Maxwell: “You never know what Messi or Neymar will do”

first_img CEST “We will need to play with intensity, aggression and we will have to maintain our philosophy of keeping the ball.” “It’s important not to leave space, because if we do Barça have so many players that can exploit it — not just Messi and Neymar.” Upd. at 19:33 Sport EN The Brazilian full-back has fond memories of his three year spell in Catalonia, however he is now only focused on how well PSG do in the match at Parc des Princes. Maxwell suggested it was important to “recover the points they lost” last time out, however, to do that they will have to keep out Lionel Messi and Neymar. “That they haven’t let in a goal since the start of the campaign is an impressive record,” Maxwell continued. “I know both of them and that can help us to keep them quiet, but they are special players. “But sooner or later they day will arrive when a team scored against them — I hope it will be us.” After drawing with Ajax in the first match, there is perhaps a more pressing need for PSG to win the match on Tuesday. “You have to be at your very best to win a match against a side like Barça,” he said. Former Barcelona defender Maxwell says his past will mean nothing when he faces his old club with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. “Barça have recovered their strengths,” he concluded. “The partnership between Neymar and Messi is capable of doing anything and it is always complicated to play against players of this level. One of the main challenges for the French champions will be to break down a defence which is yet to concede a goal this season. 29/09/2014last_img read more

Come on Carlo, no need to be coy about the real reason you’re playing Cristiano Ronaldo against Ludogorets

first_img But with Real Madrid qualified for the next phase of the competition, there’s no need for Ronaldo to be playing. There’s nothing wrong with Ronaldo wanting to chase down Messi. It’s part of what makes both players so good, that the other is always there. They drive each other on. There’s no need to be coy about it. It’s not a word you usually associate with Ronaldo anyway. “He’s doing what nobody could imagine and I think that he’s going to keep it going because he has extraordinary motivation for himself, his team-mates, the club and the fans. Rik Sharma But let’s be honest, the real reason Ronaldo will play against the Bulgarian side is because he wants to score goals.  “I don’t think I’m going to rest Cristiano tomorrow, he’s doing so well.” Carlo Ancelotti claims he will play Cristiano Ronaldo against Ludogorets because the Real Madrid star is in such good form, but we all know that’s not the reason. You don’t lose your form because you’re rested for one match in midweek.   If Messi or Ronaldo stops and looks down at all they have accomplished, all they will see is the other, flashing past them in the moment they took to pause.  CETcenter_img The Italian coach said: “What can you say? He’s fantastic and incredible.  It’s egotism. And that would be fine, if Ancelotti would just admit it. He should be resting, after a year in which has been injured a lot. Why add extra matches that he doesn’t need to take part in? Messi and Barcelona play against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday and the Real Madrid striker will reckon he can bag a fair few at the Santiago Bernabeu against such weak opposition. “The reason Ronaldo is playing tomorrow is because he is a driven, highly-competitive player, who wouldn’t accept it if I prevented him from having a chance to boost his goal tally in Europe.” He doesn’t want to fall too far behind Lionel Messi, who is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League on 74. Ronaldo has 71.  08/12/2014 Upd. at 19:42 That’s not too hard to say, is it? last_img read more

Spanish clubs agree to hold off on strike over television deal

first_img The decision was taken at a meeting in Barcelona, with Javier Tebas urging the clubs not to force the issue.  It is hoped a collective deal will help to close the gap.  Upd. at 19:57 TV rights are currently agreed individually, leading to a huge amount of disparity between Barcelona, Real Madrid and the rest of the clubs.  Sport EN 25/03/2015 At least for now.  CET The Spanish Professional Football League will not go on strike over the government’s failue to force through a collective television deal.  Clubs from La Liga and La Segunda had talked about downing tools on April 19, but they have abandoned that idea. Tebas suggested that without the new deal, the Spanish league is in danger of losing its current status among other European leagues.last_img read more

Paul Pogba will miss Juventus v Real Madrid first leg through injury

first_imgJuventus star Paul Pogba will miss the first leg of his side’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid in Turin, on Tuesday May 5.  30/04/2015 Upd. at 22:01 The midfielder has been out of action with a torn thigh muscle since mid-March, but was hoping to play against Los Blancos. CEST Barcelona want to sign Pogba but the fee, which could cost more than €80m may be prohibative, as well as the fact the earliest he can join is January, due to the FIFA transfer ban. Sport EN “The player will undergo a personalised recovery regime before potentially returning to full training with the group on Wednesday.” A statement released by Juventus read: “The MRI scan taken by Paul Pogba this afternoon revealed that the player has made further progress in his recovery from a torn thigh muscle.last_img read more

