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Montella: ‘Why not at least check VAR?’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was furious at the referee for not checking VAR on the winning Lazio goal. “That’s what it’s there for.” The Viola were beaten 2-1 by a late Ciro Immobile header, but the issue was Jordan Lukaku winning back the ball from Riccardo Sottil – seemingly with a foul – to then provide the assist. “I don’t understand when there’s a decisive incident in the final minutes and you have this technology, why not use it? Just take a minute and go look?” the visibly irritated coach told Sky Sport Italia. “I said to the referee, if you see it afterwards and think it wasn’t a foul, I’ll buy you a coffee. If you see it and think it was a foul, you can buy me a coffee. “It’s not the first time this has happened to us. There might’ve been a penalty for Lazio on Lazzari, fine, but this was at the last minute and the decisive goal, why not go and check? That’s what VAR is there for. “The protocol is meant to be that the referee makes the final decision, but why can’t he go and evaluate it properly for himself? It was easier to accept without VAR, because we know that’s over in a second, but here we have the technology and aren’t using it. “We all stood around for four minutes waiting for the VAR to say if he should see it or not. If he’d just gone and looked at it, it would’ve been a minute or two longer, but at least we’d all be sure. “He may well have made the same decision that it wasn’t a foul, but at least we’d have the confidence he’d seen it.” Fiorentina had been unbeaten since September 1, but Montella picked the same starting XI for the seventh game in a row. “I am proud of the lads, as it was a difficult game, Lazio have been working together for a long time and are well-drilled. Lazio were more consistent, certainly. We struggled a little physically, which was strange, considering they had played on Thursday. “I think this is the first game in the last few weeks where the opponents have been superior in terms of performance, not by much, but it could’ve gone either way or ended in a draw.” Franck Ribery was livid at being substituted, spending the next 10 minutes in the dugout complaining about the decision and asking for clarification. “I thought he looked tired, maybe he was angry because he wanted to come off earlier,” joked Montella. “He’s a champion, I like the adrenaline and passion, he’ll have plenty of time to give his contribution. I was a forward, I know what it was like being substituted.” Ribery was visibly still furious after the final whistle, as there is footage of the veteran pushing the linesman as they walk off the field.last_img read more


9 days agoEx-Man City keeper Curtis Anderson: Why did I go to Charlotte?

first_imgEx-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 saylast_img read more


Ohio States JK Dobbins emerging as a potential standout running back prior

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.It either takes fortunate circumstances – as it did for then-freshman guard Michael Jordan last year – or other-worldly talent for a true freshman to see the field when competing for time on a team like Ohio State.It’s even more impressive when it’s at a position as deep as running back where the Buckeyes have four quality backs hoping to see the field in the upcoming season.But then again, running backs coach Tony Alford said freshmen like J.K. Dobbins don’t come around all that often. “(Dobbins) has picked it up faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years as a true freshman,” Alford said Friday. “He’s picked it up, he understands the offense — the nuances of it — very, very quickly and he plays hard. He goes so hard at everything he does which is part of this program.”Learning the offense as a true freshman can be difficult. Players often redshirt their first year with the team, as redshirt sophomore Mike Weber did, or they will ride the bench for a bulk of the season, like sophomore running back Antonio Williams last year.After Friday’s practice, Williams said that freshman year was valuable to him to be able to learn about the offense and understand how to improve his game a little bit more so he’ll be ready for future seasons.But that’s what makes Dobbins such a rare case. He’s being expected to learn the offense in during his debut campaign while also taking up a big role.“J.K.’s a freak. He’s just a freak. You’ve got guys like that that just come through here every now and again, he’s one of those guys,” Williams said. “Watching him going through a freshman year, seeing how difficult it was to pick up on things, and then seeing how fast he did it.”And Dobbins is expected to rack up some carries this season. When asked about who would back up Weber at running back, Alford said without a moment’s hesitation that it would be Dobbins. “He’s going to contribute,” Alford said. “I’m not trying to be nice, it is what it is. I call it as it is.”In Dobbins, Alford and the coaching staff believe they have a running back who combines not only the skills necessary to succeed at the collegiate level, but also the intellect to pick up on different aspects of the game that others his age take longer to develop.While he has the speed to outrun defenders, Dobbins knows how to best utilize his speed to maximize every carry. Alford said that many running backs often run horizontally, avoiding hits. But Dobbins isn’t afraid to challenge defenders and make them miss to create the open field, according to his position coach.“That’s unique for a young guy coming in to do that and to do it that fast and to understand why you do it and then to actually go do it is one thing,” Alford said.But it’s not just his ability to pull off highlight reel runs that have garnered him attention. Dobbins has also received credit as an advanced blocker, considering his limited experience.Alford said that more than anything else, it is the ability to thrive in pass protection when he’s not taking carries that has helped him stand out among other young backs that enter college more as one-dimensional players.“I would like to think that the hardest thing for incoming freshmen running backs is pass protection,” Alford said. “Not only to protect it, but where to go and where they fit and all the different protection schemes and understanding fronts and different blitzes.”Entering the year as the backup running back as a freshman will bring about several challenges for Dobbins. There is still plenty to learn, and he will have to continue to adjust to the new level of opposition he will face. But given the progress he’s made so far, and the drive to keep building on his game, Alford is confident his young running back will excel in his first year.“It’s been a great progression from spring to fall, but you can watch him daily progress. You can see him just, he figures it out. You’ll say something to him and he’ll sit there and just kind of look at you and this churn in his mind, ‘OK, here’s what you’re saying,’” Alford said. “He asks a lot of questions and they’re great questions. He wants to learn, and that’s the thing. He’s hungry to learn. You can’t ask for any more than that.” read more

