Mourinho set to ring the changes for Southampton test

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will ring the changes to his side when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.A run of three straight victories for Jose Mourinho’s men came to an abrupt end with a 2-2 draw at struggling Newcastle United and a 2-1 defeat to Porto in the UEFA Champions League over the last week.And next up come a Saints side who have rediscovered their form after winning their last two matches, scoring nine goals in the process.Mourinho, therefore, has hinted at further changes on Saturday evening as he looks to return his side to winning ways.”There are rotations, we always try to do a little bit,” he said. “Mentally, it is important, physically it is important, but there is also a part of the rotation which is because of the instability of the performances.”If you play well for four or five matches you get stability, you keep the core. It is normal. If not, it is normal that you always try to find solutions and win the next game.”Mourinho, who has led his side to just eight points from seven matches, has never lost to Southampton in the BPL, although both of last season’s encounters ended in 1-1 draws. “They [Southampton] are a good team,” he said. “A team that last season we couldn’t beat in the two matches, although we know that we could have won them. We know why we couldn’t win.”The match at home we had unbelievable dominance but we respect them a lot. For sure, they are going to give us a difficult match.”Despite the champions’ struggles this season, Southampton defender Cedric Soares is in no doubt as to the Portuguese manager’s ability and is relishing the chance to play against one of England’s biggest sides.”Everybody knows that the qualities he [Mourinho] has, he is an amazing coach,” the 24-year-old told the Southern Daily Echo. “It will be a pleasure for me to play against him and for sure it will be a great game. “It is a big game and every player wants to play those big games. It is about football.”Big stadiums, big environment; you want to play that high level and Chelsea is one of the best teams, so everybody wants to play. We will do our best to win.”Despite their back-to-back wins Ronald Koeman’s side’s away form leaves room for improvement, with no league win on the road in 10 matches; a run only equalled by Newcastle United.The Dutchman will hope Graziano Pelle can continue to find the net scoring four goals in seven matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea do not have a single player who has scored more than one goal in the league.Striker Diego Costa is suspended and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) is still a long-term absentee, while Southampton have been coping without Steven Caulker, Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Chelsea (from): Begovic, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Djilobodji, Ivanovic, Rahman, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Traore, Willian, Falcao, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy.Southampton (from): K Davis, Gazzaniga, Stekelenburg, Bertrand, Cedric, Fonte, Martina, McCarthy, Targett, Van Dijk, Yoshida, S Davis, Isgrove, Mane, McQueen, Ramirez, Reed, Romeu, Tadic, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi, Long, Pelle, Rodriguez.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lakers waive Troy Daniels, creating open roster spot for possible move

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — The Lakers’ first free agent signing of the summer and the last man off the bench has been waived.Troy Daniels, 28, is no longer on the Lakers’ roster as of Sunday, when the 3-point shooting specialist and the team came to an agreement that allowed the Lakers to get an open roster spot and Daniels to find a new team with more playing available playing time.Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirmed an ESPN report shortly before Sunday’s game in Smoothie King Center, where Daniels had already parted ways with the team. A minimum salary player, Daniels averaged four points and 11 minutes in 41 appearances this season. The Lakers characterized his departure as a casualty of dwindling minutes on a guard-heavy roster.Daniels had been a healthy scratch in five of the Lakers previous nine games as the team worked on shortening to a playoff rotation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s just a victim of an experienced team with great depth,” Vogel said. “I just got off the phone with him and told him if circumstances were different, if we had more of a younger wing core, I know that he would be playing 15, 20 minutes a game for us and we wouldn’t have skipped a beat and would have been stronger in some areas.”It came down to a matter of timing: Sunday was the final day a player could be cut and still eligible to compete for a playoff roster if Daniels is able to find another team to sign with. Multiple media outlets have also reported the Lakers are set to work out Dion Waiters, a guard who played for Miami this season and was waived by Memphis after a trade, on Monday as they search for more playmaking and scoring from their backcourt. Among notable free agents, shooting guard Allen Crabbe was also waived by Minnesota earlier in the week.Vogel said no signing was imminent for the Lakers, but they wanted to give Daniels a leg up on finding a landing spot if they did have to eventually make a move.“If we were to do something and cross that road at some point, and we had to use Troy’s roster spot, then Troy would be left out in the cold,” he said. “So we wanted to do the right thing by the player and also obviously give ourselves some flexibility if we need to make some type of move in the future.”Daniels tweeted about the move on Sunday evening after it was announced, wishing “my brothers on the squad” good luck.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “Absolutely one of the hardest decisions of my life,” he said. “But it was best for ME..! I’ve been tested in my life before and I have came out the storm on my feet every time. What a pleasure it was to be apart of such a unbelievable organization of the @Lakers”.It’s the second big roster move the Lakers have made in a week, after signing Markieff Morris and waiving DeMarcus Cousins last Sunday. The Lakers have generally played the market conservatively this year since trading for Anthony Davis last summer — they notably did not make a move at the February trade deadline.ESPN reported that general manager Rob Pelinka was expected to take his time to use the roster spot. NBA teams are also now able to sign 10-day contracts.last_img read more

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