Rashford explains why Ibra was key in his evolution

first_imgMarcus Rashford has explained the important role that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had in his development as a Manchester United footballer. The 22-year-old Englishman broke into the first squad of the Red Devils and within a few months, the arrival of the Swede was decisive: “His mentality was above anyone with whom he has played before.” “He didn’t care about anything that anyone said about him. In terms of mentality, he was key in my development. When Mourinho was here, as he had already played with him, he knew that he had to behave in a way to survive, and it was very good I improved a lot and it’s thanks to those two years with Mourinho. We had ups and downs, but when I look back, it was a tough period but it made me a better player, “recalls Rashford.last_img read more

The return is delayed 48 hours because the ‘tests’ are not yet

first_imgIrene Lozano, president of the CSD, has declared today that “Sport will return. It will be in phases and respecting all the measures set by Health, but sport will return. “The Secretary of State for Sport He already advanced that “it is vital that soccer recovers activity”. The captain of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos has joined the idea: “I am looking forward to playing again, step on the Bernabéu again and put on the Real Madrid shirt. “Hopefully we return to normality as soon as possible, but the important thing is health. We must not be selfish. The personal opinion of each one must be left out and heed the Health guidelines.”The CSD has summoned all parties (RFEF, Liga and AFE) tomorrow to review the phases of the de-escalation in the football, which will start next week and end on the second weekend of June with the matches of day 28 of the League Championship. From that day on, seven more days will be played over the weekend and three days during the week until the remaining 11 days are completed.. In the meeting on Thursday, the CSD hopes to overcome the reluctance of AFE, which in its meeting with Thebes has put forth the occupational risk plan to return to play and whose president, Aganzo, denies having reached an agreement on the terms of the return to the activity. Players will not be able to return to the individualized training sessions that the Government has authorized as of Monday because the coronavirus ‘tests’ have not yet passed, as it appears in the LaLiga protocol. The plan is most likely to be delayed 48/72 hours, and that soccer players cannot train until the middle of next week. LaLiga sources have not wanted to confirm the reasons for the delay, but several top clubs have confirmed that it is related to the fact that the tests have not yet been passed.This is one of the conditions that the president of the AFE, David Aganzo, had demanded for the return based in the application of health rights and occupational prevention. At LaLiga they understand that the delay will not affect in general terms the expected deadlines, and that training will begin at the end of next week and will begin to compete in the second week of June.The league has informed the AFE and the First and Second Clubs of the protocol which will continue for the return to activity from next week, sticking to the instructions that the Government has given for the return to activity, something that LaLiga claims to comply with. These instructions are those agreed by Thebes, Rubiales and Irene Lozano in the Pact of Viana and which have been forwarded to the Ministry of Health. The president of LaLiga has spoken with the clubs, which have also given him the go-ahead with the same condition, which is shared by the president of the Federation, Luis Rubiales. The ‘tests’ are a fundamental part of the protocol and must be done before starting to train.last_img read more

The rare case of Trippier: an Englishman adapted to the Atlético family

first_imgThe truth is that the signing of Trippier has curdled and the English players are not exactly the house brand at Atletico. The right-back is the second English footballer to play for the Madrid team. The first was Drinkwater and he played three games in the 1923-24 season. It is noteworthy that Atlético has never opted for players as competitive as the English. In the Spanish club, the Argentine or Brazilian players always triumphed more. Trippier wants to break that kind of hex with UK players.Outside the field, he was also enthusiastic about the idea of ​​wearing Atlético’s shirt. Always a joker and with a smile on his mouth, he commented that “Diego Costa calls me ‘Rooney’ ten times a day, he is the most fun player I know. Because of him everyone calls me `Rooney`”. Trippier made it clear that from the beginning he felt very comfortable in the rojiblanca entity: “Atlético is a great family and Simeone is one of the best” and he also pointed out in English media that “I am delighted to be at Atlético”. Always words of thanks to your current club.His commitment and his way of acting became clear when he had to undergo pubalgia on February 4. In three weeks he recovered from his operation and placed himself under Simeone’s command. English cut the expected recovery time by two weeks. He played against Villarreal on February 23. In between, and due to his problems, he lost the league games against Eibar, Leganés, Real Madrid, Granada and Valencia. In such a difficult season for Atlético with injuries, Trippier did his part so that Simeone could count on him as soon as possible.We will see what happens now, but Atlético is delighted with the performance of this player. It could be disabled, but in the rojiblanco team it is one of the fixed for next season. Trippier arrived last summer at Atlético to the general surprise of the rojiblancos fans. The sports management of the Madrid club he had set his eyes on Semedo, but the possibility of signing the Barcelona footballer was complicated and finally could not come. Kieran Trippier and the Atlético again achieved something that seemed impossible: removing an English footballer from Tottenham, finalist in the Champions League. Almost a year after his arrival, Trippier has been a signing that has curdled at Atlético and few dispute his acquisition. Fixed holder, important man for Simeone, his words off the pitch have always been of admiration for his coach and his new club.Trippier, 29, has a contract with Atlético until June 2022. He arrived with the complicated mission of making Juanfran forget and the Englishman has been a very reliable player. He has played 26 official competition matchesl (19 from LaLiga, five from Champions and two from the Spanish Super Cup). In total, 2,187 minutes of play. Atlético spent around 24 million euros for this gamer and began to rebuild a rear that had been left without Juanfran, Godín and Filipe Luis, legends of the entity. Well positioned, the player never hesitated to climb his band whenever the occasion required it. He lacked precision in some attacking movements, but Trippier perfectly understood Simeone’s tactical system.last_img

Atlético: the Champions League is in danger if LaLiga ends as it did a year ago

first_imgAtlético’s calendar for this season with respect to that of the last one has some similarities. Atlético will return to the competition against Athletic, at home, on matchday 28, the same in which he faced a year ago against the Basque team (fell 2-0) and later he will travel to Pamplona. On matchday 29 of last year, he played against Alavés (won 0-4). Just like last year, he has to visit the Camp Nou, where he was defeated. He receives Valladolid, whom he did an exercise 1-0. And in this campaign he ends with two games that can be key: Getafe and Real Sociedad, the first outside and the last in the Wanda Metropolitano.The great difference, and the great incentive of this exercise is that Atlético continues in the Champions League and is among the eight best clubs in Europe. The Madrid team eliminated Liverpool and aspire to be in the final of the European tournament in Istanbul. But first of all, he must secure that fourth place, which is the great headache for Simeone and his footballers. Football begins its countdown to start training and gradually return to normal activity. And Atlético needs to prepare thoroughly for its great challenge: finish the season in the top four. Something that has been complicating Atlético day after day. Atlético is sixth, with 45 points, one less than Getafe, fifth, and Real Sociedad, fourth. And two less than Seville, who has 47 points. There are eleven days left and Atlético has to wipe a distance of two points. It seems within the reach of Simeone’s team but his numbers in the last season do not invite optimism. Atlético will have to improve a lot. Otherwise you may run into serious trouble going to the next Champions League.In the previous campaign, 2018-19 season, Atlético did not make a good end to the league year. Of the eleven final matches of LaLiga, the Cholo team lost three and tied two. He won 20 points out of 33 possible, thanks to his six wins and the two draws. Possibly this campaign will not be worth it to enter the Champions League if he adds the same number of points. Atletico, a year ago, lost to Athletic, Barcelona and Espanyorl. He tied in the last two days, against Sevilla and Levante. And he defeated Alavés, Girona, Celta, Eibar, Valencia and Valladolid. He scored 16 goals in favor and conceded 12.last_img read more