first_imgFREE GENERAL ADMISSION AT SANTA ANITA FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 9 RACE CARD IS AT 11 A.M.FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS TO BE OFFERED IN SIRONA’S SPORTS BAR AS RAMS FACE PATS IN ATLANTAARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2019)–Santa Anita Park will offer fans free General Admission on Big Game Sunday, this Sunday, as the track will present a 9-race program with special early first post time at 11 a.m.Following the races, fans are encouraged to enjoy the Rams vs. Patriots in Sirona’s Sports Bar, located on the Grandstand main floor overlooking the Paddock Gardens.Fans will be treated to an impressive list of Game Day Drink Specials, including $3 Bud Light Drafts (12 oz.), $5 Golden Road Drafts (12 oz.), $8 Micheladas, $6 Margaritas and $6 Baldwin Buck Cocktails.In addition to drink specials, New England Clam Chowder and Bacon-Wrapped “LA” Hot Dogs will be served to all Patriot and Ram fans, regardless of which team they’re pulling for.For additional information on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgMIGHTY BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES AT ONE MILE AS SHE STRETCHES OUT OFF OF DOMINANT WIN AT SEVEN FURLONGS SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019)–Fresh off of a crushing 8 ½ length victory at seven furlongs, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.Chief among her rivals would appear to be the Doug O’Neill-trained Enaya Alrabb, who has been idle since finishing second to highly regarded Chasing Yesterday in the Grade I Starlet Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Los Alamitos Dec. 8.BELLAFINAOwner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.Trainer: Simon CallaghanWith the only bad race on her six-race form a well beaten fourth place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies two starts back on Nov. 2, this daughter of Quality Road bounced back with aplomb in the Grade II Santa Ynez here on Jan. 6, as she pressed the early pace and took complete command heading into the far turn en route to earning a lofty 95 Beyer Speed figure, the best of her career and easily the best Las Virgenes last-out speed figure. An $800,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sales graduate, Bellafina has been favored in four of her six starts and has won four of them. With Flavien Prat back in the irons, she’s strictly the horse to beat as she gets back to two turns for the third time.ENAYA ALRABBOwner: Enaya RacingTrainer: Doug O’NeillA Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo, she broke her maiden two starts back at the Las Virgenes distance on Oct. 25 and despite being ridden by “Big Money” Mike Smith, she was off at 30-1 in the Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8. Attentive to the pace throughout, she came up a head short while earning a career-top 82 Beyer Speed figure. With Smith reengaged, Enaya Alrabb, who will be making her fourth career start, looks like the logical second choice and will hope to step forward in her first start of the year.THE GRADE II LAS VIRGENES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 11 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PMCalf Moon Bay–Joel Rosario–120Enaya Alrabb–Mike Smith–120Bellafina–Flavien Prat–124Mother Mother–Drayden Van Dyke–120Tomlin–Tyler Baze–120Special early first post time for an 11-card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_img$327,565 5 $551,262 AT THE END OF TODAY’S PICK 6 ‘RAINBOW’ 12 7 1 Vladimir Cerin25 31% 8% 21% 20% ITM% Money Won Flavien Prat48 5 54% 5 36% 0 4 11 OMAHA BEACH COULD RETURN TO SANTA ANITA NEXT WEEKOmaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed.Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 KentuckyDerby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.The son of War Front trained by Richard Mandella is doing well but now won’t return to his home base of Santa Anita for another week or so.“He’s still at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, but he’s not quite healed up yet,” the Hall of Fame trainer said Saturday morning. “He’ll be on a plane to California but we don’t have a schedule to know when that is.“It shouldn’t be too long, perhaps a week or so. He is healing from the procedure, but it’s just not healed enough yet to ship him right now.”EQUINE, RIDING STALWARTS POINTING TO GRADE I HOLIDAYThe countdown is on for gold and glory at Santa Anita Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, when three prestigious Grade I races offering $1.5 million will be decided: the Gamely for fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf; the Gold Cup at Santa Anita for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter; and the Shoemaker Mile on turf for three-year-olds and up.Working towards those goals at Santa Anita Saturday morning were Frank E. Kilroe Mile winner Ohio for the Shoemaker and Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box for the Gold Cup.Ohio, a bargain claim conditioned by Michael McCarthy, went five furlongs in 1:02.40, while Gift Box breezed six furlongs in 1:13.60 for John Sadler.Vasilika, yet another bargain claim, is scheduled to work Monday on the training track for Jerry Hollendorfer, with designs on the Gamely.Irad Ortiz and John Velazquez will be among the world-class riders displaying their talents on Memorial Day, as Ortiz is scheduled to pilot multiple graded stakes winner Rymska for Chad Brown in the Gamely and 2018 Kilroe winner Bowies Hero for Phil D’Amato in the Shoemaker, while Velazquez is set to ride last year’s Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso for Todd Pletcher in the Gold Cup.