Ajax – Standard Liege
Ajax hosts Standard Liege in a third round of the Champions League rematch. The duel is on Tuesday (August 14th) at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Read vipsoccertip.com winning bets below.
Standard Liege fans have lost all hopes of winning the Champions League playoff after the first half of the first meeting a week ago after Ajax had a two-goal lead on the pitch. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dusan Tadic defeated Guillermo Ochoa’s door to give the Dutch team a comfortable lead after 45 minutes in Liege. The Belgian team, however, picked up in the second half and found a way back in this match. Moroccan national Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez returned one shot in the 67th minute, and striker Renaud Emond equalized in the sequel to the penalty shootout and so Standard Liege retained the chances of being ranked in the next phase of the most prestigious club tournament in Europe.
The weekend hosts of Ajax made a 1:1 draw against Heracles at their own Johan Cruyff Arena at the start of the Dutch Championship. This was not a good start for the Amsterdam team, but fans will quickly forget this one when eliminating Standard Liege in the Champions League. The Dutch team was the favorite in the clash before the first game and is expected to continue the playoffs. In his last four home games in the Champions League, the Ajax team has no defeat – one win and three draws. This season they beat Austria’s Sturm Graz 2-0 and will try again to win and maintain a dry net.
The Standard Liege team is not a strong guest at this tournament. The Belgian team has seven defeats in a total of nine visits to the Champions League. In the 2014/15 season, Standard Liege lost 0-3 to Zenit on the playoffs. In my opinion, the Ajax team is the classiest team and missed the win in the first game, but now it will not happen and the hosts will congratulate themselves with success.
Soccer predictions 1×2 for Ludogorets Razgrad v MOL Vidi
Ludogorets Razgrad hosts MOL Vidi in a match from the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The meeting is on Wednesday, July 25, at the Ludogorets Arena stadium as the hosts are the big favorite for the victory. Chief referee of the meeting will be Sweden’s Bojan Pandzic, who showed an average of 3.41 yellow cards per match.
Ludogorets is the champion of Bulgaria and in the season 2018/18 the Razgrad team won the title for the seventh time. In the 2011/12 season the team dominated the Bulgarian Championship and since then they have always been champions and a regular participant in the Champions League qualifiers. The team has managed twice to go all the way to join the Champions League, and for three of the last five years it has been a player in the direct elimination of League Europe.
Ludogorets Razgrad began impressively in the tournament this season by beating Crusaders 7-0 in the first round of the last round. In his visit to Northern Ireland, the Bulgarian champion won 2-0 to go ahead with a 9:0 overall result. This was the third consecutive victory for the Champions League qualifiers, last season they ended the 3:1 ome win against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, but dropped out of the race for their 0-2 loss in Israel. Ludogorets Razgrad is in a series of three consecutive wins in his own field in the tournament, having scored an impressive 14 goals, making them the big favorite in the upcoming match.
MOL Vidi’s team can not boast of his rival’s success. The guests are a 3-time champion of Hungary winning the title three times in the last seven years – this is still a good achievement. However, they failed to make a break in the Champions League. In the 2011/12 season, the team dropped out of Sturm Graz in the second round, and in the 2015/16 season, MOL Vidi was eliminated from FC BATE Borisov. Now the Hungarian champion has started the tournament with success over the F91 Dudelange with a 3:2 overall result, but I do not see how they can oppose Ludogorets and expect a convincing success for the hosts on Wednesday.
Serie A season 2018-2019 preview
August 19th will start the new season 2018/19 in the Italian Serie A. This will be the 117th season at the highest level of Italian football. The campaign will end on May 26, 2019, when the new champion will be clear. Juventus will defend his title again and is the big favorite for Scudetto, but the season is expected to be very interesting.
In the season 2017/18, the Hellas Verona and Benevento teams, as well as the Crotone team, fell out of the elite. The great news in Italian football is the return of Parma, who returns to the elite after three seasons without playing football in Italy’s top division. Empoli and Frosinone are the other two novices in the 2018/19 season, likely to be fighting for survival.
The battle for the title in the season 2018/19
Juventus is the big favorite to win the title in the new season. “The Bianconers” will strive to win the eighth consecutive title in the A Series. In the past season, Juventus won 95 points, ending four more than the second Napoli. Massimiliano Allegri’s graduates have won 30 of their 38 league games. Juventus made only three losses for the entire season and was once again over all the other teams. They scored 86 goals for 38 games – the best assault in the A Series for the 2017/18 season. How many goals will the team score in the new season after attracting the superstar of world football Cristiano Ronaldo? Juventus paid 100 million euros to Real Madrid to get the services of the striker, who was eager to play in Turin. In addition, Juventus has stepped up on every post after attracting Joao Cancelo, Emre Can and Mattia Perin. The latter came from Genoa as he would have to replace legend Gianluigi Buffon, who will not be in Juventus’ new season. Surely the “bianconers” will split up with two or three players, but their class is just incredible. There is no doubt that they will be the best team in Italy in the season 2018/19. Cristiano Ronaldo is really the biggest transfer in Italian football in recent years and he will contribute to a new title of Juventus. In addition, “The Old Lady” will aim to win the Champions League after attracting the best player in the tournament in recent years and a major culprit for the Real Madrid titles in the last three seasons. Which teams can be a Juventus competition for the title in the new season 2018-19? Winning football predictions for the Serie A season, you can find every day at soccerbetsclub.com
The second favorite for the title of the bookmaker is Napoli. The Naples team was very close to stopping Juventus’ hegemony last season, but two games have decided the outcome of the title at the end of the season, one of which was the turn of the “bianconers” against Inter as a guest in the last minutes, and the loss of Napoli from Fiorentina with 0:3. Napoli is expected to be closest to Juventus in the new season. In the past campaign, they won 91 points, scoring 28 wins in 38 games, but it was not enough to beat Juventus. Napoli has only lost three losses in the season, and the question is can he make a stronger performance in the season 2018/19? The team will have a new mentor in the face of Carlo Ancelotti, who has great experience in the coaching career. Napoli will almost certainly be parting with one of his stars – midfielder Jorginho, who will pass into English Chelsea. The club was reinforced by the young and talented Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz from Bettis, paying 30m euros to have it. Alex Meret, who was paid 22m euros to Udinese, also joined the team. Napoli will surely reinforce with at least two more players to make it even stronger in the new season.
In the 2017/18 season, Roma finished third with 18 points less than Juventus. Bookmakers give the wolves little chance of winning the title in the 2018/19 season, but their chances of success are rated as Napoli’s. Roma finished strongly last season with five victories in their last six games and guaranteed a new participation in the Champions League. The team made seven losses in the course of the season, which is a lot if they want to claim the title. Roma is among the most active teams in the transfer market this summer, drawing Ivan Marcano, Javier Pastore, Davide Santon, Ante Coric and Justin Kluivert. The team, however, has partnered with one of its main players in recent years – Radja Nainggolan. The Belgian midfielder will have to be replaced by youngster Lorenzo Pellegrini, who played 28 games last season and scored 3 goals. Roma will be quite upgraded in the new season and I think there will be little chance for the title as soon as it is a top 4 place. Footballtopbets.com offer you soccer betting picks for Serie A next season!
It’s far more possible in the title fight to see Inter’s team. The Nerazzurri finished fourth in the last season and made a return to the Champions League. They beat Lazio 3-2 as a guest in the last round and thus won the fourth place to register for the most prestigious club tournament this autumn for the first time in many years. Coach Luciano Spalletti wants his team to be even stronger in the new season and Inter is quite active in the transfer market. “Nerazzurri” was reinforced by the young Argentine star Lautaro Martinez, for whom 23 million euros were paid to Racing. A-Series players like Stefan de Vrij, Radja Nainggolan and Kwadwo Asamoah have also strengthened the team, so Inter selection early summer seems very promising. The team will not be parting with some of their main players, so we’ll see where Luciano Spalletti’s team can get in the new season.
Bookmakers rate Milan’s and Lazio’s chances of winning the title in the 2018/19 season as minimal. Milan’s team was in trouble and was not allowed to participate in European club tournaments. Gennaro Gattuso is waiting for a tough season at the head of the Rosoner, who are far from the top 4 clubs. Lazio’s team will surely be extremely disappointed with the fact that they failed to qualify for the Champions League. The Roman eagles have already left a major player like Stefan de Vrij and the biggest clubs in Europe have a keen interest in the team star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is unlikely to remain in Stadio Olimpico in the new season. Overall, I expect Lazio to fight for a Top 4 spot, but it’s quite likely to stay out of the Champions League again.
Asian handicap predictions for France – Belgium
We are entering the last week of the World Football Cup 2018, starting on Tuesday the semi-finals of the tournament. Before the start of the race there were many favorites to reach the semi-finals, but now there are only four teams left, two of which are France and Belgium. The duel between the two countries is on Tuesday night, July 10, at the “Saint-Petersburg” stadium.
Belgium has reached the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years and it can not be said that this is unexpected. “Red Devils” have a very strong generation, demonstrating their great potential at this tournament. Belgium is no longer among the favorites to win the World Cup after eliminating Brazil at the 1/4-finals. Roberto Martinez’s graduates played fantastic first half to get a break with two goals in advance. Belgium had some tough times in the second part and was under serious pressure, but still did not allow more than one goal in the goal and qualified for the 1/2 finals. Far more difficult was the “red devils” of the 1/8-finals when they had to make a move against Japan in the closing minutes of the match. But then Belgium showed a great character by turning the 0-2 game in the final 20 minutes of the match and demonstrating its championship ambitions. The success against Brazil was the fifth consecutive for Roberto Martinez’s team at this World Cup. The Belgians won all three games in the group stage against Tunisia, Panama and England, and did not need extra time or penalties for direct elimination to reach the semi-finals. Now, the challenge is great again in front of Belgium, but Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have shown that they can defeat every rival of the tournament in Russia.
France’s team reached the 1/2-finals after eliminating Uruguay and Argentina. The Fells were better at both matches, and they did not need extra time or penalty shootouts to reach the final stages of the World Cup 2018. France defeated Argentina 4:3 by turning 1:2 to 4:3 in the second half while in the Uruguay match he was far easier to win after a 2-0 win. Didier Deschamps may be pleased with the game of his alumni in defense against Uruguay, but he was without Edinson Cavani. Against Argentina, the French have shown defense weaknesses and now they should not do this if they want to qualify for the final because Belgium has a great assault and proved it at this world championship.
With regard to the news about the two clubs there are no big absences, as for France even the midfielder Blaise Matuidi will return to the squad after being punished for the Uruguay match. Belgium’s penalty team is defender Thomas Meunier, who is an important part of Roberto Martinez’s squad. The Spanish specialist will make only one change given the lack of Meunier as the midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is expected to appear in his place. Didier Deschamps will bet on almost the same starters he uses against Uruguay, with Matuidi alone being included in the squad.
This will only be Belgium’s second half in the semi-finals of the World Cup. In 1986, they lost to Argentina and will now strive for the first time to reach the final. France, however, is in a series of two consecutive appearances in the final when it reaches this phase of the tournament. “Fellows” are light favorites in the game, but Belgium has the chances of winning this game. The Belgians won 19 of their last 24 matches in all tournaments, with no defeat for that period. This shows how strong the Red Devils are at the moment and I would definitely recommend that you bet Belgium to qualify for the World Cup Final 2018.
Asian handicap predictions for France – Belgium: Away AH 0
World Cup 2018 football bets for Iceland – Croatia
The Croatian and Icelandic national teams are facing each other in a third round of Group D at the World Cup 2018. The match will take place on June 26th at the Rostov Arena stadium in Rostov-na-Donu.
Nigeria lost 0-2 from Croatia at the start of the World Cup finals. The African side retreated to the opponent’s class, although it was an equal rival. The Croats used the static positions after which both of their hits fell. Nigeria has shown good things in the attack, but it has to be even better against Iceland to take advantage of this match. World debutants – Iceland, once again shocked their results at a big forum. The Vikings made 1:1 against the Argentina group favorite on Saturday. Now Iceland will try to win the three points to increase its chances of ranking direct eliminations.
Iceland made a very strong start in its first World Cup final by winning a point against Argentina after a 1-1 draw. Striker Alfred Finnbogason scored in the South Americans network to bring a point to his team. But this is the only Scandinavian side until the World Cup 2018. In its second tournament meeting, Heimir Hallgrimsson lost 0:2 from Nigeria. A lot of football specialists gave Iceland an advantage in view of the results of the first round, but Nigeria showed a better game in the attack and deservedly won the match. One of Iceland’s leading players, Gylfi Sigurjsson, missed a penalty in the second half. The Everton player remains debtor of his team in the game until he failed to contribute to the game of Icelanders in the first two matches of the tournament. Now Iceland faces the best team in the group that has already secured the 1/8-finals after two wins. Can the Scandinavians get the surprise and with success in this match to qualify for the 1/8-finals? For this, however, it is also necessary for the Nigeria – Argentina match to end with a favorable result for them, which does not involve the victory of the African side.
Croatia was unsuccessful in its opening World Cup, but at the start of the tournament, Zlatko Dalic’s team showed his class. The Balkan side beat Nigeria 2-0 as Luka Modric scored one of the goals in this game. Real Madrid‘s midfielder, however, demonstrated his great class in the next match of his country. In the second round Croatia defeated Argentina with the classic 3: 0 and secured the first position in this group. A phenomenal performance from the entire team contributed to the success of the “Gauchoos”, which were well below their level.
Ante Rebic made a rough mistake to Willy Caballero shortly after the start of the second half and Luka Modric scored a very nice goal for 2-0 in the 80th minute. His Spanish champion Ivan Rakitic scored for the final 3:0 in the sequel to the match. Throughout the game, Croatia’s team looked much better than Argentina. Gaucho’s star Lionel Messi did not get any chance of a goal, and other offensive South American players were also neutralized by Croatian defense. Now there is no tension in the Chessmakers’ Camp, and they will try to build on these performances and win the game against Iceland in the last round of the group stage.
Iceland’s coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is perfectly aware that in this game only the victory is working on his team. The Vikings will not think of defense at this meeting. They created quite a lot of goals against Nigeria, but they were not lucky in front of the opponent’s goal. At the same time, the team demonstrates defensive defenses and now plays against an even more classy opponent. In my view, we will see two or more hits in this match, so you might try to score goals because we are not going to look defensive football.
World Cup 2018 football bets for Iceland – Croatia : Over 2,5 goals / BTTS
World Cup 2018 soccer predictions for Germany – Mexico
Germany faces Mexico in its first World Cup 2018match. The duel is on June 17, Sunday, to be held in Moscow. Both teams are in a group with the national selections of Sweden and the Republic of Korea, so we are expecting many interesting F group meetings.
This team of Germany seems to be doomed to medals, finals and successes. Germany is one of the great favorites of the World Cup 2018 and not only because it is the current world champion. The Bundesland simply has no weak link in its composition. The most prominent players in the team are in excellent football age, and Germany has many young and talented players. The team has question marks related to the shape of the goal-keeper Manuel Neuer, who has long been injured. Otherwise, the Bundestimm showed their potential in the qualifiers and even in a lot of the matches did not play 100%. Last summer, the team won the Confederations Cup, using their “B” team in this tournament. Already in four consecutive world championships, Germany has always been a medalist. Now the team has the class again to reach the finals. Team striker Thomas Muller is expected to lead the team to the first round against Mexico.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s graduates will be a serious test for Germany at the start of the World Cup 2018. The specialist will leave the team after the World Cup after giving up a new contract. Mexico under the guise of Juan Carlos Osorio, however, plays very well and certainly will be noticed in the World Cup. The beginning of the team could not have been more difficult – they met the world champions. The Aztecs, however, in six consecutive leagues come out of the groups and even lose from Germany, they will not break. The team will count on celebrating his star Javier Hernandez, who is Mexico’s most prominent player, and is about to see if he can help his team get at least a point against Germany.
Good luck with our World Cup 2018 soccer predictions!
Soccer predictions today for Hoffenheim – Borussia Dortmund
Hoffenheim faces Borussia Dortmund in a duel in the last 34th round of the Bundesliga. The meeting is on Saturday at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena stadium as this match is a direct battle for a top 4 spot and a Champions League season next season.
The hosts are in fourth place in the provisional standings with a 52-point mark and are three points behind their upcoming rival. Hoffenheim’s team was defeated in nine consecutive league matches, but last weekend lost 0-2 as a guest at Stuttgart. Thus hosts only need a victory against Borussia Dortmund to keep their place in the Top 4 and for the second consecutive season to play in the Champions League. Hoffenheim has an equal number of points with the fifth Bayer Leverkusen and is two in front of the sixth Leipzig, so it looks quite likely to be shuffled by a four-time defeat against Borussia.
In his last home, Hoffenheim scored 3:1 against Hannover. This was the fourth consecutive victory for them on their own pitch as the “blue” won five of their last six households. In this period, Julian Nagelsmann’s pupils scored 19 goals and received only four goals.
Borussia Dortmund arrives at this match in a very bad shape with only one win in their last four games. In the last round, they lost home 1:2 from Mainz 05 as it was a shocking defeat for the “yellow-black”. Now they may be out of the Champions League area at defeat. Borussia Dortmund must perform very hard to avoid losing to the “Rhein-Neckar-Arena” stadium.
In his last four away games in the league, Dortmund has two wins and two losses. They were humiliated by Bayern Munich 0:6 and lost the derby against Schalke 0:2. In their last visit, they made a 1: 1 draw against Werder, so it would be quite difficult for them to win at Sinsheim this Saturday.
Soccer winning predictions for Wolfsburg – Schalke
The Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 teams go against each other in a 27th round of the First Bundesliga. The duel is on Saturday at the Volkswagen Arena stadium and is expected to be one of the most interesting games this weekend in Germany.
The Wolfsburg team is struggling for its survival, and now stands above the line. The hosts are in the 15th position with a 25-point lead as the Mainz lineup 05. Wolfsburg won only a point in their last five Bundesliga matches after making 1:1 against Mainz as a guest on February 23. In the next two games, the Wolfsburg team had defeated Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim. In the last round, the “wolves” lost heavily from Hoffenheim with 0:3, and on their last home they defeated 1:2 from the “aspirins”. In their previous five home games, the team recorded two draws and three losses. Wolfsburg is in a very weak form and is unlikely to win against Schalke 04 on Saturday, which has ambitions for a top 4 spot and has been playing very strong lately.
Guests from Gelsenkirchen are second in the standings with a total of 46 points as they have a point ahead of the third Borussia Dortmund and two more than the fourth on the table, Bayer Leverkusen. The battle for the top positions, except for the first place, is very controversial, so Schalke can not afford a loss of points in Wolfsburg. The King blue are in a series of four consecutive wins in the Bundesliga. This series started with a defeat of 1:2 from Bayern Munich on February 10th. Then Domenico Tedesco’s alumni settled over Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin and Mainz 05. Schalke beat a lot stronger Wolfsburg teams in the last few weeks and I think he will win the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday to solidify in second place in the Bundesliga.
