“I’m going to muddle up and offend my dignity”

I’m going to muddle up and offend my dignity – Ivo Vieira

Following the suspicions surrounding his team after the matches with FC Porto and SC Braga, Estoril coach Ivo Vieira countered all criticism.

“To demean me and to offend my dignity is not. I also do not admit that they do this to my players. I was offended by commentators and I like some of these programs, but it was on behalf of third party interests. Stop thinking about where Portuguese football is going. If I have to, I’ll walk alone and go home to my wife, “said the technician, annoyed by the criticism.

Estoril suffered four consecutive defeats.

“We have to turn the page and we will not give up our identity. There are nine games remaining and we will fight for the points. The Boavista are a complicated team and we have to be effective in attack and defense, “said the coach who has the worst defense of the championship.

“I did not care if I had the same goals, if I had doubled.”

The Estoril delegation, with Ailton in doubt, departs this Friday, to the north. Gonçalo Santos and Thiago are confirmed casualties. The coach did not call any element of training for today’s training.

Arruabarrena and Sorribes enter the final table of Indian Wells

The two Spanish tennis players won Ahn and Tomljanovic and will be in the final table. Ojeda and Menéndez, one step away from entering the male box.

Lara Arruabarrena and Sara Sorribes will compete in the final phase of the Indian Mandates Premier Mandatory. Guipuzcoa and Castellón won their matches in their respective finals of the previous phase and will be present in the main draw of the tournament.

Lara Arruabarrena beat American Kristin Ahn 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes. The Guipuzcoan was confident with the second serve and took more than half of the break balls that she had to seal her triumph. Arruabarrena will face the first round of the Californian tournament against the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, recent winner of the tournament in Acapulco.

Neither did she struggle to seal her pass Sara Sorribes, who gave no option to the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, whom she beat 6-4 and 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes. Despite committing 6 double faults, the Castellon defended her high percentage of first and second service and took advantage of the break balls to take the match. Sorribes will debut in the tournament in the first round against the American Catherine Bellis.
Adrián Menéndez Maceiras and Ricardo Ojeda advance in the men’s preview

In addition to Arruabarrena and Sorribes, two other Spanish tennis players have taken a giant step forward on Tuesday in order to qualify for the final men’s draw at Indian Wells: Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras and Ricardo Ojeda. Menéndez won the American Stefan Kozlov 6-2 and 7-6 (8) in one hour and 46 minutes and will face the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, first favorite of the previous phase, who beat the American Brandon Nakashima 6-0 and 7-6 (3). For his part, Ojeda also advanced to the next round after beating Frenchman Calvin Hemery in three sets by 7-6 (2), 3-6 and 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes. Ojeda will play the access to the main draw against the French veteran Nicolas Mahut, who beat the Portuguese Gonçalo Oliveira by a double 6-3.

Real Madrid convinces Europe: “Walk to Kiev”

Real Madrid convinces Europe: “Walk to Kiev”

The press distributes praise for Real Madrid and criticism for a PSG that was expected more: “It was a ghost unable to meet the expectations of the world of football.”

The Spanish and foreign press distributes praise for Real Madrid and clubs for PSG. Newspapers see the white team in the Kiev final and highlight Zidane’s work in preparing the game. His counterpart in the Parisian bench is not so good and there are many who see Emery near the end of his adventure in Paris.

L’Equipe: “The great disillusionment Unai Emery took Pastore off the clock, waiting for a spark, too late or too late, PSG managed to be less dangerous at home (where he was undefeated this season) than at the Bernabéu. After two weeks of optimism and in a Parc des Princes as hot as expected, Paris dreamed of finally showing its status as a great European, but it showed that it was still far from that. “

Le Parisien: “Defenseless and eliminated from the Champions League PSG will not see European Spring for the second consecutive year After the 70 minutes between good and excellent Madrid three weeks ago the PSG has not existed.” He collapsed at nightfall of the first In the return the team slipped like a ghost unable to respond to the fervor of the public or the expectations of the world of football.

El País: “Madrid ruins PSG, a non-material ruin, impossible with the Qatarian support, but referred to the other academic meaning, ruining: causing serious damage, and this was the case for this PSG with the theme park theme entered an excessive urgency to reach the Eden, as Madrid has enjoyed so many times throughout its more than hundred-year history, which threw in the face this upstart PSG, which was even closer to the quarterfinals in the return of the Bernabéu that in the return in his living room “.

El Mundo: “Real Madrid seizes the throne in Paris, Real Madrid took the Champions, their territory of dreams, to keep the season alive.” He broke ashish predictions and gave himself at least one more tie in the competition where he has forged his legend of endless resistance, that no one relaxes, that the king of the tournament continues to breathe, after wallowing PSG at the Bernabéu, after biting the fear with that distant
0-1, Tuesday night in the foothills of the Eiffel Tower set a role of war veteran, not allowing even a second of illusion to the local comeback.

