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2017 Maroons jersey revealed

By on May 26, 2020

first_imgA host of current and former Queensland players came together on the Gold Coast for the shoot, which centres around a game of touch footy on the beach.Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters is given the task of refereeing the encounter as Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday, Corey Oates and Josh McGuire don the new jersey in their battle against Trevor Gillmeister, Brent Tate, Petero Civoniceva and Steve Walters.QRL Managing Director Robert Moore said the video is a novel way to launch the new playing strip.”Our Commercial and Digital teams have done a great job bringing this concept to life with more than a little help from some of the biggest names in rugby league,” Moore said.  “I would also like to acknowledge the support of The Star Entertainment Group. We’re delighted with the addition to our iconic Maroons jersey and we look forward to a prosperous 2017.”The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director QLD Geoff Hogg said Jupiters Gold Coast is incredibly proud to continue its support for the Queensland Maroons again in 2017.”Embracing the spirit of our local community is extremely important to us and there is nothing more quintessentially Queensland than the passionate state-wide support offered to the Origin team each season,” Mr Hogg said.”By the time the first game kicks off in May, we will have transitioned to The Star Gold Coast so to see the mighty Maroons run onto their home ground bearing The Star branded jerseys is going to be fantastic.”We’re proud to be supporting this State, and the Maroons, but also all those fans involved in the game of rugby league across so many levels in Queensland. “We look forward to continuing to help drive special fan engagement activities throughout the series, and hope to see the boys take home another win in 2017.”last_img read more

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PNG Paralmpics get K70,000 boost

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first_imgThe funding will go towards athletes’ preparations as they work towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  PNG is hoping to send athletes overseas for qualifying events in the coming months including powerlifter Pope Gayave and short put specialist Regina Edward.Gayave will be attending a Grand Prix event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month while Edward will be attending an Asia Oceania event in Dubai to qualify for the Rio Olympics.PNGPC President Peter Curtain thanked Ela Motors for its continued support over the last 20 years.Curtain said it is expensive to send athletes to different competitions around the region for accreditation and qualification.He said funding is essential as this will assist them attend upcoming international events to get experience so they can achieve the level to compete in the Paralympics.Ela Motors chief executive officer Takeshi Abe said they’re pleased to support the PNGPC and its endeavours in training athletes with disability and realise their ability to travel to accomplish their dreams.He said this fund will provide them with having access to traveling in and out of countries and give them knowledge and physical insight to help drive and achieve their sporting goals.last_img read more

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Day one of PNG Golf Open delayed by rain

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first_imgPlay was suspended at Royal Port Moresby Golf Club at 3pm after the skies opened up with flashes of lightning chasing the golfers back to the club house.Day one resumed at 4:25pm with 7 holes left to play under light showers.It is 25-year-old Brad Moules from Australia who is currently in front on the leader board with a score of 6-under 66.Moule’s lead featured an eagle, five birdies and a lone bogey.In second place is Cory Crawford with a -5 and Daniel Bringolf is in third position with a score of -5.The PNG Open continues today.last_img read more

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David Mead sends best wishes to PNG teams

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first_imgBoth teams will be playing international tournaments on home soil in the coming days.The PNG men’s soccer team is among eight countries that will be participating in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup over the next three weeks.PNG Barramundis will be playing against Kenya in the ICC World Cricket League Championship on Saturday May 28 and on the 30th.“Good luck to David Muta and the National Men’s Soccer team during the OFC matches over the next three weeks.“And also good luck to Jack Vare and the PNG Barramundis in their matches against Kenya this weekend.“On behalf of the PNG Kumuls, we wish you all the best. We are with you all the way in doing our beloved PNG proud,” Mead said.Mead also acknowledged Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko, the Government and the people of PNG for the support towards the PNG Kumuls.He also thanked the team’s sponsors namely PNG LNG, National Gaming and Control Board, Digicel PNG, PNG Power, Coca cola and Boroko Motors for assisting the team in terms of funding and making their games possible.last_img read more

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“Raúl was taken from me very soon, but he fulfilled his dream”