Marseille must win matches like Troyes . Below was our winning soccer predictions for that game.
Hosts from Marseille
Marseille stayed fourth in League 1 after losing to direct rival Lyon this Sunday. So was the end of the series without loss for the team led by Rudi Garcia, who in 12 consecutive rounds did not know the taste of defeat. For the last time Marseille retreated to Rennes more than three months ago. But last week, it was not good for the club, and in addition to losing to Lyon, Marseille also let go of the bowl, and again Rehn was the insurmountable obstacle. Now the rival seems at first glance to be more acceptable and should not reach the offshoot of Stade Velodrome.
The guests from Troyes
Returning to the elite this season Troy takes 14th place in the table. After three consecutive losses, the guests managed to be successful over the weekend, which was 1:0 over Amiens. Before that, the champion Monaco was quite impatient, but after Troyes led with 2:0 he managed a turn and a loss of 3:2. Troja, however, has two wins as a guest in the current campaign. However, they were given away and the last one was almost 3 months ago when they reached 1-0 against the last Metz.
Marseille is already three points out of the top 3 and the Champions League, so it needs victories, especially against such rivals. Troy is not particularly impressed with his performances so far, and at first glance he can not see how he will get something from Stadt Velodrome. Maybe a new home win is set.
Winning Soccer Predictions: 1, over 2.5 goals
TORINO will also look at Napoli. Read our winner soccer predictions for that game.
The situation in Torino
Torino is ranked ninth in the standings. The hosts are without loss in their last 7 games. The last round surprised one of the leading teams and beat Lazio 3:1 as a guest. Recently they have also avoided losses from Milan and Inter, which confirmed the thesis that they are a dangerous team. The “Bulls” also have eight draws in the Serie A, which is the most of all teams in the championship. Last season, however, did not do much for them in the games with Napoli and allowed a total of 10 goals against them, and the meeting ended with a score of 0:5.
The situation at Napoli
Napoli had the opportunity to return to the top of the last round but missed it and made 0:0 home with Fiorentina. So now they are still lagging behind a point from Inter’s leader and have one lead over the third Juventus. It is from Juve that lost to the previous one with 0:1 and so two consecutive games can not score goals and this is definitely not typical of Maurizio Sari’s composition. As guest Neapolitanians won 7 of their eight games in the season. They failed to take the three points only in the visit to Chievo, which also ended without goals.
Torino proved that he is not a bad team in the last round and will try to surprise now Napoli as well. The guests, however, need more victory after two unsuccessful attempts in a row. Any third match without success will certainly not appeal to fans of the team who expect more than their favorites this season. This will be the reason why we will stop winning the guests.
Winning soccer Prediction: 2, over 2.5 goals
Milan qualified for victory over Austria Vienna.Read our soccer betting tips below.
The situation for Milan
Milan continues to perform well below this season. In League Europe, however, are on their way to continue, and this can happen even in theory when winning this game. They have already defeated this rival with 5: 1 in Vienna and achieved a 3: 2 victory over Rieka at San Siro. In the last two games of the group, however, they made zero draws with the Greek AEK.
Austria Vienna also does not perform at a high level this season. In the Austrian Championship they are in the sixth position of 10 teams. On Saturday there was a new loss, which was 2: 3 by Admira Wacker. So, 5 consecutive rounds have no success. The Europa League started with a heavy loss from Milan. There was a tie in Athens against AEK and a new loss, but this time with 1: 3 from Rijeka. Against this background, in their last match of the group they recorded a surprising victory. They won as a guest of Rijeka with 4: 1. So they are now third in the group and are lagging behind 2 points from the second AEK.
There is something to improve in Milan and the expectations for better performance from the Rosoners continue. Now they can at least secure a ranking in Europe if they win again against Austria. The Austrians surprised their victory over Rieka in the last game, which now gives them hope. Overall, however, they do not make a good season, so they would be expected to lose in Milan.
Soccer Betting Predictions: 1, over 2.5 goals
Werder opens against Hannover 96 for the first time in the championship.Read our football predictions here.
Werder Bremen’s team has been catastrophic since the start of the season, but this week they have the chance to win their first home win in Hannover 96, with only one loss in their last 14 home games against this rival Werder. Bookmakers also give them a slight advantage, with Bet365 having a good home win. Last season, both teams exchanged a success on their own pitch.
Werder still have no win in the Bundesliga
The German championship has already played 11 rounds, but Werder Bremen’s team has never managed to record a single win. Interestingly, the team performs less well in their home games, so far they have scored a draw and four losses. In four of these meetings they did not even score a goal in the opposing door. There are obviously problems in the squad, so victory over a team in the top half of the ranking seems unlikely.
Hanover 96 lost three of their last five games
Hanover 96 are on the sixth place in the standings, thanks to their strong start of the season. The team did not defeat in their first six games, but in the next five to three times they turned out to be the losing side, suggesting their bad shape. In their last five away games, Hannover has only one win, but have managed to score goals in all of their visits since the start of the season.
Football predictions: 2
Leicester meets the invincible Manchester City. Here was our soccer bets tips .
The Manchester City team is in an incredible form and hurries through its opponents, both in the Champions League and the Premier League of England. This week Citizens face Leicester, and this is certainly not one of their most comfortable rivals. In the last four clashes between the two teams, the foxes have twice reached the victory, and once the match has ended in a draw.
Manchester City have won their last nine championship games
Manchester City are already in a series of 15 consecutive wins in all races. They have four wins in four Champions League games, with which they have long secured their transition to the next phase. The sky-men are equally convincing in the England Championship, where after ten wins and a draw in their first 11 games, they convincingly take the first place, with a lead of eight points ahead of the second in the standings.
Leicester have not lost in their last five games
Leicester are in the lower half of the standings, but in the past weeks have made good matches and have come close to the golden environment. The team no longer lost five consecutive championship games, but at the beginning of the season they quickly won four defeats, though against teams like Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. The Manchester City team is certainly not at a lower level than the ones listed, so there’s no way of not being a favorite of victory.
Soccer bet tips : 2
Renova – Vardar, soccer betting predictions for today.
Renova hosts Vardar Skopje in one of the most interesting matches of the 15th round in the Macedonian Football Championship.
Renova’s team ranks fifth in the standings with a total of 17 points, with six less than their upcoming rival Vardar, who is the strongest team in the country in recent years. Renova won two of his last three matches in the Macedonian First League. In the last round, however, they lost as guests from Pelister with 1; 2. After this game there was a round for the Cup as Renova passed successfully to the next stage after a 2-0 victory over Skopje at home. The hosts play very strongly on the “Ecologue Arena” as they are in a series of four consecutive wins in all the tournaments. Renova rarely loses on their own terrain and during this campaign have only one loss of nine matches.
Champion Vardar, however, is a favorite for winning the upcoming match. The team will aim this season to win the sixth consecutive title in Macedonia, but is currently second with 11 points behind leader Skenderja. However, Vardar’s play has two less games, so he can narrow the gap in a tie-up with Shkendia. Vardar was in a five-game series without winning all of the tournaments before putting an end to his bad results in the last round with a 3-0 win over the last in the Skopje table.
Now Vardar Skopje will try to put an end to his unpleasant series as guests after having missed five consecutive matches in all races. The team has lost all four matches in the group stage of League Europe so far and it is time to focus on winning the title in Macedonia, so we expect the guests to win at this meeting.
Will Atletico succeed in stopping Barcelona’s winning move? Read our football bet tips below.
Atletico Madrid is still without loss in the league. Currently dividing third place with Valencia with an equal number of points. In the last round, the “mats” could not defeat Leganes as a guest and made a zero draw. So their balance is 4 wins and 3 matches of 7 matches. There are still no goals in the league as a two-game host. Here they defeated Sevilla 2-0 with their last household in the example. The tradition, however, was quickly disrupted, albeit in the Champions League, after a treacherous 1: 2 loss by Chelsea. Felipe Lewis is the only one questioned by the hosts before this clash.
The leader Barcelona
Barcelona is doing a great season for the moment. They head the 5-point lead. They won all their matches in the lead and had 7 wins in 7 games. They also have a pretty good goal difference of 23: 2. There is an improvement in defense and the Catalans have a rather rare hit on their doors. We add two clean victories over Juventus and Sporting in the Champions League and so the series swells to 9 consecutive successes. But now Barca is ahead of the first major test in the league with this match. Team star Leo Messi is in great shape and has 11 goals from 7 matches in the championship.
Atletico Madrid has no win for the 2010 Barcelona Championship. Will not they finally break this trend at their new stadium? Guests are in excellent shape and are certainly able to win here as well. Both teams perform well in a protective plan, which makes us not expect many hits. If anyone wins, we expect to be minimal, and we think Barca has more chances to win as a winner.
Football bet tips : 2 or under 2.5 goals
Dortmund will not lost at home against Real Madrid. Here was our soccer bet predictions for that match.
Group H of this year’s Champions League has emerged as quite intriguing. In the second rounds of the group stage, she offers us a match between the teams of Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. The two teams started to play differently, but the full set of points in this match remains their main goal.
The news about Borussia Dortmund
The “yellow-blacks” continued their move in the German Bundesliga after they had home over Borussia M’glambach over the weekend with a score of 6-1. In this way, Dortmund is the sole leader in the championship. The team, however, lost their first match in the group stage when they played Tottenham and retreated 3-1. The form of the last 6 games in all races is 4 wins and 1 draw and loss. At home their performance is quite stable after having registered 3 wins in the Bundesliga. The problems with Peter Bosch are related to the absence of very important players – Royce, Gereiro, Durm, Schmelzer and Rohde. At least, Andre Schurle returned to the team’s training, and he and Mark Bartra remain questioned about the match.
Real Madrid News
The situation in the Royal Club is not very good. They are lagging behind 7 points from the top in La Liga, although they won their Alayes weekend. But winning 1-2 was not convincing and left a lot of questions about the team. Real has won 3-0 matches against APOEL Nicosia a few weeks ago to successfully start participating in the group stage. The form of the team is 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat, but away from the home it has 4 wins in 4 fights since the beginning of the season. Injured and out for the match are Marcello, Kovacic and Benzema. Theo Hernandez and Tony Kroos remain in question.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid
The two teams got used to playing lately. In the last season of the tournament they were again in a group. Then both games between them ended 2-2. They played a total of 12 games with each other, with the victories for Real being 4 and the ones for the German team – 3. All five games ended in a draw. Interestingly, in 6 households, Borussia Dortmund has no defeat against Real Madrid – 3 wins and 3 draws. The game is very important for Zinedine Zidane because it is obvious that his team is in a difficult situation and a possible new defeat would be expensive. But Borussia is in shape and will definitely look for success after losing in its first Tottenham match. The victory for both teams is extremely important on their way out of the group, so we expect a very controversial match. Our opinion is that the tradition that the German team will not lose at home from the “white ballet” will remain, so we are predicting a double chance of winning for Dortmund or even. As a second option try more than 3.5 goals in the match, as happened in their last 2 matches and in a total of 3 of the closest 6 games.
Soccer Bet Predictions: 1X, over 3.5 goals
Roma – Udinese
Roma accepts their Udinese subscriber,below was our soccer bet predictions for that match.
This year, Serie A is set to be one of Europe’s most exciting championships, with many teams fighting for the top. Undoubtedly, Roma is one of them, with the team at all costs chasing the victory in their Udinese household. The statistics are entirely in favor of the Roman wolves who have won their last eight fights in all the races against this rival.
Roma have lost three of their last 33 households in Series A
Roma take the seventh place, but the team is less than the others in the stand, so the differences are not great. So far, Roma’s only wrong move was their loss from Inter in a home game, which can be seen as a surprise as it was only the third defeat of the team in their last 33 households in Serie A.
Udinese have lost their last six visits to Serie A
Since the start of the season, Udinese have had four losses and one victory over one of the few teams under them in the standings. Even more serious is the situation of the team in the tournaments, where they are already in a series of six consecutive defeats in the Italian championship and have only one victory in their last 13 visits. Adding to their traditionally poor performance against Roma, the match seems to be over.
Soccer bet predictions : 1 and over 2,5 goals
Bayern M – Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich faces Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena in the first round of the First Bundesliga. The duel is this evening at 7.30 pm opposing the second against the thirteenth in the standings.Here was our professional soccer predictions for that match.
Bayern Munich team scored a 3-0 victory over Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday but still lags behind leader Borussia Dortmund. This is due to a defeat of 0: 2 on Hoffenheim’s visit, but the difference between “Bavarians” and “Yellow-Blacks” is just one point, so they are not worried about being second. The champions are in a series of three consecutive wins having scored ten goals in these games and did not score a goal. In his last home game in the Bundesliga, Carlo Anceloto’s team defeated Mainz 4-0, before defeating Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League. The hosts have no new problems with injured or punished players, and the greatest absent is the guard Manuel Neuer, who will only return to play in 2018.
The Wolfsburg team ranks 13th in the standings with five points. The Wolves management hopes that with the appointment of Martin Schmidt as a new senior coach, the team will improve their ranking. Poor results from the start of the season led to a break with Dutch specialist Andris Jonker. In the last round, Wolfsburg made a 1: 1 home against Werder Bremen, and before that he stepped 0: 1 to Stuttgart as a guest. The only success of the team since the start of the season was on the field of Eintrat Frankfurt with 1: 0 on 26 August.
Bayern is more than convincing against this rival on his own field – 23 wins in 24 games and no loss. Last season Bayern won 5-0 at the Allianz Arena and as a guest beat Wolfsburg with 6: 0. Given these loud victories over the past campaign, we expect the Bavarians to regain a strong victory again.
Professional Soccer Predictions: Bayern -2.5 Asian Handicap
Manchester United – Basel
Manchester United welcomes Basel in an A group match at the Champions League, which also includes Benfica and CSKA Moscow. Below you will find our expert soccer predictions for that game.
Manchester United is returning to the most prestigious club tournament on the Old Continent after winning the Europa League last season. “The Red Devils” had a lot of luck in the draw, so the big favorites to finish first in this group. Last season was only the second in which the Red Devils missed the Champions League. Now they will be more than ambitious to go as far as possible in the tournament, but with teams like PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it will be a tough task.
The Red Devils won 66% of their last five games. They were in a series of three consecutive Premier League victories before making a draw against Stoke (2: 2) on Britain on Saturday. Still, the team remains at the top of the Premier League, and now will also try to lead Group A in the Champions League with victory over the Swiss champion.
The Basel team qualified for the Champions League, winning the eighth consecutive title in Switzerland. This is their fourth participation in the tournament groups over the last five years. Last season they won only two points in group A of the tournament and dropped out of European club tournaments in the winter. The Swiss are without a win in their last eight European matches (three draws and five losses). For the last time, they defeated St. Etienne 2-1 at home in February 2016 in a Europa League match.
Guests generally rely on the same team in recent years with some minor changes. Ricky van Wolfsvinkel arrived from Holland’s Wiesters this summer and will lead Basel’s attack against United. In the host team, the problems are in defense where Phil Jones and Eric Bai are injured, so Basel will have his chances at Old Trafford and expect to have a result.
Expert soccer Predictions: Over 2.5 goals and 1
Roma and Atletico Madrid will be hard to beat.Below was our winning soccer tips for that match.
Group C in the Champions League is emerging as one of the most tied, with Roma, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea taking part. The first two teams in this row face each other in the first week of the group stage of the tournament of the rich. Mothers are the team with the best successes in recent years, but Roma will host, and in Rome they are hard hit.
Roma have one win in their last 15 Champions League games
Last year, the Roman wolves did not even get to the group stage after they were removed from Porto. Overall, in the tournament of the rich, the team has not been very successful in recent years. In their last 15 meetings in the race they have only one victory. It was not a good start to Serie A, where in the second round, Roma lost their own terrain.
Atletico Madrid are not convincing in their visits
Atletico Madrid are hard hit by their doors, but they are not particularly effective in their tournaments. In their last 10 visits to the Champions League, they have just scored more than one goal. Besides, the team is clearly not in the top form, because in their first three games of the Spanish championship they allowed two draws. In their Champions League games, however, the team manages to mobilize and very rarely would lose.
Winning soccer tips : X, under 2.5 goals
Deportivo La Coruna accepts the team of Real Sociedad. Below you can read our soccer bet tips for that game.
After the first two rounds in the Primera Division, the surprise leader is the Real Sociedad team. This week, however, they have a hard time visiting Deportivo La Coruna, and according to odds at Bet365, the chances of winning both teams are highly leveled. Last season Deportivo defeated Real Sociedad with 5: 1, but lost the back game, which is the final clash between the two teams so far.
Deportivo have one win in their last eight matches in the league
Deportivo La Coruna still have no victory in the new season, having retreated to Real Madrid in the first round, and then only reached a point in their visit to Levante. The team has only one victory for their last eight appearances in the Primera Liga. The stats are not optimistic even in their home games where they have four losses in their last seven fights.
Real Sociedad have not lost in their last five championship games
Real Sociedad enjoyed a strong start of the season, successively defeating Celta and Villarreal. In this way the team is already in a series of five consecutive matches in La Liga without loss. The team is doing well in their tournaments, having only three losses and five wins for the last 10 visits in the league. We also give a slight advantage to our guests at the upcoming meeting.
Soccer bet tips : 2
Bulgaria will only keep real chances when winning over Sweden
The Bulgarian national team is expecting a new heavy game. On Thursday at 19:45 on Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia Bulgaria faces Sweden.
The national team of Bulgaria did not start the qualifiers well. After the tricky victory 4: 3 over Luxembourg followed the expected losses from Sweden and France. However, the hope for a ranking was resumed after two home games over Belarus and the Netherlands. The Bulgarians were quickly knocked down and defeated by 2: 1 on their visit to Belarus. So now Bulgaria is in fourth place and lags with 4 points from the leaders France and Sweden. The match will now miss Alexander Tonev, who is traumatized. Speed-Book Bookmaker 1BBet offers interesting odds and odds for upcoming qualifiers.
For some it may be surprising, but Sweden is the leader in the group, leaving behind the favorites France and the Netherlands. Sweden’s final qualifier was against France and won 2: 1 dramatically. Again against France and with 2: 1 is the only loss almost a year ago in Paris. They also recorded a victory over Belarus with 4: 0, and we also remember the victory over Bulgaria with 3: 0 in Stockholm. Now they will again chase the victory, which can put them to the top after this round of qualifiers.
