Month: May 2020

Mendy and Militao, winter signings

first_imgDuels16twenty % duels won68.8%75.0% Good passes3025 Clearances94 StatisticsMilitaoMendy Total passes3040 Source: Opta.Militao has had a harder time entering the team. Ramos is unquestionable the axis of the rear (until his absence by sanction in Getafe, the captain had been a starter in all league games) and his partnership with Varane is virtually indissoluble for Zidane. Unlike his rearguard partner, his status seems defined in the unit B. The Brazilian is the 17th player in minutes of the white squad and even Getafe had only played 542 ‘(now it’s 632). A third of the minutes played by Militao correspond well to forced absences of Ramos (sanctioned for the games of Paris and Getafe), or half an hour of filming with Varane that Zidane gave him against Levante before the game against PSG. Success of passes78.9%62.5% Assists0one Despite the versatility of Militao as left-back (played in that position the final minutes against Espanyol after the expulsion of Mendy), against Valencia Zidane opted for Nacho to cover the loss of the French and Marcelo. But the slope of January and the irruption of the Copa del Rey on the calendar augur new opportunities.center_img The numbers of Mendy and Militao in Getafe Faults sufferedtwo3 Recoveries57 Fouls committedoneone Mendy, who put the assistance for the first goal of Varane, surpassed with the Getafe match the 1,000 minutes played with Madrid this season (the account amounts to 1,032). Muscle injuries (he suffered two in total that kept him a month and a half out at the beginning of the season) and Marcelo’s competition prevented him from coming into play regularly. But his characteristics and the physical problems of the Brazilian have made him start in seven of the last nine league games (one of his absences, against Valencia, was by penalty). No chips available and no intention to sign, Zidane will have to make the least usual his best winter reinforcements. Militao and Mendy are two of the candidates to acquire greater prominence and are beginning to have it. The two defenders, signings both last summer, had a hard time getting into the team, but with the passing of the minutes they are becoming a solvent alternative for their coach. Losses1224 Minutes Played9090last_img read more

