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Barca to adopt new style, says Koeman

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FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman on Saturday said his side could play a different style of football to which the club ’s fans are used to this season .
His comments came after his side earned an underwhelming 3 – 1 win over Gimnastic de Tarragona in a pre- season friendly on Saturday.
The Dutchman lined up with a 4 – 2 – 3- 1 system with two holding midfielders , a shape rarely used by Barca coaches in the past.
He started Sergio Busquets and Carles Alena in the middle in the first half and then Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig , as he changed his entire team after half – time .
“ It ’ s perhaps a little different and more defensive to what we have seen in the last few years , ” Koeman told the club ’s official television channel .
“ But the aim is to move the ball, hold on to it and create space to play between the lines , behind the opponents’ midfielders .
“ I think this team is capable of doing this because we have midfielders who are able to play in that way .”
Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for Barca while Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho scored from the penalty kick spot in either half .
It was Koeman’ s first game since quitting his role with the Netherlands to coach the Catalans .
The coach played close to a full- strength team in the first half .
He started Lionel Messi , even though the captain had only started training on Monday after ending his stand – off with the club following his request to leave on a free transfer.
Barca play Girona next Wednesday in another friendly and are in talks to face Elche in a final pre – season match before beginning their campaign at home to Villarreal on Sept. 27.
This will be coming two weeks after the official start of the La Liga campaign .
“ It was important for those players to play now because this is not a normal pre- season , we only have four weeks together , not six and it ’ s very difficult , ” Koeman added.
“ What we want to do right now is focus on our fitness and then over the next two weeks focus on more tactical questions .
“ The most important thing today is that fortunately there were no injuries and everyone was able to play 45 minutes .
“ We showed good levels of intensity in spells , and although there are things we can improve in we are happy .
“ We ’ ve only been working together for two weeks and now we have two more . ”

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

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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.

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Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

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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 . ”

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Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

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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 .

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