Bulgaria again faces its nightmare Sweden. The Bulgarians do not go against the Scandinavian rival. Sweden has seven consecutive wins. In addition, all 7 successes are at zero and the exact goal difference is 20: 0 in favor of Sweden. Now the Bulgarians have the opportunity to break the bad series, but this is not going to be an easy task either.
Soccer Bets Predictions: 2, under 2.5 goals
Marseille has a little more work to do before it reaches the groups
Here is our VIP soccer predictions for this game in Europa League.
On Thursday Marseille will have to finish his job against Domzale after 1: 1 at the first meeting in Slovenia.
The favorite Marseille failed to win the first match and will have to push a little in the revanch if they want to reach the groups. A few days ago they failed to defeat Angie here in a League game and finished 1: 1. However, the home team has no loss since the start of the season. A tough match with Monaco in the championship is coming up on their weekend. In the round, they dealt with Ostend and beat them here. Now, for sure, they also need victory and do not underestimate the situation and the fight.
Domzale presented one of the surprises in the last stage and defeated the German Freiburg with a total score of 2: 1. They lost in Germany with 0: 1, but home made a 2: 0 success and so came to a match to join the groups now. The guests started in the first round of the race. There they overcame the Estonian Flora, and then they did the Icelandic Vallur. On Sunday they finished equally in their match from the Slovenian championship against Aluminum, but it is clear that everyone thinks about the upcoming rematch with Marseille.
Marseille should not underestimate the rival, as we have already seen that he is not as weak as it seems. The hosts should, in principle, be over their opponent, but they will be looking to surprise them. We think it will not happen and we expect the French to win this time.
VIP soccer Predictions : 1, over 2.5 goals
It is time for a next soccer winning predictions on the Champions League playoffs between Liverpool and Hoffenheim. The duel is this evening at 19:45 at Anfield Stadium.
Hoffenheim’s first participation in the Champions League is likely to end sooner than their fans hoped. Despite their fantastic season at home last season, they found their racing campaign with a 1: 2 loss from Liverpool, leaving them with minimal chances to rank in the group stage. Liverpool is enjoying a good start of the season. They made 3: 3 as Watford at the start of the Premier League, but the success against Hoffenheim was followed by a solid 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, and so the Merseyside were in a very good mood before a briar on Wednesday.
The Anfield team is well established in European club tournaments. They are the UK’s most successful club on an international level and regularly appear in the Champions League, and the last time they won it in 2005, their opponents participated in the fourth division of Germany. Since then, Hoffenheim has gone a terribly long way, and last year they took another step further, finishing fourth in the Bundesliga to qualify for the first time in Europe in their short history.
Far from home, Hoffenheim have more than a good record after winning five and losing four of their last 12 games. Draw will not help Anfield, so they will have to go out for victory. Luckily, they can look back on their last 12 matches as guests who have not been able to score just once.
The hosts kept a dry net in just one of their last seven Champions League games. We expect them to win again because they have very good players in an attack like Salah, Mane and Firmino, but we will also bet on both teams to score a goal.
Soccer winning predictions: Liverpool to win both teams to score – YES
Soccer winning predictions for Man City – Everton
The Manchester City and Everton meeting will close the second round of the Premier League. This is definitely a great way to end the round, as both teams have great opportunities and ambitions for the new season. They started it with victories, so let’s see what happens in the match between them.
City with success when visiting the start
The first test for “citizens” in the new campaign was the newcomer Brighton. The 0-2 win for Manchester City marked the successful start for them. Pep Guardiola has something to be content with, but will have to prepare even better for the upcoming match against Everton. The match will miss Benjamin Mendi and Ilkay Gundogan. Everyone else is expected to be in line for the fight.
Everton won home a week ago
“Caramelli” had a comparatively heavy rival in the first round when Stuck City’s hard team was away. The duel was won by Everton by 1-0, but victory did not come lightly. During the week they also had a Europa League match when they won at home against Haidouk Split with 2-0. This was the first match between them in the playoff phase, and the rematch was a few days after City’s visit. Everton, however, will make every effort against City, because the English Premier League has always been their priority. Out of the game are Bollasie, Coleman, Funes Mori and Barclay. Gilli Sigurdsson is the newest addition to the team.
Everton prevails in direct clashes
There have been a total of 40 games between Manchester City and Everton in the Premier League era. Winnings for “caramels” are 18 while City has 14 successes. In the last 6 games they have won 2 wins for Everton and 2 for City. Two other games ended without a winner. Everton’s last victory as a guest of Man City dates back to 2010. Since then, four victories have been won for “Citizens” and 3 equal matches. We are waiting for an interesting match between two very stable teams. Our opinion is that City is a favorite but Everton will play hard and will not be given without a fight. In view of what is being offered to us, our soccer winning prediction for the match is a +2 goal handicap for Everton. You can also try with over 2.5 goals in the match, as happened in 3 of the last 6 clash between them.
El Classico heats the season in Primera
Real Madrid and Barcelona will warm the new season in the Primera Liga and the expected exciting battles between them tonight at 20:00 in the first match for Spain’s Super Cup of Camp Nou.
“The White Ballet” has not won the trophy since 2012, when it was Barcelona’s last rival. Then the two teams exchanged two victories – 2:1 in Madrid and 2:3 in Barcelona, but the goals of a foreign field were heavy in favor of the “Royal Club”.
The duel will be the official debut of the new coach of Catalunya Ernesto Valverde, who heads Barcelona to improve his personal statistics against Real Madrid. So far in his career as a coach he has lost 13 of 20 matches with his teams against Real. The Camp Nou event will be curious as to the absence of Brazilian Neimar, who has been one of Barcelona’s main figures in recent years.
His colleague Zinedine Zidane has already won six trophies since he led Real and recently signed a new three-year contract. Since being appointed to the post in 2016, he has brought two championships to the “White Ballet”, a title in Primera last season, two Super Cups for Europe and a world club title.
The staffing problems in the Balesona are more serious. Out of the group are Thomas Vermeelen, Andre Gomes, Arda Touran, Marlon, Sampre, Moinir and Douglas. Real Madrid’s outsider is Luca Modric and youngster Jesus Vallejo.
In pre-season controls Barcelona did not lose a match by overtaking Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in their US tour, and in their last game defeated 5-0 0 Chapecoenze for the Joe Gamper trophy. In Real, the balance of controls is negative, but on Tuesday the team picked up the Super Cup of Europe after defeating Manchester United in Skopje.
Neymar passes medical examinations in PSG
The transfer saga of the summer is about to end this week. According to Marca newspaper, Barcelona striker Neymar will pass medical examinations at Pari Saint-Germain on August 2, after which he will finalize his transfer to Park de Pres. But the Qatari newspaper, Al Watan, says the reviews will be tomorrow. They will be in Doha.
The Brazilian will be subjected to mandatory reviews, and then will meet with PSG President Nasser Al-Helafiy.
According to information, Neimar will sign a contract with Qatar Sports Investments, which owns the Paris Club. Under the contract, the Brazilian star will become Ambassador to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and will work around 300 million euros in five years.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Sport has revealed that Parisian president Nasser Al-Helafiy has boasted high-ranking officials in the club, that the negotiations are going very well and expects the transfer to happen soon.
NeYmar will be a PSG player on Monday or Tuesday
The big transfer bomb will be a fact in the coming days. NeYmar will replace Barcelona with Paris Saint-Germain and officially sign the French club on Monday or Tuesday, says Radio Monte Carlo (RMC). The contract of agreement between the Brazilian and the French club is “shaped to the smallest detail”. NeY Junior has made his choice, “the radio news said.
Everything on the club club will be allowed in the coming days. According to L’Equipe, PSG wants to negotiate with Barca to pay the sum of 222 million euros instead of activating the clause directly and owing tens of millions of euros in taxes. According to RMC, Park de Prince has calculated all costs so as not to spoil financial fairplay.
CSKA – Ludogorets
CSKA Sofia hosts Ludogorets in the big derby from the second round of the First Professional League.
The team of CSKA started the new season with great ambitions and after the good summer training there was nothing to suggest an offensive at the start of the championship against Slavia. The Reds made 1: 1 in the first round derby in the capital and may have been dropped on the ground a lot of time. CSKA led against Slavia and was expected to consolidate its advance, but instead got an equalizing goal in the second half. Striker Fernando Carranga scored the “Army”, but was then replaced for a slight injury. But the top scorer will be the derby with Ludogorets. Stamen Belchev will also be able to rely on the talented striker Kiril Despodov, who was questioning the meeting. Despite the wrong move against Slavia, Stamen Belchev will not make any major changes to CSKA, so we expect the “Reds” to come out with the same starting team that started against Slavia.
Ludogorec’s team made a very strong match in the middle of the week and eliminated the Lithuanian Zalgiris in the second Preliminary Round of the Champions League. The Eagles won 4: 1 and despite the loss of 1: 2 in the first game, they continue ahead. Georgi Dermendjiev’s graduates demonstrated many classes during the second half of the game. They found themselves catching up in the score, but Nathanel regained the draw at the end of the first part. In the final 45 minutes of the match, we saw Ludogorets in full brilliance and with two hits of Kesheru and one of Vanderson the team continued into the next phase of the tournament.
The “greens” delayed their match with Levski in the first round of the Bulgarian championship and the match with CSKA Sofia will be the first for them for the new championship. Certainly Georgi Dermendjiev will make some changes as in a game we can see Georgi Terziev and Joao Paulo. We expect the guests not to spare a lot of effort and to show their style, but CSKA has strong players in the offensive and will certainly get a great spectacle.
The amount against which Arsenal will release Alexis at Pep
Arsenal seems to have resigned that they will not be able to hold Alexis Sanchez, and their only goal is to get the coin as much money as possible from the sale of the Chilean. He has a contract until 2018 but has already declared to the club his desire to move to Manchester City. It is alleged that the “citizens” have made a 50m bid for the striker, but Arsenal wants 80 million. This is the sum against which the “balls” would allow the scorer to go to the Jose Guardiola team.
Bayern did not agree with Alexis’s huge financial claims, which insisted on a 400,000 weekly salary, and Arsene Wenger did not convince him to re-sign Arsenal. The Chilean man wants to play in a team that will play in the Champions League and wants this to be Man City.
Last week, Wenger did not include Sanchez in the group for the two-week tour in Australia and China, which is another argument in support of the idea that within 28 days the 28-year-old striker will be transferred. The composition of the “balls”, however, is the new addition Alexander Lakazet.
Did Jurgen Klopp improve Liverpool?
Let’s take a few mistakes. Recently, a lot of statistics have emerged from how Brendan Rogers and Jurgen Klop have earned the same number of points in their first 68 games at the top of the team (126). Such comparisons proved to be enough to cause some people to question the progress of the Merseyside. Let us look more objectively at the things. Comparisons such as those quoted do not take into account the context, and it is all in a sport like football. Klop arrived in Liverpool roughly a dozen matches after the start of last campaign – in no time. The transfer window was closed without the ability to “repair” the team and worse – no chance to hold an adequate pre-season preparation introducing the players to the new style of the German.
This year’s Premier League competition is on a whole different level. There is a big difference between the championship with Clap, Guardiola, Cote, Pocetino, Mourinho and Wenger and … a championship where Leicester Ranieri is champion. In view of these factors, Klop’s point achievement seems to be much more impressive. Liverpool’s progress is obvious. The steps are in the right direction and this is undeniable. What can be said, however, is … whether the pace of the steps in question is satisfactory? To answer these questions, we need to look at what and how.
To describe the philosophy of the German, we need not more than two words – the press and the press. Here we have to get in for the new readers (and apologize to the old readers for the tenth time, sorry bikes) that the so-called word of the genre is just the German unprecedented equivalent of the “cottage”. Well, what is that?
The concept is simple – the moment you lose the ball instead of going to defense … you start to push the opponent. So at best you win the ball, and at worst you slow down the counterattack. However, training such a style is much more difficult than it sounds, with organization and discipline being key elements. There are, of course, different types of concierge, such as the one of Clap, which differs from the variants of Pocetino and Guardiola, for example. To understand the intricacies of the Klope, it is enough to look at a quote:
“The press is the best playmaker in the world.”
Football can be divided into four main phases: attack, defense, transition from attack to defense, and transition from defense to attack. Jurgen Klop has specialized in attacking one of them – the transition from defense to attack.
Imagine the following situation. One of the teams has just won the ball. It starts to switch to attack. Players are moving forward and leaving their defenders vulnerable for a moment. This is also the moment when Klopp’s teams want to win the ball – while the opponent is disorganized and unprepared to defend himself adequately.
To do this, Klopp uses a series of different “traps”. Liverpool footballers cheat the opponent to certain actions, creating the illusion of safety … and then taking advantage of the situations in question.
“We give the opponent the opportunity to take the ball but this is not a real opportunity. Rather it is an illusion of opportunity. ”
Jurgen Klopp is one of the best managers in the world in preparing various “traps” (both in the press and in the co-press), often taking into account even the particular opponent. That’s why the German can boast of great success in the European tournaments and in the matches against teams from Top6. His teams simply create chaos for which they are prepared and their opponents are not.
However, we come to the big problem ….
When your opponent dug deep into his own half and “pulls” the ball with long passes forward … suddenly there is nothing to press. The ball just is not there. And you have to find a way to break the enemy block yourself, often with gradual attacks. And this is no longer Clap’s element. The German specialist has often struggled in similar situations during his career, and the missing points against the small teams were one of the reasons why he could not seriously challenge the Guardiola Bayern in Germany.
What are the problems here?
Right now, the width of the game comes from the backs – James Milner and Nathaniel Klein. Unfortunately, however, both are not particularly good in 1n1 situations and can not dribble around their opponent often. Neither are particularly accurate / dangerous with their centering, which means that the ball reaches them, often just returning with a short pass to a teammate.
Quite legitimately, the opposing teams gradually stopped worrying about the flanks and simply ignored Milner and Klein concentrating on saturation and thickening of the center. The entire weight from the creative point of view suddenly fell on Liverpool’s central players, and more precisely on the three in the midfield.
Unfortunately, there are some staff issues. Henderson, in spite of his many qualities, is often not progressive enough with his passes and passes aside resulting in some seeming endless and fruitless bypass action around the opposing block.
The other alternative, Emre Zhang, has problems with his positioning during the game, often not looking for the ball or standing too close to teammates, effectively removing one person from the game.
The same thing can be said about Ginny Wainlindum, whose role is extremely curious. The Dutchman spends his time much more close to the opposing penalty area than participating in the game. That was not a problem while he played on the side of Coutinho, who likes to come back and take over these functions …. But as soon as the “pair” breaks down (whether because of injuries or just a shuffle / Wainlundum does not correct his game and has proved useless in long periods of matches.
It should be noted, however, that when Liverpool’s eleventh eleven was available (mainly before Christmas), Lalana and Mane managed to catch a lot of the deficits, and the Merseyside had a satisfactory number of midfielders. This was also the period when Liverpools took second place in the standings. The problems here, however, were that (1) the team collapsed with the absence of 1 or 2 people and there was no one to replace them, and (2) none of the backup plans worked well enough.
What’s next year?
Towards the end of the season Jurgen Klopp experimented several times with various formations (352 and 4312). This showed that the German speculator did not hesitate to defend the problems of breaking the holes. However, the improvement in the game was not very significant and in no way satisfactory. And most likely Clop still prefers and sees his formation as Plan A next year, so let’s look at what Liverpool needs in the summer:
There are several options to improve the attack, and it is advisable to do as many as possible to have back-up variants to cover injuries + busy schedule without the team breaking down similarly in the middle of the season.
A security plan also needs re-enactments. Matip is probably good enough for a champion, but Deyan Lovren should not be in the team.
Lewupul’s press left few moments in which defense has to make decisions. Most of the interventions of the central defenders are limited to winning together and taking balls, which are relatively basic processes. However, as soon as a decision has to be made (where to position itself or what action to take) Lovren gets tangled and almost always hangs in a terrible way. Most likely, that is why Clop was inclined to pour out so much Van Dijk money * some joke about the excuse *.
In conclusion, Jurgen Klopp has done a good job, but since he is not likely to change his game style for next year … it is crucial to compensate for class problems. If not, in view of the increasing competition in the league and the commitments in the European tournaments, Liverpool will hardly be able to get closer to the title battle.
Ronaldo: I’m leaving Madrid, there’s no going back
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to leave the Spanish capital, informs the city-based leading newspaper “Brand” on his first page.
“I am leaving Madrid, there is no turning back,” Ronaldo told his teammates in the Portuguese national team preparing for the Confederations’ Cup in Russia on Sunday. The news of Ronaldo’s desire to leave Real Madrid was originally published in the Portuguese newspaper “A Boca”, and then “Brand” reported from his sources in the “white ballet” that the management is trying to calm down and retain its scorer. In Spain, he thinks Ronaldo is offended by his tax evasion investigation, and for that reason he wants to play no more in the Primera Liga.
According to Mark, Money Saint-Germain and Manchester United would be willing to take over the Portuguese for an amount of around EUR 400 million, even though his contract is worth 1 billion in his contract.
Milan buys Juventus’ substitute for Donaruma
AC Milan has found a way to get rid of the door-to-door crisis that seems to be going on. Rosoneries will buy Gianluigi Donaruma’s substitute from Juventus champion, the Apennines have said.
But no matter how much they want fans to be the legend of Gianluigi Buffon, the Milan Grand has turned to one of his Net reserves. Even a bid of € 7 million has already been made to him.
However, negotiations are yet to come, as the “old lady” does not intend to part with him for less than 10 million. But the two teams are likely to meet somewhere in the middle and a bargain will be there.
In any case, however, “red-black” will need to fill this post. The reason is that their owner, Donaruma, has announced that he will not renew his contract, which expires on June 30, 2018. So he will either be sold this summer or will spend a year on the bench to leave as a free agent.
Real finally gave up on De Gea
Real Madrid has finally dropped the idea of transfer Manchester United goalkeeper David De Hea into his ranks. According to Mark, the reason for this is the high price of 75 million euros demanded by the English, the big financial claims of the player himself, and last but not least the good performance of Kaylor Navas, who convinced coach Zinedine Zidane that he could completely Trust.
Real made a final attempt to take De Gea at the end of last month, but after another retirement, they decided to stop trying to take it and brace over Navas.
Meanwhile, rumors have emerged that the “white ballet” was also proposed to Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donaruma. The talented youngster attracts the attention of the Spaniards, but his eventual attraction will be delayed for the next year when his contract with the Rosoners expires.
Ukraine has set out against Malta
Ukraine’s national football team has surprisingly lost 0-1 from Malta at a control meeting at the Mercury Arena in Graz, Austria. Players of the breeder Andriy Shevchenko disappointed with their performance and failed to defeat the opponent’s door, which has recorded a prestigious success on his account.
