TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.”
Swansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSwansea City defender Ben Wilmot won’t face Watford in the Carabao Cup.The Hornets’ defender is on loan with the Swans but has not been allowed to play by his parent club as both sides go head to head in the competition’s third round. “I would’ve loved to have played because it’s another opportunity for game-time and Watford are a very good side so it should be a great game,” said Wilmot.”But it would’ve also been weird having to play against people I still class as teammates.“Also, if I had played then my first game at Vicarage Road wouldn’t have even been for Watford, so it would’ve been a weird one. As it happens, I’m not allowed to play but I’ll be there watching the game anyway and it should be a good evening.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadicby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says that he is aware of the threat posed by Ajax star Dusan Tadic.The two European heavyweights are set to do battle in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.The Blues will be hoping to pick up a win to get them level on points with Ajax in the group.And Tomori knows that controlling Tadic is an important part of keeping Ajax’s attack quiet.”Last year in the Champions League, Ajax did so well and he was a very big part of that,” Tomori said at a press conference.”We know the kind of movements he likes to make. He’s not the typical number nine running in behind, he likes to play with the ball and link up with the whole team.”Sometimes as a defender you have to make a decision on the spot and go in to mark, or sometimes you have enough time to communicate to the midfielders in front of you. “I’m sure the game will throw up those different situations and we’ll have to deal with it and that’s just part of the game.”
Mauricio Pochettino hopes Dele Alli was not seriously hurt as Tottenham earned a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham but conceded the midfielder’s hamstring injury “doesn’t look great”.Alli headed Spurs level at Craven Cottage on Sunday, cancelling out an own goal scored by striker Fernando Llorente, but he could not complete the match.The England international injured his hamstring and had to be replaced by Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who created the 93rd-minute winner for Harry Winks. 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? With Harry Kane already sidelined until March, Spurs can ill afford Alli to be ruled out for any stretch of time, admitted concern after the match, confirming the injury to the left hamstring and saying the club would assess the problem in the coming days.However, speaking later at a post-match news conference, Pochettino sounded more pessimistic over the situation, saying: “We need to assess him in the next few days but the hamstring is a muscle that you need to be careful with, the mechanism of the injury.”We need to assess in the next few days, but of course it doesn’t look great.”On the pitch, I think we all agree that when you see him put his hand on his hamstring it’s a situation where you feel…it’s not great to see that.”Despite Alli’s injury, Pochettino was thrilled with the character shown by his side as they bounced back from a 1-0 Wembley loss to Manchester United last time out.”I am so excited now, the end was amazing and showed you always need to believe in your team,” he said to Sky Sports.”It was a solid performance, maybe not great. Fulham are a team that needed to win and show their quality and of course we struggled a little bit from set pieces.”I am happy, because after Manchester United it was a very tough week for us, around the team some negatives but we have turned them into positives today. Today for different players there were massive opportunities to step up.”I think it was fantastic for Nkoudou, I think his first league game it was important. In the 93rd minute for us to build from the back and for Winks to arrive in the box. That is the belief that we love to see from the players.”Full credit to the boys today! Everyone kept fighting til the end! #COYS pic.twitter.com/Z2l8bwWcF7 — Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) January 20, 2019 Even Llorente, deputising for the injured Kane and wasting a string of fantastic chances on top of the own goal he scored, earned Pochettino praise.”He was good, I am so happy with his performance,” Pochettino said of the striker, who was making his first Premier League start of the season. “I think his performance was very good, he helped the team in the 93 minutes. Of course he has a few clear actions to score. That is the most important.”It was tough for him to compete but he deserves now the opportunity. He’s very professional and a very good player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham have confirmed that Dele Alli will be out until March with a hamstring injury suffered during their weekend win at Fulham.The England international scored the equaliser at Craven Cottage before being forced off in the 86th minute in Sunday’s 2-1 victory. Scans have since confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain and will likely not resume training for six weeks. 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? A Tottenham statement read: “Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that Dele Alli has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match.”Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March.”Reacting to the injury on Twitter, Alli said: “Gutted. I will do everything in my power to return as quick as possible. Thank you for all the messages.”The former MK Dons midfielder will miss at least eight fixtures across four competitions over the next six weeks.The 22-year-old will miss the Carabao Cup final on February 24 should Tottenham progress past Chelsea in the semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.He will also miss the first leg of Tottenham’s Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund on February 13. There is also an FA Cup fourth round trip to Crystal Palace and up to five Premier League fixtures that Alli could miss.Given he is only expected to resume training at the start of March, Alli will also face a struggle to be fit for the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 and the second leg against Dortmund three days later.The news is a further blow to manager Mauricio Pochettino with England captain Harry Kane also ruled out until March with an ankle injury suffered against Manchester United earlier this month.Lucas Moura is also currently sidelined with a knee problem while Heung-min Son is away with South Korea at the Asian Cup, leaving Pochettino desperately short of forward options.The club also allowed Mousa Dembele to leave for Chinese side Guangzhou R&F last week.Tottenham have yet to make a first-team signing this season and it remains to be seen whether the club will now feel compelled to enter the market to ease their growing injury crisis. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ryan Giggs is backing Aaron Ramsey to follow Gareth Bale’s lead and take his game to another level when he leaves Arsenal for “top-class” Juventus.The Gunners midfielder is heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium as his contract continues to run down.AdChoices广告Goal has revealed that a deal is in place with Serie A champions Juve, with there still a chance that a move could be pushed through in the winter transfer window. 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? Whenever it happens, Giggs is delighted to see another member of his Wales squad spreading their wings and linking up with an elite side in world football.Former Tottenham star Bale did likewise when leaving north London for Real Madrid in 2013 and Ramsey is expected to enjoy similar success in Italy to that experienced by a countryman in Spain.Giggs told Sky Sports: “You’ve seen the effect it’s had on Gareth Bale. He’s [Ramsey] going to a top-class football club, one of the best in the world. That will improve you as a player.“When you’re an international coach, all you want is your players playing and he’ll be playing at the highest level.”While the professional focus for Giggs at present is the Wales national team, he retains strong ties to Manchester United.Having spent his entire career at Old Trafford and helped the club to countless major honours, he is pleased to see the tide turning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United endured a testing opening to the 2018-19 campaign with Jose Mourinho at the helm, but have been rejuvenated of late and pieced together a record-breaking run of successive victories.Giggs added on events in Manchester: “Everyone is smiling at the moment.“There’s a massive buzz around the place.“We’re playing really good football – to get seven wins on the bounce takes a lot of doing no matter who you are.“We’ve got to carry that momentum….there’s a long way to go, there will be bumps in the road but everyone is happy and smiling.”United have moved back to within three points of the Premier League’s top four and, with a Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain still to come, will be looking to secure FA Cup progress in their next outing when they take in an eagerly-anticipated fourth-round date with Arsenal.
I’ll never forget watching the #USWNT win the World Cup 20 years ago. Wishing the team the best of luck as they go for their fourth star today! pic.twitter.com/qd2PM13MWJ— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) July 7, 2019 Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to the United States for their Women’s World Cup triumph on Sunday, but whether he hosts the team at the White House remains to be seen.USA defeated Netherlands 2-0 to make it back-to-back titles on the global stage, with Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring the goals in the second half.Shortly after the final whistle, USA president Trump wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” 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 Trump has been outspoken during USA’s run in France as he went on a Twitter rant after a video surfaced of Rapinoe making it clear she would not visit the White House should her side end up as champions.He also called out the 34-year-old, who ended the tournament as winner of the Golden Boot as top goalscorer and Golden Ball for best player, for protesting during the national anthem by refusing to sing or put her hand over her chest. He wrote, in part: “Megan should never disrespect our country, the White House, or our flag, especially since so much has been done for her and the team.”There remains questions as to whether the national team will attend the White House if they receive an invite, but head coach Jill Ellis is not convinced any such offer will be made.When asked if she would attend a celebration at the White House, she said: “I haven’t been invited yet.” The reporter responded by saying: “I’m sure you will.” Ellis, however, said with a laugh: “Well, I wouldn’t bet on that.”A visit to the White House is traditional for victorious sports teams in the United States, but Trump’s controversial presidency has seen some teams buck that trend.The Golden State Warriors of the NBA were disinvited from a visit in 2017 after star player Stephen Curry said he was unsure if he would make the trip.In all, 10 of the 20 teams to have won a championship in major US sports since Trump became president have turned down a visit.A former president, however, remembered more harmonious times.Bill Clinton shared a picture to Twitter of him and the 1999 World Cup champion American team.
