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According to coach Ronald Koeman, Barca will try to sign a striker Memphis Depay in January 2021.
“I want Depay. I’ll try to get him here in January,” Koeman said in Algemeen Dagblad. However, I cannot predict the financial situation of the club in January. We will have to wait” .
As soon as he took power this summer, coach Koeman asked Barca to buy Depay. They worked with Lyon, and were accepted a $ 30 million upfront plan and a $ six million deferred payment at the end of the 2020-2021 season. However, due to financial difficulties during the Covid-19 era, the Camp Nou team could not complete the deal.
Barca remains one of the highest-paying teams in the world. Therefore, when revenue declines, they must calculate to ensure financial security. During the transfer window last summer, Barca’s leaders tried to push many players – including the deal with Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, but that was not enough. “Finally, the transfer failed. Unfortunately, but Depay also understands how difficult the situation is,” Koeman explained.
Depay is the Dutch top scorer for the 2014-2015 season, wearing PSV Eindhoven. Also in 2015, he was awarded “Best Young Player” by France Football magazine. He joined Man Utd that summer for $ 42 million. However, the star born in 1994 did not perform as expected, scoring only seven goals in 53 games. Moving to Lyon from January 2017, Depay became a pillar. He moved in as a plug striker, scoring 57 goals in 140 games for the French club.
The future of Lionel Messi is also one of the other issues of concern at Barca. After failing to cancel the contract, the captain accepted to stay until the expiration in the summer of 2021. There are many sources saying that Messi is only waiting for the opportunity to go to Man City, but some comments are expected. guess he can extend when Barca elects a new president. HLB Koeman predicted: “In my mind, I always think that Messi will stay. If he leaves, it opens up a completely different situation.”
In the first four matches of La Liga 2020-2021, Barca won two, drew one and lost one. This weekend, they will face a great challenge when they host Real Madrid.
The races in the Premier League 2019/20 have officially ended, taking a look at 10 incredible statistics this season.
- Tottenham is the worst after 11 years but still ranks above Arsenal
Tottenham only won 59 points this season, their worst performance in 11 years. However, Spurs (6th) still rank higher than the city team, Arsenal (8th).
- Alisson goalkeeper Alisson has the same number of assists as Raheem Sterling: Raheem Sterling has scored 20 goals in the English Premier League this season, but only 1 assist, equal to the performance of goalkeeper Alisson on the Liverpool side.
- MU has the same 66 points as last season: This season, MU won 66 points after 38 rounds in the Premier League, equal to the number of points they got in last season. However, this year MU ranked 3rd and last year they ranked 6th.
- Jamie Vardy is the oldest Premier League top scorer: With 23 goals, striker Jamie Vardy has earned the title of Premier League Top Scorer 2019/20. At 33, he is the oldest scorer in the tournament’s history.
- Southampton have gained more points than Leicester since the defeat of 0-9: Since the defeat of 0-9 to Leicester, Southampton has returned strongly. They have won 44 points since October, while Wolves have only 42 points.
- No English player has scored for Wolves: This season, Wolves has scored 51 goals in the highest league in English football, but no English player has scored for Wolves. Raul Jimenez leads the list of Wolves scoring with 17 goals, he is a Mexican national.
- Coach Ancelotti for the first time ended the season in the bottom half of the table: With a series of disappointments in the final rounds, Everton ranked 12th in the Premier League this season. This is the first time coach Carlo Ancelotti ended the season in the bottom half of the table.
- Roberto Firmino has only 1 goal at Anfield: This season, striker Roberto Firmino only scored 9 goals in the Premier League, of which only 1 goal was scored at Anfield.
- Jesse Lingard only contributed shoe marks to a goal of MU: Jesse Lingard scored the decisive goal to help MU defeat Leicester with a score of 2-0 in the final round, this is also the first time he contributed shoe marks in a Reds goal in the Premier League after 22 appearances
- Incredible with the promotion and relegation of Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich: In the 2014/15 season, for the first time, Bournemouth won the right to play in the Premier League, they ranked above Watford and Norwich. This season, they ranked 18th, also ranked above Watford and Norwich, but all three have to be relegated.
Former midfielder Kevin Kilbane said that Sadio Mane intentionally scolded to bring back a penalty to help Liverpool win Leicester 2-1 yesterday 5/10.
“I don’t think it’s a penalty, although Albrighton has an impact on Mane,” Kevin Kilbane said on the BBC Final Score show. “Mane fell down. The referee will not change the decision, because it’s a collision situation. But it’s not an obvious mistake. I think Mane took the initiative to fall down to get a penalty.”
Kilbane was a Republican of Ireland and had 17 years of playing in English competitions. In the period of 2003-2006, he wore the Everton shirt – the same city rival as Liverpool.
