10 months agoWagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.” last_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd hero Neville: Solskjaer still has work to do

first_imgMan Utd hero Neville: Solskjaer still has work to doby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must continue to prove he can permanent manager of the club.Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur took Solksjaer’s record to six wins from six since taking over as caretaker manager in December.But Neville believes his former teammate still has prove his worth to win the top job.”Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager,” Neville told Sky Sports.”One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.”It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.”It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.”But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.”He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.”He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.”It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider tableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they won’t focus on their Premier League leadership – just yet.The Reds, looking to capture their first ever Premier League title, sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City but Robertson claims they will not get carried away.Robertson said, “We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go.”Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season.”We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum.”If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting.” last_img read more

23 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviour

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviourby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his touchline behaviour at the beginning of their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.From the first minute, Solskjaer shouted on dozens of occasions, sometimes leaping from his seat at the back of the bench, and several times appearing to feverishly gesticulate towards players, including Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard.He shouted and pointed, waved his arms and had several intense discussions with the players near the sideline.The manager later explained to VG: “The first 15-20 minutes we were a little… I think we could have been a little more direct and positive. “I just wanted the boys to seize the moment, because I felt we controlled the first-half without really creating enough.”Sometimes you sit down, but other times you just get that feeling, you need to explain further.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsense

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsenseby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at reports he’s suffering from ‘anxiety attacks’.Reports has circulated that the goalkeeper had to be taken off during half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Club Brugge due to anxiety, something the club and now player vehemently denied.”I know what it means to be an elite player,” Courtois said. “I’m very happy and I don’t have anxiety problems.”Responsibility from the media is required to not publish lies and nonsense about things like that because at the end of the day, there are people who really suffer from those problems.”I think it’s disrespectful to the player and to the people who are really suffering.”I am happy and training hard and want to give the Real Madrid fans joy.”The people at the [Estadio] Santiago Bernabeu are always a critical audience, we [Real Madrid players] know that, and we will do everything so that they break out in applause.”After the match against Club Brugge, Real Madrid released a statement indicating he had acute gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.”I feel good now,” Courtois explained. “It was a strong bout of flu, and not pleasant at all.”Now I have recovered and was able to train almost all of Monday and Tuesday with the team, and did the entire session on Wednesday.”I feel strong again, and had lost a few kilos too.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Former Michigan Star Chris Webber Discusses Fab Five, Thinks Ex-Teammates Exaggerate Their Importance

first_imgdan Patrick talks with Chris Webber about a Fab five.dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview: last_img read more

Video: Daniel Tosh Gives Alabama Grad On Writing Staff Auburn Tattoos

first_imgDaniel Tosh giving an Alabama grad an Auburn neck tattoo.Twitter/@winnalexComedian Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, really really really hates the Alabama Crimson Tide. On several occasions, he has ripped both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on his show, and that continued with last night’s episode.To reiterate his disdain for everything Crimson Tide, a shirtless Daniel Tosh made two Alabama alumni on his writing team get temporary Auburn neck tattoos and yell “War Eagle.”#WarEagle @danieltosh @heartofauburn @wareaglereader pic.twitter.com/7g9wUUQawq— Laurie (@winnalex) August 3, 2016The two writers really don’t seem to mind the gag. Many Alabama fans probably wouldn’t be nearly as cool with it, although you know what you’re in for as an Alabama fan working for Tosh. We’re really unsure of the context here, or why Tosh decided to pull this with college football a few months away, but for him there is no bad time to troll Alabama fans.On a previous episode of his show, Tosh, a Miami Dolphins fan, read excerpts from an unauthorized Saban biography to children, in which the Alabama head coach gives sex advice to his players. The comedian, who bears a resemblance to Lane Kiffin, also made fun of his doppelganger amidst some salacious rumors that emerged about him last September. He also took shots at the College Football Playoff committee for Alabama’s ranking last November.Alabama isn’t the only college football target in Tosh’s cross-hairs, though. He also took a very NSFW shot at Michigan, which drew the ire of Wolverines Jourdan Lewis and John O’Korn on Twitter.Alabama isn’t going anywhere, and Tosh.0 was renewed for a ninth season this past March. You can expect that this won’t be the last time he decides to work his hate for the Crimson Tide into the show. If so, he probably won’t have too much trouble picking up some Auburn fan viewers along the way.[War Eagle Reader]last_img read more

