Teams Battle for Mega Prize as Betway 5s League Playoffs Continue

first_imgFour teams emerged as group winners in their various divisions. Ikeja All-Stars topped the Mainland division (Ikeja), while TNF 2 reigned supreme at the Island division (GFC Lekki).VIC FC dominated the Surulere group and G12 FC emerged winners at P&C Lekki. The winners of each group have automatic qualification into the finals and will not participate in the initial stage of the playoffs, which features only the 2nd and 3rd placed teams.The playoff stage of Betway 5s League features 12 teams competing for a place in the final, where ultimately, the winning team will walk away with N1 Million prize money and other gifts. The playoffs are also designed to home and away format.“It is an honour to be part of this initiative where communities are provided rare opportunities to form bonds on the field of play and across towns,” said Betway Country Manager, Mr Lere Awokoya.“Betway is always looking for ways to fortify the bonds of belonging and true friendship in the world of sports. We believe that this Betway 5s League is an ideal platform to sustain significant community interactions,” Awokoya concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following a successful end to the regular season of Betway 5s League, a first of its kind five-a-side football competition, international sports betting platform, Betway, on Saturday, 27, October 2018, treated soccer fans to a day of drama and thrilling football action as the league headed into the playoffs.Matches on the day were held at Opebi Primary School Ikeja, Gbaja Boys Junior High School, Surulere, Pitch & Court, Lekki, and Greenfield School, Lekki 2.At the end of the preliminary stage, 189 goals were scored in 60 games, with teams from both the Island and Mainland divisions having produced exciting football action.last_img read more

Badgers coast to easy exhibition win

first_imgEven though it was only an exhibition game against Division III St. Norbert College, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team played like they had something to prove. In its first game of the season, the Badgers started strong and never looked back, beating the Green Knights 96-29. Standout freshmen Alyssa Karel and Lin Zastrow led the way for Wisconsin, scoring a combined 26 points on the night and providing a spark for the Badgers’ offense. Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone was particularly impressed with Karel’s play and took notice of her playmaking abilities.“The sky is the limit for the kid,” Stone said. “She can shoot the three, get to the basket, she can play defense. She has really good hands, and in the open court she’s awfully fun to watch.”Zastrow also had an impressive game, scoring 11 points and grabbing 4 rebounds off the bench. Although acknowledging that she played well, Zastrow also found lots of room for improvement as a freshman.“I think I could always do more, like the coaches and players on the team are always telling me,” Zastrow said. “I’ve got to work on being more aggressive.”The defense came out especially strong in the first half, allowing 19 points in the first half and forcing 33 Green Knight turnovers. Despite shutting down the St. Norbert offense and building a large lead, the Badgers refused to soften up.“We had a defensive goal that we brought forth that our kids really bought into during the game,” Stone said. “We’re going to play defense for the entire game.”In a game with little competition, the Badgers took advantage of a depleted St. Norbert roster that lost two starters and almost half of its scoring average from last season. The Green Knights seemed hopeless offensively, shooting under 17 percent from the field. “We played our hardest out there,” St. Norbert head coach Connie Tilley said. “It was a great experience for me and my players, but you could really see the difference in playing ability.”With last year’s conference scoring champion Jolene Anderson matched up against Division III players, St. Norbert seemingly did not have a chance to stop the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Anderson scored 15 points in only 18 minutes, along with three assists and five rebounds. Karel talked after the game about finally getting the chance to play with Anderson.“It’s honestly an honor,” Karel said. “There are times in practice where I just sit on the sidelines and shake my head looking at the amazing things she can do. It’s comforting to know that if stuff is getting crazy I can get the ball to her, and she’ll calm everything down.”With the score at 50-19 coming out of the half, Stone sent out her starting unit back on to the floor. The defense came out even stronger in the second half, allowing only one field goal after halftime.“We’re proud of our team,” Stone said. “Defensively we came out with a purpose and passion, and offensively we really demonstrated patience. We took pretty good care of the basketball and got a lot of people involved.”Offensively, the starters combined for 47 points, and the three freshmen, Tara Steinbauer, Karel and Zastrow combined for 37 points, providing energy and youth when the starters left the floor.Anderson, who sat for last 10 minutes of the game, only sees improvement from the freshmen after their performances.“I knew they could play the moment they stepped on the floor,” Anderson said. “Their expectations from me only rise after this game.”With the momentum on their side for the entire game, the Badgers never came close to giving up the lead. Instead they kept building while trying to get everyone involved in the game.“We’re really excited about what we saw tonight,” Stone said. “The hardest part about my night was finding minutes for everyone.”On Sunday the Badgers look to ride their momentum into their second exhibition game against UW-Stout at the Kohl Center. After Friday’s win, Stone and the Badgers are looking toward Sunday’s matchup as an important precursor to the beginning of the season.“We’re trying to get better every day,” Stone said. “We’re going to see a different look, and we’ll test our defensive transition and see some things that we didn’t see tonight. It helps us prepare for the season.”last_img read more

