SECOND TEAMOFFENSE*QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 225, Sam Houston State, or Chris Streveler, senior, 6-3, 220, South DakotaRB – Roc Thomas, senior, 5-11, 193, Jacksonville StateRB – De’Lance Turner, senior, 6-1, 214, Alcorn StateFB – Andre Stoddard, junior, 5-10, 230, WoffordWR – Jaelon Acklin, senior, 6-2, 190, Western IllinoisWR – Neil O’Connor, junior, 5-11, 190, New HampshireWR – Troy Pelletier, senior, 6-3, 210, LehighTE – Andrew Vollert, senior, 6-5, 245, Weber StateOL – John Cook, junior, 6-4, 325, Central ArkansasOL – Jamil Demby, senior, 6-5, 335, MaineOL – Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, 6-3, 295, South Dakota StateOL – Timon Parris, senior, 6-5, 320, Stony BrookOL – Matthew Schmidt, senior, 6-3, 290, Furman Seven of the league’s picks are guaranteed first team members, while the first team quarterback position will be given to the higher vote recipient for the Walter Payton Award winner, announced on Jan. 5. The first team honor will go to either Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State or South Dakota’s Chris Streveler – both finalists for this year’s Payton award along with wide receiver Keelan Doss of UC Davis. Conference champion Central Arkansas earned four picks while UIW and Southeastern Louisiana both garnered a pair. Houston Baptist and Nicholls both landed lone spots. DEFENSEDL – Abdullah Anderson, senior, 6-4, 295, BucknellDL – Miles Brown, junior, 6-2, 320, WoffordDL – Andrew Clyde, junior, 6-3, 275, RichmondDL – Darin Greenfield, sophomore, 6-3, 235, South DakotaDL – Jaison Williams, sophomore, 6-1, 225, Austin PeayLB – Bryson Armstrong, freshman, 5-11, 201, Kennesaw StateLB – Brandon Bryant, senior, 5-11, 225, LafayetteLB – De’Arius Christmas, senior, 5-10, 220, Grambling StateLB – Mario Jenkins, senior, 6-1, 245, Idaho StateLB – Shaheed Salmon, senior, 6-2, 232, SamfordDB – Marlon Bridges, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Jacksonville StateDB – Malik Duncan, senior, 5-10, 205, Saint FrancisDB – Danny Johnson, senior, 5-10, 194, SouthernDB – Rashad Robinson, junior, 5-11, 182, James Madison THIRD TEAMOFFENSEQB – Kyle Lauletta, senior, 6-3, 215, RichmondRB – Corey Avery, senior, 5-10, 195, Sam Houston StateRB – Zane Dudek, freshman, 5-9, 190, YaleFB – Jared Mohamed, senior, 6-0, 227, Cal PolyWR – Elijah Marks, senior, 6-1, 175, Northern ArizonaWR – Kelvin McKnight, junior, 5-9, 188, SamfordWR – Jesper Horsted, junior, 6-4, 215, PrincetonTE – Ross Dwelley, senior, 6-5, 240, San DiegoOL – Ben Huss, senior, 6-2, 310, DuquesneOL – Jacob Judd, senior, 6-3, 300, Western IllinoisOL – Brody Kern, senior, 6-2, 285, DelawareOL – Zach Larsen, sophomore, 6-1, 300, Southern UtahOL – Mitchell Sweigart, senior, 6-5, 290, PrincetonOL – Alex Thompson, senior, 6-4, 300, Monmouth FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned 15 selections to the 2017 STATS FCS All-America Team, the organization announced Tuesday. The league’s honoree total is second-most in the country while Sam Houston State has the highest number of single-team selections with five. FIRST TEAM*-To be determined by the winner of the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award on Jan. 5.OFFENSE*QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 225, Sam Houston State, or Chris Streveler, senior, 6-3, 220, South DakotaRB – Dom Bragalone, junior, 5-11, 230, LehighRB – Josh Mack, sophomore, 6-1, 198, MaineFB – Cal Daniels, junior, 6-2, 255, Stony BrookWR – Keelan Doss, junior, 6-3, 206, UC DavisWR – Nathan Stewart, sophomore, 5-11, 175, Sam Houston StateWR – Justin Watson, senior, 6-3, 225, PennTE – Dallas Goedert, senior, 6-5, 260, South Dakota StateOL – Austin Kuhnert, senior, 6-4, 304, North Dakota StateOL – Justin Lea, senior, 6-4, 290, Jacksonville StateOL – Brandon Parker, senior, 6-7, 309, North Carolina A&TOL – Skyler Phillips, senior, 6-2, 315, Idaho StateOL – Aaron Stinnie, senior, 6-5, 309, James Madison — Sophomore wide receiver Nathan Stewart and senior defensive lineman P.J. Hall were also named to the first team for the Bearkats. Southeastern Louisiana earned a pair of first team picks in linebacker Sione Teuhema and kick returner Juwan Petit-Frere. Central Arkansas defensive back Tremon Smith, Nicholls placekicker Lorran Fonseca and UIW punter Joe Zema also garnered first team distinctions. SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Lorran