Ralph Hasenhuttl stunned by Southampton’s potentially table-topping form | Football News

first_imgBut following a run of four victories from their last five outings, Hasenhuttl’s side are on the brink of a small piece of history.“If you told me this would happen before the season, I would say you are a little bit stupid,” said Hasenhuttl. “We are lucky that we play Friday evening because it gives us a great chance.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Friday 6th November 8:00pm It is 32 years, when Southampton were managed by Chris Nicholl, that they could last regard themselves as top-flight table-toppers. 3:09 Hasenhuttl will be without Danny Ings for the visit of Newcastle after the striker underwent surgery on a knee injury. The England international, who has scored five times this season, is set to be sidelined for at least one month.In his absence, Theo Walcott and Shane Long are in contention to spearhead Southampton’s attack alongside Che Adams.Hasenhuttl, 53, added: “Whoever gets the chance to play should know this is a big chance and grab it because we now have four to six weeks without Danny.“We need somebody who gives us alternatives, and who gives us the best opportunities for what we demand – we will take a decision from there.” Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he could have never predicted his Southampton side’s potentially table-topping form before the start of the season.Victory against Newcastle at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday Night Football, live on Sky Sports, will see the Saints spend at least a day at the top of the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.- Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win against Aston Villa in the Premier League Kick off 8:00pm preview image It caps a remarkable 12 months for Hasenhuttl after his side were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester last October and facing up to the prospect of a relegation dogfight.But they went on to finish a credible 11th and head into Friday’s fixture fifth in the division after their opening seven matches. However, Hasenhuttl is refusing to get carried away with his side’s encouraging early-season form.“I have seen so many teams in the beginning of the season being top of the table and near the top, and then relegated,” the former RB Leipzig manager added.“We know things can change so quickly – a few injuries or something like that – but at the moment we are a very strong side and we showed again we can have a high level of performing.“Before I came here, I worked at a team where losing was nearly not allowed because we wanted to be top in Germany, and this mentality I tried to implement from the first day that I’m here.“We have that mentality of, I sometimes call it, we like to be the pirate and it’s more fun than to join the navy. So it’s definitely something we can use every day and makes it fun to go and grab some points from the big teams.” 0:35 Danny Ings receives treatment for an injury late in the second half – Advertisement – Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is confident the team can cope with the absence of Danny Ings as the striker recovers from injurylast_img read more

Other Sports Dutee Chand faces expulsion from family after revealing same-sex relationship

first_imghighlights Section 377 was decriminalised by the Supreme Court last year.Dutee Chand secured two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Games.Dutee Chand hails from Chaka Gopalpur village at Jajpur district of Odisha. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Unapologetic about her same-sex relationship with a younger relative, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship. “I am having a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from my village for the past five years. She is studying B.A. 2nd year in a Bhubaneswar college. She is a relative of mine and whenever I come home, I spend time with her. She is a kind of soul-mate for me and I want to settle down with her in future,” Chand, 23, told PTI from Hyderabad where she is training. The landmark judgement of the Supreme Court last year had made the same-sex relationship between consenting adults a non-criminal act though marriage between such individuals is still not legal in India.     Dutee, the 100m national record holder (11.24 seconds), says while her parents have not yet raised any objection to her relationship, her eldest sister has threatened to not only expel her from the family but also send her to jail. “My eldest sister kind of wields power and authority in my family. She has thrown out my elder brother from home because she does not like his wife. She has threatened me that same will happen to me. But I am also an adult who has individual freedom. So, I decided to go ahead with this and make it public.RELATED     “My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” she said.                 Dutee said her partner is free to marry whoever she wants to if she decides to do so in future. “I will continue my athletics career. I am going to take part in the World University Games next month and hope to qualify for the World Championships later this year. My aim to qualify for next year’s Olympics, so I am training hard,” she said. While Dutee refused to name her partner, she said the Supreme Court judgement on the issue gave her the courage to go public.          “My partner also agreed that we should make this public and face whatever repercussions it may bring to us. I believe in individual freedom and the right to decide how and with whom I will live my life.”     She said another reason for coming out in the open was that she did not want something which happened with sprinter Pinki Pramanik, who was accused of rape by her live-in partner. Pinki was a member of the 2006 Asian Games 4x400m relay gold winning team.  “We did not want this kind of situation happening in future,” Dutee said.     Dutee, who was banned for one year by the international athletics federation in 2014 for having higher testosterone (male sex hormone) level than permissible, hails from Chaka Gopalpur village at Jajpur district of Odisha and she was born to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand. Dutee won a landmark ‘gender’ case against the IAAF in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in 2015 and she was allowed to compete after being banned for one year. The CAS suspended the IAAF’s policy on hyperandrogenism for two years. Later the world body changed the policy, which applies only on female athletes competing in the range of 400m to 1500m, leaving out Dutee, who competes in 100m and 200m, from its ambit.last_img read more

Spurs Boss Says Premier League Transfer Spending Not Sustainable

first_imgBut Tottenham, who sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £45m this month, have not made any signings.“We have a duty to manage the club appropriately,” said Levy.“Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable.“Somebody spending £200m more than they’re earning, eventually it catches up with you. And you can’t keep doing it.”Accountancy firm Deloitte said Premier League sides are on course to surpass the record £1.165bn they spent last summer.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said last week: “I’m used to clubs paying big for big players. Now everybody pays big money for good players.”Walker’s departure aside, Spurs have retained the same squad that finished second to Chelsea in the league last season.The club are in the process of building a new 61,000-seat stadium, which is expected to cost £750m and is scheduled to open next year.Speaking at a Nasdaq Q&A in New York, Levy said: “Obviously when you’re building a stadium of this magnitude and it all has to be privately financed – there’s no state help whatsoever – it is a challenge.“We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy.”Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who are in the United States on their pre-season tour, beat France’s Paris St-Germain 4-2 at the weekend, with 17-year-old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe playing 45 minutes.On Tuesday, a side beaten 3-2 by Roma featured three more academy products in the starting line-up – Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah.Levy said: “Our position on transfers is that we have a coach who very much believes in the academy, so unless we can find a player that makes a difference we would rather give one of our young academy players a chance.“The academy is important because if we produce our own players we don’t have to spend £20m or £30m on a player.“An academy player has that affinity with the club and that’s what the fans want to see.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chairman Daniel Levy has defended Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity this summer and claimed the spending by other Premier League clubs is unsustainable.More than £850m has been spent by top-flight sides in the transfer window, which ends on 31 August.last_img read more