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Zidane has the solutions, Madrid advances in Champions League –

Posted in Trending Topics on 7th March 2018

MADRID (AP) Zinedine Zidane at all times appeared to have the solutions when he was on the sphere, and he’s proving to be a reasonably good tactician as a coach, too.

The previous Actual Madrid midfielder, now in his third season in command of the Spanish crew, made all the suitable strikes towards Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League, knocking out the favored French membership 5-2 on mixture after successful Three-1 in Madrid and 2-1 in Paris.

”It was an ideal efficiency,” stated Zidane, who has led Madrid to the final two Champions League titles. ”We put stress on our opponents and delivered a very good show. It wasn’t simple, however all of us performed nicely. We deserved to advance to the subsequent spherical.”

Trailing 1-Zero within the first leg, Zidane turned the match round by changing Casemiro and Isco with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio. They helped Madrid make a vital late run that led to 2 objectives and the victory.

Zidane was with out common beginning midfielders Luka Modric and Tony Kroos for the second leg in Paris, and the coach surprisingly included Vazquez and Asensio within the beginning lineup, leaving Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench. The modifications added velocity to Madrid’s assault, which always threatened PSG. The primary purpose at Parc des Princes got here off a cross by Vazquez to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, the Champions League’s all-time main scorer, is peaking simply because the match enters its decisive phases, having scored 11 objectives in his final six matches in all competitions. The Portugal ahead has scored in each Champions League match this season, reaching 12 objectives in eight matches, 5 greater than his closest challengers.

”We’re speaking about the very best participant on this planet,” stated Casemiro, the Madrid midfielder who scored the crew’s second purpose in Paris. ”We have to preserve having fun with his objectives and his performances.”

Issues usually are not going so nicely within the Spanish league, nevertheless.

Madrid arrived for the extremely anticipated sequence towards PSG surrounded by doubts after being eradicated within the Copa del Rey and falling out of competition within the league. Regardless of his success in Europe, Zidane has been underneath stress and his job was on the road.

In the meantime, all of the hype was with PSG, the wealthy French membership led by Neymar and trying to present it might contend among the many absolute best in Europe. It didn’t occur.

”This was a very good stage for us to once more make a press release in our favourite competitors,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos stated.

Nonetheless underneath Zidane, the ”Kings of Europe” are again and on monitor for a file 13th European title.

”The Champions League was an important purpose for PSG, however with our expertise we imposed ourselves in each matches,” Madrid defender Raphael Varane. ”It was a key sequence. If we preserve enjoying with this angle, we’ll go far.”

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Barcelonas astonishing collapse: Why has it all gone wrong for the European champions?

Posted in Trending Topics on 19th April 2016

Barcelonas astonishing collapse: Why has it all gone wrong for the European champions?

The image summed night Barcelona’s Gerard Pique Frommel the Nou Camp turf to fire wide with the goal at his mercy.

Pique remained there for a good 10 seconds, is unable to drag himself back his feet. With its dung, a chance to save even made a point of Barcelona’s must-win match against Valencia, and so is their three-point lead at the top of the table.

She 2-1 defeat was the latest disaster in what has been a terrible month for the European champion. On March 18 she was eight points clear at the top of La Liga, and only has a 5-1 overall victory at Arsenal reached the Champions League quarterfinals.

On April 18, she is now at Atletico Madrid on goal difference alone, with Real Madrid – who beat them 2-1 in El Clásico -a further point behind. They lost four of their last six games, winning once and drawing the other.

The worst of all, their reign as European champions is over after Atletico a 3-2 overall victory last Wednesday after a pulsating second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

But what went wrong? How did a team that just a month ago invincible time has fallen apart

Here we look at the key factors behind disastrous slump Barcelona’s form – and see if they can salvage something from a season in danger. ends with a whimper

Barcelona has always been a by virtue of a small group, but this season seems to get caught with them -. especially when it comes to their much-acclaimed MSN strike force

for club and country Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar has 140 games played already this season, including regular trips to South America and the trip to Japan to play in the Club World Cup.

As a comparison, have their counterparts Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale only played 107 matches between them.

To make it worse, Luis Enrique fields are always much-praised strike force from the beginning of the game, with Messi makes two appearances of the plaster substitute bench this season, and Neymar and Suarez not having such replacement switch.