Could Aduana and Asante Kotoko be punished for playing first half with just 10 players?

first_imgFans were left scratching their heads after Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko both started their Matchweek 11 clash with just 10 players each.Despite not receiving any red cards, both sides decided to start the game with a player each sitting on the touchlines.The main theory that has been speculated for the actions of the two teams is that the team that would start the match with 11 players would face ‘spiritual’ implications and lose the game.Photo: Abdul Razak Salim [Twitter]While many people debated whether or not such superstition should still play a role in the modern game, others were trying to figure out whether the teams could face some sanctions for not starting with the full complement of their starting 11.A number of them called for the two teams to be punished for the bizarre decision they took. But did Aduana and Kotoko actually break any rules?FIFA’s rules on players state that a match is played by two teams. Each team may have no more than 11 players on the field at any one time, including the goalkeeper.However, a match may not start if either team has fewer than seven players.This effectively means that by starting the match with 10 players each, the two teams did not break any FIFA laws and will escape any punishment.Aduana eventually won the match 1-0.last_img read more

Bullpen-ing? Starter-ing? Postseason pitching is slowly bending toward middle ground

first_imgTuesday’s National League wild-card game between the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers was supposed to be a contrast in styles. On the surface, it was: Washington sent its three-time Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, to the mound. Milwaukee countered with Brandon Woodruff, an All-Star in the first half who had pitched all of four innings the previous two months.By the time Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced his decision to start Woodruff, it hardly came as a surprise. Milwaukee burnished its reputation for successfully “bullpen-ing” its way through the playoffs a year ago, when it pushed the Dodgers to the brink in a seven-game NLCS. By Tuesday, no one expected Woodruff to pitch more than the four innings he did. The Brewers’ reputation preceded them.The surprise came on the other side. Scherzer pitched five innings. Stephen Strasburg, himself a Cy Young candidate after leading the National League in innings pitched, then made his first relief appearance of 2019. He threw the next three innings.By the end of the Nationals’ 4-3, come-from-behind victory, the difference between bullpen-ing and whatever the Nats did – call it “starter-ing” – never looked so thin. One team used four pitchers. The other used three. The game turned not on a strategy, but on a ninth-inning error. Trent Grisham, the Brewers’ rookie right fielder, joined the likes of Mickey Owen and Bill Buckner in October ignominy when he allowed Juan Soto’s bases-loaded single to slide under his glove. Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Three years ago, Roberts stunned Nationals Park by using Clayton Kershaw to record the final two outs of Game 5 of the NLDS. Quietly and efficiently, Kershaw recorded his first career save. Afterward, I asked Dusty Baker, then the Nationals’ manager, whether we had just witnessed the beginning of a trend. “It’s not a trend that I’d like to be a part of any time,” Baker said. Consider it a wish granted.Now, there are signs that postseason swingmen are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Red Sox manager Alex Cora used 10 pitchers in the 2018 World Series. Only one, Rick Porcello, pitched exclusively as a starter. On Sept. 24, Sabathia made his first career relief appearance after 560 starts. Only Tom Glavine (682) had started more games in his career without pitching out of the bullpen. If Sabathia pitches as a reliever this month, perhaps no pitcher is immune to the hybridization of roles anymore.That’s still a far cry from turning nine innings into a relay race composed entirely of middle-distance men. In 2019, this future is not inevitable. Yet if the arc of pitching is bending further in that direction, we’ll find out in the weeks to come. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield It’s dangerously easy to make inferences about the remainder of the postseason based on the first game. Yet even before Tuesday, the 10 postseason participants represented an interesting crossroads for the state of pitching strategy in 2019.The Dodgers, Astros, Nationals and Cardinals will latch their fortunes to their traditional starting rotations, which subdued opponents with stamina in the regular season. These teams employ starters who have combined to win eight Cy Young Awards.The Twins, Rays, Yankees and A’s were comparatively stronger in the bullpen. The Yankees’ CC Sabathia has won the Cy Young Award once; so has the Rays’ Blake Snell. No other pitcher employed by any of these teams has won the award. Each is more likely to copy the approach that worked so well for the Brewers in the 2018 NLCS. Thirteen pitchers divided that seven-game series so democratically that none pitched more than 10 innings by himself.The Braves, who have three talented but unproven starters (Mike Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz and Max Fried) behind veteran Dallas Keuchel (a former Cy Young Award winner himself), can take a hybrid approach to their series against the Cardinals. Regardless of which way they go, the difference between the two approaches is becoming blurry.This week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested he might engage in a bit of “starter-ing” himself. Rather than have Game 4 starter Rich Hill get his between-starts work in the bullpen, Roberts said Hill would be available to pitch in relief early in the NLDS – “if there’s a potential matchup.” Roberts sounded firm in his strategy – “it’s about starting pitching,” he said Wednesday – but there’s more to it than that. If the playoffs were a track meet, the Dodgers, Nationals and Astros would be beginning each race with a different long-distance runner. Sprinters would be called upon for the closing kick. The bullpen-ing approach, in its purest form, turns every pitcher into a middle-distance runner. But baseball has not evolved to the point where most teams feel this is practical – not yet, at least.The postseason is a time when experimentation becomes possible, if not necessary, and using starters out of the bullpen is nothing new. The Nationals’ approach to Tuesday’s game presented a bit like Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, when Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson recorded 26 of the Diamondbacks’ 27 outs in a winner-take-all game against the Yankees.Related Articleslast_img read more

