Month: October 2019

10 months agoREVEALED: Sarri called Higuain about Chelsea move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Sarri called Higuain about Chelsea moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is in direct contact with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain about a move to London, it has been revealed.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain’s struggles at Milan has seen talk raised of his deal being cut short next month.And Sport Mediaset says Sarri is actively working behind the scenes to bring his former Napoli striker to Chelsea.Having urged the two clubs to step up negotiations for a short-term exchange of loans, Sarri also rang Higuain last month to discuss his situation.It’s claimed the conversation took place after Higuain was sent off in the defeat to his old club Juventus, resulting in a two-match ban. last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: Do I deserve to continue…?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: Do I deserve to continue…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari batted away questions over his future after defeat to Real Sociedad.After just one point from their first two games of 2019, Solari is already being asked about his future by the local press.The Argentine said, “Do I think I deserve to continue at Real Madrid? We will do everything to win the next match…”Solari insists Sunday’s defeat would’ve been avoided with better finishing.”We just have to get to the bottom of making the most of the opportunities we have and things will change.” last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham striker Kane tells teammates: Grow up!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane tells teammates: Grow up!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane has told his teammates: Grow up!Spurs threw away a two-goal lead for the second time in three games and opened their Champions League campaign with a draw at Olympiacos on Wednesday to leave manager Mauricio Pochettino fuming.”We’re not young anymore,” agreed Kane. “We’re not inexperienced. We’ve played in big games for club and country. That’s the hard part to get your head around.”I can see why the manager is frustrated because he’s been here for six years now and we’re still making similar mistakes to the ones we were in his first year. We’ve got to find a way to get around it, improve and get better.” last_img read more

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettable

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRalph Hasenhuttl has lauded his Southampton players after an “unforgettable” win over local rivals Portsmouth.Saints won 4-0 at Fratton Park, their first win at the venue since 1984, to book their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Speaking after the game, an elated Hasenhuttl said: “We will not forget this evening, and the fans too.”It was a fantastic atmosphere until the end and to score four goals here is fantastic.”It is more than only reaching the next round. It is about reaching the hearts of the fans.”I am very happy for them (the Saints fans).”I knew it was massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game but the players knew they had to fight for every inch and after the 1-0 it was a much better game for our side.”After the 2-0 I was not sure if this game is done for us so you never know if they make the 1-2 then suddenly everything is alive again and it gets difficult for you. At 3-0 you know it is done.”It was a hard job to do but the guys did it well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Defenceless! Injury crisis could derail Arsenal’s season

first_imgThe knockout blow may not have arrived until late on but Arsenal never truly recovered from being sucker-punched twice by Manchester United in the space of just 149 seconds in Friday night’s FA Cup clash at the Emirates.The old tournament has traditionally proven a happy hunting ground for the Gunners, who have won the trophy 13 times, once more than their illustrious opponents in north London. However, the hosts’ hopes of lifting the cup for the fourth time in six years effectively ended the moment Sokratis Papastathopoulos was forced off just 20 minutes in after appearing to turn his ankle during an awkward landing.  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 Greek’s withdrawal unsettled Arsenal’s already injury-ravaged defence, who almost immediately began to struggle with United’s counter-attacking prowess, and his absence was further compounded by the loss of Laurent Koscielny to a facial injury during the second half.The game certainly didn’t lack drama or talking points, that’s for sure. On top of the injuries, there was also Alexis Sanchez netting from an acute angle against his former club – much to the frustration of the home fans, who booed the Chilean throughout.However, Alexis wasn’t Arsenal’s tormentor-in-chief. That role belonged to Romelu Lukaku, a surprise selection on the right wing but one that repeated dividends, with the Belgium striker setting up Alexis for the opener, and then Lingard for the quickfire second. The two goals came from United’s first two shots on target, merely emphasising just how vulnerable Unai Emery’s side can be when their tactics are disrupted mid-game, with both strikes the result of ill-timed attempts at offside traps.On the plus side, Aaron Ramsey impressed yet again, after shining in last weekend’s crucial 2-0 Premier League win over top-four rivals Chelsea.Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Paul Pogba Manchester United FA CupIndeed, it was the Welshman’s creativity which helped drag Arsenal back into the game, as he beat Eric Bailly on the left-hand side before seeing his cut-back tapped home by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the box.However, Koscielny’s exit came as another hammer blow to the Gunners’ threadbare defence. As it stands, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are both out for the rest of the season, while Sokratis faces a scan on Saturday to learn the extent of his ankle problem, meaning that a defensive acquisition is required before the close of the January transfer window more than ever before.Of course, Emery has already admitted Arsenal can only make loan signings this month and he now has less than a week to work with. Denis Suarez and Christopher Nkunku have been targeted but neither player would fill the gaping holes that Arsenal now have at the back. Dinos Mavropanos is considered a capable back-up but he hasn’t played a competitive match since the back end of last season, which means an experienced addition is vital if the Gunners are to have any chance of catching fourth-placed Chelsea.An FA Cup exit at the hands of old rivals United will definitely sting. Arsenal have now lost six matches in all competitions at the Emirates against the Red Devils – no opponent has won more games at the ground. However, Emery now has bigger problems to resolve, namely a mounting injury list that could well scupper his hopes of securing a return to the Champions League, either by finishing fourth or winning the Europa League.last_img read more