Given that all three played in the 2014 World Cup and last season’s Copa America and it’s no surprise that they are showing signs of fatigue, and their shape very blurred due

trio scored 112 goals between them this season -. but only three of them came in the last month, when they get the most necessary

when things go wrong at Barcelona it does not take long for the driver under pressure, no matter what he has achieved before -. and Luis Enrique is certainly finding that to be the case.

In his first season in management he has Barcelona to the treble, but he is on the defensive in recent weeks with his style of dealing with the press, leading to further investigation.

Another example comes in the press conference after the defeat against Valencia when a journalist named Victor Malo – who is of means “bad” in Spanish – asked if physical preparation of the players may be to blame for their malaise.

Enrique responded by saying: “What were you”

When the reporter responded by saying “Malo, Enrique said.” Correct, next question: “

Sure, it is rare in the same category of Nigel Pearson’s “you’re an ostrich?” ridge of the previous season, but that does little to pressure on both Enrique and the players results are poorly lighted.

It also goes further investigated in a number of more dubious decisions Enrique’s, including his choice not to rest more of his key players when the opportunity arises.

Few teams have such a gap in quality between their first choice XI and their reserves.

in defense, Jeremy Ahmed and former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is a long way from the level of the first selection center-backs Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

In the midfield Arda Turan takes to solve for quite some time, as they move from Atletico Madrid, while concerns are busy, all-action style is poorly suited to Barcelona’s passing game.

And along the primary alternative is Munir El Haddadi who impressed while scoring eight goals, but is clearly not at the level of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

In fact, the only position where the backup is at a similar level to the first choice in the prison, where Claudio Bravo plays in La Liga matches and Marc-Andre ter Stegen get the nod in Europe.

This undoubtedly contribute to reluctance to rest Enrique’s players, and it’s no surprise that Barcelona is actively looking for a fourth choice striker to act as an alternative to their current leading three.

The front favorite at the time of writing, Sevilla forward Kevin Gameiro, 24 goals of the season, he is the type of high-caliber option they need if they are to avoid depression in the future.

In defense of Barcelona should be noted that they only endure a particularly horrific series of games.

The unfortunate run begins with a draw result against a Villarreal side against Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals, while the two-leg semifinal against Atletico was a brutal, exhausting affair.

The Classico is drain for Enrique’s team, while on paper their easiest game of many – was always likely to be tricky, with Barcelona lost on each of their three previous visits to the Basque Country – away to Real Sociedad

is the proof, while they were not able to collect in front of a. Valencia team in a tree form is since Pako Ayestaran navigate Gary Neville.

The good news is that it is easier here on in. traveling Wednesday Derportivo a Barcelona team that just won a face of their last 19 games, while their last four La Liga matches is all winnable before they face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey Final. A

However, despite the events of the past month, Barcelona have their fate in their own hands. They stay for Atletico and Real, and which appears on paper to the easiest run in his -. Especially if the other two can be distracted by their upcoming Champions League semi-final

The game this Wednesday is their final midweek assignment of the season, which means that keeping Messi, Suarez and Neymar can for tests get good repair.

There is also an expectation that happiness should turn Barcelona’s. Their fate is perhaps best summed up by their struggle against Valencia, when Barcelona are two goals behind rest despite their opponents with just one shot on goal as Ivan Rakitic own goal was followed by fine second Santi Mina.

There is also the feeling that this team is too good not to react. Enrique is a relatively inexperienced coach, but he is president of a team of serial winners who displayed no signs of crumple at this stage of the previous season.

That said, there are real doubts that Barcelona team for the first time since they swept all before them last May

The smart money is that it is simply a stronghold -. one that cost them the chance to retain the first team of their Champions League crown in modern times but should not prevent them from successfully defending their La Liga title.

a month ago, but you would bill for this Barcelona team suggests would win a match in six. Suddenly, the title race was in Spain are very reluctant to.

PSG 2 Man City 2: Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne give City cause to dream in Champions League

Posted in Trending Topics on 7th April 2016

PSG 2 Man City 2: Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne give City cause to dream in Champions League

The only wealth in the field competitor in this lofty dramatic and honest, sometimes chaotic Champions League quarter-finals was the poverty of the defensive.

