Plum launches affordable employee health insurance, raises Rs 7 crores in seed funding

first_imgPlum launches affordable employee health insurance, raises Rs 7 crores in seed funding Get Healthy Bits 8 months Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Comments (1) Plum is on a mission to enable employee health insurance for over 1.1 million companies in IndiaBengaluru-based group health insurance startup, providing modern health benefits to corporates, has raised Rs 7 crores in seed funding. The round was led by Incubate Fund with participation from Gemba Capital and Tracxn Labs along with angel investors including Abhijit Gupta and Ram Sahasranam of Praxify Health, Sudheendra Chilappagari of Belong.co, Nitin Jayakrishnan of Pando and Alvin Tse of Xiaomi. Plum is on a mission to enable employee health insurance for over 1.1 million companies in India by reinventing how health insurance works. The company plans to use the funding to scale business and engineering teams to solve some of the hardest engineering challenges in Insurtech and build innovative distribution channels. Within just four months of launch, Plum has managed to get over 100 companies as customers.Plum, through its online platform, www.plumhq.com, provides employers and employees with customisable plans, transparent pricing, and high-quality healthcare experience. The platform understands the needs of a corporate and guides them on setting up their group health insurance in less than 60 mins. Plum combines modern technologies with robust processes to deliver unprecedented simplicity and efficiency.Plum additionally helps employees with improved health benefits including doctor consultations, health check-ups, fitness and yoga, mental wellness, nutrition and dental care. The platform enables ease of experience for employees with guided claims support. Plum has an insurance intermediary license from IRDA. Taking the current situation into account, Plum also offers COVID-19 cover as an offering to its customers, however big or small they are. Plum’s clients include Twilio, Instawork, Posist, RevvSales, The Label Life, Growfit, StayAbode, Fampay, myHQ, and Jiny.  Plum was founded in 2019 by Abhishek Poddar and Saurabh Arora who comes with rich experience in financial technologies and insurance distribution.  Abhishek Poddar, Co-founder & CEO, Plum said, “When we look at other countries like the US, we see that a high percentage of the population is covered under employer-provided health insurance. We believe that India too will move in that direction, where a significant portion of India’s population will rely on employer-sponsored health insurance. With Plum, we want to enable every last company in India to provide a high-quality health cover to their employees, no matter how small or big they are. We want to be the de-facto platform for employee health insurance, initially in India, and later in other developing markets like SE Asia and Latam.”Saurabh Arora, Co-founder and CTO, Plum, added, “At Plum, we are imagining group health insurance products from ground-up. We have built underwriting and fraud detection rails with insurance companies that never existed. This has enabled us to offer pricing that may be up to 80% cheaper than existing market pricing, to companies as small as 7 employees. At Plum, we are building a truly online insurance platform that covers frontend (distribution) and backend (pricing, carrier and compliances).” Nao Murakami, Founder and General Partner at Incubate Fund India said, “Health insurance is now becoming a ‘must-have’ product in India, especially in the post-COVID world. It is an essential component for companies to attract talent. However, group health insurance is a very complicated product in nature and the entire customer process from buying to claiming is still very manual in India. So, there is a huge gap between insurance companies, employers, and employees. Plum is filling this gap by bringing transparency and efficiency through beautiful technology and product. Abhishek and Saurabh have a very clear vision which aligns with what we see as a future of health insurance in India.” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Insurance News Startups Add Comment By EH News Bureau on July 14, 2020 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Abhishek PoddarHealth InsuranceIncubate FundIRDAPlumSaurabh Arorastart-up The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Employees who are happy and feel secure in their current workplace are less likely to change their employer even for slight pay increments. Employers who focus on employee wellbeing have turnover rates of around 70-75% as compared to those who don’t focus on workplace wellness. And that’s why employee health is essential. Besides, they also feel like their organization cares for them. This sense of care is what stops them from going to a new workplace, and they deliver their best to your company. It’s like how a person works for his family. Employee health makes that bond between you and your employee.last_img read more

