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Report: Sevilla 2 Atletico Madrid 5

first_imgSevilla 2 Atletico Madrid 5: Griezmann hat-trick sinks sorry hosts Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 2/26/18 griezmanncosta - Cropped Getty Images Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann inspired Atletico Madrid to a fifth straight LaLiga win as Sevilla were put to the sword in a 5-2 romp. Antoine Griezmann scored a brilliant hat-trick and Diego Costa celebrated his 100th LaLiga appearance for Atletico Madrid with a goal as Sevilla were battered 5-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.In one of LaLiga’s more testy historical rivalries, it was Diego Simeone’s men that turned on the style to earn revenge for a Copa del Rey quarter-final defeat in January.Griezmann and Costa were in typically lethal form, but Sevilla were on more than one occasion the architects of their own downfall and a moment of unwarranted generosity set the Atleti ball rolling. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sergio Rico and Ever Banega conspired to play Sevilla into trouble, allowing Costa to celebrate a third Liga goal since re-joining from Chelsea.As comical as that goal was, the second was textbook brilliance from Griezmann, whose long-range curling strike three minutes before the break effectively ended the game as a contest given Atleti had conceded just nine LaLiga goals prior to this match.42′ | 0-2 | OH MY WORD. WHAT A GOAL, @AntoGriezmann !#AúpaAtleti #SevillaFCAtleti pic.twitter.com/yM5g6skHZA — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 25, 2018 Griezmann stroked home his second from the penalty spot after Rico felled Costa in the area, and more poor defending – this time from Gabriel Mercado – allowed the France star to tee up Koke for a simple fourth.He rounded off his hat-trick late on after already hitting the post and, despite a late rally that saw Pablo Sarabia and Nolito add some respectability for Sevilla, Atleti earned a fifth straight league win, and seventh in eight games, to move within seven points of leaders Barcelona.Atleti’s normally watertight defence was carved open in just the third minute by Jesus Navas’ throughball and Jan Oblak brilliantly denied Luis Muriel one-on-oneSevilla – who lost Navas to a calf injury 15 minutes later – were undone by a moment of madness, though.A minute after rightfully being booked for play acting following a tangle with Clement Lenglet, Costa pick-pocketed a dawdling Banega – who was played into trouble by Rico – and swiftly fired into the bottom-left corner.7 – Diego Costa has been directly involved in seven goals in his nine games for Atletico this season in all competitions (five goals and two assists). Roar. pic.twitter.com/sLeuvuOkjA — OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 25, 2018 Costa was denied a second by the legs of Rico but a moment of great individual skill from Griezmann doubled Atleti’s lead.The France star picked up a loose ball and bent a 20-yard effort into the top-left corner on his weaker right foot.Sevilla’s hopes of an unlikely comeback were over six minutes after the break when Costa lifted the ball over Rico and was taken out by the home goalkeeper, leaving Griezmann to coolly stroke the resulting penalty into the bottom-right corner.Another woeful piece of defending stretched Atleti’s lead. Mercado’s careless backpass was seized on by Griezmann who, with the angle against him, had the wherewithal to backheel into the path of Koke to poke into the unguarded goal.Griezmann then smashed an effort against the post but, after former Pizjuan stars Kevin Gameiro and Vitolo – whose move to Atleti led to Sevilla launching legal action – were greeted by a chorus of boos, he tapped in from Saul’s sliding pass cross the face of goal to celebrate his third.Sarabia converted Wissam Ben Yedder’s pass from close range and Nolito brilliantly drilled through a crowded penalty area as Sevilla mounted a late rally, which included Sarabia seeing a penalty claim for a coming together with Oblak waved away, but it was too little too late for the hosts.Key Opta stats: – Antoine Griezmann is the second LaLiga player to reach double figures for both goals (16) and assists (10) this season in all competitions, after Lionel Messi (30 and 15).- Diego Costa has scored 11 goals against Sevilla in all competitions, against no side has he scored more.- Costa has been directly involved in seven goals in his nine games for Atletico this season in all competitions (five goals and two assists).- Griezmann scored his first goal from outside box this season in LaLiga. He has scored 15 goals from outside the box in LaLiga but this is the first with his right foot.- Atletico won their first penalty in LaLiga since April 2017 (two against Osasuna) and Griezmann is the first Atletico player to score a penalty goal in the competition since September 2016 (Fernando Torres against Sporting).  read morelast_img read more