The only goal in the match fell in the 14th minute. Then the players of Malta played a corner and after the ball was put in the ball, Zack Muscat’s head was accurate.
It was Malta’s first victory in 16 games, including both controls and qualifying matches. The next match of the team is against Slovenia from the F group of the qualifying qualifiers.
For Ukraine, this was also the last check before the resumption of the “I” qualification campaign against Finland on 11 June
De Rossi and AS Roma have decided on the future
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi signed a new contract that binds him to the club by the summer of 2019.
The previous defensive midfielder’s deal expired at the end of next month and his future on the team was questionable.
Interest to the 33-year-old football player was Inter and according to the media, the “Nerazzur” had offered him a two-year contract. Last season De Rossi played 31 games in Serie A, scoring four goals and handing two.
It seems that De Rossi will finish his career in Roma, the club where he has held his entire professional career and recorded 560 games.
AC Milan settled with another new addition
Another new addition will soon strengthen Milan’s ranks. With Matteo Mussaqio already posing with the red-and-black team, it is now expected that Defendant Ricardo Rodriguez will also do so.
Rosoneries have agreed on the transfer fee with his former Wolfsburg club. The player himself is expected in about five days to come to Milan to pass the medical examinations and initiate his contract.
The Italian grandfather has long come to terms with his right back to his personal conditions so barriers to the deal are virtually gone. About 15 million euros will be paid to the “wolves” for the signature, and the amount can swell to 18 million euros, depending on its performance.
The end of the transfer was postponed at Wolfsburg’s request, which on Monday night played an important barrage for its survival in the First Bundesliga. Having secured his seat in the elite and the following season, the club agreed to divorce Rodriguez.
Griesmann admitted to Manchester United
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griesmann admitted that the probability of going to Manchester United during the summer transfer window is very high. Everything about his future will be decided in the coming weeks.
The Frenchman’s contract with the matresses is until 2021, and the demolition clause is huge – 100 million euros, but it is entirely up to the possibilities of a rich club like the “red devils”.
“My future will be determined in the next two weeks, Manchester United?” Probably, the probability on the scale of 1 to 10 is 6, “said Griezmann in the TV.
Gransman’s transfer to Old Trafford is not welcome even in his home country of France. In a team poll, 59 percent of respondents are opposed, while only 41 percent of them like it.
However, Griezmann himself said in the interview that the probability of staying at Atletico is greater than going to Manchester United. Again on the ten-point system, he puts a score of seven on this, but insists everything will be clear within two weeks. Zero is likely to go to Real Madrid, where he is also interested in him.
“It’s impossible, like to change Lyon and Saint-Etienne, it’s a derby, absolutely impossible,” said the French striker.
Wenger has decided that he remains and has prepared a selection list
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the top of the team in northern London for at least another season, according to Daily Express. The Frenchman also plans to make serious changes this summer after the team is on the verge of missing out on the Champions League for the first time since Wenger was part of the “gunmen”.
Leader of the list is again Leicester’s footballer – Riad Marez. The leadership of the Londoners made a lot of effort to attract Jamie Vardi last year, but ultimately the striker refused and decided to stay with the “foxes”. Second on this list, written by Arsene Wenger, is Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson. Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in it, and Boro wants to get about 30 million for his services, and the gunmen think they can take it for about 25 million. Wenger’s entire list includes striker, wing, center defender and goalkeeper.
Barca looks for Arda’s deputy
Turkish national Arda Touran may leave Barcelona after the season, because he does not justify the big expectations he came to Camp Nou, says Mundo Deportivo. The Catalan club has earned more than € 30 million for his rights in the summer of 2015, when he arrived from Atletico Madrid and had to be an alternative to both Andres Iniesta and Neimar, but that did not happen and rarely the coaching leadership Receives qualitative minutes in response to the vote of confidence that voted on Arda.
Arda has already rejected a transfer offer from China, and has been linked to Arsenal and Inter in recent weeks, and even talked about an opportunity for the midfielder to return to his native Galatasaray club.
In view of his unstable performance, Barcelona is already looking for potential deputies of the 30-year-old Turk, who has so far played a total of 55 matches for the team in all tournaments.
According to the local edition, the Catalans have caught an eye on Bernardo Silva of Monaco, but the top priority is a more experienced footballer who will not need time to go into the system, and as such Vitoilo from Sevilla, Marco Royce from Borussia (Dortmund ), And Angel Di Maria (Pari Saint Germain).
Arda’s contract with Barcelona expires in 2020.
Balotelli improved his own record
Nice striker Mario Balotelli is making the best season in his career. The Italian again scored for his team in the 1: 2 loss from Olympia Marseille last night. So he already has 15 hits on his account since the beginning of the campaign, which is his personal record.
So far, Balotelli’s best achievement in one season is 14 goals. So he scores with the Milan team in 2013-14.
The striker will even have the chance to improve his goal until the summer, as there are still 2 more rounds in League One.
Simone Indzagi: The new contract is just a formality
Lazio coach Simone Indzagi revealed after a defeated 7: 3 victory over Sampdoria that his new contract with the club is just a formality and will become a reality in the very near future. “The Eagles” recorded another impressive success under his leadership and are already a surefire member of the Europa League next year.
“We were great at the match, but it was not easy for us, but the team deserves only praise for their performance, Anderson was right to beat the second penalty because of everything he did for the team, and the boys gave him the ball without hesitation. We have been talking to the president over the last few days, and we will find the time to understand, and now we have to finish the season in the best way and try to win the Italian Cup, “Indzagi said.
The recordings targeting Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo keeps on improving the recordings this season with the Real Madrid team and is almost on his way to qualifying the “white balloon” in the Champions League final after he beat Bayern (Munich) eight times in the quarterfinals megadells and Threw a hat trick at City Atletico (Madrid) for a 3-0 draw in the first semi-final.
However, Ronaldo has a few more unprecedented achievements, which he is quite realistic to do even this season. Naturally, the first and most valuable at first sight will be if he can win the Champions League in two consecutive seasons with the team of the same team.
As it is known, since the strongest club tournament has a transformed format in 1993, no club has ever succeeded in defending the award. There are, however, three players who have won the Champions League in two consecutive campaigns but with different clubs – Marcel Desai (Marseille 1993 and Milan 1994), Paulo Souza (Juventus 1996, Dortmund 1997) and Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona 2009 and Inter 2010).
Cristiano has 364 goals in the English league with the Manchester United team and the Spanish team with Real Madrid, with only one of Gerd Muller (365) and Jimmy Grives (366) in the league (the top four leagues – England, Spain, Italy and Germany) ).
Despite its historic significance for Real Madrid and a major role in winning the tenth and eleventh Champions League cup, Ronaldo has never achieved a double with the “Royal Club”, combining triumph in Europe with the local Primera Liga. This is also something he can achieve this season, and has already done it with Manchester United in 2008.
Still, Ronaldo has a chance to become a champion of the Champions League in the current campaign because he has 10 goals and Lionel Messi has 11 goals. The Portuguese and Argentine have five times been the lead in the strongest club tournament but this year Cristiano has a chance To pull in the rivalry, eventually becoming the sixth top top scorer.
Ronaldo also has 138 WCH matches, and if he plays 2-3 more seasons, it is realistic to improve the record for played tournaments. So far he is behind Ryan Giggs (141), Raul Gonzalez (142), Cavi Hernandez (151) and Iker Casillas (164).
Mourinho: The question of the Stockholm finalist is not solved
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Manchester United‘s final in 1-0 over Celta in Vigo is far from resolved. The Red Devils have achieved an economical victory in their first-round semi-final with Marcus Rashford’s foul and have one foot in Stockholm.
“I was happy with the game but not with the score, we had to score two or three goals in the first half, not to go to the dressing room with 0: 0, we played well enough to predict the outcome of the semi- But now we will have to play at full turn and at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford is a 19-year-old kid who loves to play football. After a workout, it always stays at least half an hour to train fouls and then waits for a chance. He works so much that we often forget about his frail age, “Mourinho commented.
James has made a deal with Manchester United
James Rodriguez has reached the mouth of the contract with Manchester United and will pass to Old Trafford, says Marca.
Colombian player has decided to leave Santiago Bernabeu after the unsatisfactory season and the little playing time he receives from Zinedine Zidane.
Hamses and his agent, Jorge Mendesh, have reached an oral deal with the Reds about the player’s personal circumstances.
Manchester United remains a deal with Real Madrid on the transfer of the 25-year-old footballer.
Manchester United is expected to pay between 45 and 50 million pounds for the Colombian national.
At the same time, it was clear that Hamse had come to play in the Red Devils with the 10th shirt, which almost certainly means Manchester United will be parting with Wayne Rooney after the end of the season.
James Rodriguez’s wife, Daniela Ospina, has already started looking for a house in Manchester.
Real Madrid attracted James Rodriguez from Monaco in the summer of 2014 for the ? 63million.
Jose: Man City to finish in top 4, we will fight Liverpool and Arsenal
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that city rival Man City will definitely finish in the top 4, while Red Devils will fight Liverpool and Arsenal for the final position to play in the Champions League. Currently, City and United take fourth and fifth place respectively in the standings, a point and two behind Liverpool’s team, but there is a game more.
“I think Manchester City will finish in the top 4. I think that we, Arsenal and Liverpool, will try to win the second place, but the reality is that we play a semifinal in Europe And we have a lot of problems with injured players, but we will fight as long as we have a mathematical chance, “said the Special.
Zidane: I do not feel obliged to become champions
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidan is trying to lower the pressure on the team. After losing from Barcelona on Sunday, Los Blancos was overtaken in the Primera by his big rival. “Do you feel obliged to win the championship,” one of the questions to Zuzu said at today’s press conference. “No, I do not feel,” he replied.
The French do not make dramas of the defeat in the classics. “It’s football, you can always lose, I’d be worried if we do not create things, but we do, but we need to do more and decide the meeting, otherwise I would not make any changes from what I’ve done against Barca. Yes, we made mistakes, including myself, but now I would have liked the same way I saw a very strong game on our side We showed a good physical shape both against the Catalonians and against Bayern Munich but Barcelona won – It’s over, I’m angry because I do not like to lose “We have our destiny in our hands, we do not depend on anyone,” Zidane said.
Who vs who of the semi-finals in Europa League?
Last night’s exciting quarterbacks, the four teams who have continued the battle for the European League trophy. Today, at 14:00 hours, the draw for the semi-finals of the tournament begins. Ajax is the only one of four teams to win the second European prestigious club honors. The Amsterdam Grand Prix won as the winner of the UEFA Cup in 1992. The other three teams – Manchester United, Lyon and Celta – are debuting in the semifinals. It is of the utmost importance for Red Bulls to raise the trophy because League Europe is the only significant race the club has not won. In addition, the winner of the race receives a quota for participation in the Champions League next season.
United and Celta started the season in the Europa League directly from the group stage, Ajax joined the same phase after losing to the Champions League playoffs, and Lyon finished third in his group in the Champions League and was eligible for a 1 / 16- The Europa League finals.
Only Ajax from the semi-finalists has met each of the other three teams in the European Tournaments.
Pique: Juventus can win the Champions League
Barcelona defender Gerard Picke thanked the fans for their support against Juventus and wished success to the “bianconers” later in the Champions League. The Catalans failed to write in both matches against the Italian champion and logically dropped out of the race.
“I want to wish Juventus all the best in the rest of the tournament, and I think they can really win the Champions League, of course, it’s hard for our fans to accept this result, but they have supported us throughout the whole event and even on leaving And it was one of those rare occasions when Camp Nou is proud of the club, despite defeat, “said Gerard Pique.
Ancelotti revealed why he had driven him out of Real
Carlo Ancelotti gave interesting details on leaving Real Madrid in the summer of 2015. “Things were going well, but there were two big problems,” says the Italian in his latest book. “The first was born of UEFA statistics that” revealed “that the team did not train as many hours as other European teams. We had won 22 games in a row, so we obviously did something right … But we lost exactly when the statistics came out of the club They said, “You have to work more.” I thought the opposite, players had to rest, it was a month of bruising and fatigue that proved resolute to us not being champions, the statistics were a sign that Real believes more Figures, rather than my work “, vol Clarifies the specialist.
The Bayern M mentor also shared the second problem: “The CEO told me that the president wanted to talk to me, and when I went to his office he told me that Bale had called him, and I had changed him to Valencia (1: 2 loss) Who broke the line without losing.) Bale’s agent complained about the position I was using, and the President told me what to do, and I said I would not do anything I could not change the scheme in the middle of the season. Our relationship with the president was not the same. ”
Lewandowski with the best promise to the fans of Bayern
How much does Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich see in full in the first match against Real Madrid?
Thomas Muller was like a shadow on the pitch, and the attacking power of the Bavarians was completely neutralized. Because of this and immediately after the fight, all the hopes of the fans of the rebound team seemed to be related to the possible return of Lewandowski in the game.
And the Pole himself delighted them all with the promise that he would be in line for the Santiago Bernabeu duel.
“Still, the pain is strong, so I could not play, I’m punished in Leverkusen, but I will be back in Madrid again,” said the golfer who spent the Thursday in the gym.
Until last question will be the participation of Mats Hummel, who is even more needed after the sentence of Havi Martinez. He himself commented that the situation would be a game with time.
A staggering figures behind the collapse of Arsenal v Palace
Severe crisis at Arsenal no longer surprises anyone. Last night the club had to swallow another offshoot after falling 0: 3 Kristal Palas in the 32nd round of the Premier League. The loss seriously compromise the chances of the “ball” to creep back into the top four of the standings, but certainly the discontent of fans will become even louder.
The game, which Arsenal show of “Selharst Park” was really big, and as usually happens, the statistics of the match could highlight more the helplessness of the “ball”.
Wenger: We used to be in a similar position
Here are some of the details that portray eloquent failure of Arsenal:
– shot on goal. For 90 minutes the team Arsene Wenger made just three accurate shots on goal Wayne Hennessey. Shocking or not, in the second half visitors registered a single shot in the outline of the door (assuming that the second and third goal for the opponent fell to the middle of the second part).
– Success in combat. The players of “Arsenal” won only 44 percent of his duels for the ball. For comparison the same indicator at Kristal Palas hit respectable 71%.
– The shape away from the “Emirates”. If you have to describe it in one word – terrible. Wenger’s team lost 4 consecutive away matches in the Premier League. Such a series of failures happens for the first time since the Frenchman’s head.
– The overall shape is no less startling. In their last eight league games Arsenal has won only 7 points. Only West Ham (5), Sunderland (4) and Middlesbrough (3) earned more modest asset in the same period of time. If you’re wondering, each of the last three teams from the bottom of the table and fighting for survival.
Luis Enrique attacked referees in Spain
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has hinted that his team did not enjoy the protections of the judges, on the contrary. The specialist was not at all happy after losing 0: 2 Malaga 32 th round, which significantly reduce the chances of Barcelona to catch La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
In quite nervous match Neymar was sent off for two yellow cards, the first was a slow time. Brazilian knelt down to tie his ties over the ball until the enemy was trying to free kick. The second official warning came after the striker tangled with Diego Llorente 25 minutes before the end of the meeting.
Barca had their claims the referee Manzano Hill for being awarded a free kick to the penalty box for a foul on Sergi Roberto, who apparently was broken inside penal.
“According to my interpretation of yellow cards is special,” said Enrique mockingly. “We must be very careful in certain matches, as some ugly tackles from behind they passed without penalty while tethering connections – no.”
Two weeks later comes the Clasico against Real Madrid, which many believe will finally show who will snatch the title for the 2016/2017 season. “No matter how it looks table, Real Madrid-Barcelona is always attractive match. Winning La Liga, however, depends earn points primarily. Against Malaga we had a very good opportunity to get them, but not made it, “concluded the coach of Barcelona.
Iniesta: we’ll have to beat Real at the Bernabeu
The captain of Barcelona Andres Iniesta believes that Barcelona can impose their defeat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to win the title in La Liga for the third consecutive year. “Blaugrana” behind two points, “Royal Club”, but with a game more than the leader in the standings.
“We lost Deportivo and they made equal with Las Palmas home, but if we want to have a chance of winning the league will have to beat them at the Bernabeu. Worst moment has passed and I’m pleased with the team and myself.
It’s a little strange season, but this is reality. I hope to play well in the remaining matches. It’s never easy after a pause in the championship because changing the tempo, but the team is good and we have shaped this April. In each race and we can not win anything if we do things right, “said Iniesta.
Liverpool took a step back
Liverpool continued with intermittent performance. After a few good matches Liverpool conceded a new offshoot of the “Anfield”. Jurgen Klopp’s team finished 2: 2 with Bournemouth by allowing the tying goal three minutes before the end. The visitors managed to get a hit of Afobe more in the seventh minute, but at half time the score was 1: 1 after hit of Koutinyo. In the second part Origen put Liverpool ahead before coming to the goal of Joshua King.
“Red” remained in third place but Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, who are behind them, have played fewer matches. Bournemouth again for the second time this season embitters the lives of Jurgen Klopp and his players once in their household dramatic defeat them with 4: 3.
Liverpool failed to reach the turn against a well organized team of Bournemouth, but left the pitch disappointed. Once again Liverpool failed to beat the team from the bottom of the standings, which recorded their last six losses in the Premier League. The presentation team for the first six is ??very high – unbeaten in 10 games and five wins, which speaks of a lack of motivation postoyannstvo and even in some matches.
Returning the ball back from the Vaynaldum led to the first goal of the “cherry” to “Anfield” in 1968, and Brazilian combination of Firmin and Koutinyo bring countervailing hit. Vaynaldum make amends for his mistake with the kick to burp the second goal the hosts. Klopp’s team did not get to third to crush opponents, and was punished. King, who could not make it 0: 2 in the first part is the rebound after a scuffle in the box and a point of Bournemouth.
Ibrahimovic: we will finish in foursome
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Manchester United will fight for a place in the quartet of Premier League. Today, the Swede is expected to return to the pitch against Everton after serving punishment. In his absence “Reds” won four points from three matches and are currently behind five points from the fourth Manchester City.
“I feel good. I missed the” Old Trafford “and matches, but finally returning and hope that give positive impact, said Zlatan before the club TV. – One game can change a lot. Suddenly could end up third, fourth, fifth or sixth. The first place is far away, the second most likely too, but then disputed.
If you can win two or three games in a row, in places entitling participation in the Champions League. I think we will succeed and be there. We won the points that we need, even though we are now on the brink. We need a little more to get four. ”
Neymar became the third Brazilian with 100 goals for Barcelona
25-year-old Neymar became only the third Brazilian, who reached the 100 goals for Barcelona. Techies scored goal in stoppage time of the match with Granada from the 29th round of La Liga and shape the final 4: 1 for the success of Barcelona.
