Wenger’s vision of Griezmann’s situation at Barcelona

For the first time since the 2014-2015 season, Antoine Griezmann has not scored a goal during the first 4 days of La Liga. Substituted during these 4 games and relegated to the bench in Barcelona’s debut in the Champions League, the French striker lacks confidence and his integration into the FC Barcelona game seems to be more complicated than ever. This has caused that there have been many readings about where he should play or if the French team’s Griezmann is different from the one who plays for Barcelona.


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Guest on the set of ‘BeIn Sports’, Arsène Wenger, the former coach of Arsenal, among other clubs, shared the sentiment of the French forward. The former Arsenal manager believes that his change of position is the source of the discomfort: “not playing in his position is complicated in the long term: at first the boy accepts it but if he does not meet his long-term needs and he has the impression that the position he occupies does not allow him to express his best qualities, he will be discouraged. “

The French coach noted that “today, he is a player who must play in the center because he has great activity, precision in his passes, he can be dangerous due to the last pass and the fact of scoring goals. But there is congestion in that area because it is the area by which Leo Messi moves “.


Messi scored his 116th goal in the Champions League

The Rosario marked the way with the 1-0, penalty (PT 27m), caused by the infraction that was committed in the area.

Rosario’s goal, number 116 in Champions League, gave Barcelona peace of mind that in the opening minutes it was demanded by the Hungarian team, leader in the league of their country and that they entered the group stage in the qualifying round with victories against Celtic of Scotland and Dinamo of Zagreb of Croatia .

Messi was positioned as number “9” by order of the coach Ronald Koeman, accompanied by the youth Ansu fati, author of the second (PT 41m) and Trincao, in his Champions League debut instead of the French Antoine Griezmann.

The all-time top scorer of Barcelona He also participated in the construction of the play that led to the Brazilian’s goal Coutinho (ST 6m).

The youthful Spanish midfielder Pedri (ST 37m) sealed the fourth with assistance from the French Dembele, who contributed the fifth (ST 43m) with a pass from Messi that in the last play, free kick, was close to the sixth.

The ukrainian Igor Kharatin (ST 24m) marked the discount, from the twelve steps, whose previous play generated the direct expulsion of the defender Gerard Piqué.

Messi scored for the 16th consecutive season in the Champions League and equaled the English mark Ryan Giggs, although this one did it in different editions.

Messi and Barcelona they returned to play a Champions League game from the historic 2-8 against Bayern Münich of Germany, which triggered the most resounding conflict of the year.

The Rosario faced a Hungarian team for the second time. The first occurred with his failed debut in the Argentine national team in 2005, the day he was expelled with only 43 seconds on the court.

Barcelona, who had just lost to Getafe for La Liga, remains undefeated at home in Champions League and stretched to 37 games without defeats. The streak began in September 2013, with 33 wins and four draws.

The next engagement of Barcelona It will be on October 28 before Juventus of Italy, who in the first turn defeated as a visitor Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine by 2 to 0, with two of the Spanish Alvaro Morata.

The Italian team played without the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive for coronavirus and is recovering at home.

Zenit of Russia, with forward Sebastian Driussi, lost at home to Bruges of Belgium 2-1 in group F. In the same area, Lazio of Italy, with forward Joaquín Correa, beat Borussia Dortmund of Germany 3-1 in Rome.

Sevilla from Spain, with Lucas Ocampos and Marcos Acuña, summoned in the last double day of the South American Qualifiers, they drew goalless against Chelsea of ​​England, in London, for group E, which also registered the draw of Rennes of France and Krasnodar of Russia by 1 to 1.

For group H, Paris Saint Germain from France, with Angel Di Maria, lost 2 to 1 in the French capital against Manchester United from England, and Leipzig from Germany beat at home Basaksehi Turkey by 2 to 0.

The first date of the group stage will continue tomorrow with:

Group A: Salzburg of Austria-Lokomotiv of Russia; Bayern Münich of Germany-Atlético de Madrid of Spain.

Group B: Real Madrid of Spain-Shakhtar of Ukraine; Inter from Italy-Borussia Moenchengladbach from Germany.

Group C: Manchester City of England-Port of Portugal; Olympiakos of Greece-Olympique of Marseille of France.

Group D: Ajax of the Netherlands-Liverpool of England; Midtjylland from Norway-Atalanta from Italy.

The final of the Champions League will be on May 29, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey.


Felipe Caicedo and Christian Ramírez, ready for the Champions League

Lazio by Felipe Caicedo and Krasnodar by Cristian Ramírez They start a hard road in the most important club tournament. The Champions League returns two months after its outcome in Lisbon, with only one destination marked: Istanbul. There the new king of Europe will be crowned.