Emery: No better coach than Guardiola

first_imgUnai Emery believes there is no coach better than his long-time rival, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Emery first clashed in the 2008-09 season, with the latter leading Valencia after guiding Almeria to success in the Spanish top-flight while the former was in his first season overseeing Barcelona.Emery’s side could only manage a point in their two meetings against Guardiola’s eventual league champions, and the current Arsenal boss remains winless in his career against his old rival. 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? This Sunday will see Emery’s Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium in hopes of finally breaking that streak, and looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat in London in August that started Emery’s tenure.And ahead of that match, Emery admitted he doesn’t think there’s a better coach out there than Guardiola.“I have analysed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” Emery told reporters.“His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria [In Spain’s third and second tiers].“I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.”Emery noted that while Guardiola frequently has had great players on his title winning teams at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, he improves his charges at each stop.“He has had the possibility to take the best players at Barcelona, in Bayern and in City, little by little,” Emery added. “He is, every year, improving with great players and also paying a lot for some players. But he led them, at Barcelona, Bayern and City, one step more every place.“This, for me, is the quality that makes me say he is the best.”Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester CityWhile Guardiola’s City side can boast having won the Premier League last season with a record number of points, Emery draws on inspiration for his Arsenal side from the reigning champions’ title rivals this season.Arsenal’s winter window was limited by finances as the club could only afford to bring players in on loan, which they did with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez.And rather than Manchester City, who are the league’s big spenders, Emery sees a better role model for the Gunners in Liverpool and Tottenham.“I remember three years ago, Liverpool were playing in the final of the Europa League [against his Sevilla side], they were in the top four in the Premier League, and their progress is very, very good progress and now they are the favourites,” he said.“Maybe Manchester City is a different example, because they bought a very important lot, with paying a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that.“But we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham , doing more with young players, using well players who can improve with us. And we are doing that.”Suarez is in line for his Arsenal debut on Sunday, with some question over whether it will come at the expense of Mesut Ozil, who has been in and out of Emery’s side this season.However, the manager dismissed that line of thinking, saying Suarez fills a very different need out wide.“It’s no change for him [Ozil],” he said. ”Suarez is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ramsey couldn’t refuse Juve chance

first_imgNew Juventus signing Aaron Ramsey believes he has secured a “dream” move and insists he paid offers from other clubs no mind once he heard of the Old Lady’s interest.Ramsey left Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the 2018-19 season, with the two parties failing to agree on a new contract.Juve are reported to have struck a deal with the Wales international in January, with their agreement being made official a month later. 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? It brought an 11-year association with the Gunners to an end but also ensured he is able to return to the top of the European game, with Serie A champions Juve in the Champions League, unlike Arsenal.It had been clear since the start of the season that it was to be Ramsey’s final campaign at Emirates Stadium and numerous Italian clubs were linked with him, but there was only one place he wanted to be.When asked in his presentation news conference if he ever considered another Italian side, Ramsey said: “As soon as I knew Juve were in for me, there was no question about where I was going to go. You can’t turn down that opportunity.”I’m so excited to be here and hopefully I can be a part of a new history. There were other clubs, but this is the right club for me.  @aaronramsey #WelcomeAaron pic.twitter.com/eJGC69Unzh — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 15, 2019 “When I knew Juve were interested, I couldn’t refuse them. It’s a great club, one of the biggest. To have the opportunity to come here, play for them, is a dream to play at the top level.”It’s a challenge for myself as well, to come here, experience a different way of life, different culture. I’ll take that in and embrace it.”Hopefully it goes nicely over here. I know how hard it’s going to be, but I’ve prepared myself for that and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Ramsey is not the only new recruit Juve have picked up from the Premier League, as coach Maurizio Sarri traded Stamford Bridge for Turin.The Wales midfielder is familiar with the Italian and was impressed with his solitary campaign in England.”From what I saw last season, he had a very good season for Chelsea,” Ramsey said. “He got to two finals [the EFL Cup and Europa League], won one of them, and finished in the top four.”That’s not easy to do, so it was definitely a success. Hopefully, he can bring his philosophy to this team, winning and playing good football, that’s the ideal situation.”Hopefully this will be something we can do, being really successful doing it.”last_img read more