It was the hundredth anniversary of Neymar goal for Barcelona in all competitions. In front of him are just Evaristo with 105 goals and Rivaldo with 130. Youth of Neymar promises that their achievements will soon be sent to history.
Teammate Luis Suarez also record scorer, and it is reported and an assist. So Uruguay became the first player from the top 5 leagues on the continent that has double-digit performance. He already has 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 games for Barcelona in the league this season.
Chinese want to buy Chilean Colo Colo
Chinese investment group offer to current owners of the Chilean club Colo Colo to become its largest shareholder, reported local newspaper. The proposal was made to club president Anibal Moza, who was considering.
According to “El Mercurio” Moza is ready to part with their shares, which are 29.8% and provide him three seats on the nine-member Board of Directors. He refused to speak to local media.
The move is not customary for Chinese investors, but they filled their teams from the local championship mostly with players from South America.
Ramos, Pique answer: Whatever you say, can not take us titles
Sergio Ramos replied Gerard Pique. As is known, Barcelona defender said spechelevaneto Champions League “white ballet” with a goal from offside exactly Ramos.
“Pique? Whatever you say can not change Real Madrid. It may take us years or titles. It does not matter,” said Ramos.
“This is part of Pique. We can not change it to 30. You should naslzhadvame him as a player because he is exceptional. You have to tell him to wear more white, it goes.”
“The goal of my 11th Champions League is an ambush? If you need to talk about vsichko..a Iniesta … he does not speak.”
“I do not think Real will be disappointed by the words of Pique. You disturbed us if Iniesta starts talking, he never does. But it’s Pique … just one more comment.”
On the evening of Cristiano turned into a bitter twist in favor of Sweden
The team defeated Sweden 3: 2 Portugal in friendly match played in Funchal. European champion was leading 2: 0 at the break and made a nasty twist. The focus was the best player in the world for 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo, who was hailed as a deity in his hometown. CR7 showed European Cup, conquered in the summer, but also get a “gold medal” in Madeira. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 18th minute and in the 34th Grankvist his own goal for 2: 0. Viktor Klaesen scored twice to “tert kronur” (58 and 77). In the 94 th own goal by Joao Kansai gave the victory of the Swedes. The leader in the attack on the “Mariners” remained on the field until the 59th minute.
CR7 is delayed until 18 minutes before lift the crowd to its feet. Gelson Martins sent a superb outdoor rebate, Ronaldo tore guardianship of defense and attack technique from the air leave no chance the keeper – 1: 0. In the 34th Grankvist he had the misfortune to score an own goal, having stretched his leg and deceive the goalkeeper. Generally boys Fernando Santos played harder before the break and logically took the lead by two goals. Renato Sanchez and Cristiano headed for dangerous hits in the fifth and 26th minutes.
In the 58th minute the Swedes got one back. Christopher Niemann gave Viktor Claesson, who scored closely, albeit from an acute angle. A minute later, Ronaldo left the game and received deserved applause from the stands. In the 77th Scandinavians leveled after another goal of Claesson. The striker overtook his rival in the first post in a corner and foot sent the ball into the corner – 2: 2. In the 94 th Joao Kansai had the bad luck to score an own goal for the final 2: 3.
Hubchev : I liked the battle, I hope not deceive
Bulgaria coach Peter Hubchev not hide his satisfaction after the success with 2: 0 victory over the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying. The specialist warned that victory must not mislead anyone and everyone must continue to work firmly on the ground.
“You will tell whether this was the most attractive game in recent years. I do not think that was very attractive, but we made a big step towards what we want to achieve. We want to have zeal in our game, devotion, “said Hubchev.
“The first goal helped us a lot, tactical stood very well on the field in the first half. We can not be satisfied. There are other things, however, are visible. For example, physical condition is not at the level you need, but these things will clean them up in the next matches, “he continued.
“Over the years we have beaten occasionally such teams, but then again we lost. The public will back it with such victories. For me, the audience was far and was perfect. They supported the team and the guys felt that. That’s the way this game it shows. The battle was the most important of today’s match. Let us not deceive this result. “Concluded the coach of Bulgaria.
Brazil afflicted Uruguay to 4: 1 in Montevideo
Brazil inflict a humiliating loss with 4:1 Uruguay match of the 13th round of the World Cup qualifiers in Zone Americas, which played at the stadium “Centenario” in Montevideo.
So “Selecao” gathered 30 points and confidently leads in the standings, while the “sky-blue” were second with 23 after playing the game.
The match started great for Uruguay and nothing foreshadowed fiasco last. Edinson Cavani had a penalty in the 9th minute, awarded for a foul against himself.
The result was equalized in the 19th minute of Paulinho. Uruguay lost the ball in midfield. She fell in Neymar, who quickly pointed it at Paulinho. Brazilian footballer handle it with one move and shoot the ball from outside the penalty area to 1: 1. In the 38th minute Uruguay missed a great chance to re-take the lead after hooked in the penalty area the ball was directed to head for the door, but went just wide.
Ten minutes after resumption of the game Brazil took the lead, as the author of goals again became Paulinho. Previously striker Firmin get the ball to the box, advanced shot, but the keeper saved Uruguay. Addition But he was helpless to reflect fired from Paulinho ball.
With a unique goal Neymar sealed the victory for Brazil in the 75th minute. The whole attack the visitors held two assists. Miranda clear the ball hard from his own box, she fell in Neymar, who overcame with ease diluted protect Uruguayans and technically transfer custody of the hosts. But it was not the last word for Brazil. In stoppage time humiliation is complete. Dani Alves centered the goal, but Paulinho shape his hat-trick and managed to push the ball into the net with his body.
Dream farewell for Podolski – a winning goal against England
In the 130th and last match for Germany Lukas Podolski bring Bundesteam prestigious historic victory over rival England 1:0. The audience of “westfalenstadion” in Dortmund saw an interesting match in which Prince Poldi was the main protagonist. He put the home with the captaincy, and in the 69th minute put the real projectile, making the helpless Heart and put the dream final of his career, 31-year-old striker in the national team.
Podolski started as a starter up front, along with rising star Timo Werner, for whom this was even debut with the national team. The door instead of injured Manuel Neuer stood Marc-Andre ter tight. Toni Kroos and Julian Vajgl were loaded with organizational functions in midfield and in defense acted Joshua Kimi Antonio Rudiger and Mats Hummels.
In his first game as permanent England manager Gareth Southgate let Adam Lallana attack, Jamie Vardi and Delle Ali. In the 3-4-3 three defenders were captain Gari Keyhil, Kris Smoling and debutant Maykal Kiyn. In midfield holder was Jack Livermore, who last played for the national team before 4.5 years.
The two teams met last last year in a friendly match in Munich and Three Lions made an impressive turnaround from 0: 2 to 3: 2. The British, however, continue to have success in two consecutive meetings with Bundestima of the World Cup final in 1966.
The visitors started the stronger and early Vardi claims of infringement of Terre tight against him in the box were overlooked, then Maykal Kiyn from close shot over the bar. The Germans gradually came into the game and in turn tried some interesting attacks, but overall releases of England seriously hamper it.
In the 16th minute Podolski hit the ball hard, but Keane stood in the way of the ball. A little later Burnley defender intervene perfectly and then shot by Toni Kroos. In the 26th Erik Dayar tries to questioning by the way did win 3: 2 in Munich, but Ter tight careful.
After half an hour Joshua Kimi made a blunder and gave the ball to Lala, but Liverpool midfielder hit the post. In the 37th minute Podolski fired again serious distance wide. At the end of the half Ter Buck saved shot Dele Ali and the hosts must be satisfied that the break came in a scoreless draw.
The second part starts without change, and Germany finally create scoring position. In the 48th minute a bad tip the ball by Dzho Hart fell at the feet of Julian Brandt, but he missed the goal. After 53 minutes the British organized a quick counter and Jamie Vardi sent to Ali, who also shot the ball wide.
Bundestima answered with another shot Podolski, saved by Hart, then Ter Buck did not allow Dyer to open the scoring. England continued to stand better on the field until the attacks of the hosts rarely wore a danger to the opponent’s goal.
Shredded change the game in the middle of halftime to come 69th minute and magical performance of Podolski. He received the ball from reserve Andre Schurrle and with frightening force thrust it into the assembly – 1: 0! The goal at number 49 player of Galatasaray with the national team.
Germany leaped better after the goal and Leroy Sanne could have doubled the home side’s lead, but Dzho Hart showed excellent reflexes. In the 84th minute applause in the stadium Podolski pitch, replaced by Sebastian Rudy. At the end again Sanne and Shyurle missed good opportunities for a second goal for Bundesteam.
The loss was the first for England under the direction of Southgate, but the team showed good football and give reason for optimism fans. Today’s inspection was the last test before the Three Lions World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday. Germany does forthcoming visit to Azerbaijan.
Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United need to focus on the Europa League
Former Manchester United manager Sir Aleks Ferguson said that by the end of the season the club must focus on winning the Europa League – a tournament that so far “Reds” have not won. United is in fifth place in the Premier League and fight for a place in the top four, while in Europe League team is in the quarterfinals, where they will meet Belgian Anderlecht.
“The truth is that we never won either the Europa League or the UEFA Cup. Now the draw is great. I do not say it is certain that Manchester United will win the tournament, but there is an excellent chance to do it. That’s European Cup and also the Champions league, “said Ferguson.
According to 75-year-old Scot has cyclicality in win European trophies and English clubs, particularly United should make possible to return to the top.
“In the 70s successes were Ajax and Bayern. In the 80s – for Liverpool. 90s were those of Italians and Milan. Then the English teams had strong years. Now the wheel has fallen Spanish teams why they have such success, “said Ferguson, who led United for 27 years.
Simeone vowed: I’ll never coach Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he will never become coach of Real Madrid. In recent years, Argentine Athletes brought to two Champions League finals, but both suffered dramatic defeats of “los blankos.”
“I will never become coach of Real Madrid,” Simeone vowed to Onda Cero. “It’s logical. They also will not call me,” said Colo, who still does not preclude one day take over another Spanish team. “Young I am and maybe someday will lead another Spanish team. At some point I would like to be a coach of Argentina, but should improve as a coach. I want to take the national team in the last phase of coaching my career,” said 46 year-old specialist.
Before MAN CITY – LIVERPOOL
Liverpool chasing a fifth consecutive victory over Manchester City
Liverpool travel to Manchester City in today’s derby of the 29th round of Premier League in an attempt to record a fifth consecutive victory over the “citizens” in the elite of Britain.
“Liverpool” made an excellent New Year gift to the fans, and hit City 1:0 with a goal of Vaynaldum. Both teams are neighbors in the standings and although no chances for the title fight a battle to maintain your position in the places entitling participation in the Champions League. City dropped this week after losing 1: 3 from Monaco and will pour all their rage against Liverpool, which they can play and joke.
Teams of the top 6 finishers are victims favorite team of Jurgen Klopp, who has collected 19 points in nine games against opponents from the top of kladiraneto. However, Jurgen Klopp refused to accept the role of favorite, as determined City as one of the toughest rivals this season.
West Brom left no chance for Arsenal
“West Brom” won 3: 1 over the “Gunners”
West Brom won with 3: 1 Arsenal in the first game of the 29th round of the Premier League. Craig Dawson scored two goals for “thrushes” to “Te Houtarns” and added one goal Hal Robson-Kanu. Correct for “ball” was Alexis Sanchez.
The loss was the second straight for Londoners in Premiarliyg and the team was left with 50 points in fifth place in the standings. West Brom is eighth with 43 points.
The match started well for the hosts who took the lead as early as the 12th minute. Craig Dawson rose to head in a cross from Nacer Chadli a corner. Three minutes later, Alexis Sanchez equalized. Chilean rose at the far post submission Jack.
In the 50th minute Rondon missed a great chance to put West Brom ahead again once jammed good cross from Brunt but his shot went just wide. Six minutes later reserve Hal Robson-Kanu scored for 2: 1. The Welshman took advantage of a mistake on Ospina, who failed to clear the ball and put it in the net just 75 seconds after it came into play.
In the 65th minute Danny Welbeck hit the crossbar. Ten minutes later, Dawson scored his second goal of the match, which formed the final 3: 1. The defender was again accurate after a corner.
Belgian obstacle to Manchester United in the Europa League
The big favorite for the trophy in the Europa League Manchester United will play against Anderlecht on quarter-finals the second strongest club competition. The two teams have met six times so far, they have divided the three victories in the history of their rivalry. “Red Devils” but have made 22 goals and have conceded six goals in those clashes. The last meeting between United and Anderlecht dates back to 1956 when the “Reds” won in Manchester 10:0. And so far it remains the worst evrozaguba the Belgian team.
Anderlecht is one of three teams reached this stage already lifted the trophy. The other two winners of the trophy – Ajax and Schalke 04 will meet each other in another quarter-final clashes.
Celta – Genk and Lyon – Besiktas are other couples. These teams have not met before in European competition.
The first matches will be played on April 13 and the second legs are scheduled for April 20. The final is May 24 in Stockholm.
Here pairs of quarter-finals of the Europa League:
Anderlecht – Manchester United
Celta – Genk
Ajax – Schalke 04
Lyon – Besiktas
Butragueno fallen : We are one of the toughest rivals
Director of “Public Relations” Real Madrid Emilio Butragueno was not happy after today’s draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. “He fell to us one of the toughest rivals. And of them, however, fell hard rival. He wanted us to meet ahead of the tournament,” confided the boss of Royal Club at BeIn Sports. “Ancelotti is a great coach who has a great experience. The draw is not good news either for us or for them,” he admitted yesterday.
Meanwhile, former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos said the draw for Real Madrid TV. “All rivals are tough, I had to drop someone anyway. The good thing is that the second match is in Madrid. It is a big draw,” said the idol of Madrid.
Shakespeare’s characters continue to write history
The champion of England Leicester record another glorious page in its history. “Foxes” won 2:0 Sevilla and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Wes Morgan (27 ‘) and Mark Olbraytan (54’) scored hits for the team of Craig Shakespeare, who continues to be a hundred percent asset after the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri.
Sevilla may regret beam Sergio Escudero early in the second half and mostly missed by Stevan Nzonzi penalty in the 78th minute. Shortly before Samir Nasri left the team from Andalusia with a man less.
Under the leadership of Shakespeare Leicester away from the relegation zone in the Premier League. Losing Sevilla 1:2 “Ramon Sanchez Pishuan” was the last match of Claudio Ranieri led the team, but the goal Jamie Vardi preserve the chances of “foxes” for the second leg.
Shakespeare rely exclusively composed of the same, which beat Hull City at the weekend. In previous positions were Vardi and Shinji Okazaki but remained on the bench Islam Slim. In midfield the English team acted Riyadh Mareza, Daniel Drinkwater, Wilfred Ndidi and Mark Olbraytan.
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli make goals 8 changes from the game against Leganes. Holder places retained only goalkeeper Sergio Rico, Adil Rami and Pablo triglaw. Among the reserves were Stevan Jovetic and Franco Vazquez, but the attack was led by Ben Visam Yeder supported by Vito and Samir Nasri.
Lester started very vigorously, but the first interesting situation was in front of Kasper Schmeichel. Nasri got a pass from triglaw, overcame Wes Morgan and shoot, but the Danish guard careful. The hosts responded with several pieces and one of them shot was cleared in the best way, but zashttnik white blocked Danny Drinkwater.
“Foxes” won most tackles for the first ball, and guests from Andalusia often served with violations. Nasri received a yellow card for a studs against Ndidi. With 21 minutes triglaw try to surprise Schmeichel but very wide. It was one of the few attacks Sevillians to break. After 27 minutes Riyadh Mareza sent a free kick and Wes Morgan opened the scoring. Serious fault for goals brings Gabriel Mercado, who had to keep the defender at Leicester.
Seville was shocked after the goal at his own door and quickly have leveled the score, but dangerous shot Ben Yeder came out. The hosts became more cautious, but at the end of the half is activated. First Vardi treacherously shot, then shot Fuchs was blocked.
Sampaoli perform double shift poluvreemto. He pulled out of the game and triglaw culprit for goals Mercado and instead let Stevan Jovetic and Mariano. After 53 minutes Sergio Escudero made a surprising shot that hit the post, while add-Ben Yeder failed to restore equality. In the counter-attack Mareza centered Adil Rami got right at the feet of Olbraytan and he accurately placed the ball into the bottom right corner – 2:0.
Sevilla still needed another goal to send the game into overtime. Spaniards gradually began pressuring opponents and at one point the actions were conducted entirely in front and in the box of Leicester. But then Samir Nasri gave his teammates as a very stupid way to earn a second yellow card. Frenchman succumb to provocation by Jamie Vardi properly and was sent off by referee Daniele Orsalia.
As if it was against the visitors tonight, and further evidence came. After 78 minutes Vito was displayed behind the defense and fired a shot that was cleared off the line. Orsalia however see a violation of Kasper Schmeichel against the wing of Seville and called a penalty. Replays showed that Vito frankly simulated, but the referee had already pointed white point. He stood behind the ball Stevan Nzonzi, who shot straight into the arms of Schmeichel and Danish easily saved.
After missing a penalty in the first leg when they could earn a defeated result Sevillians like cracked. By the end of two frapanti misses Vardi kept the intrigue, but ultimately Leicester took the scalp of the champions in the Europa League and is now waiting for the draw on Friday.
Interview with Bale:
Gareth Bale knows what it takes to win the Champions League. He has done it already twice-the last three years at Real Madrid and objectives hat-trick in that when the final will be in his native Cardiff. Meanwhile, English clubs fall off in an attempt to reach similar heights and Bale fears that this trend will continue as the Premier League continues to be so vatreshnokonkurentna and no winter vacation.
They have been already five years since Chelsea triumphed in that great night in Munich. This season Tottenham was eliminated in the group stage, Arsenal was beaten twice by 1:5 Bayern (Munich) and Leicester must catch up against Sevilla.