Celta Vigo forward Nolito says Atletico Madrid are interested in him

first_img Upd. at 20:22 Celta Vigo forward Nolito says that Atletico Madrid have enquired about him. “There’s a very long road between that and them signing you, though. Celta have told me that they won’t stand in the way if I want to leave, but it won’t be easy because of my €18million release clause.  “No one has called me from Atlético, but I’m aware that the club has enquired about me,” he told Marca.  31/05/2015 CESTcenter_img Sport EN “If a big club comes knocking and offers me a lot of money, though… I feel I’ve conducted myself very well over the last two years.” “I’d never try to force my way out of Celta; I’m very happy in Vigo.  The striker has been a thorn in the side of many a top team and a move to the Rojiblancos would be just deserts. last_img read more

PSG coach Emery not worried about nightclub fan Neymar

first_img Neymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga, according to a report in Le Parisien. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes. “That is something the club is working on. They are thinking about the future, I am only thinking about the present,” said Emery when asked about a possible transfer. Upd. at 16:51 The world’s most expensive footballer has suffered a dip in form and there have been concerns about his love of a party, which he documents on his Instagram feed with more than 84 million followers. AFP CET There have been regular media reports in recent weeks that Neymar, 25, is struggling to settle at PSG since his August move from Barcelona, with stories of rifts with team-mates and disagreements with Emery. “We want to demonstrate that we want to go very far in this competition. We did that when we went there,” added Emery, with reference to PSG’s 5-0 win in Glasgow when the sides last met in September. 21/11/2017 Neymar has scored in each of PSG’s four Champions League outings. The French club have taken maximum points and qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare. They top Group B with 17 goals scored and none conceded, and another victory against Celtic — who are already eliminated — could see PSG clinch top spot before they go to Bayern Munich next month. Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday. “In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.” Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier could return for Paris but Thiago Motta is out. The veteran midfielder has undergone surgery in the United States to clear up a knee problem. With Motta likely to be sidelined for a while, PSG have been linked with a move for young Brazilian midfielder Wendel, 20, of Rio de Janeiro side Fluminense. “He has the responsibility to rest up on Sunday. He was back with us yesterday and for tomorrow he will be fine.” But PSG’s Spanish coach added: “It is important to maintain a high level, but the younger players also need to spend time with their friends. “Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday, at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes. “Celtic are still a good side, with international players who are used to winning, so this will be a difficult game.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi has only missed three of the last 41 Clasicos

first_img Earlier this season, after breaking his arm against Sevilla, he wasn’t available for the LaLiga clash. Barça went on to win 5-1. 04/02/2019 Javier Giraldo Lionel Messi remains a doubt for this Wednesday’s Copa Clasico with Real Madrid. Ever since the Argentine established himself at FC Barcelona, he’s rarely missed a chance to take on the club’s eternal rival. However you don’t need to go too far back for the last time this happened. Upd. on 05/02/2019 at 12:33 CET Javier Giraldo You have to go back considerably further for the time before that when a Clasico didn’t include Leo. This was in the 2007/08 season when Frank Rijkaard was head coach. Barça hosted Real Madrid without Messi, who tore a muscle in his leg, and lost 1-0. Messi solo se ha perdido tres de los últimos 41 clásicoscenter_img IN SPORT.ES @javiergiraldo The other match in which the Argentine didn’t feature was in the 2005/06 season. Once again, he missed out due to injury and Barça drew 1-1. Since that moment Messi played in 35 consecutive Clasicos across the league, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League. That means since 19th November 2005, Messi has only missed three Clasicos and all of those came in LaLiga. He’s played every minute of Copa Clasicos (6 matches), Champions League Clasicos (2 matches) and Spanish Super Cup Clasicos (6 matches). @javiergiraldolast_img read more

