Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: I feel same pressure as Jurgen Klopp

first_img Press Association Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds’ disappointing start to the season. The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four. Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure. “Can he win one title in four years? I don’t know. It’s a question for other people, not me,” the Argentinian said. “I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It’s like us at Tottenham – there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no? “I think it’s very good for the Premier League that he comes here. “He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best – after Saturday.” Pochettino led Southampton to eighth in his first full campaign in England, which equalled the club’s highest league finish since 1990. Southampton’s players quickly adopted Pochettino’s high-pressing style and he believes Klopp can make a similarly swift impact at Anfield. “Convince the players they believe in your philosophy and your ideas – that’s the first important thing,” Pochettino said. “Then you need to know the culture, the different mentality, the different football in England. “When you are a manager like Klopp and you have the capacity to manage in the Champions League final, you have the skill to adapt your ideas to the new culture.” center_img Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant, Lakers coach Byron Scott will discuss minutes, workload

first_imgThere aren’t easy answers. Imagine how the NBA will feel if Bryant rests when the Lakers play Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game.Imagine how Lakers fans might feel if Bryant misses any games at Staples Center.“At home, it impacts my decision because he knows how he wants to play in front of the fans,” Scott said. “I know how much the fans would love to see him.”Yet, Scott stressed his decision will address a more important variable.“I have to look out for Kobe to make sure I make it through this season without killing him,” Scott said of Bryant. “There might be some decisions I make that he won’t be real happy with. I’ll have to live with that.”Scott had talked leading up to training camp about conserving the 36-year-old Bryant after he played only six games last season amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. But Bryant’s workload still seems heavy.In recent weeks, Bryant has taken over point-guard duties because of inconsistent play from Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price. After skipping practices and morning shootarounds, Bryant has participated in recent practices in hopes of helping team chemistry.Meanwhile, Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game on a career-low 37.2 percent from the field.“That’s probably the hardest part, to take that workload off of him. From a mental standpoint when the game is going, he feels like he can get it done,” Scott said. “The most part he can, but when you’re playing four games in six nights, your body is saying you can’t.”Scott has mostly defended Bryant’s high-volume shooting by citing his past success, his aggressiveness and his teammates’ inconsistency. Despite Bryant’s high-volume shooting against Sacramento, Scott argued that Bryant’s nine turnovers showed he still tried to facilitate.On Monday, Scott pinned the fault on Bryant and his teammates.“He thinks his teammates are not getting it done. I told him, ‘I think at times you have to let them fail, just like you’re going to let them succeed. You have to give them a chance,’” Scott said. “We talk after games where he apologizes. But his will and desire to win is so great that he forgets about everything else.”As for Bryant’s teammates?“Be a little bit more aggressive,” Scott said. “If you sit back and allow him and say, ‘Here, Kobe. Here is the ball,’ he’s not going to have that faith in those guys. Say, ‘When you’re double-teamed, throw it to me. I got it.’ That confidence goes a long way.”Yet, Scott hardly sounded confident about his own plan that will entail maximizing Bryant’s talent without overburdening his body.“All of this is new to both of us,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of things we need to talk about in the next day or so.” Lakers coach Byron Scott spent one hour on the team plane thinking about it. He spent some time with Kobe Bryant talking about it. And Scott spent all night sleeping on it.Yet, Scott has not outlined a clear solution on how he will manage Bryant’s playing time and workload amid his recent struggles with fatigue and shooting accuracy.Even more pressing: Will Scott actually sit Bryant out for a game?“It is difficult because I want him out there. I know how much he wants to be out there as well,” Scott said Monday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “But he’s in agreement with however I want to do with him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Scott said he remains undecided whether Bryant will play when the Lakers (8-19) host the Golden State Warriors (22-3) on Tuesday at Staples Center. After giving Bryant the day off from Monday’s practice, Scott said he plans to have more conversations with him.Scott also insisted he will have veto power over Bryant and joked he would ask Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to intervene if necessary.“We’ll formulate a plan that suits him so when he is on the court, he can go out and play at full strength,” Scott said. “He’s such a competitor that he tries to will his way through it no matter how his body feels. I want him to get to the point where his body feels a lot better than it does right now.”Bryant posted 25 points on 8-of-30 shooting and nine turnovers in 38 minutes in Sunday’s loss against Sacramento, marking a five-game stretch where he has shot 29.2 percent from the field. Bryant did not speak to reporters Monday, but he sounded amenable toward resting. Yet, what that plan entails appears open ended.Although Bryant has averaged 35.5 minutes per game, Scott suggested the Lakers star will no longer surpass 38 minutes. Scott also might sit Bryant on the second night of back-to-backs, such as when the Lakers visit Dallas on Friday.last_img read more

Caterpillars contort their bodies to look like bird poop

first_imgHow to ward off hungry birds if you’re a tasty caterpillar? Try to look like something really distasteful: bird poop. Some caterpillars are masters of disguise, fine-tuning their poo mimicry with a grab bag of tricks—using color, pattern, choice of resting place, and, sometimes, contorting their bodies to match the squiggly shape of bird droppings. In a paper published online this month in Animal Behaviour, scientists used artificial edible caterpillars created from pastry dough to see if a bent shape made birds less likely to gobble them up. The replicas resembled moth larvae Apochima juglansiaria, shown above, and Macrauzata maxima, both of which masquerade as bird droppings. They pinned the models on cherry trees, the natural habitat of moth larvae, bending some into squiggles while keeping others straight. Birds attacked the bent ones almost three times less often than the straight ones. When the researchers performed the same experiment with green caterpillars that do not mimic bird droppings, there was no difference in attack rate between the bent and unbent models. This is the first experimental demonstration of how posture can help caterpillars masquerade as inedible objects.last_img read more