Virat Kohli needs to make some tough calls as India eye world supremacy: Is the captain up for it?

first_imgDoes Virat Kohli think this team will help him win the World Cup in two years’ time?The Champions Trophy was a great launching pad for India. They had played 13 ODIs in 2016 before diving head first into a packed domestic Test season. And then there was the IPL which left any time for the team to prepare for their title defence in England.However, the players were confident. More importantly, Kohli was confident. The leader, the best batsman in the side and the nemesis of bowlers the world over, felt it was specific skills that would help India stand out in what he defined was a tough tournament because the top eight sides in world cricket got to play in it.India’s campaign up until the final was clinical and the team followed a set formula. With the bat, they consolidated up top for the first 10 overs, accelerated in the middle and delivered the killer blow in the slog overs.The bowling was equally efficient and the pacers stuck to what they did best over the last one year: dry up the runs up front and keep chipping away with wickets in the middle overs. And then it was over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to stop the opposition from exploding at the end.It was supposed to be a successful formula for success. Except in England, the formula failed twice in five matches and India had to concede the crown they won so heroically back in 2013.It is all very well to say India did incredibly well to reach the final and Pakistan were the better team on the day. But with the World Cup two years away, it is also important to look at the cold, hard facts. The truth is India lost two out of five matches – on both occasions, the bowlers conceded well in excess of 300 and on one occasion, the batting caved in after the top three failed to fire.advertisementThe top three – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli – had contributed for the bulk of the runs throughout the tournament. Their failure against Pakistan exposed the Indian middle-order to possibly the best pace attack in the world.Yuvraj Singh played a gem of a knock against Pakistan at Edgbaston and MS Dhoni was sharp against Sri Lanka but the two legends are no where near the potent force they once were. The match was as good as out of India’s grasp but the two failed to even show the spark to play for pride. Kohli has been stubborn about his team selection in the limited-overs formats and has openly backed Yuvraj and Dhoni to be a part of the team.Photo Credit: Reuters But to what end? It is clear both men are past their prime. They were outstanding against England at home but the 2019 World Cup will be played in England in similar conditions to the Champions Trophy, where a good pace attack will never be out of the contest.Away from home is where the trouble starts for Dhoni. He has played 25 matches outside the subcontinent since the beginning of 2015 and has returned only 460 runs from 16 innings at an average of 30.60.Does Kohli reckon Dhoni, at 35, will improve on those numbers? Who will convince Kohli to look beyond MSD? Will it be coach? But Anil Kumble and Kohli do not see eye-to-eye.Yuvraj, meanwhile, played outside the subcontinent for the first time in nearly four years. How do these numbers exude confidence? Will Kohli get over his Yuvraj obession?Yes, Yuvraj is a giant in limited-overs cricket. He was the game turner in 2007 and the protagonist in 2011 and has since been a talisman for India at ICC events. But what happened in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017? How many performances stand out to justify his presence in the team? Why is it so difficult in India to look past the big cricketers and ask questions?Why for instance, should the likes of Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer continue to be ignored when they are bristling with energy at he prime of their youth? These are skilled cricketers and highly motivated. There are only two years left for the World Cup and these young men should probably be given some time out in the middle in so that the management understands where they fit in.But who will convince Kohli to look ahead and plan for the future? It’s surprising a forward-thinking captain like him should succum to the charms of an era gone by. He has tasted staggering success at home but sterner tests lie ahead – foreign Test tours and then that World Cup. These events will determine Kohli’s legacy as captain and a player of repute. How will he traverse the tricky road ahead?advertisementlast_img read more

