Yeda dawned today at 07:30 with the call to prayer sprouting from all the speakers of the mosques at the same time, as every day, but today Sunday, Monday in Jeddah (the weekend is Friday and Saturday) and the city began to wake up. Before the call to Qiyam rings, at 01:48, Last prayer of the day, the Spanish Super Cup will already have a winner. Real Madrid or Atlético. The city woke up this morning different from Thursday, the semifinal day between Barcelona and Atlético, without Messi, with Diego Costa and Lemar flying to Arabia, and more rojiblancas coming out of the suitcases. The historic center, a UNESCO heritage site, breathed from early athletic fans. There were many shirts with red and white stripes that filled its narrow alleys, between the dilapidated houses and the fabric shops, in that city so little used to tourism that it costs to find places where magnets and souvenirs are sold. On Thursday there were only four fans from Madrid who visited the city before the game. Noelia with her infinite mane, Iván, Alvaro and Juan. The Spaniards were already more, children who bordered the ground soccer field in the heart of the Al-Balad neighborhood who wore the bear’s shirt and the strawberry tree for the happiness of a handful of inhabitants of Yeda. Fifty specifically: the members of the Saudi athletic club in the city. On Thursday they were at the stadium raising their flag with Arabic letters and that phrase that their team did football before their eyes: “Never stop believing.” Pure red and white passion at 4,500 Madrid. “Having them here is a dream”They exclaimed on Wednesday and their excitement filled the corners of the Al-Ahli sports center, Atlético’s training headquarters during this week in Arabia. The delay of the Valverde driver and the start of the Super Cup with the semifinal between Real Madrid and Valencia left the Cholo Press conference in the middle, with hardly any press present beyond the usual one traveling from Madrid. They were not missing either. Mohammed says that his first visit to Spain revolved around Calderón in a literal sense: “I traveled with my whole family to Madrid to see the Atlético stadium.” Four more times he did it. And the Metropolitan Wanda has also lived, released two and a half seasons ago. Today in the Saudi sports channel Riyadiyatv analyze the preview of the match. That match is a final is another dream. Missing third. See yours raise it before the city’s call rings Qiyam.
With the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, Josep Maria Bartomeu has broken a liturgy of respect for the coach installed at Barça for 17 years. The last coach that Barça had fired was Louis Van Gaal on January 26, 2003. Then, Barça was 20 points behind the leader, Real Sociedad, and only three points down. He was number 12 in the standings and had been eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Novelda. Valverde has been fired after winning two leagues and being the leader of the competition. Since Van Gaal, who was replaced by Radomir Antic, was fired, Barça coaches had always exhausted their contract. Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Martino (substitute for Tito Vilanova’s disease) and Luis Enrique. The situation is absolutely the opposite of the one that led to the impeachment of Van Gaal, but such is the rush at Barça de Bartomeu.Antic signed a five-month contract, although Antonio de la Cruz led the first two games before the Serb took over. The president at that time was Joan Gaspart. Bartomeu can already say that he looks like something.
Atletico began the game by pressing very high in search of stealing in the opposite field and greatly complicated the departure of the ball from Valencia, becoming the owner of the balls divided with Savic and Felipe back and Thomas, Llorente, Koke and Saúl as octopus in the middle. He went ahead through ’14’, but with the goal lost presence up and fit somewhat through a very poorly defended ball move. Almost instantly he came forward again with a great goal from Thomas before the break. After coming back well at the start of the second half, stealing in pressure, he saw how Valencia was growing in the game from an unstoppable Ferrán, to which Lodi marked, then Arias and finally Saúl without finding an appropriate marker. In another play badly defended to the stopped ball came the tie. Arias and Morata had minutes again. Simeone finished with Morata, Carrasco, Correa and Vitolo in the countryside. When the Atleti lowered the pressure, it allowed the best couple to emerge. Koke: Double pivot in defense, midpoint in attack forming a triangle. His return has done much good to the team, which once again has a player at the ball outing that is offered and seeks to play from below. With the passing of the minutes he moved to the left, turning the team’s game to that side and helping a Lodi with yellow in defense. After a participatory start, he was losing presence in the game until he was replaced by Carrasco. He was not seen in the second half except in defensive aids and it seems that he still does not have the best physical background after his injury. Llorente: He has settled in the scheme of Simeone and added his fourth consecutive title with the prize of the goal, its premiere