Cardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have jumped into the race for Sunderland forward Josh Maja.The Sun says the Bluebirds want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal either in January or in the summer and confirmed their interest in Oumar Niasse on a potential loan from Everton.Maja, who turns 20 just after Christmas, has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances (in all competitions) for Jack Ross’ Black Cats this season.He could follow fellow Sunderland teammate Joel Asoro, now at Swansea City, in making the switch from Wearside to South Wales. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: A massive victoryby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick felt victory over Fulham was “massive”.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.“I don’t know,” said Hendrick on his prospects of being able to reverse the decision and double his goal tally after scoring against Fulham at Craven Cottage in August.“I haven’t seen it back. I tried to look at it on the screen when I was trotting back but once we got the goal today was about the three points.“It was a great goal they scored right at the start and it’s hard, especially in this league. When a team goes ahead, they seem to win or get something out of the game.“But we knew we had plenty of time and we needed to get back on the front foot and get the ball going forward and we got a few chances and luckily their defenders put it in for us.“It gave us something to go into half-time with and to cling onto.“The group of lads out there, whoever’s playing, can dig in and work for each other and that’s what we did.“It is massive. Every game is massive and to keep the momentum going the way we have been playing the last few games and the results we’ve pick up. It’s good to that keep going and hopefully we can continue that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Milner singles out Alisson as Liverpool’s top performerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner says Alisson’s ability to shake off errors has lead to an incredible debut season for the club.Alisson, signed from Roma in the summer, has largely thrived in his first few months at Anfield, helping the Reds to top spot on the Premier League table.The Brazilian has made the occasional mistake, but Milner believes his ability to move on quickly has helped him maintain an impressive consistency.”It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting,” said Milner.”We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.”I think maybe one you could select is Alisson. Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.”Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.”He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Unai Emery: Our identity WILL be playing out from the backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists their future is tied to playing out from the back.Emery reassured nervous fans that his players will mix things up and occasionally resort to an old fashioned long ball when the time is right.But there is no danger of him ditching a key part of his philosophy altogether despite all the heart-in-the-mouth moments it has caused.Emery said: “The last match, Watford, was maybe the worst in our build up. But we are going to try, to work, to improve, to achieve our style.”To build up with the goalkeeper and centre back is going to be our identity but we are going to share sometimes with long balls.”Against Frankfurt we were different and decided more times to do long ball, earn metres on the pitch and after attack the space. We are going to decide what to do on Sunday, depending on Aston Villa.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Pjanic: Back on top where we belongby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic says they’ve re-established their authority with victory over Inter Milan.The Bianconeri beat Inter 2-1 at San Siro to retake the leadership of Serie A.”We deserved to beat Inter 2-1 and finally got back into first place. I think our team is certainly the best in Italy and since Sunday we’ve been on top, which is where we belong,” Pjanic told Radio Sarajevo.“Our aim is to win every trophy, as that is the objective of Juve, one of the top three or four clubs in the world. We don’t just aim high this season, but every year, and this term is no different.“My own dream is to win the Champions League and lift that trophy to the sky. I hope to achieve that this season.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Fred pleased with personal showing in Liverpool drawby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The odds were stacked against United before the encounter against an unbeaten Reds outfit.And after almost coming away with the victory, Fred was pleased his own personal contribution, as well the determination shown by his teammates.”Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he said. “We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.”We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.”
VineLast year, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin was suspended after screaming obscenities at guard Duane Notice. Martin apologized for the incident, and said there was “no place” for language like that directed towards players, but clearly that is easier said than done. During today’s game against Kentucky, Martin lashed out at Notice once again, dropping at least four f-bombs during a rant that was caught on camera.Players know what they’re getting into when signing up to play for Martin, and we have to imagine Notice is used to it, but it will be interesting to see if this sparks another controversy.[@LostLettermen]
Flickr/Glenn~The second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament tips off Thursday, and the first game of the day will be between No. 3 seed Notre Dame and No. 14 seed Northeastern. The Irish and Huskies tip off at 12:15 PM EST in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The winner takes on the winner of Butler vs. Texas in the next round. You can read more about the contest here.If you’re wondering whether you can watch the contest online, fear not. The NCAA is making every game available this year. Below, you can find the link for Notre Dame vs. Northeastern.Watch Notre Dame vs. Northeastern OnlineWill it be the Irish or the Huskies moving on? We’ll find out soon enough.
