Can Rafa Benitez rise above his own problems at Real Madrid?

first_img The way Rafa riles important players is a potential flash-point too. We’ve seen this a lot during his career. Xabi Alonso and Albert Riera at Liverpool, Marco Materazzi and Samuel Eto’o, at Inter Milan, most of Chelsea’s old guard, including notably John Terry. Benitez tried to phase the centre-back out of the team, but we’ve just seen him captain the Blues to the title under Jose Mourinho, playing every Premier League game and being the competition’s outstanding defender. Benitez is too unwilling to compromise and lean in a player’s direction every now and again. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo might not react particularly well to that. Rik Sharma The last thing Rafa Benitez did, that he can be truly proud of, happened a decade ago. His Champions League victory with Liverpool. Since then, there have been minor successes, like winning the Europa League with Chelsea, but overall Rafa’s CV in recent years has been nothing to brag about. Twice champions of Spain with Valencia, then kings of Europe with Liverpool; that would have been a good time to take over at Real Madrid. Not a 10 years later when his stock has sunken. He left Liverpool with mixed reviews, failed miserably at Inter Milan, was hated at Chelsea and mediocre with Napoli; this is not the right time for Benitez to be Real Madrid manager. The Benitez way is an issue. His training sessions will be very different from those of Carlo Ancelotti. He is considered obsessive, with a one-track mind and will weigh on his players far more than the Italian ever did. That could be a good thing, of course, the same way that Luis Enrique has revitalised Barcelona after they slacked under Tata Martino last term. But Benitez may be too strong a change. He will make Madrid’s stars run. And run. And run.  Real Madrid fans might be in for a bit of a culture shock. Although Rafa’s formative years were spent at the club, where he coached the B team between 1993-1995, the attacking style that you generally associate with Madrid might be disappearing. It’s unlikely Benitez will want to keep Ancelotti’s three-striker system, instead looking to be more solid in defence. Asier Illarramendi or Casemiro might be in for reprieve too, if Benitez decides that Kroos-Modric-James is too offensive a midfield. CEST 03/06/2015 Upd. at 21:34 Things do not look promising for Real Madrid under Benitez and it’s hard to shake the idea that he’ll be gone sooner, rather than later, when Zinedine Zidane is ready to take the role. But with such low expecations, perhaps this is Rafa’s time to rise. You probably shouldn’t bank on it though.last_img read more

Florentino Perez wants Raul to be Madrid’s ‘Pep Guardiola’

first_img Since Raul’s decision was made public, people have rushed to praise the former Madrid striker’s influence on Spanish football. Even Luis Enrique: “He marked an era in Spanish football, but unfortunately time passes for everyone and player have to retire. I’m sure he will remain linked to football, we will see him on a bench or in another position within the game.”  “When I signed for the New York Cosmos in December, I said I would evaluate how I felt towards the end of the year and assess whether I would continue to play,” the former Spain international said. His agent, Gines Carvajal, says he will stay in New York for the time being.  In principle, Raul will have to decide between various offers. Among them is one from the LFP, who want to expand La Liga’s image in the USA and would like that to happen with Raul as their icon, nor just commercially, but also in an executive function.  There’s already talk about what his next step will be now. On La Sexta they suggest Perez’s idea is for Raul to return to Madrid to train as coach and eventually become the ‘New Guardiola’, because he symbolises the club’s values. Perez would like him to lead a winning project at the Bernabeu.  Sport EN Upd. at 20:11 center_img “It’s not been an easy decision, but it’s the ideal moment, Now all my focus is on helping the Cosmos win the championship. I want to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my career and especially the fans of the Cosmos, who have received me with support and affection,” Raul added. CEST Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Raul Gonzalez to be his future ‘Josep Guardiola’ at the 10-time European champions. Raul, currently with New York Cosmos, revealed on Thursday that he plans to hang up his boots at the end of the NASL season. 16/10/2015last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal will attack Premier League leaders Manchester City

first_img “At the moment, we just have to prepare in a serious way with clarity and focus and give the maximum on Sunday. 03/11/2017 AFP “We have an opportunity to show that we can deal with those kind of games and I am sure we can,” he said, in comments published by British media outlets on Friday. Pep Guardiola’s City are five points clear at the top of the table — and nine points above Arsenal — after amassing 35 goals in their opening 10 league fixtures. “I wouldn’t like to come out on that (Arsenal’s tactical approach), but of course we will try to play our game. We will not hide. CETcenter_img Upd. at 16:43 Arsenal have won only once on the road all season, and crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in August, but Wenger says they will not retreat into their shells at the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has pledged that his side will fight fire with fire when they tackle free-scoring Premier League pace-setters Manchester City on Sunday. “We want as well to play, have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack.” Wenger made 11 changes to his starting XI as Arsenal secured a place in the Europa League knockout rounds with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.last_img read more

