Xabi Alonso: “Bayern’s match against Barcelona will be competitive and sporting”

first_imgFormer Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso attended the Spanish media on Wednesday in Munich and said that “matches against Barcelona are always tense and difficult. The Bernabeu would have had a special emotional connotation. Camp Nou will be another, but equally competitive and sporting.”  ABSENCES The injury plague is one of Bayern Munich’s big concerns and Alonso admitted that “it could make Barça favourites, but that can only be demonstrated on the pitch.” The Basque player also said that “the three up front [Messi, Neymar, Suarez] are very good, but it’s not just them. You have to look at the stability they have behind them. It’s important to think of everything.”  Upd. at 16:43 Jordi Gil 29/04/2015 He is proud of his Madrid past but also confessed that “a final against Madrid would be good news and there’s a chance that could happen.” In regards to the injuries, again, with Robben and Lewandowski the latest to add their names to the list, Alonso commented that “it’s a difficult situation, but we don’t want any excuses.”  CEST Alonso is a player considered one of barcelonismo’s biggest enemies because of recent Clasico encounters, but he tried to reduce what went on in those matches. The midfielder said that “my sensation of playing at Camp Nou will be the same as if I was playing in a Madrid shirt.” On a personal level, Xabi Alonso explained that “I am taking on a new challenge at Bayern. I arrived needing to adapt to a new place, so let’s see how the season ends, but it has been a great experience.” In regard to the elimination from the German Cup against Borussia Dortmund on penalties on Tuesday night, one of the spot kicks was missed by himself when he slipped, Alonso said “I can’t give a logical explanation for what happened.”last_img read more

Champions League draw: Which teams made it through?

first_img Second in the group:  09/12/2015 Paris Saint-GermainPSV EindhovenBenficaJuventusRomaArsenalDynamo KvivKAA Gent The teams that finished third have qualified for the Europa League, including Sevilla and Valencia.  Malmö FFCSKA Moscow.Borussia MonchengladbachBATE BorisovDinamo ZagrebMaccabi Tel-AvivFC AstanaOlympique Lyon CET Upd. at 23:30 Real MadridWolfsburgAtlético de MadridManchester CityFC BarcelonaFC Bayern MúnichChelsea FCFC Zenit The Champions League group stage is over and just 16 teams remain. On Monday the draw for the next round takes place and these are the teams that have qualified. The teams that finished first will play the teams that finished second, with sides from the same country kept apart.  Shakhtar DonetskManchester UnitedGalatasaray Sevilla FCBayer LeverkusenOlympiacosPortoValencia Sport EN Meanwhile, the sides that finished fourth are now out of Europe altogether.  Top of the group: last_img read more

Gareth Bale and Pepe don’t train ahead of Madrid’s Granada clash

first_img Upd. at 21:17 05/02/2016 Bale has been out since January 18, but is hoping to return against Athletic next weekend.  They will be the only two of Zinedine Zidane’s players who don’t make the clash with Granada, barring anyone else falling injured between now and then. Real Madrid completed their third training sesison of the week to prepare for the clash with Granada, but were without the Portuguese defender Pep and Welsh winger Gareth Bale.center_img Sport EN CET Both are continuing their recovery process and unless there is any surprise, they will not travel south to the Andalusian city to face Jose Ramon Sandoval’s team. last_img read more

Diego Simeone not giving up hope in the La Liga title race

first_img Of the Depor game, he said: “No (it’s not a ‘trap’ game) because we will take it in the same manner as we talke all the games.” There are just 10 games of the season to go, but Simeone is not giving up. Upd. at 16:42 Atletico Madrid take on Deportivo de la Coruna on Saturday night and by the time the game kicks off they could be 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona. “You know us. You know that further than the situation we are in or the lack of time there is, we will work with the same hope, enthusiasm and commitment,” he said, insisting his team “will not change”.  CETcenter_img Sport EN Simeone said Fernando Torres was “working with the doctor” and will not be fit for the clash, although he is hoping to make it back for the PSV Champions League clash on Tuesday.  11/03/2016 Without the striker he will likely go with the same team that featured in Atletico’s last game. “We will finish deciding on Saturday – they could both play,” he said, referring to Augusto Fernandez and Yannick Carrasco, who did not play against Valencia from the start last weekend.last_img read more

