Show up early, but not too early: If you are not early, you are late. That said, it’s rude to be too early. Show up 10 minutes before your meeting starts, unless you are presenting, in which case you should show up 15 minutes early to make sure you can set up. Showing up 20 minutes early is as rude as showing up 5 minutes late.Prepare for your meeting: Plan your agenda. Review your notes from prior meetings. Look at your customer’s profile on LinkedIn, especially if it is your first meeting. The time you get with your clients is too important—and too rare—to wing it.Share your agenda: I know you’ve been told to try to make some personal connection before getting to business, but this is no longer good advice. You are a business person now, and business people share agendas and make small talk later. The last thing you want to do is show up looking like a waste of time. You asked for a business meeting. Do business.Preview what comes next: This is the second part of your agenda. You need to tell your prospective client what comes next. If this meeting is successful, what are the likely next steps. You are supposed to know how these things go because you sell what you sell all the time, and they rarely buy it.Don’t interrupt your client: One of the greatest strategies for developing rapport is to become an excellent listener. Allow your client to finish their thoughts before you speak, and recognize that oftentimes when you believe they are done speaking, they aren’t. They’re pausing, and they intend to say more. If you want trust, start here.Take notes: You know what it means when you don’t take notes? It means you don’t care what your client is saying, that you don’t believe you need to remember it, and that you are self-oriented, looking to your outcomes and not theirs. You should keep good notes, and you should eliminate the need to go back over information you have been provided unless you need clarity.Be respectful of your prospect’s time: If they agreed to an hour, your meeting should last exactly one hour. If the client needs you to continue, then you ask for permission to continue. It is disrespectful to go over time without asking for permission.Don’t ignore stakeholders: If there are multiple people from your client’s team in the meeting, do your best to bring them into the conversation and to make sure that you include their needs in your agenda. If they are in the meeting, they are important to the person you are meeting with, and that means they are important to you.Bring enough for everyone: If you are bringing anything on paper, bring enough for everyone in the room. If you bring coffee, take orders and make sure you include everyone. Same with lunch, and order extra just in case.Make Introductions: If you bring team mates, introduce them and their role. Make certain your client knows why they are there. By pointing out their expertise, you help the client believe in you and your team. Also, you make sure each person on your team knows what role they are serving and what questions you are likely to pass to them for their expertise.Review next steps and commitments: At the conclusion of a meeting, remind your client of what next steps should be, and share the commitments that you have made, and the commitments that they have agreed to. This is the list you are going to work through as you follow up, and as you prepare for your next meeting, this one having been wildly successful. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now A successful sales call doesn’t happen by accident. It doesn’t happen because you are charming and people like you. It doesn’t happen because you’ve memorized every feature of your product and service. It happens when you do specific things to make it successful. Here is your sales call etiquette checklist.
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MJ Perez scored 24 points while Lindsay Stalzer added 21 for the Cargo Movers, who snapped the Blaze Spikers’ 17-game winning streak.F2 Logistics, who lost to Petron in the finals last year, shoots for the crown on Thursday in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAby Maraño led all locals in scoring with nine points for the Cargo Movers, who also drew 21 digs from star libero Dawn Macandili.Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer combined for 50 points in a lost cause for the Blaze Spikers. Bell unleashed a game-high 30 points. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—F2 Logistics toppled Petron, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, to close in on the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Keys to victory: San Miguel-Magnolia Finals series SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi admits to asking youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoroi about Frank Lampard.Hudson-Odoi may have known about Lampard the club legend, but he wanted to get more information about him as a manager.And by speaking with fellow youth team players Mount and Tomoroi, who were on loan at Derby County where Lampard managed last season, Hudson-Odoi learned of Lampard’s approach to the game.He said in an interview with the club’s website: “The first thing I asked them was how he is as a manager, what he does and how he works. “They told me he’s very good and obviously a past legend at Chelsea. “It was good for me to hear from those boys who’d already worked under him that they had enjoyed it so much.”
