The Kiwi head coach has admitted losing another lock ahead of next month’s three-Test autumn series would leave Ireland’s front-five position “tenuous”. Ireland must face South Africa, Georgia and Australia already without regular locks Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy and Donnacha Ryan. Press Association Schmidt has everything crossed captain Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy and the uncapped Dave Foley ease through the second round of European fixtures unscathed. “When you take Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy and Donnacha Ryan out of the second row, you’re immediately starting to get a little bit skinny,” said the Ireland head coach, gearing up for next month’s Guinness series. “Kane Douglas and Franco Van der Merwe obviously can’t be selected s o take out five of eight, it doesn’t leave you with too many. “I’m not even that good at maths – because I took five away from eight and picked four – that doesn’t even make sense! “In saying that there’s also a little bit of excitement in that for us; Dave Foley hasn’t even filled out his frame yet. “It’s a little bit early for him, but it gives us an opportunity to get to know Dave a little bit. “But we’d hate to get a second row injury this weekend: that would really make things tenuous for us.” While Munster host Saracens at Thomond Park on Friday night, Ulster welcome double European champions Toulon to Ravenhill the following afternoon. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt faces an anxious weekend of European Champions Cup action hoping no more of his second rows pick up injury problems. Leinster’s Sunday trip to Castres will be no less bruising, with Schmidt not even trying to mask Ireland’s already widespread injury issues. Long-term absentees Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy dent both set-piece stability and phase-play incision. All told Ireland will be without 15 regular squad members through injury this autumn, with Ulster’s Paddy Jackson among those Schmidt argues are not sharp enough after enforced breaks. The former Leinster boss said the only way to approach those absences is challenge the inexperienced replacements to make their mark. “We’ve gone with 37 because we’re probably not going to play exactly the same team, because we probably haven’t made our minds up about some guys and some positions,” said Schmidt. “There are a few places where we’re going to learn what the next tier are doing, and the challenge for the next tier is to become the top tier. That’s what these opportunities are for. “There were a few guys who went into last year’s Six Nations, hadn’t been involved in the autumn Tests, and suddenly became very clearly top tier by rights because of their performances. “That’s the opportunity and that dovetails into quite a challenge for these guys.”
By Ras WadadaHEAD coach of the Fruta Conquerors FC, Sampson ‘Bennaiah’ Gilbert is not satisfied with the team’s performance in the first half of the GFF-STAG Elite League, despite finishing second in the points table and is prepared to make the necessary adjustments for a better output in the second half.Speaking to Chronicle Sport on his reflections of the first round of matches, the head coach, who rejoined the club in August for his third tenure at the helm of the coaching staff, related his dissatisfaction with the commitment of some key players.“The team could have performed better with more commitment from the senior players who failed to step up and help the younger players who were playing at this level for the first time.“For an important game against the Army these players neglected training to participate in street football, so our preparation was poor; but the result was not too disappointing. I was not satisfied with the performance and wasn’t expecting any positive result.“Our performance was so poor in the first half that we had a tall order to overcome in the second which we played much better in holding the Army to a score-less half, the only team to do so,” coach Gilbert revealed.“The main cause for the indifferent attitude of some players is the fact that players are hardly being compensated and the delayed process of payments of stipends by the GFF would have led to training, commitment and performance being affected.The process of commitment has already begun as after the 3-1 loss to the Army the captain, Delon Williams, was relieved of his post for being disrespectful to me and the team,” the dreadlocked ‘Bennaiah’ stated.Gilbert, who was the assistant coach at Alpha United last season, added that ‘the mass migration of players from the club after promises were not fulfilled also forced the club to expose new talents this season and they responded admirably, especially 16-year-old wing defender Rishaun Ritch who, in my opinion, was a standout for a rookie’.Looking ahead to the second half of the League, Gilbert hinted at being better prepared,” The 2nd round will be more competitive so we need to be better prepared and committed. The break offers all the teams the opportunity to get better organised, with tactical awareness being the emphasis. I am looking forward to using younger and committed players.“I am also looking forward to the transfer window next month where I can get players who are committed and can fit in to our chemistry where the focus will be on professionalism and commitment.”Coach ‘Bennaiah’ is however not in agreement with the extended break. “The length of the time for the break is unusual since we are just six teams and the short playing time does not aid in the development of the younger players at this level. I think early January should be the restart.“It is obvious that the Technical Committee is lacking knowledge and maybe it is time to involve the coaches. Decisions should not be related to off-field issues, but more on the impact of the players if the League is to grow,” Gilbert suggestedIn his general overview of the first half the coach stated, “The League was generally competitive and a good thing for the sport, but it needs more depth.“To have a League at the highest national level is good for the sport. Regrettably, what appeared to have a football political flavour was the cause for four teams to withdraw. I don’t think the effects of the withdrawals were considered,” Gilbert said.
