About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Real Madrid.This was Sevilla’s first defeat of the season in LaLiga Santander, but Monchi isn’t getting carried away either way.”It’s a very long season,” he said.”We’re happy with what the team is doing.”We can’t draw positive conclusions for either the good or the bad.”We came up against a team made to win and they played a very good game.”
Oxford boss Robinson delighted with Cup rout of West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOxford United boss Karl Robinson was delighted with their 4-0 Carabao Cup rout of West Ham.During his tenure as MK Dons boss, the 39-year-old knocked out Blackpool and Norwich when they were in the Premier League before recording a famous 4-0 win over Manchester United in the third round five years ago.Robinson also triumphed over QPR – when they were in the top flight – in the FA Cup, but played down his cup exploits.”I just like winning football matches, no matter who you play against. I think one thing my teams always do is show tremendous respect for the opposition, but we never change our style,” Oxford’s manager said.”We almost in a stupid way match them at their own game and sometimes it doesn’t work.”I’ve been battered 6-0 in this competition by Southampton. I’ve also been beaten 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, so there have been a few hidings, but these are the ones you remember for the rest of your life.”Before the game I said I think I have some Premier League youngsters in my team and if you look at our age, we were younger than West Ham.”We don’t only have an older group of players who want to run around, but we have a young team with tremendous growth thanks to the academy and the players we have brought in so I can’t ask for any more from my players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Pogba calls Man Utd crisis meetingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United star Paul Pogba reportedly called a team meeting during training last week.He urged his team-mates to “stick together” amid their miserable start to the season.United have made an indifferent start to the campaign with only two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures ahead of the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.In fact, the Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “Paul got all the players together and has been speaking to them about sticking together.“He has been in good spirits of late and is still pulling for Ole. He initiated a sort of rallying call to the boys. He knows he has a lot of responsibility and trying to inspire the younger guys around him.“The backroom staff are impressed and been appreciated while he has been out injured.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pallister: Arsenal a winnable game for patched up Man Utdby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister sees tonight’s clash with Arsenal as a winnable.United will host the Gunners with a patched up XI.But Pallister says: “I think both clubs are in a similar situation. You just don’t know what to expect of the sides. Both managers are trying to implement their styles and get the best out of the teams but it’s not happening on a consistent basis, so I think both sets of fans will feel the same. “United have got to use the negative feeling and try to make it into a positive; roll up your sleeves and show you’re not a bad side. It’s not City or Liverpool, it’s a club they’ll be competing with at the end of the season. At Old Trafford, they’ve got to be trying to win.”He also insisted: “With Arsenal, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get at the moment either – Unai Emery has been there a season and they’ve not been terrific but they can also look like the Arsene Wenger team. You don’t know which team will turn up. What better game for the United players to react than Arsenal.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets
David Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new storyby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal’s offer to sign him.Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.”I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz told TalkSport.”It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?
Arkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.Arkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.
How do you possibly replace a superstar like Eden Hazard? This is the daunting question that Chelsea are pondering after their Belgian superstar completed his transfer to Real Madrid.Ever since arriving at the club in 2012 from Lille for £32 million, Hazard has been Chelsea’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He has been directly involved in an incredible 191 goals in 352 appearances.These 110 goals and 81 assists have led to six major honours, the most recent of which was the Europa League after his brace helped Chelsea to a 4-1 win over rivals Arsenal in Baku. 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? The Europa League was also his first big trophy for the Blues in 2013. This was followed by the Premier League and League Cup double in 2015 and then another league title in 2017. An FA Cup triumph in 2018 completed a clean sweep of trophies in English football for Hazard.”I will sign for the Champions League winner,” Hazard tweeted in 2012 after seeing Chelsea heroes John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba claim ultimate glory in Munich against Bayern.Those three players are all in the debate when discussing Chelsea’s greatest ever player – and Hazard is also in the same equation now.”He is a legend, look at what he achieved at the club,” Drogba himself told Goal. “He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, was named Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please!”He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest player I can compare to him is Gianfranco Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one versus one. That’s Hazard!”Drogba is currently second in Chelsea’s all-time list for Premier League goal involvements behind Frank Lampard. Third-placed Hazard – with 139 EPL goals and assists – would have almost certainly surpassed Drogba had he stayed at the club.However, Hazard can’t be judged solely by numbers. On the pitch, he was an artist. From his perfect first touch to his inventive through passes and delightful curling shots – he was a joy to watch.But it is Hazard’s unstoppable dribbling ability that will perhaps be most missed by Chelsea and the club’s fans.He attempted and completed more dribbles in the Premier League than anyone else since he joined the club – and he did so with an end product – creating a league high of 595 chances in that period.His most impressive goals in a Chelsea shirt were arguably two stunning solo strikes at Anfield against Liverpool. There have also been hugely significant goals – none more satisfying to home fans than the curling equaliser in 2016 that ended Tottenham’s chances of denying Leicester City a fairytale Premier League title success.Manchester United have also been on the receiving end of Hazard’s mastery. The Belgian’s pace and trickery resulted in Phil Jones conceding the penalty – subsequently dispatched by Hazard – that decided the 2018 FA Cup final.At the age of 28, Hazard is now at the peak of his football career. His 21 goals and 17 assists last season are his best ever return for a single campaign. He also completed more dribbles last term than anyone in Europe’s big five leagues – including Messi.And his former team-mate, Cesc Fabregas, believes the ex-Lille star will get even better in La Liga with Real Madrid.”He will kill it. He will be brilliant. I have no doubts,” the Spaniard told Goal. “He is 28 – it is his last chance to have this.”After seven years of winning a lot at Chelsea, I think it is time to try something else.”There seems little doubt that Hazard will be a huge star at Real Madrid playing under his idol Zinedine Zidane – and he will now have the chance to challenge for the Ballon d’Or.However, he departs west London as an all-time Chelsea great. And just like Madrid struggled to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona will struggle to replace Messi one day, Chelsea face a mammoth task trying to substitute their Belgian superstar.
Luka Jovic is adamant playing in the European Under-21 Championship with Serbia will not impact negatively on his pre-season preparations for new club Real Madrid.Jovic enjoyed a stellar campaign on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica in 2018-19, scoring 27 goals across all competitions as the German side finished seventh in the Bundesliga and reached the Europa League semi-finals.The striker’s form attracted interest from a host of major European clubs, but Madrid were the ones to take the plunge, shelling out a reported €60million ($67m, £53m) on the 21-year-old less than two months after Frankfurt triggered their apparent €7 million ($9m, £6m) purchase option on him. 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? Jovic is one of the most notable stars at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy, which began on Sunday.And ahead of Serbia’s Group B bow against Austria on Monday, Jovic is certain his participation will not be a problem for the remainder of the close-season. Luka Jović for Serbia Under-21:#U21EURO pic.twitter.com/jGygLKd8YO— UEFA U21 EURO (@UEFAUnder21) 12 June 2019″A lot of players wouldn’t be here now if they were me,” he told UEFA. “But I already missed out on the [Under-20] World Cup because of injury, so I was completely sure I wanted to join my team here.”I knew instantly that, if it were up to me, I would participate in this tournament. I’m not worried – I’ll have enough time to rest and get ready for next season.”Expectations of Jovic are particularly high at the tournament, though he insists he is able to detach himself from the pressure.”I had a really good season and I’m satisfied with my achievements,” he added. “I can always do better, of course, but let’s leave that for the future.”With regards to the pressure, I don’t feel it’s grown. I’ve disconnected myself from it all and I’m fully concentrated on the game and giving my best so that we, as a team, can achieve the best result possible.”
Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo’s goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B.In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon’s 73rd-minute corner.Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit. 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? Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone had been the star performer with two excellent saves from a pair of Alex Iwobi efforts, but his display proved fruitless as Omeruo’s header ended Nigeria’s four-match winless streak against the Syli Nationale.GOOOOAAAL | K. OMERUO scores a goal for Nigeria. Nigeria – Guinea 1-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #NGAGUI pic.twitter.com/4RRrp3E8SA— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 26, 2019After coming on as a substitute in Guinea’s draw with Madagascar, Keita almost marked his first start in eight weeks with an assist early on, but Sory Kaba failed to take the midfielder’s throughball into his path.Francois Kamano sent a free-kick just wide as Guinea kept up the pressure, though Nigeria would have had the lead before half-time had Kone not got down to Iwobi’s effort.Kone came to Guinea’s rescue once more just after the hour, doing well to prevent another Iwobi strike dipping in.Keita’s underwhelming return came to an end in the 71st minute when he was replaced by Lass Bangoura, and Guinea’s resistance was broken moments later – Omeruo glancing a header into the far corner after connecting with Simon’s delivery.Guinea rallied late on, though Nigeria had little trouble in holding out for a win which guarantees their place in the last 16 with a game to spare. Key Opta Facts- Nigeria have won their last six games at the Africa Cup of Nations, their longest streak in their history, never conceding more than one goal in each of their six encounters.- Guinea are winless in their last seven games at the Africa Cup of Nations (D5 L2), their longest streak in their history.- Guinea have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 14 AFCON games. read more