Gearing Up For Lettuce’s Rage Rocks With Amazing Footage From Last Year’s Show

first_imgIn just a few short weeks, premiere funk group Lettuce will return to one of most storied venues of all time, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, for a true musical celebration that could only be dubbed “Rage Rocks.” With The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel, the funk phenoms will let loose in Colorado on June 10th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Tickets are still available here.It seems like just yesterday that Lettuce joined forces with The Motet at Red Rocks for a glorious night of funk tunes. On June 6th 2015, Lettuce hit the stage, dropping funk bombs left and right on a thoroughly excited crowd. The band brought out tons of their classics, and even called on Nigel Hall to lend his vocals to their instrumental grooves. Check out our full review here.In celebration of the upcoming Red Rocks show, we wanted to throw it back with some footage from last year’s performance. Here are five choice cuts from Red Rocks 2015, sure to get you pumped up for Red Rocks 2016!By Any Shmeeans Necessary > Colorado Love > By Any Shmeeans NecessaryGet GreasyChiefPhyllisMakin’ My Way Back Home w/ Nigel HallAll videos were filmed by Jordan Inglee and mastered by Phil Salvaggio, for the purposes of Lettuce’s Live BitTorrent bundle. Lettuce’s Red Rocks throwdown, “Rage Rocks,” kicks off on June 10th, with support from The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel. Tickets are on sale now and can be found here!Check out last year’s setlist below.Setlist: Lettuce at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/6/15Big Anthem, By Any Shmeeans Necessary > Colorado Love > By Any Shmeeans Necessary, Get Greasy, Chief, Phyllis, Breakout > Relax > Jesus Dre >  Trap > Madison Square, Squadlive > Lettsanity, Lett Zeppelin, Do It Like You Do > Makin’ My Way Back Homelast_img read more

SUP the TUCK: Day 6 & 7

first_imgJune 28, 2018, day 6,7/7 Bryson City is one of my favorite riverside towns. The friendly owners of Bear Hunter Campground welcomed us and we  set up camp on the banks of the Tuckasegee. For 2 days we read and relaxed. In the evenings we walked the mile down the railroad tracks to enjoy  a beer at Bryson City Outdoors and hung out with the eclectic locals and even met the mayor who invited us in for a piece of cake and encouragement.  On our final day we met Ashley and Daniel Hardison camping with their two small children. This energetic young couple  packed up their children for a hike to the Road to Nowhere. This hardcore family impressed us with their energy and enthusiasm for adventure. It is interesting how friendships develop on river trips. John and I met for the first time on the French Broad River in 2015 and have been paddling friends ever since. Our bantering and teasing reached a pinnacle just before we broke down camp. I turned on my iphone video and lampooned his “fancy flying cocoon tent” contrasting it with my  “humble common man’s tarp”. Our plan was to stay on the outskirts of Bryson City and retain our expeditionary mindset. There was a smooth campsite with a fire pit on river right. Securing the boats we investigated to see if this was a public campsite. As I walked out the trail from the river a cloud of dust bore down on me. I stopped and was  confronted by a wild-eyed angry woman driving a car (like the ones embedded in the riverbank!) with a small disheveled girl in the back seat. She hissed at me ”git outa here” and drove straight for John who was walking out to greet her with his usual smile and friendly wave. I whispered a silent prayer as she slammed on the brakes, skidded in the dirt and gave John an earful. Not given time for apologies we hightailed it back to the river.   The river slowly changes from wild and scenic to something akin to a back-street alley. First a giant party barn with crazy graffiti and strange colorful objects dangling from the rafters. Then a long section of stilted homes with interconnected decks reminiscent of a Bangkok fishing village. The final shock is the Automotive Riverbank Preservation Wall, a 1960’s decision to embed the riverbank with stacked cars to prevent erosion. I paddle  up to the bank and take a photo of a 1950’s car ornament set against a teal hood as John hollers “let’s get out of here!” Paddling down the final shoals we reached the expansion of Lake Fontana. This lake was not here before the Fontana dam was built in 1942. The Tuckasegee River once flowed directly into the native Little Tennessee River.  It is important to remember these historic facts when adventuring.  We encountered a fishing boat with two men, a child and a whining dog with a treble hook stuck in his snout. John is an emergency helicopter flight nurse and I am a hand surgeon so we had the skills to properly remove the hook. John quickly outpaced me in his faster kayak as we paddled several miles of flatwater in the fog and rain to backcountry campsite #2.  Soaking wet and exhausted we made a fire, set up camp and celebrated the completion of our adventure. Floating downstream,  John and I talked about this threatening encounter. We agreed  that in all our years of solo paddling this disturbed human scared us more than wild animals, poisonous snakes and hungry alligators! last_img read more