Athletic passes eighth in the agony of penalties

first_imgSince he was in the same field as a month ago, this time before Intercity, Athletic applied the same recipe: a strong start. And he mixed the Las Llanas formula against the Sestao River: a deep pass from Iñigo Martínez for the race, in this case Williams was then Yuri, to define against the rival goal. The line-up did not give rise to speculation: many of the main actors went out to the franchised fief. All but Dani García, Muniain and Yuri. He missed the absence of an Unai López who is sanctioned for Saturday against Espanyol, so he was vaccinated against the brake of fatigue.The goal stunned Elche for a few moments, but very few. These people, perhaps boosted by the previous rounds and the desire of the Pacheta meritorious to look into the eyes of the second most successful team in the Cup in history, soon removed the grief and began to braid plays judiciously. In one of these, Milla rehearsed the shot from the crescent of the area and had to deny Herrerín with the right mitten. Pacheta has its ranks perfectly organized and with clear ideas. Jason delved into the Balenziaga area, which claimed too much and allowed a great center, which headed completely alone Fidel. The new Copa format was about to run over the most lazy and clueless Athletic of the Garitano era. Although the deriotarra coach does not relax even in a jacuzzi, his team should not have understood clearly the message that came from the lineup, with very few roosters resting. Perhaps seeing Elche, with unusual players in Second, he assumed that with a task of dressing it would suffice. But it was not so, the small fish grew and almost ate the LaLiga whale. After the draw to one in the regular time and being paralyzed, he felt the extra time, they won the lions in the penalty lottery and blessed that there is no VAR, because Herrerín took a couple of steps in the shot of Iván Sánchez, the fifth, and it must have been repeated. The 3-3 was reached in the penalty shootout. The drama was growing. Yuri and Dani Calvo were amazed. Also Vesga, who adjusted it very well to the post. And Tekio threw it out. The world came over him, thinking he was the villain. It was a bitter brooch on a great night all over Elche. The match went on extra time and continued to move the Garitano pieces. Williams was again the battering ram and Raúl García went to the right wing. Not even in the supplement did Elche give up its football principles. The panorama was to recalculate the route and go for the shortest. Villalibre had his own, but it was taken out by a San Román that was growing in the face of possible penalties. Núñez finished off a corner by touching the post and since there was no way up close, and Iñigo Martínez tried to surprise the goal goal almost from his own area. Elche ended up attacking in an enemy area. The epic peeked out her window, but on the penalties she ended up kneeling. After the break, he stayed in the Cordoba locker room, almost an unfair routine in recent times, whenever he plays because he had five calls away, and the disposition of the offensive front was changed. Muniain left for the midfielder, which Williams went to the right, Raul Garcia got nine and Lekue ran for the left-handed end. A score more in line with what has been seen in the League.In the last half hour a Bilbao monologue began. The franjiverdes are elegant in dealing with the ball and blunt when it comes to cutting off the rival danger, they do not go around with rails, Raúl García was half lost between two waters, neither in front of the band nor in the back. His first shot was in 67 and encouraged him to do three in four minutes, one of them near the post of San Román after downtown Balenziaga. The thing painted in extension and they launched their last challenge the locals, with Iván Sánchez progressing on the right, yielding to Folch, who focused only to the heart of the area for an Oscar Gil who wanted to place it and did not need an obvious shot. The stopped ball is a torture, the greatest weakness, for the lions: 15 corners and they didn’t even tickle. No auctioneer is found when the balls go to the area. Pacheta: “I don’t want to give prominence to the penalty, only to the great game of my team”Great team match, swim to die on the shore: “Today he won’t be able to do anything with me because of my team’s feelings. It’s a game in which I have seen my players grow. I am extremely proud and excited about what this team does. Athletic has 24 Copa del Rey. There are two or three children who have played and made a master’s degree, they are going to give us a lot until the end of the season, their performance has been of the highest level, it does not give us the machine yet to finish to the fullest, that is why we have ended up so tired. We compete honestly and loyally, it has been a battle that I am very satisfied with, it is the feeling I have, we had it in the 85th minute (Oscar Gil’s chance) We have to congratulate Athletic because they have been better in computing global. We defended well because although they had more possessions, they didn’t have great chances. “Herrerín advanced in the penalty of Iván Sánchez: “That’s what the VAR is for. That’s why we have to impose the technology. We have to incorporate it. If it’s ten or twenty centimeters, you have to leave it. If it’s true that it’s only one meter, repeat it. It was a risk to play with children. It was a risk to play with boys of the soccer base, but what I am going to say of his party. My feelings are of hardness “.It hurts to fall eliminated or fail both chances in the batch: “I am not going to charge against that action. If so, I should have repeated it. It is the most normal thing in the world, but the truth is we have had it to pass. Also they, with whom St. Roman saved her. sensations that my team is growing. When Juan Cruz could not play because of fever, three options appeared. “Mood of Yacine, Tekio and Iván Sánchez, who failed in the penalties: “Everyone has been vindicated. Penalties can be ruled out. Everyone has done the job they were supposed to do. World championships are won and lost because of these situations. I cannot claim anything from my players.”Attempt blocked. Óscar Gil: “We had it and against rivals of this nature you can not fail. In the 88th minute Oscar arrived very tired. Nacho Pastor, Mourad and he have made a master’s degree, with two balls. I’m excited for what I see. Now I still have to see how far the machine gives us. There are many hungry players that come from Second B and make us this game. “Change the chip: I hope we don’t pay for this fatigue: “Thursday’s training will be different to recover players. This defeat strengthens. Those who have played know that they can be protagonists in LaLiga. Pere Milla and Mfulu are growing, the three extremes are changing, Manolo is the most important player I have, Nacho Pastor and Mourad are giving us things. Now we have to train little and recover a lot. “A lot of tiredness and side effects: “In the 90th minute we had three players to change. We arrived just because Athletic demands you a lot. And this rival, more. On the bench we were about to ask for the fifth change. The effort has been fat and I hope not to pay it. Moral injection is important because everyone has realized that he can play. “Hobby Behavior: I am not able to discern what I give more importance: “I have been here almost two years and soon we get communion from the stands. People know what they have in their hands. We have received ovations several times tying or losing. 14,000 spectators have come. , and it has been a party, cheering and without insults. You have to enjoy it. Nacho Pastor and Mourad are knocking at the door, like Oscar Gil who is already an important player. If you have to fall before a large team, so be it. We’re sad for the tie, but excited for everything I see from this group of guys. “Garitano: “We had him lost, but this team never gives up”The Athletic Club coach of Bilbao, Gaizka Garitano, acknowledged, after overcoming the Cup qualifier against Elche in the penalty shootout, that his team was on the verge of elimination, but indicated that his players never give up. “The penalties are a lottery. We could win or lose. No one wins easily. We had almost lost it, but it is no accident. This team never gives up,” said the Basque, who declined to comment on whether his goalkeeper came forward in any of the key releases. Garitano said his team started the game well, but acknowledged that Elche was better in the first half. “Then we have owned the game, but we have trouble scoring,” he explained. As for the aspirations of his team in the Copa del Rey, the coach said that Athletic will play “butt” the tournament “because it is a very beautiful competition.” “These matches are like that and nobody wins easily. I think we deserved to pass, although I also congratulate Elche, who has played a great game,” said the Basque coach.last_img read more

