Savea’s All Blacks spot in doubt

first_imgIn the normal course of events the squad that split the epic series against the British and Irish Lions could be expected to be returned en masse for the Rugby Championship. Regular service resumed, and all that.But things change quickly at the top end of rugby. Already there are two spots being vacated with Aaron Cruden and Charlie Faumuina finishing up their New Zealand careers, and there is also Ben Smith’s looming sabbatical to factor in, with the experienced fullback to take the rest of the season off after the second Bledisloe in Dunedin on August 26.Now Savea, an All Black regular who has scored 46 tries in 54 tests, has hit another one of those road bumps that seem to pop up so frequently in his career. He was dropped to the bench for the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg overnight, with Wes Goosen preferred as a starter.That says something about Goosen’s form in the quarterfinal victory in Canberra where he scored a brace of tries and was active and involved throughout; but it also speaks to Savea’s lack of impact. He’s a recidivist offender too, with similar struggles last year.Savea’s situation has become precarious, to say the least, and a sub-par effort in the final Lions test will not work in his favour either.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has had his own issues with Savea, and as recently as the Lions series the strapping wing they call ‘The Bus’ was only required for action in the third test, by which time three other back-three players had been ruled out of consideration.Now if Savea is not even being picked to start big finals matches by his own franchise, it makes it extremely tough for the All Blacks coaches to keep picking him.On top of his Lions misfire, it might be the final straw for the powerhouse who as recently as 2015 was lauded as the most destructive wing in the game.With Savea’s Hurricanes team-mate Nehe Milner-Skudder likely to be returned to the test squad after his delayed start to the 2017 season, that’s one less spot available. Throw in Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Rieko Ioane, Smith and Jordie Barrett and that’s six back-three spots likely sewn up – even allowing for Smith’s imminent departure.The All Blacks have yet to decide whether they will carry a replacement for Smith from the off, or bring one in post-Dunedin.Jordie Barrett, on the back of his impressive starting debut in the third test against the Lions, shapes as the obvious replacement in the No 15 jersey (and at the same time taking some of the goalkicking pressure off his older brother).A likely move for Damian McKenzie into the first five mix could help Savea, though he might need to come up with something special off the bench in Johannesburg to remind the national selectors of his qualities.Smith’s sabbatical shouldn’t cause too much angst for the All Blacks. Coach Steve Hansen understands too well the physical toll on his players, especially over the back part of the year when they play seven tests in nine weeks, fly round the world twice and go through 10 time-zone changes.It’s understood Smith’s break is the only one of its type slotted in for 2017, and any other rest for overworked players will be discretionary. Hansen is working through a plan that will allow players such as Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane to get some strategic time off, if and when it is needed.Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read both have sabbatical clauses in their deals, but the feeling around the All Blacks is that most players are looking to kick in any extra time off in the break between seasons, which has the dual effect of allowing them a proper conditioning window.The All Blacks will be eager to reassert their status as the top team in the game during the Rugby Championship.The Lions were good enough to take the world champs out of their comfort zone throughout their series. It now remains to be seen whether the Wallabies, Boks and Pumas have the quality to do likewise.”The Wallabies are too talented a group of players to not at some stage find their mojo. We’ve just got to match that and better it,” Hansen told the Star-Times after the Lions series.”And the Boks, when they get the right players on the park, are a very difficult team to play. It’s going to be an intriguing Rugby Championship.” Photo: GETTY IMAGES Julian Savea can’t crack the Hurricanes starting XV right now; can he make the All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship?last_img read more

Wayne Smith treated for cancer

first_imgSmith, who stood down from the national team following the Rugby Championship, told Fairfax that he found about his prostate cancer during the tournament, but he and his wife decided to keep it quiet.60 year old Smith had an operation in December and says the news has been very positive since.Smith has plans to do some coaching advisory work in both Japan and Italy.last_img

