Barça thinks again about Griezmann

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Decisions in football are volatile and the function of results is altered. The dramatic elimination of Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League has caused a hecatomb on the Nou Camp floor and has completely altered the road map that Josep Maria Bartomeu had planned to undertake the last two years of his term. To the point that, at this moment the only untouchable is Leo Messi. Y If a few weeks ago it was completely impossible for Antoine Griezmann to make it to the Barça ranks after last summer's defeat, now he is once again the top choice to lead a revolution in the Culé squad.

The debacle last Tuesday demands changes and an exciting project after four seasons wandering around Europe. Barcelona needs to reinforce itself and do it well, with players of a contrasted level, who can discuss the ownership of a backbone that remains intact from the early years of the Luis Enrique era. Already registered Frenkie de Jong, which has cost 86 million euros, and practically tied Matthijs de Ligt, which will cost another 80 million euros approximately, the objective is to reinforce the front with a ram of bells before the signs of fatigue that Luis Suarez is giving.

The Uruguayan can not be reproached for anything and his performance is beyond any doubt but it is also a truism that time does not pass in bucket (is 32 years old) and that his knee problems prevent him from performing as before. In addition, there is no replacement in the template guarantees and all players who have signed in recent years have not been up to it. For this reason, the Board of Directors has slipped the name of Griezmann again.

Although the French bothered the fans and the regents of the club with the plantón this past summer When the agreement was closed, it is considered to be a striker who meets all the necessary requirements: he knows the Spanish League, his numbers speak for themselves and he has the ability to generate that illusion that Liverpool blurred. Still persists the sensation in the partner of feeling despised and in the directive of the ridiculous fact when finding out by a television program that decided to remain in the Athletic one when they were on the verge of announcing it officially, But there is nothing that a image washing I can not solve.

The player has already offered

Barcelona has already received the call from Griezmann's environment, sorry for having missed the Barca train last year. Several factors have changed French opinion. First of all the disenchantment After being eliminated at the first change of a Champions that I thought to conquer and whose end will be played in the Wanda. To this has been added one more season without titles while in Barcelona he would opt for the doublet. In addition, players who were decisive to convince him to stay, will not be next year. This is the case of Godín, Lucas, Filipe Luis or Diego Costa.

Barcelona knows that it will have to pay 120 million euros but he intends to enter enough euros with the sale of several players. Two who are on the starting pole are Coutinho, of which there are still 90 million to be amortized, and Rakitic, which has a big sign in Europe and for which you could earn a lot of money.

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Charlotte and Julie Bonaventura: These referee twins write history in men's handball

What it's like to write history, Charlotte and Julie Bonaventura know. The two handball referees were the first female referee duo to whistle at a men's World Cup. In 2017 they were in action in their home country France.

For the twins it was the reward of their hard work: "This is not a special treat for the two of them – they deserve to be here," said Ramon Gallego, referee boss at the Handball World Federation IHF.

Now there is another premiere: as the first female team, the sisters are used in a final round of the EHF Cup, the second most important international club competition after the Champions League. That did not exist yet.

Charlotte and Julie Bonaventura will be featured at this year's Final Four in Kiel. On 17th May they will lead the semi-final between the host THW Kiel and the Danish representative TTH Holstebro.

"Some are big, some are small"

The two sisters are considered one of the best referee teams worldwide. In women's handball they have already led finals at the Olympic Games (2012), the Champions League (2014, 2018), a World Cup (2015) and an European Championship (2014).

Even the management of men's club games is not new for the Bonaventure twins: they have been whistling games in EHF competitions for almost 15 years. They had not made it to the finals yet.

They have no problems with that: "Some are big, some are small – I do not care about it during the game", Charlotte Bonaventura once said to the "world": "We just got used to it in the last few years."

Incidentally, they will not whistle a final in the men's team in Kiel. For the final on 18 May, the Croatian referee duo Dalibor Jurinovic and Marko Mrvica is scheduled. But Charlotte and Julie Bonaventura are only 38 years old.


