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BALL – Late return of Otamendi and Lucas gives Jesus reason to think (Benfica)

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Jorge Jesus has had a lot to think about in recent days, dealing with the dilemma he faced in Saturday’s Azores game against Santa Clara, given the context of the late returns of Nicolas Otamendi and Lucas Verissimo from their respective teams.

Argentine and Brazilian center-backs play early Friday morning in next year’s World Cup qualifiers, which will see the American champions face Bolivia in Buenos Aires, a game that starts at midnight with Portuguese and Brazil takes the field an hour later. against Peru, at the Arena Pernambuco.

If, in the case of Otamendi, the return to Portugal does take place on Friday, Lucas Verissimo will only return to Portugal at dawn on Saturday, and the game in the Azores is scheduled for 17:00 (18 on mainland) and, after returning to Lisbon, when two players still need to fly to San Miguel. So the doubt is more than legitimate: will they be able to withstand the grueling crossing of the Atlantic, and then almost for a while, the trip to the Azores, which will be used by Jorge Jesus?

In addition, a trip to Kiev will take place shortly thereafter for the Champions League group stage debut, knowing that Lucas Verissimo will not be able to serve his sentence after being sent off against PSV in Eindhoven. A context that doesn’t completely alienate him from Saturday’s play. But it is also necessary to take into account the need to recover from the efforts of the game against Peru, in which, moreover, it guaranteed property rights. This is due to the fact that Marquinhos, PSG defender / midfielder, was supposed to play in the penalty match with Argentina, but the suspension of the game and the resulting confusion, which has yet to be resolved, forced the Brazilian Football Confederation not to take risks and not consider the player. for a match against Peru, in which Marquinhos, who by that time had already been relieved of his job, would carry out the punishment he had to inflict against Argentina, thereby leaving a clear path for the debut (under the conditions …) of Lucas Veríssimo.

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A central issue at a time when the pivot was also a virtue for this positive start to the season. Moreover, it is enough to remember that in terms of defense, as far as the championship is concerned, this is the second best start for the Eagles, also under the command of Jorge Jesus, with only two goals conceded after the first four rounds. A defensive balance that Jorge Jesus wants to maintain despite his still-lingering doubts.

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] he felt pain in his hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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BALL - Coach speaks of 'tremendous pride' and explains Bale departure (Wales)

Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] I felt pain in my hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

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BALL - Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

This season’s undefeated Grimaldo has numbers unmatched by any other Spanish player in the major European leagues in terms of wins (23) and excelled in the Champions League group stage group stage with PSG and Juventus, scoring two goals and making the Champions League team of the week. In addition, he proved to be an important player for Roger Schmidt.

He is Benfica’s most used outfield player this season, with 2313 minutes, already scoring the third best in Luz with the current three totals. He has been used in 26 of the 27 official games this season – only not getting Rio Ave, between two games with PSG, without leaving the bench. But otherwise, almost nothing escaped him and practically did not give any advantage in the competition, that is, Ristic, who, having played 90 minutes against Rio Ave, plus 47 minutes against Caldas, in the Portuguese Cup, only had the right to crumbs in minutes, which says that Grimaldo for Roger Schmidt is currently an indispensable player in the eleven.

With seven months left on his contract with Benfica, Grimaldo is looking for an option that will guarantee him complete freedom and financial independence, especially after joining his father’s club. He knows how far Benfica can go and he also knows that the Luz club cannot accept the values ​​that have been thrown on the negotiating table.

As A BOLA reported in the last issue on the 24th, Benfica and Grimaldo met recently to discuss an extension during a meeting that did not reach an agreement but also did not leave the dossier in a position where it could not be resolved. in a favorable way. for the embodied.

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A new round of talks is now expected to be set to try to bring the parties closer, and this should take place soon, given that the Reds do not intend to drag things out beyond January and enter into a soap opera that could serve as a somewhat destabilizing factor. for the second phase of the season.

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