Kerevi keen to combine with Beale

first_imgKerevi’s 2016 Wallabies debut came at a time when Beale was out injured, prior to his departure for Wasps.That crossing of stars has left the pair with very little on field time together but that will, in all likelihood, change this year with Beale back on deck and Kerevi in career best form this Super Rugby season.The star outside centre was cut down by injury in the Reds’ loss to the Blues but prior to that he was the clear standout 13 in the competition and that was recognised this week, when he was named in the Super Rugby Team of the Year.”Kurtley is an exceptional player with an exceptional rugby brain,” Kerevi said.”We have been doing a lot of opposed stuff with the boys and trying different combinations in the centres.”For me, when I do train with Kurtley or train against him just seeing how he plays excites me.”I know he can bring that X factor to the backline and then we have guys like Israel Folau out back, Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight out wide that can finish off amazing tries.”Kerevi said the squad was happy to be past the fitness aspect of Bledisloe Cup preparations, as the team starts to hone in on how they will go about conquering the all powerful, all conquering All Blacks.”Here in Cessnock we have been training a lot with the team and the team shape,” he said.”it’s been really good to see how other boys play in the shape and see how they express themselves throughout the shape – it’s really exciting.”Injury has cruelled Kerevi’s young career to date.He cemented his spot as Michael Cheika’s go to outside centre after making his Test debut against England last year, only to have an ankle injury in the third Bledisloe Cup Test rule him out of the Spring Tour.Then, after starring for the Reds all season, the syndesmosis injury ruled him out of any June calculations.He is easing back into full contact this week but remains confident he will be fit and firing next Saturday.”I guess I don’t really reflect on it in a bad way,” he said of the injury sustained against New Zealand last year.”I took the opportunities that I got last year and brought it to this year.”I want to make sure I take every opportunity this year.”This group can change history and be part of it, that’s what excites me.”last_img read more

Hunter Justin Olam jumps another hurdle

first_imgOlam achieved his educational ambition by graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation at the 48th graduation of the PNG University of Technology in Lae.This achievement came after being selected to play for the semi-professional  Intrust Cup competition for the 2016 season with the Hunters. Olam was a courageous person who handled both studies and footy at the same time while in Lae in the last few seasons.In the past two years, he played for the Snax Lae Tigers and then went on to play for the PNG PMs 13 against Australia at the end of last year.This week the young talent was not on coach Michael Marum’s list for the away game against the Mackay Cutters in Brisbane. He instead flew into Lae to receive his degree.Olam is so far the highest try scorer for the Hunters.last_img read more

Valverde wants Vidal: “I don’t think of any more exit”