‘When I play I’m Luca, not Zidane’

first_imgReal Madrid ‘When I play I’m Luca, not Zidane’ – Zinedine’s son distances himself from father Sacha Pisani 15:48 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Villarreal v Real Madrid Villarreal The Real Madrid boss rested goalkeeper Keylor Navas and handed his son Luca a first start in a 2-2 La Liga draw at Villarreal on Saturday Luca Zidane tried to play down pressure associated with following in the footsteps of his famous father after making his Real Madrid debut.Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane rested goalkeeper Keylor Navas as he handed son Luca his first start in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at Villarreal.The 20-year-old keeper made a costly misjudgement as the Champions League holders squandered a two-goal lead in their final league fixture of the season. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Luca Zidane was rounded by substitute Samu Castillejo with five minutes remaining as Villarreal salvaged a point.”When I play I’m Luca, not Zidane,” the youngster said afterwards.”It tastes bittersweet, I’m proud to have made my debut with the best team in the world but the feeling of the draw is a bit bittersweet,” he added. “I’ll have to watch the conceded goals again, I tried my best.”It was a proud moment for Zinedine Zidane, who won titles during his illustrious career as a player with France, Juventus and Madrid.”Lucas [Zidane] is just another player. I treat him as I do any of the other player and that’s it,” Zinedine told reporters.”He’s the only player of the squad who hadn’t played this season. So that’s why he played today.”His debut is an important match for him and of course for his coach, his father. We will see each other later.”last_img read more

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first_imgBody Science has a special deal for Touch Football members.To receive an exclusive 30% discount. 1. Register as a member at www.BScCompression.com.au2. Type the following Friends code into the Friends code field on the registration form: Friends Code: austouch3. Shop on-line & receive your friends discount, applied to your order at checkoutAttached is a flyer with details.For further information, please visit the following websites:Sports Nutrition Website – www.bodyscience.com.auCompression Clothing Website – www.kompressorz.comRelated Filesfriends-touch-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoQatar in talks with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Qatar in talks with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wengerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveQatar are in talks with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.France Football says the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have approached the 67-year-old Frenchman over their national team’s manager role.The Qatari FA might look to replace the current manager, former Barcelona youth team coach Felix Sanchez, following poor results in recent years.Qatar were eliminated from the 2017 Gulf Cup in the group stage, despite winning the previous edition of the tournament, before failing to qualify for last year’s World Cup in Russia. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce: Firmino just like Cantona

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: Firmino just like Cantonaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce has compared Roberto Firmino to his former Manchester United teammate Eric Cantona.Firmino was in mercurial form setting up two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday.”He’s one that drifts into that little area and he naturally does it, where it’s so difficult for defenders to go,” said Bruce. “And his attitude and work-rate, it’s so important. Of course, their (Liverpool’s) front three are as good as you are going to play against as a threat to you.”The way they play with the intensity, the full-backs are only young and the delivery and presence they bring to the box you can see why they are Champions of Europe.”Cantona is as good a player as I’ve ever seen. I haven’t seen Firmino week in week out like that, but just when you see him here and what he gives them, it’s a perfect balance. And Cantona gave us that.”Bruce added: “Back in the day, we had Giggs and Kanchelskis who had frightening pace and stretched sides so much like Liverpool’s two, and Cantona dropped into that hole and people couldn’t get anywhere near them. That’s what you see with Firmino.”Firmino is the one that drops in, but the pace of the other two is frightening, he drops in and the other two are running over your shoulder.”It is… look they are a very, very good team, as good as you get. At this moment in time is there anyone better? The one down the road I suppose is there at the minute, but they are certainly as good as you get.”When you work against them, and try to negate them, then you see why they haven’t lost for two years here.” last_img read more

25 days agoChelsea midfielder Jorginho: We’re playing more long balls

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Jorginho: We’re playing more long ballsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Jorginho says he’s been happy to adjust his game to suit manager Frank Lampard’s system.On average there are less touches in a game from Jorginho this season but he says his position on the pitch has not greatly altered. “This season we are playing more with the long balls and with more runs, less short passes,” he told chelseafc.com, “so we changed a little bit but the mentality is the same, we press the other team and try to have the control of the match.”I try to adapt myself for what the coach wants and he does not want too much short passing.”Lampard spoke at the weekend about the leadership qualities Jorginho, who opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton from the penalty spot, brings to the side.”This is not new for me because I was always like this, I always try to do that, to help my team-mates,” Jorginho points out. “Not everyone can see that but when someone like Frank Lampard says it, people look for that.” last_img read more

