Month: October 2019

  • 10 months ago​Chelsea winger Hazard in doubt for Bournemouth; Morata out

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea winger Hazard in doubt for Bournemouth; Morata outby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are set to be without Alvaro Morata for the Carabao Cup clash against Bournemouth.And they will possibly have to do without winger Eden Hazard.Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola spoke about the injury situation for the club ahead of the quarter final clash.”I don’t think so [on Morata playing],” he said during the press conference.”He twisted his knee. It won’t take long, but not in contention for tomorrow. “Eden [Hazard] has a knock in his foot. “We will decide today. He is one of our best players and to have him available is a big thing.” last_img read more

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  • 10 months ago​Romeu calls on Southampton to step up in Holjbjerg absence

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Romeu calls on Southampton to step up in Holjbjerg absenceby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOriol Romeu wants to see his side come together in the absence of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.During the defeat to Manchester City, Hojbjerg received a straight red card in the 85th minute. It will be tough for the Saints in the absence of their captain, especially as they are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone.But Romeu is confident they can cope.Romeu said to reporters after the game: “It’s going to be a massive loss.”He has been amazing this season and is doing very well.”The red card was a pity because the game was over and in this type of game you don’t want to lose players for four matches, so it’s going to be tough.”He just tried to get the ball back, but the referee understood that it was a bit too hard.”It will be down to the other players to step up and fill that gap.”The season has ups and downs. We are going to have some points where we lose a lot of players and not have that many.”But the ones that are there are going to have to come in, step up and do their job. They have to be ready for the road.” last_img read more

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  • America’s Top 12 College Football States

    first_imgMap of FBS college football porgrams.America CFB StatesSummer’s close, and that means fall – and, more importantly, college football – will be here before you know it.  US MapWhich states do CFB the best?As a college football fan, you’re probably going to make a road trip or two to take in a game. What states should be on your bucket list as a college football die-hard?We’re ranking the top 12. The top college football states are states you can visit and talk about the sport with just about anyone you meet. You can walk into a random bar, which is probably littered with school memorabilia, on a random day and discuss the upcoming season with the person next to you. You can feel college football walking around, as crazy as that sounds. So, using some objective statistics like attendance numbers, spring game turnout, and some subjective areas of debate like how much does (X state) love college football?, we’re ranking the top 12 college football states. Presenting College Spun’s 12 Best College Football States. Start with No. 12, Georgia >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13last_img read more

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  • Shaqiri hoping for more from hat-trick hero Firmino

    first_imgLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri hopes Roberto Firmino can build on his “fully deserved” hat-trick against Arsenal in the Premier League.Firmino has struggled for goals this season but took his tally to seven in the league with a treble in the 5-1 victory at Anfield on Saturday.The Brazil international helped the league leaders come from behind after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ opener and completed his hat-trick when Mohamed Salah – who added to Sadio Mane’s goal to extend Liverpool’s lead – allowed him to take a second-half penalty. 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? Shaqiri was happy for Firmino and he hopes it leads to a big second half of the season for the 27-year-old.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told the club’s website.”It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.”It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.”It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.”Liverpool are nine points clear at the top and next face Manchester City in a blockbuster clash on Thursday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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  • Fabregas closing in on Monaco move

    first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is edging closer to a move to Ligue 1 side Monaco, Goal understands.  The 31-year-old is entering the final six months of his Chelsea deal and is prepared to move on with playing time hard to come by this season under Maurizio Sarri. AC Milan are also in the mix for Fabregas but are struggling to come up with the funds for a transfer fee and wages. 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? Manager Gennaro Gattuso expressed his frustration with the situation last week, with Financial Fair Play restrictions preventing Milan from significant investment in players. “We have stakes. We cannot do what we want,” Gattuso told DAZN. “The club has been clear. Fabregas? There are important figures involved.”At Monaco, Fabregas would link up with manager Thierry Henry, who was the Spaniard’s team-mate when the pair were at Arsenal between 2003 and 2007.  Fabregas would provide a much-needed boost for Henry, who has endured a torrid time since he took over at Monaco in October.Henry has lost six of his nine league matches in charge at the Ligue 1 club, with Monaco sitting 19th in the table in France’s top flight, four points from safety. Despite Fabregas’s desire to seek an exit for more regular playing time, Blues boss Sarri still wants the experienced Spaniard to stay put.”It would be really a problem without Cesc,” Sarri said last week. “I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course. “But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.”Fabregas has made just one start in the Premier League under Sarri this season, with the Italian preferring to play the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in central areas.last_img read more

