Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested this season as the Portuguese superstar helped his team to an opening-night win in Serie A.
The Italian champions started their quest for a 10th consecutive title with a 3-0 victory against Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium in Pirlo’s first competitive match in charge of the club.
New signing Dejan Kulusevski scored on his debut in the 13th minute before veterans Leonardo Bonucci and Ronaldo rounded out the victory in the second half.
When Pirlo was asked how he plans to use Ronaldo — who famously does not like to be on the bench — this season, Pirlo revealed the 35-year-old would be rested at select points during the campaign.
« We are thinking about [how to use Ronaldo] and talked it over, » Pirlo said to Sky Sport Italia post-match.
« He’s not tired yet, as we just started, but when we come up to less important games, we’ll try to give him a rest.
« He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it’s time to rest or to step it up. When he will play depends on him. »
Pirlo made some surprise selections in his first match as manager, with 20-year-old Kulusevski making his starting debut alongside Ronaldo in attack, while loan signing Weston McKennie was parachuted into midfield and Gianluca Frabotta made only his second Serie A appearance.
The Juve legend explained the reasons for his first XI choices, revealing that the team’s limited preparation for the new season meant some players were better prepared to play than others.
« Frabotta had a good game — Alex Sandro picked up an injury, so I chose the Under-23 lad who is training with us very well, » Pirlo said. « I didn’t consider it a risk at all to use him.
« The American (McKennie) arrived having started pre-season training in Germany, so was in better shape than some others. He made a few errors in his passing, but it was the first game, we can forgive him for that.
« It will take time to get all the various ways of playing together. I don’t want to just copy and paste anyone’s ideas, I have my own ideas, and want to adapt from the teams that inspired me.
« We haven’t had much time, as the pre-season started late and then they were away for international duty. We had only one friendly too, but it was a good debut and we’ll keep working on it. »
Juventus’ next fixture will come in Serie A against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on September 27.
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Human trials of the Oxford and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are yet to resume in the US over concerns the jab may cause adverse reactions. Trials of the Oxford vaccine have been paused twice after two participants, both British women, sequentially developed transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that can cause paralysis. The first pause, in July, was not publicly revealed and the trial was restarted after it was determined the volunteer had multiple sclerosis, a condition that can cause the same neurological reaction. The second pause, widely reported two weeks ago, followed the second suspected case of the condition in a volunteer who is said to have been hospitalised but now recovered. Trails of the vaccine have since been restarted in Britain, Brazil, India and South Africa, but are still on pause in the US where the legal and historical context means regulators tend to take a tougher stance. On Saturday, AstraZeneca released further data on its trial protocols, but US experts continued to raise concerns. Dr Peter Jay Hotez, a virologist with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, told the New York Times: “The communication around it has been horrible and unacceptable. This is not how the American people should be hearing about this.” Dr Hotez, whose views were echoed by other US experts, also criticised statements released by UK Government officials, including regulators, who he said had failed to supply a clear rationale for resuming their trials. “Tell us why you came to that decision,” he was reported as saying. In an information sheet for trail volunteers dated September 11, AstraZeneca explains the risks as follows: “Reactions in the nervous system are also extremely rare, but can include an illness called Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which people can develop severe weakness and can be fatal. “In the current trial we have undertaken safety reviews when volunteers in the trials [of the vaccine] developed unexplained neurological symptoms including changed sensation or limb weakness, and have paused the study while a safety review took place. “After independent review, these illnesses were either considered unlikely to be associated with the vaccine or there was insufficient evidence to say for certain that the illnesses were or were not related to the vaccine. “In each of these cases, after considering the information, the independent reviewers recommended that vaccinations should continue”. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the main drugs regulator, has not commented but is reported to be requesting further data on the two adverse reactions from AstraZeneca. On Saturday, following calls for greater transparency, the company released related details about its trial protocols and how it will calculate if the vaccine works. It said its goal is a vaccine with 50 per cent effectiveness, the minimum threshold for FDA approval. To determine it had hit that target with statistical confidence, it would have to record at least 150 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among trial participants. But once 75 cases were recorded, it added, the trial’s safety board would perform an early analysis, perhaps giving it enough data to apply for an early emergency use licence. Concerns around neurological side-effects are especially sensitive in the US. In 1976, an emergency influenza vaccine caused 450 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome and 30 people died after 45 million people were vaccinated. Guillain-Barré syndrome and transverse myelitis are closely related conditions, both causing inflammation of the spinal cord. The fears among experts is that such conditions are relatively rare, with transverse myelitis diagnosed in only about one in 250,000 people a year, making it difficult to spot. Dr Paul Offit, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines, told the New York Times it was unclear how AstraZeneca – or the UK regulators – determined that the second suspected case of transverse myelitis it reported was not related to the vaccine. The trial in Britain involved only about 8,000 volunteers when it was reported. Mark Slifka, a vaccine expert at Oregon Health and Science University, said: “If there are two cases, then this starts to look like a dangerous pattern. If a third case of neurological disease pops up in the vaccine group, then this vaccine may be done.”
