Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Germany should drop Ozil - Effenberg

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Germany should drop Ozil - Effenberg
Germany should drop Ozil - Effenberg
Mesut Ozil should be benched for Germany's second World Cup group game against Sweden, according to Stefan Effenberg. Arsenal midfielder Ozil played the full 90 minutes as Germany slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their Group F opener – the side's first competitive defeat since their semi-final exit from Euro 2016 when they lost 2-0 to France. Effenberg questioned Germany head coach Joachim Low's decision not to include second-half substitute Marco Reus in his starting line-up, calling for the Borussia Dortmund man to be in from the outset against Sweden. "Low should put Ozil on the bench and bring in Marco Reus instead," Effenberg wrote in his column on t-online.de. "I could not understand why Reus did not play against Mexico from the start. "If what Reus said after the game, that he was earmarked for the 'important games', is true, then the coach has completely misjudged this. "The most important game was that against the strongest group opponent: Mexico." Sure, we made too many mistakes yesterday. We have to improve now. The match against Sweden will already be our first final. #M1Ö #Worldcup #Russia2018 pic.twitter.com/FJXPOpXkqX — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 18, 2018 Effenberg also called for Ilkay Gundogan to be drafted into the team to help Toni Kroos, who he said was marked out of the game against Mexico. Juventus' Sami Khedira is the man Effenberg would have Low drop for Manchester City star Gundogan, who he says would offer more creativity in midfield. "The key to Mexico was that Kroos was taken out of the game with man-marking," added Effenberg. "He could not play with his usual rhythm. "Khedira would have had to help Kroos in this case, take over the role and make the game fast, but he didn't do that. Therefore, the logical consequence would be that he no longer plays against Sweden, as they will do that in a similar way. "In place of Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan should play. The team simply needs dangerous balls from the central area to the top - that was completely missing against Mexico. "Gundogan is a player who can play such passes."
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Pekerman criticises Barcelona's treatment of Yerry Mina

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Pekerman criticises Barcelona's treatment of Yerry Mina
Pekerman criticises Barcelona's treatment of Yerry Mina
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has hit out at Barcelona's treatment of Yerry Mina during his first few months in Spain, adamant he should have played more often. Mina made the switch from Brazil's Palmeiras to Barca in January to much fanfare after establishing himself as arguably the best centre-back in South America. But his transition to LaLiga has been difficult, with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde playing him just five times in the league. Pekerman remained faithful to the defender by selecting him for the World Cup despite his lack of game time in Spain. And he has assured Mina – who will start in the team's World Cup opener against Japan on Tuesday – that he and Colombia have no doubts about his capabilities whatsoever. "We have no doubts about his skills," Pekerman told reporters in Saransk on Monday. "We've never had doubts. "We trust him, he's confident, he's happy and he feels very well with the team. We also think that he's doing well and now that in the last few months in Barcelona he hasn't played much and that's not great, when he had to play they weren't many expectations. "Football is very fast, a very fast paced game, we have to decide very quickly what you're going to do. "I'm sure it was tough with him to cope with that situation, we have no doubts and we have no doubt about him being here. "It's true that during the preparation phase, all the midfielders knew that they needed to compete during the sessions. "They know they need to be fit and join the team fully. They knew that we had to pick the best ones for the games. "Those who are the fittest, but I really count on him for tomorrow's game, independently of how many minutes he will play. "I think he's got a great future in world football. We know that the current situation is difficult because it's a very important club and he joined the club at a moment when they really wanted to play with just one play. "It shouldn't be like that, football is a team game and when you have a team you have to play the same way."
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Gossip - Man Utd ready to make £60m Willian bid

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Gossip - Man Utd ready to make £60m Willian bid
Gossip - Man Utd ready to make £60m Willian bid
Manchester United ready to make bid for Willian, Cech set for Napoli loan move, Wilshere linked with Palace, plus more.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

No special treatment for Argentina - Dalic

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No special treatment for Argentina - Dalic
No special treatment for Argentina - Dalic
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said his side will not be changing their game when they face Group D favourites Argentina after opening their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. A dour game in Kaliningrad produced a first-half own-goal from Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo and Croatia captain Luka Modric added a second from the penalty spot 19 minutes from full-time to ensure Dalic's men moved to the top of the group. Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier in the day and Dalic said he would stick to his guns when Croatia go up against the South Americans on Thursday. "We will respect all our opponents, particularly Argentina, but we will not adjust to them," he told reporters."We will play our style. We lead the group. Congratulations! Victory over @NGSuperEagles takes #CRO to the top of Group D#BeProud #FlamingPride #Family #CRONGA #Vatreni #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/8G0ZbqhNWd — HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 16, 2018 "We will have some tweaks when we play Argentina but we will not be calculating - we are going to play our game. I said after the draw it would be one of the easiest matches we could play. It will be a joy to play against one of the best teams in the world. "We will have to play our best game. We have scouted Argentina in our best detail. We put Nigeria behind us, and we will play our style of football however much we respect Argentina." In the build-up to the game, Croatia's players had shrugged off suggestions that being dubbed the country's 'Golden Generation' put them under pressure, but the team's stars failed to shine against Nigeria. Despite the subdued nature of the performance, Dalic was satisfied with the outcome. "A win is a win," he said. "Corners and penalties are part of football. It doesn't matter how you score, it matters that you score. "We earned our luck. We want to be more efficient in attack but we are not going to split hairs about the way we scored. "It was a difficult match against an excellent opponent. We were disciplined and we deservedly won." Dalic reserved special praise for centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida, who made his starting line-up ahead of Lokomotiv Moscow's Vedran Corluka. A clean sheet for Dejan Lovren. 2-0 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/EmckQ9Grc4 — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 16, 2018 "They played instead of Corluka as they are faster and they deserved their places," said Dalic. They both played well, firm and reliable with no mistakes. "Corluka is important for us, he did not play because of our style of play, but we start preparations for Argentina tomorrow and will check the condition of the players."
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World Cup 2018: France v Australia - rate the players

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World Cup 2018: France v Australia - rate the players
World Cup 2018: France v Australia - rate the players
Give your player ratings out of 10 for France v Australia in the World Cup group match.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Saudis to hold players 'accountable' for World Cup drubbing

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Saudis to hold players 'accountable' for World Cup drubbing
Saudis to hold players 'accountable' for World Cup drubbing
They shipped five goals in front of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

World Cup Fixtures – Russia 2018

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World Cup Fixtures – Russia 2018

Take a look at the full list of matches that will make up the 2018 World Cup in Russia

World Cup Fixtures - Russia 2018Messi and Argentina start their World Cup on the 16th of June. See the full fixture list here (Getty Images)Take a look at the full list of matches that will make up the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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