Afghan peace effort has hit a strange speed breaker over the composition and size of representation, especially the insistence of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of a list of 250 participants including around 50 women, according to a senior government official. This is in contrast to the list of 243 people announced by Qatar. All this caused a postponement of the dialogue which was scheduled to begin in the Qatari capital Doha. A disgusted Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar’s Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, tweeted “this is unfortunately necessary to further build consensus as to who should participate in the conference”. The Center has been sponsoring the dialogue that began in the tail end of 2018. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe most pessimistic in the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad who in a video message to some Afghan youth in the US embassy to Kabul made no bones of his despair: “No serious steps have been taken over intra-Afghan dialogue as well as there is no development for a prominent ceasefire and end of war.” He also tweeted in a mellowed tone “We’re in touch with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans.” However, he hastened to add, “Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace. There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed.” Also Read – Insider threat managementNonetheless, the setback to the Afghan peace efforts is no surprise in as much as it’s a complicated process for which the US authorities are solely responsible, although the US President Donald Trump cannot be blamed. It is a hangover, imposed by his predecessors. Rather he took up the compulsion of the reality when he decided to initiate the process three days after his decision to withdraw from Syria (20 December 2018) that led to resignation of the US defence secretary James Mattis. Sticking to his stand, Trump told CBS on 23 December, ‘We’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired. I don’t like endless wars. What we’re doing has got to stop at some point.’ In September 2018, Khalilzad was picked up as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation to refresh the dialogue with the Taliban that began in July last year. A US citizen, he is a Pashtun, belonging to the Noorzai tribe. He headed a department of the US think-tank RAND Corporation in the late 1990s and negotiated security arrangements for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project with the Taliban, then in power. His first diplomatic experience was participation as a representative in Afghanistan at the start of the US intervention in 2001. However, the former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is not pessimistic and feels strongly that the intra-Afghan dialogue on Afghan peace has no spokes ahead. Addressing the delegates at the three-day Eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, he said, “The second intra-Afghan meeting which was already organised, will be likely held in the near future in Qatar. This is a kind of comprehensive format and should be continued. ” But like the Taliban, Karzai calls his successor in Kabul as ‘a US puppet’. The Moscow initiative is to a considerable extent a diplomatic panacea. Karzai who looks forward to a joint initiative by the US, Russia, and China on Afghanistan is to be treated as consequences of the defeat of terrorists in Syria imposing an assessment of threats to return militants to Africa and Asia which was analysed at the Moscow Conference. Actually, a plenary session was devoted to the Middle East topics, the consequences of the defeat of ISIS in Syria as also a political settlement and post-conflict reconstruction therein An important aspect seems to be the assessment of the threat of the return of terrorist terrorists to Africa and Asia, the problems of illegal migration and thus Afghan impasse was discussed. The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah considers the Taliban as ‘the obstacle’ to a solution. The Taliban whose base area is not more than one-third of Afghanistan are still in touch with Al-Qaeda and other terrorists. In a detailed interview, he described Talibans as essentially a ‘terrorist’ outfit and ‘not a political entity’. The Taliban had previously refused to hold direct talks with Ghani’s government. Small wonder, Taiban leaders characterise Abdullah as a ‘comie’. Revolutionary postures notwithstanding, the Talibans are looking up to Washington – a realisation that a fatigue casts shadow over the highly risky guerrilla life. In an eight-minute audiotape, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released from Pakistan jail a few months back has assured Afghans of a peace settlement. “If [Afghans] think of us as brothers, I trust in God that all the problems will be solved,” Baradar said, speaking in Pushto. “I ask all our countrymen to be sure there is no need to worry. Everyone will be treated very well.” But they are to face up to resistance from the steadily growing woman rights groups that stress tradition of modernity and gender equality. Khalida Khorsand a women’s rights activist who was up against religious authorities’ ban on Valentine’s Day in Herat, her hometown and the capital of a large province of the same name in western Afghanistan bordering Iran , expressed concern over the mushrooming Islamic madrasahs that push Afghanistan back toward conservative values in the name of tradition and Islamic teachings. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
