Frenkie de Jong performs at Barça outside his comfort zone

first_imgThe team, De Ligt and Schöne had become so accustomed to Frenkie’s work that it was impossible to give up. That is the final product for which the Barcelona He paid 86 million euros: a midfielder who used to go down to the defensive line to get the ball played and build the plays from the left side of the field (Ziyech was responsible, from the right, make them effective). “I asked Frenkie, are you a 10? How many goals scored? He is the one who makes the attacks happen, the one who assists the assistants,” said Ten Hag.The figures in his almost one hundred games as ajacied (6 goals and 11 assists) are very poor and most of his pre-goal passes started in the second or third quarter of the field and ended outside the area, unlike the three he has gifted so far as culé, they have finished in the area.Barça did not sign a box-to-box, although now it is what, both Valverde how Setien and part of the hobby, they are looking for. However, their statistical averages per game are very similar to their time in Ajax. Although it is true that he does not steal so much for the most advanced position, his success in passes is greater, although those of now are of greater difficulty in the area from which he gives them. He is self-critical: “The grade I give myself is a 6, my performance can be better.” However, and despite having taken him out of his comfort zone, he continues to play at the level with which he dominated Europe last year. Since I debuted in September 2016 with the first team, From Jong played 89 games with him Ajax and went through several positions. Mainly, from pure midfielder to the left-handed interior or second pivot position, passing through the famous false central position with which a name was made in Europe.After this commented explosion as a false center next to From Ligt, in which the 21 carried the full weight of the distribution of the ball, a debate was generated about the position of this diamond in the rough. Frenkie himself and Have hag, who found this resource for which he opted Marcel Keizer before the plague of injuries between their defenses, they got tired of repeating in the summer of 2018 that their position was that of midfielder and that they would return to it as soon as they had a new center (Daley blind). So it was, and De Jong returned to the center of the field. “We had a ‘6’ (Schöne) and we achieved two ‘6’ “, explained Ten Hag a few days ago. However, the habits he acquired in his days as central (he really did not even reach mid-season in that position) continued to repeat them from the middle of the field (of done, on the same left side).last_img read more

Marcos Llorente baptizes his dog with the name of … Anfield

first_imgLlorente’s dog in a player storie on Instagram. Gone are the times when pets were simply called Toby or Lassie. An innovation in which football has helped. Isco named his dog Messi (previously he had another named Luis Figo Jr.), Cazorla his Zlatan or Alexis Sánchez called one Atom, by Oliver Atom, protagonist of the Japanese series of Champions. Now Marcos Llorente has gone one step further. Your dog will forever remind you of one of the matches of his career, the one that opened the doors of history for him at Atlético: 2-3 at Liverpool at Anfield, round of 16 second leg of the Champions League. Llorente, the unexpected hero.Oblak held, he made the quarters possible with two goals. This afternoon on social networks he discovered that this name will accompany him forever in his day to day. How has the rojiblanco baptized his dog? Well with the name of Anfield, of course. He has told it himself through his social networks, when posting a photo that summarized his 22nd day of confinement. In it you can see your dog on the floor, leaning out the door, and underneath a text that says: “Anfield watching life go by …”. Name made official. A very active Llorente during confinementMarcos Llorente is one of the most active rojiblancos in social networks during this forced stop because of the world crisis caused by the coronavirus. The midfielder usually uses the nets to account day by day for his training. Weights, stationary bike, beating after beating. His physical condition is one of his great virtues, he knows it, and now that he had managed to get a place in Cholo’s plans, he is not going to let him go. Your Anfield dog will remind you every day.last_img read more