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $551,262Fans at Santa Anita today will be treated to a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six carryover of $551,262.With $121,496 in “new” money contributing to a total Jackpot pool Friday of $644,941, there was no single ticket winner, but 11 consolation tickets with six wins were each worth $5,900.60.The Rainbow Six starts with race five, with an approximate post time of 2:19 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Zoe Cadman talks Preakness contenders at Pimlico Race Course.Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 18th, 2019Improbable galloped at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Baffert)Anothertwistafate on the track at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Wright)Elliott Walden talks about Improbable ahead of the Preakness Stakes.Bob Baffert discusses his pair of stakes contenders this weekend at Pimlico.Jimmy Barnes assistant trainer to Bob Baffert on Improbable.Preakness Memories: Kent Desormeaux recaps Real Quiet’s win in 1998.Preakness Memories: Victor Espinoza highlights War Emblem as his favorite Preakness Victory.Preakness Memories: Gary Stevens talks about Silver Charm in 1997.Cistron works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-17-19Pricing works 5 furlongs. (Proctor) 5-17-19Juggles works 4 furlongs. (O’ Neill) 5-17-19Ashleyluvssugar works 5 furlongs. (Eurton) 5-17-19Friday’s at Shady works 4 furlongs. (Bonde) 5-17-19FINISH LINES: Congratulations to long-time California breeder Terry Lovingier and partners on breeding the one-two finishers in Friday’s third race, Shady Empire, a two-year-old Empire Way colt trained by Jeff Bonde, and Side Street Dave, a two-year-old Govenor Charlie colt conditioned by Gary Sherlock. Both bred in California, each juvenile was making his first start . . . Good luck to owners Sam Waldner and Kevin Bussey, who campaign as Alydom Racing LLC with Jon White‘s 9-5 morning line favorite True Validity in today’s fourth race. The three-year-old chestnut filly trained by Andrew Lerner has won two of her last three starts, was claimed for $50,000 last out, and has been favored in eight of her 10 career races, four times at odds-on . . . The popular Spring Carnival at Santa Anita offers three days of exciting rides, games and entertainment on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. For details, please visit . . . When trainer Jerry Wallace sent out Fast Cotton to win Friday’s sixth race, it was not a one-hit wonder. His father, Jerry Wallace Sr., reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1959 with the iconic song, “Primrose Lane.” 54% Joseph Talamo59 2nd 53% $71,653 4 6 0 $120,779 $158,256 6 Andrew Lerner8 4 42% $170,353 9 Ruben Fuentes70 14% 1st Tiago Pereira66 11 10 46% 2 39% $477,074 STARS GEARING UP FOR A MAJOR MEMORIAL DAY Rafael Bejarano66 Edwin Maldonado37 4 13% 13% $328,414 2 3 4 5 12 8 4 22% 5 $113,225 $271,237 Philip D’Amato35 $634,079 26% 7 7 1 3 2 Steve Knapp20 12 Mario Gutierrez34 $569,045 15 16% $469,097 4 7 3 6 8 8 $261,817 3 5 12 65% $413,718 Doug O’Neill47 8 66% 3 56% 25% (Current from April 12 through Friday, May 17) Victor Espinoza29 18% 1 1 3 0 47% 7 56% 2 $243,291 59% 4 46% 2 0 50% $166,164 Win% 3rd 7 7 $317,776center_img 47% $459,244 TrainerMts $379,262 12 $178,186 5 $223,331 OMAHA BEACH HEALING BUT RETURN IS DELAYED Tim Yakteen12 50% $111,371 3 32% 8 18% 1 Geovanni Franco39 12% $129,902 28% 31% 8 Mark Glatt37 Richard Mandella15 8 2nd 53% 38% William Spawr12 20% 11 $501,385 $150,075 65% 63% 9 2 2 9 5 17% 11 Heriberto Figueroa31 25% 1 1st 12% 47% 64% 2 8 3 34% Kent Desormeaux29 3rd 4 3 33% Agapito Delgadillo24 7 $517,674 16% 3 J. Eric Kruljac17 6 11 $169,777 5 25% 5 J. Keith Desormeaux16 Money Won 11 0 7 50% $133,484 4 17% 3 50% $628,315 Richard Baltas36 4 3 7 3 3 39% 45% Aaron Gryder49 $640,131 John Shirreffs12 19% 19% ITM% 15 50% 2 58% $224,839 Martin Garcia29 38% 16% 67% Drayden Van Dyke49 4 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Win% Martin Pedroza24 John Sadler27 $566,599 Jerry Hollendorfer24 George Papaprodromou14 56% 3 17% 21% 13% JockeyMtslast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “At first we were running one-two with her stablemate (favored S Y Sky) and I thought it was sweet. Then the number five (Don’t Sell) started pressuring us from the outside and I thought we were going too fast . . . So I was able to sit and wait and she had a great turn of foot through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER, AND S Y SKY, FOURTH: “She really stepped up her game ever since we put her on the grass and found a home. She showed a real nice turn of foot late, so I’m excited to campaign her in the future. We’ll probably run in the Ken Maddy (Grade III, $100,000 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Nov. 2). It’s against open company but I think if she runs this kind of race she definitely fits with those.”NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER OF JUST GRAZED ME AND S Y SKY: “That was good. S Y Sky was bothered the whole way, but Just Grazed Me had the garden spot. I was surprised she wound up inside of the O’Neill horse (Don’t Sell) but it worked out.“Grazen is like the goose who laid the golden egg. He’s 13 years old, has had eight crops and is about 95 percent fertile. He stands for just $5,000 at Tommy Town, a few miles down from our ranch (Horse Haven Ranch in Santa Ynez). He spends the off-season at my place in our back yard, then goes to Tommy Town for the breeding season.”NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander resides in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Midcourt Dictates Terms And Takes Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes By 3 ½ Lengths Under Espinoza; Trained By Shirreffs, He Gets 1 1/8 Miles In 1:48.49 And Is Headed To Grade I Santa Anita Handicap