April 1, 2010 Letters

first_img April 1, 2010 Letters Letters Lawyers and Felons “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” — Abraham Lincoln.Coming from the perspective of a former juvenile prosecutor, I find it disappointing that members of The Florida Bar would have so much contempt for a young lady who is attempting to use what she has learned from her mistakes, criminal and, I am sure, noncriminal alike, in such a positive and constructive manner. I wish that more of our state’s young ones in delinquency court can be so affected. (“A law student with a checkered past fights for a second chance,” February 1 News. )The admissions process to The Florida Bar is an elaborate one that goes through great pains to weed out applicants. Each person applying for admission into the Bar is, and should be, considered individually on his or her own merits. As was stated in Mr. Korschun’s letter, “[W]e were all young once and did crazy and unorthodox things….”A criminal record should not be an automatic disqualifier, just as much as past financial irresponsibility should not, although that could probably be of greater concern. One simply has to review the Disciplinary Actions section of the News to know that financial issues are a major issue and, therefore, the admissions process does not guarantee that those who are admitted will be ethical lawyers.Ms. Limia completed her sentence. Show her mercy. That mercy may bear richer fruit in Ms. Limia through other juveniles than the fruit produced in her own life by Judge Alvarez.I end with these two quotes, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her,” John 8:7. And “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things,” Romans 2:8.Daniel Perez Gainesville ______________________________ I am concerned that a circuit court judge is advocating for the admission of a convicted felon for admission to The Florida Bar — not because the person may not be worthy, but because there are others who committed similar violations in the past, who were never admitted to the Bar.These people applied in the 1970s when the Bar was not so liberal and not color-blind in its admissions.What about all those who were denied in the past? Do we now say, “Sorry, we want to admit this young woman, so why don’t you reapply so we can right the wrong done to you 30 years ago?”This is a slippery slope that the Board of Bar Examiners may want to consider before going down that road.Evelyn Davis Golden Atlanta, GA ______________________________Any kind of automatic exclusion is detrimental to our intellectual health, and all this ranting and raving about not even considering ex-felons for Bar admission runs against fundamental principles of judging people for what they were, for what they are, and for what they could be.To attach a permanent stigma to someone for a past transgression belies the concept of rehabilitation. The lawyers who want to exclude all the ex-felons automatically should never argue in court that their client has been rehabilitated and should campaign for the elimination of all programs that help addicts “throw the monkey off their backs.”We have all sorts of ex-felons in all sorts of jobs right now — in the Congress, in the agencies, all through our government. Disbarred lawyers get reinstated; judges who violate the rules get disciplined, yet remain on the bench. The concept isn’t so much to give the person another chance because we are so big-hearted or forgiving, but rather to recognize the fact that a person can turn his/her life around and may need outside help to do so.Asking for and receiving this outside help is not shameful but should be rewarded in that the person recognizes that he/she needs this help and is willing to ask for it and accept it.Automatically throwing an ex-felon in the garbage belies the concept of The Florida Bar’s preadmission background investigation. I am not asking for any form of religious forgiveness. I am asking for the intellectual understanding that people can and do change, as documented by so many “rehabilitative” movies.An ex-felon should be highly scrutinized, to be sure, but there should not be automatic exclusion from the Bar.Paul S. Cherry Sarasota ____________________________I speak as a 65-year-old convicted felon reinstated to The Florida Bar and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar since 1991, admitted to Colorado in 1991. After running for U.S. Congress in 1986 as a conservative Republican and new 41-year-old patent lawyer (your idea man for Congress), my wife hired the Democratic Party boss’s law firm as her divorce lawyer. Read all about this in my book, Democrat Justice, www.pigsandoil.com. I did spend five months in Florida jails. As a former reserve policeman, my life was jeopardized. The good news was my weight lifting and running put me in the best downhill ski condition in my life. The bad news is 20 