Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 2nd 2016 Contents MADRID---Facing his first "clasico," Real Madrid
coach Zinedine Zidane knows nothing other than
victory at Barcelona will be enough.
The former midfield great replaced Rafa Benitez
three months ago, but his star-studded team is virtually
out of the Spanish league title race, 10 points adrift
of Barcelona in third place.
"I know how things are at this club," Zidane said
yesterday, a day before he takes his team to Camp
Nou. "The important thing is to win, we all know it.
I was here as a player. I know the demands that this
job comes with."
Zidane has a lot riding on how well his team performs
today following an irregular managing debut that has
swung between blowouts of small teams, costly draws
on the road, and a disappointing loss to second-place
Atletico Madrid at home.
Despite Madrid s best chances at a trophy resting
in the Champions League, where it plays German club
Wolfsburg on Wednesday in the quarterfinals, Zidane
said his team is focused on today s match.
"Maybe the game has a different role, but that won t
change anything for us," he said. "We will do our best
and start strong. For me the most important game is
tomorrow (today). We will play tomorrow s game and
then look toward Wednesday."
Zidane played his last "clasico" 10 years ago, and
he said that the clash between the fierce rivals is "the
most beautiful game that exists for a player."
Zidane s challenge, however, is daunting.
Under second-year coach Luis Enrique, Barcelona
is on a Spanish record streak of 39 matches without
a loss across all competitions. That run has kept the
team on course to repeating its rare treble of Spanish
league, Champions League and Copa del Rey titles
from last season.
Barcelona, which hasn t lost at home to Madrid
since 2013, crushed Madrid 4-0 in their first meeting
this season, a humiliation that went a long way to the
eventual firing of Benitez.
"If we win, we would deal a definitive blow to
Madrid and Atletico would be our only rival for the
league," Luis Enrique said. "We are leaders because
we have earned it and now we only need to finish it
off and that s why we need three points tomorrow."
Much of Luis Enrique s confidence is based on
Barcelona s awesome trio of forwards. Lionel Messi,
Luis Suarez and Neymar have combined for 107 goals
in all competitions this season, far ahead of the 80
goals tallied by Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo,
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
Barcelona also has a Champions League quarterfinal
with Atletico looming on Tuesday.
But the Catalan club can find extra motivation in
honoring former player and coach Johan Cruyff today,
its first match since the Dutch great died of lung
Saturday, April 2, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
42ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Forty-Second Annual General Meeting of Eastern Credit
Union Co-operative Society Limited will take place at the Regency Ballroom Hyatt Regency
Trinidad #1 Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 10.00 a.m
1. National Anthem
2. Invocation/Credit Union Prayer
3. Reading of Notice convening the 42nd Annual General Meeting
4. Adoption of Standing Orders
5. Credentials Committee Report
6. Welcome Remarks
8. Matters Arising from the Minutes
9. Reports• Board of Directors
• Supervisory Committee
• Credit Committee
• Auditors' Report
• Consolidated Audited Financial Statements 2015
10. Credentials Committee Report
11. Amendment of Bye-laws
12. Nominating Committee Report
13. Credentials Committee Report
16. General Business
17. Closing Observations
Registration will begin at 8.00 a.m
In order to facilitate catering arrangements, members are required to register at any Branch,
or by contacting the Call Centre at by Thursday 14th April 2016.
Costa given extra 1-match
ban following red card
LONDON---Chelsea striker Diego
Costa has been given a further one-
game ban for his behavior that fol-
lowed his sending-off in an FA Cup
quarterfinal match against Everton
The English Football Association
announced the suspension yesterday,
saying the Spain international player
has also been fined £20,000
(US$28,500) and warned about his
future conduct. Costa admitted to a
charge of improper conduct at a dis-
Costa was suspended for two match-
es after receiving a red card---for the
first time in his Chelsea career---against
Everton. He picked up a second booking
after thrusting his head at Gareth Barry
before making a biting motion toward
the midfielder s neck. Both players said
there was no bite.
Costa confronted the referee before
leaving the field. (AP)
Real Madrid's headcoach Zinedine Zidane smiles
during a press conference in Madrid, Spain,
yesterday. AP PHOTOS
FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique attends a press
conference at the Sports Centre FC Barcelona Joan
Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, yesterday.
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