About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.”
Month: October 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third.
Following his team’s two-point victory against Miami Saturday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed some concern for the way the Hurricanes handled a potentially-concussed player. In the first half of the contest, Cardinals’ senior forward Montrezl Harrell threw the basketball at the face of Miami center Tonye Jekiri. Harrell was given a Flagrant 1 after referees reviewed the play. The Louisville star said following the 55-53 victory the throw was not intentional, though Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larranaga disagreed. Jekeri, a starter for Miami, began the second half on the bench. Larranaga said after the game his player was suffering from severe headaches. Miami’s trainers originally believed the 7-foot big man had a concussion, before allowing him back into the game. Miami’s handling of Jekeri was troubling to Pitino. Here’s what the Louisville coach said during his post-game press conference, courtesy of the Courier-Journal:“Here’s the ironic thing: Coach Larranaga walked over to the officials, all the way over to the other side. I’ve never seen that. I wanted to know what (Larranaga said). The official says, ‘Well, he wanted to let me know that the big guy has a concussion on that play.’ I said, ‘What motive do you need to know that? He’s back in the game.’“So I called (Louisville football coach) Bobby Petrino — this is no joke — I said, ‘Get a hold of that Miami doctor because, in 15 minutes, a kid went from a concussion to playing and totally healthy.’ We’re sending a plane down to hire that doctor for football. We will never have a concussion ever again. He was back 3-4 minutes later. He walked all the way over there to tell him he had a concussion, then he was back in the game.”That’s a pretty direct calling out of Miami from Pitino. Concussions are obviously something that should be taken very seriously, but it’s impossible to know if the Hurricanes’ medical staff followed protocol or not. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this incident. [Courier-Journal]
College GameDayMuch to the chagrin of Indiana football fans, ESPN’s College GameDay is officially headed to Clemson ahead of the Tigers’ big contest against Notre Dame next Saturday. The Tigers and Irish will be meeting on the gridiron for the first time since 1979.Indiana fans, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, had been making a push to get GameDay to come ahead of the Hoosiers’ Big Ten affair against Ohio State. Alabama vs. Georgia, one of the biggest SEC games of the year, was likely also considered.See you in a week, @ClemsonFB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/tzHB1H4ilA— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 27, 2015Back in 2013, GameDay was on-hand for two of Clemson’s home games. The Tigers beat Georgia in their opener, but lost to Florida State mid-season.
With the countdown under 60 days until the start of college football season, oddsmakers and prognosticators are taking a long look at the predicting the 2016 campaign.Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada dropped its updated college football odds today, including lines for the ACC division and league championships. In the Atlantic, Clemson (-110) leads the way, followed by Florida State (+125). Those two will likely duke it out for the divisional crown, but keep an eye on Louisville (+600).Meanwhile, in the Coastal, Miami is the favorite (+150). Pitt (+300) and Virginia Tech (+300) come next, with defending division champ UNC (+425) in fourth. Clemson, Florida State and Miami have the three best odds at winning the league. The full odds can be found below. ACC fans, what do you think of your team’s chances on this list?For a look at Bovada’s list of odds, click here.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that Paul Pogba is ‘happy now’ after the France international put in a man of the match performance on Saturday afternoon.The 25-year-old struck twice as United eased to a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town , with Solskjaer overseeing a second consecutive victory to continue the positive start to his tenure.The win was Solskjaer’s first in the dugout at Old Trafford, with his reign starting with the comprehensive 5-1 dismantlement of Cardiff City in Wales last weekend. 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? Speaking after the game to BBC Sport, the United legend hinted that the midfielder was more pleased with his playing situation than he had been under Jose Mourinho.”Paul knows he can score more goals and create chances. He had a few assists last week. He’s happy now,” the manager signalled.Solskjaer went on to admit that he is still adjusting to being in charge at Old Trafford.He said: “I’ve not got used to it yet. It’s humbling knowing I’m leading this team out.”Let’s see if I get used to it. I captained a couple of games but this was very different.”They are the best fans in the world. I had such a great relationship with them. It was probably more emotional for my family in my box as I was focussed on the game.”I was surprisingly calm all day. The lads have helped me settle in really quickly.”The former striker also re-emphasised his commitment to recapturing the United philosophy made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson, and suggested that his first two wins were a good way to start.“You need momentum. The next two games will be massive for us. Coming into those games with confidence is great,” he stated.”This is Manchester United. When you score a first, you want a second. When you score a second, you want a third. We wanted a clean sheet.”Every team is built on that foundation. We’ve conceded from two set-pieces so far. We’ll make sure we get a clean sheet soon.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. 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? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season. Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez, Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with bet365 who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview The goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.
Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Jose Mourinho has tipped Liverpool to reach a third successive Champions League final next season following their victory over Tottenham on Saturday.An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi secured the win for Liverpool over their Premier League rivals in Madrid. It is the sixth European Cup/Champions League in the club’s history and a first since 2005. 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 also a first trophy in charge for manager Jurgen Klopp, who joined the club in October 2015.The scenes of celebration at the Wanda Metropolitano were in sharp contrast to the previous year, when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.Mourinho believes this could be the start of a new era of success for Klopp’s side and sees no reason why they cannot reach a third successive Champions League final next year.However, the Portuguese is not so confident about his former club Chelsea, who will return to the Champions League next season.The Londoners also ended the campaign with a trophy following their 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku last week . But Mourinho fears their impending transfer ban, as well as the expected departure of Belgian forward Eden Hazard, will hamper their chances of success in the competition.”It is difficult for Chelsea because they don’t have the possibility to be in the transfer market,” Mourinho told beIN Sports . “Why can’t Liverpool do three finals in a row? Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third?”Mourinho did also stress that the Reds would face intense competition for the trophy next year including from Manchester City, who pipped them to the Premier League title by just a point following a thrilling title race.“I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid,” Mourinho added.“You have seven or eight teams. Lots of teams want to do it, but only one can do it.”
Moussa Djenepo has become Southampton’s first signing under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The winger joins from Belgian club Standard Liege, where he scored eight league goals last term, for a reported £14 million ($17.8m) fee.Djenepo, 20, is a Mali international and part of their squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. 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 something I am very proud of,” he told Southampton’s website. “It’s a dream come true. Southampton is a great club and I am very happy.”It’s a good club that is progressing, it has great facilities, and it’s a place that can help me to really kick on and progress.”I am looking forward to it and I want to get to know my new family. I can’t wait to be around my new team-mates and work hard alongside them.”Hasenhuttl feels Djenepo is the right profile to thrive at Southampton, who are away to Burnley on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.”We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season,” he told Southampton’s website.All aboard the Ralph Express!Departing: LiègeArriving: Southampton#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/J4a0Jj1qyW— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 13, 2019″He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time.”We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club.”He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil.”I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for.”It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”