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  • Scapegoat Lukaku has been disrespected at Man Utd

    first_imgOnly Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane among currently-active Premier League players have scored more goals in the division than Romelu Lukaku’s total of 113. And no Manchester City or Tottenham fan is looking forward to those two leaving any time soon.Strikers of this calibre are rare; they don’t come cheap. But Lukaku will leave Manchester United – and ultimately leave England – not to the applause he deserves but to widespread indifference after a poor second half to the season.It’s an incredibly unfair and disrespectful ending for a player who’s done as he’s been asked – namely score goals – ever since leaving Chelsea. At 26, his goalscoring statistics measure up to any of the greats who have gone before him, yet he is for some a scapegoat for all the ills afflicting the club at present. 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? Lukaku has been singled out for criticism from large sections of the United support; an easy target for their barbs against the team. It is inconceivable that a club in United’s current predicament will be able to go to the transfer market for a striker as good – or one who has proven himself so consistently – as Lukaku.He scored 12 times in the league last term but had no responsibility for penalties, as Kane, Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy ahead of him in the list had.He had a shot conversion rate of 26 per cent, which is right up there with the very best strikers in the league, and above Kane, Aguero and Salah to name but three. And that despite the fact that he was limited to just 46 shots across the course of the Premier League season. Salah had 104. Aguero had 87. Kane had 78.His 855 touches – in total – was the lowest of all players who scored 10 or more goals, save for Callum Wilson of Bournemouth and Leicester’s Vardy. His 122 touches inside the opposition box was about half the total enjoyed by Aguero and Sadio Mane.Those numbers all paint a picture of a striker struggling – not simply to score – but to get anything out of the colleagues around him. At Manchester City, at Tottenham and at Liverpool, there are clearly defined methods to create chances and goals for forwards. At United, the centre forward struggles for involvement, for impact, for goals. And that means Lukaku bearing the brunt of supporter frustration and being among the first for the chop under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2019But it is baffling why United fans would be happy to see the back of him. The problem isn’t that he’s not good enough, it’s that the team around him simply cannot provide him the service he needs. He has proven – time and again – that when he gets the ball in the right areas he will score.Some choose to lampoon his first touch or the chances he misses instead. When fit, serviced and fully motivated, there are few pure strikers in the world that can match his output. When United had their golden period under Solskjaer – culminating with their defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – Lukaku was front and centre.But the manner in which Lukaku fell away during most of the second half of the season was alarming. Rather than address the conditions which see proven players misfire, as is also the case with Paul Pogba, fans would prefer to see them leave.That attitude flies in the face of the evidence that in a proper team – with proper support – Lukaku will get the job done. And moving to Inter – where Antonio Conte might well play a three-man defence like Roberto Martinez does for Belgium – there will be plenty of spaces for Lukaku to thrive in Serie A.The truth is that Lukaku and Manchester United under Jose Mourinho were always an awkward fit. Mourinho is too risk-adverse to get the requisite number of players in his attacks to allow Lukaku to shine. With a back four and another two defensive midfielders, Mourinho’s preferred systems only really permitted four players to do the heavy lifting in attack.While initial progress was made under Solskjaer, the wheels came off in similar fashion towards the season’s end. With Belgium, three centre backs are protected by one natural enforcer – usually Axel Witsel – allowing the rest of the team to pour forward to find gaps.Lukaku is not always involved in the build-up but usually can be relied upon to finish. And yet the respect doesn’t flow easily. He scored twice against Scotland a couple of weeks ago, taking his international tally to 48, but the reactions on social media were all about another chance that he missed.If people concentrated on what Lukaku can do rather than what he can’t, it would quickly become apparent that he’s a rare breed to be appreciated. And rather than make use of his extensive talents, United are instead cutting him loose.As well as the rest of United’s transfer failures, there will have to be some introspection about why a goalscorer like Lukaku feels a parting of the ways is the right thing to do. Without confidence and without the trust of his coach, he now looks like a man in need of a fresh start. This is Manchester United. It’s supposed to be the place where top players shine. Instead, Lukaku has been maligned and marginalised. Their loss will be Inter’s gain.last_img read more

