Golden Jaguars intensify preparations

first_img… overseas-based players here and readyBy Ras WadadaTHE Golden Jaguars will hold twice-daily sessions today and tomorrow at the Leonora Stadium as they get ready to depart for Suriname to begin their third-round campaign at the weekend.The 22-man squad, which comprises 12 foreign-based players, will be cut to 20 tomorrow after the final training session, which takes place under the watchful eyes of head coach Jamal Shabazz and his assistants Wayne Dover and Andrew Hazel (goalkeeper).Early yesterday morning US-based midfielders Brandon Beresford and Wayne Creavalle as well as Mexico-based Anani Mohamed arrived in the country to join the squad and in the afternoon, they were involved in a tree-wrapping exercise at Camp and Lamaha Streets in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Chronicle Sport caught up with the trio after the ceremony and got some comments.Brandon Beresford, who plays for the Rochester Rhinos in the USL, was delighted to once again be a part of the Golden Jaguars and sees the upcoming games as crucial, “It has been a positive mood in the camp since I arrived and I am looking forward to the two games which I think will be the 2 biggest games for me as we are close to qualifying for the Gold Cup.“Although I have scored several times for Guyana at the international level and am always looking for an opening to score, this is not my primary task now, but definitely if the opportunity presents itself I will take that chance,”, the 24-year-old stated.Mohamed, who has just signed with Mexican division two side Atalante has also donned the national colours, debuting in 2011 at 19 years and is happy to be back in Guyana for the 3rd time, ”This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for my personal career, but for Guyana’s football. I am happy to finally reunite with the Golden Jaguars.“This is definitely the biggest moment of my career which began in the San Francisco Bay area and I must say we are in a good position to qualify for the Gold Cup for the first time. I am truly honoured to be part of the Jaguars again and look forward to the two games, especially the one against the Reggae Boyz.”First-timer to the Golden Jaguars, Creavalle is a 5-year MLS player with the Philadelphia Union and claims he is fulfilling a dream.“Representing Guyana is something I have always thought about in the past, so being here is like a dream come true. It is a great feeling to be in the country of my Dad’s birth for the first time and I must say I already feel connected. I am eagerly looking forward to the games and hope my experience can add to the team’s performance,” the 26-year-old central midfielder said.last_img read more

CWI continues to support the PCL

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) continues to streamline and improve the Professional Cricket League (PCL) in the region for the sake of development of the sport.The board’s initial arrangement was to fund the league for a couple years and then let the territories take over but according to CWI director and president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath, “CWI has and will continue to take care of the PCL financially, in order to keep the players employed and to offer them the comfort of knowing that there is a salary there for them and they can concentrate on their cricket.“We have seen so much positives come out of this arrangement that it has been one of the better programmes put in place in West Indies cricket for a very long time now.The idea which was initially touted by the president of CWI, Dave Cameron, has really taken off and with stiff economic times being experienced all over the Caribbean, the territories found it difficult to find investors.“This by no means indicated that the PCL was not good. In fact, having discussions with investors in my capacity as president of the TTCB, many of them have indicated that the PCL is what would take West Indies cricket right back up the ladder.They have been warning though that we must continue to work the model all the time to make sure we have the right equation in place and we have been doing that at the CWI.”This year, the PCL will enter its fourth season, having bowled off in 2014. “We are looking towards another good season in the PCL and what is great to see is that the selectors are paying attention to the players who go out there week after week and represent their franchise.The path is clear for our players. All they need to do is put down the hard work, go out there and perform well and they will be playing for the West Indies.”The six franchises, hailing from each of the West Indies territories, compete in the Regional Four-Day Competition yearly.They are also automatically included in the Regional Super50 Competition, which takes place during the first quarter of each year.These competitions are to not only prepare the regional players, but also give the selectors an opportunity to efficiently select the Test and One-Day International squads respectively.The franchises are: Guyana Jaguars, Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, T&T Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Jamaica Scorpions.last_img read more