first_imgErnesto Valverde, coach of Barcelona, ​​spoke at the press conference at the first game of the year at Can Barça in which the Catalans play the winter championship against Espanyol.Because of being a derby and debuting Abelardo, what game do you imagine?We look a little at what Espanyol has done in recent games, but also on Abelardo’s career and how he raised the games with us. They are in a difficult situation, but in a derby you play with your heart and you have to know how to play it. They are in a complicated situation and they are going to try to give it a boost. For us it is an important match. We want to win by the emotional component it has.Messi and Suarez arrive later.Like the rest, they took a job to do on their vacation and the three of them have arrived, Leo, Luis and Arturo. We will decide.What does a low with Ter Stegen represent?It is true that he comes with some tendon problems and we contemplated that he could stop. Tomorrow will not be available and for the Super Cup it will be difficult too. He will return after the Super Cup.What impact can Vidal have?I know that this has been discussed but it is a difference in criteria. I don’t think it should have an impact on sports. That will not be now, it will be before. I’m interested in sports. He trains well.Does the Super Cup condition?Nothing. There is enough margin until Thursday. And margin for the trip and what awaits us there. And tomorrow’s game is important to us. You have to go one hundred percent because they play a lot.The club admits interest in Dani Olmo. Where do you see him?He is a player who has already been here. A good player but he is in another team and I do not speak of conjecture. Is a great player.What are the purposes for 2020?Everyone who asks for what they want in the letter to the Kings, but is asked for what is to come, not for what was before. We want to win games and win titles to make our club bigger.Do you keep the idea that nobody will come?Aleñá has left. I thought that if it happened it wasn’t going to be so soon but he had a chance to leave because his contract said so. He had a clause he could leave. Now we have one less but I don’t think of any more output. I don’t have to think about it.To what extent can it affect the sport of Arturo Vidal?Let’s see, I suppose that in contractual matters there will always be a difference of criteria. That will be solved, but internally. Here we meet Arturo, he is the same as always and that’s it. I don’t see any problem. Are you worried about the Arthur case?Not being there is a setback. I will not deny it. Let’s see if he recovers. I would not like it to be like the previous year, that it was hanging out. We need it one hundred percent.Is it a failure to win nothing?Everyone can interpret failure as he sees fit. Those who have to play every Sunday have to think if you can win, draw or lose. As I think about it, you always have to give one hundred percent and take everything to the extreme to try to get something. That is the basis of success. Always try Win or not win. Whether something happens or not that is intangible. But trying and playing it is already a success.How can Abelardo influence?Of course, when there is a change of coach you always look for a revulsive. You want to change a trend. If there is a change of coach is that the results have not been the best. They are going to try to do things with a different idea. Abelardo has experience. He took Alavés in a more difficult situation and brought him forward.Is it possible for Ter Stegen to have surgery?I do not know. I’m not doctor. But we have not spoken in those terms. Our idea is that the discomfort will subside. We have not gone to that extreme.Would you like to save Espanyol?Of course I would like to continue in Primera el Espanyol. And if it will save the category, I don’t know. If the last one goes, he has to make many points to save himself. But there are five points of difference. The last game hurt them but there is room for things to happen.Will managing emotions be basic?We’ll see. It is about emotionally the teams are on par and manage to control the intensity that is in rivalry matches. So in the football issue, the one that generates more will be the one who takes the game.Do you think that Barça was the best team of the decade?You always think that the club where you are is the biggest. I fail to count the titles of each and the importance given. This decade has been extraordinary for the club and the idea is to improve, but the bar is high.The last seasons, after the break, Barça has cost. Why is that so and if they are prepared?Last year we won at Getafe and we won well; and the previous one we drew in the Cup. Let’s see if we repeat what happened last year.How do you see Neto?He has a great attitude. Both training every day and when he has played. We have no doubt with him. We see involvement and trust him.last_img read more