Wellington City releases 2014 Fire Hydrant testing schedule

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 311 weeks ago “Some “dirtying” of the water may occur in the area that is being tested. The possibility exists for adjacent areas to receive some of the “dirty” water also.” Will anyone really notice the difference? Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following is the schedule for the 2014 Fire Hydrant testing.  The schedule will be followed as close as possible.  At times, due to unforeseen circumstances, changes to the schedule will be necessary.  Announcements for any changes will be made as soon as possible.  Hydrant testing will start on Sunday Sept.7 and will continue on weekdays only until all of the hydrants are tested.Crews will be trying to keep the water as clear as possible.  Some “dirtying” of the water may occur in the area that is being tested.  The possibility exists for adjacent areas to receive some of the “dirty” water also.Sept. 7th –Sept. 12th, 2014:  Downtown hydrants from 2nd to 9th on WashingtonWashington from 1oth St. to 16th St.Jefferson from 1st St. to 16th St.“A” St, and “B” St. from Lincoln to 16th St.“C” St. from 2nd St. to 15th St.“G”, “H”, Blaine, and Olive from 2nd St. to Harvey.“F” from 2nd to 15th.Vandenburgh & Harvey, Olive from Harvey to 8th.Crestview Heights and Coyote Ridge.All hydrants west from Poplar and south of 16th St.Sept. 15th– Sept. 19th, 2014:  All hydrants west from Poplar and south of 16th St.Crestview Heights and Coyote Ridge ( cont.).All hydrants from Ash to Gardner from 3rd to Waldo.All hydrants east of “A” St and north of 16th to the City Limits.All hydrants north of 16th St. on “A” St. to the City Limits (This will include the Industrial Park areas).“G” & 12th, “H” St. from 11th to the north City Limits.All hydrants south of BNSF tracks from “C” St. to Woodlawn.Sept. 22nd– Sept. 26th, 2014:  Jefferson to “B” St. from 16th to Vandenburgh.All hydrants south of BNSF tracks from Washington to Blaine.Blaine, Olive from 9th to 22nd.Poplar, Park, Plum, & High from 16th to 22nd.All hydrants north of BNSF tracks and from Woodlawn east.Finish remainder of rural hydrants.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Patriots admit video crew violated NFL rules, ‘inappropriately filmed the field’ during Bengals game