first_imgMidcourt Dictates Terms And Takes Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes By 3 ½ Lengths Under Espinoza; Trained By Shirreffs, He Gets 1 1/8 Miles In 1:48.49 And Is Headed To Grade I Santa Anita Handicap ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2020)–In a performance that perhaps stamps him as an “A-Lister” in the handicap division, C R K Stables’ Midcourt was in command throughout as he powered to an emphatic 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, an important prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. Trained by John Shirreffs and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Midcourt got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.49.“Victor wasn’t sure if he was going to go to the lead or sit off the pace, but the horse put himself in the race and if he wanted to run that way, he didn’t want to take him out of it,” said Shirreffs. “Yes, it is gratifying to see him make the lead, relax and finish like he did. He’s been a project, but a good project. We’ll stay home and run in the Santa Anita Handicap (at a mile and one quarter).”Slow from the gate and carried wide into the first turn in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, Midcourt broke alertly today and for those who backed him at 2-1, it appeared he was going to be extremely tough the way the race unfolded heading into the Club House turn, as Midcourt enjoyed a roughly two length advantage while in-hand.A well beaten third in the San Antonio, Midcourt was the second choice among a field of nine older horses and paid $6.40, $3.60 and $3.00.“With him, you never know how he is gonna perform coming out of the gate,” said Espinoza, who has ridden the 5-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last five races, winning four of them. “Today, he wanted to run. He broke not very quick, but when I encouraged him to go, he wanted to do his own thing. I wasn’t going to take him out of his race, so I just let him run and cruise around…“He’s a really talented horse in his own way. I have confidence in him because John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with him and it makes my job easier to know that John is going to have him ready to go into the race.”In garnering his second graded stakes win, Midcourt is now 9-5-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $342,695.Longshot Two Thirty five, ridden by Ruben Fuentes, was attentive to the pace and was second best on the day, finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of Combatant. Off at 22-1, Two Thirty Five paid $14.20 and $8.20.With Drayden Van Dyke up, Combatant was off at 18-1 and paid $6.20 to show.Last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, the 9-5 favorite with Joel Rosario up, was never a factor and finished seventh.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 47.31, 1:11.26 and 1:36.22.last_img read more

