About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola delighted with Loftus-Cheek for Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was delighted with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.Eden Hazard came off the bench to hit the winner and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semifinal against Tottenham.Loftus-Cheek was a danger on the right wing and hit the post in the second half.Zola said, “I was impressed with him. He has done very well as one of the wide players, but he showed a lot of application and sacrifice when he played as a midfielder. He was getting tired towards the end but he was still disciplined and gave the team a hand.”He has come far since the beginning of the season. He has improved in many ways, and I’m pleased because he is a good boy and he works very hard on his game.”
Van Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid boss Zidane praises Bale for derby drawby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Bale did well again, and the Frenchman did acknowledge that he was impressed by the No.11.”All of the players are with us and Gareth is doing very well,” he said.”Above all, he helps a lot in the defensive phase, and it shows that we’re more comfortable when we all defend.” Sergio Ramos had already said that Madrid were annoyed to only leave with a point, which Zidane agreed with.”I agree [with Ramos],” he said.”We deserved much more but… What I have to do is to congratulate the players.”We missed a little in attack, but we want to grow, and I have to congratulate my players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Mata admits Man Utd face enormous task finishing in top-fourby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata says finishing in the Premier League top-four is harder than ever.The Red Devils finished in sixth last season and are 12th in the current term after a rough start to the season.And Mata knows United face a difficult task to put themselves in the Champions League places.”I think every club is improving and clubs like Leicester are recruiting really well and they have very good players that can take them to a different level,” Mata told Sky Sports.”Not long ago [Leicester] won the Premier League so they know what it takes to win.”Football is more difficult now because every club is growing a lot so it’s more competitive and every club is able to sign good players. So you have to be better every single season to try and reach your aims.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Puyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sackingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarles Puyol is confident Victor Valdes will bounce back from his sacking by Barcelona.Valdes, Puyol’s former teammate, was relieved of his duties as Juvenil A coach following disagreements with the club, yet Puyol did not shed much light on the decision.”Victor as a coach still does not have much experience,” former Barca captain Puyol explained.”Last season he did very well. In the world of football, he has a lot of knowledge to teach children.”I don’t know the reasons for his departure, and I’m not inside the club, but I’m sure he’ll be a great coach [in the future] and will help develop some great footballers.”Youth football is not easy, you have to focus on the training of the players and not so much on the results.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham enter talks with free agent Michel Vormby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have entered talks with Michel Vorm about re-signing the Dutch goalkeeper on a free transfer until the end of the season as cover for injured captain Hugo Lloris.Vorm, 35, has been without a club since being released by Spurs at the end of his contract in June, says the London Evening Standard. He joined Spurs from Swansea in July 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions as stand-in for No.1 Lloris.The 15-cap former Dutch international fell behind Paulo Gazzaniga in the pecking order at the start of last season and will now deputise for the Argentine until at least January, when Lloris is expected to return to training following a dislocated left elbow.Alfie Whiteman, 21, has been acting as the club’s third goalkeeper since Vorm’s departure but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club.
Twitter/@MSU_BasketballLast week saw a major shake-up at the top of the college basketball world, and it is definitely reflected in the updated AP and Coaches Polls. After Kentucky fell at UCLA and Maryland dropped to former No. 1 UNC, we have a new top team: the Michigan State Spartans. Tom Izzo’s club is 9-0, and followed up by Kansas in the AP, and Iowa State in the Coaches Poll. The Spartans are the new No. 1 according to the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll. pic.twitter.com/gWxtC9vt88— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 7, 2015Here are both full Top 25 polls:AP Poll:1. Michigan State2. Kansas3. North Carolina4. Iowa State5. Kentucky6. Maryland7. Oklahoma8. Duke9. Villanova10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Xavier13. Arizona14. West Virginia15. Providence16. Baylor17. Miami (FL)18. Butler19. SMU20. Gonzaga21. Vanderbilt22. Louisville23. Cincinnati24. Oregon25. UtahUSA Today Coaches Poll:1. Michigan State2. Iowa State3. North Carolina4. Kentucky5. Duke6. Villanova7. Kansas8. Oklahoma9. Maryland10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Arizona13. Xavier14. West Virginia15. Baylor16. Vanderbilt17. Gonzaga18. Providence19. Louisville20. Miami (FL)21. Butler22. Cincinnati23. Oregon24. Utah25. Texas A&M