By on May 14, 2020

first_imgOne has to check the mobile a couple of times, at the beginning of the telephone conversation, to verify that he is chatting with someone 19 years old, born in 2000 for more signs. Despite being touring the season of his debut in Second B, Rubén de Tomás speaks with self-confidence, like a veteran. Or as if he had been in the elite of his older brother, Raúl de Tomás, for years. Naturally face this double role, for being the ‘Alter ego’ of the new signing of Espanyol and at the same time player of a San Sebastián de los Reyes that this Sunday it will be measured with the parakeets in the Copa del Rey. “Raul is wanting to play to show that he keeps scoring goals”, Says Rubén. Who knows if he can start this Sunday, before Sanse. A bet? There the family is over: “I hope we win, even if my brother plays“ “It seems surreal to me that everything has come together in the same days. The draw was random and Raul’s signing until recently was unclear, so how were we going to imagine it”, Admits Rubén, about the double coincidence, to which a cherry can be put if both have minutes in this Sanse-Espanyol. “Hopefully, it would be a dream come true, because we have never faced. The whole family would be very proud of us, ”he says. “We have never faced each other and hopefully I will now pass in the Cup, it is surreal” This last sentence is not trivial. In Rubén’s vocabulary he sends that attachment for his own, and it is not for less. His father, also Raúl de Tomás although known footballistically as ‘Beni’, He also played (in fact, he militated in the Sanse). And his children opted for football because “he educated us on the premise that we would do what we believed in.” This was also contributed by his mother, Mila, who followed the almost five years that, already as a footballer of the Real Madrid quarry, Raúl was interned at SEK school. “Raul is more introverted than normal to not give the image of what is not”center_img Perhaps the one who suffered most all that time was Ruben, then a child. “It was hard, although we stayed very close. Raúl is a mirror to look like in everything, a hero for me”, He says. And abounds: “They took it away from home very soon, but the consolation is that he could fulfill his dream of being a great footballer“ What they do share, beyond distance, are hobbies. “We have very similar tastes, they call us boxing and cars. For Christmas, Raúl gave me a simulator”, Explains Rubén, who describes his older brother as“ very humble, respectful and close. It is more introverted than normal, precisely so as not to give the image of what is not”, He warns, about his fame of chop. But they recovered lost time, to coincide first in Valladolid and, until last summer, in Rayo Vallecano. Raúl, in the first team. Rubén, in the quarry. Can you imagine now playing in Espanyol B? The little one of Tomás laughs, but for now he says he feels “happy” in Sanse, despite not being playing much in his first year.@ rauldetomas17 ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Raúl and Rubén de Tomás, together, in an image published by RdT on the networks this week.@ rauldetomas17 “He’s looking forward to showing that he’s still scoring goals … But hopefully we win”last_img read more

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Toro does not convince Óscar García and will leave on loan

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first_imgFlavio Perchman, agent of the tip, unveiled the plans of his represented in the Uruguayan station Sport 890: “We talked to the sports director to win again in confidence. The idea is to come to South America, to Peñarol. An attempt was made, but we are analyzing other situations. Celta wants money for the loan and there is also the player’s salary. “ Market movements in the attack of Celtic will begin with the departure of Toro Fernández. The performance of the Uruguayan striker does not convince Oscar Garcia and the celestial technician has given the green light to leave on loan until next June. The intention of the battering ram is to return to Peñarol, but the economic demands of the Vigués club hinder that desire. It does not fit. The olivic entity incorporated last summer the Bull as the successor of his countryman Maxi Gomez. He disbursed four million euros for 80% of the ram pass, leaving Peñarol with the remaining 20%. Fernández, who signed until 2024, started as a starter due to the absence of injury from Santi Mina and on the second day he scored the goal of victory against Valencia. Since that game at the end of August he has only played two games of The league More as a headline. His agent acknowledges that he is not happy in Vigo: “It is hard for him to adapt, he misses a lot.”Romeu had minutes with SouthamptonThe arrival of Oriol Romeu has been stalemate. The Celtic and the Southampton they have not just agreed and while the negotiation is blocked the midfielder has enjoyed minutes in the Premier League. In the match played yesterday against him Crystal Palace, Romeu appeared on the pitch in the equator of the first part. Waiting for the Catalan footballer or another of the pivots that Celta has contacted to land in Vigo, Óscar García will not be able to make a complete rotation in the medullary tomorrow in the Copa del Rey against him Mirandés. One of the two midfielders who played the 90 minutes before the Athletic, Okay Yokuslu or Fran Beltrán, will repeat in the eleven to accompany Cheikh paper. Without news regarding the signing for the center of the field, the reinforcement for the attack has not yet been finalized. Nolito reappears on the scene as one of the options given the difficulties in hiring Cristian Tello.last_img read more

