Div con­demns Meyer

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CSKA, nine points clear in the Rus­sian Pre­mier League, were stub­bornly un­ad­ven­tur­ous, pack­ing men be­hind the ball and see­ing only 31 per­cent of pos­ses­sion.

But vis­it­ing man­ager Leonid Slut­sky dis­missed sug­ges­tions that they had shown their op­po­nents too much re­spect.

“The play­ers were not afraid,” he said. “It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to play against such a strong team as Man United. We didn’t have lots of pos­ses­sion, just as in the first game in Moscow (a 1-1 draw).

“It was a big prob­a­bil­ity that United would cre­ate a lot of chances and we had to be at­ten­tive to that.” — AFP NEW YORK — Ser­ena Wil­liams (pic­tured) be­came de­pressed af­ter fail­ing to win the US Open this sum­mer and has been bat­tling a knee con­di­tion sim­i­lar to that suf­fered by Rafael Nadal. The ex­tent of her dis­ap­point­ment and phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties af­ter fall­ing to Roberta Vinci in the Flush­ing Mead­ows semi-fi­nals and miss­ing out on the cal­en­dar Grand Slam was re­vealed last night by her French coach Pa­trick Mouratoglou.

Wil­liams has been crit­i­cised for not play­ing in last week’s WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, but Mouratoglou in­sisted that she had no op­tion.

‘She was de­pressed, be­cause she didn’t reach her goal,’ said Mouratoglou, speak­ing in his ca­pac­ity as an am­bas­sador for Maui Jim sun­glasses. ‘The dis­ap­point­ment is as high as the ex­pec­ta­tions. When she loses, she’s very af­fected.

‘It was 15 days be­fore we spoke. She doesn’t want to talk when she’s de­pressed. Af­ter some­thing like this, you have to see peo­ple who don’t rep­re­sent ten­nis.

‘She has had a com­plete break that she needed, she had to pull out of a few tour­na­ments and she hates to do that but we had to, es­pe­cially as her knees needed rest.

‘The in­jury can get worse, and at her age her ca­reer could re­ally be in dan­ger if she went too far and got more in­jured like Rafa did, for ex­am­ple, in the past.

‘He kept on play­ing with the same prob­lem and it got worse and he had to stop for al­most a year, we don’t want this to hap­pen. She is 34, if she has to stop for a year then it is re­ally bad for her fu­ture.’

— Daily Mail

Wayne Rooney cel­e­brates his win­ner against CSKA Moscow on Tues­day night.

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