Atlético deflates in Ipurua and is eight points behind the lead

first_imgAtletico left the field without concentration, although his game improved after the breakSimeone’s show their impotence against a very tidy Eibar Atlético de Madrid dipped his knee in his visit to Ipurua (2-0) in a poor performance of the mattresses, unable to find a ray of light against Eibar, and overwhelmed by the lack of play in a duel, the first of the second round, which was marked by heavy rain.The rojiblancos are still hurt after their defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup and left ‘touched’ of Ipurua. Atleti improved his game in the second half, but it didn’t help to change his luck. The first part and the strength of the Eibar ended up condemning their intentions. There was no miracle, or Oblak stops preventing a new defeat, the third of this season in the League.Atlético had a bad start, without intensity and at the mercy of Mendilibar’s pupils. The direct game of the Blaugranas dwarfed the mattresses from the beginning, good proof of this was the shot of Pedro León at five minutes. Five later came 1-0 with a dose of suspense, after Esteban Burgos finished off in a doubtful position.The referee annulled the goal for offside, but the VAR changed its decision and allowed Burgos’s shot, with the sole and free mark, to rise to the scoreboard. The reply was positive, but it took time to arrive. Joao Felix was the first to try his luck and Correa followed in his footsteps with another somewhat loose shot. Ángel Correa regrets a missed occasion against Eibar. Image: EFEcenter_img Vitolo added his name to the list of occasions, but none ended up disturbing Dmitrovic’s goal. In fact, the reaction appeared in the final quarter-hour before an Eibar always well planted, with the solidity of his stadium and the hunger that his opponent had not shown.Everything changed in the second half, but neither did Atlético’s goal. Arias had a sensational volley at 51 minutes and Morata headed a center of Saul with 20 left until the end, but it was not the day. Not even Lodi could score with a cross shot in a more comfortable position, although later the action was canceled out of play.Simeone sends a message to the club Joao Felix also kept trying but his impotence and gestural language speak for him at this time of the season. His youth and lack of charisma generate more anxiety than good performance and Simeone ended up replacing him ten minutes from the end by the youth player Sergio Camello.This was not the only player of the subsidiary that played against Eibar. Simeone also gave minutes to Oscar Clemente, who debuted with the rojiblancos, sending a message to the box in the absence of troops. None of them had the opportunity to frighten even the reinforced cement of Eibar at the edge of their area.To make matters worse, the effort of the locals was rewarded in the 90th minute with a violent shot by Edu Expósito at the exit of a corner. Oblak did not reach the ball, which entered tightly to the post, and signed the triumph of the Basques, who catch air with respect to the relegation zone. On the other hand, the Atleti lets out another train and gives free way to Real Madrid and Barça so that they continue to open the gap in front of the table.DATA SHEETEIBAR: Dmitrovic; Tejero, Burgos, Bigas, Cote; Edu Expósito, Sergio Álvarez, Pedro León (Cristóforo, min. 74), Inui, Orellana (De Blasis, min.80); and Sergi Enrich (Charles, min. 87).ATHLETIC OF MADRID: Oblak; Arias, Felipe, Savic, Saúl; Thomas, Herrera (Lodi, min. 73), Correa, Vitolo (Clemente, min. 87); Joao Félix (Camel, min. 83) and Morata.–GOALS:1 – 0, min. 10, Burgos.2 – 0, min.90, Edu Expósito.–REFEREE: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). Yellow card Saul (min.59) and Savic (min.86) in Atlético and Burgos (min.62) in Eibar.–STADIUM: Ipurua. 6,429 spectators.last_img read more

Flick: “A coach should be able to veto signings”

first_imgIn this regard, he highlighted the role of the coach in defining the “philosophy” of a team. “There are two points that I think are important: A club must have a philosophy about what football they want to play and represent. That’s why you hire a coach you trust, “he added.On the other hand, the former soccer player, who arrived at Bayern last November to replace Croatian Niko Kovac, he praised the possibility that the German champion managers discuss the staff issues, and that it is possible to “speak everything openly”.The coach was not involved in the recent signing of the German team, goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, from Schalke. “They didn’t ask me, but of course I knew it was going to be signed. It was an issue that affected next season and I didn’t necessarily have to get involved either, “he said. Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said that a coach must have the “right to veto” over “new additions and reinforcements” in football teams, emphasizing the Technicians’ responsibility to “implement” the philosophy of each set and determine their “game.”“It is important to evaluate which players should complement or strengthen the eqexisting equipment. In my opinion, when it comes to new additions and reinforcements, the coach must have the right to veto, “said the coach of the Bundesliga leader to the German newspaper ‘Sport Bild’.last_img read more

