The semi-finals in the Champions League have been determined. Paris meet Manchester City, Chelsea play against Real Madrid. TV expert Ewald Lienen reacts snippily to the pairings.
At the end of April the time has come: then the semi-finals in the Champions League will begin. You look in vain for German teams, FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are the last to be eliminated.
Instead, Paris St. Germain will face Manchester City (April 28) and Real Madrid will face Chelsea FC (April 29). A week later, the second legs will decide the finalists.
Ex-trainer and Sky expert Ewald Lienen cannot find the pairings very appealing – on the contrary. The technical director of FC St. Pauli blasphemed at Sky about the upcoming duels.
“Qatar is playing against Abu Dhabi and a Russian oligarch against the Spanish state,” Lienen said snippily on Wednesday evening as part of the Champions League broadcast. Background of his statement: PSG belongs to “Qatar Sports Investments”, a company of the Qatari state. The Abu Dhabi United Group Investment holds an 86 percent stake in Manchester City.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, while Real Madrid are suspected of having received tax breaks from the Spanish state.
“Bayern Munich out, Borussia Dortmund out, FC Liverpool out. I don’t like any of that,” said the 67-year-old, emphasizing his anger.
Paris St. Germain, after all last year’s finalists, and Manchester City have never won the Champions League, Real Madrid last triumphed in 2018, Chelsea in 2012 at the “Home Final” in Munich.
BARCELONA – Paris Saint-Germain will play the semifinals of the Champions League after eliminating Bayern Munich in a sensational tie and in full euphoria the president of the French club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, took for granted the continuity of Neymar and Mbappé in Paris. “Neymar will stay a long time at PSG”, revealed the leader in statements to different media at the end of the meeting.
Keeping the future of the Brazilian player in the air, the president of PSG assured, with full optimism, that there are talks to extend the footballer’s stay in Paris, despite having been linked in recent weeks with Barcelona.
Barça, which maintains the need to reinforce its line of attack with a first-rate player, has Erling Haaland as its top priority, although his signing is considered very difficult in the short term and would trust the Norwegian’s permanence in Dortmund for another season for, with a more affordable price and less treasury tensions, to launch for its incorporation.
Meanwhile, however, the Camp Nou is working on the most immediate market and Ney, who is still highly regarded in the Barça dressing room, remains in the club’s orbit. Even more so after his exhibition in the tie against Bayern … And after which the president of PSG cooled, as far as possible, that possible return to Barcelona.
“Neymar will play next season at PSG … And he will stay for many years,” insisted Al-Khelaïfi, ensuring that the club is in negotiations with the footballer to renew, in the same way as with Kylian MbappÉ, the other star of the team And that, like the Brazilian, his contract ends in June 2022.
In this sense, the leader was conclusive when he recalled that “we have invested a lot in this club to win all the trophies, and the Champions League, so neither Neymar nor Mbappé have excuses to leave.”
CONFIDENCE Once the stumbling block represented by the European champion, who defeated PSG in the final of last season, Al-Khelaïfi showed his optimism, arguing about the “growth” of the team led by Mauricio Pochettino and considering that he is “ready” for take the final step.
“I am very proud of the team and of this second consecutive semifinal … Now the objective is to reach the final and win the trophy,” he said, calling to “keep calm” and stating that despite the defeat on Tuesday, PSG “He had a great, extraordinary game, being able to score three or four goals. But the important thing was the classification. “
“Our goal is to reach the best. We came this far to win the title and although we know it is difficult because it is a competition that is decided by details, I have confidence in the team, the coach and the sports director. And in the players, they have given it their all ”, he agreed, proclaiming PSG’s excellent track record in Europe this season.
“I trust this team and I feel that it has grown and has more experience. This year we have beaten Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern, which for me is the best team in Europe … Now we have to continue and also think about the League, which is equally important ”, closed Al-Khelaïfi.
The story you did not know about the young Frenchman, who surprised from the lower categories of AS Monaco
Son of Brazilians and born in Portugal, Leonardo Miramar remember in detail the first times you saw Kylian Mbappé in the U19 team of Monaco. Although he was very young, the star of PSG, who faced the Bayern Munich In the quarterfinals of the Champions League, he already demonstrated the talent that would captivate the world years later.
“I was about 16 years old when we trained with the Monaco B team, they had much older guys, 20 years old. In the one-on-one exercise, he destroyed the opponents. He took the defenders and left everyone on the ground, It was an ugly thing (laughs). We said, ‘Wow, the kid finished with everyone,’ “the forward, currently at RWD Molenbeek in Belgium, told ESPN.com.br.
Even though he was three years younger than the age limit for the category, the Frenchman remained.
“Mbappé had a lot of speed and the ability to define very well. In the first five U-19 games he already had 10 goals. He scored goals very easily.”
“It was common in the basic forces when a player stood out, to nickname him after Brazilian stars, mainly Ronaldinho Gaucho. Mbappé was called ‘Kylianinho’ because he was very good with the ball. He liked that nickname,” he explained.
Despite his great talent, his former colleagues saw the French as an easy person to get along with on a day-to-day basis.
