Angelino says Pep Guardiola did not trust him at Manchester City and killed his confidence, before he completed a permanent move to RB Leipzig.
The left-back joined City aged 16 but after some loan spells and a brief move to PSV Eindhoven decided to move on.
The Spaniard is now playing regularly and thriving under Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, who he says had the “courage” to use him from the start.
“I had a rest when I was with Pep for six months, that was enough,” he said.
“I don’t want it again. That’s why I want to be on the pitch. I don’t like being out. I am thankful that I get to play most of the time. I had enough holidays.”
The 24-year-old was part of the RB Leipzig side who reached the Champions League semi-finals last year and returned on loan to the Bundesliga outfit this season.
Leipzig, who sit second in the table behind Bayern Munich, then exercised a clause in the deal to make his move permanent last week.
Asked about Guardiola and Nagelsmann, he said: “They both like to play with the ball, get the ball quick, there is one thing that is a big difference – one gave me the confidence and played me and the other didn’t.
“So I am thankful to Julian for the trust and sometimes you need, I don’t want to use a bad word, you need courage to put a player and he did from the first game.”
Angelino was on City’s books for more than four years before being sold to PSV in 2018, with the Premier League club then repurchasing the left-sided player the following season.
He played 12 times in all competitions before first being allowed to join Leizpig on loan in January 2020, but does not believe he got a fair chance under Guardiola.
“It killed me,” said Angelino. “The confidence was everything, when you don’t have the trust of a coach it is everything.
“I was judged for pre-season, two games, and then I didn’t get my chance until a few months. It is hard to play one game every two months so I am just happy that happened so I could come here and meet Julian and everyone here.
“It was a 50/50 experience. On one side I really learned a lot from Pep, he improved me as a player on the pitch and I have to be thankful also for the experience.
“On the other side I didn’t play as much as I wanted to or I deserved.”
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“Will is still young and tries to put a lot on his plate and be in control and do a lot of things,” Whitaker told the Herald. “It’s admirable and 100 per cent that’s why you love him, but I think we need to take some of the stuff off his plate because he’s in charge of a lot of things for a young guy that is probably too much.
“This week you’ll definitely see a lot more settled game from him and him not trying to worry about the bigger stuff. He will be more focused on getting himself into the game.
“Maybe the boys were a little bit too excited or too anxious. We turned over way too much ball, so I think if anything the guys have got to relax a little bit and build into the game.
“We scored that first try after three minutes and probably got ahead of ourselves because we tried to score in every phase after it and just turned the ball over too much.”
The Waratahs have named Moeroa as Joey Walton’s injury replacement at inside-centre, while new skipper Alex Newsome will come in from the wing to wear the No.13 jersey.
“He’s a bigger ball-carrier and a bigger person in the centres. Hopefully he’ll give us a bit of go-forward,” Whitaker said of Moeroa. “He’s been around rugby league for a while, he knows how to get up for games.”
Mark Nawaqanitawase will start on the wing, with rising Randwick utility back Triston Reilly named for a potential debut on the wing, while Jack Grant is promoted to starting halfback in the absence of injured skipper Jake Gordon.
“He’s put on a bit of size and got a bit bigger and worked hard on that contact,” Whitaker said of Nawaqanitawase, who after some decent early performances was overlooked for the rest of 2020. “He’s got some skills you can’t coach.
“Jack gives us that ability to change the game up when we have to.”
Last week’s No.6 Will Harris, has been ruled out with a shoulder complaint but NSW get Lachie Swinton is returning from suspension.
The Brumbies have made one change to their starting XV, with Folau Fainga’a ruled out due to a sore toe according to coach Dan McKellar, who is predicting a big response from a wounded Waratahs team.
“They’ll have a bee in their bonnet about that [loss],” McKellar said. “We expect a team that is fired up.”
The Brumbies have won 16 of their previous 17 games on home turf and beaten the Waratahs by an average of 30 points in the last two matches in Canberra.