2 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers hails Toure impact

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers hails Toure impactby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the impact of assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure is becoming a key member of Rodgers’ backroom staff after following him to the King Power Stadium from Celtic.“When I brought Kolo into Liverpool, the reasons behind him coming in was to play but also to start him out on his coaching career,” said Rodgers. “He started his badges then.“I took him to Celtic as a player and he continued with those badges. I always felt he was one who wanted to make that jump into the technical staff.“He’s not got a lot of experience in terms of coaching yet. But he’s so keen to learn and then what he can give us, he can give players and centre-halves in particular those little moments of gold dust from so many years playing against different types of strikers.“Our training is very global in terms of how we work, and of course there’s moments when it gets split up into different sectors of the team and he will always go with the defenders, with either myself, or Chris [Davies, assistant manager] or Adam [Sadler, first-team coach], and we’ll work the various areas.“He’s got that feeling having just come out of the game, that he can speak with players. He’s got a great career ahead of him as a coach.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vine: Ezekiel Elliot Edges Out Braxton Miller In Ohio State Fastest Student Race

first_imgOhio state students race including braxton miller and ezekiel elliot.Twitter/@JerodNBC4Ezekiel Elliott is one of the elite running backs in college football, and unsurprisingly, he is the fastest guy on the Ohio State campus, at least based on today’s “fastest student race.” The first half of today’s Ohio State spring game was entertaining, but halftime has been pretty fun as well. Cardale Jones already wowed the crowd with a 74-yard throw, and now Elliott has edged out teammate and fellow-speedster Braxton Miller for the “fastest student” title. It was a close race, though.Zeke edges Braxton in the fastest student race. https://t.co/OVMnaEeMvg— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) April 18, 2015We know that Elliott is going to be a big factor in Ohio State’s offense this season. How will Miller factor in? Based on this video, he is just as fast as he’s always been. We’re sure Urban Meyer has some ideas kicking around for how to utilize all three of his stellar signal callers.last_img read more

Video: Former Florida Stars Riley Cooper And Tim Tebow Recorded “Get Well Soon” Message For Young Eagles Fan

first_imgTim Tebow celebrating a win for Florida.MIAMI – JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Gators won the game by a score of 24-14. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)Quarterback Tim Tebow and wide receiver Riley Cooper shined at Florida from 2006-09, and the two are teammates once again with the Philadelphia Eagles. The two former Gators got together to record a video message for local high school student Collin “Bear” Shank, who recently underwent surgery to remove a one-inch brain tumor. Shank is currently recovering after a successful procedure, and we’re sure he appreciates this classy gesture by two of the players from his favorite team.[Bleeding Green Nation]last_img read more

Video: ESPN Giving Out College Football Playoff Team Tuxedos

first_imgThis year, the College Football Playoff semifinal games will be played on New Year’s Eve, and some fans may need some formal wear for a party, that also allows them to show their team spirit. ESPN and Generation Tux has you covered. The two companies have partnered to create special Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State, and Oklahoma tuxedos, and they’re…something.Four teams. Four custom tuxes. Perfect for New Year’s Eve! Enter for a chance to win one at https://t.co/tXdohguy1y. https://t.co/czAX9GTlSA— ESPN (@espn) December 10, 2015For real, these are ESPN’s “New Year’s Eve Collection” of tuxedos available to 10 lucky fans of each CFP team pic.twitter.com/r2knfKf7U2— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 10, 201510 fans of each school will win these special tuxes. Here’s a closer look at the fine details for each.alabama tux“You can’t go wrong with an Alabama houndstooth tux.”clemson tux“How about this subtle Clemson orange blazer and tiger tie combo?”michigan state tux“There’s this sporty Spartan green tux with epaulettes.”oklahoma tux“The wagon wheel buttons on this Oklahoma jacket adds a classy, yet rugged touch.”We’re not sure about those Michigan State epaulettes, but some of these are pretty cool. Click here for more details on how to win them.[ESPN.GenerationTux.com]last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Tees Off On Iowa Fans After Rose Bowl Loss

first_imgColin Cowherd talks about Iowa's football program.colin cowherd iowa fans tees offYou knew it was coming, Iowa fans. FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd, who trolled the Hawkeyes all year long, is gloating after Iowa’s poor Rose Bowl performance. Monday, Cowherd teed off on Iowa’s program, which he calls the “fake ID” of college football. He also explained his inflammatory tweet from Sunday.This likely won’t go over well in Iowa City. .@ColinCowherd was right all season long. Iowa was a fraud & the fake ID of college football. #HerdHere https://t.co/dqbsv0NH6e— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 4, 2016last_img read more

