Mbappé returns to Paris SG after one month off

Mbappé returns to Paris SG after one month off


   Kylian Mbappé, recovered from the muscle injury he suffered a month ago, entered the call of the Paris SG for the Ligue 1 match tomorrow against the Girondins in Bordeaux, announced Thomas Tuchel, coach of the French champion. Mauro Icardi also returns to the call after overcoming his inconveniences, while Neymar will carry out the displacement after passing through Barcelona.

“Kylian and Mauro are on the call and available to play for a few minutes,” said Tuchel, relieved after recovering the troops in attack. A plague of injuries that also affects Edinson Cavani and led Paris SG to play Tuesday without a pure ‘9’ during the second part of the game he lost by surprise at home to Reims (0-2) when he retired before the break Cameroon Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Mbappé, below August 25
Mbappé retired on August 25 during the Paris SG-Toulouse (4-0) due to a muscle injury in the left thigh and initially the diagnosis was low for 3 to 4 weeks. Finally, the French crack has lost five games, including the one that their team beat Real Madrid 3-0 at the start of the Champions League.

“He is not ready to play the 90 minutes,” said Tuchel about Mbappé, who in any case returns at a crucial time for the SG of Paris, which faces a dense calendar in the coming days, with the trip to Turkey to measure the Galatasaray . On Tuesday and the visit to the Park of the Princes of the amazing Angers, who shares the leadership of Ligue 1 with the Tuchel team, as immediate commitments.

As for Icardi, he has only been able to play 88 minutes since he arrived on September 2, the last day of the market, since he had no form. The Argentine forward was lost due to discomfort in the groin the last two games against Lyon and Reims after participating for an hour in the victory against Real Madrid.

Cavani, not yet
Finally, Edinson Cavani has not yet fully recovered from the hip problems that have kept him away for a month after being replaced, like Mbappé, on August 25 against Toulouse.

The arbitration will be the key that defines the series of Rockets vs. Warriors


OAKLAND, California – The worst possible scenario for the NBA, its fans and the very sport of basketball is that the series between Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets ends up being defined by a war of dimes and diretes with regard to arbitration.

This has been a rematch that has been expected for a year and perhaps it is the series that determines which will be the champion of this season, just as it was in the last tournament.

The history and the legacy are to be defined. It’s that kind of series. We also have the short-term implications, specifically in regards to free agency.

However, the arbitration angle could be inevitable.

The Rockets have a strategy that tests the limits of the rules and the Rockets are as crafty as any team in history. Both are fantastic in what they do. And both are tireless when it comes to putting the referees to work: there were four technical fouls and an ejection just at the start of Game 1.

Nobody wanted Game 1 (an ugly, although highly competitive and entertaining opening game that ended in 104-100 victory for the Warriors) to be defined by sanctions or the absence of them. However, that was the case. Maybe there is no end to this situation in sight,

It’s easy to forget that there are three teams on the court at all times. The ideal case is that one of them remains anonymous and forgettable. What is at stake and the nature of these teams makes it very difficult.


When the referees prepare for the matches, they review videos and trends, same case of the teams. It is well known that the Rockets like to attract fouls in triple situations. This is part of your attack. James Harden was subjected to 95 fouls in triples this season. It is one of the best in these situations in the history of this sport.

It was clear that part of Golden State’s game plan was to smother Golden State’s triple goal scorers. And the Rockets game plan consisted of triple goalkeepers twisting their bodies and crashing arms against their defenders. Both teams are good at this.

And here we are. There were 10 seconds left and the Rockets were at a disadvantage of 3 points. Harden, one of the biggest of all time to get fouls, tries a 3-point basket to try to tie the stock. Draymond Green, one of the greatest advocates of this era, jumps to challenge him.

Green takes a step forward towards the Green area. Harden’s legs make scissors towards Green and Harden falls to the floor. Two officials, Courtney Kirkland and Josh Tiven, watch without imposing any sanctions.

