& # 39; Yes, I'm ready & # 39 ;: Tammy Abraham takes away Chelsea's curse No. 9 after a goal against Barcelona
- Tammy Abraham wore number 9 shirt for Chelsea's season win Barcelona
- He scored his first senior Chelsea goal in a 2-1 win over the La Liga champions
- The 21-year-old attacker insisted that the given given to him is an honor
Tammy Abraham pulled the Chelsea Shirt No. 9, scored his first senior goal for the club, then promised he wasn't afraid of the curse of the striker's shirt.
The English Under-21 star led for almost an hour when Frank Lampard's team defeated Barcelona 2-1 in Japan ]. He opened the score and may have scored another goal before Ross Barkley converted the second. Ivan Rakitic withdrew one to reduce the downtime shortage.
& # 39; I am honored to wear the No. 9 at Chelsea & # 39; said 21-year-old Abraham. & # 39; I spoke to the manager and he asked if I was ready. I said, "Yes, I am ready."
& # 39; I'm glad he offered it to me. I've heard all the nonsense about the No. 9 but I'm here to play my game and try my best.
& # 39; Football brings a lot of pressure. It drives me on. It gives me the extra faith. It was my first goal in a Chelsea shirt and now it is out of the way that it will be fun to keep going and score some more. & # 39;
The shirt has weakened some heavy strikers that have great reputations.
Alvaro Morata, Fernando Torres , Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain couldn't thrive with the song on their back, but that doesn't deter Abraham.
He is confident, ambitious and has the unwavering support of his manager after having loaned 26 from Aston Villa last season.
& # 39; Tammy is hungry for goals & # 39; said Lampard. & # 39; I like his attitude. He always wants to score. I saw it in the championship last year. He has proven that and now is the time to prove it for Chelsea.
& # 39; Goalscorer needs confidence, so to reach his goal he comes in handy. & # 39;
Olivier Giroud came on to replace Abraham in the second half and Michy Batshauyi also appeared on the bench.
& # 39; It is vital that they show that they can be the striker of Chelsea & # 39; added Lampard. & # 39; I am confident. & # 39;
] The new manager believes that Abraham can proves and is hungry to score goals
Mason Mount started for the third time in four exhibition games ands, the game maker behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1.
Once again Mount impressed with his vision and fitted in nicely with Abraham. The pair know each other well and come together through the ranks.
& # 39; Mason had a great trip & # 39; said Lampard, who seems willing to support the 20-year-old in the role of Ross Barkley. & # 39; With the energy, clarity and quality he showed, he was great within the group, so he really announced himself for the first team. & # 39;
The Chelsea manager also shared his reasons for sending N & # 39; Golo Kante home from the tour on Sunday to continue rehabilitation on his knee injury. He hopes he's still ready for the first game of the Premier League season in Manchester United, two weeks on Sunday.
& # 39; I felt it made him feel better to be back at Cobham & # 39; said Lampard. & # 39; It is not a big step backwards. We hope we can get him back to the weekend and he will be able to join us soon.
& # 39; I hope he's ready for the start of the season. I don't like being too far ahead of myself because he didn't even train with us, but the doctors told me they're not conservative with him – it was just the best possible way for him to prepare.
& # 39; Maybe a break for a player who has played so much football at such a high level is good for him. & # 39;
Willian will also have time to rest after Copa America service to Brazil, but his hope of wearing shirt 10 cleared by Eden Hazard could be undermined.
"That decision will be made in due course," said Lampard, aware that Willian had claimed that his favorite song was coming at him. & # 39; His return to training is early August. He also needed a break. I hope when he comes in he will get to the level pretty soon. & # 39;
Lampard releases his players two days before their friendly match on Sunday in Reading.
Real Madrid will need goals when confronted with Manchester City next week. They will also need goals if they want to overthrow the two-point lead of Barcelona in LaLiga – goals that prove to be very difficult.
For years it was never a problem because Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed 450 and the people around him threw in but this season have struggled the side of Zinedine Zidane.
When the season started last August, it didn't seem a problem. Real Madrid had at least nine attackers for the three starting places in what was usually a 4-3-3 formation.
It seemed Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard would be the first choice attack. And the new signing of Luka Jovic, flanked by Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius, would not stay far behind them. And that still left Lucas Vazquez, Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz.
It was a healthy mix with three mid-forward in the form of Benzema, Jovic and Mariano, and six wingers all with goals in it.
And three more can be added to that list of nine named players: Isco, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio. The latter was injured for a long time and the other two might consider themselves more midfielders than attackers, but their presence in the Zidane team would give even more options in the long run.