“They’re the form team and they’ve got runs on the board,” Whitaker said.
Meanwhile, Suliasi Vunivalu will come off the bench for the Reds in their clash against the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.
After serving a week suspension for an alleged altercation with a security guard, Vunivalu is on the cusp of a professional rugby debut, having switched across from rugby league following a NRL premiership with the Melbourne Storm.
Reds prop Taniela Tupou returns to the starting side, while the Rebels have opted for Matt To’omua at No.10 and Reece Hodge at No.12 for their first hit-out of 2021.
Brumbies v Waratahs, GIO Stadium, Saturday 7.45pm (AEDT)
Brumbies 1-15: James Slipper, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Mack Hansen, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks.
Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Tom Cusack, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa.
Waratahs 1-15: Angus Bell, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Sam Caird, Jack Whetton, Lachie Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Dempsey, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, James Ramm, Terapi Moeroa, Alex Newsome, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jack Maddocks.
Bench: David Porecki, Tetera Faulkner, Sio Tatola, Jeremy Williams, Hugh Sinclair, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Triston Reilly.
Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium, Friday 7.45pm (AEDT)
Reds 1-15: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Seru Uru, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell.
Bench: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Sam Wallis, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Suliasi Vunivalu.
Rebels 1-15: Cabous Eloff, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa’amausili, Steve Cummins, Trevor Hosea, Brad Wilkin, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Stacey Ili, Lachie Anderson, Tom Pincus.
Bench: Ed Craig, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Rhys Van Nek, Rob Leota, Josh Kemeny, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani.
Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
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Olivier Giroud’s spectacular overhead kick gave Chelsea an outstanding victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg in Bucharest.
Giroud’s superb moment of improvisation not only delivered the win and a vital away goal but also continued new manager Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start at Chelsea and put them in pole position to reach the quarter-finals.
In a tie played in Romania instead of Spain because of Covid-19 restrictions, Giroud demonstrated athleticism and technique to send an acrobatic effort beyond Atletico keeper Jan Oblak in the 68th minute. The goal was originally ruled out for offside before a video assistant referee review revealed the ball had bounced off Atletico defender Mario Hermoso.
It was reward for Chelsea’s more progressive style in the face of the usual attritional approach from Diego Simeone’s Atletico. They rarely troubled Tuchel’s side who comfortably kept the in-form but increasingly frustrated Luis Suarez at bay.
Chelsea have now gone eight matches unbeaten since Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard while Giroud is emerging as their Champions League talisman after scoring all four goals in the group-phase victory against Sevilla and a last-minute winner away to Rennes.
Tuchel was quick to praise the impact of 34-year-old World Cup winner Giroud and said: “If you see him on a daily basis, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.
“He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old. He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training. He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group.”
Tuchel’s biggest statement yet
Tuchel’s Chelsea have been efficient rather than spectacular since the German coach was appointed following Lampard’s departure in January – but there will be no complaints after the most impressive result of his brief time in charge.
Chelsea were regarded as underdogs in this last-16 tie against the La Liga leaders but apart from a couple of early scares – keeper Edouard Mendy miscontrolled early in the game before Suarez flashed the ball across the face of goal – they were in charge.
They showed more ambition than a strangely lethargic and even more cautious than usual Atletico.
It will increase Chelsea’s confidence that they have appointed a coach who is comfortable operating at the highest levels after reaching the Champions League final with Paris St-Germain last season and impressing at Borussia Dortmund.
And once again Giroud proved what an intelligent and talented player he is with a piece of ingenuity that settled a tight game to give Chelsea high hopes going into the second leg.
Giroud has proved time and again he is invaluable to Chelsea’s cause, demonstrating what a bargain buy he was at £18m from Arsenal in January 2018.
It was also a good night for young England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, who performed creditably after the debate surrounding his substitution after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Hudson-Odoi was replaced again after 79 minutes in Bucharest but this was after a performance full of energy and hard work that will have delighted taskmaster Tuchel on a highly satisfying night for Chelsea.
