Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge has dismissed the claims of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of Thursday’s clash.Guardiola has declared anything but a victory will end their title defence.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Are Liverpool title favourites? Maybe we can say they will move into that position if they get a win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, but I still feel there will be a lot of twists and turns in this title story,” says Aldridge.”None of us saw these slips from Manchester City coming and it means Liverpool will head into the crunch game against them on Thursday night in an unexpectedly dominant position.”A draw in that game would ensure Klopp’s side still have a solid lead at the top of the table, while a victory would yield the pressure on a City side that have struggled to cope in the absence of Fernandinho and David Silva in recent weeks.”There is no doubt that Liverpool are in a great position, but this is only the half way point in the season and there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
Man Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man. — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
At the height of the hype surrounding Andrea Belotti in the summer of 2017, former Torino striker Christian Vieri weighed in on what his supposed successor should do next.”I advise him to go to a big team quickly,” ‘Bobo’ said. “He must make another leap in quality.”This was an unsurprising stance from a man who moved clubs almost as often as he changed girlfriends during a peripatetic career. 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? However, that doesn’t mean Vieri was wrong. As is said so often in Italy in relation to the transfer market, ‘Certi treni passano una volta sola’ (Certain trains only pass once) and, two years ago, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all offering Belotti a one-way ticket to superstardom.Last week, West Ham were linked with the Italian. That is how far Belotti’s stock has fallen in the interim.Of course, it is not exactly Belotti’s fault that he failed to secure a move to one of Europe’s top sides in 2017. He was never going to demand a transfer; it’s simply not in his character. He may resemble ‘Vieri’ on the field sometimes, but he is nothing like him off it. Whereas Vieri was in his element, mixing with the rich and famous, Belotti is a humble, grounded individual.”A life founded on the presumption of your ‘status’ creates nothing but false relationships,” he once argued.”I haven’t changed a bit since I was young. I’m still more eager to be a good person rather than a good player.”Which explains why there was never any chance he would go on strike over Torino’s refusal to let him leave two summers ago unless someone met the €100 million buy-out clause in his contract.It only applied to foreign clubs too. On the back of Belotti’s 26-goal 2016-17 Serie A campaign, Torino president Urbano Cairo would have charged Italian clubs even more money for his most prized possession.AC Milan even tried to make Mbaye Niang – whom the Granata actually wanted and eventually signed – part of a multi-million euro deal for Belotti.But Cairo refused to budge: either someone would activate or match the buy-out clause, or Belotti would stay put.Chelsea, Arsenal and Monaco were all ready to pay colossal fees for ‘Il Gallo’ (he used to chase chicken’s around his aunt’s farm as a child – hence the ‘rooster’ celebration) but not one was willing to hand over €100m for his services.Unfortunately, Torino overplayed their hand, as they would be lucky to get half that figure today.Belotti has scored just 17 goals over the past 18 months.Two minor knee injuries during the 2017-18 season have undeniably played a part in his loss of momentum. He missed three Serie A games on two separate occasions last term.Nonetheless, he still looks a pale imitation of the force of nature that prompted Fabio Capello to proclaim Belotti “one of the best strikers in Europe” 18 months ago.”He knows how to move. He basically knows how to do everything,” the former AC Milan boss enthused. “He’s fast, technically skilled and is probably better than [Gabriel] Batistuta.”Fabio Cannavaro, though, viewed him more as a hard-working Vieri.”Andrea can seem like ‘Bobo’ in full flight but he’s also a player who runs and fights for 90 minutes,” the Italy icon pointed out. “Everyone likes him – team-mates, coaches and fans – because he never gives an inch.”Indeed, even the notorious former defender Pasquale Bruno was won over by Belotti’s aggression and passion.”Unlike many of his p***y team-mates, he’s not a fake,” the former Torino and Juventus centre-half declared. “He knows how to earn respect on the field.” Vieri, by contrast, seemed more interested in earning fame and fortune off the field, even admitting in his autobiography that he only left Juve for Atletico Madrid in 1997 for the money.However, one wonders if Vieri was right about the sporting benefits that come with playing for a stronger side. Even accounting for the effects of the injury, Belotti’s career, like his game, seems to have stagnated in Turin, playing for a mid-table team. Two years ago, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri predicted that Belotti would be “Italy’s centre-forward for many years”. But he hasn’t even been included in Roberto Mancini’s last three Azzurri squads.Still, while Belotti obviously hasn’t progressed since 2017, it is worth remembering that he has only just turned 25. He still has time to “make that leap in quality”. The recent signs are encouraging too. After a slow start to the season, featuring just two goals by the end of October, Belotti has now scored five times in his past 11 outings in Serie A.Those are hardly headline-generating numbers – not when Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata is in the middle of a run of 14 goals in eight games – but they do suggest that he is belatedly recovering the momentum lost during his injury-enforced absences. There is even mounting speculation that Roma could take him to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, most likely as a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who will be 33 in March.Torino certainly won’t be holding out for anything close to €100m this time around, though. That particular money train has most definitely passed.
