Monthly Archives October 2019

10 months agoChelsea midfielder Kovacic: Hazard asked me about Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Kovacic: Hazard asked me about Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is convinced by the commitment of Eden Hazard.Kovacic is on-loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, which are being linked with Hazard.”For me, he is an incredible player,” said Kovacic.”I did not know he was that good and he can easily be one of the two or three best players in the world.”He asked me how it was there (at Real) but we are looking forward to having a great season together, to be fully concentrated on Chelsea.”He is focused a lot on doing great things with Chelsea.” last_img

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary facing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today.Klopp managed Arsenal striker Aubameyang when the two men were at Borussia Dortmund.”He is outstanding, as a player and as a person,” said Klopp. “He has speed and finishing skills. It makes him an exceptional player.”Aubameyang is expected to start for the Gunners against the Reds today. last_img

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have loaned midfielder Oliver Norwood to Sheffield United until January, when a permanent transfer will be completed.Norwood has won promotion to the Premier League in each of the past two seasons with Brighton and then Fulham, where he played 41 games last term.The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international leaves Brighton after 37 appearances in all competitions.”This is a fantastic capture for us,” said Blades boss Chris Wilder.”Oli has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger. He complements our squad and our transfer business over the course of the summer window.”Brighton manager Chris Hughton commented: “He is keen to play regular senior football.”He added: “Sheffield United provides him that opportunity. On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Ollie for his efforts.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Tottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham remain determined to find a buyer for Victor Wanyama in January.The Kenya international turned down a move to Club Brugge after their offer was accepted.Olympique Marseille were also in contact with Wanyama’s minders, but the market shut with him still a Spurs player.The Guardian says Spurs still want to offload the midfielder when the market reopens.Wanyama’s deal runs to 2021. last_img

a month agoMan Utd legend Keane fears Solskjaer’s job on the line

first_imgMan Utd legend Keane fears Solskjaer’s job on the lineby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane fears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is on the line.United have quickly come back down to earth now that the season has started, and on Sunday Solskjaer’s United side were comfortably beaten by West Ham at the London Stadium. Responding to the defeat, Keane told Sky Sports: “If you are looking at the board, how much money have they spent?”There was a feel-good factor for Ole at the start. You can hang your hat on Rashford but he is not that kind of striker. They need time, three or four transfer windows.”If you lose like today and not get results, the pressure builds and builds. You won’t get time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells Sir Alex: What’s a perch?

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp tells Sir Alex: What’s a perch?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Mamchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s notorious comment that “my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch”.“No, absolutely no extra pressure. Not at all. I heard about it but I don’t even understand about perch so for me it is not a big thing to be honest,” Klopp said.“We are all adults and we say things and sometimes people have to deal with things that I say, and in this case people seem to think I have to deal with things Peter said.“But I’m not angry about him. I like Peter. He said that and for me it is nothing because I don’t even know the word perch. It is no problem at all.“If people come to me constantly and tell me ‘are you still on the perch or not?’ I still won’t understand what the word perch means!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​Terry buys mansion near ex-Chelsea teammate Bridge

first_img​Terry buys mansion near ex-Chelsea teammate Bridgeby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender John Terry has bought a multi-million pound mansion a few yards away from ex-teammate Wayne Bridge.The two famously fell out when they were at Chelsea, as accusations emerged about Terry having an affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend.Terry is said to have engaged in a sexual relationship with Vanessa Perroncel in 2010, while she was seeing Bridge. The two never mended their relationship, but it appears they will be neighbours.Terry has invested £4.35million in a mansion that is in the same neighborhood as the one that Bridge owns with his partner.A source told The Sun: “It’s going to be pretty hard for them not to bump into each other. “They are literally just a few minutes walk apart. It could make an awkward meeting.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoChelsea boss Lampard dismisses comparison to Ajax academy: We’ve a long way to go

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard dismisses comparison to Ajax academy: We’ve a long way to goby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says Chelsea are not on the same level at bringing young players into the first-team as their Champions League opponents AjaxThe likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all made an impression since breaking into the first-team this season.But Lampard says the club’s academy are some way off being mentioned in the same breath as Ajax.Asked if the two academies can be compared, Lampard said: “We’ve got a long way to go to claim the similarities, but I think pride in the short term, yes.”We shouldn’t get carried away with ourselves, it’s great we have a good feeling at the club in terms of the young players that have come through. “I think it’s long-deserved recognition for the academy itself and those players as well, but we are at a place here that is steeped in history of bringing young players through, creating great teams with groups of young players over the years.”We have a long way to go to do that. But in the short term, I’m certainly happy and we need to continue working so that they continue their development, the young players.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoNicolas Pepe & perspective: Why slating Arsenal attacker just wrong