Benzema sets the trend

first_imgLaLiga is missing a goal. So far in the championship 685 goals have been scored, which supposes an average of 2.54. If this trend continues When the championship ends, the 964 will be around. A lower figure than the previous season (983) and the last ten. One of the reasons is in the scoring baggage of the First Division strikers, whose contribution corresponds less and less to the total number of goals scored.Although Benzema was labeled a low-scoring forward, lack of goal is a common symptom in recent seasons in the tips. Although, this lack seems to have diminished in Karim Benzema, who has become the second top scorer in the competition in the last two campaigns LaLiga forwards have gone from scoring from 60.98% of goals in 15-16 (636 of 1,118 scored) to 54% currentl. They go 370 out of 685, but the relationship points to around 520 LaLiga ‘9’ targets, the lowest number in the last decade.Goals for demarcation 2019-2020370 (54%)224 (32.7%)79 (11.53%) Belgium2.82 2015-2016636 (60.98%)289 (27.71%)89 (8.53%) The loss of goal is notable in the First Division. Statistics point to the fact that for the second consecutive year the thousand goals were not reached in the 380 games. Last season he stayed at 964. Although this drop in goals already came from 17-18, it went to 1,024 tanos from 1,118 from 16-17. Of the 10 best leagues according to the UEFA ranking, Spain is the seventh with the best scoring average per match (2.54). They are surpassed by Germany (3.25), the Netherlands (3.08), Italy (2.91), Belgium (2.82), England (2.72) and Ukraine (2.61).Average goal per game in the top ten leagues 2018-2019549 (55.85%)283 (28.79%)123 (12.51%) Italy2.91 England2.72 ForwardsMidfieldersDefenses France2.52 SuspendersGoals per game 2017-2018592 (57.81%)298 (29.10%)104 (10.15%) * Own goals are not taken into account. 2016-2017562 (50.27%)400 (35.78%)134 (11.99%) Germany3.25 Messi, despite being the LaLiga top scorer, has lowered his scoring average this season. He would have to make a great final stretch of the championship to go from the current 19 goals to the 36 or 34 achieved in the last two seasons. Aspas, Spain’s top scorer, has also lowered his performance in front of goal. He has 9 for the 20 and 22 achieved in the past league editions. Ukraine2.61 Spain2.54 Holland3.08 Portugal2.42 Russia2.38last_img read more

Ibrahimovic faces a new challenge: to be a coach

first_imgAccording to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibrahimovic is determined to take on another challenge and end his career next summer.. His intention is not to say goodbye to the world of football but quite the opposite and say goodbye. Ibrahimovic, close to turning 39 years old, has decided that it is time to start directing. The coronavirus pandemic does not allow us to know when the Italian league will restart and Ibrahimovic does not want to wait much beyond June 30, which is when his relationship with Milan ends, to hang up his boots. Despite the numerous offers that the Swedish attacker has to continue playing football for another year, lthe last of the Monza from his old friends Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani.In Italy they already assure that depending on how long the stoppage of the Series A by the coronavirus lasts, andhe Swede could have already played his last professional game (defeat by 1-2 against Génoa although with a goal). ANDCOVID-19 would force the Swedish crack to a bitter farewell. Zlatan Ibrahimovic it’s always news. The Swede, who returned last January to the ranks of the Milan after two years in MLS, he knows at 38 springs His best time is over. The striker, after playing in his native country Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain, France, England and the United States, contract ends on June 30 and does not intend to continue wearing the elastic rossonera, and more after Boban’s dismissal from the Milan club.last_img read more

Aganzo: “We have spoken with a Barça captain and we are waiting for what the club says”

