Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea join €30million race for Barcelona’s Pedro

first_imgChelsea are the latest side to join Inter Milan and Arsenal in the hunt for Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez. According to reports in the English press, Jose Mourinho is prepared to pay €30million for him. Pedro, 27, has not played as much as he would like this season and is open to a change of clubs in order to play more minutes. Upd. at 19:15 27/04/2015 He made his Barça debut in January 2008 against Murcia when he was 20. This is now his eighth season with the Catalan club and he has won four La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, four Spanish Super Cups, two Copa del Reys, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.  Sport EN He occupies the same position as Neymar and Messi, and he has only started 17 of Barça’s 51 matches this season: 13 in the league, four in the Champions League and three in the Copa del Rey. Liverpool, also in the English press, are tracking him, too, and their interest may double if Raheem Sterling leaves Anfield this summer.  Pedro’s contract at Camp Nou ends in June 2016 following a renewal in 2011. His release clause is somewhere between €90m and €150m.  CEST Then there is the World Cup (2010) and the European Championship (2012) which he won with Spain.last_img read more

Diego Simeone: “I never thought about leaving Atletico Madrid”

first_imgIn an interview with ‘Movistar Futbol’, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has referred to his comments following the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, in which he hinted that he may leave the ‘Rojiblancos’. “To think means a load of things, the energy with which I have to present myself to the same players as the last four years, those who are giving me life, and putting them back in a competitive situation when we have lost two Champions League finals, is not easy.” “Had I left, I would not have done so in peace, because I would not have truly felt like it.” “People are scared of using it, but it is synonymous with not reaching an objective. The word is a strong one, possibly so, but it is the reality of what I felt.” “When I said (I needed to) think, it was about the in which way to face what was linking me to Atletico Madrid. “Germany is a reference. They have won World Cups, always persisting, always being there, and the only path that was taught to me since a kid to reach a target is to insist. “It has not left me. Some people talk of it and say they’re over it. I’m not. Losing those two finals will stay with me the rest of my life. “No. I never said that, I said I needed to think. EFE Regarding whether he considered leaving, the Argentine responded: 19/08/2016 “Winning another final will not compensate anything. That final was lost.” CEST Talking of the bitter disappointment the loss meant to him, Simeone stated: “When I used that word, it was because it was the clearest of all. Upd. at 20:19 The ‘Atleti’ coach says he admires one side in particular for their competitive streak: In that press conference, Simeone described the defeat as “a failure”. He explained this description: “It’s clear that in life, easy battles are not given to the best warriors, and I consider myself a warrior.”last_img read more

Guardiola: If there’s one team that can comeback, it’s Barcelona

first_img IN SPORT.ES Guardiola’s City side play Huddersfield in the FA Cup this weekend, a team from England’s second division. Pep didn’t confirm if Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero would start in goal but did say there will be rotations with the Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday in mind. “They’ve dominated world football in the last 10 years,” Guardiola said. “It’s a surprise what happened in Paris, but anything can happen in football these days. It’s happened to me, too. There is a lot of competition and the rivals are really strong.”  Guardiola: “Si hay un equipo que puede remontar, es el Barça” “If there’s a team that can comeback, with their mentality, it’s Barcelona.” This was the message from Pep Guardiola after his former side suffered a painful defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.  17/02/2017 “You lose one game and people forget everything you did in the past,” he said. “People need to remain calm and have patience and confidence in their teams to do their jobs in the best way possible.” center_img The Manchester City coach praised the Blaugrana, affirming that “they’re still the best team in the world” and expressing his support for Luis Enrique and the squad.  Upd. on 18/02/2017 at 00:59 CET On Luis Enrique, the Catalan coach said: “Because I know them — Luis and the players — the best advice I can give them is not to criticise themselves too much.” Pol Ballús In a week which united Barça’s defeat with the rumours of Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal, Guardiola affirmed that it’s difficult to escape the sensationalism in modern football. last_img read more

A Blaugrana Christmas after the perfect weekend for Barcelona

first_img 23/12/2017 With Atletico beaten, Barça extended their lead over Diego Simeone’s side to nine points, while moving 14 clear of Madrid with their 3-0 win against Zinedine Zidane’s side.  Upd. on 24/12/2017 at 00:15 CET However, Valencia had the chance to move within eight of Barça later in the day when they played Villarreal.  Madrid do have a game in hand but that will be scant consolation after they were taken apart on Saturday, with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal on target.  IN SPORT.ES J.P. Jornada redonda para el Barça, que amplía su colchón sobre todos los perseguidores A banner at the Bernabeu said ‘Whit Christmas’ on Saturday but by the end of the day it was Barcelona who were looking forward to the holidays, not Real Madrid.  Barça began the weekend with a six point lead in La Liga but ended it with the gap extended, thanks to their win over Madrid but also thanks to results elsewhere.  On Friday, second-placed Atletico Madrid were dealt their first loss of the league season, beaten 1-0 by Espanyol on Barcelona.  But Marcelino’s side wasted that opportunity, beaten at home as their poor run of form carried on — they’ve lost three games this month having not lost before.  And so Christmas is not White. It’s Blaugrana. It’s Barcelona’s.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Valencia: Correa blast brings Cholo closer

