Inter, Napoli headlines Serie A Boxing-Day action

first_imgFrosinone vs AC MilanStade Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneWednesday, 26-12-2018 @2:30pmMilan are in crisis and could sack Gennaro Gattuso if he doesn’t win the last two games of 2018, but Frosinone picked up a point on Marco Baroni’s debut. The Rossoneri have been crumbling over the last few weeks, as they crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiacos, failed to score in three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since 2001 and dropped behind Lazio to fifth place. Coach Gattuso is now hanging by a thread, with reports Arsene Wenger is ready to step in at any moment. Not only must he win this match and the December 29 meeting with SPAL, but do so convincingly and with far better performances than we’ve seen of late. Goals are the big problem, as if they fire blanks again here, it’ll be their longest goalless streak since 1984.There have only been three goals in their last six Serie A matches, including a Lazio own goal and a Franck Kessie penalty. Patrick Cutrone got the lone strike from open play against Parma on December 2.Gonzalo Higuain is on his worst goalless run ever playing for an Italian club, but he has fond memories of Frosinone. It was against this side that his hat-trick for Napoli set the new all-time record for 36 goals in a single Serie A season. At least Gattuso receives a boost with Kessie and Tiemoue Bakayoko back from suspension, though Fabio Borini, Andrea Bertolacci, Lucas Biglia, Mattia Caldara and Giacomo Bonaventura are still side-lined. Andrea Conti made his return after more than a year out with knee problems and could make another substitute appearance at the Stadio Benito Stirpe. The 4-3-3 formation should be back with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu supporting Higuain, as Patrick Cutrone is sacrificed to the bench.Frosinone sacked Moreno Longo after managing only one victory all season, 3-0 away to SPAL, and brought in former Benevento boss Baroni. He made a strong debut, scraping a draw away to fellow relegation strugglers Udinese thanks to a Camillo Ciano penalty, and will want to give the Canarini fans their first home success to cheer on. Luca Paganini, Federico Dionisi and Emil Hallfredsson are all long-term absentees, while Joel Campbell and Rai Vloet look to be benched for their sluggish performances. It’s unclear whether Andrea Pinamonti or Daniel Ciofani will get the nod in attack alongside Ciano, while Francesco Zampano and Andrea Beghetto are favourites for the wing-back roles.Milan have won only one of their last seven Serie A fixtures away to newly-promoted sides. Apart from the 4-0 at SPAL in February, which was also their only clean sheet, they drew four and lost two.Atalanta vs JuventusStade Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, BargamoWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmAtalanta are forced to do without three key players as they host Winter Champions Juventus, but are always tough to beat in Bergamo. Gian Piero Gasperini has both defenders Rafael Toloi and Jose Luis Palomino suspended after their red cards in a 3-1 defeat to Genoa. Marten de Roon was stretchered off with a sprained ankle courtesy of Cristiano Romero just a couple of minutes into that match, so some reshuffling is in order. Berat Djimsiti looks likely to get the nod in defence with Gianluca Mancini and Andrea Masiello, while Mario Pasalic should be preferred to Matteo Pessina in midfield. Papu Gomez and Josip Ilicic continue to provide support for Colombian hitman Duvan Zapata, who is on sparkling form at the moment thanks to seven goals since the start of November.Juve are runaway leaders, the eight-point gap from Napoli allowing them to be crowned Winter Champions with two rounds to spare. With that in mind, and the Christmas schedule somewhat packed, Max Allegri has hinted he could rest Cristiano Ronaldo. He would’ve given Federico Bernardeschi a start, but the Italy international pulled up with more muscular problems, joining Juan Cuadrado, Joao Cancelo and Andrea Barzagli on the treatment table. Douglas Costa is raring to go and Emre Can could step in for Miralem Pjanic, while Medhi Benatia can give Leonardo Bonucci a rest. Mario Mandzukic is proving to be the key man for Juve, as he runs the gamut from centre-forward to winger to left-back, depending on where he’s needed.Juve are unbeaten against Atalanta in Serie A since a 2-1 result at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia in February 2001, followed by 23 victories and four draws. However, the last two trips to Bergamo both ended 2-2.Bologna vs LazioStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmIf Pippo and Simone Inzaghi didn’t spend Christmas together, then the brothers certainly will on Boxing Day in a big game for both Bologna and Lazio be bosses. Neither sibling will be prepared to provide any gifts at the Stadio Dall’Ara, as the points are too precious to simply give away. Bologna are in penultimate place and Pippo is scrapping to keep his job, while Lazio just ended their winless streak to climb back into fourth place, taking some of the pressure off Simone. This is the first time the Inzaghi brothers are facing off as opposition Coaches, although they have met on the field as players in Serie A on seven occasions.The hosts are still without Erick Pulgar, while Andrea Poli is also struggling with injury, so Adam Nagy again starts in the middle of the park. Riccardo Orsolini continues to push for a place in the XI and Federico Santander holds off competition from Mattia Destro upfront.Lazio ended their winless streak with a 3-1 success against Cagliari, having drawn four in a row and lost to Atalanta. It’s probably no coincidence that victory came after a change of tactics to 3-4-2-1, with both Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto fanning out to feed Ciro Immobile. Lucas Leiva made his comeback as a substitute after a month out and is hoping to even start at the Dall’Ara, especially with Milan Badelj out of action.Lazio are unbeaten against Bologna since a 3-1 result at the Olimpico in March 2012, managing five wins and five draws in which they scored 17 and conceded six. The last defeat at the Dall’Ara was 3-1 in January 2011.Cagliari