About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane: Being top means nothingby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are top of the table after a 2-0 win over Osasuna.But Zinedine Zidane isn’t getting carried away.”We’re leaders but it means nothing,” Real coach Zidane told the press.”What matters is that we keep going on this track. We have to believe in what we do.”We’ll have complicated times.”Zidane was asked if he was brave to rotate his starting XI, but his response was rather dismissive as he backed his squad.”No,” Zidane said abruptly, “I’m going to count on my 25 [players].”Brave about what? I’m going to count on everyone.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dench: Losing RVP bigger than Cesc at Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong admits losing Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 was a heavy blow.Frimpong was at Arsenal when star players Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie left the club for Barcelona and United respectively.And he claims he was more disappointed with the Van Persie transfer to United in 2012 than when Fabregas left the club a year earlier.Frimpong told Meta Ratings: “I think I was more disappointed when Robin went to Man United because at that time he was the captain and he was the best player in the Premier League, and losing Robin was much more of a blow than losing Cesc because Robin was bringing goals to the game, he was winning us games.“He was playing really well for us at the time so I feel like he was a big blow at the time, and more than when Cesc left.“These things happen in football, and you can’t control it.“It’s something that is difficult for the club when you have players who are on less than a year’s contract, they want to leave and you want to make money; it makes sense.”
Guardiola admits Man City fans need to be won over with Champions League ambitionsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says fans need to be encouraged to support the Champions League after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say ‘we can do it’.”City have reached the semi-final once, under Manuel Pellegrini in 2016. The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.”We want to win it but if we don’t, I am not going to kill myself,” he said.”Barcelona is the club in my heart. They didn’t win it until 1992 but they were born a long time before that.”I have a feeling we are closer but this competition is a high level and I wouldn’t want to arrive once in the final and then disappear for five years. That would not be good.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp fears a rampant Vardyby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is worried facing Leicester City hotshot Jamie Vardy on Saturday after the way his team defended against Red Bull Salzburg.Liverpool beat Salzburg 4-3 in a Champions League thriller at Anfield on Wednesday, but only after surrendering a three-goal lead with what Klopp described as “rubbish” defending. Klopp has warned Vardy will bag five more if there is any repeat of the mistakes that saw Salzburg come back from 3-0 down on Wednesday.“I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will think if we defend like that against Leicester on Saturday, Jamie Vardy will run around our goalkeeper and score five times!” said Klopp. “It wasn’t the goals as such, they played some great football. But we gave the ball away for the first goal, the third goal, and the positioning was just rubbish!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man City keeper Curtis Anderson: Why did I go to Charlotte?by Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland U17 World Cup winning goalkeeper Curtis Anderson admits he was wrong to leave England for the USL.Anderson cut his Manchester City contract short to join US team Charlotte Independence, but is now a free agent.He told the Manchester Evening News: “Right now, because I’m in the situation I’m in now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have done that, it was stupid. But if for example Jim McGuinness didn’t get sacked I’d probably still be there now and have played 25-30 games going into the play-offs and I’d be thinking it had been great and I’d come back in January and sign for a decent side.”But it’s not gone that way, it’s gone the complete opposite.”I’ve now not been paid for two months because I’ve not got a team. The money side of it is fine but even though I’m not standing still I’m not progressing how I want to at the minute and I’m now thinking if I’d have stayed at City until the end of the season I’d have got even more money because I’d have seen my contract out and then signed 100 per cent for a team in July and be signed to a team now.”I don’t regret it because I know I wasn’t happy in the end at City so I’d have had five months of training there every day knowing nothing is happening so when I saw the opportunity to play I didn’t think about the what ifs.”I guess that’s how I am as a person and I’ll always be like that. I jump into everything headfirst.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Manchester United and Arsenal are in danger of missing out on top-six finishes in the Premier League next season, says Harry Redknapp, with members of the established elite currently “miles away” from the required level.Over the course of a distinguished career, Redknapp has spent many years competing with the Red Devils and Gunners as a player and coach.He has seen them transformed into global superpowers and regulars in the annual battle for Champions League qualification. 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 former West Ham and Tottenham boss is, however, of the opinion that those at Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium have regressed and are now in danger of allowing the chasing pack to close in and overtake them.“I think next season we might see one of the big six dropping out,” Redknapp told talkSPORT when offering his predictions for the 2019-20 campaign.“I’m not sure how strong Arsenal are defensively and, unless they bring some players in, I don’t see where they’re going to be next year,“I honestly think Manchester United are the same.“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has a big future, but I think they need four, five, maybe even six players. I think they’re miles away.“Man United need to bring in good players to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to be successful and, looking at it at the moment, I wouldn’t see them making the top four.“They need to restructure that team, there’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done there to get them challenging for the title again.“Someone might creep into that top six next year, it would make a good change, wouldn’t it?“I think maybe Everton, they finished strongly last year, and West Ham will be closer this year. West Ham have made a couple of good signings and they could be a team that could certainly get closer.“Even Wolves, they had a great season, they’ve got some fantastic players and they could be one of the teams getting in there.”Leicester were the last side to break up the fabled ‘big six, when they swept to an unlikely title triumph in 2015-16.Big money will be spent this summer by those hoping to do likewise, but the likes of United and Arsenal are also ready to bolster their ranks – with the Red Devils having already completed a deal for Daniel James as they now close in on the £50 million ($63m) signing of Crystal Palace full-back Wan-Bissaka.