first_imgAngel Correa’s rocket in the second half split Atletico Madrid from Valencia, sending Diego Simeone’s side nine points behind Barca – and nine ahead of their opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night. Iglesias Villanueva (Galicia). TA: Gabi (74′) / Gayá (92′). IN SPORT.ES ATM Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic (Giménez, 28′), Godín (Juanfran, 50′), Lucas; Correa, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco (Gabi, 61′); Griezmann, Diego Costa. Despite being in the wars, the hosts held on to win and close the gap on Barcelona after their 1-1 draw at Espanyol. MATCH FACTS LaLiga Atlético Wanda Metropolitano. 49.596 espectadores. Atletico were forced into two changes in defence, with Stefan Savic hurting a hamstring while Diego Godin suffered an elbow to the jaw from Neto, knocking some of his teeth out. Goles Correa mantiene las esperanzas del Atlético Sport EN Valencia Campo Upd. on 05/02/2018 at 00:46 CET Neto; Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayá; Kondogbia, Parejo, Maksimovic (Carlos Soler, 65′), Lato (Rodrigo, 62′); Santi Mina, Zaza. 04/02/2018 VAL 1-0 M 59 Correa. Neto made superb saves from a Saul Niguez long-ranger and Diego Costa’s header from a corner, but was eventually beaten when Correa rifled home from outside the area. Árbitro 1-0last_img read more

Veteran hitman Aritz Aduriz is the Europa League’s top goalscorer

first_img Aduriz, máximo goleador de la Liga Europa 16/02/2018 Aritz Aduriz netted two goals for Athletic Bilbao as they beat Spartak Moscow on Thursday in the Europa League and, with seven goals, is the Europa League’s top goalscorer. Aduriz struck two against Hertha in the group, two against Ostersund and one against Zorya. Upd. at 11:32 IN SPORT.ES Sport EN With 30 goals he’s the fourth top scorer of all time in the competition, going past Gerd Muller (28). Ahead of Aduriz, who turned 37 on Feb 11, are only Henrik Larsson (40), Klass-Jan Huntelaar (34) and Radamel Falcao (31). With 25, Aduriz is fourth. The striker also hit three goals in the preliminary phases Athletic took on suring the summer, with one against Dynamo Bucharest and two against Panathinaikos.  Aduriz is top, ahead of Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit), Mario Balotelli (Nice), Júnior Moraes (Dynamo Kiev), André Silva (Milan) and Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), who have six each. CETlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Iago Aspas with a late goal as Spain hold Morocco…

first_imgKALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 25: Iago Aspas of Spain back heels in past Monir El Kajoui of Morocco to score his sides second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Spain and Morocco at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)Advertisement cmenuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2jioWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8ic( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) iozWould you ever consider trying this?😱aq86lCan your students do this? 🌚1hbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Iago Aspas scored an equalizer in stoppage time with VAR’s help as Spain manage an unconvincing draw against Morocco to top Group B at Kaliningrad. In Round of 16, Spain will face hosts Russia for a place in the Quarterfinals.Advertisement A dreadful mix-up in the Spanish defence led to the first goal by Khalid Boutaib, Isco amending it 5 mins later from a pass by Andres Iniesta. But Spain looked wobbly in defence when pressed by a committed, aggressive Morocco side. Then, Youssef En-Nesyri looked to have won it for Herve Renard’s side when he powered in a clinical header in the 81st minute. But Aspas flicked in Dani Carvajal’s low cross to make it 2-2, with referee Ravshan Irmatov initially disallowing the goal calling it an offside before changing the decision courtesy to VAR. Nordin Amrabat was unlucky not to score in the 2nd half when his outside foot shot hit the bar and came back.Advertisement  Advertisement    Memorable Moments:-Read Also:-Boxing: Jean Pierre “JP” Augustin becomes free agentFIFA World Cup 2018 : Portugal fend off Iran to book their place in the Round of 16 Advertisementlast_img read more

The reason why Arjen Robben left Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement 654muNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsakz8ln2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eal4uy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4fqe28Would you ever consider trying this?😱0xCan your students do this? 🌚b8qwRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star Dutch winger Arjen Robben confirmed the reason behind his shocking departure from Real Madrid 10 years ago. According to the Dutch winger, it was not just Cristiano Ronaldo for whom he left Bernabeu. There were something else too which forced him to accept the move to Bayern Munich.Advertisement Robben also told that the move to Bayern Munich was the best decision of his life. In the recent interview, he mentioned the real reason behind his departure from Bernabeu. Robben was in great form in that time. He was also having a good relationship with the manager of Real Madrid, Manuel Pellegrini.Advertisement However, it was not enough to convince Arjen Robben to stay at Real Madrid in the next season. In that time, there was a big change in the club management of Real Madrid. Florentino Perez came as the President of Real Madrid. After his arrival in the club management, the philosophy of Real Madrid completely changed.The club management signed various top class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka. According to Robben, he might have to leave forcefully in the that season or next. In that circumstances, it was impossible for Robben to stay in that condition as the politics were directly involved inside the squad of Real Madrid.Advertisement Manchester United’s last-ditch attempt to sign Van Dijk while he was already in Liverpool revealed   Advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors once more

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER BOUNCING back after a disappointing loss to Western Port, Pakenham seized its chances to snare a 96-87…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Rangers lead the way

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER DANDENONG’S ragingly successful women’s basketball program has earned another grand final – with the Rangers Victorian Youth…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img