Cesc Fabregas explains why his Chelsea team were winners and Arsenal were not

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Cesc Fabregas was a key figure at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)While falling short of tipping a winner, he believes Arsenal need the win more than Chelsea as the Gunners have ‘nothing’ at the moment.‘Arsenal need it more,’ Fabregas continued. ‘Chelsea basically every year has won a trophy, so it’s a different animal in this case.‘In terms of trophies, Arsenal needs it more and for confidence for next year and getting into Europe. ‘Chelsea are in the Champions League and Arsenal has nothing at the moment.’MORE: Arsenal or Chelsea? Cesc Fabregas predicts who will win FA Cup finalMORE: Borussia Dortmund consider Man Utd flop and Arsenal target Memphis Depay as Jadon Sancho replacementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Cesc Fabregas explains why his Chelsea team were winners and Arsenal were not Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 8:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Cesc Fabregas won two Premier League titles with Chelsea but none with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas says the Chelsea teams he played in were much more ruthless and willing to win at all costs than his Arsenal sides, which made the difference between winning trophies and failing to do so.The Spaniard played for Arsenal from 2003-11 and picked up just one trophy in that time, the 2005 FA Cup, before he left for Barcelona.He returned to the Premier League with Chelsea and in four-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, the midfielder won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and a League Cup.It has been a wonderfully successful career for Fabregas, who has also won the World Cup and two European Cups with Spain and La Liga with Barcelona, so he knows what makes a winning team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLooking back on his time with the Gunners and the Blues, he feels it was too much style and not enough substance at Arsenal, whereas Chelsea were all about the results and it worked.‘Some teams I played in at Arsenal and Chelsea were similar in terms of talent, but the difference I felt straightaway is that at Chelsea we were ruthless,’ Fabregas told the Telegraph.More: 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 City‘At Arsenal there were fantastic, top, top players, but at Chelsea we didn’t really care if one day we had to win 1-0 by not touching the ball for the whole match.‘At Arsenal, and it was maybe partly my fault at some point as the leader and captain that I was, sometimes we forgot that to win leagues and Champions Leagues, you need to win ugly. ‘When I was young I always wanted to play the beautiful game, but there are always five or six games a season that you need to struggle but win. At Chelsea we did that. We were very competitive and very experienced. That’s the main difference.’The 33-year-old, who is still looking to add to his trophy cabinet at Monaco in Ligue 1, will be watching when his two former Premier League clubs meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.last_img read more

Home runs prove crucial against Ohio State

first_imgJacob Schwoerer / The Badger HeraldBig fly. Round-tripper. Salami. Tater. Those are just a few colorful synonyms for a home run, which played a big part in the Wisconsin softball team’s weekend sweep of Big Ten rival Ohio State at Goodman Diamond. Thanks to three timely home runs, the Badgers pulled off 7-6 and 3-1 wins Saturday – with the former coming in 10 innings – and a 4-2 win Sunday.With the sweep, the Badgers (33-9 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of third place in the Big Ten standings, and now sit only one win away from tying their season total from a year ago.After leading the final three and a half innings of the first game Saturday, the Buckeyes (27-17, 6-9) surrendered three runs to Wisconsin in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Wisconsin’s leading hitter stepped into the box just looking for a way to reach base.“Really, I was just in the zone in that at-bat. I wasn’t thinking about ending the game right away or anything like that. I just wanted to get on base and hopefully someone else could hit me in, so we could end that game,” junior right fielder Mary Massei said.But instead of reaching base, Massei drilled a shot over the centerfield fence to give the Badgers the come-from-behind victory.“Always having a walk-off hit is pretty exciting, but having it be a home run also–it’s amazing,” Massei said. Wisconsin’s long-ball prowess wasn’t the only aspect on display during the three games as the pitching staff, composed of senior Meghan McIntosh and junior Cassandra Darrah, put together three strong performances.Other than the fourth inning of the first game, in which Darrah gave up five runs, she and McIntosh combined to give up only two earned runs in the 23 other innings of work.Head coach Yvette Healy was impressed with her two pitchers’ resiliency during the course of the weekend, which included Darrah tossing 10 innings of six-hit ball in the first game.“They did a good job mixing speed, keeping them off balance, throwing both sides of the plate,” Healy said. “I think that was the number one thing that I saw that I think [pitching coach Tracie Adix] has really instilled in them. [Darrah and McIntosh] were just tough pitchers and even if there were errors behind them or any little adversity, the pitchers really muscled through, so I was really proud of that.”After the exciting finish in game one, McIntosh scattered six hits in the second game Saturday and struck out four to hold the Buckeyes to one unearned run. Her strong showing led Healy to go with her hot hand for start in the finale Sunday afternoon.Although Healy’s plan was to have both pitchers split the game, McIntosh came out strong and ended up completing all seven innings while yielding only four hits to Ohio State.Senior catcher Whitney Massey witnessed all three pitching performances from behind home plate, citing how McIntosh looked just as good Sunday, even though the Buckeyes had seen her in back-to-back games.“Actually, everything was working really well behind the plate today,” Massey said. “I think [the Buckeyes] were just a little bit more prepared. They just saw [McIntosh] in the second game last night. I think they were just ready to come out swinging. They didn’t want [us] to get the sweep.”Massey noted McIntosh was most effective in keeping OSU off balance when her changeup was finding the strike zone with consistency.Massey not only played a pivotal role behind the plate, but standing next to it as well. After Ohio State tied Sunday’s game in the top of the sixth inning, Massey was the one who promptly untied it in the bottom of the same inning.Earlier in the game, in the third inning, Massei had homered, which was the Badgers’ only run and hit in the game by the time the sixth inning rolled around. Massei came up second in the sixth and reached by way of a single, giving Wisconsin its second hit. Senior outfielder Kendall Grimm then walked, which set up Massey for what proved to be the game-winner. With one strike on her, Massey crushed a ball deep over the left field fence, emptying the bases and giving the Badgers a 4-1 lead.The Buckeyes would get one run back in the top of the seventh, but the home runs and dominating pitching by Wisconsin came together and solidified its first Big Ten sweep of the season.“Ohio State is just a phenomenal program in every sport, so if you can get wins against them, it’s a big deal. For us right now, the sweep was a nice boost,” Healy said.last_img read more

