0Shares0000Serge Aurier joined Tottenham for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week © AFP/File / Franck FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 8 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has threatened to “head-butt” new signing Serge Aurier if he steps out of line in a stark warning over his expected behaviour at the club.The talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million ($30 million, 25 million euros) from PSG on transfer deadline day last week. The deal was held up as Spurs’ request for a work permit was complicated by the suspended two-month prison sentence Aurier received after an assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016.The 24-year-old was also suspended by PSG last year for making a homophobic slur against former coach Laurent Blanc in a social media video.Pochettino, whose comments were published in the British press on Friday, is a strong disciplinarian and insists he will come down hard on Aurier if he steps out of line.“I said to him, ‘I will kill you’, I (would) head-butt him,” Pochettino said.“I think it was good, we had a long chat. He knows very well how we are, what we expect from him and for us it’s so important, not only him, every player, how they behave here in the squad.“We need to keep the dynamic we have created. I trust him, I am confident that he can succeed here and help the team to achieve the things we want.“When you know and you meet some people, always you start to assess him from the day that you meet them and for me we start from (here) because I don’t know him before. For him I think it’s a new chapter in his life.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Kidambi Srikanth has had a dream year so far, three Super Series titles and four Super Series finals, matching Saina Nehwal’s year of 2010.From winning the Super Series titles in Indonesia and Australia in June to quarter-final exits in World Championships and Japan Open to coming back and lifting the Denmark Open Super Series title — Srikanth has had some journey.”I think I have played well throughout and even in the World Championships, I didn’t put up a bad performance but I couldn’t win and made some simple mistakes. In Denmark, I didn’t repeat them (mistakes) and I am really happy with the way it went for me,” Srikanth said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.On his way to the top in Denmark, the 24-year-old shuttler toppled the World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen finally after going down in their previous two encounters at India Open and Japan Open.Against Axelsen in the quarter-final, Srikanth came-from-behind to stun the Danish. While Srikanth was completely dominated in their previous meetings, this time however, it was the Indian who got the better of Axelsen.”They (my coaches) told me not to give easy points and an early lead. My plan was only to focus till the end,” Srikanth conceded.After losing the first game, Srikanth battled through the second game to edge 22-20 and completely turned the game on its head to dominate Axelsen 21-7.”I did nothing special in the third (game), it was only to stay in the game and give my best. For me it was all about winning each point.”advertisementBeating the in-form Axelsen infused immense confidence in Srikanth and that showed. The Guntur shuttler eased past Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong into the final of the Denmark Open only to win the title against 37-year-old Lee Hyun Il of Korea in a mere span of 25 minutes.”Because I was playing well, it was only about being consistent and staying focussed. He (Hyun Il) is such an experienced player and he can turn around matches from any moment and so, I really wanted to be focussed and not give him any chance or easy points,” Srikanth [email protected] badminton fed prez felicitates @srikidambi for his success at Denmark Open in an event organized by @Indian_Embassy @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/IZZUdhZzdo- India in France (@Indian_Embassy) October 24, 2017With Srikanth, PV Sindhu leading India’s charge in the world of badminton and Indian men’s challenge rising to standards every now and then, the whispers of India becoming a dominant force have begun. Srikanth, though, feels it’s too early to feel strong.”I think it’s still early to say this. We are slowly growing but we need to improve a lot and be more consistent and we are working on it. Definitely not now but may be in future, you can say this.”Srikanth has reached Paris for the French Open now and has begun his preparations. Back in June, he won the Indonesia Open and Australian Open consecutively and all eyes will be on him when he steps on to the court on Wednesday. But the Indian is taking it easy or rather one step at a time.”It’s a new week and new tournament and it will definitely be a tough one for me. In the first round, I really have a tough draw so I am only focussed on doing well in the first round and that’s all,” Srikanth concluded.