Santi Cazorla more talented than Steven Gerrard, reveals former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle Sinama-Pongolle never managed to measure up to the standards at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘In training or in games, when Santi got the ball magic happened.’Liverpool signed Sinama-Pongolle as a teenager amid much fanfare, but the Frenchman never managed to fulfil his potential at Anfield.Sinama-Pongolle would be sold in 2006, but was part of Liverpool’s now famous 2004/2005 Champions League squad.After coming off the bench to play a crucial role in Liverpool’s comeback against Olympiakos in their last group stage game, Sinama-Pongolle would miss out on a spot in the squad that took on AC Milan in the final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySinama-Pongolle then explained how his return to Liverpool following their epic comeback in Istanbul was a huge let-down.‘It’s the only thing about my time at Liverpool that leaves a bad taste,’ he recalled. ‘The organisation after Istanbul was an absolute disgrace. ‘The day after, those of us who weren’t in the squad for the final were put on a separate flight so the wives and girlfriends could go back on the main plane with the team. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 5 May 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link339Shares Advertisement Comment Cazorla and Gerrard faced each other in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Florent Sinama-Pongolle branded Steven Gerrard the most ‘complete’ footballer he ever played with, but insists Santi Cazorla was more talented than the Liverpool legend.Cazorla, who is still playing at Villarreal, would become a household name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and remains a massively popular figure in football.Gerrard has gone down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and Sinama-Pongolle played alongside ‘Captain Fantastic’ during some of his best years.‘Certainly the most complete player,’ Sinama-Pongolle told the Athletic about Gerrard. ADVERTISEMENT‘As a man, as a footballer, in terms of mentality, as a leader, yes he had everything. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But in terms of just talent, in my opinion I played with more talented players. Sergio Aguero at Atletico (Madrid) was amazing. ‘Genius — every time he got the ball. I played with Santi Cazorla at Huelva and he was just “wow”. One of the best. Sinama-Pongolle was on the podium for Liverpool’s Istanbul triumph (Picture: Getty)‘Our flight arrived a bit later but the bus around the city didn’t wait for us. ‘They claimed that there were so many people on the streets of Liverpool that the police needed it to start. It was unfair. ‘They should have waited for the squad players. When I got back to Liverpool, I just went home and cried like crazy.‘The night before everything was great. It was so exciting. I should have been on that bus. I was really sad about how the club handled that.’Who is the more talented player?Cazorla0%Gerrard0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Patrice Evra reveals death threats from jailed Liverpool fans after Luis Suarez racist abuseMORE: John Barnes suggests Kylian Mbappe’s ‘attitude’ makes him the wrong fit for LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.
BATESVILLE, Ind. – Registration is underway for a blood drive at Margaret Mary Health on January 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.The hospital is partnering with Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati to host the community drive. All donors will receive a $5 McDonald’s gift card.To schedule an appointment, click here or call the Laboratory at (812) 933-5274.Priority will be given to donors who have scheduled an appointment and walk-in donors are welcome.“Local blood donors ensure that local patients at 30 area hospitals receive the lifesaving blood products they need to survive,” said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokeperson. “Community blood drives are vitally important and we hope to see a good turnout at the Margaret Mary Health blood drive.”Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed parental consent) and in good health. Individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification to donate. It is recommended that donors eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating.
Guardiola took over as Barcelona manager in 2008 and during a four-season run, he led the Blaugrana to a stunning period of success that included three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey wins and two Champions League triumphs. Messi also experienced an extraordinary run of individual success during this period, winning the Ballon d’Or in four consecutive years between 2009 and 2012. During Guardiola’s final season in charge, the Argentine also reached his career-high in league goals, netting an incredible 50 times in 37 La Liga appearances in 2011-12. Since Guardiola left Barcelona have won the Champions League just once in eight seasons, with Messi winning the Ballon d’Or two times in that timeframe – though Barca have won La Liga five times during that span. Ten Hag believes that during Guardiola’s reign, Messi was able to be more of a team player and under subsequent coaches, the Argentine has seen his level dip at times below where it was under the Spaniard. “Messi was one of the leaders, but he also worked for the team and excelled as a result. He has never been as good as under Guardiola,” Ten Hag told Voetbal International. Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day Realities7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has said that Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has not reached the same level since Pep Guardiola left Camp Nou in 2012. “Barcelona has not won much in European terms in recent years either. “Messi still excels, but now also occasionally goes through the lower limit. It was never like that under Guardiola. “Pep has guts, he dares to be pioneering and innovative.” After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola would take over Bayern Munich ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. In Bavaria, Ten Hag had the chance to work alongside Guardiola as the Dutchman coached Bayern’s reserves. Ten Hag would leave to become head coach of Utrecht in 2015. The following season Guardiola would also depart Germany, taking over Premier League giants Manchester City. read also:Clattenburg reveals what’s like refereeing Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez After leading Ajax to a stunning 2018-19 campaign that saw them win the Eredivisie and reach the Champions League semi-final, Ten Hag has been linked with managerial positions at some of Europe’s biggest sides. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享