Barca are p****d off and angry – Sergi Roberto

first_imgSergi Roberto was left “p****d off” as Barcelona fought back against Osasuna only to draw 2-2 in Saturday’s La Liga meeting at El Sadar.Ernesto Valverde’s side were behind after only seven minutes thanks to Roberto Torres’ strike, but they were 2-1 ahead early in the second half through a good finish from Arthur after Ansu Fati had become their youngest La Liga goalscorer.However, Torres snatched a point with nine minutes to play, scoring from the penalty spot after Gerard Pique was punished for blocking a cross with a raised arm. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It means Barca have taken only four points from their first three games of 2019-20, their worst return at this stage of a season since Pep Guardiola’s first term in charge in 2008-09 – although that year they recovered to win the treble.Roberto was feeling hugely frustrated at full-time after Barca had worked hard to go ahead in the absence of the injured attacking trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.”We’re p****d off, we’re angry,” he told Movistar.”We did the most difficult thing, we equalised and then went ahead, and then we couldn’t control the game.”It was difficult for us to have control in the first half, to get to their goal. They closed up a lot, they had their fans, and we couldn’t get control.”We know there are pitches like this where they press a lot and if you don’t get really stuck in, it can cost you. It’s what happened to us.”Referee Juan Martinez Munuera appeared unwilling to give the penalty but pointed to the spot after advice from his assistant.Roberto is not sure whether the decision was correct or not and is more concerned with getting Barca’s league campaign back on track after the international break.”I haven’t seen the penalty clearly. I don’t know if he [Pique] had time to move away,” he said.”The good thing is there is a long way to go, but this is a message for us not to relax, and to get stuck in from the first minute.”Barca next face Valencia on September 14, when it is expected Messi will be ready to return to action.last_img read more

Federer wins Miami Open for 101st career title

first_imgFederer wins Miami Open for 101st career title Beats Isner in straight sets MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Orange streamers rained down while Roger Federer held another championship trophy aloft, his familiar grin as wide as ever.For the ageless Federer, winning never gets old.Now 37, Federer became tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019 when he won his 101st career title Sunday by beating a hobbled John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4.Federer neutralized Isner’s big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. The 6-foot-10 Isner scrambled so desperately to stay in rallies that he hurt his left foot and limped badly through the final few points.Isner said afterward he didn’t yet know the nature or severity of the injury. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Receive latest stories and local news in your email: “I’m not very confident going into this clay court season, I can tell you that, because I don’t even remember how to slide anymore,” Federer said. “I’m taking baby steps at this point. I’m very excited. It’s a good challenge, a good test. Confidence? It’s in no man’s land.”In tennis, no man’s land is the area around the service line. Federer hits lots of winners from there. Share: “Not that I would have won the match anyway. Let’s make that clear. But, you know, I think I could have made for a more interesting match, and one that was a little more fun.”Federer said he felt badly for Isner but didn’t let that affect his game.“It was just important to keep on doing what I was doing, and if he’s hurt, well, then so be it, and bad luck for him,” Federer said. “After the game, of course, you hope it’s nothing serious.”While Isner may need time to heal, Federer will begin preparations for the clay court season, which he skipped last year. He’ll play Madrid in May as a tuneup for the French Open. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, reacts after defeating John Isner in the singles final of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Published: March 31, 2019, 2:36pm The temporary stands inside the NFL stadium were almost full for the final, but Federer quickly defused any drama. He broke in the opening game and then twice more in a first set that lasted only 24 minutes.“Champion, Roger!” one fan yelled during a lull, prompting cheers. Federer went on to earn the adjective yet again.To complicate matters for Isner, he said the top of his foot started to hurt during the first set, and the problem grew worse as the match progressed.“It’s a terrible feeling,” Isner said, “going up against the greatest player ever, playing in this incredible atmosphere, and my foot’s killing me. Follow Federer, by contrast, is just fine. He was the Dubai champion on March 2, and runner-up to Dominic Thiem at Indian Wells two weeks ago.“This is a good phase, a good stretch for me right now,” Federer said. “I really feel super healthy. That’s why I have been able to play every day for the last four weeks. That’s something that maybe hasn’t always been the case for the last few years. So you appreciate these moments.”Federer is 18-2 this year, best on the men’s tour, which stamps him as a threat to add to his record total of 20 Grand Slam titles in 2019.“Unbelievable for you to keep winning and playing this level of tennis,” Miami tournament director James Blake, a former top-five player, told Federer at the trophy presentation. “It makes me feel like such an underachiever. We’re all just in awe.” GO Share: Isner also paid tribute to Federer during the ceremony.“You were entirely too good today, entirely too good this whole tournament,” Isner said. “You are entirely too good your whole career. It’s absolutely incredible what you’re doing. We’re so lucky to have you in this game, and we all want you to keep playing and literally never retire. So keep it up, man.”The first 33 men’s and women’s titles in 2019 were won by 33 different players, including Ashleigh Barty in the Miami women’s final Saturday. Federer is the first repeat winner in 20 men’s tournaments this year.“Kind of fitting,” Isner said.Federer first played in the Miami tournament as a wild card 20 years ago. He won the title in 2005, 2006 and 2017 before it moved from Key Biscayne to its new home this year in the Dolphins’ complex.“It has been a super long journey for me here,” Federer told the crowd. “To stand here right now really means a lot after so many years.” By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more