2007 TOUCH FOOTBALL WORLD CUP LOOMS LARGE FOR NATIONAL TEAMS

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s seven National teams leave Australia’s shores this weekend bound for the sixth Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa.The global showcase event for the sport will be played 17-21 January 2007 at the Daniel Craven Stadium in the picturesque South African wine district.The Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open Teams depart Friday 12 January bound for Perth for an overnight stay before departing for Johannesburg, before taking another flight to Capetown, then being transfered by coach to Stellenbosch.Australia’s four Senior division teams – Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, Men’s 40s, and Mixed 30s will travel to South Africa on Sunday 14 January to meet up with the rest of the Australian World Cup contingent.The 180 plus Australian Team will put finishing touches on their preparation with light training, sightseeing, and tactical sessions on the menu at their Protea Hotel base in Stellenbosch in the days leading up to the commencement of the tournament.The seven Australian Teams will be looking to also have the market cornered in the fashion stakes as well, with a smart new playing strip and a great range of clothing and accessories supplied by KOOGA Made for Touch set to ensure the Aussies are winners on and off the field of play.Australia is the only nation to field teams in every division offered at every World Cup since the event was first contested on the Gold Coast in 1988.Australia has an imposing record in World Cup History having lost only 3 of 35 divisional finals in nineteen years of World Cup competition.Australia clean swept all five divisions on offer at the last World Cup in Japan in 2003, but will face a tremendous challenge from around the globe with 15 nations and  teams across seven divisions battling for World Cup supremacy in South Africa.The Australians tuned up for the defence of their Champion nation status at World Cup level by claiming 7 out of the 10 contested divisions at the Inaugural All Nations Championships held in Christchurch, New Zealand in late 2005.Australia is defending champions in the three premier World Cup divisions of Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open, and have been preparing for the last three years to counter an imposing challenge from their closest rivals New Zealand and the rest of the FIT nations.The Australian Women’s Open Team – arguably Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team in any sport at World Cup level, will lead Australia’s charge.The Australian Women’s Team proudly boasts an incredible 45 game winning streak at World Cup level spanning a nineteen-year period.The Women’s team has never suffered defeat in World Cup competition and has completed a remarkable run of sustained excellence over five pristine campaigns at this level.Three Players, Captain Sharyn Williams and Sydney twins Amanda and Kristy Judd will become the first Australian Women’s players to play in four World Cups at Open level when they take to the field in South Africa.2006 State of Origin Player of the Series Louise Winchester from New South Wales, the mercurial Kelly Woods, 2003 FIT World Cup Player of the Series, Bo De la Cruz, and emerging Queensland middle Peta Rogerson, will be pivotal players in Australia’s World Cup campaign.The Australian Men’s Open Team, who have won every World Cup final contested, will go into the tournament slight favourites ahead of a skilled, youthful, and agile New Zealand combination, who along with Lebanon, and hosts South Africa are expected to push the World Champions all the way.Captain Gavin Shuker, the industrious Gary Sonda, the fleet-footed Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, ballplaying maestro Jason Stanton, and Queensland State of Origin star Nathan Jones are expected to be cornerstones of Australia’s title defence.The Australian Open Mixed team goes in as underdogs against 2005 All Nations Champions, New Zealand.Australia won the last World Cup in 2003, but will need to produce their very best to resist the challenge from a young New Zealand team big on combination, experience, and skill in the Mixed genre of the game.Australia’s challenge will be led by Co-Captains, 2003 World Cup leader Tony Eltakchi and power-house middle Mary Steele.Queensland’s gifted Mixed specialist Amy Fong, and the ‘tireless tyros’ Brad Holden and Ben Mc Cullen are also key players for the defending World champions.Australia’s Senior Teams will be looking to preserve their clean slate from 2003 and help Australia claim the overall tag of Champion nation by claiming victory in the Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, Men’s 40s, and Mixed 30 Years divisions.Australia will also be providing 25 referees at the showcase event on the sport’s calendar.Touch Football Australia will keep readers up to date with regular scores as they happen and all the news and views from South Africa will be presented in a daily “World Cup Wrap”.Touch Football Australia would like to extend their best wishes to all seven National Teams and their respective coaching staff, referees, and support personnel for the duration of the World Cup.The Kangaroo and the Emu who adorn the Australian Coat of Arms are in the minority of animals in existence who can’t walk backwards.Not knowing how to take a backward step will be a priceless commodity for the 2007 Touch Football Australia World Cup Teams as they prepare to take on the best the world has to offer.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sane asks Liverpool: Can you handle the pressure?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has warned Liverpool the pressure is on them after Thursday’s win.Sane has warned manager Jurgen Klopp and his men, chasing the Anfield club’s first domestic championship for 29 years, the heat is on them.”We’ve put more pressure on ­Liverpool,” said the German forward. “We’re just four points behind them — and they know it, too. “They have to keep up, but we do to. It’s now a little bit more ­interesting.“It was one of the ­biggest ­performances since I came here. Liverpool are, at the moment, maybe the best team in Europe or the world, so we’re happy we beat them. The players all felt how ­intense it was, especially given how important the game was. It was ­really tense.“You could see in every tackle, in every pass, everyone was really focused on the game and not to make mistakes. One wrong pass, one mistake, and you could get ­punished.“So it was really important to win against Liverpool. It gives you more confidence to know we are closer and it’s not over. We’re always going to fight until the end, it doesn’t matter what the scoreline is.” last_img read more

