The Barcelona central defence situation: A case of playing with fire

As Barcelona missed out on Manchester City’s Eric García on deadline day, manager Ronald Koeman may be facing a serious problem in central defence for the new season.


The centre-back position has been a constant source of worry for Barcelona season after season. Every year seems to be the one when the right reinforcements will be made. And every transfer window departs with the same personnel handling the defence. No doubt, Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet are excellent defenders. However, in the position they play, having reliable back-up options is always critical.

Throughout recently concluded transfer window, one central defender name was inseparable from Barcelona. The homecoming of La Masía product Eric García was the primary agenda of the board and manager. The youngster left the academy at the age of 17 to join Manchester City. Nonetheless, he has declined a contract extension with Pep Guardiola’s men and has made … Read the rest

Cotic BFe 27.5″ steel hardtail mountain bike released early, now in 7th Gen

By popular demand, Cotic’s 7th Generation BFe steel hardtail mountain bike has been released ahead of schedule. The 140mm travel Burly Iron bike is available for pre-order now, with the first batch of frames expected in February 2021. BFe (beefy) has been a consistent part of Cotic’s line-up since 2005, continually evolving with relevant “hardcore” […]

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Renault DP World F1 Team’s Ricciardo and Ocon optimistic ahead of Saturday’s sessions

Renault DP World F1 Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon are feeling upbeat ahead of Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, after the weather put a stop to both Free Practice One and Two today at the Nürburgring. 

A mix of fog and rain hampered free practice after it was deemed unsafe for the medical helicopter to fly during both sessions. Free Practice Two was cancelled an hour into the planned schedule. However, the forecast for Saturday is looking more promising with dry weather on the cards, which should allow Ricciardo and Ocon ample track time in order to get to grips with the German circuit ahead of Sunday’s race. 

The dry weather would also mean that the drivers have an extra set of dry tyres to carry over, whereas they would normally have two. The extra set of tyres means they can put more mileage in on track … Read the rest

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career is heading for a sad end

Morning.

As expected Arsenal named their Europa League squad yesterday without Mesut Ozil or Sokratis in it. The restrictions on foreign players meant that Mikel Arteta had to choose two players to sit out our European campaign – a decision he has to make about our Premier League by October 20th too – and those were the two casualties.

It’s not a surprise based on what has happened this season. Neither player has been involved in a match-day squad, not even for the Carabao Cup, and there were efforts to move Sokratis on before the transfer deadline. It didn’t happen, but for some time it’s been obvious he has been some way down the manager’s pecking order.

When it comes to Ozil though, the lack of surprise doesn’t negate the fact it’s a big story, a major issue. He remains our highest paid player, in terms of stature and ‘star’ … Read the rest

F1, Qualifying: live results and updates | 2020 Eifel GP

The big, scary Nordschleife version of the Nurburgring was completed in 1927. But after eventually proving too big and too scary for F1, Niki Lauda’s 1976 horror crash in the German Grand Prix forced a re-think, with the more manageable, more modern Grand Prix circuit opened in 1984, with a star-studded roll-call of F1 drivers. The modern circuit got off the mark with the 1984 European Grand Prix and the 1985 German Grand Prix. Falling off the calendar until 1995, it then hosted various races – in German, European and Luxembourg Grand Prix guise – up until 2013, before its 2020 return.

The Nordschleife it ain’t – but then that’s probably for the best. The modern circuit utilises the start-finish straight of the old Sudschleife track, before the drivers then tackle the tight right-hander at Turn 1 (Haug-Haken) and go on an enjoyable high-speed plunge down to the Dunlop-Kehre hairpin. … Read the rest

The History Of Djokovic & Nadal's Grand Slam Finals

In a rivalry that continues to set records, plenty of Grand Slam history will be on the line in Sunday’s Roland Garros final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic and Nadal have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with each great winning four times. But this result will shift the tide in the all-time battle for most major trophies.

Roger Federer leads the way with 20 titles, with Nadal (19) and Djokovic (17) right behind. If Nadal lifts a record 13th Coupe des Mousquetaires, he will tie Federer’s Grand Slam trophy count for the first time. If Djokovic emerges victorious, he will claw closer to both all-time greats and complete a second Career Grand Slam, which no other man has done in the Open Era. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver achieved that feat, but not entirely during the Open Era.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Interview – Director Discusses Multiplayer, Music, & More

The remastered edition of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was released worldwide on Aug. 27 this year. It is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS, making it unique in comparison to the original only available for GameCube players. It’s an interesting mix of platforms, especially as players will now be able to experience this classic on mobile.

To learn more about what inspired the development of this remastered Crystal Chronicles, Twinfinite interviewed director Ryoma Araki.

Read on for the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles interview– you’ll learn some interesting details regarding the game’s multiplayer, and challenges faced by Square Enix.

Anna: What inspired Square Enix to bring Crystal Chronicles back in a remastered edition?

Ryoma Araki: The original FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES (FFCC) game was released the year I joined SQUARE ENIX. At that time, I had been creating a game for the Nintendo GameCube at … Read the rest

'Outmanoeuvred': Leading agents lift lid on Man United's botched negotiations – report

Manchester United’s players and leading European agents think the club’s recruitment system is inadequate, according to inside sources.

The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell has had ‘conversations with numerous intermediaries in recent days’ and found that there was ‘an overwhelming consensus that United would perform better if they hired a best-in-class sporting director.’

Whitwell quotes a leading European agent as saying ‘the problem of United is they do not have a clear sport strategy.

‘When you talk to United, you are not talking to football people. This is a pity because they are such a big club, such a historical club.’

Meanwhile, the same reporter claims to have been told by a United dressing room source that ‘several players feel the club “did not fight to the death” to enhance the squad for Solskjaer this summer and that the “sporting direction” at the top of the club has too often been … Read the rest

(Video) Connor Coady gives beautiful interview and Reds wonder what could have been

Connor Coady scored his first England goal last night, and the Wolves captain gave a memorable interview post-match.

He spoke brilliantly to ITV – and you can check it out in the video below:

Coady was a highly-rated member of the Liverpool Academy and under Kenny Dalglish, it looked like he might get a proper chance in the first-team.

But Brendan Rodgers came in and Coady dropped down the pecking order and had to make his name in the lower leagues instead.

Now a Premier League and international star, many Reds on Twitter questioned if the … Read the rest

Worrying signs at Man United as star blames toxic dressing room for forcing him out of the club

It’s amazing to think that things were actually looking very positive for Man United after the Covid-19 shutdown earlier in the year.

Bruno Fernandes made a huge difference to the team and they were actually quite exciting to watch for a while, but they’ve done nothing to build on that this summer and looks like the downward spiral is beginning again.

There’s little sign of positive feeling on the pitch after some dreadful performances and a questionable transfer strategy, but some reports are now suggesting that all is not well in the dressing room either.

READ MORE: Photo: Man United fans get a first look at Edinson Cavani in the club shirt

Our colleagues at Stretty News picked up on a report from Italian outlet La Repubblica, and it looks like Romelu Lukaku has lifted the lid on how bad things are behind the scenes.

He blames Paul Pogba … Read the rest