plus years later, no governor pardon. My wife suffered a bruised cartilage in her upper nose when she ran at my eyes with large metal barbeque tongs. I was offered a deal to drop all criminal charges if I just handed in (shamefully) my new law license for three years. I went to trial believing at worst it was a misdemeanor. Wrong! All of you should read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.Twenty-five percent of American males have been in prison, about double that of China or Russia. My jail experience indicated that the single biggest crime of my weight-lifting pals was poverty. When America invaded Panama in December 1989, my weight-lifting pals were dying to get in the fight. These were, by and large, good men, not like Madoff, Enron execs, and many of the corporate prostitutes in the U.S. Congress.In 1892 the U.S. Supreme Court “labeled” all women unfit to be lawyers. Just remember what Hitler and Stalin did with “labels.”Each attorney applicant should apply without being “labeled” a felon.Rick Martin Longmont, Colorado E-service Requirement I read with interest the article “Move underway to require e-swapping of documents” in the February 15 News. I would like to express my concern about the proposed rules from both a historical and technological point of view.There is no question that the advances in technology have made communication among attorneys easier. The problem is the reliability of the systems. I am not referring to the occasional downed systems or power outages. I refer to the fact that with spam filters and the like, it is not always possible to know if an e-mail has been received. This is less of an issue in litigation, because if a scheduled event has not occurred, one can always check with opposing counsel, such as when interrogatory answers are due. In fields that are not so predictable, it is often impossible to tell whether the addressee has received a document. There is simply no reliable equivalent for certified mail.There is also an archival reason why e-mail should not entirely supplant paper. The court system does not exist as a private forum for dispute resolution. Because ours is a precedential system, even casual decisions often affect many more than the litigants before the court.Paper and electronic systems are complementary: Each has different advantages. We know that paper lasts for at least 100 years and perhaps more. Retrieving an e-mail written in the early 1990s is an adventure. Hard drives are mechanical and fragile; other currently available storage media have similar disadvantages.The rules allowing for a certain number of days before responses are required were not established solely because of the length of time it took to deliver mail satchels by horseback. Part of the reason was to allow counsel a sufficient time to prepare a considered, reasoned response.It is ironic that in these days of case dockets in the thousands and trial delays of up to four years that attorneys are pushing not only for instantaneous communication, but to eliminate reliable archives.Michael O’Kane Miami Death Penalty What is this idea trying to take away my morning ritual of watching the white hearse leave Raiford loaded with the earthly remains of some half-retarded killer who most of the time refused to plead out to life. (“Take a hard look at the real cost of the death penalty,” March 1 News. )Sen. Victor Crist, a law-and-order hero, made sure that the prosecutor always speaks last, an idea that has affected the conviction rate by almost 1 percent. He will now make sure that nobody will end the hearse race.The people need to know that not hiring about 1,000 new cops is a small price to pay to be able to watch politicians puff out their chests and say, “I support the death penalty.”Sen. Crist knows full well the bleeding hearts on the U.S. Supreme Court want Florida to have unanimous verdicts for a death sentence; however, he knows any deviation from the “Via Sacre” would undermine his next breakfast oration at the Rotary Club of Greater Naples.In our heart of hearts, we all know that the death penalty is a stench in the nostrils of almighty God, but since when did that ever trump pandering to the lesser angels of our nature?Charles B. Tiffany Kissimmee A Rose by Any Other Name.. . While I agree with a previous writer that using “Esq.” after lawyers’ names is both silly and pretentious, I have to wonder at his continued use of the phrase “Attorney at Law.” Except in the exceedingly rare instance when it is genuinely necessary to distinguish an attorney-at-law from an attorney-in-fact, the “at Law” portion of that title is just as unnecessary and pretentious as “Esq.”While using three words where only one is needed may be one of the defining characteristics of lawyers, it is also one of the reasons we’re the butt of so many jokes.Don Freeman Tallahassee April 1, 2010 Letterslast_img read more

Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Success

first_imgIf you give a kid a marshmallow, she’s going to ask for a graham cracker. And maybe some milk. Eventually, she’ll want another marshmallow. (Or so the popular children’s book goes.) But if you ask a kid to wait 15 minutes before eating that marshmallow, promising a second if she holds out, she’s going to have a hard time complying.This dilemma, commonly known as the marshmallow test, has dominated research on children’s willpower since 1990, when Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues published their groundbreaking study on the topic. Overall, they found that those who stop themselves from eating the first marshmallow in order to obtain the second ostensibly exhibit better self-control, a characteristic they linked with later academic and career success.But according to a new study published in Psychological Science, the marshmallow test is not as decisive as previous research suggests. Instead, results vary based on background factors including socioeconomic status, home environment, and early cognitive ability. Read the whole story: Smithsonian More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Wooded bliss: Nick Jacobs’ ultra-sustainable home

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Steady Pettit wins at Khao Kheow

first_imgKhao Kheow was the game today, 45 minutes up route 7, a swift check in and we were off A1 about 40 minutes early under partly cloudy skies and in hot conditions.The course was in good shape, even with all the rain the past few days and all greens had been recently cored and sanded but they should be good for Poppy Day golf tournament on November 6.Terry Pettit (right) with Dave Richardson.We flew around the front nine but got caught behind three groups on the homeward stretch and wound up with a round of over 4 hours.  Back in the clubhouse, welcomes went out to Terry Pettit from the UK, Elias Magnusson from Iceland and Peter Bygeball from Denmark.The aforementioned Terry Pettit was the winner on the day with an even par 36 points while Peter Bygeball was four points behind in second and Karl Beter placed a surprising thrd with just 26. PSC Golf from the Café KronborgThursday, Oct. 8, Khao Kheow – Stableford1st Terry Pettit (12) 36pts2nd Peter Bygeball (21) 32pts3rd Karl Beter (30) 26ptslast_img read more

Plea for arson action

first_imgBy Rowan Forster A PAKENHAM arson victim has demanded a crackdown on deliberately-lit fires after his truck was added to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Cain breezes to seventh Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon title; Ramsay surprises women’s division

first_imgAthletes have their favourite places to compete, and for Rossland’s Dallas Cain, the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon is number on his list.Cain breezed to his seventh title in the Heritage City, blowing the field away to capture the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.Cain finished the 1.5-kilometer swim, 39 km cycle and 10 km run distance in a time of two hours and five minutes.The time was more than eight minutes ahead of second place finisher, Seth Bitting.Scott Nichol was third behind Bitting.“I love this race . . . this is just awesome,” Cain told The Nelson Daily after breezing across the finishing line at the main entrance to Lakeside Rotary Park to the cheering of his young family — kids Ryder, Ruby and newly born Thomas.“I was in Calgary last weekend for the big Ironman 70.3 . . . I would take this race any day. I just love it here. . . . It’s great.”Rookie triathlon competitor, Isabel Ramsay of Calgary, who has relatives in Nelson, was the top woman in the Olympic Distance race.Ramsay, surprised to win the woman’s top prize, finished in a time of 2:32.29.Suzie Poirier was second while Carol Currie finished third and Catherine Lundstrom of Nelson finished fourth.Like he has done so many times before, Cain wasn’t first out of the water — three minutes behind leader Stephen Webber, who finished fourth overall.However, on the bike, where the lanky Cain is so dangerous, is where the champion took over, blazing over the 39 kilometer Highway 3A course in under an hour.Then it was a nice jog over the Big Orange Bridge and back to secure his seventh Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon title.“The swim is always challenging,” Cain explained. “It feels like your going against the current and for me never a fast swim time.”“The bike was awesome,” Cain added. “Not much wind. Rolled along and caught up to the front of the race around Six Mile and then just tried to put as much time into the lead as I could.“And the run, I had a feeling I has about four or five minute lead so that made it very enjoyable.” Jay Krieger was fifth with Nelson Rocha sixth and former Nelsonite Greg Welwood, now from Burnaby, seventh and Kurt Beerens eighth.Mike Krahn was ninth while Nelson’s David Harasym was tenth.“I had no idea to be completely honest, (winning this race) is very exciting,” Ramsay said after the race.“I only actually started training at the beginning of 2015 so this has been quite the process,” Ramsay added.“It’s very humbling getting beat by everyone and teenagers I train with all the time, but it’s good to have a good race.”In the sprint distance, or short course, race, Rob Roth edged out Jackson Konkin of Trail for the top prize.It appeared Konkin was the winner, however, the Silver City participant was penalized for going off course twice.Kyle Jensen was third with Charlie Cooper and Mike Orsini fourth and fifth, respectively.Sierra Cooper won the women’s race ahead of Sarah Berrett with Danita Schreiber, Kim Jolleymore and Louise Poole of Nelson rounding out the top five.“Nelson is a nice race and has a great course,” said Konkin, who flashed of course a few meters after coming off the Big Orange Bridge.Konkin, competing in his first individual category at the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon, set the pace early in the 500 meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.“Nice rolling hills on the bike and the run is pretty flat,” added Konkin, who was first out of the water and second on the bike after getting five minutes of penalty added to his time.The field was treated to post-race messages before awards were handed out at Lakeside Rotary Park.Team Lindsay Takes Home Team TitleThe trio of Shona Lindsay, Darin Lindsay and Leanne Kalabis blazed over the 1.5-kilometer swim, 39 km cycle and 10 km run distance to capture the Team Title in the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.The Nelson trio finished ahead of Tri Like A Girl — Cynthia Pfeiffer, Kathryn Bibby-Fox and Leanne Douglas.Fishryder Bailey — Kim Irving, Mike Adams and Glenn McCallum — placed third ahead of Salmo ShopEasy — Steve Bradley, Mario Parnmentier and Brent Gallie.Worth Considering — Austin Ryter and Andrew Berry — took fourth ahead of Hey Baby . . . no more cryin’ — Nadine Benrhaba, Wayne Schuab and Jennifer Straub.There were 14 teams entered in the Team Category.last_img read more

