Reigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Arnett Gardens FC, are planning to keep Waterhouse on the canvas when both teams meet in the secondpreliminary stage at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow.Arnett are currently in third position on 32 points, while Waterhouse are at the bottom on 15 points after 18 games in the 12-team league.With a gap of 17 points, Arnett Gardens have no intention of giving Waterhouse a chance to crawl up from last position.As far as the man in charge of the ‘Junglists’ is concerned, it is simply a case of, ‘when a man is down, keep him down’.”We will try to keep them down as they are a dangerous team,” coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.”In previous games, Waterhouse dominated Arnett. We beat them in the first round and we are looking forward to continue this on Sunday,” added Waite, who guided Arnett to three national titles.Arnett will be without hard-tackling midfielder Renae Lloyd, as well as Damari Deacon due to red cards issued in their encounter against Tivoli Gardens two weeks ago, but Waite remains confident that the team will leave Drewsland with a positive result.”Lloyd will be a loss, but if you notice this season started without Renae Lloyd, the other player (Jason Moore), who will fill the slot had been doing well before Lloyd returned to the team,” the veteran coach noted before sharing his anticipation of the game.”Yes, you always have to look forward to a clash of this magnitude, despite where the teams are in the standings. And, it is always a fierce rivalry. We will not underestimate Waterhouse, although they are having a bad season, so far,” Waite maintained.”In their last game, they scored four goals but gave up the same, so there are loopholes in their defensive system, which we aim to exploit. We (Arnett) have won three games in a row and are aiming at four straight,” he concluded.
France and Uruguay are the two countries Antoine Griezmann holds closest to his heart – making tomorrow’s friendly extra-special for the forward. And the Atletico Madrid star has chosen to mark the occasion with a pair of unique boots honouring both teams. Griezmann’s love affair with Uruguay is well known, the phenomenon having started from his very first days as a professional. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Upon arriving at Real Sociedad as a teenager the player fell under the wing of Carlos Bueno, a journeyman forward who represented the Basques in the 2009-10 season and also appeared 22 times for Uruguay. Bueno helped to instil in the young Griezmann a passion for Montevideo giants Penarol as well as a taste for mate, a tea-like infusion popular in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and parts of Brazil. Griezmann continued to have an affinity for the Celeste even after leaving San Sebastian. The Frenchman struck up a deep, lasting friendship with Uruguay bruiser Diego Godin when the pair joined up at Atletico, with the defender the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter. Griezmann is rarely seen without a mate in hand, while he caught the headlines during France’s 2018 World Cup win when he refused to celebrate scoring against Uruguay. Now, with the stakes rather lower than in that 2-0 quarter-final victory, he will show his love of each nation with an extraordinary gesture of friendship. Paire spéciale pour un match spécial pour moi 🇫🇷🇺🇾 @pumafootball pic.twitter.com/SJXfPXmMRN— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) 19 de noviembre de 2018″A special pair for a special match for me,” the forward declared on Twitter as he published a photo of his new boots, with one featuring a mate decked in the colours of the French flag and the other, the Uruguayan flag. Even the studs are carefully colour-coded to reflect each side, while the design also features a fresh star for France to celebrate their two World Cup triumphs. “I have great respect for them, I had friends and team-mate on the other side. I did not want to celebrate out of respect,” Griezmann had explained during the World Cup when asked about his muted reaction to the goal. The player’s professed admiration of Uruguay, however, has not always been well-received on the other side, with Luis Suarez in particular criticising his posture. “Just so you see that he is not Uruguayan, he is French and scored against us,” the Barcelona striker fired after the match. Before the match Suarez had explained: “However much he says that he is half-Uruguayan, he is French and he does not know what it feels like to be Uruguayan. “He doesn’t know the sacrifices we made to triumph in football with the few of us there are. He has his customs and his Uruguayan accent, but we feel differently.”France and Uruguay will face off on Tuesday in Paris’ Stade de France, with Griezmann and Suarez both likely to lead their countries’ respective attacks.