Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling

first_imgIt’s back to the drawing board for Arteta. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)The Luiz red card and injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari made things difficult for the visitors, not just in this game, but going forward.‘We have to start winning football matches as quick as possible,’ said Arteta after the match. ‘We have to see who we have available to get that starting XI after the injuries that we got tonight.‘The boys made a great effort here playing with 10 men for so long. So let’s recover first and then tomorrow we can start to think about that.’Arsenal are back in action at Brighton on Saturday.MORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeatMORE: Mikel Arteta gives injury update on Arsenal pair Granit Xhaka and Pablo MariFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City mauling Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Matteo Guendouzi has caught the eye of Gary Neville (Picture: Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi is proving himself as a natural leader at Arsenal and his courage on the ball caught the eye of Gary Neville on Wednesday night, despite the heavy defeat to Manchester City.On the Premier League’s first night back after the coronavirus hiatus little seemed to have changed in the gulf in class between City and Arsenal as the champions strolled to a 3-0 win.Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden handed Pep Guardiola’s side the victory, meaning City have now put three past the Gunners in six of their last seven meetings.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was a night to forget for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, and specifically defender David Luiz who was shown a red card after coming off the bench, but one Gunners star did stand out to Neville.ADVERTISEMENTThe Manchester United legend likes the attitude of the 21-year-old Frenchman, who he feels shows talents beyond his years in terms of wanting to get on the ball and demanding performances from his teammates.‘Since the moment he came into the team, Guendouzi, he has looked like a big character and a leader,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He gets on the ball all the time, he shows great courage to play and he’s always demanding from his teammates.‘He’s not (a squad player). You see him on the pitch, he’s always got his arms stretched, looking over his shoulder. He demands from himself but also others.’Guendouzi was part of a young Arsenal team which included Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah from the start, but Arteta’s plan to deal with the champions fell a long way short of success.last_img read more

Beat writers not optimistic on Syracuse’s chances against North Carolina in ACC tournament

first_imgNo. 11 seed Syracuse (20-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) moved on in the ACC tournament by beating Wake Forest, 74-63, on Tuesday night. That win set up a Wednesday showdown with No. 6 seed North Carolina (22-7, 11-7). The Tar Heels came to the Carrier Dome in late February, and although the Orange tied the game at 74 with about three minutes to play, UNC snuck out with a 78-74 win. Wednesday’s rematch has potentially even bigger implications for SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes.Here’s how our beat writers think it will go.Matthew Gutierrez (25-7)Fear the TheoNorth Carolina 70, Syracuse 62The thing to watch Wednesday night is North Carolina’s inside-out offense. That’s how the Tar Heels put up 78 points against Syracuse two weeks ago — UNC’s most recent win — planting Theo Pinson in the high post and dissecting the zone. The Tar Heels have the advantage in the half court, so there’s little doubt Syracuse may turn to a full-court press or half-court traps to try to speed up UNC. Also be on the lookout for rebounds and second-chance points. Roy Williams’ squad is big, out-rebounding SU 38-34 in the teams’ first meeting and holding a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. SU’s best chance lies in buckling down on the boards and high post.Sam Fortier (23-9)Turn-and-heeledNorth Carolina 69, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse got back into the game against North Carolina two weeks ago because the Tar Heels went “brain-dead” in the second half against the press, Roy Williams said. UNC will be better prepared this time. The two most interesting things tonight to me are whether Marek Dolezaj can build on his career night and whether UNC plays a zone defense against the Orange, given that the scheme has given them fits this season. Though Syracuse will put up a good fight offensively, if last night was any indication, it simply won’t be enough to overwhelm a tough No. 6 seed in North Carolina.Tomer Langer (22-10)Brooklyn BluesNorth Carolina 81, Syracuse 65There were moments in the win over Wake Forest that Syracuse played the part of contender, like when SU opened up an early 20-4 lead. There were other times, like when Wake Forest closed it to within six at halftime and made a late push, that the Orange showed its flaws. Against a North Carolina team, flaws aren’t going to cut it. In fact, when these two teams matched up two weeks ago, UNC had more in-game mental mistakes and still pulled out a victory. SU is revitalized with the emergence of Dolezaj, but ultimately won’t have enough firepower against North Carolina. Comments Published on March 7, 2018 at 11:20 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How former SU basketball manager Kevin Belbey created Boeheim’s Army

