Ernesto Valverde appeared before the press on the eve of the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup that will face the Barcelona with the Atlético de Madrid (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.) in the city of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).Throughout the season, they usually meet a lot with Atlético. How important is the game?It is a different format than what we are used to. It is not a tie is not a League match. It is definitive and, in that sense, we take it as a League match knowing that we are looking for victory and that we know the difficulty of facing Atlético.Do you feel comfortable here?I know it has resonance but the football in which we are involved is an industry. What sources of income are being sought or are being sought is why we are here and just as there are some special connotations in Morocco, there are them here. It’s not the same as playing at home, but here we are. We are fine and acclimatizing.Is it necessary to refresh the equipment?We’ll see. At the moment we only have one game and we came from playing last Saturday. We have five days of margin and we don’t have to think about much more because after tomorrow’s game another one may come, or not.How is the team?We have brought more players based on what happens tomorrow. Because if you pass you would have to train … Against Atlético there are no easy games and against these rivals, less. You play it in a match and anything can happen.Have you talked to Vidal? We do not have to think that you are going to go to any team. Tomorrow we’ll see. In principle it is with us. There is no clue.Do you prefer to play here or be playing at home?I will give you objective data. This is my fifth Super Cup. In the first three, my team had to play the field lap of the rival. And when I have been a League champion I have had to play outside. It is strange to play with two guest teams.Would you rather play this competition in summer?I dont know. It has always been the first title of the season between the League champion and the Cup champion. It seems to me that it was fine. It has changed. We will value it once it happens. What is clear that the matches are attractive to the public, but from the sporting point of view, League champion there is only one. And Cup champion there is only one.Are they making too many goals in the last minutes?Everyone sees it in a way. There are times that the opposite marks us before, other times we mark. I don’t think we have many ups and downs in the last minutes. That we have not made the same points.What do you suggest that United and Inter want Vidal?Arturo Vidal plays with us and tomorrow he will be in the field or on the bench. Over there nearby. We do not pay attention to other players interested in ours
But this has collided with several staff members who do not understand that there are players who also empty in training and then do not go or summoned or are on the bench, case of Rodrygo (the Brazilian has stopped entering the calls), Lucas Vázquez, Brahim and even Vinicius. Let alone heavy weights such as Isco and Modric, who see their position in the onces in danger both with the return of Welsh and with the return of Hazard. But Zidane, as he likes to repeat, He wants to have all his players available. Only Mariano and Asensio have left to have a variety of solutions to the problems that may happen during games … “I’m going to have Gareth because we know what he can give us. I want it to be fine to play. He will continue working and we will have him” This is how Zinedine Zidane responded in his usual press conference after the last training in Valdebebas before the match against Osasuna. That Saturday, February 8, the technician again had the wales to travel to Pamplona. The next day, Bale was a starter. He would play 70 minutes in his return to the league competition after losing the clashes against Sevilla, Valladolid and Atlético (He played in the Cup against Unionistas and did not do so against Zaragoza or Real Sociedad, in addition to the Super Cup he did not travel to).As well, last week both the Welshman and the French coach were talking about the situation of eleven White. Zizou detected a change in attitude in Welsh in the match against Osasuna: his pinky was damaged, he asked the doctors to stick it together with another finger to continue playing and he kept doing it. Also, these weeks has seen him more engaged and more intense and involved in training sessions. A first step to try again to be the determining player that was in the first season he arrived (2013-14), in which he scored in the Copa (al Barça) and Champions (at Atleti) finals. The coach continues his idea of recovering him in this final stretch of the season.