How Chelsea and Tottenham will line-up with Giroud and Lucas up front

first_imgJose Mourinho feels like ‘a gun with no bullets’ as strikerless Tottenham fail to break down Leipzig TOTTENHAM and Chelsea face off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday both knowing the importance of their crunch clash in West London.The Blues go into the match sitting in fourth – just one point clear of their rivals.5 How Chelsea could line up against Spurs on Saturday5 How Jose Mourinho could line up his teamSpurs last had the opportunity to leapfrog Chelsea when the two met in the reverse fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December.Jose Mourinho’s side flopped badly, however, with his former player Frank Lampard schooling him tactically.But with both sides now facing adversity in the form of extended injury lists, Lamps will be desperate to get another one over on his old boss.Willy Caballero will again get the nod between the sticks for the Blues, with Kepa Arrizabalaga clearly having not shown enough of a reaction over the winter break to being dropped to warrant a recall against Manchester United.As for Spurs, Hugo Lloris has looked a man reborn since returning from injury – with the Frenchman’s presence having made a huge difference for the Lilywhites.In defence, Lampard could revert to the back three that served his side so well in N17 back in December.But otherwise, with Andreas Christensen needing a protective mask after picking up a knock against United, Kurt Zouma could return to the starting XI to partner Antonio Rudiger.Azpilicueta will in that case continue at left-back over the hapless Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso – with Reece James on the right flank.5A third game in eight days upon his return from long-term injury may be a big ask for Ben Davies – but Mourinho is likely to deploy an unchanged back four.This means another outing for the Welshman, alongside Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier – with Japhet Tanganga and Jan Vertonghen on the bench.Chelsea will deploy a midfield trio with Jorginho at the base.And with N’Golo Kante again missing through injury, Jorginho will be flanked by Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.Fans could see the long-awaited return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has finally back from injury and is likely to be on the bench.As for Spurs, Harry Winks is a certainty – and could be partnered in a two-man midfield by the in-form Giovani Lo Celso… with Dele Alli deployed further forward.Tanguy Ndombele is fit, but not ready to play 90 minutes – but his compatriot Moussa Sissoko remains sidelined, despite having stepped up his rehabilitation outdoors this week.With Christian Pulisic still missing, and Callum Hudson-Odoi a doubt – veterans Willian and Pedro will take to the wings.That’s why he wasn’t available to start against Manchester United but the way he has worked this week, he is available to start. He just need to keep doing what he is doing.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard on Olivier GiroudAnd they could be flanking Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman set to finally be handed a start by Lampard.Ahead of the crunch clash, the 41-year-old said: “He [Giroud] said himself, he needed a few weeks to get properly, properly fit. It was a difficult time.”That’s why he wasn’t available to start against Manchester United but the way he has worked this week, he is available to start. He just need to keep doing what he is doing.”5 Olivier Giroud had a goal disallowed on Monday night… but could get another chance against SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Dele Alli will be a hoping for a better day than he had against RB LeipzigCredit: Getty Images – GettyMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himTammy Abraham could feature from the bench though, with the young England man thought to be around 70 per cent fit.Tottenham newboy Steven Bergwijn will continue on the left for Mourinho, while Erik Lamela could be recalled to play on the right – although is unlikely to last the 90 minutes.Lucas Moura will yet again be forced to lead the line as a makeshift centre-forward in the absence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.last_img read more

Aaron Smith sex scandal: New Zealand Rugby launches new investigation

first_imgThe messages appear to show Smith had convinced the woman he was caught in an airport toilet with last year to lie in a legal document, had mislead his coach, and had attempted to deceive his partner.On Thursday, New Zealand Rugby confirmed to Newshub based on the new information, it’s planning to “investigate the Aaron Smith matter further”.”It is effectively an employment issue that requires investigation,” the spokesperson said.The All Blacks star allegedly had sex with the woman, who leaked the Facebook messages, in a disabled toilet at Christchurch Airport in September 2016.He claimed it was a one-off incident and apologised for his “huge error in judgement” – but she says she was having an affair with him for two years. Photo. Newshub videolast_img read more

SP netball team bow out of finals in style

first_imgThe SP girls were presented with brand new uniforms just in time for their game against Lee Partners last Sunday.It was a hard fought match with the scores locked at 9-9 at the break. But Lee Partners held on to a 1 point lead to seal the win 16-15 at full time.Captain, Agi Aruai thanked SP Brewery for funding the team to participate in the competition.“SP Brewery has always been supportive and we are happy with the assistance from our Marketing department.“The netball team is made up of a good cross section of fulltime employees and we will definitely be back next season,” said Aruai.last_img