Fonseca, junior, 5-11, 185, NichollsP – Joe Zema, grad, 6-2, 210, Incarnate WordLS – James Fisher, senior, 6-2, 225, North Dakota StateKR – Juwan Petit-Frere, sophomore, 5-7, 170, Southeastern LouisianaPR – Justice Shelton-Mosley, junior, 5-10, 195, HarvardAP – Detrez Newsome, senior, 5-10, 210, Western Carolina The conference more than doubled its total number of honorees from last season, when six league players were named. SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Marc Orozco, junior, 5-9, 170, Grambling StateP – Alex Pechin, junior, 6-0, 185, BucknellLS – Brandon Godsey, senior, 6-0, 220, South DakotaKR – Jean Constant, sophomore, 5-9, 168, BryantPR – Khris Gardin, senior, 5-7, 180, North Carolina A&TAP – John Santiago, junior, 5-9, 180, North Dakota — SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Trey Tuttle, freshman, 5-9, 190, Weber StateP – Keith Wrzuszczak, senior, 5-11, 212, Eastern KentuckyLS – Hunter Winstead, senior, 6-0, 240, LibertyKR – Desmond Hite, sophomore, 5-9, 178, Incarnate WordPR – Xequille Harry, senior, 5-11, 160, Weber StateAP – Davion Davis, junior, 5-11, 180, Sam Houston State 2017 STATS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM DEFENSEDL – Andrew Ankrah, senior, 6-4, 248, James MadisonDL – P.J. Hall, senior, 6-1, 305, Sam Houston StateDL – Darius Jackson, senior, 6-3, 242, Jacksonville StateDL – Jonathan Petersen, senior, 6-1, 240, San DiegoLB – Nick DeLuca, senior, 6-3, 245, North Dakota StateLB – Darius Leonard, senior, 6-3, 235, South Carolina StateLB – Brett Taylor, senior, 6-2, 230, Western IllinoisLB – Sione Teuhema, senior, 6-4, 260, Southeastern LouisianaDB – Mike Basile, senior, 6-1, 200, MonmouthDB – Davontae Harris, senior, 6-0, 205, Illinois StateDB – Taron Johnson, senior, 6-0, 185, Weber StateDB – Tremon Smith, senior, 6-0, 190, Central Arkansas DEFENSEDL – Anthony Ellis, senior, 6-1, 245, Charleston SouthernDL – Ahmad Gooden, junior, 6-1, 240, SamfordDL – Dalton Keene, senior, 6-4, 275, Illinois StateDL – Chris Terrell, sophomore, 6-3, 266, Central ArkansasLB – Garrett Dolan, senior, 6-2, 240, Houston BaptistLB – Jared Farley, senior, 5-11, 224, Northern IowaLB – Warren Messer, junior, 5-11, 229, ElonLB – Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, 6-2, 225, South Dakota StateDB – Elijah Campbell, senior, 5-11, 193, Northern IowaDB – Raven Greene, senior, 6-0, 190, James MadisonDB – Robbie Grimsley, junior, 6-0, 191, North Dakota StateDB – George Odum, senior, 6-2, 187, Central ArkansasDB – D’Montre Wade, senior, 6-0, 200, Murray State
“Thanks to those who donated and came together to make it happen for those who don’t have anything,” said Roquemore. “It’s a true blessing.”Over $1,000 in cash donations were specifically generated by the student-athletes, nearly a third of the total of $3,600 raised by the Jaycees. The Lady Demon volleyball team led all sports, with softball close behind, said Alexis Guess, an academic coordinator for NSU Athletics who helped coordinate the participation. Led by their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members, NSU competitors contributed time and energy to help the Natchitoches Area Jaycees donate nearly $4,000 worth of toys to hundreds of children in and around Natchitoches.”I know there’s kids out there in need of Christmas toys and I want to give back to others who don’t get any,” said junior softball outfielder Kayla Roquemore, a Natchitoches native. “It touches me more because I am from here and see these kids every day. It touches my heart when my teammates, who aren’t from here, help out.”The effort Dec. 8-9 included dozens of NSU student-athletes who spent several hours helping solicit donations and sort toys, working with the Natchitoches Area Jaycees, who help coordinate the MASH (Make A Smile Happen) initiative. “It is a really good opportunity to give kids a good Christmas. It is also a good opportunity to put a smile on kids’ faces. Everyone in Natchitoches came together to give donations and everyone was happy to help,” said Nathan Jones, a junior pitcher on the baseball team. The MASH event is a longstanding partnership between the Jaycees and Elite Broadcasting of Natchitoches, which launched the initiative in 1996, and is staged in the parking lot of the local Walmart Super Store, a high traffic area for area consumers.For several years, NSU Athletics has provided over 5,000 hours of community service annually assisting local, area, national and international causes. In 2015, Northwestern State won the inaugural #SouthlandStrong Community Service Award presented to the Southland Conference member whose student-athletes compile the most service hours, with NSU competitors more than doubling the second-place total. NATCHITOCHES, La. – As they wrapped up final exams and prepared to head home for the holidays, Northwestern State student-athletes recently took time to make a difference in the lives of local children and their families while continuing NSU Athletics’ remarkable community service tradition. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22.
ARSENAL fought back from two goals down to snatch a draw against bitter rivals in the North London Derby.Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after a poor Bernd Leno mistake, before Harry Kane stroked home a penalty.4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to salvage a draw for Arsenal against bitter rivals SpursCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdBut the fightback was on just before half-time when Alexandre Lacazette smashed home from close-range to give the Gunners hope.The home side dominated the second period and eventually earned a well-deserved point, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting his toe on the end of a brilliant Guendouzi cross.But despite the draw, Eriksen really proved his worth to Spurs – and they should not let him leave.What an original take, right?!But if ever there was a game to prove that point it was today’s 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Arsenal.The Dane opened the scoring on ten minutes after some sloppy goalkeeping from Leno – the German fumbling Erik Lamela’s tame effort for Eriksen to prod home.And while that was important, frankly my dog could have scored it and it’s everything else he does that Spurs would miss the most.Opening strike aside, if Tottenham stand any chance of challenging for the title – or at least securing a Champions League place again this season – they need to keep him on their books.Yes Tottenham have Harry Kane, and yes they have Heung-Min Son but almost EVERYTHING goes through Eriksen before it gets anywhere near those two.For example, 48 minutes into this afternoon’s game, the ball falls to Eriksen on the edge of his own box.And with an oh-so-characteristic and equally effortless swivel he turns and sends a left footed half-volley down the field to the awaiting Kane.4 Christian Eriksen, who opened the scoring, proved his worth to Spurs with an excellent performanceCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4 Harry Kane put Spurs two goals up after scoring a penaltyCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdPin-point accuracy into the channel and Tottenham were away.Now this afternoon’s battle was an end to end one and in games like that, Son comes into his own.But not all of Tottenham’s games are going to be like that this year – on the contrary, hardly any of them will be.And that is where Eriksen’s value is most felt.He is the key that unpicks the lock when Spurs are faced with ten men behind the ball or when things get sticky and the pace of the game slows down.Take Kane’s effort that thundered off the post on the hour mark today.A simple yet lethal give and go with Eriksen set the Englishman away to kill the game – and he would have but for a fraction of an inch.Spurs’ next best thing Giovani Lo Celso – who replaced Son in the 78th minute – remains an unknown quantity.Mauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksen4 Alexandre Lacazette started the comeback, thumping home for Arsenal just before half-timeCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnd while the often dubbed ‘overrated’ Dele Alli is talented, the Englishman is far from a like for like replacement.Just one more day of anxious waiting for Spurs fans before the European transfer window slams shut on Monday.MOST 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himAnd Mauricio Pochettino’s comments after the game won’t settle their stomachs at all.The Argentine refusing to confirm Eriksen would still be a Tottenham player by the end of the day tomorrow.But no worries, because in the meantime they’ve got another missed opportunity at the Emirates to rue as they continue to search for for their first Premier League win at Arsenal since 2010.
