Month: October 2019

  • 10 months agoBerger urges Liverpool to go for Double

    first_imgBerger urges Liverpool to go for Doubleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Patrik Berger has urged Jurgen Klopp not to prioritise trophies this season.After sneaking through to the last 16 of the Champions League, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Napoli earlier this month, Berger sees no reason why they cannot dominate both at home and abroad.He told the Mirror: “It won’t be easy to get to the final again because the teams they have to face are great sides. But that European run has definitely helped them at home as well.”Any trophy would be fantastic for them to win, but, obviously, the fans want the title because they have had to wait so long.“Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 and 2001 was a pretty good year too. But they still haven’t won the Premier League and that’s something that those fans would love to see change.“Liverpool is all about the trophies, so I wouldn’t mind the Champions League and the Premier League, that would be the dream. Why not be greedy?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 9 months agoToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia: Barcelona signing Tobido similar to Varane

    first_imgToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia: Barcelona signing Tobido similar to Varaneby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveToulouse midfielder Manu Garcia is backing Jean-Clair Tobido for success with Barcelona.The defender will join Barca at the end of the season and Garcia has likened him to Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.The on-loan Manchester City midfielder said, “He’s a great player. “Similar to Varane? We do not like comparisons, but it’s true that he has similar characteristics. “Currently, we see little. It’s a situation and it affected us in Ligue 1. When we see him, we talk about it in the locker room. He has great qualities.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 24 days agoKeane: Hard work watching this Man Utd team

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Hard work watching this Man Utd teamby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane is having a tough time watching his former side.The Red Devils were unable to maintain their one-goal lead over Arsenal on Monday night, eventually walking away with a point.And Keane says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is lacking quality.”It’s hard work watching them, but I bet it’s hard work for the players too,” Keane told Sky Sports .”It’s just not happening, but you have to persevere, you have to stick at it, and hopefully things will change.”But they have to get a big result soon, just to give the players a bit of confidence.”He added: “We talk about winning games consistently, we talk about getting momentum into your team.”The effort was there, but there was a real lack of quality. United could have won it 2-0, 3-0, but Arsenal deserve a little bit of credit, they responded well at half time.”But belief, confidence, a combination of those things is needed.”United aren’t cutting teams open, they get the goal really from a counter attack, and that’s where the team are at the moment.” last_img read more

  • 9 hours agoScholes slams Man Utd for Euro win: Zero encouragement

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scholes slams Man Utd for Euro win: Zero encouragementby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes slammed the performance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial’s first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level.”I think after the Liverpool game there was a little bit of encouragement,” he said to BT Sport. “But then you come back to tonight and it seems very similar to the start of the season. “It’s like a team of strangers, it’s like they’ve never played with each other before. There’s no link between the midfield players and the strikers. The weight of pass at times was so bad. “You want to be encouraged you want to see some bits of good play now and again, a one-two here and there, the number 10 receiving the ball on the half turn, but there’s a lack of encouragement.Phil Jones partnered Harry Maguire at centre-back in Belgrade and struggled as he made just his third start of the season and Scholes was also critical of United’s rearguard and lack of ingenuity. “I think defensively they were quite poor as well tonight,” he added. “Second half there was only one team that looks like scoring. I don’t see anything. A lot of the games they’re going to have the ball but they have to be cleverer.” last_img read more

  • Van Dijk proud of record-breaking Liverpool defence

    first_imgVirgil van Dijk is proud of Liverpool’s exceptional defensive record this season but insists that he is not the reason for the Reds’ improvement.Van Dijk has been in fine form for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term and his dominant performances have helped the league leaders go unbeaten in the opening half of the campaign, conceding just seven goals.And, in an article on Liverpool’s website to mark a year since the Dutchman’s arrival from Southampton for a world-record fee for a defender of £75 million ($94m), Van Dijk has expressed his pride following a superb 12 months at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Our defensive record this season has been spoken about a lot and I’m definitely proud of it,” Van Dijk wrote.”The entire team has contributed towards it and we should all be proud of the fact we’re trying to keep clean sheets, not only the defence.”Everyone has done their bit. We all do it together. Everyone is a big part of the records we’ve set.”We all do it together and that’s something to be proud of collectively. Setting club records is very, very nice and something to stimulate everyone else to keep going and not be satisfied with what we have right now.”Hopefully we’ll all be happy at the end of the season with something to show for it.”One year ago I joined @LFC It’s been an incredible year and I’ve loved every minute pic.twitter.com/ufN7O9qUC0— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 27, 2018Van Dijk has been hailed as the player who has solved Liverpool’s defensive problems and the 27-year-old accepts that, had the Reds’ frailties remained, he would have come under scrutiny.”It’s very important to me all the lads get the recognition,” he continued. “When things are going well people will probably say that I am the one that changed things, but it is not like that.”But if things are not going well, I am the guy that will get the blame because of my transfer fee. But that’s the life we live as footballers.”Liverpool sit six points clear at the top thanks to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day, though their title chances could be put to the test when they host Arsenal on Saturday, before facing champions Manchester City on January 3. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Seth Russell Injury Update: Baylor QB Has Dislocated Ankle, Getting X-Rays

