Key day for Raúl Jiménez and his intention to return to the courts with Wolves and Mexico

Doctors will review Jiménez and determine if he will be able to play in the closing of the Premier League

Raúl Jiménez will have a key day this Tuesday to know if he can play at the end of the season with Wolverhampton and find out if you have a chance to participate with the Mexican National Team in summer, because it will be subjected to a review prior to the last two Wolves games.

The Mexican forward will have a review prior to the games against Everton and Manchester United, which are the last two of the season for Wolverhampton, which is led by Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Mexican national team, Raúl Jiménez, has not been active since November 29, 2020, the day he had a head clash with David Luiz, from Arsenal. The two footballers fell to the grass, although the Tricolor attacker was the one who was most damaged from that impact.

Jiménez, from then on, underwent surgery due to a skull fracture. His recovery time is indefinite, although this Tuesday he will be reviewed by the doctors who have treated him to see if he can have minutes at the end of the Wolves season.

Raúl Jiménez, in his recovery time, has had the opportunity to do a concentration with the Mexican National TeamIn addition, since the Tricolor they have closely followed its evolution, so they will be aware of the results delivered by the doctors.

In the Tricolor, they considered the Wolverhampton forward on the list for the Concacaf Final Four, which will be played next month and in which Mexico will face Costa Rica, Honduras and the United States. In case of receiving the endorsement to play, Raúl Jiménez could join the Mexican team.

Wolverhampton play Everton on Wednesday 19 May and close the season against Manchester United, on Sunday 23 of the same month. Tuesday is the key day for Raúl Jiménez.


Kroos positive for COVID, will not play at the end of the season

The German midfielder will not be present in the key duel for the LaLiga title in Matchday 38 against Villarreal

The German Toni Kroos, which remained in isolation at home since Friday 14 for having had direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, he tested positive to which he submitted this Monday, reported Real Madrid.

Kroos LaLiga’s resolution is lost, by being absent in the last three days. He traveled to Granada, but did not have minutes from Zinedine Zidane, and last Friday he was confined after direct contact with a family member who tested positive for coronavirus, missing the visit to Athlétic de Bilbao.

The German midfielder is the ninth player in the Madrid squad to give positive for COVID-19, after Éder Militão, Casemiro, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Nacho, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde. Zidane and the president of the club, Florentino Pérez, also suffered from the virus.

Kroos Thus closes a season in which he has once again been a fundamental piece for Zidane, in which he has played 42 games in all competitions. He is the player on the Madrid squad who has distributed the most assists, ten, and has scored three goals, all of them in the league.


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“I hope to be able to play for Barcelona in the United States”

The captain of Barcelona, ​​Gerard Piqué, celebrated the agreement announced between LaLiga and ESPN for the transmission of their matches from next season in the United States, which encouraged him to express his desire to play a match in one of the cities soon. of the country they have visited before.

Piqué assured that he has good memories of his previous visits to the United States with Barcelona, ​​so he would like to reconnect with his fans.

“I’m sure our fans will be more than happy to watch our games on ESPN in the United States. All the times that we have had the opportunity to travel to the United States have been good experiences in different cities and I hope to be able to play there in the future, we know that we have many fans in the United States and I hope to play for them one day, ”said Piqué.

The Barcelona captain and defender acknowledged that the agreement between ESPN and LaLiga leads them to want to show that the level of the tournament continues to grow, with teams like Levante complicating the biggest players.

“We are good, but we could be better after Tuesday’s draw, now LaLiga is complicated for us this year, but I am happy and excited because LaLiga achieves this agreement with ESPN, we want to be with the best and ESPN is the best.”

“At the end of the day we are here for you to enjoy this beautiful sport, I think the level of the League is growing in terms of the quality of the game, of the players.

“There are different clubs that have grown a lot in recent years, for example Levante, which is a club that a few years ago was in the lower divisions, we played with them on Tuesday and we couldn’t beat them, because they have a strong team, maybe They are not a very popular team like other teams like us, Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid, but they do things well.

“I think it is an opportunity to get to know more about other teams that do things well and meet players who stand out and with a high level,” said Piqué.


