Real Madrid’s Brazil international midfielder Casemiro has said his team are “lacking everything’” after they scraped a 2-2 draw against winless Villareal in La Liga on Sunday evening. Los Blancos were twice behind in the game and needed to be saved by a brace by previously unwanted Gareth Bale to gain a point against the Yellow Submarine. Bale was sent off for two bookable offences in two injury time minutes after his heroics.The stalemate leaves Real with just one win from their first three Primera Division matches this season after last week’s draw with Vallodolid followed up a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo in their opening game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? They are four points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid who have started the season with three consecutive victories.Combative midfielder Casemiro, who himself missed a golden chance in the first half said his team needed to get better in every area of the pitch.“We are lacking everything,” he told the press after the game “We have to score goals and be better defensively. This is a team. If we defend, we all defend. If we attack, we all attack.”Their early season jitters have seen Casemiro and his Real team-mates come in for some criticism.The 27-year-old understands why the knives are out, but says even more pressure comes from the responsibility of wearing the iconic white strip.”Real Madrid ore obliged to win always,” he added, “this jersey makes it an obligation.“This is a complicated place to play. We had control for 65 minutes but they got into it and scored.“This is the way forward, a draw and keeping adding points. The international break is here and we can change our mindset. You have to keep working.””We had control. We had opportunities. I think that we played well but with this jersey, you always have to win.”It’s normal [to be crticisised] but people have to see the work we do. You have to keep working to get as far as we can in La Liga.”Madrid don’t play in the league again until September 14 against Levante, before their Champions League campaign gets underway away at Paris Saint-Germain four days later.
Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford should embrace Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model, according to former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen. The 21-year-old, who is currently on international duty with England, has previously described the Juventus striker as a childhood hero having watched on as a fan while the Portuguese star was still playing at Old Trafford.While hesitant to make any direct comparison between the two, Meulensteen has urged Rashford to use Ronaldo as inspiration as he looks to follow in his goalscoring footsteps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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 “In many ways, Cristiano is unique because he had such huge belief in his own ability. But I do think that Marcus Rashford has got a similar mindset to be the best player he can – and I think he should use Cristiano as his role model,” Meulensteen told The Mirror.“I’m not saying Marcus can be the next Ronaldo – because I think Cristiano is a one-off talent. Ronaldo is one of the all-time greats who will be remembered alongside Pele, Maradona, Messi, Eusebio, and Cruyff.“But Marcus can create his own reputation as a fantastic player if he wants it badly enough.”Cristiano’s natural instinct was to always try to score the most beautiful goal possible – and that is something I also see in Marcus Rashford. Ronaldo was always trying to find the top corner from 30 yards and win the goal of the season.“I made him realise that he had to become a great goalscorer rather than a scorer of great goals. That meant scoring more goals, not more spectacular goals.“Of course, we worked on his technique for finishing, but we also worked on his thinking process so that he would naturally get himself in the right positions to help him score more goals.”After starting the recent Premier League season with a brace against Chelsea in a 4-0 win, Rashford has failed to score in his past three games for United and also missed a penalty against Crystal Palace. The Three Lions attacker scored 10 goals in the league last season and will be hoping for a few more this campaign as he leads the line in the wake of Romelu Lukaku’s departure. Rashford has made no secret of his admiration for Ronaldo, revealing the first ever match he watched live involved the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. “I used to watch a lot of him growing up, all of his games,” Rashford said of Ronaldo in 2017.”I watched all those clips on YouTube and my first-ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it. It was at Old Trafford and I always remember it. It was in 2003. He scored a hat-trick.”He always played free. No matter where he was playing, he played free and went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that’s when you play your best football.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
“There is a crying need for individuals with experience in local government who are willing to serve the United Nations as short-term volunteers, assisting with such operations,” UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija told a conference of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) late last Friday in Rio de Janeiro.Throughout the developing world, UN Volunteers work in shantytowns and inner cities, often taking up activities in post-crisis areas such as Kosovo and East Timor, where the UN is called upon to fill the gap when government authorities break down or are in transition.Pointing to the challenges posed by urbanization, Ms. Capeling-Alakija called on local authorities to promote strong community institutions that are needed to solve complex problems – including HIV/AIDS – associated with poverty in cities. She urged IULA delegates to take the lead in efforts to expand and redefine volunteerism through city-to-city projects where people volunteer in other countries as “diplomats, advisers and learners.” Ms. Capeling-Alakija also suggested that municipal authorities could look into new forms of volunteer effort, such as the UN Information Technology Service (UNITeS) – a brainchild of Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched in his Millennium Report. The worldwide programme helps bridge the digital divide by mobilizing IT-savvy volunteers to work with developing country partners in the application of technology to human development in such areas as health, education, the environment, small enterprises and micro-finance.