    first_imgSeth Russell has a dislocated ankle coming from this play.Twitter/@DemetricDWarrenSeth Russell injury update: Baylor’s starting quarterback has a dislocated ankle, and is being taken in for x-rays at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Earlier in the game, Russell was tackled, and suffered an incredibly gruesome-looking injury, that most watching thought would be a season-ender. Watch the play with caution, especially if you are squeamish.Baylor QB Seth Russell breaks his leg. #Prayers #BayvsOU https://t.co/VtapyyVoMJ— Coach Warren (@DemetricDWarren) November 12, 2016According to ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter, Baylor says that its starting quarterback has a dislocated ankle, and he is going in for x-rays.According to Baylor, Seth Russell has been diagnosed with a dislocated ankle and is getting an x-ray at the stadium.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 12, 2016A dislocated ankle is incredibly serious, but based on the video, it definitely looked a lot worse. We wish Russell a speedy recovery. We’ll keep you updated as more comes out about the extent of Russell’s injury.Oklahoma leads Baylor 42-24 early in the fourth quarter, in this game, which could be instrumental in deciding the Big 12 champion. Oklahoma is 7-2, while Baylor is 6-2 on the season, though the Sooners are 6-0 in Big 12 play.last_img read more

  • Icardi wants to stay at Inter ‘at least another year’

    first_imgInter striker Mauro Icardi wants to remain at the club for “at least another year”, according to his wife and agent Wanda Nara.The Serie A club confirmed that former Chelsea and Juventus boss Antonio Conte had been appointed as Luciano Spalletti’s successor on Friday morning and it remains to be seen what the future holds for Icardi.Press reports in Argentina and Italy had claimed that the Italian had specifically requested that he doesn’t want Icardi as part of his squad when he was in negotiations to take over at San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But TyC Sports claims that Wanda Nara has refuted those suggestions and insisted that the 26-year-old wants to remain at Inter for at least another season.She said: “He has one-and-a-half years left on his contract and his intention is to continue at Inter for at least another year.”Icardi joined Inter from Sampdoria back in 2013 and, despite his incredible goalscoring record for the club, his time with the Nerazzurri has not been without controversy.There have been frequent reports of fallings out with team-mates, while he was stripped of the captaincy earlier in 2019 and, in the aftermath of that decision, didn’t play for the club for almost two months.He has, however, insisted that he remains committed to Inter, posting an Instagram message on May 17 that addressed the supporters and attempted to clarify any “misunderstandings” that had been reported in the media.He wrote: “Because recently the media have reported news that does not reflect my thoughts, I want to inform our fans that I have repeatedly informed Inter about my will to remain with the club.”Hopefully now there will be no more misunderstandings. I understand the interests of the press in selling fake news so I would rather clarify things personally. I have already expressed the will to stay because Inter is my family.”Time will reveal who is speaking the truth. Forza Inter, always.”Icardi, who is contracted to the club until 2021, has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and it remains to be seen whether Conte will see him as a big part of his long-term plans.The Argentine has scored 124 goals in all competitions for Inter and is their eighth highest scorer of all-time.last_img read more