Real Betis (4-1-4-1): Robles; Moreno (Alfonso 77), Sydney, Bartra, Emerson; Gonzalez (Rodriguez 73); Fekir, Canales, Guardado, Joaquin (Tello 66); Loren
Subs not used: Alena, Iglesias, Mandi, Martin Fernandez
Goals : Sydney (40), Tello (82)
Real Madrid (4-1-4-1): Courtois; Militao, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo (Mendy 60); Casemiro; Lucas, Modric (Valverde 79), Kroos (Mariano 69), Vinicius; Benzema
Subs not used: Areola, Bale, Rodriguez, Rodrygo
]: Goals: Benzema (45 + 3)
Manager: Zinedine Zidane
But with 11 remaining games, Real Madrid's biggest problem is breaking teams. Bale is ignored by Zidane, Benzema has not been in open play since the beginning of February, Hazard is probably eliminated for the rest of the season, Rodrgyo was, just like Bale, an unused replacement at the weekend and was overlooked in recent weeks while Jovic is completely omitted from the last three squadrons.
Vinicius plays as well as everyone else, but only has two league goals in 19 games, Lucas has only two and Jovic the same.
] Real Madrid midfield contributed more goals to La Liga [11 between Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde and Casemiro] than the attackers with the exception of Benzema [Bale, Hazard, Jovic, Mariano, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Brahim have 10 between them]. And Benzema has dried up at the worst possible moment.
He, along with Sergio Ramos, Militao, Kroos and Lucas, received a zero rating for Sunday's performance of the mark . He scored the penalty but carried little threat and gave Betis possession from which they scored the winner.
& # 39; I'm not saying Mariano is the answer & # 39 ;, wrote Marca columnist Jose Felix Diaz on Monday & # 39; but Benzema has not been around for a while in Madrid. There is no reason why he should play every game. "
Zidane's loyalty to Benzema is only matched by his unwillingness to trust Bale even more. He sat on the couch for the second week in a row but was never asked to warm up. He has scored 105 goals for Madrid in his 249 appearances, enabling him to find the net when his team needs him the most to do it, but he is not called up anymore.
The French coach also seems to have given up Luka Jovic and Rodrygo temporarily. The first is not even included in team days and the young Brazilian, severely excluded from the Clasico because he responded to provocation by an opponent in a B team game, was just like Bale an unused sub during the weekend.
The wealth of options gives Madrid supporters some hope that their manager conjures up a solution for something. This Friday, they will face Eibar, who defeated 4-0 earlier this season. If they win that game, they will once again lead the La Liga summit on the difficult journey from Barcelona to Mallorca.
Barcelona itself has attacking problems. Luis Suarez is badly missed and under the new coach Quique Setien, Antoine Griezmann has only scored once in eight league games since the management change.
But Barcelona has scored 63 goals this season against the 49 of Real Madrid and they always have Lionel Messi to get them out of trouble.
It does not matter that Barcelona has scored more when the two teams finish on points at the end of the season because Madrid has the best head-to-head goal record. But it does matter whether Barcelona's better goals ratio gives them more points.
The problem for Madrid is that they have no one as reliable as Messi and among the multiple options of Zidane there seem to be too many players he has lost faith in. Something has to change because a lack of goals cost them Sunday against Betis and the title can still cost them.
Rangers goal score hero Ianis Hagi reveals delight twice nets for legendary father Gheorghe who was on the stand at Ibrox for the first time
Ianis Hagi enjoyed a & # 39; great & # 39; night after inspiring Rangers to a glorious comeback victory over Braga for his superstar father.
Former Romanian international Gheorghe watched from the Ibrox stand while his 21-year-old son scored twice for Steven Gerrard's team during a stunning two-goal recovery to beat Portuguese visitors 3-2.
Position: attacking midfielder
Clubs: Farul Constanta, Sportul Studentesc, Steaua Bucuresti, Real Madrid, Brescia, Barcelona, Galataray [Barcelona]
Honors: 3x Romanian League, 2x Romanian Cup, 1x European Super Cup, 2x Spanish Super Cup, 4x Turkish League, 2x Turkish Cup, 1x UEFA Cup
] Ianis Hagi
Position: attacking midfielder
Current club: Rangers
Honors: Belgian Super Cup, Romanian Cup, Romanian Super Cup
Gheorghe became one of the best players in the world in the 1980s and 1990s. considered to be the greatest Romanian footballer of all time.