first_img Published on August 23, 2020 at 9:18 pm Contact Will: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.When Kevin Belbey walked out of Faegan’s Cafe & Pub one night in 2014, he was inspired to create the ultimate Syracuse alumni basketball team. He had run into Eric Devendorf at the restaurant, and the SU men’s basketball alumnus was on board with the idea.With the help of other alumni, Belbey went on to create Boeheim’s Army, an Orange alumni team that participates annually in The Basketball Tournament, a single elimination competition that takes place every summer. Belbey spent nearly every day of his undergraduate time at SU involved with the men’s basketball team. Arriving on campus in the late summer of 2009, he immediately joined the team’s managerial staff. Belbey was in Syracuse nearly year-round, attending every early workout, practice and game. He started by filling water bottles and mopping sweat off the court. By his junior year, he was promoted to head manager and oversaw the entire staff of about 20 managers.After the season ended and his subsequent graduation in 2013, Belbey stayed at Syracuse to attend law school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew I wanted to try to stay involved. I had just given so much time and effort for four years to the program,” Belbey said. “But I didn’t know the best way. I didn’t have the time to still be a manager every day.”It was during his first year at law school when Belbey was first introduced to TBT. A friend he knew from home in New Jersey mentioned the creation of a new, winner-take-all tournament and pitched the idea of a Syracuse alumni team. Belbey thought the idea was too good to be true but didn’t have the time to balance school and this new project. A few months later, Belbey watched the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni beat Team Barstool for the $500,000 prize. “I thought to myself ‘If Notre Dame can do this, Syracuse can do it and do it better,’” Belbey said.As a basketball manager, Belbey had experience connecting and bringing in former SU players for campus events. During his junior year, Belbey revamped and headed Syracuse’s “Midnight Madness” event at the Carrier Dome. The event sold nearly 20,000 tickets, and the ongoing NBA lockout allowed former Orange players to revisit campus for the event. Former players Wes Johnson, Jonny Flynn and Carmelo Anthony — who was making his first trip back to Syracuse since his championship run in 2003 — all showed. Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill performed as well.After being eliminated in the quarterfinals this year, Boeheim’s Army is yet to win The Basketball Tournament. Courtesy of Ben SolomonIn late 2014, Belbey began constructing the Syracuse alumni team, which he named Boeheim’s Army. He first reached out to Hakim Warrick, who played for the Orange from 2001 to 2005, and participated in TBT 2014 for a different team. The second player Belbey was able to recruit was former SU guard Devendorf, whose career has taken him to Turkey, Israel, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. To date, Devendorf is the only Boeheim’s Army player to play for the team every year. With Belbey at the helm, Boeheim’s Army participated in their first tournament in 2015, with the goal of winning the now $1 million prize. The team made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Team City of Gods, 80-76. By its third year, TBT had gained a reputation for being highly-competitive and entertaining, with the prize climbing to $2 million in 2016. Because Boeheim’s Army was also gaining popularity, Belbey enlisted the help of an old friend, Marc Lomasky, to manage increasing travel budgets and rising popularity.The two met in an accounting class during Lomasky’s senior year. Although Lomasky and Belbey knew each other during their time at SU, they became closer when Belbey decided to attend law school. Since the formation of Boeheim’s Army, Lomasky has helped run practices, created a bank account for the team and organized team social media pages. “This is just such a fun, little side project-hobby that he does from work and that I do from work,” Lomasky said. “So it really is kind of a nice distraction from work and also a way to give back to Syracuse.”Outside of Boeheim’s Army, Belbey is an agent to numerous Syracuse alumni broadcasters, including Bob Costas, Mike Tirico and Sean McDonough. Belbey said it’s easy to do the tournament every year because most of his clients and coworkers are SU alumni. Using the broad, multi-generational following of the team, Belbey, Lomasky and other members organized alumni signings in different cities and have led donations to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.This past summer, TBT was one of the first live American sports to return to competition, with a 24 team bubble format. Belbey said fans, employees and players were all eager to get back into the rhythm of sports, calling him to ask for roster spots, unlike most years where Belbey had to ask players to join the squad. “Like the rest of us, they’ve just been sitting on the couch watching Netflix and Tiger King,” Belbey said. “They wanted to get out there and compete and play basketball and do something fun.”center_img Commentslast_img read more