About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham fullback Kyle Walker-Peters says he’ll be stronger for a tough Champions League draw at Barcelona.He was robbed of possession inside the opening 10 minutes by Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who raced clear and scored.He later picked up a booking and then was sacrificed in the second half as Spurs chased an equaliser that ultimately secured a last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.”I learnt a lot about myself,” Walker-Peters said. “Two seconds after making the mistake, I was thinking, ‘You know, make sure you don’t die on the pitch!'”But I think I went on to actually play quite well. I think I’ve got a good amount of mental toughness, to be able to do that. But again, it’s all a learning curve for me.”Especially coming in the Champions League, in a stadium like that against such a good team. To be able to look past that… also with the help of my team-mates straight away.”Danny Rose came straight over to me and said, “Keep going”. Harry Kane as well, he said a few things to me. As we went to take the kick-off he just said, ‘Keep going. There’s plenty of time’.”That gave me confidence and that’s why I went on to play quite well.”It’s always going to happen once in your career. Now it’s happened I feel like I know how to deal with it. If it ever happens again – touch wood it doesn’t – I’ll know how to respond.”
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Bestby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year.He beat Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the crown.Betting odds had Van Dijk as the favourite after winning the Champions League, but the Argentine rose above the Liverpool defender after finishing second in the first two years of the award, while he didn’t even reach a podium finish last year.”I want to thank everyone who decided to give me this recognition,” Messi said as he collected his trophy.”For me, individual awards are secondary and the collective comes first.”But today is a special day for me.”I have my wife and children here, and it’s the first time they’ve come.”Having them here to enjoy this is priceless.”They love football and they’re watching everyone around them shyly.”Messi dominated for Barcelona last season.Now, he’s favourite to go on and win the Ballon d’Or, as happened with Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Big Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATEDby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sam Allardyce says Manchester United could be RELEGATED this season.The former Bolton, Newcastle and England manager cited United’s side in 1974 that, against all expectations, went down to the second tier. With Solskjaer overseeing the club’s worst start in 30 years, Allardyce has used the side from 45 years ago as a warning to the current crop that they are not too good to be relegated. He told talkSPORT: “It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.”Players tend not to get as fit as quick as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact. There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave?'”Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Berkley is a Michigan alum, and a “Chad Henne fanatic” according to his Twitter bio. His new fiance Alex Jackson is a Wolverine fan as well. The pair got engaged last night in Los Angeles, and Berkley was anxious to share the good news with the Harbaugh clan on Twitter. He even wants Jim Harbaugh to officiate his wedding ceremony. @JayHarbaugh @CoachJim4UM I proposed last night with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind #goblue #harbaughofficiates pic.twitter.com/8K9WOfkDyZ— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015@JayHarbaugh can we get @CoachJim4UM to officiate haha. We’ll have a Southern California satellite camp that weekend!— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015We fully support this idea, and hope Harbaugh at least attends the wedding. Congratulations to Ben and Alex!
Tottenham’s shock 3-1 defeat at home to Wolves on Saturday did more than just dent their title hopes.Spurs had looked to be in command after a dominant in first half in which Harry Kane had given them a deserved lead.But Wolves hit back to equalise with a goal from Willy Boly 17 minutes from time, before Raul Jiminez and Helder Costa struck late on to silence all but a single corner of Wembley. 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? Defeat for Spurs meant the end of a run stretching back to April 2012 – it was their first loss against a newly promoted side since losing to Queens Park Rangers 39 games ago.Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, had never lost to a newly-promoted side as a Premier League manager, having previously gone unbeaten in 27 matches as boss of Southampton and Tottenham.1 – This was Mauricio Pochettino’s first ever Premier League defeat against a newly-promoted side while in charge of Spurs – he was unbeaten in 27 such meetings before today (W25 D2). Stunned. pic.twitter.com/AZKsVLkc1j— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018It was also the first time Tottenham had lost from a winning position at home in the Premier League since Southampton won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in May 2016.That result came just days after Spurs had conceded the title to Leicester City, and they now look to have done the same – Liverpool will go nine points clear of Mauricio Pochettino’s side if they beat Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening.Tottenham had moved into second place in the Premier League only three days earlier, after they scored 11 times in two games to see off Everton and Bournemouth to leapfrog champions Manchester City and install themselves as Liverpool’s closest challengers.But defeat to Wolves means they will drop back into third if City beat Southampton on Sunday.Despite being comfortably in control after a strong first-half showing, Spurs fell apart after the break, failing to record a single shot on goal in the second 45 minutes as their five-game winning run in the Premier League game to an unlikely end.Boly started the comeback for the visitors with a powerful header to cancel out Kane’s sublime opener, and soon Spurs were on the ropes.Fingers were pointed at Spurs captain Hugo Lloris who failed to keep out Jimenez’s weak effort with the scores level at 1-1, and as the hosts chased a leveler to keep their slim title hopes alive Wolves caught them on the break and Costa slotted home to seal the win.