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BeitragVerfasst am: Fr Mai 19, 2017 3:24    Titel: his Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

A team does not necessarily need a title to show their class, although Tottenham Hotspur do crave one. Spurs demonstrated their excellence at the King Power by swatting aside last season’s champions with regal aplomb and, Anthony RendonAuthentic Jersey in the process, Harry Kane struck four goals to enhance his chances of being crowned as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second season in a row. His tally for the campaign stands at 26, two more than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with one round of matches to go. Spurs cannot catch Chelsea but they have no intention of stopping their glory hunt.
Son Heung-min contributed to the rout here by scoring Tottenham’s other two goals. That amounted to six damaging blows to Craig Shakespeare’s prospects of landing the Leicester managerial job on a permanent basis. Ben Chilwell scored for the home team but that was no consolation to their caretaker manager. “There are no positives,” said Shakespeare. “We were totally second-best.”
Shakespeare should not be judged too harshly on this performance, as the main cause of this thrashing was Tottenham’s exceptional slickness – and their encouraging bloodlust. Mauricio Pochettino had demanded his team maintain their high standards despite the title being beyond them. They had faded at a similar stage last season once Leicester got beyond their reach so the Argentinian wanted to see evidence of a positive evolution since then. His wish was granted, and this time Leicester were left looking like a rabble.
“Our attitude and internal motivation was good,” said Pochettino. “We have been talking a lot about why we finished so badly last season. This type of performance shows that the team is improving and has learned a lot from last season. This is fantastic.”
Leicester made the better start but began to tremble as soon as Spurs bared their teeth. That was the beginning of a nightmare for Yohan Benalouane, in particular, as the centre-back was made to look ditzy by Spurs’ artful attackers. Especially Kane. The striker threatened to open the scoring a couple of times before he eventually did so in the 25th minute.
Toby Alderweireld exposed flat-footedness in Leicester’s rejigged defence by dropping a long pass over them from deep inside his own half. Christian Fuchs, a makeshift centre-back, failed to cut it out and Benalouane undermined the offside scheme. Son took advantage, scampering on to the ball before playing a square pass to Kane, who scored from close range.
Spurs began to run amok. They increased their lead 11 minutes later with a sumptuous goal, an intricate move culminating with Dele Alli scooping the ball over the head of Benalouane before Son swept a volley into the net from 10 yards.
At half-time Shakespeare had to find a way to stop the bleeding, at least. He introduced Islam Slimani for Shinji Okazaki and Leicester made a strong start to the second period. Authentic Al Montoya Womens Jersey In the 59th minute their revolt gathered momentum when Chilwell scored with impressive composure. Hugo Lloris had rushed out of his box to intercept a pass to Jamie Vardy but Leicester kept possession and when the ball was played to Chilwell, the 20-year-old sidestepped a defender and stroked it into the net from 12 yards despite Eric Dier’s attempt to clear off the line.
Belief in a home comeback lasted four minutes. That is how long it took Spurs to re-establish their superiority. Alderweireld cantered down the right and floated a cross to the back post, where Victor Wanyama headed it back across to Kane, who nodded in from two yards. Eight minutes later Son struck again, ridiculing Wilfred Ndidi at the edge of the box before sweeping a low shot into the net. The uprising had been quashed with imperious style.
Kane was not finished. He had his eyes on a personal prize as well as an emphatic team triumph. He rifled in a low 20-yard shot to complete his hat-trick, then fired in his fourth in time added on. That was the first four-goal haul of his career and he admitted he was driven by his pursuit of Lukaku at the top of the scoring charts.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t,” he said. “I was looking to take it into the last game, but now I’m in the driving seat. I’m not resting on my laurels, and I’ll go to Hull [on Sunday] looking to get four more hopefully.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Fr Mai 19, 2017 8:05    Titel: become Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Players who dive or feign injury could face two-match suspensions from the start of next season after the Football Association voted in favour of introducing retrospective bans.
The new offence of “successful deception of a match official” is based on a law already used in Scotland and was approved at the FA’s annual general meeting at Wembley.
Incidents will be reviewed by a panel comprising a former manager, an ex-player and former referee, who will watch the footage independently. If they are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.
This process is similar to the one already used for red-card offences which were missed at the time but caught on camera, and the cases will be fast-tracked.
The FA said: “Although attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, Authentic Bryant Reeves Womens Jersey the fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent.”
If a player admits to a charge of successfully deceiving an official, or is found to have done so, any yellow or red card given to an opposing player, as a result of the deceit, can be rescinded. The new rule will apply across English football and has been supported by the English Football League, the League Managers Association, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
There have been a number of notable cases of simulation this season, including Robert Snodgrass’s dive to earn a penalty for Hull City against Crystal Palace and other alleged incidents involving Leroy Sané, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford.
The Scottish Football Association introduced its “rule 201” in 2011 and spent several years trying to convince Fifa that it was not going too far in taking decision-making away from officials on the day – something world football’s governing body has traditionally been very reluctant to do.
The reaction to the news was mainly positive, although Sam Allardyce described the decision as “utter rubbish”. The Crystal Palace manager said: “Bring technology in, let us look at it on the day, Authentic Danny Green Youth Jersey and then bring a sin-bin in so we can put him in that for 10 minutes and then put him back on. Stop paying all these people money to do rubbish situations in the game. That’s utter rubbish.”
However, recent moves to introduce goalline technology and video assistant referees indicate that even Fifa realises match officials need more help and supporters want better decisions.
With England and Scotland having permanent seats on Fifa’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board, bans for divers could soon become a worldwide policy.
The retrospective punishment has not eradicated diving in Scotland since it was introduced in 2011 but it has occasionally provided some semblance of justice.
