"Defense is quite vital in such an intense game," he noted.
Valverde has become indispensable for Real Madrid this season, starting in three of the team's four La Liga matches and blossoming in a box-to-box role.
Elsewhere Arsenal have decided to leave Mesut Ozil out of their 25-man squad for the Europa League, which means the German, who still has a year left on his contract, has played his last game for the club. Enditem
TEHRAN, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Qatar Stars League side Umm Salal have completed signing of Iranian defender Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Persian Football website reported on Friday.
BERLIN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- For good reason, the racing world's eyes this weekend turn to Germany's venerable racing course, the Nurburgring located in the Eifel region south of Cologne.
The coach once again asked for patience with 18-year-old Ansu, who scored against Ukraine in September: "We want him to continue growing in a favorite environment," he commented, saying that "of course" Fati and Adama could play in the same team. Enditem
"We have given away far too many leads," he complains. "We must gain a new mentality."
"We've had a few difficult days and some players haven't been 100% but we're confident of a positive result," he said. "We have a clear way of playing and hopefully it will pay off."
Penalty kills turned out to be the key component of the match in Miskolc as three out of five goals were scored on a man-advantage, including the deciding one.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet, forward for French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, is among the foreign-based players, and will be the first time he appears for Amavubi.
"I would like to see one more in midfield or up front," Schweinsteiger stressed. Fans can't identify with their national team anymore, he added.