New Delhi: Manu Bhaker, India’s 16-year-old teen shooting sensation, was involved in a war of words with Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij over a promise of giving her a cash reward of Rs 2 crore for winning the 2018 Youth Olympics which was held in Buenos Aires. However, in an exclusive chat with News Nation, Manu’s father, Ram Kishan Bhaker, who works as a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy, offered some clarification in the ongoing controversy. “I had a chat with Anil Vij. He said the notification came afterwards and you don’t have to worry about that. This is a previous policy. The new notification is for future events,” he said.When asked as to whether this was another case of bureaucracy hampering a sportsperson’s growth and motivation, Ram Kishan smiled and said, “The country knows what is right and what is wrong.” The controversy involving Manu and the Haryana Sports Minister took place on Friday when Vij, on his Twitter handle, had tweeted on October 10 that the 16-year-old was promised a cash price of Rs 2 crore for winning the Youth Olympic gold medal in Argentina. After waiting a couple of months, Manu, who had apparently not got the money, lashed out at the government in her tweets on Friday by stating someone in the Haryana government has been playing games over the money promised to Youth Olympic winners.Read More | Every event, every medal memorable: Manu BhakerTo compound matters further, Manu retweeted Yogeshwar Dutt’s old tweet on a recent circular issued by the Haryana government in which it stated that one-third of the income earned by Haryana athletes from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited to the Haryana State Sports Council. In the tweet, Yogeshwar had criticised Ashok Khemka, the principal secretary to the Government of Haryana. Immediately after that, Manu replied to Vij’s tweet which said, “Sir, please confirm if this is correct… or a jumla”. This resulted in a heated exchange between the Haryana government and the teenager. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. War of words intensifiesThe Haryana Sports Ministry jumped into action by stating that she should have first spoken to the sports department rather than airing her issue in public domain. “The language she used in her tweet is aimed at tarnishing the image of the state and it is in bad taste. The government has given all pending prize money to sportsmen in August 2018…for those who are left out a plan is under way and they too will be given the prize money,” Vij said. The Sports Minister sought an apology from Bhaker, saying as per the policy of the government, the prize money of this year’s award winner is given the next year.Read More | Asian Games and CWG glory high points for Indian sports in 2018Even Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar criticised the decision of Manu to air her grievances on Twitter. The chief minister stated, “Manu Bhaker will get award money as per the rules of the department, tweeting over it is not good. I think nobody should have a problem with the rules.”
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 5, 2020 The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020. The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix.The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic. ___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing. They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes.___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic. All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday. Associated Press ___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities.Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines. The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season.They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return. The Latest: New cycling calendar bunches up biggest races The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic.The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___ There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Adam Wainwright turned back the clock with a complete game on his 39th birthday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday.The oldest active player in the majors, Wainwright threw a four-hitter for his 23rd career complete game and first in four years. The Cardinals snapped a four-game skid in which they scored six total runs.Dexter Fowler homered and had three RBIs for St. Louis, which stopped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. The Indians had won nine in a row on the road.Wainwright (3-0) settled in after allowing a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin in the second inning. The right-hander struck out nine and walked two, going the distance for the first time since July 16, 2016, against the Marlins.Just as important, he gave a much-needed breather to a bullpen that worked 15 1/3 innings over the previous two games.Fowler’s two-run double was followed by Dylan Carlson’s two-run single to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead in the second. St. Louis had mustered just three runs in the past 28 innings before the outburst.Paul Goldschmidt scored on a balk by Aaron Civale in the third.Fowler sent the second pitch from reliever Cam Hill into the Cardinals’ bullpen behind the right-field wall leading off the seventh. Yadier Molina made it 7-2 with an RBI single in the eighth.Naquin lined a changeup just over the right-field fence to put the Indians ahead 2-0 in the second. It was originally ruled a double, but a replay review showed the ball cleared the wall instead of bouncing off it.The drive extended Naquin’s hitting streak to 10 games.Civale (3-4) gave up a season-high five runs in six innings.PITCHING CYCLEWith the start against the Indians, Wainwright has made at least one versus every team except the Cardinals.MORE MILESTONESMolina played in his 2,000th game, third-most in franchise history. The star catcher’s second-inning single gave him 1,981 career hits, passing Red Schoendienst for sixth place in franchise history.