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  • Rabiot set for Juventus medical ahead of move

    first_imgParis Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is to undergo a medical with Juventus on Monday ahead of signing a five-year deal with the Turin club.The 24-year-old has not featured for PSG in 2019, despite being fully fit and available, following a public spat with the ownership over contract talks last year.Despite coach Thomas Tuchel’s claims that his exclusion from the first team was not due to his contract situation, both parties’ stubbornness in talks over a new deal seems to have led to an impasse, resulting in the running down of the France international’s current contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Rabiot was not short of suitors, having reportedly held preliminary discussions with a number of European clubs since January, but is set to finalise his move to the Serie A champions. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to the French capital on Friday to conclude negotiations and secure Rabiot’s signature, before the player returns to Italy to complete his medical on Monday.👀 Look who’s just landed in Turin! 🛬@Adriien_Rabiiot! 👍 pic.twitter.com/RdGiucd4T3— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 30, 2019Barcelona, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool had all been linked, but it now seems inevitable that he will be playing his football for the Bianconeri in the 2019-20 campaign.In what seems to be preparation ahead of a reveal on Monday, Juventus released a video on Sunday afternoon on social media teasing an announcement with the tagline “Ignite our tomorrow”. As reported by Goal in the previous few days, the Frenchman is expected to earn a salary of €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season and his mother Veronique, who acts as his agent, will pocket €10m (£9m/ $11.4m) as a fee for overseeing the transfer.Rabiot will now become the latest in a long line of high-profile free agents to join the Bianconeri, joining the likes of former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and more.Following the conclusion of this transfer, Juventus are likely to turn their attention to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, who they are close to signing for €70 million (£63m/$80m), as reported by Goal earlier this week.In addition, Roma left-back Luca Pellegrini underwent his medical with Juventus on Sunday ahead of finalising a €10 million (£9m/$11m) switch that will send Leonardo Spinazzola in the opposite direction.last_img read more

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  • Boulahrouz reveals why he had No. 9 shirt at Chelsea

    first_imgKhalid Boulahrouz has revealed why he had the No. 9 shirt during his two-year spell at Chelsea, joking that the “kit man set him up”.The former defender played for the Blues between 2006 and 2008, racking up 23 appearances across all competitions before moving to Stuttgart in 2008.The one-time Netherlands international struggled to break into the team with John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho picked as first-choice centre-backs, which saw him largely reduced to a bit-part role as a full-back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Despite being a defender by trade, Boulahrouz was given the highly-coveted No. 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge – a jersey usually reserved for a team’s main striker.The 37-year-old admits he requested that number when he first arrived in west London, as he told FOX Sports: “It was my dream to become a striker for a top team, so I thought ‘maybe I can force it this way’.”No, I just arrived there and it was all last minute. The competition was already started and it was two days before the game vs Middlesbrough when I signed my contract. One day before the match I was entitled to play.”I had to pick a number and the kit man from Chelsea started with No. 9. And then he continued with 45, 47… So my thought was ‘I’m not gonna play with a number like that’ so I said ‘Okay, give me No. 9’.”Boulahrouz went on to reveal that then-boss Jose Mourinho reacted with confusion over his choice of shirt, before shutting down his explanation and offering him an alternative number fit for his role.”On matchday, we were in the hotel when he asked me why I chose No. 9,” he added. “I told him I didn’t want to play with a high number like 47 or 49. ‘You can understand that, right?’ But he responded: ‘But No. 2 is also available’ and I was thinking ‘Oh God, what am I doing?’ I guess that kit man set me up.”Boulahrouz picked up League Cup and FA Cup winners’ medals during his first season at Chelsea but was shipped out on loan to Sevilla at the start of the 2007-2008 campaign, which led to his eventual departure.Mourinho, meanwhile, left Stamford Bridge in September 2007 but returned to the club six years later after successful stints at Inter and Real Madrid.Boulahrouz moved into coaching after retiring from the game in 2016, taking up a role with Indonesian Women’s side Persijap Jepara. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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  • Rummenigge annoyed by Kovac comments on Sane