"My whole family was here so it's great," said Ianis, whose second of the night – a deflected free kick – sealed the victory over the first leg. "It is the first time they have been here and I am really proud that they were in the stands watching me. I am really happy and I think I made them proud. I spoke to my father before the game and he gave me some encouraging words. "We always speak for competitions because he helps me every time.
"I have joined Rangers for such nights. It's great – this is Ibrox, honey. You can't stop believing, even at 2-0. Amazing things happen at Ibrox. & # 39;
Gerrards men had looked down and out prior to Hagi's 67th minute intervention, with sub Joe Aribo drawing the sides with an excellent solo effort of 75 minutes before the Romanian brought the house down with the winner seven minutes later.
Hoping to inspire the team to continue from next week's return and reach the final 16 of the Europa League, added Hagi added: & # 39; My dream is to win trophies. This is my mentality and I want to win them every year. This is the mentality I have had since my childhood. I want to be a winner.
"At the start of every season I want to collect trophies. I cannot say that we will win the trophy this season, but we will certainly try well.
"But it's not over yet. This is only the first part. We also have to play well next week.
& # 39; Yes, it is an important victory, but it is still only the first leg and we have to think about St. Johnstone on Sunday.
& # 39; We play every three days, so we don't have time to reflect on a game. But we are confident that we can score in Portugal and make progress. & # 39;
Aribo was overjoyed to get off the couch and & # 39; make 2-2 at night.
He said: & # 39; It is the most important goal of my career so far.
& # 39; The gaffer said I had to be positive when I came and brought the ball to Braga so that they didn't have it in their own way.
& # 39; I have never scored such a & # 39; n goal before. What went through my mind?
"I just passed by the first man and then I couldn't go back. I just had to keep going and then I stood in front of the goal. "Fortunately I found the back of the net. The feeling when the ball hit the net was relief. I just buzzed that it had entered and that we were flat. & # 39;
After a stuttering start by Rangers until 2020, Aribo hopes that the victory can start the second half of the season on the Ibrox side.
& # 39; We needed one & night like that & # 39 ;, he said. "The boys are high. We are all absolutely ecstatic. I have never experienced anything like the atmosphere here tonight. It was like a 12th man. It was a wonderful feeling to have the support of the fans. Now we want to keep up the pace. & # 39;
Anthony Martial was slammed as not being a real number 9, but against both Club Brugge and Chelsea he provided proof that the belief of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in him as a striker is not out of place
- Anthony Martial scored a brilliant equalizer in 1-1 draw at Club Brugge
- The striker showed athletics and quality to show that he was a No. 9
- could be] Martial now has 14 goals for the season – three shorter than his highest number ever
Perhaps it was the presence of Louis van Gaal, the manager who signed him, at the Jan Breydel Stadium that inspired Anthony Martial .
Or perhaps he came across a Bruges defense short of Premier League class.
Anyway, the 24-year-old French attacker finally looked at the player in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown so much confidence. He sold so much confidence Romelu Lukaku for £ 75 million and asked Martial to fill his shoes as a No. 9 instead of signing a replacement.
Martial was bickered all season because he had a suspicious first touch, didn't keep the ball up with his back to it goal and dropped his head when it went against United
But a rainy, cold Thursday night in the Europa League was a time for him to show everyone what he is good at.
One of the most important was the pace and the finish to score a precious United equalizer after they had made a shady start and trailed 1-0.
Martial also showed strength and stopped Brendan Mechele before he shot away to slide a low past Simon Mignolet, once from Liverpool.
It was Martial & 14th goal of the season – only three short of his best ever. It was his second goal in a row, and they have both been important – a great header to break the deadlock in Chelsea and a goal that United should show progress in Europe.
Confidence was visible. Martial also hit the post. He went looking for the ball.
Even the arrival of Odion Ighalo is to his advantage.
Solskjaer was able to give Martial a few minutes of rest at the end. He should be fresh for Watford on Sunday.
Martial is still for £ 75 million in the middle. Is he the finished article? No and no.
But there is increasing evidence that Solska's belief that he may be a striker of Manchester United is not out of place.
& # 39; He is a fantastic leader & # 39 ;: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder greets Captain Billy Sharp after scoring goals back to the starting line-up
Sheffield United Boss Chris Wilder has praised the leadership qualities of his captain Billy Sharp.
Sharp has started the last three Premier League contests, but has so far been sparingly used this campaign, giving a different start and 12 replacement appearances.
The striker, who celebrated his 34th birthday last week, was brought down by the summer arrivals of Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson, now on loan to West Brom, and had to be patient for his chance to get.