Trojan tandem plays with the big boys

first_imgThe World Cup. The Super Bowl. The World Series.Every sport has its championship competition.Big stage · Daniel Nguyen, along with soon-to-be teammate J.T. Sundling, gets his shot at the US Open. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanFor tennis, one of the more renowned and prestigious competitions is the US Open.Today, USC sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman J.T. Sundling will compete in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., at that very tournament.“It’s definitely one of the highlights in my tennis career,” Nguyen said.“This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” Sundling added.It’s not much of a surprise that the two teenagers, who have known each other since they were nine, would find success as a doubles pair. Nguyen played a key role in USC’s NCAA team championship in May and while Sundling leaves high school as one of the more decorated players in the nation.To earn a wildcard entry into the tournament, the pair, who had the No. 1 seed, won the Boys 18s National Outdoor Hardcourt Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich. Each year the doubles and singles champions earn a draw in the US Open.“Well we were both really excited before we got here, but once we got here and we see how they treat all the players, it’s pretty amazing,” Sundling said.But the road to the US Open has not been easy for the Trojan duo. While they defeated their first four opponents in Kalamazoo in straight sets, semifinal competition proved to be more challenging.Nguyen and Sundling lost the first set 4-6 to Mitchell Frank and Junior Ore, but came roaring back in the second to take it 6-0. The third set ended in a 6-4 decision for Nguyen and Sundling, advancing them to the final round.The final round was no less of a challenge. With Sundling serving at 4-5 in the first set, Sekou Coker Bangoura and Nathan Pasha had several opportunities to close out the set. Sundling and Nguyen, however, fought back to take the set 7-6(2) and the next set 6-3 to secure their ticket to New York.“The semis and the finals were tough,” Nguyen said. “We almost lost the first set in the final. We were down three set points so it was really close.”Sundling and Nguyen are no strangers to the Kalamazoo tournament. Back in 2006, when the duo first teamed up, they walked away with a doubles championship in the Boys 16s age group. That should have earned them a ticket to the US Open juniors, but luck was not on their side and they did not receive the wildcard entry.This year, however, a dream becomes a reality for both Sundling and Nguyen as they take off for New York to compete against world-class tennis players.“I’ve been dreaming about it since I was a kid, being here with all the tennis players that I look up to,” Nguyen said. “Just seeing Roger Federer in the locker room and saying, ‘What’s up?’”As expected when dealing with a tournament as prestigious as the US Open, the first round competition for Sundling and Nguyen will be far from easy. First up for the Trojan duo are Maximo Gonzalez and Juan Monaco of Argentina.The Argentinean pair has enjoyed steady careers in professional tennis, with Monaco earning more than $2 million in prize money. In 2008, Monaco and Gonzalez teamed up at the US Open and reached the semifinal round before being eliminated.“We’re just going to take each match point by point and see how it goes,” Nguyen said.Former Trojan and NCAA doubles champion [with now senior Robert Farah] Kaes Van’t Hof will also compete in the US Open doubles competition.In the 2009 NCAA season, Nguyen teamed up with Abdullah Magdas in doubles en route to a team title. Magdas has since completed his eligibility and will be the only member of the 2009 championship squad not returning. Sundling, however, seems like he’ll fit in just fine on the championship team as well as possibly in the role of Nguyen’s doubles partner.“We complement each other,” Nguyen said. “He’s got a big serve and I’ve got a great return.”last_img read more

Arsenal Moves to Third after Win against Newcastle

first_imgNewcastle’s Matt Ritchie produced a fine diving header on the goalline to deny Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman doubled Arsenal’s lead late on when he calmly lofted the ball over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.The visitors’ best chance fell to Salomon Rondon, but his low shot was pushed wide by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal were 10 points behind Tottenham at the start of February but this victory took the Gunners two points clear of fourth-placed Spurs and United in fifth with seven league games remaining.This victory was a 10th home league victory in a row for Arsenal, their best run since a similar sequence from December 1997 to May 1998, as Unai Emery’s team continued a strong second half of the season that could see them secure a return to Champions League action after a two-year absence.Arsene Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge of the Gunners ended with regular protests among the fans as they watched their team drift away from Europe’s elite.But Emery, in his first year in the English game, has galvanised the side with his brand of free-flowing attacking football and this result took them to 63 points – the same that the Gunners managed under Wenger in all of 2017-18.Arsenal started with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench, but they still had 71% possession and were simply too strong for their opponents.The hosts thought they had taken a 12th-minute lead, but Ramsey’s volley was ruled out as Sokratis was adjudged to have fouled Florian Lejeune.But the Welshman, who missed his country’s two matches during the international break, scored 17 minutes later with a low strike after DeAndre Yedlin’s clearance inadvertently fell into Ramsey’s path.The home fans were nearly celebrating again just before half-time, but Lacazette’s powerful effort was spectacularly headed off the line by Ritchie with Dubravka beaten.After Sokratis headed wide and substitute Aubameyang had a shot saved, Arsenal got the second goal they deserved through Lacazette’s calm finish after Aubameyang’s flicked-on header set up the chance.The only negative from the evening was Ramsey, who will join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, going off with an injury midway through the second half.It was a tough night for Newcastle as they saw little of the ball and spent a lot of the time chasing it unsuccessfully against their dominant opponents.The visitors only had one shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, when Rondon proved too strong for Sokratis but saw his low strike pushed wide by Leno.Even though Arsenal central defender Shkodran Mustafi looked a weak link as he repeatedly lost the ball, Newcastle struggled to create chances.Indeed, they did not have a shot on target after the break with Ki Sung-yueng shooting wastefully wide from the edge of the area in a rare opportunity to equalise, before Lacazette sealed the three points for the home side in the 83rd minute.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram RACE FOR TOP FOURArsenal beat Newcastle at Emirates Stadium to move above Manchester United and north London rivals Tottenham and go third in the Premier League.Aaron Ramsey, who had an earlier effort disallowed following a foul, put the hosts ahead with a fine low strike from 15 yards out.last_img read more

