De Jong, liquid in San Paolo

first_imgDe Jong will start this Sunday at the Bernabéu. Then, the best version of the Dutch will be expected again because everyone is aware that there is a pearl there. But he has to let go and express himself much more in the field. De Jong’s paradox is that everyone thought he was coming to give Barça a new march. But what he has had to do is take off a gear. De Jong touched the ball 51 times in San Paolo. Very far from the 134 of Busquets, named Man of the Match of the match, 69 of Rakitic or even 74 of Arturo Vidal. There was no sign of that vibrant player that broke lines with its conductions and that filled the Ajax game with freshness until it became the most fun team in the last Champions League. Instead of giving vitality to the team, De Jong has had to adapt to the pasty pace of veteran Barça, in which also Setién has radicalized the desire for possession. De Jong gave 43 good passes in Naples. Busquets made 110, almost triple. Indicate where the Barça game moved. Piqué and Umtiti gave 114 and 113 passes respectively. That means that the defensive triangle of Barça gave 337 touches, which added to the 77 of Semedo and the 49 of Junior would add 459 of the 724 that Barça gave, more than 63% of Barça’s passes. Frenkie De Jong went unnoticed by a soccer temple like San Paolo. Bad news and involution for a player who a year earlier, in the knockout stages of the Champions League, presented himself to the world against Real Madrid and in the quarterfinals dominated the tie against Juventus. Elected best UEFA European midfielder this summer, it is difficult to understand the secondary role in which De Jong is corseted, a player who looked happy and loose, seems to play with chains right now. In many games nothing weighs in the game. More concerned with not disturbing than otherwise, he limits himself to strictly fulfilling his tactical role.last_img read more

Semedo set to join Barcelona as Man City and Man United miss out on defender

first_imgBarcelona are set to win the race for Benfica defender Nelson Semedo.The Spanish club are on the hunt for a new right-back this summer and they have been assessing a number of options.Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea have been linked with moves to the Camp Nou, but both deals have failed to get off the ground.And now, according to Marca, Barcelona are instead close to wrapping up a deal for Semedo instead.The 23-year-old is in talks with Barca and they have sent representatives to Benfica to help push the transfer over the line.The news will come as a blow to Manchester City and Manchester United, who have also been tracking Semedo this summer. 1 Nelson Semedo is set to join Barcelona last_img read more

Facebook to create hundreds of new jobs here

first_imgFacebook is set to add hundreds of jobs at its Irish base.Founder Mark Zuckerberg said the new jobs will be created in Ireland to support growth in the firm’s International HQ.The jobs will be across a number of teams in the Dublin headquarters. Mr Zuckerberg announced the news at a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook Ireland: “As the home of our international headquarters, Ireland is an important part of Facebook’s story and one of the most vibrant tech communities in the world.“We are delighted that our Irish operations will be growing in 2018 with hundreds more jobs across all our teams.“We also recently announced that we are expanding the Clonee Data Centre which will keep construction crews busy well into 2020, further demonstrating our long-term commitment to investment in Ireland.” Facebook Ireland has grown from 30 people in 2009 to over 2,000 in 2017.Facebook to create hundreds of new jobs here was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Facebookjobslast_img read more