Mourinho aims to keep what he’s got

first_img Chelsea did their business early last summer, with the key purchases of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas significantly aiding their title win with three matches to spare. And Mourinho is in no rush to enter the bidding this summer. “I expect to be busy walking from my towel in the sand to the water, swim a little bit and be back to the sun again. That’s where I expect to be busy,” said Mourinho, speaking ahead of Monday’s game at West Brom. “I’m in a different position to last season. Last season I was more than keen for my club to sell some players. At this moment I’m very happy to keep my players.” There will be some outgoings and incomings – “a little bit everywhere” – but Mourinho hopes goalkeeper Petr Cech will stay at Stamford Bridge despite being displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois. Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar, has said the 32-year-old has been permitted to speak to other clubs, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Besiktas, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain reported to be interested in acquiring the goalkeeper. “The base last year was to sell some to buy some. The base this season is to keep my squad,” Mourinho added. “I don’t know that it’s absolutely true what the agent is saying. Manchester United have already bought Holland winger Memphis Depay for £25million and are rumoured to be considering a £40m bid for Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, the subject of the world record transfer of £85m from Spurs, have also been linked with moves for astronomical fees this summer. “Maybe it is, but the player has contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will have a very important say in the decision. “I keep saying the same: I want my best players. Petr is one of my best players. “I want my important players. Petr is one of my important players, so I would like him to stay and that’s my position. “Yes, I’m optimistic that he can be here next year.” Cech (calf) is a major doubt for Monday’s match at The Hawthorns, when striker Diego Costa could return from his hamstring problem. Defender Kurt Zouma (knee), Ramires (kidney) and his fellow midfielder Oscar (thigh) are all out for the season. Young players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Isaiah Brown, once of West Brom’s academy, are likely to feature alongside captain John Terry. Mourinho wants to assist Terry’s aim to play every minute of every game in the Premier League-winning season. Terry is rejuvenated under his long-time mentor Mourinho after appearing to be marginalised under the Portuguese’s predecessors. The 34-year-old has played every minute of all 36 games as Chelsea won the Premier League with three matches to spare. The Blues skipper, who hit out at Mourinho’s immediate predecessor Rafael Benitez after Chelsea won the title earlier this month, has equalled his best goals haul for a season of eight and wants his ninth. Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard, the PFA and Football Writers’ Association Player of the year, have also started every Premier League game this term, with Mourinho planning to select them against West Brom and Sunderland, too. “If we can do that, we are going to do that. It’s a fantastic achievement, especially in a country like England,” Mourinho added. Terry will lift the Premier League trophy for a fourth time after the concluding contest with Sunderland on May 24. Andre Schurrle, now at Wolfsburg, Mohamed Salah, who is on loan at Fiorentina, Mark Schwarzer, now of Leicester, and Lewis Baker, who is on loan at MK Dons, have all been invited to the celebration. “All of them that started the season with us, they were invited for the last match,” Mourinho said. “We are not sure they can (come), but at least they know that they belong to the title and that they are champions like us. “Not all of them will get an official medal. We are going to buy medals, we are going to buy replicas of the cup.” The invite extends to Chelsea’s end of season awards dinner on May 26, the same evening when the League Managers’ Association will announce their manager of the year. Mourinho – inexplicably to many given his achievements this term – is yet to win a manager of the month prize, but is in contention for the main award. “In London it’s not very difficult to be in two places at the same time. That’s not a problem,” he said. “If the third trophy (after the Premier League and Player of the Year prize for Hazard) doesn’t come, it doesn’t come.” Jose Mourinho expects the summer transfer market to be “like Wall Street collapsing” as rivals attempt to reel in his Chelsea side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Let’s Wine Down: Weekend wine getaways don’t have to be expensive

first_imgPaso Robles Temecula Having lived in Los Angeles for the past few years and with my academic career at USC coming to an end, I have realized how much I have taken for granted L.A. as the epicenter of the many wines of the world. We can order or hit up any wine bar or store in the city, all while becoming exposed to a global selection of wines. Although nothing can beat the experience of trying out wine in its local setting, it’s a misconception that we need to trek to France or even Napa Valley to taste the best wines. Extraordinary wines await us locally for those who are willing to seek them out. Known for its hot springs, olive oil, almonds and large variety of wineries, Paso Robles is the mecca for wine enthusiasts looking to have a well-rounded weekend getaway. The warm climate year-round is an enjoyable experience for us urbanites looking to be exposed to nature ⁠— actual nature, not Runyon Canyon.  