CEST Pedro Rodriguez is being hosted well in his first few days in London as a Chelsea player, with Cesc Fabregas taking good care of him. Sport EN The former Barcelona forward has met up with various old friend since joining Jose Mourinho’s side, with Fabregas not the only one. Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, for example, are well-known to Pedro from the Spanish national team. The four took lunch together on Tuesday. 25/08/2015 Upd. at 18:10 It was Cesc who uploaded the photo to social media of himself, Pedro, Costa and Azpi enjoying some Japanese food. They were also joined by Fabregas’s daughter, Lia, and it looked like they were all having a good time.
‘Espantada’ de Griezmann al ser preguntado sobre su futuro But it’s the supposed interest from Real Madrid which has caused controversy. After the derby two weeks ago at the Bernabeu, Griezmann was asked if he could rule out making the switch across the Spanish capital. Prior to the question about his future, Griezmann had highlighted the importance of winning at Cornella-El Prat: “Some games are more difficult than others, but the important thing is the three points. “WE KNEW IT WOULD BE HARD” Upd. at 11:46 IN SPORT.ES SPORT.ES Griezmann left the interview earlier than expected, visibly annoyed for having to speak about his future: “That’s it, I’ve spoken already,” was his response before heading back to the dressing room and leaving the reporter open-mouthed. The question was focused on comments from the Atleti man in which he said he was happy where he is, but you never know what will happen in the future. RELATED STORIES “I wouldn’t rule out anything,” Griezmann said. “I can’t say yes or no [to whether I’d like to play at Madrid] because I’d be in the shit either way. You never know what could happen in football, but a jump from Atletico to Real, I don’t know if that’s doable. Very few players have done it, for that reason I think that it’s dead.” 23/04/2017 Griezmann strikes again to help Atletico beat Espanyol “We knew it would be hard and we were going to suffer. Espanyol are a strong team at home. Now it’s time to think about Villarreal on Tuesday.” CEST Atletic’s top scorer is in fine form and there’s been huge amounts of speculation about a possible departure. Despite his release clause being at 100 million euros, he has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs in Manchester United and Chelsea. Antoine Griezmann was the star as Atletico Madrid beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday. He scored the goal which gave his side three points, then starred off the pitch, too. The French forward cut a post-match interview with beIN Sports short after being asked if he would remain at the Vicente Calderon or not.
Real Madrid travelled to Barcelona on Sunday morning without Isco. He is not 100 per cent after suffering a knock in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. It will be the third game he misses because of it. 06/05/2018 Upd. at 15:44 CEST Varane viaja a Barcelona; Isco fuera de la convocatoria EFE/Sport EN MADRID SQUAD: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Luca Zidane; Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo, Theo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema. French centre-back Raphael Varane is the main news from Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the Clásico at Camp Nou, which in the end Isco Alarcón will not feature in because of a shoulder problem, and Dani Carvajal will miss too. IN SPORT.ES However Varane is back after training on Saturday, while Achraf, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral miss out. Lucas Vazquez or Nacho will play right-back with Dani Carvajal still out.
UEFA have opened a case against Cristiano Ronaldo after he copied Diego Simeone’s ‘cojones’ celebration during Juve’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid. Simeone was not banned for making the gesture and instead was fined 20,000 euros. RELATED STORIES Jaume Lobo Upd. on 19/03/2019 at 11:49 CET La UEFA investiga el gesto de Cristiano Ronaldo Juve play Ajax in the quarter-finals of the tournament as they bid to win it for the first time since 1996. 18/03/2019 The 34-year-old mocked Atletico with the crude gesture after netting a hat-trick to secure Juventus’s 3-2 aggregate win over Atletico in the Champions League. IN SPORT.ES After knocking out Madrid, De Jong is happy to take on Cristiano next
Midfielders: Busquets, Thiago, Rodri, Saúl, Cazorla & Fabián RELATED STORIES Forwards: Rodrigo, Oyarzabal, Alcácer, Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo & Morata Jordi Gil Upd. on 11/11/2019 at 10:02 CET Robert Moreno has called up 23 players to the Spain squad for the upcoming games against Malta and Romania during the international break. Dani Olmo, la novedad en la Roja y Ansu apunta a la Sub-21 Defender: Gayà, Bernat, Carvajal, Navas, Albiol, Iñigo Martínez, Ramos & Pau Torres Former Barcelona youngster Dani Olmo, now at Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, is the surprise call up, with Ansu Fati expected to be named in the U21s later on Friday. Goalkeepers: De Gea, Kepa, Pau López Sergio Busquets is the only current Barça player included in the squad, with Jordi Alba injured and Sergi Roberto overlooked once again. Full squad: @jordigil La Roja will meet up at Las Rozas on Monday and will travel to Cadiz later in the week, where they will play Malta. They then face Romania at Atletico’s Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. IN SPORT.ES Spain play Malta (Nov. 15) and Romania (Nov. 18) in European Championship qualifiers having already booked their place at next summer’s finals. 08/11/2019 Spain coach Robert Moreno not ruling out calling Ansu up for Euro 2020
El Nápoles destituye a Ancelotti pese a acceder a octavos de la Champions 10/12/2019 He previously coached in England with Chelsea. Upd. on 11/12/2019 at 11:24 CET “SSC Napoli has decided to revoke the role of first team coach from Mr Carlo Ancelotti,” read a statement from the Italian club. “The rapport of friendship, admiration and reciprocal respect between the club, its President and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.” He leaves the club seventh in Serie A, 17 points back from early leaders Inter Milan. Napoli have announced that coach Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked despite Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Genk in the Champions League. Ancelotti, meanwhile, has already been linked with two vacancies in the Premier League, with both Everton and Arsenal touted as possible destinations. The win booked Napoli’s place in the last 16 of the Champions League but it was not enough to save Ancelotti’s job. Sport.es Gennaro Gattuso is expected to take over later this week. IN SPORT.ES
IN SPORT.ES “The only negative from the first match was conceding a goal. We know we are in for a difficult time against Barcelona but if we prepare ourselves well, anything could happen,” insisted Mertens. 17/07/2020 Mertens: “Superar al Barça será difícil, la clave es marcar” Napoli know all about toppling the best teams in Europe having beaten the reigning champions, Liverpool, in the group stage. “They ran so many kilometres, as if they had three teams, a real machine. It was very difficult to play against them so we feel very proud of that result.” CEST Sport EN Napoli will visit the Camp Nou on the 8th August in the second leg of the Champions League Last 16. Despite Barça’s struggles in recent weeks, Dries Mertens believes it is going to be tough for the Serie A club to progress. In an interview with UEFA, the striker spoke about the upcoming fixture. Upd. at 20:39 “At home, they play incredible football and it’s going to be difficult, we know this, but we’re confident of our own ability. The key will be to score because if we don’t, we’ll be out. If we have the right idea, anything is possible.” From October until now, plenty has changed at Napoli. The squad has found its best form under new coach Rino Gattuso and will hope to pile on the misery for Barça.
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