Atletico still pose a threat – but this was poor
This was a dismal showing from an Atletico Madrid side who have been excellent domestically in heading Real Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona.
Atletico adopted a more conservative approach than Chelsea despite this being their ‘home’ leg, albeit on neutral territory, and the old streetfighter Suarez was reduced to familiar moments of gamesmanship in a bid to unsettle his opponents. It was all to no avail as the Premier League side held firm.
It was a game that pointed to Chelsea building the platform for progress in the second leg but Atletico’s resilience, ability to fight the odds and love of being the underdog still makes them a threat.
Simeone will need to inspire a big performance from his players in the second leg but they can never be written off, as Liverpool – rampant in the Premier League at the time – painfully discovered when they were eliminated by Atletico over two legs at this stage last season, completed by a 3-2 win at Anfield after coming from 2-0 down.
Chelsea achieved a superb result and their destiny is now in their own hands but Tuchel will not, and cannot, allow for any complacency against an Atletico team who may just revel in the task facing them in the second leg.
Another Champions League goal for Giroud – the stats
Thomas Tuchel became the third Chelsea manager to win his first Champions League game in charge when the game took place in the knockout stage after Roberto Di Matteo and Guus Hiddink.
Atletico Madrid failed to have a shot on target against Chelsea – the first time they had failed to register a shot on target in a Champions League game since March 2019 v Juventus.
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has scored six Champions League goals this season, his best return in a single campaign in the competition.
Giroud (34 years and 146 days) became the oldest player to score a Champions League knockout goal for Chelsea.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League this season (five).
Mason Mount’s yellow card after 55 seconds was the quickest card shown in the Champions League this season.
Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea and PSG) became only the second manager in the history of the Champions League to manage two different clubs in the competition within a single season after Ronald Koeman in 2007-08 (PSV and Valencia).
‘A big reward’ – what they said
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel told BT Sport: “Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved.
“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality.
“It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win.
“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks. We have a big reward with this result.
“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”
Player of the match
Squad number13Player nameOblak
Squad number15Player nameSavic
Squad number7Player nameJoão Félix
Squad number18Player nameFelipe
Squad number6Player nameKoke
Squad number8Player nameSaúl
Squad number14Player nameMarcos Llorente
Squad number10Player nameCorrea
Squad number11Player nameLemar
Squad number22Player nameHermoso
Squad number9Player nameSuárez
Squad number19Player nameDembele
Squad number20Player nameVitolo
Squad number12Player nameRenan Lodi
Squad number5Player nameTorreira
Squad number18Player nameGiroud
Squad number19Player nameMount
Squad number7Player nameKanté
Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
Squad number11Player nameWerner
Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
Squad number4Player nameChristensen
Squad number3Player nameAlonso
Squad number17Player nameKovacic
Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
Squad number5Player nameJorginho
Squad number24Player nameJames
Squad number10Player namePulisic
Squad number16Player nameMendy
Squad number22Player nameZiyech
Squad number29Player nameHavertz
22HermosoSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 84′minutes
14LlorenteBooked at 63mins
8SaúlSubstituted forTorreiraat 82′minutes
11LemarBooked at 90mins
10CorreaSubstituted forDembeleat 82′minutes
7SequeiraSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 82′minutes
12Lodi dos Santos
20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forJamesat 80′minutes
5JorginhoBooked at 64mins
17KovacicSubstituted forZiyechat 74′minutes
19MountBooked at 1minsSubstituted forKantéat 74′minutes
11WernerSubstituted forPulisicat 87′minutes
18GiroudSubstituted forHavertzat 87′minutes
Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Chelsea 1.
Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Chelsea 1.
Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).
Lucas Torreira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).
Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).
Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).
Renan Lodi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic replaces Timo Werner.
Substitution, Chelsea. Kai Havertz replaces Olivier Giroud.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).
