The previous rounds of the Cup was presented as a balm for the complicated beginning of 2020 that is being lived in Can Barça. The dismissal of Valverde as a coach after the fiasco of the Super Cup, the arrival of Setién and the criticisms of his style, together with the loss of the leadership in the League, presents the Cup as an appointment that should not be taken baladí if you do not want to increase tension In front will be Athletic, who arrives after beating Tenerife in the penalty shootout, second consecutive round that manages to pass from eleven meters which has been 23 times champion of this tournament.Granada is one of the First teams that has struggled most throughout the tournament against teams of lower category, but still managed to survive. He has survived three extensions in four rounds. Los Cármenes will receive Valencia, the current champion of the tournament. And the Mirandés, the only Second of the draw, will have to measure the Villarreal, which comes to eliminate the Lightning.Copa del Rey quarter-final matchesReal Madrid – Real Sociedad. Check available tickets.Athletic – Barcelona. Check available tickets.Granada-ValenciaMirandés-VillarrealThe four winners in this round will manage to get into the semifinals, qualifying where the matches will already be played round (February 11 and 12) and back (March 3 and 4). There will be no conditioners of any kind, nor a field factor if the Mirandés manages to qualify. The first to leave in the draw will act as a local in the first game and a visitor in the second. The draw of the Cup has led to dueling of dint in quarters, a round in which the final can almost be seen. Madrid will have to face each other with Real Sociedad and Barcelona will face Athletic. A duel between the teams with the most titles in this competition (30 versus 24). Valencia, the current champion, will have to beat Granada on its way to revalidate its crown. Mirandés and Villarreal will face each other for a semifinal ticket. The quarterfinals will be played on days February 4, 5 and 6, also a single party.The First Division teams have finished with the modest ones, the big beneficiaries of this co-operation conversion, and they have reached seven teams this phase, although for this many of them fell (Sevilla, Atlético, Betis …). In the resistance to the First, the Mirandés, of Second Division, who has managed to classify this round is alone Placing the biggest face and with the dream of repeating the 2012 deed, getting into the semifinals. He will do it to his people, because that is how the draw conditioned him to the being of a smaller category.The Royal Society, which will have to visit the Santiago Bernabéu, gets in the only title that Zidane is missing. The French showcases are full of trophies conquered during his career as both player and coach, but the Cup is the only one that has been resisted in its two stages. For your peace of mind, Madrid arrives at the highest moment of the season, having overcome the turbulence of the first stages of the campaign, with a Super Cup lowering the arm and a leadership. The latter will have to defend him this Saturday against Atletico, a battle that will not be less and that could bring the fatigued targets to their appointment with the KO tournament. The Donostiarras have reached this round eliminating rivals of the First such as Osasuna and Espanyol.
And in Wanda Metropolitano Atlético is the irreproachable Jekyll. He has only lost a match in the League, against Barcelona. Accumulate four draws (Valencia, Madrid, Celta and Leganés) and six victories (Getafe, Eibar, Osasuna, Athletic, Espanyol and Levante). The rojiblancos at home have yielded only eleven points, while outside, where the strange thing is that this season is not Mr. Hyde, they have been 19. He has won only three rivals at home (Betis, Mallorca and Leganés) and has lost at the Bernabéu, Ipurua and Anoeta.Granada at homeBut on Saturday against Granada, against which he tied in the first round in Los Cármenes, play at home with only one intention: make pineapple to face everything that comes. It’s called climbing the Champions positions. It’s called Liverpool in ten days. The train of the season goes through that tie. Those of Diego Martínez have added eight points as a visitor this season with two victories (before Espanyol and Celta de Vigo) and two draws (Villarreal and Valladolid) and have accumulated seven defeats, quite the opposite of their home, where they won seven rivals this season back to First. This 2019-20 Atletico has two faces in many aspects. In the first parts, in the second. Outside the home, in his stadium. Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll. The bad results of January, in which he only won a match, against Levante on day 4, have caused him to lose third place in the table he achieved at the end of the first round. At the moment it is sixth, out of the Champions League positions, and on Saturday receives a Granada, tired yes, for playing Copa during the week, but also euphoric, for his elimination to Valencia. And he plays in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Valencia already has the mind set on the Champions. After Friday’s game, Ches face the Atalanta visit with positive feelings. And although against Atlético the Celades team could not finish the bad run against those of El Cholo, has not beaten them since 2014, on Wednesday they will try to break another curse and achieve what the club has never achieved in 100 years of history: win in San Siro.San Siro, or Giuseppe Meazza, is the stadium where the black and white entity has played the most times when he has played European competitions. And despite the six visits to the Italian fief, he has never been able to return to Valencia with a victory. Nor in the Champions League, where he has reaped two draws and two losses. Not in Europa League