How to strike the right note and help business owners now

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackie Philpot Jackie has been in the financial services industry for over 35 years with a primary focus on the credit union market. Jackie oversees the operational and strategic direction of Securian’… Web: securian.com/financial-institutions Details Credit unions are eager to provide the SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program loans to qualified business owners. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act, the program is meant to provide relief to small businesses in the wake of the pandemic.Unfortunately, many credit unions are having to spend valuable time seeking guidance to interpret the final interim rule published April 9, 2020 by the Small Business Administration (SBA) – before they can implement the program.Answers to several questions can get credit unions started on understanding the fundamentals of the PPP program and get back to what they do best – helping their members.What is the Payment Protection Program (PPP)?The PPP is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. It is intended to provide small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans.Who is eligible to lend under the PPP loan program?  All existing SBA-certified lenders have been given automatic delegated authority to process PPP loans. All federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit unions, and Farm Credit System institutions that are not currently SBA-certified lenders are also eligible to apply to participate in this program.Additional information regarding lending eligibility and requirements can be found here.Is the SBA providing credit unions with necessary loan documentation including commercial and business promissory notes?The SBA website is providing access to a model loan application.  However, for a promissory note, the SBA is only directing lenders to its template 7(a) loan note located on its website. However, the note does not include revisions to accommodate the unique aspects of the PPP. Lenders should seek their own legal guidance to make sure the documents meet PPP guidelines and the lender’s needs.Can credit unions use their own commercial loan agreements and promissory notes? If yes, how can credit unions get started?Yes; under current SBA guidance, credit unions can use their own documents. This is the perfect time to seek guidance from your loan forms provider. They can work with you and your legal counsel to develop a promissory note that meets current PPP guidelines and reflects program parametersHow are loan form providers preparing to help credit unions implement the PPP?Loan form providers are in a great position to customize PPP commercial and business promissory notes to incorporate the changes you and your counsel feel are needed. They can start with their standard commercial and business closed-end notes or the SBA 7(a) note, or a combination thereof. Then, incorporate loan attributes of the PPP as promulgated by the SBA.Is it possible for loan form providers to guarantee compliance of a PPP promissory note?Yes; loan form providers can guarantee compliance of the content of the PPP related note with the appropriate loan attributes as they exist according to the SBA interim final rule. However, loan form providers should not be expected to simultaneously guarantee documents fulfill all non-PPP related SBA requirements credit unions are required to follow as a SBA or non-SBA lender.These are challenging times for credit unions and their members. And there are many factors to weigh and consider when jumping in to help members take advantage of PPP loans. Credit unions should seek help from their lending document vendor and review all new and existing documents with their own legal counsel.Contact us for a consultative session to determine what documentation you will need to close these PPP loans.last_img read more