Emery insists he has no concerns over Koscielnys fitness

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has no concerns over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny following the captain’s long-awaited return from injury.The Frenchman suffered a ruptured Achilles in May against Atletico Madrid, spending seven months on the sidelines before returning to action last month during the UEFA Europa League tie with Qarabag at the Emirates.The former France international has gone on to feature in six games  in all competitions during a time when the Gunners have been short of centre-backs, but he has struggled with his fitness and he had to pull out of the starting XI for the FA Cup game against Blackpool just minutes before kick-off with a back problem.Koscielny has trained this week, and is expected to be in the squad that travels to the London Stadium West Ham on Saturday and Emery believes the former Lorient centre-half is slowly getting back to his best.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We pushed him to play after his injury because we needed him in some matches and it wasn’t easy for him to play three matches in one week,” said Arsenal’s head coach, according to Football.London.“We pushed him and he was playing three matches in a week, but not 90 minutes in each match. He did that.”“Little by little Koscielny is feeling better and he can play consistently.”“I think he is getting better and after one month playing with us, the next matches he is going to be better for playing maybe three matches a week.”last_img read more

Wayne Rooney scores his first MLS hattrick in DCs 50 win

first_imgWayne Rooney bagged his first MLS hat-trick as DC United thrashed Real Salt Lake 5-0.The former Manchester United striker was in red-hot form for DC to help them nail the second win of their three opening games in the 2019 MLS campaign.Rooney broke the deadlock in the 34th-minute by smashing home a penalty-kick and struck again just seven minutes later by chipping the ball into the back of the net.DC headed into the break 2-0 up at the Audi Field Stadium in Washington with Real Salt Lake down to 10-men upon Jefferson Savarino’s straight red card in first-half stoppage-time.Therefore, Ben Olsen’s side enjoyed an even stronger outing in the second half with Rooney finding the net again to complete his treble in the 65th-minute.Real Salt Lake’s misery was later doubled when Marcelo Silva picked up a second yellow card for fouling Lucas Rodriguez just two minutes later.The Argentine striker soon got on the scoresheet himself before Ulises Segura finished off nine-man Real Salt Lake by adding a fifth goal for DC in the final 10 minutes of the game.The victory on Sunday morning ensured that DC go top of the Eastern Conference standings on seven points from their opening three games.“Obviously, we were expecting a difficult game and I think we started ok, we were sticking to our gameplan and obviously the first goal helped us and then the red card made the game a bit more different than what we planned for,” said Rooney on DC’s Twitter.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“We were clinical, we had chances. Apart from the header I missed, we were quite clinical in front of goal so it’s a strange game especially when two players are sent-off.“But I think the referee, whether it was his decision or if it went upstairs or wherever it goes to I don’t know, but it was a comfortable night in the end.“To score a hat-trick is always great and I’m really pleased with getting the three goals. I’m pleased for the team, it was a great victory for us. Preparing for pre-season and knowing the first three games we had before the break, to come away with seven points is a good tally for us.“But also three clean sheets is big for us as a team and we’re working hard defensively to try and keep that and build from the last two games.”DC United, who haven’t conceded a goal in their opening three matches, will next take a trip to Orlando City on April 1.Post-match reaction from @WayneRooney after a 5-0 victory over @realsaltlake.Oh yeah, he scored a hat trick. ⚽️⚽️⚽️#DCU | #DCvRSL pic.twitter.com/Tp2UP4YC78— D.C. United (@dcunited) March 17, 2019last_img read more

