Young blasts claims Man Utd players celebrated Mourinho sackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young denies the players were celebrating the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week.United responded to the appointment of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Several reports indicated that United’s stars were happy with the decision, with some citing that they had even celebrated the news. However, Young firmly shut those claims down.”No celebration at all. Absolute lies,” the full-back said.”Obviously it was disappointing for the manager to get sacked. In his two-and-a-half years, he won trophies.”We have to take some responsibility for that [his sacking] as we are on the pitch.”Like I said. we have to move on from that. Ole [Gunnar Solksjaer] has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game even though it’s been a crazy week, but as professional players we have to get on with the job in hand and that is what we did today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City management make January market decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are willing to go through January without adding to Pep Guardiola’s squad.Last season’s champions City have fallen behind the Reds in this season’s title race after losing two games on the bounce against Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively.But The Times says City have no plans to enter the transfer market when it opens next week.Both Guardiola and the Citizens board believe they can catch Liverpool and retain their Premier League crown. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Maya Yoshida: I think we missed a huge opportunityby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton defender Maya Yoshida felt they missed a huge opportunity to capitalise on a ten-man Spurs after the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Saints found themselves on level terms after Danny Ings pounced on a Hugo Lloris mistake to equalise against a Spurs side who were down to ten men from the 31st minute.But the hosts soon went back in front, and Saints were unable to break them down for a second time after the interval, with Yoshida denied by a stunning Lloris save from the pick of the chances.“I think we missed a huge opportunity to win against a big team today,” the defender said.“Obviously it’s a huge disappointment for myself, but if we have the chance we have to take it, otherwise it will get more difficult.“After Aurier was sent off, we were too passive. We have to be much more aggressive, and after we conceded the second goal in a sloppy way, it became more difficult for us.“In the second half, we needed more creativity in the attacking third. They defended very well, but for myself, I needed to score from the corner kick.“Again, there was an opportunity and we couldn’t take it. Now it’s a really difficult situation for ourselves, but we cannot look behind us too much.“It’s another important game against Chelsea next week, so we’ll focus on that and keep going.”
Alisson the world’s best says Liverpool coach Achterbergby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool coach John Achterberg believes that keeper Alisson Becker is the best in the world.The Brazilian is the club’s no.1 shot stopper and contributed significantly to their Champions League win last season.He pulled off several big game saves to ensure the Reds were shutting out the opposition. And Achterberg believes he is the best in the world in his position.”It is tough for me to say as a goalkeeper coach but it’s definitely how I see it [he is the best],” says Achterberg to the Liverpool Echo.”I think he has been the most consistent if you look at all the goalkeepers around, that is the truth. “Now we try to maintain it and keep it like this for the next five or six years. He has set his targets and we try to push it that way, that is the plan.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season, but the Spanish giants now must raise funds before completing the deal.Goal understands Atletico have reached an agreement that would see them pay €3 million (£2.6m/$3.4m) to bring in Morata for the remainder of the campaign, with the option to pay a further €40m (£35.2m/$45.6m) to buy the Spain international at the end of the season.Atletico are still in negotiations with Chelsea regarding the percentage of Morata’s wages they will pay, with the Liga outfit hopeful of only forking out for 50% of his £120,000 per week salary before entering talks regarding a reduced contract with the player should he make the move permanent. 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? Atleti, however, are not currently in a position to sign off on the deal with Chelsea as they try to offload two summer signings of their own in a bid to clear space on their wage bill .Forward Nikola Kalinic arrived from AC Milan in the summer but has struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s style of play, scoring just four goals in 18 matches.The Rojiblancos are also trying to sell winger Gelson Martins, who signed a six-year deal after joining on a free transfer from Sporting having cancelled his contract with the Portuguese giants.The hold-up in offloading Morata is having an effect on Chelsea’s signing of Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan, which is effectively complete.Chelsea are keen to get Morata off their wage bill before bringing in Higuain, while Milan themselves must find a replacement for the Argentina