Barcelona coach ‘Quique Setien’ Reacts to Lionel Messi’s Statement About His Coaching Style
Quique Setien, the barcelona’s Coach has reacted to Lionel Messi’s statement; “we can’t win Champions League playing as we have been playing”. He defended his tactical philosophy after the superstar footballer made that statement.
In a recent interview with Sport, the Argentinian star said: ‘It is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing. My opinion is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year.’
Reacting to Lionel Messi’s comment about his style, Setien said: ‘Messi’s words I think have created a big debate.’
‘We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League.
‘We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course we can,’ Setien told beIN Sports.
Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde in January and has been hoping to deliver Barca’s first Champions League since 2015.
Lionel Messi and his teammates suffered three consecutive quarter-final defeats before Liverpool inflicted another major blow last term. In the semi-final first leg, Barca defeated Liverpool 3 -0 at Nou Camp, but in the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks as they hit Barca 4 – 0 without a reply.
The win for Liverpool, ended the Real Madrid’s dominance in 2019 after they had won three-straight Champions League titles after the Catalans’ 2015 triumph.
Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic at French Open for record tying 20th major
Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic at French Open for record tying 20th major
In this unusual, surreal 2020, Rafael Nadal carved out a remarkable piece of history by reaching a landmark 20 in tennis terms.
More specifically, winning a 20th grand slam title to equal pal and fellow “Big Three” member Roger Federer’s men’s all-time record.
He did so by beating the other member of the elite group, Novak Djokovic, 6-0 6-2 7-5, under the roof on Philippe Chatrier Court amid Paris’ late afternoon autumnal chill.
Rafael Nadal bites the winning trophy after claiming the French Open title for the 13th time with a straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic.
Nadal sunk to his knees after an ace on championship point in what was a surprisingly lopsided finale to the fortnight.
But this is indeed Nadal on clay. He said the tournament’s new balls and cool weather don’t favor his spin heavy game — the coronavirus pandemic prompted organizers to move the event from its usual late May start — but the 34-year-old Spaniard overcame the conditions to tally a 13th French Open crown without dropping a set and 100th Roland Garros match victory.
He elevated his game to oust his conqueror in his lone warmup tournament, Diego Schwartzman, in the semifinals before stepping it up another notch Sunday.
Nadal compiled 31 winners to only 14 unforced errors to hand the 17-time grand slam winner the worst loss in any of his 27 grand slam finals. Nadal has never lost a French Open final but Djokovic certainly seemed to present danger for him in the finale.
He had won their last three grand slam matches and they were huge blows to Nadal — including in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros five years ago.
Novak Djokovic plays through pain to reach French Open semifinals
The Serb had only suffered defeat in one match in 2020 — that default at the US Open last month against Pablo Carreno Busta — and benefited from more buildup matches in the past two months than his rival.
Djokovic suffered neck and shoulder issues in his rematch with Carreno Busta on Wednesday, when he donned long sleeves, and one couldn’t help but wonder if something was bothering the world No. 1 again.
The long sleeves were back, two days after he sported short sleeves in his semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas that started in the evening and ended around 10:30 p.m. local time. He reverted to the short sleeves after he fell behind by two sets.
He lost a set 6-0 at a major for only the fourth time in his grand slam career according to website Tennis Abstract and even though Djokovic has used the drop shot extensively on the clay, he attempted an eye-catching four in the first game.
His unforced error tally soared to 52.
Nadal was dominant throughout the final at Roland Garros.
He was broken from 40-15 in the opening game to give Nadal the best possible start in front of the limited number of fans in attendance. They were capped at 1,000 amid the pandemic.
The duo exchanged several extended rallies that saw both players well outside the doubles lines, Nadal habitually coming out on top.
Djokovic was given a small glimmer of hope by saving a trio of break points to begin the second yet the respite didn’t linger.
In his next service game, Nadal did break through for a 2-1 advantage.
With Djokovic unable to put away a shot near the net, Nadal crushed a forehand down the line to rub salt in the wounds.
Djokovic’s play was a clear marker that he wouldn’t be the first man in 83 tries to rally from two sets down against Nadal at Roland Garros and an inevitable break came at 2-2 in the third after Nadal continued to knock on the door.
However, it wasn’t straight forward from there.
Nadal was broken for the first time and Djokovic got the crowd going with his emphatic celebration.
It kickstarted a brief renaissance as he went ahead 4-3 in the third.
Djokovic was now moving better and launching himself into shots but Nadal met the challenge and yelled “come on” to hold for 4-4. Finally it was a contest.
Djokovic fended off a break point thanks a gutsy second serve, backhand combination, but cracked at 5-5 on a double fault wide.
Nadal then served it out to love, capping the historic contest with the ace out wide to seal another French Open victory.
Harry Maguire Arrives Court after he was arrested for ‘Punching Police Officer’ on Greek Island of Mykonos (Photos)
Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire arrives at court after he was arrested for ‘punching police officer’ on Greek island of Mykonos
Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has been pictured arriving at court following his arrest in Mykonos for ‘punching a police officer.’
The 27-year-old England international was detained along with two other men after an altercation outside a bar in the early hours of the morning on the Greek island. He was later transferred to Syros island where he was pictured heading into court as police confirmed punches were thrown.
Greek police confirmed on Friday the captain, 27, was “verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him” after the trio rounded on cops.
Spokesman Petros Vassilakis added: “All of the three were arrested but during the effort to do so, the other two, including the football player, got violent also.
“They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them.
“I can’t tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police.”
United issued a statement on Friday morning which read: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.
“Contact has been made with Harry and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment.”
Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire arrives at court after he was arrested for
The former Hull defender will reportedly face a charge of aggravated assault.
Local report said he was involved in an altercation with other British tourists last night. When the officers tried to intervene, three men including the England international allegedly fought back physically and verbally while resisting arrest.
As a result, they were detained in the early hours of Friday August 21, and led away in handcuffs.
Manchester United Dazed by Sevilla as De Jong and Suso Lead Comeback
MANCHESTER UNITED have been dazed by Sevilla who have fought back after Bruno Fernandes’ early penalty.
The Portuguese’s early strike in Cologne came from United’s 22nd penalty of the season.
Manchester United’s remarkable run of penalties continued when Bruno Fernandes converted from the spot in their Europa League semi-final against Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday.
However, goals from Suso and De Jong gave the Spaniards the edge in the Europa League semi-final.
United were utterly dominant at the start of the second half, but some brilliant defending and some outstanding saves from Bounou kept them at bay, before a lapse in concentration from Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof at the back allowed substitute De Jong to prod Navas’ right-wing cross home from close range!
Ultimately, however, the penalty from Fernandes wasn’t enough on the night as Sevilla turned around the early deficit to advance past United with a 2-1 win.
It finishes 2-1 to Sevilla, who are into the Europa League final!
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