Since 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.
TEMPE — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he nearly threw up when he saw Ben Roethlisberger go down with a knee injury last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.Imagine what would happen if his own quarterback, Carson Palmer, suffered a similar fate this Sunday against the Rams.It’s not actually too far fetched, unfortunately, as it was against the Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium last year when Palmer suffered a torn ACL, ending his season in Week 10. Fair enough. Still, it’s hard to imagine there aren’t a little nerves going into this game based on what transpired last year with the Cardinals and last week for the Steelers.The Rams have spent considerable amount of time and resources to create a dominant front, and they have clearly succeeded in that regard. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that, which guard Jonathan Cooper did in saying the Cardinals’ Week 4 opponent has speed, quickness, moves and depth up front before noting, “they’re a strong group of guys.”Yet, understanding what their opponent can do is not at all the same as being fearful of what they could do.“Honestly, it’s a thing of not letting how good they are really get to us before we play the game,” Cooper said. “We have to play the game, regardless of who they are, we have to play the game.“That’s continuously what you hear, ‘that D-line, D-line, D-line,’ we can’t let that get to us. We’re going to show up, play the game no matter who’s there, and I know they’re going to come and bring their best so we’re going to do the same.”Some stories for pre-game reading As Craig Grialou points out, takeaways equal points for the Cardinals so far in 2015.Another Steve Keim free agent find? The Cardinals feel fortunate that Chris Johnson “fell into our lap.”AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban notes that revitalized Larry Fitzgerald creates a positive vibe around the entire organization.It would be fair to say Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson have had some success when playing the Rams.The Cardinals are confident and not at all surprised by their 3-0 start to the season.The University of Phoenix Stadium turf was voted as the best playing surface in the NFL.ESPN’s Jim Trotter was not high on the Cardinals going into the season, but now says, “I don’t know what there’s not to like” about the team.Miscellany-While the Rams have one of the league’s best defenses, entering Sunday they have the NFL’s worst offense, at least in terms of yards. They’re 28th in the league in average points per game, too, but Patrick Peterson says there is no underestimating what St. Louis brings to the table.“These guys definitely have the talent that can put points on the board at any given time,” he said. “Despite their record, this is a very talented football team, a very dangerous football team, and a team that we have to make sure that we don’t take lightly. “What happened last time we played them,” a sarcastic Palmer said when asked if he has any extra feelings about facing the Rams again. “No, there’s not. I am looking forward to playing this game because it’s a great challenge for us offensively. It’s a phenomenal defense, one of the best combinations of great personnel on the back end, on the front end. They have a really good system and a really good scheme.“What happened last year is what happened last year, and I am looking forward to this challenge for the offense to really kind of go out there and play against one of the best defenses in the league and seeing how we stack up against those guys.”A challenge, it will be.Heading into Week 4 the Rams were tied for the NFL lead with 13 sacks, with the majority of the damage coming courtesy of defensive linemen Aaron Donald (3.5) and Robert Quinn (3.0). Along with those two, the Rams feature Chris Long (1.0) and Michael Brockers along the line. All four were first-round picks.“Oh it’s a challenge,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “To me, this is probably one of the best front fours — there’s a couple first-round picks, I don’t know how many — but at least four or five first-round picks on their defense, on the defensive line. Comments Share “The pressure that they bring, we’ll have to run our routes full speed, we can’t hesitate, you’ve got to get open quick,” John Brown said. “Those guys bring great pressure and with those guys having 13 sacks in just three games, that’s incredible.“We have to do what we’ve got to do to get the ball out.”But make no mistake, the Cardinals are not going to change what they do offensively to try to counteract what the Rams may do to try and stop them. Goodwin said there may be a few small differences but otherwise you can expect the Cardinals to empty the backfield while still taking shots down the field.Max protect will not really be a thing, which is fine with the guy who it would be designed to keep upright.“No I mean it’s not a lot of who we are,” Palmer said of having more blockers. “We get into big personnel groups to run the ball, not to try and fake you out and take shots with one or two receivers. We will take shots with five receivers in the game. For the most part, we want to be a physical run team, and you have to be in this division. It’s not the mindset of our play caller or what we are doing.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We’re definitely not taking this team lightly, but this is the type of team you can’t take lightly.”– Receiver John Brown appeared on the injury report this week with a shoulder injury, but he said it is something he has dealt with ever since college that just got re-aggravated last Sunday against the 49ers.-If the Cardinals rush for at least 115 yards this week it will be the first time since 1988 they reached that mark in each of the first four games of a season.-Larry Fitzgerald is one touchdown catch Sunday away from tying a franchise record for TD catches in the first four games of a season. Of course, that would also mean he would set a franchise record with two TD grabs against the Rams.-If he throws two touchdown passes Sunday Palmer will tie Charley Johnson for the most TD passes through four games in franchise history. He would also become the first player in team history to toss multiple TD strikes in each of the season’s first four games. And with a victory, Palmer would become the first Cardinals QB to win 10 consecutive starts since Ray Mallouf, who reached that mark in 1948. “And it’s going to be a hell of a challenge.”Right tackle Bobby Massie, who called the Rams’ D-line one of the best in the league, said the Rams’ line is so good because “each guy can do a lot of different things.”Along with their talent alone, the Rams present an interesting dynamic for an offensive line that has allowed just one sack this season. With defensive coordinator Gregg Williams calling the shots, St. Louis has a penetrating 4-3 style that the Cardinals have not yet faced this season.Arians said it will be a “totally different challenge” for his team.So, how do the Cardinals handle it?“There are a lot of things,” Palmer said. “Communication is probably the most important thing. Fundamentals and footwork and hand placement and timing and all those things, getting the ball out quick. Seeing the hots and sights and making the right adjustments. There are a number of things that you have to do.”Much of it will fall on the offensive line, yes. The running game, too, will play a role in slowing down the Rams’ ferocious rush. And the receivers? Well, they know their quarterback may not have all day to throw. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is hit by St. Louis Rams free safety Rodney McLeod during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. 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