Koeman and Laporta meet without news about the coach’s future

Club sources downplayed the meeting and considered it one of those that have had a manager and coach

BARCELONA – Joan Laporta and Ronald Koeman met for more than two hours this Thursday at a working lunch held in a restaurant in Barcelona in which, according to a source from the Barça club revealed to ESPN Digital, the permanence was not questioned of the Dutch coach on the bench. Leaving the meeting, held in a restaurant in Barcelona, ​​and after four in the afternoon the three members, who left in the same car, did not want to delve into details.

Koeman addressed the reporters present to make it clear that he would not say anything: “You can ask whatever you want I am not going to answer.” And Laporta explained that it had been “a quiet meal between the coach and the president.”

The Barça president, who attended the meeting accompanied by sports vice president Rafa Yuste, wanted to know first-hand, Koeman’s feelings about the fall of the team in recent weeks but did not convey any kind of ultimatum, maintaining the analysis at the end of the season definitive in which a decision will have to be made.

Barça, in the last two months, has expressed its confidence in the coach, on several occasions through the president himself, but has avoided publicly confirming his continuity beyond the end of the season despite maintaining another year of contract. His figure does not arouse unanimity in the club’s offices and in the last two weeks there have been contacts with other coaches, who have not gone further.

Koeman, who after the draw in Valencia against Levante acknowledged in the press room that it is normal to “be questioned” about the results, argued to the president the reasons that explain in his understanding this crisis that has left the team practically without options to fight for the League title, after a comeback as exceptional as it was unexpected that put him back among the contenders.

Fatigue, both mental and physical, is put on stage as the main reason in this bad moment, considering that both the defeat against Granada (1-2) and the draw against Levante (3-3) after going ahead on the scoreboard they were unforgivable stumbling blocks at the crucial moment of the championship.

Regarding Koeman’s future, beyond the end of the season, there is still no decision made. The Dutchman is aware of his difficult position and knows that his figure does not arouse unanimity among the board, without for this reason having set aside the programming for the next season and the planning of the squad, both in terms of casualties that are considered and possible signings, with the names of Sergio Agüero (more of the club’s profile) and Memphis Depay (personal proposition) on the map.


the five weaknesses responsible for the collapse of the Barça team

On ESPN we show you the weak points of Koeman’s team, which has let go of great opportunities to take the top of the general table in the Spanish league

Barcelona practically said goodbye to their chances of winning LaLiga after drawing against Levante (3-3), in a game that reflected the main weaknesses that explain the collapse of Barça in this final stretch of the season, such as defensive fragility, bad second parts or ineffective coach changes.

After the return from the last team break, at the end of March, the Catalan team has not found regularity in the championship. Since then, the Barça He has only won four of the eight games played, compared to Valladolid (1-0), Getafe (5-2), Villarreal (1-2) and Valencia (2-3).

The rest of the matches are counted by losses, first in the Classic against Real Madrid (2-1) and then against Granada (1-2), and recently also draws, against Atlético de Madrid (0-0) and the Levante (3-3). All this leaves a balance of 14 points won out of the last 28 possible.

During this period, the only exception was made by the end of the Copa del Rey. The Barça was exhibited against him Athletic Club (0-4) and thus broke a drought of almost two years without winning any title, although the good game of that day has not finished curdling in LaLiga, where several factors explain the poor performance.

Defensive fragility

Barcelona has conceded 12 goals in the last eight games played, and has only managed to keep a clean sheet in two of these games. The Barça defense has been the line most punished by injuries throughout the season, but in this final stretch it has made waters on its own merits.

Before him Levante, received two goals in less than five minutes, and in the photo of the third goal the marking errors of Gerard Piqué and Sergiño Dest, in the same way as in front of Granada They were Óscar Mingueza and Sergi Roberto the main ones mentioned.

Second parts never was good

In the last duel of the City of Valencia, the Barça He returned to give the second half to the rival, allowing himself to tie a game that seemed on track with a 0-2 at halftime.

A situation that seemed to emulate the comeback of the Granada at the Camp Nou, he was also able to score two goals in less than 15 minutes during the second half. In both duels, a moment of disconnection was enough for the Catalan team to miss the three points.

