Bale ‘risks offending team-mates’

first_imgIreland assistant manager Marco Tardelli believes Gareth Bale risks losing the respect of his team-mates if he does not play for Wales in Wednesday’s friendly. It is understood Bale is concerned about the prospect of risking an injury against Ireland, which could potentially scupper any impending deal. But Tardelli believes Bale needs to pull on a red shirt on Wednesday, or risk upsetting his Wales colleagues. When asked if he expected to be facing the winger, Tardelli replied: “I think he will play, he is a Welsh player and he is the best player in the team. “If he wants the respect of the other players he must play. He is a very good player, at the moment he is up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and players of that calibre, and we saw this with what he did for Tottenham last season.” Of the reported £105million fee Real are ready to splash out on Bale, Tardelli added: “Times change but maybe in my time Diego Maradona may have been (worth that much). “I don’t know if Bale is worth that much but if someone pays it that is his value.” But Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan is not so convinced that Coleman will be able to field his main attacking catalyst, and expects Bale to avoid any risks. He said: “I am not too sure he will play. He has got a big-money move lined up. No one knows if it is on or off but if I was Gareth I would maybe be a little wary of playing before any deal is made. “But it’s up to himself and his manager. I dare say he would like to get a deal done and then play for his country, but if it isn’t done, I don’t think we’ll see him.” The 24-year-old Tottenham winger’s future is firmly in the spotlight with Real Madrid keen to attempt a world record deal to take him to the Bernabeu. Despite not having played for Spurs in almost a month, and while he continues to nurse a foot injury, Bale has reported for duty with Chris Coleman’s side ahead of the Cardiff City Stadium clash. While nearly all of the pre-match focus has been on Bale, Ireland have important goals of their own to focus on. They are firmly in the hunt for World Cup qualification from Group C, and are part of a three-strong group, along with Sweden and Austria, level on points behind leaders Germany. Next month sees Giovanni Trapattoni’s team face the Swedes and Austrians in two games which could define their campaign. And Whelan knows it is vital to continue a good run of form which has seen them lose just once in 2013, to World and European champions Spain. He said: “It is massive for us, we have gone on a good run and we need to keep that confidence going as we have got two big games next month. “We put in a good performance against Spain, even though we lost, and everyone knows how friendlies can help build confidence, so we want a good result on Wednesday. “We have a few new players around the squad but they want to prove they can do a job on the big stage and we want to go into those games next month on a good performance and with the right result. “This is a derby game and we know it will be tough.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Big Bear can’t cool off Maranatha

first_imgMaranatha’s final score was an unassisted goal by Molly Pink in the 33rd minute. Along with Westridge and Maranatha, the La Salle girls soccer team also punched its ticket to the next round by crushing host Lompoc 4-1 in the second round of the Division IV playoffs. Senior Kasey Johnson, had two more against Lompoc. “She has been playing well this postseason,” La Salle coach Sal Lopez said. The Lancers’ two other goals were scored by Amy Kahr and Laura Hill. It took only 15 minutes for the Maranatha High School girls soccer team to shake off the elements of Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V second-round playoff game at Big Bear. The Minutemen (23-1-3), ranked No. 1 in the division, got a goal from Te’anna Robinson in the 15th minute off a Jessica Fry assist and never looked back in beating the Bears, 2-0. Up next is a date with Santa Maria St. Joseph’s at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. fresh off her two-goal performance against South Pasadena, The La Canada girls soccer team jumped out to a quick lead, but didn’t keep its momentum in a 2-1 loss at Santa Maria St. Joseph’s in sudden-death triple overtime in a Division IV second-round thriller. The winning score came in the 108th minute, compliments of Knights sophomore Tori Marchant. The forward took control of the ball around the goal crease and poked in a dribbler for the game-winner. “It was disappointing because our last two games were probably our best two games of the season,” La Canada coach Louis Bilowitz said. The Spartans (13-6-4) scored first in the 13th minute when Colleen Boyd set up Nancy Avensyan for the forward’s 29th goal of the season. Marshall’s run to a Division VI title came to an abrupt end Tuesday when the Eagles (12-5) were soundly thumped 7-0 by No. 1 seed Lancaster Desert Christian. The Knights (21-1-2) had hat tricks from teammates Kristyn Richards and Robyn Estrada in the victory. Correspondent Andrew Campa also contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The win vaulted Maranatha into Thursday’s quarterfinal against Notre Dame Academy (12-4-5) at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. “(The elements) were much better than expected, the field was very nice,” Maranatha coach Jolie Robison said. “They took all the snow off this morning. It was pretty dry, about 45 degrees.” last_img read more