or Fairs Cup where he accumulates two draws. The challenge of winning out in the round of 16In addition to winning in a stadium where they have never been able, those in the capital of Turia also have the challenge of breaking another bad streak that resists them: win as a visitor in the round of 16 of the Champions League.There are seven occasions in which Valencia has been able to advance the Champions League group stage in history but He has never been able to win in the first tie in the rival stadium. Neither in Paris (1-1), nor in Gelsenkirchen (3-1), against Schalke, not even on his own San Siro, against Inter Milan (2-2), the Valencians have been able to impose themselves on their rival. Of those three qualifiers he only passed the round in which he played against the Italians.Further, before the round of last 16, when the group stage passed directly to the rooms, Valencia could not win at home in that first round of qualifiers. Not in front of Inter in 2003 (1-0); not before him Arsenal in 2001 (2-1); nor when it was measured at Lazio a year before (1-0), nor before the Hungarian team Ujpest, in the year 1972 (2-1). If they beat Atalanta, those of Celades will take away from the Valencian entity two slabs that have weighed throughout its centennial history and that in just three days they can be forgotten forever. The curse of San Siro It has not only been applied when they have played against Inter or against A.C Milan. The che visited the site in the 2001 Champions League final in the unforgettable defeat against Bayern Munich.On Wednesday, they will travel to Milan again to avoid facing any of the teams that usually occupy it and Although it will not be a neutral stadium for Atalanta, Bergamo will not play at home, not even in their city.
In the same way, the CNMC urges LaLiga “not to include reservations of rights that are not justified, nor obligations in the field of advertising and / or sponsorship,” that “clarify the scope of the content of the lots and set the criteria for the assessment of the requirements for its adjudication, to ensure the achievement of a transparent and competitive procedure “, and that “reform those aspects indicated in the report contrary to the principles of advertising, transparency, competitiveness and non-discrimination in the procedure for submitting offers and awarding rights “.“The CNMC recalls that the marketing proposal presented by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will be subject to articles 1 and 2 of Law 15/2007 on the Defense of Competition (LDC), and 101 and 102 of the Treaty of Operation of the European Union (TFEU), in all those aspects that exceed the protection provided by Royal Decree-Law 5/2015, “he said. The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has urged LaLiga to modify its proposal for the international commercialization of the rights to exploit LaLiga Santander’s audiovisual content for breaching “certain requirements” established in Royal Decree-Law 5/2015.As reported on Friday by the CNMC, in his last two reports prepared at the request of the body chaired by Javier Tebas and under those established by the Royal Decree, “made a series of observations that have not been taken into account in the elaboration of this proposal”.Thus, asks you to “limit the audiovisual content being marketed at the times mentioned in article 1.1 of Royal Decree-Law 5/2015 ” and that “it adheres to the faculties that have been granted in the Royal Decree-law. “That is, ‘the joint marketing’ of the audiovisual rights included in the scope of the standard and adapt the content of the commercialization of rights to this faculty,” warns the commission.
Dembélé’s credit at Barça is exhausted. The Catalan club has already warned the player that the third year was his last chance. That he should improve his performance on the field, limit his injuries and improve his habits off the field. For whatever reason, that has not happened. It’s more. It has been Dembélé’s worst season at Barça. The Catalan player has played 9 games out of 37 possible, 492 minutes out of 3,330 possible (14.77%). In the previous two seasons, he had played 23.7% and 46.35% of the minutes respectively. In total, Dembélé has played 75 games out of 154 possible and 4,215 minutes out of 13,860 possible. Since he has been at Barça, then, he has only played 30% of the minutes, an unsustainable amount for such an expensive incorporation.Barça would be left without credibility if it sustains one more season with the French under the supposed illusion that it breaks as a player. Among other things, because when he has been on the field of play, and except for specific moments, Dembélé has not been a determining player either.. At least, not continuously. If he fails to sell it, a circumstance more than possible due to its poor performance, a loan like Philippe Coutinho’s last season is not ruled out. At the moment, Dembélé is still in his limbo. Ousmane Dembélé (15-5-1977) has been teleworking much longer than his colleagues. Operated on February 11 of his tenth injury as a Barça player, a rupture of the proximal tendon of the femoral biceps of his right thigh, the Frenchman has accumulated almost a year of absence (344 days) since he arrived at the Barça club in the summer of 2017 . In fact, his six-month low forecast projects his days to 514 days without being able to work for the Barça club. An outrage for a footballer that cost 105 million euros plus 40 in variables.Dembélé lives in a sporting limbo even in these days when the uncertainty of the calendar allows many injured stars, Luis Suárez or Hazard among them, to get excited about the possibility of reappearing before the end of the season. For French that is impossible. Dembélé’s official discharge time is six months, so he will not be able to return to the playing fields officially until August.