NBA: Lakers Officially Re-Sign Travis Wear To Two-Way Contract

first_imgAdvertisement pulakNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbq0vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) clWould you ever consider trying this?😱a3gsqugCan your students do this? 🌚zdgcRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced the signing of Travis Wear to a two-way contract for the 2018-19 NBA season. Wear takes the second available two-way contract available to the Lakers.Advertisement Wear, undrafted out of UCLA in 2014, appeared in 17 games for the Lakers last season. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds across 13.4 minutes. Wear spent most of the year in the G-League, which will also be the case this year considering the nature of two-way contracts, averaging 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent from three.Advertisement The two-way contract had previously been taken by Malik Newman, but he was recently waived. Wear will be permitted to spend up to 45 days with the Lakers this season while their South Bay G League affiliate is still playing.Wear was born in Long Beach and attended high school in Santa Ana, California, before playing one season at North Carolina and three more at UCLA. He played 51 games for the New York Knicks during the 2014-15 season before spending the next two years out of the NBA. Advertisementlast_img read more

Everything you need to know about the helicopter crash involving Leicester City owner Vichai…

first_imgAdvertisement 79ypNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscnlvxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed8y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7rqbfWould you ever consider trying this?😱9l1Can your students do this? 🌚2spmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Leicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter which had crashed in the car parking zone just outside the King Power Stadium. It was just after the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United had just ended with a scoreline of 1-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday.Advertisement  After one hour of the completion of the match, the helicopter of Leicester City owner had taken off from the centre of the King Power Stadium. Just after two minutes the helicopter crashed just outside the stadium. The ambulance and paramedics came very quickly. But heavy flame and smoke were the major difficulties for them to go near the spot of the incident. Advertisement There is still no certain news about how many people on board in that helicopter that crashed. But according to the sources, the owner’s daughter, two pilots and an unidentified fifth person were also on board along with the owner of Leicester City. The area surrounding the incident was soon locked by the police. The team bus of West Ham already left before the incident happened. Few Leicester City players were still in the Stadium. According to one eye witness, the Goalkeeper of Leicester City, Kasper Schmeichel ran out of the Stadium to the spot with tears in his eyes. The King Power Stadium was soon evacuated. There is still no official confirmation about the casualties of the helicopter crash from the official website of Leicester City about the incident. According to the eye witnesses, it was absolute horrible incident that happened within seconds. The freelance photographer Ryan Brown said, “The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise. “The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then [a] big fireball.”Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett, at the scene, said: “At about 8.30 this evening, eyewitnesses told me they saw the Leicester City owner’s helicopter take off from the pitch inside the King Power Stadium – as it does after every home game – and after a few seconds it appeared to lose control.” “It sounds as if there was a problem with the rear tail propeller which sent it spinning out of control and it crashed into the car park at the rear of the King Power Stadium, just a few hundred metres away from where the pitch is, before it burst into flames.”The incident is very much shocking for the whole football world. Leicester City fans were seen in tears after the helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester City in 2010 for £39 million. Under his ownership, the club won the Premier League in 2016 and reached the Champions League quarter finals a year later. The attachment of the billionaire with the club was unbelievable and he was also a very popular person amongst the fans. Former English Goalkeeper Peter Shilton expressed his deep sorrow about the sad incident. He stated,“Witnessed the crash @LCFC last night with my wife. Absolutely devastated and in shock our thoughts and prays are with everybody involved and Leicester City.”Meanwhile, Gary Lineker, the former Leicester striker and host of the BBC’s Match of the Day, said: “That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted. Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.”British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic Mark Kent and Leicester City’s centre forward Jamie Vardy have also expressed their condolences to the owner of Leicester City in social media handles. City women’s team match against Manchester United’s women’s team has been postponed after the incident and their reserves match against Derby County has also been called off. Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Chelsea player feels Mo Salah is better than Eden Hazard

first_imgAdvertisement 97wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbvdzi2sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E28fab( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4iWould you ever consider trying this?😱tCan your students do this? 🌚byRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ex Chelsea midfielder and current football pundit Craig Burley feels Mohamed Salah has showcased a better performance this year than Eden Hazard.Advertisement But the ex-Scotland international has also named two Liverpool stars even better than the Egyptian.The Reds superstar is now Premier League top goalscorer, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and has scored two more than Hazard.Advertisement When Burley was asked to name his top five players so far this season, he placed Hazard fifth and Salah fourth.Advertisement On Salah, he said: “I think his form has got better recently but a little bit earlier this season he was missing a lot of chances, the ball was bouncing off him, he wasn’t holding it up.“We didn’t see the sparkling Mo Salah that we did last year, which was going to be difficult.“But he’s started to get a bit of momentum again. The goals are coming, the performances are coming, he’s been excellent in recent weeks.”But after naming Manchester City star Raheem Sterling in third, Burley picked an Anfield defensive duo as his top two, with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker taking the gold and silver. Advertisementlast_img read more