Black History in the City of Miramar!

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis invites the community to join the City for a month-long celebration of Black History during February which is also Reggae Month.The City has various family-friendly events planned for residents to gather, learn and reflect on the accomplishments, history, culture and contributions of Black Americans in Miramar and throughout our nation’s history.View the events below:last_img

LV Bet names Jarosław “Pashabiceps” Jarząbkowski as new brand ambassador

first_img Malta-licensed online betting group LV Bet has named former member of the “” organisation, Jarosław “Pashabiceps” Jarząbkowski as its new brand ambassador, who will work with the operator in promoting esports.The cooperation between LV BET and its ambassador aims to strengthen brand recognition across the internet and among Polish market players interested in esports.“We are pleased to take this exciting next step into the world of esports so quickly. We have oneof the most popular esports players in the world playing in our team. Our players are becoming more and more active in the field of e-Sports every month. Thanks to this, we at LV BET, are able not only to develop our product but also expand our activities in new markets, which can undoubtedly include esports” said Łukasz Kieza, LV BET Poland Country Manager.The new agreement will see Jarząbkowski and the operator collaboratively develop marketing initiatives, including across the operator’s social media, custom actions and dedicated promotions, both online and offline.Earlier this year, LV Bet expanded its English football profile, confirming that it had become the ‘Official Betting Partner’ of the ‘Vanarama National League’.The National League represents the highest level of football of the National League System, which oversees amateur/semi-professional club football within England. LV BET nets German Ice Hockey sponsorship deal February 28, 2018 Share LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 Submit LV BET nets Vanarama National League betting partnership May 7, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Black Stars avoid Nigeria in play-off draw

first_imgGhana is amongst Africa’s top five seeds for the final qualifying for the 2014 World Cup but Tunisia take the place of the disqualified Cape Verde.The Black Stars and four other group winners from the second round qualifiers, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Nigeria and Tunisia based on the FIFA ranking following Cape Verde’s disqualification for fielding an ineligible player.Tunisia whom Cape Verde fielded an eligible player against in their Group B campaign thus qualify for the final round.All five teams will avoid each other in the draw for Africa’s third round qualifying.The Confederation of African Football -CAF, announced the seeding on Thursday.Ghana can draw either Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal or Cameroon for the two-leg ties, with the winners going to the finals in Brazil. With the seeding revealed following Thursday’s release of the FIFA World ranking, all is set for the final round draw which will take place in Cairo on 16 September to determine the pairings.Top five seeds in Pot 11. Ivory Coast2. Ghana3. Algeria 4. Nigeria5. TunisiaUnseeded five in Pot 26. Egypt7. Burkina Faso 8. Cameroon9. Senegal10. Ethiopialast_img read more