Arsenal will get their pre-season campaign underway with a friendly match against Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Monday evening. It will be the first game since the Gunners’ 4-1 Europa League final loss against London rivals Chelsea.Unai Emery will be dealing with the aftermath of captain Laurent Koscielny’s boycott of their pre-season tour, refusing to travel with the squad in his attempt to force his way out of the club and return to France.After the north London club narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season, Emery has been tasked with returning the club to the top four in the Premier League and challenging for honours. 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? Game Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal Date Monday, July 15 Time 9pm ET / 2am BST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be watched live on Altitude Sports. US TV channel Online stream Altitude Sports N/A In the UK, the match will be shown on Premier Sports 1 and livestreamed on Premier Sports HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Sports HD Squads & Team News Position Colorado Rapids squad Goalkeepers Howard, Rawls, Irwin Defenders Rosenberry, Opare, Wilson, Smith, Abubakar, Vines, Anderson, Ford, Wynne, Sjoberg Midfielders Blomberg, Acosta, Serna, Price, Mezquida, Bassett, Nicholson Forwards Rubio, Lewis, Kamara, Shinyashiki The Colorado Rapids team includes a couple of familiar names, including ex-Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.Rapids starting XI: Irwin; Anderson, Sjoberg, Opare, Raben; Bassett, Acosta; Blomberg, Mezquida, Serna; Jackson Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson, Maitland-Niles Midfielders Xhaka, Burton, Olayinka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe Forwards Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules The biggest absence from the Gunners team is captain Koscielny, while Krystian Bielik has not been included in the squad after being told that he is not in Emery’s plans for the new campaign.Calum Chambers has travelled with the squad after spending last season loan with Fulham.Arsenal starting XI: Macey; Jenkinson, Chambers, Medley, Thompson, Olayinka, Burton, Martinelli, John-Jules, Saka, NketiahBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are favourites to win this match with Bet365 pricing them at odds of 2/7 to win. The Rapids can be backed at 10/1 , while a draw is available at 17/4 .Match Preview Arsenal’s match against Colorado Rapids is the first stop of their four-game pre-season tour of North America, which will be followed by tests against Bayern, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.The Gunners have already done business in signing Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, but Koscielny’s absence – and ongoing transfer saga – will no doubt cause a selection headache for Emery.The 2019-20 campaign will be the third consecutive season in a row that the Londoners have missed out on UCL spot, and Emery’s preparations will have been thrown into further chaos amid his side’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney .Though there have been no offers for the Frenchman, the defender – who has made over 350 appearances for the club since arriving in 2010 – is looking to finesse a departure with a year remaining on his current deal. Arsenal, meanwhile, are determined not to let him leave for free.While Arsenal are just beginning their preparations for the new season, Tuesday evening’s friendly comes in the middle of Colorado Rapids’ MLS season.It hasn’t been a particularly spectacular campaign for Conor Casey and his side, though, with the Rapids currently 11th in the Western Conference and just goal difference keeping them out of the bottom.The Rapids have, however, won four of their last five MLS home games – coming off the backs of four consecutive losses – and will be optimistic that Tuesday’s match will add to the momentum of aiming to escape the bottom half of the table.
Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is on another level compared to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to Tim Sherwood. After setting up both of City’s goals in a controversial 2-2 draw with Spurs on Saturday, the Belgian proved how big of an impact he can have this season for Pep Guardiola’s side. De Bruyne already has three assists to his name this campaign, one more than he managed in the league last season when the 28-year-old was restricted to 19 appearances due to injury. 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? Fit again, the City midfielder appears to be firing on all fronts, with a former Tottenham manager declaring he put a Spurs star in his shadow. “We talked about Eriksen before the game and how important he is to Tottenham, and we think he’s a world class player, if you’re talking of world class, he’s nowhere near the level of this kid,” Sherwood said on Optus Sport. “This kid Kevin De Bruyne is top, he could play anywhere in the world, he is the most valuable player at this moment in time for Manchester City. “He pops up everywhere. He’s so important to this side, they won the league last season without him for a large portion, that is a huge plus. “He keeps himself fit, I don’t see anyone stopping him, he is unbelievable.” De Bruyne set the Premier League alight in the 2017-18 season, bagging eight goals and 16 assists as he guided City to the domestic title. Though City managed to defend their crown without him for large patches last season, Guardiola is in no doubt over just how important the Belgian can be. “Unfortunately, last season we missed him a lot. We did incredibly well without him, but we are stronger with him,” Guardiola said in July. “Last season he didn’t have a holiday, but he has had more time to rest and he came back like he did two seasons ago. “Hopefully he can keep his level. He’s incredibly positive in his mind and his quality speaks for itself. “He’s a guy who likes to play football. He’s a huge competitor. What we want now is to be calm and not get injuries.” After VAR denied City a winning goal against Tottenham on Saturday, Guardiola’s side will be hoping to bounce back next Sunday when they travel to Bournemouth. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer returned to the Ohio State sideline on Saturday afternoon, leading the Buckeyes to a blowout win over Tulane at Ohio Stadium. It was Meyer’s first game back from a three-game suspension.A couple of hours after the game ended, questions about Meyer’s future in Columbus started to surface, as The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman reported that Ohio State was discussing a plan to make assistant coach Ryan Day the “coach in waiting” for whenever Meyer leaves.From The Athletic:A person close to the program told The Athletic that senior university officials have begun discussions with Day about a “coach-in-waiting” arrangement, meaning he would be Meyer’s eventual successor as Buckeyes coach. The person spoke on the condition of the anonymity because the discussions are not completed. Day doesn’t have any head-coaching experience but did have a three-game trial run as Ohio State’s interim coach.Day received a three-year deal and a raise before this season, which isn’t typical for Buckeyes assistants. That was Ohio State’s attempt to keep him away from Mississippi State, which offered him its head-coaching position. The Buckeyes also made him the first $1 million coordinator in program historyOhio State stories on The Athletic are typically behind the paywall. You can subscribe for more here.Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, released a statement this morning, appearing to address this report.“We obviously are appreciative of Coach Day’s great work, and hope he continues to be one of our offensive coordinators for a long time, but we are more than confident Coach Meyer will be our head coach for quite some time. Thank you,” he wrote.We obviously are appreciative of Coach Day’s great work, and hope he continues to be one of our offensive coordinators for a long time, but we are more than confident Coach Meyer will be our head coach for quite some time.Thank you— gene smith (@OSU_AD) September 23, 2018This doesn’t necessarily mean that Ohio State is refuting the Ryan Day “coach in waiting” report, but it does appear to mean that the Buckeyes are confident that Meyer will remain the head coach for several more years.Meyer signed a new contract extension recently and said this week that his love for Ohio State is as high as it’s ever been.Ohio State is set to travel to Penn State on Saturday night.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)For the majority of Saturday night’s contest between Penn State and Ohio State, Nittany Lions fans were an excitable bunch. Penn State led 13-7 at the half and eventually built a 26-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter.But the Nittany Lions couldn’t hold the lead, and gave up two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to suffer one of the most heartbreaking defeats in years. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins found Binjimen Victor for a 47-yard touchdown with just under seven minutes to play – and the game-winner came on a 24-yard pass from Haskins to K.J. Hill. Ohio State wound up winning 27-26.As a result, yes, it’s fair to say that the fans in “Happy Valley” on Saturday night were a bit sad after the contest.At least, that’s what Ohio State running back Mike Weber is saying. Weber took to Instagram to troll Penn State and its fans after the contest. It’s a post that will probably be used as bulletin board material this offseason for the Nittany Lions:Weber himself didn’t have his best game – with 51 yards on nine carries and one catch for five yards – but his team won, and that’s all that matters.Ohio State, with the win, is very much alive when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Penn State now probably needs to win out and get help to have any chance of that happening.The Nittany Lions will have a week off to lick their wounds. They get Michigan State on October 13.