The Rangers winger Sone Aluko, now at Fulham, became the first player to be punished in December 2011 after winning a penalty against Dunfermline but Ally McCoist, Rangers’ manager at the time, raged against the decision, saying: “The three gentlemen on the panel have effectively called my player a cheat and a liar, neither of which he is.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Mo Mai 22, 2017 4:53    Titel: white Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

The Football Association has ratified the modest reforms proposed to its governing council and board, so mercifully drawing to a finish a torturous and long‑winded saga of internal reordering. Bryce Harper Youth Jersey The immediate consequence is that the FA’s structure and makeup of its board, which will have three women and seven men by next year, complies with the – also modest – requirements of the new official code for sports governance.
This means that several unlikely threats made to the FA – and by the chairman, Greg Clarke, to resign if he did not deliver the reforms – will not be fulfilled. The FA will qualify for the £30m in lottery money it receives from Sport England for grassroots programmes, whose possible removal was dangled if it resisted reform. The sports minister, Tracey Crouch, will not be proceeding with the threat to knock the FA into shape by law, which she made a little reluctantly at a select committee hearing in December, and which seemed as unrealistic as all the previous government threats to legislate for football made over the last 20 years. A vote by 17 MPs in February for a motion of no-confidence in the FA’s ability to reform, proposed by the campaigning Conservative MP Damian Collins, will now be seen as premature. For a parliamentary statement which should have felt momentous, berating the 154‑year‑old founding body of the world’s most popular sport, it will be lucky to make the footnotes in a history of the game.
The important question, though, is whether the reforms, and a slightly more 20th-century FA, will do much to address the concerns raised by the MPs who bothered to attend that debate. They reeled off the list familiar from supporters’ campaigns ever since the 1992 Premier League breakaway and the then government’s Football Task Force, set up five years later. It and subsequent inquiries have criticised the glaring financial inequality driven between the Premier League and the rest of football, the comparison with dire public football facilities, governance failures, destructive or dodgy owners and the prices charged to supporters to loyally follow their team.
The FA reforms, which were already passed by the council last month, are not really aimed at answering any of those fundamental questions about the soul or even direction of football. It was a matter of complying with the code, whose development was initiated by Crouch and is now overseen by Sport England as a condition of funding. One or two FA council members from the political-correctness-gone-mad tendency, indignant about supposed government interference, floated the idea that football is so rich it can do without the £30m, but they were cajoled, soothed and brought into line by Clarke and some other diplomacy.
The code itself has been the subject of fierce criticism from Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of the anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out, who derided it as “pathetic” and the FA’s reforms as a “sham” when they were unveiled. His issue is that while the code sets as a requirement “a minimum of 30% of each gender on its board”, [url=]Bobby Rainey Authentic Jersey[/url] its standard for ethnic and other diversity is vague. Each sports governing body is only asked to “demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on its board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity, and disability”.
So after the parliamentary excitements, renegade council members and Clarke’s potential offer of his chairmanship, the reforms amount essentially to three women out of 10 on the board, and 11 new members of the council, swelling its numbers to a not very wieldy looking 131.
Among those new members will be one more football supporter representative, doubling their presence to two, and further BAME and disability representatives. The council will still be overwhelmingly white male pensioners, many of whom have given sterling service to football, and no anachronisms from the FA’s public school, [url=][/url] Oxbridge history will lose their seats. Clarke himself acknowledged the limits of the changes, saying: “This is a good start but we don’t just want to be compliant with the Sport England code for sports governance – we want to go beyond that. Our aim is to make English football for all and a more inclusive and diverse game.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Di Mai 23, 2017 4:35    Titel: contracts Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

The sun burned, Champions League hopes evaporated and all of a sudden the lightning rod for Arsenal supporters’ disillusionment moved away from the man in the dugout and out towards the Atlantic. The chant started in the North Bank and suddenly spread, growing in urgency as it coursed round the stadium: “Stan Kroenke – get out of our club.”
The news that broke last week about Alisher Usmanov’s $1.3bn bid for the majority shareholding held by Arsenal’s American investor has broadened the conversation about the club’s status and ambitions. Adam Duvall Authentic Jersey While the disaffected have generally pointed their fingers at Arsène Wenger the club’s direction above and beyond the manager is now under scrutiny. Kroenke is expected in England next week before the FA Cup final. The microscope is not something he welcomes but the lens will inevitably focus in. The Kroenke model across his sports franchises tends not to reach for the stars and Arsenal’s fanbase want a say about that.
The Wenger debate appears – for now at least – to have quietened. For all the huff and puff about the consequences of finally slipping out of the Champions League reckoning, in the end the mood around the Emirates was mild and accepting. There was not a hint from the home crowd there might be a final curtain any time soon for the manager who has called the shots for two decades. The impression was of a crowd expecting to see him back in situ for the Emirates Cup in July.
Wenger normally joins in the traditional lap of appreciation but this time he stayed on the sideline, watching from the edge of the pitch as his players waved and absorbed good wishes before Wembley. He thought it best to keep his distance just in case it was a bit of a distraction – and his players have had enough of that to deal with.
His downcast disposition after the match suggested that deep down he feels troubled that his proud record of consecutive Champions League qualifications is over, Alcides Escobar Womens Jersey in terms of what it represents as a status symbol as well as the obvious lament that Thursday nights and far-flung travel are never ideal crammed into an already busy schedule. Round these parts they used mockingly to call them “Spursday nights” and now this is their domain.
Wenger said he felt sad and that it was strange to imagine life without the Champions League soundtrack. The last time Arsenal finished a league campaign without that particular prize was in 1997. Their final game was at the now-defunct Baseball Ground. The old double act of Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp scored the goals. As it happened, Manchester United finished champions with 75 points that season – exactly what Arsenal collected for this fifth-placed finish.
Wenger was candid in accepting responsibility. The storm clouds that accompanied the questions about his future were damaging. He said the psychological environment the squad had to deal with at the darkest moments grew “horrendous”. (Which begs the obvious question as to why he and the club were not able to sort out the contract and alleviate some of that pressure.)
Is a season outside the Champions League the end of the world? How critical is it in terms of keeping players whose contracts are winding down, like Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, or attracting shiny new ones? Those conversations are on hold for another week, certainly until after the FA Cup final.
