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46—Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 PSG V MADRID Zidane banks on Casemiro, Ronaldo •Mbappe fit enough for clash aris-Saint Germain Pwill be without Neymar for the second leg with Real Madrid and Los Blancos are increasingly hopefully that the effect of their own lucky charm, Casemiro, will come to fruition once again. The former Porto midfielder has never lost a European knockout tie since his time in the Spanish capital began. The Brazilian is guaranteed of a space in the starting line-up tonight, he may even be forced to play without his usual partners as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos continue to battle against injury. Having been part of the team which won La Decima, albeit in a supplementary role, Casemiro has been an ever present throughout Los Blancos’ dominance of the premier continental competition. PSG supporters will make the atmosphere an intimidating one on Tuesday, the defending European champions will be forced to battle and defend their 3-1 advantage from the first leg. Casemiro has a very special relationship with the Champions League, so Wenger’s exit looms ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger looked downcast and deep in thought as he arrived for Arsenal training on Monday. The beleaguered Frenchman is under increasing pressure to quit after the Gunners’ latest loss, a 2-1 defeat at Brighton. His work at Arsenal’s London Colney training headquarters was all about preparing a downtrodden squad for Thursday’s trip to AC Milan in a Europa League round of 16 first leg tie. Winning the competition remains their best chance of •Wenger achieving Champions League football next season as Wenger’s side are now 13 points outside of the Premier League top four. But if current form is anything to by the chances of happening are extremely slim. Hazard blasts Conte’s tactics against Man City Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has taken a swipe at Antonio Conte’s tactics in their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday, saying he felt like he “hadn’t played a game of football”. Hazard started as a false nine at the Etihad and touched the ball just 31 times in 89 minutes. The Blues failed to hit a shot on target against City, who completed 902 passes in the match. “I had the feeling that I’d ran, but that I hadn’t played a game of football. “That’s a pity. We could have played on for three hours, but I wouldn’t touch the ball. It only went better at the end of the game. “When the manager decides to play me as a false nine, I tried to do my best,” he added. •Casemiro •Mbappe often in the drought years the club endured throughout the noughties, a holding midfielder was missing. His introduction has sparked Los Blancos back into life in Europe, for the truly tough matches against elite opposition he’s always in the correct position. •Hazard Weah: What Nigeria must t do to win World orld Cup Liberian Buhari at the Presidential President, Villa Abuja, Weah George Weah, said, “everything has declared that the players that the Super Eagles of need must be put in Nigeria have the potential place as they •Weah to win the 2018 World prepare for the World Cup in Russia. Cup.” Recall that Weah is the He further advised only African player to Nigeria to ensure have won the coveted early preparation, World Footballer of the adding that a situation camp and Year Award during his where the players lose everything is playing days. concentration because, provided, we don’t do Responding to questions “one Minister took money anything other than to from the Nigerian media away” should not be relax and play the game, on Monday after he held a allowed to happen. we are not allowed to closed-door meeting with Weah said while he was worry over other things.” President Muhammadu in Europe, “We just go into •Modiric Croatia names provisional World Cup squad Twenty-nine players have been named to the roster but the squad will be reduced to 23 on March 15/16, and the manager revealed that 20 players plus 3 goalkeepers will make the final list. Liverpool star Dejan Lovren, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakiti, Juventus striker Mario 0 DQ G‡ X NL DQ G ,Q WHU 0 LODQ winger Ivan Periši are some of the eye-catching names on the list. Captain of the Croatian J OSE MOURINHO will give his unique insight into the World Cup as a pundit for Russia’s flagship television company RT. The controversial Manchester United manager will be in Moscow to share his expert analysis and predictions for the tournament with the network’s vast global audience. national team, Luka Modric, who has been charged with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s former chief Zdravko Mamic, has also been called up. Croatia will face Peru on March 23 in Miami before wrapping up their schedule this month with a friendly against Mexico at AT & T Stadium in Dallas. Nigeria’s first opponents in Group D at the 2018 World Cup have also lined up friendlies against Brazil in Liverpool on June 3 and Senegal in Osijek on June 8. Mourinho to work as pundit Said Mourinho: “I am very happy to join the team at RT. “I am looking forward to attending the World Cup in Russia this summer and sharing my insights into the games.” Mourinho boasts true international knowledge having won the Champions League twice. He achieved initial fame in his native Portugal with FC Porto before moving to England with Chelsea. The ‘Special One’ went on to manage Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Eagles Poland, Serbia friendlies strategic to victory – Adepoju x-international Mutiu EAdepoju has said that Nigeria’s friendly matches against Poland and Serbia are strategic steps toward having a successful outing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Adepoju, popularly called “Headmaster” in his playing days made the assertion yesterday in Abuja. According to the ex-international, the two nations are careful choices made by the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, to prepare against group opponents. Super Eagles in November 2017 defeated one of their Group D rivals, Argentina 4-2 in Russia. Other group D teams are Croatia and Iceland. Adepoju said: “Poland is a force to reckon with in European football, you can’t get all the desired friendly matches given FIFA’s tight schedules, clubs and individual countrys plans. “The Serbian team is also a good one, I think the outcome of the two matches will help the technical crew perfect plans to hit the podium in Russia,” he said. Ahead of 2018 World Cup, Nigeria is billed to play international friendly matches with Poland Wroclaw, Poland on March 23 and Serbia, March 27, in London. •Adepoju

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