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‘Solskjaer would be a gamble for Man Utd’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer remains “a gamble” for Manchester United, says Paul Ince, with the experience of Mauricio Pochettino making him the more logical option to be handed a permanent managerial post.The Red Devils have enjoyed a welcome return to form under an interim boss.AdChoices广告Since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December, a Treble-winning hero of United’s past has overseen a 10-game unbeaten run – with nine victories collected along the way. 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? Solskjaer is now firmly in the frame to be handed the reins beyond the end of the season, but Ince feels a “proven” option should be sought in order to avoid the coaching issues which have blighted the Red Devils since Sir Alex Ferguson headed into retirement.“United cannot afford to appoint another manager and sack him again after two years, or less,” Ince told BBC Sport.“Compared to their rivals, they have gone backwards in the past few years while City, Liverpool and Spurs have all built and progressed.“They are going in the right direction now, but there is still a lot of work to do for them to get close to those teams again.“So, who should get the United job in the summer? My choice would be Mauricio Pochettino because he has got a proven track record as a Premier League manager over several seasons. Solskjaer doesn’t.“And, everything United need from their next manager, we know Pochettino can do – based on what we have seen from him at Tottenham.GFX Maurici Pochettino Man Utd“He can build a team that can challenge for the title, playing the right style of football too. We saw what Spurs did to United at Wembley last month – yes, United won because of the brilliance of David de Gea in goal, but that is how I want to see a United team play.“And, while I am not saying Solskjaer definitely shouldn’t get the job, I just think he would be a gamble, while Pochettino has the kind of CV you would want from a man who should be United manager for the next four or five years.“That is the way United should be thinking now. They have got their last three appointments wrong, so they need to get the next one right.”Ince added on the need for United to wait until the end of the season before making a call on Solskjaer: “I think it is great that the United fans are desperate for Solskjaer to get the job but let’s not be too hasty about giving it to him now.“If United finish in the top four and they win the Champions League or reach the final in Madrid, then his name is going to be very high on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s shortlist in the summer.“But the next month is massive for United, and I do not mean for Solskjaer’s job prospects – I am talking about their hopes of winning a trophy this season. That is what the focus should be on now, and he has alluded to that himself.“Solskjaer has already said that silverware is his target, and the exciting thing for me is that they have got a real chance in the FA Cup, and in Europe.“Mourinho was still United’s manager when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League was made, and if you had asked me then about whether they would get past Paris Saint-Germain, I would have said they are out of it.“Now, because of the way they are playing, I am starting to believe in them again.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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This Stat Shows Why It Might Be A While Until Jim Harbaugh Beats Urban Meyer

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State beat Michigan – again.Urban Meyer has been Ohio State’s head coach for five seasons. Following today’s 30-27, double-overtime win against Michigan, the Buckeyes’ head coach improved to 5-0 against That Team Up North.Jim Harbaugh is building something special in Ann Arbor, Mich., but it might be a while before he notches his first win against Ohio State as Michigan’s head coach.This stat says it all, really.43 seniors vs 44 freshmen. Wow.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) November 26, 2016Anything can happen in a rivalry game – and next year is a long way away –  but it’s quite possible Ohio State will be favored against Michigan again in 2017, and again in 2018. The Buckeyes are young and loaded with talent. And it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon.last_img read more