They at least head into a rendezvous with the champions, Chelsea, on the back of some decent form – in beating an Everton side halfway to the beach they picked up a seventh win in eight games. But they have their worries, especially defensively. Laurent Koscielny will curse misjudging a challenge on Enner Valencia. He clattered clumsily through the Everton forward, was sent off and the chance to lead his team out at Wembley in the FA Cup final is scuppered. Gabriel Paulista then overstretched his knee and left the pitch visibly pained.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Di Mai 23, 2017 9:09    Titel: again jersey Antworten mit Zitat

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David Moyes
It is baffling to think that they were getting ready to welcome the Moyesiah at Old Trafford this time four years ago. If Moyes could turn back the clock, it is unlikely that he would accept Manchester United’s offer to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. But how could he have possibly known that landing his dream job would lead to this nightmarish turn of events? Try as Moyes might to remind the world of his undeniably excellent work at Everton, all anyone can see now is the man whose limitations at the highest level were exposed in one of the more brutal ways imaginable, leaving his reputation in tatters and raising his inherent caution to such debilitating levels that now he is known as the Energy Vampire at Sunderland, draining the spirit of the people around him. He was nothing short of a disaster at the Stadium of Light. He arrived with a defeatist attitude, waved the white flag as relegation approached and was fortunate not to lose his job after being caught making disparaging remarks to a female BBC interviewer. It is true that Sunderland’s many problems are not all down to Moyes, but what did he do to lift the malaise? Most football supporters can stomach losing – it comes with the territory. What they cannot abide, however, is watching their team roll over every week, so the majority of Sunderland’s supporters will not be losing any sleep now that Moyes will not be managing their side in the Championship, after he resigned the day after the final game of the season.
Aitor Karanka
The Spaniard employed a different brand of negativity to the type favoured by Moyes, but it was no less damaging to his team’s survival hopes. The warning signs were already there for Middlesbrough, who were goal-shy even while winning automatic promotion from the Championship last season, and Karanka stubbornly failed to rectify concerns that a lack of verve would be their downfall in a tougher league. His focus on defence was too great and while Middlesbrough were stingy at the back, they failed to find the right balance between defence and attack. They were a chore to watch and their players often looked bored and uninspired. The division’s lowest scorers should have replaced Karanka long before his sacking in March.
Simone Zaza
Taking your pick from the collection of rogues signed by West Ham last summer isn’t easy. For instance, Álvaro Arbeloa’s only league start came in an awful 3-0 defeat to Southampton and the veteran right-back, who picked up three bookings in four appearances, Andrew Heaney Youth Jersey has not been seen since a wretched 5-1 thrashing against Arsenal in December. André Ayew, signed for £20m, tore a thigh muscle on his debut. Havard Nordtveit has threatened to redefine mediocrity. Gokhan Tore stunk the place out before getting injured in October. Presented with an easy chance against Stoke, Jonathan Calleri produced a farcical rabona. But the floppiest of them all was the Italy international who was supposed to solve West Ham’s striking woes. West Ham paid a £5m loan fee to bring in Zaza from Juventus and would have been obliged to part with another £20m if he had reached 14 Premier League appearances, negotiating that must make the taxpayer wonder how the east Londoners secured such a sweet deal for the London Stadium. Zaza made 11 appearances in all competitions, failed to score once, sent one shot out for a throw and left in January. Still, at least he wasn’t allowed near penalties.
Claudio Bravo
Here is a goalkeeper who won two La Liga titles and seven major titles overall with Barcelona and who played a starring role for Chile in their Copa América triumphs in 2015 and 2016. He arrived in England with a reputation for being good with his feet, which seemed to make him the perfect fit for Pep Guardiola, who had decided that Joe Hart no longer had a part to play at Manchester City. Yet Bravo has struggled ever since his shaky debut in the Manchester derby, when his error led to a goal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Chilean was sent off at Camp Nou in October and at one point even his shot-stopping abilities deserted him – Bravo failed to make a single save when City lost 4-0 at Everton in January. Guardiola’s intentions are possible to understand in theory, but it isn’t working.
Wilfried Bony
The Ivorian was one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League before leaving Swansea City at the start of 2015, but he has become an irrelevance since then. The 28-year-old has failed to impress on loan at Stoke City. Deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City, it was reasonable to assume that Bony would regain his form once he started playing regularly again and there was a brief hint of a resurgence when he scored twice in the win over Swansea in October. But those were Bony’s only goals for Stoke. He has not featured since departing for the Africa Cup of Nations in January and clubs will think twice before making a move for him this summer.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Mi Mai 24, 2017 4:16    Titel: players Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

In happier times it was the Manchester Arena where Sir Alex Ferguson and his players ended up on that sunny day, 18 years ago this week, when they brought the European Cup back to the city for the first time since the 1960s.
They reckon there were upwards of 750,000 people to welcome Manchester United back from Barcelona that day. They hung off lamp-posts and balconies and scaffolding and spires, and there has never been another homecoming quite like it on the city’s streets.
And for the 12,000 who packed inside the arena, it culminated in that moment when Ferguson came through the doors holding the trophy above his head. Alex Galchenyuk Authentic Jersey He was followed by his players and for a brief moment the most successful manager of his generation actually ducked because of the din. “I can’t talk,” he said. And it is difficult to think there has been any other occasion inside this venue when the volume has gone higher.
It’s a great football city, Manchester – a divided one, red and blue – and nobody should be taken in by the myth that United have forgotten where they are from. Yes, it’s become a global club, with Florida owners, a cosmopolitan team and all those camera-clicking tourists, but it is still a local one, too. The accents behind the scenes at Old Trafford, or Carrington on the other side of the M60, are still mostly Mancunian. It is still a club, just like Manchester City, with a deep affinity to its city and people.
It certainly won’t be easy for United to adhere to the mantra of the new mayor, Andy Burnham, if going about their business as normal means clearing their minds of Monday’s horrors now the club’s players, staff and management, along with thousands of supporters, have arrived in Stockholm, a city recovering from its own recent devastation, for the Europa League final.