Lorenzo Insigne gave Liverpool’s defenders a torrid afternoon as Napoli beat the European champions 3-0 in a friendly at Murrayfield on Sunday.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong side but Napoli’s homegrown forward took centre stage, tormenting Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his pace and close control as he scored the opening goal and played in Arkadiusz Milik for the second.Insigne was involved again when substitute Amin Younes made it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half and, although Liverpool improved with the introduction of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson in the last half hour, they rarely threatened Alex Meret’s goal. 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? Teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott made his debut as a late substitute after joining the club from Fulham and showed some neat touches but Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti will have left Edinburgh happier than Klopp after his side impressed throughout.52: GOAL!!#Younes pounces on a loose ball in the box and sends it home to make it three!#LiverpoolNapoli 0-3#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/akMIGSdnPh— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 28, 2019Simon Mignolet was forced into a good diving save to turn Insigne’s daisy-cutter free-kick around the post early on and the Italian forward went one better after 17 minutes, dribbling 20 yards with the ball at his feet as Matip backed off before sending a thunderous dipping shot into the bottom corner of the net.Little more than 10 minutes later Insigne caused more havoc, breaking down the Napoli left and producing a low cross that Milik lifted deftly over the diving Mignolet as he slid into to meet it.Liverpool’s failure to deal with Insigne continued in the second half, when he turned Alexander-Arnold before unleashing a shot that Mignolet parried into the path of Napoli substitute Younes, who duly rolled the ball into an unguarded net.Brewster’s dangerous inswinging cross almost found its way past Meret in the closing stages and Wilson struck a fierce drive that the Napoli keeper did brilliantly to parry around the post as he preserved his clean sheet on a satisfying afternoon for the Serie A side. read more
A former college football star has tragically passed away at the age of 38.Vincent Keoni Manuwai, an All-American offensive lineman at Hawaii in the early 2000s, reportedly collapsed when he was moving into an apartment complex on Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead.“It’s a shame,” Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach, told the Star Advertiser. “He was one of the best — if not the best — offensive linemen to play at UH. It’s a sad day for everyone affiliated with Hawaii football who knew Vince Manuwai.”The former star offensive lineman had a lengthy NFL career.Manuwai was a third-round NFL Draft pick 2003 and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-10. He played in 111 NFL games, starting 105 of them.The offensive lineman was a Hawaii native who initially committed to Utah, but later de-committed and stayed home, playing for the Rainbow Warriors.Manuwai is survived by six children.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been criticized in the past for relying on quarterback runs too much in close games. Well, it’s happening again.The Buckeyes are taking on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan this afternoon.It’s Ohio State 7, Michigan State 3 in the third quarter.The Buckeyes have just 184 yards of total offense. Ohio State’s quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, has three rushes for -11 yards.Ohio State fans don’t understand why the Buckeyes are running Haskins at all. Michigan State’s defense clearly doesn’t respect his running ability and doesn’t consider him a threat. The Spartans are keying in on Ohio State’s running backs anytime there’s a read option.YOU CANT RUN THE OPTION WITH HASKINS!— OT (@OTBuckeye23) November 10, 2018Why the hell would you run the option with Haskins.— Nicholas Shook (@TheShookster) November 10, 2018Great play but what’s with the speed option call on 2nd down on offense. They know Haskins isn’t gonna run it. Stop calling it!— Kevin Muhlenkamp (@Gobucks2112) November 10, 2018If we can’t figure out how to design an Offense around Haskins, bring in Martell and run the old offense. #ohiostatefootball— Brad Friemoth (@bradfriemoth) November 10, 2018Bring in Tate for a series. See what he can do. You can’t run an option with Haskins ?♂️ #ComeOn— Justin Gallagher (@JGally8) November 10, 2018Urban either needs to play Tate or change his offense for Haskins. You can’t run option with a pocket passing qb smh.— Jono N (@JonoNisenboum) November 10, 2018Good hell, the play calling is atrocious. Haskins isn’t JT, he CAN’T RUN!— Karl Olnhausen (@kolnhausen) November 10, 2018Ohio State can probably beat Michigan State today by continuing to do what it’s been doing on offense, but it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes toppling Michigan looking like this.Something is going to need to change.For now, Ohio State and Michigan State are playing on FOX.