Bombers shot down at Lethbridge Bulls tourney, finish tied for third

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe McCoy High Colts battered Bomber pitchers around through most of the game en route to a convincing victory in action at the Lethbridge Bulls Invitational High School tournament Saturday in the Southern Alberta City.The loss dropped LVR into a tie for third spot overall in the tourney.Connor Bojey started the game for LVR with Austin Tambellini getting a taste of the heavy-hitting Colts in relief as the Medicine Hat squad dominated the Bombers.
McCoy is the top-ranked Tier I team in Alberta.On the other side of the frame, the best the Bombers could muster offensively was three hits by Adam Wheeldon, Dallon Stoddart and Bojey.LVR, improving to 10-8 on the season with two wins in three attempts in Lethbridge, opened the weekend with a thrilling 9-8 win over the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.Wheeldon pitched a complete game win for LVR, allowing 10 hits, four strikeouts while surrendering four walks.Wheeldon was helped to the win by a pair of outstanding plays in the field by Curtis Pereverzoff and Clay Rickaby.Wheeldon, Stoddart, Cole Laughton and Daine Olenek led LVR offensively, each collecting two hits.However, this game came down to a two timely hits by Nolan Renwick and Tambellini in the seventh to help the Bombers nail down the victory.The Bombers exploded offensively against the Winston Churchhill J.V. squad, pounding out a 14-4 win.Ben LeMarquand powered the Bomber attack with four singles while Bojey added three singles.
 Eric Madore chipped in with a single and a double while Connor Banks had two hits.Cole Laughton picked up the win, pitching a complete game. Laughton finished the contest tossing a six-hitter while fanning four and walking two.The Bombers finish the season with a doubleheader still scheduled against the Grand Forks Wolves. No date for the contest has been set.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgMichael Machowsky2455221%$141,230 BETTER TRIP IN STORE FOR STELLAR WINDFIRING LINE TO MISS LOS ALAMITOS DERBYO’NEILL, REDDAM ON FIRE WITH JUVENILESESPINOZA PRESSER AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER MONDAYTARA‘S TANGO SET FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS Alex Solis3773519%$279,544 Mike Smith3688422%$651,096 Martin Garcia3073423%$245,660 Carla Gaines2244118%$203,080 WHO:              Victor EspinozaJockey of Santa Anita-based American Pharoah, who with his victory at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.Prior to 2015, Espinoza had two previous chances at winning the Triple Crown, with War Emblem in 2002 (trained by American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert) and California Chrome in 2014. He is the only jockey in history to have had three chances at winning the Triple Crown.Has won a total of seven Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby three times, Preakness three times and Belmont once). Espinoza has won five of the last six Triple Crown races. He also owns two Breeders’ Cup victories and the 2014 Santa Anita Derby.Is the first Hispanic jockey to win the Triple Crown and at 43, is the oldest to claim the feat.Standout jockey based at Santa Anita Park; resident of Sierra Madre Martin Pedroza92716148%$375,474 Bruce Headley1341231%$117,490 William Spawr2444217%$136,530 Philip D’Amato52158629%$882,110 Ignacio Puglisi4856210%$189,580 Fernando Perez11221171119%$791,730 (Current Through Saturday, June 13) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux6051278%$317,124 O’NEILL, REDDAM ON ROLL WITH TWO-YEAR-OLDSDoug O’Neill and principal owner J. Paul Reddam are on a roll with 2-year-olds.O’Neill, in pursuit of his fourth Santa Anita training title, has won four races this meet with juveniles, all owned by Reddam and three sired by Square Eddie: Ralis, Mrazek, and Found Money. The other, Nyquest, was sired by Uncle Mo.“The Square Eddies are runners,” said O’Neill, who captured Santa Anita titles three straight meets from 2004-05 through 2006-07, and leads Richard Baltas by one, 18-17, after 30 days this meet.“This is the third crop of Square Eddies to race,” O’Neill said. “They’re precocious, they’re smart, they’ve got a lot of class and they’ll carry it two turns as well. They’ll run on turf or dirt; they’re very versatile horses.” Found Money and Mrazek are nominated to next Sunday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track. Joseph Talamo12522102518%$886,498 TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING JOCKEY ESPINOZA AVAILABLE TO MEDIA MONDAYSanta Anita-based jockey Victor Espinoza returns to Southern California late today for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown triumph, ending a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner.WHAT:Espinoza will be available for a group media session at Santa Anita’s“Clockers’ Corner” Monday morning. Espinoza, currently in Kentucky, will return to California late Sunday for the first time since winning the Triple Crown.Due to his busy schedule, Monday will be the only opportunity for media to have accessto Espinoza until the following weekend. He will conduct an informal group media session, and will not be available for one-on-one interviews. Flavien Prat12221241317%$1,306,940 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Tim Yakteen1643025%$142,430 Ricky Agarie2241518%$140,440 Felipe Valdez9681598%$364,430 Edwin Maldonado778141410%$376,926 John Sadler56791013%$546,374 Peter Miller701517721%$612,950 STELLAR WIND BACK ON BEAM FOR SUMMERTIME OAKSTeam Sadler is inclined to draw a line through Stellar Wind’s fourth-place finish in theGrade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1, and expects a return to top form in next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks for the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who reeled off three straight wins before her eventful trip at Churchill Downs.