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, [email protected] 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.
AC Milan have announced the appointment of Marco Giampaolo as their new head coach, with the Switzerland-born 51-year-old signing a deal until 2021 with the option of an additional year.Milan have been in the hunt for a new boss since Gennaro Gattuso’s departure at the end of last season, after the former Italy international failed to lead the Rossoneri to a Champions League spot in Serie A. Sporting director Leonardo also left the with Gattuso as they sought a complete overhaul. 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? Giampaolo will now be in charge of leading the revival at San Siro.The Italian left Sampdoria at the end of last season having led them to a ninth-placed finish in Serie A, and has previously had spells at Empoli, Brescia, Cagliari and Siena.Milan have already been linked with moves for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren and Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric as they seek to bolster their squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Lovren failed to get regular game time for the European champions last term, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all being prefered at centre-back. And his Croatia team-mate Kramaric put in some impressive performances in the Bundesliga after starring at the World Cup in Russia last summer.Giampaolo will already be considering how to get the best out of Krzysztof Piatek and could look to build a team around the 23-year-old.Piatek scored nine goals in 18 Serie A appearances for Milan after signing from Genoa last January as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who ended his loan from Juventus early in order to join Chelsea. But Milan will not be the only club looking to make an impact in Serie A next term. The Italian top flight is taking on a new look with a number of fresh faces coaching its top clubs.Antonio Conte joined Inter last month after spending a year out of the game following his departure from Chelsea, and Maurizio Sarri left the west London club to join Juventus. With new men at the helm of both Milan-based clubs, they will be looking to improve on their fourth and fifth-placed finishes last season.
Southampton have signed striker Che Adams from Birmingham City and allowed Matt Targett to join Aston Villa.Adams has agreed to a five-year deal following a fine season for Championship side Birmingham, during which he registered 22 goals and six assists in 48 appearances across all competitions.Saints claim to have beaten “a number of Premier League suitors” to the 22-year-old’s signature. 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 “Che fits the profile of player we want to bring to Southampton and is very driven to show what he can do at the highest level,” said boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.”We have been monitoring his progress for some time now. He has shown a desire to join us above all other clubs, which shows the positive reputation Southampton has built for developing young players.”The Ralph Express rolls on!Departing: BirminghamDestination: SouthamptonWelcome aboard, @CheAdams_ ! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/FcE8duLkfd — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 1, 2019 Southampton, who spent a reported £15 million ($19m) on Adams, have also sold left-back Targett to Villa for around the same fee.Villa are gearing up for a return to the Premier League after winning the Championship Playoff final back in May.Targett is Dean Smith’s fifth summer signing to date, joining Wesley, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause at Villa Park.”We’re very pleased to have Matt join us,” Villa head coach Dean Smith told the club’s website. “He’s a player we have been looking at for a considerable amount of time. “He fits our criteria of being a young player with experience of playing in the Premier League and having the potential to develop further. He will help make us a stronger defensive unit and we are all looking forward to working with him.””Dean is building something special here”Our new left-back on why he’s excited to join #AVFC https://t.co/wY9GDKbc8K #TargettAcquired pic.twitter.com/IfW1Y4lAn8 — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 1, 2019 Targett joined Southampton as an eight-year-old and made 63 appearances in all competitions after making his debut in 2014.”Targett has been an outstanding ambassador for the academy, setting a fine example for future Staplewood graduates,” the club said in a statement.”Everyone at Southampton Football Club would like to thank Matt for his tremendous service and wish him every success in the future.”
