‘Pochettino got it wrong’ – Spurs boss blamed for defeat to Liverpool

first_img“Yes, they were playing against a Liverpool side with a lot of confidence, but Klopp gave his players the freedom to play.“He gave Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane the freedom to cheat a bit and stay up the pitch – that’s tactical and Klopp deserves credit for that.“I think too many people dismiss tactics generally, but that was the most clear-cut game I’ve seen in a long time where tactics made the difference.”Listen back to Danny Murphy on talkSPORT IN FULL above! However, former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Murphy insists the players were not at fault for the loss and says the boss should take full responsibility.“The manager should take blame for that result – not the players,” Murphy told talkSPORT’s Jim White on Monday.“The way Tottenham set up, they had a bit too much respect and fear for Liverpool, and that’s unlike Pochettino.“I don’t mind that he set up with a diamond, but those midfielders often found themselves in no-man’s land. They hadn’t worked on it enough, they’re not used to playing that system and they couldn’t get near anyone.“I think he [Pochettino] got it wrong. 4 4 4 Danny Murhpy was surprised by Pochettino’s tactics against the Reds Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT manager Mauricio Pochettino ‘should take the blame’ for Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool, saying the Spurs boss ‘got his tactics wrong’.Tottenham put in perhaps their worst performance of the season as they were beaten 2-1 by the Reds at Wembley on Saturday.Pochettino opted for a diamond formation in midfield in an attempt to quell Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side, but his experiment went dreadfully wrong as Liverpool ran riot and should have put the game to bed before half-time.Many fans pointed the finger at certain players for the defeat, with Eric Dier in particular coming under fire for his poor display – it was his mistake which led to the Reds’ opening goal. Spurs could not handle Liverpool in the first-half, and Klopp’s side should have scored more goals Dier has been criticised for a series of poor performances in midfield this season “Porto and Inter Milan did not win the Champions League under Jose Mourinho because they had better players then the other teams, it was about tactics.“Fulham didn’t get into the Europa League final when I played for them because we had better players – we had good players, but we had a plan.“Pochettino is entitled to do what the hell he wants because of the job he has done at Tottenham.“Fair enough, try your different formations, but he has to take the responsibility for this one on the chin.“I’m not having these excuses that they didn’t have their number one goalkeeper, or that Eric Dier is a better defender than midfielder – it doesn’t matter, wherever he had played that day in that formation, they would have got murdered. 4 “It was blatantly obvious the midfield diamond was not working, I saw it, the fans saw it, the commentary team saw it, it was obvious that if they stayed the same they were going to get done.“As soon as they set up in the same formation in the second-half, they’d lost the game.“Pochettino’s coaching staff have not helped him out either, because they didn’t address the problem – I could not have sat in that dug out and not said: ‘Are you having a laugh here? This is ridiculous, help the players out!’”Murphy argued that tactics alone can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game, something which is often overlooked by modern football supporters.And he believes Liverpool’s win at Wembley on Saturday was a perfect example.He continued: “Too often I hear people say it’s about the players, not tactics – that is a load of absolute nonsense. Spurs looked sluggish from the very start of Saturday’s game against Liverpool last_img read more

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South Africa ‘ready to host SKA’

first_imgPandor was at the SKA site outside Carnavon in the Northern Cape this week to witness the completion of the seven-dish Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7), which serves as a percursor to the MeerKAT, an operational demonstrator telescope that forms a core component of South Africa’s SKA bid. In a boost for the local bid, South Africa’s Parliament passed the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007, which declares the Northern Cape Province as an astronomy advantage area, thus protecting it from unwanted radio interference. South Africa and Australia are competing to host the SKA, construction of which is expected to cost about €1.5-billion. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are expected to announce the winning bidder in 2012. Pandor said 19 countries and 55 scientific institutions have joined the project and several other countries are more likely to join. It is currently expected that 80% of the cost for hosting the SKA will be carried by nine countries. 1 April 2010 Source: BuaNews SKA funding partners “South Africa is going to be chosen to host the SKA, and we will be ready to host it,” Pandor said, adding that the telescope would be one of the greatest scientific projects of the 21st century. Pandor also said she was confident that hosting SKA would assist in retaining scientists in the country, as it would make Africa the world centre of physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering, dramatically increasing Africa’s capacity to innovate in harmony with industries and universities. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor believes South Africa has a strong chance of winning its bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a multi-billion rand international radio telescope that will be between 50 and 100 times more sensitive than any such instrument ever built. ‘An African science hub’ The US will provide 40% of the total cost, while eight European countries – France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK – will together provide another 40%. “The Southern African Development Community has declared their support for the African Square Kilometre Array bid,” she said. “Most importantly, the excitement and challenges of astronomy and space science are already attracting some of our best students into studying science and engineering.” The SKA headquarters will be at Jodrell Bank outside Manchester in the UK, where there is an observatory and a radio telescope that has been listening to deep space for more than 50 years. The KAT-7 will serve both as an engineering test-bed and as an operational radio telescope in its own right. The MeerKAT will be one of the largest scientific research facilities in the world, and will consolidate Africa as a major global hub for astronomy in the world.last_img read more

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