UEFA Champions League Bayern boss Heynckes backs Madrid to see off PSG Niklas König Bayern Munich Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:14 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Bayern München PSG Bundesliga Videos The Blancos have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, but the man who led them to European success in 1998 remains positive Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is confident Real Madrid will recover from their recent malaise and beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Madrid currently sit fourth in the Liga table – 19 points behind leaders Barcelona – and despite having won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons are widely being written off in their last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 outfit.Pressure is building on manager Zinedine Zidane, with European silverware now their only chance of picking up a trophy to end the campaign after they were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Leganes. 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 But Heynckes – who guided Madrid to the Champions League title in 1998 during his sole season in charge at Santiago Bernabeu – believes the Blancos have what it takes to beat Neymar and co.”That Madrid is going through a low in the league at the moment is, in my opinion, quite normal, especially if you have won the Champions League twice and been Spanish champions too,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview.”In addition, Real have given away three very good players in the summer with Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez, perhaps to save salaries.”They have not bought big and thought that with the young players they can compensate for that. You need a really good mix between young and old, between experienced and hungry players.”Nevertheless, you must not write off Real in the Champions League. They have much more experience than Paris Saint-Germain. Much more! I believe they will win the tie.”They have a good team for playing in European competition. When we first won the Champions League again in 1998, we finished fourth in the league. I know from personal experience Madrid should never be underestimated.”Heynckes himself guided Bayern through the Champions League group stages alongside PSG in Group B, setting up a tie with Besiktas in the last 16.The Bundesliga champions have not won Europe’s biggest prize since 2013 but are many people’s dark horses for the competition this time around after Heynckes resurrected their poor early-season form under Carlo Ancelotti.Heynckes, though, feels that the form and finances of Premier League clubs is making his own side’s task of winning the tournament more difficult, and is unsure whether they will be able to keep competiting in years to come.”We want to become Bundesliga champions, we are not yet. We also want to be successful in the German Cup and in the Champions League.”In the Champions League, it will certainly be very difficult, because there are top teams, who – in part, with huge costs – have greatly improved their squads in the transfer market.”It will be increasingly difficult for the Bundesliga and also for Bayern Munich to be as successful internationally as Bayern have been before in their history.”There are always cycles in football. Recently, Real Madrid have been incredibly successful, before that it was Barcelona in a certain period of time. Bayern Munich were in 2013 and also in previous years. So there are always snapshots.”Right now it is said that the English Premier League is the best and at the moment it might be like that. But the English teams have to prove that now in the knockout phase of the Champions League.”
Thomas Vermaelen Chelsea-linked Luis Enrique backed for Premier League job by Vermaelen Jamie Smith 04:44 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Arsène Wenger Real Betis v Barcelona Primera División Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Arsenal Premier League The former Barcelona boss has been touted as a target to replace Antonio Conte, and the Belgian defender believes he would be a success in England Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the club’s former coach Luis Enrique could be a big success in the Premier League.Luis Enrique, on sabbatical after leaving Barca at the end of last season, has been linked with replacing the under-pressure Antonio Conte at Chelsea.The 47-year-old won three Copa del Rey titles and La Liga twice during his time in charge at Camp Nou, as well as leading Barcelona to the Champions League crown in 2014-15. 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 Vermaelen was a bit-part player at Barca under Luis Enrique but remains full of praise for his old boss.”I think it’s similar to what you’re seeing with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,” the centre-back told the Guardian.”You bring a bit of the Spanish influence into English football and it might take time but it can work very well.”I had a very good relationship with Luis Enrique. The way he talks to players is very good. He knows how to make a player feel right.”If you asked me about the best managers I’ve worked with, I would always include him. Now I’m getting the chance to play more but I’m not going to say that because I was playing less with Luis Enrique he was a bad coach.”Before joining Barca, Vermaelen spent five years at Arsenal, helping the club to win the FA Cup in 2014.And the Belgium defender believes Arsene Wenger remains the right man for the job at the Emirates Stadium, despite the Gunners sitting sixth in the Premier League.”It’s sad to see them struggling. Arsenal is such a beautiful club; I think a lot of people in England like Arsenal: they have a beautiful stadium and just thinking about how well they played the game,” Vermaelen added.”I’m sure if they knew the reason, they’d do something about it. I always say: ‘Be careful what you wish for’. I don’t know what’s going on now but the club still has that capacity to be a club fighting for the title again.”Sacking the manager is not always the solution. What Mr Wenger has done for the club is amazing. I think he is still the man to go forward. He has the experience and he is a man of the club.”