7 “The crown virus psychosis exceeds the popularity of Cristiano Ronaldo”, Explain Tuttosport In one of the articles. Italy is on alert for the high number of cases registered in the country, which has forced six games to be played A series of this day behind closed doors. “Amuchina” surpassed “Cristiano Ronaldo”, the Juventus footballer, as a keyword on Monday. In addition, the associated searches “Condogno” (one of the most exposed places “and “Esselunga home” (a chain of supermarkets that sends you the food at home), also had a great peak of searches at seven in the afternoon of last Sunday.Juventus – Inter Milan, pending televisionThe meeting between Juventus and Inter Milan will be played behind closed doors by the coronavirus. However, the chain Sky, which owns the television rights of the meeting, has issued a statement in which it says it intends to broadcast the meeting in open, since many fans will not be able to move to the stadium. However, the decision is not only yours, and they are waiting for the leaders of the Italian league to approve this decision, since without his approval it would not be possible to issue the meeting in open.On the other hand, the mayor of Lyon has shown that some 3,000 fans travel to the French city to see the round of 16 meeting of the Champions League. And the risk of contagion has been transferred to the network, where the number of searches related to the coronavirus has skyrocketed. A study conducted by the company AvantGrade collects the visits received by “Amuchina”, the gel disinfectant that everyone wants to buy to prevent the disease.
That Jadon Sancho is one of the soccer players with the future on the world stage is clear. The 19-year-old is growing by leaps and bounds since arriving at the Borussia Dortmund, and it is not surprising that it is in the spotlight of the best clubs in the European continent. 7 Bundesliga* Data updated as of March 4, 2020 This week Jadon Sancho has been related to the Chelsea and with him Manchester United, especially by the German and English media. In Bild they even speculate that the English footballer could be close to reaching some kind of agreement with Manchester United, although your club will not make things easy. And it is that the German media explains that the starting price to start listening to offers for its young star is 140 million euros, a figure much higher than the 105 million they paid in their day for Paul Pogba. There is plenty of time for more teams to join the bid, and it does not seem that the player will have decided his future before the Eurocup.
The Portuguese explained that if he left the Sporting of Portugal your number one choice would be Premier League and, more specifically, his current club. And so he made it known since the negotiations began: “I spoke to Sporting, who had already had some conversations with Manchester United about my transfer, and when they spoke to me, I told them that my first option was Manchester United. I feel that was what I needed for my career.” The midfielder confessed Sky Sports that the player who inspired him to play in Old Trafford is, how could it be otherwise, his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): “When you start watching Ronaldo’s games and you see that his team won it all, you dream of being here, but the decision was easy. When I had the opportunity to sign for United, I didn’t think twice.” twenty Premier League* Data updated as of March 15, 2020 18 Bruno Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for Manchester United. He hardly needed eight games to become the true leader of the team, pulling the car, scoring goals (three goals and four assists), winning over the fans with his gestures and making him forget Paul Pogba. With him he has never been defeated. Bruno Fernandes arrived on the winter market and has already adapted to the team very quickly, thanks in large part to his partner Diogo Dalot. The Portuguese side, who arrived two years ago from the Port, welcomed him at home and accompanied him every day to training. Both players have forged a great friendship and since then they are inseparable: “I have a car, but Diogo Dalot wants to take me to training and we always go together. We arrive early. Diogo wants to have company and then we always have breakfast and go to the gym. Since I arrived, he has helped me a lot. During the first days I slept in his He was in a hotel, but he told me to stay at his house. He helped me with everything. I am very happy to have him here. “Bruno Fernandes now has a challenge ahead: getting Manchester United to compete again in the Champions League next year. The stoppage due to the coronavirus left them fifth, three points behind the Chelseaalthough they may not have the option of hanging out if they finally Premier League decides to give as champion to Liverpool, canceling the descents and ascending to the first two of the Championship, thus being 22 clubs in the championship next year.