Former Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao reveals the truth over Arsene Wenger’s move for Lionel Messi

first_imgFormer Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao reveals the truth over Arsene Wenger’s move for Lionel Messi Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 16 Sep 2020 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Messi held talks over a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘We were there or thereabouts and discussions took place with his representatives. He had issues with a work permit, so that was discarded.’Cagigao, who spent 24 years at Arsenal before leaving the club last month, also described former Gunners star Santi Cazorla as ‘one of the most talented players’ he has seen.Cazorla spent six years at Arsenal – helping Wenger win two FA Cups – but injures plagued his spell in north London.‘I think he is one of the most talented footballers I’ve ever seen, Cagigao added.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You would watch Cazorla in training taking set-pieces with his left foot and right foot and not know which was his stronger.‘He is really an exceptional figurehead and someone who young players can really look to. There were doubts about Santi.‘People would say he’s so small, he’s not the quickest, he’s not strong, but he has an exceptional football brain, exceptional technique and he’s a winner.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lyon chief Juninho responds to Houssem Aouar to Arsenal transfer rumoursMORE: Emiliano Martinez confirms Arsenal exit with emotional message to club and fans Arsene Wenger wanted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Francis Cagigao admits talks were held over a move for Lionel Messi but says the deal was not as close as Arsene Wenger has suggested.The Gunners expressed interest in signing Messi back in 2003 when he was still in the Barcelona academy.Their move ultimately collapsed due to ‘work permit’ issues, however, and Messi went on to become Barcelona’s greatest player and one of the most decorated players in history.The Argentine legend – who confirmed earlier in the month he will remain at Barca despite handing in a transfer request – has scored 634 goals in 731 appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMessi has also won ten La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and the Ballon d’Or award five times.Wenger has claimed Arsenal were ‘close’ to signing Messi and while former scout Cagigao says that is a slight exaggeration, he admits talks were held.‘I think Arsene stated while manager that we were close to signing Messi [in 2003]. I wouldn’t go as far as saying we were close,’ he told BBC Sport. Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Wilson hat-trick earns Cherries win

