Jose Mourinho can guide Tottenham to the Premier League title, says Paul Merson | Football News

first_imgIt’s coming from everywhere too. Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of worms, Timo Werner scores plenty of goals, Tammy Abraham looks like he’s getting better and then there’s Mason Mount. They’ve just got so much attacking talent.The problem is going to be keeping everyone happy and that’s going to be the hardest job in the world. You are going to have top, top-draw players not playing, and that’s hard.Kai Havertz wasn’t even in the squad because he was unwell and Christian Pulisic is injured too. Mateo Kovacic played on Saturday, but he hasn’t been playing. That’s going to be the problem Chelsea have to contend with going forward. I’m one of Mourinho’s biggest fans, but I have been critical of him.When I was critical, it wasn’t about him as a manager, because you cannot knock someone who has won all those trophies. It doesn’t matter when he won those trophies, he’s won them. They are on the CV.My only question mark was whether Kane would be able to get 30 goals in a season being in a Mourinho team.Mourinho is a winner. He doesn’t mind winning games 1-0. He’s not there to entertain people, he’s there to win football matches. If they entertain and end up winning 3-0, then fair enough, but he is one of those managers that wins a game 1-0, puts it into the back pocket and moves on to the next.Fans will moan that it was only 1-0, but Mourinho won’t care, and that comes with experience.But now, with Kane on fire and the other attacking players they’ve got at their disposal, they’ve got a chance. A real chance, but, for me, I just can’t see past Liverpool.Remarkable Kane has changed his game Harry Kane FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over West Brom in the Premier League Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho embraceImage:Spurs have more chance of winning the title under Jose Mourinho than previous boss Mauricio Pochettino (left), thinks Paul Merson If we are going to talk about Tottenham winning the title, then Chelsea are right in the mix. If Spurs can win it, then for sure, Chelsea can win it.Frank Lampard has now got who he wants in key positions and you can really see the difference.Thiago Silva is world-class. They’ve got two full-backs who are as good as any in the league and for me, they [Reece James and Ben Chilwell] are the two England full-backs, in my opinion. They are outstanding. Silva is also only going to make Kurt Zouma a better player and the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is solid.I know Sheffield United are down at the bottom at the moment, but they are a hard team to play against. They are organised and when you go 1-0 down, you know it’s going to be a difficult evening.However, they literally dismantled Sheffield United. They made them look like a proper relegation team, which I don’t see that because I think Sheffield United will be okay this season. They made them look distinctly average and that’s a sign of a good team.Lampard does have one problem though… Can Spurs go on and win the title? It’s not impossible and that’s because they’ve got a serial winner as a manager. They’ve got a chance because Mourinho is in charge and has won it before. He knows what it takes to get over the line.Can the players keep producing week in, week out? Only time will tell, but having Mourinho at the club gives them an advantage.Mauricio Pochettino was a good manager, don’t get me wrong. However, they’ve now got more chance of winning the title because of Mourinho. He knows what you have to do week in, week out and then all over again. 2:51 You have to be there or thereabouts all the time. You cannot be giving teams six, seven or eight-point head starts, and they are right in the mix at the moment.A word of caution, though. Everyone’s talking about the title and because it is November, people think we’re nearly halfway through the season. Usually we’d have played about 15 games by now and that’s a massive difference, but we’ve only played seven or eight games.But when Mourinho won the title at Chelsea, they always got off to a flyer. He’s the only manager I know who treats every game like it is the last of the season. Every point mounts up and Mourinho always flies out of the stalls in a title-winning year.Jose’s not here to entertain, but to win Is the squad too big? It depends how far they go in certain competitions, but that is where Mourinho was great. If you look at his Chelsea team and the squad he had at Stamford Bridge, you never heard anybody moaning.From the outside, you always thought, ‘wow’! How do you keep all those players happy? There’s got to be an art to it because when you’ve got that quality of player, to keep them all happy when they are not playing is a major skill.It’s alright people saying they get £100,000-a-week, they get paid well or whatever, but they want to play football. As a player, you want to play football and that will be Lampard’s biggest challenge going forward.They also have to play a better quality of opponent in the games coming up, but everything at the moment looks good. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during Spurs' friendly against IpswichImage:Paul Merson has hailed the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg But, to be fair, results like the win at West Brom, they win you league titles. You look back on results like that and come what may, you remember it as a difficult game against one of the teams down at the bottom, who couldn’t win a game but turned up on the day, and it turns out to be an important win.That’s what you are up against if you want to win the Premier League. You watched West Brom against Fulham and they were atrocious. You start to think Tottenham have only got to turn up on Sunday morning and as long as they don’t forget their boots, they’ll win the game and move on.But in the end, it was a very hard game and Mourinho is probably sitting there asking himself why they didn’t turn up and play like that against Fulham. That’s how hard the Premier League is.- Advertisement – Jose Mourinho is the key to any potential Tottenham title bid this season, says Paul Merson, who also praises Harry Kane’s transformation, before going on to suggest another possible surprise winner of this season’s Premier League…Mourinho knows what it takes to get Spurs over the lineIt’s a hard question to answer (can Spurs win the league?). They are going to be very reliant on Harry Kane.- Advertisement – preview image It’s like having Alan Shearer, who played up front as a No 9 and then there’s Teddy Sheringham as a No 10, and Kane can play both of them. Shearer couldn’t drop off and play as a 10 and I don’t think Sheringham could play the Shearer role.For Kane to be able to do both, and they were special players, is remarkable.Summer signings show Mourinho at his bestcenter_img – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United in the Premier League. 