Cardiff confident landing Liverpool fullback Clyne – thanks to Warnockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City are chasing Liverpool fullback Nathaniel Clyne.The Mirror says Cardiff are confident of winning the race to sign Clyne on loan.The 27-year-old has been back on the scene at Anfield in recent weeks but will move down the pecking order again when Joe Gomez returns to fitness.Fulham and Leicester have also shown an interest in taking the right-back next month.But Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock is hopeful that his past association with Clyne — the pair worked together at Crystal Palace — will give him the edge. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson has sung the praises of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robson has been with the squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week and praised the way Solskjaer is getting the best out of them.“Since he’s come into the club he’s been really positive with what he’s been saying and the way he wants the team to play,” said Robson.“The atmosphere seems to be really upbeat around the squad and they’re enjoying the type of work he’s doing. “Obviously, winning five games on the bounce is great for confidence and put a smile back on everyone’s faces.”
Inter Milan director Ausilio: Palmeiras wanted to sell us Gabriel Jesusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio admits they came close to signing Manchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus.Ausilio says Palmeiras were willing to sell them the Brazil international.“We were negotiating with Gabriel Jesus for a month,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.“Our offer was also better than Manchester City’s. Palmeiras preferred to sell him to us but the lad, through his agents, let us know that he preferred to play for Guardiola.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Juventus goalscorer Higuain: We won with great character and determinationby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain was delighted with the manner of victory over Inter Milan.The Argentine came off the bench to score the winner in the 2-1 triumph.“It was a great game from Juve. Inter were the most solid side in the league, they had won six out of six,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“We played with great character and determination. I am glad we took it home.“This is a great start to the season, but it’s still early and we want to fight on all fronts.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Harry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona coach Valverde pleased with De Jong after victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with Frenkie de Jong’s performance after victory over Eibar.De Jong played a key part in the victory and was applauded off by the home fans when he was substituted.”He’s having a great start to the season,” Valverde said about the midfielder.”We’ve seen that he gives us a lot for the strength that he has, as much in attack as in defence.”This is why the crowd recognised him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.
The Coaches Poll received a major shakeup, and the AP promises to do the same after a wild week five, but neither replaced the nation’s top team. ESPN’s College Football Power Rankings, however, did just that. After struggling at Indiana, Ohio State falls a few spots, replaced at the top by Utah, which continues to benefit from its dominant Oregon win. The Big 12 powers Baylor and TCU also look good, after both put up points in bunches on Saturday.Here are the full rankings: Twitter/@UtesEquipment1. Utah2. TCU3. Baylor4. Ohio State5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. OklahomaT-9. Texas A&MT-9. Florida11. Alabama12. Northwestern13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Ole Miss17. MichiganT-18. UCLAT-18. USC20. Georgia21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Boise StateT-25. TempleT-25. HoustonHow did ESPN do this week, fans?
Given Chelsea’s win over Manchester City exactly a month ago, it is no shock that Maurizio Sarri has continued the Eden Hazard as a false nine experiment in his bid to find the best system for the players he has at his disposal. And yet despite all the encouragement that came from becoming the first English team to beat the Premier League champions this season, the truth is the Blues have not looked anywhere near as potent going forward with the Belgium international in a central role. A 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley only served to highlight how desperate Sarri must be to get a striker in before the closure of the January 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? The Blues produced 17 shots to Spurs’ six in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final and yet failed to make a breakthrough. Too often they attempted shots from long range when unable to pick a way through the home side’s defence. Their best chances fell to N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen – neither of whom are noted for their finishing despite the former’s improved goal return this season – with Hazard still looking to create rather than get into the six-yard box himself. Under successive managers he has slowly become the first-choice central striker, and though signing big names in January is notoriously difficult, the club must act this window to try lift the goalscoring burden off Hazard’s shoulders. Chelsea have scored just 11 goals in their last 10 Premier League matches, and five in their last six in all competitions. Since going up front against City, Hazard has scored just three of his 12 goals this season while playing in that new role. As if Sarri did not know already quite how effective his side might be were they to have a stronger focal point, he need only have looked towards the other end of the pitch. Harry Kane may have needed a VAR-assisted penalty to ensure he found the net for the sixth successive match, but it was he that won it because he was willing to run in behind the defence and draw Kepa Arrizabalaga from his goal to foul him.That is not Hazard’s game. The former Lille man far more enjoys picking up the ball in deeper areas and running at defences, and while he is certainly one of the very best at doing it in world football, if he is the central striker, more often than not there is no one there for him to play in once he reaches the edge of the box.Of course, he is not the only option available to Sarri, but rather depressingly for Chelsea fans he seems the most viable.Despite two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, Alvaro Morata’s confidence is shot. He missed out here due to a minor hamstring problem, but with his agent having met with Sevilla in the last few days suggestions are he would rather be anywhere else than west London right now.Olivier Giroud came off the bench after missing the last two games through injury, but he has just five goals all season, with four of those coming in the Europa League. An effective impact substitute, yes, but the World Cup winner cannot be relied on to lead the line on a regular basis.The only bright spot in an attacking sense once again came from Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the teenager able to shrug off the pressures of yet another bid from Bayern Munich that arrived earlier in the day.He showcased exactly why the Bundesliga champions are willing to fork out £35 million ($44m) for his services with an enterprising display on both flanks on what was just his fifth senior start. The big occasion certainly did not get to him, and on this evidence Sarri would be wise to offer him more opportunities in a bid to tie him down to the new deal he was offered in the summer.This tie is far from over for Chelsea as Sarri searches for the first major silverware of his career, and the way in which they were able to dominate for long periods was in stark contrast to how his side disintegrated against Tottenham in the league earlier this season.But with it understood that their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain has been deemed too complicated by the club’s hierarchy, attention now must turn to finding a striker of similar goalscoring pedigree.Chelsea could still win three trophies this season and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. But on current evidence they will not get anywhere near that return while Hazard toils in an unfamiliar role.