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Pogba is about

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first_imgPaul Pogba, Manchester United midfielder, feels “good” during the recovery of the ankle operation to which he underwent four weeks ago. This was shared by the French in their social networks, showing another step in the recovery of the injury that has off the pitch for almost two months.The midfielder has not played with United since last December 26, although He is optimistic about being next Monday in the match against Chelsea corresponding to the Premier League. After a movidito summer and marked by Pogba’s intention to leave Old Trafford, the Frenchman has barely had an impact on his team’s game due to physical problems. Pogba has lost 31 total meetings this ankle injury and has only been able to play 610 minutes divided into eight games.last_img read more

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Dani Gomez’s goals are synonymous with victory

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first_imgFor the strikers, the goal is their food. Although defenders or midfielders also seek to achieve it during the match, the greatest responsibility lies with the attackers. And in the case of Dani Gómez, he begins to feed himself well with a curiosity: his successes become victories. Forever. The Madrid player has six league goals and every time he saw the door, Tenerife added three points.The clear example was Saturday. Thanks to his goal, in the 12th minute of the match, the Blue and Whites defeated Elche with justice and away from the lower zone. The ‘9’ took advantage of a good pass from Alex Muñoz to define against Edgar Badía. “I thought it was out of play. I looked at the assistant and I even had to ask Luis Milla. In the end they considered it good and very happy, ”explained the player after the game.Dani made his first goal as blue and white on September 15 at Carlos Belomonte, the day of the win by 0-4. It was he who opened the scoring. More than two months later, he celebrated again, in this case in Gijón where he won 0-2. There began a good run coinciding with its continuity. At the beginning of January, Alba suffered it again in Heliodoro, a duel that the insulars took 4-2. And a few weeks ago, he shouted twice in Extremadura where those of Baraja got the three points (2-4). In the meantime, it is worth noting, he scored in the Cup against Valladolid (2-1) and Athletic (3-3), the only time he failed to succeed.“The team has given a change of face since the beginning of 2020, the streak invites optimism but it is better to think about each game, time will tell us where we need to be,” Dani Gomez summed up after the win against Elche that places Tenerife in an expectant position and placed him as the top scorer of the team. Last year, at Real Madrid Castilla, he scored eight goals and every time he scored, his team did not lose. This year he has gone to more and his celebrations, in Tenerife, are synonymous with victories.last_img read more

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Five keys to an 11 games ‘express’ League