Alberta move to cut energy shipments expected to hit more than BC

first_img“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product … that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative effect on therefineries.”Refiners would be forced to find alternative markets, accept lower prices, or run operations at less than optimum capacity to restrict output, he said.Tighter supplies of gasoline and diesel in B.C. would likely drive up prices in B.C.’s Lower Mainland by about 10 cents per litre, said fuel market analyst Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd.The estimate is lower than other experts have estimated, but he said it’s high enough that refiners on the U.S. West Coast or possibly even Asia Pacific would be motivated to overcome logistical hurdles and start supplying the market.In Alberta, meanwhile, the glut of gasoline and diesel would likely result in cheaper prices for motorists, especially in the Edmonton area, he said.Ervin said cutting off light oil supplies through Trans Mountain would hurt Alberta-based Parkland Fuels Corp., which bought the 55,000-barrel-per-day Burnaby refinery last year and has enjoyed good margins thanks to its access to low-cost Alberta feedstock.Imperial Oil Ltd. spokesman Jon Harding said Tuesday the Calgary-based company, which ships refined products on Trans Mountain, “understands the rationale” for Bill 12 and will comply if it’s passed, but hopes a solution can be found that negates the need for its use.Suncor Energy Inc., meanwhile, has a “vast logistics network” and would look to send refined product out of Edmonton to other markets if needed, said spokeswoman Sneh Seetal.Andrew Leach, an associate professor with the University of Alberta’s business school, said any economic impact of an Alberta energy export ban would be brief because he doesn’t think the province’s legislation is constitutional.He suggested any attempts to implement a ban would be swiftly and successfully attacked by interested parties in court.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The Alberta government said Monday it might restrict shipments on the existing 300,000-barrel-per-day Trans Mountain pipeline to diluted bitumen, thus displacing the refined products and light oil it carries.The move would likely push fuel costs higher in B.C. but would also hurt Alberta’s four refineries, said Brian Ahearn, Western Canada vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, which represents the refining industry.He said about 25 percent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C., a total of 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day and the rest is shipped by train or truck.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” Ahearn said. On Monday, Alberta introduced legislation that would allow the energy minister to use export permits to control how much and what products truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators can ship.The province says it might use the legislation to fire back at B.C. if it continues to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in the courts. The dispute is headed for a showdown on May 31, the date on which proponent Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. has said it mightcancel the $7.4-billion project unless it is convinced it will be allowed to proceed to completion.D’Avignon pointed out that Alberta and B.C. have the most integrated economies in Canada and, if fuel costs rise in B.C., it will affect the cost of trade goods going to Alberta and the cost to ship Alberta products such as grain from West Coast ports.He said it could also affect the availability of B.C. residents to work in Alberta’s oilpatch and B.C. exports of electricity and natural gas to Alberta, while possibly reducing federal income taxes paid by B.C. residents.Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government joined the fray, promising to also pass legislation allowing it to interrupt energy shipments to B.C.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Economic damage will extend far beyond the fuel budgets of British Columbia residents if Alberta successfully enacts a bill allowing it to restrict oil and gas exports, observers say.The Bill 12 legislation and the trade war escalation it might spark would damage Alberta and Canadian businesses and citizens as well as those in British Columbia, warned Greg D’Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of B.C.“By punishing British Columbia because of the actions of the government of the day, while it might feel good and I completely understand it, it actually has consequences people aren’t thinking about for the citizens of Alberta and our country as a whole,” he said Tuesday.last_img read more

Venus fights past frustrated Kvitova Osaka takes Indian Wells stage I

first_imgIndian Wells (US): Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells. “Today I just fought and tried my hardest,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world. “Honestly, a double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a left-handed server. “A lot of it is just being in the moment. And I think I created some opportunities. I had some good points. I think she had a few tight points, and here we are.” She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month. The Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third. But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes – sparking an ebullient celebration from Williams. “Having to play down the whole match and to be able to get that,” Williams said of her emotion. “It was just a fun moment.” Williams pulled off the unlikely comeback despite failing to produce a single ace although she said her varying serve speeds were “what I needed to do”. She was broken four times, but proved more consistent in the bruising baseline rallies. Kvitova fired 10 aces, but also had 10 double faults and while the Czech fired 38 winners to Williams’s 15, her 56 unforced errors were more than double the American’s 25. “It was such a weird match,” Kvitova said, calling it her worst of the year. “I took the first set. Suddenly I was leading in the second, but somehow I just gave her a chance again to be back in the match, and she took it. “Suddenly, she just started to play better, I started to play worse … I was so frustrated with myself from the half of the second set to the end, which shouldn’t happen to me. “I really played bad,” she said, “and in the end of the match she definitely played better than me. Dusk was arriving in the California desert when Williams and Kvitova departed the court. Naomi Osaka, who followed up her US Open victory with an Australian Open triumph that propelled her to number one in the world, was to launch her title defense with a second-round match against France’s Kristina Mladenovic. Mladenovic, ranked 65th in the world, seized her first career victory over a number one player when she shocked Osaka in the second round at Dubai last month, the Japanese star’s first match since her victory in Melbourne. Elsewhere on Saturday, fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova shook off a slow start to defeat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1.last_img read more

