About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.”
Liverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-backby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football.The Dutchman recently finished second behind Lionel Messi in the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Season award.Despite making a crucial mistake in the loss to Napoli two weeks ago, Klopp still has faith in his defensive stalwart.”Yep, I think so. I’m really happy with all my other defenders but yeah, he is the best at the moment,” Klopp said on Tuesday when asked if he felt Van Dijk was the best in the world.”We conceded in Napoli… which country are you from? Italy? I thought so… I still think it was not a penalty!”Napoli have to come to Liverpool, so it’s not decided yet, but we lost the game, that’s a fact as well and we have to start winning.”We don’t even have a little bit of a feeling that this game tomorrow is half done. It’s not. They will surprise a lot of people. But if there is anybody in the world who knows most about how they do what they do, it’s me.”I have a pretty good side as well and we want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are that tomorrow it’s not easy for Salzburg.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebicby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt chairman Wolfgang Steubing has enjoyed a swipe at Ante Rebic.Rebic left Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan over the summer.“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Steubing told Bild.“He wanted to leave, because otherwise he would be the only one of the three strikers to stay at Frankfurt.“Now, he sits outside. He took a gamble and lost. And it won’t get any easier for him.”
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.
Friday night’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game in Columbus between No. 6 Providence and No. 11 Dayton started at roughly 11 p.m. E.T. The game was scheduled to tip off at about 10 p.m. E.T., but due to the previous two games – West Virginia-Buffalo and Maryland-Valparaiso -at the site running long, the tip time between the Friars and the Flyers was delayed. Cleveland.com has a lengthier explanation on the situation. Saturday afternoon, Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins was asked about the late tip time. He gave a pretty sarcastic response. Bob Huggins, on playing tourney games til 1 am: “It’s all about the betterment of the student athlete….It just tickles me to death.”— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) March 21, 2015The game was played on a Friday night, so it’s not like the student-athletes had classes to wake up for the following morning – and, really, what college student goes to be before midnight, anyway? – but the NCAA clearly could have done a better job scheduling.
Claudio Ranieri believes Fulham can still seal Premier League survival despite their “unbelievable” defeat at home to Tottenham.Harry Winks headed the winner in the 93rd minute at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Dele Alli having cancelled out Fernando Llorente’s own goal.Fulham were good value for their 1-0 half-time lead, but defensive fragilities again came back to haunt Ranieri’s men, who are seven points from safety with 15 games to play. 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? Ranieri highlighted decisions from referee Craig Pawson that went against his side, claiming Aleksandar Mitrovic should have been awarded a penalty.”Unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had a penalty but the referee didn’t see and a penalty is when the referee whistles,” the former Leicester City boss told a news conference.”There was a big penalty on Mitrovic, but it’s OK. I think it was a good match, second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way.”We gave a gift with the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain because we had free-kicks and I said to players: ‘Why do we have to put the ball in the box? Why?'”We lack experience. There was a ball close to the corner, take the ball to the corner, spend 10 seconds, but the keeper puts a long ball, we intercept the ball and we want to kick on goal.”[We should] stay calm, keep possession, finish the match and at the end, after three minutes of extra time, they score the goal.”“Unbelievable! It was the last action of the game. It’s why it’s so important to believe always”- Mauricio Pochettino#FULTOT pic.twitter.com/SPs6NKlD6w— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019Ranieri has a history of delivering unpredictable results having led Leicester to the 2015-16 Premier League title.And even though Fulham have conceded a league-high 51 goals this term, the Italian is determined to stay upbeat.”I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance, you must believe, and I believe in my players,” he said. “We are alive, we continue to fight. The team showed fantastic performances. I can only say well done but stay very smart until the end.”
Juventus’ hopes of a fifth successive domestic double were extinguished after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta in a 3-0 quarter-final defeat that marked their first domestic loss of the season and saw Massimiliano Allegri sent off.The Bianconeri went into Wednesday’s tie in Bergamo on the back of an extremely unconvincing performance in a 2-1 Serie A win over Lazio that sent them 11 points clear at the top.And they were underwhelming again at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia as they were undone by an Atalanta side that is the most prolific in Serie A, having scored 47 goals. 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? Gian Piero Gasperini’s men dominated from the outset and Timothy Castagne’s 37th-minute strike and Duvan Zapata’s 19th goal of the season proved enough to set up a semi-final with Fiorentina, with the frustration that fuelled Allegri’s dismissal after the second goal increased late on when a defensive mix up allowed Zapata to double his tally as their dominance of the competition ended.Atalanta will have been buoyed by their stirring comeback against Roma on Sunday and Alejandro Gomez forced Wojciech Szczesny to turn behind with a fine effort from outside the box.The hosts saw Josip Ilicic forced off through injury while Juve were dealt a significant blow when Giorgio Chiellini motioned to the bench that he could not continue.It was his replacement, Joao Cancelo, one of the heroes of Juve’s fightback at Lazio at the weekend, who was at fault for the opener. Cancelo was dispossessed by Castagne, who then surged towards the edge of the box and bent an effort beyond Szczesny and into the bottom-right corner.And 125 seconds later Szczesny was beaten again in stunning fashion as the in-form Zapata turned and fired a fierce effort inside the Poland international’s near-post, with a furious Allegri sent from the dugout in the aftermath after an exchange with the fourth official.Juve improved after the interval and Daniele Rugani skimmed the woodwork with a header but they offered little thereafter and a terrible error by Mattia De Sciglio allowed Zapata to round Szczesny for his second as Allegri watched forlornly on from the stands.FT: Our Coppa Italia adventure comes to an end.#AtalantaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PTal3UxsBS— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 30, 2019What does it mean? – Juve invincible no moreWhile a first domestic loss for Juve is unlikely to provide hope for those vainly pursuing them in the title race, their inability to find the net and their sloppy play at the back will provide plenty of encouragement to an Atletico Madrid team that is extremely talented at both ends of the pitch ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg next month.Zapata reaches 20-goal markThough Zapata was aided by some questionable goalkeeping from Szczesny and some ponderous play from De Sciglio, the clinical manner in which he dispatched his double was indicative of a forward who has been one of the best in European football this season and now has 20 goals in all competitions.Cancelo’s Bergamo blunderPivotal to their revival in Rome, Cancelo’s performance could not have been more contrasting to the one he produced at the Stadio Olimpico. He dallied on the ball for the opener and did more to hinder Juve’s cause than help it on an evening he will want to quickly forget.What’s next?The visit of Parma is unlikely to provide a stumbling block for Juve in their seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto. Seventh-placed Atalanta visit Cagliari as they push for the top four. read more
Kylian Mbappe’s chance to impress as France’s starting centre-forward came to an early end after an ankle knock curtailed his involvement at half-time of Sunday’s friendly against Bolivia.Given the chance to lead the line in Olivier Giroud’s absence, the Paris Saint-Germain star saw little of the ball before sustaining a seemingly minor injury in a tangle with Raul Castro.Mbappe, 20, made way for Wissam Ben Yedder at the interval and is now in at least some doubt for the Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey on Saturday. 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? Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps will hope the young forward can recover in time for what is his team’s toughest assignment in Group H, though the manager said after the match that the injury was “nothing serious”.Following the game against Turkey, France will travel to face Andorra three days later at the Estadi Nacional.The World Cup champions began qualification for Euro 2020 with a pair of wins in March, a 4-1 victory over Moldova followed by a 4-0 shutout of Iceland. Mbappe is coming off a stellar season with PSG, having won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award and finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer with 33 goals. The forward’s stellar performances have let to constant speculation over a move, with Real Madrid among the clubs linked.Mbappe himself has fanned the flames of that exit talk, hinting at a move away from Parc des Princes last month. “I come to a first or a second turning point in my career,” Mbappe said after collecting the Ligue 1 Player of the year award.”I discovered a lot of things here. I feel it’s time to have more responsibility. I hope it may be Paris Saint-Germain, it will be with great pleasure, or it may be elsewhere for a new project, but I would like to say thank you.”Mbappe joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco, having won the league with the principality club as well as reached the Champions League semi-final. Since joining PSG, Mbappe has won the league twice while also claiming a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue title.On Sunday, France would go on to defeat Bolivia 2-0 in Nantes following goals from Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann.
Manchester United will push rivals Liverpool and Manchester City hard for trophies this season, Red Devils defender Luke Shaw has said.Shaw insists he shared the “hurt” of the United fans watching City march to a domestic treble and Liverpool win the Champions League during the 2018-19 campaign.It was also an all-English affair in the Europa League, with Chelsea beating Arsenal in Baku to complete a Premier League clean sweep of trophies. 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? United, in contrast, finished 32 points behind champions City in sixth place after a difficult season that saw Jose Mourinho sacked in December and replaced by former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Last season was so hurtful for everyone. I know the fans were really hurt, but we as a team were very hurt,” said Shaw.“Last season was a massive disappointment. How other teams were doing as well – especially over the period when we had time off and there were teams winning trophies.“It was really tough for all of us to take and you couldn’t really enjoy your holidays. You see the Champions League final and the Europa League final and they’re all English teams – it makes you feel even worse and especially the way the finals went. None of us want that to happen again.“I think that’s why we’ve all come back again with a different mindset and of course we had that break to clear our minds, but now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong.”Solskjaer has pledged to focus on developing young talent as he looks to get United competing for titles again.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, both 21, have been brought in from Swansea and Crystal Palace, respectively, while academy graduates Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong have been given chances with the first team in pre-season.Shaw says that change of approach has given the squad fresh impetus and renewed confidence that the club can challenge their rivals for silverware next term.“They won’t have it as easy as last season,” Shaw added. “People are probably already doubting us, but they can carry on doing that. For me and for us as a team we know what we are capable of doing and we will have a much better season than last season.“We need to get back to winning ways, we need to be lifting trophies – let’s start the season right and hopefully we can start off with a good run and keep that spirit going.“We all believe massively in the squad, the manager and the staff. We want to put last season behind us.“This pre-season has been really tough for everyone, physically and, at times, so hard mentally. But it is helping the squad massively.“Ole is more focussed on keeping the ball, playing out from the back and keeping possession. A lot of times last season we didn’t do that well enough.“We’ve worked a lot on tactics, pressing-wise. When to go, what sort of moments. The other side of that is to keep the ball.“Just to keep the ball more and play as a big team, a good team. We want to be winning games, but with possession as well. He’s made his ideas clear.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.