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Real Madrid Fans Blame Zidane, Ronaldo For El-Classico Defeat.

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Real Madrid supporters were left disappointed after watching Barcelona take the three points from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Fans of the club pointed at Coach Zinedine Zidane, as the guilty party in the Clasico’s 3-2 score, while others blamed Christiano Ronaldo for being wasteful on the goal.

The match, however, was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the start.

Messi’s last minute goal fired Barcelona to the top of the Spanish league, as they share same points with Real who have an outstanding match.

Netting his 500th goal for Barca, the Argentine is the highest scorer in El Clasico with 23 goals.

 

Source: Channels TV

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Japan to test mass telecommute for 2020 Olympics

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Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.

Tokyo has declared July 24 — exactly three years before the opening ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.
London introduced a similar measure during the 2012 Olympics with 80 percent of businesses in the city participating, according to Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry, which announced the plan on Tuesday.

Greater Tokyo, with a population of more than 30 million people — about a quarter of Japan’s total — is notorious for its packed trains and subways during peak morning rush hours.

The plan is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to rethink Japan’s workaholic tradition, where men routinely spend long hours in the office and little time with their families.

The government recently unveiled its first-ever initiative to limit overtime in a bid to tackle karoshi, or death from overwork, and it hopes that more workers will telecommute after the Olympics finish as a lasting legacy.

“During the Tokyo Olympics, we are expecting serious traffic congestion particularly on the day of the opening ceremony,” said Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi.

“We believe telework will have a significant impact in easing traffic congestion and commuter crowding.”

More than 60 companies, including big names such as beverage firm Suntory, Japan Airlines and Microsoft, have so far pledged to participate.

Officials hope as many as 1,000 companies will take part, Kyodo News agency reported.

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Nigerian-Born Striker Makes PFA Team Of The Year

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Nigerian-born England international Eniola Aluko has been recognized for her outstanding performances for Chelsea, with the PFA naming her to the WSL Team of the Year.

The Blues striker and teammate Karen Carney were included in the Team of the Year ahead of the PFA Awards to be held in the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday April 23 2017.

Eniola Aluko won the Golden Boot for the FAWSL courtesy of her 9 goals from 16 games over the course of the 2016 season.

In a 4-4-2 formation, Aluko occupied one of the attacking positions, with Manchester City’s Jane Ross offering support.

PFA members from 100 clubs (from the Premier League, Football League and WSL) cast their votes to decide the teams.

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‘Ronaldo is a genius’ – Roy Keane

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The former Manchester United captain had high praise for the Portuguese star, who has again led Real Madrid to the Champions League semi-finals

Roy Keane has heaped praise on his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, calling the Real Madrid star “one of the greatest players ever to play this game”.

 

Ronaldo has led Madrid back to the Champions League semi-finals, scoring five times over both legs of a 6-3 aggregate win against Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese notched a hat-trick in the quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, becoming the first player in the competition’s history to reach 100 goals.

“The guy is a genius, it’s a simple as that,” Keane said on ITV. “You are talking about one of the greatest players ever to play this game. He is a joy to watch.”

It’s been another prolific campaign for Ronaldo, who has recorded 31 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Los Blancos.

He already has helped the club claim the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this term, and Madrid also find themselves sitting atop La Liga with seven matches remaining.

“We keep talking about how hard it is to score goals,” Keane added. “You look at his stats every season… the goals, the assists — the guy is a genius.”

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What I told Neymar after the game – Dani Alves

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Former Barcelona right-back, now with Juventus, Dani Alves has revealed what he told former teammate, Neymar as the Barcelona star could not control his tears after a goalless draw in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus dumped Barcelona out 3-0 on aggregate having bashed them in Turin last Tuesday.

The veteran right-back was a long-time colleague of the Barcelona striker and was on hand to comfort his countryman.

Alves, who gave his shoulders for Neymar to cry on after the match, explained to beIN Sports, “I told him that that’s life – we had to face each other.

“I did not want to measure myself just on this, we have experienced these moments together and now we experience them apart so it is hard.

“We have to focus on our jobs, but the feeling is there.”

The 33-year-old played for Barcelona for eight seasons between 2008 and 2016, making close to 400 appearances for the Camp Nou side, winning the Champions League on three occasions.

He left for Juventus on a free transfer last summer and has helped the Serie A leaders into the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Monaco after Friday’s draw.

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Chelsea, Tottenham players dominate PFA Premier League Team of the Year

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Chelsea and Tottenham dominate the XI, with only three players outside the pair making the cut, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez miss out

Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Harry Kane are among the Chelsea and Tottenham players in a PFA Premier League Team of the Year dominated by the top two.

 

Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli are also included, highlighting the impressive consistency of the London clubs.

The three players not from Spurs or Chelsea are Manchester United’s David de Gea, Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who is leading the Golden Boot standings with 24.

There is no space for Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Alexis Sanchez, both of whom made the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize.

The PFA best teams for each tier of England’s football league, as well as the individual prizes, are voted for by professional players across the divisions.

The award ceremony takes place on Sunday.

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Jeremy Mathieu Axed from Barcelona Squad

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Javier Mascherano has returned for Barcelona’s meeting with Juventus, but the French defender has been left out

Jeremy Mathieu has been dropped from the Barcelona squad for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Juventus at Camp Nou.

