Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has given the reason behind him picking the number 11 shirt with the north London club. The Uruguay international signed for the Gunners on a permanent deal from Sampdoria last month and he has now joined them for the final part of pre-season after return from a World Cup break.
Speaking to Sport 890, Torreira revealed that he had initially fancied the number 34 shirt but the jersey was already taken up by Granit Xhaka. As such, he decided to pick the number 11 shirt which would offer him the opportunity to sit next to Mesut Ozil in the Gunners’ dressing room, he said: “I wanted to pick 34 but it was already taken by [Granit] Xhaka. I chose 11 because it’s the day of my birthday and I will get the chance to sit next to Mesut Ozil in the dressing room. It’s incredible when you go to the dressing room and see your locker is glued to that of Mesut Ozil who is a World Champion and a player with a fantastic career.”
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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that he cannot wait for the World Cup to get into gear following the opening game on Thursday. The Rovers boss is currently putting the final touches on the Rovers’ pre-season plans but amidst this, he is also looking forward to the exciting feast of football in Russia.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “Anybody who loves football is looking forward to the World Cup. It’s in Russia and that’s not an easy place to get to but I will be glued to the TV sets. I’m not sure on all the kick-off times but I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to watching it with the kids and filling in the wall charts. We do every four years as a family trying to guess who will come out on top and predicting the scores!”
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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is keen to redeem himself with Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup following the shambles created by him during the previous tournament in Brazil. The marksman was banned for a biting incident on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the group stage of the previous World Cup and this eventually hampered Uruguay, who lost out to Colombia in the round of 16 stage.
Suarez has since remained an influential figure for the national side despite the unfruitful incident and he is now keen to repay the country’s faith by putting in a strong performance this summer. Speaking in an interview, he said: “It was my mistake. So I have a debt to repay to myself and Uruguay, to try to show a good image.” Continue reading “Luis Suarez Keen To Redeem Himself At The 2018 World Cup”
Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday after Marc-Ander Ter Stegen put in another stellar performance in goal. The Germany international made a string of saves for the Catalan giants to pick up a clean sheet which extended the club’s unbeaten run to 17 across all competitions.
Speaking after the game, Ter Stegen was satisfied with the result which has seen Barcelona edge 10 points ahead of their Madrid rivals, who drew 0-0 in the local derby, he said: “We go home happy and satisfied with the result we’ve picked up this afternoon. [Leganes] pressed a lot, but we were always in the game and we knew what to do.” Continue reading “Ter Stegen labels Luis Suarez as ‘beast’”
Federico Valverde has already been creating a lot of waves in the Uruguay national team level after coming in with some impressive performances.
The 19-year-old was regarded as a top talent even when he was coming through the youth ranks at Penarol. This led to Real Madrid snapping up the youngster even as early as in July 2016. The youngster cost a reported € 5 million despite his age and he has been sent out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna in order to get first team action. So far, the teenager has been making a lot of good impressions after featuring in five appearances for Pepe Mel’s team.
Now, the youngster has received a lot of praise after playing a vital role in the 2-1 win over Paraguay in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. He came in with a commanding display against Paraguay and this was also his first appearance for the national team. The youngster managed to score his debut. He had featured in 24 appearances for the under 17 team and 15 games for the under 20 team in previous years. Continue reading “Federico Valverde Shines on His Debut for Uruguay”
Uruguay may be without Luis Suarez for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay.
However, manager Oscar Tabarez has decided to include the Barcelona superstar in the list of the players will be travelling for the match day. Uruguay need the assistance of players like Suarez in order to qualify for the World Cup 2018, as the national team has been left in a difficult position following the defeats against the likes of Peru and Brazil. Uruguay have lost the last five games in all competitions. As a result, the national team are just one point ahead of Argentina and level on points with Chile.
The South American World Cup qualification group consists of 10 teams with only for reaching the finals automatically. The fifth spot is awarded to the team if they managed to come through the play-offs. It is always a gamble and Uruguay are looking to avoid this position. Hence, the team needs the assistance of the best players in the squad in order to overcome the likes of Argentina and Paraguay in back-to-back games. Continue reading “Uruguay May Benefit from Luis Suarez for the Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers”
Uruguay and PSG striker EdinsonCavani will be missing the friendly game against Italy after injuring himself in the match against Ireland.
The Uruguay federation has revealed that the player has sustained a hamstring injury and that he will be out of the team.
The player sustained the injury on Sunday and was replaced after 10 minutes only. It appears that the player has undergone a scan and medical staff is still assessing the extent of the injury.
The Uruguay coach said that it was a shame to lose a player of EdinsonCavani quality and that they will have to look for alternatives for the game against Italy. He said that he was looking to test a new system in the team and that he would have love to have his complete team at his disposal.
He said that he was happy with the way some players have performed against Ireland and he feels that the team is becoming better. He said that it was a friendly game and that fans should not pay attention to the scoreline. Continue reading “Cavani to miss friendly”
Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has heaped praise on the physical attributes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who bagged his second consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid. However, the striker still believes Lionel Messi is a divine talent, whilst he hasn’t been able to rule out a Ballon D’Or for Uruguay’s Luis Suarez sometime soon.
The former Manchester United forward was initially criticised for his lack of impact at Los Blancos, but he put on a real shift in the backend of the season as deliver key goals in their La Liga and Champions League triumph. Continue reading “Gyan on FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees”
South American heavyweight Uruguay take on Italy for the first time since the 2014 World Cup where the game was known for all the wrong reasons.
Luis Suarez had bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, only to deny that he had fallen on the centre-back while chasing the ball.
Footage later showed that Suarez was guilty of committing the offence, and he was charged with a four-month ban across all competitions during the 2014/15 season. Uruguay and Italy have now clashed since the 1-0 victory on that day, but the nations will meet in an international friendly this weekend.
Surprisingly, both Suarez and Chiellini could miss the clash due to respective reasons, and the focus will be on the playing field rather than distractions between the two players. Suarez suffered a hamstring niggle prior to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey triumph over Alaves, and this has ruled him out for the international friendlies during the season break.
Meanwhile, Chiellini only recently completed the full 90 minutes for Juventus in the 4-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and he could be offered a rest alongside partner Leonardo Bonucci with coachGian Piero Ventura likely to opt for an experimental squad.
Both Uruguay and Italy have shined in the previous editions of the World Cup finals with the Azzurri winning the showpiece event back in 2006 while Uruguay controversially reached the semi-final stage of the tournament four years later.
Italy are currently placed in their World Cup qualifier group behind Spain, and they may have to contend with the playoffs unless they bag a surprise win over the former champions. Meanwhile, Uruguay are not fully assured of automatic qualification with just two points separating them from Argentina, who are occupying the inter-confederation playoff. The likes of Luis Suarez and Cavani will be key towards Uruguay’s World Cup hopes when they restart their campaign next season.
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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has revealed that the team was hurt following their heavy defeat against Brazil.
He said that this was a major disappointment as they were expecting a much better performance from the team especially given the fact that they were playing at home.
The coach said that football could be a funny game as you may be expecting a kind of result and get exactly the opposite.
He said that it was a damaging result morally as they were expecting a much better performance from the team. However, he admitted that the players picked themselves up remarkably and managed to get back to winning ways.
Oscar Tabarez said sometimes such defeat are blessings in disguise as it allows you to gauge yourself as a team and to find out where you need strengthening. Continue reading “Uruguay hurt after defeat”