Problems closing matches

The Barcelona He has not even shown an image of solidity in those games that he has ended up winning. Before him Valladolid, it was not until minute 90 that Ousmane Dembele He opened the can and scored the only winning goal.

In the same way, the Barcelona team also saw how their triumphs were complicated by the minimum against the Villarreal and the Valencia. In these two encounters in Valencian lands, the Barça ended up asking for the time, while before him Getafe at the Camp Nou he did not find tranquility until the last minutes.

Koeman’s changes

Ronald Koeman he has chosen on several occasions to make defensive changes that have not always served to close games well. On the contrary, Barça He has always ended up suffering when his coach has opted to make the team take a step back.

The party of Levante is the latest example: the Dutch coach replaced a striker as Dembele, who was one of the most active players of the match, on a side like Dest. Despite this defensive reinforcement, the men of Koeman They weren’t able to keep the 2-3 and, in the last minutes, they received the tying goal.

Stumbling against direct rivals

In a League As even as this season, beating direct rivals is key, not only to open a points gap, but also to win the ‘goal average’ in the event of a tie.

But before Real Madrid and Atlético, the Barça he did not achieve one thing or the other. The Catalans fell in the Clásico, in a match in which they were always in tow, and did not go beyond the draw against the rojiblanco team last Saturday.

The Barcelona, in addition, he did not measure up in the decisive game against him Granada. Had he won that match, he would have been the solo leader of LaLiga and perhaps now the story would be different, but he ended up losing and, with two days remaining, the title seems more like a chimera.


‘Chicharito’ is not in El Tri’s plans, but when was his last game and his last goal with Mexico?

The great moment that Javier Hernández lives in MLS has not caused a call from the national coach, Gerardo Martino

The Mexican Javier Hernández was not included in the list of the 40 players considered by Gerardo Martino, coach of El Tri, for the Nations League despite going through a great moment in United States football with the LA Galaxy.

In the current campaign of the MLS, ‘Chicharito‘is showing his best version by adding six goals and an assist in four games. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player has shone at the start of the United States Championship signing a double in the opening game against Inter Miami, a hat-trick against Red Bulls and being the Galaxy’s hero in the Los Angeles derby against LAFC by scoring and providing the assist that gave Greg Vanney’s team the victory.

However the ‘Tata‘He preferred not to call Javier, who is close to serving two years without being summoned to the Mexican team and three years of having disputed his last official competition with the green jacket.

Hernández’s last match with Mexico was on September 7, 2019. Martino summoned ‘Chicharito‘ for the Close FIFA in which the Tri faced United States and Argentina. The forward of the Galaxy participated 87 minutes in the commitment against the “Stars and Stripes” and scored a goal, which is the last that the 32-year-old striker has achieved with the tricolor team.

In the duel before Argentina, disputed on September 11, 2019, the former player of Chivas He did not have minutes and since that meeting the Argentine strategist has not considered the striker who also boasts of having played in the Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla.

The last official competition of ‘Chicharito‘ with the Mexican team was the Russia World Cup 2018. In that fair, Hernández earned the trust of Juan Carlos Osorio and it became an immovable part of the scheme that the Colombian used in the four games that El Tri played in the contest.

It is important to remember that ‘Nanny’ Martino did not consider Hernández for the Gold Cup 2019 even if Chicharito revealed on social networks that the decision was by “mutual agreement” after it was speculated that the footballer had declined the invitation to play the tournament.

Javier Hernandez will not dispute the Nations League, but if he continues to sign good performances with him Galaxy could be considered for the gold Cup although, at the moment, it seems unlikely that Gerardo Martino I summoned it.


“Atlético has more lives than a cat and the League can no longer escape him,” according to ‘Es Así y Punto’

The LaLiga weekend left things as they were before the 35th date of the tournament took place: Atlético Madrid leads the positions with 2 points of advantage over Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​while it leads 6 to Sevilla that occupies the fourth place in the table after the tie in the games they played against each other. With three games to play each, the team of Diego Simeone he is the only one who depends on himself to win the title, although nothing is guaranteed.