Barcelona is an exemplary club and other clubs will follow the same steps as we are seeing. I see perfectly that we can all help. It is a model team because it was one of the first to take this step where players will transfer part of their salary to employees.You are Argentine like Lautaro. Do you know him?Yes! Lautaro is one of the best forwards today. I really like it for the way you feel about football. He is a young forward who looks for spaces well and understands phenomenally what the game of killer. Four years have passed since Saviola’s farewell to elite soccer. ‘The Rabbit’ attends to ACE To review the current events, assess the possible signing of Lautaro: “Share the same philosophy.” The also Argentine knows him very well and is optimistic about the possible signing. Almost five years away from professional football. How is it going?Well, I keep playing soccer but on another level. Also, I feel very comfortable commenting on matches in the media. I made meetings related to Barça and also the World Cup. It’s something that I love. I hope to continue collaborating with Barcelona with Barça Legend, the Academy … I am very involved with them.How do you remember your time at Barcelona?I remember my time in Barcelona with enormous happiness. I was in one of the best clubs in the world when I was 19 years old and it left me very much personally and professionally. What are you left with?People appreciated me very much from the first day at the airport. I only have words of thanks and respect. I have grown up and have had a partner like Xavi who has provided 100% with me.What do you think of the performance of the players donating part of their salary to the workers? Would you do well at Barça?It would fit perfectly in the Barca for its quality and philosophy of play. The first time I saw him I knew he was a footballer for a big club. I see him as perfect for the front of Barça.And what about Messi?Messi never ceases to amaze us. When he retires we will miss him very much, although he still has plenty left. He is the best player in the world and he will continue to amaze us. He has been winning all possible records and is an example. What you have earned you deserve. The day he is not there will leave a big gap.Before the break, which team did you see stronger?I see Madrid and Barça very evenly. Both had their moments and will surely be defined in the last dates. There is no difference between both clubs. I don’t know which team will come back better after the break. Atlético is further back, but will fight to the end as Simeone has accustomed us.
His current club can do little more than try to get the most out of the central herculean. The financial situation of Leipzig, despite having the backing of the powerful Red Bull, is not to throw rockets. Cannot guarantee wages of its more than 400 employees and of the players, who have also cut their salaries, beyond june. If the Bundesliga does not resume the matches in a short period of time, the situation will worsen further. Leipzig think of two substitutesLeipzig is a very jealous club when it comes to showing its accounts for its relationship with Red Bull, but the energy drinks company also owns the Austrian Salzburg, and will not cover large losses if they go on forever. Leipzig has become a German power trying to be self-sufficient and that includes the market. “We are not sellers, but we will have to sell“The club’s senior officials assume in private. They do not speak directly of Upamecano, but in Germany it is taken for granted and Markus Krösche, the sports director, has two possible substitutes in the room: Malang Sarr, from Nice, and Tanguy Kouassi, a pearl of PSG who is listening to proposals. Upamecano will end up leaving and Real Madrid is one of the strongest candidates to welcome you … Upamecano almost meets the parameters that the white club is also looking for, in terms of age (21 years), projection (it is Under-21 with France) and growth under the baton of Julian Nagelsmann, the prodigy technician of the Bundesliga. There is a narrow bridge to reach it (shares representatives with Toni Kroos), Madrid has Zizou’s appeal and a very French wardrobe, although above all the key lies in its contractual situation. He has neither wanted nor wants to renew with Leipzig and his current salary, just over € 2M, allows a lot of room for improvement despite the crisis. The fact that his current relationship with Leipzig ends in 2021 makes him in practice the owner of his destiny. Zidane is dumped on the French market and he especially likes Dayot Upamecano. As published by AS, the French center back from RB Leipzig is an option that is on his mind as the central quarter of the squad. And Upamecano is for sale. The defender contract ends in 2021 and as this newspaper could know, it is pressing so that they sell to him this summer. No matter the crisis caused by the coronavirus, think it’s time to jump into a big one. Upamecano, with the French U21.AFP
