Andrea Pirlo's Players Are Struggling To Adapt Without Ronaldo

Italian outlet Corriere via SunSport is claiming that the manager’s honeymoon period is over as players are finding it difficult to adapt with the tactician’s strategy without striker Ronaldo. The Portuguese star was missing in their 1-1 draw away at Benevento as the reigning champions failed to hold onto their lead. Juventus dropped points yet again on the night the side was deeply frustrated with Alvaro Morata also receiving a red card after full time of the encounter for verbally insulting the referee. Top football manager attacks Messi, claims he has no passion for football when compared to Maradona After the match, Pirlo said there was the urgent need to rest Ronaldo as the player is exhausted with the number of matches he played in recent times. He said: "Already Wednesday in the Champions League he had a problem, but he had decided to play, It’s normal for someone to get tired and rest. "This time it was Ronaldo’s turn, others next. Ronaldo is an added value, but when

Four Al-Qaeda Fighters Killed In US Drone Strike

Four members of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch, including a local commander, were killed in a suspected US drone strike on a vehicle travelling east of the capital Sana’a, two local officials said today.

The attack occurred in Marib province, controlled by forces loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, late last night. A local commander of the militant Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known as Abu Khaled Al-Sana’ani, was killed along with three associates, the officials said.

It was the second drone strike in two days to target a local commander of the militant group regarded by US officials as one of the most dangerous branches of Al-Qaeda active in the world today.

On Thursday, a drone strike on a vehicle in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen killed a senior AQAP leader known as Abdallah Al-Sana’ani, identified as a regional commander of the group.

The United States has been using drones to target the militant organisation which has exploited Yemen’s civil war to carve out a foothold in the impoverished country. Several leaders of the group have been killed by drone strikes in recent years.

AQAP have played a significant destabilising role in the Yemeni conflict, attacking not only pro-Iran Houthi Shia militias but also government forces. Early last year, and in a rare foray into international militancy, AQAP also claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, that claimed the lives of 12 people.

Middle East Monitor