NEW DELHI: The stage is all set as the National Capital goes to polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress are locked in a fight on all seven Lok Sabha seats.The Congress is looking to bounce back after ending up at the third spot in the 2014 elections. The lead up to the polls has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations flying, and with all the trappings of a soap opera that could give the daily shows a run for their money. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe high-octane poll campaigning in the national capital ended on Friday but not before it saw a plethora of stars descending here to campaign for their respective parties. If Hema Malini and Sunny Deol provided the Bollywood quotient to the saffron party’s campaign, Raj Babbar and Naghma added the star quotient to the Congress, Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the AAP. From Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being slapped to AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi breaking down at a Press conference over “derogatory pamphlets” to BJP’s Udit Raj leaving the party and joining the Congress after being denied a ticket from northwest Delhi, the last two months have been quite eventful and have kept everyone on their toes. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe seven seats will see 164 candidates battling it out of which 18 are women. Prominent among them are former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from northeast Delhi, BJP’s incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting from New Delhi, and Atishi . BJP’s incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest “one of the most interesting in the country”. AAP’s Dilip Pandey is also in the fray from the seat. Other prominent candidates in the race include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, who is making his electoral debut from South Delhi, Union minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir . Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and it is scheduled to go on till 6 am. The 48 hour-period from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, known as the silence period, will also be observed as ‘dry day’. A total of 13,819 polling stations will be set up at 2,700 locations in Delhi, with one model polling station in each of the 70 assembly segments. Seventeen polling stations will be staffed only by women. As many as 523 polling locations have been identified as critical and 60,000 personnel, including those of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and paramilitary, will be on their toes to ensure that there is no untoward incident. The campaign got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, but it gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital. The campaign reached a crescendo in its last lap, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan here, Congress president rahul Gandhi addressing two public meetings, and his sister Priyanka gandhi Vadra taking out two roadshows in the city. From trying to strike a personal chord with voters in parks at six am to holding door-to-door campaigns till late night, the candidates literally sweated it out in the oppressive heat as mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark. While the BJP’s campaign revolved around the party’s high-pitched nationalism narrative and the popularity of Modi, the Congress kept him in the cross hairs and sought to hard sell its minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay.
Even in best of environments, election time in India could turn into a high-decibel, emotional, sentimental, and volatile TV soap opera; with flowing free-for-all semantics; super pot-boiler Bollywood melodrama like (Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala acted) “Ganga Jamuna” of 1961-1962; or an over-sized duet/duel “world wrestling championship” and limited over “masala cricket” of 21st century, wherein impossibility could be an instant possibility, and “possible” could do unexpected and unthinkable vanishing tricks. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyHence, one would like to steer clear of all political highway, and prefer to traverse the known/familiar route; through the time-tested ethos and ethics of the armed forces of India. All the more owing to Indian military being one of the few apolitical professional institutions in the east of Suez, especially across South Asian terrain where tin pot dictators, more often than not, did ascend the throne (in the past) of their respective nations through coups and killing unarmed civilian politicians, thereby repeatedly proving the old saying: “Today big shot. Tomorrow shot”. Like Liaquat Ali, Zulfi Bhutto, Zia ul Haq and Benazir in Pakistan. And, top VVIPs in some other South Asian nations. All, directly or indirectly, connected with military. Also Read – The future is here!In retrospect, therefore, Indians are lucky to owe gratitude to the foreign British (mis)ruling class that, despite committing numerous misdeeds, also created and nurtured an apolitical, professional military which stands as shining example in the midst of several coup-tainted South Asian armed forces. Now, first things first. Two fundamentals, amongst various other factors, make forces fight to die or remain disciplined even in the face of fire. First, the famous quote of Napoleon: “An army marches on its stomach” thereby making it clear that proper and timely food is the sine qua non for every soldier; whether on, or off the front. Secondly, the forces grow and flourish on preserving and following their tradition on every occasion, which bonds both serving and the retired, as “one extended family”. Thus, the tradition of every branch of the military follows “collective revelry” where a commanding officer or the commandant’s guests have always been part of a well-established tradition irrespective of whether it’s peace or wartime or on sea or high land, desert or marshy and swampy terrain. We need not go far. January 15, October 08, and December 04 are celebrated for being special in the life of the Army, Air Force, and the Navy, where every rank is part and parcel of “dine, dance, gulp, and celebrate”. Where top VVIPs come and grace the occasion, mix and mingle with soldiers, civilians, foreign diplomats and the media. Transports are deployed for retired chiefs; their boarding and lodging are taken care of. “Outsider civilians”, too, make merry. All constituting part of the hospitality of the armed forces and it’s the privilege of the General, Air Chief Marshal, and the Admiral to give his stamp of approval to the guest list. It’s ethos, ethics and tradition all the way. When 64 