Marcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was sorry to hear about Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.Marcelo had some words of comfort for his old boss.”[His sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” said the Brazilian at a Club World Cup media conference.”It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”The 30-year-old emphasised the togetherness in the group when asked about the club’s success and what it stems from.”It comes from the union we have within the dressing room,” he added.”The base of team has been playing a long time together, which has brought us to where we are now.”But we still have a lot of hunger to win trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Babb: Lovren was Klopp’s weakest linkby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Babb believes Liverpool till have a weakness in their rearguard.Despite an impressive record of goals conceded this season, the Reds were breached twice as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad.And Reds legend Babb believes Dejan Lovren is the problem player within the team.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “To say that Aguero specifically targeted him, I am not so sure.”But, if you look across that back line, you would probably say the weakest link is Dejan Lovren – and that proved to be [the case], pretty much last night.”He had a sketchy game at best. Some of his distribution was poor, [the] decision making.”Even towards the end, when Liverpool were pushing forwards and (Virgil) Van Dijk was up, he (Lovren) was playing straight balls into the box – and you would probably say you need to angle them, so there is a better chance for the second ball and the knock down.”But what do you say about Sergio Aguero? He is genuinely a world-class striker and a great asset for City.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.”
Redknapp: No big name player wants to join Solskjaer’s Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an “impossible” job on his hands at Manchester United.He also doubts whether big-name players will want to join the club in January due to their current state.Redknapp told Mirror: “Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton . Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around. And now Ole is struggling with it.”I think Ole has an impossible job. As I said, Van Gaal had it, Mourinho had it, Moyes had it. They are all top managers. None of them could turn it around.”People say ‘go and get five or six players’. But where are they going to get them from? Where are they? Who are they playing for? Are they going to move to Man United?”You’re not going to get Harry Kane. They’re not going to go and get Raheem Sterling. Where are they going to find them from? Easy to say they need them but where are they going to find them?”It’s easier said than done to build a new team. It’s a very long-term job they have on their hands.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sun Life Stadium prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 5, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Sun Life Stadium ins in the middle of a two year renovation. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Spring practice at Miami is underway, and preparation for the 2015 season has gotten off to a good start for Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Hurricanes’ sophomore defensive end, who was suspended for the 2014 season due to an altercation with a former student, spent some of his time away bulking up. His improved physique is showing on the field. Check out Muhammad absolutely destroying Miami freshman offensive lineman Jahair Jones during a pass rush drill: The new, bulked up AQM introduced himself to recent enrollee Jahair Jones today. @Qua_Nito pic.twitter.com/mtDxM931sm— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) February 24, 2015Better luck next time, Jahair. The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.
Tottenham’s move into their new White Hart Lane stadium has been further delayed until March at the earliest.Spurs were originally meant to move into the new ground in September but construction delays and additional safety testing have forced the north London side to push back their grand opening.The club’s latest update from the building contractors states that several issues have been rectified but that more testing is required before an opening date can be released. 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? As such, the club confirmed that Premier League matches against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester, along with a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, will all take place at Wembley.In addition, should Tottenham progress in the FA Cup and be drawn at home, that will also be played at England’s home of football.Spurs have no other home clashes in the month of February, but it remains to be seen whether fans will be able to see their club turn out at their new digs in March.Chairman Daniel Levy said: “I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.”The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone.”We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea travel to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Wednesday with the intention of taking a tighter grip on their top-four position.Maurizio Sarri’s men eased to a 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, but a 2-0 loss away to Arsenal in their last league outing has left their position suddenly vulnerable.They will meet a Bournemouth side who have had 10 days to prepare for this fixture, with the Cherries hungry for more success after ending a five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against West Ham when they last played. 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? Game Bournemouth vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on NBCSN and UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live and UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Begovic, Travers Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels,Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne Midfielders Surman, Pugh, Lerma, Ibe, Stanislas, Brooks, Fraser, Ofoborh Forwards Mousset, Wilson, King Bournemouth will be forced to contend without key striker Callum Wilson after he failed to make the matchday squad, though new signings Dominic Solanke and Chris Mepham are on the bench.Former Chelsea player Nathan Ake does however line up in the starting XI with fellow former Blues man Asmir Begovic among the substitutes.Confirmed Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic; Clyne, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks, Gosling, Stanislas, Surman, Fraser; King. