Two Local football experts shared mixed views on the Reggae Boyz’s chances against Nicaragua in the second leg of their CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in Manugua, this evening at 8:30.pm.Football analyst and administrator, Clyde Jureidini, believes the Boyz are that much better than their opponent and will get the required two or more goals to see themselves through to the next round.However, former national assistant coach, Bradley Stewart, thought the Boyz got it so wrong first time around that he doubts if they can get it right this time, especially with so many first-choice players out.”I expect they would correct the errors.. and that they come in a more serious frame of mind and start with a lot more urgency at the beginning of the game and put pressure on the opponent, even though they are at home and, hopefully, that pressure should count for the amount of goals we need,” said Jureidini.improvement mandatoryHowever, he warned that there cannot be a repeat of the indiscipline that cost the team in the first leg on Friday.”The disparity (between the teams) was largely in the execution … our discipline and application to the task we should correct. Having lost the first game, we should come out and play much better and with a lot more purpose to get the result,” he added.Stewart, on the other, has his doubts, based on the application in the first game and the fact that more first-choice players might miss this match.”What you call this? Mission Impossible? the veteran coach mused. “For the first game, we weren’t ready psychologically, and we underestimated this team. There were many things that were depressing … and when you make those mistakes at this level, I don’t think you are going to recover,” he assessed more seriously.”Given what has happened to Wes Morgan, (Jobi) McAnuff and (Gareth) McCleary (absent due to club commitments), Gil Barnes can’t play on (astro) turf, and Austin might not play, and if Austin don’t play, our defensive capabilities will be hampered,” he continued.However, he thinks Jamaica are much better and good enough to get the result and advance.”It doesn’t help them (Nicaragua) to play too defensive, as we will create chances, so they have to play cautious. This team is rated 139th, and we are rated 52, so there must be a difference.”But if we get the approach so wrong in the first match, then I am wondering if we can get it right this time around,” he questioned.
Madrid’s slump feels the more entrenched, given they are without a goal in 360 minutes, discounting injury time, and three of their last four matches have ended in defeat.While Barca can point to their riveting win at Wembley over Tottenham, and then a point gained in Valencia, Madrid have endured successive setbacks away to CSKA Moscow and Alaves.They have two home games to clear the fog, and winnable ones too, against Levante in La Liga on Saturday before Viktoria Plzen visit on Tuesday in the Champions League.A pair of victories, and just as importantly, some goals, would earn Lopetegui much-needed breathing space.He is already being asked about his future in the same job he sacrificed Spain and the World Cup for in June.“A coach does not think about this, we are in October,” Lopetegui said after Alaves’ first league win at home to Real Madrid since 1931.“The only positive is we are close to the top of the league, the most important thing now is to recover the injured players and then calmness will come by winning games and scoring goals.”Injuries have certainly not helped. Marcelo and Isco are both expected back against Levante while Gareth Bale has been training again this week, albeit on his own. All three would provide an attacking boost.Karim Benzema is struggling with a hamstring strain but the forward might anyway be less missed.Seven games without a goal have seen calls grow louder for Mariano Diaz to be given a chance and Lopetegui may now be able to oblige, without the unwanted dig at the Frenchman’s confidence.Lopetegui is also right to draw comfort from the table, as Barcelona’s stumbles mean his team are only two points off the top, where Sevilla are the surprise frontrunners.– Barca face table-toppers Sevilla –Barca face Sevilla on Saturday night in an unexpected duel of first and second, where the onus will be on Valverde’s men to make a statement.Sevilla have won four league games on the bounce and, in one of those, thumped Real Madrid 3-0.They also continue a run of blockbuster ties for Barca, which has already included Spurs and Valencia, and will stretch deep into November.After Sevilla, they play at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday and Real Madrid on Sunday. At the start of next month, they face Inter again in Italy, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis.A win this weekend and Barcelona might feel a corner has been turned.Level with the Catalans are Atletico Madrid, whose resurgence after a slow start is already in full swing.“We are the annoying team, that will always come between Barcelona and Real Madrid,” said Antoine Griezmann last week.Atletico visit struggling Villarreal on Saturday, looking to make it eight games unbeaten.The real surprise leaders of the weekend, however, could be Alaves, who were playing in Spanish football’s third tier only five years ago.They will go top, even if only temporarily, with a win away at Celta Vigo on Friday.FixturesFridayCelta Vigo v Alaves (10pm)SaturdayReal Madrid v Levante (2pm), Valencia v Leganes (5:15pm), Villarreal v Atletico Madrid (7:30pm), Barcelona v Sevilla (9:45pm)SundayRayo Vallecano v Getafe (1pm), Eibar v Athletic Bilbao (5:15pm), Huesca v Espanyol (7:30pm), Real Betis v Real Valladolid (9:45pm)MondayReal Sociedad v Girona (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lopetegui’s Real Madrid have failed to score in their last four matches © AFP/File / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Oct 19 – Real Madrid and Barcelona cannot avoid heading into next week’s Clasico under pressure but each have two games to lift the mood at least, ahead of the pivotal clash at the Camp Nou.Eight games into La Liga and both Julen Lopetegui and Ernesto Valverde are feeling the heat, forced to defend poor runs that have seen their teams manage a combined total of two wins from their last 10 games.
The building sustained more than $100,000 in damage, but officials are considering the damage minor because the building was slated for demolition anyway, Markota said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A disabled homeless man spending the night in a vacant building in Van Nuys died early Thursday in a fire that probably began when a candle fell over, officials said. The unidentified man, who had braces on his legs, crawled to a window of the building in the 7000 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, attempting to get away from the flames, but security bars blocked his escape, Battalion Chief Dick Markota said. “We could not get in there to do a rapid search” when firefighters arrived on the scene, Markota said. “We had to fight our way into the building. When we finally knocked the fire down, we realized we had a body there. He was already expired. It’s terrible.” The building has been vacant for months, said Mike Brown, the building’s owner. Brown planned to raze the structure for a new commercial project at the site. “The ironic thing is that we’re expecting to get our final permits (Thursday),” Brown said. The county coroner’s office could not identify the body Thursday. Officials there will try to determine the man’s identity using fingerprints, dental X-rays, body X-rays or DNA, but the process could take weeks, County Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. Firefighters believe transients have been using the vacant building for shelter during cold nights. At least two others were likely in the building when the fire started just after 7 a.m., Markota said, but they scattered before firefighters arrived. More than 90 firefighters fought the blaze, extinguishing the flames in about 30 minutes, Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said. A preliminary investigation shows that the fire likely started with a candle, which could have been knocked over by a person or the wind, Markota said. “This time of year, we have a lot of candle fires,” Markota said.