The reminders of what happened in Sweden’s capital can still be seen in Drottninggatan, Stockholm’s main shopping street, in the huge display of thousands of different-coloured adhesive notes bearing messages of love and remembrance on the boarded-up windows of Ahlens, the department store where the hijacked lorry that careered down this street last month, killing five people and injuring many others, came to rest.
Back in Manchester, there had not even been time to choreograph those kinds of tribute as the finalists left for Sweden and José Mourinho took the sensible decision to cancel his pre-match press conference, Authentic Bernie Parent Youth Jersey sparing us the possibility that someone might want the club’s manager to discuss trivialities such as injury news. Football suddenly feels very secondary when, at the time Mourinho was scheduled to speak, thousands of people were gathering for a vigil outside Manchester town hall and, one by one, we were learning more about the people who had died.
By that stage, United’s players had already held their own minute’s silence, standing in a circle with their heads bowed, on the pitches at Carrington. Once they arrived in Stockholm they did visit the Friends Arena to have a look at the stadium where they will play Ajax, passing the place where a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going up and trying to fix their minds on the job in hand. But it will not be straightforward.
The statement from Mourinho explained the decision to excuse himself from media obligations because of “the effect this has had on everyone here at the club and within our city”. Another release noted that pupils from some of the schools affiliated to the Manchester United Foundation were among the audience at that Ariana Grande concert.
A lot of the players’ Twitter accounts are controlled by their own PR people. Not all of them, though. “Devastating,” was the word Wayne Rooney used. “Much rage, much pain,” David de Gea wrote.
Perhaps Mourinho will try to lift his players by encouraging them to believe they can bring the trophy back to Manchester and dedicate it to the city. Over 90 minutes, footballers tend to be pretty good at filtering out everything else and, ultimately, it is still a significant occasion in United’s recent history. Hence Mourinho’s comments that “we have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job”.
Again, though, business as normal is easier said than done right now. The mind goes back to France’s visit to Wembley in November 2015, just a few days after the Paris attacks, and the sapping effect it had on their players. They lost 2-0 and nobody should have been surprised that England’s opponents found it so difficult.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Do Mai 25, 2017 2:18    Titel: would Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who has been Dolberg’s agent for more than four years, recalls: “After one day of his trial, he said to me: ‘We want to sign him.’ David Lee Youth Jersey We went inside to phone Kasper’s parents and discuss what to do – but it didn’t take long to decide because Ajax has such a long history of Danish players coming through the system; we chose them. It was a very good match. His personal trainer now is Dennis Bergkamp.”
Little more than two years on, Ajax’s technical director has been proven right. Dolberg, a 19-year-old powerfully built forward from Silkeborg, has excelled in Peter Bosz’s thrilling young side, scoring 16 goals in the Eredivisie and another six from nine starts in the Europa League. An impudent finish in the 3-1 defeat by Lyon in the second leg of the semi-final, dinking the ball over the goalkeeper and top-spinning it into the net to elude the despairing defender’s lunge, proved vital as Ajax booked their place in Wednesday’s final against Manchester United with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Not for the first time this season, comparisons were made to a strapping teenager who made his mark in the famous red and white shirt 35 years earlier. After Dolberg’s 18-minute hat-trick against NEC in November, consisting of two trademark strikes with his right foot and a clever angled header, even Dolberg’s father, Flemming Rasmussen – like Dolberg’s mother, Kirsten Dolberg, a former professional handball player in Denmark – could not resist.
“I see many similarities with Marco van Basten,” he said, noting his son had just broken the 1988 European Championship winner’s hat-trick record by four minutes. “If he goes like him that’s very good of course. They are the same size, same speed and both have a good shot.”
Dolberg was spotted playing for his local side GFG Voel when he was 12. Having alternated between handball and football as child, he settled on the latter and joined Silkeborg’s academy. Still painfully shy, however, he initially struggled to settle and returned to Voel. A year later he was persuaded to go back.
“We signed Kasper when he was a 15-year-old boy,” says Steffensen, who owns the Scandinavian Soccer agency. “I played for six years in the Bundesliga and in the same Denmark team as Allan Simonsen and John Sivebaek, so I know a bit about talented players.
“He already had nearly everything at that time. He had speed, a fantastic eye for the game, ability with both feet, free-kicks. His game in the air was not that good but when you have that speed you can learn how to jump properly.
“But with young players, it always depends on what is inside his head.”
In 2009 another young Danish striker also appeared to have the world at his feet. “Within five years I want to be the top scorer in the Premier League and I want to be known as a world-class striker,” Nicklas Bendtner, who now plays in Norway for Rosenborg, told the Guardian eight years ago. “And it will happen. Trust me, it will happen.”
There appears little chance of Dolberg making the same mistakes as the former Arsenal striker. In an interview with the Danish national broadcasters DR in October, the softly spoken teenager said his preference was “to remain in the background” – a trait his father believes his son has inherited from him.
“He can come across as indifferent, nonchalant or even cold but that can be deceptive,” Rasmussen said. “When he is on the pitch and facing competition he will think, deep down, that he will get the better of that opponent.”
Steffensen says: “Kasper is a very quiet person and his feet are always one metre in the ground. It’s important to have that connection to earth.”
After Dolberg made his debut for Silkeborg in May 2015 and starred for Denmark’s Under-19s, Wolfsburg contacted Steffensen that summer and arranged for him to attend a trial. John Steen Olsen, Ajax’s celebrated Scandinavian scout whose long list of discoveries includes Jan Molby, Authentic Allen Bailey Youth Jersey Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Eriksen, had also spotted something and asked the agent not to make hasty decisions. It was the prospect of working with Bergkamp, who has been entrusted with bringing through young players to the first-team squad, that was the most persuasive argument.
“Danish players have almost the same mentality as the Dutch people,” Steffensen says. “You can count on the fact that they are team players and also have very good technical ability when they are young. But because the domestic competition is not as strong as other countries you need to find the right place to step up to the next level.
