Carlo Ancelotti says any team in the world would have room for Lionel Messi

first_img CET Looking ahead to the weekend, Ancelotti wouldn’t be drawn on the meeting between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which pits Los Blancos’s two closest rivals against each other. “One team is really good mentally, while the other can solve a lot of problems [with a win].” The Italian was grateful for his goalkeeper’s comments that he is a “better manager than [Jose] Mourinho” but he didn’t agree with him on the subject of Messi. EFE / Sport EN Upd. at 20:48 09/01/2015center_img “But for me, he has a place in any team in the world.” “At the moment we have a small advantage. I do not know what will happen on Sunday, but it will be a really interesting game.  “I have no preference,” he claimed. “I know that they will both fight for the title until the very end of the season. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to Iker Casillas’s claim that Real Madrid wouldn’t want Lionel Messi in their squad.  “It’s difficult to say anything about Messi, he is a fantastic player, but every team has their own fantastic players,” Ancelotti explained. last_img read more

Spain 2-0 Russia: La Roja are U19 European champions again

first_img CEST Russia had beaten Spain 3-1 in Group B but nine days later La Roja got their revenge. Luis de la Fuente’s side, led by Marco Asensio and Jesus Vallejo, Spain have won the tournament on six occasions in it’s current form and once before, in 1994. Sport EN Surprisingly there were no Barcelona players in the winning team. It was created in 2002, after the U18 trophy which existed between 1981 and 2001.center_img 19/07/2015 at 23:32 Mayoral netted after 39 minutes and Nahuel sealed the victory with 12 to go.  Names of players who have won it in the past include Fernando Torres, Andrés Iniesta, Juan Mata, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Juanfran Torres, Roberto Soldado and David Silva. Goals from Borja Mayoral and Matias Nahuel sent Spain to victory over Russia to win the U19 European Championships. last_img read more

Dani Jarque tributes by Espanyol six years after his death

first_imgSix years after the sad passing of Dani Jarque, Espanyol paid tribute to the memory of their great captain. Like on every August 8, Cornella El Prat paid respect to the former Perico, with an emocional ceremony involving Jose Luis and Silvia, his parents.  CEST 08/08/2015 Upd. at 17:32 The club also permitted Espanyol fans to pay homage to Jarque throughout the day, and the presence of more than 100 fans in the first half hour showed he is not forgotten. Club president Joan Collet, along with the club’s three captains, Javi Lopez, Victor Sanchez and Victor Alvarez, placed a floral offering to the statue of Jarque.  Sport ENlast_img read more

Real Madrid team bus has Barcelona stickers on the back

first_imgIf there was an interesting moment in the hours ahead of Sporting against Real Madrid at El Molinon, it was, without doubt, what happened to Real Madrid’s bus. Upd. at 23:29 What is not friendly but rather entirely reprehensible is that on arrival at the Molinon, the coach had stones thrown at it by some local fans, according to Cadena Ser. Fortunately nobody was hurt. 23/08/2015 Firstly for a curious anecdote and later for something worse, that shouldn’t happen in the football world.center_img The first part saw Sporting Gijon fans stick Barcelona badges on the back of Real Madrid’s bus, on the trophies they have printed there.  Sport EN CESTlast_img read more

