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first_imgErik Lamela has warned that Tottenham have no time to feel sorry for themselves after Thursday’s Carabao Cup exit as they continue to fight for silverware on three fronts.Spurs’ first shot at a trophy ended at the semi-final stage as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea after the Blues overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge.The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate before Eric Dier and Lucas Moura both failed with their spot-kicks, handing Chelsea a place in the final against holders Manchester City. 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? And while disappointed, Lamela says Spurs should not dwell on their elimination given they are still in the Premier League title race, the FA Cup and the Champions League.”The season is long and we need to move on,” he told the club’s [email protected] sees his penalty saved and Luiz converts to send the home side through to the final. pic.twitter.com/KyLkAPkw3r— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019″It’s another game in three days [in the FA Cup fourth round against Crystal Palace] and the season isn’t finished.”We’re out of this competition, that’s hard for us but we need to keep going forward, always.”Fellow teammate Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs will bounce back from the disappointment and end their 11-year wait for silverware.”I think it was a brilliant performance from us, obviously Chelsea played well, so it’s a shame,” he told Spurs TV.”We probably both think that we deserved to win. I think that Tottenham definitely deserved to go to the final but this is life.”We have a lot of chances to come back and we will, this is what we do. We’ve had it in the past but we’re so strong mentally and physically in every single way, that is what makes us good.”Next up for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is a trip to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, before a return to Premier League duties against Watford three days later.last_img read more


As the Chancellor of the Exchequer considers the next Spending Round, the UK automotive industry has called for long-term strategic support to match the ambitions and priorities of the forthcoming Automotive Sector Industrial Strategy.In its submission to the Treasury, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has challenged the Chancellor, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to commit to long-term funding through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). Both funds have leveraged significant private sector investment throughout the UK automotive industry. A commitment to maintain the RGF and AMSCI initiatives as well as to continue their valuable support would provide the stability that businesses require to invest in the UK.“The UK automotive industry is providing a significant boost to the UK economy, through strong new car sales, unprecedented levels of capital investment and rising manufacturing output. The drive to rebuild the UK automotive supply chain, increase automotive R&D, and bring innovative UK technologies to commercial maturity holds great potential for future economic growth and greater employment in UK automotive,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “To fulfil our potential and realise the short-term £3bn supply chain opportunity in the UK, automotive businesses and motorists need long-term continuity of government policy and support.“The Chancellor has a unique opportunity to drive growth in a strategic sector for the UK economy, so it is vital that the forthcoming Spending Round supports our industry’s growth potential through investment, innovation, low carbon vehicles and skills.”In addition to securing RGF and AMSCI funding, SMMT suggests the Chancellor should focus and increase public spending on innovation and R&D in key strategic technologies. Highly fuel-efficient, low carbon technologies have major growth potential for global automotive companies as well as UK suppliers, SMEs and innovators. Ring-fencing and securing an increased share of existing innovation funding on the five strategic technology areas identified by the Automotive Council will help secure a greater share for the UK in global automotive R&D spend and innovation capabilities.To support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), SMMT believes the Spending Round needs to deliver continued funding for the Plug-In Car and Van Grants. Commitment beyond 2015 is needed to ensure consumer and business confidence to buy and drive ULEVs. Since the Plug-In Car Grant was set-up in 2011, thousands of motorists have benefitted from the funding. But to achieve ambitious decarbonisation targets and deliver on air quality, consistent support for ULEVs through incentives and the taxation system is essential.SMMT also urged the Chancellor to support the sector’s drive to increase its talent pipeline by continuing national support for skills and apprenticeships at all levels. This will help the industry address its urgent short-term gaps and boost the future prospects of the sector.UK automotive has worked hard in recent years to forge new partnerships with the UK’s political decision makers and the creation of the Automotive Council marked a significant development in the relationship between the motor industry and government. Ensuring a more unified approach, the Council is the most comprehensive example of collaboration on this scale between industry and government. Operating through two distinct working groups – the Technology Group and the Supply Chain Group – the Automotive Council is already making good progress in plotting the course for UK automotive and promoting the value of the UK as a base for investment. More information on the Automotive Council can be found at: http://www.automotivecouncil.co.uk/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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