El Mundo Deportivo: “Madrid sets fire to Paris, PSG is deflated in the Parc des Princes, and all that aura of aspiring team to win the Champions League that had been created with a checkbook has been diluted.” Paying 222 million euros for Neymar does not he assured the commitment of the Brazilian who did not want to hear about infiltrating to be in the most important game of his team, Real Madrid qualified for the quarterfinals by making a serious, orderly game, with a clear bet by Zinedine Zidane for the footballers with whom he wants to keep winning, those who understand his football. “

Sport: “The same film as always, Real Madrid finished the work that started at the Bernabéu, they did not have to work too hard because the PSG showed that they have to eat a lot of soups to rub shoulders with the big ones. the one that smile eternally, but that, at the moment of truth, does not prove to them as Europe does, Goodbye, PSG, goodbye. “

La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Real power, it’s still not PSG’s time and it’s always Real Madrid’s time, at least in the Champions League, a Real Madrid redesigned with the intelligence of Zidane (who apart is a manager of men). Emery’s adventure in Paris will probably end here, even if he wins Ligue 1 with more than ten points ahead.The Madrid race continues to Kiev.It would not be a surprise to see them there too. “

Mirror: “Cristiano personifies Madrid’s European desire.” In recent years, it’s obvious that Real Madrid’s main objective is the Champions, if someone personifies that ambition it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Unai Emery will leave, more likely at the end of the season because For PSG, the Champions League is also the main objective, winning the league and the French Cup is not enough to save him. “

Germany, Korea and Sweden

Germany, Korea and Sweden, the walls to be torn down to the fifth game

MEXICO CITY – “The Germans win on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and also on weekends, which they already did”, summarizes Jorge Valdano when referring to the first rival of Mexico in Russia 2018.
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The score of the countdown to the World Cup indicates 100 days, and while in the environment of the National Team there are many doubts about the work of coach Juan Carlos Osorio and his famous rotations, in Germany there are only certainties.
Today, Germany is World Champion, European U21 monarch, Olympic Subchampion and Confederations Cup Champion. With a perfect soccer model, this selection shows the planet how to compete.
The respect for the ball, the maximum competition and the fair play that the Germans have forced them to applaud them standing up. They do not understand about tricks or making time, they are faithful to a project in which those who play are played in the same way.
The Teutons are scheduled to present their preliminary list on May 15. Joachim Löw will announce the provisional call, which will have the players who will be the rivals of the Tricolor.
After giving 35 names, in later days comes a cut and this will be formed the template of 23 players. That last selection must be submitted before June 4, which is the deadline.
If there is a concern in Low’s mind, he will define at the time if the historic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is only about to reappear after a long injury that had him inactive, will start in Russia, or opts for Marc-André Ter Stegen, who lives a great moment with Barcelona.

SWEDEN, ZLATAN YES OR NO?

In the orderly and surprising Sweden, which is given as the greatest merit to have qualified to the World Cup over Italy, there is a big question that has to do with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The ‘Giant of Malmo’ is withdrawn from his team, but after obtaining the ticket to Russia, the player still Manchester United is rethinking to defend the colors of his country, although the decision is not only yours.
Coach Janne Andersson, who took over after Euro 2016, has given few clues when asked if he would call Ibrahimovic.
For his part, Zlatan seems to have it clearer: “The door is not closed for nothing. But first I have to play, we can not start focusing on the national team when I’m not playing. But I feel alive when all this talk is already going on, so that’s fine, “he said recently.
In the paper, Sweden will be the rival with which Mexico will dispute its passage to the Eighth Finals, with the understanding that both could beat Korea and lose with Germany.
It is a selection without great figures, which prioritizes above all the order, and which has some players in the best leagues in the world. The level with the Aztec squadron can be seen extremely even if they both touch the limit of their potential.

KOREA: THE ‘UGLY PATIO’

On paper, the Republic of Korea is the weakest rival of the Mexico group; however, it is not about any flan. It is the most successful team in Asia to qualify for the ninth consecutive occasion to a World Cup and for the third time will rival the Tricolor in a fair of this magnitude.
The tactical order, speed and skill of its players are the main letters of presentation of this squad that has international players like KooJacheol, who plays in Augsburg, Son Heungmin, of Tottenham, and Kisung-Yeung, of Swansea City.
Korea will be the second rival of Mexico, which hypothetically would come without units to this confrontation, considering that the chances of falling to Germany World Champion are high.
For that reason the duel acquires great relevance, since it will be vital that the Tricolor adds the three points to play the whole for the whole in the third match against Sweden.