Serena Williams praises Heather Watson following three-set thriller

first_imgBrave Brit Heather came within a few points of one of the all-time great Centre Court shocks on Friday night by pushing odds-on tournament favourite Serena to the wire in a three-set third-round thriller.In a stunning display the British No 1 was two breaks up in the final set before finally losing 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.And Williams admitted: ‘That was definitely one of my toughest ever matches on Centre Court.’She absolutely has every chance to reach the top 20 in the world and beyond … she was playing so good at times, there was little I could do.’Heather played unbelievably. She gave her all.’Within minutes of the game ending Britain’s men’s No 1 Andy Murray had paid his own tribute to her brave performance, telling his Twitter followers the display had made him ‘really effing proud’. Despite the disappointment of coming so close to defeating the best player on the planet, Watson took heart from her pulsating display at SW19 while praising the mental fortitude of her opponent. ‘I’ve learnt I can compete with the best in the world,’ said Watson. ‘I feel like when she needs to hit the line or hit a winner, she can. And that’s what she did.’Williams, one of the greatest players the world has ever seen, has 20 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, including five singles titles at Wimbledon, and £45million in on-court earnings alone.She is the current holder of the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open and began the match on a 23-match running streak of wins in Slam singles events.Watson, aged 23, and ranked No 59 in the world, enthralled a packed Centre Court as she forced the 33-year-old to battle for two hours and 14 minutes before finally taking her place in the last 16.last_img read more

Grand Final replay on at Kalabond Field

first_imgWith home crowd advantage it’s the Gurias fans packing the Kalabond Oval with a capacity crowd.According to the ticket ladies at the gate they accounted for a big ticket sales.As usual it’s a good day with a good crowd to watch a good game of footy at Kalabond Field.The game started off with both teams showing good defence.Both teams remained scoreless till the 28th minute when left wing Jason Missian scored on the left wing. Missian missed his own conversion. The Gurias took an early lead.However on the 34th minute the Wigmen scored on their left wing and the conversion failed so the score remained 4 all.On the 39th minute Tuvi Lepan regathered an Adrian Baungas 5th kick to score on the left wing again to bring the score to 8 points to nil. Missian missed the conversion to lead at half time. Gurias 8 Wigmen 4.The game is a finals footy game resulting in aclose score line.last_img read more

Koke revitalizes Atlético

first_imgAtlético returned to the path of triumph coinciding with Koke’s return. The captain was lost five games since its last appearance in the Spanish Super Cup, with Barcelona goal included, and the team’s balance had been one draw and four losses, one of them on penalties in the final of the tournament in Arabia. It took Koke five minutes to show his importance in the team giving Correa assistance for the goal that ultimately would give Atlético three points against Granada. He received a throw-in from Saul in the area and left the free ball for the shot of the Argentine against Aaron. His 68th goal pass in the last ten seasons in the League, only improved by Messi (133) and Benzema (75). The captain participated a lot in the game in a position that Simeone has exploded little lately, that of midpoint behind the two strikers, Correa and Vitolo, forming a rhombus in the center of the field. The ‘6’ was located in the upper vertex, with Thomas pivot, Llorente fallen to the right and Saul to the left, something that favored his participation with the ball in the hot meters. In defense he passed the double pivot with Thomas, delaying his position to contribute to the recovery. A facet where it went The best team with nine steals. Koke was omnipresent while his gas lasted, coming into play by falling to the left, the profile he likes most, right to help Llorente and showing each time he had the option to come into play. That participatory and involved soccer player who has not had a substitute during his absence due to injury, someone who offers and is a support for the teammate is more or less successful later. He also pulled gallons to reinstate a lost character in the team, something that led him to see the yellow card for claiming a soldier elbow on Saul and its subsequent recrimination to the rojiblanco player. Koke reprimanded his attitude at nine and ended up admonished, but without letting the tip try to scare a partner. With the passing of the minutes the midfielder began to notice the inactivity, appearing with less continuity in the space of time where Atlético was going back meters and losing weight in the match. Despite this finished with 47 passes completed of 52 attempts (90.4% of success). A player who is capital for Simeone and who has missed the Argentine coach so much during his absence. Koke is back and with him the triumphs returned.last_img read more

