Month: October 2019

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Zola: Chelsea players respect Sarri for his honestyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola says that players are behind manager Maurizio Sarri.Zola was the one who took media duties ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter final against Bournemouth.And he suggests the players like working with Sarri, because he is an honest and likeable person.”He likes to chat and have a glass of wine,” Zola said of Sarri during the press conference.”At the same time he wants to be serious on the pitch. “He has spent 30 years in low leagues to build up and he wants to take the chance and do well. “The players are not stupid, they understand when someone is honest.” last_img read more

first_img​Mariappa insists Watford deserve more pointsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian Mariappa feels that Watford should have more points in the Premier League.The Hornets are in 9th place with 28 points, only a point off 7th position.But Mariappa believes they have been even better than their position suggests. And he believes there is more to come in the second half of the season.He said to the Watford Observer: “I think there’s been a real togetherness this season and we’ve had some good team performances and I think we can still improve which is always a good sign.”There’s plenty of games we’ve played well in and haven’t got the points we should have done. And, likewise, we’ve come back from losing positions in games to draw and win which shows good character as well.”To come away from some games disappointed to not have as many points as we could have done is, I think, a good sign at this stage of the season considering where we are.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgArsenal legend Keown: Ramsey debacle shows our levelby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Martin Keown has slammed the club for not offering Aaron Ramsey a new contract.The midfielder has been allowed to leave the club at the end of the season, with Juventus reported to be his likely destination.And Keown told the Daily Mail: “If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.”Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.”Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.”The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.”But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.”Unai Emery must look at his back line – where they are short at centre half – and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.”Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFree agent Rossi impressing Man Utd coaches (including Sir Alex)by Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuiseppe Rossi has been turning heads at Manchester United’s training sessions – including that of Sir Alex Ferguson.The Italian, 31, has been invited to train with United after being released by Genoa at the end of last season. Rossi graduated from United’s academy before leaving the club for more first-team opportunities in 2007.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said yesterday that a deal for Rossi was unlikely. However, Sky Sports report that Rossi has been impressing the United staff with his finishing in recent training sessions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves chief Thelwell rules out loan move for Gibbs-Whiteby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell has ruled out a loan move for Morgan Gibbs-White.Speaking at the recent fans parliament Thelwell says that while other development squad starlets could gain January loan moves, Gibbs-White would remain at Molineux.He is quoted by Express & Star, saying: “We see him as a very, young player who will add more game time this season with us in Europe. “I don’t think he has stalled at all. He’s in the right place with Nuno. “He’s a top talent and going to be a fantastic player.” last_img

first_imgTexas athletic director Steve Patterson in the tunnel.It doesn’t look good for Rick Barnes. Texas fell to Butler in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round Thursday afternoon, 56-48, capping a fairly disappointing year for the Longhorns, who were at one point this season ranked in the top 10. It’s the seventh straight year that Barnes’ team has failed to reach the Sweet 16. Following the game, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson was asked if Barnes will be back next season. His response seems to be a dooming one. When I asked #Texas AD Steve Patterson if Rick Barnes would be back next season, he said, “I’m not talking.”— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) March 19, 2015That’s, obviously, not a good sign for Barnes’ job security. The Texas coach has been at the school since 1998, winning 402 games and making the NCAA Tournament 16 times.last_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun week 11 staff picks for the 2011 CFB season.college spun staff picks week 11Last week, a number of upsets shook up the College Football Playoff field. Michigan State fell to Nebraska in the final minute. Oklahoma State shocked TCU to take control of the Big 12 race. Arkansas ended Ole Miss’ dreams of winning the SEC. And Alabama knocked LSU from the ranks of the unbeaten.This week, we’ve got another great slate of games. Oklahoma and Baylor will try to keep pace with the aforementioned Cowboys. Alabama travels to Mississippi State for a big SEC West showdown. And Georgia and Auburn renew what’s known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.Matt Hladik is up a few games on the rest of us. Will he hold us off another week?week 11 staff picks 1week 11 staff picks 2week 11 staff picks 3Who do you have?last_img

Dortmund hint at Werner & Hazard future calls

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out a double-transfer swoop for Timo Werner and Thorgan Hazard in the January window, indicating that one of them has already sealed a move elsewhere.Werner, currently plying his trade as a striker for RB Leipzig, has been in prolific form in Germany this season, scoring 11 goals in 17 matches to earn the attention of a number of European clubs.Bayern Munich has been mooted as a possible next destination for the 22-year-old and he admitted in December that he would consider a switch to the Allianz Arena. 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? Hazard meanwhile, has been in similarly impressive form for Borussia Monchengladbach, contributing nine goals and six assists over the first half of the season.Liverpool and Bayern have been touted as potential suitors for the Belgian, while it remains unclear as to whether Chelsea have the option to take up a buy-back clause in his current contract.Dortmund have also been linked with the Bundesliga pair, but club chief Watzke has insisted that they are only in the hunt for one of them.”At least I have the impression that one of the two players has already regulated his future and it is not with us,” Watzke stated.BVB are currently top of the league in Germany, six points clear of arch-rivals and reigning champions Bayern.Leipzig and Monchengladbach both still have an outside chance of challenging for the title too, with the former 11 points behind in fourth and the latter two points ahead of them in third.With three weeks of the January transfer window still to come, Hazard and Werner are free to negotiate with other clubs, but it remains to be seen whether or not their current employers will do business at this stage of the season.The Bundesliga resumes after the winter break on January 18, with Bayern re-starting the action away to Hoffenheim.last_img read more

