Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 20th 2015 Contents 'The way our guys are fielding, they are carrying excess weight and
we are in shambles' - Jerome Jayaratne. AFP PHOTO
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt September 20, 2015
BERLIN---Sebastian Rode scored
one goal and set up another as Bay-
ern Munich moved provisionally
top of the Bundesliga with a 3-0
win at promoted Darmstadt yes-
Arturo Vidal fired in off the right
post from 25 metres (yards) to open
the scoring in the 20th minute. It
proved to be the only goal scored in
the first half across five concurrent
games in the Bundesliga.
Rode set up Kingsley Coman in
the 62nd for the French forward s
first goal for Bayern on his first league
start, and then sealed the result a
minute later at the second attempt
after his first hit the post.
Previously unbeaten Darmstadt,
the side with the fewest resources
in the league, went close to equalising
in the first half against the Bundesliga
giants when Dominik Stroh-Engel
shot straight at Manuel Neuer and
Marcel Heller hit the side netting.
"The most normal thing in the
world happened, Bayern won 3-0
in Darmstadt," said the home team s
coach, Dirk Schuster.
Javi Martinez came on for Vidal
in the 66th to return after a serious
left knee injury from as far back as
"I m very happy for Javi, I missed
him," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola
said. "I m also very satisfied with
(Joshua) Kimmich and Rode. Both
deserve more playing time."
Bayern moved three points clear
of Borussia Dortmund with its fifth
win from five games. Dortmund,
which had been leading on goal dif-
ference after four wins, hosts Bayer
Leverkusen on Sunday.
Anthony Modeste s 64th-minute
header was enough for Cologne to
defeat visiting Borussia
Moenchengladbach 1-0 in the Rhine
derby, condemning Lucien Favre s
side to its fifth consecutive defeat
to start the season.
"The players are having fun in the
changing rooms. They know they ve
won an important game," Cologne
coach Peter Stoeger said.
Elsewhere, Bas Dost scored twice
for Wolfsburg to beat Hertha Berlin
2-0 and reclaim third place.
The Dutch striker scored in the
76th, five minutes after coming on
as a substitute, and he sealed the
result from the penalty spot in the
89th after Fabian Lustenberger was
adjudged to have brought down
"I m happy for the team that Bas
Dost scored two goals. But the way
he carried on the last three days like
somebody took his toy away is not
on. It was egotism," Wolfsburg coach
Dieter Hecking said of Dost s annoy-
ance to be starting on the bench.
Promoted Ingolstadt claimed an
unlikely 1-0 win at Werder Bremen
thanks to an injury-time penalty
from Moritz Hartmann. Assani
Lukimya conceded the spot kick as
Ingolstadt moved fifth with its third
consecutive away win.
There was still time for Bremen
midfielder Philipp Bargfrede to earn
a straight red card for a wild and
Hamburger SV s game with Ein-
tracht Frankfurt ended scoreless as
both sides consolidated their mid-
"A very intensive game, also for
the fans, even though there were no
goals," Hamburg coach Bruno Lab-
Europa League participants Dort-
mund, Schalke and Augsburg will
all play today. Schalke visits Stuttgart
and Augsburg was hosting Hannover.
...Bayern beats Darmstadt 3-0
away to go top in Bundesliga
centre, holds back
who had been
shown a red card
for a second clash
Diego Costa after
during the English
and Arsenal at
Chelsea won the
LONDON---The London derby
witnessed two red cards and two
scorers. And yet Chelsea s 2-0
victory over Arsenal seemed to
be all about a fifth player: Diego
Just how the Chelsea striker
stayed on the field after swiping
at Laurent Koscielny s face and
then body-slamming the defender
to the field enraged Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger.
"He will do the same next week
and the week after and he always
gets away with it," Wenger said.
"It s always provocation and he
uses well the naivety of Mike Dean."
The verdict from Chelsea man-
ager Jose Mourinho on Costa was
more succinct: "Always in con-
While Costa s cynical tactics only
resulted in a yellow card, the only
players sent off were in the red of
As the rancor spread at Stamford
Bridge, Costa goaded Arsenal
defender Gabriel Paulista, who
retaliated by flicking a kick at the
striker just before half time.