La Liga censured Pique but celebrated Raul’s shush gesture

first_imgLa Liga caused surprise this Wednesday with a tweet which celebrated the same action that the same organisation denounced a few months ago. IN SPORT.ES However, the league appeared to celebrate Raul Gonzalez doing exactly the same celebration in a Clasico in 1999 by reliving the moment in a video posted on their official Twitter account. LFP chief Javier Tebas: PSG would have to disappear RELATED STORIES But while they condemned Pique’s action, they remembered Raul’s celebration fondly. Upd. on 03/05/2018 at 10:38 CEST La Liga was up in arms about Gerard Pique’s shush celebration at Espanyol in February after scoring an equaliser in the 1-1 draw, with president Javier Tebas calling the gesture a provocation.center_img Raul scored to level the game 2-2 at the Camp Nou and celebrated by putting his fingers to his lips, gesturing the home fans to be quiet. SPORT.es �� #ElClásico�� 1999⏰ Minuto 86@RaulGonzalez aparece para marcar el definitivo 2-2 y silenciar al Camp Nou… ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/Fx0DvmHTBH— LaLiga (@LaLiga) 2 de mayo de 2018 LaLiga: De censurar a Piqué a recordar el día que Raúl mandó callar Barcelona issue response to Tebas’ Article 155 comment 02/05/2018last_img read more

Argentina 4-0 Haiti: Messi hat-trick in World Cup warm-up

first_img However, things changed after the break. Messi added his second after a Lo Celso header was saved and completed his hat-trick after good work by Pavon.  IN SPORT.ES Messi then set up the fourth goal for Aguero, back from injury, before being taken off to a standing ovation from the home supporters.  TEAMS: Argentina: Wilfredo Caballero; Eduardo Salvio, Nicolás Otamendi, Federico Fazio (m.46, Marcos Rojo) y Nicolás Tagliafico (m.70, Marcos Acuña); Javier Mascherano y Giovani Lo Celso (m.74, Ever Banega); Manuel Lanzini (m.58, Maximiliano Meza), Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María (m.58, Cristian Pavón); Gonzalo Higuaín (m.58, Sergio Agüero). Haití: Johny Placide; Mechck Jerome; Ricardo Ade, Arcus Carlens (m.88, Waldo Vernet) y Fabien Borbe (m.46, Derrick Etienne); Zachary Herivaux (m.68, Bryan Labissiere), Mikael Cantave y Bryan Alceus; Jimmy Sanon (m.46, Steeven Sabat), Duckens Nazon and Alex Christian. Goals: 1-0, m.16: Lionel Messi. 2-0, m.57: Lionel Messi. 3-0, m.65: Lionel Messi. 4-0, m.68: Sergio Agüero. Referee: Arnaldo Samaniego (Paraguay). Booked Ade and Cantave. Argentina are looking to win their third World Cup in Russia (they previously won the competition in 1978 and 1986).  Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina kicked off their World Cup preparations with a resounding 4-0 win against Haiti.  Messi consigue un hat-trick con Argentina CEST efe 30/05/2018 In the first half, Messi linked well with Manuel Lanzini, Giovani Lo Celso and Ángel Di María but all Argentina had to show for their efforts was Messi’s 17th minute penalty.  Messi, whose first goal came from the penalty spot, guided Jorge Sampaoli’s side to a comfortable victory in the first of two friendlies they will play before the World Cup begins in Russia.  Barcelona star Lionel Messi set up the fourth goal for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the game played at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera. Upd. at 10:40 last_img read more

