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  • Tabarez: Uruguay hurting after Brazil ro...

    Coach Oscar Tabarez conceded he and his Uruguay side were left hurting following their crushing 4-1 defeat to Brazil in World Cup qualifying. Uruguay opened the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash on Thursday but the hosts were unable to stop a rampant Brazil, who were led by ...

    Tabarez: Uruguay hurting after Brazil rout

    Coach Oscar Tabarez conceded he and his Uruguay side were left hurting following their crushing 4-1 defeat to Brazil in World Cup qualifying. Uruguay opened the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash on Thursday but the hosts were unable to stop a rampant Brazil, who were led by Paulinho's hat-trick and Neymar's stunning lob. The result saw Brazil move seven points clear of second-placed Uruguay in the CONMEBOL standings as Tabarez's men lost a World Cup qualifying match at home for the first time since 2009 - a run of 14 games. Suarez and Iniesta want Isco at Barca "It hurts, although we are professionals we have passion for this and when we do not get what we want, it hurts," Tabarez said post-match after being without suspended duo Luis Suarez and Fernando Muslera. "Sometimes these hard knocks give us a clearer picture of where we are. "You never know what you're going to find in a football game. [The result] was not one of the possibilities I considered to be more likely. "There is nothing to say, Brazil defended very well and were very forceful." Uruguay are back in action on Tuesday, travelling to Peru.

  • Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona ...

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and ...

    Sergi Roberto backs Unzue for Barcelona job

    Sergi Roberto has backed Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed Luis Enrique at Barcelona and predicted he would be a "great coach" for the La Liga champions. Luis Enrique will stand down at the end of the season with his current assistant Unzue, Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde and Real Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan leading the race to take over at Camp Nou. Roberto, the Barca hero in their dramatic 6-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, came through the ranks at La Masia and believes Unzue's ascent to the top job would be good for continuity purposes. Wenger: Suarez wanted to join Arsenal! The Spain midfielder told TV3: "It would be a great way of maintaining Barcelona's philosophy. We have a great relationship with him. "Even though he is technically in charge of strategy, he always gives us very good tips overall. "He would be a great coach for Barcelona." Barca will face Juventus in the Champions League last eight after their 6-5 aggregate defeat of PSG and Roberto accepts it is another tough assignment. "As your typical Italian side, they are a stout defensive team," he said. "Moreover, their attacking players are incredibly skilled, so we know that advancing to the semi-final will be far from easy. "Winning another Champions League would be very exciting, there is no doubt about it. "I wouldn't say it is a priority for us, but it would mean a lot to win it after the comeback."

  • Iniesta and Suarez want 'incredible' Isc...

    Andres Iniesta has described Isco as "incredible" while Denis Suarez says the Real Madrid star would be welcome at Barcelona. Isco has been strongly linked with a sensational move from Madrid to Barca, with his contract due to expire in 2018 and talks over a renewal on hold unti...

    Iniesta and Suarez want 'incredible' Isco at Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta has described Isco as "incredible" while Denis Suarez says the Real Madrid star would be welcome at Barcelona. Isco has been strongly linked with a sensational move from Madrid to Barca, with his contract due to expire in 2018 and talks over a renewal on hold until the end of the season. Reports in Spain this week have suggested Barca would pay the 24-year-old a huge signing-on fee if he ran down his deal at Santiago Bernabeu and then moved to Camp Nou on a free transfer. Messi rescues apathetic Aguero And Iniesta, who is with the Spain squad for the games against Israel and France along with Isco, praised his international team-mate's quality. "He is a fantastic player, with an incredible talent," Iniesta told reporters. "For many years he has been doing things very well and he is playing for one of the best teams in the world. "He is an important player not just in the national team but in his club. He is young and has many years to grow and improve." Suarez, meanwhile, feels Isco would be a welcome addition to Barca but urged caution with any deal still a long way from coming to fruition. "Of course I would like to have Isco as a team-mate, all good players are welcome in our team," he said to Cadena Ser. "Isco has an incredible talent but right now he is under contract with Real.  "We have to wait and see what happens. If he doesn't sign a contract extension, then we can talk." The last player to move directly from Real Madrid to Barcelona was Luis Enrique in 1996, while the likes of Luis Figo and Javier Saviola have moved in the opposite direction. Isco has only started 13 LaLiga matches this season and has suggested he may have to leave Madrid to get more minutes, despite being happy at the club.

