Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Their next games in February are away matches against Chinese Taipei and Australia. June Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, Jason Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Romeo, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy are the consensus shoo-ins for the final 12-man lineup in Tokyo. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Blatche was set to arrive Nov. 12 but apparently, failed to get a leave from the Flying Tigers. Xinjiang’s next game will be in January, and that poses another problem for the Gilas coaching staff as the Filipinos will play the Taiwanese and Australia in February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneReports reaching the Gilas camp say that Blatche could flaunt his best form yet in a Team PH uniform.Gilas flies out for Japan on Nov. 21 to play the Japanese before coming home to tangle with the Taiwanese three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche, barring any injuries, will finally join Gilas Pilipinas in the next couple of days and will reinforce the Filipinos in their first two Fiba Asia Qualifying games against Japan and Chinese Taipei.The 6-foot-11 Blatche, Team PH’s naturalized player, will play Xinjiang’s final game for the year in the China Basketball Association slated Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Three things we learned from Liverpool v Bayern Munich

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration as Liverpool are held by Bayern Munich © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Liverpool were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.Here are three things we learned from a hard-fought Anfield stalemate: Klopp frustrated by Bayern againLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back in conflict with Bayern after spending seven years jousting with the German giants when he in charge at Borussia Dortmund.Klopp twice knocked them off their perch to win the Bundesliga, but Bayern handed the German one of the most painful defeats of his career when they beat Dortmund in the last seconds of the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley.It is a loss that still gnaws at Klopp, who this week confirmed he almost became Bayern manager in 2008 before joining Dortmund a year later.Bayern instead appointed Jurgen Klinsmann and Klopp would dearly love to exact a measure of revenge for both that snub and the Champions League final agony.However, after Liverpool were stifled by Bayern’s defensive masterclass, Klopp will head home to Germany for next month’s second leg facing a tough task to get the upper hand at last.Fabinho fills in nicelyRobert Lewandowski couldn’t escape Fabinho for long © AFP / Oli SCARFFWith Virgil van Dijk suspended and Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren both injured, Klopp was forced to play Brazilian midfielder Fabinho out of position at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.Fabinho had filled in as a makeshift defender against Wolves and Brighton earlier this season, but neither of those teams had a forward of Robert Lewandowski’s class.Top-scorer in the Champions League this season with eight goals, Bayern star Lewandowski was looking to net for a fifth consecutive game in the competition.But, with Fabinho in fine form, Lewandowski barely had a sniff all night.His one moment of genuine menace ended with Fabinho producing a timely block to scramble the ball to safety as the Poland striker prepared to pull the trigger.It helped that Klopp knew all about Lewandowski and how to subdue him after the pair worked together so successfully at Dortmund.Lewandowski netted 16 Champions League goals for Dortmund under Klopp and had scored another 36 in the tournament since joining Bayern.But Fabinho and Matip ensured Lewandowski wasn’t able to extend that impressive run as Liverpool’s unbeaten home record in European matches reached 20 matches.Bayern restore German prideMats Hummels was a rock at the back for Bayern Munich against Liverpool © AFP / Christof STACHEWith three English clubs pitted against German opposition in the last 16, two of football’s most historic countries are engaged in a battle for national pride and European progress.Tottenham drew first blood for England with a 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last week, while Manchester City travel to Schalke on Wednesday.Liverpool were favourites to make it at least two first-leg victories for the Premier League.But, for all the talk of Bayern being a fading force after they surrendered top spot in the Bundesliga for much of this season, their fine recent European record stood them in good stead on a typically raucous night at Anfield.Having reached at least the semi-finals of the Champions League in six of the last seven seasons, Bayern were never likely to be rattled by Liverpool or their vociferous fans.Setting out with a cautious game plan, Bayern, the last German club to win the tournament in 2013, didn’t have a shot on target for over 80 minutes.But crucially they managed to subdue Liverpool’s usually lethal forward line, keeping the Bundesliga in with a chance of having at least one team in the quarter-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more