Arsenal to move for Burnley keeper Pope as Cech replacement

first_img Burnley coach Sean Dyche has admitted that one of the clu’s three goalkeepers may have to leave the club in the summer.  Anna Pérez Roura CET El Arsenal va a por Nick Pope The Gunners currently have Cech competing with German Bernd Leno but the former Chelsea stopper will retire in the summer.  Upd. at 20:46 RELATED STORIES But a shoulder injury in preseason ruled him out until January. Since returning he has played two FA Cup games but doesn’t even make the bench in the Premier League at the moment, with Heaton starting and Joe Hart on the bench. center_img Pope, 26, joined Barça in 2016 as backup to Tom Heaton. But he replaced the injured Heaton for the majority of last season, earning a place in the England squad for the World Cup.  Arsenal are looking for a new goalkeeper with Petr Cech set to leave the club at the end of the season and according to The Sun they will move for Burnley’s Nick Pope.  According to reports, Burnley want 11.4 million euros for Pope. It remains to be seen how negotiations develop, but Arsenal do have other options. Among them is Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, formerly of Barcelona.  18/02/2019 IN SPORT.ES Report: Manchester United will push hard for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho this summerlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgians shock with an injury-time comeback and sees of Blue…

first_imgAdvertisement igNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs14cy8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejixng( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p11tWould you ever consider trying this?😱6iCan your students do this? 🌚sbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Belgians came back from being 2-0 down to 3-2 with 20 seconds left of injury time to book a place in the Quarterfinals where they will face Brazil on the 6th of July. Belgium was considered the dark horses for the tournament who had a squad full of talent but their experience was questionable.Advertisement Nacer Chadli scores the winnerBelgium went a long way proving the doubts that were against them, a comeback which the World Cup hasn’t seen for around 50 years! 2 headers and a 94th minute injury time winner, is what sent Belgium rolling to the Quarters.Celebrating the winning goal.The comeback was complete, recalling West Germany’s rallying from two goals down to beat England at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico — the last time such a deficit had been overcome in the knockout stages. Such a long time back!Advertisement Read Also:-Advertisement Football: Former Goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel shows pride in his son for an exceptional performance in the tie-breakerFootball: David de Gea issues message to supporters, but uses the F-word Advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing: James DeGale vacates his IBF Super Middleweight title

first_imgAdvertisement DeGale became the IBF champion in May 2015 compiling two title defenses and a draw with Badou Jack. In 2017, Caleb Truax dethroned him in a shocking defeat. He was able to get revenge in an immediate rematch for the same title he lost.Advertisement Recently, it was beginning to look a little grim for DeGale as perceived by many boxing fans. A fight with the hard-hitting Jose Uzcategui was recently ordered by the IBF. Uzcategui has gained respect at super middleweight with a TKO win in his last fight over Andre Dirrell, a rematch of a bout that ended in a disqualification loss many fans didn’t agree with.Advertisement Given the performance DeGale produced in his rematch against Truax, many fans gave him a slim chance of defeating the younger Uzcategui. Then there is Billy Joe Saunders, whom he may have had in mind when he stated “[…]as I look to secure fights in the final stage of my career.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

WI vs India 1st Test Day 2 Review: India set sights on enforcing follow-on…

first_imgAdvertisement 775tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj95Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w54g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bvjisnWould you ever consider trying this?😱5yxiCan your students do this? 🌚3evdt0k0Roller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times)Advertisement Day 2 marked a typical day of test cricket for India, as the hosts piled more misery to a weak West Indies side who looked completely out of sorts.Captain Kohli and Jadeja reached their respective centuries while Rishabh Pant shined with a blazing knock of 92 to declare India’s innings at 649-9. Stumps saw West Indies reeling at 94-6, after Shami along with the spinners wrecked havoc.Advertisement Continuing from where they left off on the previous day, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant scored at a brisk pace to put a firm grip on the game. In the process, Virat reached his 24th test ton and once again crossed the 1000 run landmark in tests for the 3rd year running.Advertisement At lunch, India stood at 506-5 after they had lost Rishabh Pant late in the session on 92, who missed out a deserving century. Post lunch saw the hosts lose Kohli and Ashwin in quick successions. Jadeja then stitched crucial partnerships with the late order to reach his maiden century following which the declaration came in.West Indies who then came out to bat, potentially needing to play out of their skins to save the game, got off to the worst possible start. Shami removed both the openers, Brathwaite and Powell in a matter of 5 balls to leave them in a fix.The visitors couldn’t get their score moving along as they kept losing wickets in regular intervals as Jadeja produced a super all round performance on the field. At 94-6, West Indies headed to stumps on day 2 clearly knowing that they need a miracle to save the game.India on the other hand will look to enforce the follow-on tomorrow and take steps to wrap up the game in clinical precision.Brief Scores: West Indies 94 for 6 (Shami 2-11) trail India 649 for 9 decl. (Kohli 139, Shaw 134, Jadeja 100*, Pant 92) by 555 runs.Also Read:India beats Bangladesh in yet another close Asia Cup encounter, but it’s the U-19s this time Advertisementlast_img read more

