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France and Arsenal great Vieira takes over as Nice coach

first_img0Shares0000French former France, Inter Milan and Arsenal star Patrick Vieira gave his first press conference as Nice manager on Monday © AFP / YANN COATSALIOUNICE, France, Jun 11 – After more than 20 years away, former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, is returning to Ligue 1 to take the reins at Nice where he was unveiled as manager on Monday.“I’m very happy to return to France, which I left at the age of 19 or 20,” Vieira told a press conference. “Returning to Ligue 1 was honestly always an objective, but I wanted to do so in the best circumstances and I think that’s the case.” Vieira, 41, arrives after a stint at MLS outfit New York City FC. He has signed a three-year contract and replaces Lucien Favre who is moving to Borussia Dortmund.Nice released a statement describing the 1998 World Cup winner as a “monument of French football”, whose dynamism and charisma had made him the obvious choice.Vieira said he had several conversations with the club’s sporting director Julien Fournier and the president Jean-Pierre Rivere“I was seduced by the project but above all by the men carrying it out,” Vieira said. “When I look at the squad, I was very eager, it’s very encouraging. I think there’s everything here that it takes to succeed.”The former midfield dynamo started his playing career at Cannes but left in 1995 for a brief spell AC Milan before becoming the rock on which Arsenal built a decade of glory, starring for the Gunners from 1996-2005.After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal, he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each of which ended with a Serie A crown.“My career as a player no longer counts, it’s part of my past,” Vieira said. “I know the sacrifices necessary to progress and I hope, of course, to help the young players express their talent and that I can guide them.”– ‘Win their trust’ –Vieira played 107 times for France and was part of the squads that won the World Cup and Euro 2000.“As for my honours with clubs or with Les Bleus, that will give me the confidence of the players for three months,” he said. “After that I need to win their trust and be clear what I want from them.”Vieira retired as a player in 2011 and moved into coaching taking charge of the under-19 and under-21 Manchester City teams before coaching New York, which shares its owner with City.He leaves New York second in the MLS Eastern Conference after Friday’s draw with Atlanta.“I’ve come to know myself and my personality over the last three, four years on the coach’s bench,” Vieira said. “I’ve learned from all of my former coaches.”In a statement announcing the hiring, the Riveira club had said they were “looking for a coach with the ability to continue to play flowing football, bring on young players and take the risk of having them evolve while bringing a winning spirit to the table. That coach is Patrick Vieira.”Vieira, a powerful, battling midfielder with a deft touch on the ball, expressed a similar vision.“I want a team that pushes forward creatively, in which the players express their qualities,” Vieira said. “Nice has set the bar pretty high in recent years in terms of beautiful football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mumbai to get museum on Master Blaster

first_imgA museum dedicated to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will soon be constructed in his home city, Mumbai.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has zeroed in on the Andheri Sports Complex in Andheri and another sports complex in Borivali for the project that was announced two years ago, civic body officials said, adding the work on it is likely to start soon.The museum will have cricket memorabilia associated with Tendulkar such as the bats and pads used by him and his rare photographs since childhood. It will also feature his interviews, what people close to him say, and anecdotes about him, they said.Significantly, it will also have an audio visual presentation of the cricketer’s achievements and records. As Tendulkar has himself said that the 2011 World Cup win is the most precious moment of his life, the BMC has decided to have a section dedicated to this win.According to BMC officials, the museums will also display the cricketing history of Mumbai that will include the story of its ‘maidans’ (cricket grounds) and other cricketing heroes who have emerged from the city.While it was the state government that announced the project in 2010 to showcase the achievements of the batting legend, the civic body’s move to find an appropriate place to house the museum signals that the Shiv Sena-controlled civic body has made peace with him.The cricketer had drawn the ire of Shiv Sena for his ‘Mumbai-is-for-all’ remarks in 2009. While MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is known to be close to Tendulkar, did not react, it was the Sena that targeted him. In attacks that were clearly personal, it questioned his contribution to Mumbai cricket and also asked him to just concentrate on cricket.advertisementThe Sena was also miffed that Tendulkar had not been responding to its letters informing of its desire to felicitate him. Earlier this year when he scored his 100th international century, the BMC once again wrote to him but when he didn’t reply, former Shiv Sena mayors said the civic body should not approach him again on the issue.last_img read more

11 days agoHendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” last_img read more

