We can do without Ronaldo and Bale – Ramos
One of Real Madrid’s back four, Sergio Ramos believes Los Blancos can defeat Sevilla in the upcoming Super Cup, even without Cristisno Ronaldo and Christian Bale.
The two prominent strikers will miss the crucial fixture, as confirmed by Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane.
Even with the absence of the two front men, Sergio Ramos insists that the team can play and win without them.
“We are missing some important players, but we are happy with the squad we have,” Ramos said at a news conference. “We will give our all with the players we have. The players who are there are determined to show what they can do.“
Ramos started his professional career with Sevilla before making the move to Madrid in 2005.
“It is always special to play against Sevilla,” he added. “Madrid and Sevilla are the two teams in my life and this will never change. I have a lot of love for Sevilla, but Tuesday I will looking to win with Madrid.“
Siasia not worried about unknown quarter-final opponent
Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has revealed that he is not bothered about who their next opponents will be after sealing a quarter-final ticket.
The former Nigeria international, well known for his tactics, says he is more focused on getting the players to improve as they take it one game at a time.
“I think for me and the boys all we are doing now is taking it a game at a time, we are not bothered about the team we will be playing in the quarter finals, let’s play Colombia first and from there we will think of our opponents at that stage,” said Siasia. “The issue of the team I will prefer to play in the quarter final stage doesn’t arise now; what is uppermost in my mind is getting my boys focused for every game.”
Speaking on his newly structured defense, here is what the coach had to say:
“As you all can see, today [against Sweden] my defense line didn’t concede any goal, yes myself and my technical crew worked very hard to correct all the lapses we noticed in our first game and I am happy my boys stood their ground and kept a clean sheet today. All I can say for now is that it’s work in progress.”
Nigeria will play South American side Colombia and hope to claim all 9 months in Group B, even though they’ve already secured a quarter-final ticket.
Date – August 6, Time – 6pm
Nigeria may face Brazil in the quarter-finals
Looks like Samson Siasia should be worried, as Nigeria is likely to face Brazil in the Olympics quarter-finals.
The dream team defeated both Japan and Sweden to end up as leaders in group B, which means they will be facing Group A’s second place team, Brazil, as things currently stand.
Brazil have been largely disappointing in their quest of winning their first ever Olympic gold medal in the football event. Both matches they have played, ended in goalless draws, as they failed to convert any of their chances to goals.
It appears Nigeria is the much better side but football is unpredictable, it will serve Samson Siasia well to prepare adequately for the hosts, who have home advantage and millions of fans on their side.
It’s official, Manchester United completes Pogba deal
After a lot of back and forth and teasing of fans by Paul Pogba, Manchester United have finally announced the signing of the Juventus midfielder.
23-year old Pogba returns to Old Trafford after four years away, Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to Juventus in 2012 for £ 1.5 m.
The France international sealed a world breaking move to Manchester United, worth €105m, breaking Christian Bale’s record of €85m to Madrid in 2013.
Pogba expressed his delight at being back at United and said it was the right club for him.
Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho was more than happy to have the admired footballer at his club and said he may very well be the “heart of the midfield” for the next five years.
Pogba who was instrumental in his country’s Euro 2016 success, will look to impressive Jose Mourinho as he begins his five year stay at Manchester United.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan
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