Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing | Real Madrid defender Nacho admits the players are unhappy with the timing of the El Clasico against Barcelona.There has been a debate over the kick of

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing

Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing
Nacho admits Real Madrid frustration over El Clasico timing
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Real Madrid defender Nacho admits the players are unhappy with the timing of the El Clasico against Barcelona.

There has been a debate over the kick off time for December's Clasico as Barcelona will go into the match on December 18 with 29 extra hours of rest compared to Real Madrid and Nacho has had his say on the matter.

"Any team would like to have the same amount of rest time as the opposition team," he said at a community event for diabetes.

"But we have a great enough squad to take on this match. We are really keen to play this game.

"We won't look for any excuses.

"We'd have liked the same rest, but we'll go to win."

James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale have been two of the main talking points around Real Madrid for several weeks and Nacho was asked about their commitment to Los Blancos.

"I won't doubt the professionalism of two players who have always given everything while wearing our shirt," he said. "If they've gone away with their national teams then it's because they're now able to play.

"We hope they don't get injured with their national teams and that they're 100 percent fit when back with us. Gareth is a strong person and it seems he'll be criticised by the press no matter what he does.

"You have to be very strong mentally in his situation.

"I'm not sure if he's being unfairly treated, but it seems he's always under the microscope no matter what.

"He has the support of his teammates and the coaching staff.

"I hope he has good matches with his country now and that he returns feeling at his best."

England 7-0 Montenegro: Rating the Euro 2020 finalists

England 7-0 Montenegro: Rating the Euro 2020 finalists

JORDAN PICKFORD
The concern with England’s No.1 in games against opposition as weak as Montenegro is his urge to catch the eye when no one has glanced his way for a while. Handily, his centre-backs kept Pickford on his toes with two poor instances of defending forcing the Everton stopper into two first-half saves, the first superb one-handed stop to keep out Marko Simic’s header. So a clean sheet, one fine save, another simple one, and happily, no drama.

 

BEN CHILWELL
This second game of what has to be a sustained run of games in the England XI for the Leicester left-back and even more so than the trip to Bulgaria, this was always going to be about Chilwell’s attacking contribution rather than protecting Pickford. So three first-half assists, one for Oxlade-Chamberlain and two for Kane to put England 3-0 up, highlight a job well done. Chilwell was typically unruffled in his defensive work and he darted forward at the appropriate times, leaving space for Mount and Rashford ahead of him when need be or creating it with his runs inside off the flank. Danny Rose should be finished in this side.

 

JOHN STONES
His first start since June should have been comfortable one for the Manchester City defender who has had a torrid 2019. But a lapse in concentration allowed Simic a free header at Pickford’s goal before he and Harry Maguire were split in two by a straight run and a straight pass. Tyrone Mings deserved to keep the shirt after his debut in Bulgaria and the Villa defender will probably get it back after Stones demonstrated some frailty in the easiest game he might play all season.

 

HARRY MAGUIRE
Barring catastrophe, Maguire is assured of his place in Southgate’s XI so his first-half rick won’t harm his cause in the same way Stones’ might. Only Maguire knows where he was going when he parted from his defensive partner, seemingly covering a ghost run from the Montenegro right, but his unnecessary depth allowed Fatos Beciraj a free run at Pickford. Maguire should have claimed England’s fourth which eventually came after Rashford gathered the rebound when Milan Majatovic kept out the defender’s free-header from point-blank range.

 

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
The Liverpool playmaker was not as creative as Chilwell on the opposite side but he still sneaked in an assist with a deflected cross which landed at Kane’s feet for the skipper’s hat-trick goal. Southgate was clearly learning little from Alexander-Arnold while the full-back remained shackled by his defensive responsibilities so the England boss gave him 20 minutes in a more advanced role where many presume he will eventually end up. But for now, Alexander-Arnold has to compete for the right-back spot and Kieran Trippier sat on the bench will have seen little to make him fear for the place he has worked so hard to win back.