Celades: “Rodrigo? The negotiation is open, we are not going to hide”

first_imgBut Rodrigo had the medical discharge, right? Or do you have discomfort?He’s fine. It was planned like this. He made an effort to help us on Barcelona day and was scheduled not to participate in the Cup match. He trained yesterday normally and this visit is routine, it was planned.Gayà said he would not understand Rodrigo’s sale, would you understand it?Rodrigo is a beloved person in the locker room: We have a very good human group and Rodrigo is a beloved person. But good. Everyone is free to give their opinions and I don’t have much more to say.Can this whole situation harm the wardrobe?We have been talking about these market situations for a long time. We have tried to manage them in the best way. We are focused in the best way, as we did last week in Logroño. The Cultural arrives with high after eliminating a team like Atlético. For them it is a great incentive. We have to be prepared and our mission is to convey to the players that this is a football game and that this does not stop.How are you, because you had to put out a fire when you arrived with the template and now Rodrigo’s sale appears?I’m fine. Things always come up and I’m fine.Have you been asked about Rodrigo’s sale?Of course I have direct communication with the club.Do you understand that the club is considering selling one of its best players?I do not answer. The other day in the press room he said that if you said something about Rodrigo, what he said could change events.Maybe I explained myself badly. It wasn’t a specific Rodrigo question. It was in general. Any opinion of mine, that of any player, could change the opinion of a player. That’s why I don’t think publicly. There are things that I cannot tell.Without Rodrigo change the objectives?Rodrigo is very good and differential. That is why Barcelona wants it, because it is differential. The negotiation is open and we will not hide. We are lucky to have it.Has Rodrigo told you that you want to go to Barcelona?Rodrigo and I have talked. I can’t make a private conversation public.Do you feel like the 31st day arrives?There will be other things and other doubts you will have. Nor do I think anything special will happen.Are the costumes tired of the Rodrigo case?Those of us who live and are professionals know these situations. Some have touched them in the first person and others have lived them. It is one more thing within the profession. People are focused on what they can control.Do you think Saturday will have a better team than today?The second I have no idea. Let’s see how we stay and analyze things.Would you like some player to enter the Rodrigo operation?I can’t answer these things.Does Rodrigo and Paco Alcácer resemble anything?I don’t want to answer that either. You are looking for a news about market situation.Do you know Florenzi?I can not enter to value.Rodrigo has said goodbye?Not that I know.Would it end the winter market?Those who have money, any market favors them. When you have, it is much easier to buy. This window is mounted like this, because it is complex and there is not much where you can do things.Does the party focus differently knowing that the Cultural in your home is strong?We study the game to minimize as much as we can the things so good that Cultural does. How we do all the matches. They are strong at home, good defensive organization, good counterattack.How many times have you seen the Cultural Leonesa match against Atlético de Madrid?I’ve only seen it once doing the rival analysis. I’ve seen some more game.Rodrigo, off the listWhile the discomfort he suffers are what have caused him to rest in the face of the copera appointment, Rodrigo Moreno will not play against the Leonesa Cultural. This is the complete call: Jaume, Rivero; Thierry, Jaume Costa, Mangala, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gayá; Kondogbia, Soler, Parejo, Kang In, Coquelin, Ferran, Esquerdo; Gameiro, Maxi Gómez and Rubén Sobrino. Has Rodrigo gone to Barcelona to pass the medical check-up to sign for Barcelona?No. Rodrigo has gone to Barcelona because he had a revision visit he had planned several days ago and has nothing to do with what you tell me.center_img Albert Celades appeared in the press room in the preliminary of the tie against Cultural Leonesa and barely talked about the meeting. The Valencia coach had to face all the rumorology around the possible exit of Rodrigo Moreno, which remains off the list although it is due to injury. However, the coach confirmed for the first time that there is a negotiation between the parties involved.last_img read more

Aguirre: “We started the second round with four new faces”

