Yaya Toure: Vincent Kompany will be back to his best after a bad moment

first_img CET Yaya Toure says Vincent Kompany is ready to lead Manchester City in their fight to overturn their first leg defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday night. “All players have problems in a season, ups and downs, that’s part of football,” Toure told a press conference at the W Hotel near the beach in Barcelona. “It will be difficult because Barça are one of the biggest teams in Europe and I’m really happy to be playing in the second leg. Jonathan Coates Kompany returned for Saturday’s defeat at Burnley and it was his poor clearance which led to George Boyd’s winner. However, Toure believes his teammate is ready to rise to the challenge posed by Barça’s deadly trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, who scored the two goals in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium. “It will be an important game for me, but also for [the team] because the first leg was difficult,” he continued. 17/03/2015 “But we have now worries over Kompany. He is fully focused for tomorrow.” “Barcelona are in a good moment at the moment, especially [Lionel ]Messi, but you need to be careful of all their players. They are all dangerous. We know it will be a difficult, open game, but we need to go out and try and score the first goal and try to qualify.” Upd. at 20:26 “With the team we have, we will try to pass, it will be difficult but we have try to get through. We have a good team. The Belgian defender has come under criticism in recent weeks following a series of sub-standard performances, with Manuel Pellegrini even leaving his captain out for a recent Premier League game. For Toure it represents a return to the club he played for before signing for City, winning the Champions League under Josep Guardiola, and he is looking forward to the challenge after missing the first leg suspended.last_img read more

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Man United 0-0 Man City: Dire derby bore draw

first_img Manchester United and Manchester City toiled at Old Trafford, but neither team could string many meaningful moves together until the final 10 minutes. Sport EN Meanwhile, Rooney continued his string of poor performances, while Anthony Martial was left to plug away out wide. CET 25/10/2015 City go top of the league, leading Arsenal on goal difference with both teams on 22 points. Wilfied Bony struggled to create anything up front and both Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne lacked edge. Upd. at 17:04 Arsenal were the winners of the Manchester derby. Louis van Gaal left Memphis Depay out of the side and few could understand why, with United making virtually no chances until the latter stages of the game. With Sergio Aguero and David Silva injured, the visitors were shorn of their best two players.last_img read more

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Real Madrid 5-1 Sporting: BBC maintain Zidane’s perfect start

first_img 17/01/2016 Things didn’t start well for him, accidentally colliding with Benzema, which resulted in the Frenchman needing to be substituted.  Upd. at 20:23 Bale crossed deep and Benzema volleyed home while facing backwards, a fine finish to reward the Welshman’s cross. Bale, in the form of his Madrid career, went off injured at half-time with what looked like a calf injury, and was replaced by youngster Jese. CET Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a header from a corner, before Ronaldo blasted home from Benzema’s pass. James Rodriguez would not have been happy to start another game on the bench, with Isco preferred to the Colombian star, but he eventually came on after 60 minutes, for the Andalusian. Ronaldo and Benzema each grabbed another as Madrid kept the pressure up against a disappointing Gijon side. Peter Coates Sporting pulled one back through Isma Lopez after Jony’s cross, but not before Cristiano was lucky to escape a red card for a wild kick out at Nacho Cases. Real Madrid trounced Sporting Gijon at the Santiago Brnabeu to put the pressure on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga. The BBC all got on the scoresheet to continue Los Blancos’ revival under Zinedine Zidane in the French coach’s second game in charge of his former side.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho brings on, then substitutes off Juan Mata in Community Shield

