October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis ready for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Steven Davis is ready to move to Rangers next month.The Daily Express says Davis has played just twice this season for Southampton and is keen to move on and get playing again.The 33-year-old was brilliant for Rangers during a four-year spell where he captained the club.And he’s got his sights set on a return to help the Steven Gerrard revolution.Gerrard is now looking for another midfielder after cutting Ovie Ejaria’s loan deal short and sending him back to Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lichtsteiner to be Arsenal fall-guy for Fulham clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to axe Stephan Lichtsteiner for their clash with Fulham.The Sun reports Lichtsteiner looks set to drop out of the side which lost 5-1 to Liverpool on Sunday, with Hector Bellerin fit again.Laurent Koscielny is expected to start ahead of Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.While Alexandre Lacazette may be reinstated ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is understood to have picked up a knock at Anfield, forcing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out to the flanks.However, Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac look set to keep their places at the back despite a horror-show performance against Liverpool. last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool youngster Ejaria close to Reading loanby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria is set to sign for Reading.The 21-year-old is going to play at the Championship side for the rest of the season, per Sky Sports News.A deal is done and he will be the first of many loan deals by Reading, as they are trying to give their new boss Jose Gomes a better team.Ejaria was at Rangers for the first half of the season, where he only managed a single goal in 14 league games.The Englishman signed a long term deal at Liverpool in the summer, but he will have to impress on loan if he wants to get anywhere near the first team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd defender Harry Maguire determined to start scoringby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire believes he can contribute at both ends of the pitch.The 26-year-old defender has yet to score for United since his £80million move to Old Trafford in the summer and was annoyed with himself for missing a good chance to equalise in last week’s defeat at West Ham.”I see myself as a threat,” Maguire told United Review, the club’s official matchday programme, ahead of Monday’s game against Arsenal.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch.”I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan has finally punched one through against Oregon State, and in the process, the Wolverines have made a little history. The first home touchdown of the Jim Harbaugh era was scored by junior running back De’Veon Smith, who wears the No. 4 jersey. We don’t need to remind of who else wore No. 4 for the program.First Michigan TD of the Jim Harbaugh Era in the Big House comes from the guy wearing No. 4. Fitting.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 12, 2015First TD for Michigan under Jim Harbaugh! pic.twitter.com/JNCYH5Ye0h— BuzzFeed CFB (@BuzzFeedCFB) September 12, 2015The Wolverines lead the Beavers just before the half, 10-7.last_img read more

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first_imgCardale Jones warming up before the game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a ball during warm-ups before taking on the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Ohio State’s Cardale Jones will be getting the start tonight against Minnesota after J.T. Barrett’s legal snafu last week, but that doesn’t appear to be the only thing on the quarterback’s mind. Saturday morning, Jones took to Twitter to wish his daughter, Chloe, a happy first birthday. He posted a photo of her in his No. 12 jersey.Happy 1st Birthday To My Number 1 Fan, My Heart, My Everything, My Chloe. Daddy Loves You pic.twitter.com/HAPmqddXLA— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) November 7, 2015It’s an important reminder that many of these athletes have a lot more going on than football. Ohio State and Minnesota kick off at 8:00 PM ET.last_img read more

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first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Jim Harbaugh has spiced up the college football world since taking over at Michigan, with his out-of-the-box recruiting tactics, pointed subtweets, and, of course, his quick restoration of the Wolverines program. After the vote to ban satellite camps, something that Harbaugh helped popularize last off-season, Harbaugh went off, slamming conferences that voted against the camps like the ACC and SEC, and rival coach Hugh Freeze. We’re definitely not complaining about Harbaugh’s constant feeding of the news cycle, but his shtick has grown old for some, including SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum. Tuesday’s #FinalThought https://t.co/EoP13tCtkU— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 13, 2016Finebaum went in on Harbaugh on his Tuesday show. Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News transcribed his statements, which include a rehash of his comparison to Donald Trump.Finebaum has said he considers Harbaugh the Donald Trump of college football, a coach who moves the needle and does so in entertaining fashion. His opinion has changed and he shared that during his final thought segment on Tuesday on “The Paul Finebaum Show”.“So once again, Jim Harbaugh has hijacked college football, “Finebaum said. “I think he has been an entertaining entrant to college football since he arrived in Michigan a year and a half ago. Entertaining. That was then. I find him growingly and increasingly annoying now.Finebaum actually praises Harbaugh’s ability to find underutilized recruiting strategies, but he doesn’t believe the satellite camp tour from last summer had a substantive effect on recruiting southern players. And now, Finebaum is out on the Michigan coach.“Jim Harbaugh is all about Jim Harbaugh, and that’s fine, but I think it’s finally caught up to him, and I think he has gone from the most entertaining person in college football to the most annoying. And I for one am really getting sick of him.”We don’t expect Harbaugh to hop one with Finebaum anytime soon, but that would be one heck of an interview.[DetroitNews.com]last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMarco Silva could not understand why Everton turned in a “nervous” performance as they lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City on New Year’s Day.Everton have now won just one of their last eight games after Jamie Vardy struck a second-half winner at Goodison Park following Michael Keane’s error, but Silva offered no excuse for his side’s display.Bemoaning the nature of the defeat, the Everton boss promised to look into the reasons for a scrappy performance in which they made mistakes at the back and lacked fluency in attack. 