TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal target Denis Suarez: What I think of Emeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has long been a fan of Arsenal boss Unai Emery.Suarez is expected to soon sign for the Gunners. The pair worked together at Sevilla.Suarez discussed the Spaniard during his time at the club, and spoke very highly of the then Sevilla boss.”He is one of the best coaches around. He really gets the best out of us,” Suarez told UEFA’s official website in 2015. “He considers each and every one of his players and always puts those who are in the best possible shape in his starting line-up.”I have been playing for him for a year and I am really happy.”He always talks to you, both in good moments – to prevent you being distracted – and bad, to help you recover. The way he treats players is exceptional.”
Leicester defender Morgan defends under-fire Puelby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Wes Morgan has come to the defence of under fire manager Claude Puel.The Premier League side were in good form recently, but suffered two surprising defeats to Cardiff and now Newport County in the FA Cup.The League Two side defeated Leicester, after Puel made several changes to his side.But veteran defender Morgan believes the players are to blame.”If you look at the chances and opportunities we had, we could have won that game quite easily,” Morgan said after the game.”We’ve got a good squad and the gaffer’s got the problem of finding the right balance.”He’s got to give players rest and other players opportunities.”It’s the same for every manager and every team – and I thought we were definitely strong enough.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard says Mount could make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Mason Mount could make their clash on Sunday against Liverpool.Mount, who has scored three goals in Chelsea’s opening five league games, was forced off early in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Valencia.”He’s got a chance,” Lampard said. “The image of the tackle afterwards made it look really bad, but hopefully it’s not so bad.”We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.”The good thing with Mason is his attitude is so good that he’ll give everything to get out there and play for this club, particularly in a game of this size.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Granit Xhaka ‘very proud’ of Arsenal captaincyby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits that he is extremely proud that he was named club captain recently.Boss Unai Emery took the decision to give Xhaka the armband after consulting with the coaching staff and other squad members.The Swiss midfielder is divisive among supporters, but those who train with him every day see his value.”I’m very proud,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s made me very happy because when I came here, I had a lot of experience before with the Switzerland national team and I was the captain in Germany as well. “When I came here, there were a lot of great players, good personalities, and it was a big step for me to be the captain here as well. “Now I’m the official captain here and it makes me very proud to be the captain of this great club.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wijnaldum insists Liverpool not getting carried awayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they’re not getting carried away by title talk.The season is only eight games old but already Jurgen Klopp’s men hold a significant eight-point lead over last season’s champions Manchester City.”We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports.”I’m sure the manager will keep us grounded and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told Goal.com.”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.”
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)SEC Media Days continued Wednesday morning, with Alabama’s Nick Saban taking the podium first. The Crimson Tide head coach didn’t face very many tough questions, however, and the ESPN broadcast team apparently noticed.After Saban’s presser ended, ESPN forgot to cut the audio on a few of its analysts’ microphones. Host Dari Nowkhah was heard making chicken noises, implying that the media was scared to ask Saban tough questions. He also said that Saban “owns” the media. He later owned up to the mistake on-air.ESPN broadcasters (not realizing mic was live) made chicken sounds and said Saban “owns the media” because nobody asked about Cam Robinson— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 13, 2016@SECNetwork cuts to commercial and you hear @ESPNDari ask the question “You think he (Saban) owns the media?” #SECMD16— Justin Nails (@justinnails) July 13, 2016When @SECNetwork doesn’t realize their still live & says “Nick Saban Owns The Media” #Whoops #SECMD16 @finebaum @johnP_hayes— #Tribe17 (@NoleNationFSU) July 13, 2016And @ESPNDari owns up to it. Kudos to him. Great segment all around on reaction to Saban’s presser— Eric Bowman (@E_ROCK12) July 13, 2016It was expected that someone in the media would ask Saban about the status of star offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was arrested on multiple charges this past May. That didn’t happen though.Saban likely won’t make it through the day without being asked about Robinson, but it was a bit surprising that it wasn’t one of the first questions on the docket.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been getting fair playing time as rumours continue to swirl around the teenager’s future.The 18-year-old starlet enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 with the Blues but is understood to be frustrated at his lack of regular starting action under the Italian for the Blues.Chelsea are keen to renew his deal but they could be forced into a sale at the right price, with his contract expiring in 18 months and Bayern Munich widely tipped to secure his signature. 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? Sarri explained that he has not spoken to Hudson-Odoi about remaining at the club and added detail on why he has, so far, ignored calls to play the match-hungry teenager to keep him satisfied with his position at Stamford Bridge. “I am not in charge of the market and so I want to speak to him only about the pitch,” Sarri told reporters. “I don’t know [if the young players are too impatient], also the fans sometimes [and] the club sometimes. And so I am in the middle. I have to win. “I think that he is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve. With the ball, he is a very good player. He has to improve, I think, in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for the English football I think but for the European football. “I think [that he could play more] but it’s not easy. It’s not easy at this level to take the young players from the academy and he’s ready to play, not only here, everywhere in Europe. Sometimes there is one, two young players in Barcelona, from the academy, sometimes one, two Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have Ampadu, we have Christensen, we have Odoi, so we are lucky. For players in the academy, we are really very lucky, or the academy is very good. “In Europe, there are few players, [18-year-old] players, with eight matches at this level. Odoi I think in this season played six, seven official matches in Europe, so I think that he has to be lucky. He is not lucky. He is good.” Sarri was booed by Chelsea fans who travelled to Watford’s Vicarage Road on Boxing Day after substituting Hudson-Odoi after bringing him on as a substitute for the injured Pedro. A poll conducted before Sarri’s arrival in April 2018 suggested that success on the pitch remains paramount to Chelsea fans, but the promotion of the club’s youngsters received the most votes to a question regarding the most important issues impacting the club.The issue has remained a hot-topic for a number of years, as Chelsea’s academy teams dominate at youth level with little representation in the first team. Sarri understands the balance that fans want him to achieve and he is now in a position where he might need Hudson-Odoi, despite doubts over his future, with a host of first team players out ahead of a busy fixture schedule. “He was injured, so I don’t know what to say, but I can understand that a fan loves young players from the academy, I can understand very well, but in the long run I have to win matches, and the fans I think want me to win matches, and also the club I think,” Sarri added about being booed. “I don’t know [when Hudson-Odoi will return]. I have to speak with the doctor. I hope to have good news. But I don’t know at the moment. It’s a muscular problem, and so I think that we need to be careful.”Chelsea face Southampton next at Stamford Bridge, after back-to-back away wins, in their first match of 2019.