In the third injury-time of the Liverpool-Leicester match yesterday, Marc Albrighton returned to defense but did not understand what Kasper Schmeichel meant when the Leicester keeper came out to catch the ball. As a result, the 11th midfielder stepped on Mane’s foot and made the visitors penalized. James Milner fooled Schmeichel from the spot 11 meters, bringing the 2-1 victory for Liverpool. Earlier, Mane opened the scoring in the 40th minute and James Maddison equalized in the 80th minute.
Liverpool, thanks to Mane’s fall and Milner’s penalty kick, maintained the top of the table with eight wins. On the Leicester side, coach Brendan Rodgers did not hide his disappointment on his return to Anfield – where he had been with for three years.
“As for the penalty, I think it was an unclear penalty,” Mr. Rodgers added. “But when the referee decided to blow the penalty, it was hard for VAR to deny it. Anyway, I am still proud of the players’ performance. Playing fair with Liverpool shows that we are still on the right track at Tournaments”.
Next week, the English Premier League will take a break to make room for the national team playing field. In the next round, two weeks later, Liverpool came to Old Trafford and Leicester welcomed Burnley.
The defending champions continue a series of bad matches, losing 0-2 to Granada in Round 5 of La Liga.
Goals: Azeez 2 ‘, Vadillo 66’ penalty.
After returning to play in the Borussia Dortmund draw in the Champions League on midweek, as most of the betting sites predicted, Lionel Messi once again started on the bench. Because his physical strength has not fully recovered, he has not been able to play at his peak. However, the absence caused more damage to Jordi Alba, the left-back stopped playing due to an injury.
When he first started playing Alba, rookie Junior Firpo had a disastrous debut with two mistakes in the first 63 seconds. After passing Firpo, Antonio Puertas freely penetrated the penalty area to make a sinking. After the ball hit Gerard Pique’s foot and changed direction past goalkeeper Ter Stegen, Ramon Azeez appeared to head on an open goal to open the scoring for Granada.
As stunned after the first goal, Barca were powerless in giving an “answer”. The attack, including Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Carles Perez, did not perform as expected by the fans. They controlled the ball and pressed the field, but failed to make a single goal goal in the first half. The only situation that caught Barca’s attention was Suarez’s free-kick that hit the fence.
Granada crafts are also part of the reason that Barca plays down. By defending based on mass, discipline and effective space control, the home team succeeded in neutralizing the opponent’s tactics.
Aware of the difficulties, coach Ernesto Valverde threw Messi and prodigy Ansu Fati into the field from the beginning of the second half. However, the boost did not help Barca. Having retired from the beginning of July, Messi lost the image of the player who scored more than 50 goals last season. He could do nothing but force goalkeeper Rui Silva to make the first save.
Fati also did not contribute much, besides the stirring phase on the left wing. If more experience, the 16-year-old striker may have created more danger from the effort to cross the penalty area.
Barca’s early discouragement was also caused by the fact that Granada had a goal to set the victory from 66 minutes. Having the opportunity on the 11m mark, Alvaro Vadillo tricked goalkeeper Ter Stegen to double the gap.
Italy beat hosts Finland 2-1 on 8/9, thereby winning all six matches played in Group J.
After this victory, Italy reached 18 points over six matches, nine points ahead of Armenia’s third team. The rules for Euro 2020 qualifies that the top two teams in each group in the qualifying round will win tickets to the final round. Roberto Mancini’s teachers, therefore, only need to win four points in the remaining four matches to win tickets to Euro 2020. Despite losing to Italy, Finland is having the opportunity to attend a major tournament for the first time when finishing second with three More points than Armenia.
Better control of the ball, Italy created the opportunity to eat in the first half. The most obvious is the volley near the edge of the penalty area of Stefano Sensi, forcing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to fly all the way to prevent. Sensi then has a long shot off the column.
Finland had difficulty putting the ball up due to Italy’s high pressing style. They use a lot of high kicks in the hope the strikers will take advantage of the height to cause mutations. However, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had to deal with such a fair play.
Early in the second half, Finland created an opportunity soon with a deflected shot of the high-striker Teemu Pukki. But when the team could not find the net, they had conceded goals. A cross from Federico Chiesa touched the head of a Finnish player and found the location of Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker headed the ball and smacked the ball into the crossbar into the net.
Finland 1-2 Italy
This opener ended the 10-match streak in Immobile’s Italy squad. The last time he scored was a 1-0 win over Israel in September 2017. The striker is playing for Lazio so the emotion is happy. However, the joy of Italy lasted more than 10 minutes.
During a cross from the right wing into the penalty area, Pukki was fouled. On the penalty spot, the striker of the Norwich club staff fooled Donnarumma to make up for Finland. But seven minutes later, the referee blew a second penalty, this time for Italy, after a touch of the ball in the penalty area of Sauli Vaeisaenen. On the 11m mark, Jorginho missed a shot, making goalkeeper Hradecky unable to touch the ball in the right direction.