international, with Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek their primary target and likely to cost around €40m (£35.2m/$45.6m).Higuain has an arrangement to join Chelsea on a six-month loan which can either be extended for a further year or turned into a permanent move in the summer, though that would lead to fresh contract negotiations for the 31-year-old.The former Real Madrid forward will reunite with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, who worked with Higuain at Napoli and played a key role in the striker matching the record for the most goals in a single Serie A season with 36 in 2015-16.Higuain and Morata are not the only strikers with Chelsea links on the move in January, with Michy Batshuayi’s departure from Stamford Bridge adding further complications to a busy month in west London.With his loan spell at Valencia having been cut short, Chelsea are hopeful of being able to sell the 25-year-old for around €45m (£40m/$51.3m).This has stalled Batshuayi’s agreed loan move to Monaco , and with the Ligue 1 strugglers now looking into the possibility of signing Kalinic, the Belgium international’s reunion with Thierry Henry could now be off.Everton have also shown an interest in the ex-Borussia Dortmund and Marseille forward but their valuation falls well short of what Chelsea are looking for. He could yet be used as part of the deal to sign Higuain if Milan struggle to find a viable replacement elsewhere while Crystal Palace are also reportedly keen.Meanwhile, Chelsea are also in talks with Zenit’s Leandro Paredes over a move for around €30m (£27m/$34m), though the Russian club value him at €40m (£36m/$46m).There is hope that Chelsea can complete all their January business ahead of the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham next Thursday, but their match with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday is set to come too soon for the likes of Higuain.Additional reporting from Ruben Uria and Romeo Agresti.
Chip Kelly. Chip Kelly back to college? It is going to happen after this season, according to one NFL reporter.According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, multiple NFL coaches expect Kelly to return to his college roots at the conclusion of the season. Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers are 1-5 and going nowhere, with the headlines surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s protest being far more noteworthy than anything the team has done on the field.Kelly’s offense continues to be ridiculed by his peers in the NFL, and several coaches I spoke to expect him to hit the eject seat button after this season and return to college before his stock continues to drop given the horrible roster he has in San Francisco.“He just keeps running the same shit and it isn’t fooling anybody,” one NFL executive said. “Do you think they could bring him back to Oregon?”Given Kelly’s level of success in college–and his struggles at the professional level–the rumors of him moving down a level have never really gone away. But this off-season, they could be particularly strong.At least one blue-blood program (LSU) has a vacancy, and some other big-time jobs (Texas, USC) could also open up. That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. There would be a litany of programs lining up for Kelly’s services if he leaves San Fran.
Wissam Ben Yedder has revealed he hopes to leave Sevilla to join one of the world’s “biggest clubs” during the close season.The France striker has been a prolific goalscorer since emerging at Toulouse and earned his move to Spain three years ago.However, Ben Yedder believes that at the age of 28 the moment has arrived to take another step forward in his career. 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 is reported Ben Yedder is on a shortlist of players who have attracted interest from Barcelona, and other clubs may take a look now he has made a declaration of his ambition.When asked if this was a suitable time to move on from Sevilla, Ben Yedder told Le Parisien: “It’s good timing, like you say. I really feel that. But I can’t lack respect for the club. Whatever the final choice is, I’ll be happy.”It remains to be seen whether Barcelona’s reported interest leads to an offer, or whether other owners of clubs across Europe have identified the attacker as a potential acquisition.But the forward is hoping that someone will step up to provide him with the opportunity at the level he seeks. “It’s for them to judge,” said Ben Yedder. “But I dream of playing at a high level, in the biggest clubs in the world and to be alongside players of international class. It’s a case of seeing where I can get to in terms of level. “I’m not more preoccupied about that than by my future. I’ll take stock after France duty but it will also be for Seville to decide.”The striker enjoyed a superb campaign in 2018/19 and bagged an impressive 30 goals in all competitions. He netted 18 of those strikes in La Liga, while bagging eight in as many games in the Europa League games.Ben Yedder is currently on international duty with France and will be hoping to rectify their shock defeat to Turkey on Saturday night.The world champions lost 2-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifier, a game in which Ben Yedder was introduced as a second-half substitute. France and now trail leaders Turkey by three points in the group but will be hoping to change that when they face the slightly more straight-forward task of overcoming Andorra on Tuesday.