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first_imgOnce Health approve the return of League competition, the teams will face an unprecedented situation in history. Matches every three days from the same competition and resolution of it, after three months stopped, in just a month and a half of competition. There is not going to be time for the players and the teams to get in tune. Whoever does not start well, will be able to see all their chances of reaching their goals diminished. It will be a very strange situation for everyone. So, there are several factors that experts predict as relevant, once the atypical preseason that awaits them is completed, and La Liga is restarted with 11 weeks to play.1.- Physical preparation in the months of confinementThe level of physical preparation that each player has had in this confinement it will seem key in the first matches of competition. It is true that, first individually and then in groups, the players will carry out a mini preseason in the facilities of each club. However, the individual basis that each one brings from their time in confinement can be fundamental when starting the league express butt. “Each one’s level of preparation will be very important. Whoever has been able to maintain involvement in unusual conditions will have a lot of livestock“says Pako Ayestarán, former coach and fitness trainer of Valencia. Furthermore, the physical conditions in which each one has developed the confinement will have to do with how they return to the sports cities.”A player who lives in a chalet and has his space is not the same outdoors to work than someone else who lives in a small apartment with more restrictions, “says Carmelo del Pozo, sports director and physical trainer.2.- The youth hourAs it is an ‘express’ competition, which will last more or less like a World Cup, the first matches will have extreme relevance. In the first ten or 12 days of competition each team will have already played four games, more than a third of what remains until the end. And there young players always have a competitive advantage with older footballers. “The young player, often finer and more agile, the preseason has always started better and the seasons and the veteran always have a little more trouble starting. The Ferran, Joao Félix, Vinicius or Ansu may have an advantage in what remains of the League “, warns Alberto Escobar, coach Birmingham City assistant. Ayestarán, in addition, affects the recovery, more difficult for veterans, since it will be played with so little rest time between games. “The veteran clearly has a bigger problem with resilience. However, this is supplemented by more correct tactical behavior and greater effort, “he says. 3.- A ‘new’ LeagueFor the experts, it will be useless in this league final express, the moment of the teams when the competition was suspended, at the middle of March. “It is a new league where the past only counts to know the starting position of each team and the physical aspect is going to be as important as the psychological one. It will be a very short competition held in a very short time where a bad or good streak of results can lead to achieving or losing goals without correction margin“, highlights Carmelo del Pozo. Furthermore, heaccording to the five changes that FIFA wants to implement It will be another important aspect to manage to have a good League final. “The five changes will be important. A footballer who plays less than 60 minutes has a much faster recovery. Whoever is able to play that trick well will have a great advantage, “says Ayestarán.4.- Psychological and motivational aspectAlmost more important than tone physical that soccer players maintain is the psychological and motivational. On the one hand, playing behind closed doors continuously will be a factor that footballers are not used to. Further, footballers are people and they cannot abstract from what has happened and it could continue to happen while they are contesting a championship. “Everything goes through the minds of footballers and could influence the emotional aspect: the uncertainty, the contagions, the tests …“Ayestarán points out. In addition, the succession of matches in a few days (in seven weeks 11 league games will be played) can make Team dynamics, for better or for worse, are difficult to change. “There may be teams that have been down all season and win three games in seven days and are out of the drop. Or the other way around, teams that walked halfway through the table without problems and in a few days were in big trouble, “says Del Pozo.5.- Climatology and heatOne factor that should not be overlooked is that the 11 matches will be played, At first, at the end of June and throughout the month of July. This means that in many parts of Spain the thermometer can mark more than 30 degrees. LaLiga has not yet determined schedules although, as in the beginning of the leagues, it is normal to play at night. Still and with so few days of rest between games, heat acclimatization and stress management in these circumstances another key element for the last eleven games of the championship. “Keep in mind that the competition will be in the summer months. JPlaying in cities such as Valencia or Seville will continually be a handicap. How each staff handles that level of fatigue and recovery will also be important, “says Ayestarán.”It will be like a World CupIf there are finally concentrations, it will look even more like a World Cup. We in England will be less hot but it is true that in Spain if the heat pays hard it will be more complicated“, wields Escobar.last_img read more

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“The pre-Olympic team could play matches in March”

