9/28/2019

A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
Barcelona is gearing up for a game that could potentially make or break the season against Getafe this Saturday. The Catalans need to impose their strength and prove once and for all that their latest poor performances away from home were the exception and not the rule. Now facing another injury from team star Lionel Messi, Ernesto Valverde will put his Griezmann, Suarez and Dembele trident to the test in the hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis.

Enersto Valverde's tough start to the season has seen him face harsh criticism for Barcelona's away form. Indeed, Barcelona has at times looked like a mere shadow of the team that just last season had been pinned to win the treble. 
The Catalans are their usual imposing selves when at the Camp Nou, but as soon as they leave the Camp Nou, Valverde's men lose their ability to perform as a well-jointed team. 
Losses against Atlethic Bilbao and Granada, as well as a draw against Osasuna - all games which Barcelona was expected to win, and do so comfortably - have meant that the pressure is mounting for a team that needs to react accordingly this weekend. 
Barcelona's rival Getafe is no easy team, especially when at home in the Alfonso Perez Coliseum, but the desperate need for a win means Barcelona should do everything to stay afloat. 
Anything other than adding the three points will amplify a crisis that is already of considerable size. For this reason, Valverde will undoubtedly do everything in his power to avoid this, including forming a new trident with some of Barcelona's biggest names. 
According to 'Sport', the Blaugrana coach will come out to Getafe with an offensive trio formed by Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Dembele in the absence of Leo Messi and Ansu Fati.
The three players will also seek to vindicate themselves on a personal level, as they all their personal reasons for wanting to succeed and please the fans. 
The former Atletico Madrid player wants to remove the bad taste from fans' mouths after less than impressive performances in Granada and Dortmund (in the Champions League) and show that he can lead Barça in the absence of their biggest star. 
For his part, Luis Suarez wants those whistles received in the last duel against Villarreal to disappear, which will only happen if the Uruguayan recovers his best form. 
Meanwhile, 'Dembouz' will try to make it clear that his good performance in the few minutes awarded against Villarreal as a replacement for Messi were not the exception but the norm and that, when healthy, he is an essential footballer in the team.
The 'gsd'. Or the 'dsg'. In short, a trio of circumstances that must lead Barcelona to put an end to a long ordeal away from home.
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE

Zinedine Zidane appeared before the media on the eve of the visit to Osasuna. The Real Madrid coach highlighted the attitude of his players against Sevilla, but did not want to concentrate on the win.

"Solidity is the key to success. Beyond the game in Seville, what stands out is that we play as a team. To win games you have to play like this. There are no easy games. When you are together you can fight better. We have to continue in this line," said the coach in the press room of the Ciudad Real Madrid.
In this sense, Zinedine Zidane stressed the difficulty of La Liga: "I don't know how many teams there are to win. It costs a lot to win games. In this league everything can happen. La Liga is very good. To beat all the teams you have to demand it. "
In regards to the injuries, the Frenchman commented: "I am not worried, but it's annoying. I don't want players injured, but it's a part of football that we don't control very well. Those who work here are very good, but you have to accept from time to time that an injury can happen. The calendar with many matches also affects it".
"Our preparation has not changed much. All physical trainers think of the team and are great professionals. What happens next, everyone thinks. What I have to say is that we need a little respect for them. We work very well in preseason, but many factors come into play with injuries," he added.
Meanwhile, Zidane was on the fence regarding Leo Messi's FIFA award: "If I think the 'The Best' is fair? I neither saw it nor found out. I'm glad for my players. I'm not going to tell you if I think they deserve it or not, but when a player is good he always is, for a lifetime".
In addition, the French coach does not fear media noise or the word 'crisis': "It is always like this and will continue like this. What happened, happened. The next game is the important one. What moves me is what happens Wednesday. We have to play a great game, with the same attitude and intensity".
"Football is like this. When I lose, I am out; when I win, I can stay. The game against Osasuna is the only thing that interests me right now. I feel strong. Same as a month ago. I try to give my best, like when I was a player. It is in the difficult times that you learn a lot" he added.
Also, the Real Madrid coach did not want to assess the problems of FC Barcelona: "We can lose ourselves, everyone... The most important thing is that my players give it their all. If you lose giving it everything, then nothing happens. You can only win one, but you have to give everything," he added.