The 33-year-old defender endured a miserable outing in the 3-0 first-leg defeat to the Serie A leaders in Turin and was an unused substitute in the weekend La Liga victory over Real Sociedad.

Mathieu has been left out of Luis Enrique’s plans for the return fixture, with Javier Mascherano included after he sat out Saturday’s 3-2 win with a calf problem.

Goalkeeper Jordi Masip and injured trio Arda Turan, Rafinha and Aleix Vidal were also omitted.

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Barcelona need perfection to pull off Juventus comeback – Iniesta

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The Barca playmaker admits it will be difficult, but not impossible, to stage another rally like they did against PSG

Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona need perfection in order to pull off another miraculous comeback and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Juventus.

The Catalans saw off Paris Saint-Germain to book their ticket for the last eight, recovering from a 4-0 defeat in the first leg by winning the return match 6-1 at Camp Nou

Barca find themselves in a precarious situation once more following last week’s 3-0 loss in Turin, but Iniesta refuses to throw in the towel.

“There are a lot of similarities compared to the game against PSG. We need to have the same attitude right from the first minute,” Iniesta stated at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s second leg.

“It will be complicated to pull off another comeback, but I am sure it is possible. We have to play a perfect game. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals. We probably need our best game of the season.

“An early goal would be a boost, but we have to be patient. We cannot afford to lose patience if the goal does not come.

“I think Juventus have only conceded two or three goals this Champions League. But this does not change anything for us. We know that we have the potential to score goals. I am convinced they know we can hurt them.

“The first leg was a bad result for us. We did not do the things we had to do. It is a complicated task, but we have the players to turn things around. We need a perfect match.”

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Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

Luis Enrique The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

“We need to score fewer goals,” said an upbeat Enrique, facing what could be his last European game in charge. “But bearing in mind the opponent could have chances and the goal can come at any moment, our objective is to score five.” Enrique foresaw Barca’s recovery in the last 16, claiming an attack laced with the potential of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar was capable of scoring six against the French champions. And he called for an expected near 100,000 crowd to play their part as they did against PSG. “We don’t have anything to lose.

We are free from pressure. Juventus have the semi-finals in their pocket and will have to decide whether to sit back or attack,” he added. “We only have one option which is to attack, attack and attack again. “I am sure that if we score the first goal, the Camp Nou will score the second and the third will come of its own accord.” “Perfect game” Barca captain Andres Iniesta was more cautious in his optimism, recognising the first leg in Turin had been “a terrible result”.

However, he believes Barca have the potential to at least create some doubt in Juventus minds. “Nowadays teams respect us a lot. I am convinced they know we can cause them problems,” said Iniesta. “We have the potential, the players and reason to believe we can turn this tie around or at least get close to it. “We need to create doubts so at some point they see the tie is in danger. “Everything depends on playing a perfect game in every sense.” Barca scored three times in the final two minutes plus stoppage time as PSG froze in a grandstand finish six weeks ago.

And Enrique insisted Barca can’t lose belief even if the goals don’t come early against a Juventus defence that has conceded just two in nine Champions League games this season. “Don’t leave in the 80th minute,” he said in a message to the fans.

“We are going to try until the end. Those of us who experienced the game against PSG have another chance to experience a historic night. “We have seen that Barca can score three goals in three minutes so we will stay together until the 95th minute.

” Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini won his latest battle with Suarez in the first leg after the Uruguayan famously bit the Italian at the 2014 World Cup. Chiellini scored his side’s third goal a week ago after Paulo Dybala’s early double and insists Juventus will need all their experience to stand up to Barca’s “sharks”.

“We will have to play without fear because they are like sharks – they smell blood and they finish you off,” he told Sky Sports Italia. And Juventus right-back Dani Alves believes his old side have as much as a 40 percent chance of progressing on his first return to the Camp Nou after eight glorious seasons with Barcelona.

“I know Barca well and I think right now we are 60-40,” said the Brazilian. “If we win tomorrow it will be a very special feeling because we will eliminate the best team in the world.”

The visitors were handed a big injury boost with Dybala passed fit to play after hurting his ankle in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Pescara.

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Barcelona can overturn 3-0 deficit – Gonzalo Higuain

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Juventus striker, Gonzalo Higuain, has noted that Spanish giants, Barcelona can still scale through the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League in their second leg encounter on Wednesday.

Juventus defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg in Italy a week ago.

Higuain knows there is no room for complacency against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

But Luis Enrique’s men, who face a pivotal week in the season with a trip to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday, made Champions League history in the round-of-16 when they overturned a 4-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain with an improbable 6-1 win at Camp Nou.

Higuain, a former Real Madrid player, told Juventus’ official website, “I don’t know whether our 3-0 lead will be enough. We have to come out fighting at Camp Nou and play like we did in the first leg in Turin.

“Barcelona showed against PSG that they’re capable of producing miracles, so we have to be on our toes.

“They’ll be wary of us too, however. We’ll be looking to create opportunities to score and we’re certain that we have what it takes to reach the next round.

“I’m very satisfied about how the season is going. There’s still just over a month left and we want to go all the way in each competition,” said record signing Higuain, who has 29 goals in all competitions.

“This is a crucial moment in our league campaign. It’s not over yet and we’ve 18 points to play for so we can’t take our foot off the gas.

“With each game, however, we’re getting closer and closer to that sixth straight Scudetto we all want so much. We’re in the driving seat.”

Source: DailyPost

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