Marco Asensio: I’m doing my job well

first_imgMarco Asensio spoke about his performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals after the Real Madrid star came on for Isco at half-time. RELATED STORIES Asensio: “Estoy haciendo bien mi trabajo” “The return will be complicated, Bayern are a great team and we have to be even stronger in the second leg. “The praise shows that I am doing my job well, but now we have to think about La Liga this weekend and then the return in the semi-finals.” Upd. at 23:29 IN SPORT.EScenter_img “We knew that it was important to socre and above all, to win. I saw Lucas was infront of me and that he was holding the ball, in the end I was able to finish at the far post well, it’s a very important goal for the team. CEST 25/04/2018 Víctor Vallespir Sergio Ramos: This was harder for us than last seasonlast_img read more

This is how Goncalo Guedes move to Valencia currently stands

first_img IN SPORT.ES the player’s preference After Goncalo Guedes great season at Valencia last season, ‘Los Che’ want to convince PSG to let the player spend another season in LaLiga. The Valencians are offering various options to make their dream a reality and keep Guedes at Mestalla. The transfer looks difficult but the Spanish club are optimistic they’ll be able to reach a positive conclusion with PSG. CEST Jesús Burgos This Tuesday Peter Lim, Anil Murthy and Mateu Alemany took a plane trip to Paris to meet with representatives from Paris Saint-Germain. The French club’s stance is complicated by the fact they already have offers on the table from other clubs. Valencia, however, remain confident they will be able to secure a deal. An agreement wasn’t reached in the meeting but Guedes stance is key and it appears that could work in Valencia’s favour. The French club are well aware that the Portuguese international doesn’t want to return to Paris and would prefer to play at Valencia. After all the movements in the last 48 hours, since Valencia chiefs met with Peter Lim and Jorge Mendes in Turin, the Spanish club are confident Guedes will be working under Marcelino again next season.center_img Upd. at 15:38 18/07/2018 The deal might be possible but it won’t be easy. It never has been. However Peter Lim’s determination to make this transfer a reality, regardless of how difficult it appears, is what Valencia are counting on. Valencia have placed all their cards on the table and have offered the chance to sign the player permanently, with future variables making the deal more enticing to PSG. Another option is to loan the player for another season but to include an option to buy for Valencia at the end of it. the Lim factor Así está el fichaje de Guedes por el Valencialast_img read more

Official: River-Boca Copa Libertadores final postponed until Sunday

first_img 24/11/2018 Carlos Tevez, the Boca forward, said they were being forced to play the game as the kickoff was initially moved back.  Upd. on 25/11/2018 at 00:05 CET The first leg between the two rivals from Buenos Aires ended 2-2 at Boca two weeks ago.  Sport.es OFICIAL: La final de la Libertadores se jugará el domingo Les solicitamos a todos los espectadores que conserven sus tickets, debido a que los mismos serán válidos para ingresar al partido de mañana, que se jugará a las 17 hs.— River Plate (@CARPoficial) 24 de noviembre de 2018center_img IN SPORT.ES Boca’s bus was attacked on the way to the ground, with the windows smashed by the home supporters. Tear gas also found its way into the vehicle and two players were eventually taken to the hospital as a result of their injuries.  CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez confirmed the game had been called off at River’s Monumental home almost three hours after the game had been due to begin. The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will now be played on Sunday at 21.00h CET after the game was postponed on Saturday following an attack on the Boca bus.  However, a decision was finally made for the game to be moved to Sunday, much to the disappointment of the thousands of home supporters already seated in the stadium. last_img read more