vs GenoaSerdegna Arena, CagliariWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmGenoa finally got their first win in three months and visit a Cagliari side smarting from back-to-back defeats in a relegation tussle. Cesare Prandelli has made a more than positive impact since becoming Genoa’s third Coach of the campaign, taking on the mantle from Davide Ballardini and Ivan Juric. He drew with SPAL on his debut despite Domenico Criscito’s red card in the opening 11 minutes, then was twice leading away at Roma before a 3-2 defeat in controversial circumstances and beat Atalanta 3-1. That was the Grifone’s first victory since a 2-1 away to Frosinone on September 30, ending a run of four points from nine rounds.Cagliari, on the other hand, have hit the skids and are sliding down the table. Since their 2-1 win over Chievo on October 28, the Sardinians have managed just four draws and three defeats. The last two were particularly painful, falling to an Arkadiusz Milik free kick for Napoli in stoppages and then losing 3-1 at Lazio. The absence of Leonardo Pavoletti in attack is really making itself felt, along with Lucas Castro, Charalampos Lykogiannis and new addition Ragnar Klavan. At least Darijo Srna and Luca Ceppitelli return from their two-match bans for insulting the referee in a 2-2 draw with Roma. Nicolò Barella is the midfield dynamo with Paolo Faragò providing pace and creativity, but Diego Farias looks like he’ll return to the starting XI with Joao Pedro, leaving Marco Sau and Alberto Cerri on the bench.The only real doubt in the Genoa line-up is between veteran midfielders Miguel Veloso and Sandro, but the rest seems set in stone.Genoa have won four of their last five Serie A meetings with Cagliari, home and away, only losing 4-1 here in January 2017.Florentine vs ParmaStadio Artemio Franchi, FirenzeWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmFiorentina have rediscovered their swagger and are right back in the push for Europe, but Parma sit only three points behind them. The Viola put an end to their eight-round winless streak in style, securing back-to-back victories over Empoli and Milan. Federico Chiesa got the only goal at San Siro, with Giovanni Simeone finding his feet recently too. Stefano Pioli has practically a full squad to call from and Kevin Mirallas should again get the nod in the trident attack rather than Marko Pjaca.Parma have gone the opposite route and started to slide lately, picking up just two points from the last four matches. It is a concern that the Ducali found the net only twice in that period, firing blanks in their last two against Sampdoria and Bologna. Gervinho returned to the line-up last week after injury problems, but didn’t look particularly sharp, so the pressure is on him to deliver a burst of pace. Defender Bruno Alves sits out a ban, replaced by Alessandro Bastoni, with Leo Stulac taking the midfield reins.Alberto Grassi, Federico Dimarco and Francisco Sierralta are still injured.Parma have won just one of their last 12 Serie A meetings with Fiorentina, 1-0 at the Tardini in January 2005, drawing six and losing four.Sampdoria vs ChievoStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmIt’s a Boxing Day battle between the two grand old men of Calcio, as Fabio Quagliarella’s Sampdoria and Sergio Pellissier’s Chievo face off. The veterans are 36 and 39 respectively, but are still showing the young’uns how it’s done. Quagliarella has become the first Italian since Antonio Di Natale in 2010 to score in seven consecutive Serie A games, helping to propel Samp into sixth place, only two points shy of the Champions League spots.Chievo remain bottom of the table and still without a single win, but are also unbeaten in six, including impressive stalemates with Napoli, Lazio and Inter. Pellissier shocked Samir Handanovic with a lob in the final minutes of their 1-1 draw with Inter last week, his third goal in the last six starts.Bartosz Bereszynski and Edgar Barreto are still out of action for Samp, so Jacopo Sala is again chosen at right-back. Gaston Ramirez’s fantastic solo effort against Empoli makes him the hot favourite to start in the trequartista role behind Quagliarella and either Gianluca Caprari or Gregoire Defrel. Filip Djordjevic is back from his two-match ban for insulting the referee and could even start with Pellissier or Mariusz Stepinski, supported by another veteran in Emanuele Giaccherini. Joel Obi is available again in midfield, but Fabrizio Cacciatore’s 2018 is already over.If Samp avoid defeat for a sixth consecutive round, it’ll be their longest Serie A unbeaten streak since March 2017.Roma vs SassouloStadio Olimpico, RomeWednesday, 26-12-2018 @5pmRoma remain in crisis mode and a bad result against his old club Sassuolo could spell curtains for Eusebio Di Francesco. It is extraordinary to think that with budget, prestige and resources, the Neroverdi go into this Boxing Day clash one point ahead of last season’s Champions League semi-finalists. The Giallorossi sit in joint ninth place, on a par with Atalanta, behind the likes of Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Sassuolo. This is the situation that has left EDF teetering on the edge of dismissal, although director of sport Monchi continues to publicly back the Coach. Until the January transfer window opens, he’s going to have to make do with what he’s got, which does not include injured Daniele De Rossi and Ante Coric. Edin Dzeko made his comeback as a substitute in the defeat to Juventus and should be in the starting XI here, sending Patrik Schick towards the exit. Diego Perotti and Lorenzo Pellegrini are also back in the team and at least the Argentine could start rather than Justin Kluivert, with Cengiz Under and impressive Nicolò Zaniolo retaining their places.Sassuolo have lost only one of their last nine Serie A games, 2-1 at Parma on November 25, but during that run beat just relegation favourites Chievo and Frosinone. Unusually, they are without a victory at the Mapei Stadium since seeing off Empoli 3-1 on September 21, managing only a defeat to Milan and four consecutive stalemates here. The injury problems persist for Roberto De Zerbi, as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Claud Adjapong and Jeremie Boga are long-term absentees, with Alfred Duncan