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Bayern – Atletico: Starting the main battle

Building a lasting empire in the Champions League is the goal of Bayern Munich. And even in high form, it is not easy – it is typically going to meet Atletico Madrid.

“We want to win the maximum number of titles like last season,” coach Hansi Flick confirmed before his opening match in the European arena, meeting Atletico. Since taking charge at the Alianz Arena, he has won every tournament with Bayern in them. Last season’s Champions League, Bayern became the first team in history to win on the way to conquer the silver cup.

The German coach has reason to be confident. From the beginning of the season, Bayern still showed a destructive form. They won seven out of eight games, including matches hitting four or even eight against their opponents. The only defeat against Hoffenheim came in less than 48 hours after Bayern experienced a tough match with Sevilla in the European Super Cup. This can be seen as an accident.

This season, Bayern still maintain the factors that made the treble last season. Although he said goodbye to Thiago Alcantara, coach Flick was not too worried when he determined the midfield entrustment for the duo Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Defense is a place to maintain stability with names that played well last season, under the direction of Manuel Neuer. More importantly, Bayern still keeps its gameplay rich in speed, pressing and pressing the opponent.

Bayern also owns a quality bench and has substitutions worthy of the main soccer players. In general, it is not easy to find weaknesses in the current team of the Alianz Arena home team.

With the above power, Bayern can completely defend the Champions League title like Real Madrid did in 2017, and become the second club in Europe to do this. Further, “Gray Lobster” can aim to build a lasting empire like what Real of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo did. Three consecutive Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018 were Real’s dazzling milestones in the European arena, a great challenge for any team.

Bayern, in fact, also had certain similarities with Real then. They have a talented goalkeeper in a wooden frame, a solid defense, a midfield that can impose the opponent and especially a powerful attacking trio. Real’s peak period was associated with the BBC trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Bayern also owned Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.

However, Bayern will face many difficulties in the opening match. Their opponent is Atletico, the team is always on the wrong foot in the European arena. Last season, Diego Simeone’s team eliminated defending champions Liverpool with an active defensive play and making good use of the few opportunities. This way of Atletico is like being born to face teams that like to push the opponent and push the team up as high as Bayern.

Since the beginning of the season, Atletico played four games and conceded only one goal. The defense, as usual, remains the backbone of the team and is a challenge for all attackers. Destroying the defense system of Atletico, so it is not a simple card for Hansi Flick and his students. Especially when the attacking trio of Bayern currently only Lewandowski is ready to play, because Sane is injured and Gnabry is positive for Covid-19. But Bayern is Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman or Douglas Costa.

A victory over Atletico will partly confirm Bayern’s ambitions to create an empire in Europe.

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Rivaldo: “Messi and Ronaldo help each other regain the top when confronted”

The former Barca striker believes that matches between Barca and Juventus in the Champions League group stage this season will be attractive to the world by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It’s great to seeLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face off again. They will light up the whole tournament, because the whole world wants to see the top two superstars compete,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “Some people think that Messi has deteriorated after Ronaldo left Spain. So this is a great opportunity for both of them to regain their peak form when competing on the field.”

Messi and Ronaldo have not faced off on the field since the summer of 2018, when the Portuguese superstar joined Juventus. The past two years, the performance of the duo that dominated world football a decade ago has gone down, especially in the Champions League. Messi once reached the semi-finals and once in the quarter-finals, and Ronaldo has never reached the fourth round of the team.

All are on the other side of the slope of their career, the chances for Messi and Ronaldo to reign at the top of world football are not many. That was one more reason why the upcoming confrontation, Rivaldo believed. “With the other two opponents, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros, Barca and Juventus are almost certain to continue,” analyzed the 1999 Golden Ball. “Both Messi and Ronaldo are mentally comfortable to enter the fairest competition. The game itself will motivate the insiders. It’s great to see such a positive relationship possible. show up on the field, in as little as 180 minutes.

Barca, the team that brought Rivaldo to world star, is currently in the process of rebuilding under Ronald Koeman. However, the owner of Camp Nou does not shop much in the summer of 2020, but mainly pushes away the players. They are pursuing Memphis Depay, but have not received positive signals from Lyon. “Barca still finds an attacker to replace Luis Suarez. They will be happy if there is Depay,” Rivaldo said. “However, it is very difficult to find a player with the quality and fighting spirit like Suarez. I am afraid that there is a long way to go before Barca will have a worthy replacement, because all strikers brought back will be lost Compared to Suarez. This puts a lot of pressure on them”.

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The best transfer squad in the Premier League summer 2020

Premier League clubs have spent more than £ 1.24 billion on player purchases in the summer of 2020 and here are the best rookie squads that just joined the Premier League.

