Month: October 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Isco leaves Chelsea disappointed with contract anticsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Isco is pricing himself out of a move to Chelsea.The Sun says a last-minute demand for higher wages may have ended Chelsea’s hopes of landing £75million Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.The Stamford Bridge side had been hopeful of securing the Spaniard’s signature, only for late interest from Paris Saint-Germain to lead the player’s representatives to ask for a bigger wage packet.The Spanish playmaker has found himself on the periphery of the first team under new boss Santiago Solari, and has been linked with several Premier League sides. The Blues were happy to pay wages of £250,000 a week to the wantaway Spain international, plus agents’ fees of 10% plus a signing bonus.Yet the late demands convinced the Chelsea hierarchy that Isco was more interested in the money than playing for the FA Cup winners.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lloris: Tottenham must maintain consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose their consistency.Spurs have finished in the top three in the Premier League for the past three seasons.After making the final of the Champions League last term, Lloris insists the North London outfit must maintain their high standards.”Now we’ve arrived at an age where we’ve got the experience to have an impact towards the team,” he said.”Hopefully we will go in the same way.”When you arrive at a level, the important thing is to do everything to stay at the same level, especially the level we arrived at last year, as the runner-up of the Champions League.”It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong.”But we cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for – trophies.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Giroud admits being frustrated at Chelsea: Tammy walks on waterby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud admits he’s frustrated at Chelsea.The World Cup winneer is having to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham this season.And after last night’s Champions League defeat of Lille, Giroud stated: “It’s not the ideal. Little Tammy walks on water and scores a lot of goals. It is difficult to remove an attacker when he is successful.”But it’s good for the team, it makes us want to continue working and shake the competition. I hope things will evolve anyway, I do not lose hope, far from it. I am aware of the situation, it is not easy. But we hang on…”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard eager to secure Willian to new dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is eager to secure Willian to a new deal.The Daily Express says Chelsea are poised to open talks with Brazilian star Willian over a new contract.The 31-year-old is in the last year of his deal at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus.But Lampard wants the Brazil international, who has been at the club for six years after joining from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 in a £30 million deal, to stay.Willian missed the start of the season after being on international duty, but has been in good form since returning.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named Premier League manager of the monthby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month for September.The Reds perfect start continued in September, with three wins.They claimed a home win over Newcastle United as well as away victories at Chelsea and Sheffield United.Klopp topped a four-man shortlist of Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers to take the award.The European champions entered this week’s international break eight points clear at the top of the table after victory over Leicester.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Green says Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard Chelsea successby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi can match Eden Hazard’s success at Chelsea.Green played alongside the 18-year-old at Chelsea last season, and saw the youngster left out on a regular basis by Maurizio Sarri.Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it.“He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)Detroit’s Cass Technical High School football program sends a lot of players to college. Many of them, like cornerback Jourdan Lewis, end up playing for the in-state school: Michigan. Recently, Ohio State has been able to pluck some of the school’s talent away from the Wolverines. The Buckeyes have a threesome of Cass Tech players: sophomore defensive back Damon Webb, freshman running back Mike Weber and freshman defensive end Josh Alabi. On fall camp move-in day, those three players wore “Imported From Detroit” t-shirts. Today, at OSU’s media day, they took a picture together, which was posted to Snapchat. Lewis found the photo, screenshotted it and tweeted it out with the caption, “Bums.” Bums pic.twitter.com/ZxezCSWiMB— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) August 16, 2015Lewis is clearly just messing with his former high school teammates, who he is probably still close with. There will surely be no messing around come Nov. 28, when Michigan takes on Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mohamed Salah has reached 50 Premier League goals spread across spells at Chelsea and Liverpool, with only three players hitting that landmark in fewer games.The Egyptian forward made his way to another notable landmark during a meeting with Crystal Palace .Having seen Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the interval trailing on home soil, Salah burst them out of the blocks in the second 45 at Anfield. 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? His clever flicked finish restored parity within 60 seconds of the restart.A topsy-turvy encounter continued to swing wildly between one side and the other after that effort, with Roberto Firmino edging the Reds in front only to see James Tomkins level.Salah was to be the man to restore Liverpool’s advantage, having been given a considerable helping hand from Julian Speroni.The Palace goalkeeper endured a nightmare moment as he deflected a James Milner cross towards his own goal.With the ball heading over the line, Salah pounced to touch it into the net.He has now recorded 50 goals in the English top-flight in just 72 appearances.50 – Mo Salah has scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 72nd appearance in the competition – only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances. Landmark. #LIVCRY pic.twitter.com/sEeA42GCjg — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019 Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy are all iconic frontmen of the Premier League era.Salah is not even a striker, so to be in such company is quite an achievement.His race to a half-century has also seen him reach that mark in the same number of games as former Reds star Fernando Torres – another out-and-out forward.To further put Salah’s remarkable return into perspective, he has proved quicker to 50 than Manchester City star Sergio Aguero (81 games) and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (83 games).He was not the match-winner, though, for Liverpool against Palace.After seeing Milner sent off in the final minute of normal time against the Eagles, Sadio Mane went on to grab a fourth of the afternoon for the Reds.A nervy finish was then set up when Max Meyer netted a third for the visitors, but Klopp’s men held on to pull seven points clear at the summit – with Manchester City not in action until Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gareth Southgate would not say if Raheem Sterling will captain England in their Nations League semi-final against Netherlands as he is unsure if star striker Harry Kane will start. Sterling will make his 50th appearance for the national team when they take on Ronald Koeman’s team in Portugal on Thursday. Kane returned from injury to feature for Tottenham in the Champions League final last week and is part of the squad for the midweek clash. 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? Reports this week said that Manchester City star Sterling would take the captain’s armband in Kane’s absence from the starting XI, but Three Lions boss Southgate stayed quiet when asked if the Spurs star would be included. “If I confirmed anything about the team other than Raheem playing I would be doing half of Ronald [Koeman’s] job for him. If I tell you Harry Kane’s playing tomorrow I’m giving Ronald half the team as well,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain. If Harry Kane doesn’t play I have a decision to make. At this moment in time, I’m not prepared to do that.” Sterling says he does not know if he will lead the team against the Dutch, but said he would be proud to fill the void left by Kane as he reaches a half century of caps. “That’s something that is down to the manager,” he said. “That’s not for me to decide but if the manager did do that it is something I would do proudly for sure.” He added: “Growing up and watching a lot of England games you always had a dream to play for England but I never thought one day I would be able to say, if the manager picks me or not, that I would be in with a chance to make my 50th cap. “It’s a massive achievement for me and it’s something that I will treasure for the rest of my life and so will my family. “To my 17-year-old self, I would say just keep going, keep enjoying your football and keep learning. That’s the most important message really.”