“We used to play a lot off the court because he kept pissing off his older teammates. He got along with everyone and we liked to joke around. He was a very polite and nice boy,” she said.
Leonardo states that other boys in the youth categories of Monaco They were as popular as Mbappé at the time, yet the PSG striker was the only one who managed to become a high-level player.
“He was considered a very great talent, but many others who went through the basics were also seen that way. When he went up to the first team, they saw that he was different from the others because he came with great maturity and gained confidence.”
After just one year in the U19 team, Mbappé He made his debut for Monaco in the 2014/2015 season.
“We wondered if he would perform so well in the professional first division and he maintained his level. He is very special. The following year, he made his jump to the first team and I never saw him again (laughs).”
Since then, the forward has established himself as one of the great names in football, being champion of the 2018 World Cup with France at only 19 years old.
The national team cluster is expanding. Alessandro too Florenzi, after Marco Verratti, tested positive for Covid at Psg. The Ligue 1 club announced the outcome of the last swab this morning. But in addition to Florenzi, Vincenzo also tested positive Tap, Freiburg communicated, and Alessio Cragno, Cagliari goalkeeper. Thus the number of Italian positives rises after the last stop for the World Cup qualifying challenges, after the cases relating to Mancini’s staff and the Juventus player Leonardo Bonucci.
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Florenzi skips the Champions League
The full-back remained in precautionary isolation skipping yesterday’s match between Psg and Lille. The former Roma player will therefore not be able to take the field for Wednesday’s Champions League match with Bayern Munich, valid for the first leg of the quarterfinals and revenge of the 2020 final. From Germany, on the other hand, the news of Grifo’s positivity arrived: “The player he immediately went to quarantine and does not participate in the away match for the match in Mönchengladbach – Freiburg said – All other tests carried out on the players of the squad were negative “. Grifo did not take part in the trip to Lithuania precisely because of the anti-Covid restrictions in force in Germany, which provide for the mandatory quarantine for those arriving from certain countries, including Lithuania.
Cagliari, Cragno positive
The account of the positive blues rises with Alessio Cragno. Cagliari announces that the goalkeeper tested positive for Covid-19: “carefully monitored since his return from his commitments with the Italian national team, the player performed a new diagnostic test yesterday, Sunday 4 April, and is currently in solitary confinement. The team group has already begun trustee solitary confinement and will strictly adhere to the provisions of the Protocol. The club has initiated all the necessary procedures and is in constant contact with the competent health authorities “. Saturday Cragno took the field with Verona because the results of the swabs on Thursday and Friday were negative.
Turin, the new case would be Sirigu
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Also today is the news of another positivity in the Torino team group, already at the center of an outbreak in recent weeks. The grenade club has not communicated the name of the player, who is already in quarantine, but according to what reported by the Ansa agency, it would be the goalkeeper Sirigu, also fresh from the trip to the national team. “The cardholder, in agreement with the health authorities, has already been placed in fiduciary isolation under the supervision of the grenade medical staff”, reads. Il Toro “will continue to follow the procedure envisaged by the protocols in force. This will allow all subjects negative to the controls to carry out regular activities”, adds the note. Sirigu also regularly played the derby with Juventus on Saturday. In recent weeks, Turin had been forced to miss two games (with Sassuolo and Lazio) due to the positivity of many players: the game with Lazio had been the focus of much controversy, it was in fact the ASL that forbade the transfer to the grenade.
The journey of David De Gea in it Manchester United it seems to be nearing its end. Ten seasons are those that the Spanish goalkeeper has defended the goal of Old Trafford with a spectacular performance despite the fact that the collective has not been up to par for a long time.
However, it seems that those of Manchester have decided to give way to the new generations and that it is Dean Henderson the one who takes charge, definitively, of the ‘red devil’ arc. This is how he publishes it ‘The Mirror‘on its pages. The Red Devils intend to renew several lines of their squad and the goal is one of them.
Sergio romero continues, but contract ends in June, Lee Grant will not renew and Joel Pereira is on loan. That is why the one with the best poster to make some cash is De Gea. Its market value is around 30-40 million, although they will try to compensate you economically so that you do not put problems in leaving the entity two years before of what you have stipulated in your contract. The compensation it can reach a true millionaire.
Faced with such a situation, the good De Gea will have to look for a new team in which to continue showing the excellent level that he has under his sticks. However, it will not be very complicated, since since last year there are four very interested clubs in their services:
Paris Saint Germain: the arrival of Pochettino the French bench raised many doubts about the goal. Keylor Navas is performing at a high level, but from the beginning there was speculation about his desire to take Lloris. Now, De Gea’s could be an interesting option.
Juventus of Turin: after the departure of Buffon, the ‘Vecchia Signora’ has had as starting goalkeeper Szczesny, a fairly regular archer but with little superstar aura. Juve needs a crack under the sticks if they really want to win the Champions League.
Inter de Milan: another big one that needs to renew the goal. Handanovic has always had the confidence of the neroazzurros, but to their 36 years, you need a weight relief.
Atlético de Madrid: It would be very nice to see the prodigal son back at the mattress goal. It is complicated with cloud in the position, but the Slovenian is always in the pools to leave if a stratospheric offer arrives.