first_img Having played well in their opening two league games and having nothing to show for it, Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe kept faith in the team that lost at Liverpool and they were the better side here and fully deserved their 4-3 win. Darren Randolph replaced the suspended Adrian in goal for the hosts and much was made of the fact he had shipped 16 goals in his last three games against the Cherries. Callum Wilson scored a memorable hat-trick as Bournemouth picked up their first-ever Premier League victory in style at the expense of 10-man West Ham. But the fact he was named West Ham’s official man of the match speaks volumes for how badly the rest of his team-mates performed as Aaron Cresswell presented the visitors with their opening two goals and Carl Jenkinson became the fifth West Ham player to be sent off this season. Wilson struck twice in the first-half with the Hammers all over the place but an early charge after the interval saw Slaven Bilic’s side pull level through a Mark Noble penalty and a Cheikhou Kouyate goal. Any hopes of a remarkable turn around were ended when substitute Marc Pugh put Bournemouth back in front, with Wilson completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Jenkinson had been dismissed for pulling back Max Gradel. West Ham got one back through substitute Modibo Maiga but no late onslaught arrived and Bournemouth collected their first three points of the campaign. Winston Reid had the ball in the net after six minutes but the New Zealand defender saw his goal chalked off for an obvious push on Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick. But the visitors snaffled away their first chance of the game as Simon Francis caught Cresswell in possession before cutting back for Wilson to thrash home his first Premier League goal. A first-half drinks break did not help West Ham get a foothold in the game and failed to clear Cresswell’s mind as, under no pressure, last season’s player of the year inexplicably gifted possession to Wilson inside the Hammers’ penalty area and the 23-year-old coolly added his second. Gradel should have added the third goal in first-half stoppage time but saw his effort saved well by Randolph after Wilson had easily escaped the attention of early substitute James Tomkins to set him free. Matt Jarvis came on at half-time for ineffective skipper Kevin Nolan and it was the man who took the armband who got the Hammers back into the game as they turned up the heat after the interval. Noble was tripped inside the box by King after Payet’s initial free-kick had been punched into the air by Artur Boruc and he dusted himself off to convert the resulting penalty. West Ham were level seven minutes later as Diafra Sakho’s turn and shot was palmed out by Boruc, with Kouyate on hand to turn home the rebound and level the contest. Pugh showed that the visitors still had designs on taking all three points but his stinging drive was met by another smart stop from Randolph but the former Birmingham stopper could do nothing moments later as Pugh made up the ground to latch onto Gradel’s pass and dodge two challenges before curling home. Things went from bad to worse for the Hammers as Jenkinson was beaten to a long ball by Gradel and then pulled the tricky winger back inside the box, conceding a penalty and a red card as a result. Wilson stepped up to complete his hat-trick, with his penalty just evading the sprawling Randolph – but the points were still not sealed as Maiga reduced the arrears with a good solo effort. That proved to be the last goal of a breathless encounter as Bournemouth saw out six minutes of added time to seal an historic win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “BREAKING: West Ham in talks to sell Olympic stadium to Leyton Orient!” – Craig Burley makes light of West Ham’s struggle. https://twitter.com/CBurleyESPN/status/635102533585895424 PLAYER RATINGS West Ham – Darren Randolph: 7 (Out of 10) Carl Jenkinson: 3 Angelo Ogbonna: 5 Winston Reid: 5 Aaron Cresswell: 3 Pedro Obiang: 5 Mark Noble: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 5 Dimitri Payet: 5 Kevin Nolan: 5 Diafra Sakho: 6 Subs – James Tomkins: 5 Matt Jarvis: 5 Modibo Maiga: 7 Bournemouth – Artur Boruc: 6 Simon Francis: 8 Steve Cook: 7 Tommy Elphick: 7 Charlie Daniels: 7 Matt Ritchie: 6 Eunan O’Kane: 6 Andrew Surman: 6 Max Gradel: 8 Joshua King: 6 Callum Wilson: 9 Subs – Marc Pugh: 7 Dan Gosling: 6 Adam Smith: 5 STAR PLAYER Callum Wilson: Easy to pick the hat-trick hero as Bournemouth’s best player but he was run close. Gradel was also superb down the left for the visitors but, if they are to stay up, it will be the goals of Wilson that likely make the difference. Took his first two with aplomb and had the confidence to step up for what proved to be the match-winning penalty. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Callum Wilson: The Cherries’ top goalscorer from their promotion season showed he can cut the mustard in the Premier League as he thrashed home the game’s opening goal. Francis cut it back and the 23-year-old was on hand to score Bournemouth’s first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Two home matches and two home defeats for Bilic, the opening weekend victory over Arsenal must seem a long time ago. He also upset the fans by hauling off Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho as he looked to alter things. Howe sees his side pick up their first points having impressed in their first two games. MOAN OF THE MATCH In amongst seven goals, comical defending and entertaining football, West Ham picked up their fifth red card of the campaign as Jenkinson was given his marching orders for pulling back Gradel. Having been well-behaved enough to get into the Europa League, they have no chance of doing that this time – small solace for Bilic at least. WHO’S UP NEXT Liverpool v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday August 29) Hartlepool v Bournemouth (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsenal, Tottenham Divide London Fans

