Tottenham boss Pochettino: We deserved Cardiff win for sheer effortby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the passion of his players for their 3-0 win at Cardiff City.Harry Kane had previously scored at least once against 27 of the 28 Premier League opponents he had faced, with Cardiff the solitary team he had failed to net against in three previous encounters.But Kane needed only two and a half minutes to put that record straight on New Year’s Day, and further goals from Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min provided a swift panacea to the pain of losing 3-1 at home to Wolves on Saturday.Pochettino said: “We felt disappointed (after Wolves loss) and we wanted to show our energy from the beginning. After 20 minutes we showed how we wanted to play and were clinical.”We suffered with four games in 10 days. I want to congratulate the players. I’m so pleased with the effort.”Today we showed great energy and maturity that we want. Now we need to keep that level and consistency throughout the season if we want to be there and fight for big things.”It’s a crazy fixture (list) – its normal that in some games we can drop our mental energy. We were so relaxed and kept calm, it was so important. We showed Wolves was just an accident.”The most important thing is to find a way to be consistent if we want to be a contender. We need to believe more in us. We are in a process of doing fantastic things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry turns to Crystal Palace defender Sakhoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry is seeking Premier League signings to rescue their season.Deep in talks with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Henry is also eager to strengthen his defenceL’Equipe says Monaco are this week moving for Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho.The Frenchman has revived his career over the past year, playing his way back into the France squad this season.ASM are ready to test Palace’s resolve with a firm offer for Sakho after talks with free agent Pepe fell through last week.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits beaten FA Cup opponents Lincoln City forced him into major halftime changes.Silva took off Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the break and replaced them with Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun, in a sign of how tough Lincoln were making it.”In that moment, I felt we needed a player like Andre,” Silva said.”We completely controlled the game with the ball and were creating problems for them but when they score we started to have some doubts in our build-up and we needed Andre in that moment.”About the situation with Dominic, it was the moment for us to give Cenk the chance to show his quality.”Lincoln brought nearly 5,500 fans to the tie with Goodison almost sold-out and Silva thanked the home support.”Some words for our fans also,” he said.”When you play against Lincoln at home, and with big respect for our opponent, we nearly sold out the stadium and that shows us how important the competition is.”We knew that before the match and they proved and show to us again that is important and the enthusiasm they have when we play in this competition. Congratulations to them.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich defender Boateng rules out January transferby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has rejected the chance of leaving in January.The centre-back, who has been linked with Manchester United in the past, has struggled for both form and fitness in recent years.And he has only started 11 of 17 possible Bundesliga games.But he is not on his way out of the club just yet. He wants to prove his quality and get back his regular spot in the starting lineup.”A change this winter is out of the question for me,” Boateng said at a training camp in Doha.”It was a difficult year for me,” he went on to say to reporters.”I fell short of my expectations and I’m not happy with that.”