“You have to arbitrate the game like you’re supposed to do and that’s it,” Harden said. “And I will live with the results. However, especially we all know what happened a few years ago with Kawhi. That can change the course of the entire series. ”

Harden refers to the incursion of Zaza Pachulia against Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the Finals of the Western Conference of 2017. This is a reference to what is at stake. That play changed that game, that series and maybe, changed the name of the champion of that season.

However, listen to Green.

“When you fall 3 feet ahead of where you were supposed to shoot the ball, that’s really not my problem,” says Green. “I have received James fouls in triples from James previously.”

But here is the case. After this crucial moment that was the highlight of an afternoon in which we saw this cat and mouse game repeated constantly, Chris Paul took the offensive rebound with a sprint from behind to get to the paint. It seemed he would return her to Harden to take another chance to draw. However, Harden was on the floor, out of the play. Put there for, say, something circumstantial. Call it missing, call it fall.

In a perfect world, he would have another chance and Green would have another chance to stop him. But this is a Rockets-Warriors series in 2019. Because of that, Paul got stuck and ran over Klay Thompson, unleashing another intense play that was not interrupted that led to another technical foul and the expulsion of Paul. crashed with Tiven in the heat of the moment, which is another issue that the league office must submit to review.
After the game, in the visitors’ locker room, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni demonstrated exactly the sense of the rule in terms of the space a scorer is supposed to have when he jumps to shoot. He knows the chapter and verse well, including the rights of the defender. It is a constant topic of debate, considering that it is an important part of what your team usually does.

D’Antoni thought the Rockets should have been favored with at least 20 more free throws.

Meanwhile, in the Warriors’ locker room, they whispered about how the Rockets get away with putting two hands on Kevin Durant when he tries to break into the basket, which is a violation of the rules. Durant is so dominant with his height and skills with the basket that once he gets the ball and manages to lift it to the basket, there’s really no way to stop it. Therefore, the teams try everything they can to prevent that ball is on your head.

The Warriors thought Durant should have stopped much more in front of the free throw line.

And these are just the arguments of Game 1. During Game 2, it may not be the fouls in triple attempts. It could be Harden’s ability to create contact when he approaches the basket. He is an absolute master in this. Or maybe it has to do with Durant’s use of false moves; He is so used to having his rivals try to get the ball out of his hands with strong swipes before raising it that he has already become an expert.

Harden finished the game with 14 free throws. Durant converted 15.

This is capable of perplexing anyone. It is not the way in which this should be defined.

However, here is Paul, barking at the officials and being thrown out of the court. We have D’Antoni broken into screams. Green claims that they unfairly harmed him. Durant is upset.

Everyone is excellent at what they do. They are extremely intelligent. Everyone is prepared for the next play, the next game.

In a rivalry that is so competitive with such a small margin of error and one or two doses of quarrels, perhaps this is what we should accept. The search for an advantage between both teams, however small, is part of their DNA.

“That’s the nature of the game we show,” Green said. “Arbitration is an inaccurate science. So things are the way they are. ”

That’s how we believe.

Official line-up of Alavés-Barcelona of day 34: Messi and Alba, substitutes


Ivan Rakitic is the only one of the starters that Ernesto Valverde left at home for the match in Vitoria against Alavés, a match for which he recovered in the call to the Belgian center Thomas Vermaelen, who was injured. Apart from the absence of the Croatian midfielder, Barça coach left out the call to Kevin Prince Boateng, Murillo and Todibo. Barça needs six points, regardless of what Atlético de Madrid does, to ensure the domestic Championship. Abelardo Fernández, local coach, recovers for this envite the defenders Víctor Laguardia and Rubén Duarte, fundamental in the defense of Vitoria, but will not be able to count on the Argentinean Jonathan Calleri, offensive reference throughout the year, for accumulation of warnings.

Deportivo Alavés: Pacheco; Vigaray, Ximo, Laguardia, Ely, Duarte; Tomás Pina, Wakaso; Rolan, Jony and Borja Bastón.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Sergi Roberto; Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Aleñá; Coutinho, Dembelé, Suárez.

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