Eintracht Frankfurt missed the final | TIME ONLINE

Extra time and penalty shoot-out Eintracht Frankfurt has the
Second leg against the Chelsea 4: 5 (1: 1,
1: 1, 0: 1) lost. The
Hessen also had a strong performance in front of 36,070 spectators
Luka Jovic (49th minute) failed to score for the first time in the final
a European competition for 39 years. At that time, the
Eintracht won the 1980 UEFA Cup.

in the
Penalties also helped Adi Hütter's team
held penalty by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp not. Martin Hinteregger and Gonçalo Paciência forgave their attempts from the point
out. Eden Hazard converted the decisive penalty for

The England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek
had brought the hosts into the lead (28), striker Jovic succeeded
First, the compensation for the Bundesliga fourth. In the
There were no longer any extra time extensions, only on penalties
then the decision in favor of the Premier League club.

In the final
On 29 May in Azerbaijan's capital Baku it comes to a
London city duel. Chelsea's opponent is Arsenal with the
German pros Mesut Özil, Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi.

the concord ended one week after that 1: 1
in the first leg
the Europa League on the eve of the final. The
Hesse threw Benfica Lisbon and Inter Milan out of the competition on their way to the semi-finals.

So often teams came at least in a European Cup semi-final

Spanish clubs have come to 30 semi-finals in the last decade in both European competitions. England is ahead of Germany with 15 semi-finalists (11). Each title win is marked with a C.

Not in the picture: Ukraine with two semi-finalists and Austria, Switzerland, Turkey with one entry each © TIME ONLINE

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Sloane Stephens vs. Zheng Saisai, preview and prediction


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World number eight Sloane Stephens takes world number 49 Zheng Saisai in a round of 16 matches in the 2019 Madrid Open.

This will be the second career meeting between the two players. Their previous battle was in the Beijing Open last year, when the American got the better of the Chinese in front of her home crowd, in a rather one-sided meeting.

Will the story be the same this time, or can we expect a much tougher battle in Madrid, if not a disturbance? It is possible we want the latter – not just because Zheng is a very skilled player, but also because of the rather poor form of American this year.

Stephens hasn't had a good season so far, to put it mildly. She has lost early in many tournaments, sometimes to low ranked players like Stefanie Vogele and Tatjana Maria. She is not yet winning a title this year. But as we know, she is a player who enters her own in the final stages of a tournament.

In Madrid she has so far obtained the best of Polona Hercog and Victoria Azarenka. Although she needed three sets to suppress the Belarussian, it was quite an impressive achievement from Stephens, especially her servant. She won 73 percent of her points at her first serving and was broken only twice throughout the match.

In order for Zheng to be able to challenge Stephens, she has to lift her game considerably. Although she had a victory over former top player Alize Cornet in the previous round, she was serving nothing to write home about. She had a poor 49 percent win on her first servant and as a result lost her serving a giant six times in the match. It was her return game was the most important factor behind winning.

If she does not improve her serve, Zheng is probably faced with another defeat against Stephens in their second match.

forecast: Sloane Stephens to win in straight sets.

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Manchester United Fans Point Out Irony Of A Defender Winning The Club’s Player Of The Year Awards

Luke Shaw was the big winner at Manchester United’s end-of-season awards after taking home both the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year.

Fans voted the 23-year-old left-back to scoop the Matt Busby award ahead of second-placed Victor Lindelöf and third-placed Paul Pogba.

However, one fan-made United Twitter account has said that Shaw winning the awards highlights a major problem with the club.

No, it’s not because there’s anything against Shaw personally, but rather the shocking defensive record that the Red Devils have had this season.

“If ever you wanted to know how bad things are at United, a defender has just won our Player of the Year in the same season we’ve conceded the most goals we’ve ever conceded in the history of the Premier League,” The Man Utd Way tweeted.

Of course, The Man Utd Way isn’t the only one to share that sentiment. In fact, other United fans have taken to Twitter to share similar messages.

For example, David de Gea might have chalked up his 100th United clean sheet in the Premier League earlier this season, but the Spanish shot-stopper has been heavily criticised for his performances over the course of the campaign.

Whether or not United fans agree with a defender winning the two Player of the Year awards, the Red Devils made their case perfectly clear for Shaw to receive the honours that he did on the night.