requiring a fitness test in midfield. Khouma Babacar was rested against Torino and returns to the starting XI with Domenico Berardi, who has repeatedly been linked with a move to Roma.At least it’ll be a family affair on Boxing Day, because Eusebio Di Francesco’s son Federico plays for Sassuolo.Sassuolo have never beaten Roma in Serie A, managing only four draws from 10 meetings. However, four of the five visits to the Olimpico were score draws.SPAL vs UdineseStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraWednesday, 26-12-2018 @8pmA victory for Udinese would allow them to leapfrog SPAL in the Serie A standings and put Leonardo Semplici’s side under serious pressure. Only two points separate these teams going in to the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Boxing Day, as they both hover above the relegation zone. Davide Nicola prompted a slight upturn in the Friulani’s fortunes after replacing Julio Velazquez, but that boost and the victory over Roma has already worn off. They’ve drawn two of the last four games against Sassuolo and Frosinone, suffering expected defeats to Atalanta and Inter.Funnily enough, Roma were also the last team SPAL managed to beat, 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on October 20, followed by four draws and four defeats. Only the heroics of goalkeeper Alex Meret prevented them snatching a late point away to Napoli last week, but Jasmin Kurtic is suspended, so Mirko Valdifiori or Everton Luiz come in to midfield. Simone Missiroli has recovered from injury and should start, but Semplici has plenty of options in attack, with Sergio Floccari, Andrea Petagna, Mirco Antenucci and Alberto Paloschi all pushing for attention.Udinese lose Valon Berisha to a one-match ban, while Samir, Emmanuel Badu, Lukasz Teodorczyk and Svante Ingelsson remain long-term injury absentees. Ignacio Pussetto is the favourite ahead of Kevin Lasagna to partner Rodrigo De Paul, while Andrija Balic and Antonin Barak battle for the midfield reins.Udinese have not beaten SPAL in Serie A since 1960, managing only three draws from their last six encounters.Torino vs EmpoliStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Torino Wednesday, 26-12-2018 @8pmToronto have slowed down a little in their march towards Europe, while Empoli’s Beppe Iachini effect wore off with two straight defeats. It’s important for both these sides to rediscover their confidence after some recent setbacks. Toro have been raging at the referees and VAR protocols after a controversial defeat to Juventus and chaotic 1-1 draw with Sassuolo. Walter Mazzarri is still waiting on news from Salvatore Sirigu, who went off during the Derby della Mole with a bruised back and remains in doubt for this game.Now that Iago Falque has fully recovered, Mazzarri could attempt using the Spaniard with Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza for the first time in a starting XI. Failing that, Andrea Baselli should keep the midfield solid.Empoli seemed to be transformed when Iachini took over from Aurelio Andreazzoli, but that ‘new Coach smell’ is starting to wear off. They suffered back-to-back defeats against Fiorentina and Sampdoria, while Ismael Bennacer needs a fitness test. Ciccio Caputo and Antonino La Gumina continue to lead the attack.Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo has participated in half of all Empoli’s Serie A goals this season, scoring nine and assisting two.Inter Milan vs NapoliStadio Guissepe Meazza, MilanWednesday, 26-12-2018 @10:30pmIt’s a massive Boxing Day showdown between third and second, but Inter were shaken by Radja Nainggolan’s indiscipline and Napoli are ready to take advantage. Serie A used to shut down for the Christmas holidays, but after adopting a more Premier League style approach, they reserved a big fixture to get families focused. The gap is already opening up at the top of the table, with Juventus eight points clear and taking the Winter Champions title, but the split between second and third is also becoming impressive.Napoli go into San Siro eight points clear of Luciano Spalletti’s Inter, as a draw with bottom of the table Chievo proved costly. The Nerazzurri traditionally struggle in December and this looks to be no different, as Nainggolan was “temporarily suspended from football activity for disciplinary reasons.” He turned up late to training several times and was fined €100,000, with new director Beppe Marotta sending a signal to everyone that an unprofessional attitude will not be tolerated. It’s a bold move to drop the biggest summer signing for their most important match of the season so far.Kwadwo Asamoah returns from suspension at left-back, moving Danilo D’Ambrosio to the bench, while Nainggolan’s absence should point towards a 4-3-3 formation with Joao Mario and Matias Vecino joining Marcelo Brozovic. Matteo Politano has shown with recent form that he is first choice to complete the trident with Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, the Croatian also ending his lengthy goal drought last week.Napoli must wait to see if Allan has fully recovered from a back problem, but Faouzi Ghoulam should get the nod ahead of Mario Rui. Alex Meret’s spectacular late saves to rescue the victory against SPAL proved he is more than worth the €22m plus bonuses when fit, so he’ll again be chosen in goal rather than David Ospina. As ever with Carlo Ancelotti, there is some uncertainty. Will it be Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik partnering Lorenzo Insigne in attack? Does Piotr Zielinski step in for Allan or will it be Amadou Diawara? We’ve learned better than to make too many predictions when it comes to Ancelotti’s XI. Mertens has never scored at San Siro in Serie A, firing blanks five times against both Inter and Milan. Insigne hasn’t fared much better, as in 11 top flight meetings with Inter, he scored only once. We could well see some unexpected sources for goals, as Icardi has found the net just twice against Napoli in the league.Napoli have lost only one of their last seven Serie A trips to Inter, winning two and drawing three. They’ve also been beaten just once in their last 11 league meetings with the Nerazzurri, home and away, with five wins and as many stalemates.Comments Tags: Italian Serie Atoplast_img read more

