Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims Jose Mourinho is a manipulator

first_img The Swedish striker, currently in France with Paris Saint-Germain told Sports Illustrated: “Guardiola is a great coach but not on a human level. He wants to be perfect at all costs. Rik Sharma 05/06/2014 Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Jose Mourinho is a manipulating coach who can get players to do what they want. “This is why he has been so successful and is considered a great coach.” Ibrahimovic: “Mourinho es un manipulador” Upd. on 10/06/2014 at 18:49 CEST IN SPORT.ES On Mourinho, who was his coach at Inter Milan in Italy, Ibrahimovic added: “He convinces you, manipulates you to do what he wants. He also lashed out at his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. “My first six months in Barcelona were great but I don’t know what happened after that and Guardiola never spoke to me. “last_img read more

Radamel Falcao signs for Real Madrid…. sort of

first_img One possibility is that other people gained access to his account and then posted the message without him knowing. However, he then insisted that the message had been “photoshopped”, even though it is clear that it was sent from his account. However, it seems like he is closer than ever to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, the rivals of his former team Atletico Madrid. CEST Radamel Falcao caused a storm when he posted a twitter message claiming it was his dream come true to go to Real Madrid. Sport EN 30/08/2014 The Monaco striker was omitted form his club’s squad for their game this weekend and is close to a move to either Manchester City or Madrid, depending on who you believe. Upd. at 21:16 last_img read more

Fabio Coentrao has not played since Real Madrid last lost… and they’ve won 13 games since

first_img The Portuguese national team released a statement on October 6 saying he had “painful symptoms” in that area.  Since then, Los Blancos have won 13 games consecutively in all competitions.  Fabio Coentrao has been axed from Real Madrid’s side since their defeat on September 13 against Atletico Madrid. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has not missed the left-back at all because Brazilian Marcelo has been in phenomenal form, while jack of all trades Nacho has performed to a decent standard when he is rested.  Upd. at 19:33 12/11/2014center_img Sport EN CET He is not known to be officially injured, although there are rumours that he has a condition in his left knee which is causing problems. He now has 10 days to get fit and ready for when Madrid take on Eibar in their next La Liga game, although there is no sign that his exile is set to end.last_img read more

Zidane chooses his own son as Real Madrid Castilla captain

first_img CEST Enzo, who is 20-years-old, played last season for Real Madrid C in the Third Division and played in eight Castilla matches. He came up to the second team during the summer and is spending pre season as captain of the team. Castilla, who have the target of gaining promotion to the Segunda, after a poor year in the Segunda B, will try to do so after losing more than 40 footballers from their youth categories. Their pre-season games have resulted in two victories and two defeats. Upd. at 19:05 Real Madrid Castilla manager Zinedine Zidane, who is facing his second year in the job, has chosen his own son Enzo as captain.center_img 12/08/2015 EFE Last season, the French midfielder scored four goals in 26 appearances in the Tercera, before rising into the second team for the final games of the campaign. After a summer which has seen three captains depart, Sergio Aguza, Diego Llorente and Derik Osede, Zizou has decided to go with youth and select his son to hold the armband against Villarreal B, Burgos and Gimnastica Segoviana.last_img read more

Del Bosque: De Gea risks Spain exclusion if he doesn’t play

first_img Sport EN On Diego Costa, Del Bosque said he was satisifed with his start to the season.  Upd. at 17:39 02/09/2015 “He is a player who knows how to cope with pressure. I hope that Asurias applaud the national team, they deserve it,” he concluded. CEST “I want him to play and to be happy; and to play well so I can pick him. If he doesn’t play, though, it will be difficult [for him to be picked in Spain squads].”  “We’re not happy with what he has done so far with us, but he’s done well with Chelsea.” Finally, he was asked about Gerard Pique and how the Barça defender will be treated in Asturias:  Spain coach Vicente del Bosque spoke to Cadena Cope late on Tuesday night about David de Gea’s failed move to Real Madrid from Manchester United.  De Gea was all set for a return to the Spanish capital, but the paper work was not registered on time.  “If I have to say something [to De Gea] I will, but he will learn from this episode,” Del Bosque said.  “We count on Costa’s willingness and interest to play for the national team,” he said. last_img read more