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? “It’s a disappointing result and a poor performance, to be honest,” he told Sky Sports. “This is the moment for us, like always, to be honest.”From the first minute [it was clear] – and we knew before the match – what [Leicester] came here to do. It is easy to understand. They started the game 4-5-1, blocking the space, waiting for our mistake.”In the first half, we were in control. But every time we were on the ball, we were too nervous – without a reason for that. I felt our team was playing with big issues and without ambition and we were too nervous in some moments.”Every time we tried to organise or start an attack, we lost [the ball]. The game was a bit confused. We didn’t put our game there.FT | 0 – 1 #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/8mCmBMpQiu— Everton (@Everton) January 1, 2019″When you play with so many issues in the game and you’re nervous, after come the easy mistakes – like we made with the goal we conceded on the counter-attack with Vardy. It was a normal ball, normal to control [for Keane].”But we were not under the normal pressure of a football game. We will find the reasons for that.”He added of the team’s nervousness: “I told them, ‘There is not a reason’. There is no reason for that. If you look at our last results, we have not been consistent, of course, but there is no reason to be so anxious and so nervous.”Vardy was largely anonymous before pouncing on Keane’s error, but he insists he never doubted himself when bearing down on Jordan Pickford’s goal.”I don’t think you can have any doubts,” he said. “Obviously, as a striker, you want to be putting every single effort into the net.”To be in that position, it shows I’m making the right runs. [Ricardo Pereira] has played a great throughball and I’ve found the bottom corner.” 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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first_imgMaurizio Sarri is retraining Mateo Kovacic to play the role of Jorginho’s back-up after Chelsea failed to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas joined Monaco in the January transfer window, but Chelsea were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign former Zenit man Leandro Paredes, who ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain instead .Sarri has been left looking for options to find a new deputy to his vital cog in the ‘Sarriball’ machine. Ethan Ampadu and Kovacic were both trialled in the role in Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday. 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? Chelsea boss Sarri thinks that Kovacic is now capable of playing in that role after he came on in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield to replace Jorginho, who was substituted due to a minor groin problem.”I don’t know [if we will suffer for not signing a midfielder] but I have to try with our own players,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “So, I think Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.”Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ampadu and the second is Kovacic. It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team.”As you know, Ampadu is more defensive. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch. In the future, I think he will be able to do this position well.”Sarri’s tactical inflexibility has been the source of much criticism in a week when Chelsea lost 4-0 to Bournemouth, who utilised David Brooks to mark Jorginho in the club’s worst defeat for 22 years.However, Sarri was defiant when questioned about his lack of plan B and the predictability of his line-ups, in which Jorginho takes a central role. Sarri also defended Jorginho, who he believes is misunderstood, as the Premier League’s leading pass maker is still to register an assist this season.He came close on several occasions as he lined up alongside his former Napoli team-mate Gonzalo Higuain against Huddersfield and Sarri thinks Jorginho played much better against the bottom-of-the-table side, explaining what it takes to get the best out of his first signing.”No, Jorginho played very well,” Sarri added of his £57 million man. “I put Kante on the pitch after the fourth goal because Jorginho had a little problem with his groin. This was the only reason because, in my opinion, Jorginho had a good match.Maurizio Sarri quote GFX“Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players, because he is used to playing one-touch and it is very difficult to play one-touch without the movement of the other players.”So, if the team, like in the first 20-25 minutes, played very well with movements without the ball, then for Jorginho it is easier, I think. In the first 25 minutes we played our football because we moved the ball very fast and very well.”There was good movement without the ball. We were really very dangerous. We didn’t play with our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match, with five players doing it in the last match. We attacked the spaces and so I think that we played our football.”Chelsea are now aiming to put a run of results together after the morale-boosting hammering of the Terriers, although February will be a tough month for the Blues with two matches against Manchester City to come, as well as games against Manchester United and Tottenham.The undermining factor in Chelsea’s efforts to comfortably secure a top-four place has been consistency, as they mix high-profile wins with embarrassing defeats. Sarri admits that he has never managed a team of players who can be so good one week, and then so badly off the pace the next.”Not in the past [have I managed a team that’s so inconsistent],” he concluded. “But my target is to improve the mentality, because if we improve the mentality I think it will be easier to arrive into every match with the right level of application and determination.”It is not easy, of course, and it is a long way, but we need to try to improve in mentality. In every training, in every match, but we need to improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAntoine Griezmann will fit Barcelona “like a ring on a finger”, according to his former coach at Real Sociedad.Griezmann finally completed his long-awaited move from Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Friday having seemed set to join Barca last year before opting to stay put.Barca triggered the €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause in his contract, although Atletico are demanding a further €80m as one of modern football’s longest transfer sagas rumbles on. 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? Griezmann will line up for Barca next term, though, bolstering the attack of the La Liga champions, who have also been linked with a deal for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.It is unclear exactly how Griezmann slots into the plans of Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, who regularly paired Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as a front two during 2018-19.But Martin Lasarte, who coached Griezmann when the France forward was breaking through at Real Sociedad, feels the adjustment to Barca will be smooth for the striker.”His signing for Barcelona – it would have happened last year, so it’s something everybody knew,” Lasarte told Omnisport. “Barcelona supporters were angry but I think staying at Atletico was the right decision for him.”Now I think it’s the right time [to move] because after Barcelona failed to win all the trophies last season – and in a bad way – so I think Griezmann could fit easily and help them to come back, because he is a happy guy and a very positive one.”I think Griezmann will fit like a ring on a finger after Barcelona’s situation last season.”Lasarte is perhaps uniquely placed to comment on Griezmann’s rise having played a key role in his development.”Well, it is difficult to be original when you define someone everybody knows,” the coach said. “I trained a very young player that obviously has grown up.”He made a giant step to become one of the best strikers in the world. Anyway, he still keeps some of the things he had when he was a child. He knows how to read the game. All of us are impressed with how he passes the ball, how he dribbles, or how he shoots the ball.”He is a very smart guy, he knows how to take decisions on the pitch. He knows when he need to speed up, when to stop, or pass the ball short or long, or when to dribble.”Griezmann will be formally presented as a Barcelona player at a news conference on Sunday.last_img read more