Alisson the world’s best keeper – Roma boss

first_imgLiverpool’s Alisson Becker could be the best goalkeeper in world football, according to Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco.Alisson enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stadio Olimpico last term, starring as Roma made it to the Champions League semi-finals – where they were beaten by Liverpool – and a third-placed finish in Serie A.His superb form earned him a starting berth for Brazil at World Cup 2018, and that was followed by a move to Liverpool, with the Premier League side paying a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to bring the 25-year-old to Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Roma signed Robin Olsen as a replacement, but, while confirming that the Sweden goalkeeper will start in the Giallorossi’s season opener against Torino, Di Francesco acknowledged it will be difficult to fill the void left by Alisson’s departure.”Choices were made, linked in with many situations,” Di Francesco told a press conference.”It’s not easy to replace Alisson, who is perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world. Robin proved his quality at the World Cup, he is ready and he will start on Sunday.”Many clubs below us in the table have reinforced, but generally all of Serie A has strengthened. We’ll see as time goes on if Roma have improved.”Some important players left, others arrived, and I am overall satisfied. There is still time to sell some players abroad, as there are many of us.”Roma begin their Serie A campaign on Sunday with a trip to Torino, who finished 10th in the Italian top flight last season.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Germany, struck by Curse of the Champions, hit 80-year low

first_imgGermany became the third successive defending champion to crash out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages. Spain were eliminated in the first round in 2014 while Italy had bowed out of the group stages in 2010.This was also Germany’s worst World Cup performance since 1938. This is only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.Germany were overwhelming favourites coming into the World Cup in Russia. However, questions were raised when they were humbled after by Mexico in their tournament opener. Germany, though, fought back in their next match against Sweden and when Tony Kroos hit that magical free kick, the world sat up and applauded the world champions for their magic.Up against South Korea, the number-one ranked Germany were expected to have an easy ride. The Koreans had lost both their matches against Mexico and Sweden. But in a shocking turn of events, Germany lost to South Korea, ranked a lowly 57th.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany had to do was beat South Korea 1-0. To think, the world’s best team failed to do that.Stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loews sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyGermany have won four World Cup titles. They also finished runners-up four times. But in Russia, they will bow out in humiliation.They have won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this years tournament heavily backed to retain their title.advertisementGermany crash out, Brazil reach round of 16Instead they will head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.Sweden won the group after thrashing the Mexicans 3-0.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyGermanys Toni Kroos, the free kick hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side into action in the second half but was denied by South Koreas heroic Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationBut it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range.Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsMoments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his goal to try to help his side get a goal, and the Korean striker fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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