“We are not going to change our way of playing,” Scaloni assured after the debacle
Despite the debacle against Saudi Arabia (1-2) in the first leg, the Argentinian coach promises that his team will not change the way they play.
“We are not going to change the way we play because of what happened on Tuesday. We have to turn the page the way we did and think we are going to win and nothing else. We intend to play the same way,” he stated in a statement press conference, in comments relayed by ole.
Lionel Scaloni also wanted to reassure about the health of Lionel Messi, for whom certain concerns are beginning to arise.
“He is fine and more than ever we need everyone and everything will definitely be fine. We have no doubt, physically and morally he is fine. There is no problem.”
Neymar forfeit against Switzerland but can be used afterwards?
According to Brand, the exam taken by Neymar last Friday is rather reassuring. Even if he were to retire for Brazil-Switzerland on Monday 28 November, number 10 could be operational in qualifying for the round of 16. The Spanish newspaper even believes that the Parisian can be used in the third group match if necessary.
For Danilo, also affected, his situation would be uncertain for the match against Switzerland.
Lukaku is training with Belgium again
Romelu Lukaku, injured in the left thigh ahead of the 2022 World Cup, took part in his first public training session with Belgium on Friday, following a closed session the day before, even though his debut in the tournament has yet to be specified.
The 29-year-old striker had found the Red Devils on Thursday for a cleaning the day after the viscous Belgian victory against Canada (1-0), but it remained to be seen how” he would “react”, warned coach Roberto Martinez.
At more than 30 degrees on Friday at Belgium’s base camp at Salwa Beach, a hundred kilometers southwest of Doha, he then trotted out ball-chain drills with the rest of the workforce, AFP noted. His presence remains very uncertain for Sunday’s Belgium-Morocco match (2 pm).
The European Parliament takes the sulfate out against FIFA
The European Parliament has issued a very aggressive press release against FIFA. MPs describe corruption within FIFA as “endemic, systemic and entrenched” and urge the body to compensate all victims of World Cup preparations.
“FIFA has seriously damaged the image and integrity of world football,” the statement said.
Brazil-Ghana: Neymar’s message after his injury
Neymar, the Brazilian striker, posted a message on his social networks a few hours after he was injured in Thursday’s World Cup victory against Serbia (2-0).
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“Tough game, but it was important to win, the Brazilian wrote. Congratulations to the team, first step taken… There are still 6 left.” Six, like the number of matches until the final, the big goal of the Brazilian star, still prominent on Thursday before his forced replacement.
Ghana: Bukari denies fooling Ronaldo by imitating his party
Osman Bukari, author of the second Ghanaian goal in the defeat against Portugal (3-2), assures that his celebration, copied from that of Cristiano Ronaldo, was not intended to fool the Portuguese star.
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“I noticed my party today sparked comments claiming I was disrespectful to Ronaldo,” he wrote. This is a mistake. I was overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment I scored for my country in my World Cup debut ahead of to my party.” “My upbringing doesn’t allow me to be disrespectful to the elderly, let alone my idols. Thank you for your support and let’s focus on our next game!”
Brazil: Thiago Silva addresses the Serbian coach’s lack of respect
Thiago Silva, captain of Brazil, regrets that the Serbian coach, Dragan Stojkovic, underestimated the qualities of the Seleçao in defense before the meeting between the two teams (2-0).
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“We are always happy when we win, 1-0, 2-0,” said the Chelsea defender. We are happy if we are not behind. I don’t like to talk much, cause controversy, but their coach said, “They’re going to play with four forwards, but is there anyone behind? It’s a lack of respect. We don’t ask anyone to be afraid of us, but a little respect… If you had studied our team, you would see that we conceded few goals, whether we played with three or four attackers.”
The program for this Friday, November 25
The second day of the group stage of the World Cup starts in Qatar on Friday. Four meetings are scheduled with the Qatari host, the Dutch favorites and a good duel between England and the United States.
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The program for November 25 (French time)
11am: Wales v Iran
2 p.m.: Qatar-Senegal
5 p.m.: Netherlands-Ecuador
8 p.m.: England vs. USA
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