“I think I know the reason for all this, but there is no way to change it – says Bale. – The question is at the very league, every game in the PL must be 100% of its capabilities in all 90 minutes, otherwise threatened by his loss. In Spain you can lead the break against opashkar and can afford to take away from gas to rest down his aces. If you try only within 45 minutes in the PL will not win a single game. And the lack of rest during the winter is a huge factor. While in England you play four or five games during the holidays, we do not play either. You do not get many days off and that really burns for a long time afterwards. ”
In Madrid vacation holiday is followed by fitness bang when players return. “During the break, barely loaded with nothing – reveals Bale. – We have 7, 8, 9 weekends. I go back to Wales and see family and friends. In a day or two go for a bit in the gym or go jogging to keep in shape. In practice, only rest. Then we come back and we have two editions a week of workouts to get back at the right race rhythm. If you have 7-10 days of rest and outside the country to where you want to be and not think about football or training for a few days. It’s nice to be able to “turn off the fuse” of football – and mentally, and physically. Spanish teams certainly know they have this advantage over the English. Not only they – know him in Italy and Germany, which also have a winter vacation. ”
Bale and Madrid fit together perfectly. He helped the team again become European champions and the club made him a superstar confident that more mature and more skillfully accepts and manages its status compared with the time when he left Tottenham four years ago. “This game is more technical and less based on the rabid attacks from door to door with constant 100 km / h. You have to hold the ball to picking opportunities inlet forward. I feel I am better than before in a compressed and small spaces. When this space you will need to play up quickly and move. I learn all this. I feel a huge improvement in myself since I left. ”
Stress comes with its own problems. “There are times when you feel the pressure of people’s expectations. Madrid fans know they spend a lot of money for the club and expect big things, big games from us. Pay dearly for your dear moments. It was a great moment to score the winning goal in the Champions League final, especially in this way. Also that at the last when I stepped boldly for major penalty. These are the moments in football that make you a better player and they appear on the next level. ”
The first key contribution of Bale with the white team was winning goal against Barcelona in the 85th minute in the final of the Copa del Rey in 2014. Followed by Big moment: scoring with a header at the back post in extra time in the final of the Champions League in Lisbon gaining a 2: 1 against Atletico Madrid. Finally, victory came with a 4: 1 and then bring more elusive tenth European Cup, La Desima. “It’s hard to go back memories by then. I was pretty blurred. This is your first final in the Champions League, excited and emotions they mad. I remember certain moments of the match and the celebrations afterwards, but in the second final now I could relax and enjoy it a little more, because I had been in that position. ”
The last final in Milan he scored in penalties. Again Atletico. This time, the head of Madrid was Zinedine Zidane, and winning a penalty scored Cristiano Ronaldo. Iconic figures, it always had and will have on the “Santiago Bernabeu”. Zidane was “calm” and “soothing” to its players, which is on the same wavelength, says Bale. “He knows the psychology of football. He played at the top level, he was the best in the world for years. “What about Ronaldo?
“We always gotten along well. We scored a lot of goals together, and we have a lot of assists each other and twice won the Champions League. So things they flocked particularly bad. It has changed little game. In Manchester United you saw him running from deep, and now is more typical striker – is very effective in the box, scoring goals, making assists. Any change his game with age, even I start to change my light. Cristiano knows what he’s doing and does it very well. Now go out as a team and cohesion. However, most players observe personal distance and have their things they love to do. My usual is golf. ”
After the thrill of Euro 2016 against Wales Bale went along with their friends on holiday in Scotland and played pretty golf in St Andrews and Gleneagles. Dislikes Britain, but from the beginning of his stay in Madrid was determined not to be another failed to adapt to life overseas British footballer. Questioned David Beckham and Steve MakManaman of their time “Bernabeu” and studied others who endured so long.
“I read how Mark Hughes says he is already thinking about returning home, as its arrival in Barcelona. Michael Owen says he has adapted sidelined. I tried not to make those mistakes. I thought I could do better. My setup was to try to support as much as possible longer here. I was young enough and thought it was a good time, and I wanted to learn more about the game. I felt that I proved in PL, when Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, they call, you can not refuse him. It’s one of those experiences that you need to grab with both hands. I think my decision was correct: I have two gold medals from the Champions League in his window, my family lived great, the weather is nice. We joke with it, but it really helps you outlive torment at home. ”
Bale’s new contract, signed last season, binding him to Madrid until June 30, 2022, which ended the hopes of the biggest clubs in England to return to the PL. “Just enjoy life here. I signed long-term contract because I feel that this is the right place for me to grow and to win trophies. Last season was the most comfortable for me and I felt that I could be here a long time. ”
As for the Spanish language, it efforts on it. “I’m still not completely solved it, but straighten. I understand most things around me. Talk to the coach of Spanish and meetings are in Spanish. In the club a lot of people speak English, which helps, but I try to communicate with players in Spanish. Well, maybe not the most detail, but at least ribbing as in any normal dressing room. When I’m home, I try to speak, and my daughter also teaches Spanish. ”
This season started brilliantly for Bale while injury forced him to undergo surgery to repair the Achilles tendon. After a three-month absence he returned to the game with goals against Espanyol and Villarreal with a red card against Las Palmas, which took him out of two games of La Liga, but did not want to play in Eighthfinal rematch of the Champions League against Napoli on the way to becoming a the first team in the modern era of football, defended the trophy.
“This mission is far from impossible. Yes, difficult, but we are in an excellent position. Do not eat any illusions that it will be easy, but now we have the correct setting. Madrid is notorious that won the Champions League. We have won the European Cup most of all – 11 times. Our goal is to win it again this year. ”
Leicester prepares for final World Cup, worried in Sevilla
Coach Jorge Sampaoli anticipate more severe revenge on his Leicester against Sevilla in the Champions League next week. The Spaniards won the first leg of the eighth-finals with 2:1, this match turned out to be the last for Claudio Ranieri led the “foxes”. Leading the British now former assistant to Italian Craig Shakespeare, under whose leadership Leicester quickly lifted and now threatens to eliminate Sevilla defendant clash in London on Tuesday (March 14th).
“We have a group of analysts who prepared more than clear report of what was Lester so far and what is after the age of Ranieri said Sampaoli. – The team underwent a complete turnaround in terms of morality and way of playing. The opponent already is again dangerous as it was last season. “Foxes” showed that for them this match will now be a World Cup final. we realize that having not won a difference in the first game, as it should, will now be placed under enormous pressure. ”
Under the leadership of Argentine specialist Sevillians perform very strongly in the league, and are currently third – only 4 points behind leaders Barcelona. “Until now it has always been almost impossible to overtake Real Madrid or Barcelona, and add them already and Atletico Madrid. Now, the battle will be flushed until the last minute, although this seems too far away,” added Sampaoli.
Arsene Wenger lost its credibility after constant complaints
The more time passes, the more I became clear meaning of the words of Jose Mourinho aimed at Arsene Wenger. Mourinho called the Arsenal manager “voyeur” and “specialist in failure”, feeling a blatant intolerance colleague. However, if we disregard it, we will find many great truth in the comments of the Special.
13 years Wenger watched other managers won the title in the Premier League. From 2010 onwards he was not part of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, eliminated in the second round seven seasons. And playful with Real Madrid “EightReal” go down in history, because today is the modern expression “EightArsenal.”
I always liked attacking style of “Arsenal” and the model of management of the club, which somewhat resembles the German. Years ago messengers Londoners were a special visit of Bayern Munich to learn how to manage a football club without financial injections in Russian, Jewish, American and Arab billionaires dubious origin. Just Bavarians are the benchmark in Europe for a quarter century work invariably gain. Without space without municipal loans and “roundabouts” on the bases characteristic of the gray sector.
Arsenal really stabilized as a club, but now he has to send his team in Munich to see how to build successful not only economically club but effective team on the field. Last night Londoners dropped out of the most successful German team for the fourth time eighth-final in the Champions League. Four attempts. They lost for the third (!) Time of 1: 5 to Bayern in the tournament and for the n-th time their manager find ridiculous excuse for a spectacular knockout.
Last night, Wenger was again acquitted by the judge because he said equalizing goal Bayern came from offside and a penalty should not be marked. Frenchman challenge and red card of Laurent Koscielny. Replays showed that Robert Lewandowski really in a position to thin offside when submitting Franck Ribery to it, but a violation of Kosielni there. The defender has missed attacker and knocks him to the nostrum of the fight – normally it is a penalty.
Disorder that is much cleaner than this (high leg up) of Lewandowski against Kosielni in Munich, when Arsenal were given a penalty in the first leg. On 15 February, however, Wenger did not comment on how the referee Mazhich shoulder hit his team twice when you do not “see” Volleyball performances Beyerin and Gibbs in the box of English. Conclusion: supercharge a penalty for Arsenal and two neotsadeni for Bayern. So the actual result could be double-digit. In favor of the Germans. But Arsene did not mention anything about “killing the game” and “assistance” by the judge.
Do you remember the comments the Frenchman after losing to Bayern 0: 2 in London in March 2014? He again accused the judge and Arjen Robben. He called it a “simulant” to a situation in which the Dutchman was a stumble by Wojciech Shchesni. Then Arsene saw a conspiracy against his team, although he admitted that the Polish goalkeeper is not considered good release. Then he Ham admitted the offense, yet accused the judge and Robben. Unique! Behavior typical of an angry child. Or an angry old man.
In 2013 Bayern won “Emirates” 3: 1 and honorary home team (work of Lukas Podolski) fell after a nonexistent corner. The situation did not even need repetition to see that Arsenal player last played the ball. Then Wenger also tactfully said nothing and once again demonstrates the double standard in its estimates for judging.
And judges make mistakes, but when you are in favor of his team, Wenger accepts them as part of the game. When there are mistakes to the detriment of Arsenal, Arsene discovers some vague conspiracy and justify it. When Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 2: 0 in the groups of the tournament in October 2015, manager said nothing about naked hand on Olivier Giroud. Goal that opened the scoring and put the English in the fight for ranking after shocking loss Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.
A lunatic behavior Wenger has already started to cause ironic reactions not only among fans but also among specialists and analysts. These days Manchester United legend Eric Cantona laughed Wenger and said jokingly that he deliberately does not become champion in England.
Arsene Wenger ever really was a great champion in the managerial profession and winning trophies. Over the years, however, he increasingly began to hide behind the judges, lack of luck busy schedule, bad terrain, inadequate start time, bad luck. Someone else is to blame for failures while he “voyeurism” and fails in the big football.
Arsene started to look like a dog chasing its tail. Much of the team’s fans mass protest against him and want his shift. Do not miss tensions between specialists and some of his players, including the biggest star Alexis Sanchez. Five losses in their last seven games. Fans and former players rivals Arsenal in England pray Monsieur to remain in office for a long time. And this is a very bad sign for any professional. Coincidence?
Wenger has no “weight” not only in the big European football, but apparently lost positions and in their own dressing room. He no longer plays radiating respected father who makes his sons to give the most of themselves. The Frenchman is as good old uncle who is temporarily in the house while their parents are gone. And kids create chaos as they naigrali …
There are people who know how to lose and those who find it difficult to show character in defeat. After dropping to loudly and remaining 2:10 of history worthy man clutching the hand of the winner and you’re going to laugh with excuses. Because the difference in the Champions League is not a defeat but a real shame that can be washed (for starters) best with silence. Usually know how to lose with dignity only major champions. And Arsene is no longer a part of them.
Can Barca to rewrite history?
Tonight in the traditional time 19:45 will begin meeting rematch of eighth-Champions League final between Barcelona and Paris St Germain. The hosts of “Camp Nou” have a difficult task to make a turnaround after losing 0: 4 in the first clash in Paris. If this happens, Barca will rewrite history because so far no one team that is moving forward in the tournament after defeat 0: 4 in the first match.
If there is a team that can achieve something like this, it certainly Catalans. The team has repeatedly achieved the win by 4 or more goals and we all know that strikers like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is quite possible to see goals show tonight.
Barcelona always kept going after phase 1/8-finals in the last nine years. This is a record in the tournament and Barcelona are hoping to extend it tonight. So far, the two teams have met 3 times eliminations in 2 sluachite Spanish team continues vedanzh happiness and smiles of the French.
Barca also is in great housekeeping series of victories. Team record 14 consecutive success of “Camp Nou” in the Champions League since Luis Enrique led the team. Even more impressive is that these victories goal difference is 44-6. Meanwhile, PSG has no success as the guest against Barca (2 draws and 2 losses). The good news for the French is that these match the team did not allow more than three goals in their net.
Luis Enrique almost no personnel problems before the game tonight. Alain Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu have minor injuries and are more likely to stay on the bench, but all other players are healthy and available to the coach.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery is a bit more complicated situation in the fixing of the composition. Angel di Maria and Thiago Motta are under serious question about the meeting tonight, and especially Argentina is a very important player for the French champion and eventual absence will definitely be felt. The good news headquarters of guests that Adrienne Rabin was rebuilt and is expected to start in the starting eleven.
Cards and a penalty not enough for United to victory against Bournemouth
Penalty and numerical advantage did not dostginaha Manchester United take victory against Bournemouth in the 27th round of the Premier League.
Both teams reached the tie, but this time Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to get the team even missed a penalty.
“Cherries” played a man down the entire second half after Andrew tinsel received his second yellow card and sent off without.
United dominated throughout the match, but great interference goalkeeper Artur Boruc did not allow the “red devils” to get the three points.
For the team from Manchester scored Marcos Rojo in the 23 th minute and in the 39th minute Joshua King leveled from the penalty spot.
In the second minute after a good combination between Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney, the striker fired a header, but sent the ball just wide.
Three minutes later Paul Pogba past the entire defense and left alone against vrataryaV 10th minute Rooney handed left to Ibrahimovic, who uncharacteristically failed to control the ball in the best way.
When counterattack Bournemouth Benik Afobe advanced alone, but slipped in the box and squandered the chance to score.
In the 14th minute he had another chance before the “Reds”. In the 19th did Anthony Marcial from shooting awkwardly, but a good challenge the keeper kept the score unchanged.
After 23 minutes Marcos Rojo opened the account Manchester United. Antonio Valencia saw free Rojo and sent to him and the Argentine made no mistake and scored the ball away for 1:0.
In the 39th minute “cherries” were given a chance to equalize. Phil Jones came sharply at the feet of Marc Pugh, for which the referee called a penalty Bournemouth. Joshua King stood behind the white point and left no chance for David de Gea to score a draw (1:1).
After 42 minutes Ibrahimovic from shooting from afar, but Artur Boruc again shone with the rescue.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed how strong head has a 47-minute meeting. Player of the “cherry” Tyrone Mings face Ibrahimovic then brutally stepped on his head while he was on earth.
The referee did not see it, but to everyone’s surprise, the Swede became unscathed. However, like him quickly regain trodden opponent for that act.
Immediately thereafter, the situation at the goal, Ibra punched with his elbow Mings and knocked him down on the ground.
Because of protests about this situation again, Andrew tinsel, who has requested a second yellow card for Zlatan, earn a red card and sent off without.
After 53 minutes Wayne Rooney a fresh blow to the door of Bournemouth, but was inaccurate. Immediately after Paul Pogba from shooting from afar, but Boruts was back in place.
In the 70th minute Paul Pogba attacked when Adam Smith tried to stop him, but a handball that cost him throw his team meetings. Zlatan filled beats, but the keeper was focused and managed to tip the ball.
In the 74th minute Marcus Rashford had a chance to give his team the lead, but sent the ball just past the post. Pogba could bring victory in stoppage time but failed and so the game ended in a draw (1:1).
Luis Enrique announced: Leaving.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique leaving the “Camp Nou” at the end of the season. Lucio “threw the bomb” when everyone thought that the press conference after the victory over Sporting Gijon ended. “I want to finish this press conference in a different way. I declare that I will not be coach of Barca next season,” revealed the specialist.
“The decision was very difficult for me, well thought out. I think we need to be fair and honest with what I think. (…) During the preseason we had a meeting with Soler and Fernandez and talked about the possibility to sign a new contract. They said me that I will not be pressed by this decision. The time has come and I decided, “he confided.
“What is the motive? The lifestyle should really live with this profession. This means very few hours of sleep, very little rest, little break from football. (…) Now we have three passionate months of football. Our situation is complicated, especially in the Champions league. With all however, we can turn our fortunes. I will dedicate myself fully in the remaining three months, “confirmed coach” moose Kulesza. ”
Until now, Luis Enrique has eight trophies with Barcelona after coming to “Camp Nou” in the summer of 2014: two league titles, two Cups King, one Champions League, one of the Spanish Super Cup, one European Super Cup and trophy from Club World championship. In fact, he has only missed the Champions League last season and the Spanish Super Cup in 2015, when losses from Athletic Bilbao.
In this season Barca qualified for the final of the Copa del Rey, where they will argue with Alaves. In the Champions League, “Kulesza moose” are before dropping out disgrace after 0:4 in Paris. In La Liga Real Madrid is the leader, but lead to “white” is no longer so great.
Stoichkov with an exclusive interview with Diego Simeone, see it :
Hristo Stoichkov made another special gift for viewers of the show “Code Sport” on TV @ +. On Christmas Day launch section of the legendary No. 8 with a film about one of the biggest clubs in the world “Barcelona” and special interviews dagger with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and with Claudio Bravo and Daniel Alves, who are no longer part of the composition of the Catalan giants. This time exclusive interview from Madrid where Dagger talk about Television giant “Univizhan” with one of the top coaches in football today – Diego Simeone, coach of “Atletico” (Madrid). We offer this intriguing conversation.
– Hello gentlemen. Good day. I want to say that I am really honored to be here in front of you with one former player, coach. It is really a pleasure for me to congratulate Diego Pablo Simeone. Diego, thank you very much for time to consider my situation to talk about some important things about football and tell interesting things about the people who watch us.
– Thank you very much. We have not seen a long time ago and I am very happy that we are together. I am at your disposal to talk.
– I want to ask you early on. Diego Pablo Simeone at the moment he started playing in Argentina “Veles”, then “Seville”, the national team of his country, “Atletico”, dreaming that one day the dream will become a reality and will be a of the best coaches in the world?
– The truth is that even a small moisture much passion in the game. And like many other former players I can only say I am happy that I experienced such a wonderful reality, such as football fans. About 28-29 years, however, began to spin in my head the idea to become a coach. The truth is that when you start something new in your life, always wants to do it as best as possible. In such cases, the ambition is much greater. I’ve never sat thinking about how far one can go in something that’s been cast. Constantly striving to get better, to create, to do new things for the players and I know that the best investment that we as coaches have not earned tournaments, championships and cups. Much more important to me is my players to learn more and more from me. When you achieve that success invariably come alone and things get.
– Many people say: Now is the best time for Diego. This is the moment of his winner …
– Well, I already nearly ten years I coach. I admit that I have a lot of luck. The biggest luck for a coach to have good players. If you do not have good players, it is very difficult to be a good coach and have results. Good players understand the coach asked what I was trying to tell them interpret instructions correctly its commitments to him and fulfill them. Mostly they are the ones who are actually on the field and decide things. If the players on the field can not convey your message with the game coach, nothing else matters. I say that I have very lucky. More in ‘Estudiantes de la Plata “in Argentina had a fantastic team. We became champions after 25 years of drought. The “River Plate” is also – more important club with good players. The “River” were all accustomed to being champions. As soon as I arrived in Spain I found a great team, very proud, even though we knew the reality and that there are much better teams than us, but that does not mean that you should not fight, but just the opposite. A game of 90 minutes take it as a lifetime that is before us and has just begun and no one can say what will happen independent of the fact that one of the teams can be better than the other.