Transfers From Hazard to Neymar, who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on Chris Burton 16:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur PSG Internazionale Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Neymar David de Gea David Luiz Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The Blancos, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a sizeable budget at their disposal
UEFA Champions League Zidane wouldn’t swap Salah for Ronaldo at Real Madrid Joe Wright 19:17 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Zinédine Zidane Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Real Madrid Liverpool The Blancos boss has no interest in discussing those at Champions League final opponents Liverpool, with a warning sounded to critics of his talisman Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Liverpool’s 44-goal forward Mohamed Salah and has warned critics of his Portuguese talisman to expect the forward to impress in the Champions League final.The competition’s all-time leading goalscorer, Ronaldo has netted 15 times in just 12 appearances in this season’s tournament to help his side reach a third final in a row, although he did fail to find the net in the last-four win over Bayern Munich.The 33-year-old headed in Madrid’s second goal in Saturday’s draw with Villarreal on his return from an ankle injury, though, and Zidane insists it would be unwise to expect the Portuguese to struggle under the pressure of facing Liverpool in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He also dismissed the idea he would prefer to have Liverpool’s PFA Player of the Year award-winning winger Salah in his ranks – amid much talk of interest in the Egyptian at the Santiago Bernabeu.”No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players,” he told a news conference.”Cristiano knows that a player can have difficult moments. That’s why he’s the best. Some players suffer under pressure, others just the opposite, and he is one of those. The more you criticise him… be careful.”Zidane refused to give any clues on his starting line-up but did suggest he could field a front three of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, while praising the recent form of the Wales forward.”He’s very good. He has scored a lot of goals. He hadn’t played much but he had a lot of continuity in training and he was doing well, especially in scoring,” he said of Bale.”I’m here with the 25 players every day. The others play well and they deserve their opportunity. For me, the BBC are the best, by far. They have shown it many times, but in the day to day, when I say to my group that they are all important, I have to show them that.”It doesn’t mean those three can’t play together again. They played in the Clasico.”With Madrid looking to win the trophy for a third successive year while Liverpool have not reached the final since 2007, there have been suggestions Jurgen Klopp’s side will be the more motivated.Zidane, however, thinks any such argument is wrong.”I can’t tell you about the opposition. I don’t know what they have. What I can tell you is that we have the same excitement,” he said.”Nobody can take that away from us or tell us we are less hungry than others. Nobody. We are Madrid. We always want more and we’ll give everything to try to do it in the best way possible.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers Gundogan addresses talk of filling Iniesta’s boots at Barcelona Chris Burton 00:49 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Manchester City Primera División Premier League İ. Gündoğan The midfielder has been linked with a summer switch, but he is under contract in England and setting his sights on more silverware Ilkay Gundogan is “happy” at Manchester City and has no intention of pushing for a summer move to Barcelona, amid talk that the Liga giants want him to replace Andres Iniesta.Those at Camp Nou are in the market for another creative midfielder after seeing a club legend depart for J. League side Vissel Kobe.Attention has turned to Germany international Gundogan, with the 27-year-old having tasted title success in the Bundesliga and Premier League while earning 26 caps for his country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He does face fierce competition for places at the Etihad Stadium, with the promise of more to come as City chase down the likes of Jorginho, but he is a favoured option of Pep Guardiola.Gundogan made 46 appearances for City across all competitions last season and, as he remains tied to terms through to 2020, will only be on the move this summer if he is deemed surplus to requirements.He told Arab News on the transfer rumours: “I have plenty of time on my current contract, two years to go.“But it also depends on the club if they want me to stay. Everyone can see and feel I am really happy here.“With the way we play, with the people around me, in the city, in the community, I really enjoy it here and really enjoy my life. I’m happy.“It was great to win the Premier League title, but there are plenty of things still to achieve.“We are committed to this every year at City, not just the players, but the coaching staff, to try to win the biggest trophies.“That’s what we will be trying to do next season and the season after.”Gundogan joined City from Borussia Dortmund in a £20 million ($26m) deal back in the summer of 2016.Knee ligament damage brought his debut campaign to a premature close, but he returned from nine months on the sidelines in September 2017 to become a key figure in a record-breaking team which collected Premier League and Carabao Cup honours.