“When Kasper came to Ajax he was a left winger. But Marc Overmars told us that he thought he could be a fantastic No9. He put Bergkamp and Kasper together and we have seen the results ever since.”
Ajax paid €270,000 to sign Dolberg but, at first, his progress was steady not spectacular. After some promising appearances in the Uefa Youth League, he was invited to last summer’s pre-season training camp in Turkey by Bosz and forced his way into the first-team reckoning, signing a five-year contract before he had made his senior debut.
“We knew that he would get to this level … but to be there so quickly was a surprise for us,” Steffensen says. “In the last few years he has really started to develop physically and I think that is one of his strongest assets now. He’s also very calm; he believes so much in himself. Kasper has a natural instinct going forward but is not a selfish player.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Do Mai 25, 2017 6:45    Titel: one jersey Antworten mit Zitat

There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, [url=]Authentic Andrew Adams Youth Jersey[/url] Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.
These were euphoric scenes and though it has been a harrowing few days, the celebrations at the end went a long way to answering the question about whether a football team from Manchester can consider this a happy ending to the season. Mourinho could even be seen kissing a trophy he once felt was beneath him.
It completes the set for United, the only trophy they had never won before, and changes the complexion of how their season will be remembered. [url=][/url] Mourinho has won 12 of his 14 finals as a manager and two in one season is more than some of United’s rivals have managed in the past decade. He even tried to make a case it was even more, telling his players not to forget the Community Shield and instructing them to hold up three fingers as they waited to lift their latest prize.
It also means United will return to the Champions League next season but, more than anything perhaps, it also presented an opportunity to dedicate the prize to their city. Manchester will not be healed by the loud, defiant songs and, yes, it was supposed to be a minute’s silence before the match rather than another opportunity to applaud and sing. In its own small way, however, there was still something deeply moving, uplifting even, about those chants, over and again, in honour of the city. “Manchester, Manchester, Manchester,” they sang.
The backdrop to this final had been difficult in the extreme but, as Mourinho had stated, United had a job to do and they went about it with all the qualities that would usually be associated with one of his teams.
Granted, that does not mean the exhilarating football of the great United sides, leaving the Ajax coach, Peter Bosz, to make a number of pithy remarks about long-ball tactics and the difference in terms of size and physicality. Bryant Reeves Womens Jersey That, however, seems like a debate for another day bearing in mind everything that happened in Manchester on Monday. “We want to dedicate it to all the victims,” Ander Herrera said. “The manager told us the only thing we could do was win it for them.”
It culminated with Wayne Rooney running on as a last-minute substitute so he was in place to lift the trophy that had come their way because of the goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. If this was Rooney’s goodbye it was a nice way to go and none of those players cavorting about the pitch will care that Bosz called it a “boring game”. Mourinho made his own point. “There are many poets in football,” he said. “But poets – they don’t win many titles.”
The only downsides came with the conduct of the Ajax fans who tore up seats at the final whistle and Herrera’s attempt to get an opponent sent off by pretending he had been felled by a headbutt. That apart, United can reflect on a hugely satisfactory night and Mourinho can hardly be blamed for taking advantage of the fact he had the bigger players.
United’s second goal was the case in point. Marouane Fellaini, such a difficult, awkward opponent, could not reach Juan Mata’s corner but his presence alone unsettled Ajax’s defenders. Chris Smalling was behind him to head the ball into the six-yard area and Mkhitaryan hooked in a clever, improvisational finish.
Ajax’s starting line-up had an average age of 22 years and 282 days, including six players of 21 or younger, with a 17-year-old in the centre of defence. What they did not have was big-match experience and their teenage striker, Kasper Dolberg, identified beforehand as one of their main dangers, lasted just over an hour before being substituted. As Posz admitted: “These young kids are not used to playing in finals.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Fr Mai 26, 2017 3:15    Titel: my Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

It was actually David Luiz who had first volunteered the word “risk” in relation to his return to Chelsea. He was on the turf at Stamford Bridge last Sunday conducting a post-match interview in French with William Gallas, his team-mates’ title-winning celebrations crackling all around and a Premier League winner’s medal round his neck, when it cropped up in passing as he lingered, momentarily, on the life he had left behind at Paris Saint-Germain.
The theme was revisited in a stuffy media tent at the champions’ Cobham training base on Thursday but whereas the Brazilian had addressed Gallas through a beaming smile, this time his response bordered on the prickly. Babe Ruth Womens Jersey Probably with good reason. Why did he consider his return to Chelsea to be a risk? “You know,” he snapped back, albeit through a smile that hinted at disbelief. “If you want me to be honest, be honest with me. Of course, you know. I was winning everything in Paris. I was there for two years and won all the titles in France. I had a great life, great credibility with the club … I had everything.
“But then I took a risk to come back to the one country that was not that happy with me. Where they always criticised me a lot even after winning the Champions League, the Europa League or where I’d played all the games. That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. If you don’t take risks in your life – in your professional life but also in everyday life – you never feel anything new, so I [chose to] taste something new. I don’t like to stay always with the easy life but I’m happy now because I took the right decision.”
There is no arguing with that. David Luiz is a natural born winner. Securing the Premier League means he has won the title in Portugal, France and England, to go with the Champions League and Europa League from that first three-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea.
He boasts an FA Cup winner’s medal from 2012, despite sitting out the victory over Liverpool with a hamstring injury picked up in the semi-final – he would play the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in considerable pain but still end victorious – and goes into Saturday’s showpiece with Arsenal hoping to win another while influencing matters on the pitch.
The list of honours is startling and yet there had been incredulity when news filtered through late last August that the centre-half was returning from France. Therein lies the source of David Luiz’s frustration. Life at PSG may have been as comfortable as it was successful but the real risk was confronting the reception that was waiting back in England, where so many assumed he was the same entrancingly flamboyant but error-prone player who had departed for £48m in 2014. Antonio Conte had been scouring Serie A for solid, dependable types. The Brazilian’s reputation hardly fitted that mould.
