Diego Martínez: “What gives me the most anger is the expulsion, Barça doesn’t need it to win”

first_imgI congratulated my players because we have been very focused. We lacked a bit of precision. We have defended very well and we have bothered Barça-Has it influenced playing with one less?I found it very rigorous. In the same minute Vidal has gone without yellow. It is very hard and annoys me for my players. Barcelona doesn’t even need these grants.Are you going happy despite the defeat?The result must be assumed. The team has played with soul. But what causes me the most anger and hurts is the expulsion. Where has the equipment failed?In attack we have been able to do things better, but it would be very unfair to point them out. Every time a Barça player catches it, everything is extremely difficult.Have you noticed many differences with this Barça de Quique Setién?We expected a club with the ball and pressing up. They make all the walls at the first touch and play very precise. If Barça has its day it is unstoppable.Has Germán been irresponsible with that entry?I have not seen it, but I insist that it hurts me the most is that next week we lose it.In the press conference on Saturday, he commented that they were going to Camp Nou to do things they didn’t want, what did he mean?I didn’t want to be so much without the ball, but Barça forces you to always be in a low block. What rating do you make of the match?last_img read more

Lampard tempts Cavani: “I played against him, I love it …”

first_imgBut Atlético is not the only one who pretends to Cavani. Days ago the interest of Tottenham de Mourinho appeared, which is not being able to count on Kane due to injury. The Portuguese coach would welcome the arrival of the charrúa. But he is not the only one in England. Frank Lampard has also expressed his devotion to Cavani, knowing that he could soon lose Giroud, who is also looking for minutes. Inter is behind. Cavani is one of the men with more suitors in this market. The Uruguayan scorer has seen how he lost his place in the PSG and asked to leave. For Atlético, it is the number one objective in this January market. For Simeone it has already become an obsession. The Uruguayan’s name has been repeatedly linked to Atlético in several windows. Cavani has asked to leave the PSG and the Madrid club’s offer seduces him but, for the moment, there has been no agreement between clubs. Moreover, Leonardo, sports director of the Parisian club, yesterday affirmed publicly the existence of a red and white offer by the striker, but that he did not reach his pretensions to let him go. Lampard has publicly expressed interest in Cavani in the previous clash against Arsenal. “He is a great soccer player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude and, obviously, his goal statistics speak for themselves,” he acknowledges. The race for Cavani is open and PSG, with Leonardo’s words, comes to publicly acknowledge that there will be an auction for him.last_img read more

La Gazzetta: “Donnarumma, goodbye to Milan without renewal”

first_imgIt is true that Milan is building a team that is committed to young talents and Donnarumma is the perfect example of this, with extensive experience under the sticks despite his 20 years of age. However, they may have to choose between staying with him or bringing other footballers, since he currently charges six million euros and a renewal in which it is suspected that he would receive an increase, would jeopardize the team’s salary cap. Also, Raiola and Gazidis do not fully understand each other (Ibrahimovic will not continue on the team), so there are many options for the doorman to explore the market. The Premier League made easier with Pep Renew, a very complicated option If there has been speculation that Donnarumma would play in any team other than Milan, that is the PSG. It would be the perfect replacement for Keylor Navas and there it has supports like Verratti. In case of re-negotiation, this time its price would be somewhat lower than when they offered 20 million more Areola, since being close to the end of his contract would make the operation cheaper. It is estimated that the transfer could be estimated at 20 or 25 million euros, although the club in the French capital would have no qualms about holding out until 2021 to take it away at zero cost. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future should be resolved this summer. His contract expires in 2021 and Milan must decide whether to renew or sell him before the next season begins to benefit from the situation. Meanwhile, the goalkeeper has already started studying English to stay entertained during the coronavirus lockdown. La Gazzetta dello Sport, under the headline “Donnarumma, goodbye to Milan without renewal: Premier or PSG?“, explains the possibilities that the Italian has from now on, assuming that he will pack his bags to go live abroad: The Italian newspaper puts on the table the teams that could interest you the most, emphasizing that it would be better than De Gea in the Macnhester United or what Ederson in the Manchester City, to those who would improve both by age and quality. However they explain that “Pep’s way is easier”, arguing that given the situation of Paul Pogba in England, the relations between its representative, Mino Raiola, and the red devilsThey are not the best. They discard the Liverpool, who already has insurance like Alisson in their goal, and they remember Raiola’s relationship with him Everton from Ancelotti after the transfer of Moise Kean, although it seems a remote possibility that he plays in Goodison park in the future.PSG still interested Premier League* Data updated as of March 19, 2020 A series* Data updated as of March 19, 2020 99last_img read more

