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Sherwood: Eriksen ‘nowhere near’ De Bruyne

first_imgManchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is on another level compared to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to Tim Sherwood. After setting up both of City’s goals in a controversial 2-2 draw with Spurs on Saturday, the Belgian proved how big of an impact he can have this season for Pep Guardiola’s side. De Bruyne already has three assists to his name this campaign, one more than he managed in the league last season when the 28-year-old was restricted to 19 appearances due to injury.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fit again, the City midfielder appears to be firing on all fronts, with a former Tottenham manager declaring he put a Spurs star in his shadow.  “We talked about Eriksen before the game and how important he is to Tottenham, and we think he’s a world class player, if you’re talking of world class, he’s nowhere near the level of this kid,” Sherwood said on Optus Sport. “This kid Kevin De Bruyne is top, he could play anywhere in the world, he is the most valuable player at this moment in time for Manchester City.  “He pops up everywhere. He’s so important to this side, they won the league last season without him for a large portion, that is a huge plus. “He keeps himself fit, I don’t see anyone stopping him, he is unbelievable.”   De Bruyne set the Premier League alight in the 2017-18 season, bagging eight goals and 16 assists as he guided City to the domestic title. Though City managed to defend their crown without him for large patches last season, Guardiola is in no doubt over just how important the Belgian can be.  “Unfortunately, last season we missed him a lot. We did incredibly well without him, but we are stronger with him,” Guardiola said in July. “Last season he didn’t have a holiday, but he has had more time to rest and he came back like he did two seasons ago. “Hopefully he can keep his level. He’s incredibly positive in his mind and his quality speaks for itself. “He’s a guy who likes to play football. He’s a huge competitor. What we want now is to be calm and not get injuries.” After VAR denied City a winning goal against Tottenham on Saturday, Guardiola’s side will be hoping to bounce back next Sunday when they travel to Bournemouth.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Tamil Nadu opposes restrictions imposed by Sri Lanka

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Palaniswami said the Palk Bay was the historic and traditional fishing area of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and the new legislation of Sri Lanka was “aimed at preventing our fishermen from exercising their traditional fishing rights in the fishing waters” and would deny their fundamental rights conferred by the Indian Constitution. The new Bill passed by the Parliament of Sri Lanka was a “retrograde step” and would “hamper” the joint initiatives taken by both Indian and Sri Lankan government over the fishermen issue and was a “severe setback” to the diplomatic efforts being taken to resolve the issue amicably, Palaniswami contended.“The current inhumane strategy of Government of Sri Lanka has already been inflicting huge pecuniary losses to the fishermen of Tamil Nadu. The new legislation will further aggravate the situation. The move by the Government of Sri Lanka has caused great disquiet and anguish to the fishing community in Tamil Nadu,” he added. Strongly opposing the recent legislation on fishing restriction by Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami asserted the fishing rights of the State in the Palk Bay and further urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protest the legislation and take steps to exempt the Bay from its purview, The Hindu newspaper reported.Recalling efforts from both sides to resolve the fishermen issue, the Chief Minister said that the recent legislation was a “harsh step to undermine the diplomatic efforts” being undertaken by India to sort out the sensitive issue. “It would be fitting for the Government of India to register its strongest disapproval of such move and must organise an effective defence of the rights of our fishermen in the Palk Bay,” he wrote to the Prime Minister. Palaniswami also urged the Prime Minister to direct the Union Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Mission in Sri Lanka to effectively respond to the Sri Lanka legislation by registering strong protest and to further ensure that necessary provisions are made in the new legislation to exempt the Palk Bay from its purview. Sri Lanka on Thursday imposed a ban on the destructive fishing practice of bottom-trawling in their waters and thereby made violators liable for a fine of LKR 50,000 (approximately ₹20,000) and face two years imprisonment. The legislation passed in Sri Lankan Parliament could directly impact fishermen from Tamil Nadu, some of whom engage in bottom-trawling and have often been found drifting into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. read more