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Antoine Griezmann comes out on top vs Chicharito as Atleti take control

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The INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking calculates the global ranking of each model by its popularity score, goals, assists, and one-vs-one duels

Atletico Madrid aren’t supposed to do six-goal thrillers.

Diego Simeone’s side have made two of the last three UEFA Champions League finals thanks largely to a watertight defence.

Only three times in their last 29 UCL outings had Atleti given up more than one goal in a single match, and they arrived in Germany on Tuesday for their last 16 first-leg clash with Leverkusen having conceded just twice all tournament.

So if they were to concede twice to a Leverkusen side that had managed just eight goals in their six matches of the competition so far, there was bound to be good reason.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, Simeone went for it at the BayArena, unleashing what at times resembled a 4-2-4 to maximise the ruthlessness of a counter-attacking style that has brought the club such success.

With a whiff of goals in the Rhine air, all eyes turned to the deadliest slingers on the field as Chicharito and his Nike Mercurial Superfly went toe-to-toe with Antoine Griezmann and Puma evoSPEED SL-S II 17 in a boot-battle shootout at dawn.

And it was Griezmann who drew first, offering a much-needed boost to the evoSPEED which sits a full seven places behind the Mercurial in the in the INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking for the Champions League.

The INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking has been created to empower football fans to choose the best available boot for their needs.

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Leverkusen were on an eight-match unbeaten run in the UCL but were blown away in the first-half as Atletico aimed squarely at the flanks and fired with everything they had.

“We knew we could cause problems on their right side,” said Simeone. “We also targeted [their left-back] Wendell – and it worked.”

Griezmann let off a warning shot as early as the 12th minute, exchanging passes with Kevin Gameiro to waltz through the Leverkusen defence and force a fine stop out of Bernd Leno.

Some 13 minutes later the France international was less forgiving, collecting a pass from Gameiro to send Leno the wrong way and build on Saul Niguez’s opener moments earlier.

That strike saw Griezmann become Atleti’s all-time top scorer in the Champions League/European Cup with 13 goals, overtaking club legend Luis Aragones (12).

And Griezmann almost had the tie over inside 30 minutes, again linking brilliantly with Gameiro before a sprawling Leno somehow managed to send the ball bouncing up and over the crossbar.

Time and again Griezmann led the Atleti charge, linking superbly with the magnificent Gameiro as they sprang forward on one break after another.

Some unusually sloppy defending then let Leverkusen back into the game, however, as Karim Bel-larabi pulled one back before Stefan Savic deflected the ball into his own net, but Gameiro then struck for the visitors and Griezmann was given a rest for the final 12 minutes with his side 3-2 up.

All the while, Chicharito had been a bystander on the night he equaled Rafa Marquez’s record as the Mexican player with most appearances in the competition (45).

But his big moment would eventually arrive. With ten minutes remaining, he latched onto a low cross, turned brilliantly and pulled the trigger, but his shot was cleared almost off the goal line by Filipe Luis.

Chicharito and Leverkusen would pay heavy price for that misfire, as substitute Fernando Torres all but settled the tie with Atleti’s fourth on 86 minutes.

The evoSPEED, which sits eighth in the overall rankings across all of Europe’s top leagues, has some way to go as it attempts to climb the INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking, but Griezmann will cer-tainly be doing his bit to fire it back up the table.

Source: www.goal.com

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw

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With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »

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Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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