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals RHP Ryan Helsley (COVID-19) threw a bullpen and will join the team on its upcoming road trip. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt expects Helsley to be activated early this week.(Image Credit Pixabay) WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 31st August, 2020 11:16 IST Wainwright Throws CG On 39th Birthday, Cards Top Indians 7-2 Adam Wainwright turned back the clock with a complete game on his 39th birthday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday. SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 31st August, 2020 11:16 IST COMMENT
StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Australia and England have a rivalry steeped in history, one that particularly comes to the fore whenever the two nations are pitted against each other in a sporting arena.That is epitomised by the Ashes, with the tiny urn the ultimate prize for whichever side can hold their nerve in the various cauldrons of noise over the course of the next two months.Criticism has been laid at England’s feet since their squad announcement, while the home side have been lambasted in recent days for comments coming out their camp.Despite this though Australia are listed as favourites worldwide, with England mere rank outsiders.Rick Wallace, Media Relations Manager at Australian gambling company Tabcorp, gave an insight into how an Ashes Series is viewed ‘down under,’ and the huge numbers expected to be waged by punters across the five tests: “It’s one of the biggest events on our sporting calendar both from a betting and interest point of view.“We are expecting to hold around the $5 million mark for the Ashes series. In context, this is approximately the same hold as what we had for the McGregor v Mayweather fight a few months ago“While the Aussies are favourites, England certainly are in with a chance. There remains uncertainty around Australia’s line up, and while we expect plenty of patriotic money for Australia, there will no doubt also be support for England.”What was once a series entrenched with Australian dominance, with all eight contests between 1989 and 2003 won by the Aussies, has developed into one that the hosts normally come out triumphant.Only once in the last eight series have an away side managed to come out victorious after five tests, with England taking advantage of a poor Australian side in 2010/11 to emerge on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline.In the sport mad nation of Australia, cricket quite rightly plays a huge part, however, as Wallace points out The Ashes has major competition from consumers throughout the country, adding: “While the Ashes is big, the trend from a betting point of view with cricket is moving towards the Big Bash.”The first Ashes test gets underway at The Gabba in Brisbane at midnight tonight UK time, ie the first minutes of Thursday 23 November, and 10am local time. Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead August 27, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share
Millennial Esports has announced that Bob Reif has joined the company as President. Reif will “lead the next phase of growth for the company”.Alex Igelman, Millennial EsportsBob Reif is a man with extensive background in the sports, media and investment world. He’s transacted more than $5 billion in sports, marketing and media rights agreements. He served as Executive Vice President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chief Marketing Officer of the Indy Race League. He also was Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for the St. Louis Rams for 12 seasons, in which he helped the company grow to its current $3.5billion valuation.“We are extremely excited to have a seasoned executive with the direct sports sector experience of Bob Reif joining our team,” said Alex Igelman, CEO of Millennial Esports. “I’m confident that Bob’s experience as an innovator with leading sports and lifestyles brands will translate well to what we are doing at Millennial.”“I see many parallels between the growth of the traditional sports sector and the potential for growth in the emerging Esports sector, with Millennial Esports leading the charge,” said Reif. “I’m confident my experience in the sports arena, particularly in the area of racing, will serve Millennial Esports well, and I’m excited to get started. He continued: “I’m confident my experience in the sports arena, particularly in the area of racing, will serve Millennial Esports well, and I’m excited to get started.”Reif’s responsibilities will include forging relationships with leaders in the traditional sports sector and leading the creation of content to be shared with the wider esports community. As part of the agreement, he will be granted one million stock options to vest equally on a monthly schedule over two years. The options have been granted at a stock price of 77 cents each and are 10-year options.Esports Insider says: Another big appointment for Millennial as they continue their expansion in esports. Interestingly, it’s another man with vast experience in the racing sphere as they look add to the previous acquisition of Ideas & Cars.