“Setién preaches, Bordalás does not, does what comes out of the ‘papo”

first_img“Bordalás should open the news” Withdrawal: “I had some chance to train before arriving at Deportivo. I wanted to retire actively, to be able to say goodbye to football.”Difficulty for older coaches: “I thought that with the years I have … In the Compostela, when I started, they called me” Profe “, like this in quotes, as a theoretician who lacked practice or experience. I had been training in Second B for years, now I was not a stranger. Now that I have that experience it turns out that what it takes is to deliver the equipment to very young trainers. They have no experience, but I suppose they have knowledge. I already valued knowledge more than experience. Now it seems that it is so, the opposite of before, and I seem to be going backwards. Now they ask me for youth. But it happens in football, in education, in professional life … How many unemployed 50 or 55 are there that nobody wants to hire. There is a prejudice about age, microviejismos, like micromachismos. If you are older, what? That is just an idea. You can be perfectly. “ Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez, about Celta-Depor Case of Zozulia and Case Marega: “What cannot be is what happened in Vallecas. That is, What is a nazi? After all, it’s almost a political opinion, do not? With a more serious background, but it is still a bit. That is to say, that for a hobby that gives its opinion, it sings something observable, manageable, that even the kid himself… well, he didn’t write it, but… They suspend the match. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens. We do something wrong“.Solution to the problem: “First, the Federation or the Professional Football League has to take things seriously. But seriously, seriously. And from there: coaches, players, clubs, presidents … but we meander because the subject is delicate. I don’t know, it seems to me that it is clear. It is in the Constitution. I don’t see many people protesting because these things happen that are unconstitutional. Discrimination by, by and by. Lighter water. I don’t know, it’s sad and I feel very sorry for the kid who had to suffer. ‘Stay, stay, stay’, instead of saying: ‘We are with you, that they give him in the ass and we go ‘. You lose a match, but let a club do it one day. Do you lose a match? The Porto? It goes second, right? Well, to see what would happen, to see who risks taking the first step. “The day he could sign for Manchester United: “Through Ferguson’s son, he addressed me to see if he was willing to leave. I went to talk to the president of Valladolid, Carlos Suarez, and he said no. Surely he would be misrepresented, or he was dumb. I thought I had a contract and I stayed. If I look back it is a big mistake in my career as it was to have stayed in Vigo. When you are a coach, more important than what you get at the sports level, is to direct your career correctly. That sometimes, when you are young, you do not give importance, I think it is key. Knowing how to stop you, for example. Know when to wait. I think my sports career was very poorly directed. “Fernando Vázquez and his possible destinations: “I never had too much interest in going outside. Training in England for example, which is where I would have liked to go … But I am Fernando Vázquez. I was not a UEFA champion, I was not an international player. It is very difficult. Even to go to China is very complicated. ‘Who is this Fernando Vázquez? Who did you train? If I had trained Real Madrid, or Atlético de Madrid, yes’. There is some palletism in China. If you are an international player but without a resume, they take you. But I carry my resume and they start thinking, ‘Who is this?’ What matters is glamor. Why is Gregorio Manzano training in China? Because he was at Atlético de Madrid. For another normal coach it is very difficult, and now even more. “ More people with a critical situation than with a good year: “Yes, that is a psychological effect that works. You are lost … I saw Oviedo with the field almost full in Third, and now in Second A they have half the fans. When you want to go up, everyone is going to support, but when you have expectations of ascent and do not meet them and you are in no man’s land, as happens to them … The public doubts, if they go down, the field may fill again. of this. If we were ninth, with the ascent away, there would possibly not be this effervescence of hobby. It is possible that we were not 28,000, but 20,000, as there were no aspirations of ascent or danger of going down. That is why people get carried away. “ “In Vallecas they suspend the game. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens” Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? “United turned to me to see if he was willing to leave” Celtic-Depor comparison: “Celticism and sportsmanship are two very important social movements. I don’t understand the bad rivalry, the match. For Deportivo it is very important that Celta be in First when he is in First, and vice versa. What is difficult to understand is that the Galician derby is decaffeinated because a Corunna family does not want to go to Vigo and a Vigo does not want to come to A Coruña. But this was politicized. And there I leave it. Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? There are always problems. When you can defend your team and, at the same time, appreciate the opponent. No. Here, you want yours and the other you despise. “His vocation as a teacher: “In my beginnings I did not think about being professional. I was training here in Galicia and I worked in an institute and I knew that I would never leave teaching even if a Second B team came from outside Galicia, because I was not going to leave. according to working in the morning in the institute and training in the afternoon. When I leave Lalín and go to Racing I started to think that maybe I could go up there with him to Second Division. It was when I started thinking about it, although then I went to Lugo and I thought about teaching again. “Bad moments in Celta: “I suffered professionally and personally. When I say that the bicycle is my psychologist, it is because it is so. I did not want to see or hear the games on the weekend. I used to ride a bike when there were games. I suffered a crisis, say … An emotional shock. Because I was paralyzed by energy. The desire to train, to watch football … But I went out. “Possession football: “The matches are 90 minutes. And I tell them, midfield retreat. We have 40% average possession in all matches. 60-40% is not that different. Cádiz had 30% and took 12 points to the second, and nobody discusses Cádiz, the other day the team progressed at the ball level, but you will have opportunities, 90 minutes go a long way, I don’t think we will do … When I started training, this was normal. In the year 95, the clubs were waiting for you and you had to wait, everyone was doing the same, a fucking wall in front, not today, because football changed, and that started … Everyone has to play in the opposite field, travel fast, where is it written that you have to play football like this? There are many teams that play like that. The best example is Atlético de Madrid. He won because he played the opposite of everyone. And maybe the same thing happened to us. I don’t have to decide the strategies of others, but that’s a true story. Rich Simeone seems to be doing worse when … There is that runrun that “what a shit, we don’t play anything” … Well, they can hurt themselves. Simeone starts to doubt. They record better players … But in the year 95 it was never criticized how bad that team played. Before there was no play right or wrong. The press did not use it. “ Fernando Vázquez has granted an interview in La Voz de Galicia, leaving a dozen headlines. The coach of Deportivo has completely changed the situation of the club, which even dreams of getting into the Playoffs. He, on the contrary, remains cautious about what is to come. He also spoke of his words about the parental pin in Andalusia, about racist insults to Marega or about the moment of form of Getafe from Bordalás. Bordalás and Setién: “Absolutely, because it seems to me a coach like the cup of a pine. The other day, playing against Barcelona, ​​with combinatorial game, playing in the opposite field … He also preaches it. Bordalás does not preach anything. Play as it comes out of the papo … But the one who was in the opposite field except fifteen or twenty minutes was the Getafe. So, that team that they say kicks, defends I don’t know what … It’s an absurd contempt. But if you won the game clearly. He has no problem saying he is defensive, but goes to Camp Nou and tells him that with that style he goes and is in his field. He lost the game because he has no Messi and some more. Bordalás does not train to like. He does not train for I know that I am, my team is that I do not know what .. He trains within strategic possibilities, valuing his strength, that of others. He is a real coach. Last year near Champions and this in Champions. I would have to be the coach who is at the head of all the news. In addition, Bordalás is a good colleague. Good colleague is one who does not have to talk about the rival team to justify himself. Bordalás never does. Look at the ones that are justified talking about the rival. It used to happen a lot. Not so much now, but it’s still happening. “Marega: “I understand that the big clubs are not going to solve this. It will only be resolved when players decide to leave and miss matches. I think a little miserable the performance of Marega’s teammates, coach and referee. Grabbing the kid, I think they also got a yellow card, so he stayed. I think they should have had the opposite reaction. But this has to be fixed by who has to fix it. “ Have you regretted your words about the parental pin?: “Never. Sometimes a journalist asks you and … I didn’t want to get into that controversy. I released that and had to explain why. I talked about the teaching staff. I have my opinion on that and why I will not give it. I have every right to give my opinion about what I want. Everyone thinks about football and it seems that I have to be a coach only and, as if it were subnormal, abnormal or paranormal, I could not give my opinion. I understand why, I don’t have to create foolish enemies. But I say: Why do I think fools foolishly thinking? Don’t you think it’s from a society a little sick? I don’t know, I think my way, but I never regretted it. It went too far, then I repeated it in a few days, I thought we were among coaches and there is a journalist who puts it in networks. But I didn’t talk about the parental pin anymore, I made a joke to make them laugh a little and they laughed. But social networks are tremendous, it seems that I insisted on the subject.last_img read more