Sharp might have felt so hurt treatment after scoring 87 league goals in the past four seasons to push the Blades of League One to the top flight. However, Wilder maintains that his attitude and temperament has been an example everywhere.
& # 39; He has not played as much as he would have liked. He was a fantastic leader outside the field, "said the Blades boss.
& # 39; It's easy to play and score, and Billy has scored so many goals for us to perform those leadership tasks and if you're not a bit more difficult.
& # 39; If you sign players or keep people at the club, you also want to sign and retain good people, you want ambitious players, you want those who can overcome disappointment and selfless n. You want those who can handle challenges.
& # 39; Billy had offers to leave in January, but he wanted to stay. It has been a different kind of test, not that I want to let him go through a test, but it is, and he showed his reaction. It speaks volumes. & # 39;
Sharp was on the score sheet on Sunday when the Blades came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 in Bramall Lane.
The win brought them to fifth place in the Premier League table and to two points from Chelsea, who occupy the last place in the Champions League.
& # 39; He is the best striker in Europe & # 39 ;: the Ciro Immobile agent stems from the excellent scoring form of the striker while leading Lazio in the Serie A title race
- The Ciro Immobile agent believes that the Lazio star is & # 39; the best striker in Europe & # 39;
- The Italian scored devastatingly for the goal and scored 28 goals this season
- His form drove Lazio in the Serie A title race with Juventus and Inter
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is & # 39; the best striker in & # 39; Europe now & # 39 ;, according to his agent.
The Italian has set fire to this season so far and recorded his score to 28 goals in 28 games with a brace in last week's win over SPAL.
His form led him to the top scorer charts around the main European competitions and to push Lazio to the title race Serie A .
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is & # 39; the best striker in Europe on this. moment & # 39 ;, according to his agent
About his client Alessandro Moggi told TMW Radio: & I think he is now the best striker in Europe, let alone Italy.
& # 39; Seeing Lazio so high at the table is no coincidence, it's hard work and sports director Igli Tare has done great work for years with inferior resources for many other clubs, building a competitive team that even poses a challenge to the Scudetto. & # 39;
Lazio was able to go second to Inter Milan on Wednesday with a win over Hellas Verona. They are currently five points behind leaders Juventus.
& # 39; Getting through the Mike Dean energy & # 39 ;: Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster lent brutal yellow card to referee during goal scoring in Swansea & # 39; s draw against Preston
- Rhian Brewster showed a yellow card for the referee in the Swansea draw in Preston
- The attacker scored the equalizing goal for the Swans in a 1-1 draw at Deepdale
- But the 19-year-old was booked in the second half for a serious mistake
Brewster not only bundled the tying goal in Deepdale, the attacker also had spectators in laughter when he showed a yellow card to referee Geoff Eltringham.
Eltringham had accidentally dropped the card and the youngster, who scored his second goal in his fourth swan appearance, emulated Paul Gascoigne by theatrically pushing the card to the official.
And the 19-year-old made the incident clear by retweeting images on Twitter, accompanied by the caption: & # 39; Comi through with the Mike Dean energy. & # 39;
Brewster, who is under contract in Liverpool until 2023, tapped 33 minutes on Andre Ayew's cross, just five minutes after Scott Sinclair had given the hosts the lead.
But it wasn't all positive for the England Under-21 international because Eltringham only showed Brewster a yellow card for ten minutes in the second half.
The attacker was probably happy to avoid a red card after he seemed to raise both feet in a challenge on North End midfielder Ben Pearson.
The draw leaves Swansea four points behind on the playoffs in eighth place, while Preston is one point and one place above their opponents in the championship table.
Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham run out of gas because goal scoring takes its toll … Brendan Rodgers and Frank Lampard have to buy rushes this summer to save a few from burnout
Vardy recently suffered two muscle injuries and Abraham an ankle injury
Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham are so important to Leicester and Chelsea that it feels like they will play as long as they can run. Whether the productive attackers can sustain this output in the long term is another question, however.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said mid-week that & # 39; an 80 percent Jamie Vardy & # 39; would always be involved with his team, while Abraham started this game only 11 days after he sustained an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal .
For this competition, Vardy had completed 1,933 minutes in the Premier League this term, Abraham 1,842. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was frustrated that the club had not yet added an attacker during the transfer period, and he may have forgotten to mention that he has two experienced internationals – Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud – in his team .
Kelechi Iheanacho is in excellent shape for Leicester, with eight goals in 13 appearances, but when push comes out, Rodgers does not trust the Nigerian at all. Even with Vardy a bit of a boil, and even with Iheanacho on goal in the cup games against Brentford and Aston Villa, there was never any doubt about who would start here.