“The whole week was speed-dominated,” said trainer John Sadler’s long-time assistant, Larry Benavidez of the foray to the Blue Grass State. “After the first eighth of a mile, you knew she had no shot.”Stellar Wind broke from the No. 12 post position in a field of 14 for the Kentucky Oaks. Daily Racing Form’s trouble line reads, “Steadied early, 9 wide.”Purchased privately by Hronis Racing LLC after an 8 ¾-length victory last Dec. 18 at Laurel Race Course, Stellar Wind paid quick dividends, winning the Grade III Santa Ysabel on Feb. 28 and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 before stubbing her toe in the Kentucky Oaks.“She’s had a strong work since she got back, going 11 and change last week (1:11.60 for six furlongs on June 10), and she’s doing well,” Benavidez said. Stellar Wind will again be ridden by racing’s “Triple Crown Man,” Victor Espinoza. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas52176433%$848,520 Gonzalo Nicolas9166147%$239,308center_img Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 Tiago Pereira671111716%$462,980 Rafael Bejarano14637282225%$1,766,946 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won WHEN:           Monday, June 1510-11 a.m. (approximately) Santiago Gonzalez8581669%$352,454 Doug O’Neill8918161020%$772,088 Tyler Baze17826282715%$1,610,080 FIRING LINE DEALING WITH FOOT AILMENT Firing Line, who finished closer to American Pharoah than any of his opponents to date when beaten only a length by racing’s newest Triple Crown winner in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby July 4, trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning.Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher, missed a scheduled workout last Saturday due to a sore right front foot.“It’s not quite cleared up and we’ve decided against the Los Al race,” Callaghan said. “I think it could develop into an abscess, but it’s not major. We’ll get him right and hopefully look for a summer campaign.” Gary Stevens2463425%$576,100 Richard Mandella39119428%$807,140 Mike Puype56812714%$485,520 Vann Belvoir454669%$159,950 CONTACT:    Brian Robin661-349-2147 FINISH LINES: Tara’s Tango, runner-up to Fantastic Style in the Angel’s Flight Stakes May 16, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14 for next Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks. “The distance should be OK for her,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the daughter of Unbridled’s Song for Stonestreet Stable LLC. Tara’s Tango won her first start going five furlongs at Del Mar last July and was second in two subsequent sprints . . . Hollendorfer reports Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief “doing fine” as he recovers from an injured right hip suffered in the Charles Town Classic, but said he “wasn’t sure what the time frame is” on the gelding’s return to the track . . . Bargain claim Motown Men worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 Sunday under Tyler Baze for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27. “Awesome” is how trainer Ted H. West termed the move by the Tiznow Stakes winner . . . Kent Desormeaux and Martin Pedroza will be at ThistleDown Racino Saturday to ride War Story for Tom Amoss and Whiskey Ticket for Bob Baffert, respectively, in the $500,000 Ohio Derby. Brayan Pena565239%$116,530 Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Robertino Diodoro2764322%$232,130 Media should enter through Gate 8:From I-210, exit Baldwin and go South 7/10 of a mile to Santa Anita Park.If possible, please advise in advance that you will be coming, and after exiting the freeway, call your PR contact (Brian Robin – 661-349-2147 cell or Greg Ball – 760-271-9183 cell) so we can meet you as you enter.Go left just before the sign for the Westfield Mall (which abuts Santa Anita’s property. Stay to the left and do not enter the mall parking lot.Stay left at the fork along the hedges (going right will take you into the main parking lot) and pull up to the guard shack.Your PR contact will meet you there, get you parked and get you situated at Clockers’ Corner. Kristin Mulhall2145019%$117,550 Mark Glatt5067812%$277,114 Eddie Truman1972337%$284,678 Mario Gutierrez4583818%$368,848 WHERE:         Clockers’ CornerSanta Anita Park285 West Huntington Dr.Arcadia, CA  91007(DO NOT FOLLOW GPS DIRECTIONS TO THIS ADDRESS. INSTEAD, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW). Mike WillmanDirector of Publicity – Santa Anita Park818-437-0786 Jeff Bonde1641325%$187,790 Drayden Van Dyke10113121113%$592,468last_img read more

