10 months ago​Sarri insists Chelsea not title contenders

first_img​Sarri insists Chelsea not title contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri does not believe his side are title contenders this season.The Blues are too far behind Liverpool and Manchester City in his view.The table sees Chelsea in 4th place with 37 points, which puts them eight and seven points behind those two clubs respectively.And Sarri does not see such a gap as being recoverable, given the form of those teams.”No, I have never seen Chelsea as title contenders for the PL [this season],” said Sarri in his press conference. “There are two teams ahead of us.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Pogba tribute to Koulibaly

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pogba tribute to Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba offered support to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during victory over Bournemouth.Pogba wore a special band around his right wrist with ‘Honour’ printed on it during the Premier League fixture on Sunday.The special message was in tribute to Koulibaly who was subjected to racist abuse as Napoli were beaten by Inter Milan on Boxing Day.”Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” he started the post. “+ honour handband for @kkoulibaly26 . 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc .” last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea striker Abraham sweating on FIFA ruling over Wolves move

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham sweating on FIFA ruling over Wolves moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves’ swoop for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could be blocked by FIFA.The Sun says the 21-year-old is trying to establish if Fifa recognise his August appearance for Chelsea in Premier League 2 against Derby as a competitive match, which would rule out a January move.Players are not allowed to feature for three teams in a season and Abraham was loaned to Aston Villa after his Under-23 match.Hatem Ben Arfa had his registration delayed at Nice four years ago in a similar case.He joined the French club from Hull but Fifa ruled his one appearance for Newcastle Under-21s as an official match.The France midfielder had to wait until the following season before making his debut for the new club.Wolves are prepared to take him on a permanent deal to boost Nuno Espirito Santo’s attack. last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea no.2 Zola warns Hudson-Odoi must maintain ‘good attitude’

first_imgChelsea no.2 Zola warns Hudson-Odoi must maintain ‘good attitude’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has warned Callum Hudson-Odoi to maintain a “good attitude” despite earning limited minutes this season.Hudson-Odoi, 18, has been the subject of two rejected bids from Bayern Munich this month.The England U21 international has 18 months remaining on his contract and Zola says the club are hopeful he will remain at Stamford Bridge to continue his development.”It’s about patience. I believe he has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn that right now for him it’s important to get better and better every day,” Zola said.”I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we’re interested in him as well. For 18 years old, he’s got a lot of potential”I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him. I’ve already told the player: it’s not a waste of time. It’s a time you can get better.”You have to understand the journey’s not finished. He’s at an age where it’s very important to keep a good attitude. It’s not important playing straight away, playing 20 games, it’s important to develop.”Asked if he had spoken Hudson-Odoi about the offers, Zola said: “Mainly with him we speak about tactical or technical questions. I haven’t been very direct; this is the first time I’ve been direct with him about the contract. I understand he has requests. He’s done very well. At the same time we believe he can have a bright future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoFather tells Barcelona Neymar desperate for return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Father tells Barcelona Neymar desperate for returnby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona this summer, it has been revealed.Mundo Deportivo says Neymar’s father agent, Neymar Snr, has been in regular talks with the Catalans. Indeed, it’s suggested he has met as many as FIVE TIMES with Barca officials in recent times.Neymar Snr is said to have relayed to Barca that his son “made a mistake by signing for PSG” and he “is disappointed and really sorry” to have walked out on the Blaugrana.Neymar also feels let down by PSG, where there “is a lack of a sporting project”.Barca are now actively exploring the prospect of re-signing Neymar at the end of the season. last_img read more

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Michigan Tight End Jake Butt Posts Emotional Message On Twitter After Injury

first_imgMichigan tight end Jake Butt looking off into the distance.Screencap/VimeoMichigan tight end Jake Butt defended his choice to play in the Orange Bowl.In an era where elite college athletes are skipping bowl games to stay healthy for the NFL Draft, Michigan’s star tight end, Jake Butt, defended his choice to play in the Orange Bowl.Butt suffered a knee injury in the first half of Michigan’s game against Florida State. Butt laid on the ground in immense pain, but, eventually walked off the field on his own power. Yet, the star tight end said it “never once crossed” his mind to sit out of the team’s bowl game.The senior took to Twitter to thank Michigan fans for his four years with the team and defend his choice to play.Xtremely proud of the way these guys competed 2nite. Left it all out there! Its been a great 4 years @ this univ & I wouldnt change anything— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016Thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes. God has a plan for me and I know through him I can overcome anything !— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016never once crossed my mind to sit this game out and I would never change that mindset. I play this game bc I love it, my teammates, coaches— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016Before the injury, Butt was projected to be one of the first tight ends selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Let’s hope Butt’s injury isn’t severe enough to impact his draft status.last_img read more