Heynckes chalks up 500th Bundesliga win as player and manager

first_img 18/11/2017 “I am very surprised, because I haven’t been following the statistics,” admitted Heynckes. “I am satisfied with him today, I know Arturo very well, we worked together at Bayer Leverkusen for two years, I know what he can do,” said Heynckes. Only ex-Bayern and Werder Bremen coach Otto Rehhagel, 79, got anywhere near Heynckes’ tally with 457 wins, 309 as a coach and 67 as a player. The home win was a good warm-up for Bayern’s midweek Champions League match at Anderlecht, where they need a win to stay in touch with Group B leaders Paris Saint-Germain. IN SPORT.ES Las 500 de Heynckes He is the first player or coach to reach the milestone in the Bundesliga. They are now six points ahead of nearest rivals RB Leipzig, who were held to a 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen. “I am glad we won today, that was an important win, because Augsburg have so far played well this season, they have good structure and a very clear game plan,” added Heynckes. Vidal put in a strong display alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez in midfield, just behind Lewandowski. “I have probably never experienced such a turn-around of this quality in such a short period of time,” wrote Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the pre-match programme. “When I arrived here, I was not at all satisfied with his performances and I told him that plainly, but he has worked hard for the last two weeks and put in some top performances.” Heynckes was delighted with the dominant win over Augsburg as Arturo Vidal put Bayern ahead before Lewandowski netted twice. CET Upd. at 21:08 Bayern’s win on Saturday was their eighth in a row since the 72-year-old Heynckes returned as head coach after predecessor Carlo Ancelotti was sacked at the end of September. “I can’t say it doesn’t mean anything to me, that would definitely be wrong, because it is an impressive number, but I was focused on the game and the opponent.” Heynckes revealed he told Vidal to buck up his ideas when he first arrived. Bayern were five points adrift of then-leaders Borussia Dortmund when Heynckes arrived, yet now hold a nine-point lead over Peter Bosz’s side. Heynckes is in his fourth stint in charge of Bayern, having steered the Bavarians to the 2013 treble of Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup titles in his third spell before making way for Pep Guardiola. AFP Under Heynckes, Bayern have rediscovered the spark they were missing under Ancelotti. “We had a very good attitude and were very focused, you could see our class.” Jupp Heynckes admitted he was delighted, and a little surprised, to have racked up 500 Bundesliga wins as a player and coach following Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over Augsburg. The victory was Heynckes’ 326th as a Bundesliga coach, having also racked up 174 league wins as a winger for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hanover 96. – Treble winner – Robert Lewandowski netted twice against Augsburg at the Allianz Arena as leaders Bayern opened up a six-point lead at the German top-flight summit. Dortmund are in freefall and third in the table after dropping 14 points in their last five league games.last_img read more

England vs. India: 1st Test Review- Heartbreak for India as hosts edge ahead in…

first_imgAdvertisement jz9NBA Finals | Brooklyn VszWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tl9Would you ever consider trying this?😱alCan your students do this? 🌚24n5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisement A determined effort by skipper Virat Kohli was not enough to take the visitors over the edge as they fell short by 31 runs to hand a 1-0 lead to England in the five-match test series.Advertisement After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Joe Root led from the front to guide England to 287. Ravichandran Ashwin showed his class from his county stint with Worcestershire by scalping 4 wickets.While the entire Indian batting line-up struggled to cope with the moving ball in the first innings, captain Kohli managed to silence his critics with a sensational knock of 149 which saw England take only a 13 run lead.A collective effort by the Indian bowlers saw England stutter at 91-7 before a crucial knock of 63 by the 20-year-old Sam Curran slowly took the game away from the visitors. By the time the England tail order was wiped off, India were handed a target of 194 to chase in the fourth innings.India’s struggle to chase overseas continued as early wickets gave England the momentum, while it was Kohli yet again stranded at the crease guide India to a famous victory, Ben Stokes’ spell on Day 4 changed fortunes as he proceeded to pick up the wickets of Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya to seal an early lead in the series.All-rounder Sam Curran was named the man of the match for his sensational efforts with both bat and the ball which shifted the momentum towards the No.5 ranked test team.Read Also:Cricket: Azharuddin adheres to the importance of practicing slip catchingCricket: The price hike in tickets makes Indian fans stay away from the first Test  Advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao threatens to sue his long time promoter Bob Arum

first_imgAdvertisement hxj6zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6o5rpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8c( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) irydWould you ever consider trying this?😱38lidCan your students do this? 🌚8eaupRoller skating! Powered by Firework Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is taking legal action against former long-time promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.Advertisement According to the 8-division world champion, Top Rank chief Bob Arum has yet to remit the money corresponding to the earnings for live-streaming of his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title bout against the Argentine in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.Advertisement Pacquiao had written on Instagram the other day that he seeks to take Top Rank to court for not giving him his share of the revenue for the live streaming of his fight with Matthysse on ESPN plus.“Congratulations and good luck to Top Rank Boxing and ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement,” Pacquiao wrote in the caption of a photo of him and Matthysse during their fight.Advertisement “I know both of you have been very busy finalizing the deal. However, I have not received the U.S. rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you,” he added.The unpaid broadcast fees are reportedly worth around $1.7 million, with Pacquiao expected to 85 percent of the revenue for the US rightsPacquiao defeated Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur to capture the WBA title.The event, dubbed as “Fight of Champions” was a joint promotion between Pacquiao’s MP Promotions outfit and former in-ring rival Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, who handled Matthysse.It was also Pacquiao’s first fight not under the Top Rank Boxing banner since signing with them more than a decade ago.Also Read-Boxing: Amir Khan calls Kell Brook a ‘P@#SY’   Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA Recap, 26/1/19 – Harden extends streak as Rockets top Raptors