Tahith Chong became Manchester United’s 229th youth product to play for the first team on Saturday when he made his debut against Reading in the FA Cup.The Curacao-born wide man played the final 30 minutes of the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, sparking a roar from the home crowd and an immediate new chant of “One Chong, we’ve only got one Chong!”It was little surprise that the 19-year-old was given the nod by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, given the manager’s recent insistence that he would do everything he could to maintain United’s tradition of blooding youth players. 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? But more than that, it could have been a small glimpse into the future of United’s right-side of attack going forward.United have struggled to find a compelling solution on the right wing since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial all being used there to varying degrees of success.The addition of Alexis Sanchez was considered by some to be an attempt to solve that issue, but the Chilean has largely been utilised on the left, first under Mourinho and now Solskjaer, and fans are looking at potential answers elsewhere in the Old Trafford stocks.Chong plays primarily off the right despite being left-footed but was also used on the left of midfield on occasion by assistant boss Kieran McKenna during his tenure as under-18s coach before the Dutchman suffering a season-ending injury against Everton in January 2017.If anything, his game has improved since returning to full fitness later that year, providing the sort of threat which is a throwback to Manchester United sides of old.With great strength and speed, the rangy Feyenoord youth product loves nothing more than to take on opposition players. His fearlessness on the ball leads to him creating many an opportunity for both himself and his team-mates, and his ability to get into goalscoring positions is one of his most attractive features.Like many of United’s recent graduates to the first-team squad, Chong boasts a great work-rate, with his willingness to cover his full-back without a second’s thought making him a manager’s dream.He also reads the game well, with several of his goals at age-group level helping to show what he can achieve thanks to his clever footballing brain.The winger provides an aerial threat, too, and can often be found drifting in to the centre to cause havoc from crossing positions.While the likes of Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Josh Harrop got fleeting chances under Mourinho, Chong, Jimmy Garner and Angel Gomes could get significant opportunities to shine as this term pushes towards its close thanks to their form across the youth levels.Gomes might well have become the club’s youngest player since Duncan Edwards when he came on against Crystal Palace in May 2017, but there is another United prodigy ready to cause a stir too.And for some, Chong’s arrival on the big stage was even more anticipated than that of Gomes, with many seeing his frame and poise as key attributes which could help him to become a more regular part of the senior set-up in the very near future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Harry Maguire may not be ready to take the Manchester United captaincy on the back of his record-breaking £80 million ($96m) transfer, says Rio Ferdinand.The former Red Devils centre-half knows all about big-money deals, having become the most expensive defender in world football when making a move to Old Trafford from Leeds in 2002.Maguire is now the holder of that title, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having seen his board dig deep to get a deal done with Leicester. 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? It has been suggested that, with United looking for someone to take the armband for 2019-20, the England international could immediately be appointed as skipper in new surroundings.Ferdinand is, however, wary of such a decision being taken, with it important that the new arrival is given time to justify his hefty price tag before worrying too much about leadership.He told BT Sport of Maguire: “It’s huge pressure. I remember when I went to United and every training session you are thinking about the price tag.“That’s what he would have been brought in for that [the captaincy]. Initially though he has enough pressure just to perform, let alone to be captain. He needs to perform first.“Every day in training people will be wondering if £80m is worth it. From people I’ve spoken to he will handle the pressure and has broad shoulders.”Maguire is one of three high-profile additions to have been made to the United squad.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have also joined the ranks, with Ferdinand pleased to see the Red Devils bringing the club’s “DNA” back by buying young and British.He told talkSPORT: “I really hope this season is a step in the right direction.“From what I have been seeing in the media, from the manager, from some of the players, is the team look fitter, they look stronger, and they are understand what the needs are now from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“Our era wouldn’t understand not being fit. That was part and parcel – you have to be fit from day one – but certain managers have a certain style of play and that has all been upped since he has been in there.“I think the philosophy in terms of their transfer signings has been a good step in the right direction. They are younger, fresher, hungrier players. All British boys as well, which has always been a mainstay at Manchester United.“Part of the fabric has been having young British hungry players who understand the club and the DNA and these boys will be shown that straight away.”United are expected to hand out competitive bows to their new boys when they open their 2019-20 campaign with a home date against Chelsea on Sunday.