Unai Emery does not expect Laurent Koscielny’s latest fitness setback to be a major issue but knows Arsenal must use their captain wisely.Koscielny pulled up during the warm-up before the Gunners’ 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, suffering from an apparent back complaint.The former France centre-back missed his country’s World Cup triumph due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid in May and only returned to action this month. 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? A patched-up backline kept Blackpool out at Bloomfield Road – not always in convincing fashion – and, with Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal also joining Rob Holding among the walking wounded, Emery believes it would be easy to push Koscielny too hard, too soon.”With Laurent we need to be calm with some moments in the training sessions because we are pushing him to play a lot of matches after his big injury,” the Gunners boss told BBC Match of the Day.”So maybe he needs some time not playing, but we had another player with big commitment to play in a different position today, Stephan Lichtsteiner.”Laurent said he could not play the match but now we have one week to rest before the next game [away to West Ham in the Premier League] and hopefully he will be okay.”Teenage midfielder Joe Willock took his chance to shine, netting a first-half brace before Alex Iwobi completed the scoring eight minutes from time.Willock’s fellow 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah passed up three first-half opportunities in front of goal but Emery was satisfied with the striker’s overall contribution.”I am very proud of Willock and Eddie because Eddie had three good chances to score and Willock scored two,” he added.”They train very well in the second team and with us in training as well.””Well done guys! Well done! Good job!” #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/3JT7sbtfQw — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 5, 2019 Replays showed Iwobi to be fractionally offside when he scored Arsenal’s third and the winger was not penalised for possible handball in the build up to Willock’s second.Nevertheless, Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips did not want to dwell upon those incidents after his players acquitted themselves impressively.”I think they know they’ve been in a game,” he told BT Sport, having also overseen a 2-1 EFL Cup loss at Emirates Stadium this season.”The last goal was offside but, in two games home and away against Arsenal, we’ve given it a real good go.”I’m really proud of the lads. I’ve not seen the second goal – our footage isn’t good enough. I’ll see when I get home but my mate has text me about it.”
Burnley have confirmed that Peter Crouch will join the club from Stoke City until the end of the 2018-19 season.The Clarets were minutes away from a famous victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday, before Victor Lindelof’s last-gasp strike rescued a 2-2 draw for Manchester United.But Dyche’s men remain embroiled in a relegation fight, currently sitting 17th in the Premier League standings. 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? Burnley may still enjoy a four-point cushion over Cardiff City, but they have moved to reinforce their forward line amid confirmation that Sam Vokes will be leaving the club for Stoke.And in an almost simultaneous deal, they have announced the arrival of the veteran striker who is notorious for his beanpole frame and robot celebration.”The Clarets have added more England pedigree to their ranks with the capture of striker Peter Crouch,” Burnley confirmed in a statement published on the club’s official website.”Crouch – who scored 22 times in 42 international appearances and becomes the seventh member of the Clarets’ squad to have been capped by England – joins Burnley from Stoke City on a deal until the end of the season. Announcing… 🤖@petercrouch pic.twitter.com/AsqauruKHp— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) 31 de enero de 2019″The 38-year-old, who will wear squad number 15 at Turf Moor, brings a wealth of Premier League experience following spells in the top flight with Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke.”Dyche had confirmed earlier on deadline day that the that veteran striker would be arriving at Turf Moor, with Vokes moving the other way.”We take great pride in Sam and what he has done for this club,” the manager explained as he confirmed the transfer to Stoke.”As has happened before, players move on. He hasn’t played as much as he’d like and I understand that.”Crouch, 38, has scored just once in the Championship this term, but Dyche believes the forward can still succeed at the highest level.”As for Peter, he has a hunger to come here and make a mark,” he added.”We know he’s a good character and he still has a desire. The main thing for me is having motivated people.”The former England international has racked up more than 700 appearances in his career, scoring more than 200 goals.He has represented Stoke since 2011 and also played for Tottenham, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Southampton and Aston Villa in the English top flight.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)A major college football player has trashed UCF and its national title “claim” ahead of his team’s bowl game matchup.LSU star linebacker Devin White isn’t a fan of the Knights claiming a national championship following their undefeated season in 2017.White says it’s “embarrassing.”From The Advocate:Asked Saturday if he had seen quotes from his teammates Friday that UCF was coming into Tuesday’s Fiesta Bowl against LSU to try to win another national championship, the Tigers’ All-American linebacker said, “Man, I hope not. That’s one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen.“It’s great media coverage for them. That’s all I know they’re looking at it is, as a media stunt.”Oh boy.LSU and UCF are set to meet in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday.Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.