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How will Barcelona use all its attacking talent this season?

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Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Philippe Coutinho.

Not a bad selection, is it?

They are the attacking players available within Barcelona’s first-team squad at the moment.

If the club had the necessary funds this summer, you could have added Neymar‘s name to that list.

Antoine Griezmann’s signing from LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid freshens up the frontline with the Frenchman expected to make it into the starting eleven right from the off. Continue reading

Will Liverpool keep pace with Manchester City in 2019/20?

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Many Liverpool fans are already concerned that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds may have fallen further behind Manchester City this summer.

With just over two weeks of the summer transfer window remaining, Klopp and his backroom team have not, as of yet, added any personnel to the squad who will be pushing for a first-team place this season.

Liverpool did manage to sign Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle despite a late attempt from FC Bayern to hijack the deal. However, Van den Berg is still only 17, meaning he will be given a year or two with The Reds’ youth setup before he is expected to feature for the senior squad. Continue reading

Sarri’s pre-Inter presser and Bernardeschi muses over role and Chiesa

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Maurizio Sarri introduced tomorrow’s friendly against Inter in Nanjing: “It is never just another game, even though the two teams can not perform at their peak considering the physical conditions and the humidity level. We are looking for some continuity from what we have done in the second half against Tottenham. I do not expect many differences compared to the first game. We are practicing little and playing a lot in this tour, so the deciding stage of the preparation will start when we will come back.”

On the attack: “You can not privilege just one of the two phases, so we are working a lot on the defense too. I like to see a squad that is able to replicate the same rhythm also in training and I think that our group can do that easily. Continue reading

Is Barcelona’s move for Neymar on the verge of collapse?

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It was a move that seemed unlikely even as recently as a few weeks ago, but the Neymar saga is destined to be the soap opera of this summer’s transfer window.

Clearly, the Brazilian wants out at Paris Saint-Germain and, if media reports are to be believed, Barcelona are the only club he wants to go to.

That the Catalans have even considered re-hiring a player who burned every bridge in the book when he left, is a surprise, but it just shows you that football as a business is a breed apart. Continue reading

Napoli add Elmas from Fenerbahce

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Napoli came up victorious in the race to sign Elijf Elmas from Fenerbahce, who was pursued by multiple Serie A and foreign teams before the decisive sprint by the Partenopei. As announced by the Turkish club late on Monday, they paid €16M plus bonuses for the 19-year-old midfielder, who will ink a five-year contract once he will have completed his medicals.

After a first season where he did not play much, Elmas collected 29 appearances in the Super Lig in the most recent campaign, scoring four times. In his previous stop, in the North Macedonian side Rabotnicki Skopje, he amassed eight goals and eight assists in 48 games. He has been playing professionally since he was 17 and already has 11 caps with his senior national teams. Continue reading

How to play football star slot for free

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This online video slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways in which a player can win. The game is full of packed features as Microgaming released this video slot just in time for the world cup played in 2014. The logo of the Football Star slog is wild and replaces for all others except the scatter symbol. In addition, the wilds are stacked on the reels, with well over 40 on the reels which increasing 3, 4 and 5, boosting your chances of winning on the reels. The game also includes an arbitrarily activated striking wild features. Here, a footballer will shoot a ball at the reels, which would in turn transform either 2,3 or 4 into a completely wild reel, with guarantees a win.

The online slot further includes the Rolling Reels feature. What this means is, the winning symbols combination will explode and disappear then are replaced by the other symbols. This adds to the chances of winning from just going taking one spin. There is also a free spin round which is activated by 3 or more football scatter symbols on any point on the reel. When you get 3 symbols together anywhere on the reels, you will earn 15 spins, for 4 symbols, you will get 20 free spins, 25 free spins will awarded for 5 symbols. During the free spins, with the Rolling Reels features, there is an increasing multiplier for conservative wins. This wins can earn you up to a maximum pay-out of 10x of 6 wins consecutive.