Liverpool fined for flares at Anfield against Atlético

first_imgA party on that March 11 that this week the same Klopp again referred to excuses, like another bandage on his defeat, arguing that the coronavirus crisis affected him in the preparation for the meeting. “We won on Saturday and we thought ‘there are two wins left’; on Monday we found out what there was and it was difficult …”, he declared. Three weeks later, Liverpool’s game against Atlético in Anfield continues to hurt. And not only because the defending champion of the Champions League cost him the elimination of the tournament, or rather, the fact that he added 2-3 from the return to the 1-0 rojiblanco of the first leg, goal of Saúl, with the following regrets of Klopp (“I do not understand Atleti but he is a fair winner”) who have been receiving replies and criticism all this time. Now it will also affect his pocket: UEFA imposes a fine of 3,250 euros (2,838 pounds) for lighting flares by his followers before and at the end of the match played at Anfield on March 11. Meanwhile, incidents that occurred during the first leg three weeks earlier have resulted in Atlético being fined 24,000 euros for blocking public halls. Other Premier clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers have also been fined by UEFA for their matches in Europe just before the competitions stopped (four games from the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, in fact, Juve-Lyon, Bayern-Chelsea, Barça-Naples and Manchester City-Real Madrid have been postponed without a return date).last_img read more

The eleven essentials in the calls of Vicente Moreno

first_imgGoalkeeper Reina has played 26 of the 27 games to date and only one was a substitute for Fabricio. The central Valjent is the only player in the squad to have played every league minute. The midfielder Febas He has been a starter on 18 occasions while in the rest of the games he has occupied a place on the bench, going out to play in most cases, since only in three games he was left without going out. Another fixed midfielder in the coach’s plans is the Galician Dani Rodríguez, undisputed starter in 26 games and on a substitute occasion. Six footballers from Real Mallorca have been present in all 27 league calls without fail. Reina, Dani Rodríguez, Febas, Valjent, Pozo and Cucho Hernández (the last two since joining) do not fail on the Valencia coach’s call-up lists. In addition, there are five other players who have only been absent due to injury or penalty. None of the eleven has missed any appointment for technical or tactical reasons. Apart from these four fixes, two other footballers have always been in the squad since their arrival. One is the Cucho Hernández. The Colombian striker was loaned to Mallorca last summer but in the midst of recovering from surgery. Since discharge, he has been on all charts for 12 games.The last case is from Alejandro Pozo, reinforcement of the winter marketHe and that since his arrival on the island entered the call in the 8 games he has had.Other players fixed on the schemes of the Majorcan coach are Save Seville with three absences for injury or penalty, Slime that a call for sanction was lost, Kubo that upon arrival did not enter the first two lists, Budimir with two fouls for sanction and injury, and finally Junior Lake, also absent due to injury on two occasions.You could say that these are the 11 essentials of Vicente Moreno.last_img read more

Arsenal on top of English Premier League

first_img GREAT WEEK HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT “You’re only two days away from another crisis, so it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” McClaren said. “We’ve not turned the corner … we want to be (like) this every week and that only comes on a platform of hard work, attitude and commitment and discipline.” A week after a miserable trip to McClaren’s Newcastle, Liverpool were facing a second successive loss. Although Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead at Anfield, Craig Dawson quickly scored an equaliser in the first half for West Brom and Jonas Olsson put the visitors ahead in the 73rd. But Henderson set up Origi to score from outside the area just when the Midlands club seemed set to take all three points. “Maybe the crowd was disappointed, but they didn’t let us feel it,” Klopp said. “We were all in the game, we were all concentrated to get this one point at the end and it felt like three. I know it’s only one, but it felt like three and in this moment there was an explosion (of emotion).” LONDON (AP): As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle were facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The optimism which surrounded Juergen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager two months ago has been substituted with a realism. Liverpool are five points adrift of Manchester United, which held on to fourth place despite losing at Bournemouth on Saturday, and nine behind provisional leaders Arsenal. Olivier Giroud converted an early penalty for his 50th Premier League goal, before Mesut Ozil set up Aaron Ramsey to sweep in another as Arsenal beat bottom-place Aston Villa 2-0. It was goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 169th clean sheet in the Premier League – most achieved with Chelsea – matching David James’ record. Although Arsenal’s stay at the top could be brief if Leicester beat ailing champions Chelsea, the win at Villa Park capped a good week when the odds were defied to book a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League. “I was a bit anxious today because we had given a lot on Wednesday night (at Olympiakos) and we came back very, very late,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I knew that Villa was fighting to survive … it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry. I had as well a few bad weeks already. So sometimes it balances a little bit.” It’s been a good four months for north London counterpart Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. They had not lost in the League since the opening day of the season until running into a resilient Newcastle, which ended the 14-match unbeaten run. Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed, after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half headed opener for Tottenham. “In the second half, every time we had the ball we started to make some mistakes and we give them the possibility to a right to a goal,” Pochettino said. “I think the first person that was responsible of the defeat is me.” With Newcastle out of the drop zone and up to 15th – above Chelsea – the pressure is off Steve McClaren for now.last_img read more

Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

22m in Beijing for Richards?

first_imgOdayne Richards is already the finest shot putter in Jamaica’s history. Richards, however, isn’t resting on his hard-won laurels. He has his eye on Beijing, the upcoming World Championships, and the 22-metre line. The stocky MVP putter produced a second-round national record throw of 21.69 metres to win gold for Jamaica at the recent Pan American Games. That mirrored his win last year at the Commonwealth Games, where he took charge of the national record with a distance of 21.62m. Even though no Jamaican had ever won shot put gold in either the Pan Am or Commonwealth Games before, Richards has his aim on Beijing. “The goal is to throw 22m in the final in the World Championships in Beijing,” he calmly asserted. Those firsts don’t occupy his mind too much. “It does feel good, but I’m not too concerned about the history,” he explained. “I believe that other people will come up and do great,” he predicted. He eased off the gas at the Pan Am Games after the big throw. “I had thrown 21m,” he stated. “So the rest of the throws were safe throws to try and keep healthy.” The St George’s College and University of Technology graduate is looking forward to meeting world leader Joe Kovacs of the USA, reigning champion David Storl of Germany, and the rest of the world’s best in Beijing. “I expect them to come well, and I’d like to be one of those persons who compete well against them and possibly beat them.” The 25-year-old had appeared to struggle early in the season, but he and coach Linval Swaby were working on building strength. “After we achieved what we set out in the strength area,” explained Swaby, “we started focusing on throwing, and he has been responding.” Kovacs, 22.56m, and Storl, 22.20m, are the only men with marks past 22 metres, but Richards is number 3 this season with his national record. Even so, he expects the American pair of former World champions, Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa, to return to 22m territory in Beijing. “I’d just like to join that elite group of throwers who have gone over 22m,” he said quietly. “That’s my goal,”, he concluded, “and I believe it is possible to throw far enough to medal.” building strengthlast_img read more

Arsenal, Man United in Sunday showdown

first_img INGS GETTING BETTER Securing victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the 90th minute on Wednesday could be the spark to get Manchester City’s season back on track after back-to-back Premier League losses. “We need to get back to the first five games of the Premier League, where we were more of a balanced team,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle. Danny Ings started the season on the periphery at Liverpool after his offseason move from relegated Burnley. Now he’s establishing himself as a regular, scoring two goals in the last three games, and has been called up by England. “He is someone we followed very closely,” England coach Roy Hodgson said of Ings, who is likely to partner Daniel Sturridge up front in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday with Christian Benteke still nursing an injury. The pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eased after a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend, but would ramp back up with a derby defeat. CHELSEA WOES LONDON (AP): For the first time in 110 weeks, Manchester United enter a Premier League game as the leaders. And a trip to Arsenal on Sunday is the perfect platform for Louis van Gaal’s side to justify – and fortify – its spot at the summit. United swept to five wins in their six September fixtures in all competitions and came from behind to edge Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday. “I do feel we are improving,” United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin said. “At the start of the season people were talking about good results and not very good performances. “In the last few weeks, I don’t hear this anymore. They don’t complain about the style of play or anything and that is because we have improved.” At Arsenal, though, it’s a familiar tale of early-season torment. Arsenal are only three points adrift of United in fourth place but two straight group-stage losses in the Champions League have left Arsene Wenger’s team in danger of missing out on the lucrative knockout phase. “When we play like we did (on Tuesday against Olympiakos), with that lack of concentration and discipline, then we have got no chance,” defender Per Mertesacker said. “(Sunday’s game) will be a good opportunity to come back to the Emirates and play our football with possession and dynamism.” CITY FIGHT BACK There was one piece of good news for Jose Mourinho this week: The Chelsea manager will not face any Football Association action over the comments he made to then-club doctor Eva Carneiro during a touchline incident in August. But independent FA director Heather Rabbatts yesterday denounced the governing body’s treatment of Carneiro as “seriously disappointing”, particularly over the apparent failure to interview any witness – including the doctor. On the field it’s been a bleak few days for Chelsea as well. After scraping a draw at Newcastle last weekend to slump eight points behind the leaders, Chelsea lost to FC Porto in the Champions League on Mourinho’s return to his former club. Tomorrow Chelsea host a Southampton side sitting a point higher in the league. Both games between them last season were 1-1 draws. “They will look to react after the loss against Porto in the Champions League,” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said. “They will go up in the table because they don’t stay that low for so long. We know what they can bring.”last_img read more