Body can adapt to occasional overeating

first_imgOvereating has been found to impair blood sugar (glucose) control and insulin levels but a new study suggests that the duration of a bout of overeating can affect how the body adapts to glucose and insulin processing when calorie intake increases. Obesity and type 2 diabetes have increased significantly worldwide within the past 30 years. Lifestyle factors such as overindulging in high-calorie foods play a large role in the development of these two serious health conditions. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers from Deakin University in Australia studied a small group of healthy and lean men with an average age of 22. Volunteers participated in a short-term trial consisting of five days – indicative of humans overeating during festivals and holidays – and a long-term model of chronic overeating lasting 28 days. The “overfeeding” portion of the diet included high-calorie snacks such as chocolate, meal replacement drinks and potato chips to add approximately 1,000 more calories to the men’s normal food consumption each day. Published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, the study suggests that “early adaptations in response to carbohydrate over-feeding are directed at increasing glucose disposal in order to maintain whole-body insulin sensitivity”. “Long-term overindulgence in fatty foods, instead of more nutritionally balanced foods, may be a factor that causes rapid changes in blood sugar control,” the study added.last_img read more

Only 17 water left in Nashik dams

first_imgNashik: Reservoirs in Maharashtra’s Nashik district have only 17 per cent water stock of their total storage capacity as of now, almost nine per cent less compared to last year, officials said on Tuesday.The district administration has deployed over 250 tankers to meet the demand of drinking water across the district, specially in rural areas, they said. State water resources minister Girish Mahajan, who is also the district’s guardian minister, visited some drought- hit areas in Sinnar tehsil on Monday to review the situation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said there was a need to use tankers for water supply and to start fodder camps for cattle. The district has around 24 dams, of which six have dried up due to deficient rainfall last monsoon, an official in the irrigation department said. “Water shortage is being felt in the first week of May as only 17 per cent stock is remaining in the reservoirs, nearly nine per cent less against last year,” he said. The stock in Gangapur dam, one of the main sources of drinking water supply to the city, has also dipped considerably, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNearly 263 tankers have been deployed to supply drinking water to 200 villages and 679 hamlets in the district, an official at the collectorate said. “The situation is likely to remain grim till July and if the monsoon gets delayed, water woes would increase further,” he said. The Nashik Municipal Corporation has urged citizens to use water carefully and warned of stern action against those found wasting it, a civic official said. In some tribal areas of Trimbakeshwar taluka where wells have dried up, the district administration has been ensuring additional water supply to ease the situation, another official said.last_img read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State closes out regular season on road

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (19-4, 10-2 MIVA) will travel to neighboring Indiana to challenge No. 15 Fort Wayne and No. 12 Ball State Friday and Saturday for the team’s final two regular-season matches of the season.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said he’s feeling good entering this weekend after his team had a pair of dominant outings against Loyola and Lewis with 3-1 and 3-0 victories, respectively. “Obviously, the hope is, can we take that on the road and can we play in a hostile environment in Fort Wayne on Friday and in Ball State on Saturday and do those same types of things where we don’t have our home crowd, we don’t have that energy to feed off,” Hanson said. “I would like to think that we can.”Fort WayneThe Buckeyes will face the Mastodons (17-9, 5-7 MIVA) Friday for the second time this year. Earlier this season, Fort Wayne’s offensive play was not enough to slow down Ohio State’s robust offense, and the Buckeyes ultimately beat the visitors 3-0 on Feb. 10.  Since then, the Mastodons have dropped seven matches, plummeting to sixth in the eight-team MIVA conference after beginning the season with a 9-0 overall record.In contrast, the Buckeyes have been more successful, winning 10 of 12 matches and climbing their way to the top of the MIVA ladder. Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas said the Buckeyes can’t take their recent success for granted because he believes Fort Wayne to be a formidable opponent.“They beat Irvine earlier this year, so you know they can bring it,” Thomas said. “If we don’t prepare well then we can easily get beaten, but I think it’s just good that we had these past two matches to build our confidence in that regard.”Ball StateOhio State will close out its regular season Saturday night when it travels to Muncie, Indiana, to face Ball State (15-11, 8-4 MIVA) in another rematch from earlier in the year. Ohio State won a five-set thriller on Feb. 8 at St. John Arena. Ball State had an offense rivaling Ohio State’s, but did not pack enough punch to knock out the MIVA leaders. Senior middle blocker Matt Walsh was the Cardinals’ biggest asset, scoring 19 points and a season-high 15 kills in the Ohio State match. Ball State has found more success than Fort Wayne after the loss, however, winning 10 of its past 15 matches.“I think we’re playing better than when we played Ball State here in February and I’m not sure if their coach thinks they’ve improved or not improved,” Hanson said. “Their numbers are kind of up and down so I can’t worry about them; I have to worry about Ohio State.” read more

