‘I hope Real Madrid miss Ronaldo’ – Busquets

first_imgBarcelona star Sergio Busquets has said that he hopes Real Madrid suffer after selling Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Ronaldo completed a sensational €112 million (£99m/$131m) move to Juventus in the summer and made his debut for the Italian side in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Chievo.A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, the Portuguese has been a thorn in the side of Barca over the years, netting 18 times against them in 31 Clasicos and helping Madrid to a raft of titles, including three successive Champions Leagues. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Busquets hopes that the Santiago Bernabeu side will hurt from selling their star man, although he suspects new head coach Julen Lopetegui will find a solution.“I hope they miss him and notice the lack of goals,” he told El Pais. “But I know his coach and he will make Madrid more of a team.”Meanwhile, the 30-year-old spoke highly of team-mate Lionel Messi, who was Ronaldo’s great rival for the nine years he spent in La Liga.“To have Leo in the team solves almost everything because he unbalances opponents, scores goals and creates them,” he said. “The more time the ball is at his feet, the better and more advantage we will have.“It’s logical that our game has to go through him. It’s not being dependent on Messi, it’s being smart and taking advantage of the best player in the world.“When I’ve got the ball, I try to find him. Sometimes, too much. But I prefer to take the risk.”Busquets also spoke of the departure of Andres Iniesta, who has already made a spectacular impression at Vissel Kobe in the J-League.Asked if the veteran will be missed this season, he replied: “Clearly. But not only as a player, but in the dressing room because like Carles Puyol, Xavi and Victor Valdes, he was a captain, a guide. “I think the most difficult moment will be when Leo leaves, our generation is almost all the same age and we could finish almost at the same time. Better not to think about it and enjoy the moment.”Barca began their season with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday, with Messi netting twice.last_img read more

Lahm: Changes needed at Bayern

first_imgBayern München Changes needed at Bayern Munich, insists Lahm Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 20:38 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PhilippLahm - cropped Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga PSG v Bayern München PSG UEFA Champions League Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly close to losing has job after Wednesday’s defeat to PSG, and the former right-back feels more than the coach must change Philipp Lahm says he would “definitely change something” on the Bayern Munich board, despite previously rejecting the opportunity to become their sporting director.All is not well at the Allianz Arena with head coach Carlo Ancelotti reportedly close to losing his job after a poor recent run culminated in their Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Bayern 7/1 to beat Hertha 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is not just Ancelotti’s future that should be uncertain, according to Lahm, with the club’s former captain open to changes at board level.”I would definitely change something,” he said, when asked by Business Insider. “But that isn’t necessarily something to talk about now.”On the possibility of returning to Bayern at board level, he added: “I’ve always said that there will never be an area that I know better than football.”I have played football since I was five years old. This is my core skill and it will always remain so. In this respect, there is no reason not to return to football.#Lahm: “I came to #FCBayern in 1995. I never imagined becoming a champion, it’s all been a dream.” #DankePhilipp pic.twitter.com/ngsQ3KamTN— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 20, 2017″The most important thing for Bayern has always been that, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness, the two leaders at the top have themselves played football at the very highest level. They know 100 per cent about their profession. That was the biggest thing they could put into the club.”And I would say I have the football knowledge, too. As for everything else, let’s see what happens.”Both football and business are part of my life. I have done one for many years. The other one I’m just starting out in.”I had a very interesting and exciting life as a footballer, for which I am grateful. I was lucky in some ways and would like to give something back. “To do this I need a new challenge, where I can have fun and be passionate. My motivation is to be able to lead a self-determined, free life and to do something that interests me.”Lahm reserved praise for current president Uli Hoeness’ impact at Bayern, but added that he would not refer to him as his teacher.”Uli Hoeness has developed Bayern from a small Bundesliga club to a club that is one of the top five in Europe,” he said. “That was a great achievement.”I have seen how he conducts business and negotiations and I have certainly taken something from him. But, as a mentor, I definitely would not call him.”last_img read more