officers from the National Defence College went for “naval tour” and were part of the high sea “live exercise”, western officers were not allowed on-board Soviet Kashin (Indian Rajput) class destroyer in accordance with defence “protocol” of the 1980s. Instead, they were aboard two of the Indian made Leander class frigates. Nevertheless, all officers of the National Defence College were “guests”, yet, all “on official duty”. All on board had food, fun, frolic. That was, and still is, the established procedure of the tradition followed by the military in which civilians and the uniformed men work in tandem and harmony. Thus, when a Prime Minister goes to a front-line fighting ship, or a President goes for a “sortie” in Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter from/in Indian Air Force base Lohegaon, Pune; both, the Prime Minister and the President of India are on “official voyage” and “official flight tour” and under no stretch of imagination can be termed anything to the contrary. When a Defence Minister goes to 20,000′ (high altitude) Saltoro ridge of Siachen glacier (for two days) with Christmas cake, to be shared with generals and soldiers, no Indian, in his/her senses should term it as “pleasure” or “personal enjoyment trip”. The armed force’s officers and men are simply doing their duty; respecting, honouring and saluting the Prime Minister, President and Defence Minister of India. Similarly, when Nathu la (13,600′) ridge in Sikkim, or Bomdi la or Se la (in Kameng, Arunachal) is visited by Defence Minister or the defence ministry officials and gala party follows and “bara khana” (feast of gormandiser’s delight) organised, it cannot be termed as wasteful expenditure and hence ordered to be stopped. Apart from official duty and responsibility, there is another important aspect of the life of armed forces personnel. The annual “day at sea” for the family members and friends of men in uniform is very much a part of the naval tradition. Those uninitiated, and not familiar with armed forces, may ask “why”? “What do the family and friends have to do with ‘annual day at sea’ at the expense of taxpayers’ money”? This sort of puerile mindset doesn’t have any rational (or even irrational) answer simply because of ignorance. Sailors’ life is one of the toughest and gruelling in the military world. Sailing for long, between two to four months and beyond, on the high sea, cannot be explained unless one has had the taste of it in real (not reel) life. The separation from/of the family members too is doubly anxiety-ridden. Anything can happen in the sea. Hence “annual family day at sea” constitutes an important event in the traditional following of sailor’s profession. One, therefore, is concerned the way non-issues of armed forces have become “live issues” at the time of the election in India. This could inflict irreparable damage on the apolitical and professional institutions which do not see the colour or ideology of politics or polity but remain on 24/7 alert “action station”. Armed forces run on ethos, ethics and tradition. Those are sacrosanct and inviolable. Before concluding, let me state that four months ago, I wrote a piece because the present Chief of Air Staff was humiliated (in unparliamentary language) by a public figure for his (Air Chief’s) professional utterances in a media briefing. I am compelled to recall the concluding lines of that article: “Mahabharata was a bitter fight-to-finish civil war between first cousins for kingdom. Such ‘situations’ have been placed to make a point. That, instead of abusing or accusing a service chief, Indians would do better to fight their political battle with rival politicians and keep the professional military out of ‘battle royale’ on the eve of elections in India. Please prepare to fight war, not civil war. Why give upper hand to foreign adversary?” (The authoer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of China in India. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice has been somewhat of a bully on the football field, running over opponents at every chance. But he has a problem with bullying among kids at school, and wants to stem this growing trend.The 26-year-old Rice has spoken at several local Maryland schools about bullying, having been touched by the death of 12-year-old Bailey O’ Neill.O’ Neill, who was a student at Darby Township in Pennsylvania, was taken off life support Sunday after being placed in a medically induced coma. He was beaten up by fellow classmates on January 10, causing seizures. Doctors placed O’Neill in the medically induced coma to stop the seizures.Rice took to his Facebook page Sunday.“I reached out to the family and was able to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with them,” Rice wrote. “I could hear their sadness, worry, frustration and grief. They would be faced with removing their son, cousin, nephew, and best friend from life support.”The Super Bowl champion expressed confusion in trying to understand why bullying has been so prevalent.“I don’t know if we will ever get to a point where bullying is actually considered a CRIME, rather than “kids being kids” or a “playground incident,” Rice wrote.Rice told between thousands at an anti-bullying rally in Baltimore last July that his sister was the victim of bullying.“Going into the eighth grade, a girl kept on picking [my sister],” Rice said via The Postgame. “The girl threw a rock, hit my sister in the eye, and my mother’s first reaction was to tell her to retaliate. That wasn’t the right answer.”Rice said after getting the police and the principal involved, that his sister has not had any more problems from the girl. Unfortunately, the outcome for Bailey was not the same.“But, I DO KNOW THIS: I will NOT give up my fight. Every day I will continue to fight AGAINST bullying and fight FOR Kindness,” Rice wrote.He added: “Bailey – my little buddy, I will not let you become just another bully statistic…you are my inspiration and one more angel that will help me continue the fight for kids everywhere. You are going to help me save lives. RIP my little friend.”The investigation into O’Neill’s death is ongoing.