To play Football Star slots for free just head over to any online casino that offers this video slot, register and play for free. To get started, you would need to place a minimum bet of 0.50 and a maximum bet of 50 while the jackpot is 250x. There is a regular pay-out from this medium variance game, and this is all thanks to a combination of collapsing reels, a multiplier, free spins, stacked wilds. Just like any old slot, to hit the of the net, simply form a winning combination. What you need to be on the lookout for is the wild which comes as the Football Star logo and it appears on reels three, four and five, plus there are more than 40 on the reels. You can use this as a substitute for other symbols but remember that it can’t be used as a replacement for the whooshing football scatter.

Moving over to the bonus game, there is a Striking Wild feature which translates to mean the wild can turn an entire reel at any moment. What happens here is that, a plyer is liable to slide along the pitch floor on his or her knees in a manner that is customary with a footballer celebrating a goal.

The online slot game free spins features are very lucrative and available free spins of the football start game. If you want to become a football star, then you have to spend time playing at a real pitch although the football star slots are a great alternative. This great 5-reel video game slot offers you the opportunity to tone your interests in gambling and football. Usually, to get your football fix, you would need to watch a football game or heard over to your bookies to place a bet. Well, say hello to Football Star which gives you a third option. This brightly coloured soccer slot gives a return to player average around 96-97%. This is great news for players who want to place bets at real live casinos.

Football Star is well advanced. There are well defined symbols on the reels while the backdrop of the game is a full to capacity stadium. Even part of the game is awash with colour from the green grass on the pitch to the luscious background of the reels. Symbols on the reels include a referee, a pitch, several action players in mid-game, a pair of red football boots and a whooshing football. A lot of care and attention to detail went into making this game good so, make sure you appreciate it.

Another feature we can’t ignore is the cascading reels. This is activated into play during the free spins and aids your possibility of hitting more winning combinations. You almost get the chance to win a multiplier of up to 10x when you have successive wins on the reels. Just make sure your eyes is clued to the multiplier scale situated above the reels.

As the symbols which indicate the pay-out explode, players get to see new icons scroll into your view from above that replaces them. When this happens, your chances of you threading together a chain of wins are increased. Factoring in the random Striking Wild bonus in addition to the free spins round, is where all the action happens on Football Star slot. Remember, if the Striking Wild feature activates in play, the entire reel will run wild for you. When this happens, if you have a couple of wilds already landed, then get your celebrating dance together because you might just land some truly satisfying wins.

Football Star slots is a great game which players of football will enjoy. You get the opportunity of free spins, bonus feature, Striking Wilds and truly satisfying wins. You are sure of a memorable experience with a video slot that has great graphics and freedom to play some of the best odds with a minimum bet placed at affordable rate.

Go play Football Star slot today and thank us later.

 

Sarri, Bernardeschi and Rabiot react to the Tottenham friendly

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Maurizio Sarri gave multiple soundbites to Sportitalia and Sky after the friendly against Tottenham: “It was a difficult game for us, against a team that has had the same group for years and that has a different level of physical preparation right now. They looked faster and more explosive in the second half, but it is normal at this stage. If we want to play our football, we have to improve in defending higher on the pitch, because in the first 30 minutes we tracked back too much and therefore counter-attacking was complicated. We moved the ball better after the break, we had 20 quality minutes, scoring twice. We were naïve on some lost balls, which generated the goals.” Continue reading

Petrachi’s vision for Roma is starting to take shape

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The first month of the summer transfer window was quite painful for Roma. While almost everyone expected to see Kostas Manolas leave because of his below market value exit clause, seeing him end up at Napoli was the worse case scenario, since not only did he stay in Serie A, he went on to improve a direct competitor for a Champions League spot. Then we had both De Rossi and Totti leave the top in controversial manner, followed by El Shaarawy’s decision to play in China.

The giallorossi’s new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi inherited a team that lost its captain, best defender and most consistent attacker after failing to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. But the former Torino ds has made significant progress in rebuilding the giallorossi in the past few weeks.

Petrachi addressed the two positions with the most imminent needs by acquiring Pau Lopez and Gianluca Mancini. The former Real Betis player is the most expensive keeper in Roma’s history, his acquisition is a clear sign the club learned from the mistake of gambling Olsen to replace Alisson while the former Atalanta center back confirmed at the recent Under 21 Euro that he’s ready to become an important player for Mancini’s senior Azzurri squad.

