PETR Cech admits he and other Chelsea players are powerless to do anything about the latest of Roman Abramovich’s managerial sackings.
The exit of Roberto Di Matteo this week, and replacement with Rafael Benitez – roundly booed by the crowd at Stamford Bridge yesterday, has left the Blues goalkeeper with the realisation that his only choices are to take it or leave.
“If you say it in a cruel way for us players, you adapt (to the new coach) or you’re out.
“It is up to you how you do. It’s as simple as that. You’re here to play, you’re here to do what the club and manager wants you to do. If you don’t like it you can leave.
“I’m here to play. I want to play, so I do everything I can straight away so that the manager has no option but to pick me and put me in goal.
“That’s the way I work, and is the way it works for everybody because if you stay sad and not do the right things, you can end up on the bench.
“If you’re not playing it will be even more disappointing. So as a player you need to do the right thing all the time.”
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Rafael Benitez suffered a fiercely hostile reception from Chelsea’s supporters as his managerial reign opened with a goalless draw against Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appointed the former Liverpool manager on an interim basis after sacking Roberto Di Matteo only six months after winning the Champions League and FA Cup.
Benitez’s arrival has met with an angry response from Chelsea fans in the wake of his old rivalry with them during his time at Anfield – and they made their strength of feeling abundantly clear.
The Spaniard was met with deafening jeers when he arrived in the technical area before kick-off, with the stadium announcer struggling to make himself heard ahead of a minute’s applause for former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton, who has passed away.
The mediocre affair did little to lift spirits, with City, still unbeaten in the league, marginally the better side but unable to fashion the victory that would have taken them back above Manchester United at the top of the table.
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In an incident-packed, rain-affected race, Vettel fought back to finish sixth after dropping to last on lap one following a collision.
His rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished second, meaning he needed Vettel to be lower than seventh.
McLaren’s was hit by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
The German was trying to pass Hamilton for the lead with 27 laps to go but lost control on the slippery track and slid into the side of Hamilton’s car.
Hulkenberg, driving the race of his career up to that point, was given a drive-through penalty and finished fifth, behind Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa in third and Red Bull’s Mark Webber in fourth.
Vettel becomes the youngest driver in history to win three world titles - at six years younger than Ayrton Senna. He is only the third driver to win three in succession.
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Singapore kicked off their AFF Suzuki Cup in impressive fashion as a brace by captain Shahril Ishak helped them to a 3-0 win over defending champions Malaysia in their Group B opener at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Sunday.
Shahril silenced the home fans when he opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after he ran on to Shaiful Esah’s defence-splitting pass and fired past goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
And the Lions skipper extended the lead six minutes later after he capitalised on an error by Khairul Fahmi to head home from point blank range.
Malaysia lacked bite in attack and substitute Aleksandar Duric easily headed in Singapore’s third with 15 minutes left to complete a comprehensive win for the visitors.
While Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic did not expect his side to win so handily, he felt that the win was fully deserved.
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Sir Alex Ferguson would always welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United but admitted the forward is now “unbuyable”.
The Portuguese spent six years at Old Trafford before moving to Real Madrid in 2009 where he has continued to enjoy success both individually and as part of the team that last year wrestled the Primera Division title away from Barcelona .
Were it not for the brilliance of Barca’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo would surely wear the mantle of the world’s greatest footballer with the pair both transcending the sport.
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The disturbing trend of soccer fans throwing explosives onto the pitch continued Saturday, with the latest incident taking place during a Russian Premier League match that took place in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg hosting Dynamo Moscow.
The firework landed near the feet of visiting Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin and exploded during the 36th minute of the match. Referees abandoned the match and Shunin was brought to the hospital after suffering smoke irritation and apparent burns to his cornea from the explosion. According to the official Dynamo Twitter feed, Shunin says he is having some problems with his vision and hearing.
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The final of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 was everything a showcase match should be: loud, colourful, emotional and dramatic. It was a fitting end to the tournament, which took place in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima from 1-18 November.
In a repeat of the 2008 title-decider, the South Americans once again came out on top after superb performances from both teams. Neto, who also won the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, struck for A Seleção seconds before the end of extra time to seal the championship for his side.
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While the fastest kiteboarders and windsurfers are improving their speed records in the raceway of Luderitz, the super fast yacht Vestas Sailrocket 2 was trying to set a new mark, in Walvis Bay, only 500 kilometres away.
The Vestas Sailrocket 2 was speeding up on the 13th attempt, in moderate 25-knot winds, when the new world speed sailing record arrived.
Paul Larsen and his sailing craft averaged 59.23 knots over the record 500 meter course and peaked at over 63 knots. After 10 years of hard work and constant fine-tuning, he did it.
“We are buzzing. No one has done this with a sailing boat before. This shows how unique and revolutionary the boat is”, explains Paul Larsen.
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Dane Reynolds’ impossible layback turn invaded all Haleiwa talks, as the Reef Hawaiian Pro 2012 enters the finals.
Super clean and contestable four-foot surf welcomed the big guns for the full spectrum of maneuvers, from tube rides to aerials. A total of 1,053 individual rides were scored today.
Kelly Slater fought legendary Hawaiian Sunny Garcia, Alex Smith and Jesse Mendes. Garcia offered up a spirited contest from the outset, locking in a clean tube-ride that shot a message to long-time rival Slater that the game was on.
Slater’s trump card was his aerials, while Garcia focused his energy on securing the biggest waves that better suited his power gouging approach.
“He’s just as grumpy as ever, I love it,” said Slater, on Sunny. “He has to catch the first wave and paddles right back around you. You’ve got to try to get a score and put a little pressure on him”.
Garcia was doing double time again today, switching between the main event and the final heat of the exhibition Reef Clash of the Legends against Kaipo Jaquias, Mark Occhilupo, and Tom Curren. Garcia eventually won the Clash for a bonus $10,000.
Despite the nostalgic glory of winning the Legends, it’s safe to say that Garcia’s real focus today was on proving his place in the lineup against Slater.
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