first_img While it’s true that the Foxes launched plenty of hopeful passes into United’s half, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who replaced Mata – is just seven centimetres taller than the former Valencia player. CEST The fine line between Mourinho’s genius and contempt has, it appears, reared its ugly head once again. Sport EN The controversial relationship between Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata entered a new chapter during Manchester United’s Community Shield win on Sunday. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner with seven minutes to play, the Portuguese coach took the controversial decision to replace Mata in added time when the game was practically won for United.  07/08/2016 “Juan has played well and gave me exactly what I needed,” Mourinho said after the game, “I had to remove the shortest player because the game ended with lots of long balls [from Leicester City].” The Spaniard had been brought on during the second half but ended the tie back on the bench and sat behind Mourinho, a situation already familiar to the midfielder during their time at Chelsea – which ended in his transfer to Old Trafford in January 2014. Mourinho’s questionable tactical change was greeted by boos and jeers from some sections of United supporters inside Wembley, although Mata saw the lighter side of the situation with a brief smile after the 53-year-old explained his reasons for the substitution. Upd. at 20:39 last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola hails Barcelona after brutal terror attacks

first_img IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 19:26 “I’m sure the city and the country will stand up and move on. I just wish that it won’t happen again in Barcelona or in the rest of the world.” CEST Guardiola: “Estoy seguro que Barcelona se levantará” RELATED STORIES Pep Guardiola spoke about the Barcelona terror attacks on Friday during a press conference for Manchester City’s game against Everton. “I’m very affected by what happened. My thoughts are for the families and the victims. Las Ramblas is a really important place in the history of Barcelona. He said: “My thoughts are with the people who died. Barcelona will wake up and Catalonia and Spain will show again what a beautiful country it is. Pol Ballús 18/08/2017 Barcelona squad holds a minute’s silence after terrorist attack Canaletas fountain, an improvised altar for tributes after terror attacklast_img read more

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The possible rivals for Barcelona’s womens’ team in the Champions League

first_img POT 2 @mikisoria Upd. at 18:17 @mikisoria *The following seeds presume that Manchester City (with a 3-0 lead from their first leg against St.Polkten) and BIIK Kazygurt (also 3-0 up against Glasgow City) will join the other 14 teams in the last 16. Barça will be seeded for the draw as the fourth best team, behind only Olympique Lyon, Wolfsburg (who beat Atletico 12-2) and Rosengard. IN SPORT.ES Miki Soria After beating Norwegian side Avaldsnes 6-0 on aggregate, Barcelona’s womens’ team are into the round-of-16 of the Champions League, with the draw taking place on Monday, Oct. 16.  Miki Soria CEST Therefore, Fran Sanchez’s side will avoid the best teams left in the competition but there are still  some dangerous sides among those unseeded, such as Chelsea, who knocked out Bayern Munich, Montpellier and Linkopings. Lyon (FRA, defending champions) coeficiente 111.400 Wolfsburg (GER) 129.380 FC Rosengård (SWE) 83.925 Barcelona (ESP) 68.520 *Manchester City (ENG) 36.490 Brescia (ITA) 33.210 Slavia Prague (CZE) 31.890 Sparta Prague (CZE) 31.890 POT 1 Los posibles rivales del FC Barcelona femenino en octavos de final de la Champions 15/10/2017 Linköpings (SWE) 30.295 Chelsea (ENG) 29.490 Montpellier (FRA) 26.400 LSK Kvinner (NOR) 26.075 *BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) 24.930 Gintra Universitetas (LTU) 15.960 Stjarnan (ISL) 15.610 Fiorentina (ITA) 12.210last_img read more

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Bayern Munich confirm 80 million capture of Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez

first_img Manchester City lead the chase for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez CET “Lucas can play both in central defence and at left-back. Moreover, Lucas will continue our great tradition of French footballers and improve our team.” 27/03/2019 “I’m very happy we’ve been able to sign one of the best defenders in the world, a World Cup winner, in Lucas Hernandez,” said Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. IN SPORT.ES Oficial: ¡El Bayern ficha a Lucas Hernández! It’s now official. Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth 80 million euros — which is the defender’s release clause. center_img Lucas, 23, can play at either left-back or centre-back and will join the German champions in the summer, where he’s signed a deal until 2024.  RELATED STORIES Lucas may not play for Atletico again. During his medical, it was revealed he has sustained damage to a ligament in his right knee.  Lluís Bou Atletico have agreed that he will undergo surgery immediately and he may not play again this season before leaving for the Bundesliga.  Upd. at 22:08 last_img read more

