Barcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted some relief after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.Valverde says he is looking forward to the break that is to come and he wants his team to keep winning in 2019.”We broke their defensive line well in the first half,” he said after the match.”They wanted to reduce the space inside, but the room was behind their defence and that’s where the first goal came from.”In the second half we were more tired, we didn’t have the ball as much and we wanted to play very fast.”Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi’s incredible chemistry was on show again as the pair combined for another goal.”Alba and Messi understand each other perfectly and it keeps on working,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Wolves boss Nuno hails ‘fantastic’ victory over Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were shocked 3-1 at Wembley by Wolves on Saturday.Harry Kane celebrated his MBE award by belting in the opener in the first half, but Willy Boly headed Wolves level in the 72nd minute before Raul Jimenez slotted them ahead seven minutes from time.As Spurs desperately searched for an equaliser, Helder Costa broke away to struck the deadly blow three minutes before the end.Wolves boss Nuno said, “It was fantastic. We are very happy. We played a very good game in the second half, but even in the first half we were organised. Tottenham have a lot of qualities, they have talent, they have ability which creates a lot of problems, so we had to stay with them, stay balanced.“In the first half I felt we stayed in the game, but the game changed in the second half, in our favour. We had the ball more, and when we have the ball more we can manage the game better.“We had possession, we had chances, we had goals, and the boys worked very hard, were very organised against a very good Tottenham side.“We had a lot of belief after the equaliser, but we cannot rely [on one goal], we want more, we want to improve, I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard delighted with form of on-loan Liverpool midfielder Kentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard is delighted with the form of on-loan Liverpool midfielder Ryan Kent.The Reds legend was delighted with the contribution of his No.14.“Ryan Kent’s performance today, considering he has been out for so long, was outstanding,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “I’m sure the fans will remember that for a very long time.”Kent has now played 24 games for Rangers since joining the club on a season-long loan in the summer, scoring three goals.“I am over the moon, since I did my first injury I have been grafting since the start of that and I managed to get back in time for an unbelievable game and an unbelievable result,” he said.“It was incredible, it has been a while since I played at Ibrox and what a game to come back to.”
Inter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to seasonby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted with Nicolo Barella’s start to the season.The midfielder has shone since his summer arrival from Cagliari.Conte said, “Barella has precise characteristics and plenty of room to grow. He’s as generous as I was, he’s a lad who radiates energy from all his pores.“We’ll have to be good at channelling the energy into the places we want. He’s a lad who has a lot of potential, he works hard and has made himself available.“He has all the ingredients to become a pillar for Inter.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Anderlecht whizkid Lokonga offered to Man City, Barcelonaby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInterest is growing in Anderlecht whizkid Albert Sambi Lokonga.The 19 year-old whizkid is off contract in June and is eager to leave the struggling Belgian giants.Marca says agents for Lokonga have offered him to Manchester City, Barcelona and Sevilla.The youngster can negotiate pre-contract terms with foreign clubs from January 1.The 19-year-old is a Belgium U21 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery discusses Ceballos transfer plansby Paul Vegas20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists a permanent move for Dani Ceballos hasn’t yet been decided.The Spaniard is currently on loan at the Gunners from Real Madrid and has impressed so far during his time in north London.However, Emery said: “I think it is very soon to say that.“Ceballos is doing great things, he is playing regularly. Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning. Always all the players need time to adapt. He is in that process and I really want to accelerate it.“We are trying to use that energy and enthusiasm in the way we want to play. We had some good games, sometimes it is not easy for him, but I think that’s normal.“But I think it is too soon to say if we want to incorporate him in different conditions.“We are only in October, there is still a long way to take that process. The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is if he can bring us all his potential.“If he can help us to achieve all our goals as a team with more positive performances, we are more than happy to count on him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester City hope to build on a remarkable run of form that has seen them beat both Chelsea and champions Manchester City back-to-back as they prepare for the visit of Cardiff City.The Bluebirds drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park but only the woodwork kept them from losing three consecutive Premier League matches.Cardiff sit three points clear of the drop in 17th but will be looking over their shoulders as Fulham host Huddersfield. 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? Meanwhile, Leicester will want to keep the pressure on the top six for as long as possible, currently seventh and just four points off Manchester United in sixth. Game Leicester vs Cardiff Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown live on TV or being streamed live online, but it can be followed live on Goal here. Highlights will be available on BBC. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Leicester squad Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Jakupovic, Ward Defenders Simpson, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Benalouane, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Knight Midfielders Gray, Albrighton, Silva, Amartey, Iborra, James, Ndidi, Maddison, King, Mendy, Ghezzal, Choudhury Forwards Iheanacho, Vardy, Okazaki, Diabate Jamie Vardy may be handed a rest after starting against both Chelsea and Manchester City in the space of four days.Foxes boss Claude Puel is without long-term absentees Matty James and Daniel Amartey.Possible Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Albrighton, Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Maddison; Iheanacho Position Cardiff squad Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Richards, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Paterson, Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett Forwards Reid, Ward, Zohore, Mendez-Laing, Madine The return of Bobby Reid has somewhat eased Cardiff’s ongoing striker shortage, with makeshift centre-forward Callum Paterson joining Danny Ward and Kenneth Zohore on the sidelines.Jazz Richards will be assessed ahead of the game but is unlikely to feature.Possible Cardiff starting XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Harris, Camarasa, Ralls, Hoilett; ReidBetting & Match Odds Leicester are 11/20 favourites at bet365. Cardiff are at 5/1 while a draw is 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Ricardo Pereira hit a stunning strike as Leicester downed the champions 2-1 despite going behind to an early Bernardo Silva goal, with Marc Albrighton heading an equaliser in just five minutes later.That coupled with Vardy’s shock winner against Chelsea has seen Foxes fans enjoy a week of unprecedented success. However, the club’s star striker had just returned from a groin injury before playing a significant part of both those games, and the visit of relegation candidates Cardiff could represent an opportunity to hand the forward a rest.Neil Warnock has had to steady the ship of late after a good spell that saw them win three out of five league fixtures before suffering back-to-back defeats against Watford and Manchester United, shipping eight goals in the process.He shifted to a back five for the trip to south London and could stick with the formation for the trip to a Foxes side brimming with confidence. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Valencia coach Marcelino suggested that he is running out of patience with Michy Batshuayi after substituting the on-loan forward during a shock Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Los Che were humbled 2-1 by the Segunda Division side on Tuesday, leaving them with some work to do in next Wednesday’s last 16 second leg.Dani Parejo scored the away team’s only goal, while Valencia’s forward pairing of Kevin Gameiro and Batshuayi both drew a blank. 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 Chelsea loanee was given only 45 minutes before being substituted, in a decision Marcelino defended as “tactical” after the final whistle.But the coach also let slip his concerns over his attacking options in strong post-match comments.”We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out,” he fired to reporters, while stopping short of naming either Batshuayi or Gameiro as the subject of his ire.Batshuayi joined up with Valencia in his second loan move of 2018 at the start of the current season, having impressed during a temporary spell in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.The Belgium international, however, has so far failed to impress the Mestalla faithful, scoring just once in 15 Liga outings in a run which has seen him mostly relegated to the Valencia bench.Valencia, meanwhile, languish in 12th place in the Primera Division and went out of the Champions League at the group stages, with a paltry return of 16 goals in as many league games laying bare their problems in front of the net.This is not the first time that Marcelino has registered his disappointment with Batshuayi, previously suggesting that his loan deal could be cut short.”At the right time we will analyse the final situation and we will decide [what to do with Batshuayi],” the coach told reporters in December .”There is a transfer [clause], I do not know what the situation is contractually, but for all parties who want to leave, we will look for what is best for Valencia and thus the appropriate decisions will be made.”Valencia and Batshuayi return to action on Saturday at home to Real Valladolid in La Liga, before hosting Gijon in their Copa return clash.
Twitter/@SEConCBSEvan Engram found himself wide open for a 63-yard touchdown to open up a 17-3 lead for Ole Miss against Alabama.Few thought Ole Miss had a chance to beat Alabama for a third straight year. No team has done it to a Nick Saban squad since his tenure at Michigan State. The Rebels are in good shape so far, though, up 17-3. Ole Miss opened up a two-score lead on a play action bomb to star tight end Evan Engram, who was wide open for an easy score.Chad Kelly subtly fakes the pitch, which is enough to draw in Alabama’s defense, leaving Engram wide open for Kelly to [email protected] going DEEP!Chad Kelly finds Evan Engram to give the Rebels a 14-point lead. https://t.co/aUXp0Vm38Q— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 17, 2016It gets worse for Alabama. Ole Miss just returned a fumble for a touchdown to push the lead to 24-3. The Rebels may be making history at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this afternoon, although we’re still in the first half. Alabama was a 10.5 or 11 point favorite at most sportsbooks, per OddsShark.
England midfielder Jordan Henderson has backed his international team-mates to react in the ‘right way’ following the disappointing defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday night.The Three Lions went down 3-1 to the Dutch in extra-time of the UEFA Nations League semi-final and, as a result, will play Switzerland in Sunday’s third-place play-off, with the Netherlands going on to face hosts Portugal in the showpiece final later that evening.The loss to Ronald Koeman’s men was made even more frustrating for England fans given that two of the goals resulted from defensive errors. 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? John Stones and Ross Barkley were guilty of giving away possession in dangerous areas on Thursday, and on both occasions the Dutch ruthlessly exploited their mistakes.Henderson dismissed suggestions that England should abandon their policy of playing out from the back and thinks the Three Lions will ensure they do not make similar errors in the future.“Mistakes will happen in football, it’s just how you deal with it and react. Everyone has made mistakes and big mistakes in football, that’s part of the game and part of the sport,” the 28-year-old told Sky Sports.”I’m sure the lads who made mistakes the other night will react in the right way and they will be better for it in the long term.”Now we want to concentrate on moving forward and I don’t think by any means the other night it was a terrible performance. We were a centimetre away from winning the game against a very good Holland side”I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom, we are by no means the finished article and there are a lot of things we can improve upon and get better at.”We have a year to do that before the Euros. I am very positive for the future.”Stones in particular was heavily criticised following his mistake which led to Kyle Walker’s 97th-minute own-goal, but manager Gareth Southgate has also come out in support of the Manchester City defender.“I know he is going to get criticism, but he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club,” said the Three Lions boss.”We still think he has been our best centre-back. He has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player,” Southgate added.