Chelsea vs Southampton: Morata earns rare Blues start

first_imgChelsea host Southampton on Wednesday with the aim of strengthening their grip on fourth place in the Premier League. After a shock defeat to Leicester , Maurizio Sarri’s men have bounced back with successive wins over Watford and Crystal Palace, the latter achieved on Sunday by a 1-0 margin thanks to a goal from N’Golo Kante .Southampton, meanwhile, have pushed their way out of the relegation zone but have lost successive home matches to West Ham and Manchester City as new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to get to grips with the St. Mary’s club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Chelsea vs Southampton Date Wednesday, January 2 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Olivier Giroud has been ruled out after picking up an ankle problem and joins Victor Moses and Pedro on the sidelines. Cesc Fabregas is named on the bench despite a neck complaint.That means a starting berth for Alvaro Morata up front while Ross Barkley keeps his place in midfield.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard Position Southampton players Goalkeepers McCarthy, Forster, Gunn, Rose Defenders Vestergaard, Hoedt, Stephens, Yoshida, Bednarek, Targett, Cedric Midfielders Lemina, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Davis, Redmond, Elyounoussi Forwards Gabbiadini, Ings, Austin, Long, Gallagher Ryan Bertrand is missing for Southampton, but Cedric Soares is fit to start having been a doubt with a knock.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg begins a three-game ban after being dismissed at the weekend, opening the door for James Ward-Prowse to start.Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong also return after being rested against Manchester City while Angus Gunn is prefered in goal to Alex McCarthy.Southampton starting XI: Gunn; Vestergaard, Yoshida, Bednarek; Cedric, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Valery; Redmond, Armstrong; IngsBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 2/7 on an away win. Southampton can be backed at 11/1 and a draw is available at 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview N'Golo Kante Chelsea 30122018Chelsea might have won their last two matches but as Maurizio Sarri leads his side into their first match of 2019, the Italian does not believe the squad are in a good place. “We are in trouble,” he said after the weekend’s victory against Crystal Palace as the club’s injury problems worsened ahead of a hectic month in which his side are set to play seven fixtures.Indeed, after seeing striker Olivier Giroud limp out of that match, it was the unlikely figure of N’Golo Kante who grabbed the winning goal – his third of the season.“It’s something I’m enjoying,” the World Cup winner declared as he reflected on the more advanced position that he has taken up this season, despite his manager insisting that his first priority must be on defending.The Blues do appear to be short of attacking options, but Sarri has moved to confirm that neither Michy Batshuayi or Tammy Abraham will be recalled from loan deals during January, though he did admit that he hopes to keep a hold of Cesc Fabregas , who is closing in on a move to Monaco .Christian Pulisic has been signed from Dortmund but will not join the squad until the summer.Despite the headaches of the home side, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is under no illusions as to the size of the task his side face.Having watched his side lose out against Man City at the weekend, he said: “We know if you want to take a point, or three, against Chelsea, you have to play a perfect game.”Saints recent record against the Blues makes for ominous reading – they have lost their last eight against the London club – highlighting the difficulty of the task they face. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Top Team Performances From Week 6

first_imgKirk Herbstreit giving his college football playoff prediction.ESPN.Continuing his weekly tradition, Kirk Herbstreit cited the five players and five teams that impressed him most over the weekend.Last week featured a number of thrilling games and outstanding performances. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit listed on Twitter today which players and teams stood out to him from Week 6’s slate of games.Atop the surprising performances was an unranked non-Power-5 victory over the No. 6 team in the country. Of course that one made the list. But there are some surprising performances that flew under-the-radar this past weekend. Herbstreit paid honor to those teams.Herbie also gave his top-5 player performances from the weekend.Alvin Kamara (18 carries, 127 yards, 2 TD’s), TennesseeSamaje Perrine (35 carries, 214 yards, 2 TD’s) and Dede Westbrook (10 receptions, 232 yards, 3 TD’s), OklahomaJake Browning (22-of-28 passing, 304 yards, 6 TD’s), WashingtonMichigan’s Offensive Line (481 yards rushing, 0 sacks allowed)Ryan Nall (14 carries, 221 yards, 3 TD’s), Oregon StateClick through to see the five teams that impressed Herbie most during Week 6.last_img read more