first_imgNicolas Pepe & perspective: Why slating Arsenal attacker just wrongby Chris Beattie2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Nicolas Pepe and these ex-players. “Horrible”. “Redundant”. “I don’t know what he is”. Of course they’re right. Of course they’re right in what they say about Arsenal’s record signing……oh wait. Hang on. That wasn’t messrs Keown, Merson and Wright slating Pepe after Bramall Lane. No. That was John Aldridge and Danny Murphy pulling apart Roberto Firmino’s game just months after joining Liverpool from Hoffenheim.At the time, Aldridge, one of the club’s greatest No9s, would even question Firmino’s courage. Yes, Firmino! The hardest working front-to-back striker in the game. But four years ago, Aldo saw things differently: “The Brazilian also pulled out of a challenge that was 55-45 in his favour. Liverpool fans won’t accept that. I’ve been going for 50 years and I know it’s unacceptable.”Of course, cycle forward to today and Aldridge’s opinion has dramatically changed. As has Murphy’s. The former Reds midfielder would later admit his initial judgment of the Brazilian was wrong. You get the drift. Pepe isn’t three months into his Premier League career and he’s being absolutely slaughtered. The €80m man bearing the brunt of blame for Monday night’s defeat at Sheffield United. Criticism which really is undeserved.Yes, he isn’t playing as a record signing is expected. And yes, he should be burying that chance in the first-half. But it was at the end of a move he’d initiated on the edge of Bernd Leno’s penalty area. And he’d had to bend his run twice to get the timing right to meet the cross. Nine times out o… okay, okay given his current confidence levels… seven times out of ten Pepe is side-footing that volley past Dean Henderson in the Blades goal. It would’ve been one of the great goals of the season. An end-to-end Mickey Thomas or David Rocastle effort. Different players. But Pepe, with all his shimmies and tricks, is also capable of doing that. And next time, there’s every chance he’s volleying the ball home.As mentioned, Pepe isn’t playing like an €80m signing. But he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch on Monday night. Indeed, he had some bright moments. For the neutral, sitting back, it was a performance typical of a player from Ligue 1 trying to get to grips with the rigours of Premier League football. And showing some promise – at Bramall Lane no less. A dart and low cross down the right-hand side could’ve had the Gunners ahead in the first-half. Then after the break – and that miss – Pepe actually beat Henderson, but his shot from outside the area dipped the wrong side of the post.But Pepe kept persisting – which should be encouraging for the Arsenal support. The head hasn’t dropped yet. Which is a good sign. That’s not to say he shouldn’t be doing better – and this isn’t about making excuses for the Ivorian. But watching Pepe get caught up in the extremes of Prem punditry, some reality needs to prevail.”Pepe, is he going to get into the team?” queried Martin Keown, the former Gunners centre-half. “It’s a massive amount of money they have paid for him and Lille will be laughing all the way to the bank with that one.”Really? Luis Campos, Lille’s sporting director, would say otherwise. His job would be far easier having Pepe still on the books than €80m in the bank. Certainly, good friend Jose Mourinho believes so. The Special One a regular at LOSC games last season where he was able to assess Pepe up close.”He knows how to defend, to play in the 4-4-2 as the right winger, you know how to defend, not only that area but also the inside,” said Mourinho, essentially describing Pepe’s performance on Monday night to a tee. “He does that very well. When he has the ball and also without the ball, he is very effective and very direct.”I think this boy has fantastic potential.”And “potential” is the word here. Pepe wasn’t signed by the Gunners for the here and now. At 24, he’s still learning his craft – and now doing so in the most demanding league in the world.Four years ago, when it was Firmino getting it in the neck, Pepe was running around the French Third Division with US Orleans, having been plucked from Angers’ reserves team. Today he’s with Arsenal – and as their record signing. A little perspective is required. Pepe’s first months as an Arsenal player haven’t been as horrible as claimed. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s Poll Reveals Alabama Perceived As College Football’s Best Coaching Job

first_imgESPN SportsNation poll about the best college football coaching job.It’s always fun to debate which college football program is the most prestigious in the country. There are a number of ways to measure such an honor, including determining which head coaching job is the most coveted in the country. We went through and named our 16 most desirable head coaching gigs this past November. This week, ESPN asked the general public to chime in.In an ESPN SportsNation poll, Alabama was voted as the best coaching job in college football. The Crimson Tide received 35% of the vote, ahead of No. 2 Ohio State by a decent margin. Texas and USC came in third and fourth, though, to be fair, there were only four teams listed. “Other” took home 26% of the vote.Fans in specific regions made it clear that they believe their program should have been listed. It’s obvious that supporters of Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Florida State felt that they should have been options as well. ESPNESPNDo you agree with the poll? Is Alabama really the best job in the country, or has Nick Saban’s success made it that way?last_img read more