In this sense, the one-year extension could come in handy for Arias. He is one of the candidates to leave Atlético in the summer, as he has a difficult time becoming important under Cholo, although his individual performance has not been good when he has had to play. So, if he goes out and ends up in a team where he can exhibit his qualities, he will win back Queiroz’s trust facing the Playoffs and the Copa América 2021. So it seems the situation for Arias more complicated. The winger not only lost in direct competition with Trippierbut after the return of Vrsaljko, East it has also exceeded in Simeone’s preferences. The Colombian has only played in one of the last nine games (66 ’in Valencia) and, being the third right back, It will be tough until you enter the calls.Queiroz, without going very far, came to see him at Atlético-Liverpool, but Arias was one of the discarded. The rojiblanco is still a regular with Colombia, but the coach has other options on his mind. Ear, from Gremio, is postulated as the side of the moment in the coffee team, and even manages the idea of Stefan Medina, from Monterrey. Herrera is a landline with Mexico long before coming to Atlético, but he also played regularly at Porto. Now, with Simeone, although he had a lot and at a high level during a good stretch of the competition, he has run out of room. He was injured just before the Bernabéu derby on February 1, and since then, largely due to recovery, he hasn’t played for a minute. At Anfield, for example, he stayed in the stands.Not his fault, but it would have been difficult for him to imminently recover his position at Atlético and that could have affected him in the face of the Copa América. In fact, Tata Martino himself recently regretted the low participation of Herrera and several colleagues from El Tri. Between now and 2021, many things can change and perhaps the medium has recovered a more relevant role, the one it had until its injury without going any further: not indisputable, but important. The break in the competition and the consequent America Cup postponement (and the Euro Cup) for 2021 the plans of all the coaches and many players have changed. Some of these, because they were seen in the final call; and others, on the contrary, because they saw that they were leaving the train. In Atlético, of the latter, there are the cases of Héctor Herrera and Arias.
Junior’s position at Barça should not be comfortable. Condemned to be substitute for Jordi Alba almost by decree despite the fact that the performance of the starting winger has dropped this year and to be a recent investment (Barça paid 18 million euros to Betis and signed 12 in variables), the winger sees all the days in the press names of wingers that are linked to the azulgrana club and that suggest that he could leave Barça only a year after his arrival.This Monday, up to three sides appear on the Barça horizon. Mattia De Sciglio (27 years old) appears as one of the names on the table in the Juventus-Barça talks that have Arthur and Pjanic as the main protagonists. De Sciglio can play in the lateral position on both sides. Meanwhile, Sport reports Barça’s interest in Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa. Junior, meanwhile, continues to dream of succeeding at Barça. Despite certain criticisms that discuss his level to wear the Barça shirt, he is a player with self-esteem and with an improvement mentality. The player’s intention is not to move from Barça, but in the current scenario, very few players have their future assured and they are all on the market. What Junior can see is that left-handed sides don’t stop appearing on newspaper pages.
