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Crouch opens up on the time he wanted to punch Marcelo
The former Spurs and Liverpool striker told a story when he and his team paid the price of his red card against Real Madrid, and left him really annoyed. Spurs would go on and loose the champion’s league game against Los Blancos 4-0 after Crouch picked up two yellow cards early in the game. The first one came after a tackle on Ramos, and the second came from a tackle on Marcelo, where Marcelo, arguably, did make the tackle seem worse than it was. Crouch said in an interview with Goal:
“ He’s jumped up in the air and rolled around, and there is a camera angle where you can see he looks at the referee and he celebrates as the red card comes out then he jumps back up.
“I’ve never wanted to punch anyone more in my life! For them, that was seen as a win. They’ve won the game and they played me. I was naive to let myself get caught up in that.”
Ex-Palermo president thinks Dybala should leave Juventus, possible for Real
According to Zamparini (who was a big part in Dybala being “discovered”) Dybala is the new Messi, but he should leave Juventus for another team. First and foremost to Real Madrid, and he thinks as early as January. What do you guys think.Would he be a good needed signing, or a luxury one?
Carvajal stepping up training
The right back is close to returning to playing for the team, after stepping up his training and joining up with the squad. He has been out for a long time, but is now nearing a return to action, possibly right after the international break!
ICYMI: Players feature for their national teams in friendlies
You can read Robert Husby’s report over the international games here
I personally want to highlight The France-Finland game. Varane played for about the 10 last minutes, when Finland WON 2-0 against the reigning world champs. And no. I have no shame. Hyvä Suomi!