 

HARRY WINKS
Tonight was made for Winks to put on a show since Montenegro neither pressed the holding midfielder, nor cut off his passing channels. His task was simple: get the ball to the five attacking players around him and never was he short of options, so we should not make too much of his 90 successful passes out of 95 attempted – only Maguire made more passes. But this stroll around Wembley together with his performance against Bulgaria must put Winks way ahead of Declan Rice in Southgate’s thinking, though we need to see the Spurs midfielder up against better opposition before we consider him a shoo-in for the Euros.

 

MASON MOUNT
A frustrating night and a missed opportunity for the Chelsea midfielder. Mount had around half the touches and involvement of his team-mates in England’s midfield trio but gave it away twice as often. His first-half was best summed up when he directed a simple 10-yard pass straight out of play just before half-time. In the second half, Mount was denied his first international goal by a narrow offside call before playing a part in the comical sixth by mishitting a close range volley.

 

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
The Liverpool midfielder shone on his first England start for 19 months, and his international first goal since June 2017 came within 11 minutes. Oxlade-Chamberlain made it four goals in his last five starts with a sublime first touch the prelude to a splendid driven finish. Southgate has said that the 26-year-old would have been a starter at the World Cup had injury not robbed him of the option, but the England boss will probably already have the Ox pencilled in to his midfield for the Euros, especially if he plans to persist with 4-3-3.

 

MARCUS RASHFORD
The Manchester United attacker has got his groove back. England’s last victory in Bulgaria offered the first signs of his revival from a poor run of club form as a centre-forward and once again on the left of a front three, Rashford’s terrorised the Montenegro defence with a mixture of lightning directness and imaginative trickery. His goal offered a glimpse of the composure he is said to lack in the box, while the comical sixth was a direct result of his drive from the left flank.

 

HARRY KANE
At hat-trick inside the opening 36 minutes consisting of three finishes inside the six-yard box makes Kane England’s highest goalscoring captain with 24 goals. Overall, the skipper moved up to sixth on the all-time list with a couple of embarrassingly-simple headers before a beautifully-taken third, controlling a deflected cross before pulling his finish back across an onrushing defender into the far corner. By the time his hat-trick was complete, Kane had eight touches, only one more than keeper-cum-spectator Pickford.

 

JADON SANCHO
With Raheem Sterling absent, this was Sancho’s opportunity to put some club struggles behind him and the Borussia Dortmund flier, England’s youngest player in their youngest starting XI since 1959, will reflect on the evening with mixed emotions. Winty asked whether his price tag represented value for a player who plays in flashes and that’s what England got tonight. Sancho started well, creating the game’s first chance with a low ball in but he had to wait until England’s seventh before being involved in a goal. We can’t forget that Sancho is still a teenager but Southgate will be looking for more evidence that he can knit his moments together with consistency if he gets the nod in Kosovo on Sunday.

 

Substitutes

JAMES MADDISON (for Oxlade-Chamberlain for 56)
A debut, perhaps belatedly, for the Leicester schemer and Maddison was clearly keen to show Southgate that he can fit in, rather than stand out. The midfielder got within five passes of Mount in half the time on the pitch but Maddison finished with a 68 per cent pass completion rate – comfortably the lowest among the England players.

 

TAMMY ABRAHAM (for Kane 56)
The Chelsea forward replaced Kane with a similar performance – minimal involvement but maximum impact when the ball dropped his way in the box. Abraham’s first senior goal was be one of the simplest he scores for the Three Lions but the Chelsea striker will be relieved to get off the mark.

 

JOE GOMEZ (for Mount 70)
Came off the bench to give Southgate a look at Alexander-Arnold in a more advanced role. Had little defending to worry about and did not misplace a single one of his 19 passes. Hardly an eye-0catching performance but after the week the Liverpool defender has had so far, that will suit him just fine.

The post England 7-0 Montenegro: Rating the Euro 2020 finalists appeared first on Football365.

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020 (Image: GETTY)

France forward Giroud has made only two starts all season under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, playing just 211 minutes of football, and Chelsea are ready to let the 33-year-old leave if the right offer comes in.

Marseille have been interested in the former Arsenal striker since the summer, and are still at the front of the queue.

