continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Finovate Fall assembled perhaps my favorite batch yet of product pitches for last week’s event in New York City.This may be because the balance of ideas tilted toward the pragmatic. There were a few moonshots, but I could envision most of these solutions winding up among a financial institution’s offerings and/or on an end-user’s mobile device in the not-too-distant future.For those unfamiliar with the drill, Finovate convenes a rapid-fire showcase of the latest fintech ideas. There’s a clear startup flavor to the lineup, but new product launches by established firms are fair game (Experian and Fiserv were on this agenda, for instance).Two key characteristics are that segments are strictly limited to seven minutes, and must consist of live demos—no slideware.Some recurring themes inevitably emerge over the course of two days of presentations (76 of them this time around), offering a handy barometer of insider sentiment.
Jose Mourinho believes he is building something special at Chelsea just a week after beginning work with his players at the start of his second spell as Blues boss. “It’s fantastic. I’m very happy. They know me. They know that I’m not going to make their lives easy. “From the first day they never questioned that situation and worked hard. It’s good for me because they are ready, all of them.” Mourinho expressed dissatisfaction with the transfer window – he believes it should close before competition commences – but hopes to keep his squad together. “We are very much on board and connected, me and the board and the owner (Roman Abramovich) – we are very much connected,” he said. “We don’t need to sell players; we are happy with the group we have. If something happens it will happen naturally but we are in a position where we are not worried.” Mourinho says his morale is vastly improved since leaving Real Madrid – his spell at the Bernabeu ended acrimoniously – for west London. “My wife was right,” he said. “She told me a few times in Madrid that I needed to be happy to be able to give my best. I needed to be happy to be motivated, to spend my time organising training sessions and enjoying the sessions, to enjoy to be with the players outside the training sessions – and I’m having all of this here.” He is enjoying the pre-season tour as an opportunity to bond with his players. “The players need to know me, I need to know them,” he said. “It’s fantastic for all of us to have the chance to get to know each other well. Even for the boys that know me, and the boys I know, it’s good for them, because we’ve not seen each other for years.” Mourinho, who has named two sides for each half of the friendly, plans to play 4-2-3-1 and admits he has an embarrassment of playmaking riches. “The basic structure will be four at the back, three midfielders and three attackers,” he said. “And in my teams, the attackers are attackers. With me, it’s not 4-5-1 it is 4-3-3, so my wingers will be attacking players. “The competition is hard. We will have (Andre) Schurrle, (Kevin) de Bruyne, Mata, Oscar, (Eden) Hazard and Victor Moses for these three positions and so we have many more options than Chelsea had in the last year and these are crucial positions for me. “I like these players to play with high intensity so to have five players for three positions is, I think, brilliant for me, it’s fantastic.” “The group is good,” said Mourinho, who led Chelsea to back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in his first spell from June 2004 to September 2007. “And the other six guys, when they come, I think they will find something good. “When they come I think they will smell it immediately that we are building something and it will be easy for them to come in.” Mourinho insisted those players remaining from his first spell – Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, among them – receive no favouritism, but merely set an example to the new talent in the Blues squad. “It’s normal after one week that I don’t see any more ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ because we are getting into the dynamics of the squad,” Mourinho said. “The good thing with my previous players is that what I see makes me very happy – I don’t see them any different to before. “And when I see Terry, Cole, Lampard, the way they are working at (age) 32, 32, 35, it’s easy for me to control the group and it’s easy for me to demand the same from the other guys. “I can say ‘Look that them: they don’t miss one minute; they are training like animals; they compete. So you, who are 18, 19, 21, don’t tell me you can’t do it’. The Portuguese returned to Stamford Bridge last month and will take charge of Chelsea for the first time in nearly six years in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Singha All-Stars at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. Only those involved in the Confederations Cup – David Luiz, Oscar, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and John Obi Mikel – are still to join up with Mourinho’s Chelsea after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer flew in from London. Press Association
Real Madrid have qualified for the Round of 16 but they had to do it the hard way after the European champions suffered a scare against Segunda B side Fuenlabrada in their Spanish Copa Del Rey last 32 second leg clash.The visitors took a 1-0 first half lead courtesy Luis Milla’s strike to pull the aggregate score back to 2-1 as goals from Marco Asensio (penalty) and Lucas Vazquez (penalty) had earlier given Real Madrid a 2-0 lead in the first leg.Fuenlabrada held on till the 63rd minute before two Borja Mayoral goals in seven minutes gave a second string Madrid team a 2-1 lead on the night however the lowly team didn’t go down without a fight and they deservedly equalised through Portilla to earn a respectable 2-2 draw against their continental city rivals at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on Tuesday and a 4-2 aggregate loss over two legs.The other two Spanish La Liga sides in action on Tuesday, Leganes and Malaga, experienced contrasting fortunes after respective aggregate scoreline against lower oppositions.Leganes defeated Real Valladolid 1-0 at home courtesy Tito’s 34th minute strike to secure a 3-1 aggregate win thereby qualifying for the Round of 16.Malaga, on the other hand, have been eliminated after they drew 1-1 with Numancia at home to fall to a 3-2 aggregate loss to their less fancied opponents.RelatedSpanish Copa Del Rey Latest: Vazquez Double Takes Madrid Into Quarters; Leganes And Alaves Are Also ThroughJanuary 11, 2018In “Europe”Lowly Leganes Stun Real Madrid Out Of Copa Del ReyJanuary 25, 2018In “Europe”Copa Del Rey Recap: Sevilla Beat Giantkillers Leganes To Book Final SpotFebruary 8, 2018In “Europe”
Race against time UBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): West Indies’ hopes of an automatic World Cup spot suffered yet another blow when they slid even further in the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings released yesterday. The Caribbean side remained ninth in the rankings but lost four ratings points to slip to 79, falling further behind eighth placed Pakistan in their race for a top eight place in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England. Hosts England and the next seven highest-ranked sides at the September 30 cut-off date will qualify for the showpiece. With their latest slide, the Windies are now nine points adrift of Pakistan who dropped two points in the latest rankings. The two sides met recently in a pivotal three-match one-day series with Pakistan emerging winners by a 2-1 margin. Two-time World Cup champions West Indies are running out of time to improve their ranking with series against minnows Afghanistan in June and England in September remaining. Should the Windies fail to qualify automatically, they will enter a 10-team qualification tournament in an attempt to secure one of the two remaining World Cup berths. South Africa and Australia, meanwhile, have remained top of the ODI rankings, with the Proteas gaining four points to move up to 123 and the Aussies remaining stagnant. India, meanwhile, have gained five points and replace New Zealand in third place with the Black Caps dropping to fourth. England lie fifth on 109 points, Sri Lanka are sixth despite dropping five points while Bangladesh are seventh on 91.