Setién’s first list, with Ter Stegen, Arthur Melo and Riqui Puig

first_imgThe complete list is formed by Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Messi, Net, Lenglet, Griezmann, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Vidal, Umtiti, Júnior, Carles Pérez, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati. Quique Setién has hung his first list of 18 summoned in Barça’s locker room this Sunday in which there has been few news because there are beans in the Barca house. Ter Stegen, Arthur and Riqui Puig are the big news on the list. The first one has recovered of tendinopathy in the right knee and will play his first game of the year. It was low in the derby against Espanyol and in the Super Cup against Atlético de Madrid. The brazilian, meanwhile, He has finally overcome his problems at the pubis. In the club there is hope that the arrival of Setién will allow to see a better Arthur and that his professional behavior improves in the coming months. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 19, 2020center_img The big bet on the list is Riqui Puig. De Jong’s absence for sanction, together with Aleñá’s march, has opened a small door for him often canterano, that except surprise will sit on the bench to wait for an opportunity during the match.last_img read more

Gatland brings best out of newmodel Henson

first_imgSix Nations Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Rugby union Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Wed 12 Mar 2008 23.03 EDT After Wales had won the grand slam in 2005 by defeating Ireland in Cardiff their centre, Gavin Henson, said: “I imagine we will all be superstars and legends now.” If the men in red repeat the feat on Saturday by beating France at the Millennium Stadium it is probable that the 26-year-old’s response will be more muted, not only because of the travails that have afflicted him in the intervening years but because the cult of personality is anathema to the head coach, Warren Gatland.The Henson prowling the midfield this year has been vastly different from the 2005 model. There have been no revelatory magazine interviews about shaven body hair, no fancy hairstyles, no photographs of him with his partner, the singer Charlotte Church, and, apart from one broadcast interview in which he welcomed the toppling of player power from the Wales squad, no headline-hogging. Henson has spent the campaign at the coalface, getting his hands dirty. He has reinvented himself in Gatland’s image.Little went right for Henson after the 2005 grand slam. His tour of New Zealand with the Lions that summer was anticlimactic and the following season, during which he published an autobiography which was deeply unpopular with his Wales team-mates, was blighted by injury and suspension. He did not figure in last year’s Six Nations because of a combination of loss of form and injury and although he went on the summer tour to Australia he was left out of the World Cup, having returned to training before the tournament with low fitness levels.He returned to the fold last November against South Africa in Cardiff on the orders of Gatland, whose contract with the Welsh Rugby Union was to start two weeks later. It was a shrewd move by the New Zealander – by naming someone who had been unpopular he was leaving the players in no doubt about who was in charge, contrasting with the difficulty his predecessor Gareth Jenkins had in exerting his authority. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share via Email First published on Wed 12 Mar 2008 23.03 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn “It is a great hurdle to clear when a new coach comes in and says he thinks highly of you,” said Henson. “You want to repay the faith. The coaching team has been refreshing and I am savouring their new ideas and different techniques. I am learning at every training session and I love the intensity which now surrounds us. I have never trained like this before. Very little talking goes on; it is all about concentration and it has given us a mental toughness which everyone could see in the last five minutes against Ireland last weekend when we closed the game out.”Henson’s media commitments have been strictly rationed by Wales in the past two months. “The media have been 99% of the problem with Gavin,” said Gatland. “They have built him up and run stories about him and his partner and it must be difficult for him at times to balance that side of it with being a rugby player. I have treated him as a normal member of the squad, giving him coaching and direction. He has responded fantastically.”Henson is anxious to make up for his wilderness years: he made two appearances as a replacement in the 2006 Six Nations and goes into Saturday with the remarkable record, especially for a Wales player, of having been on the winning side in each of the nine championship matches he has started. He glosses over the past two seasons, although missing out on the World Cup for the second time clearly rankles.”It is just great to be involved again unlike the last couple of years,” he said. “I have been determined to take my chance and stay in the side. I feel I should have a lot more caps [he has 27], having made my debut seven years ago, but I am nowhere near the end of my career and I want to get as many caps as I can. That means playing well.”Asked to comment on Gatland’s observation that he had the potential to become the best inside-centre in the world, he shrugged in embarrassment before replying: “To achieve that, you have to prove yourself in a World Cup and I have not been to one yet. That is how far off I am.”Henson’s candour has been a problem for him in an age of spin doctors and news management. He is without a shred of hypocrisy and speaks his mind. He is a keen student of the game and three years ago his celebrity image, which he cultivated, masked his deep-rooted professionalism and desire to succeed.Some of his team-mates in 2005 interpreted his autobiography, which revealed details of life inside the squad that some felt should have remained private, as showing that he was not a team player. They were intimidated by his honesty but, as Gatland said last year: “I like players who are different.” The wheel has come full circle for Henson.”It has been a great Six Nations for us and there is one more match to go,” he said. “France are an unpredictable, dangerous side. They can be world-class or a no-show. I think it will be one hell of a match because both sides like to run the ball. It should be great to watch.”Henson in Six NationsIn starting line-up2005Wales 11 England 9Italy 8 Wales 38France 18 Wales 24Scotland 22 Wales 46Wales 32 Ireland 202008England 19 Wales 26Wales 30 Scotland 15Wales 47 Italy 8Ireland 12 Wales 16On as a replacement2006Ireland 31 Wales 5Wales 16 France 21 Paul Rees Share via Email Share on Twitter Sport Topics Wales’s enigmatic centre has reinvented himself in the image of the national coach Gatland brings best out of new-model Henson Gavin Henson celebrates winning the Triple Crown. 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