Javier Zanetti replaced Vieira in Inter's midfield to great effect.
Javier Zanetti replaced Vieira in Inter's midfield to great effect.

Mourinho wins battle of minds



MILAN // Patrick Vieira marched through the corridors of the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in a state of high dudgeon. His participation in the Derby d'Italia had amounted to barely three minutes, his role that of safety-belt to protect Inter's 1-0 advantage over Juventus through the final moments of time added on for stoppages at the end of a terrifically intense contest.

Even as Vieira suggested he would be seeking explanations for his absence from Inter's head coach Jose Mourinho, we were listening to them. Any triumph by a Mourinho team is liable to be presented by the victorious manager as a beautifully planned tactical coup, . When that victory is against a team managed by Claudio Ranieri, the bragging is to be expected. Mourinho has been ribbing Ranieri via the Italian media frequently since he took over at Inter, often with references to how much more successful Chelsea were under Mourinho than under Ranieri, his predecessor at Stamford Bridge.

Now, face to face for the first time in a competitive match, first against third in Serie A, Mourinho had outfoxed the older man: First, by leaving out Vieira in favour of another veteran, Javier Zanetti, in midfield. The thinking, reasoned Mourinho, was that with the versatile Zanetti there, his flying full-back, Maicon could push forward with more confidence. Maicon did. Juve were under pressure for most of the last hour.

Second, Mourinho had picked Adriano for the first time in weeks, the Brazilian forgiven for another episode of bad time-keeping. The best player, though, had been Ali Sulley Muntari, the Ghanaian for whom Mourinho pressed his treasurers to buy in August. Muntari is acquiring the value Vieira once had in his pomp, tough in the defensive duties of central midfield, a threat when he enters the penalty box. Muntari scored the evening's only goal, a straightforward tap-in as Juventus became stretched at the back.

Inter versus Juve is always highly charged and hardly needed the Mourinho-Ranieri sideshow. Marco Materazzi thumped Alessandro Del Piero in the back of the head early on, Muntari escaped punishment for an infringement on Marco Marchionni inside the Inter penalty area. Having patted himself and his players on the back, Mourinho began remaking friends. Adriano had been welcomed back because Mourinho wanted "the beast in him against Juve's aggressive centre-halves." The Portuguese explained: "When I say 'beast' I mean it in the nicest possibly way. I wanted his power. I'm pleased with his contribution."

What he added about Vieira was likewise intended in the nicest possible way. "He's a great footballer, but I especially like his tactical nous against teams who play with a lot of width." He may still wish to give a grumpy Vieira a wide berth for a couple of days. ihawkey@thenational.ae

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Pakistanis at the ILT20

The new UAE league has been boosted this season by the arrival of five Pakistanis, who were not released to play last year.

Shaheen Afridi (Desert Vipers)
Set for at least four matches, having arrived from New Zealand where he captained Pakistan in a series loss.

Shadab Khan (Desert Vipers)
The leg-spin bowling allrounder missed the tour of New Zealand after injuring an ankle when stepping on a ball.

Azam Khan (Desert Vipers)
Powerhouse wicketkeeper played three games for Pakistan on tour in New Zealand. He was the first Pakistani recruited to the ILT20.

Mohammed Amir (Desert Vipers)
Has made himself unavailable for national duty, meaning he will be available for the entire ILT20 campaign.

Imad Wasim (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders)
The left-handed allrounder, 35, retired from international cricket in November and was subsequently recruited by the Knight Riders.

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Date: Sunday, November 25

ASHES SCHEDULE

First Test
November 23-27 (The Gabba, Brisbane)
Second Test
December 2-6 (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide)
Third Test
December 14-18 (Waca Ground, Perth)
Fourth Test
December 26-30 (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne)
Fifth Test
January 4-8, 2018 (Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney)

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Other acts on the Jazz Garden bill

Sharrie Williams
The American singer is hugely respected in blues circles due to her passionate vocals and songwriting. Born and raised in Michigan, Williams began recording and touring as a teenage gospel singer. Her career took off with the blues band The Wiseguys. Such was the acclaim of their live shows that they toured throughout Europe and in Africa. As a solo artist, Williams has also collaborated with the likes of the late Dizzy Gillespie, Van Morrison and Mavis Staples.
Lin Rountree
An accomplished smooth jazz artist who blends his chilled approach with R‘n’B. Trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, Rountree formed his own band in 2004. He has also recorded with the likes of Kem, Dwele and Conya Doss. He comes to Dubai on the back of his new single Pass The Groove, from his forthcoming 2018 album Stronger Still, which may follow his five previous solo albums in cracking the top 10 of the US jazz charts.
Anita Williams
Dubai-based singer Anita Williams will open the night with a set of covers and swing, jazz and blues standards that made her an in-demand singer across the emirate. The Irish singer has been performing in Dubai since 2008 at venues such as MusicHall and Voda Bar. Her Jazz Garden appearance is career highlight as she will use the event to perform the original song Big Blue Eyes, the single from her debut solo album, due for release soon.

MATCH INFO

FA Cup fifth round

Chelsea v Manchester United, Monday, 11.30pm (UAE), BeIN Sports

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The nine articles of the 50-Year Charter

1. Dubai silk road

2.  A geo-economic map for Dubai

3. First virtual commercial city

4. A central education file for every citizen

5. A doctor to every citizen

6. Free economic and creative zones in universities

7. Self-sufficiency in Dubai homes

8. Co-operative companies in various sectors

­9: Annual growth in philanthropy

UAE squad to face Ireland

Ahmed Raza (captain), Chirag Suri (vice-captain), Rohan Mustafa, Mohammed Usman, Mohammed Boota, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Zawar Farid, CP Rizwaan, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Adithya Shetty, Vriitya Aravind

Ramy: Season 3, Episode 1

Creators: Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch, Ramy Youssef
Stars: Ramy Youssef, Amr Waked, Mohammed Amer
Rating: 4/5

3 Body Problem

Creators: David Benioff, D B Weiss, Alexander Woo

Starring: Benedict Wong, Jess Hong, Jovan Adepo, Eiza Gonzalez, John Bradley, Alex Sharp

Rating: 3/5

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Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


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