Luis Enrique, Rafa Benitez and hatred of the media

first_img 30/12/2015 Lluís Mascaró CET Upd. at 17:59 The majority of football coaches – and many players – hate the media. They consider the press responsible for their ills, and never accept their criticisms. Not even the constructive ones. And many of them (like Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique) entrench themselves in press conferences and never accept personal interview requests. To the enemy, they think, you must not even give water.center_img When things go well – that’s to say, their teams win – they feel strong. And sometimes they can even seem nice. But when things go wrong – their teams lose – they let loose the monster inside. This happened with Luis Enrique on more than one occasion last season. ANd on Tuesday it was Rafa Benitez who exploded against the media. The excuse is always the same – the press lie and manipulate. The Real Madrid coach hit out at journalists, claiming they were part of a campaign against him. And against Florentino Perez. ANd the while club in general. Rafa Benitez lost his nerve, and accused the media of dark arts.  What Rafa should have done is reflect and not bask in conspiracy theories, like his president. To reflect and think if it’s the fault of the press they failed so ridiculously to sign De Gea, they lost 4-0 to Barcelona at home, Benzema has been in the courts, they were disqualified from the Copa del Rey. The problem is that this Madrid don’t need campaigns against them. They do it to themselves…last_img read more

Real Madrid 1-1 Eibar: Crisis? Fourth slip-up running for Los Blancos

first_img02/10/2016 Cuarto empate del Madrid y adiós al liderato Francesc de Haro Fran Rico opened the scoring with a header that Keylor Navas should have saved, with the Costa Rican shuffling the ball into his own net when he ought to have kept it out. Upd. on 07/09/2017 at 14:56 CEST Rico became the first Eibar player to score for the club at the Santiago Bernabeu, continuing the club’s best ever start to a season.  IN SPORT.ES Missing both Casemiro and Luka Modric in midfield hurt the hosts and Eibar did a decent job of holding their own, avoiding conceding too many clear cut chances and eventually earning themselves a point. Gareth Bale soon got Madrid back on level terms with a header of his own after Cristiano Ronaldo carved out a good cross to the back post. It was the Welshman’s 50th league goal in his 87th appearance in the Spanish top flight.  However, Madrid failed to kick on from there and wasted a couple of chances including a good one for Alvaro Morata.  Real Madrid stumbled to their fourth consecutive draw for the first time since March 2006.last_img read more

Javier Tebas: Infantino has no say on Girona vs Barca

first_img “We don’t consider ourselves competing with the MLS. If the MLS one day wants to play a game in Spain, I will help them with that game,” said Tebas. 19/09/2018 Javier Tebas spoke about FIFA chief Gianni Infantino’s comments about the Liga plans to hold Girona v Barca in Miami. Infantino was not keen on the game happening.  Tebas refers there to the three MLS sides from Canada. Tebas: “Infantino no tiene decisión sobre el Girona – Barça” Juan Arangocenter_img “(Infantino) has no decision on that, but I would have liked if he had a different opinion,” said Tebas. “I think that doesn’t make sense given what’s happening with football in the United States with the MLS.” Upd. on 20/09/2018 at 10:44 CEST IN SPORT.ES The Liga chief also said the game will take place “on 26 January at 2.45pm local time in Miami at the Hard Rock Stadium.”last_img read more

Radio Marca: Simeone close to renewing his contract with Atletico

first_img Simeone likely to extend Atletico Madrid deal beyond 2020 15/11/2018 Radio Marca say that his new deal will see him earn more than stat forward Antoine Griezmann — who renewed in the summer and earns around 20 million annually.  Sport.es IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Simeone’s current deal expires in 2020 but the Rojiblanco are keen to tie him down for several more years given his importance to the project.  Cholo took over Atletico in 2011, over seven years ago, and signed a new deal which takes him through to 2020 last September. center_img Radio Marca: Simeone está cerca de renovar con el Atlético Diego Simeone is set to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid, according to a report in Radio Marca on Thursday.  Now, in his eighth season at the club, he’s back in talks over a new deal with Gil Marin.  However, Simeone’s people are also said to be negotiating a clause which would faciliate a possible exit in the case that he doesn’t fulfil the whole contract.  Upd. on 16/11/2018 at 13:38 CET Atletico could be without Diego Godin against Barcelona next weeklast_img read more

Spanish coach Rafa Benitez is leaving Newcastle United next month

first_img CEST Upd. at 22:23 It’s official: Rafa Benitez won’t be at Newcastle United next season. The Spanish coach and chairman, Mike Ashley, were unable to come to terms on a new contract and he’ll leave his role on the 30th June. Benitez’s staff will also leave the English club. 24/06/2019 IN SPORT.ES Newcastle United’s statement came just hours after club legend Alan Shearer slammed the lack of communication with supporters following takeover talks. “The only thing official we have heard from the club this summer is, ‘We are putting season ticket prices up five per cent’ and ‘This is our new home kit’.”center_img The relationship between Benitez and the chairman has been frosty almost since day one. Despite being loved and respected by the team’s passionate fan base, money issues were at the centre of boardroom problems. The promises which were broken and expecting minor miracles season after season appear to be too much for the illustrious former Valencia coach. El Newcastle prescinde de Rafa Benítez Brian Owen It remains to be seen what Benitez – and Newcastle’s – next move will be.last_img read more