Team is progressing

Leonardo Jardim reckons the recent win that Monaco secured over Bastia showed that the young team was progressing well.  Monaco did not seem to be that comfortable in the initial stages of that game, but, did not lose the plot and hung in there to turn it around later on.

A couple of goals by Traore in the 72nd and the 84th minute respectively gave them the decisive lead and they pulled off another three points to manage to move one position up in the table.

In the post game interview, Jardim was quoted as saying, “It’s been going pretty of late. I am happy with the development that the youngsters are showing.  A bit of patience was required today. Bastia is a very compact team and they do not give much to the opposition especially when they play at home.”

“First 45 minutes, we were struggling to match their intensity, but, what’s important was that we did not hand them any easy opportunities and kept ourselves in the contest.”

“Winning tough games like these with a fairly inexperienced team, it’s very satisfactory. We hope we remain consistent in the rest of the season.”

Les Rouges had finished the previous Ligue 1 at no. 3. They would want to have a similar sort of finish this season too.  Currently, they are at the 4th position with 27 points in 17 games.

They are behind the toppers Paris Saint-Germain by miles as all the other teams are, but, they have every chance to overtake Angers and Caen which are positioned second and third respectively in the table at the moment.

As far as Paris Saint-Germain is concerned, they are presently 15 points clear at the top and are almost guaranteed for the title yet again.




Stunned before El Clasico

Real Madrid suffered a huge setback ahead of the first El Clasico by suffering a 3-2 defeat against Sevilla. This defeat was surprising considering that Madrid took the lead early in the match through Sergio Ramos. This goal would have propelled the team to a strong position, but it turned out in the opposite direction after Sevilla came back with vengeance.

The home team appeared unstoppable and were leading 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game. This was after goals from the likes of Llorente and Banega. Their defeat increases pressure from manager Rafa Benitez, who admitted that Madrid collapsed after seeing Sevilla equalise through Immobile.

Madrid are up against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend. This defeat makes the situation extremely was considering that the Catalans can afford to come with just a draw in mind. They have opened a three-point advantage to take advantage of Madrid’s slip. After having failed to win the league title in the last few seasons, success in the domestic competition will be the main priority for Benitez. However, he has split opinions since becoming the replacement for Carlo Ancelotti. Madrid have certainly become more solid at the back but they have also been lethargic in attack. Cristiano Ronaldo once again failed to sparkle amidst rumours of unhappiness.

“We played 30 very good minutes, lots of control, in all levels. Then we let them score at a set-piece. That changed the game. From the second goal we started to make mistakes, they took advantage and scored a third. We came back and scored late, but it wasn’t enough. That was the lesson from the game, in the first half a good Real Madrid for a long time, in the second half we were not able to manage the situation. We should have killed the game in the first half, and we didn’t,” said Benitez.

Benitez Unfazed by Loss

Despite the fact that the last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Villarreal pushed Real Madrid back in the title race in the Spanish Primera Division, Rafael Benitez is still quite unfazed.

According to Benitez, it’s quite normal to go through a bit of a lean period in a long season and it is something which is bound to happen to other sides as well.

The Los Blancos have suffered a form dip over the last one and half months as they have been beaten thrice in the Spanish top flight in that duration.  They were undefeated in Liga prior to that and were sitting at the top in the standings.

When asked about this sudden slump, Benitez said, “When you play a lot of matches in a long season, there comes a period when the form deteriorates and it’s something which each and every side experiences”

“As far as today’s game is concerned, first half was pretty poor. But, we bounced back well. We were decent after the break. We still missed the opportunities yes, but, there were not too many mistakes made. If we had played the whole game like that, we might have secured the points, but, unfortunately, it was not to be.”

Real Madrid is now trailing by 5 points to the top positioned Barcelona and the second positioned Atletico both of whom have got 35 points.

Barcelona is at the top due to the better goal differential.

The next game for Real Madrid is on the coming Sunday against Rayo Vallecano which is in the relegation zone at the moment.

Playing them at home would be a cake walk for the Whites and they would like to return to winning ways with a big win in that game.




Preview of the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Tournament

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships is always one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and the 2015 tournament is expected to be one of the most exciting in recent times. The women’s tournament will include some of the world’s best players as they try to win one of tennis’ four Grand Slam titles.

We take a look at the upcoming tournament and discuss some of the favourites for the women’s crown, while also taking a look at current British number one Heather Watson and her chances of causing an upset at this year’s tournament.

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