– Is your one phrase: You have nothing to claim if you do not run, do not fight and do not you contribute to your team.
– Exactly imagine and things in life. Some may say that life is one thing and work something else. I do not think so. For example, when a person is noble and it is this life and in his work. When you’re managing someone who may have relied its case and to his family and his work. So I think there is a very clear link between life and football. Just do not accept that there is no dedication, no effort because all have talent. There is no way to get to such a big club, not having talent and play well with the ball. However, this is the easiest. The hardest thing is always to make the maximum effort, perseverance. Although the win you want to win always, you know that you can always make things even better. Sometimes I hear players say, “I have nothing to prove to anyone.” How come there’s nothing to prove it! Every day must prove yourself! That is why football is so beautiful! There is always something new you can learn and do. So that was how we live every day and tell you honestly Christo, we have a great team. We changed 10 players from the team that became champion. These are a lot of players, but remained the backbone of the team. And that the people of this backbone over to newcomers anything apart from whether we win or lose, it’s just amazing how the team continues the same line and move forward.
– This notorious character who was more as a player … I remember him from the time when we played and we detected. Do you know exactly what is very important for the transmission of players and if not what is the thing that most hold to tell them?
– I think the most important security assurance. What best players and we accept with you too have experienced it when you play more, to see a man who is completely confident in what you say. Independent of the whether mistaken or not. Clearly, the coaches also wrong. Anyone can make a mistake. But if your firm and confident in his message, it comes to players in a completely different way. It’s where they speak not with your mouth the words, and when they talk to heart, eye gestures. Then the players really understand and absorb what you tell them. Remember when a coach has spoken to us and we have seen and knew that what he says is not true. At the same time there are other coaches who will tell you four words that can not even understand very well. However, when they did it confidently and with conviction, you are ready to follow them.
– We see a lot of coaches who sit on the bench and did not even budge. And you have to put your camera to detect how many kilometers hover on the touchline.
– I envy those people and their inner peace. Hopefully when it became big because it still considered young to be able to withstand at least one game. I try sometimes to stay seated. I just can not. I can not for a moment to stay on the bench.
– Yes! And I wonder how much time we managed to detain sitting for the interview!
– It’s true. But the truth is that when you move, feel like part of the game and I can help. This is still the way I’m used to living the things of life. None of these things is not better than Drut River. Neither my good, or it can stand as the law of the bench is good. The best is to seek a balance between these two extremes.
– But this is a very important factor. When you lead the team from the field in his expression serious and give up things to his players that if you’re sitting, you can not deliver. People they watch and see when you’re there, that you pretend you match with the same voltage as them. Next ball and so on.
– That’s right. When I feel something, they understand it sometimes even without their say so in words. And I feel like part of the team and if I’m on the pitch. All coaches generally try to do the same. Some try to have much peripheral vision on what is happening on the ground, while others want to be directly involved in the crucial situation of the game. I think the players know what I tell them my voice is stuck in their ears. As with children. When they shouted something from afar, they recognized the voice of his father. They know that this is not the voice of someone else. So players hear that voice and respond with impulse to react with stimulus … And so a movement sometimes help to wake up someone who is pozaspal on the field and get him to respond.
– Speaking of children. Today, your son is a world champion. How Diego Pablo Simeone talk to him. As a father …
– Always father!
– As a coach? What advice do you give to him?
– I believe in something, and it is: I can talk about football my three sons (I have three sons) and the three played in “The River” unless largest others are 16 and 12 years. We’re talking basically about football. Ideas related to football. But I realize that so could harm them. Could harm them because their coach who has fallen in when they were built as futobolisti every day can give them various information and that only confuse them. Complicated because I am their father, and you know how kids listen and absorb everything from their fathers. And I do not want to be one. So talk as little as possible and only the most basic concepts. Of course mainly about how it is important to make efforts to work for improvement, sometimes five minutes of your life depends on that person must always be sympathetic to others. For such things. Because they are common to football, but do not dabble in the more specific things are more job coach them than their father.
– Would you like big, is not he already is a champion, to be a player in your team.
– It will not be easy. And it will not be easy for him! It would be easier because it will only have to decide whether to play it or another in a match. For him, however, living with me inside the team … You know there’s a lot more difficult. Let me say this: Let there be opportunities and future, but we must not forget that players are players and you must look at them as players and if I have to choose at some point depending on football qualities, I would placed in a difficult situation, but will always appreciate it first as a player and then as a father.
– How can your “Atletico” to play on par with Old Firm “Barcelona” and “Real”? “Atletico” is now grand and talk about a very serious growth in recent years of football standpoint. What do you think this is possible?
– It’s not easy. It is not easy, but there is one thing I said in the beginning. And that is that we know the reality and they are better than us. Knowing this reality is throwing in the battle with all our capabilities. To give 100% of yourself and “Up” as well the mistakes we make and debnem the smallest mistake they can make. And to be adamant as drop pierced stone. So we manage in recent years to be competition. Most health of such teams is we are giving away up in advance and they know they will have to make a huge effort if they want to beat us. Knowing that the match with us will not be easy.
– With you went through great periods as players and coaches. And how do you see this rivalry Messi – Cristiano, Cristiano – Messi?
– I think that’s what makes the rivalry both even greater. It has always been like this. Perhaps ago it was among several players, but now much more pronounced and stands exactly this pair of Lionel and Ronaldo. This includes press, which further inflates things and thus both strive for more and more success. Economic affected by earning more, different brands pursue them for advertising contracts. I think they have needed each other because competition forces them to do more and more to overtake the other and it is very good and even beautiful, because both are precious boys and want more and more to grow. I think both need each other.
– Today I had the opportunity to talk to many people here in “Atletico”. We talked about what player you were together with Lubo Penev and Kiko, how you achieved that important double. Perhaps the greatest achievement of “Atletico”. Do you think we can talk about the fact that these players just are born?
– I do not know. But I always thought something a lot of people laugh at me for this and say I’m crazy. That may be so. I always thought that at any moment they can chase. We must consider how dynamic is football nowadays. And come the result after result … And on the other side are the different personal stories, careers are being built. A growing as a player, another had success as a coach … He built something all these years. All this is wonderful, but it is already history. And this fear of not thrown out, makes you constantly alert. And in football to guard always makes your life better. Do not accept peace. I do not like when someone tells me: Calm. The tranquility of football and are good friends. –
But there is always close people are always talking, discussing … What do you think of your contract with “Atletico”? You already can say firmly that you are ready, already a good coach and have results.
– We have a contract for another two years and a process of renewal for another three or four years. It will be a really big success for me if we can not agree to the contract, because it will be a recognition of my work. I think “Atletico” (Madrid) is a very special moment and it is very important to continue to grow because if we use good sense, the club is still pristine. With many development opportunities for growth. Why? Because it works very well from a financial standpoint, used to 100% that the team is working well and has success. The club draws new and good players, but players from other teams increasingly want to come play here because they know that here is won. And all this makes me a desire to be part of it as a brilliant future. Hopefully.
– Could Diego to one day be the coach of Argentina. Your dream involve such an option: One day I will be coaching Azhentina?
– There are different moments, but I think this: The coach of the national team is like a grandfather in a large family. As in life, there are different stages: first son and then father and finally – grandfather. But the grandfather is behind much history, very experienced and very experienced. And a lot of accumulated wisdom that allows him to be a good grandfather. I think that the role of grandfather carried in football is completely different experience entirely different story. Hopefully it can happen to me when the time has come for me. Currently, however, the wave to me is another. I want to be with them on the field every day and teach them to drive players to encourage them to train. A post of national coach does not give you exactly that part of the coaching job. Play increasingly important matches of the Copa America and World Cup eliminations, but that’s all. Very little time to train and work with the players and that will make me feel the lack. All this does not mean that it’s not a really big dream for me and that when I’m 55 or something will not welcomed with open arms the opportunity to lead the team of my home country.
– He mentioned the Copa America. In the latest edition beat Chile. What do you think of the tournament?
– At the Copa America all the teams are strong. Because aligned forces Brazil in recent years, even felt compelled to seek a protective football. And this is a country that has always been the cradle of some of the best strikers. Argentina needs a win, but let’s not say it is obliged to seek the triumph independent of the fact that long ago my country has not lifted the trophy. Rather, I would say that was Argentina needs a win because the players in the team are of such an age that their time for success low. I’m talking about Aguero, Messi, Mascherano, Di Maria, Higuain – all exceptional players. Just not fair such unique players and this generation to go through the national team without reaching any more serious successes.
– Diego is a player that you require to be with you and I know many love him. Young is Mexican is. Do you think Raul Jimenez will be able to triumph in your team and why so far no opportunities to play?
– I’m sure Raul has all the necessary qualities to be a very important player for any team in Europe. There is a process of adaptation in which he now runs. I am his debtor because they give him minutes, he earned with the efforts made in training. For his position on the field have many options between Mandzukic, Grizman, Raul Garcia Torres … More players with incredible experience and a lot of history behind him in Spain and Europe. In it there is something else that surprised me. It is very noble boy, very curious and wants to learn everything. I’ve never seen a negative facial expression or even gesture. It is always positive. I always look at these details to see how what is noble and open. Some time ago not let him go in the game, because then in my personal decision game Torres independent of the fact that at the time was not in the best shape. However, when we qualified on penalties, the first on the field to greet his teammates ran Raul Jimenez. This is a very valuable feature, because everyone has talent as a footballer, but not everyone can be so noble. And always follow the good things and success. We can only hope it continues to grow us in the right direction and this is a success for the team. And right direction are not the words and shown on the field. When the attackers know that most important for the coach and team have goals and good game.
– You talk a lot with the players. This dialogue seems very important and gives them the security and confidence in the coach. Coach – player or friend – the player is the right approach?
– In any case friend. These relationships should have clear commitments. There must be trust between us. If so, it goes well because this is normal. I have to accept good man who guided me and get along with my colleagues in the team, but that does not mean that you necessarily have to be friends with them. I passed through many teams and I coexist with many different teammates, who were friends or should you or me or I them to lead. That’s football I think. The same is mentioned below and the role of the coach. I think it’s very important to be precise and clear. Players to feel that they loved and respected, but do not feel as elected and favor. With you we were football players and know how bad have favored players.
– How was the last World Cup. A different Brazil, Argentina, which lacked something Germany …
– Germany, as always stood out with perseverance, Argentina went in ascending line, and Brazil had major ups and downs. I think at the end Argentina in terms of the team was in very good shape. But from a football point of view, Germany has always been above the rest in every phase. They were much more convincing. Finally it saw in the finale. As much as I wanted in my heart to Argentina was defeated, it was obvious that Germany more deserves to be the champion.
– Let’s go back a little in our time. In 1994. Let the young learn from our history. What do you remember from our match Bulgaria – Argentina?
– Wow what heat was! –
Mostly the problem Diego then …
– Yes. The truth is that we did not know until I came to Dallas. And then we found out the news and spent a very difficult night. It was hard because the band felt that Diego leaves us in a very important moment in which the team was on the rise and played very well and we all had the expectation that we will continue to grow and move forward. Unfortunately we lost you. After two deadly counterattacks, one of which was incredibly fast. The first right, wonderful remember her. And it turned things inside for everything that happened every day. However, remember that game that we played with Romania it was fantastic. So many chances to score and beauty, but the Romanians were more confident and this break us.
– Diego, do you think that in 1994 Brazil was indeed the best team and deserved champions?
– I always think so. Once someone is defeated, it means something it deserves. And they won because it deserved. I do not accept arguments like: My other team played better and deserved more. Who defeated – he is a champion. Still something superior to others. Apparently or was better prepared, better attack and best defense, or has benefited best from the different moments of the championship. In football count victories and titles. It is very beautiful, where it say that someone deserved to win more, but so far has no title to those who deserve it, but there is such only for champions.
– I have a gift for you. I did this book for my sports history and I wish you one day when you decide, I’ll help you do yours.
– Well, it will not be as good as yours!
– Will become! More young. So in this book has many photos, but there is one that for me is very important, so you want to show you and to dedicate it to you.
– It is this it? Where you were racing …
– Yes. There are many other pictures, but this is here not because of Diego Pablo Simeone, but because he is a man with a huge heart, hard character, accurate, executive, modest … For a man who always proudly and raised brow He wore incidents, regardless of which team play and therefore has a place in this book because it includes only people who I think deserve it.
– Thank you so much!
– Diego, I thank you! Heart and was truly an honor to be together and to share this pleasant conversation. I wish you the best and best. It does not matter that we were rivals in matches between Bulgaria and Argentina, “Barcelona” and “Atletico”. I think you deserve a lot more good years in the sport to teach young people and to show them that football is not just money and as nice cars have, it does not make them better players, but must every time on the field and in 90 minutes to prove it.
– Wonderful words! And I think just like you!
Ibra bring new trophy for United in a memorable finale with controversial refereeing
Manchester United won the League Cup for England after a dramatic victory 3:2 over Southampton in a memorable final played at “Wembley“. Hero of “Reds” was again Zlatan Ibrahimovic (19 ‘, 87’), who scored two goals, including the winning one, and his second trophy to Manchester United after the beginning of the season realized the decisive goal in the game for ” Community Shield. ” Jesse Lingard (38 ‘) also scored for the winners. Southampton played a very strong game as “saints” were harmed since early goal Manolo Gabiadini was mistakenly canceled. This is not troubled Italian, who scored two new goals.
Mourinho became the first manager in the history of Manchester United, who won some major trophies in England in his first season at the club. ( “Community Shield” does not count as such in the UK).
Mourinho had made six changes from the composition that started against St Etienne. David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Marcial started as holders. Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney were on the bench for the start. Southampton started the same 11 that two weeks ago, when was the last game of the “saints” won with 4:0 Sunderland. Sofyan puffed and Martin Caceres remained reserves. The team of Southampton reached the final without having made a single goal in the matches of the competition.
United began more actively, and in the fifth minute Pogba fired the first shot off to one of the two doors, but Forster boxing.
Very soon, however, “Saints” showed his teeth and after a short pressure reached goal after Gabiadini rose by several meters centering Cedric Soares. The goal was incorrectly canceled out for offside, although Italian was clear position. Behind the defense was Bertrand who, however, it was a shot and did not affect the response of Degea. In the 19th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring direct from a free kick. Swede perform very well, but the wall of defenders break and let the ball go smoothly, then and Forster failed to reach a ball – 1:0. That was the goal for Ibra №25 of the season.
The match continued to be still open and in the 28th minute Degea intervene decisive blow after Ward-Praus from just outside the penalty area. Shortly after the Spaniard saved and fired Tadic. “Saints” were more active during most of the first half, but in the 38th minute United took advantage of the spaces and get to the second goal. Marcial Mata Rojo and combine well down the left flank. Argentine Lingard found outside the penalty area. The last shot near the post for 2:0.
A few minutes later, Jack Stevens came roughly at the feet of Lingard. The entire staff of the United demanded to be shown a red card for the player of Southampton, but he got a yellow one.
In stoppage time of the first part Gabiadini managed to get one back after volley at the near post centering on earth Ward-Praus. The ball went between the legs of Degea – 2:1.
The second half started with a very powerful pressure of Southampton. First Degea saved swipe of air Redmond. Shortly thereafter, the United defenders repeatedly failed to clear the ball after a scuffle which followed a corner in front of the “Red Devils“. The ball came to Gabiadini who instinctively put it in the net. Degea had nothing to do – 2:2.
With 63 minutes crossbar saved “Red Devils” a complete turnaround after header Romeu.
After 70 minutes United had pressure. 1/4 hour before the end Lingard got a great opportunity again to put his team ahead. A centering Marcial came to England international, who was left alone at the far post, but he struck several meters high.
Three minutes before Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought victory for United with his second goal of the match. Herrera centered very precisely right, but the Swede surprisingly was left alone in the box rose smoothly head.
PSG mocked by his great rival Marseille
The champion Paris Saint Germain showed no mercy against his great rival in France Olympique Marseille. Parisians won a resounding 5:1 as a guest on “Stade Velodrome” derby of the 27th round of Ligue 1.
Besides lead, the battle will be remembered with a record attendance for a home game at Olympic. On the “Velodrome” was attended by 65,252 spectators, and thus has improved the previous record of 65,148 people set in 2015.
Criminal share of visitors began in the 6th minute when opened the score in the game. After the ball from static to Thiago Silva, PSG captain of your head Markinyos who had taken position in the goal area and scored from close range for 1:0.
The goal stunned the home side, who only ten minutes later cashed second goal in the door. Toi time Edinson Cavani was set up behind the defense of the Olympic and stayed alone with the keeper could not mistake. The goal, however, provoked discussions after replays it was obvious that the Uruguayan was offside.
Second half started like the first one. Just five minutes after the resumption of play, the team of Rudi Garcia conceded another goal, which was largely a foregone conclusion and the final winner of the match. Lucas Moura dashed Marseille after a pass from shines Matyuidi 3:0.
The new star of Parisians Julian Draxler also recorded his name among golmastorite punishing goalkeeper John Pele minutes after he came on the field as a substitute.
Twenty minutes before the end of normal time the hosts still were able to scratch hit and was accurate Rod Fani.
The final score in the match was shaped by Matyuidi shines in the 83rd minute.
With success Parisians gathered a total of 59 points and occupy the second position after Monaco. Marseille did seventh by 20 points less than today’s rival.
La Stampa: Allegri is a candidate for coaching in Barcelona
Massimiliano Allegri is one of the main candidates for the coaching position in Barcelona, ??reported “La Stampa”. According to the newspaper, the Italian has many chances to replace Luis Enrique the coaching post at “Camp Nou”.
In recent weeks, there is serious speculation about the future of both professionals.
Barca sporting director Ariedo Bridal personally began to curl tactic move the “Camp Nou“.
They maintain excellent relations since their joint stay in Milan, which is the biggest trump Barcelona.
In Italy they are sure that the time of Allegri at Juve expires because of a number of scandals and he will fulfill his contract, which is for another 1,5 years
Allegri has led Juventus from 2014 and led the club to two league titles and the Champions League. Before that, he became the champion of Italy with AC Milan. Although it was adopted by distrust of typhoid exacting of “Old Lady” era after Antonio Conte, the specialist for his work silence critics.
The contract of Luis Enrique with Barcelona expires on 30 June and is unlikely to be extended.
Jorge Sampaoli is considered the main favorite for the deputy head of Enrique of Barcelona.
Atletico and Barca in another big clash “Vicente Calderon”
Today at 15:15 will start the derby between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona from the 24th round of La Liga. The match is crucial for both teams. Barca have a chance to lead the rankings for at least several hours if achieved victory “Vicente Calderon.” They will be placed under even more pressure big rivals Real Madrid, who later in the evening visit of Villarreal. ATL MADRID but also not to allow a sucker if you do not want to fall out of the top 4.
