10 months agoEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Marega

first_imgEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Maregaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto forward Moussa Marega remains on the radar of Premier League clubs.Marega is again being linked with Everton, with Correio da Manhã stating he is on the January radar.Marega has netted 11 goals and created a further six in 19 appearances for the Primeira Liga this term and West Ham are also interested.The 27-year-old is valued at around £35m and was also linked with the Blues a year ago.Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to boost his attack next month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd boss Solskjaer reveals Lukaku tactical training

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd boss Solskjaer reveals Lukaku tactical trainingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about some tactical adjustments he made with striker Romelu Lukaku.The Belgian no.9 came off the bench to grab the 4th goal in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth.It was his first appearance for the team since manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.”Obviously we need to work on his fitness because he’s had a few days off but [we’re] delighted for him. Even though he was half a yard offside! But it was a good finish,” said Solskjaer about Lukaku in his post game comments.”He’s a good target man but if you tell him to be a target man he’ll never face the goal.”Today he was side on and then he can go in behind or go towards the ball. He’s got the attributes of a top, top striker.” last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debut

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe was happy with the performance of Nathaniel Clyne in their FA Cup defeat to Brighton.Clyne has joined the Cherries on-loan from Liverpool.Howe said: “I’ve hardly seen him, to be honest. He literally reported for the game and played.“You wouldn’t have known it was his first game today. We had no doubts over him. His experience will be vital.“We’re looking for him to come in and do a very good job in his position and I thought he did that.“Defensively he was excellent and when he understands how the team plays he will get even better.” last_img read more

16 days agoJuventus goalkeeper Buffon delighted he chose to return

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Buffon delighted he chose to returnby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has no plans of retiring just yet.Now 41, Buffon returned to Juve from PSG last summer.He said, “Quite rightly, a few people at the start were confused by accepting this new role, but I realised the only club where I could accept being second choice was Juventus. I waited and I was proved right.“I am glad to be back in the dressing room with my teammates, embracing the fans and directors again, lads who I experienced so much with both on and off the field. That was why I made this choice.”Buffon is targeting another Scudetto with new coach Maurizio Sarri.“Sarri has very clear ideas and that is because he’s been working in football for 30 years, so in that time he experienced and learned so much, from success and failure. He’s certain of what he’s saying and that passes on to the players.“The group is also ready to learn something new after this philosophy Juve have had for 10 years. Everyone talks about Max Allegri, but don’t forget we had Antonio Conte there first.“This new philosophy is something we’ve never dealt with before. We like it. Great players need great motivation and the performances will arrive.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoMan City striker Aguero involved in car crash

first_imgMan City striker Aguero involved in car crashby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has avoided injury after being involved in a car crash on Wednesday.Aguero was driving his £80,000 Range Rover when the accident occurred, leaving significant damage to the front offside wheel, says the Mirror.But City sources have confirmed the club’s all-time leading goalscorer emerged unscathed from the prang and suffered no injury as a result of the collision.Aguero was not included in Argentina’s squad during the international break, for their fixtures against Germany and Ecuador, because he has been carrying an injury.City’s squad did not train today, but are back at the City Football Academy on Thursday, to prepare for Saturday evening’s trip to Crystal Palace. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoMerson: Why Man City will not win the Champions League with this squad

first_imgMerson: Why Man City will not win the Champions League with this squadby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Manchester City will not win the Champions League with two midfielders playing in defence.Ciy bosss Pep Guardiola has been deploying Rodri and Fernandinho at centre-back due to his current injury crisis at the back. Aymeric Laporte is out with a cruciate ligament injury and not expected back until next year. Merson told Sky Sports: “City are a very good team, but they are not going to win the Champions League, playing against the best teams in Europe, with two holding midfielders in defence.”They need Aymeric Laporte back. I thought Juventus would be one of the dangers, but I watched them the other night and they are not going to win it.”I still think Liverpool are the team to beat. They lost in the final two seasons ago and then won it last season. Who’s got better form than that?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lane Kiffin Takes Dig At Tennessee With Recruiting Article

first_imgLane Kiffin holding his son after Alabama wins national championship.Twitter/@lane_kiffinWhen Lane Kiffin was hired as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, many wondered how the dynamic would work with his former employer, Tennessee, as a major rival. Kiffin has made it very clear: he leans all the way into the hate that he receives from Vols fans.Lane Kiffin has trolled Tennessee over and over on Twitter. He continued the efforts this afternoon, sharing an article from Gridiron Now about Tennessee’s struggles in holding onto top talent from within The Volunteer State.Tennessee loaded with top-level recruits — but they’re leaving the state https://t.co/gSTNhKtftJ— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 1, 2016In the article, Dave Hooker points out that Nashville is producing more football talent than in the past. However, many of those players don’t have immediate ties to Tennessee. At the same time, other recruiting powers like Alabama and Clemson are taking more advantage of the local recruiting boom than Tennessee is in its own backyard.With one of the best group of recruits in history, in-state recruiting certainly has changed in Tennessee.The mid-state area surrounding Nashville is chock full of talent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prospects will flock to play for the Vols. Nashville is much like Atlanta a few decades ago: Both cities are filled with families that have moved into the area, not born and raised there.Nashville has seen economic growth while other areas of the country have struggled. That means more families have moved in. But those families – and the prospects from those families – have previous allegiances.According to 247Sports‘ rankings, the state currently has nine blue chip recruits in the class of 2017. Four-star safety Maleik Gray is a Vols commit. Clemson has three players on that list, No. 1 Tennessee recruit Tee Higgins (five-star wide receiver), four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson, and four-star wide receiver Amari Rodgers.We don’t think Kiffin was too concerned with sharing an interesting article about the shifting SEC recruiting landscape. He wanted to get a dig in against Tennessee, something he does with increasing regularity. Until the Vols can beat Alabama, which they haven’t done since 2006, there isn’t much for Tennessee fans to say in response.last_img read more

