Madrid could host Champions League final: City mayor

first_img“What it would demonstrate is Madrid’s ability to recover in a very short time from the dramatic situation we have been through.” Almeida added “adequate security conditions exist, we have the infrastructures and public services to host it and it would send a message to the world that Madrid, despite what we have experienced, does not give up and is back.” UEFA is yet to confirm how or if the tournament will continue, with an update expected after the governing body’s executive committee meeting on June 17.The BBC in Britain reported on Tuesday Lisbon is favorite to host an eight-team Champions League knockout tournament in August, pending UEFA approval. Neither of the city’s two teams — Benfica and Sporting Lisbon — are in the competition and both of their grounds are capable of hosting top level matches, while most virus restrictions will be removed this month.Domestic leagues like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England are due to finish in July, allowing the possibility for European competitions to resume the following month.  “I know steps are being taken in this regard and on behalf of the city council, I want to show my total and absolute support for the Champions League final being held in Madrid,” mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told Spanish television channel Trece late on Monday.Spain has been able to bring the coronavirus under control in recent weeks and Madrid moved into phase two, the penultimate stage of the government’s de-escalation program, on Monday. But overall there have been more than 27,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country. “I think hosting an international event like the Champions League final is very important but especially in these circumstances,” Almeida added.  The mayor of Madrid has said the city is being considered as a potential host of this year’s Champions League final and has given the idea his “total and absolute support”. The fixture was due to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 30 before the Champions League was postponed in March with only half of the last 16 completed. The final last season between Liverpool and Tottenham was held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano while Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu hosted the 2010 decider between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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World Cup winning Indian captain slams Virat Kohli for team selection in NZ

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement bxs5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2gvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2n72xu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b9wyrWould you ever consider trying this?😱mk6Can your students do this? 🌚65gf2wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the T20 series victory, the New Zealand series is going downhill for the Indian cricket team. A 3-0 whitewash against the hosts, and now back to back failure from the batting order in the two innings saw kiwis snatching out the first match of the Test series. Among all the criticism and reprimand from pundits and supporters, the team and its captain Virat Kohli has a new critic regarding team selection, and its none other than the world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPFollowing the announcement of the Test squad earlier this month, Team India was already slammed for excluding the in-form KL Rahul out from the lineup, and there was a constant bringing in and out of players throughout the latter part of the series, which unfortunately, did not click for Kohli and co.Regarding this, the 1983 Cricket World Cup winner and former captain Kapil Dev has come forward to raise questions regarding the frequent shuffling of the Indian squad. In a recent interview with ABP News, Dev praised New Zealand for picking up the pace after the 5-0 T20 whitewash, but was upset about the constant change up in the team.Advertisement “Have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The 3 ODIs and this Test match, they have been excellent. If we analyse this match critically, well, I do not understand how can one make so many changes,” Dev told reporters.The iconic all rounder was also bothered about Rahul’s absence from the red ball series: ”Management believes in format-specific players. Rahul is in great form, he is sitting out, it does not make sense. I believe when a player is in form, he needs to play.”Advertisement While India’s superstar openers Rohit Sharma out because of an injury, and Rahul not included in the Test squad, India relied on the young Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal to open up for the visitors’ innings.Dev continued: ”There is a new team in almost every match. No one in the team is permanent, if there is no security over your place, it will affect the form of the players.”Although Agarwal kept his nerve with a 34 in the first and an impressive 58 in the second one, Shaw failed to make a mark, along with the rest of the batting squad, including captain Kohli himself, who has only scored 21 across the two innings in the first test. As a result, India couldn’t cross the 200 run mark in either innings, only putting up 165 and 191 respectively.‘Such big names in the batting order, if you cannot score even 200 runs in 2 innings, you have not been able to conquer conditions. You have to focus more on planning and strategy,” the 61 year old added.India’s second Test against New Zealand is on this Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-See which Indian cricketing legends Harsha Bhogle just compared Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma with!Virat Kohli fires back at critics over his batting form after NZ trashing Advertisementlast_img read more

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