The 2004 champion was defeated by Russian club Krasnodar by the away goal rule in the third qualifying round.
Porto won 1-0 away from home in the first leg. However, dramatic happenings took place in the second leg when coach Sergio Conceicao’s side were soon conceded by Dutch midfielder Tonny Vilhena. Shapi Suleymanov then scored two consecutive goals to help Krasnodar lead 3-0 after the first half.
Ze Luis and Luis Diaz’s second goal in the second half only helped Porto equalize after 3-3 matches, but the Portuguese team was still eliminated by the away goal rule.
Winning a surprise victory, Krasnodar will meet the Greek club Olympiacos in the play-off round to win tickets to the Champions League group stage. Olympiacos overcame Basaksehir Turkey 3-0 to continue. This is Porto’s second absence in the Champions League. When Jose Mourinho led the club to the championship in 2004, Krasnodar didn’t even exist. The third club in the Russian championship last season was established in 2008.
In the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, Ajax experienced a heartbreaking match against Greek champion PAOK Salonika. After two 2-2 draws in the first leg, PAOK took the lead in the Netherlands thanks to a strike from Diego Biseswar – an adult player from Ajax training.
Dusan Tadic missed a penalty but then equalized for Ajax on the spot 11m at the end of the first half. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the second half with 10 minutes remaining to help Ajax lead 4-3 after two matches. Tadic once again scored a successful penalty to determine the ticket for the Dutch team, although Biseswar had another goal in injury time.
Ajax will face Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia in the play-off round. This team beat Qarabag 2-0 away in the second leg after losing 1-2 in the first leg. In another match, Belgian Club Club Brugge overcame Dynamo Kyiv 4-3 after the two teams drew 3-3 in the second leg.
The Argentina team lost with a score of 0-2 against this year’s Copa America home team, Brazil, two players Gabriel Gabriel and Roberto Firmino in the match that took place on the morning of the last 3.6.
According to Argentine Labor, the match had “serious and disgusting mistakes from the referees” that were the only two ball phase Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi were fouled in the penalty area. Argentina captain Lionel Messi also expressed dissatisfaction with the referee team led by Rody Zambrano – Ecuadorian.
Messi thinks there are too many fouls but VAR has never been used at all throughout the match despite being applied in all previous Copa America matches. Argentine Labor President Claudio Tapia sent a letter to comfort and support Messi’s opinion in the post-match interview. Mr. Tapia also expressed clearly in the complaint letter to CONMBEBOL that:
“It is unreasonable to not use VAR in two situations and it has affected the game.”
He also expressed “doubts about morality, honesty and transparency” during the last defeat of Argentina.
Brazil is also accused by the Argentina FA of Brazil taking advantage of the Copa America to benefit its political image. Specifically, Mr. Jair Bolsonaro – Brazil’s new national president had a welcome screen for fans in the middle of the time even though FIFA had stipulated political factors are not allowed to interfere in football matches.
More seriously, there was the allegation from GloboEsporte that the security of the new Brazilian president caused confusion in radio communications between the referee and the VAR in the last semi-final.
Alisson won the best individual Copa America award
Brazil has yet to kick the 2019 Copa America final but Alisson Becker has officially won the Golden Gloves with the best performance in the tournament is five clean sheets.
Alisson retained his form since the end of the 2018/19 season and since the Champions League semi-final semi-final against Barcelona, the Liverpool goalkeeper has been through nine consecutive games without ever reaching the ball-net.
Let’s take a look at some outstanding football events that will take place in 2019.
Asian Cup (from January 5 to 1/2 in the UAE)
Asian Cup 2019 is Asia’s biggest football tournament at the national level so it promises to gather the top stars in the continent.
Champions League final (June 1 in Spain)
Spanish football has dominated the European Cup for the past few years. This year, the country of this Iberian peninsula has the honor to host the Champions League final (the match takes place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano). At the end of the group stage, Spain still has 3 representatives: Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico.
U20 World Cup Award (from May 23 to June 15 in Poland)
The U20 World Championship is considered a stage for young stars to come to light. Four Asian representatives participating in this tournament are Qatar, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia (champion of the U19 Asian Championship).
UEFA Nations League Finals (June 5 to June 9 in Portugal)
In the first organization, the UEFA Nations League created a positive effect when all teams played hard, which means they do not only seeing this as a supplementary friendly tournament for EURO 2020 qualifiers.
There are four talents who are present in the final round: England, Portugal, Netherlands and Switzerland. According to the schedule, the UK and the Netherlands will touch each other to determine their representatives to attend the match. The other pair of semi-finals is a match between Switzerland and the home team Portugal.
America Copa 2019 (from June 14 to July 7 in Brazil)
With high-quality players, Brazil is rated highly in the South American Copa America Championship 2019, especially when they have home advantage. In addition to 10 familiar South American representatives, this year’s tournament also has two more guest teams from Asia, Japan and Qatar.