Shaqiri wants to stay at Liverpool

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri says he is determined to stay at Liverpool despite having to settle for a backup role at the newly-crowned European champions .The Switzerland international played 90 minutes just seven times in his debut season at Anfield – though one of those occasions was the stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona. With Mo Salah occupying his preferred spot on the right wing, Shaqiri knew he would face a tough task dislodging him from the starting XI when he signed, and he is happy to be part of the squad. 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? “I’m at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe,” Shaqiri told Goal and SPOX .”The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough.”I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay.”Having signed from relegated Stoke City for £13.5 million ($17m) last summer, Shaqiri took to his role as an impact sub and contributed match-winning goals and assists against Manchester United and Huddersfield, finishing the campaign with six goals and five assists in all competitions.One of those assists came in the Barcelona victory – it was from his cross that Georginio Wijnaldum rose to head Liverpool level in the tie.It was his first European involvement since the group stage defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, but a vital one nonetheless and he is delighted to have played a part in bringing a sixth European Cup to Merseyside.”It’s a special moment for me standing here with the gold medal again,” he said.”I’m just proud and happy. I think I contributed my part to the title.”Shaqiri, 27, is contracted at Liverpool until 2023, and given his ability to provide a different threat from the bench it seems unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would be keen to lose him.He now has a second Champions League medal to add to his title with Bayern Munich in 2013, and will be looking to add a second Club World Cup win as Liverpool travel to Qatar in December.Before then, though, he turns his attention to international duty as Switzerland travel to the Nations League finals to play Portugal on Wednesday.If he can help his side to victory, he would likely come up against some Liverpool team-mates in the final, with England and the Netherlands doing battle on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Sarri targets ‘new records’ for Ronaldo

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is excited to be working with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and wants to help the Portuguese “break some new records” after taking a “step forward” in his own coaching career.The Italian tactician is back in his homeland after a season-long spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.He landed a top-four finish and Europa League glory with the Blues, but has been lured back to Serie A by the reigning champions. 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? Sarri is stepping into a role vacated by Massimiliano Allegri on the back of an eighth successive title triumph for the Bianconeri.He is aware of the pressure he will be working under, but is looking forward to taking charge of a star-studded squad that includes a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Sarri told reporters at his first press conference as Juve boss: “At Chelsea I coached some very strong players, but training Cristiano will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.”Ronaldo has made a career out of rewriting the history books, with the 2018-19 campaign seeing him become the first man to claim title successes in England, Spain and Italy.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star will be a key figure for Sarri as a new era is opened, but Juve are about much more than one player.Maurizio Sarri Chelsea Juventus“I expect to wake up every morning studying how to win games,” said Sarri.“Winning continuously is always hard and Juventus have an obligation to always win, but with the awareness of the difficulty.“You have to have clear ideas on two or three players who can make a real difference for the team and then give them an environment to truly express themselves. Then the formation is dictated by that.”Selection calls are an issue for another day, with Sarri currently focused on shaping his pre-season plans, recruitment during the summer transfer window and settling into a demanding job.He added on being given the opportunity to fill such a prestigious post: “At Napoli I gave my all, then I decided to have a great experience in the Premier League.“Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career.“I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach. They had a great attitude which convinced me, they were very strong feelings.“It’s been a long journey for me made up of gradual steps. I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea.“For all the clubs I’ve been at I gave 110% and it will be the same here.”last_img read more

Arsenal-linked Carrasco ‘got booked on purpose & demanded exit’

first_imgDalian Yifang boss Choi Kang-hee has hit out at reported Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco for “unprofessional” behaviour and claims that he got booked on purpose to incur a suspension so as to avoid playing.Carrasco has frequently reiterated his desire to return to Europe after leaving Atletico Madrid last year and has been strongly linked with the Gunners since the start of 2019.Indeed, the Chinese Super League club announced they had banned the player from training after claiming that he was “absent from the game against Hebei CFFC and missed training for no reason”. 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? In response, Carrasco took to social media to criticise certain members of the Dalian Yifang hierarchy, as well as his team-mates, and called for an end to the “problem”.However, the Belgian’s manager has not been pleased with the winger’s conduct in trying to force through a move and has issued a stinging criticism of the player.”When I first saw Carrasco, it was in Spain during the winter training. At that time, he constantly mentioned his wish to return to Europe,” Choi said at a press conference. “He repeated his appeal after the start of the season. Last night I also saw reports from his agent. When a player has a contract with the team, he still wants to force the club to let him leave. In my opinion, this is very unprofessional.”No one from our club promised that Carrasco can return to Europe in the summer transfer window. We just told him that if he can help the team, then the team will support your way back to Europe in the winter.”However, we also saw what happened in the previous game. The game against Shenhua [on May 26], we told him to be careful, do not be cautioned by the ref. But he still deliberately delayed the restart of the game to apply for a yellow card, which led to the suspension for the next game.”After the suspension, he wanted to return to Europe early. We didn’t want to let him go, but for the sake of the player, we agreed. He also promised us he would come back to play the next three games. However, after the international break, he was late and even disappeared. He was also very negative in training after his return.”After Carrasco returned, we also tried to persuade him to play, but he constantly asked the club to issue a written commitment to promise him a way back to Europe in the winter, which is very unprofessional behaviour I think.”Today, [Marek] Hamsik is also here. For professional players, they have to be loyal and they have to be responsible for their choices.”last_img read more