Zverev warns Federer, Nadal and Djokovic: “After the break comes the changing of the guard”

first_imgThe German tennis participant Alexander Zverev believes that the stoppage attributable to the coronavirus “is a bonus for older gamers” comparable to Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal, however he has been “satisfied” that when the pandemic passes and it returns to regular, that “changing of the guard” at the high of world tennis with the arrival of younger individuals like him.Requested about the dominance of Novak Djokovic (32 years outdated), Nadal (33) and Federer (38), Zverev careworn that the three “have extra expertise and know precisely what to do.” “They can even be more energizing after the break. Subsequently, the break is extra of a bonus for older gamers. However I’m satisfied: after this comes the changing of the guard, “he confided to Sport Bild. The 22-year-old German occupies the seventh place in the ATP world rating, though he grew to become quantity three in 2017. He’s at the moment along with his household and teaching employees in Florida (United States), the place he has entry to a tennis courtroom to coach.Requested about the future of tennis, Zverev mentioned he would conform to play behind closed doorways and that “it could be nice if two ‘massive’ tournaments could possibly be performed this 12 months.” On this sense, the Australian Open has already been performed, Wimbledon was canceled, Roland Garros was postponed to September and the US Open stays unchanged, for the second.last_img read more

The sacrifice of the empty stands

first_img“Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Eduardo Galeano wondered.” Take the test. Stand in the middle of the court and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. “The coronavirus will lead to a time of games behind closed doors. With no other remedy nearby, the organizations (UEFA, RFEF, Liga …) prefer to resume without spectators in the stands to not play. “Just as many activities will be restarted in a way that will not be ideal, I understand that the way back to football is without an audience. Without a doubt, it will be rare and melancholic,” says Sacheri. “It would be temporary. Of the sacrifices we make, this is one of the smallest “, endorses Foer.García Montero distrusts this decision: “Soccer brought identity to people when industrial societies generated feelings of anonymity and helplessness. The public as player number 12 should not be absent. “ Landero advocates a less idealistic view: “Business has long been part of the” essence “of football. Why should we be scandalized now to hold games behind closed doors? Let them be held. The essence is in the grass and in the heart of each one “. “Without the push of the public everything will be more predictable” The parenthesis of a football without fans can condition the game. “There were always training players who shrink in games. And others that the public enlarges. In football increasingly controlled by coaches, sometimes, it is the public that takes the player out of this mechanization to the point that the coach, at least for a while, is no longer so relevant. Without their push, everything will be more predictable, “observes Valdano.“The philosophical debate can be interesting and show whether soccer is what we like in itself or is the spectacle that is associated with it. It will be a brutal change,” says Vilas. Forced by circumstances, football will stray from its nature before the final assault on normality.center_img Jorge Valdanolast_img read more

Real Madrid returned: staggered arrival, individual work …

first_imgIn Valdebebas every part has been taken care of intimately to keep away from contagions after the primary assessments confirmed the excellent news that there was no constructive within the template. A number of fields are getting used to stop greater than six gamers from exercising on the identical grass … At all times, holding the principles of the protocol ready by LaLiga and accredited by the CSD. What was not appreciated, in precept, is that the gamers arrived modified with the coaching garments from their houses.On this begin, it has solely been tried to proceed the conditioning that every one of many gamers was doing individually of their houses. This workload had been elevated in latest days with this return to follow in thoughts. The principle concern now could be that no accidents seem. There’s a nice danger that that is the case and it’s most popular to go calmly. Sixty days after the constructive of Thompkings that pressured Valdebebas to shut Real Madrid has returned to work this Monday. There may be already a return date for LaLiga. Introduced it Javier Tebas, it’s June 12. In order that has allowed the bodily coach, Dupont, give you a precise preseason schedule. In Madrid everyone seems to be already working. The primary post-stop coronavirus session started at 10:00 am. However already from 9 within the morning the primary nice work group started to reach in Valdebebas: Ramos, Kroos, Lucas Vázquez, Modric, Hazard, Casemiro, Bale, Carvajal, Nacho, Altube … It’s what dictates the protocol. Solely individual work is allowed, with out contact between the gamers … There was time to do little, only a session of simply over an hour, eminently bodily. Every footballer had an individualized work plan … At eleven o’clock the second nice group of gamers started to reach, together with soccer gamers resembling Mariano, Asensio, Rodrygo, Mendy and Valverde. Their entry coincided, even, with the departure of a few of the first who had arrived at 9 within the morning. All of them had been collaborating within the coaching that served because the beginning gun for a brand new period. They even obtained to do workouts with the ball. From the pictures that Maadrid posted on its web site, it was famous that the gamers, scattered on the sphere, didn’t work with a masks, however that the technical employees and utilleros did put on it.last_img read more

