Pirlo: ‘I want to bring back the enthusiasm’

New Juventus coach Andrea explained that he wants to bring back enthusiasm to the team, while confirming that Paulo Dybala will stay at the club while Gonzalo Higuain is set to leave.

Pirlo gave his first official press conference as Juventus coach and offered some insight into what he wants to bring to the team and what his playing style will be.

“I want to bring back the enthusiasm, propose a proactive football with great mastery of the game,” Pirlo explained to the gathered press.

“I told the boys two things: you always have to keep the ball and when you lose it, you must get it back quickly.

“I’m convinced that I’m in the right place at the right time. Tactically we could play with four or three at the back, I have no set formations.

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BREAKING: Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now

We all knew it had to happen eventually but not like this. According to the latest reports essentially from all the reliable Catalan journalists, Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now.

The message was apparently faxed through to the club executives and the Argentine’s decision is final and seemingly irreversible. Not only that but this is it for him at the club. He won’t attend the testing nor the training sessions before the start of the new season with the team.

Multiple sources are stating that Messi wants to leave Barcelona through the exit clause in his contract that allows him to walk for free. Even though it was stated that the said clause had expired on June 10, Messi believes it can be extended due to the season being prolonged.

The club have reportedly confirmed his message and are now having an emergency meeting. Josep Maria Bartomeu and … Read the rest

Factor O2 VAM road bike drops to just 677g, teases ultralight sub-1kg Black Inc wheels

Factor has just launched an updated, more integrated version of their ultralight carbon road bike with the new disc brake O2 VAM road bike frameset that you can build lighter than ever. And to help spec your new superlight carbon climbers bike, their sister brand Black Inc has a new ultra-lightweight Twenty carbon wheelset with […]

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KYB Team JC Takes the Maiden Win in the World RX With Ekström

The new for 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship team KYB Team JC run by the JC Raceteknik team with the team manager Joel Christoffersson made their World RX debut at Höljes last weekend and claimed a podium on the opening-round and took a win on the second round.

The team runs two former EKS and Audi Sport built Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro supercars with the reigning European Rallycross champion Robin Larsson behind the wheel. Currently the 2016 World RX champion Mattias Ekström is replacing Janis Baumanis who couldn’t participate in a full-season due to financial problems caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ekström, the founder of the EKS team that run the cars in the World RX previously, claimed a second place in the opening-round as he couldn’t find a way pass the double World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson who won the race.

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‘I trust the people around me and the guys working on my car’ – Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has stated how he feels it is unfair to label his performances based on different races or seasons, due to the extent of how many races there are in a current F1 season. Seb has been struggling so far this year, claiming only sixteen points in the opening six races, his worst start to a season since his first full season with Toro Rosso in 2008.

Speaking to Autosport, Sebastian Vettel explained how he did not think it was right to label his performances based on races or seasons based on his performances.

Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc has faired better fortune with the complicated SF1000, claiming podium finishes in Austria and Silverstone and accumulating forty-five points in the process.

Leaving Ferrari at the end of the year as he makes way for Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel noted how he has been struggling with a … Read the rest

Arsecast Extra Episode 369 – 24.08.2020

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

On today’s show we chat about the Champions League final, the departure of Freddie Ljungberg from the coaching staff, the hiring of a specialist set-piece coach, the impending arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, and some of the other transfer rumours doing the rounds – in particular the midfoeld players we’re linked with. James tries to pick his Community Shield team, we make our guesses at how much we’ll spend during the transfer window and how much we’ll bring in, and there are questions about some of the new players joining the Academy, worries about the lack of outgoing transfers so far, players last longer than they used to, the top BBQers at the club and loads more – including Batman waffle.

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Isner Strikes 35 Aces, Leaves It Late For Win

Former finalist John Isner left it late, but advanced at the Western & Southern Open in a 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over John Millman that could have gone either way on Monday afternoon.

Millman, who wasn’t broken throughout the encounter over two hours and 48 minutes, recovered from 15/40 at 3-3 in the deciding set and later led 4/2 in the tie-break, but Isner’s consistency and weight of shot reaped dividends.

Isner fired down 35 aces and won 80 per cent of his first-service points — compared to Millman’s 85 per cent — to extend his ATP Head2Head record to 4-0 against the Australian, who’d been looking to reach an ATP Masters 1000 third round for the first time. Isner, the No. 16 seed and 2013 runner-up, completed victory with a powerful forehand winner and next faces fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center … Read the rest

Crusader Kings 3 Trailer & Gameplay Video Focus on War, Intrigue, & Murder Aplenty

Paradox Interactive released a new trailer and a gameplay video of its upcoming grand strategy game (with charming roleplay elements) Crusader Kings 3.

This time the video focuses on a very important aspect of the game, which is war. In the Crusader Kings series, you can’t just declare war willy-nilly, but there are some specific rules to it.

On top of that, another extensive gameplay video showcases plenty more intrigue and murder in medieval Spain. 

You can watch both below.

Crusader Kings3 releases on September 1, 2020, exclusively for PC.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you can enjoy my own hands-on preview as I tell the tale of how I fought, murdered, deceived, and seduced my way into becoming the King of Lombardy starting from the position of a modest count.  You can also read my interview with with Product Manager Max Weltz

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Serie A giant willing to 'throw everything' to sign Man United star

Manchester United star Chris Smalling has been handed a new lifeline in his desire to join Roma according to reports.

The England international wanted to remain in Italy after a successful loan spell but ended up returning to Manchester.

United were said to be not impressed with Roma’s offers to sign Smalling and so decided to recall him, though it’s unclear whether that’s to sell him elsewhere or to use him for the next season.

However, it seems the Serie A side have not given up on the experienced defender just yet and that could see a deal happen, particularly under new owners.

The towering centre-back left last season due to the lack of game time that was promised and it doesn’t seem as though his situation at Old Trafford has changed at all.

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Arsenal signing is like Van Dijk with ‘the interceptions, the positioning’ says coach

Arsenal fans have extremely high hopes for William Saliba, the Frenchman who will now be available for selection after a year on loan at St. Etienne.

The teenager is prodigiously talented and cost a fortune 12 months back, and his former youth coach Jean-Luc Vannuchi has gone as far as comparing Saliba to both Raphael Varane and Virgil van Dijk!

“My first impression was that this was the biggest man of his generation,” Vannuchi told The Daily Telegraph. “The difference between him and the other players was massive.

“When he took the ball and ran into midfield, no one could stop him. He was like a monster compared to the others. When he played with St-Etienne it looked normal for him, even though he was so young.”

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