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Ivan Rakitic hesitates and reminds Messi: ” I have a trophy that you will never have ” – Ten

Despite the tough elimination in the Copa del Rey, the crota Ivan Rakitic I had a great time since you returned to the Sevilla and recalled before the game how was his passage through the ranks of the Barcelona.

Barcelona’s spectacular comeback against Sevilla

” When I arrived at Barcelona, ​​the hunger those players had was incredible. I was lucky enough to spend a year training with Xavi, and as many with Iniesta. I learned from them on and off the pitch, ” said the midfielder in a dialogue with LaLiga TV.

In that same line, Rakitic He added: ” Those people were not given anything. They earned all their success. It is not a coincidence that they have won everything. Each player had a role to play. And each one did things in their own way, but always to win. ”

And in those memories, the player revealed a phrase that he left to the Barça captain: ” I was talking to Messi and I told him: ‘You have won everything, you have scored many goals. But I have won a trophy that you will never have, the Europa League (laughs). Leo is off the charts. ”

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The Barcelona did not need a big Messi to eliminate the Sevilla at the Camp Nou and get into the Cup final. The Andalusian team will now have to live Dortmund to face the Borussia and keep fighting in the Champions League.

Rakitic was one of the ‘victims’ of Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman came to the Blaugrana bench. The player left the club to return to his beloved Sevilla, where he signed a contract until 2024 and resume his level.


Lille, a lighter calendar leading to the title? – League 1

Released from the Europa League by Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday, Lille will be able to focus on the title race in Ligue 1. Will this elimination be beneficial or will it halt the beautiful dynamic of Losc?

Thursday, despite a more than correct performance, Lille said goodbye to the Europa League on the ground of Ajax Amsterdam (2-1). Enough to let them focus fully on Ligue 1? “I think the players have switched”, recognizes Christophe Galtier. “Not me, because it’s an elimination of a great competition. I hope the players are not like me because there is disappointment and frustration and we have to be careful not to believe that things will be done naturally, that we will win on Sunday … I always have in mind that victories call victories and that a defeat can lead to problems. ” The northerner coach is therefore impatient to see how his troops will react by welcoming Strasbourg (5:05 pm).

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However, the Lille workforce began to suffer from the sequence of matches, like striker Burak Yilmaz, absent for almost two months for a calf injury. Defender José Fonte also had a slight muscle alert this week and Christophe Galtier had to make choices Thursday in Amsterdam. “There was no turnover, otherwise we could let people think that I did not give a damn about the match and it is completely false,” insisted the coach after the meeting. “Nine of the 11 holders started at San Siro where we won 3-0. I thought that this team was going to give me back what I expected from them and it was the case, as with the entrants. All the players gave their all. ”

“The players have surely learned, we will make sure that they retain, that they use and rely on their European course to be efficient in L1”

Christophe galtier

The beautiful European course will however have benefited the Lille players, who have gained experience and have negotiated the very busy schedule better than last season. “The European Cup is used to make the players grow, to impress on the players what the high level is in terms of rhythm, tactics and determination. The players have surely learned, we will make sure that they retain, that they use and rely on their European course to be effective in L1 and in the Coupe de France ”, underlined the technician northerner. Freed from their European obligations, the Mastiffs, who had raised their level last year after their difficult course in the Champions League, will they be able to maintain the hellish pace in the title race with Lyon, Paris and Monaco?

Manage the competition

“Automatically, it lightens the schedule. But the fact remains that my players want to play every three days … “, Christophe Galtier slipped. The technician will now have to deal with a new problem: strong competition, especially in the offensive sector. With one game per week starting next weekend, some will see their playing time reduced. “It is important that we make a course in the Coupe de France so that the workforce in its entirety can experience the end of the championship with many goals,” he said, a week before a trip to Corsica for challenge Gazélec Ajaccio (N2) in the round of 16.

Asked about the Losc calendar and in particular the three perilous trips to Monaco, Paris and Lyon, the Lille coach recalled that all the meetings will be important. “This season, playing at home or away doesn’t change much,” said Galtier. And for these matches to be direct confrontations, we must first win the other matches, starting with Strasbourg on Sunday. ” Two weeks after being hooked to the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium by Brest (0-0), despite a clear domination, Lille will have to be more effective against the Alsatians so as not to give up points on the way. And continue to believe in the title.


“It’s a pity Safonov, he could become Akinfeev’s successor”

Ex-forward of CSKA Moscow and Krasnodar Kuban, the current head coach of Rostov SKA Denis Popov in an interview with a reporter “Euro-Football.Ru” Kirill Ivantsov commented on the defeat of Krasnodar in the second leg of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League against Dynamo Zagreb (0: 1) and the situation around the bulls goalkeeper Matvey Safonov, who is not playing.