first_imgArsenal will host Tottenham Hotspurs this afternoon at the Emirate Stadium in one of the most competitive derby in English football. For both teams, it is more than three points that is at stake as bragging rights is cherished by their fans. The Lilly White would want to continue the scintillating form so far this season while the Gunners would be craving to recover from the 3-1 loss to league leaders-Manchester City before the international break. The neutrals are in for a match to be enjoyedThe 184th North London Derby is soon upon us, and both Arsenal and Spurs will want to leave a mark on the other as they go head to head today. A win is a must for either side and yet neither may emerge victorious.Recent trends have seen four draws in six games between the London clubs, and two victories for Spurs. However, Arsenal will look to set the record straight after finishing below Tottenham for the first time in 20 years last season.The Gunners side barely look shaken by that fact and it simply is because they aren’t. Petr Cech’s recent interview stating that “Spurs have been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression“, shows his position on the supposed ‘change of guard’.And it is banter like this that kicks off the week before any North London Derby. Years of dislike have made both sides capable enough to dish it out when needed. Sadly for Arsenal, the dishing out has not been happening much on the pitch recently.A decent draw against Chelsea was followed by dire first half vs Manchester City. The Gunners’ ‘Big 6’ record has been erratic of late and they need to make sure that the fans are not demoralized after today.This is best occasion to keep the unbeaten home run going and give the fans a passionate showing against Spurs.Of course, a passionate showing might not be as easy as it sounds given the presence of Mike Dean at the Emirates.Arsene Wenger’s comments last week about the referee at the Etihad have clearly not gone well with the FA. The appointment of the single most hated official for the Gunners surely is one way of punishing the manager.Meanwhile, Wenger has dismissed the idea that Arsenal are underdogs for today’s north London derby against Tottenham.The Gunners finished behind their huge rivals last season for the first time since Wenger took charge in 1996 and are four points adrift of third-placed Spurs already this term.But Wenger denied the tide had turned to the extent that he considered his side the underdogs for the eagerly-awaited derby at the Emirates.“Not at all. I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show,” said the Arsenal manager.Wenger has a superb record in the north London derby and agreed that it is a fixture he always looks forward to.“There is always pride involved, a desire to beat your opponent,” he said.“You need to have full commitment, but as well be lucid enough and calm enough to focus on the game. It is one of the fixtures of course that is very important for us and that you want to win. Basically as well, in the table, we have to make some ground up with the top teams.“At home we have been very strong and our home strength will certainly be vital to decide where we finish at the end of the season.”Wenger said defender Shkodran Mustafi and forward Danny Welbeck will have fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s game.But French striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to be available after picking up a thigh strain while on international duty.Meanwhile, Manchester United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford this evening hoping to get their title charge back on track.United sit second in the table, but are eight points behind the leaders Man City after losing to Chelsea 1-0 before the international break. Newcastle meanwhile are in 11th place, nine points off United.Jose Mourinho’s injury worries are beginning to thin out, but there are still various big stars unavailable. Phil Jones is the latest to suffer a knock and is a doubt, while the game will probably come too soon for Paul Pogba to return in time for. Carrick, Ibrahimovic and Rojo remain unavailable.Newcastle could be without Jamaal Lascelles, who has sustained an ankle injury, and will almost certainly be without Atsu, Dummett and Merino.Manchester United have won 22 and lost just one of their last 32 league games against Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Newcastle have lost 84 matches in all competitions against the Red Devils, more than versus any other side in their history.However, Jose Mourinho’s side have lost two of their last three games in the Premier League, as many as in the previous 37 combined. But at Old Trafford, Man Utd are unbeaten in 22 Premier League games, winning the last six in a row without conceding.Benitez has won four of his 13 previous Premier League matches against Man Utd as manager – only Arsene Wenger, Gerard Houllier and Jose Mourinho have won more against the Red Devils in the PL.Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in nine goals in eight Premier League appearances against Newcastle United (five goals, four assists).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lack of offense dooms Wisconsin