New Juventus signing Gianluigi Buffon is not interested in regaining either the captain’s armband nor the No.1 jersey in Turin after completing a move back to his former stamping ground.Buffon had departed Juve after almost 20 trophy-laden years in the summer of 2018, joining Paris Saint-Germain. His time in France did not go all to plan, however, as he came under criticism for a mistake during PSG’s Champions League defeat at the hands of Manchester United before confirming in June that he would not be extending his stay at Parc des Princes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Now, at the age of 41, he will compete with Wojciech Szczesny for a place between the posts at the Serie A champions – but it is not expecting to receive his former privileges.”Szczesny wanted to give me the number one and Chiellini the captain’s armband,” Buffon revealed to reporters on Thursday. “But I am not the kind of person to take anything away from anyone. I have thought about using the No.77.”🤔 @gianluigibuffon’s new jersey number is _____❓#JUVEINMILAN #LiveAhead #WelcomeBackGigi pic.twitter.com/N0ZK2CIDkO— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) 4 de julio de 2019Buffon added that he was delighted to have the chance to return to Turin, where he gained a reputation as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers over the years.”I am very happy to return home and have the chance to embrace you all once again,” he told Juve fans in a video released on social media. “This is one of the happiest days of my life. Now I have confirmation that life is incredible and that dreams are worthwhile. “I come back because you cannot turn down a lady’s invitation. I come back because this is my home.”The former Italy international first joined Juve from Parma in 2001, and over the following 17 years made over 650 appearances in all competitions as he became a club icon. He boasts nine Serie A titles with Juventus, and also stuck with the Old Lady when they were relegated in 2006 in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal, gaining promotion back to the Italian top flight the following year.Buffon also sports a World Cup winner’s medal thanks to his triumph with Italy in 2006, but has never tasted success in the Champions League despite three appearances in the final with the Bianconeri. Now, as he teams up with Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time at Juve, the veteran may yet have one more opportunity to take the title.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is just over two months away. We can’t wait for it to get started.Summer practices are here and starting quarterbacks are being named. Teams are gearing up to fight for a title.ESPN’s Football Power Index has updated its preseason rankings in anticipation of the upcoming season. The rankings include strength of schedule rankings.Which teams have the toughest schedules in the country? Which teams have the easiest?ESPN named the hardest schedule in the country. It belongs to a new head coach.Chip Kelly. He is in for a rough inaugural campaign with the Bruins, but if any coach can lead them to a successful season, it’s Kelly.1. UCLAESPN’s Football Power Index projects UCLA to go 5-7 this year. Good luck, Bruins.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin was surprisingly honest after the Nittany Lions’ loss to Ohio State on Saturday night, saying his program is a “great” one that lost to an “elite” one, but emotions were running high as he made his way off the field.Video shows Franklin getting into a heated altercation with an upset Penn State fan as he made his way into the tunnel. It looked liked Franklin had to be restrained a bit.“Fourth and five you should have passed it, coach. That was a bad call,” the fan can be heard saying, referencing the fourth down stop that lost the game for Penn State.“I appreciate your input,” Franklin said back.Then, things got a little heated. The fan continued to say “that was a bad call” and Franklin had to be restrained by those close to him.James Franklin did not appreciate some fans telling him he made a bad call at the end of the game https://t.co/rhZXCfU21b pic.twitter.com/MDWvtNJEgH— Penn State Football (@psufootball) September 30, 2018Franklin released a statement to The Athletic regarding his interaction with the fan.“I was frustrated with the end of the game and should not have reacted that way,” Franklin said. “We have the greatest fans in the country and I have the utmost respect for their passion for this program.”Penn State suffered its first loss of the season with the defeat, while Ohio State remained undefeated.