Connect with us

Sports

UCL: RB Leipzig Vs PSG Today At 8pm

Published

on

images 2020 08 18T194442.617 UCL: RB Leipzig Vs PSG Today At 8pm

Kylian Mbappe is fit to start for Paris Saint-Germain against RB Leipzig in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final in Lisbon, says coach Thomas Tuchel.
The French striker has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks.
But he came off the bench to help PSG beat Atalanta in the last eight and has trained since that game last Wednesday.
“He played for 30 minutes against Atalanta and had no reaction and had six days since to work on fitness, so of course he can start,” said Tuchel.
“We will decide after training whether he can play 90 minutes.”
Mbappe, 21, came on last against Atalanta with his team trailing 1-0 to the Italian side but inspired PSG to a late victory, setting up the winner for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in injury time after Marquinhos had levelled in the 90th minute.
He has scored 30 in 35 appearances in all competitions this season, including five in eight in the Champions League.
‘Neymar is a different leader’
Mbappe’s return to fitness will restore his potent attacking partnership with Brazilian forward Neymar, who has 19 goals in 25 starts this campaign and has impressed his manager with his leadership qualities.
“Since I arrived he has always been a leader. A different leader, not as everyone understands him, but with his qualities, his confidence, his courage in the field, his will to win,” said German Tuchel. “He loves competition and you need that to be a leader.
“We also created a group with players like Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia, Keylor Navas and others, guys who know very well how to live together, created a collective atmosphere. Perhaps this is the key to seeing Neymar on another level.”
As well as Mbappe, Tuchel will also have Argentine winger Angel di Maria available following suspension.
However, goalkeeper Keylor Navas, previously a Champions League winner with Real Madrid, is out with a thigh injury after coming off hurt late in the quarter-final, meaning Sergio Rico is likely to start.
In addition, midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye is a major doubt, according to the club, because of a muscle injury.
For PSG, Tuesday’s game represents a first European Cup/Champions League semi-final since 1995, having reached the last 16 for the previous three seasons and the quarter-finals four campaigns on the bounce before that.
“We are living in the moment. We deserve to be here because we have had an extraordinary season,” said Tuchel, whose team won a domestic treble in France.
“We are absolutely ready, the hunger is there, but this is not a historic moment, it is a semi-final and we are here to make the most of all the hard work we have put in and to win it.”
‘We’ll try to take the game by the scruff of the neck’
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who worked together with Tuchel in Augsburg’s reserves 12 years ago, believes the best way to try and combat PSG’s attacking players is to defend as a unit.
“You can’t foresee what Neymar and Mbappe could do, they’re top players. We need to defend them as a team,” he said. “It’ll be difficult, but we need to make them work and put them under pressure.
“We have to avoid losing the ball, because PSG are very strong on the counter-attack, but we’ll try to take the game by the scruff of the neck.”
Tuesday’s game will also RB Leipzig’s first Champions League semi-final appearance, in just their second time in the competition.
Even more remarkable is that 11 years ago they were competing in the fifth tier of German football.
They have reached this stage under the guidance of Nagelsmann in his debut season in charge at the club.
At 33, he is the youngest coach in history to reach a Champions League semi-final.
Like PSG, they scored late to seal their place in the last four, with Tyler Adams netting the winner against Atletico Madrid in the 88th minute after Joao Felix had cancelled out Dani Olmo’s opener for the German side.

Continue Reading
Comments

Sports

West Ham : David Moyes , Issa Diop & Josh Cullen Test Positive For Covid-19

Published

on

images 64 2 West Ham : David Moyes , Issa Diop & Josh Cullen Test Positive For Covid-19

West Ham United manager David Moyes and two of the club’s players have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Premier League club were informed of the positive tests while preparing for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Hull City at London Stadium.
Moyes, 57, defender Issa Diop, 23, and 24-year-old midfielder Josh Cullen will now be required to self-isolate.
“The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home,” said a club statement.
West Ham said the three men were all asymptomatic and assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the Hull match, which both Diop and Cullen were due to start.
Public Health England guidelines state those with Covid-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days, meaning Moyes, Diop and Cullen will not be able to attend training or the league game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 27 September.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s John Southall said the trio travelled to the ground with the squad in two or three separate coaches.
“They say they all social distanced, the squad, from when they met up and throughout the journey,” he said.
“As soon as they arrived, the results from the tests done yesterday came through and the two players and the manager were isolated immediately in separate rooms and left the ground very quickly, I’m told.
“West Ham say they are satisfied nobody else in the squad needs to self-isolate and that is why the game went ahead.”
The news comes after Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday was called off because a number of the home players had contracted coronavirus.
It came on the day the government announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months.
As part of the stricter rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.
Sports bodies have been told not to expect spectators at stadiums and venues until the end of March at the earliest.

Continue Reading

Sports

Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

Published

on

wolves 6 Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola said his squad is stretched to the limit as Manchester City prepare to launch their League Cup defense after Monday ’ s opening Premier League win against Wolves .
City claimed an impressive 3- 1 victory at Molineux on Monday as Kevin De Bruyne , Phil Foden , and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener.
They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko , Sergio Aguero , Aymeric Laporte , and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self – isolating after testing positive for coronavirus .
City, who have won the League Cup for the past three seasons, start the defense of their trophy against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose more players.
“ All we want is the seven players that are out to come back , ” he said .
“ Now we have a competition that we cannot spend the energy that we spent today , before Leicester ( on Sunday) , so we ’ re going to play mostly academy players and try to keep the energy for the Premier League .
“ With this lack of preparation and seven players out and not coming back soon , we have to keep the players from Monday as safe as possible .
“ We will see how many are available , how they recover . We have just three days . We won the Carabao ( League ) Cup three times in a row and we would like to continue but we don’ t have the players in this period to play every three days . ”

Continue Reading

Sports

Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

Published

on

983d7d6d212a2b26adbcdde8dd374945 Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36 th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open .
The world number one won 7 – 5 , 6 – 3 to break a tie with Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for most master titles .
For Djokovic , it was a fifth title in the warm – up clay – court tournament for next week ’ s French Open .
Nine- time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter -finals to eighth- seed Schwartzman .

Continue Reading

Trending