10 months agoGuardiola: Man City a better team than last season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola: Man City a better team than last seasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant they’re a better team than last season.Champions City are involved in a tight title race with Liverpool this season, but Guardiola thinks his side have improved from a year ago. “In little details we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” he told Sky Sports.Asked how City have improved, Guardiola added: “Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Guardiola also revealed what impressed him most about his side’s title-winning season.”It was our consistency,” he added. Of course we dropped points, that happens, but after that we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.”Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.” last_img read more

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9 months ago​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Long

first_img​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Longby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was full of praise for Shane Long.The veteran attacker ended his goal drought, which stretches from April, to help the Saints beat Leicester.The result puts them in 16th, a point away from the drop zone. And Hasenhuttl credited the tireless display from Long for his side’s win.He said to reporters after the game: “If you try to improve your game during the week in every session on the pitch then you can earn something on the weekend.”He showed that he can be a very important part in this team because he was very hard to stop, he saved a lot of balls, was always working in the net and against the ball as long as possible.”When he was finished then I take him off and can only congratulate him for a fantastic game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a day

first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a dayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for patience as he continues the rebuilding process.A concerning start to the campaign has seen United take just six points from their first eight Premier League games, while the club haven’t won the title since 2013. Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It’s not like the situation we had last year. There’s no lack of desire there. “For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step. “Of course, we’ve hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn’t built in a day. “We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoBarcelona prepared to offload midfield trio

first_imgBarcelona prepared to offload midfield trioby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to let Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig leave in January.The trio have been rarely used by manager Ernesto Valverde due to the sheer number of options he has in midfield, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur his preferred trio.Arturo Vidal and Sergi Roberto are also ahead of them in the pecking order.Sport says they could all take up options to move elsewhere in the winter window. Rakitic would prefer a move to Italy or France over a switch to Manchester United in January.Spurs and Real Betis want to sign Alena on loan, while Puig could stay if they both leave. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 hours agoRoma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetd

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetdby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca admits his players are stunned after their 1-1 draw with Europa League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.Nicolò Zaniolo had Roma in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face.“It is difficult to accept a decision like that,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“All the players are devastated. We faced the Bundesliga leaders and were in constant control of the game, despite the difficulties. It’s really hard to accept this, we deserved a different result.”Fonseca played centre-back Gianluca Mancini in midfield on the night.“He’s a fighter and a good player. He’d never played in that position, so it wasn’t easy, but he did very well. We’ll see if he plays there against Milan at the weekend, the truth is we don’t have many options.“If Edin Dzeko can’t play, then I may as well go upfront! I think Zaniolo is the only possibility, even if it’s not his position.” last_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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Atletico offer Kalinic & Gelson as part of Morata deal

first_imgAtletico Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and have offered two of their own forwards to the Blues in a bid to get the deal over the line.Goal understands the Rojiblancos have proposed both Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins to Chelsea in the knowledge that Morata will only be let go if a replacement can be found.Atletico would only let one of the two go to west London as part of the Morata deal, though they are hopeful of offloading both during the January 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? Kalinic arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano from AC Milan in August in a deal worth €15 million (£13.3m/$17.1m) but has struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s style in the Spanish capital.The Croatia international has scored just three goals in 17 appearances in all competitions and is now set to be moved on again.Gelson, meanwhile, signed a six-year deal with Atletico having cancelled his contract with Sporting amid the controversy surrounding former club president Bruno de Carvalho.It is likely, though, that Atletico will have to pay a fee as compensation, with reports claiming Sporting are demanding up to €105m (£93m/$120m) for the Portugal international who has contributed just a single goal and no assists in 12 appearances for Simeone’s side.The offer of a player as part of the deal has raised hope that Atletico will be able to sign Morata, with the club currently sitting second in the Liga table willing to pay a €3m loan fee to secure him until the end of the season along with an option to make the deal permanent in June.However, they are only willing to pay half of Morata’s £120,000-per-week salary while the Blues are insistent that Atleti cover the full cost.Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19Morata spent the weekend in Madrid holding talks with a variety of potential suitors, though Sevilla have since pulled out of the race due to the cost of signing the Spain international.Barcelona have been mooted as a potential landing spot, though reports suggest they are now pursuing Girona forward Cristhian Stuani as a back-up to Luis Suarez.Maurizio Sarri’s top target to replace Morata in his squad is Gonzalo Higuain, with the Argentine keen to end his loan spell at AC Milan and reunite with the manager who coached him during his successful period at Napoli.And speculation regarding his future gathered pace on Wednesday after he was missing from Milan’s team photo in Saudi Arabia ahead of their meeting with Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiania in Jeddah.It is understood that the Chelsea hierarchy were cooling on the prospect of signing Higuain due to the complexity of the deal given the striker’s parent club Juventus would also be involved, but the player’s apparent willingness to swap Milan for London could tempt them to secure his signature.last_img read more