MATT DOHERTY capped off an incredible Wolves comeback with a brilliant late winner against Man City.The 27-year-old initially picked the ball up forty yards from goal, played a quick one-two with Raul Jimenez before surging past City defenders to clinically find the bottom corner on his weaker left foot.🚨 MATT DOHERTY HAS DONE IT FOR WOLVES!🐺 From 2-0 down, Wolves come back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Doherty, Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez!🔵 City’s path to the title only gets closer and closer to the impossible now pic.twitter.com/saQVUQkQKk— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) December 27, 2019 The Irish defender has had another excellent campaign in the top flight this season as he now has three goals in the league and five in all competitions.Last season’s champion’s had taken what looked to be a commanding 2-0 lead in spite of Ederson’s early red card.But Pep Guardiola’s defence let him down again as they shipped three second-half goals as they fall even further behind rivals Liverpool.This result leaves Man City 14 points behind pacesetters Liverpool.WOLVES’ LEAPThe Merseyside outfit also have a game in hand on them.Meanwhile Wolves vaulted themselves from ninth to fifth, leapfrogging Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United in the process.They now trail a flagging Chelsea side by two points for the last Champions League qualification spot.IRISH ANGLEPerformances like this will make it even tougher for Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy to leave Doherty out of the starting line-up for the crunch EURO 2020 playoff in March.McCarthy spoke after last month’s 1-1 draw with Denmark, where Doherty scored, that he was impressed by the team’s performance.He said: “I have mixed feelings because I am disappointed that we haven’t qualified but, of course, we’re not out of it.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid“And I am proud of the players, the way they performed, even more so the fact that we went 1-0 down to a poor goal to give away but we fought back.”He added: “If we’d got a bit of luck or the bounce of the ball at the end we could’ve nicked it and, if we had nicked it, we would have deserved it.”The result is really the only thing I am disappointed with.”
The 31-year-old – who also crashed over for four tries the previous week – was again unstoppable near the try-line as the Eagles consolidated third place in the second tier championship with a resounding victory. Yere is already the Eagles’ all-time record try-scorer and this recent seven-try haul has taken his tally to 153 from 195 games.Dion Aiye was also amongst the try-scorers for Whitehaven as the Cumbrians recovered from 0-12 down to defeat Hunslet 28-12 with Kumuls team-mate Jessie Joe Parker also playing his part in the victory.Elsewhere in the division, Makali Aizue’s Dewsbury Rams were below their best as they were surprisingly held to a 20-20 draw at home to Workington.Meanwhile, Paul Aiton’s Leeds Rhinos remain top of the Super League after a predictable 58-26 victory over basement club Wakefield Wildcats who had new, incoming coach, NRL veteran Brian Smith, watching from the stands.In the third tier, Stanley Gene’s Newcastle Thunder continues to feel the absence of injured Kumuls trio Mark Mexico, Jason Tali and Charlie Wabo.They lost 44-32 to Swinton Lions.
Gahuna’s suspension is indefinite, however, ongoing commitments and loyalty to the team and officials may have them lift his suspensions.For now, no remarks are to be made on his suspension as he will still play for his Digicel Cup franchise Gulf Isapea in the local rugby league competition.Respect, commitment and dedication are dynamics to make a good team and through this action players will respect values and standard set for the team.
President of Netball PNG Julienne Leke-Malinki said the netball fraternity is looking forward to welcoming our visitors as we continue to strengthen the partnership between the two countries through the sport of netball.“We have a long history with Netball Singapore going back over 10 years and we would like to continue building on this partnership where there are emerging opportunities between our organisations,” President Leke-Malinki said.Adding that the invitational event for PNG will be used by the National Junior Selectors to select the final 15-member squad that will continue to train until the final 12 is selected at a training camp at the end of August.The three days of matches will be played on Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3pm respectively at the Rita Flynn Indoor Netball Courts. Saturday’s match will be used as a curtain raiser for the Port Moresby Netball Premier semi-finals between Esco Telstars and Snax Mermaids.