first_imgAccording to a new report from The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the video crew taped eight minutes of footage of the Bengals sideline, including hand signals as players ran on and off the field.Late Monday night, the Patriots acknowledged in a statement their production contractors “inappropriately filmed the field from the press box.” New England maintained it was not on purpose.MORE: What to know about Patriots’ videotaping incident so far According to The MMQB’s Albert Breer, neither the Bengals nor the NFL were informed of the videographer in the press box, which led Cincinnati to alert league officials to have the situation investigated. Breer also reported this is part of a larger video series New England is filming.The skepticism surrounding this goes without saying considering New England’s history of illegally taping opposing teams to gain an advantage. In a lengthy feature by ESPN, which detailed the 2007 Spygate scandal, former New England video assistant Matt Walsh told investigators that one of the criteria for filming would be to explain they are filming for a “team show,” the same qualification here.”During games, Walsh later told investigators, the Patriots’ videographers were told to look like media members, to tape over their team logos or turn their sweatshirt inside out, to wear credentials that said Patriots TV or Kraft Productions. The videographers also were provided with excuses for what to tell NFL security if asked what they were doing: Tell them you’re filming the quarterbacks. Or the kickers. Or footage for a team show.”The (1-12) Bengals, who were in Cleveland for an AFC North matchup, face the (10-3) Patriots next Sunday in Cincinnati. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday he is “aware” of a suggestion that a Patriots employee could have been filming play calls from the press box in Cleveland during Sunday’s Browns-Bengals game, but he did not comment further.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots advanced scout was actually the one being filmed — for a feature titled, “Do Your Job.” He was credentialed and cleared by Cleveland’s media relations staff to shoot B-roll video from the press box.last_img read more

Chesang makes history with 2nd gold for Uganda

first_img SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games 2006 Melbourne201315 1990 Auckland202411 MedalNameGamesSportEvent  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles 1954 Vancouver010114  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight Total1315214918 1974 Christchurch243910  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump Uganda medals Commonwealth games 2002 Manchester020230  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg) GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRankcenter_img  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres 1994 Victoria002224 2010 Delhi200218 1962 Perth114611 2014 Glasgow104518  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight 1958 Cardiff010117  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg) 1970 Edinburgh33179  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Share on: WhatsApp  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres 1982 Brisbane030318  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres 1966 Kingston001119  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight Uganda’s Stella Chesang (gold), Mercyline Chelangat (bronze) and Juliet Chekwell celebrate with their flag after the athletics women’s 10 000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 9, 2018.  AFP PHOTOChesang GOLD ??Chelangat Bronze ??Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT | Stella Chesang joined the list of Ugandan Commonwealth Games champions by winning the 10,000m final emphatically at the Gold Coast event on Monday.She becomes only the second ever Uganda champion in the women’s events after Dorcus Inzikuru, winner of the steeplechase in Melbourne in 2006.Chesang, 21, a former world mountain running champion, beat off a still challenge from Kenyan Stacy Ndiwa who settled for second position. She took the race in 31:45.30, with the Kenyan challenger coming in at 31:46.36 in a personal best.Ugandan youngster Mercyline Chelangat,20, capped a fine performance by Uganda by grabbing the bronze medal.Just a day earlier, Joshua Cheptegei set the pace for the Ugandans on day one of athletics by winning the men’s 5000m final.“I want to congratulate Stella Chesang for winning Gold in the Women’s 10,000m finals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. You have done your country proud!,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said in a tweet soon after.  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweightlast_img read more