0:44 Chelsea vs Sheffield United highlights Frank LampardImage:Frank Lampard will need to somehow keep all his players happy this season 2:44 Harry Kane and Jose MourinhoImage:Harry Kane has transformed his game, says Merson This is where Mourinho is special. He sees things others don’t. He sees what he needs, and he doesn’t just go out and buy players for the sake of it.In Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, they needed that ball-winning midfielder to break things up and then there are the full-backs.I couldn’t believe Wolves let Matt Doherty go. For the price Wolves let him go for, I didn’t get that one at all.That’s where Mourinho is so good, and I as I said earlier, as long as he’s in charge, they’ve got a chance. It’s not impossible at all, but again, we are only seven games in, and you could not write the script of the league so far this season.Don’t rule out Chelsea for the league either The Football Show’s Stephen Warnock and Sue Smith assess where Tottenham striker Harry Kane will finish in the all-time Premier League top scorers list Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of wormsPaul Merson Kane is a special player. He’s changed his game a bit now as well. He starts drifting off into the No 10 position and he can spray the ball around the park. He’s showing he’s got vision and it is like he’s the all-round package.There are not many players about who can go up front and be a target man, be strong, put his body in the way, score goals and then in the game, he can drop off and hit a 30-yard ball through the eye of a needle and knit play together.There are not many of those players around, if any. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Motivational speaker Jared Estes, survivor of drunk driving accident, to speak Wednesday in Wellington

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Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 226 weeks ago They say 17% of all accidents are account of alcohol, that leaves 83% of the other accidents are caused by sober drivers. So you tell me, which is more dangerous on the roads, the 17 drivers that are legally over the limit or the 83 drivers that are stone cold sober? I’m not sticking up for the drunks but shouldn’t there be more speakers that survived sober driver accidents. Hard telling how many people out there, like old ladies that are on “granny tranny’z” which make them drowsy are out there driving. So if some want to go by the odds, I’ll take my chances with the drunks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SCCDAT · 226 weeks ago In 2009 we had 2 young kids killed in alcohol related crashes. If we can prevent any more of these happening in Sumner Co. then we are going to keep preaching to the kids the dangers of underage drinking. We are not talking strictly about accidents we are talking about the binge drinking and the poor decisions one makes when under the influence of alcohol. You take your chances Turkeyleg we will keep informing the public to hopefully protect everyone from your philosophy. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 226 weeks ago Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver (drunk driver). This is one (1) death every 53 minutes. in 2014, 9,697 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic related deaths in the United States. This does not account for the lives that were totally changed that weren’t fatalities. Statistics say nearly 3/4 of the students (72%) have drank (more than a few sips) by the end of high school. More than 1/3 (37%) drank by the 8th grade. *****These Town Hall meetings are great. Several years ago we took our teens to one. They were impressed….it has and did leave a positive impression.***** The meeting told how communities and the Commissioners could help as a whole working together. Several left an impression: 1) Do NOT sponsor Beer Gardens at your local events (such as Wheat Festivals)…do not block off public areas to allow drinking. For the city itself not to involve itself promoting drinking. That was the year our City Commission..sponsored the Beer Garden at the Festival…as well as an interest in one local tavern. Just saying… ***A 13 year old pointed this out…if you think they do not notice….you are dead wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 226 weeks ago It’s not the undersge drinking it’s all parents n adults who drink n get behind a wheel. Parents are suppose to be example not to drink but when parents drink then the kids will to or peer pressure if people drink stay home or if at. Bar call a friend these kids like the saying monkey see monkey do so let’s all take responsibility not drink n drive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Underage drinking is something that is a cause for concern everywhere. In an effort to raise awareness, a town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, April 13 at Memorial Auditorium from 6-9 p.m.Free hotdogs, chips, and water will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a powerful message from speaker Jared Estes, survivor of a deadly drunk driving accident, which killed his young wife. After more than 50 surgeries to save his life, and defying medical odds, Estes is alive and well and has decided to “fire back” by becoming a public speaker and telling his story.“I think it’s important to raise awareness in the community that there is underage drinking, and there are organizations who are trying to help contain and prevent it,” said Darin Goodrum, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team (SCCDAT) Coordinator. “We’re not going to stop it, but we can raise awareness, which is what it’s all about.”The event is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, or SCCDAT, in partnership with the Sumner County Law Enforcement Underage Drinking Task Force, and is funded by a state grant.SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, encourages having Town Hall meetings every two years to help raise awareness of underage drinking.The Wellington City Council members will be participating in the event, as well as the local high school S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, which School Resource Officer James Yunker is in charge of. There are about 60 students involved in S.A.D.D. at the high school, and they will be doing a lot of volunteer work for the event. Mayor Shelley Hansel is a representive of SCCDAT and will emcee the event.“I think it’s very important,” Hansel said. “Underage drinking is not just a high school or parent or student issue, it’s a community issue, and one that we all have to take ownership in. Our businesses, our community leaders, all of us need to send a clear message that Wellington and Sumner County will not tolerate underage drinking or those who condone it.”Local law enforcement, as well as those from Oxford and Belle Plaine, will have drunk driving simulator goggles, and other equipment, for attendees to try out.“Our focus group for the meeting is 4th grade to high school age,” Goodrum said. “Statistics prove that kids take their first drink of alcohol at age 11 or 12.”The SCCDAT and S.A.D.D. groups will pass out cards for students to fill out and sign for a chance to win some great prizes, including hover boards, lap tops, head phones and gift cards.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more