Alexis Sanchez attends Barcelona match as Manchester United team-mates prepare for Arsenal clash

first_imgAlexis Sanchez attends Barcelona match as Manchester United team-mates prepare for Arsenal clash Advertisement Sanchez is expected to be out for at least four weeks (Picture: Getty)However, while Sanchez was not expected to do the same this weekend, it was somewhat of a surprise to see him at Barcelona’s win against Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Catalans came from behind to win 3-1 thanks to goals from Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsSolskjaer’s depleted squad will be boosted by the return of Pogba, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic for today’s game at the Emirates.Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera have also resumed training but will not be risked against the Gunners.MORE: Fred reveals how the ‘professor’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kickstarted his Man Utd career Alexis Sanchez was at the Camp Nou (Picture: BeIN Sports)Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez attended Barcelona’s clash with Rayo Vallecano as his team-mates prepared for their showdown with Arsenal.The Chilean missed Wednesday’s astonishing victory over Paris Saint-Germain after sustaining a knee ligament injury in a 3-2 win against Southampton last weekend.The winger’s continued his poor form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian admits the Chilean could be out for around six weeks.Paul Pogba was suspended for the midweek win against PSG but travelled with the squad to France to help his young team-mates with their preparation.ADVERTISEMENT Sean KearnsSunday 10 Mar 2019 11:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link570Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Syracuse midfield provides 1st-half offense while Siena hones in on attack, guides SU to win

first_imgSiena head coach John Svec knew he had to change his approach from last year.Six of Kevin Rice’s eight assists were to Dylan Donahue in Syracuse’s 2014 season opener against the Saints, so Svec decided to hone in on Rice to try to reverse the 19-7 result from a year ago.But it didn’t even come close to working on Saturday.“We wanted to try and take Kevin Rice out of it since he’s clearly their feeder,” Svec said. “But we didn’t quite seem to get that today.”Instead of the Syracuse attack giving the Orange a sizeable first-half lead, it was SU’s midfield that handled the majority of the scoring load while the visitors tried to shut down Rice, Donahue and Randy Staats up top. Midfielders Hakeem Lecky and Nicky Galasso led a unit that accounted for six of Syracuse’s nine goals in the opening 30 minutes, and one that ultimately provided a second dimension too hard for Siena (0-1) to defend in No. 4 Syracuse’s (1-0) 21-7 win in front of 2,740 in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew after last year, some of the stat lines from last year’s game, they probably would play us a little differently,” Rice said. “They were hesitant to slide from down low and Lecky’s going to draw a slide every time and that left Nicky open.”With eight minutes left in the opening quarter, Lecky took the ball from midfield and sprinted down the left side before lofting a high pass toward the middle to Galasso, who corralled the ball and scored from 7 yards out. Four minutes later, Lecky darted down the left alley, leaving his defender in his tracks before bouncing one into the back of the net while tripping over himself on the edge of the crease.“Yeah, I just lost my foot a little bit,” Lecky joked. “I saw the opening so I tried to beat the guy that was supposed to be sliding.”All half, the speed of Lecky – who tallied three of his four assists in the first two quarters – exposed a Siena defense that was unable to adjust from its original game plan, and one that was ultimately too slow to shift over from covering SU’s attack.“We needed to slide,” Svec said. “We can’t have a kid like Hakeem Lecky coming flying down at your goalie and shooting from 7 yards and not slide.”Throughout the first half, Siena defender Pat Killeen bodied Rice around the goal, making Syracuse’s go-to attack fight for every opening as he often stumbled and was pushed off balance when he got the ball.Rice’s only first-half tally came with significant physical contact, as Killeen threw Rice off balance before falling on top of him while Rice rifled the ball into the back of the net.And even though SU’s primary goal-scorer – and his two other attacks – were held largely ineffective early on, the Syracuse offense’s depth and versatility still allowed the Orange to jump out to a lead it wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.“Some of the guys mentioned earlier how focused the Siena defense was on the attack and trying to take Kevin out of the game by shutting him off and really focusing on Randy and Dylan,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We’re just comfortable if they’re going to do that.”As time ticked on in the second half of a game that was already decided, midfielders Tim Barber, Ryan Simmons and Joe Gillis scored their first career goals for the Orange.It was a luxury Desko was glad to have, and one that was largely enabled by a midfield unit that made an already potent SU offense that much harder to defend.Said Rice: “It made (Siena) have to respect the middies and it’s just a good, well-balanced team offense.” Comments Published on February 7, 2015 at 10:02 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Pelicans’ David Griffin thinks future of team is ‘crazy’ good

first_imgCoupled with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and No. 8 overall pick pick Jaxson Hayes, along with returning guard Jrue Holiday, and the Pelicans are expected to be one of the most-improved teams in the league. It’s up to Griffin, along with head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Trajan Langdon, to put all the new pieces together.But Griffin is thrilled with what he’s seen so far, like that special moment in a recent Summer League practice. Related News The Pelicans will enter this season with high expectations, and playing under a microscope with No. 1 pick Williamson on display. But Griffin wants the players to believe anything is possible.”Look at what the NBA has become, and the way teams are built,” Griffin said. “You can’t dream big enough in this league. I think I want everyone’s approach to this to be, ‘Why not us?'” Lakers’ Anthony Davis has no regrets on trade request: ‘I’m a grown man’ David Griffin saw the future of the New Orleans Pelicans in a brief moment at a recent NBA Summer League practice, and he said things look “crazy” good.The Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations met with reporters Tuesday in a press conference to introduce new acquisitions Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart — who came over in the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers — and Derrick Favors, recently acquired in a trade with the Jazz.center_img “There was a moment where Jaxson Hayes was out running the floor in a practice with Zion on the other side, and they were sort of just messing around … and the speed those guys have just at a trot is mind-numbing,” Griffin said. “Alvin and I looked at it and we thought, ‘Man with those guys on the wing, and with Lonzo at the point, what we’ll be able to do speed-wise is crazy.'”That’s crazy in a good way for the Pelicans, unlike last season’s 33-49 craziness, lowlighted by the persistent trade rumors surrounding Davis.Griffin said he is excited all the recent acquisitions come from winning backgrounds.”We want to surround ourselves with people that have won championships on any level, because it’s a frequency you learn to tune to,” Griffin said. “We’re deep with selfless winners.”Ball welcomes the move to New Orleans.”It’s a fresh start. It’s a restart. … I know the media is not like it was in LA, but I know the fans are great and come out and support (us).”Ball said he’s looking forward to playing a more uptempo style.”I’m getting back to playing the style I’ve been playing my whole life, I’m very comfortable in a high uptempo offense like coach Gentry has,” Ball said.”Lonzo is a truly special defensive guard and he’s also a special rebounding guard, and that’s going to allow us to start our break and play to a lot of his strengths,” Griffin said.Griffin sounded a bit like a quantum physicist at times Tuesday, dropping quotes like “The energy you put out in the universe is going to attract like energy,” and “The universe doesn’t make mistakes. We feel like it brought everyone together here for a reason.” But he’s clearly excited to have such a retooled roster. And he really likes the way the collection of players all complement each other in terms of their skill sets.”Everyone was very aware this was a special opportunity for all of us in terms of fit,” Griffin said. Lonzo Ball on being traded from Lakers to Pelicans: ‘I was excited’last_img read more

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