Pulisic’s strained relationship with Tuchel

USMNT will be on familiar ground at the World Cup – ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Christian Pulisic’s strained relationship with Thomas Tuchel.

jump to: Pulisic seeks a new beginning under the leadership of Potter | Why did Man United overpay for Casemiro, Anthony and Martinez? | Madrid passport for the future stars of Brazil | Barcelona’s high hopes for the teenager, 15

USMNT on familiar ground at the Qatar World Cup

The United States will play at home when England, Wales and Iran face off in the World Cup… Host nation Qatar will use American turf to ensure the stadiums in the eight stadiums can withstand the rigors of the month-long tournament. .

Seven new stadiums have been built for the World Cup, which begins with the host national team facing Ecuador at El Bayt Stadium on November 20. Lusail Stadium, with a capacity of 80,000 spectators, will be the last new stadium to open its doors on Friday when they meet Saudi club Al Hilal. Zamalek will meet the Egyptian Premier League champions in a friendly match. With the World Cup still less than three months away, sources told ESPN that tournament organizers will begin removing existing playing surfaces and planting pitches at the seven new stadiums and the Khalifa International Stadium already built with US grass seed from the start of next week. .

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The seed, developed by a Georgia-based company, was selected by FIFA, who directed Qatar 2022 organizers to use it to play on the roofs of all stadiums and training grounds.

“American grass seeds give you a more powerful playing space,” David Graham of Aspire Turf, who is in charge of Qatar 2022 stadiums, told ESPN. “With the climate and conditions prevailing in Qatar, a playing area would not hold without the right grass seed.

“From next week onwards, we will start cutting out the already existing pitches and planting them all to be ready for the tournament in November.”

Although Qatar 2022 will be the first World Cup to be held in winter in the Northern Hemisphere to avoid the scorching summer heat in the Middle East, air conditioning will continue to cool stadiums, both in the stadium and in the stands. Slots at seat level will ensure fans are able to watch games at 21-22°C (69-71°F), while larger units in the stadium will regulate temperatures for players, with underground sensors that measure heat and humidity to maintain field temperature. at an optimum level. – Mark Ogden

Pulisic’s strained relationship with Tuchel has hit England’s hopes

Christian Pulisic A fresh start is targeted at Chelsea under Graham Potter after the USMNT international’s relationship with Thomas Tuchel deteriorated, sources told ESPN.

Pulisic has been a substitute in all seven games this season and has been open to leaving the club in the summer transfer window if he does not receive confirmation of his match time ahead of the World Cup in November. However, sources told ESPN Pulisic he has had a breakdown in communication with Tuchel for some time, with the winger frustrated with not being given a definitive explanation as to why he is so rare in the squad and often plays outside of the position. Pulisic played in a number of positions last season, including the number 9 liar and left-back. He was even used as a right-back in Southampton’s defeat last week.

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Sources also indicated that Tuchel, who was sacked on Wednesday, was willing to allow Pulisic to leave the club. Manchester United made an inquiry before signing Anthony From Ajax, while Newcastle and Juventus were among the other clubs to have shown interest, but co-owner Todd Boehle is believed to have blocked the 23-year-old’s exit.

Sources say Pulisic is hopeful that Potter’s appointment will give him a new chance to establish himself. The same is true of a number of attacking players who have become frustrated with Tuchel’s tactics including Judge Ziyechwho was in talks with Ajax about a transfer before the move failed to make it happen, and Kai Havertz. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang He secured assurances about his role in the team after signing on deadline day from Barcelona in part to reunite Tuchel after the duo flourished together at Borussia Dortmund in mid-2010.

Meanwhile, Potter’s appointment at Chelsea could complicate the FA’s search for a successor to Gareth Southgate as England manager given the respect in which the FA’s senior members are held. Southgate is under contract until 2024 and there is no reason to suggest parting ways before that date. However, a poor performance at the World Cup in Qatar later this year may force both sides to reconsider, and in that scenario, sources told ESPN that Potter was being seen as a potential candidate given the nature of his work at Brighton.

