Lloris: “Dressing room problems behind France”

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first_imgFrance goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says that the problems which have hampered the dressing room during past tournaments have been put behind them. “There have been some ups and downs in the past few years that’s true,” the Tottenham stopper said. Meanwhile, Michel Babatunde will definitely miss out for the Super Eagles having fractured his arm in defeat to Argentina.  France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann. “You need a lot of energy and a lot of concentration at his stage if you want to get through. We will need to be focused and this kind of match will be decided on a detail so we will need to be vigilant right until the end.” The French face Nigeria in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday, and Lloris came across confidently speaking at a press conference, alongside Didier Deschamps, ahead of the game. “We have done what we needed and made the effort on the pitch to make the fans happy so far but we want to go further. “But since the return leg against Ukraine [in the qualifying playoff] we have noticed a change, a rekindled fondness from the fans. Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Oshaniwa; Onazi, Mikel; Odemwingie, Azeez, Musa; Emenike “Before the competition we were never labelled as one of the favourites. It’s true we had some good matches in the group phase but it’s like a new tournament now. 29/06/2014 Les Bleus are sweating on the fitness of defender Mamadou Sakho, but have no other major doubts for the match against the Nigerians. Sport EN Possible teams Victor Moses missed that match through injury, but he could be back in contention, while Godfrey Oboabona may replace Joseph Yobo at the back. “We will see today how he responds,” Deschamps said about the Liverpool defender. “He did some running yesterday. I will decide later whether he can play or not.” CEST Upd. at 20:45 Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)last_img read more


Iker Casillas says that the Champions League is easier to win than La Liga

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first_img The goalkeeper says because the trophy is still in Real Madrid’s own hands, rather than hoping Barcelona drop points in La Liga, it is less tricky to procure.  Upd. at 19:40 CEST 30/04/2015 “The coach already pointed out that the Champions League is easier to win. The Champions League is still in our hands whilst the league title is currently in Barça’s hands,” said Casillas.center_img Iker Casillas agrees with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti over the argument that the Champions League is easier to win this season than La Liga.  Sport EN “The last four teams remaining in the Champions League all have a 25 per cent chance of winning. Traditionally Madrid fans prefer European competition and winning the highest honor in Europe for the second year running would be special as it’s never been done before.”last_img read more


Nuno leaves role as Valencia manager

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first_img It’s been reported he’d already decided to leave the club and communicated his decision to Peter Lim on Sunday morning.  Sport EN Upd. at 22:47 Lim, unsuccessfully, tried to convince his manager to stay. Next up in the league is Barcelona, who are due at Mestalla next Saturday.  Nuno leaves the club ninth in La Liga after guiding them into the Champions League during his first season with the club.  However, that’s not the reason for Nuno leaving the club.  Los Che failed to muster a shot on target against Unai Emery’s side and ended the game with nine men after red cards to Joao Cancelo and Javi Fuego.  More to follow… CET They could still qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with a win in their final group stage game.  29/11/2015 Nuno Espirito Santo has left his position as Valencia manager after the 1-0 defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night. last_img read more


Granero: I respect Pique, but he made a mistake

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first_img And following Barcelona’s Club World Cup win, the Barcelona defender replied with his own tweet. He posted 25 trophy emojis with the the words #formysuperiors.  It all spawned from Pique’s tweet, also featuring emojis, laughing and crying ones on this occasion, on the day Real Madrid played Denis Cheryshev in the Copa del Rey when he should have been suspended. After Pique’s comments in December, Granero published a photo of himself with Arbeloa and the comment: “Pique, respect your superiors.”  Sport EN Real Sociedad player Esteban Granero has spoken to El Larguero about the war of words between Gerard Pique and Alvaro Arbeloa, a matter which he also got involved in.  Arbeloa responded by saying his “friend” Pique is obsessed with Madrid and would be in a comedy club in 10 years, still speaking about them. “He showed a lack of respect. It annoyed because Alvaro is a good friend and he deserves enormous respect.”  Upd. at 14:07 “I have a lot of affection for Pique, we have known each other since we were 11, but I think he made a mistake. CET 06/01/2016 “Pique made a mistake with the comment [cono…cido] he made about Arbeloa,” the Madrileño said. That then led to Pique’s “cono…cido” comment, which referenced Arbelos’s derogatory nickname [cone] but also referred to him as an acquaintance, rather than a friend.last_img read more


Arsenal rotate almost entire first team against Hull City

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first_img Alexis Sanchez, Oliveier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were put on the bench, while the likes of Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech weren’t even picked as part of the squad.  Upd. at 13:54 Arsenal took advantage of their relatively easy FA Cup clash against Hull City to rest the majority of their first team ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona. 20/02/2016 Only two of the starting eleven here are likely to play against the Catalans, those two being centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.  Barcelona, meanwhile, are likely to play their big guns as they head away to face Las Palmas, in terrible weather conditions. Rik Sharma CET With Gabriel injured, the Arsenal boss doesn’t have any other options at the heart of his defence.last_img read more