Sun Sport newspaper selected the best rookie squad in the Premier League in the summer of 2020. Chelsea dominated by contributing 5 names spread evenly across the lines. Meanwhile, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, MU, Everton and Wolves all contribute only 1 person.

In defense, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a good impression at Chelsea in the early days of replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga. He kept a clean sheet in his Premier League debut and promised to bring peace of mind to Coach Lampard in the near future.

Chelsea also contributed two other players in the defense, midfielder Thiago Silva and left-back Ben Chilwell. Silva played well to help Chelsea win the Crystal Palace, and Chilwell became the third player to score and assist in his debut in the Premier League.

On the right wing, Nelson Semedo also impressed after joining Wolves from Barca for the club’s record price of £ 36.8 million. Meanwhile, Man City spent 64.5 million pounds to buy Ruben Dias from Benfica in the hope of patching bad players in the past.

In midfield, Arsenal rookie Thomas Partey is considered to be the top scanner, alongside Thiago Alcantara and attack-oriented James Rodriguez. Partey has yet to debut in the Premier League, and Thiago and James both left an impression in the first four rounds.

Thiago just played one game for Liverpool but broke the record for the number of passes in the first half against Chelsea. James was even better with 3 goals and 2 assists in his first four Premier League matches.

In the striker line, two Chelsea stars Kai Havertz and Timo Werner combined with MU’s Edinson Cavani.

Both Havertz and Werner have made their mark in the Premier League matches, while Cavani also promises to bring many goals for MU after what has performed in Napoli or PSG.

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Lampard: “Football is not as simple as assembling”

Coach Frank Lampard admitted, adding six quality recruits in the summer of 2020 made him struggle to find the right strategy for Chelsea.

“Part of the reason for Chelsea’s success last season came from the training ground,” Frank Lampard told AFP ahead of a match against Tottenham in the fourth round of the League Cup on September 29. “When there are new players, the coach needs more time to watch. We didn’t get that chance earlier this season. Chelsea’s problem is not just in the defense, it’s the whole way it works.”

Chelsea opened the new season with a 3-1 away win over Brighton, but then lost 0-2 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Questions about their strength grew after Lampard’s teachers and students drew a 3-3 draw against West Brom last weekend, losing three goals.

Similar to the 2019-2020 season, Chelsea lacks defensive certainty. In the defeat to Liverpool, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to help “The Kop” secure a 2-0 victory. Going to the match against West Brom, experienced rookie midfielder Thiago Silva slipped and gave his opponent a goal to increase the score to 2-0.

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“Football is not just about putting together what you think is the right thing. It always has potential surprises, otherwise we wouldn’t have had successful coaches outperforming the rest. Me. saying it was not an excuse, but the truth was right, “Lampard said.

Three of the six new faces of Chelsea this summer are in the defense. Lampard did not hide his intention to improve the quality of this line, when in turn welcoming Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and the latest goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Their appearance puts veterans like Kepa at risk of losing their place and being sold for the remainder of the transfer window.

“This is a difficult time for Kepa. I think he knows, but I still want to repeat. Kepa is young and looking at him too much is a loss,” Lampard commented on the Western goalkeeper Spain. “I always protect Kepa because I know his abilities. He is a professional, always wanting to give the best to the club. Let’s not rush to conclude anything.”

Four days after Tottenham’s visit to the League Cup, Chelsea will host Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the Premier League. After that, the players will return to the army with the same team.

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Ronaldo once had a secret love when he learned Georgina Rodriguez

The Portuguese media revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo still has another secret love while getting to know his current girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez.

Ronaldo started dating his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in 2016. At that time, she was just a salesman at the Gucci fashion store chain. On the contrary, Ronaldo is very famous and rich, so he is always surrounded by beauties whose reputation is not inferior to him.

The Portuguese striker used to have many secret relationships and even hired someone to give birth to him. One such relationship was revealed by the Portuguese media.

Sharing on the program Viva la Vida, journalist Adriano Silva revealed many interesting details when Ronaldo first met and learned Georgina Rodriguez. In it, Mr. Silva said, Ronaldo had a secret relationship with the American MC, Alyson Eckmann.

At the time, Alyson was MCing for Telecinco’s “Hable con ellas” program. She met Ronaldo at several events held in Madrid after the Portuguese player bid farewell to his girlfriend Irina Shayk. But their relationship did not last long because Alyson did not want to ask for a player as famous as Ronaldo.

In fact, after breaking up, model Irina Shayk accused Ronaldo of cheating her to have an affair with dozens of women around the world. Last year, Ronaldo was also accused of raping model Kathryn Mayorga in 2009, but the court acquitted.

