Darren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
3. Centre back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Ramos is still as volatile as ever, but, 10 years on, remains crucial to Real’s back line. Zidane will need his club captain at his sharpest this weekend, with the likes of Griezmann to contend with. 11. Left attack: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Some might say Ronaldo has had an indifferent season, struggling to influence as consistently as he has done, but his 51 goals beg to differ. The Portuguese is far from finished. 11 11 2. Right back: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) – He might have passed the age of 30, but Juanfran remains Diego Simeone’s trusted man at right back. It’s been yet another consistent campaign from the Spaniard. 11 11 It’s the Champions League final this Saturday 28 May between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, kick off 19:45 BST at the San Siro, and it’s live on talkSPORT.Ahead of the clash, Gareth Bale was the first to turn the heat up towards his rivals, claiming, ‘to me, no Atletico player would feature in Real Madrid’s team’.But is the Wales international right in his opinion? Are Zinedine Zidane’s men really that good?With this in mind, talkSPORT has put together a combined Real and Atleti XI – check it out by viewing the slideshow above – and, *spoiler*, sorry Bale, it’s not all Real. 5. Left back: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – Perhaps a controversial choice given Marcelo’s dominance at left back for Real, but after a season to forget at Chelsea, how quickly he has returned to top form deserves applause. 11 7. Centre midfield: Koke (Atletico Madrid) – With 15 assists and five goals to his name, it’s been a superb season from Koke. He’s firmly established himself as one of Diego Simeone’s key men since his debut in 2009, and it’s little wonder that a number of clubs from the Premier League are keen on his signature. 11 6. Centre midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – Modric is that midfielder every team would love to have. Calm in possession not over complicating proceedings or dwelling on the ball the former Tottenham Hotspur man has proved an excellent acquisition for Real. 11 4. Centre back: Diego Godin (Real Madrid) – Godin symbolises the passion that Simeone has instilled on his side. The Uruguayan is at the heart of Aleti’s formidable defence. 9. Right attack: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – There’s no question Bale is finding life in the shadow of Ronaldo difficult; however, he isn’t doing too badly. With 19 goals and 11 assists to his name, it’s been an exciting season for the Welshman, who looks to be getting better and better. 8. Centre midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – At 26, Kroos is just reaching his peak and continues to grow into his role in Madrid alongside Modric. His important is perhaps underestimated by outsiders, but Zidane will be more than aware of the German’s influence. 11 11 10. Centre forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – With 32 goals in all competitions, including seven in the Champions League, Griezmann comfortably gets the nod ahead of Karim Benzema. No defence will look forward to coming up against the classy Frenchman. 1. Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – check out the full combined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid XI by clicking the arrow above, right – It’s a difficult call with Keylor Navas similarly in top form for his club, but Oblak just edges his rival. At 23-years-old he’s one of the most exciting young goalkeepers in Europe. 11 11