In this Monday’s edition of the podcast ‘It’s so and that’s it’, your driver Hernan Pereyra, recognized that the mattress team “has more lives than a cat. It is always said that felines have 7 lives and that when they appear to be dead, they end up resurrecting. This is how Atlético Madrid seems to be. During this final stretch and after having lost many points advantage, both Barcelona and Real Madrid could have snatched the leadership, but they did not succeed. Today it seems that Atlético can no longer miss this tournament. “

“Barcelona had their chance to finish first, but they lost to Granada at home and drew against the colchoneros in their field. Zinedine Zidane He had it if he beat Sevilla on his court, but he could only tie in injury time. Therefore, Atlético continues to lead, playing on Wednesday against Real Sociedad and at the weekend against Osasuna, both at home, to close as a visitor against him. Valladolid. If he wins all three matches, he will be champion, “said Pereyra.

After acknowledging that in the first half of his visit to the Camp Nou could have defined the game in his favor, the driver of ‘It’s so and that’s it’ He praised Atlético’s performance in the first half by saying that “he was more than his rival, he attacked on the wings, had opportunities and, although he lacked weight in the area and fairness, he made a good game. In the second half he gave him the initiative to the rival to try to get out of a counterattack, but Barcelona created opportunities and even had a goal disallowed for an advanced position of Araujo. So in the final balance, the tie ends up rewarding both, “he emphasized.



Ronald Koeman spoke at a press conference about Barcelona’s chances of winning the La Liga title.

Against this table, Real Madrid had the opportunity to win its four commitments and be champion since it has a tiebreaker in favor with both Atlético and Barcelona. “But beyond the fact that today Real Madrid needs the leader to lose points, Barcelona was worse off, because it needs its two rivals to lose points to overcome them and thus be champions. The League was not defined on the weekend, but both the Merengue team like the culé, wasted the last great opportunity they had to control their destiny “.

In another section of the podcast, Pereyra referred to the refereeing of Sunday’s game, stating that “Madrid had a goal disallowed for offside at 12 minutes, later with Sevilla up on the scoreboard there was a hand inside the area that could have ended penalty for the white team. And then, in the 78th minute, came the controversy of the double penalty: one for Militão’s hand and another for a foul on Karim Benzema in the counter. I have no doubts that the referee was right to collect the penalty for Sevilla, although I would not be surprised if in these three plays Florentino Pérez had a bill due to the issue of the Super League “he considered.

In any case, Pereyra immediately and forcefully argued that “at another time they could have been sanctioned in favor of Madrid, but I insist on the fact that the three arbitration charges were correct. And also, in my opinion, Martinez Munuera he had a good refereeing in the game. “

“As a product of what this team was like throughout the season in which it did not finish finding and maintaining a good level, Real Madrid ends up throwing away its possibilities of depending on itself. And something similar happened with him. Barcelona after losing against Granada and not being able to beat the colchoneros at their stadium, “Pereyra remarked.

“If Atlético wins their toughest commitment against Real Sociedad in the middle of the week, they will be virtually at the door of the title. They win all three games, two of them at home, and they will be champions. Once again the Gods of football put the Atlético as the great candidate with three games to go. As if it were recognition for what he did throughout the season and for not releasing this leadership when his two main rivals threatened, but it seems that they ended up helping him, “he concluded.

Note: the edition of ‘It’s So and Period ‘, also includes the opinion of Pereyra on what the Repechage of the Liga MX and what the Liguilla del Guard1anes 2021, as well as the commentary of different football news.

Download here the full podcast of ‘It’s so and that’s it’


Koeman believes that Barcelona can win La Liga: “We are still there”

BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman remains firm in his confidence that Barcelona is in a position to win the League, after a day in which his stumble against Atlético was followed by another draw by Real Madrid that keeps the championship open.

“We are still there. It is clear that the situation is different because Atlético is two points above, but we must not think about the others, but about ourselves,” revealed the Dutch coach on Monday, who declared that the fight “is very equalized by many things, injuries, the rival, the pressure … There are difficulties for us but also for others and we have to survive. There is less and less left but the League is still very close. “

“We are going to fight until the last second,” he reiterated. “We do not have to make any more mistakes. We are going to fight until the last second to win the League,” he proclaimed, with a firm speech and ignoring any sign of pessimism or conformity.