first_imgHow do you see the new ones for tomorrow?Amadou has not arrived yet. He did not train with us. Bryan made the second enter. Assalé and Guerrero, the first. I will take them. I’ll take 19 and then I’ll make a discard. I don’t think I started any. One will have to go to the stands. Maybe not. I see them well. They have been playing with their teams. The language… well… they speak two Spanish, one English and the other only French, but I have two or three on the team that speak French. Except Amadou, the others are with us.Is happy?Yes, I’m happy. The group is also seen … well … wanting to compete internally. Now it is a problem for the coach to choose from the 17 that I have, the best ones, whatever they are called, whatever they are. Does it really upset not having Cuéllar?Pichu is an important player, no doubt. He is a boy who encourages a lot, competes, demanding with work. It is an important absence, but here I always turn to the topics: nobody is essential. I love him very much, he knows it, but he is not … is sanctioned. So that’s it. Juan deserves a chance and that’s it. Lombo barely has time with me. I know him less, but I stay to see him. It puts enthusiasm. It puts love for the shield. That overcomes any barrier. Then you can be wrong, but I don’t care.The Real comes more rested … how do you consider that these aspects are not taken into account?Well, nothing surprises me anymore. They put you Real Sociedad – Real Madrid on Tuesday … then on Wednesday and at the end on Thursday. They put you on Fridays in a row, then at 12 noon on Sundays, several Sundays too. I think … pufff … without intentionality, it is true that we are not being lucky in the schedules … but hey … it is not a complaint. It is an answer to your question. It is done. A day or so does not affect us. Nah … I’ve always said it, the pretexts are for the losers. No one should complain. The situation does not allow space for regret. We are alive and fighting… We start a second round with four new faces that refresh us a lot. It gives us internal competition that we didn’t have. That raises the level, sure.We will have to follow the Wanda line …Of course, of course, realize that people who play outside arrived. We have many people outside and inside. We have four pivots for two positions. We have many central … I know … Bustinza you put it wherever you want. Marc, who is returning … we are complete. It is true that there were people who left because they wanted to play. And that I understood. They left everything to play. Nothing happens. It is legitimate and appreciated. At this time here they would have to wait. You have to turn the page and face a three-point home commitment after 0-3 against Getafe. La Real was my first rival, we tied there and now we will try to win.Do you have raw material to change the drawing?Of course, of course … the other day against Getafe we ​​played with four in the background in the second half. The operation of the party asks you for things. Silva is a natural. Kevin, too, but by circumstances they have played in different positions. I did not want to modify much what there was, because they were 18 months working with the same and I did not want to confuse, but from 5-3-2 to 4-4-2, to 4-1-4-1 it can be made easy during the match. I believe that coaches have an obligation to teach them to play. Anyway and with the drawing that ea. Today they are able to do it fast.How do you see Real?They are doing things well. It is a dynamic and agile team. It has impressive mobility and attack with many people. We have to be alert. They have a very young average. They give me pleasure. It is a team that plays and lets play. I love the master, because he is from the house, he feels the colors, with his modesty he has managed to place himself in the elite. It is up in the elite. When he played against us, had he won, he would have been a leader. It is all year in European positions. It is to applaud. I love. He loves his quarry very much, his coaches … it will be a nice match. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 1, 2020center_img Are you satisfied with how the market has ended?They are players, two outside, who are going to help us. Roger and Bryan are fast. They know how to play close to the line. They are assistants. They can come in handy. Guerrero is known better than me. I saw him in Olympiacos because he was a coach of Egypt and had a player there. Guerrero is tremendously competitive, very hard working. We can use his caste and his desire to play. Amadou is a pivot different from what we have. We have Roque, Rubén, Recio … these are similar. This one is different, with more muscle and long stride. The template is complete. From now on we go every Sunday to have to choose the best. That is what we all want. Be 20-21 and choose the best now that also come long weeks.Have you had any signings in the inkwell?No, not really, because, for example, Siovas has recovered after a long, long time out. He played in Barcelona … he is undergoing rehabilitation, it is obvious. We have everything behind now. Above we have Aitor, who is improving, or Oscar, who is always. On the outside we improve and in the end we have three: Guerrero, Guido and Braithwaite. I have possibilities. There is freshness and desire to face this second round starting tomorrow trying to get three by three.In As said that the teams that made many market movements did not like … Have they been run over by circumstances?No, because madness was not committed either. He did not sign for signing. Those who came were thought and spoken. We made lists of players for positions we need. In the case of Assalé and Amadou, we had been tracking the market for 15-20 days. Bryan’s thing rushes. I was not in the plans. But with En Nesyri, it rushes. The club decides to exercise a right of first refusal on the kid. With Guerrero we save the scan. Perhaps the most precipitous is Bryan’s. En Nesyri surprised us and tried, within that surprise, to try to bring water to his mill. Things that are economic and that does not apply to me.Any of the signings that have come, were they from your list of preferences?Yeah right. Bryan no. There the club decided to exercise the right of first refusal. And then he told me. But he is a very young boy, young man, who is sure to give us.last_img read more