Mike Brey: “That Was A Big Time Win, Don’t Let Anybody Tell You That You Should Have Beaten Them By 50”

first_imgMike Brey speaks to Notre Dame after NCAA Tournament win.In Thursday’s first contest of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 3 seed Notre Dame held off a wild rally from No. 14 seed Northeastern to prevail, 69-65. The Irish, more known for their offensive prowess, had to lock down defensively on the Huskies’ final possession to eke out the victory. Following the game, head coach Mike Brey kicked off his locker room speech by clarifying just how important a victory it was for the team.Here’s a clip from our locker room after our 2nd-round NCAA win. Stay tuned to @WatchND for full video. #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/5a1HuQW7Uz— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 19, 2015Notre Dame has had a tough time advancing in the NCAA Tournament over the years, so this was a big hump for the program. How far can the Irish go?last_img

Govt wont pursue talking car mandate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. It would enable vehicles to transmit their location, speed, direction and other information 10 times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light or coming around a blind turn in time to prevent a crash.The administration has decided not to pursue a final V2V mandate, said two auto industry officials who have spoken with White House and Transportation Department officials and two others whose organizations have spoken to the administration. The industry officials spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their relations with the administration.The White House declined to comment, but the proposal has been dropped from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s list of regulations actively under consideration and instead has been relegated to its long-term agenda.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office forwarded a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which said the agency is still reviewing more than 460 comments on the proposed mandate before deciding its next step and that no final decision has been made. Industry officials said decisions on the matter are being made at higher levels of the administration.Administration officials indicated their decision was based on several factors, including general wariness of imposing costly mandates on industry, even though most automakers support requiring V2V, industry officials said. President Donald Trump has made reducing government regulations, which he sees as a drain on the economy, a guiding principle of his administration.The Transportation Department estimates the technology has the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of up to 80 per cent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. V2V was also expected to provide an extra layer of safety for self-driving cars since it can detect even vehicles hidden by buildings or beyond the range of the sensors and cameras of autonomous vehicles. And it was expected to ease traffic congestion since vehicles could communicate with traffic signals, turning them green to prevent needless waiting, save fuel and reduce emissions.V2V is one of the “most important tools” for reducing traffic fatalities, but the Trump administration “is locking it in the trunk if they’re not going to put out the mandate,” said Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, a congressionally chartered advocacy group. “The only way you’re going to get it adopted and deployed in a widespread manner is by having a mandate.”The Obama administration shares some of the blame because it waited years to propose the mandate, she said.Traffic fatalities have surged over the past two years to 37,461 deaths in 2016, up nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. It’s the largest two-year increase since the early 1960s.Another reason administration officials are allowing the V2V proposal to languish is strong opposition from the cable and tech industries, auto industry officials said.The government set aside the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for transportation technologies in 1999. It went unused while the government and automakers spent over a decade and more than $1 billion developing and testing V2V.Spectrum is finite and in short supply. Cable and tech companies have been seeking permission to use the 5.9 GHz spectrum for additional wireless bandwidth. Automakers say they need the entire 5.9 GHz spectrum for V2V and other safety uses.The Federal Communications Commission has been conducting tests to see if the spectrum can be shared without interfering with the safety signals. The first test results are expected to be released soon.Automakers wanted the mandate partly because it would establish V2V protocols to ensure that Fords could talk to Toyotas which could talk to Volkswagens, and so on.The mandate was also intended to get the technology onto roads faster. It called for half of new vehicles to have V2V within two years after a final rule was issued, and all new vehicles within four years. The more vehicles equipped with V2V, the more collisions that could be avoided. It would still take many years before there were enough vehicles with V2V to reap the technology’s full promise. That might be accelerated by after-market devices that would bring V2V to older vehicles.Automakers can put V2V in vehicles without a mandate. General Motors has put the technology in its Cadillac CTS sedans. Toyota has put V2V in vehicles in Japan and Volkswagen plans to put it in cars in Europe starting in 2019. But it will be more difficult for automakers to protect the 5.9 GHz spectrum and deployment will be far slower without a mandate, industry officials said.Some European manufacturers say they want V2V, but it might be better to wait super-fast 5G cellular technology to achieve it instead of currently available technology. But 5G is still being developed. Years of testing would be required after it’s ready before it could go into cars.“The longer we wait, the more people die,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We need to move forward with it.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy___This story has been corrected to reflect that General Motors has put the V2V technology in Cadillac CTS sedans, not CT6 sedans.last_img read more

