With Cristiano Ronaldo, the danger is permanent. A formidable scorer, smuggler and technician, the quadruple Ballon d’Or also possesses unequaled power. Willy Caballero, former goalkeeper of Malaga, will have a hard time saying the opposite, he was injured by CR7 after a penalty from the latter.
The Portuguese is facing the Argentine goalkeeper to try to transform the sentence. Not very inspired at the time, Cristiano Ronaldo stumbles on Caballero, who manages to stop his penalty with a nice reflex foot. However, the current Chelsea player is injured on the action, and will have to give up his place a few minutes later. So that’s what happens when you get on the way to the Lusitano. See instead.
Despite Ronaldo’s defeat on the penalty, Real Madrid will win this day largely on the score of 6 goals to 2. Today in Chelsea with the status of substitute, Caballero could however cross the road again Portuguese in the Champions League. Who knows after all?
Ibrahimovic will start with bench role, says Mourinho
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to settle for a spot off the bench to begin his return from injury, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said.
Ibrahimovic, 36, is set to make his comeback from a serious knee injury when Mourinho’s men host Newcastle United in the Premier League Saturday.
The Swede may have to battle with Romelu Lukaku for a starting spot, but Mourinho said Ibrahimovic would be used off the bench – at least initially.
« As a start, I see him on the bench and it’s where I see him, » the Portuguese tactician said.
« It’s where he’s going to be [Saturday], on the bench. »
« Zlatan, he’s a very important player for us and of course, we welcome him back, » says the boss. « He has incredible personality to fight such an injury. » #MUFC pic.twitter.com/XZOuau166n
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 17, 2017
Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions for United last season before his injury, and he decided to re-sign for another campaign at Old Trafford.
While the arrival of Lukaku may reduce Ibrahimovic’s game time, Mourinho believes the pair could play together.
« This season we played so many times with two strikers, » he said.
« We played so many times, especially when we played three at the back and the wing backs, we brought the second man to the centre so we can do it.
« We are ready to do it and we prepared ourselves since pre-season.
« In pre-season we started doing three in the back already, so they can play together. »
Championship Review: Sheffield United go top
Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United moved back to the top of the Championship with a 3-1 victory at Burton Albion on Friday.
Sharp netted the opener from the spot in the 10th minute after being brought down by Kyle McFadzean, before Matt Palmer equalised for the hosts with a 25-yard strike.
The Blades captain converted a Mark Duffy delivery to restore the lead three minutes later, and Leon Clarke wrapped up the win with a second-half header, having earlier hit the post.
The result moves Chris Wilder’s men a point clear of Wolves at the summit, with the deposed leaders set to travel to Reading on Saturday, although their joy was tempered by an injury – thought to be a broken leg – that saw Paul Coutts taken to hospital.
The Blades are victorious in Friday night’s encounter at the Pirelli Stadium #twitterblades #sufc #forgedinsteel pic.twitter.com/ZKn252cBae
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) November 17, 2017
Burton, meanwhile, have now lost five consecutive home matches and sit one point clear of the relegation zone.
Bolton Wanderers, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to climb out of the drop zone after being held to a goalless draw by Preston North End at Deepdale.
Schurrle: Dortmund couldn’t deal with Stuttgart counter-attacks
Andre Schurrle felt Borussia Dortmund paid the price for a lack of dominance and a susceptibility to counter-attacks in their 2-1 loss to Stuttgart.
Peter Bosz’s side suffered their third Bundesliga defeat in a row at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Friday, with Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo scoring for the hosts either side of a Maximilian Philipp strike following a missed Schurrle penalty.
Schurrle, starting a league game for the first time this season in place of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dropped for a breach of discipline, felt Dortmund responded well to the blow of Akolo’s fifth-minute opener but should have done more with their first-half chances.
The former Chelsea man also called on his team-mates to improve their defensive organisation in order to stop other teams exploiting them on the break.
« I think we played a good game, especially in the first half after the almost own-goal, » he said immediately after the match. « We came back strong, had good control and played some good football. But we need to score more goals.
« In the second half, we didn’t dominate the game as we wanted. It went from in front of their goal to the other goal and, as Borussia Dortmund, you can’t let the game happen like this. We have to dominate and work the ball. We can’t give them so many good chances. »
1 – Josip #Brekalo is the first Croatian player to score for @VfB_int in the #Bundesliga since Zvonimir Soldo back in 2005. Nostalgia. #VfBBVB pic.twitter.com/H84X39Y1gb
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 17, 2017
Dortmund lost Sokratis Papastathopoulos at half-time but Schurrle refused to blame Stuttgart’s second goal on replacement Dan-Axel Zagadou, who failed to stop the run of Brekalo.
« Dan came in and played a really good game, » he said. « But when you’re as open as we are, and they play so many counter-attacks, it’s difficult to win games. »
Dortmund now face a daunting run of fixtures, with their Champions League fate to be decided against Tottenham and Real Madrid amid league games against fierce rivals Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen.
Schurrle, however, sees it as a chance to show the Dortmund fans the team is prepared to fight to improve.
« It’s a good opportunity. It’s the most important game for our fans and you saw they were behind us but were very frustrated at the end and disappointed with us, » he added.
« We need to go back, work on our shape, build some stamina and then go and play in the Champions League and the derby. »
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