Alabama remains No. 1.Comedian Tom Arnold says Nick Saban expressed interest in the New York Giants head coaching job this past offseason.After every college football season, there are rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is going to leave Tuscaloosa – either for another top program or for an NFL franchise. According to comedian Tom Arnold, after the 2015 campaign, there might have been some truth to it all.Arnold joined Paul Finebaum on ESPN Friday and told listeners that Saban “expressed interest” in the New York Giants job just hours before the franchise hired Ben McAdoo.Obviously, we need to consider the source. Arnold, however, doubled down on Twitter..@TomArnold told me hours before the Giants hired Ben McAdoo, Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed interest in the job. pic.twitter.com/z8kvfQQDhB— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2016True but it’s the G-men. Can you blame him? He HAD to reconsider it. https://t.co/cbL3SgKa7x— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I know, right? Except in this case it totally makes sense https://t.co/plTEZXn5Zv— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I saved it for Paul. 100% true. Roll Tide. You guys are winning 3 out of next 4 national championships minimum so don’t sweat it Matt https://t.co/9ZrQVfpit2— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016Arnold says he is friends with Giants chairman Steve Tisch – hence his information. We can’t wait until some unfortunate soul asks Saban about it.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Jeremy Sprinkle, one of the nation’s top tight ends, will miss tonight’s Belk Bowl for Arkansas against Virginia Tech after allegedly shoplifting from a… wait for it… Belk store.Earlier today, Arkansas announced that Sprinkle would be out for his final game as a Razorback due to suspension.Arkansas starting TE Jeremy Sprinkle suspended for Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech for “conduct detrimental to team”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 29, 2016Bret Bielema’s full statement on Sprinkle’s suspension:“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly. Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.”Now, SEC Country is reporting that Jeremy Sprinkle attempted to steal from a Belk store while Arkansas was there for a team event ahead of the company’s eponymous bowl game in Charlotte.Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.This one goes directly into the “you can’t make this up” category.Tonight’s Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m.[SEC Country]
David Moyes has expressed his interest in joining the “magic” of David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, with Inter Miami an opportunity he would not pass up.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham is set to see his expansion side join the elite ranks of Major League Soccer in 2020 .The club is currently in the process of tying up loose ends, such as getting players on board and a manager in place. 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 former United and Everton boss Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham in 2018, is among those in consideration for a coaching post.The Scot admits he would be keen on taking the role, with the chance to work in the United States something that appeals to him.Moyes told talkSPORT on his links to Beckham’s new venture: “It is something which looks a really interesting project.“I watch the MLS quite a bit and it is getting better. I don’t know how many people have seen Atlanta. The soccer team are getting more support than the NFL team.“We talk about Tottenham’s stadium and that is incredible but wait until you see Atlanta’s stadium, it is unbelievable. So MLS is growing and Miami is a great city. It is something which I would consider as an option.“Miami has got a bit of magic about it. Atlanta’s training centre is as good as anything in the Premier League and I know Miami are trying to do the same over there. The MLS is an exciting league.”Moyes is still looking for a job in England at this stage, having rebuilt his reputation during a brief stint at West Ham, but concedes that anything could happen as he keeps all of his options open.He added: “My preference would be to be back in the Premier League bit if the opportunity came around, I would have to look at it.“I do know David from our time at Preston so there is a bit of history but we will have to wait and see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.