Trippier insists Spurs remain title challengersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Kieran Trippier insists they remain title challengers.Spurs meet Everton on Sunday.”Every single game we want to win, our mentality is to get the three points,” said Trippier.”Things are looking good and the last set of results have been perfect for us and we are in every competition at the moment.”It’s another long season ahead, we’re not even at Christmas yet. So I think it’s too early to tell if we are in the title race or if we are going to win the league.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp surprised by Moreno comments: He’s a fantastic professionalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was surprised by comments made by Alberto Moreno in the Spanish press.Moreno criticised Klopp for mishandling him being replaced by Andy Robertson as the Reds first-choice left-back.The German sympathises with Moreno’s situation, but he insists the 26-year-old has not confronted him personally.”Matt [McCann, press officer] told me about it! I’m still not prepared to say something to be honest,” Klopp told a press conference. “How I deal with things like that is usually; my door is not always literally open, but it’s always open if somebody wants to talk.”As long as they don’t talk to me, it doesn’t really exist!”But that Alberto is not happy with not having too much minutes, it’s obvious. The more important thing is he never shows it in any training sessions, he’s a fantastic professional and trains really well when he can.”The last couple of weeks he has had back problems and that kept him out of a lot of sessions. Yesterday was the first session it looked 100 per cent good again. That’s all.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Manchester return? Real Madrid dismiss anti-Man Utd clause claim for Diazby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have dismissed claims have an anti-Manchester United clause in their deal for Brahim Diaz.The Spanish midfielder is leaving Manchester City for Real today in a deal rising to €20m. Diaz will sign a Madrid contract to 2025.The agreement includes a 15 per cent sell-on clause, however English media claims of an anti-United clause have been dismissed, says AS.It was suggested City had demanded a clause stating that if Diaz was sold to United, Real would pay 40 per cent of the fee to the Blues. However, this claim has been denied.Diaz will be presented to local media and fans on Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Agent: Southampton will regret losing Gabbiadiniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManolo Gabbadini’s agent says Southampton will regret losing the Italy striker.Samp have agreed to re-sign Gabbiadini on loan with a €12m obligation to buy from Southampton.“He felt good at Sampdoria and wanted to go back home,” Silvio Pagliari told Sky Sport Italia from Milan Linate airport, where he was waiting for the 27-year-old.“We wouldn’t have gone anywhere on loan. It was his will to cut the cord with Southampton, although he had a great time there.“He also discussed tactics with Sampdoria and I’m sure he’ll carve out a place in the team.“He’s a good player and, in my opinion, one of the best strikers in Italy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
David De Gea ‘honoured’ to sign new Man Utd dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new contract.De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with the option to extend that by a further year, ending long-term speculation over his future at the club.De Gea was signed from Atletico Madrid by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011, taking time to adapt to English football before establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.Now 28-year-old, he has won every major trophy, bar the Champions League, in his time at the club, and has been voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year on four occasions.“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” De Gea told the club website. “Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club.“Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here.”I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Marouane Fellaini insists no Man Utd regretsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has no regrets over his time at Old Trafford.United’s cup double and second placed finish in 2016 the undisputed highlight of his five-and-half years at the club.Fellaini, now with Shandong Luneng, told the Daily Mail: “I played five and half years for Manchester. My first season was a transition, so I was in transition, I know I didn’t have a great season. But after that I played my games, played well and I won things.”Okay, I didn’t win the Premier League but that’s part of football. Manchester City was a strong team and was difficult to battle against them.”But I did some great games, scored some important goals, so for me I was very happy with my time in Manchester.’ Unfortunately, Old Trafford isn’t quite so cheery right now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eriksen: Media creating something that isn’t thereby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen insists local criticism isn’t affecting Denmark’s players.There’s been claims the national team’s players are fed up with the reporting.But Eriksen says: “There is no frustration on our part. We are the ones who have to play football. In the end, what can be written and said. We are the ones who have to go in and play on the field, so people can relate to it all around and what other people’s opinions are.”Of course, you guys are writing the articles. It is your opinion that is being passed on. If you asked everyone on the team, then I think we had a very shared opinion on how we saw things and how we felt the game had been played.”I understand that it’s not funny to write that we play a draw a couple of times and win 1-0. It’s not as fun to write about as so many other things. Therefore, I think that something is created that is not there.”