Montego Bay United striker Gordon faces three-week layoff

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.last_img read more

Arnett can punish lowly Waterhouse

first_imgPoints standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34Portmore 18 10 4 4 19 14 5 34Arnett 18 10 2 6 27 15 12 32Humble Lion FC 18 7 7 4 14 12 2 28H.View 18 6 7 5 18 18 0 25Boys’ Town 18 7 4 7 21 23 -2 25Reno 18 5 8 5 17 19 -2 23UWI FC 18 6 4 8 17 25 -8 22Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Cavalier 18 4 6 8 11 18 -7 18Rivoli 18 4 5 9 19 25 -6 17Waterhouse 18 3 6 9 17 26 -9 15 After a short break for the holidays, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will resume today with five quality matches and another of equal importance tomorrow.Promoted team Portmore United, who trail leaders Montego Bay United on goal difference, will have the opportunity to overtake the St James-based team for, at least, 24 hours if they get the better of visitors Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon. Mid-table Boys’ Town will play away to the struggling Cavalier SC at Stadium East while relegation-threatened Rivoli United will host the improving Harbour View at the Prison Oval.Eighth-placed UWI FC have been steadily showing that they belong among the big boys, and a victory over fourth-placed Humble Lion will make believers of others besides their growing band of fans, but, perhaps, the most interest will be in the Arnett Gardens-Waterhouse match at Drewsland. The Drewsland-based team has experienced the greatest reversal of form of all the teams in the League and are now looking to their third coach for the season, Paul Young, to deliver them from their sorry position.No wins yetIn their two matches under Young’s guidance so far, Waterhouse have played to two draws, scored six goals while conceding six. The second was a 4-4 draw with Cavalier FC, where the score resembled an incomplete set of a tennis match. While it was good that Waterhouse scored goals, Kenroy Howell scoring three, it also showed that they are very porous as Cavalier have struggled all season to find the back of the net and had only scored seven from their previous seven games.The above situation could be very inviting to defending champions Arnett Gardens.”Despite their poor showing when Waterhouse play against Arnett Gardens, they usually come with their best effort,” said Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite, perhaps masking his excitement at the prospect of facing them.”They have a good coach in Paul Young and, under his charge, they have played two games and have drawn both. They also scored six goals and conceded six, so they have positives in terms of the goals that they have scored, but they have negatives in terms of the goals they have conceded, so we will see,” added the analytical Waite.Young is hoping he can move the team to safety and possibly a semi-final place.”The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good and the team spirit is good, so I am looking to good things on Sunday,” Young told The Gleaner last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League’s weekly press briefing at Red Stripe.However, if they are able to get their act together on the field, they may have a good chance to surprise the defending champions as they will be without two of their key players in defensive rock, captain O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson and midfielder Renae Lloyd. With Thompson out of the backline, Jermain Anderson, Howell, and company may have a greater chance of advancing on goal.At the other end, the home team will have to pay great attention to their former player, Kemal Malcolm, who is having his best Premier League season so far with nine goals to be third on the goal scoring table. With Rohan Amos looking way past his best and Nicholi Finlayson looking casual at best, that combination could be easing pickings for Malcolm and the rejuvenated Leon Strickland, also a former Waterhouse player. Both could be aiming to show Waterhouse what they are missing.Today’s Games:5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Reno – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Harbour View – Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion – UWI Bowl, Mona6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Arnett Gardens – Drewsland StadiumTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Montego Bay Sports Complexlast_img read more

