MADRID Riyad Mahrez Manchester City Shirt
, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that the previous meetings between his side and city neighbors Atletico Madrid have no relevance over the outcome of the Champions League quarterfinal between the two sides on Tuesday night.
Real and Atletico will slug it out for the seventh time this season when they meet in Atletico's Vicente Calderon Stadium with the return leg in the Bernabeu a week later.
So far Atletico have bragging rights this season and have not lost to Real in their six meetings this season, but the Real Madrid's Italian coach, who led his side to Champions League glory against Atletico a year ago, is not thinking about the past, but what lies ahead.
""It is a very even tie,"" said Ancelotti Fernandinho Manchester City Shirt
, who gave his side ""50 percent of the possibility of progressing into the last four.""
""Every game has got its problem and every game has its style. All of our defeats to Atletico have been different and we have looked at them. This tie is over two games and it is going to be difficult,"" he said.
Ancelotti confirmed Gareth Bale has recovered from a slight foot injury, but rejected the idea of playing with an extra midfield player to combat Atletico's power in the middle of the park.
""It's not a question of the system, or whether we play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3- The main thing is that we play compact football, work together and show our personality,"" he explained.
He rejected that after a season of disappointments against their rivals Benjamin Mendy Manchester City Shirt
, Real Madrid's players were obsessed with beating Atletico.
""We are not obsessed with Atletico. We are obsessed with getting through the quarterfinals and so our objective is not to win against Atletico, it is to win the Champions League,"" he concluded.
by Wei Yudong
MOSUL, Iraq, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Among the ruins of destroyed buildings, a narrow alley wound its way toward Mosul's al-Nuri mosque David Silva Manchester City Shirt
, which was torn into pieces by Islamic State (IS) extremists a few days ago.
At a corner of the alley, two soldiers from Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) were standing in silence against the wall, with faces lowered.
"NO PICTURES!" The two young men, noticing reporters approaching, shouted in a very loud tone, unlike most other Iraqi soldiers who are usually very receptive when facing cameras.
As the reporters put down their cameras Bernardo Silva Manchester City Shirt
, the two soldiers turned around and looked into a building behind them, when several of their comrades walked out of it, carrying a long stretcher.
On the stretcher was the body of a killed soldier, wrapped up in a rugged blanket with some blood on it.
He lost his life a few hours ago in the fight to retake the landmark al-Nuri mosque and its famous leaning minaret, which is at the heart of the western Mosul.
Retaking al-Nuri mosque is considered a big victory for Iraqi military because it was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced in July 2014 the establishment of a worldwide caliphate, the so-called Islamic State.
In October 2016 Leroy Sane Manchester City Shirt
, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the battle to liberate Mosul. Eastern Mosul was liberated late January this year. On June 18, Iraqi army launched the offensive to liberate the Old City, the last district still held by IS militants in western Mosul.
But the operation has been dragging on because the densely-populated neighborhood and extremely narrow streets in this area hinder the progress of Iraqi soldiers.
IS militants have deployed booby traps, roadside bombs and snipers to resist government troops. The military has never released any numbers of casualties, but just as some analysts warn, the battle inside Mosul has settled into a grinding war of attrition.
Abdulllah al-Obeidi Fabian Delph Manchester City Shirt
, an Iraqi political expert, said IS militants have been defeated, but their defeat was "never without heavy cost."
The cost is paid not only by the soldiers, but also the civilians.
According to the statistics provided by the United Nations, about 100,000 were trapped in the Old City before the start of offensive.
Civilians are often used as human shields Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Shirt
, as militants often hide among the civilians and launch deadly attacks to repel the government advancing forces.
On June 23, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of civilians fleeing the battle in the Old City, killing at least 12.
Yet not all civilians are trying to escape.
In a small room near the frontline behind al-Nuri mosque, a woman was seen among a group of Iraqi CTS soldiers, which is quite a rare sight in Iraq.
Her name is Surour. She worked here as a medic with her husband.
"This is my hometown. So many people have died. I just want to help our soldiers. They have sacrificed a lot," said Surour.
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