Four more positives in Sampdoria and Vlahovic, although asymptomatic, in Fiorentina

first_imgSampdoria already suffers five positives for coronavirus in its workforce. After announcing the contagion of Manolo Gabbiadini yesterday, all the players had to undergo the relevant medical tests and quarantine. Now, the Italian club has confirmed on its website that four other soccer players suffer from the disease: Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Thus, the club has announced that it has applied all the protocol established by law and has closed all the facilities, in addition to communicating to all those members of the entity’s staff that they maintain voluntary isolation in their homes to avoid further contagion. Thereto They add that any necessary activity in the coming days will be carried out through telework and that, therefore, there will be no contact between possible infected.The press release closes with a joint message from the managers, President Massimo Ferrero, Claudio Ranieri and the entire staff: “We invite everyone to respect, rigorously and firmly, the ministerial and regional dispositions to face together, with courage and a spirit of collective sacrifice, this period. Everything will be fine and we will do it together. Stay at homeFinally, he confirmed that, despite the positive of his players, they are all in good health and are not at risk. Vlahovic, positive and asymptomaticWhile Fiorentina has announced its first case. Dusan Vlahovic, center forward ‘viola’, has also tested positive, as confirmed by the club in an official statement. However, the Serbian case is particular, given that despite suffering from the disease, no symptoms Of the same. This is how the text reads: “Fiorentina can confirm that Dusan Vlahovic has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently at home and does not have any symptoms. The club has proceeded with all the relevant isolation processes and is identifying every person who have contacted him “.In Italy, meanwhile, all sports competitions are suspended until further notice and the alarm status has been announced. All establishments are closed, except for pharmacies and supermarkets to supply the population with basic necessities.last_img read more

Messi’s ‘bomb’ falls in the middle of the summit between Thebes and the clubs

first_imgLaLiga, for now, has set out its vision of the moment the competition is going through. He has also reported all the possible scenarios that are being considered at this time to restart the championship, in which there is already less optimism than a week ago and in which it is assumed that the League will end playing and that there will be football this summer , maybe without an audience, taking advantage of the transfer of the Euro Cup to 2021. Thebes has reported on his last meeting with AFE, in which it was proposed to play next Christmas in the event that this season ends after schedule and if it is necessary to delay the start of the next as already believed. In addition, it has recurred again, as it did last week, when the employers will support, help and coordinate all the ERTE requests that the clubs want to undertake. Regarding the drop in salaries of its professional staff, the general feeling is that club-by-club negotiation with your players is preferable rather than a general rule imposed from above, since there are entities that belong to the members and others do not, each with its peculiarities, and also each club-player contract is a world. On the morning of this Monday an important telematic meeting is taking place between Javier Tebas and all the presidents of the 42 professional clubs in Spanish football. The president of LaLiga has met from 11:00 a.m. to more than 2:00 p.m. (an hour and a half more than expected) with the leaders and CEOs of Primera and, since then, has been doing so with those of Primera. In the middle of this summit the Messi bomb has fallen, which again shakes Barça and can set the pace for the rest of the clubs.The objective of the video conference appointment between LaLiga and the clubs is to analyze the current situation of economic crisis, following the coronavirus pandemic, in order to find short-term solutions to alleviate the effects that are already being noticed in the accounts. Thebes will later inform David Aganzo (AFE), at 6:00 pm, in the third face-to-face in just seven days between the two leaders.last_img read more