in First. Starting from the right wing, he stepped on the area and took advantage of a rebound in the area behind a Correa center to beat Jaume. Very attentive in the recovery, it is not complicated with the ball, but its physical deployment is very important for the team and it shows more and more daring. It was not good marking Kondogbia in the play that was the second goal of Valencia. Saul: Inside left, he had more freedom to move in the attack front and jump into pressure during the first part. Intense in recovery, but unnoticed with the ball. Still not finding its best version in the game’s participation. Simeone asked him to help Lodi and later Arias until with Morata’s entry in the place of the Colombian he went on to play on the left side. He saw the last half hour face to face with Ferrán, who surpassed him. Belt: Again above, in the position that he likes the most, although without a sharp reference due to the absence of Morata and Costa. Undetectable for the centrals in the first minutes, put a tense center that after playing in Gabriel became the goal of Llorente. When Atlético lowered the pressure and started playing more direct, it stopped coming into play. On his back he had nothing to do before the powerful central Valencia. Several defective controls prevented him from having danger. Vitolo: Forward in the absence of the tips. His participation was key in the goal of Llorente, reaching the bottom line and looking for the pass back to Correa very intelligently. On his back he was not comfortable and had some dangerous losses looking to play first to his teammates but giving it to Valencia players. He failed to be decisive the few times he received in the opposite field.Offensive substitutionsVrsaljko: He replaced Lodi at 53 minutes and five later he already had yellow in a foul that ended in the second goal of Valencia. He occupied the right side, sending Arias to the left. He left a spectacular center for Morata that Jaume stopped. Morata: Back to the lawn after overcoming your physical problems. He could do the third of Atlético with a header that stopped with difficulties Jaume. He was less explosive than before having to stop for physical problems, something logical. He hopes he can have more minutes against Liverpool. Carrasco: Last change replacing Koke in search of the third goal. He stood up next to Morata and sought to generate danger with his conductions, but he could not have a decisive participation either. Juan Carlos Cárdenas & nbsp; (EFE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Thomas celebrates his goal for Valencia with Correa.Juan Carlos Cárdenas (EFE) Oblak: He suffered again the bleeding that is this season the Atletico ball stopped. In the first goal he saw how Maxi Gómez received only after a corner, stopped and put it in the middle for Gabriel to push it. In the second goal, perhaps he could try to get out for a ball very well placed by Parejo, since Kondogbia finished in a semifallo in the small area poorly defended by Llorente. He had to leave a great hand to shot Gayá from outside the area in the 89th minute. Arias: The Colombian started after losing three games due to injury. He was not noticed inactivity, was intense and had them with Gayá on the right wing. He did not renounce the attack and with Trippier’s absence he will be in charge of defending the right back as a starter. However with the entry of Vrsaljko at 53 minutes he went on to play on the left side. In the 65th minute he was replaced by Morata after regaining pace thinking of Liverpool. Savic: Serious in the melee, no frills but blunt. Used to mark Maxi Gómez in plays with a stopped ball, he fell asleep on the first goal of Valencia, where the Uruguayan received only when the Montenegrin had to be attentive. Well above on the balls behind him. Fast when he had to cover the left side. Felipe: Back to eleven after missing the duel against Granada by penalty. Again very serious and very intelligent when Valencia looked for him with spaces. Well above, he saw how the team was decomposing, but in all his individual duels he imposed on his pair. I gave it: He received the yellow at 26 minutes for an avoidable foul, although the penalty of the referee was excessive. Simeone decided to change a play again after Ferrán had left in a two-on-one from Lodi and Saul. In the 53 minutes he played he had little participation with the ball, although his mission was clearly defensive, since Atlético was turning to the right in attack. You must improve your performance back to have more continuity with Simeone.Thomas: He returned a great version of the Ghanaian after several more unnoticed matches. Pivot and anchor, he had to be very attentive to prevent the team from breaking into pressure. He was the stopper and in charge of starting the game with Koke, looking to break lines with the ball. He got a great goal to make the second of Atlético. Recovery in rival field, driving and impressive whip at the base of the stick. He tested his power on the kick several times and was able to make his double with a shot stuck to the stick in the 80th minute. Very intense in the steals. He lost a committed ball in the last minutes, but there was a clear hand that the referee did not point out.