That was before a goal had been
scored. Chelsea s opener came eight
minutes after the break through
Kurt Zouma s header.
Any hope of an Arsenal come-
back appear to be evaporate in the
79th minute when Santi Cazorla
was dismissed for a late sliding
tackle on Cesc Fabregas.
Eden Hazard completed only the
second victory of Chelsea s six-
game old title defense in stoppage
time with a deflected shot.
Mourinho maintained his
unbeaten record against Wenger
in a 14th competitive game and
Chelsea finally started climbing up
the fledgling Premier League.
Chelsea was still eight points
from the summit before leader
Manchester City hosted West Ham
in the last game. And Leicester has
the second-highest points tally
after a rapid transformation from
last season s relegation-battling
It took a second-half fightback
at Stoke for Leicester to stay
unbeaten, with Riyad Mahrez s
penalty and Jamie Vardy s strike
recovering a 2-2 draw.
"It s unbelievable for the fourth
time in a row we come back (after
conceding)," manager Claudio
It left Stoke winless like New-
castle and Sunderland, with the
north-east strugglers both losing
to newcomers to stay on two
Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie
scored in the opening nine minutes
to give Bournemouth a 2-0 win
over Sunderland. Watford won 2-
1 at Newcastle with Odion Ighalo
taking advantage of poor defending
to score twice in the opening 28
"No one said this job was going
to be easy and we didn t think it
would be," Newcastle manager
Steve McClaren said. "It s a tough
job ... it s very difficult to turn
things round in two and a half
At Villa Park, Saido Berahino
scored his first goal for West
Bromwich Albion since threatening
to go on strike after a failed move
to Tottenham as his team beat city
rival Aston Villa 1-0.
There was only one goalless
game on Saturday, with Everton
striker Romelu Lukaku wasting a
number of chances at Swansea.
Costa's actions anger Arsenal
as Chelsea wins London derby
Sri Lanka interim head coach Jerome
Jayaratne has slammed the team s
fielding standards, describing it as "the
worst in Asia."
"We are now the worst fielding side
in Asia, we were never behind Pakistan
but now we have gone behind them,"
Jayaratne told The Nation. "India proved
that they were better than us and even
Bangladesh are fielding better than us."
Jayaratne, who was appointed in the
stopgap role earlier this month following
Marvan Atapattu s resignation, was
equally critical of Sri Lanka s perform-
ance in other departments. He cited
below-par fitness levels as the chief
cause of the team s problems.
"Other than the bowling which is
holding the team together, the batting,
fielding and fitness has let us down,"
Jayaratne said. "It s a lot to do with the
fitness levels. The way our guys are
fielding they are carrying excess weight
and we are in shambles."
Jayaratne, however, was confident
these issues would be addressed by Eng-
lish trainer Michael Main, who has been
hired for two years by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Main, Jayaratne said, had laid down
specific targets to be achieved by players
in a particular time frame, failing which
"they are going to be in trouble."
"Michael gave us a mind blowing
presentation and showed where we are
and where we need to get to," he said.
"What he tried to do in the first three
months is he didn t try to turn things
around but observed everything. Now
he has decided how he is going to take
this forward and at the presentation he
was given a full green light to go ahead
in whatever he wants to do.
"I have a very strong belief if we give
Michael about four to six months he
can turn things around. He has got the
players to sign documents like signing
a contract that they need to reach desired
targets in particular time duration oth-
erwise they are going to be in trouble.
"He has assessed them and given
them time targets, some they cannot
do before the West Indies series but
definitely you can see the boys are work-
ing towards that. Everybody s got indi-
vidual programs and targets and they
have taken it seriously."
While Jayaratne has been involved
extensively with cricket in Sri Lanka,
this is his first stint as coach of the
senior team. He said he was surprised
when SLC interim committee chairman
Sidath Wettimuny had asked him to
"I was asked to stand in as stopgap
coach for an interim period until they
found a coach from overseas," Jayaratne
said. "I wouldn t have said yes if I wasn t
up to it."
Sri Lanka the worst fielding side in Asia---Jayaratne
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