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The improvements shown by Bryan Cristante in the second half of last season, should give Roma fans hope that Mancini won’t be another example of Gasperini’s fool’s gold struggling at a bigger club. On top of his defensive prowess, Mancini also was the defender to score the most in Serie A last season.

Petrachi also rekindled an important relationship on the transfer market with Juventus. Following Miralem Pjanic’s move to Turin via his exit clause, the giallorossi had stopped doing business with the bianconeri- but the clubs rekindled their bond by consuming a deal that was mutually beneficial financially with Leonardo Spinazzola moving to Italy’s capital and Juventus acquiring the younger Luca Pellegrini (both clubs recorded a significant capital gain for this transaction).

To help replace De Rossi’s contributions on the pitch, Roma made significant investments in Amadou Diawara and Jordan Veretout. Both players have significant Serie A experience and could be the starters in front of the defense in Fonseca’s 4 2 3 1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini playing in his preferred role behind the central striker.

Petrachi’s first round of moves will likely have a domino effect on what we can expect next. After a disappointing first season in Serie A, Steven N’Zonzi will almost certainly be sold since there’s no longer a need with him with Diawara and Vertout on board- he’ll likely join either Marseille or Lyon. Spinazzola’s ability to play on both sides of the pitch will likely make Alessandro Florenzi expandable, his departure would continue the exodus of the “Romani” from the club and of the players with high salaries.

The deal for Spinazzola could be the appetizer to a bigger move between Juventus and Roma. The bianconeri are determined to move Gonzalo Higuain, and despite his brother’s public stance of not wanting to play for another Serie A team, the Argentine striker is warming up to the idea of being the focal point in Fonseca’s attack. But now the clubs have to find a suitable financial arrangement because Higuain enormous annual salary of 18 million euro before taxes isn’t sustainable for Roma.

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Juventus are trying to convince Higuain to extend his contract which currently has two years remaining to add a third season while lowering his salary over the live of the contract. The bianconeri would likely have to sweeten the deal to ensure they don’t have his amortized value on the books for the current fiscal year. 

In addition to Higuain, Roma are also looking to add Suso to bolster their front line- but at the moment Petrachi would prefer to send a player to Milan in exchange rather than just pay his 40 million exit clause- but it’s hard to envision Boban and Maldini having any interest in the likes of Javier Pastore.

While Pau Lopez and Mancini are a nice start to the improvement of a subpar defense, Petrachi needs at least another starting caliber center back because of Fazio’s age and Marcano’s return to Porto. Landing Toby Alderweireld would be ideal since he would bring significant experience to help in Mancini’s growth- just like Higuain, it would be a substantial financial investment but at least Roma can count on Franco Baldini (who previously worked for Alderweireld’s current club Spurs) working as the intermediary in the negotiation.

Petrachi will also have to figure out what to do with Edin Dzeko, who would almost certainly join Inter should Gonzalo Higuain arrive, as well as Nicolo’ Zaniolo. The giallorossi have struggled to reach an agreement with his agent Vigorelli on an extension, and judging by Petrachi’s public quotes, there seems to be quite a bit of distance. Zaniolo could be used as an asset to unlock either the Higuain or Alderweireld deals while bringing in a significant plusvalenza.

While Petrachi inherited numerous challenges, he has started to rebuild a new Roma by addressing the biggest needs first- what he does in the coming weeks will now determine how ambitions the giallorossi can be next season.

 

Gagliardini underlines importance of hard work for Inter

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Roberto Gagliardini spoke to the media in the aftermath of Inter’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in Singapore yesterday evening. The 25-year-old was keen to look for the positives as he and his Nerazzurri teammates continue to build up their fitness levels ahead of the new season. Here is what he had to say: Continue reading

Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap

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All in all, it was a pretty quiet week in Serie A, but it still included some massive deals, as Juventus pulled off one of the transfers of the summer by acquiring Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax, while Roma have commenced re-building the back-line with Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta and won the race to sign Jordan Veretout from Fiorentina

The Orobici have signed Ruben Malinovskyi from Genk, who is somebody to keep an eye on fantasy-wise since he was extremely productive in Belgium, thanks to penalties and other set pieces. Continue reading