One of Nicola Sturgeon’s closest allies has faced a barrage of criticism over a « disgraceful » article stating the deaths of elderly Scots was delivering a “gain” for independence. Angus Robertson, the SNP’s former Westminster leader and deputy leader, said “55,000 predominantly No supporting voters [were] passing away every year”. Combined with more pro-separation young people reaching voting age, he said that had produced a “gain of over 100,000 for independence” since the referendum of 2014. Holyrood’s opposition parties condemned the intervention, highlighting the deaths of thousands of old people in recent months from coronavirus and the threat of a potential second wave. But Mr Robertson, who is planning a political comeback in next May’s Holyrood election, called the criticism « politically motivated » and « manufactured outrage ». He argued the same point about the demography of the Scottish electorate changing had been made the same day by a former head of communications for the Scottish Tories.
SHOTLIST HĀTHAZĀRI, BANGLADESHSEPTEMBER 19, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 1. Extreme wide shot people stand for funeral2. Pan left people walking on highway to attend funeral3. Wide shot armed paramilitary4. Wide shot people walking on road5. Wide shot people standing for funeral ///———————————————————–AFP TEXT STORY: Tens of thousands attend Bangladesh Islamist leader’s funeral =(Picture)= Dhaka, Sept 19, 2020 (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people gathered to mourn the controversial leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist group as his funeral was held on Saturday in a rural southeastern town, police said.Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi, who had led the hardline Hefazat-e-Islam group since it was formed in 2010, died of age-related complications on Friday in the capital Dhaka. He was believed to be over 100 years old.His death came just a day after an unprecedented revolt involving thousands of students at his highly influential madrasa, or Islamic school, forced him to resign after three decades as its chair.Shafi made his mark in national politics when he marched tens of thousands of his followers into central Dhaka in May 2013, demanding harsh blasphemy laws and the execution of atheist bloggers.That rally ended bloodily when police evicted his followers from the capital’s main commercial centre. Around 50 people were killed in clashes with security forces — most of them shot dead — in some of the worst political violence the country had ever seen.Around half a dozen bloggers and secular activists were later hacked to death by Islamist extremists.On Saturday, after Shafi’s body was brought back to his school in Hathazari outside the port city of Chittagong, vast crowds of his followers rushed to the town to pay their respects.Local TV stations aired live footage of people, mostly men in religious dress, packing roads and spaces in and around the school. »Some 150,000 people have already gathered here on the madrasa ground, in the buildings and out on the roads to his funeral prayers, » regional police chief Anwar Hossain told AFP. Shafi’s supporters said the turnout was far higher. – Madrasa revolt – As supreme leader of Hefazat-e-Islam, Shafi oversaw its growth into the South Asian country’s biggest Islamic fundamentalist group with millions of supporters.Bangladesh is 90 percent Muslim and Shafi drew on support from seminaries at the tens of thousands of Islamic schools in the conservative nation of 168 million people.His followers saw him as a key defender of the faith, but to his critics he was known as the « Tamarind Cleric », who wanted to roll back the secular character of modern Bangladesh.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised Shafi’s contribution to the expansion of Islamic education in the country in a statement.Shafi’s unceremonious resignation as head of the madrasa — which is considered the heart of conservative Islam in Bangladesh — took place on Thursday night after a two-day long demonstration at the school.Up to 3,000 madrasa students took part in the revolt, a police spokesman told AFP, which was triggered by the sacking of three madrasa teachers, allegedly orchestrated by Shafi’s powerful son Anas Madani.The students also forced Madani’s sacking from the school.In recent years, relations have improved between Hefazat-e-Islam and the secular government, which agreed to the group’s demands for recognition of madrasa degrees and allowing students from all madrasas to compete for government jobs.sa/kaf/mtp ————————————————————-
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