ESPN.Which team deserves to be No. 1 in college football’s preseason polls? According to ESPN, it’s the defending national champions – Alabama. ESPN released its updated preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season earlier this month, and they’ve got the Crimson Tide at the top. Trailing Nick Saban’s team in the polls are Clemson, Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma. Here’s the full top 25. Will Alabama win another one this year?1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington 17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]
– Vinicius Jr attempted 12 dribbles against Sociedad (six successfully), more than any other Real Madrid player in a La Liga game this season.- Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has conceded 21 goals in 16 games in La Liga this season, only three fewer than in his last campaign for Atletico (24 in 37). Real Madrid dropped points for the second LaLiga match in succession as they slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to struggling Real Sociedad on Sunday, seeing Lucas Vazquez sent off in the process.Santiago Solari’s men were looking to make the most of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla drawing earlier in the day but could now end the weekend 10 points adrift of Barcelona.Madrid were behind early on as Willian Jose converted a third-minute penalty and the home side were unable to pull level before half-time. 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? Despite Vazquez’s red card for two bookings, Madrid remained well on top after the interval and should have had a penalty when goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli seemed to trip Vinicius Jr, but La Real escaped on that occasion and struck again through Ruben Pardo late on to end a run of four consecutive league defeats.Madrid found themselves with an uphill task as Willian Jose emphatically dispatched his spot-kick following Casemiro’s clumsily foul on Mikel Merino.The hosts created several chances in response – Karim Benzema just missing the bottom-right corner from close range in the 11th minute, shortly before Rulli denied Vinicius from a tight angle.Luka Modric then forced Rulli into a smart stop down to his right from distance but they came closest just prior to the break – Vazquez’s chipped cross-cum-shot coming back off the post.Madrid turned things up a notch after the break, only for Vazquez to collect a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Merino.Soon afterwards, Vinicius was unlucky to not be given a penalty when he appeared to be fouled by the sprawling Rulli.La Real took full advantage, hitting Madrid on the break six minutes from the end and Pardo – a second-half introduction – nodded in Willian Jose’s cross to leave Madrid beaten. 21 – No other La Liga team has hit the woodwork more times than Real Madrid this season in all competitions (level with Barcelona). Misfortune. pic.twitter.com/q5Gpuqy98b— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 6, 2019What does it mean? Questions marks remain over VAR in LaLigaThere is little doubt that, when used properly, VAR is a good thing for football. But this match proved it is not beyond criticism, as Vinicius was not given a penalty for what appeared to be a clear foul in the second half. It is unclear whether it was reviewed at all, but the fact nothing was given suggests it was not. Rulli decisive for La RealMadrid certainly had enough opportunities to win it, but Rulli produced one his best displays for a long time, making several big saves. He has had a difficult time in the last couple of years, but this was a performance that showed his true potential.Casemiro fails to make amendsIt was a day to forget for Casemiro. His early error resulted in the penalty and he never recovered from that as Madrid were poor in midfield. He was unsurprisingly withdrawn for Isco, who produced an improvement.Key Opta facts- Real Sociedad have won a LaLiga game against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since May 2004, when they triumphed 4-1.- William Jose’s early strike is the fastest penalty goal scored for any team at Santiago Bernabeu in LaLiga in the 21st century (144 seconds).- Imanol Alguacil is the fourth Real Sociedad manager to win a LaLiga game at Santiago Bernabeu after Raynald Denoueix in 2004, John Toshack in 1994 and Javier Exposito in 1991.- Vazquez has been sent off for the first time for Real Madrid after 160 games in all competitions.- No other La Liga team have hit post and bar more times than Real Madrid this season in all competitions (21, level with Barcelona).11 – @vini11Oficial attempted 12 dribbles against Real Sociedad (six dribbles completed), more than any other @realmadriden player in a @LaLigaEN game this season. Brave. pic.twitter.com/mVWw5w0x3H— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 6, 2019 What’s next?After hosting Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday, Solari’s men face a potentially tricky trip to Real Betis in LaLiga next Sunday. La Real will be Betis’ opponents in the cup before returning to league action at home to Espanyol a week on Monday. read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be hoping to stick around at Manchester United after May, but Molde have insisted that they expect him to return to the club this summer regardless of how well his time at Old Trafford goes. The 45-year-old returned to Manchester as interim boss in late December and has done incredibly well since replacing Jose Mourinho. United have won five on the trot under Solskjaer, prompting the likes of former Manchester United defender David May to back him as a candidate for the full-time gig once his caretaker duties are done. 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? But Solskjaer has a job waiting on him with Molde, the club having allowed him to take on the Untied job and miss out on the start of their own season. And the Norwegian outfit say they fully expect him back this summer. “The deal is until May 12. That is our Plan A and our Plan B,” Molde managing director Oystein Neerland was reported as saying by the Daily Mail. “We have no Plan C. We have only spoken with United about this period, January to May. Nothing else. I’m staying with this plan.” Molde’s season doesn’t kick off until March, though their pre-season will begin next week. United have been widely linked with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, with Solskjaer even admitting that links to the Spurs boss were “there for a reason”, but the impressive form of the club under their former star has sparked plenty of speculation about him staying on as boss. Molde insist no contact has been made between the clubs over an extension to Solskjaer’s deal in the Premier League, with the Norway outfit counting on him coming back. “We have only spoken with United about this period January to May,” Neerland said. “Nothing else. I’m staying with this plan.” Despite that, the Molde director couldn’t help but leave a bit of wiggle-room with how well things have gone at United under Solskjaer. “I think Ole will be back in May. I think,” he reportedly said with a little grin. Manchester United will be back on the pitch Sunday in the biggest test of their interim boss’ time in charge, with the club heading to London to take on Tottenham.