Newcastle boss Benitez retains hope of Almiron dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez remains hopeful of signing Atlanta attacker Miguel Almiron.However, the Evening Chronicle says the club are also considering a host of back-up options. The Magpies have tracked the Atlanta United attacking-midfielder for the past 18 months, and the club’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has visited the USA in recent weeks to compile a dossier on the player. Atlanta have stated they want in excess of £20million after Almiron scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists during the 2018 season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Sarri puts Ampadu on notice: Our new Jorginho?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is considering Ethan Ampadu for a midfield role.Sarri made the revelation when discussing Jorginho’s performance for victory over Newcastle.”After 20 minutes he [Jorginho] lost a lot of balls and it is unusual,” analysed Sarri, “so I think he was in trouble. Maybe he was tired, I don’t know, but if Fabregas was on the bench I think in the second half Fabregas would have been on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Sarri made it clear there are not many areas where the squad needs strengthening and he acknowledges Ampadu has potential to play the Jorginho way.”In the future maybe but we have to work,” he points out. “The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120 to 130 balls [a match] and so I think we need a specialist there.”The bench is not really very short. It is left short for only one position at the moment because Hudson-Odoi is improving, Hudson-Odoi in one or two months will be at the same level as the other players. I hope the same for Ampadu. Of course playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comebackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is eager to be careful with Andy Carroll’s comeback.Carroll rejoined Newcastle in the summer but had to wait to play while he worked his way back to fitness.The striker entered the fray in the 82nd minute as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Brighton at St James’ Park. Bruce told Sky Sports: “We’re just delighted to see him back on the pitch. He’s worked extremely hard. He lifts the crowd. He’s a handful, if he stays fit he’ll be ok.”We’re going to have to manage him in the right way. The big thing is his ankles. Let’s hope now that he’s injury free.”We noticed in training he’s got that bit of presence, the respect because of what he’s achieved. If you’ve got a big Andy Carroll in there, you’ve got to play to his strengths.”
Liverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rodri insists Man City can handle injury crisisby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri insists they can handle their injury crisis.Pep Guardiola is without Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane until the new year, while John Stones has also been missing.”We’re missing some important players but it’ll make us stronger for the next months,” the midfielder said.”It’s not an excuse. We can’t give up. We have to fight in all the games. “Personally I think we have enough players to beat this problem. We’re working hard to win every game in this situation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Varane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for Franceby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphaël Varane has dismissed doubts around France teammate Olivier Giroud.Giroud’s selection has again been questioned this week given the lack of action he’s seen with Chelsea.But Varane said, “Compared to what I saw in training, Olivier is physically ready. “He is a hard worker and when he has less playing time, he does what it takes to be fit. Maybe it’s a question of rhythm, but he is ready to play. He is at the disposal of the coach. “I am not worried about his level of fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard discusses Pulisic loan exit talkby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is adamant Christian Pulisic will not be allowed to leave on loan in January.The summer arrival has played just ten minutes in the last four Premier League matches. “No,” was Lampard’s reply when asked if Pulisic could be loaned out. “With Christian he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here. “I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same. “With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there.”
Spain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team.Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons.Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui. 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? Having led them to safety in their Nations League group alongside England, he missed out on reaching this year’s finals in Portugal.Subsequently, he missed three European Championship qualifiers earlier this year, with Roberto Moreno overseeing the assorted victories since March.Former assistant Moreno has now been handed the job until next year but in a statement on Twitter, Real Madrid star Ramos paid tribute to Enrique while lending his full backing.The captain had previously stated that the whole squad understood and respected Enrique’s decision to stay away from the national camp.”Every victory of the national team will also be yours, coach,” Ramos wrote on his official Twitter account . “All our support and our encouragement.”As a manager, Enrique guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles, a Champions League crown and three Copa del Rey trophies before spending a year out of the game.He was named La Liga and FIFA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 for his efforts, when he won the treble.He subsequently took the Spain job and masterminded results such as a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup finalists Croatia and a 2-1 victory against semi-finalists England at Wembley.Such form saw the nation secure sixth in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium. France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Croatia.Spain next face Romania in September when they travel to Bucharest before they host a return clash with the Faroe Islands in Gijon, having trumped them 4-1 in Torshavn earlier this month .
England’s World Cup round of 16 clash with Cameroon descended into chaos on Sunday after two VAR decisions went against the African side.With the game poised at 2-0 to the Lionesses, some Cameroon players could be seen in tears after Ajara Nchout’s goal early in the second-half was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.Gabrielle Onguene was deemed to be in an offside position when she was played in, and the VAR team’s intervention was met with fury and frustration on the Cameroon bench. 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? Captain Gabrielle Onguene and coach Alain Djeufmadid did their best to calm the situation, but Nchout was clearly bereft, and was seen in tears with her head in her hands as her team-mates gathered on the touchline. Play eventually resumed to loud boos and whistles from the stands at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes.Earlier in the tie, in the lead up to half-time, Cameroon’s players were equally appalled following a VAR decision that led to England’s second goal of the game.Ellen White was originally deemed to be in an offside position before she received a pass from Lucy Bronze and placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.Officials immediately disallowed the goal, but VAR intervened to confirm the goal was perfectly legal and England’s lead was doubled as the interval approached.The decision provoked a furious response from the Cameroon players – especially once they had glanced up at a replay of the incident on the in-stadium display screens.The entire starting XI gathered in conversation close to the centre circle before the game was restarted, and there was a suggestion at half-time that some players had accused FIFA of racism in the tunnel.At the time, former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said: “There’s a lot of emotion. If Cameroon take the emotion out of it, they will realise the goal is onside. “The freeze-frame was up on the screen inside the ground for about three seconds. Whatever Cameroon’s players saw, they took judgment on it.“I thought they were going to all sit in the centre-circle.”England managed to overcome the controversial nature of the match to win 3-0 and secure a quarter-final meeting with Norway.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State barely survived Maryland this past Saturday, and as a result, the Buckeyes were jumped in the College Football Playoff rankings by UCF. After the rankings were released, the committee’s chairman gave some color on the decision.Rob Mullens admitted that Ohio State has more talent than UCF – but he said that the Knights have the “all-around” more complete team.The Knights are currently 10-0 with two games left on their schedule – at USF and against whoever wins the AAC West in the league’s title game.Ohio State, at No. 10 right now, seemingly has an uphill battle to wind up ranked in the top four by the end of the year. But a win over No. 4 Michigan would be as good a win as any team in the country has right now.CFP chairman Rob Mullens on Central Florida being ahead of Ohio State. Said that while UCF may not have the depth of talent Ohio State has, at this moment, “UCF has the more all-around complete team.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 21, 2018Mullens’ explanation matters for the rankings right now, but it’s fair to assume that if Ohio State beats Michigan, the Buckeyes will jump up a few spots. UCF won’t have a win to match it.The Buckeyes will take on Michigan this Saturday, and if they win, they’ll get Northwestern a week later in the Big Ten title game.Michigan, with two wins, will likely make the four-team field.