Braithwaite opens with a baptism of colleges

first_imgThe big news in the morning session of Barcelona this Friday was the presence of Danish striker Martin Braithwaite, who exercised for the first time with his teammates. The former player of Leganés had to face tradition and travel as quickly as possible to the corridor of colleges that the Blaugrana prepared as a baptism of fire before starting the session. Between jokes and applause, the striker did what he could to avoid receiving more than one blow. In any case, your new partners they were especially benevolent with Braithwaite since they barely got angry. A session, by the way, that continued with the presence of the left side of the subsidiary, Sergio Akieme, which has been in dynamic first team all week, so everything indicates that it will enter the call for the match against Eibar as a substitute for Jordi Alba, injured last weekend at the adductor of the right leg and that will be about three weeks off. In any case, Junior will be the starting side for the match against Eibar.Quique Setién could count on a total of 16 players from the first team, since we must not forget that it has three casualties: Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé and Jordi Alba. Hence, the youth of the subsidiary Ansu Fati will join the morning session, in dynamics of the first team all season, the central Ronald Araujo, the midfielder Riqui Puig and Monchu.last_img read more

Life with Koke is better

first_imgKoke’s springKoke returned to Granada. Headline. And, voila, Atlético won again. It would already be a trend. If in his absence he staggered until the presence in the Champions positions, at this moment the Cholo team is again third. After Granada came Valencia, tie, and later Liverpool, the ‘coconut’ of Europe, the champion of the Champions, the Klopp team that had only lost two games in the season, and one played with his team C, and 1-0, victory rojiblanca, and then did Villarreal, the team with which Cholo has the worst winning percentage (33%) in the League behind Madrid (24%) and Barça (0%), and also wins. And Koke’s goal, the third of the season, but the first of his life that he can dedicate to his son, Leo. Life with Koke as pirate life, life better. The numbers are incontestable but even more so are the sensations. February Athletic has nothing to do with January. Then he chained a month without winning in the League, now zero losses in four games. A discharge changed everything. The one of Koke Resurrection (Madrid, 1992), the bracelet returned to its arm, the victory also to the Athletic one. The pitos that a part of the stands dedicated to him in September sound more like heresy. That’s why he always plays, what Simeone might say. There is no Atlético footballer who improves his teammates as the captain does.Koke was injured on December 22 in the match against Betis (1-2) and was also low in the next, before Levante (2-1). He forced himself to be in Arabia, the Spanish Super Cup, but could only play 27 minutes against Barcelona. There, clack, myotendious lesion, obligation to stop. How he lived the Super Cup derby from the stands, unable to help his teammates on the grass, while still getting up in his seat, going down to cheer on his teammates at the end of the 90’s, before the penalties, was another game within the match Then winter fell on Atlético. Cold winter, lead. Five games without the captain, four defeats. Madrid in the Super Cup, Eibar in Liga, Cultural in Copa and Madrid again in Liga. In between, Leganés, tie. Very cold winter. last_img read more

Sheriff: “It would be nice to play the final against Athletic”

first_imgThe Real won 0-1 with a penalty from Oyarzabal and returns to the final Cup 32 years later. It’s something that the technician ‘txuri urdin’ highlighted. “We have been clear from the beginning, both for respecting this shield As for the colors we defend, we have gone to all the fields demonstrating this respect, “he said. “Both the Third and Second rivals, we always had the same goal that our fans felt proud of us. Today we play in a very complicated stadium, but – once again – we have done it at the most important moment, “he added.“In this sense I am very happy and proud not only for what we have lived today, but of the path and path that we have traveled. This He speaks very well of all the Real Sociedad players, “he concluded Sheriff. The coach of the Royal Society, Imanol Alguacil, was “very happy” to have achieved the pass to the final of the Copa del Rey and said that would be “beautiful for Euskadi” that his rival in the title fight it was Athletic, which should still play this Thursday against Granada in the semifinals lap.“A rival for the final? Surely Athletic because I think it would be nice for Euskadi, but I also like Granada very much because of how it is leading the season, “Alguacil said in the press room in Anduva, where he got excited about the victory.last_img read more

