Weekend Review In Sports

Weekend Review In Sports

Football is always the headline sport, even when the season is over; if you think about it, the football season never really ends. It’s transfer season, intrigue trumps sensibility, which means it is time for us to introduce our Tessuti Talks Transfers section, covering all the major rumours from the week gone by.

 

There has been plenty going on in the mildly interesting Nations League, the Formula 1 drama is continuing to build, Rory McIlroy has something to say after major victory, and there is a new Number 1 in the world of tennis. Welcome to the Weekend Review.

 

Tessuti Talks Transfers

 

Let’s start in the mainframe, Erling Haaland has been unveiled by Manchester City as the sky blue juggernaut continues to steamroll English football, whilst forced rivals Liverpool will have almost certainly officially announced the signing of Darwin Nunez from Portuguese giants Benfica by the time you read this.

 

Paul Pogba is edging closer to a return back to Juventus according to Fabrizio Romano, with the Frenchman looking at his second Pogback of his career. Manchester United will continue to push for Frenkie De Jong as a replacement for the outgoing Pogba, with the Red Devils also reportedly interested in Ajax’s current golden boy Anthony.

 

Chelsea continue to search for replacements for plenty of outgoings, with Jules Kounde, Gabriel Solnina, and Ousmane Dembele all expected to join Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer. On the northside of London, Antonio Conte is reportedly highly interested in Everton’s Richarlison with a £51m price tag placed on the talented Brazilian forward as Steven Bergwijn looks likely to leave the Lily Whites.

 

Arsenal remain interested in Marco Asensio’s future with the Spaniards contract running down at Real Madrid. The Gunners are expected to lose Bernd Leno with Fulham considering a move for the former German international whilst Granit Xhaka has garnered interest from Bayer Leverkusen.

 

Gabriel Jesus continues to be a talking point in the transfer world, with almost every big club being linked with the 25-year-old Brazilian, yet, with rumours suggesting he wants to stay in the Premier League, one of Manchester City’s rivals will certainly improve with the signing of Jesus.

 

Nations League

 

The less said about England’s 0-0 match up against perennial rivals Italy the better. The match was incredibly dull with few highlights, something England fans are becoming increasingly used to.

 

In a tough week of match-ups for Wales, the Red Dragons unfortunately lost to the Netherlands mid-week before bouncing back to draw against Belgium, not an awful week for the Welsh national team who are more than happy knowing their place is booked for the World Cup and the Nations League is not preventing celebrations.

 

If England fans thought their side was bad, Scotland fans may have something to say. Scotland’s 2-0 win over Armenia was expected, however, their 3-0 loss to The Republic of Ireland was hugely disappointing given their statistical advantages.

 

Northern Ireland seem to perpetually stumble during international fixtures, suffering yet another poor week with a 3-2 loss to Kosovo and a 2-2 draw to Cyprus hardly drawing any plaudits.

 

Formula 1

 

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez managed to capitalise on a forgettable day for Ferrari, with both Red Bull drivers occupying first and second position respectively in the current Driver’s Standings.

 

It looked as though the race would be characterised by a valiant Leclerc defence against the Red Bull threat. An early pit for Charles Leclerc following the emergence of the safety car in the ninth lap looked likely to enhance Leclerc’s position. That was true until Kevin Magnussen’s engine decided to stop for a smoke break meaning yet another safety car entered the track in the twenty-first lap, at this point, Leclerc was also in a cloud of a smoke and out of the race, a hugely damaging outcome for a Ferrari team aiming for the top of the standings once again.

 

Despite almost shaking to death, Lewis Hamilton finished fourth as teammate George Russel continues to be Mr. Consistent, finishing third. It looks increasingly likely that Red Bull will continue to surge ahead across the length of the season with Ferrari the only able team to inflict some chinks in the energised armour of the red Bull side.

 

In Other News

 

Rory McIlroy claimed his twenty-first title after winning the Canadian Open. The Northern Irish star had plenty to say about the LIV Open CEO Greg Norman, stating:  “I had extra motivation of what’s going on across the pond, the guy that’s spearheading that tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did.”

 

There is a new World Number 1 in tennis as Russia’s Daniil Medvedev leapfrogs Novak Djokovic two weeks ahead of Wimbledon, a tournament in which Medvedev cannot play. Yet, the Serbian superstar has plenty of ranking points to lose being the defending champion meaning there is a real chance Medvedev increases his lead at the top of the rankings post Wimbledon.

 

Lastly, condolences go to the family of rugby legend and Welsh fly-half Phil Bennett passed away at the age of 73. Captain of both Wales and the British and Irish Lions, Bennett’s influence in the rugby world is still felt to this day.

 

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