Neville explains Ole Gunnar Solskjaers lifeline in Manchester United

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Neville says only winning the Champions League will be enough to see interim United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keep the job on a permanent basis.The Norwegian was appointed the club’s caretaker boss on Wednesday, 24 hours after Jose Mourinho was sacked and his job is until the end of the season with.When asked if there’s anything Solskjaer can do to keep his job past this season, Neville told Sky Sports via the Mirror:“I think there is.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s happened before. Like Jamie [Carragher] said, if he wins the Champions League it’s inconceivable that you would say step down. I don’t think Manchester United would do that. They haven’t got the heart. You’d have to give it to him.“So if they won the Champions League final he would get the job. I don’t think Manchester United are good enough to win the Champions League personally.“But I do think they have done this to be able to get the man they want at the end of the season, who is obviously not available now. “last_img read more

This is a very important win Asamoah

first_imgFor Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah, the victory against Empoli today in the Italian Lega Serie A is key to the team’s objectivesInternazionale Milan defeated Empoli 1-0 today, to close 2018 in the Italian Lega Serie A.And for Kwadwo Asamoah, this triumph is very good for the team’s objective.“This is a very important win, winning games like this is always important for your league season,” he told the club’s official website.“It’s certainly a good thing to end the year with a win.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Keita’s goal? It’s worth a lot to us because it’s allowed us to pick up the three points. He’s starting to play at his peak levels,” he added.“My first few months at Inter? They’ve been intense and emotional, and in the next six months we have to improve even more: I’m convinced that we can do even better than what we’re doing.”“The best moment so far? I think the win at home against Tottenham – Vecino’s goal was a very emotional moment,” he explained.“We want to achieve important objectives next year. It’s difficult to make promises in football, but we’ll give everything in terms of commitment. I would like to wish all Inter fans a great 2019.”last_img read more

Pochettino reveals his delight at Fergies return

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his delight after reports surfaced of Sir Alex Ferguson returning to Manchester United training ground.The Red Devils caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken advice from Fergie since his appointment last month, and Pochettino is pleased to hear that the former United boss is back involved.“I think it’s fantastic news because he is football,” he said, according to ESPN. “Sir Alex means football and to be involved in his football club as always is fantastic news after he suffered a massive problem.”“To be involved again, I think for him and for Manchester sure it’s a massive, important thing. Of course I sent [my best wishes] and I cannot hide my admiration and my relationship with him. He always was one of the people I admired the most, an inspiration.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I think he was one of, or was the best manager in the world, in the history of football, and to have the possibility to see him every day is massive. He is like an encyclopaedia of football.”Pochettino also spoke about transfer dealings regarding United and Spurs, saying:“Today the Premier League is so competitive and for Tottenham to go to, I don’t know, Southampton and sign a player like they used to do, like with Gareth Bale, today it’s so difficult.”“It’s the same situation that happens with big clubs, like the example of Manchester picking players from Tottenham, Tottenham picking players from [other clubs]. I think everything has changed.”“Today it’s so difficult to do business in between the English clubs because in the end the market has changed a lot. Today an English player [moving] in between the clubs, it’s so difficult to do business because the market is so high if you compare with Europe.”last_img read more

Unearthlylooking Sapphire Tower in bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden

first_imgUnearthly-looking Sapphire Tower in bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Characterized by unearthly, metallic-looking, deep turquoise blooms, that are punctuated by bright orange anthers, the Puya alpestris, commonly known as the Sapphire Tower, looks like nothing else in the plant world.The Sapphire Tower that is currently in bloom and visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas can find it in South American Garden.For more information click here. May 1, 2019 Posted: May 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more