Dean Henderson is heading towards the exits again at Manchester United, with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder “very confident” of doing another loan deal for the promising goalkeeper.The England U21 international spent the 2018-19 campaign at Bramall Lane.A series of impressive performances saw him help the Blades secure promotion back to the Premier League. 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? Henderson has made no secret of his desire to find regular football again next season, with Sheffield his preferred destination if he does move on.The ultimate goal is still to make the grade and become No. 1 at Old Trafford, but Wilder is expecting to play some part in that quest by offering the 22-year-old more minutes in 2019-20.The Blades boss told Sheffield Live! on his transfer hopes: “I’m very confident that a deal for Dean will be done in the next three or four days.“The boy had an outstanding season for us last season and wants to come back.“I’ve always respected Manchester United’s position but they’re keen for him to come back, Dean wants to come back and play regular football – which is refreshing for a young player, who wants to prove himself – and I want it to happen as well.”Henderson is not the only player that Sheffield United are close to bringing on board.They are aware of the need to bolster their ranks in order to compete with English football’s elite.Wilder is looking to get deals pushed through, with it widely reported that Bournemouth forward Lys Mousset is set to link up with the Blades.There could be more to come after that, with agreements having already been reached with Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Callum Robinson and Ravel Morrison.“We’re really close to another addition, so we’re quite excited,” said Wilder.“I think we’ll break the record a third time and might break it again, which is exciting news as a club.“We’re not going to go silly and put the club in a situation that hurts us down the line, though.“I want another four to come in, which will give us a nice number to work with. We don’t want to over-bloat the squad.”
Lazio will consider offers for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, club president Claudio Lotito has confirmed, amid growing transfer links to Manchester United.Midfielder Milinkovic-Savic reportedly has a verbal agreement to join Premier League giants Man Utd, with Ander Herrera having left for Paris Saint-Germain and Paul Pogba’s future uncertain at Old Trafford.According to reports, United are ready to offer £82 million ($100m) to prise Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio – who signed the 24-year-old Serbia midfielder in 2015. 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? “As I said a long time ago, it doesn’t matter how hard it could be [to keep Milinkovic-Savic],” Lotito told Sky Sport Italia .”We will see what the market can offer and all the conditions that are going to be.”We [as a club] feel great with Milinkovic, as he feels with the club. Offers, if there will be any, will be considered in a spirit of cooperation in order to guarantee both the interests of the club and the player.”Milinkovic-Savic scored seven goals in all competitions last season as Lazio won the Coppa Italia and finished eighth in Serie A.Lotito has previously admitted he expects it to be difficult to keep hold of the club’s star midfielder after he turned down interest from a number of teams last year.Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi has echoed that view , admitting it will be difficult to ward off competition for the Serbian’s signature. The Serie A side made a number of signings last season after selling winger Felipe Anderson to West Ham for £36m ($44m), most notably bringing in Joaquin Correa from Sevilla. Despite that recruitment drive, Inzaghi’s team had a disappointing season, finishing eighth in the Italian top flight. “The investments we made last summer should’ve allowed us to qualify for the Champions League, but we hope to have learned from the experience,” Lotito added. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could eye Milinkovic-Savic as a replacement for Paul Pogba if the France international were to leave Old Trafford.Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the Premier League after becoming unsettled in Manchester, with possible transfers to Juventus or Real Madrid being mooted.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Derrick Henry #27 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a 25 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama takes on The Citadel this Saturday – which means the Crimson Tide will likely move to 11-0 by the end of the weekend. After that, things change. Alabama gets Auburn in the Iron Bowl to finish the regular season and Georgia in the SEC title game.This year’s contest against in-state rival Auburn will be played on November 24 at 3:30 PM ET. It will be broadcast on CBS, per usual. A victory over the Tigers could ensure Alabama a spot in the Playoff – so long as they aren’t blown out by Georgia a week later.Auburn, meanwhile, will likely come in with a 7-4 record after a meeting with Liberty this Saturday. The Tigers will be looking to improve their bowl resume – and of course knock off their rival and ruin their season.While Alabama won the national title last year, it was actually Auburn that won the Iron Bowl, 26-14. In fact, if Auburn had won the SEC title game against Georgia, they might have kept Alabama out of the College Football Playoff.Auburn-Alabama game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 24 is scheduled for an 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff.— Kyle Burger WVTM (@KyleWVTM13) November 5, 2018This year’s contest will be a home game for Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.Alabama, at the moment, is the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. That likely will not change if the Crimson Tide wins their final three games.At the moment, the Crimson Tide would be joined by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. But there’s a lot of football to be played.