Kemal Malcolm’s most productive goalscoring form in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could land him a much coveted contract with a foreign club.The Arnett Gardens representative, who has so far scored 10 goals this season to be third on the goalscoring table behind leaders Dino Williams with 14 and Cory Burke 12, is being eyed by Salvadorean First Division club Pasaquina.”There is an offer coming for me but nothing is sealed yet. My focus is with Arnett Gardens now, but when I put pen to paper with any other team, then I can say whatever,” the former St George’s College Manning Cup star confirmed with The Gleaner on Sunday.Then, he netted the winner for his team in a 2-1 success over Waterhouse in the Red Stripe Premier League.For Malcolm, who had a short spell on the US College circuit after leaving St George’s, this opportunity will represent the realisation of a dream.”It is a wonderful feeling. I am overwhelmed because as a youngster, my aim was always to play professionally overseas, so to get an offer to play overseas makes me very grateful and very happy. That shows that something is going on with me, that I am doing something good,” the lightning-quick attacker said.The opportunity, Malcolm said, was facilitated by his former teammate, McKaully Tulloch.”This opportunity came about because of my friend, McKaully Tulloch. He hooked me up with his agent and the agent made some clippings of me with the goals that I have scored so far this season, and a few teams were interested. Pasaquina was one of them,” he explained.Malcolm said he is satisfied with what Pasaquina has put on the table, but the only stumbling block to this move could be the value placed on him by Arnett Gardens.”I think Arnett Gardens will want something for me, and that is where the problem is going to be if there will be one. Because of the fact that I am scoring frequently now, they would not want to let me go,” he reasoned.With the Salvadorean league set to kick off in the middle of this month, Malcolm is hoping that things are sorted out quickly.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy’s aggressive, unbeaten half-century led a determined lower-order rally as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets with a ball to spare in their final official warm-up game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.Rocked by seamer Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over to be tottering on 49 for five in the ninth over, West Indies recovered brilliantly to reach their target of 162 at Eden Gardens, thanks to exactly 50 off 28 balls from Sammy.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed 33 from just 14 deliveries, while Andre Russell blasted 29 from 15 balls, as West Indies scored over 10 runs per over in the final half of the innings as they gathered 106 runs from the last 59 balls.The revival started with a 23-run, sixth-wicket stand between Sammy and Russell and continued with an exhilarating 53-run, seventh-wicket stand off 23 balls between Sammy and Brathwaite.Sammy belted six fours and a six, while Russell counted a four and three sixes.But it was Brathwaite’s cameo which included three fours and two sixes that gave West Indies much needed impetus.He and Sammy combined to plunder 17 runs from the 15th over sent by pacer Mitchell Marsh, and they followed up by taking another 17 runs from the next over from seamer Andrew Tye (2-35).When Brathwaite perished in the same Tye over, Sammy and Ashley Nurse, who finished on 12 not out, then posted a vital 37 in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to see West Indies home safely.Hazlewood’s hat-trick had earlier handed Australia the advantage. He claimed Jason Holder promoted to opener for six with the second ball of his second over and then bowled Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo without scoring off successive deliveries.Opener Johnson Charles (14) and Denesh Ramdin (11) also fell cheaply to leave West Indies in deep trouble.Opting to bat first earlier, Australia started strongly but were pegged back by medium-pacer Bravo and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, to finish on 161 for nine off their 20 overs.Bravo claimed four for 21 and Benn, three for 37, as the Aussies declined from 106 for one in the 12th over to lose eight wickets for 55 runs.Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 60 from 39 balls, striking four fours and four sixes. He put on 76 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 33 from 24 balls and a further 30 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith, whose 36 required 29 balls.Brathwaite was brilliant in his three overs of seam, taking three for 16.West Indies will now turn their attention to their opening group game of the T20 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where they take on England on Wednesday.
Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange describes the West Indies men’s team as “true and worthy champions” after they became the first team to win the ICC T20 World Cup twice.Grange also congratulated the women’s team for winning their first-ever ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, calling it “a giant step forward for women in sport”.”It is really a historic occasion and I’m really happy that I’m the minister at this time. We won the Under-19 World Cup and now added the men’s and women’s ICC T20 World titles,” said Grange.The Caribbean men edged a pulsating four-wicket win over England in the grand showdown at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, with Carlos Brathwaite smashing four mighty sixes in the final over.IMMENSE PRESSURE”Like every West Indian, I was nervous, too, with 19 runs required from the final over. But Carlos Brathwaite showed that he has a big, big heart. He believes in himself, and his calmness under such immense pressure is indicative of his quality and sheer class. Marlon Samuels was outstanding as well. It was his innings that was pivotal in making this victory possible.But overall, this team has proven throughout the tournament that they are true and worthy champions and it’s a victory most deserving for the entire region and all West Indians around the world,” said Grange.West Indies Women defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in the earlier final.”Today is another giant step forward and a great moment for women in sports, especially for those of us from the Caribbean,” the minister said.”I must reserve special praise, though, for women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor, who I know personally as a little girl growing up in Gordon Pen in my constituency.”As the first woman to lead the West Indies ladies to their first-ever world title, she’s now a part of history that can never be eclipsed.”Grange added: “I am also pleased to tell the country that I will be resuscitating and fast-tracking plans for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School.”Continuing, she said: “We must not overlook the contributions of the West Indies Cricket Board, the coaching and management staff, the sponsors and ardent fans. They have all played their part in this momentous occasion for West Indies cricket, which, undoubtedly, remains an emblem of regional integration, pride and joy.”