(Updated) Sunday blog: Talking election, Manti Te’o, downtown development…

first_img4. True loveHere is the official Cueball definition of love. If you have a significant other who is spoon feeding you and cleaning up your messes because you’re old as hell and don’t know any better, then you have found your true love in life. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, plus one,  for Jan. 20, 2013… 1. Election filing ends TuesdayI have no interest in giving lectures. I couldn’t care less if you vote, run for office, eat your vegetables, donate your time to community service or attend high school sporting events. You are an American and you are entitled to your life.So I’m going to make this a “suggestion.” Run for office.If you don’t like where you live and think things aren’t what they should be, do something about it. Run for office. Make a difference in the world.The filing deadline is this Tuesday at noon. If you are running for school board, file at the Sumner County Clerk’s office at the courthouse. If you are running for city council, file at the city clerk’s office of your jurisdiction.Remember, you can’t file tomorrow. The offices are closed for Martin Luther’s King Day. A list of filings can be found here.2. Signage….This came through the comments section for a Sunday Blog I wrote concerning the closing of “The Rock” restaurant a couple weeks ago. Since the story is older, not many people will see this comment, so I’m going to republish it here because it is so good…By Marsha EscandonMy husband and I were very sorry to see The Rock close, but to be honest, we were not surprised. The reason is exactly what Cue stated and that is advertising. We too kept waiting for signs to go up and none appeared. We moved to Wellington a little over 2 years ago and love it. However, one thing that has been troublesome for us has been the almost complete lack of signage. Businesses lack signs. Parks lack signs. Apartment complexes, churches, trailer parks, schools, etc. frequently have either no signs or inadequate ones. Living here has been a voyage of discovery. There is a feeling that “well, everyone knows where it is.” Well, everyone doesn’t. We encourage the City of Wellington and business owners alike to address this issue.3. Manti Te’o controversy….This week’s “media have-a-cow controversy,” concerns Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who plays a mean game of football but obviously has trouble with women – especially the imaginary kind. I particularly like this controversy because it includes two subjects I know a lot about: journalism and being unlucky in love in my youth.I fluctuate between those who think Te’o is a complete liar and those who think he got duped.My first inclination was he was duped. Why? Because when it comes to “love,” especially to testosterone young men there are no depths to stupidity.Love is cool. And if you aren’t getting love or finding love, then there is always a love story you can tell your friends.And with this Internet thing, it gives love a whole new dimension.Had there been Internet when I was 21, I could see myself getting caught up in a long-distance relationship. I could also see myself getting duped. And I could see myself trying to cover it all up like Te’o obviously did.But here is where I differ from Mr. Te’o. I was a dork! He’s an All-America linebacker. He could have had his pick of any cheerleader on Notre Dame’s campus!And that is why I think Mr. Te’o may either be a huge con artist, a complete moron, or a psychopath. And if I was an NFL owner, he would be one player I would steer away from. 6. Shout out of the weekThis week’s shout out of the week goes to the South Haven girls, who won the SCBL tournament as a fifth seed, over Argonia.Although Sumner Newscow loves Argonia and what Dixie Brewster has achieved there, we tip our hat this week to first-year head coach Eric Adams, who has made a nice transition from Wellington eighth grade basketball coach to high school Cardinal coach. The Cardinals broke a five-year Red Raider tournament championship streak. I have a feeling Argonia-South Haven is going to become quite a rivalry. 5. An idea to revive downtown.My family took a trip to Mexico this Christmas and we discovered a promotional tool that just might work for Wellington retailers.When we were walking the tour strips, Mexican retailers would greet us at the door with an interesting proposal. If we came into their store, they would give us free tequila shots.So how about it downtown owners? I can run a great ad blog for you. “Come down to Barbara Jons or the Gold Corner or Federal Tire or wherever and we’ll do tequila shots. Our treat!”Just thinking outside the box here.last_img read more