Borussia Dortmund stalwarts Marco Reus and Mario Gotze found themselves together on the score-sheet for the first time in over six years as the Bundesliga side set a new personal best on Saturday.Hannover became the latest side to feel the wrath of Lucien Favre’s table-toppers in a dominant 5-1 victory for the hosts at Signal Iduna Park.Achraf Hakimi opened the scoring in the first half before Dortmund cut loose after the break, adding a further four goals including three in just seven minutes. 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? Reus, Gotze, Raphael Guerreiro and Axel Witsel all found the net, while Hannover hit a late consolation through Marvin Bakalorz.But it was the presence of both Reus and Gotze among the scorers that caught the eye at the weekend.The last time the pair had both netted in the same game was January 19, 2013, a full six years and seven days ago.Reus furthermore overtook former BVB sharpshooter Robert Lewandowski with his 75th Bundesliga goal, a mark only five other players have ever surpassed in club history.Dortmund had also hit five that day, downing Werder Bremen 5-0 under the direction of club favourite Jurgen Klopp.Having struggled to keep pace with Bayern in recent seasons since Klopp’s 2015 exit, BVB are now leading the Bundesliga in what is turning out to be a record-breaking campaign.48 – For the first time ever @BlackYellow have picked up 48 points from their first 19 games of a #Bundesliga season. Masterly. #BVBH96 pic.twitter.com/pVYyQYHGId— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) 26 de enero de 2019With 48 points from their first 19 games in 2018-19 the club have set a historic high for this point in the season, and with 15 wins they have already equalled the number of victories managed over the entirety of 2017-18.One distinctive feature of Favre’s team has been the distribution of goals across the squad, with top scorers Reus and Paco Alcacer (with 12 each) ably assisted by their team-mates.In netting against Hannover, Guerreiro became the 17th man to trouble the scorers in 2018-19, while Dortmund in total have hit no less than 50 times at a rate of almost three a game.
Pep Guardiola could not rule out the possibility that Manchester City will have to win all their remaining Premier League games to overhaul Liverpool in the title race.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Newcastle United, the City manager acknowledged Jurgen Klopp’s side were unlikely to drop many points.The Reds have a four-point cushion at the summit, although their next match at home to Leicester City is not until Wednesday, so the reigning champions have a chance to cut the gap. 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? City reached the 100-point mark last season and Guardiola was asked if a similar feat may be required to retain their crown.”I would say it’s not breaking the record, that doesn’t matter, but we’ll have to win a lot of games. They’ll not drop too many,” said Guardiola, whose side would rack up 101 points if they win their last 15 matches.”I don’t know what we need to do, I’m sure we’ll have to win a lot. We are going to try to be there.”They know it – we spoke about it. Before 85, 87, 89 [points would be enough to win the league] – now you have to be over 90 points.”Another important game tomorrow! Come on @ManCity pic.twitter.com/TOIDdMfoUu— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) January 28, 2019But the former Barcelona boss had little time to muse on what the mood was like in the Anfield dressing room, insisting the focus had to be on City’s results.”I don’t know what they think, I’m not in Jurgen’s locker room. All we can do is win games and make them feel City is always there, it’s all we can do,” he said.Newcastle are fighting for top-flight survival and Guardiola is taking nothing for granted against Rafael Benitez’s men.”We have to prepare for everyone. Newcastle change system in the last 10 or 15 minutes, the spectators want that. The stadium is incredible,” he added.”They can create chances from nothing. I won’t say they always defend, they can make high pressing, in the same time they can change immediately.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.