“It’s arguably been his most consistent campaign since recovering from the horrific leg break he suffered against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015, and his impressive club form earned him a recall to the England squad,” the club wrote on their official website.

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Credit: PA

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær is well aware of the task that he faces in rebuilding the club’s squad in order to challenge for the top four, having finished outside of it this season and, as a result, they will now miss out on Champions League football.

It was recently reported that several United players would see their wages slashed after the club failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Will United finish in the top four next season?

Let us know in the comments.

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Europa League semi-final against Chelsea: Eintracht Frankfurt missed the entry into the final – Sport

They sang and sang and just did not stop. The 2235 Frankfurt fans set the tone in London right from the start. "Again and again, again and again, again and again SGE", it rang through the stadium at Stamford Bridge, and the annex of Eintracht left no doubt about its own final fitness. The same was true for their team, who failed to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on penalties at Chelsea after another great performance. In front of 36 070 spectators, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 4: 5 on penalties. After 90 and 120 minutes, it had also been 1: 1 as in the first leg. Chelsea meet on 28 May in Baku in a London final against Arsenal, who clearly prevailed against Valencia CF. The Eintracht missed the second European Cup final of the club's history after the triumph in the Uefa Cup in 1980 only very clear.

Both teams moved to four positions compared to their league games at the weekend. On Sunday, slipped after the 1: 6 in Leverkusen on Sunday Simon Falette, Mijat Gacinovic, Luka Jovic and the suspended in the first leg Ante Rebic in the starting eleven.

The Frankfurt then began the semi-final second leg exactly as they had impressed this entire Europa League season: brave, passionate, cheeky. After not even four minutes, a corner flew in the direction of Jovic, and that means rarely good for the opponent. The coveted Eintracht striker headed on goal, but Kepa Arrizabalaga grabbed safely. It was more difficult for the Spanish goalkeeper ten minutes later, but also the worthwhile volley from Danny Da Costa, he parried strongly.

It was for some time the last dangerous scene of the guests. The Londoners, with Eden Hazard on the pitch differently than in the first leg, were better off now. Willian had a first chance with a lightning-fast sprint on the right side – but in the middle Olivier hit the ball with the hoe improperly and Ruben Loftus-Cheek was robust, but not unfairly cleared by Da Costa.

The Frankfurters were now barely able to hold the ball in their ranks for more than two or three stops, and so Chelsea's pressure grew. Another win by World Champion Giroud defeated Kevin Trapp for the corner, but after half an hour it had happened. Hazard stopped David Abraham, passed superbly down to Loftus-Cheek and the Englishman hit the far corner. The Eintracht knew to help against the high physical and mental speed of Chelsea increasingly only with fouls, and the half-time whistle came to the team of Adi Hütter quite convenient.

Whatever the coach told his team at halftime, it worked. Frankfurt started again strong and rewarded this time. Jovic scored his tenth goal in this European league season after a strong groundwork by Gacinovic and suddenly it was 1-1. Chelsea was quite impressed with it and so an open game developed. Sebastian Rode suffered a serious injury in the middle of the second half, but his colleagues continued to do well and deserve extra time.

There, the substitute Sebastian Haller missed the Frankfurt winning goal twice, even Chelsea was the second goal several times very close. But it went into the penalty shoot-out that Frankfurt lost by the misses of Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia. (Tsp)


Chelsea hero Kepa happy to earn penalty redemption after Carabao Cup row

Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia were denied by the goalkeeper, who defied his manager at Wembley during a shootout earlier this season

Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted his Wembley row with Maurizio Sarri was in the past but was happy to redeem himself by becoming Chelsea’s Europa League hero.

Shoot-out saves from Eintracht Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia sent the Blues through to a Europa League final against London rivals Arsenal in Baku.

Chelsea’s last cup final appearance saw incredible scenes at Wembley as Kepa, seemingly injured, refused to follow the instructions of Sarri and be substituted.