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The applicants are, as always, the current German champion, Bayern Munich, his predecessors Liverpool and Real Madrid, the runner-up Paris Saint Germain or also the Spanish (Barcelona and Atlético), English (Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea) and Italian (Juventus and Inter) heavyweights.

And against those teams the tricolor must fight. For motivation there will be no lack, as Ramírez recognized.

“When you listen to the Champions League anthem you can feel the uniqueness of the moment that many players and coaches dream of. This is an amazing thing! Of course, this is a unique moment for the club and for each one of us ”, said the tricolor for the official channel of his club.

Krasnodar fell into the group of Chelsea (England), Seville (Spain) and Rennes (France). The first game will be today against the Gauls.

Meanwhile, Lazio is in the same group with Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Bruges (Belgium) and Zenit (Russia). Their first match will be at home against the Germans.

And far from the Ecuadorian bubble, this tournament will also help some teams pay off their debts. For example, Barcelona still has the 8-2 wound that Bayern inflicted on them in the semifinals. Paris SG is also thirsty for revenge, as it was very close to finally delivering the international blow. Real Madrid feel the need to return to international glory without Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Portuguese forward wants to lead Juventus to the crown.

The Champions starts today, one month after normal hours because of all the problems that the pandemic has caused. But they are aiming to even out in the group stage and finish all six games by December.


Round-trip matches

UEFA does not contemplate, for the moment, that the final stages will be played again in a single venue, as happened in Lisbon, in the last edition.

With public

This edition of the Champions League will have an audience in the stands. Although it will be with reduced capacity and under local laws.

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forecast and when they play for the first Champions League date

Barcelona vs Ferencvaros will face this Tuesday, October 20 at 14:00 Peruvian time (19:00 GMT) for the first day of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. A duel that will be played at the Camp Nou, where the ‘azulgrana’ team is emerging as a favorite to stay with the three points.

For the first time in history, both teams will face an official duel of this magnitude. It is clear that the ‘culé’ box has more history in this tournament, than the Hungarian box that goes with the desire to hit a Barcelona that does not convince the Barça fans.

Barcelona comes to this duel after losing 1-0 to Getafe in LaLiga. Of the four games played, Ronald Koeman’s team has added seven points out of 12 possible. This places him in ninth position with a balance of eight goals in favor and two against.

For his part, Ferencvaros started the Hungarian league with an almost perfect score. And it is that of the five games played, he has managed to add four wins and a draw. In fact, he comes to the duel against Barcelona after beating Kisvarda 2-0 in visiting conditions. They are currently leaders of the tournament and have shown good football in their league.

Evaluating probabilities, Barcelona is emerging as a clear candidate to keep the three points, but the shortcomings of the culé team could be well used by Ferencvaros to strike at the Camp Nou.

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The Champions League is back and be with the public

The group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins and there will be action for several Argentines in the matches that will be distributed between Tuesday and Wednesday. Messi with Barcelona, ​​Di Mara, Icardi and Paredes at PSG, Agero with Manchester City, Dybala at Juventus and Lautaro at Inter are some of the compatriots who will take to the pitch for the most important club tournament on the planet.

Although the coronavirus continues to circulate among players (like recently the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo) and threatens the celebration of matches, UEFA is nonetheless convinced that “The season can be played in its entirety, with the current format and with the final in Istanbul.”

The instance does not contemplate, for the moment, a new Final to 8 like the improvised one in August in the capital of Portugal with the eight quarter-finalists.

However, UEFA is left to decide later “principles governing the classification of clubs for the round of 16”, in case the group stage could not be completed before January 28, 2021.

At the moment, all the games are scheduled in their respective stadiums, which should allow the return of the public in some arenas.

UEFA announced a progressive return of spectators in all its competitions. Up to 30% of the capacity of each stadium can be occupied, although the maximum effective capacity will normally be lower, depending on local restrictions.

Such is the case of the duel between PSG and Manchester United, who play behind closed doors due to the curfew imposed by the French authorities, but for example there will be 5,000 fans in Rennes for the Breton team’s great debut in the Champions League against Krasnodar. The start of a long way to the end in Istanbul.