Yet his displays this season have proved the watching world wrong. Admittedly, he has benefited in the middle of a three-man defence, where he can be the ball player with more rugged and safety-first team-mates at his side, Adam Duvall Womens Jersey but the anticipated litany of blunders has simply not materialised. These days the mistakes are so rare – there was one difficult afternoon at Old Trafford, when Marcus Rashford was in the mood, but precious few others – that they feel exceptional, which would explain his bristling at the regular reminders of failings first time round. “I heard a lot of bad things when he arrived, that he was ‘not a defender’,” Conte said. “But we were sure we were signing a really good player we could lift up again to be one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world. He has good technique, he’s strong, he starts our possession and has the personality to do this.”
That spell in Paris did change him. The Brazilian was always highly motivated and competitive, and retains that joyful zest for life, but his game developed at PSG. He returned a more accomplished player and a more mature man, even if the wild celebrations of the past few days have brought flashes of the free-spirited David Luiz back into the public eye. Where once he tapped into a reputation as the joker in the dressing room, these days he considers himself one of the motivators; a leader. He has taken N’Golo Kanté under his wing, ensuring the quiet man in the Chelsea midfield is properly involved, part of the gang. They are an unlikely pair but the 30-year-old saw it as his responsibility to make the new man feel at home.
Similarly, where many at Chelsea once feared David Luiz’s focus was continually being drawn to a possible move to Barcelona, now he is settled, content and at ease with his surroundings. He has moved – not back to central London, where he used to own a penthouse flat overlooking Putney Bridge, but to sleepier Surrey. “And, if you want to know about the money, I cut my salary to come back here,” he said. “But it’s OK, God has given me a lot, so I’m happy with this. Did I come back different? Always the same question … I think I try to improve as a person, as a brother, as a son, as a friend every day.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Fr Mai 26, 2017 7:44    Titel: already jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Wayne Rooney says he has made up his mind about whether to leave Manchester United and has “lots of offers” to consider after becoming such a peripheral figure at Old Trafford he has been excluded from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and is facing the end of his international career, comprising 119 caps and 53 goals.
Rooney was a late substitute in the 2-0 win against Ajax in the Europa League final, enabling United’s all-time leading scorer to lift the trophy, but that could conceivably have been his last appearance if, as expected, the striker now tries to find a team where he can play more regularly.
“There are lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and that’s what I have to decide on,” Authentic Adidas Alex Womens Jersey Rooney said. “I’ve got some decisions to make now over the next few weeks so I will talk with my family and then I’ll decide. I think I have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do, I’ll do that the next few weeks with my family while I’m away and as soon as I know what’s going on I’m sure you will.”
Rooney’s diminished position at Old Trafford has led to him being left out of Southgate’s last two squads, having been omitted from the 25-man party for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow on 10 June and the friendly against France in Paris three days later. Southgate also left him out of England’s games against Germany and Lithuania in March and, at the age of 31, Rooney’s 14-year international career could be over.
“Listen, first of all I’ve always been a team player,” he said, to the question of whether a player of his stature had found it difficult adjusting to life on the sidelines. “This year, I’ve never once sulked or let my head drop. I’ve understood what was best for the team, I’ve tried to help when the manager’s played me.
“Of course I want to play. I want to be on the pitch, of course. A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated. I think I understand what’s right and what’s needed for the club, and I respect that. Obviously I’m happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies, and that’s the way it’s been over the last year. That’s the decision I have to make now – whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football.”
Rooney was asked whether, deep down, he had already made up his mind. “More or less, yes,” he said. “I still believe I could [play every game]. If you’re asking me if I’m a better player now than I was 10 years ago then obviously I’m not but I still feel I’ve got other qualities that can help the team.”
Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, has talked about the possibility of the striker returning to the club where his career started and, though Rooney did not directly mention that option, he reiterated that he would not be tempted by any other English teams. “I’ve played for two Premier League clubs and they’re the only two Premier League clubs I’ll play for.”
It is certainly hard to see a way back for Rooney on the international scene after Southgate’s squad decision placed him firmly behind Marcus Rashford, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the pecking order
Southgate said: “We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays. I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches – he’s had some matches now but we’ve got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli. I can’t dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place.”
When asked what this meant for Rooney’s international future, Southgate added: “I’ve showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment’s right then we will involve them in the squad. Adidas Calle Jarnkrok Youth Jersey You never write off a player of Wayne’s quality and I’m sure that, next season, he’ll be back to playing. He’s finished the season a bit better and I’m sure he’ll take that into next year.”
Turning to the two matches he is preparing for, the England manager said: “The Scotland game is one of football’s great fixtures. We’re in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that’s what we want to achieve.
“France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we’ve done that by playing Spain and Germany already. They’re teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve. A game in the Stade de France will be a brilliant occasion for the players.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Sa Mai 27, 2017 3:56    Titel: Whilst Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Garry Monk’s Elland Road departure has sparked an early post-season scramble for his services after the former Swansea City manager resigned just two days after Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover of Leeds United.
Monk, who was appointed head coach on a rolling 12-month contract only last June, Anthony RendonYouth Jersey tendered his resignation before Leeds activated a clause allowing them to extend his stay until the end of next season. The 38-year-old quit with several Premier League clubs and newly relegated sides seeking a manager but his contractual situation at Elland Road is also understood to have influenced his decision.
Monk is now scheduled to speak to Middlesbrough, who had been very close to appointing Nigel Pearson. However, with Crystal Palace, Watford and the recently relegated pair of Sunderland and Hull City also on the look-out for new managers, Monk will top many of those shortlists.
The former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is an early favourite for the Leeds post. Victor Orta, former head of recruitment at the Riverside under Karanka, has been targeted for a technical director’s role at Elland Road.
Radrizzani, an Italian businessman, completed his buy-out of Massimo Cellino only on Tuesday. He immediately signalled his intention to activate the 12-month option in Monk’s rolling contract but the former Swansea City manager wanted a new, longer-term deal.
