Pochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tiltby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker-Peters emergence will aid Tottenham Hotspurs’ title tilt.The 21-year-old made a horrendous mistake against Barcelona a few weeks ago, in what was his first start of the season.However, during the hectic festive period, Pochettino has stuck with the Englishman, who rewarded his faith with a fine performance against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”It’s no surprise to me. I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.”I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.”Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football. The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.” The 5-0 win over the Cherries elevated Tottenham into second place, leapfrogging champions Manchester City by one point. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
WATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah rowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stepped in to end the halftime row between teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal defender Sokratis during Sunday’s 5-1 rout.The Reds centre-back and Gunners defender had to be separated as tempers flared, but the situation was quickly brought under control.Moments before the spat Sokratis could be seen walking off the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, who netted Liverpool’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.It seems the Greek defender was angry Salah went down a little too easily in the penalty area and wanted last season’s Golden Boot winner to know all about it.Seeing Sokratis shouting at Salah, Van Dijk responded by running over to the Arsenal man and squaring up to him.Sokratis was picking on Mo Salah again for the penalty.Guess who promptly puts a lid on it? #LIVARS#LFC#VanDijkpic.twitter.com/9jU2XkQfML— Léon (@srijandeep) December 29, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say WOMEN’S CONTINENTAL CUP: Man City brush aside Brighton for semi-final berthby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City easily reached the Continental Cup last four with a 7-1 success over visitor’s BrightonCity finished top of their group and were rewarded with a home draw in the quarter finals of the Continental Cup against Brighton at the Academy Stadium. Their October meeting in the league at Brighton saw City record a comprehensive 6-0 win and they went into this game favourites despite a recent disappointing draw at Bristol City whilst Brighton impressively defeated Liverpool away.A low key first half saw City take an early lead then concede an immediate equaliser before reasserting their authority and going ahead again and dominating the remainder of the half without really threatening the Seagulls goal.In fact the only issue was whether the game would continue as the fog began to settle making visibility across the pitch very difficult.Nikita Parris scored her 50th City goal with a delightful chip after only 6 minutes only for keeper Karen Bardsley to bundle over Ini Umotong moments later and Danielle Buet converted the penalty to level the scores for Hope Powell’s team.City regained the lead midway through the half after Brighton failed to clear and Lauren Hemp pounced with a scuffed effort which squirmed under keeper Sophie Harris.The hosts gave themselves a two goal cushion after a period of sustained second half pressure when Caroline Weir found the back of the net with a fine long range strike.The Seagulls rarely looked like getting back into the game as City played controlled possession football to see off the opposition with Hemp getting her second of the night with five minutes remaining and three more late goals followed, Claire Emslie, substitute Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie.Full Time Man City: 7 (Parris 6, Hemp 21,85, Weir 59, Emslie 87, Stanway 89,Beckie 90)Brighton: 1(Buet pen 19)Att: 786 Venue: Academy Stadium
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s Tiger Stadium, colloquially known as “Death Valley” is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football. It’s game day environment is outstanding, and the noise inside of it can best be described as deafening.Perhaps that’s why this hype video LSU released is so awesome. It’s called “Saturday Night in Death Valley” and it’s sure to bring out goosebumps on hardcore fans of the purple and gold.[ Saturday Down South ]
Luke Shaw has hailed the return of attacking football at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with former boss Jose Mourinho having preferred a more defensive style.Former striker Solskjaer was named caretaker boss after Mourinho parted ways with the club in the wake of a humbling 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.United have enjoyed a positive start to life under the Norwegian, beating Cardiff City 5-1 before Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. 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? Shaw, who was criticised publicly by Mourinho on more than one occasion but had been one of United’s best performers in the early part of this season, thinks Solskjaer has already had a big impact on a team that was accused of playing far too negatively under their old manager.”I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.Our caretaker manager has been discussing the importance of youth coming through at #MUFC… pic.twitter.com/uKcbzxxQfJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2018″He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.”He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”Shaw, rather amusingly, says he only found out about Solskjaer’s return to the club when his girlfriend heard the news.”The truth? My girlfriend told me,” said the left-back. “I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.”I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”United take on Bournemouth on Sunday in their final match of 2018. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow Alvaro Morata to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5 million ($62m) option to sign the striker on a permanent basis, Goal understands.Morata had already reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over his personal terms last week and he is willing to accept a lower contract than his current £120,000 per week Chelsea deal upon the activation of an option to buy.Offloading the 26-year-old striker is also a major step in Chelsea’s bid to take over AC Milan’s loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues having already reached an agreement with the Argentine forward’s parent club Juventus. 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? Like Morata, Higuain has been left out of his team’s latest match, with Milan due to play Genoa on Monday, after Chelsea agreed a six-month loan deal with an option to extend it or sign the striker outright for £32.5 million ($42m).They will also pay Juventus on the basis of appearances, goals and season’s achievements over the six-month period that they are loaning Higuain for.Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek is set to replace Higuain at the San Siro and a £35m ($45m) deal is expected to be reached in the next 48 hours, according to the selling club’s sporting director Giorgio Perinetti.”After today’s match against Milan, we will meet them and reach an agreement in the next 48 hours, whether he leaves or not,” said Perinetti. “We spoke with Gazidis and Leonardo for two hours and we still need to evaluate the counterparts in the deal.”This is why the deal has not been finalised yet as we need to analyse whether it will be functional for our transfer market session.”The movement of strikers across Europe is part of a bigger picture as major clubs look to ensure they are not left without a reliable forward option for the rest of the season.This is what has led to Michy Batshuayi’s proposed loan move being held up, as Chelsea look to explore opportunities to cash in, with a £40m ($51m) valuation being placed on the Belgium international, who endured a disappointing first half of the season on loan at Valencia.
