Barcelona coach ‘Quique Setien’ Reacts to Lionel Messi’s Statement About His Coaching Style
Quique Setien, the barcelona’s Coach has reacted to Lionel Messi’s statement; “we can’t win Champions League playing as we have been playing”. He defended his tactical philosophy after the superstar footballer made that statement.
In a recent interview with Sport, the Argentinian star said: ‘It is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing. My opinion is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year.’
Reacting to Lionel Messi’s comment about his style, Setien said: ‘Messi’s words I think have created a big debate.’
‘We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League.
‘We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course we can,’ Setien told beIN Sports.
Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde in January and has been hoping to deliver Barca’s first Champions League since 2015.
Lionel Messi and his teammates suffered three consecutive quarter-final defeats before Liverpool inflicted another major blow last term. In the semi-final first leg, Barca defeated Liverpool 3 -0 at Nou Camp, but in the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks as they hit Barca 4 – 0 without a reply.
The win for Liverpool, ended the Real Madrid’s dominance in 2019 after they had won three-straight Champions League titles after the Catalans’ 2015 triumph.
Debutant Omotayo says he struggled with ambience of Tokyo Olympics
By Gistflash News
July 29, 2021
Olajide Omotayo, one of Team Nigeria’s table tennis stars, on Wednesday said he struggled with the ambience of the Tokyo Olympics in his first game against Tiago Apolonia of Portugal.
Omotayo, who is participating in his first Olympics, lost 0-4 to the Portuguese in the first round of the men’s singles event of the competition last Saturday.
Speaking from Tokyo, the 26-year-old told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) he started the game well but struggled to control his emotions later.
“I started very good but later I found myself crying.
“ It is probably because this is my first Olympics and the feeling was too much for me to handle. I couldn’t get over it until the third set and it affected my performance.
“Probably, the next Olympics won’t be like this,’’ he assured.
The table tennis player also said he was looking forward to attending more tournaments ahead of Paris 2024.
He also said he is hopeful that seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola would be part of his coaching team.
“I am sure he can help me train better ahead of future events.”
Ogunbanwo wins women’s 100m freestyle heat at Tokyo Olympics
By Gistflash News
July 28, 2021
Abiola Ogunbanwo stunned the pool on Wednesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre to win heat 1 of the women’s 100 metres freestyle event of the 2020 Olympic Games’ swimming competition.
Running from lane 3 in the four-competitor heat, Ogunbanwo emerged st the finish lane after 59.74 seconds to qualify for the event’s semi-finals.
The 17-year-old who is based in Australia finished 0.27 seconds ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro to win the race.
Antunovic placed second with 1:00.01, while Gaurika Singh of Nepal was third in 1:00.11.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogunbanwo’s time is good enough for her to advance as the best 16 swimmers from the seven heats are expected to qualify.
Aruna crashes out after first game at Tokyo Olympics
By Gistflash News
July 27, 2021
Africa’s highest-ranked player Quadri Aruna on Tuesday crashed out of the men’s singles event of the table tennis competition at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Aruna who reached the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Games in 2016 could not go far this time around as he lost 2-4 in the third round.
He lost to Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 15-13 9-11 6-11 11-7 7-11 6-11.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that his exit has brought a sad end to Team Nigeria’s campaign in the sport at this Games.
His three teammates in the sport —— Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Olajide Omotayo —- have all been eliminated.
Nigeria did not qualify for the doubles events.
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