Statistics show that Barcelona is in a strong series of 16 consecutive matches unbeaten in the Primera and 3 wins. Players Luis Enrique is far from conclusive and often show fluctuations in performance. This was demonstrated best in the Champions League, where the team suffered a heavy defeat 0:4 Paris Saint-Germain and one foot is out of the race.
Atletico Madrid did was the opposite pole in performance in the Champions League during the week as record success with 4:2 over Bayer (Leverkusen) in Germany and almost guarantee their continued forward. The championship also sees improvement in the performance of the team and three consecutive wins.
In the first half both teams failed to broadcast the winner of “Camp Nou” as the game ended 1:1. They met in the Cup of Spain, where Barca triumphed hard after success with 2:1 in Madrid and 1:1 draw in the second leg.
The good news for the hosts is the return of defender Diego Godin, who has recovered from his injury and is expected to start as a starter. Goalkeeper Jan Cloud remains questionable.
Guests even the main problem will be the absence of Javier Mascherano, who has a thigh problem and will not play. From the group match out and Arda Turan.
Valencia blew just days after taking the scalp of Real Madrid
Valencia returned to winning ways Valencia returned to winning ways
Alaves grabbed all three points against Deportivo Alaves snatched all three points against Deportivo
The team of Valencia showed the impermanent nature this season. Just three days after they took the scalp of the leader in the standings Real Madrid now “bats” screwed up as guests of not particularly fastidious Alaves.
Basque prevailed with 2:1 after late drama in practice can now forget about any fears of possible relegation. However, this still can not say with full force for guests at this meeting.
Otherwise Valencia lead 20 minutes before the end, but shortly thereafter Ibay Gomez Perez equalized. Entered as a substitute Serb Alexander Cathay make full turnaround, and in the last minute Fabian Orellana Valencia earn a second yellow card and it was over.
This match offer many interesting moments from the outset. And after seven minutes Basques could find, but Ibay header was blocked by Diego Alves. Shortly thereafter did Carlos Barragan failed to score for Valencia.
By the end of the half there were some interesting situations the two doors, but the goal in them and fell. So all denouement remained for the second half. A few misses at the beginning, everything is decided in the last 20 minutes.
First Valencia took the lead after 70 minutes through Carlos Barragan. He was most circumspect after a stirring caused by the killing of the ball by the keeper after a free kick by Danny Pareho.
But the hosts found the strength within itself not just to respond, and for a complete turnaround. First 78 minutes Ibay Gomez Perez scored with a stunning shot from just outside the penalty area and allowed no chance of Diego Alves.
In the 86th minute Alexander Cathay Serb to 2:1, less than 30 seconds after he had appeared on the pitch. He was alone with the keeper up with a perfect pass and it overcame 2: 1.
It lost heart Valencia, which was demonstrated with stupid second yellow card of Fabian Orellana after 88 minutes, which put an end to any kind of intrigue in this meeting. After her Alaves is now the tenth position with 33 points, while guests of this meeting are 14th with his 26 points.
Porto coach: Do not give up
Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes that his team should not give up and must try to turn things around in the second leg against Juventus by eighth-finals of the Champions League. “Dragons” lost 0: 2 at home and will have a tough task in the defendant match, but the coach will hope to last a twist.
“We can not give up. It will be very difficult, but not impossible. Thank audience “To do Dragao” that never stopped supporting us all the time. In the Champions League referee could be a little more lenient and not chase Teyes. But it will help us grow as a team. It is always difficult to play with 10 men. Now it will be very hard to turn things but not impossible. Juventus showed good balance, but I think it’s just coincidence that both goals were scored by reserves, “said the coach.
Juventus march to the trophy dream continues in Portugal
Juventus became the total hegemony in Italian football and for several years the great goal before the team is winning the Champions League. In the competition of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern (Munich) it is not an easy task, but “Bianconeri” constant progress and its current staff are fully able to compete for the most valuable club honors. Rival “old lady” of the second round is Porto. “Dragons” marked a slight retreat from its own standards in the Champions League, but if undervalued, can surprise everyone.
Coach keeper Nuno Espirito Santo has no serious personnel problems before the game. He will again rely on the scheme 4-1-3-2, in the attack will act Andre Silva and Diogo Zhota. Speed ??Yacine Brahimi and nonchalantly crosses from Oliver Torres will be among the main weapons of the “dragons”.
In the camp of Juventus to raise tensions after obscene replicas of Leonardo Bonucci in address Massimiliano Allegri. The head coach of the team did not hesitate to leave the Italian international out of the group matches and is expected stead holder to Giorgio Chiellini media to Benatiya. Gonzalo Higuain will lead an attack on the “Bianconeri” and behind it will act Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado.
The left Juve defender Alex Sandro will face his former team, and the match will be interesting and that we will see two of the greatest goalkeepers of our time – Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon.
* Porto clean sheet in any of their last 3 matches in Champions League
* Juventus in a series of eight matches unbeaten in the Champions League
* Porto do not beat Juve even once in the previous three meetings between them
* “Dragons” are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Italian teams
* Juventus have 4 dropout Portuguese and they are all from Benfica
* “Bianconeri” in a series of 7 wins in all competitions
ST.ETIENNE – MANCHESTER UTD
Wayne Rooney missed the second leg against St Etienne
Wayne Rooney will miss the second leg of Manchester United against St Etienne in Ligue Europe. The captain of the “Red Devils” still has not recovered from muscle injury, which received last week.
The Englishman will most likely miss the final of the League Cup on Sunday against Southampton.
Asked if there is a chance Rooney to play against Southampton on “Wembley”, Mourinho replied: “I do not know. Rooney is injured. Phil Jones – too. I do not think they will recover for the second leg on Wednesday in the Europa League. Antonio Valencia and David Degea received holiday. Rooney and Jones, however, have not yet begun to train with the team. ”
Expected Sevilla win back second place
Sevilla beat Eibar 2: 0 and displace Barcelona from second place in La Liga. Pablo triglaw opened the scoring before the break and last minute Vito shape the success of Andalucians who gathered 49 points – three less than leader Real Madrid.
Eibar was a series of three wins, but “Ramon Sanchez Pishuan” showed a lot of football, which made it one of the pleasant surprises of the season. The team of Jose Luis Mendilibar almost throughout the match defending and rarely enough to hit the door of the home.
Header Franco Vazquez was the first dangerous situation in favor of Sevilla. After half an hour Stevan Jovetic technically free close to the byline, picked and centered to the far post to triglaw that by air rose to 1:0. Jovetic himself could have scored a second goal, but missed face to face Yoel Rodriguez.
After the break chance opened before Adrian Gonzalez of Eibar. He rebounds after inconsiderate pass a fifth of Stevan Nzonzi but his shot went just past the left side column. Last minute Jovetic progressed alone in the box, but properly assess submit Vito and Spanish international put an end to the dispute.
Manchester United can sell Rooney to a few days.
The captain of Manchester United Wayne Rooney could leave the “Red Devils” to the end of the month, according to
the British “Telegraph”. He said the 31-year-old is highly desired by Chinese clubs and that could lead to its sale
in the next few days.
We recall that in late January Jose Mourinho was adamant that Rooney and Ashley Young will remain certainly “Old
Trafford” by the end of the season. It is not excluded, however Moe plans to diverge from reality and №1 scorer in
the history of the English national team leaving for Asia, where the transfer window is still open.
Albion claimed that the Chinese offer of Wayne offers worth at least 32 million pounds a year, on the other hand to
the cashier of Manchester United also will flow millions because the star has a contract with the club for another
18 months. Potential teams, which would have continued his career Rouhou, mention Guan Beijing and Guangzhou
Suarez: If we want to get into the story, you can create a miracle !
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said that if he and his teammates want to enter in history have to create turn
against Paris Saint Germain in the Eighth match rematch of the Champions League, which is “Camp Nou” 8 of March.In
the first meeting of the “Parc des Princes” Barca lost 0:4.
“If we want to get into the story, we can create a twist in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain. To lose
this way is painful and difficult. The challenge is very difficult, but beautiful. The fault is all of us, we did
not play the way we can. “Said Suarez.
“We have not given up and will fight to the end. Normal is the loss to our negative influence, but it needs to
motivate us, “added the Uruguayan.
“If there is a team that is able to get out of this situation, it’s Barcelona. Only Barcelona is able to make such
a reversal, “said Luis Suarez.
Lyon touches next phase after four goals in Netherlands
The team Lyon virtually secure qualification for the next stage of the Europa League after beating 4: 1 guest AZ
Alkmaar match of 1/16 finals of the competition. The star of “kids” Alexandre Lakazet scored two goals and Lucas
Tusar and Jordan Ferry dobaiha one goal. For holadtsite a penalty scored Iranian Alireza Dahanbaksh.The result was
discovered in the 26th minute through young Tusar after a corner, but Lakazet rose after a through ball to Korenten
Tolis sekudni before the break. In the 57th Lakazet to 3: 0, but the hosts reduced from free throw from the spot.
At the end of the meeting Ferry shape the outcome and sealed serious lead the French before the second leg of the
“Stade de Lumiere” next week.
Ronald Koeman is also in the list of Barca
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is the new current name included in the list of leaders Barcelona with possible heirs
of Luis Enrique. Former Barcelona defender is one of the favorites of the bookmakers for the post, said “Mirror”.
The heavy defeat to Barcelona from Paris Saint Germain (0: 4) and almost certainly dropping out of the Champions
League at such an early stage reinforce claims that Enrique will leave “Camp Nou” at the end of the season.Jorge
Sampaoli (Sevilla), Ernesto Valverde (Athletic Bilbao), Eusebio sacristy (Real Sociedad) and Mauricio Pochettino
(Tottenham) are the other names discussed for the hot post.Koeman himself made no secret of his desire to one day
return to Barcelona, he could become another Dutchman who takes Barca.
The tale of “Leicester” may be a sad end. “Foxes” who just a year ago practiced opening the championship champagne
now fighting tooth and nail for their survival in the English elite. Even memories of loud and glorious victories
can inspire the team of Claudio Ranieri, landslides to the precipice of the Championship. “Blue” are currently in
the lowest form among the elite clubs of 3 points in their last 6 games and no stated goal in 2017-a. Agony, in
which the English champion, continued against “Swansea” after the 0:2 in Wales and after this match the team is
only 1 point from the danger zone.”We have two big problems: allow goals and at the same time … we pump –
analyzes himself Ranieri after 10th loss as a guest of the season. – We have to talk with the boys to look for a
solution. We can not continue this way. I am optimistic and believe in each game. We will wait for the moment to
get out of this situation. Our thoughts are directed entirely to the championship! Champions League and FA Cup are
something different. Our main goal is not to fall. ”
In fact, even the worst of “Leicester” to happen, they will become the first champion, fell more next season.
History remembers as 5 similar cases over the years.
Back in 1937 and “Manchester City” recording one of the most memorable campaigns. In the same season in which
“citizens” grabbed his first title, the local rival “United” fell for a double joy of “blue” Manchester. Pending at
the time of Wilf Wild team record an impressive series of 22 matches without defeat and plaid players had double-
The dream of “sky-blue” however, turned into a nightmare and 12 months later the team was in the old second
division. Ironically, that same championship season of “citizens” of the team, “Leicester” triumphed in the second
echelon. History remembers another frustrating champion from Britain – that of “Blackburn”, rejoiced the top
surprisingly in 1994/95 But four years after he sipped champagne team was in the other end of the standings.
One of the biggest giants in the world “Milan” is also felt shame underdog. ‘Rossoneri’ have 2 Relegation in its
history – as the first in 1979 and as champions is because of match-fixing. The scandal, known as “Totonero”
seriously hit by the reputation of “red-black”, and on the stability of the club. Only a year later they are back
in the top flight, but was another collapse, this time not administratively, but because of poor results. Then
Grande from “San Siro” won only 24 points from 30 games at that time were given 2 points for victory.
Unlike its rival in Italy, “Bianconeri” have one, and it only falling on the grounds of evidence of rigged matches.
In 2006 “Old Lady” Scudetto triumph with 91 points, but instead of playing in the Champions League, was sent to
Serie B. “Juve” even started the season with 9 points liability. Despite the huge scandal, “black and white”
managed to keep their core players – superstars Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero, David
Trezeguet, but the team was drawn to hire promising and then Valeri Bojinov.
The Danish team is not among the grandees in his country. “Yellow-blue” which currently have fought the local
regional divisions have one trophy in its history. And their story resembles that of “Leicester”. Championship
season was in the year 2000, although at that time they were among the favorites for relegation. In defiance of
all, the selection of Jon Jensen won gold medals with 2 tons. Ahead “Brondby.” But the new century did not bring
anything positive for the club after a sensational triumph. Another Scandinavian team next season fell in the lower
echelon, where he stayed two years. There was another season in the top flight before the club to take over
permanently to the sidelines.
Unthinkable for the current champion happen in 1969. Only 12 months earlier “Clarets” raised their ninth title in
the Bundesliga as today “Nuremberg” remains the second most successful club in Germany after “Bayern”.
Responsibility for the great failure for the team from Bavaria brings the then coach Max Merkel. The specialist
took insane decision to build a completely new team after the success and the burden fell on young players. Merkel
attracts 13 new players and the scorer of the previous campaign Franz Brungs (25 goals) was sold to “Hertha.” The
series of wrong decisions costing coach his post in March 1969 on account of Kuno Klottser. Although coaching
castling, “Nuremberg” failed to save their elite status.
Nightmare night for Lionel Messi
Barcelona star Lionel Messi endured a nightmare evening in Paris’ Parc des Princes “in defeat 0: 4 PSG to which
surely will not want to return. The Argentine played one of the worst matches with the team of Barcelona.
He lost 18 balls and was second on this indicator, with only Neymar has more – 31.
Furthermore, Messi has a major fault on the second shot on goal for Ter tight as he lost the ball in midfield from
Marco Verratti, then Julian Draxler scored.
90 minutes Leo never fired a single shot off in the door of Kevin Trapp.
Messi managed to steal only two balls.
For comparison Di Maria made an impressive game in which scoring two very beautiful goals after just two beats out
the door of Barcelona. For 61 minutes, during which the pitch was an 24 passes, 19 of which were accurate, he
managed to take 3 balls and lost only 10.
Klopp: Year of Liverpool starts now
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp admitted he was pleased and happy with the play of his team after the victory with
2: 0 over Tottenham in the derby of the 25th round of the Premier League. The German specialist stressed that no
hurry with smiles because black series without a win in the league still fresh.
Two goals from Sadie Manet was enough for Liverpool to defeat the “Spurs” and thus be fitted in the top 5. However,
the people of Jürgen Klopp made a huge service leaders Chelsea, who can open tomorrow difference of 12 points over
second Tottenham if they beat Burnley in their match of the round.
Klopp decided to concentrate more on the positives in the game of Liverpool, who recalled the style that practiced
by the end of 2016-a. “I’m happy and the game and the result. Sometimes it may be different – to win a match
without being happy shown. Tonight I’m really happy of our performance, there are some specific things worth
mentioning, “said the German.
“In the first half our attacking play was very strong, we were very direct and play compact. The second goal proved
it. In the second half of the team in our situation – we were aware that required reaction from our side – you can
expect the highest possible esteem. We had to win his place in the game. Today we achieved both things – we fought
and played football. ”
“In the second half the match was different. Tottenham slightly change the structure and we needed time to adapt to
their three offensive players in the center. We did very well and we were really concentrated. We improved the game
in defense, because we took lessons. It was really good and the result was deserved. ”
As for the influence of Manet on the team, Klopp was frank: “We need to have a player who scored! He did fantastic,
could have scored a third goal. Not difficult for me to talk about Sadie after such a great performance tonight.
But I want to point out and Firmin … I’m not sure I’ve seen many better matches striker who has not scored. After
92 minutes on the pitch he still made 50-60 meter sprints. It was incredible. ”
Naturally Klopp was asked whether Chelsea remains still unreachable on top, given that Liverpool is 10 points
behind the “blue”. “What would you think of me if I tell you that we can catch up? You will be ambitious or crazy?
Perhaps you can imagine that this topic does not excite me much at this point, because the only chance to win
something in football is to win matches. We started 2017 and only tonight and we should be mad if you immediately
start talking about anything else. Let’s ride step by step. Chelsea does not look like it had a lot of difficulties
in the coming weeks, but if this happens, someone will be able to catch up. Surely there would be such a team. I’m
not sure if it would have just we, but we will try to win as many points until the end and then we’ll count them
and see where it will take us, “said Klopp.
Before 38 years Nottingham Forest shocked with a record transfer
Wondering how it came to transfers of players for 100 million pounds and how did it all start?
Just 38 years ago, on this day, February 9, 1979, the then manager of the English Nottingham Forest Brian Clough
launches a crazy transfers in England.
On this day, then Friday Clough presented to the media its newest player, the English striker Trevor Francis – the
first player in England who passed barrier of 1 million pounds transfer. As if that was not enough shocking for the
time, but the manager appeared at the press conference with bright red leather jacket and squash racket in his
When Clough has made an offer to Birmingham City for the player, he has offered 999,999 pounds, just to avoid the
price of the player to become 1 million. However, this was impossible as accrued charges, the services of Francis
cost him more than 1.1 million pounds.
This team not only broke the record for the most expensive player in England, but it improves twice since then
record transfer is Gordon McQueen, who moved up from Middlesbrough to Manchester United for 495,000 pounds.
By Francis in his team, Nottingham Forest lost only one match in the rest of the season, finished second in the
Premier League and won the League Cup.
Actually Forrest then won the European Cup in 1978/79, beating Swedish Malmo 1: 0 goal namely Francis. The team won
the title next year.
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Darmstadt
League: Germany, Bundesliga
In this match against one another face sixth in the standings – against Eintracht Frankfurt last – Darmstadt. In a
victory today, the hosts will climb to third place in the standings and will leave behind the team of Borussia
Dortmund. As hosts Frankfurt unbeaten yet. The statistics of Darmstadt in matches away from home is eloquent – 0
wins, 0 draws, 8 losses with goal difference 4:20. The objectives of both teams are quite different, as evidenced
by the ranking. The hosts are fighting for a place in ECT, and guests for their survival. Absent for this match
from the camp There are Olijnyk, Sirigu, as well as former striker Ludogorets – Roman Bezjak, who still has a
chance to come into play. In the camp hosts also injured, but these are reserves team, without them Eintracht won
with 0-1 as a guest Schalke in the previous round. From here you can imagine how important a role occupy these
players. I think the hosts are a much better team and will have no problems getting into this game.