  • Napoli confirm talks for James with Lozano lined up as alternative

    first_imgNapoli will try to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer but will turn their attention to PSV star Hirving Lozano if they fail to land coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice, says president Aurelio De Laurentiis.The Colombian attacking midfielder and winger first worked with Ancelotti when he was signed by Madrid in 2014 and it was the Italian who brought him to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal in 2017.Their time together in Munich lasted just three months, however, as Ancelotti was sacked in September that year and Bayern opted against activating their option to sign James on a permanent basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 27-year-old does not seem to have a future at Madrid under coach Zinedine Zidane and has been linked with several clubs in the Premier League and Serie A.While De Laurentiis admits he is not convinced James is the player his side need as they look to build a team capable of challenging for the title next season, he hopes to grant his coach’s wish by reuniting the pair.”James Rodriguez is Ancelotti’s wish. I don’t know if we need him 100 percent, but his talent isn’t in doubt,” he told  Radio Kiss Kiss .  “I must help my coach. He wants James and I won’t bat an eyelid, even if he’s very expensive.” But the Serie A runners-up have alternative options lined up, with 23-year-old Mexico winger Lozano also in their sights.”If James doesn’t go through with Jorge Mendes, we’ll go forward with Mino Raiola about the possibility of taking Lozano,” De Laurentiis added.The Stadio San Paolo club are also looking to invest in their defence by signing Kostas Manolas from Roma to replace Raul Albiol, though the president admits he has some concerns about the 28-year-old.”We’ve been working on Manolas since Albiol announced his desire to leave,” he said. “With Manolas, however, there are issues with his character. We need our players to be very calm. Roma are another problem because they’ve changed their sporting direction. We’re checking to see if we can sign him at a fair and reasonable price.”Manolas is already at a certain age and can’t be resold. He’s fine by me, but we mustn’t waste money and he has a big salary.”last_img read more

  • Urban Meyer’s Daughters Have A Message For His Critics

    first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer issued a strong statement on Friday afternoon, clarifying the reason for his suspension at Ohio State, attempting to correct some of the “narrative” that’s been playing out in the media.The Buckeyes’ head coach, suspended for the first three games of the season, says he was not suspended for covering up any domestic violence. He was suspended because of how long he employed a troubled assistant coach.“My fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues,” Meyer said.Ohio State’s president, Michael V. Drake, said the following at last month’s press conference:“I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse,” Drake said. “However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith — and he was not as complete and accurate at media days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day.”The full statement from Urban Meyer on Friday can be seen below:pic.twitter.com/IVNDr3gZCt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Urban Meyer’s family has supported him strongly during this saga. Urban’s daughters, Nicki and GiGi, were vocal on Twitter in a reaction to this statement.“Because people can’t seem to get it right. Setting record straight – look at the facts,” Nicki Meyer wrote in response to one critic.Because people can’t seem to get it right. Setting record straight – look at the facts. https://t.co/XVwXkNo8NC— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) August 31, 2018“Time to see the facts. Not the narrative,” Gigi wrote.Time to see the facts. Not the narrative. https://t.co/f2hEY9PZR0— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) August 31, 2018Both daughters went on to retweet some pro-Urban Meyer responses.“I’m so fired up today!!!! #TeamMeyer,” Nicki wrote.I’m so fired up today!!!! #TeamMeyer pic.twitter.com/Lfb504A3Jl— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) August 31, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, is set to open its season today. The Buckeyes are set to take on Oregon State at noon.Urban’s wife, Shelley Meyer, had a message for Buckeye Nation.“TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you , in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!” she wrote.TO ALL OF BUCKEYE NATION: Thank you ??, in advance, for supporting these awesome young men as they represent this GREAT university tomorrow in the Horseshoe, along w TBDBITL and the BEST FANS IN THE LAND. Love and respect, Shelley, Urban, Nicki, Gigi, and Nate GO BUCKS!— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) August 31, 2018Ohio State and Oregon State are set to kick off at noon. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

  • Les Miles Bothered By Question At Introductory Press Conference

    first_imgLes Miles looks on during a game against Alabama.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 07: Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers, looks on during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kansas’ new head football coach, Les Miles, was introduced at a press conference this evening.One question in particular seemed to bother the former LSU head coach, who has had to answer similar questions before.The question’s topic: Offense.Miles was criticized during the latter years of his time at LSU for having an uncreative offense that didn’t best utilize his talent. This evening, he was once again asked about his offense and if anything is going to change.The Jayhawks’ new head coach didn’t seem to like the question.“I can tell you, when we had Mettenberger, we threw for 3,300 yards and had two 1,000-yard receivers. When we had passers, we threw it. When we had players who couldn’t throw well, we ran the football and won 10 a year,” he said.Wanna hit the nerve? Ask Miles about changing his offense.”I can tell you, when we had Mettenberger, we threw for 3,300 yards and had two 1,000-yard receivers. When we had passers, we threw it. When we had players who couldn’t throw well, we ran the football and won 10 a year.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 18, 2018One noted college football analyst didn’t seem to like his answer.I watched this answer. Miles still doesn’t think there’s any major philosophical changes to be made. https://t.co/7tnf5fibcr— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 18, 2018There are some who are definitely skeptical of Miles’ ability to work at Kansas, though most of the college football world seems to like it.At the very least, it should be entertaining.last_img read more