The Last Minute Of Michigan vs. Michigan State Was Really Bizarre

first_imgJabrill Peppers running down the field against Michigan State.Twitter/@EvanPetzoldMichigan vs. Michigan State didn’t have quite the crazy finish of last year’s epic Spartans win, but it got weird nevertheless.The Wolverines had control of the game throughout, but Michigan State kept things interesting until the final whistle. With a second left on the clock, Donnie Corley scored on a short touchdown pass from Tyler O’Connor to cut Michigan’s lead to 30-23. Obviously, MSU would need a miracle to tie the game, but there was a chance.…Until Mark Dantonio elected to go for two instead of kicking the extra point for some reason. Perhaps it was out of fear of Michigan’s prodigious kick-blocking ability, but he opted for a speed option instead. Michigan was all over the play, the pitch was behind running back Gerald Holmes, and Michigan Heisman contender Jabrill Peppers pounced on the loose ball, taking it 97 yards to the house to extend Michigan’s lead to 32-23, effectively killing any chance for another MSU miracle finish.My favorite part of the play that capped Michigan vs. Michigan State: Peppers never slowed down, despite the fact that no Michigan State player was anywhere near him.JABRILL PEPPERS TO THE HOUSE! pic.twitter.com/AYc8mYPBqv— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) October 29, 2016The play capped off a big day for Peppers, who was featured in a College GameDay feature in the morning, and had another big day on both sides of the ball. He ran for 24 yards and a touchdown on offense, and had another big day on defense.Lamar Jackson probably remains in front of the Heisman race, with Louisville escaping against Virginia earlier today. If anyone can catch him, however, it may be Peppers, who does it all for Michigan every single week.last_img read more

Nick Bosa Calls Out Jabrill Peppers For Pushing Ohio State Fan

first_imgJabrill Peppers gets into it with an Ohio State fan.ABC.Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa had a word for Jabrill Pepper’s actions after Ohio State’s win.Ohio State and Michigan played one of the best games of the year. In a series titled “The Game,” this game lived up to the hype. Ohio State escaped with a 30-27 win in double overtime to, most likely, solidify its place in the College Football Playoff.After the game concluded, fans stormed the field. Michigan players were still on the field when a sea of Ohio State fans rushed the field. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers got into an altercation with a fan, and pushed said fan.Well, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa had a word for Peppers’ actions after the game.Classy https://t.co/KUeioU17Wh— Nick Bosa (@nbsmallerbear) November 27, 2016Tensions are high after a loss. Even higher after a loss in double overtime to your bitter rival. But that does not excuse Peppers’ actions after the game.Ohio State is nearly a lock to make the College Football Playoff, while Michigan will most likely be in the top five when the rankings come out on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Lindelof wanted by ‘big European club’ amid Barca links

first_imgVictor Lindelof is a target for a “great European club” but will only be able to leave Old Trafford if Manchester United let him, the Sweden international’s agent has said. Lindelof has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer with the Catalan club reportededly eyeing him as an option at centre-back if they miss out on Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.And with De Ligt now looking set to join Juventus ahead of next season, Barca could open talks with the Red Devils.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Although Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has not mentioned the La Liga side by name, he revealed there is interest in the defender.”Lindelof is on the radar of a great European club, but leaving United depends on the English club,” Centinkaya told Mundo Deportivo.The 42-year-old is also the agent of Frenkie de Jong, and reportedly spoke to Barca officials about the situation of Lindelof when he traveled to Catalunya for the Netherlands midfielder’s presentation at Camp Nou.But Lindelof has appeared focused on performing for Man Utd next season.The former Benfica man last month spoke about the squad’s mindset going into pre-season preparations.“Well there’s a lot of excitement of course, because we haven’t seen each other for a long time,” he told MUTV.“It’s always nice to see all the players and you know everyone is just excited to get started again, to work hard and get ready for the season.”The Red Devils are set for a tricky start to the Premier League season with a game against Chelsea at Old Trafford on the opening day.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be looking to make a statement in that fixture and Lindelof also highlighted the importance of the introduction of a winter break in the English top flight when looking ahead to 2019-20. “I think it’s good actually,” the Swede added.“I think, if you look at the other countries, they always have a winter break and I think it’s important for the mind and the body as well to get a little bit of rest so you can keep going and work hard throughout the season.“So yeah, I’m all for it. I know in England we’ve always played a lot during the winter while others have rested a little bit, so I think it’s going to be good. I think people will enjoy it.”last_img read more