Valverde and Ramos will be down in the League against Sevilla

first_imgThe captain suffers a sprained right ankle caused by a sprain resulting from a jump with Morata in the 60th minute. The problem did not prevent the central from continuing, although it conditioned its performance. “I thought about throwing it at the Panenka, but the ankle was not for many trots and the easiest thing was to ensure it,” said the Camas on the execution of the maximum penalty with which he closed the penalty shootout. The punishment will have to be redeemed in the League under a reform that was made in the Disciplinary Code in March 2015 to prevent compliance with the Supercopa sanctions being delayed excessively. For example, the old wording of the rule prevented Luka Modric from contesting the first leg of the 2017 tournament against Barça for the expulsion he suffered against Atlético on the return of the 2014 edition. The Super Cup hangover leave Zidane two setbackss for the first game of the second round of LaLiga, that this Saturday (4:00 PM, Movistar LaLiga) He will measure the whites with Sevilla at the Bernabéu. The technician White you can’t count on Valverde, sanctioned for his expulsion against Atlético, and also with Sergio Ramos due to injury. Zizou It is also pending Benzema evolution. The French scorer missed the Super Cup because of a muscle injury. Karim’s availability will depend on these next days.center_img Failing to confirm the extent of the injury, the ailment could leave Ramos a couple of weeks in the dry dock. In addition to the clash against Hispanics, at least the Cup round of 16 (Wednesday 22, pending confirmation) and the next commitment of the League, against Valladolid (Sunday 26, 21:00) in Pucela.The other major casualty that Zidane will have is Valverde. The red one he saw in 115 ‘will prevent him from being on Saturday. The wording of the act, in which Sánchez Martínez indicated that he expelled the Charrúa for “knocking down an opponent (Morata) thereby preventing a clear chance of scoring” suggests that the Uruguayan will only be sanctioned with a match. The Competition Judge will resolve on Wednesday.last_img read more

Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

first_img0Shares0000In Barcelona Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Dec 20 – Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday lunchtime just over 36 hours after polls will close in local elections in Catalonia that were called over the crisis caused by the region’s drive for independence. “They have a very strong ideological connection,” political scientist Pablo Simon told AFP.“On the one side are Real Madrid, who normally can be said to have a more conservative and nationalist fan base.”By contrast, Simon cites Barca’s ‘more than a club’ motto as being rooted in a sense of Catalan identity.The sights and sounds of their Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu stadiums reflect that difference.In Barcelona, Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd at Europe’s biggest stadium chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.At the Bernabeu stadium Real Madrid fans held Spanish flags, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around following a violent crackdown by police on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSAt the Bernabeu, Spain flags are splattered across the stadium, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around on October 1 in the hours following a violent crackdown by Spanish police forces on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia.However, for all their differences, El Clasico and particularly the fear of losing the matchup should Catalonia gain independence, unites both sets of fans.“It is the derby of Spain and it feels like it is impossible to be neutral,” Sid Lowe, a Spanish football journalist and author of the book “Fear and Loathing in La Liga” on the rivalry, told AFP.“It is a unifying event. No-one wants to lose this game, even in the event of Catalan independence.”– No Clasico not contemplated –La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly warned Barca would not be allowed to continue playing in the Spanish league if the drive for independence is followed through.However, that is a scenario both clubs refuse to envisage with many believing threats from Tebas, who attended a nationalist march earlier in the year, are aligned to his own political beliefs.“I want to tell all members that the intention of the club is to continue playing in La Liga. Right now our participation is guaranteed,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s AGM in October.A banner demanding freedom for imprisoned Catalan separatist leaders is held up during the ‘Junts per Catalonia’ – JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) grouping final campaign meeting for the upcoming Catalan regional election in Barcelona © AFP / Pau Barrena“I can’t contemplate a Spain without Catalonia, nor La Liga without Barca,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish newspaper El Espanol.Bartomeu’s board has tried to tread a fine line by defending Catalonia’s institutions following the Spanish government’s application of home rule, but also not coming out in favour of independence.Barca played Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1 in protest at the violence at the polling stations.However, even outspoken pro-independence campaigners like former Barca president Joan Laporta have called for Barca to remain in La Liga.“No one at Barcelona wants to lose this game even though that potentially contradicts their political or social position,” added Lowe.The most-watched football match in the world will attract a potential TV audience of 650 million people who will tune in to see five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.“It paralyses normal life in Spain,” added Simon. “That’s why we always recommend to go to the theatre or the cinema at that time because they will be empty.”Yet, the fact that what could happen to Barca, and by extension El Clasico, has played such a big role in the independence debate is a sign of the match’s deeply-rooted importance to Spanish society as something more than just a sporting event.“On the face of it the fact we are concerned about the impact for football from Catalan independence is absurd because there are so many other things to be worked through,” added Lowe.“Yet, it is the one that has occupied people the most. Will Barcelona still be in the league? Will there still be a Clasico? And no one wants that to be lost.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pogba still focused as Madrid reports swirl, says Solskjaer

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba is staying focused on Manchester United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 12 – Paul Pogba is staying focused on Manchester United despite growing speculation linking him with a move to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The France midfielder sparked intense speculation about his future last month when suggesting Madrid were “a dream club for every player” despite declaring himself happy at Old Trafford. Pogba was outstanding in the weeks following Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in his first 10 matches under the Norwegian.However, his form has dipped since he was sent off in the first leg of United’s Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain in February, with no goals and just one assist in his past eight matches.Solskjaer acknowledged the possibility of Real Madrid taking an active interest in the World Cup winner and perhaps even mounting a publicity campaign to try to sign him.“There might be a campaign, there might be press, you never know what there is, but in my talks with Paul he’s always been positive,” said Solskjaer, who was given the job full-time late last month.“I don’t see a difference in him when I chat to him. He’s focused on performing and he’s a proud player. He always gives his best.”Solskjaer was pleased with the way Pogba performed as United were beaten 1-0 at home by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.The France international, playing in midfield alongside Fred and Scott McTominay, was credited by his manager with stabilising United after they went behind to Luke Shaw’s early own goal.“There have been different players in different periods that have made the difference,” said Solskjaer. ” It’s not just about one player. It’s not just about Paul.“But he had his highest-ever output physically on Wednesday night. He’d never run as much in a United shirt. That was brilliant. The effort and attitude is there.”– United slump –Having enjoyed a superb run of form over the first three months of Solskjaer’s reign, United have tailed off, losing four out of five games in all competitions and are sixth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s home match against West Ham.The manager has made clear that he and his coaching staff always knew they had a major job on their hands to revive the club on a long-term basis.Solskjaer said he only wanted players who were ready to take on that challenge, although he stopped short of suggesting that there would be a summer clearout.“We have a certain standard here,” he said. “We got a great boost, now we are in more challenging times with the results and performances.“You want to see players step up and say now ‘I want to be part of this’”.Solskjaer wants Mike Phelan to be a part of United’s rebuilding process, even though his assistant manager has not yet signed a contract to take on the role full-time, with reports that he may be in contention for the technical director’s role at Old Trafford.“I want to work with Mick Phelan and I want him to do the job he’s doing,” Solskjaer said. “Sometimes in this country, we’re more concerned about what the job title is rather than what people do.“What Mick does is more than just being an assistant manager, even if he is the assistant manager. He’s a fantastic guy to have around.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more