first_imgIs it surprising that Barcelona and Atlético think of an ERTE ?: “We do not know the economy of the clubs. We are not going to enter there. In the decision they make we must all be together. They are very powerful clubs and we are concerned about their situation, like that of all their teammates.”Reason why the Barcelona squad has rejected the club’s proposal ?: “Each club has its circumstances. They have to reach some kind of agreement. It is they who will make the best decision for their future.”Would you understand that with the current situation the footballer did not lend a hand ?: “Everyone knows the situation in the country and its clubs. They are the first to help. The footballers are very aware and it is they who will reach an agreement with their clubs.”In Germany two clubs have lowered their salaries. Is it time to step forward ?: “I respect other colleagues from other countries. Each club and each player have their circumstances. They are waiting for the situation to improve because they are the first to want the best for the country’s situation. The fundamental thing is to see if the alarm status is lengthened or not. “Would players ending their contracts in June play in July ?: “They are not going to have a problem. They understand the situation and if they have to play in July, they will.”It can damage the image of the players if they don’t handle it well: “I agree. We are very clear about the labor situation in our country. If the company needs our help, they will have it.”Matches every 48 hours ?: “He is an exception, but the footballer’s protection is his health. We have to see how everything is scheduled, but playing every 48 hours will be difficult.” David Aganzo, President of the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE), passed this Wednesday by the microphones of The Stringer of the SER Chain and analyzed the moment that football, clubs and players are experiencing due to the coronavirus crisis.Do you consider the scenario of not playing again this season ?: “What worries us is the situation in the country. It is time to rest easy and support what we can. We are concerned about health, sport is in the background. We are trying to regain the health of the country. It may be real that there is no more gambling, but what I want to emphasize is that there is only one war, which is the pandemic. Footballers are going to be flexible to do their bit. ”Are there different scenarios ?: “I think that in the end we have to see if we play again or not, we do not know when the alarm state will disappear or when the curve will go down. Of course we want the competitions to be playable because it would be a sign that the country is doing well. ”How many clubs are there at risk of ERTE?: “They will not reach ten. Many are evaluating them, but we have communicated to them that it is not time to do ERTES. It is time to be united and when it is known whether or not the competition resumes, it will be seen.”Have you contacted the players of each club ?: “We speak with all the captains of all the teams. In the case of Barcelona we have spoken with one of their captains and we are waiting for what the club says.”Will players charge less ?: “We have to see the whole problem. The players are workers. They are aware of the problem that exists and are the first to want to help. They will be the ones who will decide. We will be by their side for any problem they have.”last_img read more

Villas-Boas rethinks the soccer calendar until 2022

first_imgProductive confinementVillas-Boas does not stop working from home. Soccer takes up a lot of his time: he talks to his players and is also taking advantage of his stay at home to gather ideas by reading the latest book published by Allegri, a former Juventus coach. “I try to stay in touch with the players. Several are still in Marseille. We had a program prepared for the first fifteen days. Some have easily found the training devices and others live in apartments and it is more difficult, but the important thing is their health. Everyone is well and their families too, “he stressed.If he is normally in charge of giving work and teaching his players, now it is his children who “keep him in shape”. “They give me work. If I put homework on them? That’s the big challenge. Now all parents are teachers. I give you some history, some math … The first week was tough, but now they are better, “revealed the coach. This issue qualified him as “secondary” to all the problems caused by the coronavirus. The mister is living the confinement in Portugal, along with his family, and from there he wanted to send encouragement to the health workers who work to help those affected by the virus. “I thought it was important to pass this on to them (their children). Doctors are true heroes. I hope all this happens as soon as possible, “he said. André Villas-Boas, coach of Olympique de Marseille, raised a revolutionary idea regarding how to adapt the schedule of the different competitions after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “We are thinking that the best option would be to end this season in November or December and in 2021, start the season with the calendar year to end in 2022, on the eve of the Qatar World Cup (November 21 to December 18, 2022). Then we will have to return to a normal schedule, “explained the Portuguese coach. in an interview with Radio Monte-Carlo (RMC).The idea was proposed days ago by Jean Pierre Riviere, president of Nice, in an interview at L’Equipe. “My idea is that if this tournament has been uniquely scheduled then we adapt already based on the problems we are facing today. I therefore suggest taking as much time as we need to finish the current season.”last_img read more

Kessié, held in Ivory Coast with no return flight

first_imgAccording to various media in the transalpine country, Kessié is being held in Ivory Coast and it is not known when he will be able to fly to Italy.. The midfielder left for his country of birth and cannot find a flight back to Milan, due to international blockades due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the moment, at Milan they are not very worried because training has not yet restarted but they don’t know when Kessie will be able to put under the orders of Stefano Pioli. A priori, on Thursday the Ivorian soccer player will not be in Italy. The Milan has ordered all its players to return to the city before Thursday and the footballers who left for their countries of origin are returning little by little throughout the week (as is the case, for example, with the Spanish Samu Castillejo). However, Franck Kessié is not having it so easy.last_img read more