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Mourinho keen to bury Conte hatchet with handshake

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes it was important for two coaches of his and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte’s stature to put their public dispute behind them by shaking hands before and after United’s 2-1 victory on Sunday.Mourinho and Conte’s simmering rift exploded in January when the Portuguese cited an accusation brought by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 that Conte failed to report match-fixing involving his former club Siena during the 2010-11 season.Then coach of Juventus, Conte received an initial 10-month suspension, which was later reduced to four months, before being acquitted of the charges in 2016.Conte responded by calling Mourinho “a little man”, but the two exchanged a smile before kick-off and embraced afterwards as United came from behind to win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard.“I think the handshake doesn’t need any words,” said Mourinho. “I think that’s what me and Antonio will want to show to everyone.“The handshake before and after the match is an example that everything in football you have to move (on) and you have to respect each other.“Mourinho and Conte are not two ordinary persons in football. We have a history, we have an image and I’m really happy with that.”Conte was less effusive when quizzed over whether he and Mourinho had decided before the game to bury the hatchet.“He wanted to see shake hands and we did the peace,” said the Italian.On the field Mourinho got the upper hand, but only after Chelsea bossed the opening exchanges.Chelsea went in front just before the half hour mark when Willian and Eden Hazard exchanged passes before Willian drilled home his fourth goal in three games. “The beginning of the game was blue,” admitted Mourinho, who brought £89 million man Paul Pogba back into his starting line-up as part of a new four-man diamond shape in midfield.“We took a bit of time to adapt to some new positions on the pitch. The way we were playing the players in the midfield square they took a bit of time to find the timings to press.“We then found that balance and in the second half the team was solid, felt more comfortable to go in attacking areas and, without creating lots of chances because against Chelsea that is not possible, we created a few and score the winning goal that I think in the end we deserve.”Victory was a huge boost for United’s hopes of finishing in the top four as they move six points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea and back above Liverpool into second.However, Mourinho expects the fight between his side, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea for three places behind Manchester City in next season’s Champions League to go down to the wire.“We are four very good teams, all of them fighting to be in quarter-finals of Champions League and that shows the dimensions of the teams.“But from four of us somebody has to be out, so the fight will be big until the end.”Conte lamented his side’s inability to make the most of their dominance in the opening half hour as they slipped to a third defeat in four league games.“At the end we are talking about another defeat.“We must be disappointed because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

From the Editor: In Frigid Monmouth, Pockets of Warmth

first_imgo Our ReadersThe historic recent cold snap gripping the area has been causing inconvenience, broken pipes, dead car batteries and real trouble navigating the simplest of tasks. But there are things going on in the Two River area that warm the heart.Take for instance the work of Family Promise of Monmouth County, the region’s only family shelter for those of us who have had a wrench tossed into our lives. It could be anything from the sudden loss of a job, Super Storm Sandy dislocation, a divorce or any other circumstance that forces a functional family, quite literally, into the cold. Rather than have children shivering in cars and sleeping in backseats, the families are welcomed into the warmth of Family Promise in Middletown and given a place to be safe in these frigid temperatures. The organization partners with community agencies, faith-based services, churches and synagogues – a total of 10 congregations in all – that provides showers and facilities for breakfast and lunch preparation. The families are then transported at 5 p.m. to another location where they can enjoy dinner and warm overnight accommodations.Or consider the valiant efforts of the Middletown EMS – from Lincroft, Port Monmouth and Leonardo – who pulled a 14-year-old from the 30-degree ice entrapped waters of Sandy Hook Bay, saving her life by minutes. The first responders then rescued another teenager and a mother who had wandered out on an outflow pipe, reaching a full football length into the Sandy Hook Bay. These are heroes. Community members who risked their own lives for those of others. We often take these men and women for granted but not a day should go by without a nod and a thanks, as well as a contribution, to these deserving Two River ambassadors.And finally, this week, we learn of the young Americans who left their homes around the country to come help other Americans still trying to recover from Super Storm Sandy. These FEMA Corps volunteers ranging from the ages of 18 to 24 are part of our domestic Peace Corp program known as AmericCorps National Civilian Community Corps. They do everything from helping the handicapped navigate the FEMA bureaucracy to removing debris and offering a helping hand as well as mapping flood prone areas. Working hand in hand with Habitat for Humanity, these young volunteers spend more than a month at the Extended Stay America in Red Bank and receive a small cost of living allowance as well as some tuition assistance. And when they leave here, at least for one volunteer, is a stop at City Year, an AmericCorps program that helps underachieving students in an inner-city school for a full year.If these examples of community commitment and giveback don’t make you want to hum “God Bless America,” I’m not sure what would. That’s the stuff the Two River area is made of and that’s the stuff America is made of, truly.Send us examples of those in your community who do good. We’ll give them a forum and let you all know who’s pitching in and how. We’re listening.Let’s Have CoffeeJody [email protected]last_img read more