After being rejected by Alyson, Ronaldo officially dated Georgina and lives happily together today. Journalist Adriano Silva revealed that Ronaldo’s mother revealed to a newspaper he collaborated about CR7 preparing to marry Georgina but did not know the exact time.

As for Alyson Eckmann, the beauty does not need to rely on Ronaldo to be famous because she herself is very beautiful and talented.

Alyson’s name is most widely known when she won the reality show Big Brother VIP season 5 in 2017. Right now, Alyson is happy with her boyfriend Joey Love.

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Bartomeu: I can’t let Messi go

President Josep Maria Bartomeu asserted that in the interests of Barca, he must be determined to keep Lionel Messi in the summer of 2020.

“I will not cause a conflict with him. Messi is the captain of the team, the leader of the team. I cannot let him leave the club. Messi is the best player of all time and The team needs him. Owning Messi is a guarantee of success”, Bartomeu told TV3.

Near the end of August, Messi asked to leave a year ahead of his contract. The decision was made by the 33-year-old star not long after Barca lost a big 2-8 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League. Barca, headed by President Bartomeu, refused to allow the Argentine striker to leave for free. Finally, Messi decided to stay. However, he still expressed his anger and criticized Bartomeu for not keeping his word, once-promising to let him go at the end of the season.

“We saw him talking on the pitch and now is the time to move on after the leaving controversy,” Bartomeu said. “We should congratulate ourselves for having kept Messi successful and on his manners for the past few days. The best player in the world should stay in our house.”

Messi is committed to his stay and will continue to dedicate himself to Barca, and he is showing it on the pitch. In the Girona match on September 17, Messi scored two goals, helping Barca to win three friendly matches before the new season began.

Meanwhile, Bartomeu is facing a new war when more than 20,000 club members sign a request for a no-confidence vote with him. Barca’s leadership will decide on this in the next two weeks. Bartomeu said he is still focused on his work, not mindful of the demands of the protesting group. “The leadership and I will continue to work to make sure we have the most competitive team. We’ll say this again after the signatures are confirmed. At this point, no one wants to give up. The club will move on and we have a lot to rearrange,” Bartomeu said.

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Which team did MU kick with on the opening day of the Premier League?

Although MU did not play round 1 of the Premier League, MU still played on September 12. Who is the opponent of “Red Devils”?

Because Man City and MU entered the European Cup and Europa League last season, the two Manchester teams were postponed to play the first round of the Premier League 2020/21. This is required by the European Football Federation (UEFA) when teams have to rest at least 30 days before the season.

Therefore, MU will start to play in the Premier League from the second round with rival Crystal Palace (23:30, September 19). Meanwhile, the confrontation with Burnley (round 1) has not yet determined the time to play. Likewise is the match between Man City and Aston Villa.

However, Solskjaer’s teachers and students will not play in the opening day of the Premier League. According to the Manchester Evening News, MU will play a friendly match with Aston Villa on September 12 to “respond” to the first round of the Premier League. This is considered an important preparation step for the new season.

The source revealed this was the last pre-season friendly match for the Old Trafford team . In fact, coach Solskjaer also did not have much time to prepare for this match and lacked many personnel.

Paul Pogba infected with Covid-19 so he definitely did not attend. Marcus Rashford was injured while on duty at England. Mason Greenwood is in a separate practice due to a violation of the rules of conduct in Iceland. Meanwhile, captain Harry Maguire only trained earlier this week after the Greek controversy.

Besides, Bruno Fernandes (Portugal), Anthony Martial (France) or Victor Lindelof (Sweden) are not in the best physical condition after fighting with the national team in the UEFA Nations League 2020/21. Therefore, it is likely that the Norwegian teacher will test and trust young players in this friendly match.

The player most anticipated by the MU fans is probably rookie Donny Van De Beek. The Dutch midfielder has only just joined Old Trafford and has only had a few getting to know the team. This match is scheduled to take place at 20:00 on September 12 at Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham.

The last visit here, MU won 3-0 with goals from Fernandes, Greenwood and Pogba.

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Messi was shocked by his teammates in Barca

The Spanish press evoked a very strange incident going on in Barca, whose main content was about Lionel Messi.

In an article published early today (September 1, local time), journalist Juan Jimenez of AS (Spain) gave a series of doubts and judgments about the situation behind the scenes.

According to Jimenez, except for Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, who have a close relationship with Messi and have just been determined by Coach Ronald Koeman for the future, there are not any players in the current Barca team make a personal opinion or take a move related to Messi’s situation.

Earlier, Messi and Suarez were seen driving out of the hotel after dinner in Barcelona on August 26, the day after Messi faxed a request to terminate his contract with Barca. Vidal recently posted a forum to claim Messi is an alien in Barca but still needs help, after judging that Barca currently has only 13 professional players.

