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Nacional returns to training against the recommendations of the league and the union

first_imgThe Madeira National was the first team from Portugal to return to group training, not without controversy. The Portuguese club explained the measure today, after its players have worked in the stadium “in accordance with the legislation and respecting all the necessary measures to ensure that it is done safely.” The National has divided the squad into two groups that will alternate. Monday, Wednesday and Friday one of them will train at the stadium and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the other will. In addition, it has been specified that it will be done in pairs. Each hour has been assigned so that one of them is on the field of play and so they do not coincide. In the images provided by the club itself, you can see how one of them exercises led by a member of the technical staff equipped with gloves and a mask to protect themselves from the coronavirus. The measure has caused much controversy in Portugal, where those infected by coronaviruses now exceed 16,000 and have exceeded 500 deaths. It is true that Nacional explains that it is covered by the law, referring to Decree Law 2-B 2020 that extended the state of emergency, providing for the possibility that athletes use the facilities for their activity. But he ignores the recommendations of the Portuguese league and has been criticized by the players union. Be that as it may, the leader of the second Portuguese division goes ahead and has no intention of stopping. The club explains that at the conclusion of each session, all the material is disinfected and the players are checked before and after work, taking their temperature.Portugal decreed strict containment measures on March 12 and the league and the players’ union have not yet advised teams to work in sports cities. National, however, continues protected in the laws. It so happens that Cristiano Ronaldo was also captured at that same stadium training a few days ago, something that was also criticized in Italy. The last to do so was Lazio, who lives in a bitter fight against Juventus because the championship can be restarted as soon as possible. The Roman club criticized Cristiano explaining that he enjoyed “advantages” in difference to the players who are only training at home.last_img read more

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“I knew we had cheated on Chelsea with Torres”

first_imgFernando Torres’ transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea rocked the Premier League several years ago. In the winter of 2011, the striker became the most expensive Spaniard in history when he went from red to blues in exchange for 58.5 million euros. At Liverpool, El Niño became a Bronze Ball and one of the best strikers in the world but, at Chelsea, he had a harder time reaching his best level, until he even went on loan to Milan, who would later yield to Atlético de Madrid. When the transfer occurred, Jamie Carragher, then Liverpool captain, now admits in a talk with Terry on Sky Sports that the dressing room of the ‘reds’ was in “shock”. First, for the departure of the Spanish striker and also for the price that Chelsea had paid for him.“I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I knew we had cheated on Chelsea. I had played with Torres throughout the year and was already a shadow of himself. Of course, I think that for 18 months in Liverpool he managed to be the best striker in the world. I think Torres had good numbers playing against Chelsea and the owner remembered. That season he scored two goals and we won 2-0 and I suppose the decision to sign him was probably made by Roman Abramovich. £ 50m was a lot of money at the time and we were shocked. Torres’s departure left us devastated but we couldn’t believe they gave us 50 million for him, “says the captain of the ‘reds’. While at Anfield they reinvested the money in Andy Carroll (41 million euros to Newcastle) and Luis Suárez (26 million euros to Ajax), at Chelsea they were excited with the arrival of the Fuenlabrada striker, as John Terry tells. “He is interesting. At Chelsea we hated playing against him. He always scored at Anfield and at Stamford Bridge. When Yossi Benayoun, who got along well with him, told us he was coming we thought we were going to dominate the Premier for the next five or six years. It’s what we believed after seeing him and playing against him, “explained the former Chelsea from the perspective they had in London at the time of his arrival. As a ‘blue’, Torres won titles but did not reach the high level of achievement he achieved in Liverpool (45 in 172 games in London for 81 in 142 at Anfield). With Chelsea he was champion of the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup. Even so, among those 45 he left important goals, such as the one that certified the pass to the final of the Munich Champions League, eliminating Barcelona at the Camp Nou at the last minute.last_img read more

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