“After the threat from UEFA, on April 15 they decide whether or not to suspend the Belgian league”

first_imgHow is the confinement in Belgium?I’m not complaining, here we have the difference that we can go outside to do our exercise and take walks. We are better than in Spain.Do you miss not having spent this whole story at home with your family?Of course, family and friends are missed, but this situation has had to be experienced in Belgium and we have dealt with it as well as possible. We usually talk by video call every day, they are all fine. I’m at least that lucky.The first European league to announce that it is canceled due to the coronavirus was the Belgian one, what have you been told about that?As far as I know, from the club we have been told that the league continues, because although in a meeting they decided to suspend it, then UEFA threatened not to give them a place to play in Europe, so on April 15 there is another meeting and it will be decided there what finally happens to the belgian league. Right now it’s not entirely canceled.But when they give them the news that they are suspending the league and how does it stay?In the situation we live in today it did not seem strange to me, since we only had one more day to play in the regular league, and then there was the playoff to play the European competitions, which were six games. So it didn’t surprise me much. I did think that we would play that last day and leave the playoff for when it was fixed. But it was not like that. It is true that some teams played the relegation and others had the fight to go to that European playoff.Canceling the league meant ending his loan at Eupen, although in his case for a match nothing happens, right?In our case we were saved in the absence of three days and we did not risk anything, we had nothing to do. So it is true that a little sports I did not care.What did the rest of your classmates say? What was commented among the players?At first, people, not knowing the situation very well, the truth was that they happened a little, but we, knowing what was happening in Spain, were more concerned. But then they understood it and nobody made much trouble.Is there fear in Belgium over the UEFA threat?Well, I don’t think so. Because I don’t think it was a good decision for UEFA to threaten the leagues, but everyone does what they want. In my opinion it was not a good performance.Are you surprised that in Spain they do not consider canceling the season and there in Belgium, where everything is not so serious, is it already suspended?Here is that at the end of very little season, you can understand more, because I don’t think anything would happen. But what happens in Spain is worse, because more days are missing and there are more things to decide, so it does not surprise me that they want to end the season, even with matches every two or three days, and even behind closed doors. But I am nobody to decide things like that. That is marked by those who command. Jon Bautista (Renteria, 3-07-1995) went to Belgium last summer in search of the minutes he was not going to have at Real Sociedad. What he did not expect is that his first experience away from home, on loan at KAS Eupen, would end with a global pandemic, because the Belgian league has been the first to announce its cancellation due to the coronavirus. His first experience was this one having everything …You are right. It has coincided that this global pandemic touches me, but it has touched this way and at least we are here better.And what is your assessment of your year in Belgium?Lovely. It has been good for me to learn different things, I have played in different positions and I haven’t done that since I was a cadet. I have not scored many goals, but I have given assists and I have been able to learn to play in the bands or in the attacking midfielder, and the truth is that I will become a more complete player.The objective was to leave to return to Zubieta with a place in the first team?I wanted to accumulate minutes and gain confidence. I have had the opportunity to play many games. This season has made me a more complete player. Its been a good year.But it has been difficult for him to get a place in the first team, especially in attack, it is a highly valued position …Of course, the year that Willian José and Isak are doing has already been seen, they are two very good forwards, and it is a very big competition. But I have a contract with Real, I will start the preseason with them and I will give everything to have the option to stay.Is that your idea today and not look for another assignment?Of course, both Real and I decided to go out this year with the aim of becoming a better player to return to next year and get a place in the first squad.Have they told you anything from Real yet?We were not done here yet, so it was not the time to contact me, but seeing this situation, after the meeting on April 15, they will contact me to tell me something.How was the contact during the year with Real?He has been continuous with Imanol Agirretxe, who has come to Eupen several times to comment on things and then Roberto Olabe has called or written to me as well. I have felt that heat of the Real, although it has been outside. They have always been in contact with me.Does Agirretxe’s experience take it into account? Because he also had a hard time making a place for himself in the first team …Yes, it is important to have him close. Because it was not easy either, it was difficult for him to come and he tells me his experience, he helps me a lot and tells me to be calm, because at Real they are happy with my season. At Real, moreover, the position of striker is always very difficult, because the club bets every season with an outside striker. But working every day I will have the opportunity, and Imanol has always told me that with work and effort everything can be achieved.How are you seeing this Real de Imanol who is fourth in the league and is in the Cup final?Well, I’m really enjoying it. Because seeing Real now every day is a joy, because it is the team that plays the best in the league. It is impossible to get bored with a Real game, and they have achieved things that Donosti did not achieve in a long time. I am very happy for my colleagues.Were you surprised by what they are doing?Well, if I’m honest with you, no. Because I already knew what my colleagues were capable of, and then those who have come have performed at a great level. I had no doubt about the high level of this template.How much would it give if they made me a card for a day with this Real and be able to be in the Cup final?(Laughs) A lot. All. Everyone would like to be in that Cup final. But since I can’t play, better not think about that good dream.last_img read more

Live: football and cycling at Covid, up for debate

first_imgAganzo, president of AFE and José Luis De Santos, president of ACP, discuss the different formulas of the competition proposed in both sports as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. A new installment of Connected the forum of management and sponsorship debate of major sporting events in the pandemic of Covid-19. This time, football, and cycling are analyzed by the respective presidents of their professional associations.last_img