The strangest case that Jimenez named in this incident was Gerard Pique, who came from the same Barca training camp as Messi and had an almost one-family relationship with the Argentine superstar.

However, in recent days, Pique has not made any move, both on social networks and in real life. Pique’s latest statement came after a 2-8 defeat to Bayern.

The darling of the other La Masia oven like Sergio Busquets or Sergi Roberto also silenced a little.

According to Jimenez, Busquets and Messi’s relationship was a bit chipped when the Spanish midfielder said Messi had influenced Ernesto Valverde to remove his name from the main team, and then not be used at La Liga 2019/20 opening match when Barca lost 0-1 to Bilbao at San Mames.

Some other quite influential figures in the Barca dressing room like goalkeeper Ter Stegen, or defender Alba do not have any movement about the incident, let alone rookie Griezmann.

The last message sent out by the Barca dressing room related to Messi is the reprint of Messi’s statement about the team being reduced by 70% in March 2020.

Jimenez said there were two reasons why this strange atmosphere happened in Barca.

The first may be the caution of the players, in order to avoid statements that are not favorable for the team as well as for the most powerful player in the team. The second is that Messi no longer receives support from his teammates. This is probably the most shocking thing.

The journalist of the AS newspaper also pointed out a more remarkable detail, when the person considered Messi’s spokesman, Pepe Costa, suddenly disappeared on social networks or in statements supporting M10 as before. This character acts as Messi’s spokesperson and translator before the outside world, not only in club problems but in any field related to the life of number 10 Barca.

It should be known that Pepe Costa is one of the few enduring professionals, despite the changes in leadership, from Joan Laporta to Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu.

From a loyal guard of Sandro Rosell, Pepe Costa gradually became one of the few people to win Messi’s trust. Later, even Messi severed close ties with fitness expert Juanjo Brau to get closer to Pepe Costa.

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What is the most possible stop for Messi if he leaves Barca?

Lionel Messi has sent a request to leave Barca and the Argentine striker must have made a decision about his new team in the future.

Messi has sent a transfer request to Barca, so it is only a matter of time before the player leaves. But which team will the Argentine striker switch to after leaving Barca? 

At 33, Messi is still one of the best in the world. Barca may be empty this season, but Messi’s performance is still really impressive. He has 31 goals and 24 assists in 44 games. 

Thus, Messi is still directly involved in 1.25 goals / game in the season where Barca played badly and he himself had to leave the early part of the season due to injury.

Therefore, after Messi sent a transfer request to Barca, many big clubs in Europe offered to hire the Argentinian striker. 

Tax incentives in Italy can help Serie A teams gain an advantage in the race to win Messi. Inter Milan has long shown interest in Messi and senior club officials repeatedly affirming its ambition to recruit the Argentine striker. 

But if you want to see his best friend Neymar again, Messi needs to go to PSG. This team has just reached the Champions League final with a star-studded lineup and the bosses are always ready to meet transfer requirements to realize the dream of a European championship.

From the Premier League, the two clubs Man City and MU both wanted to have Messi. In it, Man City had wished for Messi for a long time. The opportunity to work with old teacher Pep Guardiola and close friend Sergio Aguero can make Messi choose this stop.

In addition, the big money clubs in China or the US cannot ignore Messi. But there is a high chance that Messi will refuse because he needs to play in a peak environment in hopes of attending the 2022 World Cup. 

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Ronaldo is about to reach the scoring milestone that Juventus coach predicted

Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way towards the scoring milestone that Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri predicted last August.

When entering the new season in August last year, coach Maurizio Sarri evaluated that Cristiano Ronaldo could achieve the number of goals he expected.

“I want him to score more than 40 goals this season,” Sarri said. After that, except for a rare number of turns of the squad, he always gave Ronaldo the opportunity to play for him to find a goal. 

Even when Juventus won the championship, based on the agreement between the two, CR7 still went to Cagliari to seek more goals for the Serie A top scorer and the European Golden Boot.

Despite the defeat against Ciro Immobile, now Ronaldo still has goals to look forward to, those are the goals in the Champions League.

The Portuguese star is currently missing 5 goals to reach 40 goals in the season. It seemed not an impossible task to perform when the Champions League was an arena in which he was very charming.

MILAN, ITALY – JULY 07: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 0-2 goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on July 07, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

So far, Ronaldo is the king to score in the knockout stages of the European Cup with 65 goals compared to 41 for Messi.

This season, Ronaldo has scored fewer goals in the Champions League than Paulo Dybala (2 vs. 3), but the challenge with Lyon in the second leg of the eighth round will give him the opportunity to improve his performance. Not forgetting that, when Juventus reversed the situation against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick. It is a reminder that the waiting and belief of Juventus fans can completely be deservedly responded by CR7