BMTA in conjunction with TFQ and TFA, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch friend in NQ affected by Cyclone Larry. For all the info check out this story and make sure you check out BMTA’s website or our website tomorrow for nomination forms for the event. CYCLONE LARRY FUNDRAISER. This is a great idea and a fantastic way to support NQ Touchies. If you’re in the ACT and taking part in the winter competition, the draws have been released and can be found at www.acttouch.com.au. You’re a braver person than I to be facing the ice cold temperatures of a Canberra winter. To assist new coaches and officials in their role, the Australian Sports Commission, in conjunction with State Departments of Sport and Recreation, have developed a series of new web pages – ‘Tools and Tips for New Coaches and Officials’. To check out what’s there to help and encourage coaches, just visit www.ausport.gov.au/coachofficial Remember, if you have any news for 60 Seconds in Touch just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Toowoomba Touch have recently updated their website, it looks fantastic and is a great example of how affiliates can communicate with their members regularly and easily. Check it out at www.toowoombatouch.com Touch Football Australia has revised their course procedure for affiliates wanting to run referees training courses. The affiliates now need to contact Chris Tarlinton on 1800 654 951 or (02) 6285 2703 or email@example.com to have the resources sent out to them. Course request and procedure forms will be available to download on the TFA website towards the end of this week. The level 1 referee resource pack has also been updated and contains a signals CD, rules book, updated printed manual and certificate. Melbourne University Touch Club (Parkville Touch) are set to kick off a new winter Touch competition…so if you’re in Melbourne and looking for somewhere to play this winter, check out www.victouch.com.au. Welcome to the latest edition of 60 Seconds in Touch, we’re already into May, the fifth month of the year and before you know it I’ll be spouting Christmas carols and getting ready for the holidays…The year is certainly flying by and here’s the latest edition in all the news from around Australia…Well, it was certainly a dramatic weekend in the tipping competition, with some close matches in both the NRL and AFL and the odd controversial result here and there…‘jjj’ is holding sway in the AFL, one point ahead of three tippers on 25 points each. In the NRL the leaders are creeping away, with ‘Rattler’ looking dangerous on 39 points. Next week will certainly pose some interesting questions as tippers place their votes in the Touch Football Australia tipping competition. NSW Touch have announced their award winners for 2005, a full description of the winners can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, but here are the winners:2005 Affiliate of the Year: Wagga Wagga Touch Association2005 Administrator of the Year: Graham Goodwin, Taree Touch Association2005 Coach of the Year: Tony Trad, Western Suburbs Touch Association2005 Player of the Year: Jason Stanton, UNSW Bullets2005 Junior Player of the Year: Ricky Morris, Kempsey Touch AssociationThis weekend is a huge weekend for meetings, with the NSW Annual General Meeting being held in Sydney, the TFA Board of Management also meeting in Sydney and the Federation of International Touch (FIT) meeting in Sydney. Stay tuned next week for any information that comes from those meetings. In news out of Victoria, the ‘New Zealand’ teams put some punch back into the Touch Victoria Trans Tasman Challenge yesterday, taking revenge on the Aussies and stealing a 2-1 series win in each division … after a number of nail-biting drop-offs throughout the day. To read the full story click here: VIC TRANS TASMAN NEWS If you’re interested in doing a referees course at North Woolooware in NSW, check out www.nswtouch.com.au for information on level 1, 2 and 3 courses being held in May and June.
Elite Eight Men’sDavid BaggioAdam FoleyDale LawrenceElite Eight Women’sLuke McKenzieBrad SmithSam ClarkMen’s OpenBrett FreshwaterMatt LaveryAnthony Smith Mixed OpenNathan BudgeScott CampbellTanya FindlayMen’s 30’sBill SladeMark KellyDamien CarlsonWomen’s OpenGavin KingCarl HartwigSimon JacksonMen’s 40’sBernie O’DonohueBarry McNamaraNick AltinSenior MixedGrant HillAaron McRobertsJosh VernonMen’s 45’sJulian AitkenRichard McIllroyJohn FrostWomen’s Open (plate)Jillian McRobertsTammey ChappellMack HovermanMen’s 50’sDaniel ScullyJames SteinbergJames McMahonWomen’s 27’s Chris MurrayJamie OliverKen GilbertWomen’s 35’sKaren DaviesKarren Strachan Sally MelzerMen’s 55’s Ken WilsonMichael McGrathGreg TaylorWomen’s 40’sDavid BrownPeter CominosPeter GregoryLeading RefereeDavid BaggioLeading Women’s RefereeSam ClarkLeading Senior RefereesBill Slade, Karen DaviesReferee of the TournamentDavid Baggio