Cheltenham Day One Preview

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Galwegians Brian Murphy Among Club Rugby Stars Honoured At Annual Ulster Bank League Awards

first_imgThe Aviva Stadium played host to the sixth annual Ulster Bank League Awards tonight celebrating the best in Irish club rugby. Lansdowne FC boss Mike Ruddock claims Division 1A Coach of the Year while Garryowen FC scrum-half Neil Cronin crowned Division 1A Player of the Year Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt and Carol McMahon, Head of Business Marketing and Sponsorship, Ulster Bank, join the award-winners during the Ulster Bank League Awards at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was in attendance to present the winners with their awards with all four provinces represented in 16 categories including the new addition of the #UBLTry of the Year Award.Lansdowne FC topped off an amazing season following their recent Division 1A and Bateman Cup final victories by taking home four awards with influential coach Mike Ruddock being awarded the coveted Division 1A Coach of the Year having led his team to the title winning 18 of 20 games. Talismanic fly-half Scott Deasy claimed the Top Points Scorer for his outstanding 219 points tally this season while Harry Brennan claimed the Leinster Player of the Year Award. This year also saw the introduction of a new category, the #UBLTry of the Year, recognising the winners of the #UBLTry of the Month throughout this season’s Ulster Bank League which was claimed by Daniel McEvoy.Neil Cronin who earned himself a Munster contract ahead of next season on the back of his performances with Garryowen FC this season capped off an incredible year being named the Division 1A Player of the Year. Cronin who also captained the Ulster Bank Club international team this year was also awarded the Munster Player of the Year. Liam Coombes ensured a very successful evening for Garryowen FC claiming the Top Try Scorer in Division 1A with 11 tries.Remaining in Munster Alex McHenry who excelled in Cork Constitution FC’s run to the Division 1A final claimed the Division 1A Rising Star of the Year. In a historic year for UCC RFC, Paul Kiernan claimed the Division 1B Player of the Year for his role in leading the Cork University to Division 1A for the first time.In Ulster, Rory Campbell who was instrumental for Malone RFC in their Division 2A campaign won the Division 2A Player of the Year while Andrew Morrison, Banbridge RFC was awarded the Ulster Player of the Year.Sligo’s Shane Boyle was named the Division 2C Player of the Year while Galwegians Brian Murphy took top prize as Connacht Player of the Year.Old Crescent RFC who claimed the Division 2B title unbeaten were awarded for their work both on and off the field with Val McDermott claiming the Division 2B player of the year and Frank Larkin being named the Ulster Bank P.R.O. of the Year.The Club Volunteer of the Year was awarded to an incredibly worthy recipient; Michael Silke of Buccaneers RFC for his tireless work, dedication and commitment off the field and his willingness to help with any task for the club on training nights and his social committee work.This year also saw the introduction of a new category, the #UBLTry of the Year, recognising the winners of the #UBLTry of the Month throughout this season’s Ulster Bank League. Decided by an online voting mechanism, Daniel McEvoy (Lansdowne – Division 1A) claimed the award amidst tough competition from; Ben Kilkenny (Young Munster – Division 1A), Jack Maybury (Old Wesley – Division 1B), Bain Champion (Seapoint – Division 2C), Dan Kerr (Malone – Division 2A), Paul Devitt (Skerries – Division 2B), Marcus McAllister (Malahide – Division 2C) & Falemaka El Vave (Queen’s University – Division 2A).center_img 170518SB0816 Full list of winners from the Ulster Bank League AwardsUlster Bank Player of the Year – Division 1A: Neil Cronin, Garryowen FCUlster Bank Top Try Scorer – Division 1A: Liam Coombes, Garryowen FCUlster Bank Top Points Scorer – Division 1A: Scott Deasy, Lansdowne FCUlster Bank Rising Star of the Year – Division 1A: Alex McHenry, Cork Constitution FCUlster Bank Coach of the Year – Division 1A: Mike Ruddock, Lansdowne FCUlster Bank Player of the Year – Division 1B: Paul Kiernan, UCC RFCUlster Bank Player of the Year – Division 2A: Rory Campbell, Malone RFCUlster Bank Player of the Year – Division 2B: Val McDermott, Old Crescent RFCUlster Bank Player of the Year – Division 2C: Shane Boyle, Sligo RFCUlster Bank Club PRO (Public Relations Officer) of the Year: Frank Larkin, Old Crescent RFCUlster Bank Club Volunteer of the Year: Michael Silke, Buccaneers RFC #UBLTry of the Year: Daniel McEvoy, Lansdowne FCUlster Bank Provincial Players of the Year – voted by the public through Ulster Bank Rugby Social MediaConnacht Player of the Year: Brian Murphy, Galwegians RFCLeinster Player of the Year: Harry Brennan, Lansdowne FCMunster Player of the Year: Neil Cronin, Garryowen FCUlster Player of the Year: Andrew Morrison, Banbridge RFCSpeaking at the Ulster Bank League Awards, Carol McMahon, Head of Business Marketing & Sponsorship, Ulster Bank said: “Ulster Bank is extremely proud to support grassroots rugby in Ireland. We understand the commitment and dedication that players, coaches and volunteers give to make their club the best it can be. All the nominees tonight are testament to the outstanding talent which has been displayed on countless occasions in clubs across the country throughout the season. On behalf of Ulster Bank, I would like to congratulate all the nominees, all the winners and the club members for a very successful season.”  IRFU President Philip Orr commented, “The Ulster Bank League allows clubs to showcase their talent, their communities and the values rugby represents.  These awards are a welcome recognition of the dedication and commitment of not just the players but the volunteers in our clubs that represent the bedrock of our game.  On behalf of the IRFU I would like to congratulate the individual winners and their clubs and express our gratitude to Ulster Bank for their continuing support of our national Club competition.”For more information on the Ulster Bank League Awards, go to www.facebook.com/ulsterbankrugby or find Ulster Bank Rugby on Twitter.last_img read more