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Southgate distances himself from Man Utd

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has insisted he enjoys his current role amid speculation linking him with the permanent Manchester United job at the end of this season.Southgate, 48, guided the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years and their first major tournament semi-final since Euro ’96, finishing fourth at the 2018 event in Russia after being knocked out by eventual losing finalists Croatia.The former Middlesbrough coach has since received plenty of acclaim and rumours have emerged that his name has been drawn up on a shortlist of candidates to take over at Old Trafford permanently ahead of next season, when interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to return to Norwegian club Molde. 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? However, Southgate asserted his intention to remain the England head coach ahead of the inaugural Nations League semi-finals this summer and Euro 2020.”I’m the England manager and it’s a privileged position to be in,” Southgate told Sky Sports News.”We’ve had the best year for 28 years and we’ve got a [Nations League] semi-final this summer and a European Championship [in 2020] that’s predominantly at Wembley, providing we take care of business to qualify.”So, it’s a hugely exciting time with the team. I don’t think we’ve progressed as far as we can yet. I think there’s room for us to grow.​”I think there is a lot of importance in life about enjoying what you are doing.”I am still a young coach, I’ve managed less than 200 matches, so, for me, it’s an honour to be in the role I’m in and I thoroughly enjoy it.”Southgate also insisted that he did not want to rest on his laurels after the many tributes paid to himself and the England squad following their World Cup performances in Russia.”When you’re having tributes, you’re thinking, ‘Well, the job is not done for us yet, there’s a lot for us to go for and a lot of improvement for us to make’.”England will take on the Netherlands in their Nations League semi-final in June after impressively topping a difficult group containing Spain and Croatia. Portugal and Switzerland will contest the other semi-final.last_img read more

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Pep has high hopes for ‘Next Busquets’ Rodri

first_imgPep Guardiola suggested that comparisons between Rodri and Barcelona great Sergio Busquets may not be wide of the mark after the midfielder made an accomplished debut for Manchester City. Having moved from Atletico Madrid in a club-record €70 million (£63m/$79m) deal, 23-year-old Rodri made his first appearance in a City shirt in Wednesday’s Premier League Asia Trophy clash. The Premier League champions had little trouble in dispatching West Ham 4-1 in Nanjing, with Raheem Sterling netting twice off the bench following goals from David Silva and Lukas Nmecha in the first half.  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? Rodri looked comfortable in the middle of the pitch despite being tasked with marking the lively Michail Antonio, and after the game Guardiola shared his thoughts on his young compatriot.”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time,” Pep explained to reporters.”Rodrigo is tall, which for a short side like ours is very good. He is great at set-pieces but we didn’t buy him for that.”The Spain international’s signing is part of a regeneration process going on behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium focusing on the signing of future stars. Indeed, of the three new faces brought in so far this summer Zack Steffen, who was immediately released on loan to Fortuna Dussledorf following his arrival from Columbus Crew, is the eldest at 24. Pep hopes to continue that youth-oriented recruitment policy and also sees great things in his new midfield lynchpin. “Ever since we arrived here we have tried to buy players who are 21, 22 or 23 years old,” he added.”[Rodri] is a Spain national team player and there they call him ‘the next Busquets’. I think he is a very good player.”Rodri played a single season with Atletico after moving from Villarreal in 2018, and missed just four of his team’s Liga fixtures as they grabbed second place behind Barcelona. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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A New Report Has Surfaced In Ohio State’s Zach Smith Saga

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A new report in Ohio State’s Zach Smith saga surfaced tonight courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch. The new report details some of the domestic violence allegations Courtney Smith made over the years against her now ex-husband.Included in the new report is an allegation from Courtney Smith that Ohio State sent a lawyer to her home to pressure her to drop any charges.Report details allegations of longtime abuse by Zach Smith https://t.co/eM4lmntbSI— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) August 30, 2018From the report:Smith told Officer Ben Boruchowitz that she was making the report on Oct. 26, 2015, because Zach Smith, then an Ohio State assistant coach, had come to her Powell condominium the night before and started verbally abusing her, then pushed her into a wall and took their young son with him against her objections.That account is contained in the narrative of a police incident report mailed to the Dispatch anonymously. Made aware of the mailing and the contents of the report Wednesday, Powell Police Chief Gary Vest did not dispute it.Boruchowitz wrote that Courtney Smith told him Ohio State sent a lawyer to her Powell home in connection with a previous incident, “convincing her to drop the charge because it would embarrass OSU if she proceeded with the prosecution.”Chris Davey, OSU spokesman, told The Dispatch on Wednesday night the university was unaware of the allegation and would investigate.Ohio State released new documents on its investigation into Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic violence allegations against Smith earlier this week.Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the season.Ohio State opens its season on Saturday against Oregon State.last_img read more

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