THERE WILL NOT BE A FIFTH MATCH

In an interview with ESPN Digital, the ex-mundialista and now analyst, Luis García, predicted that the Aztec National Team will re-qualify for the Octavos de Final, but will not break the barrier of the fourth game.
“Mexico will debut before the maximum candidate to repeat as World Champion; the ball has to roll and can sting anywhere, but Germany is much better than Mexico; Mexico is much better than Korea, and Mexico is very similar to Sweden; then I think Mexico will end up going to the next round in a very brave match that will have to settle with Sweden, but I see very difficult in a game to kill or die can beat Brazil in the Octaves. “

 

Cologne investigates own fans

Cologne investigates own fans

Ron-Robert Zieler is a native of Cologne. He left the FC youth in the summer of 2005 in the direction of Manchester United. After 5 years England, he returned to Germany in 2010 Hannover 96.

That was just weird!

The 1. FC Cologne takes after the disgusting insults and ugly cusses of its own fans against Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler (29) investigations. This was announced by the club on Monday.

“The 1. FC Cologne distances itself from the evil hostility against Ron-Robert Zieler and asks him as well as the family Enke for apology. What was apparently called on Sunday by one or a few FC ultras via megaphone in the direction of the goalkeeper of VfB Stuttgart goes beyond a tolerable in the stadium word choice and contradicts all the values of the FC. We stand for respect and fair play, even as losers. The FC will try to identify the perpetrator (s) and reserves the right to take action against them, “it said in a statement on the club’s website.

Coach Stefan Ruthenbeck (45): “What happened there, does not work. That is impossible and even as a coach I dissociate myself from it! ”
The table last will now check all information and evaluate video images.

What exactly happened?

FC-Ultras had offended the Cologne-born Zieler in the second half during the 2: 3 home defeat on the worst as the Stuttgart goalkeeper played before the south curve.

Batshuayi leaves his future open

Three games, five goals. BVB rookie Michy Batshuayi hissed like a rocket into the sky over Dortmund. But since then there is silence on the Belgian lending striker. Coach Peter Stöger is relaxed about this, he says: “It was clear to us that it would not continue the whole time as it did at the beginning.”

Against Gladbach (1: 0) Batshuayi went out empty, also against Bergamo and Augsburg (each 1: 1) stood with him the zero. They were joyless evenings for the 24-year-old, who is increasingly well shielded – but also as a victim of the completely deficient offensive performance of Borussia must be considered. Only three chances she created in these three encounters, which is far below the high black and yellow standard. Batshuayi is suffering from the acute supply shortage.

Stöger continues to certify the attacker “in which he is dangerous,” but admits that Batshuayi’s teammates recently often failed to bring the Aubameyang successor in the area where he can use his strengths. So then arise games like on Monday against Augsburg, in which Batshuayi moves on the edge of perceptibility.

Back to London?

His quality as a physically strong final player remains undisputed. The at Chelsea under contract and only lent until the end of the season scorers probably has the format to help Dortmund longer than just for a few months. But whether he returns to London in the summer or is firmly committed by BVB remains an open question. Not even Batshuayi himself is seriously grappling with it at the moment.

Batshuayi: “That would block my head”

“At the moment I’m thinking only about football, not the future,” he says in an interview with the Funke Media Group (Friday), “What interests me in the future is not what interests me I’m just thinking. ” Anxious to ponder what shirt color he will wear in the coming season, blue (Chelsea) or yellow (Dortmund), would burden him too much, reveals Batshuayi: “That would block my head.”

 

Lippi: Nothing compares to World Cup

Marcello Lippi admits not even winning Juventus’ last Champions League compares to lifting the World Cup as Italy CT in 2006.
Italy’s victory in Germany was made all the more impressive, given their preparations for the tournament were overshadowed by the Calciopoli scandal, while Lippi also guided Juve to European glory 1996.
“The team’s psychological situation was fantastic,” the China boss told Corriere della Sera.
“There was exceptional conviction and self-esteem. After that, what happened with Calciopoli happened, but it didn’t affect us.
“Was Calciopoli needed? I don’t know. Perhaps it wasn’t considered that certain habits didn’t belong to only one person but rather the whole system.
“Also, someone may have paid more than they should have, someone else much less… Should Buffon stay on? Let’s leave that to him.
“Pirlo’s no-look assist against Germany? When I remember how he put that pass through a melee of players, while looking the other way, with Grosso ready to his left, I think it was meant to be.
“Champions League or World Cup? I won every cup going with Juventus, but none of them compare to a World Cup in Azzurro.”