TWO AND A HALF MILLION POJNDS— bailey (@DutchFullback) March 7, 2020 I love this man so much— Valentino (@val_cpfc) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew has undoubtedly been Crystal Palace’s player of the season so far.Jordan’s last-minute winners, magnificent strikes and work rate this season have greatly endeared the Ghanaian striker to the Palace fans.And having scored the winning goal for the Eagles, for two straight weekends now, Palace fans can’t get enough of the Black Stars forward.His goal against Watford on Saturday, a brilliant strike, was the only one in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over the Hornets.Having come at a time where Palace were being dominated, Palace fans went crazy on social media, praising Jordan Ayew for his important strike. THE KINGGGGGG— ` (@BrCPFC) March 7, 2020 🐐🐐🐐— Dan Tennant (@Dan_Tennant_) March 7, 2020 Think I’m ready for a Jordan Ayew tattoo.— Amie (@AmieElle) March 7, 2020 Its Jordan Ayew again and again and againMake that 8 in the League this season— The Fundamentals (@KojoNketsia) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew is truly in form chale. he just keeps scoring .Messi’s role model— Enarya🍒💎 (@iamowusuaa) March 7, 2020JORDAN AYEW RUNS THIS TOWN – Benteke assist again 😍😍😍— mitch (@electricwilf) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew doing Jordan Ayew things from the flanks where he hates!— j hus stan account (@_Ch33rMan) March 7, 2020The goal was Jordan Ayew’s eighth of the Premier League season and his 24th overall in the English top-flight.It makes him the joint-best goalscoring Ghanaian in Premier League history. What’s the Secret about this Jordan Ayew… I watched him played last week.. and the Truth needs to be told. He is Priceless… What a Complete Player..— Jane Ashley ❤️ (@JaneAsh12365348) March 7, 2020 >>>>pele and Messi and Ronaldo combined— Austin (@daltillidie) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew finally with the goal to go level with Tony Yeboah for most goals scored in the EPL: 2️⃣4️⃣.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) March 7, 2020 He is better than Kane— ok (@imB30067761) March 7, 2020 PRINNNCCEEE pic.twitter.com/uZJB5rsPUU— jayden (@localpla2tic) March 7, 2020
Cranes Probable Line Up: Dennis Onyango (GK, Captain), Bevis Mugabi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, William Luwagga Kizito, Henry Patrick KadduSubs: Robert Odongkara (GK), Charles Lukwago (GK), Halid Lwaliwa, Taddeo Lwanga, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello, Isaac Muleme, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Timothy Denis AwanyMalawi Team Squad:Goalkeepers: William Thole (Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Brighton Munthali (Silver Strikers, Malawi)Defenders: Lucky Malata (Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Gomezgani Chirwa (Civo United, Malawi), Peter Cholopi (Be Forward Wanderers, Malawi), Stanley Sanudi (Be Forward Wanderers), Nickson Nyasulu (Big Bullets, Malawi), Trevour Kalema (Silver Strikers, Malawi)Midfielders: Idana Chimwemwe (Big Bullets, Malawi), Chester Yamikani (North Carolina, US), Gerald Keith Phiri Jr. (Baroka, South Africa), John Banda (Captain, Blue Eagles – Malawi), Peter Banda (Big Bullets, Malawi), Melcium Mhone (Blue Eagles, Malawi), Kaira Chimango (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Chikoti Chirwa (Kamuzu Barracks, Malawi)Strikers: Gabadihno Mhango (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Richard Mbulu (Baroka, South Africa), Hassan Kajoke (Nyasa Big Bullets, Malawi), Robin Ngalande (Zira FK, Azerbaijani) Coach Mckinstry (right) listening to his captain Onyango. PHOTO FUFA MEDIA Uganda vs Malawi AFCON 2021 Qualifiers Mandela Stadium, Namboole 4pm Entry Fees: 20,000/=, 50,000/= & 120,000/=Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes are confident they have what it takes to take charge of AFCON Group today when the host Malawi at Mandela National Stadium.The match will be new coach Jonathan McKinstry’s first tie at home. He registered a goalless draw in the first match of this campaign as they frustrated Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.Mckinstry and his captain Denis Onyango are confident ahead of the match.“We managed to get a point away from Burkina Faso. Focus is now against Malawi. We played against them and it was a goalless draw. It is a different game now. We have the fire power now. We need to win our home games,” captain Denis Onyango said in the pre-match conference.Malawi on the other hand, come to this game with the advantage of having won their first game 1-0 over visiting South Sudan. Malawi and Orlando Pirates forward Gabadihno Mhango scored the lone lone in Malawi’s 1-0 opener against South Sudan.Abdul Lumala of Pyramids in Egypt and Alexis David Bbakka who features for Carlstad in Sweden are out of Uganda’s squad after both failed to make it to Kampala.In Lumala’s absence, William Luwagga Kizito is expected to be drifted into the starting line up.Defender Timothy Denis Awany who started the away contest in Burkina Faso will need a late fitness test if he is to feature in the game having suffered a knock on the head.Key PlayersUganda’s Farouk Miya will be instrumental as he has been firing on all cylinders at his Turkish club Konyaspor with five goals in 7 matches.**** *****SOURCE: Airtelfootball.ugShare on: WhatsApp
Isco also spoke for the beer brand that sponsors the white club. The Malaga explained that the key against Manchester City “is to leave very concentrated, try to make the least possible mistakes. In the end, in a Champions League tie the small details make the difference”.“As I said before, we have to leave concentrated, because we have the quality. We play with the trick of the Bernabéu, which is also very important. I think the team is confident of doing things right. It’s going to be a very nice tie, “says Isco, which is still bearded in an indication that the statements were recorded before the League match against Levante.The midfielder also talked about his growing performance this season: “The secret is work and more work. I really want to show the football that I have inside and Zizou’s confidence has helped me a lot. I am looking forward to helping the team in the important matches that are coming now. “ Vinicius faces his second Champions League qualifier with Real Madrid with the illusion of winning the title. The Brazilian offered a few brief statements for a promotional video of Mahou in which he said that “playing the Champions League motivates all players” and said: “In Madrid we always want to win it and we are ready for everything.”