Dybala a Champions League doubt for Juve

first_imgUEFA Champions League Boost for Tottenham as Dybala ruled a Champions League doubt for Juventus Matthew Scott 20:50 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dybala - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Juventus Juventus v Sassuolo Serie A Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Massimiliano Allegri is concerned that the Argentine forward may not be fit in time for the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Spurs Paulo Dybala may not return from a thigh injury in time to take on Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned.Dybala has not played since a 1-0 win over Cagliari on January 6, although Juve have won each of their three games since then without conceding.Indeed, the Bianconeri’s run of consecutive victories stretches back nine games, a sequence that has maintained their position a point behind Napoli at the top of Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both picked up injuries at Atalanta in midweek, but he will not rush Dybala back.”Dybala is recovering well but in terms of being ready for the Champions League we’ll still have to evaluate,” he told reporters.”It’s not going to be just a one-off match against Tottenham.”Bernardeschi is not fully fit following his knock, but Allegri admits the winger may have to play through the pain barrier with Juve’s options depleted.”Naturally if Dybala, [Juan] Cuadrado and Douglas Costa are out Bernardeschi is the only one left, so he has to grit his teeth and play regardless,” he added.”Unless he feels enormous levels of pain, he will play.”If Bernardeschi doesn’t make it, we could play with someone a little deeper, or simply use different characteristics in the position of right winger.”Otherwise it’d be shaking things up that don’t need shaking up right now.”Before thoughts turn to Tottenham, Allegri has Sunday’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo to prepare for.The Juve coach expects a tough test, despite Sassuolo languishing in 14th, without a win in four.”It will be important to approach the game in the right way, we played a great match in Bergamo and there must be no dips in focus. We can’t afford to lose any points.”Sassuolo have players with good technical ability going forward, and with the signing of [Khouma] Babacar they’ve added physicality. They drew with Roma and beat Inter so this is a match that we have to start on the front foot.”last_img read more

Real Madrid can still win La Liga – Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid can still win La Liga – Zidane defiant on title hopes Jamie Smith 22:09 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Zinedine Zidane Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Getafe Real Madrid v Getafe Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid Zinédine Zidane His side may be 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, but the two-time Champions League-winning boss thinks the gap can still be bridged Zinedine Zidane maintains Real Madrid can win the La Liga title for the second year running, despite his side sitting 15 points behind rivals Barcelona.Defeat at Espanyol last time out leaves Madrid with a huge task to catch Barca over the 12 remaining games, although on Thursday Ernesto Valverde’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Las Palmas.Atletico Madrid are putting pressure on Barca, Diego Simeone’s side taking 37 points from the last 42 on offer to cut the gap to five ahead of their trip to Camp Nou on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid have a chance to move closer to the top two with a home game against Getafe on Saturday, with Zidane still believing Los Blancos can defend their title.”What we have to do is win games, that’s all,” Zidane told a pre-match news conference on Friday. “Keep going to the end of the season. That’s what we have to do and that’s what we have to think about.”It’s not easy to go out and win all the games but it’s what the players have to try and do. If we’re always motivated and thinking about the game, then we can achieve something great. “There’s always a league – it’s right to the end for every team. Perhaps everyone thinks the league is over but in football you can never give up. That’s what we have to do. We have to get it into our heads that our remaining league games are important.”We’re going to fight until the end of the league. It’s complicated but it’s not impossible, that’s the difference between what I say and what you [the media] say. It’s difficult, it’s very difficult, but it’s not impossible.”We went on a run of five wins, that’s football. Last Tuesday against Espanyol, we were angry to lose but we didn’t expect to lose. We made some mistakes. When things go wrong you can’t just think about that, you have to look at the positives. Think about what we were doing before.”It will be difficult, yes, but it won’t be impossible. Look what’s happening between the first and second teams, only five points different. Did you expect that? If Atletico win then it’s only two points. Did anyone expect that? The league still exists and I’m an optimist, always, until the very end.”@Cristiano’s goals @GetafeCFHe has scored 21 times against Getafe in LaLiga!  #RMLigahttps://t.co/wqB4U4gaoi— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) March 1, 2018Inconsistency has dogged Madrid this season, Zidane’s side recording three heavy home wins in succession in La Liga, although they have failed to beat Fuenlabrada, Numancia and Leganes in the Copa del Rey at the Santiago Bernabeu.And Zidane called for Madrid to renew their focus for Saturday’s home game with Getafe, although attention is being drawn to Tuesday’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.”We’ve just lost a game and we want to do all we can to go and get a victory,” Zidane said. “We’ve got to do the most we can on the pitch, we studied the opponent but we concentrate on ourselves. We have to go out and give everything.”All the teams play well, it’s the reality of playing against good, motivated teams. They’ll be really focused, it’s one of the biggest games of the year for them. We have to go into these games in the same way.”Anyone can have an opinion and feelings about how the squad is, if we are in good shape or not. What I think is we have won nothing yet. What I like to think is the games we have coming up give us a chance to show our quality and prove ourselves.”We played well in the first game [against PSG] and against Espanyol we played well too. But nothing is certain in football. You don’t know what you can achieve and that will always be the same. Tomorrow is a big game and we have to show the form we’re in.”last_img read more

Adelaide up to fourth in A-League

first_imgAdelaide United v Wellington Phoenix Adelaide United 3 Wellington Phoenix 1: Hosts up to fourth with easy win Ryan Benson 19:22 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) adelaide-cropped Getty Images Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix A-League Wellington Phoenix suffered a fourth A-League defeat in five games on Friday, losing 3-1 to Adelaide United. Adelaide United have moved up to fourth in the A-League thanks to a straightforward 3-1 win over rock-bottom Wellington Phoenix on Friday.Phoenix held their own for much of the first half, but Adelaide broke the deadlock just before the interval and there was to no stopping the hosts from there.Johan Absalonsen opened the scoring with this third goal in as many games, evading his marker to head in a cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United doubled their lead in the 61st minute through Ben Garuccio, who embarked on a powerful run before blasting an emphatic finish into the roof of the net from close range.And a third followed soon after – Nathan Konstandopoulos stabbing in from 10 yards after brilliantly dragging the ball away from a defender.The visitors pulled one back late on through Logan Rogerson’s penalty after Ersan Gulum tripped him, but it was too little, too late.Adelaide move up to fourth while the Phoenix remain rock bottom.Highlights: https://t.co/ri1DHIzpOc #ADLvWEL #ALeague pic.twitter.com/tQXsODkj4y— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) March 30, 2018last_img read more

New products at the TFA online store

first_imgThe first item is new ankle socks available in red and blue, in all of the normal sizes. Stay tuned to the website as there will soon be long sleeved Referees shirts available (in red and blue). Both are trial items and will depend on demand. Only limited stock is available! To order the products, visit the TFA Online store:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396last_img

National Touch League To Return To Coffs Harbour

first_imgCoffs Harbour has won the right after an extremely competitive tender process which included multiple tenders from across New South Wales. The event returns to Coffs Harbour, with the city previously having hosted the NTL event from 1997 through to 2008. Further information can be obtained from the Media Release. While you are in Coffs Harbour for the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League, there are plenty of things to see and do away from the fields. To find out more about Coffs Harbour’s attractions, please visit the following websites:www.destinationnsw.com.au www.coffscoast.com.au Related Files2013_and_2014_ntl_announcement-pdflast_img read more