Buffon: ‘Italy, call Balotelli’

Mario Balotelli “deserves to be taken into consideration” for Italy, according to captain Gianluigi Buffon.
The Nice striker has been in fine form over the past two seasons, and has been linked with a return to Serie A when his contract expires at the end of this season.
“Regardless of whether I’d see him on the pitch again or not, I’d be happy if Mario returned to Italy,” Buffon said, speaking with Tiki Taka.
“He’d have the chance to prove that he has 100 per cent matured, and that he has what we saw as a lad or an unfinished player – i.e the ability to be a champion, to show that consistently.
“That has to be Mario’s challenge, from now until he stops playing.
“The national team? I think that Mario, for what he’s done and is doing over these two years deserves to be paid attention to and to be taken into consideration.
“In the end we’re talking about a talent who maybe never had consistency as his strong point, but Italian football hopes he has completely matured.
“I’ve seen few – maybe only [Francesco] Totti who have that power and accuracy of shooting, there’s truly no equal.
“Among the talents I forgot our friend Antonio Cassano, because Cassano is definitely one of the talents who should be put alongside these players.”
Buffon was then asked if he’d given Gigio Donnarumma the green light to carry on his legacy in the national team.
“It’s not like I gave it to him, he won it and deserved it with his performances over these years and the talent he’s displayed.
“Alisson? In my opinion Alisson is only a surprise for those who don’t know goalkeepers, and the role of the goalkeeper in general because I’d already spotted him and was aware of him for two or three years.
“He’d always struck me, above all for the calmness with which he approaches games and simplifies his saves at all times, sometimes making them seem even inoffensive, even in situations which could be a bit delicate.
“That gives calm and security to the team.
“Wojciech Szczesny? We’re really good friends. We’re very close, because at the end of the day we’ve created a wonderful union and collaboration.
“Every time Tek plays he’s a protagonist, he’s won us so many points and has allowed us to still be so close to Napoli.
“He wants us to call him Tek, because his name and surname are unpronounceable and he found a way to help everyone.”
Having given his view on the goalkeepers, the 40-year-old was then asked about forwards…
“I think that Ronaldo, il Fenomeno, at Inter was something incredible. At that time we hardly ever saw players with that physicality, that power, that speed, that technique.
“Now maybe a [Lionel] Messi has those qualities, even if he’s not as powerful. At the time though he [Ronaldo] really looked like an alien against humans.”

Napoli: How they rated as Sarri’s men go four points clear in Serie A

Napoli eased past Cagliari this evening with a convincing 5-0 win in Sardinia to move four points clear of Juventus at the top of Serie A, the Bianconeri having a game in hand after their match was postponed on Sunday due to snow.

Here’s how the Partenopei rated this evening:

REINA 6: A quiet evening and did what he had to do when called upon.

HYSAJ 6.5: Provided the assist for the goal of Dries Mertens; replaced by Christian Maggio on 72 minutes.

(MAGGIO n/a)

ALBIOL 6.5: Dealt with a couple of tricky situations and was steady all evening.

KOULIBALY 6: Suffered coping with the pace of Han and was Napoli’s worst player this evening.

MARIO RUI 7: A superb free-kick in the dying minutes capped off an impressive performance.

ALLAN 8: A man of the match performance from the Brazilian who was imperious throughout.

JORGINHO 6.5: Shadowed Joao Pedro all evening so was restricted to a more defensive role before being replaced on 75 minutes.

(DIAWARA n/a)

HAMSIK 7: Captain fantastic once again and a goal to boot; a solid display from the Slovak.

CALLEJON 7.5: Scored the opener, made the second and missed a host of chances, but the Spaniard remains vital to this Napoli side.

MERTENS 7: Another game, another goal for the Belgian and was substituted on 64 minutes with the three points in the bag.

(ZIELINSKI 6.5: Came on to good effect and won the penalty for Napoli’s fourth goal)

INSIGNE 7: Not to be out done, the Italian international slotted away the spot-kick to round off another quality night’s work.

Do AC Milan regret not selling Andre Silva for €40 million?

AC Milan striker Andre Silva is failing to justify his € 38 million price-tag. The Portuguese joined the San Siro hierarchy in the summer but has only scored eight goals in 30 appearances so far this season.

The former Porto star has yet to score his first Serie A goal and his future at the San Siro is now in serious doubt.

Earlier this week, Calciomercato.com had exclusively reported that Andre Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes attended AC Milan-Ludogorets at the San Siro.

​Andre Silva started the game but, yet again, failed to impress. Mendes had a meeting with Marco Fassone trying to solve the complicated situation of the disappointing Portuguese striker.

According to our transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano, AC Milan rejected a € 40 million bid from China in the January transfer window.

The rossoneri opted to keep the player in Milan till the end of the season but his price-tag is now drastically decreasing. Will AC Milan regret not selling their disappointing star when they had a chance?