Last goodbye from Madrid and the world of football to Goyo Benito

first_imgWe continue to receive sad news nationally and globally. Today also leaves us an incredible person and a madridista of heart and race. D. E. P Goyo Benito. My condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/ktvpC01xKs– Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) April 2, 2020Miguel Angel PortugalThe former coach of Real Madrid Castilla and technical secretary of Real Madrid, also wanted to express his condolences. Goyo Benito has died at the age of 73, the victim of a long illness and numerous personalities related to Real Madrid, in which he became a legendary player and was well-liked, and with the world of soccer, social networks have flooded with messages to fire him.Real MadridIn an official statement, the white team has wanted to express its condolences to the family. “Real Madrid CF, its president and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Goyo Benito, one of the great legends of our club. (…) Today Madrid is mourning in memory of one of the greatest defenses of our history”.Iker CasillasThe former Real Madrid goalkeeper has published a tweet in which he defines Goyo Benito as “an incredible person and a Real Madrid player. We have left Goyo Benito, symbol of a whole white football race that I could enjoy with pride. My condolences to his entire family, especially his wife and children. D.E.P– Miguel A. Portugal (@ maportugal55) April 2, 2020UD Las PalmasThe Canarian club has joined all the displays of affection for the death of the former Real Madrid player.Sergio RamosThe captain of Real Madrid offers condolences to family and friends, assuring that “he leaves us a benchmark for Real Madrid.”Spanish Football FederationThe institution that Rubiales presides over has published a tweet supporting Goyo Benito’s family. The footballer played 22 games with the Spanish team.Vallecano RayThe Madrid club has expressed its supporters by expressing condolences to Goyo Benito’s family and friends. The former footballer wore the Rayo elastic in the 1960s.Iván HelgueraThe former Real Madrid footballer, Iván Helguera, joins the messages of condolence for the death of Goyo Benito.last_img read more

“Achraf is an airplane, I have never seen an equal speed”