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain Callum Hudson-Odoi is absent entirely from the matchday squad as speculation continues to mount that he will exit Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain however makes his Premier League debut, and will lead the line, with Eden Hazard shifted out wide after playing much of the season as a false 9.Confirmed Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, HazardBetting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 8/13 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/3. A win for Bournemouth is priced at 19/4/Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Chelsea’s position in the Champions League spots was put under greater threat on Tuesday, when Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Cardiff on an emotional night at the Emirates. Burnley, meanwhile, did the Blues a favour by taking an unexpected point from Manchester United, but the spectre of the Old Trafford club also lies over them as they chase a return to Europe’s elite competition.Maurizio Sarri’s side, meanwhile, have looked vulnerable in recent weeks. A succession of narrow wins have been peppered with surprisingly dropped points and in their last Premier League outing they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.Progress in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup has been welcome, but with league fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham to come later this month – as well as the Carabao Cup final – now is the time that Sarri’s men need to rediscover their best level.The sideshow that continues to link Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid has not helped their cause and it is something that the manager seems to be growing weary of.“If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” he said. “Of course, I hope for the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”The future of the Belgian surely hinges on Chelsea’s ability to play Champions League football, and if they are to achieve that then this is the type of fixture they need to win. Having punched above their weight under the guidance of Eddie Howe, the Cherries have gone through a tougher spell of late, losing nine of their last 13 games, though they did redress the balance somewhat by winning 2-0 in their last outing against West Ham.Goals from Callum Wilson and Josh King gave them the points on that occasion and a repeat performance would be heartily welcomed against one of the Premier League’s big guns. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Francesco Totti says he was “stabbed in the back” by someone at Roma as the fallout from his departure from the club continues.Totti joined the Roma board after retiring as a player in 2017 but differences with the club have forced him to step down, ending his 30-year association with the Serie A side.In a scathing press conference, Totti hinted that the main source his frustration was owner James Pallotta and the perceived sidelining of established Roma figures since his takeover of the club eight years ago. 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? Totti cited the case of another Roma stalwart, Daniele De Rossi, who ended his 18-year stay with the club at the end of last season when Roma opted not to offer the 35-year-old a new contract.“Did someone stab me in the back at Trigoria? Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don’t want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club,” said Totti.“If I was the President of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I’d put them in charge of everything. They have ethics; they know everything about what it means to be Roman and Romanista.“Pallotta has surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong.”When asked about his future, Totti insisted he would like to remain in football though he appeared to rule out a move to a rival Serie A club out of respect for his former employers.“I won’t be left unemployed,” added the 42-year-old. “I received some offers from Italian clubs, including one this morning.“I take everything into consideration, because I am free. Juve or Napoli, let’s not go wild here… No, out of respect for Roma, I wouldn’t do that. I mean stuff like FIFA or UEFA.“Some things I read first in the papers and then I found out from Roma, so imagine how much they kept me informed.”
Manchester United find themselves “in the pit with the rest of the sharks” when it comes to trying to lure top talents to Old Trafford, says Gary Neville.The Red Devils have already tied up a £15 million ($19m) deal for Daniel James this summer, while they are closing in on a £55m ($70m) swoop for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The hope is that there will be a few more additions to come, with United in need of inspiration from somewhere as they set about refreshing their squad once again. 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? Neville, though, has warned that landing the most coveted players in the market will not be easy, with fierce competition and inflated asking prices making life difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “It’s difficult to do business, it’s not easy.“Everyone knows Manchester United want players and price tags will go up.“You’ve got to try and encourage players to come to the club. Players don’t just jump to sign for any club – they do their homework and get their agents to get to work. They probably have 50 meetings before they sign for a club nowadays.“Manchester United will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings.“It’s difficult for all clubs as they all want the same players. They all want Harry Maguire, every single club wants him. Everybody wants Christian Eriksen.“Players that are being bandied about, there are four or five clubs in for them.“They aren’t just going to sign for the first club, they’ll choose wisely and look at the different aspects.“Manchester United have got a big job to do in order to get a squad right for a championship challenge.“Hopefully that’ll start this summer but it’s not just bringing players in, it’s about getting some out.”Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are among those generating exit talk at Old Trafford, while United are still working to put fresh terms in place with David de Gea – with the Spanish goalkeeper’s current contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.