first_imgAdvertisement 12rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsypWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elveom( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2noWould you ever consider trying this?😱3b1nnsCan your students do this? 🌚5j57ybRoller skating! Powered by Firework James Harden extended his streak of consecutive games with 30 or more points to 22 as the Houston Rockets won 121-119 against the Toronto Raptors. Harden scored 35 points on the night. Kenneth Faried has been brilliant for them, and he had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points for Toronto.Advertisement Jeff Green’s last-minute heroics lifted the Wizards past the Magic 95-91. Nikola Vuvevic scored 28 points for the Magic. Justise Winslow scored 27 points as the Heat claimed a 100-94 win over the Cavaliers.Advertisement Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 109-99, now establishing themselves as the superior team from the region. Lou Williams recorded a triple-double off the bench with 31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds as the Clippers won 106-101 in Chicago. He became the first player to record a 30-point triple-double off the bench since 1993.The Sacramento Kings defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 99-96 on the back of 26 points from Buddy Hield. MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmp had 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks won 108-99 against the Hornets.Advertisement In Dallas, Luka Doncic’s 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists led the Mavericks past the Pistons. Blake Griffin scored 35 for Detroit, but in vain. Even though Nikola Jokic was suspended, the Nuggets blew past the Suns in a 132-95 victory. Meanwhile, the Jazz defeated the Timberwolves 106-102 in Utah.That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same! Advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi praises his side after Barcelona sends Manchester United packing out of the…

first_imgAdvertisement ausnNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbutWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2opp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9k8dbrzWould you ever consider trying this?😱134Can your students do this? 🌚56eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Barcelona had never reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after their 2015 title triumph. Since then, they have been knocked out in the quarter-finals for three consecutive seasons. However, Lionel Messi’s solo magic ensured it wasn’t to be for the fourth time.Advertisement Lionel Messi scored a brace but believes it was the team spirit which led Barcelona through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finalThe Argentine scored a brace in the first half before playing a crucial role in the build-up to the third goal of the game to send Manchester United packing out of the competition. However, Lionel Messi praised the entire Barcelona side rather than taking credit for the one-man show.“It was spectacular. This is who we are. We were cold and nervous for the first five minutes. I don’t know why, but then we took control,” said Messi referring to the initial hiccup they had to endure when Marus Rashford hit the bar.Advertisement Manchester United were all over Barcelona until Messi scored in the 16th minute. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner pounced on a defensive error from Ashley Young, nutmegged Fred, and swiveled past Phil Jones to give them a lead.“I was lucky (on the first goal),” admitted Lionel Messi. The second one, I had even more luck,” referring to goalkeeper David de Gea’s missed dive wherein the Spaniard jumped over his tame shot, allowing the ball to squirm under him to cross the goal-line.”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Neville: It felt like Valverde was toying with me, like I was a little puppet

first_img “It felt like he was toying with me, like I was a little puppet. I could feel it on the touchline. That’s what inexperience feels like.” IN SPORT.ES 27/03/2020 Speaking to the Sky Sports podcast, the ex-Manchester United defender revealed how he struggled against much better-prepared managers, including ex-Barça coach Valverde, who was at Athletic Club at the time, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.  Neville: “Valverde jugó conmigo como un títere” Neville lasted just four months at Valencia and has admitted several times since being sacked that he was out of his depth at Mestalla.  SPORT.es CET “I felt like he was slowly strangling me,” Neville added. “He tortured me in football terms for 90 minutes. At the end of the game, I went to shake hands, but he went right passed me. I didn’t like that. He didn’t show any respect.”  Neville also spoke about not being prepared for the Valencia job: “The last thing the club needed was a coach without experience. The players were not happy and I should have taken big decisions.  Upd. at 19:38 “I promised myself that I would never weaken myself as a coach again. I lost confidence. I didn’t even want to go to training. I did not adapt. I did not prepare. Despite that, I loved the challenge, the city and the fact I threw myself into it.” “Valverde went on to manage Barcelona but I faced him when he was at Athletic,” Neville said. “He changed his system three times over the course of the game and he was always one step in front of me.  Fomer Valencia manager Gary Neville says Ernesto Valverde played with him like a “puppet” during his brief spell in charge of the La Liga club.  The Englishman also spoke about Simeone’s qualities, although he was disappointed that the Argentine didn’t shake hands after their game. last_img read more