Takeaways: don’t blame the Sharks’ loss on Thornton’s return

first_imgSAN JOSE — Ambivalent is the best word to describe the sentiment in the Sharks locker room regarding Tuesday’s shootout loss to the New York Rangers.On one hand, the Sharks (6-3-3) found a way to extend their point streak to six games on a night where they clearly lacked their best stuff. Tomas Hertl, who put together a monstrous effort, scored a tying goal with less than two seconds remaining in regulation. Timo Meier extended his point streak to nine games, scoring his team-leading ninth …last_img read more

PVL: PetroGazz stays unbeaten, handily beats BaliPure

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No quit in Eric Kelly View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—PetroGazz took its turn in handing BaliPure its latest defeat, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson turned in their usual numbers as the Angels remained unbeaten after four starts, their best start since joining the league last year.ADVERTISEMENT Salas scored 13 points, while Johnson had 10 for PetroGazz.The Water Defenders were clueless against the Angels’ attacks as they dropped to their third successive defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPetroGazz dominated BaliPure in the attacking department, 15-7, in the second set where the Angels also drilled in three service aces. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Kevin Durant Closes The Door On LeBron

CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL % read more

Official Real Sociedad sack Asier Garitano

first_imgReal Sociedad have sacked manager Asier Garitano after suffering four defeats in a rowLast Friday’s 1-0 home loss to Deportivo Alaves sent La Real down to 15th-place in La Liga and just four points above the relegation zone.Therefore, Los Txuri-Urdin have decided to release Garitano after just seven months in charge at Anoeta.Sociedad thanked Garitano “for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future”The club announced then on their website that former coach Imanol Alguacil has been brought in to replace the fired Garitano from Sanse.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.La Real will next take on Real Madrid away in La Liga on January 6.COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Imanol Alguacil será el entrenador del primer equipo #RealSociedad ⬇— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 26, 2018last_img read more