Davie shipyard launches new plea for Ottawa to award it second ship

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 1,300 jobs are at risk due to Ottawa’s refusal to give the Davie shipyard near Quebec City a contract for a second supply ship, a coalition trying to save the facility said Thursday.Members of the group travelled to Montreal to try to pressure Quebec-based MPs to recognize the plight of the province’s shipyard workers.Some 800 workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of the year, while another 350 people who work at the shipyard’s suppliers in the Quebec City area are also believed to be at risk of being unemployed.On Thursday, the coalition presented the findings of a survey it conducted among 205 of the 219 Montreal-area suppliers to the Davie shipyard.More than half of them said the federal government’s decision would negatively affect their businesses and threaten 160 jobs.Davie recently completed the Asterix, a former container ship converted into a supply ship.The shipyard’s workers were expecting an order for a second ship but were told by the Canadian Forces it would not be needed.The president of a subsidiary of the Davie shipyard owner that acts as an intermediary for federal contracts said both the Senate and the House of Commons have recognized the urgency to equip the Navy with a ship similar to the one Davie recently completed.“We are not trying to pull work from other shipyards in Canada,” Spencer Fraser, head of Federal Fleet Services, told reporters. “There is enough work for all three yards.”The other facilities are in Vancouver and Halifax.Ottawa plans on acquiring its second supply ship in 2021 from Vancouver, which has a $4.1-billion contract for two vessels.Fraser said that timeline is not realistic.Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyard can build only one ship at a time, Fraser said, and the yard first has to deliver four ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, an order that will be completed in 2023.Fraser said Vancouver’s supply ship can only be completed by 2026.He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to release a more realistic timeline.Davie spokesman Frederick Boisvert has said laid-off workers could be quickly recalled once the Trudeau government decides to send a “clear signal” or letter of intent for the second ship.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in early December he recognized the expertise of Davie workers but the federal government simply didn’t need another supply ship.“We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn’t exist,” he told reporters in Montreal.He said the federal government was analyzing the future shipbuilding needs of the Navy, coast guard and ferry services, which may provide opportunities for Davie in the future.last_img read more

Federal environment minister says Saskatchewan will have a carbon tax

first_img“I remain hopeful that you will change course ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline for all provinces and territories to submit their carbon-pricing plans.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said as recently as Friday that the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.After a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Moe said the province has a plan of its own and only signs agreements it can honour.McKenna said Saskatchewan will be subject to a carbon tax, whether it signs on or not.“To be clear, we cannot accept your request not to price carbon in Saskatchewan,” she said. “In the event that your government does not adopt a price on pollution that meets our standard, we would have no choice but to ensure that a price on pollution applies in Saskatchewan, just as we would anywhere else in the country.”The federal government would apply its carbon pricing in Saskatchewan and would ensure any revenues raised stayed in the province, she said.Saskatchewan has already missed one deadline to sign on to the federal plan, which McKenna has said means the province won’t get $62 million in funding for emissions-reduction programs. Both Moe and Duncan have said they will still apply for the money from the low-carbon fund.In her letter, McKenna said Saskatchewan’s share will be open to provinces, territories, municipalities, businesses, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities across Canada including in Saskatchewan.“Funding will be awarded to projects selected under a competitive process,” she said. “I look forward to seeing excellent proposals come forward from your province.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) REGINA, S.K. – Canada’s environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn’t sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.Catherine McKenna says in a letter to her Saskatchewan counterpart, Dustin Duncan, that Saskatchewan is best positioned to design a carbon-pricing approach that works for the province.“The other nine provinces have taken us up on that approach,” she wrote. “It’s unfortunate that your government has not yet chosen to do the same.”last_img read more