The Barça coach reviewed the match against Atlético revealing that it had “two different parts. We didn’t go well and it was difficult for us in the first half that they were better, but in the second we improved and we had our chances to score. It was a very disputed match, against a physically strong opponent, against a more experienced squad than ours because we play with two 18-year-old midfield players and two 20-year-old defenders.

In this sense, Koeman wanted to put on the plane the growth of his team during the season: “We have to analyze where we come from, we have won a title, we opted for another title and there are three days to play.”

“The team is fair, but as it happens to other teams,” he admitted regarding the accumulated fatigue. “There are many players who have played for their countries, many games, and playing on your field without your audience costs more because you don’t have the help of your fans. That is why we have left a lot of points at home, and perhaps that is why we have also won. more points out, “he declared to argue the many points that have been escaped at home and condemning that the team that arrives” stronger physically and mentally, will win because all the teams are very fair.

“If someone can’t talk about the referees, that’s me,” said the Barça coach when questioned about Real Madrid’s complaints about the refereeing on Sunday. “I already said what I thought and if Madrid feels harmed it is their issue … But it is true that coaches and players do not know when hands are called, and that happens in all countries, not only here “he solved.

“I watched the first twenty minutes” he answered the question of whether he followed the Real Madrid game against Sevilla, explaining that “later I went to Milan-Juventus because I get nervous watching the other teams, although I was clearly aware”, solving that playing before his rivals, now, is not a question that marks him too much “because sooner or later we have to win. It depends on the result you get, although if we win tomorrow we will become leaders and that is a good point in favor” .

“If the team is well, I don’t make many changes,” he acknowledged as an argument for the little weight that various substitutes have had during the season, mainly Pjanic or Riqui Puig. “Those who don’t play so much have to be prepared for when it’s their turn,” he repeated in a speech already made during the season. “


Champions League final will be played in London or Lisbon

UEFA seeks alternatives for Chelsea vs. Manchester City due to increase in COVID cases Istanbul, originally scheduled venue

The Final from Champions League between Manchester City and the Chelsea May 29 will take place in London or Lisbon. According to sources consulted by ESPN, the UEFA has identified the two cities as alternative locations to Istanbul due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the Turkish city.

A decision on the new venue for the game is expected within the next 24 hours with the UEFA determined to ensure clarity for the two clubs and their supporters.

While sources have told ESPN that he Wembley Stadium is the favorite option of the UEFA to organize the game, but so far the UK government has not relaxed its regulations requiring arrivals to the country to quarantine for 10 days. Which makes it impossible for Final from Champions League relocates to London because up to 2,000 employees and sponsors of the UEFAIn addition to international broadcast rights holders, they need to be in the game.

As reported ESPN On Friday, the UK government’s decision to put Turkey on its travel red list forced the UEFA to find a new host place for the Final English due to the need for all arrivals from Turkey to the UK are quarantined in an airport hotel for 10 days. There are no exemptions to UK law, which means that all players and coaching staff at the two clubs would be quarantined upon return to England.

Play the game in Wembley would ensure that up to 25,000 fans of the City and the Chelsea they could attend the big game.

Sources have told ESPN that UEFA is still in talks with the UK government and the English Football Association in an effort to find a breakthrough that will allow the game to be played in Wembley.

On the other hand, Portugal is included in the green list of the United Kingdom, which allows travel without quarantine between the two nations and the UEFA has identified Lisbon as the backup option in case the UK government refuses to relax its restrictions.

Benfica’s Estadio da Luz hosted the Final 2019-20 between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain after the match was removed from Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The José Alvalade Stadium, home to Sporting Lisbon, also hosted games in last season’s Round of 16 competition.

Porto’s Dragao Stadium has been reported as an option for the Final this season, but sources have told ESPN that the complex is not large enough to cope with the demand for a Final from Champions League and that the lack of hotel accommodation in the city would also be a problem.

Wembley is still the preferred solution, but the UEFA you will need a quick change of address from the UK.