Congratulations! Juan Carlos Valeron played his 400th La Liga game

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first_img However, El Flaco is not the Canarian footballer to have played the most games in La Liga – that’s Diego Rodriguez, who played 450 times, 198 with Betis and 252 with Sevilla, between 1982 and 1996. Valeron featured for Las Palmas against Getafe, his 10th this season, adding to the 36 with RCD Mallorca, 65 with Atletico Madrid and 289 for Deportivo de la Coruna. 02/03/2016 Sport EN After 16 seasons at the top level, the oldest footballer in Spain’s top flight, at 40 years old, equal to the age of Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, Juan Carlos Valeron played his 400th La Liga game. Valeron wore the Spain shirt 46 times, taking part in the 2002 World Cup and in two European Championships.center_img Upd. at 01:53 He spent 13 seasons with the Gallegan, winning one Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.  Of the current players still active in La Liga, only Joaquin (Real Betis) Dani Alves (FC Barcelona) and Lopo (Deportivo) have played more games than Valeron, who is ahead of players like Andres Iniesta or Sergio Ramos.  CETlast_img read more


Cristiano Ronaldo reveals the advice Keylor Navas gave him

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first_img Upd. at 21:56 The Madrid forward had a free kick as the game headed towards its end, with the score poised at 2-2 on aggregate, and before he took it, Navas ran 70 yards up the field to tell him something. Ronaldo explained what happened in that moment. “We train together,” he said about the goalkeeper. “And he’ll kill me for telling you, but he said that I should take it slowly, not run at full pelt because he knew I’d score it.” Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the advice Keylor Navas gave him before he scored the third, crucial goal against Wolfsburg.center_img Sport EN CEST 15/04/2016last_img read more


Cricket: Rahul Dravid outlays the plan to improve India’s performances on foreign soil

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first_imgAdvertisement f4tuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa7sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6fclb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9t7Would you ever consider trying this?😱lfdpCan your students do this? 🌚31slRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: Firstpost)Advertisement The Indian ‘A’ team is all set to tour New Zealand A starting from 15th November, and the team’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, insists that these matches will give the team a much needed practice ahead of the all important Australia tour.Advertisement The three match test series vs New Zealand A sees players from the senior side such as Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari  being roped in to play a part. With all these players also being included in the tour to Australia, Dravid feels that these matches will not only help them personally but also will profit the youngsters around them.“I think it will be a very good opportunity for some of the boys who are requested by the senior team management to be a part of the A tour. They will be able to gain some match-time experience even if the conditions are not going to be exactly the same or it is not like being in Australia. The A team format is pretty competitive and it is match-time experience. It is a good opportunity in the lead up to international tours,” Dravid told BCCI.tv.Advertisement “From Indian cricket’s perspective by organising these tours, we can give the boys a better chance to prepare for an international series. It is exciting to have the senior boys with us. The objective for us is to prepare them for Australia and at the same time, the younger boys get an opportunity to share the dressing room with them,” said the former India captain.Dravid feels that the team would profit from these ‘A’ tours as the senior side does not get to play enough warm up games to get used to the conditions.“What we see nowadays is that there is not much time for practice or practice games in the lead up to an international series because of the amount of cricket that is being played.”“It is really nice to be able to hold such tours just before the Indian team visits these countries. We are trying to achieve that with the A team programme. We are trying to have shadow tours. We did it in England and we could obviously not do it in Australia, but it is great to go to New Zealand instead,” said Dravid.With him already showering his praise for the team’s display with the white ball, Dravid aims to improve the game with the red ball, planning to increase the number of matches being played in tests.“The focus on the New Zealand tour is more about four-day cricket and I think we are playing really good white ball cricket. I have seen this on the A tour over the last two and a half years. We have been really competitive and building a very good bench strength. The IPL really helps in that department.“The push from my perspective and some of the thinking and planning that has gone into is that we try and improve our longer format cricket, especially when travelling overseas.”“Keeping that in mind, we have increased the number of Test matches. We are trying to increase the amount of red ball cricket that our boys can get to experience,” said Dravid.With the Indian players receiving a much needed practice ahead of the big series, they’ll hope to produce a improved performance after their tours to England and South Africa didn’t go as per plan.Also Read:Cricket: Rohit Sharma regrets the absence of MS Dhoni in the T20 squad Advertisementlast_img read more


ISL 2018-19 : North East climb to second spot with an emphatic win over…

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first_imgAdvertisement njchmsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5yas77Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eslyi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) t9ubWould you ever consider trying this?😱igcmCan your students do this? 🌚8yRoller skating! Powered by Firework North East United climbed to the second spot in the League Table of Indian Super League with an emphatic win over Pune City. With this win, North East United collected 17 points from 8 matches so far. On the other hand, Pune City’s poor run continued as they stayed at the eighth position in the League Table with 5 points in 9 matches.Advertisement Bartholomew Ogbeche opened the scoresheet for North East United with a goal at the 23rd minute of the match . Pune City were not able to make a comeback in the first half. At the beginning of the seond half of the match, Pune City’s interim coach Pradhyum Reddy brought in Marko Stankovic in place of Iain Hume.Advertisement Marcelinho and Ashutosh Mehta were shown yellow cards due to bad fouls. At the 80th minute of the match, Nikhil Poojary replaced Marcelinho for Pune City. However it did not affect the course of the match as North East United were awarded a penalty at the injury time in the second half of the match. Juan Cruz Mascia successfully converted from the spot for North East United. This goal of Juan Cruz Mascia sealed the victory for the Highlanders and now they would be hopeful to reach the playoffs this time.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


Dozen down for Doves

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first_imgIT WILL be a young and different DOVETON side that sets about rebuilding pride at the Robinson Reserve this year…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img