Allegri trusts Dybala and Ronaldo will improve together

first_imgAfter Juventus’ victory against Bologna, manager Massimiliano Allegri expressed how happy he was for Dybala and Ronaldo’s improvement.Despite not scoring a goal this Wednesday against Bologna in Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo played a good game for Juventus alongside Paulo Dybala for the first time this season at Juventus. The Vecchia Signora won 2-0 at their own stadium with a stellar performance from the Argentine where he scored the first goal and assisted Blaise Matuidi for the second one, proving that he is doing everything he can to improve his game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and become a force to be reckoned with in Italian football. After a busy weekday of football all over Europe, only Juventus and Bayern München remain as the only clubs in the continent that still haven’t lost a single match in all competitions and that is mostly thanks to the sacrifice that all the players of the Italian club are making every single week. Even if he wasn’t able to score a goal, Cristiano Ronaldo is proving that he really wants Juventus to win everything they play and he is working hard on defense to help the squad make that happen. And if you add Paulo Dybala’s awakening to this effort that Cristiano is making, you get a team that truly can get a lot of success this season in every competition.Dybala: “We’ll see the strongest Juventus soon, With Cristiano Ronaldo there is enthusiasm, We are doing well, We must continue like this.” pic.twitter.com/RHvZy3l4UX— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) September 26, 2018When the match Juventus played against Bologna started, it seemed like it was going to be a walk in the park for the Italian champions because they scored both goals early in the game. However, their rival really elevated their game during the rest of the match and even forced Juve’s defense to go to work several times throughout the match. Allegri wanted to recognize the work of every single player he believes made a good effort and he started with the Argentine forward who has been heavily criticized these past weeks: “Paulo [Dybala] had a good game like he did in Frosinone. It’s normal he needs to grow. They [Ronaldo and Dybala] played a good match tonight. The more they play together and the better they know each other, I think there is room for improvement. “I think playing with the three in front and Mandzukic in the middle makes both play better. Unfortunately Barzagli is 37, but he is still a different class of defender. Cancelo has the qualities to become the best full-back in the world. There’s a lot of compliments for what the boys did. In the first half the team was in charge of the pitch, we filled the pitch better than in the second half. We were more vulnerable and we played a few risky balls. We have to improve in this,” said Allegri after the victory.Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Can, Pjanic, Bentancur; Dybala, Mandzukic, RonaldoSubs: Perin, Pinsoglio, Benatia, Bonucci, Cancelo, Matuidi, Bernardeschi, Kean#FrosinoneJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuveRick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 23, 2018Juventus is all geared up for Napoli.This victory and the perfect pace they have so far this season, is a fantastic motivation for Juventus’ next match on Saturday against Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli. Cristiano Ronaldo is going to meet his former Real Madrid manager in what will be the most important test that the Portuguese player will have to endure, at least on his short-lived Serie A career to far with the Vecchia Signora. Ancelotti is trailing behind Napoli very closely and they want to defeat them in order to end their unbeaten run and also reach those 18 points at the top of the table. The Italian manager has brought up Napoli’s most competitive side this season, many pundits in Italy are even saying that this version of the squad is even more effective than Maurizio Sarri’s team when the now Chelsea manager coached the squad in previous seasons. But ‘Carletto’ knows that all this praise will be good for nothing if his boys don’t manage to beat Juventus at their own stadium, next Saturday will be a very important days for both sides and we’ll all be watching closely to see if Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo finally get to score goals during the same match.I’m back 🔙! Felice per il gol ma soprattutto per la vittoria ⚪️⚫️ #serieA #juventus #soccer #futbol #dybalanation pic.twitter.com/y7KV44a6iy— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 26, 2018How long do you think it will take for Dybala and Ronaldo to score on the same match? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more