Ohio State baseball wins 5th straight game takes down Xavier 103

The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. read more

Opinion Hits misses and sleepers of the 2015 NBA draft

Then-OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell dribbles the ball during a game against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThursday night in the 2015 NBA draft saw the two-round event start off with the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Karl-Anthony Towns first overall and ended with the Philadelphia 76ers taking Luka Mitrovic with the 60th selection.As with every draft, whether it is basketball, football, baseball or hockey, fans of a certain team will have their fervent opinions about their new young player. I offer my opinion with first-round picks I loved, first-round picks where the teams could have done better, and second-round sleepers.First-round selections I loved:D’Angelo Russell (2nd overall), Los Angeles LakersPassing on Jahlil Okafor had to be a tough call for the Lakers, but D’Angelo Russell has the chance to be Kobe Bryant’s successor. Picking a guard over a big man at the top of the draft is not the norm, but Okafor does not give much on the defensive end with shot blocking and rebounding at the center position, which have turned into necessities in the current NBA. Russell is the best playmaker and passer in the draft, and can help take the Lakers to the playoffs next year, especially if they can add a big man in free agency such as Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge to pair with Julius Randle.Mario Hezonja (5th overall), Orlando MagicMario Hezonja was my top international prospect in the draft, and he will give the Orlando Magic much-needed shooting help. Recently, the Magic have taken athletes in the draft who struggle from the perimeter in Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Hezonja is a top-three athlete in this draft class, as well as a top-three shooter loaded with confidence.Devin Booker (13th overall), Phoenix SunsThe Phoenix Suns needed a shooter and they got their guy in Devin Booker, who can also be a solid defensive player. The Suns have some guards hitting free agency this offseason and Booker gives them a guy who can contribute immediately in a more up-tempo offense with Eric Bledsoe leading the charge.Justin Anderson (21st overall), Dallas MavericksJustin Anderson is well built with speed, size and strength that really improved his jump shot this past college season. His offensive mindset displays a “no nonsense” style by catching the ball and attacking straight to the hoop immediately. He is a very good defender as well, though he was unable to display his versatility in full in Virginia’s pack-line defense.Jarell Martin (25th overall), Memphis GrizzliesJarell Martin is a stretch 4 without NBA three-point range. He will be able to play outside of the paint when he enters the game and will allow more space for either Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, if he re-signs. Martin will be able to hit a midrange jumper or attack the basket from 20 feet away.R.J. Hunter (28th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics picked up an elite three-point shooter late in the first round. He does not need the ball to be effective, and that will allow for more space from some of Boston’s attacking guards.First-round selections teams should have done differently:Kristaps Porzingis (4th overall), New York KnicksThe Knicks were in a tough situation where they probably did not get a great offer to move back in the draft. Porzingis will take a few years to possibly develop with an aging Carmelo Anthony, which suggests the Knicks are looking past the Carmelo Anthony era. Wing player Mario Hezonja, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and even an elite defensive big in Willie Cauley-Stein would have made sense here, if they are still in the Carmelo era.Trey Lyles (12th overall), Utah JazzTrey Lyles is a skilled stretch 4 who cannot take a defender out to the three-point line yet. I thought the Jazz could use a pure shooter, such as Devin Booker, at this spot to pair with Gordon Hayward and two guards who can struggle from the outside in Dante Exum and Trey Burke.Kelly Oubre Jr. (15th overall), Washington WizardsI agree with the position of choice: small forward. The Wizards moved up four spots by trading two future second-round picks, but I thought there were two better fits at small forward, namely Sam Dekker and Justin Anderson, to pair with Otto Porter.Terry Rozier (16th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics already have a couple of similar guards to Rozier, such as Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas. Rozier is a pesky defender, but again, I thought either Sam Dekker or Justin Anderson would have been great selections.Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall), Los Angeles LakersLarry Nance Jr. is an undersized power forward who will compete for a backup role. I thought R.J. Hunter would have been a good selection here to bring some shooting off the bench, or a different undersized power forward who can really bring energy off the bench in Montrezl Harrell.Trading their picks (15th and then 19th overall), Atlanta HawksThe Atlanta Hawks originally owned the 29th pick but had rights to swap it in a previous Joe Johnson trade, so they owned the 15th pick. The Hawks then traded back to 19 for two future second rounders, and then sent the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr., who has been inconsistent from the three-point line and struggles defensively, with only two years left on his rookie contract.Second-round sleepers:Montrezl Harrell (32nd overall), Houston RocketsHarrell is a high-energy guy off the bench who can give the Rockets some insurance if they decide to trade Terrence Jones.Anthony Brown (34th overall), Los Angeles LakersBrown is a good shooter to bring off the bench and Brown can provide good on-ball defense for the Lakers. He could be a solid role player throughout his career.Guillermo Hernangomez (35th overall), New York KnicksHernangomez projects as an international big who played in one of the top professional leagues in the world but will probably not come to the NBA for a couple of seasons. The Knicks gave up two future second-round picks for Hernangomez, who has a knack for finishing down low.Rakeem Christmas (36th overall), Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers made a great trade by dealing their 24th pick and getting out of a first-round contract. If Rakeem Christmas was a couple of years younger, he probably would have been a late lottery pick. He is an active post player who can also hit a mid-range jumper consistently.Josh Richardson (40th overall), Miami HeatJosh Richardson improved each year offensively while playing collegiately at Tennessee. If he can improve his spot-up jump shot, he is already a great on-ball defender with slashing potential on the offensive end.Marcus Thornton (45th overall), Boston CelticsI thought the Celtics could have done better at 16 with the Rozier selection; Marcus Thornton is a pretty similar player to what they already have. If Thornton finds a role with the Celtics or a different team, he could take advantage of the opportunity. He is a great athlete who really scored at the college level at William & Mary. Thornton is very agile and then accelerates on his jump shot, not allowing defenders to contest his jumper. read more

Rakitic feels Barca deserved a win against Valencia

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.⌛️FULL-TIME: There’s the whistle! Leo Messi scores twice as Barça battle back from 2-0, first-half deficit to earn a tie!FT: Barça 2 – 2 Valencia⚽️ #Messi 39′ (p.), 64′ / Gameiro 24′ , Parejo 32′ (p.)🔵🔴 #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/GyuzSYUOmC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.🗣 @ivanrakitic 🗣 Ernesto Valverde⚽️ #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/CGE4z49wqy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019last_img read more