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Celta Vigo accelerate move for Girona forward Portu

first_img Official: Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen out of Copa del Rey final SPORT.es Club directors have met with the player’s agent, Fede Marco, to try to convince him to sign a pre-agreement as soon as possible aware that there will be more clubs interrested.  El Celta acelera el fichaje de Portu Upd. at 23:30 IN SPORT.ES CEST Cristian Portugués Manzanera, better known as Portu, is one of Celta’s top summer targets and they’re keen to do a deal as soon as possible.  Girona’s relegation to the second division could see several players leave in the coming weeks, such as Portu and his striker partner Stuani.  The Catalans have given up hope of keeping Portu next season and even though he has a deal until 2022 they’re ready to sell him for eight million euros.  RELATED STORIES 22/05/2019 Portu’s future could be at Balaidos after Celta Vigo accelerated their move for the Girona forward on Wednesday. last_img read more

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Football: Manchester United in talks to extend the contract of the player Jose Mourinho…

first_imgAdvertisement 7tymcwlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc9kvzwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evan( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zexprWould you ever consider trying this?😱u55Can your students do this? 🌚8doRoller skating! Powered by Firework Initially Anthony Martial was a phenomenon after he joined the Red-devils. He scored in his very first match for the Premier League giants showing his abilities and justifying his whooping transfer fee of $46.8 million which was the highest ever transfer fees paid for such a young footballer in 2015. He also boasts of being the Golden Boy Winner award in 2015 ie The best U21 player in Europe.Advertisement But recently, Mourinho’s tactics and team management has led Martial to the bench with fewer appearances. The 22-year-old Frenchman has already spoken about leaving the club and earlier this summer his agent also claimed that the lad wants to move on to some other club solely because of lack of playing opportunities. Spurs even made an enquiry about Martial’s status to the club as Mourinho was willing to make a deal and then look to sign Inter Milan’s World Cup sensation, Ivan Perisic and Chelsea’s Willian as replacements.Advertisement Though the young boy who had a great time playing at Lyon and AS Monaco has had ups and downs in the recent time, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes that Mourinho can get better out of him and has blocked Anthony’s exit from the club. It has been understood that United wants to extend the contract with the winger. Martial appeared only once this season against Brighton on 19th August. United lost by a scoreline of 3-2 and Anthony was replaced after an hour. Advertisement Also Read :Football: Usain Bolt admits that he’s struggling to make a career post athletics Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aus vs. Ind- 2nd T20I Preview: Australia eye series winning victory while the Blues…

first_imgAdvertisement 4dd3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vshj2j5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejo1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4uok8Would you ever consider trying this?😱ayreyjCan your students do this? 🌚92og8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: The WeekAdvertisement After the drenched contest that tilted in favour of the hosts despite the late efforts put in by the Indian batsman, the Aussies will look to hamper India’s momentum which has stretched to seven consecutive T20 series victories.The questions would be aimed towards the Indian bowling line-up, especially the inexperienced duo of Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya who struggled to overcome the sheer might of the Australian batsmen.Advertisement Australia, on the other hand, got the perfect start they wished to the tour. Skipper Aaron Finch would love an improved polished performance from his side which includes the contribution from the top order and sharp bowling in the death.Advertisement In a rare instance where Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both failed to get going, the side could not chip in for their performances which eventually led to the slender loss.When: Friday, 23 November 2018, 6:50 PM local timeVenue: Melbourne Cricket GroundHow to watch: Sony Network and Sony LIVPredicted XIIndia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Billy StanlakeAustralia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed/Yuzvendra ChahalRead Also:After India’s loss to Australia, the ire of the fans and pundits descend on Krunal PandyaAus vs Ind- 1st T20 Review: India falter in steep chase to hand Aussies a crucial victory Advertisementlast_img read more

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