Manchester City went on to win the Carabao Cup on spot-kicks, but Kepa made amends somewhat with his two saves enabling Eden Hazard to score the winning penalty at Stamford Bridge, where Thursday’s second leg finished 1-1 to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

“Penalties is a bit of luck, we lose in the other final and win (today) – it’s football,” Kepa told BT Sport .

“The atmosphere was really good, we played against a difficult strong team and we are very happy.

“We always prepare for all the games, all the penalty shootouts, but we are lucky today.

“Wembley was the past, I learned, I said sorry to all the people but always we keep our work and today was another game, another semi-final and we are very happy to qualify for the final in Baku.”

Both the Europa League and Champions League finals will be contested by four clubs from the same country for the first time in football history, with Liverpool and Tottenham set for an all-English showdown in Madrid.

“Football! In the last semi, in the EFL Cup versus Tottenham we won on penalties, we win today also,” added Kepa.

“Arsenal win? We have a strong final and a London derby.

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“I think our season was a little difficult but we are in two big finals, qualified for the Champions League, so it’s a good season.”

Chelsea and Arsenal will face off in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29, with the Champions League final slated for Madrid on June 1.

The Gunners will finish out their Premier League schedule on Sunday against Burnley.

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Hazard marks the triumph of Chelsea on penalties

Chelsea will fight next May 29 in Baku for their second Europa League, which would also be the sixth 'blue' title at continental level, after leave on the way in an agonizing way to the Eintracht de Frankfurt Luka Jovic, one of the sensations of the competition, which only surrendered on penalties.

Jovic, object of desire of great clubs of Europe like Real Madrid, was precisely the first to try his luck with a header after corner kick that caught Kepa. Chelsea dominated the possession, but despite this, it was Da Costa who had the 0-1 in a shot that Kepa deflected to corner. From there, the 'blues' became owners of the game and Kevin Trapp avoided the goal of Giroud, minutes before Abraham took a club-combed ball by David Luiz who was carrying poison. Chelsea called insistently at the goal and the can was opened by Loftus-Cheek, which he defined perfectly before Trapp. With the score in favor, the English domain became insistent, only altered by a couple of timid approaches from Eintracht to the Kepa area.

The passage through changing rooms completely changed the panorama and Jovic was in charge of materializing it with the tie to one just after a few minutes of the second part. The Serbian's goal served as a turning point before a stretch of control of Eintracht, which put the 'blues' in their area on the basis of push.


Kepa, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Christensen (Zappacosta, min 73), Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Barkley, min 86), Willian (Pedro, min 62), Giroud (Higuaín, min 96) and Hazard.


Trapp, Da Costa, Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette, Hasebe, Rode (De Guzman, min 70), Rebic (Haller, min 90 + 2), Gacinovic (Patience, min 118), Kostic and Jovic.


1-0: min. 28, Loftus-Cheek. 1-1: min. 48, Jovic.


Ovidiu Hategan (Romania). He admonished Falette, Rode, Kovacic, Azpilicueta, De Guzman, Abraham and Zappacosta.


0-1: Haller, goal. 1-1: Barkley, goal. 1-2: Jovic, goal. 1-2: Azpilicueta, failure. 1-3: De Guzmán, goal. 2-3: Jorginho, goal. 2-3: Hinteregger, failure. 3-3: David Luiz, goal. 3-3: Patience, failure. 4-3: Hazard, goal.


Match of the semifinals of the Europa League played at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian Zappacosta, who entered the field due to the injury of Christensen, had the best chance for Chelsea in a distant shot that stopped with serious Trapp problems. The German goalkeeper stopped again with a left-footed kick from Giroud in the final minutes of the English siege, which did not prevent extra time.

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In overtime, Chelsea called through Ross Barkley and Azpilicueta but David Luiz and Zappacosta avoided up to two times under the sticks individual goals of Haller that would have been the sentence of the tie. When the throws from the fateful point threatened to become a reality, Zappacosta put Trappus to the test before after corner kick Azpilicueta introduced the ball to the German goal, in a goal that was canceled by the German goalkeeper. The luck was thrown and the decision to a duel of such equality would come from the eleven meters. The fortune of the penalties, which eluded Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup against City, smiled this time to the 'blues' to complete a unpublished full English in the Champions League and Europa League finals.

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