La Liga resumes after three months away as Sevilla defeat Betis

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp For now though, stands remain empty, the voices of the players and coaches audible and the atmosphere strange. On television, fans at home had the option to add virtual supporters taken from the computer game FIFA, as well as chanting, which ebbed and flowed according to the action.When the excellent Ocampos and Fernando scored, there was cheering, and when substitutes came and went, there was applause.Earlier, the players had arrived wearing masks and gloves and their temperatures were taken before entering the stadium. Outside, around 200 supporters had come to greet the team buses but they dispersed shortly after, with 600 police and security personnel in attendance to prevent mass gatherings.“No fans allowed but we’re here and we can’t wait,” shouted a 60-year-old supporter in a Sevilla shirt.There was a minute of silence held before kick-off in memory of the victims of the pandemic, with the players standing at a distance from each other around the centre circle. In the 20th minute, there was applause to pay tribute to those working on the front line.In the stands, the substitutes, still wearing masks, sat spread out in the rows behind their coaches and Sevilla’s were among the few celebrating when the goals flew in shortly after half-tiime.They were comfortable winners as Ocampos scored a penalty after Marc Bartra was ajudged to have pushed Luuk de Jong and, six minutes later, a delightful Ocampos flick at the near post allowed Fernando to head in a second. Lucas Ocampos (R) celebrates with teammates after putting Sevilla ahead in their 2-0 win over Betis as La Liga returned after a three-month suspension on ThursdayMadrid, Spain | AFP |  Sevilla beat local rivals Real Betis 2-0 as La Liga returned after three months away on Thursday, becoming the second of Europe’s five major leagues to resume following the coronavirus pandemic.After the Bundesliga in Germany restarted on May 16, La Liga opened its doors again to players but not supporters at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where the usually vibrant Seville derby was played in front of empty stands.The game was the first in Spain’s top flight since March 10 but 93 days later another professional fixture has been completed without incident, offering further encouragement to the Premier League in England and Serie A in Italy. Both are set to return next week.Lucas Ocampos gave Sevilla the lead from a 56th-minute penalty and Fernando Reges then added the second goal for the home side, who are third in the table.This was the first leg of a 39-day sprint to the finish in La Liga, that will see teams playing every three days for five and a half weeks and undergoing stern examinations of their fitness.Both coaches made use of their new allocation of five substitutes and there was a drinks breaks in each half but the contest lost its fluency late on, in part because Betis never looked like staging a comeback.Victory strengthens Sevilla’s hold on third place as they move four points above Getafe and Real Sociedad below them. Betis sit 12th and face the possibility of being dragged into a relegation battle.This was as far from a typical Seville derby as could be imagined, a pale shadow of the division’s most heated fixture and a clear demonstration of what has been sacrificed to keep the season going.– Virtual supporters –“I always believed we would play again,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas, who had also indicated on Thursday that “10 or 15 per cent” of fans could attend stadiums before the season finishes on July 19.last_img read more

Football Viewers’ Guide: FCS Playoffs 2nd Round

first_imgSouth Dakota at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 2 p.m. CT, ESPN3National TV:ESPN College ExtraDirecTV 793Online:ESPN3http://WatchESPN.comWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playDustin Fox, analyst FRISCO, Texas – Only 16 teams remain in the NCAA FCS tournament, with Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas beginning their playoff runs this weekend after receiving byes in the opening round. Both teams have home games starting at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Coverage will be available on ESPN3 and ESPN College Extra. New Hampshire at Central Arkansas, Saturday, 2 p.m. CT, ESPN3National TV:ESPN College ExtraDirecTV 792Online:ESPN3http://WatchESPN.comWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Mike Watts, play-by-playTyoka Jackson, analystlast_img

Rubén García: “We are confident and we will go for the game”