Matthijs de Ligt has revealed that a fascination with Italian football contributed to him opting for a €75 million (£68m/$84m) move to Juventus over a switch to England or Spain.After several months of speculation, the 19-year-old has finally completed a big-money move to the Serie A champions.Old Trafford and Camp Nou had been mooted as potential landing spots for the Netherlands international, with Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly keen, but the Allianz Stadium is his new home. 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? De Ligt will now get the opportunity to complete alongside the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci with the Bianconeri, while operating in the same side as Cristiano Ronaldo.The presence of such illustrious figures has helped to lure him to Turin, but the current holder of the prestigious Golden Boy award claims a desire to play in Italy played a major part in a big future call.De Ligt told Ajax’s official website as he bids farewell to Amsterdam: “I have been fascinated by the Italian way of defending from an early age.”Many of my idols from the past are also Italians. Such as [Paolo] Maldini, [Franco] Baresi, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Gaetano] Scirea.”When you talk about defenders, then you soon talk about those names.”I actually fell in love with the Italian way of defending and I made a choice based on that.”De Ligt’s displays at Ajax, which saw him become club captain while still in his teens, made him one of the most sought-after talents in world football.He admits that the decision to leave his homeland has not been an easy one, but he is convinced that Juve are the best club for him at this stage of his career.”It was a difficult choice,” De Ligt added.”There were several options, but you always have to look what’s the best for you.”Various factors play a role. For me it’s very important to know how much you are going to play and how much trust the club has in me.”They also mentioned that they really wanted me. They saw a future for me and the they could improve me in certain areas.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier this season, UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a devastating knee injury. Milton was rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to restore blood flow to his lower leg, but a grueling recovery process awaits.The Milton family announced their son may have suffered nerve damage and he’s scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.On Saturday, Milton released a video message to those who wished him well.“I just want to thank everyone that has been sending their thoughts and prayers to me during this recovery process. It means the world to me. I want to wish you guys a Merry Christmas – where I’m from we say Mele Kalikimaka. God bless all you guys,” Milton said in a message.UCF QB McKenzie Milton shares a message with his fans ?(via @MariaTaylor)pic.twitter.com/JFnK5n89cw— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) December 1, 2018It’s great to see Milton feeling well enough to make his first public comments since suffering the horrific injury.Hopefully the recovery process continues in the right direction for the star quarterback.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The first college football head coach to be fired this season wasn’t out of work long. Mike Jinks has been hired by a Power 5 program.Jinks, who was dismissed by Bowling Green on October 14 after two-and-a-half seasons, has been hired as the running backs coach at USC. He will join Clay Helton’s staff and work under new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.The news became official this afternoon.#USC has hired former #BowlingGreen head coach Mike Jinks as its running backs coach: https://t.co/cPJSJmrEcR pic.twitter.com/7dLVPbdCCI— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) December 11, 2018Jinks compiled a 7-24 record as a head coach at Bowling Green, but he should be a fine fit in this role. Before he became a head coach, Jinks was the running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15.He also served as the team’s assistant head coach in 2015.The 46-year-old Jinks was a high school coach in Texas from 1996-2012, winning a Class 5A Division II championship at Cibolo (Tex.) Steele High in 2010.USC was 5-7 in 2018, missing a bowl game for the first time in seven years.
LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A major college football assistant coach was set to leave the collegiate ranks for a job with one of the NFL’s best teams.That’s not happening anymore, though.Kentucky assistant coach Matt House was supposed to leave the Wildcats for a linebackers coach job with the Kansas City Chiefs.House, a former NFL assistant coach, will be remaining at the University of Kentucky, however. The school confirmed the news late on Saturday. It turns out that House was blocked from leaving Kentucky for Kansas City, despite a contract buyout being agreed to.“So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach: I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC,” Yahoo! Sports’ Teres Paylor reports.So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 10, 2019The Chiefs will now move on with their linebackers coaching search. Kansas City lost assistant coach Mike Smith to the Green Bay Packers and inside linebackers coach Mark Deleone to the Chicago Bears.Kentucky, meanwhile, is coming off one of their best seasons in years. The Wildcats went 10-3 last season, beating Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.