His style of play, friendly management approach and skilful handling of the media are among the reasons he is admired within the FA, although his decision to take charge at Chelsea under a five-year contract would see him move to the FA for 47 years. – Too hard.

It is a problem the FA will hope they will not face, as they remain cautiously optimistic of a positive experience under Southgate in Qatar. – James Ole



Steve Nicholl explains why he thinks Chelsea should target Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel.

Man United impressed by the goals’ willingness to join

Manchester United were convinced to pay a price above market value Lisandro MartinezAnd the Casemiro And the Anthony After the players impressed club chiefs with their determination to move to Old Trafford, sources told ESPN.

The trio cost nearly £200m and while there is acceptance at Old Trafford that the club overpaid for them, they were willing to go higher to get deals across the streak due to every player’s strong desire to join.

Sources told ESPN that the United hierarchy learned that Martinez faced an Ajax official when he feared his move to United while his former Dutch team-mate Anthony had started an actual strike in order to force him to move. The sources added that United is convinced to shift its attention from Barcelona Frenkie de Jong To Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro after just one conversation with the Brazilian midfielder.

According to sources, the hiring staff now accept that they had to drop the De Jong deal earlier, although the club remains interested in the Dutchman if he becomes available in the future.

Manager Erik ten Hag has given ‘character and personality’ his summer deals after becoming concerned about the atmosphere in the dressing room following back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford to start the season. Sources said he believes part of the team’s comeback – United have won four consecutive league games – is due to the impact his new signings have had off the pitch as well as on it. – Rob Dawson



Craig Burley believes Anthony has room to improve despite a positive start with a goal on his debut for Manchester United.

Real Madrid’s passport for future Brazilian stars?

Rodrigo Eder Militao will follow Vinicius Jr Sources told ESPN that when Spanish passports are received as early as 2023, the possibility of Real Madrid moving to sign more top talent from Brazil and other non-European countries opens up.

La Liga clubs are allowed to include three players from countries outside the European Union in their first team teams. In the case of Madrid, those sites were occupied by ViniciusRodrygo and Militao. Madrid confirmed earlier this week that Vinicius, 22, had taken Spanish citizenship, having begun the process – which has been delayed by the pandemic – in 2020. Sources told ESPN that Rodrygo and Militao are set to receive their citizenship early next year. . Which means the club can now target non-European players to improve its first-team squad in the January window and again next summer.

Rise of the Machines: Real Madrid uses jumping robots to perfect their free kicks

Real Madrid has been contacted about the possibility of signing Gabriel Jesus Before he joined Arsenal, sources told ESPN, but the idea was rejected because his Brazilian passport made such a deal impossible at the time.

In February, ESPN reported that Madrid was tracking the development of Palmeiras wonderland Indrik, 16, although the move for him would have to wait until he turns 18 in 2024.

Real Madrid chose not to strengthen their offensive line for this season, relying on his form and fitness Karim Benzema34, let out a valid Luka Jovic To join Fiorentina. Benzema was injured this week during the Champions League win over Celtic and is now set to spend a month on the sidelines recovering. Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Fayez



Find out how Real Madrid practice their free kicks to the max with a wall jumping mannequin.

Barcelona teenager outperforms young boy Yamal

Barcelona want to protect young star Lamine Yamal from other clubs and help him keep a low profile after what proved to be a turbulent week for the 15-year-old. sources told ESPN.

Yamal was one of the many youngsters called up by Xavi Hernandez to train with the first team last weekend. He then became the youngest player to represent Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win over 15-year-old 56-day-old Viktoria Plzen.

Of course, Yamal’s progress means Europe’s biggest clubs have taken notice. Born in 2007, he’s not yet old enough to sign a professional contract at Camp Nou, but Barcelona are hoping they won’t be distracted by the promise of a move before next July, when he’s 16 and can agree to terms of up to three years. The Catalan club is also aware of the interest his development is drawing from fans and the media and is working with the player and his camp to ensure he can focus fully on his nascent career without being distracted.

Born in Mataró, just outside Barcelona, ​​Yamal has been crowned Spain at youth level. The striker, who can play on either wing, is also eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea or Morocco. – Sam Marsden and Moses Lorenz