  • 'Ronaldo sets the tone in modern footbal...

    Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has acknowledged that many supporters attend matches just to see Cristiano Ronaldo in action. He considers the Portuguese superstar to be the finest player on the planet, and its biggest draw at the box office. Carlos says the Madrid talisman “...

    'Ronaldo sets the tone in modern football' - Roberto Carlos hails Madrid talisman

    Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has acknowledged that many supporters attend matches just to see Cristiano Ronaldo in action. He considers the Portuguese superstar to be the finest player on the planet, and its biggest draw at the box office. Carlos says the Madrid talisman “sets the tone in modern football”, with the bar regarding sporting excellence having been raised during his battle for supremacy with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Who is Ronaldo's newest girlfriend? Ronaldo’s appeal continues to stretch far beyond the Spanish capital and the Santiago Bernabeu, with CR7 now a global brand. He will be the star turn at this summer’s Confederations Cup, having helped his country to success at Euro 2016. And the Brazilian expects the fixtures he graces in Russia to be well-attended, with the mere presence of Ronaldo putting numbers on the gate. The Brazilian said in Marca: "Cristiano Ronaldo sets an example and the tone in modern football. "People go to the stadium just to watch him play and this Confederations Cup is made for him. "I don't know how he does it to remain the best in the world for so long." Benzema: I don't serve Bale & CR7 Carlos has also offered his support to the video assistance that FIFA continue to trial ahead of the Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, with Real Madrid’s institutional director prepared to back any concept that makes a referee’s job easier. He added: "I think it helps a lot because referee's already suffer... now I wouldn't be able to dive as much!" Ronaldo and Real experienced the new technology during their successful Club World Cup campaign in Japan.

  • Another star to have slipped Wenger's ne...

    Xabi Alonso can be added to the list of names Arsene Wenger came close to signing at Arsenal, but ultimately missed out on. The Gunners boss has often spoken down the years of how he was in the market for a number of top talents, only to see them head elsewhere or for interest t...

    Another star to have slipped Wenger's net at Arsenal - Alonso reveals Gunners interest while at Liverpool

    Xabi Alonso can be added to the list of names Arsene Wenger came close to signing at Arsenal, but ultimately missed out on. The Gunners boss has often spoken down the years of how he was in the market for a number of top talents, only to see them head elsewhere or for interest to be shelved. Wenger: Suarez wanted to join Arsenal It has now been revealed that the Frenchman was eager to add ball-playing midfielder Alonso to his ranks while the Spaniard was at Liverpool. With Reds looking to move out a man who would go on to win 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship honours with Spain, Arsenal joined the chase. They were, however, reluctant to meet the asking price of a Premier League rival and Alonso eventually ended up signing for La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about his time at Anfield, Alonso said: “I was really close to Juventus and I was close to Arsenal. Arsenal and Bayern fined by UEFA “But, it was just £3m. Liverpool were asking £18m and both offered £15m – so that’s why it didn’t happen." Alonso formed part of Liverpool’s remarkable Champions League triumph in 2005 during his time in England, before going on to enjoy further domestic and European success in Madrid. League titles have also been snapped up in Germany with Bayern Munich, but the 35-year-old has announced that he is to slip into retirement at the end of the current campaign. Alonso added: “I have been lucky enough to be at great clubs from my hometown club to Liverpool to Real Madrid to Bayern Munich. Pep: Alonso one of the best ever “For me, I’ve played for the best team in England, the best team in Spain and the best team in Germany. That’s what I wanted to have - a nice career. I’ve played with great players and worked with great managers, I’ve learned a lot from all of them. “I’ve been lucky but I have earned that luck. I’ve been in the right place at the right moment a few times. I would never have dreamed to have had such a nice career as this. I like football and this is like a nice football journey.”

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