“We are disappointed, for sure, we would have liked to win the match, it’s still a difficult match against a very good team, superior to us, we fought to the end unfortunately, we took this third goal, j ‘ve seen an acceptable state of mind tonight, it’s up to us to continue like this, traveling to Reims, said Patrick Vieira after Nice’s defeat against Leverkusen (2-3) and elimination in the Europa League. We have to be more aggressive, state of mind and concentration at this time. We are lacking in success, we will continue to fight and if we fight like this evening, we will reverse the trend. I am proud of the players who were on the field, they did the maximum, we tend to forget that they do not have a lot of experience at this level, I am convinced that they will be better in the future. . You have to work, on video, in the field. We have to accept these mistakes. If we don’t accept, that’s going to be a problem. ” And to evoke his personal case, whereas it is announced on the hot seat: “I am not asking for anything. You have to ask the managers the question to know if I am the coach to take the project where they want to take it. ”
Rotations that do not work, insignificance in changes, lack of goal, non-existent defensive solidity and zero ability to react. The flower that often accompanied Zinedine Zidane, winner of two Leagues and three Champions with Real Madrid, seems to be starting to rot. The white team is advancing without ideas and has lost the intimidating capacity it had in Europe when, not so long ago – either with controversial refereeing discussions or, needless to hide, with a winning aura – it was one of the most feared teams in the Old Continent. .
Inter prevents Madrid from staying a foot and a half away from the Champions League
But this is a thing of the past and the Frenchman’s eternal smile is now a grimace in which his statements – “We deserved to win”, he said after losing again against Shakhtar Donetsk – already sound ridiculous. The reality is that Madrid have lost four of the last seven games they have played in the Champions League, and in this start of the season in total the white team has lost five of the 15 games it has played, with resounding defeats at home against Cadiz (0-1) and Alabès (1-2). Of the top five in the league, Real Madrid have conceded the most goals (12).
The Madrid press is already talking about an ultimatum to Zidane, and puts on the table the names of former white legend Raúl González Blanco, coach of Real Madrid Castilla, and Mauricio Pochettino, currently without a club since he was fired from Tottenham and that it has been several times in white orbit. If Madrid falls next Wednesday against him Borussia Mönchengladbach and is eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage, Florentino Pérez could be charged with the head of the French coach. The photos and gestures of complicity between the two would be left behind. The poor results of the whites against much lower budget and level teams are about to tear their relationship apart.
Madrid’s options in the Champions League
It is still early, however, to give the French technician for burial. Although the last two defeats against Alava and Shakhtar have drawn a dark and inoperative Real Madrid, rooted in his lack of goal – Hazard chains injury after injury – and in the lack of defensive solidity – with Sergio Ramos injured defense it is a flame – whites depend on themselves to overcome the group stage and, in fact, they can do so as first.
The victory of Inter Milan (2-3) against Mönchengladbach prevented the whites from having to depend on other results on the final day. If the Germans had won Inter yesterday, they would have secured the qualification for the round of 16 and would have left Madrid with water in their necks, but they lost to Antonio Conte and thus the whites depend on themselves: if they win the Mönchengladbach in Valdebebas next Wednesday they will be in the round of 16 as first in the group. Defeat would leave them out and with the tie they would depend on what the Shakhtar did. If the Ukrainians tied with Inter at Giuseppe Meazza they would have enough to pass if Madrid only add one point. The last day of group B will be one of the most volcanic.
Italy fears the possibility that if Inter comfortably beat Xakthar on the final day, the Germans and Madrid will agree on a draw that would classify Mönchengladbach as first in the group and Madrid as second.
Author of his 10th goal in 8 matches in all competitions this season Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev (3-0), Cristiano Ronaldo author of the 750e His career goal was praised by Andrea Pirlo: “We can’t say anything about Ronaldo because every day he breaks new records. We are lucky to have him at Juve. “
Paris SG won on the lawn of Manchester United (3-1) on the occasion of the 5th day of the Champions League to position themselves at the top of their group along with the Red Devils and Leipzig (9 points ), winner in Istanbul earlier in the evening (4-3). The capital club, which suffered enormously in the second period before the expulsion of Fred (69e), signed a small heist at Old Trafford. Neymar opened the scoring in the 6e minute of play but Rashford logically equalized in the 32e. Marquinhos, while his team was in pain, gave his team the advantage in the 69e before a last Parisian goal signed Neymar, ideally served by Rafinha (90th + 1). PSG will host Basaksehir at Parc des Princes next week, while Leipzig will host Manchester United. A draw will suffice for Thomas Tuchel’s men to qualify for the round of 16.
Bayern Munich’s record-breaking series of fifteen Champions League victories ended with a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid, deprived of a qualification in 8th on Tuesday. The Madrilenians led the score for a long time thanks to a goal from the Portuguese Joao Felix (24th), but Thomas Müller, at the end of the match (84th), transformed a penalty which he himself caused on a collision with Felipe to bring back tied Bayern, several stars of which were at rest.
UEFA will study this week a reform project of the Champions League which would replace the traditional pools with a general classification of 32 or 36 teams, each playing 10 matches against 10 different opponents, said the British daily The Times on Tuesday. Called the “Swiss System”, this option would be favored by the European body in its desire to counter the secessionist European Superleague projects agitated by certain clubs, the newspaper understands.
