Boruc targets Champions League

first_img The Poland international’s deal was due to expire in the summer but he has ended mounting speculation over his future by penning a two-year extension. “I am very happy and to be honest I am quite proud that I am part of the great ambitions of this club,” Boruc said. “I don’t think [Champions League is too big an ask]. We’re playing Swansea this weekend and they show playing totally different football that you can achieve a lot.” Artur Boruc is targeting Champions League football after becoming the latest Southampton player to pen a new deal. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “I think we are heading to this with our new manager. We are showing a lot of good work and I think the results we are getting are very good as well so, yeah, why not? “You need to ambitious in your life to achieve your ambitions. You never know what is going to happen – it is a funny story with football. Everybody has great ambitions and you need to work hard to be in that position. I do believe that we can achieve it.” Saints look all but certain to be plying their trade in the Premier League again next season and have spoken of their big ambitions for the future – something Boruc is confident they can achieve. Few could have predicted the clamour for Boruc to stay after what was a difficult start to life on the south coast. In only his second game for the club, the former Celtic goalkeeper was subject of an internal investigation into allegations he swore at home fans and threw a water bottle at them. Boruc was dropped from the side after that match with Tottenham and only returned to the starting line-up on New Year’s Day, although has since established himself as number one. “It was a bit of a roller coaster,” Boruc said. “I am glad it ended this way. That was the past and I will do everything to make the club better.” last_img read more

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Faugheen bids for perfect finale

first_img He said: ” Arctic Fire had a tough race and a horrific fall in Aintree. He looks to have bounced back from that and he’s improving all the time. “The first time I saw a rib on Arctic Fire was saddling him in Liverpool, that’s how fat he’s been all season and that’s why I think there’s so much more improvement in him. “The thing I’m worried about is that when push comes to shove, he might still be sore from Aintree.” David Pipe’s Dell’ Arca and the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll can both be backed at 100-1 and complete the field. “Faugheen seems in very good form. He’s been doing everything right,” Mullins told At The Races. “I always thought Hurricane Fly was the best thing we ever had – a machine – and he would do that at home. Faugheen is a point-to-pointer and he doesn’t work like that at home. “Hurricane Fly’s Flat form was something else to bring to the hurdling game and then you look at Faugheen, who has no pedigree and won a point-to-point. “He certainly didn’t take my eye when I first saw him and he didn’t take my eye all last year. I know he won in Cheltenham, but he was like two boards clapped together. There was no meat on him or anything. “Hurricane Fly was a ball of muscle all the time, Faugheen was just a plain, ordinary horse, but when he gets on the racetrack he’s able to gallop. “After a summer’s grass he had some flesh on him and I thought if I could keep him like that, he might go on and be the horse everyone else thinks he is and that’s what he did.” Faugheen is the star attraction in a five-runner field but Jezki’s likely defection means the only realistic threat comes from stable companion Arctic Fire, who was runner-up in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham before suffering a heavy final-flight fall in the Aintree Hurdle. Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed that tumble has not left a mark. The seven-year-old won at Cheltenham and Punchestown last spring, but the champion trainer revealed he was unsure at that stage whether his charge would be able to scale the heights of his brilliant stable star Hurricane Fly. However, Faugheen has proved himself at the top level this season with victories in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and will be long odds-on to maintain his unbeaten record on the penultimate day of the Festival. Press Association Willie Mullins reports Faugheen to be doing “everything right” ahead of his bid to bring a magnificent season to the perfect end in Friday’s Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle.last_img read more

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