    first_imgKarl-Heinz Rummenigge was annoyed by comments made by Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac about Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Bayern’s interest in Sane is no secret, and Kovac said recently that he was confident about signing the 23-year-old.But club chief Rummenigge is concerned that making a statement about a player under contract at City could harm relations between the two clubs, particularly with City boss Pep Guardiola vocal about his desire to keep him. 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? “I did not like what he said,” Rummenigge told ZDF.“We have a good relationship with Manchester City and our former coach Pep Guardiola.“Sane still has a contract there. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic quotes do anything to help us in that matter.”The Germany international has been in good form in pre-season but with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez competing for his spot on the wing, it isn’t clear how much he would be likely to start for City in the coming season.Having been a key man in the 2017-18 campaign, his surprise omission from Germany’s World Cup squad last summer was followed by a spell out in the cold at the Etihad.Bayern, meanwhile, want to build around him as one of the biggest stars of German football, with Kovac describing him as a ‘dream player’.The saga has been rumbling on throughout the summer. City would now have to act swiftly to replace Sane with less than two weeks of the English transfer window remaining.The deadline on August 8 comes after the Community Shield against Liverpool, and Guardiola isn’t likely to be too keen on stretching his squad any thinner as they look to challenge on four fronts yet again.While Sane didn’t play as much as he would have liked last season, his return of 16 goals and 18 assists in 47 appearances underlines why City want to keep him.One of those goals, the winner in the 2-1 home win over Liverpool, could easily be labelled City’s most vital goal of the year. If that game had stayed at 1-1 and other results remained the same, The Reds would have won the league.That sort of quality is why Bayern would like to get him in as soon as possible. Their season kicks off with the DFL-Supercup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.They then travel to Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal, before starting the Bundesliga campaign on home soil, against Hertha Berlin on August 16.last_img read more

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  • Ohio State Insider Shares Latest Update On Urban Meyer Investigation

    first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has been on paid administrative leave at Ohio State for about a week and a half. The Buckeyes’ investigation into the head coach and the program, regarding the handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, has been underway for a little more than a week.Here’s the latest on the situation.105.7 The Zone’s Bruce Hooley appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning and offered an update on everything that’s going on. There have been no major updates, but it seems like something could be coming this week.Here’s some of what Hooley said:Former assistant coach Zach Smith is expected to meet with Ohio State’s investigative team as early as today. If the meeting doesn’t happen today, expect it to happen tomorrow.Initial vibes from those who have been interviewed by the investigative team is that this is not a “whitewashing” and the investigators are diligently working to figure out the facts.A suspension, but no firing, for Urban Meyer feels probable.It seems like Ohio State wants to prove that, legally, it handled everything correctly, but the Buckeyes want to do more than just the minimum.A full video of Hooley’s interview should be posted on Dan Patrick’s YouTube page.Ohio State, meanwhile, is underway at fall camp. The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 1. Ryan Day is coaching the team in Meyer’s absence.last_img read more

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