Zidane: Madrid deserved to beat Atletico

first_imgZinedine Zidane feels Real Madrid did enough to pick up victory against Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s El Derbi stalemate.Madrid created the best chance of the game at Wanda Metropolitano, with Jan Oblak producing a fine save to keep out Karim Benzema’s header 15 minutes from time in the goalless draw.The point was enough to take Zidane’s men back above surprise package Granada into top spot in LaLiga, but the Frenchman wanted more from the match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We deserved much more, but what I have to do is congratulate the players since we have been supportive again and we kept a clean sheet,” he said at his post-match news conference.”It’s not just intensity, but what’s important is our strength. We saw a strong Madrid because we didn’t concede a chance. We lacked in creativity but we’re happy with what we did.”Eden Hazard had another quiet match, the Belgium international failing to register a single shot before being replaced by James Rodriguez in the 77th minute.Zidane admits Hazard, who joined from Chelsea in June for a fee that could reach €168 million, still has some way to go before reaching the levels he hit at his former club. “He lacks little things. We have to stick with him. He’s done a good job, but we haven’t had many chances,” he added.”We have to highlight everyone’s work. We’d like him to score because it’ll release him, but there are no problems, we’re sure it’ll come.”Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid 2019-20Zidane echoed the views of skipper Sergio Ramos, who had mixed feelings after keeping a third league clean sheet in a row.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” Ramos told Movistar at full-time.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet. “But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space. This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”The defensive side of the game is something we’ve been working on. Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.”Madrid return to action on Tuesday with a home match against Club Brugge in the Champions League, before hosting Granada in LaLiga next Saturday.last_img read more

Man Utd warned McGinn’s price tag has ‘shot up’

first_imgManchester United have been warned off making a move for John McGinn, with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith saying the midfielder’s price tag has “shot up”.The Scotland international was linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the summer, with it suggested that he could have a £50 million ($65m) valuation on his head.He had not graced the Premier League at that stage, having helped Villa to Championship play-off glory in 2018-19, but has continued to shine among English football’s elite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career McGinn has been talked up as the kind of player that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be advising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils board to keep an eye on.Smith is aware of the rumours and how talented a prized asset at Villa Park is, but he has no intention of sanctioning a sale of speculating on what could happen in upcoming transfer windows.He told reporters when quizzed on the McGinn speculation: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”Villa are under no pressure to sell as they are backed by owners who have shown a willingness to continue investing, rather than cash in on those attracting admiring glances from afar.They also have McGinn tied to a long-term contract through to 2024.Breaking that agreement will not be easy for any sides plotting an approach, with Villa confident that they will be the ones to benefit from the 25-year-old’s ability for the foreseeable future.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season.“He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.”McGinn contributed seven goals and 10 assists to the Villa cause last season, with another three efforts recorded in 2019-20 as Smith’s side have made a solid start to life back in the big time.last_img read more

No. 2 Gonzaga could soon be No. 1 after rolling past BYU

first_img BIG PICTUREBYU: Childs averages 21 points and Haws 17.8. … BYU is seeking its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2015. … Childs, Haws and Nick Emery all have more than 1,000 career points.Gonzaga: Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring at 90.3 points per game … The Bulldogs are outscoring WCC opponents by an average of 28 points.UP NEXTGonzaga plays at Pacific on Thursday night and finishes the regular season Saturday night at Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs are trying to go undefeated in the league for the first time since 2013. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: The Bulldogs won their seventh consecutive league title and will be the top seed at the conference tournament in Las Vegas in early March.Gonzaga made 10 of its first 13 shots to jump to a 23-15 lead.After BYU closed to 31-26, Norvell scored eight of Gonzaga’s next 10 points to push the lead to 41-28.Gonzaga led 51-38 at halftime behind 18 points from Norvell and 57 percent shooting.Perkins hit a 3-pointer to put Gonzaga up 58-44 early in the second.BYU couldn’t cut that lead to single digits, in part because leading scorer Childs picked up his third and fourth fouls early in the second.A 9-0 run lifted Gonzaga to a 73-53 lead with 10 minutes left.The Cougars suffered through a 1-for-13 drought and Gonzaga extended the lead to 87-56 with just over five minutes left, capping a 23-3 run. Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr., top, shoots over BYU guard TJ Haws (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Share:center_img No. 2 Gonzaga could soon be No. 1 after rolling past BYU Zags win 102-68, might replace Duke atop AP poll Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: February 23, 2019, 9:53pm GO SPOKANE — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 25 points, Rui Hachimura added 23 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Gonzaga beat BYU 102-68 on Saturday night, clearing the way for the Bulldogs to possibly be ranked No. 1 on Monday.Josh Perkins had 21 points and seven assists for Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0). The Bulldogs have won 18 in a row, the longest streak in the nation, and have clinched the West Coast Conference regular-season title.Yoeli Childs and TJ Haws each had18 points for BYU (18-12, 10-5). The Cougars have lost two straight.Gonzaga seeks to replace Duke at No. 1 on Monday, after the Blue Devils lost to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday before rebounding win at Syracuse earlier Saturday.last_img read more