Both clubs must strengthen that division in the summer, especially Leicester if they claim a place in next year's Champions League. However, both may have to solve a puzzle that has disturbed Tottenham since Harry Kane & # 39; s breakthrough season in 2014-15.
Anyone with a passing interest in football knows that when Kane is fit, he starts. And unless Tottenham switches to two in advance, that situation won't change soon. So of course every ambitious attacker starts thinking twice before joining him.
They may develop the same opinion about Leicester and Chelsea. Iheanacho in shape, but Vardy starts, although he has been score since December 21. Giroud and Batshuayi available, but Abraham is back from injury as soon as possible.
Iheanacho got 10 minutes plus stopping time to make an impact here, while Batshuayi stayed on the couch and Giroud – who was desperate to leave in January to make sure he was in France this summer & # 39 ; s Euro 2020 team will be – not even in the team.
As Leicester fight at home and in the next term in Europe, they must use Vardy cleverly. He will be 34 this coming January and – for all the arguments that he is fresher than most players of his age because he has been relatively short in the professional game – he has suffered two muscle injuries in just over a month. It is not indestructible and caution is required.
Vardy never looked at his sharpest against Chelsea, despite his excellent cross late in the game, which Harvey Barnes should have given his second goal – Vardy & # 39; s last act of the game before it was replaced, limped slightly. Abraham was slow in the same way and wasted two chances in the first half when the game was still aimless.
Perhaps the answer is to find a player with an eye for the goal who can also play comfortably wide. The problem is that such players usually cost £ 50 million more in the current market – funds that Leicester is unlikely to spend, while the intentions of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will only be revealed when the transfer window is reopened in the summer.
Leicester could ask Barnes, who sometimes played through the middle as a youth player, to do this more often, while Chelsea usually finds a way to close a deal. To take the next step, neither party can afford to put all their eggs in one basket.
Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Halstenberg, Upamecano, Klostermann, Mukiele; Nkunku, Sabitzer, Adams, Laimer; Werner, Schick
Subs: Mvogo, Ampadu, Wolf, Haidara, Hartmann, Ilsanker, Krauß, Lookman, Poulsen.
Union Berlin XI: Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Subotic, Parensen; Lenz, Ryerson, Andrich, Gentner; Andersson, Bülter, Ingvartsen
Not exactly a & # 39; annus horribilis & # 39 ;! Cristiano Ronaldo suffers from his worst goal year of the decade … but he still managed to win an incredible 39 teams for club and land AND win the Nations League
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored 39 times during the calendar year for club and country
- The 34-year-old scored 25 goals with Juventus and another 14 with Portugal
- It is his lowest count of the decade, with 2013 being his best year after scoring 69 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo will look back with a lot fun in this decade, but despite winning more trophies in 2019, this year is statistically the worst in the last 10 years.
Despite scoring 39 times this calendar year, it is remarkably his lowest score in 2010. That has been his brilliance.
Robert Lewandowski has been the most productive sniper in 2019 – netted 54 times. The striker of Bayern Munich and Poland is followed by Lionel Messi's half century for Barcelona and Argentina.
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain and France) is third with 44, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City and England) is fourth on 41 with Erhan Zahavi (Guangzhou Evergrande and Israel) finishing the top five with 40 goals .
Ronaldo & # 39; s score of 39 – 25 with Juventus and 14 with Portugal – places him in sixth place.
Robert Lewandowski scored 54 times for Bayern Munich (photo) and Poland in 2019
Since 2013 there has been a gradual fall in the number of goals scored by the iconic No. 7 every 12 months – although it must be said that they are still numbers that every striker is proud of would be.
Since his peak of 69 goals in 2013 – during his time at Real Madrid, Ronaldo & # 39; s figures have dropped to 61 in 2014, 57 in 2015, 55 in 2016, 53 in 2017 and now 39 in 2019
Prior to his high point, he had 48 goals in 2010, 60 in 2011 and 63 in 2012.
Ronaldo continues to strive for perfection, so expect he will try to surpass 39 goals with the end of 2020.
THE OBJECTIVES OF CRISTIANO RONALDO PER CALENDAR YEAR THIS DECEMBER Games
2011 – 60 goals in 60 games
2012 – 63 goals in 71 games
2013 – 69 goals in 59 games
2014 – 61 goals in 60 games
2015 – 57 goals in 5 7 games
2016 – 55 goals in 57 games
2017 – 53 goals in 60 games
2018 – 49 goals in 53 games
2019 – 39 goals in 50 games