One of the Achilles heels of Barcelona de Valverde has been this season the defense. The Catalan team has conceded in the first round 23 goals in 19 games played, more than one per game (1,2). A performance that leaves the Blaugrana team away from the records of its most direct competitors for the League title. For example, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have fitted almost half of the Blaugrana (12 goals against both teams) while Sevilla has received 18. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 17, 2020 These records are even more surprising and worrying when compared to those of the same team in the previous two seasons in which Barcelona reached the equator of the competition with only 9 goals conceded in the 17-18 season, the first of Valverde, and 20 in the 18-19. One of the most urgent challenges that Quique Setién must face in his stages in Barcelona is to solve the defensive problem of the Blaugrana team. And it must do so with a shortage of troops, because after the march of Jean Clair-Todibo as assigned to Schalke 04, the technician will only have three centrals in the first template: Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti. Considering that defense is not one of the great virtues of Setien’s teams, The technician is faced with a key challenge that he will have to face with effective counting, especially as regards central defenses. Piqué and Lenglet point out as an almost immovable starting couple, as it has been throughout the season, but with the peculiarity that competition has decreased. Todibo left on loan to Schalke almost at the same time that Setien landed and Umtiti remains unreliable after his physical problems as evidenced in the Spain Supercup disputed in Arabia.The resource that Setien has left is to look at the subsidiary and reel Araujo, This season already debuted with the first team.In any case, a difficult ballot and that seems to prevent the implementation of new systems, such as three centrals unless a player from the center of the field becomes a central one.
How is the squad after the Getafe hit?Better, much better. It was not an easy victory in the Cup, but the team’s spirit always finds the balm in the victories. We do not disparage any rival. We are happy with the reaction of the team. There are no injured except Siovas, who is almost ready. That gives you peace of mind. We are recovered. It is not worth giving excuses or lamenting. Here you lose against Getafe, and that’s it. You have a bad time that night. Immediately turn the page. If anyone got caught, I’ll go for him, as I did with one. He reacted well, period. We are looking forward to tomorrow.Are you afraid of the club and you with the possible departure of Braithwaite?What if the club is quiet? The club or me? Ask them (laughs). I don’t care about anything after the other day … until 31 I will work with whatever I have. If something goes or comes, welcome … or well gone. In practice I train with what I have up to date. And I’m happy, really. That this is over. When it’s over, we’ll see who we are and where we are going.Are you seeing the light come to the signings?Well, I don’t know … I said that if one striker left, let another one come. If two leave, let two come. But neither more. Untill there. I am not in everyday life seeing what happens. That office job does not apply to me. I already stated it. When I made it public, I made it private I never like to send messages through you. But you knew it before me … you have good names …Can you reassure the fans by reassuring them about the signings?No, I cannot guarantee anything. Yes I can guarantee what we have done in these eight games except in one: a recognizable, competitive, serious team, with its limitations but that shows its face. Except for 30 minutes, against Getafe, in the rest we have competed. Although we have lost. I can guarantee that. That people can recognize the Leganés: aguerrido and delivered. Who knows how to defend and attack. We are just building a team in three months. It is the most I can offer people. The other is not for me to offer or promise anything.But have you talked to Braithwaite to stay?No, no … what they asked me is the first news I have. Maybe the one who asked me knows a lot … He gave this other bastard names, doesn’t he? (Laughs)You who have been in Atlético, could the Cholo message have been exhausted?I would be the last mortal capable of saying something bad about Simeone. I admire and respect him deeply. I was in that house for three years and I know the difficulties involved, like another club. He was able to generate everything. And when I say everything, I say everything: players, quarry, titles, money, put the Atleti back where it deserved … we are talking about someone who, with Aragonese, family and Cerezo, who should most appreciate Atlético fans. I would be unable to make a negative judgment. Zero.Make a first reaction of the Cup and the crossing with Barça …I tried not to talk about it and yesterday nobody commented on it. Yesterday a colleague sent me a message and asked me for an opinion. It makes no sense at the moment to talk about something that goes in the second instance. First there is Atlético, which is A. And then B, which is Barcelona. We will see later how we organize ourselves. At the moment we are 100% focused on Atlético. If we put 99%, that 1% that we leave will be invoiced, safe, secure. It is an Atlético team that deserves our respect since we finished against Ebro. Javier Aguirre is an outgoing guy. Never lies. In his way of being and acting there is no trap or cardboard. So sincere, he is able to delay the start of a press conference because he thinks he has lost the wedding ring by removing his gloves and laughing at himself when he discovers he is still wearing it. Genius and figure. That is why his response to the crisis of Atlético de Madrid and the doubts generated by Cholo are matters of a pure heart. They leave his soul. Thus, sincere and direct, he launched himself to protect the figure of Simeone in the previous visit of the Leganés (his Leganés) to the Metropolitan Wanda.