Arsenal complete deadline day signing of Chelsea’s David Luiz

first_img Upd. on 09/08/2019 at 02:43 CEST 08/08/2019 Luiz, 32, began his career with Benfica and has since played for Chelsea twice, while he also had a spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he played under Arsenal coach Unai Emery. He has also played 56 times for Brazil.  “David has a lot of experience and I am looking forward to working with him again,” Emery said. “He’s a well-known player and he’s going to strengthen our defence.”  Arsenal also announced the signing of Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic on Thursday. El Arsenal ficha al central brasileño David Luiz EFE Arsenal have completed the signing of David Luiz from rivals Chelsea on deadline day in England on Thursday after the Brazilian expressed a desire to leave Stamford Bridge this week.  IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh heaps praise on ‘terrific’ Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma

first_imgAdvertisement rvuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8tb6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E61xb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vWould you ever consider trying this?😱bmsgCan your students do this? 🌚8ihhlRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: Sportskeeda)Advertisement Yuvraj Singh, the veteran all-rounder from Punjab was on Tuesday snapped up at his base price of INR 1 crore by Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League auction.Advertisement The 37-year-old, who has lost his prime form in the recent years couldn’t play as per expectations for Kings XI Punjab and was subsequently released by the franchise. Despite him remaining unsold after the first round of bidding, he found himself a team in the second round.The likes of Sachin Tendulkar and team owner Akash Ambani felt that Yuvi’s inclusion adds value to the team. Also Yuvraj reunites with his old mate Zaheer Khan. Later, he went on to laud their skipper Rohit Sharma for his incredible abilities and also him as an individual.“Yes, I think Rohit is a terrific captain, and he is someone who keeps his nerves pretty calm. You know, I have seen Rohit grow in front of me as a player, a cricketer and as a human. I think he is one of the best examples of a human being I have seen throughout a bunch of cricketers. He is definitely one of the greats in ODIs and a very humble human being,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying to the media.“We share a great camaraderie, and hopefully it works on the field, and you know, just really looking forward to playing under him,” Yuvraj remarked.Yuvraj will now play the tournament with the Wankhede Stadium as his home ground. He holds a special connection with the ground. It was him who was on the other end when Dhoni finished the game off in style to lift the World Cup for India in 2011.Talking about it, Yuvraj said: “It is a very emotional and strong place for any Indian cricketer, so I think I’m very excited and ecstatic to play in front of the Mumbai home crowd. As I said, hopefully, it should go well for us.”Also Read:https://www.sportsindiashow.com/fans-slam-yuvraj-singh-skipping-ranji-trophy-game-following-ipl-auction-deal/Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ballon d’Or breakdown: How many points each of the top 30 received

first_img 5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 178 points. 4. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 347 points. 7. Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 67 points. .- Dusan Tadic (Ajax) – 5 points. 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 476 points. .- Marquinhos (PSG) – 0 points. 28. Joao Felix (Benfica/Atlético) – 0 points. CET 16. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) – 12 points.  Barça midfielder Frenkie de Jong also featured, just missing out on a top 10 finish by coming 11th, while Antoine Griezmann finished 18th and Marc-Andre ter Stegen 24th.  Here’s the full breakdown of points: 1. Leo Messi (Barcelona) – 686 points. 19. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 8 points. 13. Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Madrid) – 25 points. 18. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético/Barcelona) – 9 points. 2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – 679 points. 10. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – 33 points. The voting breakdown for the Ballon d’Or has been revealed, which was won by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk on Monday.  14. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 14 points. Joan Tura 6. Kylian Mbappé (PSG) – 89 points. IN SPORT.ES 12. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 30 points. 17. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 11 points. Upd. at 17:42 22. Heung-min Son (Tottenham) – 4 points. Todos los puntos de los 30 nominados al Balón de Oro Messi claimed the prize for a record-breaking sixth time but he won it by just seven points from Van Dijk, with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo finishing third.  03/12/2019 .- Marc-André Ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 2 points. 11. Frenkie De Jong (Ajax/Barcelona) – 31 points. 9. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – 41 points. 20. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 5 points. 23. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 3 points. Frenkie de Jong, outside the top 10 in the Ballon d’Or .- Donny van de Beek (Ajax) – 0 points. RELATED STORIES .- Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) – 1 point. The journalists that voted on the prize awarded Messi 686 points, with Van Dijk getting 679. Ronaldo was a long way back on 476 points.  8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – 44 points. 24. Kalidou Koulibaly (Nápoles) – 2 points. 15. Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax/Juventus) – 13 points. 26. Karim Benzema (Madrid) – 1 point.last_img read more