Neville: Man Utd don’t need Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says they don’t need West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.Neville believes Rice can develop into a ‘fantastic’ player but not sure if he’s the player that United need.”Would I say yes now at 80million, 90 million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time,” he told Sky Sports.”But am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes. I really do think that.“But do United need another player? They’ve already got Matic, they’ve already got McTominay who are doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.“ TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ryan Giggs believes “the big players are turning up” for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford performing to their potential.Too many so-called star turns saw their form desert them early in the 2018-19 campaign under Jose Mourinho.Reports of divisions in the Old Trafford camp did nobody any favours, but there was a collective inability to deliver on expectations – from the dugout and on the field. 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 dismissal of Mourinho and appointment of Solskjaer has helped to freshen things up, with United having taken maximum points from their last two games – netting eight times in the process.Pogba and Rashford have been back among the goals, while David de Gea has been keeping them out at the other end, and Giggs sees a feel-good factor returning to Old Trafford.The United legend told MUTV after witnessing a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield: “It was Ole’s first home game, and the positivity that came from Cardiff game, the performance and result and I think everyone was looking forward to the game.“The big players are turning up, Pogba with the goals, David with a great save and Marcus getting better and better each game.“There’s a real positivity around the place and we need that to carry on now going into the Bournemouth game [on Sunday].”Solskjaer has made a stunning impact since taking the reins on an interim basis, with Giggs – who has taken to management himself with Wales – always confident that a fellow Treble winner had the right personality to fill a high-profile post.“He was always quietly confident, believed in his own ability and even though people think he’s a nice guy, he’s got an edge to him,” he added.“He’s gradually got more experience and when he had that injury and time out he used to take notes of things Sir Alex [Ferguson] would do so I believed he would do a good job and go in to coaching.“You just need a little bit of edge to be a manager and he has that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Antonio Cassano has criticised Chelsea’s reported interest in Cagliari’s Nicola Barella and stated that the midfielder’s price tag proves “football is going in a very wrong direction”.Barella is believed to be closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge after the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Monaco.Many consider the 21-year-old to be one of Italy’s brightest young prospects and it’s been reported that he could cost the Blues as much as £45 million ($58m) 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? But iconic Italian forward Cassano, who retired last October, believes it would be “madness” for Chelsea to spend so much on Barella.”Unfortunately today football is going in a very wrong direction,” Cassano said in an interview with Sky Sports Italy.”Barella is worth 50 million euros? OK, so how much is Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich?”He [Thiago] is young too, he is 27 years old. He is worth at least four or five times more than Barella.”A player makes two good games, he runs right and left, maybe he is also a player of quantities like Allan or Barella, and then he is worth immediately 50, 60, 80 million?”For me it is madness.”Another Italian youngster that has caught the eye this season is Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, who joined the club from Inter Milan last summer.Aged just 19, the exciting attacking midfield player netted his first goal for the club on Boxing Day, with some even comparing him to Roma great Francesco Totti.Cassano, though, has laughed off that comparison, despite stating his admiration for Zaniolo.”I saw him [Zaniolo] play a couple of games, he’s good, but he’s still young,” he added.”We’re not making comparisons with Totti, he’s a different player from the classic natural talent, in the sense that he’s very physical, he must be physically fit to play.”He has good quality, he has room for improvement and he has personality. I still haven’t figured out if he’s a midfielder or a forward, but I like him.”
LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Snoop Dogg, who remains the best thing ever, sported a Lamar Jackson jersey on Monday night at a concert in Louisville.In a year that has been nothing but one long, planet-wide, existential crisis spread out over 365 days, most of us have been left disillusioned and disappointed by all that 2016 brought to the table. However, there might be one beacon of hope left in this dark, bleak world, and that person is Snoop Dogg, who, throughout it all, remains the best thing this world has to offer. On Monday, he rocked a Lamar Jackson jersey during his concert, and the crowd—along with Twitter—loved it.Only Snoop can make the most awkward selfie look cool:https://t.co/fxBtdnASJF pic.twitter.com/UbdyX1BfUb— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 20, 2016@SnoopDogg reps @Lj_era8 jersey onstage tonight in Louisville. @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/wLEVtJjoE3— Chris Tingley (@Tingz77) December 20, 2016Snoop Dogg sporting a Lamar Jackson jersey pic.twitter.com/QnBUNOMaXz— Micheal Compton (@mcompton428) December 20, 2016When Snoop rolls out wearing that Lamar Jackson shirt! pic.twitter.com/nwDd3vJTYK— Chris Stubbs (@Chris1Stubbs) December 20, 2016Those other guys can have Drake. pic.twitter.com/EuF5fOIORJ— TBG (@ThatBoysGood) December 20, 2016It’s well-known that Snoop is a huge football guy and a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and he’s clearly a fan of this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. That’s some serious admiration! Snoop isn’t going to rock someone’s jersey onstage if he doesn’t respect them.Subsequently, Lamar Jackson took notice, and returned the love on Twitter.Salute @SnoopDogg ?? https://t.co/O9S8sJEyVG— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) December 20, 2016I really hope they become friends, I would absolutely pay to see Snoop Dogg and Lamar Jackson star in a buddy-cop movie.