first_imgJunior forward Jon Leuer tied for the team lead with 14 points against Illinois, but scored just three in the second half of the loss.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — The Wisconsin basketball team forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Illinois’ two and showed poise coming back in the final minutes befitting their senior leadership.And none of it matters if you can’t hit shots.Wisconsin fell 58-54 at the hands of the Fighting Illini in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup almost solely because the Badgers failed to put the ball in the basket.Sounds like an oversimplified explanation? With statistics this appalling, it is not that hard to argue.UW missed 27-of-33 field goal attempts in the first half (18.2 percent shooting), hit merely 28.6 percent for the game, started the second half with a five-and-a-half minute scoreless stretch and only scored eight points in the second frame’s first 10 minutes.Making matters worse, the Badgers played virtually turnover free, only giving the ball away five times. They simply missed too many shots.“You know, we were getting some decent looks and they just weren’t falling,” UW junior Jon Leuer said. “But we had to work a little harder to finish inside. Obviously we missed some bunnies, but for the most part we were getting good shots. It was just a matter of us finishing.”While certainly not the only culprit, Trevon Hughes’ inability to finish in the lane may have been the most damaging.The senior guard finished the contest with a respectable 14 points, but shot only four-of-16 from the field and missed all six of his two-point attempts.Four times Hughes found the lane and four times the senior left the layup attempts short.“How many shots did he miss around the basket?” Ryan asked after the game. “A couple times he could have pump faked, could have been at the free-throw line for a few more… but he didn’t. I think he was expecting some contact. He didn’t get it.”Still, despite the Arctic cold shooting, UW had a chance to tie the game with 26 seconds left on the strength of a harassing defense and sheer will.So could the Badgers have pulled the game out even with grade-school shooting percentages?According to Ryan, absolutely — as long as they were given a little free help.“When you’re in a game like that where you’re not hitting shots, you need 20-plus free throws, and you need to turn the ball over anywhere between five and nine times,” Ryan said. “We lost by four, and you look at the two statistics that I just gave you, the five to nine we took care of. We didn’t get to the line enough (8-for-14).”Tisdale explodesD?j? freaking vu.As Wisconsin fell to Illinois in the two teams’ first matchup at the Kohl Center, the Illini exploited the matchup problem of a sweet shooting big man by finding 7-foot forward Mike Tisdale early and often for midrange jumpers.One month later, nothing had changed.The formula is a simple one. First team all-Big Ten guard Demetri McCamey starts with the ball at the wing and, using Tisdale for a pick, drives middle toward the lane. Tisdale pops out and waits for McCamey to draw the defense in far enough, before finding himself open for an 18-foot jumper.At the Kohl Center, Tisdale finished the game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. This time around it was 21 points on 8-for-10 from the floor.“We gave him too easy of looks and let him get comfortable. He just got on a roll, and he’s a good player,” Leuer said. “He knocked out some shots. Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat when a guy can do that.”last_img read more

Zidane jumps at chance to rekindle Real Madrid love affair

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid´s newly appointed French coach Zinedine Zidane © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane said he never had any doubts about returning to Real Madrid after he replaced the sacked Santiago Solari as coach on Monday.“When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.” Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.Zinedine Zidane with his wife Veronique and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ( © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much,” Zidane said.“I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.”Zidane inherits a squad that has evolved even in the short time he has been away, with Cristiano Ronaldo gone and the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior and Sergio Reguilon all enjoying greater prominence this season.The challenge will be for Zidane to oversee a period of change in the summer, when older players could be replaced and younger talents brought through.“I do not want to forget what we won but I also do not forget all the things we did badly last year,” Zidane said.“We lost in the league and cup, we won the Champions League, fine, but I know where I am.“We will change things, for sure, for the years to come. But now is not about that – the important thing is I am back. We will have time to talk with the president, with the club, about what we can do.”— Bale question —Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which Sergio Ramos has argued with the club’s president Florentino Perez and been involved in a spat with Marcelo.Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale is under p[ressure at Real © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOGareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final.Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.Instead it was Ronaldo that departed and Zidane now takes over a team missing the Portuguese’s goals and in need of reform.On the possibility of Ronaldo following him back to Madrid, Zidane said: “That is not the issue for today. We have 11 games to play, then we will see. We all know Cristiano, his history at this club is one of the best. But today is not for talking about these things.”Despite Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League, there is ground to make up in La Liga, where Barcelona are on course to seal their eighth league title in 11 years.Madrid sit 12 points adrift of them in the table despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, which proved to be Solari’s final game in charge.Familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the league and cup, and humiliation by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.“I do not blame anybody,” Zidane added. “(Julen) Lopetegui and Solari wanted to do the best for the club. It went how it went. The only thing now is to look forward.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more