Renan Lodi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Olivier Giroud (Chelsea).
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy
February 23, 2021
By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A very different Australian Open comes to a familiar end on Sunday as Novak Djokovic looks to thwart another challenge to his Melbourne Park dynasty from the latest Grand Slam aspirant in Daniil Medvedev.
The tournament has charted a rocky path through the COVID-19 pandemic and a snap five-day lockdown due to a local outbreak robbed it of much of its vitality.
But a comforting sense of normality will pervade Rod Laver Arena when a healthy crowd files in for a final that could mark a shift in the tennis landscape.
Much like the tournament, world number one and defending champion Djokovic has been forced into crisis management at times during his campaign.
Pilloried in the leadup for petitioning organisers to ease strict quarantine protocols for players, the Serb struggled with an abdominal strain sustained in the third round.
His ability to manage the injury was key in bringing him within one match of a record-extending ninth Australian Open crown but he said he was fighting fit after beating Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the semi-finals.
Victory over fourth seed Medvedev would mean an 18th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, pulling him within two of the record 20 shared by “Big Three” rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
While the 33-year-old Djokovic has never lost a final at Melbourne Park, his reign has rarely looked so vulnerable.
He suffered a huge scare against Dominic Thiem in the five-set decider last year, and Medvedev is possibly the player he would least like to face.
Not for nothing did Djokovic brand him “the man to beat”.
The rangy Russian has been a machine since November, clinching the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the team-based ATP Cup in a 20-match winning streak that has included 12 straight victories over top-10 opponents.
Djokovic was among Medvedev’s victims at the ATP Finals but when the Serb strolls onto his favourite centre court on Sunday, the form-book is unlikely to figure.
With the exception of Thiem’s U.S. Open win last year where Djokovic was disqualified for hitting a tennis ball into a line judge, the “Big Three” have won all the Slams since 2017.
“There has been a lot of talk about the new generations coming and taking over from the three of us but realistically that isn’t happening still,” Djokovic told Eurosport.
“I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I am going to make them work their arse off for it.”
Contesting his second Grand Slam final but first in Australia, Medvedev is hungry for success after being edged by Nadal in a classic five-set decider at the 2019 U.S. Open.
Djokovic might see something of himself in the confident 25-year-old, who boasts similarly elite court coverage, defence and shot-making.
Medvedev has added mental strength to his arsenal, which proved invaluable in his semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas as he closed out a tense third set after briefly wobbling in the face of a hostile crowd.
He has also shown willingness to indulge in a bit of niggle, saying the pressure is all on Djokovic as he chases the 20-slam record.
Though Medvedev has won three of their last four matches, he has only met Djokovic once at a Grand Slam, losing in four sets in the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open.
He said he was happy to be the “challenger” against the “favourite”.
“And he’s one of the greatest players in the history of tennis,” he told reporters.
“So playing the final against him is superb.”
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)
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England goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, will seek to leave Manchester United in the summer if he is not installed as their first-choice next season. (Manchester Evening News)
Juventus and Inter Milan have joined the battle for Manchester City’s 32-year-old Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, who has already spoken with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid about a possible move this summer. (Sun)
Paris St-Germain are ready to revive their interest in Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin this summer, with the Spain full-back, 25, prepared to move and also thought to be a target for Barcelona. (CBS Sports)
Manchester United have refused to sanction a clause that would permit West Ham to automatically sign England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28 for a set price at the end of the season. (Times – subscription required)
Barcelona presidential hopeful Toni Freixa believes it would be possible to sign both Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, and Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Marca)
Mbappe wants to earn the same amount of money as Brazilian forward Neymar if he is to stay at Paris St-Germain. (Foot Mercato – in French)
Barcelona have intensified their interest in Real Sociedad’s Sweden forward Alexander Isak, 21, as they look to bring in a new striker this summer. (ESPN)
Republic of Ireland full-back Matt Doherty faces an uncertain future at Tottenham with manager Jose Mourinho harbouring doubts over the 29-year-old’s chances of succeeding at the club. (ESPN)
RB Leipzig are preparing to sell Tottenham target Marcel Sabitzer, the 26-year-old Austria midfielder, and are assessing potential replacements for the summer window. (Football Insider)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley remains reluctant to part with manager Steve Brunce. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted to trying to sign Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, 34, during his time in charge at Paris St-Germain, but is not considering the ex-Liverpool striker at Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be hugely impressed by Brighton central defender Ben White, 23. (Football Insider)
Juventus have asked Atletico Madrid about the possibility of signing 28-year-old Spanish striker Alvaro Morata on loan. (Goal)
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The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will be stretched out by a week and run for 50 days after increased rest periods for all teams at the tournament were unveiled on Monday.