A winery that I recommend visiting is the Epoch Estate, a modernized winery that stands on historical grounds of the wine business in the region. Tastings are only $20 per person, a relatively affordable experience for the college winery-goer with some wineries, particularly those in Napa Valley, charging about $70 per person. Dogs are allowed in this winery, which is always a major plus for me, despite not owning one. Who wouldn’t want to pet a dog when wine tasting? Heading south of Los Angeles, we arrive at a popular destination for Californian wine lovers — Temecula. Known for the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in June and other thriving cultural experiences, this region is the best-kept secret of the West Coast wine world. And, dare I say, it’s much better than Napa Valley. (Shhh, please don’t tell my Northern Californian friends — don’t want my citizenship revoked!)  Santa Barbara A bit closer to home, Santa Barbara is the perfect location for those who want to take a day trip but not commit to the logistics of overnight excursions. Commonly referred to as the “American Riviera,” the city is known for its Mediterranean climate and casual oceanside lifestyle. center_img The festival is an ideal weekend date for those staying in L.A. this summer. Featuring concerts with jazz and country artists and rainbow-colored hot air balloons, this is an experience that you do not want to miss out on. But you don’t have to wait until summer to explore the richness that is Temecula! Just drive down and start hitting up the wineries that have relatively affordable prices for tastings. I would highly recommend checking out family wineries such as the Thornton Winery and the Doffo Winery. Ted Wint is a senior writing about wine culture for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Let’s Wine Down,” runs every other Tuesday. (Ted Wint | Daily Trojan) Don’t miss out on the hot springs and mud baths that this region is also known for! There’s something for everyone in your friend group to do in Paso Robles.  This semester has shown me the limitless possibilities that exist for wine adventures around the Los Angeles region. With a little bit of planning and access to a car — or at least a friend with a car — you can explore the selections that make Southern California a global wine hotspot. But first, a public service announcement: Don’t drink and drive, just don’t!  For those hoping to experience all that Santa Barbara has to offer without having to trek to every winery in the vicinity, check out the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, a venue that offers wine tasting and retail sales and carries a wide selection of locally sourced wines. Plus, it’s way cheaper to order by the glass than to invest in a whole wine bottle. Great for friends with different wine taste!last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Badgers drop another one, offensive struggles continue against Idaho State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team was unable to carry their lead into the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Idaho State University, resulting in a frustrating 42-35 home loss. The defeat was the Badger’s fourth game dropped at the Kohl Center this season, moving their home record to 1-4.In the opening half Wisconsin boasted a higher overall efficiency than their opponent, shooting the ball at a clip of 33.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 60 percent from the stripe. Still, their inability to take care of the ball prevented the Badgers from establishing any sort of continuity. Wisconsin recorded thirteen first half turnovers, but, fortunately for them, Idaho State had 12 of their own.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall to Tar Heels despite second half pushWhile the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s loss to University of North Carolina 72-59 Thursday was their sixth of the Read…Offensive woes appeared to be the order of the day for both teams early on with each having to toil in order to get near the basket. After the Bengals jumped out to a four-point lead with under four minutes left to play in the first quarter, Badger freshman guard Suzanne Gilreath buried a corner three off an assist from fellow backcourt freshman Kendra Van Leeuwen. Down by one at that point, Van Leeuwen continued to flash her skill-set, this time on a steal and quick feed to forward Malayna Johnson for an and-one layup as the shot clock wound down.Even though the Badgers ended with no players in double figures, bench points were an issue head coach Jonathan Tsipis will undoubtedly look to highlight going forward. Wisconsin was able to get sixteen points out of their reserves, although only one of those points came in the second half.The rebounding battle was close with Idaho State only barely beating out Wisconsin 40 to 37 on the boards. In spite of the small margin, the Bengals’ victory ultimately had everything to do with their work down low. ISU trampled the Badgers sixteen-to-three in second chance points to go along with their sixteen to ten advantage in points in the paint.In what looked destined to be a nail biter in the final few minutes of the game, familiar demons came back to haunt Wisconsin. Freshman guard Gabby Gregory’s timely steal preceded a careless pass turned jump ball in which Idaho State reclaimed possession.While the Badgers started off the regular season as a high-scoring squad, they’ll need to reduce the turnovers and mental mistakes going forward if they want to return to the win column.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall short in first two games of season under Tsipis reignThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team couldn’t find their first win under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis with two Read…The Badgers continue their home stand Thursday against Mississippi Valley State University. Tip off is at 7 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.last_img read more