and midfielder. That night, Benjamin André (ex-captain, went to Lille for € 8 million) made a great match at the defensive level, it was incredible to control Neymar. Tuchel raised a 4-3-3 with Neymar who often went inside behind Benjamin André.How did you limit the depth of Mbappé?When he has spaces behind the defensive line, he is too strong to attack them. We did this well, we controlled it a lot. In addition, we supported by closing the entire interior of the field and forcing them to focus, and we defended well in our area, we controlled their centers well, our positioning was good. He changed a little when Cavani entered because he was stronger than the others, but we adjusted tactically. Then they had other players, there was Di María who used to take those spaces, we had to be very dense. But little by little and especially in the second half, we were better at using the ball, we created problems for them and we were able to keep the pressure up, hurting them with every attack.FRANCK FIFE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FBL-FRA-LIGUE1-PARIS-DIJONFRANCK FIFE (AFP) They went back 0-2, was it very hard psychologically?Exact! We also need exceptional mental strength losing 0-2 at 20 minutes. It all started as a nightmare, but the 1-2 goal shortly before the break gave us a lot of strength, energy and allowed us to trust us a lot. Then the planets aligned and we were able to accomplish a real feat. PSG had five seasons without losing in the Cup, we 48 years without a title.Were you surprised to beat PSG again?We played against them again in the Super Cup, in China and their image of us had changed a lot. In Shenzhen we opened the scoring and with a team with several youngsters, we lost 1-2, being able to tie Camavinga in the 94th minute… We took advantage of that game to adjust some things and a few days later, in the league at home, we got a great game, with the ball defending , in the intensity also and we won 2-1 in a very logical way.Do you think Neymar and Mbappé are adapted to France or would they give more level in Spain?Neymar has already shown it in Spain, but in France he has exceptional statistics. This season he has played 15 league games and has 13 goals and 6 assists. Mbappé has this season more than 30 goals in all competitions. They are Ligue 1 stars and with their talent they could perform in any league. They have it all, speed, technical quality, incredible confidence …A student of football with a past in Real SociedadWith this experience in LaLiga players, do you see yourself in the Spanish championship?I don’t know if I will have a chance. It is a League that I follow enormously. Not long ago, in full confinement, I watched several games in Segunda, where I found the same game philosophy as in Primera, it is very nutritious for me. Then, what I said, I do not know if one day I will be given the opportunity to train in Spain, but in any case it is a League that I love. I did a stage with Real Sociedad during my training course and I was speechless.Is there any peculiarity in preparing a match against a Spanish rival?The main teaching of the confrontations against Betis was that it is absolutely necessary to fight for possession of the ball, otherwise they will spend you. They must get to negotiate the first passes well, get the ball well and take it at least in the middle of the field to force them to defend. Spanish teams tend to love having the ball on their feet, but perhaps they like to defend less during long periods of the game. If we abandon them too quickly they catch the ball and use it very well. The second lesson is key … you also have to be able to press them to take time from their possession game. They are in individual excellence at a technical and collective level in the position game, so you must be very good in intensity, in pressuring them to modify their plans. After leaving Betis out, I would have loved to face Sevilla in the round of 16, it is so true that I said it in the Betis post-match press conference on the return leg. I would have loved to live the experience at Sánchez Pizjuán and face the two clubs in Seville in two rounds in a row.During his training as a technician he did a stage at Real Sociedad. Did it help you in your construction as a coach?He confirmed to me that they are different methods of work compared to France, based on the game of possession and position. Everything is done with a ball, this is very enriching. But I stayed only a few days between two league games and one European Cup, there were not many training sessions in a week with three games.He did not choose the Royal Society by chance …I love Spanish soccer and it is a club that bets a lot on training, in its youth team. He wanted to know how the bridges between the quarry and the professionals were made, how they managed the young people later in the staff of the professionals, how they got more value from them and also knew that in the Royal Society there was a very strong feeling of belonging to that entity .What are your playing principles?First, I like to have generous players because it is key to using the ball well. You have to be able to run and move around a lot, so you need players with volume of play. Then I care a lot that they are technically skilled, able to get the ball from their field. But I prioritize my team being able to adapt. We would like to have mastery of the ball as often as possible. At times this is the case, but there are situations in which it is less the case and we must be able to adapt. So the principles of the game are one thing, but the most essential is the ability to adapt, to a context of game and tactics. It is what I work more than anything, the ability to adapt.Do you think that your strength is analysis?The observation of the rival is made on both sides of the field. Let’s see, of course we organized the team to limit the rival’s strengths, but we also insisted enormously during the work week to expose their failures, their weaknesses and encourage offensively, based on this. Without changing our general principles of play, but at times a position changes or we will attack one area more than another.What are your training sessions like?I like to be in all of them. I stay on the edge of the field, I watch. It may intervene, but the vast majority of control of those sessions is left to my assistants. However, the rest of the time, I take the sessions, their rhythm, the exercises, everything that is tactical, I play, I decide everything and I take it myself. I simply delegate the warm-up to the physical trainer and the assistants.He says he is very interested in talking to the players. He is known as a technician who does not know of untouchables in a locker room. Last season he ended up kicking Ben Arfa out of the group …I have an essential notion in the human management of players, that of merit. In a group of 22-26 players, there cannot be anyone on the opposite side. If we want the group to live well, we have to be fair. The notion of merit is essential and precisely to give everyone the opportunity as long as he works well, gives himself up in daily life. Obviously there are heavyweights in a locker room, but they are with the same rules, with the same performance logic. So no, for me there are no untouchables.Thomas Brégardis & nbsp; (OUEST FRANCE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>TBR190314AThomas Brégardis (OUEST FRANCE)last_img read more