9/07/2019

Neymar surprised me – Tite
Neymar surprised me – Tite
Neymar scored and provided an assist in Brazil's draw with Colombia, and coach Tite hailed his "real relationship" with the forward.

Brazil coach Tite admitted Neymar's performance in the 2-2 draw with Colombia surprised him as he revealed he has a "relationship of truth and loyalty" with the unsettled forward.
After a move from Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona failed to materialise in the transfer window, fit-again Neymar played for the first time in three months in Brazil's friendly at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.
He made an impact 19 minutes into the game when his corner teed up Casemiro to give Brazil the lead and, though Colombia turned the game on its head with two goals in nine first-half minutes, Neymar side-footed an equaliser into the net after the break.
Tite said he considered substituting the 27-year-old but instead allowed him to play the full 90 minutes, having been impressed with Neymar's display.
"I said, 'I'll take him off' for the sake of physical preservation," Tite told reporters after the game.
"But I saw that his physical responses were strong, intense, and coordinated. I could see him growing.
"As the end of the game approached he produced more and more. He keeps his technique light and creates space. He was above my expectation."
Jogo entre sul-americanos é sempre disputado! As melhores do confronto desta noite! 
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has yet to include Neymar in any of his four matchday squads in Ligue 1 this season, but Tite gave a glowing assessment of the forward's condition.
"We talked yesterday about monitoring the performance of Neymar from 45 minutes," he said. "A player starts thinking and cannot perform [when fatigued]. But he was thinking and performing. It surprised me."
After scoring Brazil's second goal, Neymar wrapped his arms around the Brazil coach, who said the pair enjoy a strong working relationship at a time when the forward's career is in a tumultuous phase.
"It is a reaction of true loyalty," said Tite. "We have a relationship of truth and loyalty. We say what we think is right, what is wrong.
"It is a transparent relationship. I don't analyse other facts, other situations. But I can say that we have a real relationship."
SOURCE : BESOCCER

Rumours: Man City eye Skriniar
Rumours: Man City eye Skriniar
We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Saturday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

With Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines, Manchester City are looking for reinforcements.
Laporte's knee injury has left City with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as their only recognised centre-backs.
Could a star defender from Serie A be the answer in January?
Pep Guardiola wants defensive reinforcements in January and Manchester City are set to target Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to CalcioMercato.
Aymeric Laporte is set for a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, depleting City's options as they eye a third consecutive Premier League title.
Manchester City will move to sign Inter star Milan Skriniar in January, reports Calciomercato
Inter star Skriniar has emerged as an option for City, though the Italian side are not keen on losing the 24-year-old – who was linked to Manchester United in the off-season.
ROUND-UP
- Sport reports Real Madrid will try to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe at the end of the season. Madrid were linked with Neymar prior to the transfer deadline but now appear set to target his PSG team-mate.
- According to Aksam, Liverpool will monitor the form of Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir throughout the season.
- Tuttomercatoweb says Napoli are ready to re-sign Arkadiusz MilikPiotr Zielinski and Nikola Maksimovic, while a contract extension for Gianluigi Donnarumma is AC Milan's priority.
Juventus sound out Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen for free transfer swoop with Inter Milan also interested in signing Belgian star defender
- Former AC Milan forward Jeremy Menez wants to return to Serie A via Sampdoria, according to CalcioMercato. The 32-year-old former France international is a free agent after leaving Mexican side Club America.
- Serie A champions Juventus are eyeing a double swoop for Tottenham stars Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, says the Daily Mail. Eriksen and Alderweireld are set to become free agents at the end of the season and Inter are also reportedly monitoring the situation.
- Valencia are determined to tie down Carlos Soler and Ferran Torres to new deals, reports SuperDeportes.
SOURCE : BESOCCER