13.55: Zenit vs. Bruges (Group F)
13.55: Dynamo Kyiv vs. Juventus (Group G)
16: Chelsea vs. Sevilla (Grupo E)
16: Rennes vs. Krasnodar (Group E)
16: Lazio vs. Borussia Dortmund (Grupo F)
16: Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros (Grupo G)
16: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United (Grupo H)
16: RB Leipzig vs. Basaksehir (Grupo H)


13.55: Salzburg vs. Lokomotiv (Group A)
13.55: Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar (Group B)
16: Bayern Munich vs. Atltico de Madrid (Group A)
16: Inter of Miln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Group B)
16: Manchester City vs. Porto (Group C)
16: Olympiakos vs. Olympique Marsella (Grupo C)
16: Ajax vs. Liverpool (Grupo D)
16: Midtjylland vs. Atalanta (Group D)


Chelsea – Seville | Displacement Sevilla leaves for London for the premiere of the Champions League

Sevilla travels to London this Monday morning for the debut in the group stage of the Champions League. The game that opens Group E is nothing less than the strongest dish, the visit to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a match that will be played this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. behind closed doors.

Both teams arrive after playing in their league duels. If Julen Lopetegui’s team lost in Granada, Frank Lampard’s drew at home in Timo Werner’s goalscoring debut in the Premier.

The Sevilla expedition has started on a charter flight whose takeoff was scheduled for 11:00. The flight will last more than two and a half hours and the team will land after 1:00 p.m. in London, where it will be after 12:00 as England has an hour less than European Central Time.

In the afternoon, Sevilla will exercise at Stamford Bridge at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. local time), while Julen Lopetegui and a footballer will be the protagonists of the official press conference organized by UEFA for the European previews. Logically, it will be a telematic appearance, as is customary in times of pandemic.

At the head of the expedition were the president, José Castro, and Monchi, already incorporated back into his work at the head of the football department, after his short vacation, which he took the opportunity to do the Camino de Santiago. The sports general director had to take his vacation period already started in October, due to the displacement of the summer market towards autumn.

Chelsea will be the 10th English rival that Sevilla faces in their long and prolific European career in this 21st century. Previously, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Wolverhampton had been measured in group stages, knockouts and even European finals.


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Sergio Agüero stole the attention of television cameras in Manchester City’s triumph against Arsenal this Saturday in the Premier League. “Kun” was replaced by İlkay Gündoğan in the 65th minute and the moment he left the field he began to raise his arms in appreciation of the fans.

However, the Argentine forward realized that the stands of the Etihad Stadium were empty as a preventive measure against the increase in cases of coronavirus in England.

The attacker only managed a smile and then clapped again, but this time on purpose. Commentators also laughed at this peculiar situation.

Let us remember that Sergio Agüero returned to the courts this Saturday after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in June in the match against Burnley.

In the sporting aspect, Josep Guardiola’s team added 7 points with this victory and the next date they will face West Ham. Although, in the middle of the week he will play against Porto for the Champions League.

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He Ferencvaros, FC Barcelona’s first rival in the group stage of the Champions League, snatched the leadership of the Hungarian League from MOL Fehervar after beat Kisvarda away (0-2).

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A bit of the Brazilian Isael in the first section of the second part and another of Karasyuk en propia meta one minute from the end they were enough for the men led by the Ukrainian Sergiy Rebrov, who achieved three important points in the fight for the championship.

He Kisvarda, who aspired to occupy the first position, could not with the reigning champion, who took advantage of practically two of his few occasions in a gray match to take a victory without much history with which he will manage to finish the seventh day at the top of the table .

He Ferencvaros In this way he recovers his best moment of play to reach the leadership of the Magyar league in a psychological instant, just four days after its return to the Champions League 25 years later before him Barça at the Camp Nou, where he will try to surprise as a group ‘Cinderella’.


The agenda of Sevilla’s rivals in the Champions

The national team stoppage will give way to a very demanding carousel of matches for him Sevilla, which begins on Saturday in the Nuevo Los Cármenes de Granada and will end in 23 days with six more matches, including the first three Champions League games. In this order, Chelsea, Rennes Y Krasnodar.

Of the three, the second has already faced his commitment. The Rennes, who visited the Dijon, had he won, he would have maintained the leadership of the League 1, but tied at one.

The set led by Julien stephan, which left on the bench Camavinga after his participation with France, he advanced by means of Terror in 24 ‘, but Dijon drew thanks to Mama Balde at 53 ‘. Discreet meeting of the Bretons, conformist after the 0-1, and which again showed slowness in their centrals, on this occasion, the couple formed by Rugani-Aguerd.

On Saturday it’s the turn of the Chelsea of Lampard, Sevilla rival next Tuesday in Stamford Bridge, stage where they receive in the Premier League al Southampton. The ‘Blues’ face the duel after two days without losing (tied to three against the WBA and defeated Crystal Palace 4-0), although their rival reaches London after adding six consecutive points.

Finally, the Krasnodar, eighth in the Russian Premier League, also receives Saturday Rubin Kazan. Both, even on points.