Indian football news: FC Goa obliterates Northeast United FC 5-1, Gokulam spats with Real…

first_imgAdvertisement c07yNBA Finals | Brooklyn VseqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E220l2a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) meiu4Would you ever consider trying this?😱bztdCan your students do this? 🌚9tghdRoller skating! Powered by Firework Welcome to another installment of our daily Indian football news. In this section, you will find all the news pertaining to Indian football that happened on the given day.Advertisement In case you missed out on yesterday’s edition, you can check it out here.FC Goa obliterates Northeast United 5-1 to finish off 2018Ferran Corominas regained his Midas touch as he netted in a brace for FC Goa against Northeast United FCFC Goa thrashed Northeast United FC black and blue 5-1 at the Fatorda stadium in Goa in the Hero Indian Super League. This win takes FC Goa to the third spot on the points table with 20 points from 11 matches. Northeast United FC, on the other hand, is hanging by a narrow thread in the top four as they are just a point above the fifth-placed Jamshedpur FC after 12 matches.Advertisement Ferran Corominas inaugurated the goals galore for the home side after he connected Jackichand Singh’s cross from the right wing. Ten minutes later, Edu Bedia doubled the joy after dinking the ball past the kneeled down goalkeeper.Hugo Boumous, too, basked in his glory as he scored the third goal for FC Goa. Coro made it 4-0 minutes at the 84th minute after doing a one-two with Hugo Boumous. Northeast United’s Bartholomew Ogbeche ensured FC Goa didn’t walk away with a clean sheet as he rocketed the ball after Mohammad Nawaz saved his initial shot.Advertisement However, the four-goal cushion was restored by substitute Miguel Palanca Fernández’s solo effort. The final scoreline remained 5-1 in favor of FC Goa who received an early Christmas gift from Northeast United FC.Ferran Corominas becomes the joint all-time top goalscorer in the Hero Indian Super LeagueFC Goa’s Ferran Corominas became the joint all-time top goalscorer in the Hero Indian Super League history when he scored against Northeast United FC at the 84th minute. The Spaniard is level on goals with the Canadian Ian Hume who has 28 goals from 63 appearances, spanning in all the four seasons.Coro, on the other hand, has achieved the feat in only 30 appearances. Moreover, he has spent the entirety of his career in India playing for only one team- FC Goa. The Spaniard has also racked up more assists than the Canadian.It remains to be seen whether Coro can overtake Ian Hume to become the highest goalscorer in ISL history. One ought to note that the Canadian hasn’t found the back of the net a single time this season.Gokulam Kerala and Real Kashmir engage in a Twitter spatOne day before their I-League encounter, Real Kashmir FC and Gokulam Kerala FC engaged in a Twitter spat owing to unavailability for practice ground for Real Kashmir FC. Real Kashmir accused the Kerala-based team of abuse and denial of basic facilities like training and travel services.Gokulam Kerala, in retaliation, said that there was a strike going on in Kerala and the club still managed to afford travel services to the Sringar-based side. Here are the pertaining tweets from both the sides:Cmon be a man and dont give lame excuses. Then how come did they reach the ground? and if they did somehow, why didnt you provide a training ground? This is disgrace to the football. Football is about passion and competing fairly not cheating— Syed Adnan (@adnanosyed) December 14, 2018Young Indian Arrows hold Aizawl FC in the I-LeagueEarlier in the I-League, Indian Arrows held Aizawl FC to a 0-0 draw at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. This draw doesn’t change the position of either of the teams in the table as they find themselves in the 10th and 11th position respectively.The first half was a drab one with Rahim Ali only getting the meaningful chance of the match which he headed across the crossbar. Boris Singh’s shot hitting the woodwork and Anwar Ali’s 40-yard scorcher going agonizingly close were the other two notable instances of the match.That’s it for today. Don’t forget to catch the daily roundup of Indian football news only on Sportsindiashow. Advertisementlast_img read more