Casemiro-Valverde, the Zidane seat belt

first_imgIts presence also improves Fede Valverde, the great revelation of the season, which has played 1,692 ’(56.4% of the total). The Uruguayan does not perform the same when Casemiro is not there, because his presence allows him to pick up and show off his arrival to the attack (two goals and three assists). This afternoon at El Sadar, Zizou retrieves his seat belt … In the two league games that have been lost, Madrid has not passed the draw: 1-1 against Valencia in Mestalla and 0-0 against Athletic at the Bernabéu. This Casemiro course is vital in defense, but also in attack: Four goals and three assists. Casemiro rested against Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey and that explains part of the defensive fragility of Real Madrid last Thursday. The Brazilian does not have a replacement in the template. After Marcos Llorente’s departure last summer, Casemiro remained as the only pure defensive midfielder of the team. To this we must add the fact that he is in one of his best moments of his career.For all this, he has played all games except four (one of them for yellow accumulation). 2,580 minutes, 86% of the total. The data reflects its importance: only a victory in those meetings. And the victory came against Zaragoza, a rival of a minor category, in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.last_img read more

Chelsea confirm signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

first_img 1 Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.The midfielder moves to Stamford Bridge as part the deal which sees Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid on a permanent basis. Mateo Kovacic cost Real Madrid 29 million euros back in 2015 center_img “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea,” said Kovacic, who is the fourth signing made by boss Maurizio Sarri since he replaced Antonio Conte as manager earlier this summer.“It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.“It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family.“He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”How Chelsea are set to line up this season with Mateo Kovacic and Kepa ArrizabalagaThe deal Kovacic follows the signing of Kepa from Athletic Bilbao.Chelsea paid a world record fee for a goalkeeper, £71.6million, to sign the Spaniard after accepting Real Madrid’s offer for Courtois.Kepa has signed a seven-year contract with the Blues.On sealing his move to Chelsea, Kepa said: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”last_img read more