As part of the package of changes announced by Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby executive committee and tournament organisers, teams will have at least five days to prepare for all matches for the first time, as the pool phase will be extended by a week.
Squad sizes will also be increased from 31 to 33 players to help them prepare for matches as part of the package described as “ground-breaking” in a joint statement.
The pool phase of the World Cup will now begin on Sept. 8, 2023 and conclude with the final on Oct. 28 and the overall travel distances as well as time will be reduced. The 2019 Rugby World Cup, and most before it, lasted 43 days.
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FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his mobile phone next to The Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympics Museum in Tokyo, Japan, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo
February 18, 2021
By Tetsushi Kajimoto
TOKYO (Reuters) – Nearly two thirds of Japanese firms oppose holding the Tokyo Olympics as planned, a Reuters monthly poll found, swinging from the previous survey that showed most companies were in favour of giving it a go-ahead amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Reuters poll was taken as Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori resigned over sexist remarks, further undermining confidence in organisers’ abilities to fulfil their pledge to hold safe and secure Games.
The Corporate Survey found 36% of Japanese firms called for postponement and 29% demanded cancellation, while the remaining 35% wanted the Tokyo Olympic Games to go ahead.
The results were in line with recent public opinion polls, including one taken by the Yomiuri newspaper last week, which showed a majority of Japanese opposed holding the Olympics this summer due to the pandemic.
The Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed last year due to the pandemic and rescheduled to take place this year from July 23.
“If the Olympics can wait another year, we could then see vaccines become widely available,” making it safe to hold the Games, an electric machinery maker manager wrote in the survey.
“No one wants it to be held forcibly now,” wrote a transportation company manager.
Should the Olympics go ahead this summer, almost half the companies called for restrictions on the number of spectators, and 43% demanded no-spectator Games, the Feb. 2-12 poll found.
While 6% called for cuts in the number of events at the Olympics, just 3% wanted the Games to be held as scheduled, the Corporate Survey showed.
Asked how much impact the Tokyo Olympics may have on the Japanese economy, 88% of the companies said they expected either limited or not much effect. While 6% saw it weighing on the economy, only 5% expected a big economic boost.
“Considering the economic impact, a cancellation would deepen damage to the economy,” wrote a manager of a chemical producer.
The Corporate Survey, conducted for Reuters by Nikkei Research, canvassed 482 large and medium non-financial Japanese corporations on condition of anonymity because they can express opinions more freely. Managers of roughly 220 firms responded.
The previous corporate survey, conducted Oct. 26-Nov. 4, showed 68% wanted the Games to go ahead while three quarters thought spectator numbers should be restricted if they do go ahead.
(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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West Ham United claimed fourth spot in the Premier League as goals early in each half by Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard earned them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Their seventh win in their last nine league games moved West Ham two points above Chelsea in their mounting challenge for a Champions League spot.
Antonio gave West Ham the perfect start when he fired past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in the fifth minute.
When Lingard doubled West Ham’s lead in the 47th minute with a goal initially disallowed for offside but awarded after a VAR check it looked like a comfortable win for David Moyes’ side.
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