RSPL Monday Night Review: Arnett, Cavalier battle to bruising draw

By George Davis and Lance Whittaker October 29, 2019

Hosts Arnett Gardens and Cavalier were unable to separate themselves, battling to a tough draw as SportsMax Monday night football returned at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

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    Ansu Fati will get more starting opportunities "as long as he keeps developing", Quique Setien said after Barcelona's Copa del Rey escape against Ibiza.

    Setien rested the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique for Wednesday's visit to the Segunda B club, who took a surprise lead after nine minutes against LaLiga's leaders.

    An incredible upset appeared on the cards until Antoine Griezmann equalised in the 72nd minute and then netted the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

    Fati, 17, burst onto the scene with goals against Osasuna and Valencia earlier in the season and scored the winner at Inter in the Champions League last month, but contributed little to the 2-1 victory in Ibiza.

    Despite his lack of influence on the contest, Fati will be provided with more chances to prove himself by Setien.

    "The first thing we are doing is seeing the players in different positions," Setien told reporters.

    "[Fati] has a lot of talent. We will see how he progresses. He will get more starting time as long as he keeps developing."

    Setien was far from satisfied with Barca's performance, adding: "I did not like the team. I would have preferred things another way.

    "But in a stadium like this, it is harder. They were aggressive and intense in defence. It has not been easy. 

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    "It is when you do things badly that you can improve."

  • Who has a lot of chances against Reims? – Tuchel content with hard-earned Paris Saint-Germain win Who has a lot of chances against Reims? – Tuchel content with hard-earned Paris Saint-Germain win

    Thomas Tuchel did not expect a free-flowing Paris Saint-Germain display against Reims but was satisfied with his team's display as the Ligue 1 leaders booked their place in the Coupe de la Ligue final.

    PSG were 3-0 winners at Stade Auguste-Delaune on Wednesday, with Marquinhos opening the scoring prior to a Ghislain Konan own goal – substitute Nianzou Kouassi rounding off the win with what was the capital club's 4,000th competitive goal.

    Lyon await in April's final, as PSG look to claim their ninth Coupe de la Ligue title. Though it was far from a vintage display, head coach Tuchel had no problems with his side scrapping it out at times against Reims, who have had the best defence in Ligue 1 so far this term.

    "We made the efforts defensively, it was necessary. Who has a lot of chances against Reims? Nobody," Tuchel told Canal+.

    "We took advantage of the set-pieces, it is part of the game, and we found a little more space in the second half. We played with seriousness, patience and efficiency, that's good."

    Marquinhos was a star performer for PSG, though he was forced off midway through the second half with a problem that Tuchel confirmed is a recurrence of the groin injury which kept him out of the previous two matches against Lorient and Monaco.

    "Marquinhos? He felt something, I hope it's not too serious, it's the same area that is affected," Tuchel added.

    Presnel Kimpembe partnered Marquinhos at the back and the France international believes a meeting with Lyon will prove to be a fitting finale for the Coupe de la Ligue, which has been scrapped ahead of next season.

    "It was not an easy match but we were able to play with quality, desire, and hold the score until the end," Kimpembe told Canal+.

    "It was complicated, but the most important thing was qualifying. A final against Lyon – I don't know if it's the dream final, but it's a great poster!"

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