first_imgRelu, footballer for Borussia Dortmund. José María Relucio, ReluHe has lived long to be only 22 years old. Went through Real Madrid, Rayo and Atlético quarries, suffered a failed transfer to Inter Milan and finished in the Trival Valderas de Tercera. But his debut with Alcorcón changed everything. The Borussia Dortmund he had his eye on his subsidiary and there he has reunited with his friend Achraf…-How was your arrival at Real Madrid?-I was playing in Toledo and Madrid noticed me in a tournament in Illescas. They took me to Pre-Benjamin, I would be seven years old. I arrived in Valdebebas and I was until Alevín A. That year the club decided not to count on me. I was a forward and I was delayed to the midfielder, until that year my coach (Iñaki Beni) who sent me to the left side. I played without being my position and still went with the Madrid Under-12 team and was runner-up in Spain alongside Achraf, the Obama brothers … I never explained it to myself, but Madrid decided to rescind me. I was not expecting it and I was shocked. I had to find my life and I went to Rayo. Even so, my time in Madrid was very beautiful, I was also with Luca Zidane, Óscar Rodríguez …-Almost from the Trival Valderas to Borussia …-It was not easy. I came from playing in Atlético’s Junior Honor Division and even trained under Simeone. The thing is, he was going to sign for Inter Milan. But due to paper problems, I couldn’t play the Youth League and in the Spring they could only have three players my age, so the signing fell apart … Alavés signed me for two years but it was so late that all the chips were Complete and they had to give me, that’s why I ended up in the Trival. In three months I went from playing the final of the Copa del Rey Juvenil to training with Zaniolo in Milan … to finishing in La Canaleja de Alcorcón. It was very hard. I had to put myself in the hands of a sports psychologist. -How was the first year in Dortmund? He has had everything …-It has been a strange year, because you have to adapt to the country and the club. Not only the first team, when you train with them, but also the affiliate, which is where you play. I arrived at Borussia very well, I came from playing in the Spanish Second, I did the preseason with the first team and I got to be called up, but just on September 1 I injured my knee, an edema that has me two and a half months away. From there it was very difficult to enter the team. The coach already had an eleven and is not very supportive of the Spanish style. The injury marked a before and after. I do not want to apologize because I am happy where I am, it is an impressive club.– Will it continue yellow or will we see you again soon in Spain?-I have a contract, but what is clear to me is that I want to play, I want to enjoy soccer. This year I have learned a lot and in many situations, but next season I have to play a lot. If it is not here it will have to be another site. The coronavirus has left everything in a secondary plane, it is normal, but I need to play … “I went from almost signing for Inter to being in the Trival, in Third. It was very hard. I needed a sports psychologist …” -It is a plane. He is one of those players who is essential in an eleven. Achraf is one of those players who send him a ball in depth and breaks your rival lines. He reaches the bottom line and puts centers, gives assists and puts goals on top. Everything at a speed that defines you.-A lot of Real Madrid fans had a bittersweet taste for that one season of the Moroccan in the first team. What happened?-Achraf has had a complicated life and has had to fight from a very young age for his dream. He has passed through the entire Madrid academy. But it is not easy to assimilate suddenly that you are at the top of the best club in the world with Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Zidane as coach and Carvajal in his position. There was pressure. That is why the loan to Borussia came in spectacular. He has matured a great deal both psychologically and footballically. He has become a man. If people knew him better he would be surprised for good. He has everything very well structured in his head, he is a very, very smart guy. Achraf and Relu, with the Madrid team. Relu, footballer for Borussia Dortmund.center_img “In Dortmund I did the preseason with the first team and I was called up, but an injury of two and a half months came …” “ – and how it appears in the radar of a club of the dimensions of the Borussia?-The Borussia scouts went to see Achraf a lot when he was in Madrid and on the way they saw more footballers. I share a representative with him and they showed them my profile. They came to see me and they liked me. When I debuted with Alcorcón in Segunda they decided.-And in Germany your friend Achraf is waiting for you …-More than friends, we are brothers. We have experienced many things together. In the end life has brought us to be very close again. – Now it is done for Madrid?-Without a doubt. He is one of the best wingers in the world and will end up being the best. That match he made against Barça, or those two goals he scored against Inter in the Champions League … He is a unique player.“What can you tell me about Haaland?”-When I was in Salzburg I started to follow him and when I got here he didn’t come as if he were just another transfer. It came hitting big, even before playing. People here really wanted to see it. The fact is that Paco Alcácer also had a spectacular start here. Haaland? I like it, but it’s very young. I think you have to do more. He must keep scoring goals because he is pure power, a destructive battering ram, but he still has left.-And Jadon Sancho? It seems that Borussia’s list of young talents never ends.-It’s tremendous. How it is associated, its technique is incredible. I love. Haaland puts everything in the area, but Sancho is special, he draws your attention. For example, when I was in the Juvenil del Atleti I played against Monaco in Switzerland and opposite was Mbappé. I didn’t notice him that day. I think it exploded later. Relu, in action with the Borussia Dortmund subsidiary. – In which position is the best Achraf seen? He plays in so many positions that it is almost impossible to define him. Because it started in Factory forward …-Like me, we played together up front. He is a guy that you put where you put him is going to yield because he is crushed. He is not one of those who is thinking ‘but why do they put me in this position now?’ When he goes out on the field, he plays. Anywhere. Despite everything, I think that his position, for me, is right-back. It is more the ideal is like lane by that band. There it is spectacular. It has a speed that I have not seen anyone in football …-As you neglect, it tears off the stickers …last_img read more