Erik Lamela insists Spurs aren’t lacking confidence despite dismal run

first_imgERIK LAMELA denies Tottenham lack confidence after their poor run.The North Londoners’ 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday was their third successive loss by the same scoreline.4 Erik Lamela insists Spurs aren’t lacking confidence despite their poor runCredit: REUTERSIt is the first time they have lost three on the bounce under Mauricio Pochettino since he took over as manager in May 2014.But Lamela said: “No, I don’t think we’re losing our confidence. We still believe in each other in this team. That’s why we always fight until the end of the season.”People are thinking like this. But inside the dressing room, I can tell you it’s not like this. We believe in this team.“It’s time to win again. The way we played against Inter will help a lot but we have confidence in ourselves.”4 Mauricio Pochettino’s men have lost three in a rowCredit: GettyPochettino’s men led through Christian Eriksen’s deflected 53rd-minute strike until Mauro Icardi levelled with a spectacular 20-yard volley in the 85th minute.Matias Vecino then heading their winner in the second minute of stoppage time.Winger Lamela, 26, said: “We’re disappointed because we were winning and to lose like this in the last ten minutes is bad.”It’s bad for us because we came here to win and in the end we didn’t get the points, so very disappointed. The feeling is like when you lose, bad, bad.Michel Vorm insists Tottenham playing good football despite three straight defeats 4 The likes of Harry Kane have struggled for form this seasonCredit: Getty Images“But we need to keep going and move on. It’s the only way to recover from this, to keep putting everything on the pitch and try to get back to winning ways.”I don’t know honestly if we deserved to lose. In the second half, we scored and then we managed the game. They were tired, we should have scored more goals.“I had a lot of chances. My team-mates too. Sometimes the ball goes in. Football is like this sometimes.  We have to improve and next time try to score and finish the game. That’s it.”4 Lamela is adamant Tottenham can get their season back on trackCredit: Getty ImagesMost Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeEngland captain Harry Kane has looked a shadow of the player that has terrorised Premier League defences for the past three seasons as he failed to score for a third game running.But Lamela insisted: “Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. Today, he didn’t and for two or three games he didn’t. But he will score again.“It’s not like Harry needs to score every single game. All the pressure is not on Harry. All the attacking players need to score.”last_img read more