first_imgNo doubt in Pamplona it is the game of the year, it is different. We have to assimilate that, if all the matches are important, we have to give this a bonus, especially at the mental level. There are three points at stake and we are going to measure eleven against eleven, but we already know what it means to measure yourself to such a team, and more belonging to Osasuna. There is a certain rivalry.As for the environment, what do you expect?I know that for the fans it is an important game and that they live it in a special way. We also have to give this meeting the importance it has.Real Madrid has been measured a few times …Yes. I don’t know how many times exactly but I have measured them a few times. In my first year in Levante I played against them. Then Mourinho trained him and there were Xabi Alonso, Cristiano, Higuain … It was a different time than now. It’s always nice to be able to play against players like that. I remember a game at the Bernabéu, in which in the 40th minute we were winning zero one and we ended up losing four to one. In a couple of plays they made the game. The Bernabéu squeezes a lot. It is a very complicated field.He has pending feeling what it is to beat Madrid and mark him.Yes. With the Levant I don’t remember winning them. I remember two games at home, which we were winning and in the absence of two minutes we had the victory. It would be nice to win and also these types of victories usually have a lot of impact.What would it mean for you to mark Real Madrid?Beyond marking Madrid, I would be happy that it was a goal that would help the team. If the goal were victorious, it would be special. Not only for beating Madrid, which is a challenge, but the really important thing would be to be able to help the team with three points. It would be a step forward and be closer to the goal. It will be very complicated, but it will be tried. Where do you think is the greatest danger of the Zidane team?On an offensive level they are doing very well, they are making many goals and also these great teams, when they catch good streaks, they usually fit very few. It has very effective players above, which overflow a lot and closing behind makes it very difficult to beat them. In El Bernabéu they have already shown us that it is not easy to create opportunities and harm them and here they will come with the same intention. It is true that we play at home, before our fans, and we have a lot of confidence in us and we will go for the game.Which Madrid player do you see better at this time?I think one of the key pieces is Casemiro, in the midfield. Beyond travel, effort and disputes, I think it is the team’s stopwatch and who stabilizes it. He gives it a lot of contention and for teams like that, players like him are key.If I could, which Madrid player would Osasuna be brought to?I could not tell you. We have the players we want. It is not only a matter of what a player can contribute in the field, it is also necessary to adapt to the costumes and grace to God in Osasuna everyone is very adapted. It is true that I could choose any player, there are so many good in Madrid that I would not know how to say one.You have already shown that you are able to face any team and more in El Sadar.We are aware of the connection we have with the fans and everything we have done. But it is of little use to think now of everything we have done if we do not succeed in trusting ourselves and our possibilities. We may not be at our best in terms of sensations and security in the field, but we are not going to go crazy now for losing some games, nor could we think we had everything done when we had that good run. We have to keep trying to improve and I think we can do something nice.Osasuna usually presses very high. Can a team like Madrid be played like this?Yes. He is a rival who dominates all tactical variants and at the offensive level. We may be ourselves, but we must also be aware that we will have to do many things well and be very focused to be able to harm them. They are a rival that, with little, can do you a lot.On a personal level, how are you feeling?In pre-season I had discomfort in the pubis. With work and insistence I have been improving, although it is an injury with which you have to continue working and strengthening. I have gone from less to more, finding myself great. In these last games I am playing more than half a point, a position in which I already played last year. I am happy to participate and continue contributing things to the team, with goals or assists. I’m very happy.It has been rumored that in the winter market some team tempted him …I have read something. In the world of football there are these things that are a bit more extra-sports. I don’t like being aware of these things, I usually handle them through representatives. You get things but I have been focused at all times and at no time I thought about leaving. When you are happy in a place and you feel the confidence and you are in fullness, you do not look beyond to continue contributing things and to continue working.What have you found in Osasuna that you have not found in other equipment?I have found something very important, which is emotional stability, beyond football. This is something fundamental to be happy and then translate it on the pitch and to be in life, and in the day to day, oneself. When you arrive at a new place you have doubts and do not know what awaits you. I was lucky to get it right and find the right place. I am very happy and I think that people who know me notice it and those who see me on a sporting level think that they see me comfortable in the field. This serves to keep growing and be better every day. Do they face the week differently or is it more the media fuss that forms?The players don’t realize that much. You focus on making it one more week of work, to improve and to work to the fullest. But it is true that around you notice something different. We try to avoid everything that surrounds it and focus on day to day.He is going to play his first Osasuna- Real Madrid in El Sadar …center_img It is one of the key pieces of the Arrasate team. Its quality does not go unnoticed and in fact the rumor mill says that some team tempted him in the winter market. However, Rubén García does not think of anything other than Osasuna, where he has found stability on and off the pitch. He knows that Madrid will make it difficult for him, but he fully trusts the possibilities of his team.Real Madrid arrives at El Sadar, is it a special match?It is always special to play against Real Madrid, even more so when it becomes the leader. It is a meeting that El Sadar lives a lot and we, as players, also like it. It is a beautiful game that everyone wants to play.last_img read more