Whyte dreams of leading Petersfield FC to glory

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Petersfield FC central midfielder Akeem Whyte thinks his team has the necessary pieces to put together a strong run for the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League title.Petersfield, who defeated defending champions Savannah SC 2-1 in Sunday’s fourth-round match, are in a three-way tie for the lead in Zone One, with nine points, the same as Salt Marsh and Granville FC.The former Petersfield High School daCosta Cup standout has been asked to lead the team. He said so far, it has been a good learning experience.”We are currently second in the zone and are feeling confident. We always play to win, so a victory is always important to us,” Whyte said.At 19, Whyte is the league’s youngest captain, and though aware of the tremendous amount of pressure the role brings, he admits to enjoying the challenge.”I am still a very young man. I graduated school last year, but I know I am able to bring the team to the level of success we crave,” he said.Whyte was clearly a calming influence in his team’s win over Savannah on Sunday, and the attack-minded midfielder is hoping to make a mark with Petersfield, as they go in search of a first Super League crown and a chance to qualify to the Red Stripe Premier League.Petersfield striker Romario Whyte (no relation to Akeem), another of the team’s young guns, notched a double in the win.Whyte opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and added his second in the 46th. He could have had the league’s first hat-trick of the season, but his effort from close range was blocked on the line by a defender, to keep the score at 2-0 at half-time.Leaton Galloway scored the only goal in a stronger second-half performance from Savannah, which remain grounded on a single point and last in the zone after four matches played.Beaches Negril, in only their second year in the League, are out front in Zone Two, following their 2-1 win over Village United at Llandilo for seven points from four matches.Lucea FC were defeated 2-0 by Granville and remain winless in the league, while their victors held on to third in Group One, with that result and Clark’s Town, the Trelawny champions, edged Sandals Whitehouse 1-0 at Cedric Titus High School.last_img read more

BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1)BORUC,FRANCIS, ELPHICK, COOK, DANIELS,RICTHIE, SURMAN, GOSLING, GRADEL,STANISLAS,KINGCOSTA,PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, WILLIAN,MIKEL, FABREGAS,BABA, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,BEGOVICCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)Chelsea have more points and wins on the road than at Stamford Bridge and arrive at a ground where the Cherries have conceded 29 goals; only relegated Aston Villa (31) have conceded more goals at home. Bournemouth have the upper hand over Chelsea in league games. Overall, the teams have met three times and Bournemouth have won twice, the second victory coming at home in the old Second Division, in September 1988.VILLA (4-4-1-1)GUZAN,HUTTON, LESCOTT, CLARK, CISSOKHO,SINCLAIR, BACUNA, WESTWOOD, RICHARDSON,GANA,AYEWPELLE, LONG,MANE, CLASIE, TADIC,WANYAMA,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERSOUTHAMPTON (4-1-3-2)Aston Villa were relegated last weekend the earliest from the Premier League since Portsmouth left with five games to go in 2009-10. They have won just two home league games all season and have two remaining; the club record fewest home victories is four – in the 2011-12 season – so they can equal that at best. After this game their remaining home fixture is against Newcastle.LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET,CLYNE, SKRTEL, TOURE, MORENO,STEWART, ALLEN,MILNER,OJO, STURRIDGE,FIRMINOCISSE,SISSOKO, WIJNALDUM, TOWNSEND,COLBACK, TIOTE,DUMMETT, LASCELLED, MBEMBA, ANITA,DARLOWNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 on Wednesday and have a good record against Newcastle, who last won at Anfield in April 1994. Newcastle are still in the relegation zone despite taking a point off Manchester City on Tuesday. Since their last win at Liverpool, they have lost 18 and drawn two. Indeed, in the last 11, they have lost 10.last_img read more

Golden State’s Curry wins second straight NBA MVP award

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP): Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season. A person with knowledge of the award said Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner. With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to their first championship in 40 years the previous season. The honour comes as no surprise as Curry has been the front-runner since early in the season. The only drama remaining is whether he will become the first player ever to win the award unanimously. “I kind of felt bad today because I didn’t tell him congratulations because I felt like I knew since December,” teammate Draymond Green told reporters at a shootaround before Game Four of Golden State’s second-round series at Portland. Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for three-pointers by making 402, becoming the first player in league history to top 300 and 400 in a season. But Curry is more than just a scorer. He averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 50.4 per cent from the field, 45.4 per cent from three-point range and 90.8 per cent from the foul line. PUT ON A SHOW More than the numbers, Curry put on a show almost every night during Golden State’s record-setting season that started with 24 straight wins and ended with the Warriors breaking the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96. “The way that I play has a lot of skill, but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that,” Curry said after winning AP Male Athlete of the Year earlier this season. “You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can’t even do it.” Curry has become one of the world’s most intriguing and popular athletes, playing golf and doing public-service announcements with President Barack Obama.last_img read more