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first_imgIt is reasonable and fair. It would have been a punishment of unimaginable dimensions for a generation that has earned it. I celebrate and applaud him. I am happy for this generation that I love so much. It is an absolutely right decision.How do you prepare?If God wants the qualifying matches for the U21 Euro Cup to resume in September, in an ideal scenario, we could have free dates in March to play matches for a pre-Olympic team. There would be more advantages.But it will be even more difficult to choose 18 …Let’s see how they arrive. But it is good, because footballers are going to progress a lot in this year of competition. The generation of 2000 and 2001 will continue to grow and we will have more footballers. Some of those who seem untouchable just the same on that date have a drawback. Therefore, the more we have to choose the better. Then I will have to get wet and you will hit the sticks (laughs).I get Oyarzabal, Olmo, Fabián, Ceballos … who will go to the European Championship. Can you combine Eurocup and Games?Today I would say yes. They are young and motivated. A player with desire and motivation gets those two conversations without problem. The ideal hypothesis is that they go to the Absolute, that they play all the matches reaching the final. You leave with the moral through the roof and it takes away in two days any fatigue.On the part of the Federation there would be no problem?For our part, none. And Luis Enrique has always said that he supports that, he said it at the time. And the clubs … There could be inconvenience with foreigners, who do not have the obligation to transfer them.Madrid did not want to give up Vinicius and Rodrygo to Brazil …With Spanish clubs I think they are not going to put any inconvenience, I want to think of it like that. The relationship with the clubs is extraordinary. With foreigners there may be some doubt but it will be seen. Same shot down the middle street and take the little ones (laughs).Are you clear that you are going to use the three places for seniors?Yes Yes. If I understand that to be so, I will. I have it very clear. They are very good footballers. You have to bring three older people to complete that list. Fully determined. Unless there are boys who break it and deserve more to go than the older ones, but not because of age. The important thing is capacity. Those who are at the best time and who best adapt to the idea we have will go. Luis de la Fuente (Haro, 1961) has seen how the coronavirus totally changed his plans. As an Olympic and U21 coach, both competitions are delayed by one year: the Tokyo Games in 2021 and the U21 Euro Cup in 2022. The coach gave a joint interview to AS, Marca and Onda Cero to analyze all these situations. How are you doing these days?I’m very early riser, I’m the one that goes out to put the streets (laughs) Saving the drama that we are living, I get along well. I am orderly and routine. Work, sports, friends … I have recovered my reading, I have time to read. I didn’t have time and now I’m taking a little while, because it’s something I love. I have recovered that habit and it gives me great joy.How do you see this situation in the world of soccer?There is great concern, not surprisingly. We all wish that it would be normalized and we will try to return it to that normality. We know it will take a long time. I always say that this situation is exceptional and exceptional measures will have to be taken against that. It will be necessary to make an effort between all to normalize something that is not normal. It will not be easy, we are concerned. But I am happy for this little window to resume football activity, so it can cause not only for athletes but for society in general.What do you think about whether or not to finish the leagues?I am in favor of trying to finish them. Let’s give ourselves a chance to have that possibility. If then unfortunately there is a more negative situation, then another decision will be made. But now we have to be determined to try to overcome this. That little window that has been opened to resume activity is good news. I go beyond athletes, it is important for all of society.Can the fact that each country make war on its own make us a little crazy?You have to understand the uniqueness of each country. It is difficult to coordinate and unify all measures. Each country must assess its particular situation. I would rush until the last moment to make the decision to suspend something. As long as there is a small chance it is healthy for the competition to be completed.Before going into Selection issues … What do you think about the Cup final?We all agree that playing without an audience is not what we all want. But I insist that in an exceptional situation, exceptional measures must be taken. I think you have to wait and see if you can play with or without the public. The decision will be made when all the elements are available and it will surely be the right one, because it will be made at the appropriate time and not now. I remember that in January they asked me about Ramos and the Games and said that you never know … And now see what has happened. Well, the same, we do not know how it will be in two months. Maybe everything is better and the picture is different.The Federation has warned that either it will be played without an audience before September or they will be left without Europe …Well … That at the club level will have to be valued. I think going to Europe is important. For me, the Cup is the greatest show in Spanish football. We will have to take a measure that interests everyone at the right time. You don’t have to tear your clothes, you have to be generous. It is a situation that not even in a movie. Concessions will have to be made.Do you think it is fair that those from ’97 go to the Games? Was there concern among the players?One moment of the interview. Can the list you sent be redone?Right now I don’t know. I understand