In a statement, however, Leeds claimed Monk’s head had been turned before a meeting with Radrizzani on Wednesday and the new owner insisted a long-term contract was an option. Radrizzani tweeted: “Shocking news from GM. We were keen to do 3 years deal. We never receive any request from him and his agent. No regrets, we did our best.”
Leeds had previously stated: “We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by chairman Andrea Radrizzani. Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the club’s option to extended the manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer-term deal.
“Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract. Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.”
Monk brought a period of relative stability to Leeds amid the turbulence of the Cellino era and was the first head coach in three years to serve a full season at Elland Road. He led the team to their highest league finish since 2011 and spent most of the Championship campaign challenging for the play-offs until a poor late run ended their prospects of promotion. Alexander Radulov Womens Jersey Despite a sequence of one win in the final eight matches, Leeds’s new owner was keen to continue with Monk but must now begin the search for the club’s seventh managerial appointment in three years.
Monk tweeted a statement which read: “My intention was always to remain at Leeds and I saw myself at this fantastic club for many years to come. However, ultimately, no agreement could be reached.” Monk, who spent 10 years as a player at Swansea before taking over as manager in February 2014, leaves Leeds without compensation and is available to take another job immediately. He won 48% of his league games in charge, the fifth-highest percentage in the club’s history.
The Leeds statement added: “Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new head coach to take the club to the next level. We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that we could not continue on this journey together.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Mi Mai 31, 2017 2:13    Titel: Chandler Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

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“If you have a core of a team that has that connection to the local community, who can explain to people when they arrive at the club what it all means, Chandler Parsons Youth Jersey it makes a big difference,” said the Palace chairman, Steve Parish. “Wilf and Punch were brought up round here. They’re from the same streets and have experienced the same problems as the kids they’re now inspiring. They sense it.
“The first thing Puncheon did when he signed for us from Southampton was buy a [hospitality] box, which I thought was quite good because no one wants their family to watch them be bad. The gaffer has made him captain and he has grown. He’s gone all serious now whenever I try to talk to him. You can see what it means to him emotionally. So if you can get a club like Palace pointing in the right direction with the local community behind it, you can achieve extraordinary things. That’s what you need at a club this size. You’re not going to outgun people with money or resources, so you’ve got to do it a different way.”
The rebranded Foundation – with Ed Warner, the chairman of UK Athletics and a fan for 40 years, taking on the role of chair – is Palace’s attempt at doing just that. Andrelton Simmons Youth Jersey The vast majority of clubs run community schemes geared towards retaining that status at the hub of their locality, with Palace for Life to concentrate efforts on 11 core programmes through Bromley, Sutton and Croydon, one of the country’s 10 most deprived boroughs but a hotbed of football talent, and potentially up into Lambeth.
“A lot of non-statutory youth provision has been lost, given austerity and cutting back on public services at local level,” said the Labour MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna. “There is simply not enough for our young people to do out of school to channel their energy, so the kinds of initiatives the Foundation does are vital.”
It worked with 9,143 participants in 2015, more than three times the number from 2012 when Palace were in the Championship, on its various programmes, from mentoring the disadvantaged to promoting physical and mental health. More than half were under 12. The hope is the numbers will grow, particularly with Palace close to securing a fifth consecutive season in the top flight for the first time. They host Leicester on Saturday, eager to build on five wins from six matches.
Sam Allardyce strode around the pitch at Selhurst Park watching the club’s Down’s syndrome team training, the children occupying the central third of the turf while a Premier League Kicks session and an elite academy game were staged on either side. Matt Sharp from Palace’s powerchair football team was also present; the Foundation, benefiting from donations from the Julián Speroni fund, the Premier League and the BT disability programme, has purchased a chair per player. Each costs £6,000.
Those present heard testimonies from people such as Angel O’Dwyer, who grew up on Stroud Green estate a few miles from Selhurst Park and, having been doggedly persuaded to participate, freely admitted she “would have been in prison or dead” without the Foundation’s support. “It is about giving young people a better chance in life,” said Warner. “There is so much this football club can do with the power of the Palace brand in south London, in areas of deprivation, to change the lives of young people in the community. Palace for Life is the hidden gem of this football club.”
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BeitragVerfasst am: Mi Mai 31, 2017 4:49    Titel: scrutiny jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Picture the scenario. Arsenal are at home to mid-to-low ranking Premier League opposition at the beginning of next season. They concede and, try as they might, they cannot find the equaliser. It is a match that has been played out plenty of times over the second half of Arsène Wenger’s long tenure – the shock Emirates Stadium defeat that is, actually, not that shocking.
Do the fans: a) Take the phlegmatic view that these things can and do happen? Or b) Boo the team off, lose themselves in a pit of existentialist despair and blame Wenger?
There would be many who chose option b and, if Wenger is honest, the proportion would be significantly higher than the “1%” he spoke about on Saturday night – the guesstimate he put on the dissenters after the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea. Chris Heisey Womens Jersey As a part of the same topic, it is worth revisiting Wenger’s pre-final comment about those fans. “The lack of respect from some has been a disgrace and I will never accept that,” he said. “I will never forget it.”
It is unusual to hear any top manager slating the supporters of his club – however small the perceived number – and it is without precedent for Wenger. The first thing to say is it is not a good look, even if the sentiments expressed were understandable in the light of the pummelling he has taken in recent times. More importantly, it is not something that tends to end well.
Wenger is looking ahead to yet another cycle at his club, the one he has shaped as a 21st century entity, but it does not feel like a brave new world, rather a combative one in which hostility teems under the surface.
It has long been said Wenger is only ever one defeat from an Arsenal crisis. Why should it be any different next season? Those who have campaigned to oust him are unlikely to be ready to shrug off a defeat like, say, Watford at home. The looming confirmation that Stan Kroenke, the club’s majority shareholder, has decided to stick with the status quo does not feel as though it has the capacity to fire a surge of excitement.