“We all support Cholo. We owe it all, from the titles, to the quarry, to the money… I will be the last mortal to criticize it, ”he said in an almost corporate tone while haggling doubts about a transfer market that has punished the pickles with five casualties ( that of En Nesyri, the most important) and no reinforcement (for now). “I can not guarantee (signings come), only that this Leganés will be a recognizable and aguerrido team”What casualties do you have against Atlético?We have Rubén Pérez, by sanction, and Siovas, who is on time. Probably after Atlético will join to play the Cup. There is no more.Complicated match and need to score.We have a great need since I came here, five games ago. We have scored in five games and have failed in three. We have to continue in that line of seriousness. To understand that we are a team that if we are not together, that if we do not run and fight all, if we do not play well with the ball, we suffer. If we don’t do our job in both areas, we suffer. We are vulnerable And all that against Atlético …Atlético is a team that is fighting for the League, for the Champions League … it will make it difficult for us. In his field he is a very solid team. Outside too, but especially in his field. Few points are left there. We expect a complicated opponent as well.It will be his first presence in Wanda after his athletic past.It is emotional for me to play against Atlético. I already did it with Zaragoza and Espanyol, but going to this stadium, which once presented us with the model, with that of the sports city, when we were there … it will be exciting, obviously. From there, it is a match like any other. You have to think about adding, winning. Being in the league, stuck.Will the Atlético crisis affect Leganés for good?Atlético, as Cholo said, will not change a defeat in the Cup, as it did not change a success in Champions or a title … they have very clear ideas. The master is very clear about his philosophy. I do not think that the elimination in the Cup affects you at all. It can happen to all of us. It has happened to all of us. Miguel Ángel Gil has already left to support Cholo. We all support him, for what he has done for that club, obviously. He doesn’t deserve even the questioning. I expect the best version of Atlético.How to prepare this match? He has barely had time after the Cup.It is true. We returned late from Zaragoza, we had recovery work yesterday, but the preparation of the game was reduced to today. But as we know each other more, things go faster. Everything knows its role and what to do. It is a mechanism that is won over time. Coaches with two-three-four years in a team, make them based on their philosophy, even choosing, you make filters with the players. People like Bordalás, Moreno, Sergio, Arrasate, El Cholo … and their teams play by heart. It is true that there were many changes in Atlético, but it maintains a distance line. They don’t get out of it. Whoever comes, are still there. It will be a competitive match.
Clemente Villaverde, CEO of Getafe, appeared in the press room to give the official version of the club after UEFA decided to suspend the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League against Inter Milan. The president spoke of the real possibility of a single match being played on neutral ground and behind closed doors. Unknowns: “We do not know if it is going to be the party or the parties. A place is being looked for to celebrate the party or the parties, but it is a good and feasible solution for all. The fact that a solution could be found is favorable for football and teams. “How the suspension was created: “Both the relationship with Inter and UEFA have been daily. We have been constantly in communication. At all times, we have had full knowledge of what was happening. The solution adopted is for UEFA’s knowledge of what was happening. happening”.Suspension: “It is a common sense initiative. All parties involved were aware of the situation. We could not previously establish the scope, there has been intention from all parties.”Costumes: “The position of the players is to train, prepare the goals and the coaches the same. They have been outside the institutional situation. This is how they will continue to function.” Behind closed doors and single game?: “There is the possibility of playing a single match on a neutral field. It is in line with the progress of the championship. It is one of the options being considered. The decision that UEFA will take will be the right one.”UEFA decision: “We are waiting for UEFA to communicate a solution to us, but we want to thank them for their help, for knowing how to understand the circumstances surrounding the game. We support the solution that will be transferred to us.”