In the Gulf Derby may have had a case of mind the gap on Manchester City have their nouveau riche opponents Paris Saint-Germain cast their chances. Instead City dug deep to win after a very brave trek – just as they appear to be overwhelmed

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It’s been great for next week’s second leg at the Etihad when a goalless draw will take place through. But no one expected a clean skin of one of these two teams. But it was a good night for City

They have the guying field advantage, the away goals -. Plus both David Luiz, who are involved in winning a controversial penalty kick with Joe Hart Zlatan Ibrahimovic save the shovel, and Blaise Matuidi is suspended.

But the City favorites? PSG will believe they will score and also believe that they have won this, although they are much indebted to an error that Fernando will never be forgotten for their equalizer.

There was tension, spills and arrange terrible defending. Ibrahimovic has a first half hat-trick should have and then hit the cross-bar.

There was definitely something in the air at Wednesday night. And not only for Fernando. “We want more,” is the latest marketing slogan of the switch-on, aware PSG management and a large banner was draped over two levels with those words warrant for grand launch. PSG wants more. Place wish to do so. The last eight is unknown territory for City; The PSG was the fourth consecutive appearance at this stage of the competition. The company stage. The phase in which the elite forwards, and that’s where both clubs claim and where their investment she says should be.

But only one could progress and it was put to delivered the first blow. Straight from the kick-off of the ball is played forward and suddenly Sergio Agüero received target side of David Luiz, who had turned back to pick him. Free-kick and a yellow card for Luiz. 12 seconds elapsed and Luiz was under pressure. He will also be suspended for the second leg.

PSG is also fast dirt cries and demands a punishment if Edinson Cavani’s Blaise Matuidi quickly refuted by the French champions.

scramble back Eliaquim Mangala, challenged and Matuidi tumbled to the turf. No penalty is given, Matuidi equal annoys led despite appeals and protests by ?? ngel Di Maraa.

But then awarded a penalty. Luiz cushioned the ball have a cross to him and back inside Bacary Sagna who cut caught him with an outstretched leg. This time referee Milorad Mazic pointing to the spot. Luiz is undoubtedly looking for the contact – and it has gotten. Ibrahimovic raising the goalkeeper Joe Hart to drive right only for the goal to be nice push it away. It was to save his third consecutive penalty in the Champions League.

Ibrahimovic shortly afterwards, but his head planted too close to Hart the opportunity for an early redemption. If the pace remained relentless, was smart, whipped cross Jesús Navas’s meeting by David Silva, but he could not not direct goalwards his head.

PSG have taken after Nicolás Otamendi leadership folly try walking ball from defense, lost possession and Thiago Motta slide had to be in the room where the Âdefender. It is clear Ibrahimovic on the goal, Hart came out and the striker shot early from 20 steps, and the ball over the bar. There was an audible sucking in air from the home fans. Ibrahimovic should have two goals by this point. He has not.

PSG continued to turn the screw. City society is vast, especially when Luiz to add forward to the songs, just like they would break the home side the city was reached. PSG loses the ball carelessly – Fernando intercept Matuidi’s Pass – and City broke forward with Fernandinho find Kevin De Bruyne. He props himself and driving the ball powerfully as Kevin Trapp achieve a precious lead and a precious away goal.

The advantage to provide expensive. FÂernando a disastrous error when he miscontrolled Hart’s reported to him on the edge of the area. In stolen Ibrahimovic attempted clearance Fernando’s cannoning off him and roll into the empty net like a bewildered Heart – that share some of the blame as he had to clear the striker came close – check out forlornly

. basically all is the product of a terrible first touch of Fernando was and summed up a poor night of defense in that it was partly because of that, a highly entertaining encounter.

try to benefit PSG, but still received a setback when Matuidi discussed -. and he, like Luiz, the return trip will now miss

PSG is stationed. A low cross intercepted by Otamendi just before the ball narrowly wide of near post Heart of fire. a header goalwards from the corner Cavani gewip. It is pushed off by heart but simply go straight to the stream runs Adrien Rabiot that the steering wheel in the net of the neighborhood.

City were on the ropes and PSG has close again when Ibrahimovic meet intersect above Sagna, just before his head back off the bar.

Cavani recover collected, but the ball bounced off the ground and over.