The upbeat reading on the continuation of the Wenger saga relates to the theme of reinvention, which he has spoken about lately. It is usually said the 67-year-old will never change his ways, even when something new is needed, but, since his switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation at Middlesbrough on 17 April, his team finished the season with nine wins out of 10. Wenger had not played with three at the back since his first season at the club, in 1996-97.
Some of the players have spoken about how the system has provided them with greater security, in the wake of the destructive run of seven defeats in 12 matches in all competitions. “You can lose the ball but still have seven guys behind the ball,” Per Mertesacker said. “We have had a lot of players in the important zones of the pitch. We’ve had five plus two [midfielders] protecting the box without the ball, and three guys up front doing their thing – a great balance.”
It has hardly been revolutionary stuff, given how Antonio Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation in September was the springboard for Chelsea’s title push, but Wenger deserves credit for adapting in times of crisis. Will it remain his modus operandi next season?
Moreover the Cup final triumph, in which Arsenal outplayed the best team in the Premier League, offered a tantalising glimpse of what might have been and what could yet be if they were able to bottle up the performance and uncork it throughout a season. It provided a genuine note of optimism and those with their glasses half full will want to overlook the fact the club have tended to finish seasons strongly.
Wenger believes he is only two or three top-level players from making the team competitive at the top of the table and there are plans behind the scenes to streamline various structures around the manager. [url=]Carl Banks Youth Jersey[/url] Yet this has been heard before. For example, Wenger began this past season with what he described as his “most mature” squad in years, after adding strength in key areas. “It’s the first time for a long time I’ve had a team of what you can call men, ready to compete,” he said. That soundbite has lost its sheen.
The bottom line for Wenger is he must win the title to arrive at vindication, because second place – as we saw in 2015-16 – or lower, is not enough. That runners-up finish was surely the most underwhelming in Premier League history; there was only finite enjoyment for the fans in being able to laugh at Tottenham Hotspur, who they jumped above on the final day.
Manchester City have hit the ground running in the transfer market before next season and it has long been accepted Arsenal cannot compete with either Manchester club or Chelsea when it comes to fees and wages. [url=][/url] As an aside, Wenger’s recent record of digging out unpolished gems does not bear scrutiny, although Alex Iwobi has been a hit and Rob Holding has shown promise.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Do Jun 01, 2017 2:52    Titel: ultimately Jersey Antworten mit Zitat

Gareth Bale fought through the pain, obliged to take pills to get him through training and matches, but he concedes that the Champions League final in his home city might still have come too soon for him to start. Authentic A'Shawn Robinson Womens Jersey Real Madrid’s Cardiff‑born forward admitted that he returned too soon after surgery on an ankle ligament injury sustained in November and that he is not yet fully fit. He said he was prepared to play a substitute’s role in the match with Juventus at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, after six months of suffering.
Bale’s ligament came away from his right ankle during a Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon in November and although he came back to action to score on his return against Espanyol 88 days later, he was still struggling with the effects of the operation, even though calf problems were cited as the immediate cause. Bale admits that he may have returned too soon and he was forced to withdraw in the first half of the clásico on 23 April. The 27-year-old has not played since, although he is in full training with team-mates as he works towards Cardiff.
The debate in Spain has been over whether it would be Isco or Bale who starts the final but the Welshman appeared to have few doubts that it would be the Spaniard who gets the nod. Although he described the final as “very special” he will accept that. Indeed, he appears to expect that. It has been a long road back and it is not yet over.
“I am not 100%: I haven’t played for six or seven weeks: I obviously had my operation which still really hasn’t recovered,” Bale said. “If I’m called upon to start, I will start obviously. But to last 90 minutes: I haven’t played a lot of football this year since my operation, so that would be difficult. Isco has been playing fantastically well for us, at the end of the season, so whatever the manager decides I will [accept it]. Whether he or I start, we’ll both be cheering each other on.
“I’m sure [Zidane] will speak to us and I’ll find out at some point, but I have been working hard, training now the last few days. We had a practice game on Saturday and I came through it all unscathed. I feel strong, feel fit, [but] obviously match fitness is a different thing.
“It has been a difficult season, so whatever I am required to do [I will do]. I obviously have battled hard to get fit for this, and whatever is the best for the team is the most important thing: to lift that Champions League trophy is the most important thing.”
As Bale explained the recovery process, he gave the strongest indication yet as to the gravity of his injury, the difficulties he faced and possible mistakes made in his rehabilitation, and the doubts it provoked. Babe Ruth Youth Jersey The time out of action has at least allowed him to focus more fully on a more fundamental, underlying problem: the rehabilitation of the ankle, which was still incomplete.
“The last six or seven weeks have enabled me to rest my ankle a bit and really try to get it a bit better, and obviously recover from the injury which it caused,” Bale said. “I am not 100%, but I have been working hard, double sessions the last few weeks, to get myself as ready as I can, whether to start or to be involved at some point.
“I have been playing with a lot of pain. Even when I came back, I was taking tablets to get through games and training. There have been moments when I have had to consider other things with my ankle.”
Bale did not clarify what he meant by “other things”, whether that suggested more radical treatment, or perhaps even more difficult decisions, but he did say: “It has just been difficult to come back from the ankle operation. Obviously, any surgery is difficult, but in the middle of a season is always that bit more difficult.
“You want to come back as soon as possible. In hindsight, I should have stayed out a bit longer and let it heal and strengthen. But obviously that wasn’t the case, I’ll live and I’ll learn, and now I can concentrate on [the injury].
“I have had to work tirelessly hard, double sessions, being away from my family a lot working hard on it. It has been difficult, physically and mentally, but the most important thing is to try and get myself to be ready at some point for the game, whether that is starting or coming off the bench.
“It has been difficult for sure. It has been difficult since coming back from my operation, but it is one of those I have really worked hard towards. Even if it wasn’t the Champions League final I would have been working hard to get back as much as I can, but obviously this is a massive game: we ultimately want to win the Champions League. And it is massively special for me personally, as it is where I was born, where I grew up. Any Champions League final is special, but this is a little bit extra special.
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