Chelsea revolution or evolution? Jury remains out on Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was announced as new Chelsea manager at the start of this monthNew Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is time barred. His protracted recruitment from Napoli was only formalised less than a month to the FA Cup winners’ Premier League opener away to Huddersfield Town.The scant time available for the 59-year-old Italian to implement his philosophy makes him a bookmakers candidate for early dismissal by club owner Roman Abramovich, whose zero tolerance for failure is legendary.Enter Sarri. The chain smoking former banker is the antithesis to the intense Antonio Conte, who memorably won a the Premier League title in his first season.Sarri is a purist. Conte is a pragmatist. Sarri is a football philosopher in the mould of Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola. Conte is the practical football alchemist driven by results. And perhaps most importantly, Sarri is a trialist, albeit an experienced one, and Conte is a serial winner.Football’s cognoscenti is split by the Russian’s approach to club ownership. Abramovich’s hire and fire modus operandi has made Chelsea the most successful English club (in terms of trophies won) during his era. But the billionaire remains restless.15 years after he prized the West London club from long-time owner Ken Bates, Abramovich is yet to witness the champagne football that gets his pulses racing.In his first press conference, Sarri, whose Napoli side twice finished second behind perennial Serie A champions Juventus, said he intends to have fun at Stamford Bridge.I think he wants to project an image of calm in order for his players to perform with the Guardiolesque freedom we witnessed from Manchester City last season.His approach will hence be a marked departure from Conte who pushed some of his players – David Luiz, Willian and Thibaut Courtois into near mutiny.In Chelsea’s first pre season game at Perth Glory, Sarri paired Cesc Fabregas with £50m acquisition Jorginho in a 4-2-3-1 system, the same formation with which he won plaudits at Napoli. Fans of the West London club can therefore immediately forget about Conte’s title winning 3-5-2.By fielding teenage defender Nathan Ampadu with David Luiz in central defence ahead of Tomas Kalas who won promotion on loan at neighbours Fulham; and starting Odoi instead of Timeoue Bakayako, Sarri showed a remarkable faith in youth that his predecessors didn’t.There were also starts for Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley in an attacking midfield role. The duo’s inability to hit the ground running as Chelsea floundered in the second half of last season to miss out on Champions League qualification contributed to Conte’s dismissal.In fact, with limited time to execute transfers, getting the best out of last season’s signings Bakayoko, Morata, Barkley and Danny Drinkwater could prove handy.Ultimately though, warding off potential bids from moneybags Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain for World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Courtois and Ngolo Kante, in addition to getting the best out of former loanees Ruben Loftus Cheek and Tammy Abraham, would compensate for limited incoming transfers.As Sarri implements his vision of soccer Nirvana, he needs to appreciate that Premier League football is faster, more intense, physically more demanding and much more results oriented than anything he ever witnessed in Serie A.Allowing a Chelsea playing style evolution should deliver better dividends than any rapidly undertaken Sarri revolution.Comments Tags: Chelseapremier leaguetoplast_img read more

Costs And Incidence Of Malicious Corporate Attacks Way Up

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts And while it’s never been cheap to have hackers hit your system, the cost from malicious breaches is rising sharply. This will come as small consolation to enterprises, however, which are coping with a 614% increase in mobile malware exploits in the last year alone, according to a new report from Juniper Networks. Up to 92% of such malware has been targeted at Android, given its dominant market position.While most of the malware remains targeted at retail consumers, sending fraudulent premium SMS messages, the report finds that “several attacks…could potentially be used to steal sensitive corporate information or stage larger network intrusions,” giving hackers the ability to “use the mobile device to do reconnaissance and go deeper into the corporate network.”Unfortunately, this isn’t simply a hypothetical problem.Corporate IT Under SiegeEven as IT departments and users have apparently become less prone to system glitches and negligence, according to a 2013 study by the Ponemon Institute and Symantec of 277 companies that experienced losses or thefts of protected personal data, the incidence of malicious attacks is rising fast. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asay It used to be that the biggest threat to corporate data breaches was simple incompetence. But even as the volume of malware remains roughly constant, the incidence and cost of malicious attacks on corporate networks are increasing.Malware Contained?Google recently updated its Transparency Report to showcase fluctuating levels of malware and phishing. The good news is that while phishing sites have increased, malware seems to somewhat contained: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now While all enterprises need to concern themselves with data breaches, the cost of infiltration increases significantly for highly regulated industries like Finance and Healthcare.Raise The Barricades?What to do? It’s simply not going to work to demand an entire enterprise use a particular phone – those days of Blackberry uniformity are over – and it’s not clear that attacks mostly originate at the device level, anyway. Mobile devices are being used to infiltrate corporate networks, but much of the threat remains on the server side.As the report finds, U.S. and U.K. companies received the greatest reduction in data breach costs by having a strong security posture, incident response plan and chief information officer appointment. The U.S. and France also reduced costs by engaging data breach remediation consultants.In other words, while it’s impossible to blockade all threats – the Ponemon Institute found that 51% of enterprises report getting hit with hourly attacks – a little vigilance goes a long way.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#hacking#malware#security last_img read more

Records from 1987 World Cup

first_imgRecords from 1987 World CupThe neutral umpires stood for the first time in this edition of the tournamentAsantha de Mel of Sri Lanka conceded 97 runs from 10 overs against the West Indies in 1987 – the most expensive figures till date.India’s Chetan Sharma became the first bowler in the World Cup to take a hat-trick. He clean bowled Kiwis Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield.Sunil Gavaskar, who bid adieu to international cricket after this World Cup also scored the first and the last ODI ton of his career here. He scored 103 not out against New Zealand in his penultimate ODI innings in Nagpur.last_img read more