Important people are talking. How important are the things they’re saying? We’ll let you judge.
Here’s the reaction after today’s match in Munich, Bayern Munich getting a late goal to take a 2-1 edge on Real Madrid:
- “It’s a pity that we conceded at the end as until then we had defended well but it’s over now.. We also managed to score which is obviously very important. We both had chances. We have to score at home in the second leg, simple as that.” – Iker Casillas, goalkeeper, Real Madrid (via UEFA)
- “It’s the first defeat in this Champions League for us but it’s not one that leaves me with negative feelings. We lost away from home in what was a good game. It was a typical Champions League semi-final.” – José Morounho, head coach, Real Madrid (via UEFA)
- “We have the second leg to come and it’s not like we have to make a historical comeback – what we have to do is very achievable. If we win at home 1-0, 2-0, 3-1 we are there. I am optimistic we can return here to play the final.” – Mourinho (via UEFA)
- “I think it was a good game – to play and to watch. We knew Real are capable of scoring lots of goals and it’s a pity we conceded. We’ll have some chances in the return leg and we have to make the most of them.” – Franck Ribéry, left wing, Bayern Munich (via UEFA)
- “We delivered the things I asked of my team. We showed passion, desire and were hungry for success, which is exactly what you need in the semi-finals of the Champions League.” – Jupp Heynckes, head coach, Bayern Munich (via UEFA)
- “First goal is a clear offside but it’s a mistake I don’t critic, I accept it. No negative feeling for this.” – Mourinho (via @filippomricci)
- “The winning goal is what Mario Gomez is all about. He needs crosses; he anticipates them very well. He ran a lot, tried to win every ball, and was very strong. But the best player on the pitch was Franck Ribéry.” – Heynckes (via UEFA)
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.