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first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThese Maisie Williams Facts Are Bound To Shock You10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time Leverkusen are expected to change to a 4-3-3 against Inter and play Julian Baumgartlinger and Kerem Demirbay in the middle with Exequiel Palacios. read also:Conte to unleash Victor Moses against SPAL The same four defenders are expected at the back, with Leon Bailey, Kai Havertz and Moussa Diaby up front. Inter (probable): Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; Lautaro, Lukaku Leverkusen (probable): Hradecky; L. Bender, S. Bender, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Palacios, Baumgatlinger, Demirbay; Bailey, Havertz, Diaby FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Inter manager, Antonio Conte, has excluded Nigeria’s Victor Moses from the probable line-ups at his disposal and looks set to continue with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez against Bayer Leverkusen tonight. The Europa League quarter-final in Düsseldorf kicks off at 20.00 UK time. Captain Samir Handanovic should start in goal when Inter search for a place in the semi-finals of the competition and Conte seems to rely on Lu-La in attack to overcome Leverkusen this Monday. Diego Godin is set to continue in the defensive trident, with Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni. Ashley Young and Danilo D’Ambrosio could get another go, with Roberto Gagliardini, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolò Barella expected to keep Christian Eriksen out of the side once again, meaning that Conte could side the exact same starting line-up from the 2-0 win against Getafe last time.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Comments All Brian Megill could do was shrug when he thought about what happened last year trying to defend Denver’s Alex Demopoulos. He had no answer as to what allowed the attack to score four goals against Syracuse while no other Pioneer had more than one.A then-freshman filled with nerves in his first collegiate start, Megill had trouble stopping Demopoulos from the very beginning.‘He smoked me hard the first play,’ Megill said. ‘He’s a very good player. We just have to account for him now.’Stopping Demopoulos is one part of what No. 1 Syracuse is looking to do Sunday when it opens up its season against No. 12 Denver at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It’ll try to stop a tough team coached by Bill Tierney, who led the Pioneers to a 12-5 record and a NCAA tournament berth in his first season as head coach.Megill wasn’t even supposed to cover Demopoulos in last season’s 15-9 win over Denver but had to take over that assignment when John Lade injured his hamstring in the days leading up to the start of the season. Now Lade gets his chance at trying to keep the quarterback of Denver’s offense from giving the Pioneers a chance at beating the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re going to have John covering him,’ Megill said. ‘He’s going to do a great job as he always does. (Demopoulos) is a very good feeder as well as a shooter.’Demopoulos is in charge of a Denver offense that has all three starting attack returning from last season, as well as several of its best offensive midfielders. It’s an experienced offense that took the Pioneers to an ECAC Championship a year ago.Tierney now has one full season at Denver under his belt and an offensive unit completely used to his system and schemes. Syracuse head coach John Desko said that only gives him more reason to expect the Pioneers to be as good or even better this season.‘It’s Coach Tierney’s and his staff’s second year there, so I think we’re going to see their system kick into place obviously more this year than last year,’ Desko said. ‘I think this Denver team’s going to be a year wiser.’Desko also said the Denver players aren’t going to be as intimidated coming in to play at the Dome after experiencing it last year. Using Army, which beat the Orange in the first round of the tournament last year, as an example, Desko said the Pioneers won’t be as ‘awestruck’ in their return to the Dome.One of the reasons Demopoulos had so much success against the Orange last season could be because SU simply didn’t know him as well, Desko said. On Sunday, there will be more of a definitive game plan in terms of defending him, including getting Lade help covering the attack. And that means keeping Demopoulos from taking unassisted shots and making sure he isn’t able to make easy assists.‘He certainly is probably their best carrier, their leader on attack,’ Desko said. ‘He looks to (Mark) Matthews a lot to finish the ball. We’re going to match up with him, know where he is, get on his hands and be aware he can be a threat.’In last season’s game, Syracuse had a 10-goal lead but let Denver slowly climb its way back. Demopoulos sparked the late comeback attempt with two goals in the fourth quarter.Giving the Pioneers an opportunity to get within striking distance is something the Orange is looking to avoid Sunday. With that in mind, stopping Demopoulos is crucial if Syracuse wants to keep a lead when it gets one.‘We got out on them pretty quick and then let them in with a few goals,’ SU midfielder Jovan Miller said. ‘If we get a big lead, just to stay on top of it.’Despite his team getting the win over Denver last year, Megill said it didn’t come without mistakes. There are certain aspects that need to be improved, whether it’s communicating better on defense or holding onto a lead for the duration of the game.‘They’re a good team, but I think we could’ve done better,’ Megill said. ‘We have a bad taste in our mouth from last year, so I’m hoping we’re going to come out firing.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Published on April 6, 2016 at 12:54 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Gary Gait said he saw a team that lacked hustle, energy and failed to adapt to the situation the Orange faced as a team trailing on the road. But for the Syracuse head coach and junior defender Haley McDonnell, the one prevailing thing that doomed the team most was a lack of communication. That led to a 13-8 upset loss on the road for then-No. 3 Syracuse during Spring Break to then-No. 16 Boston College. “Even while the game was going on, we knew we needed to reconvene and (figure it out),” McDonnell said. “… We weren’t as focused as we needed to be and it showed on the field. (Our team) didn’t prepare as well as we needed to for that game.” Since Boston College, No. 4 Syracuse’s (10-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) lowest point this season, it has returned the level of play befitting of its No. 2 preseason ranking. The SU defense has shut down two of the conference’s best scorers, held one team to half its average scoring output and spurred a three-game winning streak. It’s all because of one fix that increased talking and decreased goals allowed. “I think they’ve responded really well (to the Boston College game),” Gait said. “A lot of it is with energy and hustle (picking) up … but the number one thing is communication.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat’s keyed the winning streak that began on the road against No. 4 Notre Dame and continued in the Carrier Dome against No. 14 Duke and unranked Connecticut. The Orange defense held each of those teams under their averages for shots and goals in each game. Against Duke, attacks Kyra Harney and Kelci Smesko, two of the ACC’s top five goal-scorers, combined for only one shot. In those games after BC, Gait said there’s been a noticeable difference in communication on defense. He said the lack of talk before contributed to being unable to anticipate groundballs, losing speed on defenders with bad angles and those things put SU in tough situations. The communication, according to McDonnell, could be as simple as saying, “Hey, I’m on your right,” when running back in the defensive zone. Or it could be about rotation in Syracuse’s zone ‘backer defense. Whatever it need be, McDonnell said, the team just needs to talk. That’s largely because the importance of defensive communication extends beyond the defenders. SU goalkeeper Allie Murray’s unusual aggression in net puts SU at risk of allowing open-netters, which assistant coach Regy Thorpe said he’s OK with in February, but to limit those opportunities the defense needed to talk. Gait particularly saw that against Connecticut, when the defense was “dialed in.” He said they were pressuring shooters, allowed no easy shots which, in turn, allowed Murray to make easy saves. “Getting that first save (against UConn) is huge to building her confidence,” Gait said. “She got seven saves in that first half and a lot of it is because there was pressure on the shooters (through communication).” In the first win of the streak, against Notre Dame, Murray saved one shot and two were forced wide of the net by the defense in the last 24 seconds to preserve a one-goal lead. It’s a run that’s sprung from team dissatisfaction one afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, over Spring Break, a day when McDonnell said the team knew it was much better than what it showed. “We just talked about the way it was (in the locker room),” Gait said of the BC postgame team talk. “’You got outhustled and you got outworked. Remember this, learn from it and let’s move forward.’” Commentslast_img read more

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