– What is the reason for the bad game of Krasnodar?

– It’s unclear, you can’t tell right away. We are not inside the team and do not know for certain what the reason is. And the head coach should know. Previously – there were mistakes in preparation. Maybe they did something wrong at the training camp. After the winter break, Krasnodar lost in all three matches – it turned out to be an unsuccessful start.

– Why did the “bulls” play poorly in attack in the away meeting with Zagreb?

– Again, here you have to take into account the opponent. Most likely, this “Dynamo” first of all played reliably in defense. And Krasnodar, of course, still tried and wanted to win.

– How can it be that the Russian club loses to the Croatian in two matches out of two?

– Yes, I would not become attached to the fact that Dynamo Zagreb is from Croatia. Krasnodar also lost to Sochi, which is a Russian club. I’m leading to something else: they have a bad start in the new year. Three matches – and three defeats, and all in the game. There can be no excuses that this is bad luck or a coincidence.

– What’s next?

– I think the right conclusions will be drawn, and at home with Ural in the championship, Krasnodar will be rehabilitated. Then he has nowhere to retreat, he must throw all his strength into the Premier League and pull himself up to the group of leaders from seventh place. Krasnodar needs to concentrate and mobilize for the championship.

– What are your thoughts on Safonov?

– We do not know the whole situation around him one hundred percent, but there are many rumors. But in any case, it’s not good that Safonov doesn’t play. The goalkeeper is practically half a team. In the return match against Dynamo Zagreb, Agkatsev was not guilty, but in the first game Gorodov made productive mistakes that affected the result.

– Is Agkatsev able to start a great career now?

– Yes. But we are now talking about Safonov, the situation around whom is incomprehensible, and it is not known how it will end. He became a high-level player and one of the clear contenders for the title of the best goalkeeper in Russia after the end of Akinfeev’s career, that is, his successor. Therefore, it is a pity that some kind of football things interfere in Safonov’s situation.


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For Florian Grillitsch and Co., the Europa League adventure is already over

For the German Bundesliga clubs 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, the Europa League season is already over after the sixteenth finals. The Hoffenheim team were defeated by Florian Grillitsch and Christoph Baumgartner on Thursday in Sinsheim to the Norwegian Club Molde with 0: 2 and after the 3: 3 thriller in the first leg in Villarreal they lost out. For the Leverkusen it was a 0-2 defeat against Young Boys Bern, who had already won 4-3 in Switzerland.

>> Match report: Bayer 04 Leverkusen against BSC Young Boys

Molde was an opponent of Rapid in the group stage, had won 1-0 at home and played 2-2 in Vienna. The match winner against Hoffenheim was Eirik Ulland Andersen with a brace (20th, 95th). Grillitsch played through the losers in the defense center, Baumgartner was in action until the 56th minute. Stefan Posch was unable to participate after his positive corona test.

Disappointing evening for ÖFB kickers

“It’s very bitter, I won’t sleep much tonight,” said Grillitsch in an interview with DAZN. He does not know whether the 0: 1 was Molde’s only shot on goal. “When we conceded the second goal, we had already thrown everything forward. We just couldn’t get through and they defended everything. We have to touch our own nose. We have to use the few chances we get more efficiently,” he said ÖFB team player.

There was also a disappointment for Leverkusen. Goalkeeper Niklas Lomb also made a mistake when Jordan Siebatcheu (48th) conceded the first goal. Christian Fassnacht (86th) made everything clear late. The Bayer defender Aleksandar Dragović, who had been replaced in the 63rd minute, was no longer on the pitch.

There was no sense of achievement for another Austrian either. Leicester City, the club of ex-ÖFB team captain Christian Fuchs, is out of the race after a 2-0 home win against Slavia Prague after the 0-0 first leg. Fuchs got no working time. The end also came for SSC Napoli. After a 2-0 away win at Granada, a 2-1 win at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium was not enough.

Arsenal tremble to win, United continue safe

Arsenal narrowly escaped one end. The “Gunners” celebrated a 3-2 win against Benfica Lisbon in Piraeus and thus retained the upper hand by a wafer-thin 4: 3. The decisive goal from star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came in the 87th minute. Aubameyang had previously scored 1-0. AC Milan also had to tremble, who prevailed against Red Star Belgrade after a 1: 1 home only because of the away goals rule.

On the other hand, there was a safe ascent for the Premier League club Manchester United, who were content with a 0-0 home win against Real Sociedad after a clear 4-0 in the first game. AS Roma were also sovereign, following a 2-0 first leg with a 3-1 win in their own stadium. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on Friday.



The worst penalty kick of the year: Oyarzabal for Real Sociedad against United

On the way out, Manchester United had almost sentenced the series against Real society for the round of 16 of the Europa League by winning 4-0.

