Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 17th 2015 Contents A60
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BARCELONA---Barcelona coach Luis
Enrique is "completely convinced" that
his star-studded squad has enough
firepower to overturn its 4-0 loss at
Athletic Bilbao and win the Spanish
Super Cup in the second leg tonight.
Luis Enrique is hoping for a stronger
defensive performance at Camp Nou
after conceding eight goals in the last
"We are completely convinced. This
team is up to a challenge of this mag-
nitude," Luis Enrique said yesterday. "If
we play like we did last season then we
have a chance.
"I have looked at the statistics and
we had 18 games (last season) when we
scored four or more goals. We have the
talent, we are going to be in better shape
and, when Barca plays, anything can
happen. We cannot make mistakes. We
are capable of scoring four or more goals,
but we cannot let them score."
Barcelona will need a major comeback
to keep alive its quest to match the six
titles won in a year under former man-
ager Pep Guardiola.
It won the UEFA Super Cup on Tues-
day, beating Sevilla 5-4 after extra time
with two goals from Lionel Messi.
After seeing his players tire easily and
needing a late goal from Pedro Rodriguez
to finally topple Sevilla, Luis Enrique
made several changes to his starting 11
in the first leg against Bilbao on Friday.
That badly backfired as Bilbao s up-
tempo defense drew mistakes from inex-
perienced Sergi Roberto.
Veteran defender Dani Alves had an
exceptionally poor showing for
Barcelona, plagued with lapses that
helped striker Aritz Aduriz score two
goals before needlessly giving away a
penalty as Aduriz completed his hat
Luis Enrique will now be under pres-
sure to start his first-choice players,
even though Barcelona faces an arguably
more important Spanish league opener
back at Bilbao s San Mames Stadium
The coach will still be without Ney-
mar, who has the mumps, and injured
left back Jordi Alba. Both Jeremy Mathieu
and Adriano made mistakes that led to
goals in place of Alba against Sevilla and
"During training on Saturday we
analysed what happened and why. We
used real situations from last season and
we saw how our players and coaches
faces changed," Luis Enrique said.
"Now we have to change the faces of
Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde will
have forward Inaki Williams and mid-
fielder Fran Rico back from injury for
the away match.
But he may be tempted to give con-
secutive starts to Sabin Merino and Javier
Eraso, first-team newcomers whose pace
caused Barcelona s defenders problems
up front and played a role in two of
Aduriz s goals.
Despite being one of Spain s most
historically successful clubs, Bilbao,
which only fields players born in the
northern Basque Country or neighboring
regions, won its last title in 1984.
"For Barca, this is just another trophy,
and not one as important as the Cham-
pions League or the Spanish league. For
us, this means everything after so long
without winning one," said Valverde.
PARIS---Marseille s turbulent season took
a turn for the worse with a 1-0 loss away
to Reims yesterday, after conceding an
early goal and finishing the match with
The notoriously volatile club was thrown
into turmoil last weekend when coach
Marcelo Bielsa resigned moments after the
home defeat to Caen, despite pledging days
earlier that he was about to sign a two-year
Led by caretaker coach Franck Passi, a
former Marseille defender, the visitors fell
behind to a strike by Mali defender Hamari
Traore and then had midfielder Alaixys
Romao sent off in the 73rd.
"It s disappointing, we could have given
a better account of ourselves," Passi said.
"We started the match too timidly and we
lacked impact up front."
While Marseille has yet to score a point,
Reims win moved it provisionally top with
six points alongside Normandy side Caen.
"I m very satisfied with how my lads
played," Reims coach Olivier Gueguan said.
"They were very valiant and played very
well in the first half."
Also, Lorient drew 1-1 at home to Bas-
tia.Bastia fell short of a first ever win at Lori-
ent when striker Benjamin Moukandjo s
last-minute penalty cancelled out forward
Floyd Ayite s early goal for the visitors.
Later, defending champion Paris Saint-
Germain faced newly-promoted Gazelec
Ajaccio, a match featuring the first division s
biggest and smallest budgets.
PSG s annual budget of 500 million euros
($555 million) dwarfs Gazelec s 14 million
euros ($15.6 million).
At Reims, nestled in France s famed
Champagne region, Marseille s club owner
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and her son Kyri
attended the match. But there was little to
toast after another disappointing result for
nine-time champion Marseille, the only
French club to win the European Cup, in
Traore scored in the 14th minute, pounc-
ing on a poorly cleared corner to chest down
the loose ball before beating goalkeeper
Steve Mandanda with a half-volley.
Bielsa s resignation has shocked the club,
especially as he became hugely popular with
fans who know feel they have been com-
pletely betrayed by the Argentine coach.
President Vincent Labrune, who is scout-
ing around for Bielsa s replacement, paid
tribute to the "exceptional attitude of the
Marseille fans" during the match.
"In difficult times we need to pull togeth-
er," said Labrune, who wants a foreign coach
with a penchant for attacking football. For-
mer Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp
has turned down the chance to take charge.
Former Liverpool striker David NGog
went close to adding a second for Reims in
the 62nd, but Mandanda thwarted him with
a low save.
Winger Florian Thauvin, forward Lucas
Ocampos and Romao all tried their luck in
the second half, but their efforts were kept
out by Reims goalie Kossi Agassa, who also
denied winger Romain Alessandrini in the
BERLIN---Bundesliga runner-up Wolfsburg
started its new German league campaign with
a hard-fought 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt
and Japan striker Yuya Osako sealed a 3-1 vic-
tory for Cologne at Stuttgart yesterday.
Osako struck in the second minute of injury
time, set up by Anthony Modeste on a coun-
terattack as Stuttgart pushed for an equaliser.
Modeste opened the scoring late with a penal-
ty in the 75th after he was brought down by
Stuttgart keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. Cologne
substitute Simon Zoller made it 2-0 two minutes
later, two minutes before he gave away a penalty
for a foul on Filip Kostic.
Daniel Didavi duly pulled one back from the
spot to set up an exciting finale only for Osako
to kill any hopes of a draw.
Didavi hit the crossbar early on and Stuttgart
had the better chances until Tyton gave away
the first penalty.
In the early game, Wolfsburg midfielder Ivan
Perisic opened the scoring with a header from
Max Kruse s cross in the 13th and Bas Dost
made it 2-0 from close range four minutes later.
Two minutes later, former Bayer Leverkusen
midfielder Stefan Reinartz scored what proved
to be Frankfurt s consolation on his league debut
for the side.
"Wolfsburg have a lot of quality but we didn t
give much away," Frankfurt coach Armin Veh
said after his first Bundesliga match back in
charge. Veh previously coached the side for
three seasons between 2011 and 2014.
Tempers frayed briefly at the end of the half
after Kevin de Bruyne was taken down by Frank-
furt defender Carlos Zambrano. De Bruyne,
reportedly a transfer target for a host of clubs,
reacted angrily and pushed the Peruvian in
response. Both players were booked.
Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels did well to
deny 19-year-old Frankfurt substitute Joel
Gerezgiher a late equaliser.
Marseille's turbulent season continues at Reims
Frankfurt's Stefan Aigner, left, and
Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez challenge for
the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer
match between VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht
Frankfurt in Wolfsburg, Germany, yesterday.
Wolfsburg won 2-1. AP PHOTO
FC Barcelona's head coach Luis Enrique grimaces
after Athletic Bilbao scored a goal during their
Spanish Super Cup soccer match first leg, at San
Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, on Friday.
FC Barcelona lost the match 4-0. AP PHOTO
Barcelona can turn
around Super Cup loss
to tough start
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