But Inter Milan’s former Chelsea manager Conte is also interested and the Italian club are set to compete with Marseille for Giroud.

The France World Cup winner has been vocal about his lack of game time this season, and even his national manager Didier Deschamps has expressed his own worries over Giroud’s lack of action.

Giroud is worried that with Euro 2020 looming next summer, his lack of game time at club level could prevent him playing in what is likely to be his last major tournament finals for his country.

Inter are ready to offer Giroud, who worked under Conte at Stamford Bridge, an 18-month contract.

Chelsea are thought to be asking around £6million for a player with less than six months left on his current deal.

Lampard was forced to outline his stance over Giroud last month, and praised his attitude to being on the sidelines.

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020 (Image: GETTY)
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Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020

Antonio Conte enters Olivier Giroud transfer race with Chelsea ace worried about Euro 2020 (Image: GETTY)

He said. “I love his professionalism.

“He was bang on when he spoke to me and with his quotes when he was away with France.

“He shouldn’t be happy and accept not playing.

“That’s what good players do. I think, as I said to Oli, he will get his games and be a big influence for us.”

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout

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England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout (Image: GETTY)

England secured their spot at the 2020 European Championships by thrashing Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley on Thursday night.

The Three Lions, playing their 1,000th international match, led after 11 minutes as Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first England goal since 2017.

A Harry Kane brace saw Ben Chilwell rack up three assists before Marcus Rashford provided a fourth goal, all by the half-hour mark. Kane then had a hat-trick by 36 minutes.

After going into half-time 5-0 up, an own goal saw Gareth Southgate's side net their sixth while substitute Tammy Abraham got his first goal for his country late on.

So who fared best on a comfortable night for England?

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England player ratings vs Montenegro – Euro 2020 qualifier

GK: Jordan Pickford - 7

Brilliant save from Simic header and then dashed out to foil Bediraj. Other than that had very little to do. 

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7

Freedom of the park to get forward and used it well.  Some fine crosses and a constant menace down the right.

CB: John Stones - 7

Used the ball well.  Cool and calm in possession – some good interceptions, but this was no real test.

CB: Harry Maguire - 7

Went close with a header. Steady as ever and commanding in the air. Had plenty of time to spray the ball about.

LB: Ben Chilwell - 8

A hat-trick of assists. Lovely crossfield pass to set up opening goal. Equally fine cross for the second. Then took corner for the third! Dangerous.

CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7

Took his goal superbly for his first England strike since June 2017. Some fine runs and got back well to cover when needed.

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars, Kane hat-trick in Three Lions rout

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout (Image: GETTY)

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars, Kane hat-trick in Three Lions rout

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout (Image: GETTY)

CM: Harry Winks - 7

Busy as ever after excellent game in Bulgaria. Fine pass helped set up first goal. Tidied things up well and another impressive show.

CM: Mason Mount - 6

Neat and tidy as ever, and some good touches. But failed to really make a mark on the game. Disappointing.

RW: Jadon Sancho - 7

Needed a good game after rough spell for Dortmund. Great low cross. Some great runs troubled the Montenegro defence.

ST: Harry Kane - 9

Against this defence was not going to be stopped. Fine headers for the second and third goals.  Turned in his hat-trick goal. Third treble for England.

LW: Marcus Rashford - 7

Foiled by goalkeeper early on. But was a constant threat with his trickery, and notched goal No 4 with a fine angled strike.

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars, Kane hat-trick in Three Lions rout

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout (Image: GETTY)

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars, Kane hat-trick in Three Lions rout

England player ratings vs Montenegro: Chilwell stars as Kane nets hat-trick in rout (Image: BUILDLINEUP.COM)

SUB: James Maddison (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 56) - 6

Debut. Some nice touches.

SUB: Tammy Abraham (on for Kane, 57) - 7

Fourth appearance for his country after superb season for Chelsea. Grabbed his first senior goal.

SUB: Joe Gomez (on for Mount, 70) - 6

Incredibly, booed as he came on after his bust-up with Raheem Sterling.

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