“I just hope the ‘Barcelonagate’ is not true”Rivaldo was also shocked by all the information that, in the last days, point to an alleged smear campaign of FC Barcelona against their own players throught social media. “I just hope all of that isn’t true.”, began to explain incredulous. “Because if Barcelona has really paid to defame players, former players and former presidents on social networks, it would be very sad “, has added. “This style of social media news is really annoying for the people affected, and even more so if it’s the club that orders it. Everyone should be pissed off.”, the Betfair ambassador insisted.Rivaldo also trusts that Messi and Piqué, two of the players mentioned in all this, They will give a professional performance. “The two should focus on working and waiting for the future development of this whole case. This is what I did during my career, I always tried to get away from rumors and news that could only harm my performance if it was very important, “he insisted.“The two are symbols of the club that prove their loyalty and professionalism with each training and match and surely the fans know it, so they shouldn’t be worried about whether extrafutbolistic issues can affect them or not, “Rivaldo said.“The problems of the City could bring the return of Guardiola”In addition, the Betfair ambassador He also valued the possibility that the penalty imposed on Manchester City brings Guardiola closer to FC Barcelona in the not too distant future, despite the City’s own coach saying that, for now, he continues.“It would be a great opportunity for next season, but it also depends on what FC Barcelona does until the end of the season. If Setién manages to win the Champions League and makes a solid campaign in the League, there will be no reasons for a change of coach, but if the team does not meet expectations and generates discomfort, there may be a real opportunity for Guardiola to return to the club where he succeeded most “, Rivaldo concluded in statements to Betfair. Rivaldo, legend of FC Barcelona and ambassador of Betfair, was critical of Martin Braithwaite’s recent signing for the Catalans. “Honestly, I neither share nor understand this signing. And i don’t for many reasons. The first, that is a signing that is made beyond the market and also because Barcelona could have chosen some guy from the farmhouse instead of this operation, “the winner of the Golden Ball has begun to explain in 1999.“In addition, it is that the team is starting to improve and I see no reason to make such an effort to incorporate a striker who, with all due respect, I doubt he is the player that FC Barcelona needs now”the Brazilian insisted.The motives: “I thought of a younger player with more progression curve”, added a Rivaldo who understands the malaise of the Leganés. “He takes it away from a club that is trying to avoid relegation by paying the clause. Surely they get very damaged of all this, “added the Betfair ambassador.
And Morata in the end broke. The striker, who traveled to Liverpool already with discomfort, retired four days before Atlético-Sevilla ‘touched’ his thigh from a blow, ended up injuring himself in the 18 minutes he played at Anfield. Upon arrival in Madrid Morata underwent tests, as Cope reported this noon and has been able to confirm AS, and these have confirmed what was feared: suffers a muscle injury in the hamstrings. You will be on leave for five to six weeks.It is the second muscle injury that the striker suffers in a month and a half, although the two could be related, due to muscle fatigue (although one, that one, was in the calf and this one in the hamstring) since the ‘9’ rojiblanco broke in the derby against Real Madrid on February 2 and forced to return, be ready for the first leg against Liverpool in the last 16, on February 18. That is, to force in such a way that, in just 16 days, he was back, a very tight deadline. Valencia-Atlético served as filming, there he had his first minutes, and against Liverpool he was a starter. But without the spark, freshness, and physical strength he has shown for part of the season. Against Sevilla, last weekend, he ended up going to the bench between frustrated gestures and pointing to a buttock. Atlético’s 27th injury this seasonOn Monday in Madrid he did not train with the group. On Wednesday he was surprised by his presence on the bench, due to those inconveniences he was dragging, and the absence of footballers capable of changing a game from the bench like Vitolo in the 18 chosen by Simeone to play the second round against Liverpool. He entered in the 102nd minute for João Félix and in the first sprint, whoosh, bite and injury. Even so, he continued playing, the coach no longer had any changes to add to the heroic: Atlético, already classified for the quarter by Llorente’s double, beat the current European champion with the lame goal. Morata did it. Two days after the game he could barely walk. The tests confirmed that injury (in the absence of the club doing it officially, issuing a medical report). It is Atlético’s number 27 this season and it comes when Cholo had all his footballers at his disposal, once Lemar had recovered.