I was looking for Madrid with the 21-year-old central youth similar to the one he hit on the table with Pepe When he hired Portuguese for 30 million euros, in the summer of 2007, Everyone thought it was a lot of money for a central. Then, Pepe marked an era in Madrid, the origin of the winning streak of recent times by signing dupla with Ramos (Varane, was his substitute). With MilitaoFor now, history is being written in a different way. He has only been able to play 12 games since he landed in the Bernabeu. Militao is, by far, the most expensive defender in the 118 years of history of Madrid. It cost 50 million euros. They follow in this classification their own Pepe, Coentrao, Danilo and Odriozola. All of them were paid 30. It is Militao, in addition, the sixth defense that has cost more in international football after Van Dijk (90, to Liverpool), Laporte and Mendy (both 70, both to City), and Walker and Stones (both 55, both to City). Not even Tite, who is demonstrating an unwavering faith in Militao (at least, more than Zidane has) since he first called him in September 2018, he sees him as an efficient right-back. “Militao has played 25 games at the center and is consolidating in that position. (…) I prefer central. As a side, in the last part of the field, I would have difficulties “, said the coach recently. Militao has distributed its efforts in the last seasons between those two positions, the side and central, but it was as central as dazzled to be signed by Madrid. It cost 50 million euros, arrived from Porto. Right side.It was precisely Pepe’s return to Porto that moved Militao to the right side. He already has experience in that position, where he worked in 15 meetings last season with the Dragons. Three of those matches were high-flying, the double showdown of Champions eighth against Roma and the quarterfinal against Liverpool. With Madrid debuts in that position. He already had to play a few minutes on the left side, however, against the Spaniard in the League. Mendy was expelled at the end of the match and Militao entered by Vinicius to cover that gap. Now, the losses of Nacho and Carvajal and the winter sale of Odriozola put Militao back in the shop window … and in need of demonstrating, as happened with Pepe, that Madrid was not wrong with him.
Read more Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season is unlikely to have a bearing on Derby betting, now that Jim Bolger has apparently taken Epsom off New Approach’s agenda. Among the leading Guineas hopes, only Ibn Khaldun is prominent in the Derby market and connections have expressed doubts about his stamina for a mile and a half. It could be a different story with regard to Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks, however. There has to be value in the Oaks betting when Dar Re Mi can be promoted to favouritism after winning a slowly run maiden event over 10 furlongs at Sandown last week. John Gosden’s filly was visually impressive, making all to score by seven lengths, but she was followed home by a bunch of unknown quantities. If Dar Re Mi can do something similar in a proper race – York’s Musidora Stakes has been mentioned as her next target – then bring on the Oaks. But quotes as low as 6-1 for Epsom make no appeal. The 1,000 Guineas betting is dominated by three fillies with no aspirations of going a mile and a half – Infallible, Natagora and Muthabara. But there is the potential for a filly to be staying on strongly at the finish of the Rowley Mile and enter Oaks calculations, in the mould of Casual Look, sixth in the Guineas before winning at Epsom in 2003. James Fanshawe’s Spacious is a possible contender but it is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Savethisdanceforme whose 20-1 quote for the Oaks could disappear fast come Sunday afternoon. She is just 12-1 with Coral for the Epsom race and was backed down to a best price of 10-1 from a general 14-1 for the 1,000 Guineas yesterday. That gamble could, of course, prove wide of the mark if stable jockey Johnny Murtagh opts for Kitty Matcham instead at Newmarket. But Savethisdanceforme has superior form, with an official mark of 112, and she ran like a filly who would stay well at three years when fourth to Zarkava in the Prix Marcel Boussac. Share on Facebook Wed 30 Apr 2008 22.25 EDT First published on Wed 30 Apr 2008 22.25 EDT Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Savethisdanceforme ended her juvenile career with an impressive nine-lengths victory in a Listed race at The Curragh, a performance which seems to have gone unnoticed. But she won in a fast time that day and her closest pursuer had previously accounted for Curtain Call. With Murtagh putting up 2lb overweight, Savethisdanceforme was beaten a neck by Marjalina on her reappearance in March. Not subjected to a hard race in heavy ground, she should come on a good deal for that – only now is the O’Brien stable starting to fire. It has all gone quiet about Godolphin’s 1,000 Guineas runner, Laureldean Gale, but Ibn Khaldun has jetted into Newmarket with high expectations in the 2,000 Guineas. A best-priced 11-2, he will start shorter if the ground softens at Newmarket to the detriment of second favourite Raven’s Pass. For the notebookEndless Luck 1m2f Sandown There will be easier assignments than the Classic Trial for Mark Johnston’s colt, who swung into the home straight upsides eventual winner Centennial, going every bit as well. The effort took its toll and he dropped out to finish seventh, but Endless Luck is better than his finishing position suggests. Jamboretta 1m Sandown Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has gone up 8lb for this two-length win but she looks an improved performer. She completed the mile in a time one second faster than Group 2 winner Major Cadeaux, under a confident ride from Ryan Moore.Ron Cox’s tip of the dayCove Mountain 4.10 HerefordMark Rimell’s horses are making a welcome return to form after the stable went through a lean spell and Cove Mountain underlined the point when putting in a much-improved run to finish fourth behind Dancing Dasi at Towcester last week. She had plenty to do at the weights there off a mark of 75 – the winner is rated 118 – and this switch to handicap company gives her an excellent chance. The Oaks Share on Pinterest Ron Cox Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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