However, this Thursday almost ten minutes into the first half, the Spanish team found themselves with a golden opportunity.

United took an unusual penalty and Real Sociedad had a chance to discount and put pressure on the homeowner at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, Mikel Oyarzabal, who precisely his specialty is kicking penalties, hit him as if he were one of us.

Oyarzabal tricked the goalkeeper, but hit him so badly that the ball landed on the stairs of the nearest grandstand at Old Trafford.

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At Barça, Clément Lenglet grinds black and it shows – Spain – Abroad

On the street against Paris in the Champions League (1-4), Clément Lenglet cost Barça two points against Cadiz on Sunday (1-1). Pointed out for his second season in Catalonia, he will be able to blow against Elche on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

Make two days in a row the one of Sports world is not necessarily a bad sign. For Clément Lenglet, it is however the case. On one of the two Catalan dailies (with Sport) With the laconic title “Unforgivable” Monday, the defender of Barça was again thrown into the public square on Tuesday. “Enough mistakes” proclaims Sports world. In question, a gross foul of the French international (10 selections, 1 goal), leading to a penalty in the ultimate, thus allowing the promoted Cadiz to snatch a draw on his only shot on target at Camp Nou on Sunday (1-1 ). If the whole team has its share of responsibility in this poor performance, just a few days after the slap received against PSG (1-4), it is the former defender of Nancy who is singled out. And he suffers from it. Particularly affected by his mistake, Lenglet was seen sobbing as he left the stadium by supporters camped around Camp Nou to wait and chat with the players.

Heightened responsibilities

“I spoke with him this Tuesday. He is a serious person, and a very good professional, who takes it in a very personal way, ”explained his coach Ronald Koeman at a press conference, on the eve of the reception of Elche on Wednesday, in a late match. of the 1st day of La Liga (7 p.m.). “It was an action where he could have done better, that’s for sure, and it’s true that he was also present at certain times when we made mistakes,” continued the technician Batave, while Clément Lenglet had already sunk against Paris in the Champions League. Too easily dropped by Kylian Mbappé on the first Parisian goal, he was also too short of the head on the free kick leading to Moise Kean’s goal. Three consecutive errors as symbols of a season looking like a long way of the cross for the native of Beauvais, already very marked by the incredible rout against Bayern in the Champions League this summer (2-8), reports the Catalan daily Sport. Errors which are reminiscent of the first Clasico (1-3, 24 October), where Lenglet was overtaken by the malice of Sergio Ramos, before the Madrid captain obtained and then transformed the penalty himself. A mess committed less than a month after his first red card in the season, received before half-time on the lawn of Celta Vigo (3-0 victory, October 1).

Boasted for the quality of his raises and his positioning, the left-hander is only a shadow of himself this season, and he seems to be dragging his spleen as the matches are linked. And for good reason, the cascade of injuries in central defense (Pique and Umtiti are back, Araujo is still absent) forced him to be almost eternally renewed (32 matches), without being able to benefit from a possible restorative break. Propelled leader of a defenseless defense, the former Sevillian suffers from the absence of Pique, whose hasty return has rather served Barça against Paris.

What about his presence at the Euro

“It would not be fair to put all the ills of the team on one man,” Ronald Koeman said on Tuesday. The Dutchman, who has chosen to revive Umtiti alongside Pique against Elche, will allow his French defender to breathe this Wednesday. The former Barça defender also seemed irritated by the influx of questions about his number 15 this Tuesday: “This is not a press conference about Lenglet, or another player of ‘elsewhere.”

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Light years from his level during his first season in Catalonia where he quickly dislodged his compatriot Umtiti – plagued by recurring injuries – following his transfer from Seville in 2019 against some 36 million euros, Lenglet could see his name immerse on the transfer list during the next summer transfer window, you know Sport. Also and above all, he could see his presence in the France team, where he has been firmly established since the summer of 2019, questioned a few months before the Euro (June 12 to July 12, 2021). Wouldn’t the solution be to force fate to stop this negative spiral that looks likeOne endless day. If Bill Murray ended up finding the solution, Clément Lenglet could be inspired by it in order to avoid an endless season. Perhaps as early as Wednesday against Elche before returning to his former club, Sevilla, this Saturday (4:15 p.m.), where Barça and his defender will play very big.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic victim of xenophobic insults in Europa League

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Once again, xenophobic insults have been protagonists in a football stadium. And it is that in the duel of this Thursday in the Europa League Come in Red Star Y Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received insults by a fan.

The Swede, whose father was of Bosnian and Muslim origin, was ‘attacked’ by a fan who from the stands of the Stadium he shouted: “You stink of Muslim”.