Portugal’s Jose Fonte believes ex-team-mate Virgil van Dijk is in with a chance of winning this year’s Ballon d’Or, following a stunning season with Liverpool which culminated in winning the Champions League last Saturday.Euro 2016 winner Fonte played alongside Van Dijk over 50 times at the heart of the Southampton defence from 2015 to 2017 and says he always knew that the Dutchman would go on to become one of the finest centre backs around.“I had many conversations with my international teammates, including Cedric [Soares],” Fonte said. “I remember telling him ‘listen, this guy I am sure he will be one of the best defenders in the world’. 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? “It is obvious, it is not only me, everyone could see the pace he had, how strong he is, [he] wins every duel.“It was just about improving his positioning, and that is what he did when he came to Southampton, he stopped coming out with the ball too much, trying to dribble too much, playing simple.”Van Dijk has been the Premier League’s best defender since joining Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach 97 points this season just past and making it to consecutive Champions League finals. While Fonte is reluctant to take much credit for helping the Netherlands captain improve throughout their time together, he is nonetheless delighted to see him shining on the world stage.“I have a little bit of credit but the main thing is him, he is an amazing talent,” said the Lille man.“I am not surprised to see him disputing the Ballon d’Or this year, I am just pleased for him and I wish he keeps going like this.“I think he has a shot to be honest. He was named Premier League player of the year, winning the Champions League, why not?“We always give it to the strikers because they score goals and everything, but it is about time a defender gets one, no?”Should the Netherlands defeat England in Guimaraes on Thursday, they will take their place alongside Portugal in the first-ever UEFA Nations League final in Porto on Sunday, where Van Dijk will come face to face with Cristiano Ronaldo.The all-time Portuguese top goal scorer netted a spectacular hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday night and Fonte believes if there is any player in the world who can end Van Dijk’s incredible run of not being dribbled past then it is Ronaldo.“It is not easy, but no one is unbeatable,” said Fonte. “It is an incredible stat, isn’t it? If there is someone, Cristiano is one of them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of left-back Angelino, one year after they sold him to PSV.City have triggered a buy-back clause that was inserted into the agreement when the Spaniard moved to the Eredivisie in 2018.The fee is expected to be €12 million (£10.7m/$13.5m), although City sources have suggested it could be as low as €6m (£5.35m/$6.74m). He originally moved to the Dutch club for €5m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The 22-year-old is expected to provide cover to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy next season, and has signed a four-year deal.”I am thrilled to have rejoined City, a side playing incredible football under Pep Guardiola,” Angelino said.”Watching them while playing in Holland has been a pleasure. “City’s performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and contributing to the Club’s bid for more success.”I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management and I am very confident that the Club will go from strength to strength over the next few years.”Angelino signed for City as a 15-year-old in 2012 but officially left Deportivo La Coruna the following January, and later spent time on loan at New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca and NAC Breda before being sold to PSV.✍️ Welcome to the Champions, @angel_tasende69 🔥🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/uukbGQtehZ— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 3, 2019He made his senior City debut under former City boss Manuel Pellegrini with a nine-minute cameo in an FA Cup game against Aston Villa in January 2016, and played 30 minutes of a Champions League qualifier and 58 minutes of a Carabao Cup clash under Pep Guardiola in 2016-17, before being loaned to Girona.Angelino leaves PSV having made 43 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring a solitary goal and providing 12 assists as the Eindhoven outfit failed to defend their Eredivisie crown.“Angelino is a hugely talented young player and is an accomplished defender with great potential,” City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added.“Over the past year, he has gained excellent experience playing in the Eredivisie and the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven. “We’re sure that he will bring additional defensive quality to our squad.”City are also set to sign Atletico Madrid star Rodri, having activated the Spain midfielder’s €70 million (£63m/$79m) release clause.Rodri has been seen as a potential successor to Fernandinho, as City look to bring in a player to help compete with the veteran Brazilian.