Live this in first person It has made him an example of fighting racism. There was one case that particularly angered him. Sport Boys striker Francis Ortiz Lovera was exercising near his home when a policeman pointed a gun at him and immobilized him, as if he were a thief. The player denounced him and Advíncula put his face out for him with a forceful message on Instagram: “I’ll just say, how long does nero always have to be the bad guy?”Advíncula has found his site now. “I was tired of going from one team to another and Rayo’s plan for this season made me decide to stay. I do not regret. I did not consult the decision with coach Gareca, but I know he liked it, “he said. The defender has become the owner and lord of the right wing and is comfortable with a hobby that shares his values. Since 1997, the swollen redhead has continuously organized a ‘Days against Racism’ to try to raise awareness in society and eradicate this scourge once and for all. Together they will undoubtedly wage the most important game. That was the drop that filled the glass. The Peruvian exploded. “I threw the cereal at him. They ended up fining me, they suspended me. This guy is a racist, was saying. He insulted me in German, to which I responded by insulting him in Spanish “, he narrated with laughter the right side. It was not the only unpleasant experience he has suffered of this nature. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia he had to hear how part of the Australian fans simulated monkey sounds every time the defender touched the ball. Luis Advíncula is a personality in Peru. Each of his movements creates expectation, especially those that reveal his most human side. The same one that he showed these days during an interview in Movistar Deportes, where the defender confessed some episodes lived during his time at the German Hoffenheim during 2012-13. The international suffered in the first person the racism of one of his colleagues, from whom he did not want to reveal his identity.“Because of my character I get along well with everyone, only once did I get along badly with a partner. He had a German father and a Russian mother. He was bond sheet color (white race), also right side and I felt like he was talking about me. I didn’t understand anything, but I could tell. In the field we played reduced game, we played on the same team and I did not pass it“confessed Advíncula, who was listing other contempt:”I sat next to him and he got up to go to another table“
MOHALI, India (AP): New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a 22-run win over former champions Pakistan yesterday, their third successive victory in Group Two. Martin Guptill scored 80 off 48 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in New Zealand’s total of 180-5 and also took three catches as Pakistan failed to build on Sharjeel Khan’s blistering start, finishing on 158-5. Pakistan never got their momentum back after Khan hit 47 off 25 balls with nine fours and a six in an opening stand of 65. He was dismissed in the sixth over, caught by Guptill. Fast bowler Adam Milne (2-26) and left-arm spinner Martin Santner (2-29) led the New Zealand recovery with two wickets each and put Pakistan on the brink of a tournament exit. “On the back of Martin Guptill’s superb knock, the batting unit played their roles truly nicely to get to us to a very good total,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “It was nice to see, in the second innings, our bowlers kept their composure after a tough start and pulled it back nicely.” New Zealand have already beaten tournament favourites India and Australia, while 2009 champions Pakistan have just two points from their victory over Bangladesh after also losing to India. Pakistan, notorious to slip in run-chases, scored nearly half of the required runs in the first 10 overs before their batsmen let the game slip away. Ahmed Shehzad (30), Umar Akmal (24) and captain Shahid Afridi (19), who was dropped off the first ball, couldn’t build any real momentum as New Zealand kept taking wickets in reply. Pakistan also missed the experience of Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled out of the match due to pain in his right knee. Hafeez’s replacement, Khalid Latif, playing his first T20 international after almost four years, looked out of sorts in his brief stay before holing out in the deep after scoring only three runs. “It was a chaseable total, we played well in the first six overs. But after that, instead of building partnerships, we played too many dot balls,” Afridi said. “Maybe I will play my last game of the career (against Australia) and we should focus on it.”
The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 could potentially be the biggest world championship in the 15 editions of the event, which started in 1983 and ranks among the world’s leading sports events.With one week to go, final entries indicate that 207 IAAF member federations will send representatives to the Chinese capital for the most important sporting event of the year.The previous highest number of participating federations was 203, at the last championships in Moscow two years ago.No less than 1,936 athletes (1043 men and 893 women) have been entered.SLIGHTLY LESS NUMBERSAlthough the number of athletes that will finally participate in Beijing will be slightly less, as is normal, this figure still compares favourably with the current highest total of 1895 who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin.The numbers have been boosted by the IAAF’s innovative system introduced ahead of these championships of inviting athletes who had not already been entered by the deadline of midnight (Central European Time) Monday, August 10, on the basis of them being among the best ranked in their event (apart from in long distance and walking disciplines) in order to bring an event up to an optimum number of competitors as established by the IAAF.The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, is expected to set the standard for the sport’s future championships, with the world’s best athletes going through their paces in the same magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium that was the centrepiece for the 2008 Olympic Games.As already announced, the Bird’s Nest stadium will be full for all the evening sessions across the nine days with an audience of 50,000 spectators.- IAAF