that there will be some revision, because soccer players may appear who this year begin to play. It wouldn’t be fair not to be able to add players to that list. At the moment we have no news.Is that list of the European Under-21 Championship going to weigh?It is that they are very good. And you have to be very very good to be better than them. We are guaranteed to be a brilliant generation. We would celebrate that someone had the ability to take one of those players away, hopefully, but that generation is very good.How does it change from a list of 23 to 18?Changes a lot. There are 18 plus four that can come to be in the reserve, but without options to play unless there is a loss. With 23 you can almost double positions. I have experience with the U19, which were 18. You have to spin very fine. It changes a lot and you have to find more versatile players.Were you worried about a specific player in recent days? Or vice versa, delighted …Overall I was concerned that there were few current U21 players in First Division regularly. The previous European players did have more regularity. What I don’t understand is how there are such good Spanish players playing outside. With a beastly talent and without continuity here. Some sound to return …In this U21 there are fewer starters in their teams than in the previous one. Is it a concern?Yes, totally. It is true that it is his first year, in the second more will appear. I have moved an important group and in Primera they participated little. Most played in Second and without great continuity. But we bet on them for their development with the future in mind. These days I listen to a lot of coaching interviews. Many think that success lies in coaches betting on them, not going to a youth club. We must be convinced that the good ones, with confidence, are very difficult to improve. Abroad there are few better than those of our quarry.What do you think of Ansu Fati?From the first moment I said that Ansu needed tranquility, there is no need to advance processes. He had fewer minutes in his club than in the national team. You had to calm him down and wait for his moment, he is very young.Are you worried that the break will cut the projection of this generation?They are very talented. This does not have to mean harm. A talented footballer, if he has an opportunity to play, overcomes any previous inconvenience that has prevented him from playing. It is able to exploit and demonstrate its full potential in a short time. It is not the ideal situation, but it will happen to all athletes. Resuming the Games, you will see how records will be broken in the Games. Athletes with potential need little to exploit. This situation has to make us much stronger. They must value what they have and not miss opportunities.What do you think of Éric García and Cucurella?Éric has always been ahead of his generation. And now it competes with those of 98 being from 2001. It has tremendous potential. He knows how to take advantage of his moment and makes good use of it. In the plants we are seeing some lack in Spain, there are not many. But I hope that some will be consolidated. And Cucurella … It’s doing a year to frame. That versatility it offers you … It was a discovery, I bet as a side. At Eibar they passed him and it was a discovery and look at Bordalás. I recognize the merit of those coaches because I saw it as lateral. It is true that in our style there were other soccer players who adapted better. It seems to me a success of the coaches. In the Selection we have more possibilities, surely I would choose another more specific end. But Cucurella is very important, especially for that wealth of being able to play in two positions.What do you think of Brahim? Are you concerned? Do you think you should be on loan?It is legitimate what you think, it is a demonstration of the confidence that you have in your possibilities. But reality is what it is. I can be very confident in my chances but if expectations are not met I will have to find another scenario. It would be interesting for players so young that they have a chance to play. Knowing that nobody is going to give you anything. Wherever Brahim goes, nobody would guarantee him anything, but a priori if they offer you more options elsewhere, young footballers should play first, compete, keep growing. The important thing is to play 40 games anywhere, you cannot play eight or ten games being a promise because you do not grow the same, your evolution is delayed. You have to have the opportunity to play thirty or forty games.How do they work in the Federation now?With Luis Enrique the relationship is fluid, very friendly. Also in the last weeks all the coaches are having meetings with him talking about football, methodology, how to improve. They are being fruitful. It seems to me something historical in the Federation, I do not remember that a meeting has ever been held with all the coaches and the sports management to have a sharing. It is being something sensational. We are talking about the same idea and methodology. I say that now we work more than before, because there is a lot of time to watch soccer. Now I am seeing other players that I have not had so much opportunity to see …Like who? Who has surprised you?Surprised not because we know everyone. But for example Pepelu and Oriol Busquets …Ok, so Pepelu and Busquets …(Laughs) No, no … I was saying it because Busquets has played central, midfield … It gives me the option of having a more versatile player. I spend my time watching games I haven’t paid as much attention to …So Tondela matches have seen a few …Yes (laughs) But I had seen the two of you long before. But, for example, Busquets had paid more attention when he played as a midfielder. The games he played at central he saw but did not pay much attention to. And now I am aware of it and in a position where we needed more alternatives. For this type of situation I use this time.last_img read more

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