The big explanation was expected last season, when PSG recruited Sergio Ramos to everyone’s surprise. The repeated injuries of the Spanish legend (36) had decided otherwise, extending the Marquinhos-Kimpembe pair in the central hinge. This season, the establishment of a three-man defense by Christophe Galtier from the start, then the injury of “Presko” when switching to 4-4-2 diamond, delayed the time of choice. But this time, here we are.
Will Thomas Meunier be able to play the next World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18) with Belgium? His club, Borussia Dortmund, announced Thursday that the defender would be absent until the break due to a cheekbone injury, contracted during the victory in Hanover Wednesday in the German Cup (2-0).
While no exact downtime has been given by the German club, there is a real risk that Meunier could miss out on the World Cup.
Is this victory the end of the Liverpool crisis?
Jurgens Klopps Reds defeat Manchester City and Pep Guardiola 1-0 to climb to 8th place in the Premier League. Mo Salah scores the winning goal and the Reds coach is sent off just before the end!
After a foul on Salah on the sidelines that was not whistled, the Reds coach rages, leaves the coaching zone and scolds assistant Gary Beswick wildly (86th). He had observed the scene up close. Referee Anthony Taylor throws the coach out of the interior. Red!
Klopp: “Of course I overshot the target. But this situation cannot be. It’s the clearest foul I’ve ever seen in front of the linesman. And he just doesn’t care.”
In the Champions League, Liverpool gained at least some self-confidence in the 7-1 win at Glasgow Rangers (City 0-0 in Copenhagen).
Before the game, everyone asks: how does Klopp stop Pep’s super striker Erling Haaland, who has scored 15 times in 9 league games. Klopp: “That’s only possible collectively.”
And that works successfully.
City doesn’t get Haaland into play in the first half hour, Liverpool closes behind in 4-3-3, the offensive players work defensively.
But Haaland can never be completely eliminated.
33 minutes: Long ball to Haaland, who runs towards Alisson and lobs. But the Reds keeper is not that easy to overcome.
Next Haaland scene in the 40th minute: De Bruyne crosses to Torweger, who heads free from 7 meters – straight into Alisson’s arms. Sky expert and ex-Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick: He usually does 7 out of 10 things like that.”
Then it rings – you think! Foden scores, but the VAR denies the goal because Haaland holds Fabinho beforehand. Pep angry, but the decision is right.
Now fire is involved! Pep gesticulates wildly in the audience, provoking the Liverpool fans.
Alleged reason: As Reds supporters celebrate not being behind after all, they appear to throw objects such as coins at Guardiola in the process.
The City Coach: “They might hit better next time. You didn’t catch me.”
Haaland misses another chance and fails from 16 meters to Alisson (64th). Well, does the ex-Dortmunder suddenly have a jam?
But Salah suddenly strikes – 1-0 for Liverpool (76th)!
Alisson’s long, lightning-fast drive from a de Bruyne free-kick. Salah lets Joao Cancelo get out, runs towards Ederson alone and this time gives the keeper no chance from 17 meters.
Salah on Sky: “It’s just a game. But hopefully the win gives us more self-confidence.”
A match within the match will be played this Sunday evening on the lawn of the Parc des Princes, between the two stars of the Southern Cone (southern tip of South America). Teammates at FC Barcelona for three seasons (2011-2014) and regularly opposed in selection, the Argentinian Lionel Messi (35 years old) and the Chilean Alexis Sanchez (33 years old) find themselves this time in a Classic. Undisputed leader at Udinese (2008-2011), the native of Tocopilla (north-west of Chile) did not immediately find his marks on his arrival in Catalonia. “Alexis had arrived in an already well-established team, with an established structure and hierarchy.recalls Andoni Zubizarreta, Blaugrana sporting director from 2010 to 2015. It was not easy to play in this Barça. His role was in particular to give amplitude to the team and to open up spaces for the full-backs and for Leo. »
Sunday, the players of FC Barcelona will move on the lawn of Real Madrid at 4:15 p.m. for the 9th day of La Liga with a somewhat special outfit. Instead of their sponsor Spotify on the front of their shirt, the Blaugrana will have the logo of Canadian rapper Drake, the first artist to cross 50 billion plays on the download platform: the logo of his lavel OVO, an owl . “It all sounds like a dream, but it is real,” Drake said on his social media.
The Catalan club specifies that this gesture is part of its desire to bring sport and music closer together.
The Anderlecht club apologized to that of West Ham, after the damage caused by its supporters Thursday, during the defeat of the Belgian club (1-2) in London in the Europa League Conference. Smoke bombs were lit, seats torn off and thrown in particular at the police, and one of the fans entered the lawn during the meeting.
“The club will make arrangements with the supporters because we do not tolerate this kind of behavior, neither in our stadium nor outside, said the club’s communications manager. We will discuss this with UEFA and we strongly condemn these excesses. We apologize to West Ham for these behaviours. »