“This is where uncles are seen; children, to put them aside …”

first_imgWhat happened to the team to enter this bad streak? “Football are results and the team has not changed in many things. We have lost games playing well, as against Levante. We played a great game but we were not fine in the face of the goal. The goal ends up penalizing you. The team has continued to work and that’s the best way. That’s the way we are. When the results do not go with it, it’s easy to talk. We’re looking forward to playing, talking less. We have an ideal opportunity to hit the table by winning. There’s no time to lament, that’s why we forces us to continue working with the same desire. The results just arrive “.Do you feel more respected at the arbitration level in Europe than in Spain?“Persecuted perhaps not. The philosophy at arbitration level in Europe is different from the Spanish, they are more permissive in certain things. I have been taking care of the relationship with the referees and except the anecdote of the previous chapter, which I think is something personal, I think I have a good relationship with the referees. “Lack of goal “The opinion is respectable, but we have all the season and nobody talked about lack of goal. If they did not put the top were the back. In recent games we have not grown up of opportunities, I think it is opportunistic. The team does many things positive and I don’t think we miss the goal because we haven’t done it during the season. “Remove Guardiola. “I have a lot of respect for him, he is a great coach with a lot of experience and his numbers speak. What motivates us is the Champions League and the next thing is to beat the City. Beating Guardiola is casual, it is not a plus. The motivation over us, just we think about going on. If we win a joke, it could fall, but the motivation is to listen to that hymn and move on to the next phase. “Renewal. “They have been talking about it for a few weeks and we go through the great club for a moment in all aspects, so there is no hurry from anyone. We will come to an understanding regardless of what the club wants. I understand that with a certain age make it a year. They are trying to create a distancing with the club that does not exist, we are thinking about the Champions League and LaLiga. If the club wants me to continue, here I will continue. “Possible penalty. “I don’t think he said anything out of place or disrespected. We live in a democratic country where you can say what you think. I don’t think the limit we must not cross has passed.” Motivate as captain. “We try to forget the latest results, which have not been good, but it is the same. Regardless of how we arrived in the Champions League you can go wrong and end up making a great game. It will be a very hard duel against a complicated opponent. It will be a special day.”Bale, headline ?. “As captain I am not to judge what players do in their personal lives. We are older and professional to know what we have to do.”Hazard. “That he recovers as soon as possible because it will be important in the coming years and that the more players are available to the coach, the better. That Zizou does not know who to put is good.”He also appeared at the press conference in Istanbul. There Madrid was also going through a pothole … “It was the group phase and some bad result, because I like to go out and show my face. I feel more comfortable when things go wrong than when they go well. The most delicate moment comes because the margin of error is minimal. An error against City or in the League on Sunday can cost you a title. A lot of pressure is generated and this is where you really see the uncles, the children have to be left aside. It is a week to demonstrate and you have to talk in the field and not out. “Sanction to the City. “Maybe when you see that it can be the last in years it can be an extra motivation. Fortunately it is something we do not have to live. The Champions League is special and a very good focus for great players, both for good and for bad.” .Defensive strength. “We will try to continue in the previous dynamic, with few spaces between the lines and attentive to aid, perhaps in that we have placed little emphasis. It is not just a thing of the back, just like when we win we do it all.”Fears. “The greatness of this club is to reset you every year and not settle for what you have won or what you have not. You cannot be lamenting. You cannot have that fear of being eliminated. Have the utmost respect for the opponent, but convinced that things will go well, then many things can happen but the opponent can not notice any weakness. “Nerves in last games. “We are going to try to resolve these matches before the last minutes. Even the games that we didn’t win did good things. We have to be critical and try to improve. When there is a result that is not good and in those last minutes at the Bernabéu it is created a rewarding energy, but if we do not live it better. We must not be uneasy if the goal does not come, because Madrid is difficult to forgive facing the goal. You can do a game or two, but more is difficult. “Unresolved at home. “In the end when the results do not come out at home, it is a feeling that you are indebted to the fans. That uneasiness is transmitted to the players and it is put against them, but many times we feel in debt because we like them to go home happy The pressure is this shield, the one who signs here knows it, it is an added pressure that goes into everything, it is what makes you different and makes you great. “Zidane, never eliminated in the Champions League. “He is the first who knows how to handle the nerves. We will try to continue not falling eliminated in this phase, but we have a very complicated opponent. Be ourselves, play with the same personality and not be afraid of the rival.” Sergio Ramos attended the media at the press conference prior to the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City. The captain of Real Madrid analyzed the white news.What goes through the head in the Champions League? “The Champions League is always special, the anthem is an extra motivation for the players and the fans. It is no coincidence that we have that historic record. There are plenty of words. It is a privilege for me to play Champions League games. It is exciting and motivating.”last_img read more