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti expects negotiations with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Napoli will take “a very long time”. Ancelotti, who worked with James, 28, at both Madrid and Bayern Munich, is keen to sign the Colombia international. But Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Madrid they will have to lower their demands for the attacker, who is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.  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? De Laurentiis is confident a deal can be struck, however, having already claimed that the player wants to make the move to play under his old boss once more.  Ancelotti is also keen and has already been in contact with the playmaker, though he doesn’t see his side as being desperate for the signing as the new season approaches.  “James can play in many positions behind the centre-forward,” Ancelotti told TV Luna on Saturday after a pre-season loss to Benevento. “He is a number 10 used to playing behind the striker or as a winger, with the tendency to cut inside. “I sent him a happy birthday message this week.  “There are negotiations in progress. It’s going to take a very long time, but we aren’t desperate or anything. “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll still be a strong team and might go for a different target.” Napoli have also been linked with Mauro Icardi, who has been told he can leave Inter, but Ancelotti indicated he is satisfied with options in attack that include Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. “As for the striker, a modern centre-forward can’t just be a finisher now, which is why Arkadiusz Milik is very important for us,” the Italian said. Napoli finished a distant second to Juventus is Serie A last season, falling 11 point short of the champions.  But the club did earn second spot in the table and have Champions League football to look forward to again next season.  A tough draw saw the Italian club bounced at the group stage last term, when they finished third in Group C behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.  Napoli were then dropped into the knockout stages of the Europa League, only to lose out to Arsenal in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

first_imgWhen your father is a professional footballer, you quickly get used to moving from one place to the next and having to make new friends time and time again.  It was no different for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara. The Spain international was born in Italy while his father Mazinho played for Lecce, before his dad returned to Brazil at Palmeiras, and then moved to Spain for spells with Valencia and Celta Vigo.  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? It’s then quite convenient to have a little brother to keep you company regardless of the city you find yourself living in.  “I have a collection of great memories from my childhood because I was with my brother all the time,” Thiago told Goal. “We are very close and the difference in age was less than two years. He was my shadow and it was awesome.  “We had different great moments, playing in all the cities where my dad played after the games, at school playing with friends.” It was in Vigo that Thiago took playing football with friends to the next level. The 28-year-old was one of the standout performers in the ED Val Minor Nigran team that that saw off several of Spain’s biggest clubs. His performances did not go unnoticed elsewhere and he eventually ended up joining Barcelona at the tender age of 14, snubbing Real Madrid in the process. “I was playing in a team in my hometown of Vigo. My mom didn’t allow me to play on my dad’s former team because my dad had some issues when he was a player. My mom didn’t allow me or my brother to go there,” Thiago added. “So we played in a team and my friends from school were there. We had a great season. We beat Real Madrid. We beat Celta. We beat Deportivo. We beat all the teams in Spain.  “One game when we played Barcelona, after the game, my dad said, ‘Thiago, I didn’t want to tell you before but they want you to be part of Barcelona next year. So what do you think?’  “At that moment, you get shocked because Barcelona was a great team. Also at that time, he told me about Madrid and other great clubs. But my decision was very precise.” Gai AssulinHis move to Barcelona saw him team up with some of the best players around in his age category, but there was one youngster in particular that stood out. “At that time, it was a guy from Israel who impressed me the most, Gai Assulin,” Thiago continued. “He was my age and he was one step quicker than me, all the time. He reached the second team but then he didn’t reach the first team, and he was not consistent in the first division. At the end, he was playing in the second and third division in Spain.  “But he was the biggest talent that I saw at La Masia.” After impressing at Barcelona’s famed academy, Thiago eventually made the step up to the first team and he loved learning from his more experienced team-mates. “As a professional, I’m not a guy who could get impressed with players, but I have a lot of respect for them,” the midfielder went on. “The amount of respect at that moment was, ‘Wow!’ You are excited to play against them, to learn with them, to fight with them. This is very exciting.  “But I always look at their behaviour, how they are on the field, how they are in the locker room. For me, that was more important. I have respect for a guy because of how he is, not because he’s a football player.” The Spain international made his official first-team debut at Barcelona in 2009 at the tender age of 18, but he eventually opted to leave Camp Nou for Bayern Munich in 2013 in search of greater first-team opportunities. He has since gone on to make close to 200 appearances in all competitions, winning six Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokals in the process.  With players such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben having left the club, Thiago is now one of the more experienced heads at Bayern and he is looking forward to taking on the extra responsibility that comes with it. “The players we have now have to take this role. Before, those legends were there. Very young people are coming, people with experience but also who are younger than us,” the former Barcelona midfielder went on.  “We have to lead them in some way and, also, learn from them. It will be a great mix and we are very excited about it.”  Both Robben and Ribery completed a full decade at Bayern, but Thiago does not know just yet whether he could achieve the same. “I’m just trying to enjoy this job, this passion that I have, to leave with this feeling every morning when I wake up,” he concluded.  “You have to keep going that way. In three years, you never know. I don’t want to make plans. I hate plans. Let’s live today and live tomorrow.”last_img read more