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Wolves-bound Cutrone confirms AC Milan exit

first_imgPatrick Cutrone says he is disappointed to be leaving AC Milan but is excited to be joining Premier League side Wolves.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are reportedly close to sealing a £20 million ($24m) move for the Italy striker, who confirmed on Monday he is swapping San Siro for Molineux.Cutrone, 21, looked at home when he broke into Gennaro Gattuso’s side two seasons ago, scoring 18 goals in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fewer starting chances resulted in a less prolific second campaign in 2018-19 and a switch to England now beckons.”Reading all the messages from the fans made me emotional,” Cutrone told reporters. “It means that I’ve done a good thing.”Am I disappointed? Well, you have seen yourselves. I have nothing to say. I am always ready and charged.”I wish the best for Milan fans and my team-mates. My departure from Milan affects me as well but that’s life and some decisions are taken.”I will look to do my best. Now I only think about integrating well and doing well there. I’m ready and excited to join Wolves. It’s a big challenge for me.”Cutrone joined Milan’s academy in 2007 and won his first – and so far only – Italy cap last March against Argentina, when the latter ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.Cutrone joins one of the Premier League’s most exciting outfits, having finished seventh in their return to the league last season, just 12 months after promotion from the Championship.The Midlands club secured qualification for the Europa League and in the first leg of their second qualifying round they beat Crusaders FC 2-0 at home. The return leg is this Thursday in Belfast.Wolves have signed three players already this summer transfer window, including the acquisition of Raul Jimenez from Benfica for a club-record fee of £30 million ($37m). Jimenez scored 13 goals and assisted eight in 38 Premier League appearance for Wolves last season, and the club were desperate to tie him to a permanent contract.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Danny Kanell: Clemson vs. UCF Would Have Been Closer

first_imgDanny Kanell, a consistent troll of Miami football, speaks on FS1.FS1Clemson blasted Alabama in the national title game on Monday night, and outside of actual Tigers fans, ACC advocate Danny Kanell might be the happiest man in the country tonight. He’s lived to see a Nick Saban-led Alabama team get crushed by a team from his conference.Kanell has been having a fun time on Twitter, predictably. One of his tweets is going viral in the aftermath.Kanell, before the UCF vs. LSU Fiesta Bowl, argued that UCF should have had a legitimate shot at playing for a national title.Kanell joked on Twitter that a Clemson vs. UCF game would have been better than the one we actually got to see.It’s unclear if Kanell is joking, but the tweet is doing numbers.UCF vs Clemson would’ve been closer— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 8, 2019Clemson, with the win, now has two national titles in three seasons. Alabama, meanwhile, is dealing with its biggest loss of the Saban era.An ACC team is the national champion, again. Kanell haters will have to deal with that until September.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer’s Wife Is Still Getting Used To His New Job

first_img What is it @FakeUrban says? “Dang strange dreams…” 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/fKpatMRLqC— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) May 30, 2019Since he started coaching in 1985, Meyer’s longest period away from the football field is one year. He left Florida after the 2010 season and took the year 2011 off before joining the Buckeyes in 2012.Despite having announced his retirement though, Meyer is still considered one of the top coaching targets in college football. Struggling programs such as USC would likely pay through the nose to bring Meyer into the fold.But if Meyer truly is committed to staying retired this time, it might take a while for his family and friends to get used to seeing him so close to home during the football season. urban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)For only the second time in over 30 years, a college football season will be played without Urban Meyer on the sidelines. He’s quickly taken on his new role as an analyst, but apparently some people are finding the transition a bit off.Taking to Twitter this past week, Meyer’s wife, Shelley,  posted a photo of her husband from his appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Judging by her comments, she hasn’t quite gotten used to seeing him analyzing football rather than coaching it.What is it @FakeUrban says? “Dang strange dreams…”The 54-year-old Meyer announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2018 season, leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes after their win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.He now works for Fox Sports covering college football.last_img read more

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