The session will last one hour on the turf of the Itthitad in which Valencia and Madrid worked yesterday. In principle, the Catalans were going to train at Al Ahli, like Atlético, but the state of the turf of this second place is more precarious and would not have endured the training of two teams with just a few hours apart. That’s why he chose Itthitad. But reaching him has been a maze. The Culé team was scheduled to arrive at the Itthitad camp at 5:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m. Spanish time). Valverde and Busquets would then speak to the media and then the culé team would train for the semifinal but an unforeseen disrupted all plans.Half an hour after the scheduled time, the bus that led to the technician and the middle center had not yet reached the training center. The Barca expedition was divided into two. In one car were Valverde and Busquets, which in theory had to arrive before the field to offer press conferences and in another, the rest of the workforce. But there was a setback. The driver of the car that carried the Txingurri and the player headed to King Abdullah Sports stadium instead of the Ittihad field (40 minutes away) and was lost in a city of infernal traffic, with schizophrenic traffic jams and horns in each corner. The other bus, with the rest of the staff, arrived at the scheduled time (4:30 pm). Because of this, the press conferences of Busquets and Valverde, scheduled before training, were postponed to later.
Damien Comolli joined talkSPORT on Friday and explained how Dimitri Payet slipped through Tottenham’s net.Payet was a revelation in his debut Premier League season after joining West Ham a year ago for £10.7million and has starred for France at Euro 2016.Comolli, Spurs’ director of football from 2005-08, says he has always been aware of the 29-year-old’s talent and held talks about signing the playmaker when he was at White Hart Lane.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Comolli recalled: “Dimitri was playing for Nantes at the time [in 2007] and I had a phone call from the owner of St Etienne one evening when I was at Spurs. “He said: ‘we are about to sign this kid from Nantes for a lot of money as far as St Etienne are concerned, €4m, and we will only do it if you tell us in a couple of years that you will buy him for Spurs at €10m.“I said I don’t know where I will be, but I am pretty sure this player will be worth €10m in two years so you should go ahead with it.”Payet went on to impress in France, with St Etienne, Lille and Marseille, and has moved up a level since arriving in England.He is reportedly being eyed by Real Madrid, but Comolli says no offer should tempt West Ham to sell this summer.“You just have to see what is going in the transfer marker this summer to understand that prices are totally irrational so it is very difficult to put a price tag on a player. But, if I was West Ham, I would do everything in my power to keep him because he was such a key element in their season,” he continued.“The talent has always been there. He just needed to click mentally, to understand what was needed to succeed at the top level and to make the best out of the fantastic skill he has got.”
A former inter-county manager who was part of a committee that devised the much maligned ‘black card’ has launched an astonishing attack on Jim McGuinness. Eugene McGee, guided Offaly to an All-Ireland title in 1982 – but he hit back at McGuinness after his column in The Irish Times.McGuinness wrote, “Eugene McGee, one of its architects, thinks it has cleaned up the game. In my opinion it has ruined the game.” However, McGee hit back this evening, and said McGuinness thinks he is the high priest of football because he won one All-Ireland title – and mocked him for not winning more.McGee said, “Jim McGuinness thinks because he won one All-Ireland he is the high priest of football and the Irish Times gives him space to expound on his theories.“If he is that good, why didn’t he win a second All-Ireland or a third All-Ireland? So, I’m simply saying that the vast majority of people that I know are happy with the black card. It is a strange new rule and it has taken a long time to get used to it.”“If McGuinness is so good, why didn’t he win a second All-Ireland?” – McGee was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)