0Shares0000Gareth Bale came off at half time against Juventus, but ‘it is always going to happen in a side like ours,’ said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane © AFP / Curto DE LA TORREMADRID, Spain, Apr 17 – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1. The defending champions progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bale was then not included in the squad for Sunday´s 2-1 win over Malaga in La Liga but Real insisted the plan had always been to rest players for the match.Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were also spared the trip to La Rosaleda.Real host Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday and Bale will be hoping for another chance to state his case ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich next week.Against Juve, Karim Benzema made way for Bale by dropping to the bench but Zidane says neither player feels sidelined by recent selections.“No I don´t think so, this is football,” Zidane said on Tuesday. “I dont see either of them looking sad, they are training well.“I spoke to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.“It is always going to happen in a side like ours. There are players in good form and playing well but I have to be ready always to evaluate who is the best players for the team at any given time.”Zidane has prefered Benzema as a partner for Ronaldo up front this season but the Frenchman has managed only one goal in his last nine games.“We are not worried, we know the quality he has,” Zidane said. “He has to score goals of course, he knows that – he knows he can do other things but he has to score goals.“He does suffer a little bit when he misses chances but the solution is easy. He has to keep working.“It is just a little blip he is in at the moment – we had that as a team earlier in the season but we kept working. If he keeps working, I´m sure in a short time he will be scoring again.”Real are chasing an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League crown and Bayern’s hopes of stopping them have been dented by an injury to key midfielder, Arturo Vidal.Vidal is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem and looks certain to miss the first leg.“Vidal is an important player but nothing will change,” Zidane said. “Bayern have a very big squad, with lots of good players, and they will replace him for sure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Everton have agreed a fee to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the Liverpool Echo reported on Tuesday.The 23-year-old is regarded as one of England’s most promising keepers and was one of the few successes in a Sunderland side who finished bottom of the Premier League last season.Echo said the deal, which includes various add-ons could eventually rise to 30 million pounds ($38.09 million), just short of the world-record 35 million pounds which Manchester City recently paid Benfica for Brazilian Ederson Moraes.Pickford is currently in Poland with the England under-21 team and the move will not be completed until July 1 when the international transfer window opens.Everton are expected to be one of the most active teams in England’s transfer window and British media have also reported they are in discussions to buy Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez and Ajax midfielder Davy Klassen.
Proving that she would do anything to help animals, I’d Do Anything and Les Misérables star Samantha Barks didn’t hesitate before stripping down and plunging into a tank of cold water to pose for a new PETA advert that challenges, “Imagine Not Being Able to Breathe”, explaining that fish suffocate when pulled out of the water.Samantha Barks’ PETA AdThe advert goes on to implore, “Please Try to Relate, and Keep Fish off Your Plate.”“Fish have the same capacity to feel pain and to suffer as dogs and cats do”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA are delighted to have teamed up with Samantha Barks, a long-time vegetarian, to encourage the public to help all animals by leaving them off their plates.”Biologists have found that fish develop relationships with each other and grieve when their companions die. Some fish are capable of using tools, while others gather information by eavesdropping. These intelligent, sensitive animals are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, the world’s leading marine biologist, has said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel.”Each person who goes vegetarian or vegan spares 100 fish and other animals immense suffering every year.Winner of multiple awards for her debut film role in Les Misérables, Barks has starred in stage productions of Cabaret, Les Misérables, Oliver! and others. She next stars in A Hundred Streets alongside Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.Barks joins a growing list of celebrities – including Vivienne Westwood, John Bishop, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA to promote the group’s motto, which reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”.