N’Golo Kante, Jorginho (pen.) and Pedro scored the three goals for Chelsea in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield in Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game.Huddersfield – Chelsea starting lineupsHuddersfield: Hamer, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Lowe, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Pritchard, Mounie Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, D. Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, MorataHalf of the first period went by without a single serious threat on either side. Chelsea looked far from a team ready to compete for a Champions League spot, while Huddersfield were playing it safe, testing The Blues’ strength. Willian was the only visiting player who was actively seeking to create something. David Wagner’s players weren’t leaving any breathing room, putting pressure deep in Chelsea’s own half. In the 34th minute, the motivated Willian, who was playing on the left side today, made a couple of dribble moves before sending a pacy cross that came to N’Golo Kante. He didn’t catch the ball cleanly on his volley attempt, but nonetheless, he scored.This man! ?#HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/DsNKYkhbJR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018It was an unexpected turn of events for the home team, as the goal came just as they started to gain confidence. In the 38th minute, Huddersfield hit the post following a corner kick. Steve Mounie was the one who got at the end of a redirected ball, but wasn’t lucky enough to put it past Kepa. In the 44th minute, Schindler’s risky sliding challenge inside his own penalty area didn’t pay off. He missed the ball and kicked Marcos Alonso, giving every right to referee Chris Kavanagh to show on the spot. Jorginho took the penalty with utmost confidence, fooling Hamer and giving his new team a 2-0 advantage. That was it for the first half.Calm, cool and collected… ? #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/WQz45t6pYaReport: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018Laurent Depoitre, who scored in both games against Chelsea last season, replaced Alex Pritchard at the half. In the 57th minute, Ben Hamer had to stretch in order to save Rudiger’s header after a Chelsea corner kick. Then, on the next corner kick, Marcos Alonso hit the top of the cross bar with an attractive overhead kick. In the 64th minute, Alonso had a free kick from a good position, but his shot was a bit too high. Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Ross Barkley was Maurizio Sarri’s first bench move.Adama Diakhaby for Chris Lowe and Eden Hazard for Willian were the next two substitutions. It didn’t take long for Hazard to make his presence felt. He broke away from three defenders at midfield and spearheaded a 3-on-2 attack which ended with Pedro tipping the ball over Hamer for a 3-0 Chelsea lead.The best way to end a special day. Come on Blues! / Acabando de la mejor manera un día especial ⚽️???3️⃣1️⃣ #CFC #CFCinNice pic.twitter.com/dmooqpOa3s— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) July 28, 2018Right after the goal, Pedro was replaced by Victor Moses. In the 84th minute, Hazard hit the wall on a free kick from about 18 meters out. The result remained the same until the final whistle. It was a very poor performance against a rather average Chelsea side for Wagner’s squad. Terriers fans have every right to be concerned about the team’s PL outlook this season. Meanwhile, Sarri will be delighted with the result in his first game in charge of The Blues.
Real Madrid coach Santi Solari played down questions about his future, following Sunday evening’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Sociedad.A coolly-taken penalty by Real striker Willian Jose and a Ruben Pardo’s close-range header condemned Los Blancos to a defeat in front of their home fans.A tally of 30 points from 18 games remains the club’s worst start since 2005-06 season.Asked directly at the post-game news conference whether he felt he deserved to continue in the position — just over two months after he replaced Julen Lopetegui on the Madrid bench — the former Argentina midfielder replied: “We compete to win the next game.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We compete to win, always compete to win,” the former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach said via ESPN.“We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed. You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”“Nothing went right for us today,” he said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game which cost us a goal and hurt us.“The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that. Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”