Frenkie de Jong says he needs time to adapt to his role at Barcelona, after a quiet start to life at the club so far this season.The 22-year-old, signed from Ajax over the summer, has attracted some criticism for his performances so far but he is adamant it is his responsibility to improve – not his manager’s to change his position.Primarily played at the base of midfield at Ajax and with the Netherlands, Ernesto Valverde has generally used De Jong as part of a more advanced midfield two with Sergio Busquets sitting centrally behind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He starred on international duty in his more familiar deeper role, but De Jong isn’t worried about what he sees as a simple adjustment period.”This is a simple position on the pitch and in the next matches I will do better,” he told El Periodico.”I have to adapt and I have talked with Valverde about football issues and we have watched videos. The coach should not ask me where I prefer to play, as he is the coach and he decides.”At Ajax and with the national team I played in central midfield, but it is different because we played with a double pivot.”Barcelona have been disappointing in general in La Liga this season, three points off the top in sixth place before Saturday evening’s trip to Granada.Entertaining wins over Real Betis and Valencia have been undermined by the opening-day defeat at Athletic Club, and a poor 2-2 draw at Osasuna.”Against Real Betis and Osasuna I played wider and if I didn’t play well then it was my fault,” De Jong added.”People began to debate about my position, asking if I had to play here or there, and it seemed crazy.”The underwhelming form of De Jong has played a part in Barca’s lacklustre performances, but the youngster is still setting in and there is plenty of potential in what looks to be the preferred midfield three of De Jong, Busquets and the Brazilian Arthur.Barca were lucky to escape with a goalless draw in the Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but the match at least represented a return to action for Lionel Messi – something Valverde is sure will help their cause over the next phase of the season.
Department of Environment staff are investigating the release of sewage into Eel Creek in Middleton, Annapolis Co., west of Riverside Park. The department was notified by the Town of Middleton on March 29 that during daily water quality sampling an employee noticed a sewage pipe from Middleton’s sewer treatment plant was broken. A new pipe has been installed to contain any further release into the environment. At this time the amount of sewage released is unknown, so the province is asking residents to avoid contact with water in the area. Residents are advised not to swim in, drink from, or eat fish from water sources west of Riverside Park, including the Annapolis River. The province is reviewing plans by the town to mitigate any potential impacts to the environment. An update will be issued when more information is available.
Get’em before they’re gone.Tickets are flying out the door for the Brock Badgers basketball doubleheader at the Meridian Centre on Friday, Jan. 27.The much-anticipated Paint the Meridian Red games will see the men’s and women’s basketball teams host the Ryerson Rams in key mid-season tipoffs.General admission tickets and courtside options, for which an additional block of tickets was recently released, are available through Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $35 for courtside. For staff and faculty, use the promo code (GoBadgers) for a reduced general admission ticket price of $8.For anyone interested in watching the game in added style, suites are available to the Brock community for $125 for up to eight people plus the cost of tickets.Food and drinks are available at an additional cost. To book a suite, please contact Amanda Laprise (email@example.com).Free Brock student tickets will continue to be available at the Walker Complex welcome desk, but are limited and expected to sell out.A record was set on campus Monday for the most student sport tickets distributed in a single day, with more than 1,000 making their way into the hands of Badgers fans.The doubleheader will begin with the Badgers women tipping off at 6 p.m. Ryerson currently sits seventh in the country with a 10-2 record while the Badgers have a 4-8 record.The men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. when the Badgers, ranked sixth in Canada with a 8-4 record, play the Rams, ranked fourth with a perfect 12-0 record.Special halftime performances are planned for the games.