This formula, which could see the light of day in 2024, would guarantee four more matches than the six disputed by the teams which finish fourth in their pools, currently. A draw, with a seed and hat system, would determine 5 home and 5 away matches against 10 different opponents and varying levels, whose points would result in a single ranking of all the teams entered.
The first half of the table at the end of the ten matches would qualify for a more classic round of 16, except that there would be no draw, but the 1st would meet the 16th, the 2nd against the 15th, and so on. Clubs classified between 17th and 24th places would be transferred to the Europa League.
This formula would also be quite well received by the powerful Association of European Clubs (ECA) and by the organization of the European Leagues, but UEFA will present this project formally over the next two weeks to European football officials. England’s David Gill, UEFA vice-president who spoke to The Times last week, stressed that the body was determined to ensure that the mode of qualification remains overwhelmingly linked to domestic competitions, even if the half finalists, or even quarter-finalists, could be qualified for the following season. For Lars-Christer Olsson, president of the organization of the European Leagues, interviewed by the Times, this formula would be “much more realistic” than the proposal of the big clubs in 2019 to go from 8 groups of 4 to 4 groups of 8 with 14 guaranteed matches instead of 6.
It is a fact that Juan Reynoso will not continue as technical director of Puebla and in the coming days it will be known who will be the Camoteros coach. The lead is led by Argentine Nicolás Larcamón, but Andres Carevic and Pablo Repetto, with whom we have already had talks, cannot be ruled out. The Puebla leadership decided to seek a change, for this reason they bet on the departure of the Peruvian Reynoso and the arrival of a new strategist. Uruguayan Pablo Repetto is a coach of the Quito University Sports League, Andrés Carevic directs Alajuelense of Costa Rica and knows Mexican soccer perfectly, since he played and directed in Liga de Ascenso, and Larcamón has just resigned from Curicó de Chile with the intention of being the chosen one and taking charge of Puebla. Talks were held with the three and the final decision is still missing. The intention of the directive headed by Manuel Jiménez is to change the face of the team with a different way of looking for results and trying to renew the squad.
The directive of Queretaro He was able to add to his fourth reinforcement, which will be the Uruguayan Hugo Magallanes, who works as a central defender and will be announced in the next few hours, with which they only have the case of the center forward pending. The Ecuadorians Valencia and Montero, the Mexican Omar Mendoza, and the Uruguayan Magallanes, are the four reinforcements that the Pity Altamirano will have. 23-year-old Magellan comes from Cerro Largo in Uruguay. As for the striker, they look for him in the Uruguayan or Peruvian market.
Alexis Vega is ready to start playing. José Juan Macías could act for 45 minutes, Canelo Angulo ruled out for this Wednesday, but could reach the Vuelta game on Saturday, and Angel Zaldívar ruled out for the remainder of the Liguilla. This is the picture with Chivas ahead of Ida’s game against the Lion. This Tuesday will be the key day, but according to what was observed in this Monday’s practice, Alexis Vega is ready to start, while in the case of José Juan Macías the recommendation is that he does not play more than 45 minutes as he is coming coming out of the muscle injury. In Angulo’s case, he improved, but he is not for Ida, while Chelo Zaldívar is ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, since he was torn in training on Friday.
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Three days before the carobs were played in the Champions League, Real Madrid lost at home against Alava (1-2). The Basque team humiliated a white team with no ideas or character. Lucas Pérez opened the scoring in the 5th minute by converting a penalty and Joselu widened the visiting gap in the 49th minute. The only local goal was scored by Casemiro in the 86th minute. The defeat at the stadium Alfredo Di Stefano leaves Zinedine Zidane against the ropes.
Despite having played one more game, Real Madrid was six points away from Atletico Madrid. Unresponsive and disorienting in a season in which he is being penalized with more penalties than usual, the white team was overtaken by a rival with much more energy. Belgian Eden Hazard was substituted 28 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. The Brazilian Rodrygo took his place on the grass. Alabès scored two goals, but had opportunities to extend the lead. Courtois, for example, saved a one-on-one with Lucas Pérez and Joselu wasted a good position to score the third visiting goal. Despite Zidane’s changes, Madrid were unable to change course and react against an Alava player who proved to be better prepared for the match. The second half highlighted the current shortcomings of the reigning league champions. Mariano was the only local player to create danger in the final stretch, in which Madrid sought a heroic comeback.
The only local goal came just minutes from the end, when Casemiro sent the ball into the net. Exhausted by the effort made during the 90 minutes, the Alava suffered a lot to maintain the result in a final stretch in which Real Madrid was left with a palm of his nose, as he was not able to transform a goal that it would have allowed him to save a point.
Victory of the Athletic one of Madrid (0-1)
A goal by Toni Lato in his own goal ten minutes from the end gave him the victory yesterday against Atlético de Madrid against Valencia (0-1) in a match in which the Madrid team took the initiative, controlled the game and barely gave the opponent a choice.
Valencia was stronger in defense than in other games, but lacked the ability to set the pace of the match and, especially, to reach the goal of Atletico Madrid, apart from having the misfortune to score in own door. “In football and in life you have to look ahead, take care of what is done well and follow the path. If you stop, the wave will take you away “, explained Diego Simeone, coach of the mattress set.