1 Pedro is a reported target of both Liverpool and Chelsea Chelsea and Liverpool will apparently strengthen their attacks in the summer by moving for Barcelona’s Pedro.The 27-year-old’s release clause was recently reduced to £21m and the forward says there are clubs interested in signing him.Under Luis Enrique, Pedro’s playing time has been limited and the manager hinted his player’s future may lie elsewhere, insisting he will not lie to individuals and promise them minutes on the pitch.Here, talkSPORT looks at what those in the know have to say about the Spain international and there is one recurring theme: a hard worker with bundles of energy who, when in full flow, is very hard to stop.Technically, he is a very good footballer. He is tremendously quick, he works hard without the ball, he will press and harass– Graham Hunter, talkSPORT contributor and author of Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the WorldPedro’s secret is that he never gives up. That’s why every coach ends up loving him– Former Barca manager Gerardo MartinoHe’s a dynamic player and has that top speed required in football today– Spain boss Vicente del BosqueHe scores, he runs without the ball, he attacks, he defends, he does it all. He is perhaps the player who has surprised me the most– Brazil poster boy and Barcelona forward NeymarHe is a top player with great individual ability to score goals and open up the opposition– Current Barcelona manager Luis EnriqueIf Pedro was Brazilian he’d be called Pedrinho and we wouldn’t have the money to sign him– Pep Guardiola, his Barcelona manager in 2010VIDEO: PEDRO SCORES AS BARCELONA TEAR MAN UNITED APART IN THE 2011 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Rush said he and his staff are looking at the game as “a scrimmage,” and after reviewing the game film, “we may change a few people in some positions.” Rush said linebacker Ryan Rivera suffered a dislocated shoulder and offensive lineman Tim Johnston dislocated his kneecap. The Matadores open their home schedule against Fullerton on Friday. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think there were a lot of first-game jitters,” Rush said, “and this was the first time out with a new coach, a new offense and a new defense. “I think the kids are still encouraged by a lot of positive things that happened out there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 There were positive things like linebacker Tyler Halstead’s interception in the first quarter that set up the Matadores’ touchdown, a 12-yard pass from quarterback Tony Minero to George Salcedo; Josh Lomeli’s interception in the end zone to thwart a Broncos scoring chance in the third quarter; and the Matadores’ fourth-quarter goal-line stand led by Brian Barr, Zach Coelho and Travis Goodman. “The score is a little bit deceiving,” Rush said after viewing the game film Saturday. “They scored some late touchdowns that were the result of good field position after we were trying to score. “We had some opportunities that we failed to capitalize on, but the program is on the right track. I think we’re all convinced the players and the coaches have bought into the program.” In addition to Goodman and Coelho, other players cited for their performances by Rush included two-way lineman Kevin Holland and Eddie Martinez. “We have to remember that this is the first year in the (new) program, and we learning a lot of new things,” Rush said. “And we were playing a team that has been doing the same thing for three years.” La Mirada High School lost its season-opening football game Friday night, but first-year coach Dave Rush is not about to panic. Host Vista Murrieta eased to a 24-6 victory over the Matadores, but Rush, who replaced longtime Matadores coach John Mele, gave a reminder that nothing was going to happen overnight.