The Premier County will take on the all ready relegated Wexford team in this Sunday’s Round 7 match-up. With promotion no longer a possibility Tipp will be hoping to continue their momentum and secure a fourth successive win in their division. Twomey says they’ll be looking to start their fringe players and he expects them to come out fighting against Wexford in an effort to put their hands up for selection ahead of the Championship. That game on Sunday throws-in at 3 o’clock in Clonmel and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Bob Fitzgerald Hardware Clonmel.
The Head coach of Dwarfs, Prof. J.K. Mintah, has expressed satisfaction about the level of commitment from his players in ensuring qualification to the next round of the Caf Confederation Cup over the weekend.The cape coast based club recorded 1-0 aggregate after drawing 0-0 away with AS. Jaaraf in Senegal on Saturday. “Well, l think lt was determination, dedication, the players were disciplined and played under instruction, he told Asempa fm. “I think they wer all looking forward for me to return to the team again, most of them l brought them in and l recruited them for this purpose. We went through the eight match ban to qualify to be in the fourth position and with all the preparation and everything they were ready to play and it has paid off.” He added. Dwarfs are returning to Africa after 14 years of absence and will meet ngolan giants Petro Atletico in two weeks time. read more
1 Is a transfer likely?While the player himself may be agitating towards a move away from PSG that might not be enough to force through a sale.The man that stands in the way is Nasser Al-Khelaifi – the PSG chairman and CEO.The Qatari businessman sees clubs such as Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich as rivals and equals to his team.Selling to a rival is something Al-Khelaifi isn’t keen on doing and he will never be bullied into selling.For example, Verratti’s teammate Thiago Motta attempted to force through a move to Atletico Madrid last summer but the deal was blocked by the chairman as he was furious Motta had gone behind the club’s back.If Verratti is to move on from the club he has been at since 2012 it will take an offer the chairman couldn’t possibly refuse. The Pescara pass masterWhat Verratti does best, arguably better than anyone else in the world right now, is pass.But the playmaker doesn’t just pass for the sake of it – he unlocks defences in the process.The Pescara-born man sits deep but roams around the field painting a mental picture of the scene before looking to send a teammate on his way.Last season the Italian totalled seven assists across all competitions and, while that tally might not be out of this world, the person who passes before the assist maker is often overlooked despite it being a vital job.More often than not the man supplying that preliminary pass for PSG is Verratti.Such is the midfielder’s talents he has been likened to Andrea Pirlo and has been compared as ‘the best passer of a footballer since Xavi’.Indeed Xavi himself, the former Barcelona midfield maestro, is a keen admirer of the ex-Pescara man saying: “There are very few midfielders better than Verratti.”It is no surprise then that Barcelona are interested in signing the Italian who seems perfectly suited to their style of play.Current midfield star Andres Iniesta’s career is nearing the end so to bring in Verratti could sure up Barcelona’s midfield for years to come. Marco Verratti Does he have any weaknesses?With Verratti standing at just 5ft 5in tall don’t expect the midfield man to be arriving with any strong thumping headers – aerial ability is not his strong suit.Furthermore, while he may be small in stature, the Italian does not shy away from a challenge, which often leads to him launching into tackles and picking up yellow cards.Of course this is nitpicking. Being diminutive didn’t hinder Xavi during his illustrious career and, if Verratti can reign in the passionate challenges, then you have the complete midfielder. The summer transfer window is approaching and one particular midfielder is highly sought after.Paris Saint-Germain Marco Verratti supposedly wants out of the French capital over fears the team’s faltering European form cannot match his ambition.The diminutive playmaker is in high-demand, with Barcelona and Juventus just two of a host of top clubs looking to bring in the 24-year-old Italian.So is Verratti worth all the hype? We take a closer look at the world’s most sought after central midfielder. read more
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