Cillessen tired of critics after Nations League defeat

first_imgJasper Cillessen has hit back at the criticism which he has been subjected to following the Netherlands’ defeat to Portugal in the Nations League final.The Barcelona goalkeeper was questioned about his role in  Sunday’s loss in Porto as Goncalo Guedes scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the hosts.Cillessen did get a hand to the shot but was unable to keep it out, though he insists he was unsighted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “I saw the ball very late, because Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind were standing there. And Guedes’ shot was pretty hard,” Cillessen told FOX Sports. That victory handed the inaugural Nations League title to Portugal but the Dutch will feel disappointed that they did not put up a better fight. A large part of the blame for the defeat has been put at the door of Cillessen, who believes that he has become a scapegoat for his national team.”In the Netherlands, we go very easy on that. I already received some messages: the Dutch media write a lot about it and I’m a little tired of that.“I saw the ball late and he hit it pretty hard. That’s the only thing I’ve seen right now. Anyway, we always criticise someone very easily in the Netherlands.”It was not only in the final that Cillessen attracted bad press. In the semi-final against England  he received negative reviews for his failure to stop Marcus Rashford’s penalty.Many Dutch fans took to social media to lament Cillessen’s penalty saving record, saying that the goalkeeper dived too early for the Englishman’s spot kick.”I will be careful what I say: I’m a little tired of that as well. It’s too easy to say that, especially if you check out Rashford’s last few penalties. “It’s too easy what everyone has said about it. I really don’t like it.”Serving as the second choice goalkeeper at Barcelona has also led to questions around his future at club level, too.Numerous goalkeepers around Europe have been linked with the Spanish champions, who are rumoured to be in the market for a new shot-stopper, but Cillessen will not be rushed into any decision.According to Marca , the Netherlands international is happy to bide his time and wait until returning from his holiday to make any decision on his future.”I still have not considered anything,” said Cillessen.”I want to go on holiday, then I’ll meet with my agent and we’ll talk.”last_img read more

Crude oil rises to near 94 a barrel as US cold snap

Oil workers stand at a facility site in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, on Nov. 21, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil rises to near $94 a barrel as US cold snap expected to boost demand The price of oil rose to near US$94 a barrel Tuesday as unusually cold weather in the U.S. was expected to fuel demand in the world’s largest market for energy.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery rose 24 cents to US$93.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantil Exchange. On Monday, the contract fell 53 cents to settle at US$93.43 a barrel.Crude prices were bolstered by a cold snap in the U.S., the world’s top oil consumer, as the use of heating oil was expected to surge.Dangerously cold polar air broke decades-old records, spreading Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and Eastern Canada. Many cities came to a virtual standstill, with flights cancelled and schools and businesses shuttered due to the cold.Forecasters said some 187 million people could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” by the time it spreads across the country.Prices were also supported by continuing uncertainty about Libya’s crude exports. Nearly three years after the start of the civil war that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, strikes and protests in the oil industry and conflicts between the government and regional militias have kept output at a fraction of its earlier level of around 1.5 million barrels a day.However, even with the uncertainty in Libya, Iraq and other key oil producers, global supplies are expected to remain ample and keep crude prices under pressure.“Despite these troubles, the supply outlook is robust,” said the Kilduff Report edited by Michael Fitzpatrick. “A test of $92 will likely occur this week, with more losses to follow.”Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 62 cents at US$107.35 a barrel.In other energy futures trading: wholesale gasoline rose 3.26 cents to US$2.678 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was up 2.05 cents at US$2.959 a gallon and natural gas fell nearly a cent to US$4.30 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more