The event occurred just after the goal of the player of Milan, Theo Hernandez at minute 61, there the fan took the opportunity to insult Zlatan, who was in the stands because he was not playing the game.


What place for competition in Lyon? – League 1

While several Lyon holders have stalled for a few matches, the question arises of a possible turnover established by Rudy Garcia when going to Brest this Friday (9:00 p.m.).

Maxwel Cornet, Tino Kadewere, Karl Toko Ekambi … Several players have stalled for a few weeks in Lyon, which plays in Brest on Friday (9 p.m.) in Ligue 1, but nothing indicates that coach Rudi Garcia wishes to upset his eleven basic. The home defeat against Montpellier (2-1), Saturday, was a stopper for OL, admitted the technician before going to Finistère at the opening of the 26th day of L1. But, questioned about the possibility of injecting fresh blood after the good entries into play against the Héraultais, Rayan Cherki and Islam Slimani in particular, the technician remained very evasive on Wednesday at a press conference. The tone employed rather suggests that he could still trust, in Brittany, the starting eleven which broke away during the first part of the season. “It’s a good sign if the substitutes push because that’s what I expect from them. Now I can also show the starting XI, as I did after Metz (1-0 loss, January 17), that they had done things so well so far that the players deserve to continue. No position is fixed, ”he replied.

Islam Slimani’s goals in Ligue 1 last season

Hierarchy difficult to move

Not certain, therefore, that the typical team of OL, whose hierarchy has been well established since mid-September, is upset, especially with one match per week for a private club in Europe. The only certainty in central defense, Marcelo, one of the strong men currently, will be absent due to injury. But there is no guarantee that the Belgian Jason Denayer, back in the squad after an injury behind a thigh, will be able to start the meeting. “We have only lost three times this season”, underlines Garcia to temper the ardor of the supporters of an upheaval, recalling that his team had chained sixteen matches without defeat after its first failure in Montpellier on September 15 (2- 1). However, for several meetings, Maxwel Cornet, former striker, has been struggling with his left-back position, where Garcia has reconverted him for several months. The interlude he made as a left winger in the Coupe de France against Ajaccio, scoring the third of Lyon’s five goals, was not enough to put him back in the saddle and he struggled again on Saturday.

The “KTM” out of realism

It is especially the attacking trio Kadewere-Toko Ekambi-Memphis Depay (KTM) which has shown less efficiency since the start of the year, despite many chances. “The players need to be more realistic, more killer. Our game leads to having opportunities. You have to be focused, ”says Rudi Garcia. Kadewere, whose goal counter has been stuck at nine since his brace at Saint-Étienne (5-0) on January 24, no longer finds the spontaneity that was his strength before the break. Disappointing against Montpellier, Karl Toko Ekambi has only scored twice since early January, against Bordeaux (2-1) and Strasbourg (3-0), with an assist in Dijon (1-0). Among the lane players, only defender Léo Dubois, on the right, follows an upward curve, with two assists against the Greens for Marcelo’s double, and an incredible goal against the Girondins which gave the victory to OL in additional time (2-1).

Garcia likes to remind that Toko Ekambi and Kadewere do not really animate the corridors and share the axis, in a system where the winter recruit, Islam Slimani (32 years old), with a different profile especially in the aerial game, could therefore have his say. Like the young Rayan Cherki (17), if he confirms his match against Ajaccio and his entry into play against Montpellier. But there is no indication that the change is for now, in a group where captain Memphis Depay remains inescapable with five goals and two assists since the break. The stability bonus?


Gareth Bale shines and puts Tottenham on one foot in the Europa League round of 16

Budapest, Hungary.

The Welshman Gareth Bale unleashed himself against Wolfsberger AC, scored a goal and led to another for Tottenham Hotspur’s triumph against the Austrian team (1-4), which almost sentenced his pass to the second round of the Europa League.

The footballer on loan from Real Madrid took advantage of the ownership granted to him on this occasion by Jose Mourinho and was present from the beginning in the clash played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest due to the impossibility of playing in Austria due to the conditions of the pandemic.

Before the quarter hour, a pass from Bale from the right, on the baseline, was taken advantage of by the Korean Heung Min Son. At the 28th, the Welshman received a ball from Matt Doherty inside the area, dodged his defender and launched a shot that beat Alexander Kofler. It was the second.

Ten minutes before the break, Brazilian Lucas Moura scored the third goal for the London team.

In the second half the Wolfsberger was able to close the gap when a foul inside the box by Moussa Sissoko was penalized with a penalty from Michael Liendl.

At the time of the game, Mourinho replaced Bale. Erik Lamela came in. With the tie on track, the Portuguese coach shook the bench and dosed players. Two minutes from the end, the Brazilian Carlos Vinicius, substitute for Korean Son after the break, sentenced the London win.