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Brave Bermuda sends Concacaf giants a message

first_imgIt was the 54th minute when we all felt those old floodgates might swing open.Costa Rica had come out of the halftime locker room with a 1-0 lead and all the momentum, and less than 10 minutes into the second half, Elias Aguilar tried his luck with a low shot from the corner of the box. The Ticos went up 2-0, and it looked like Bermuda was toast. A typical Gold Cup blowout – a 3-0 or 4-0 loss – looked to be in the cards.But Bermuda stubbornly held the floodgates closed. They never opened. Despite a weary-looking squad working in heat that Costa Rica manager Gustavo Matosas called “infernal” (the heat index was over 100 at kickoff), the islanders held tough. In fact, with Nahki Wells’ penalty five minutes after Hernandez’s goal, the game closed with Bermuda’s first-ever Gold Cup point feeling far more likely than a Costa Rica romp. 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? A 2-1 final sent Costa Rica through to the knockout stage of the tournament ahead of next week’s final matchday in group play, but the performance was a statement for Kyle Lightbourne’s Gombey Warriors.This is a British territory with a population of 70,000 – making it 100,000 people shy of reaching the total of the Dallas suburb in which they were playing. Bermuda’s shock qualification to the Gold Cup was historic. The cherry on top would be an inaugural Gold Cup win, something that now feels achievable with a dead rubber against Nicaragua coming up on the final matchday of the tournament for the now-eliminated Bermuda.”We obviously would like to finish the tournament with some sort of result. Nicaragua is a decent team. On their day, they could be very dangerous,” coach Kyle Lightbourne said after the match. “We have to build for the Nations League because we’re in a tough group with Mexico and Panama.”But I think those teams, when they come to Bermuda: Be prepared for battle. Especially when they come to Bermuda. Be prepared for battle. We’re going to battle.”Bermuda fansThursday’s showing left little doubt of that. Bermuda’s population is tiny, but unlike many Caribbean countries that rely on English-born players representing their country through heritage, the bulk of players in the roster were born on the island. Who knows what adds the extra fight Bermuda showed in the final half-hour of their loss Thursday, but they were getting a boost from somewhere.That’s not to say this is a story of passion over performance. Bermuda has talent as well, and players who are in rhythm for professional teams. Wells scored seven goals in the English Championship last season. Towering center back and captain Dante Leverock is critical for Irish club Sligo Rovers. Reggie Lambe was a regular starter for League Two’s Cambridge United. But local-based players like right back Donte Brangman and goalkeeper Dale Eve flashed skills as well.”Extremely proud of my country, my team and the players that aren’t in the best environments, for example, not professional environments who are some of the best players for us in the tournament so far,” Wells said after the match. “I can just say I’m extremely proud of my teammates, people who worked very hard for this occasion who stood up and were our best players.”Obviously disappointed, but it’s a learning curve. It’s new for me, new for our teammates and it’s something we can build on when we compete against some very good nations.”Donte Brangman Bermuda Allan Cruz Costa RicaBermuda has exceeded expectations, but that learning curve has, at times, still looked steep. Wells was in early but pushed his chance well wide of the goal instead of slotting home what would’ve been a stunning goal in the first five minutes. Lambe missed a golden chance in the first half after a deflected Wells effort fell to his feet.  The team’s lack of depth makes it hard to put together full 90-minute performances. In the opener against Haiti, Leverock headed in the match’s first goal just before the first half. Haiti tweaked its attack and ultimately emerged with the 2-1 win. Still, Bermuda is a team getting plenty of respect from other managers in the group.”It’s a team that didn’t surprise me because Bermuda doesn’t play football poorly,” Matosas said. “They play really well, and if you look against Haiti, it’s the same. The other day in Costa Rica they played really well.”The challenge now is to keep playing well, to get an historic win over Nicaragua and to keep getting better. Lightbourne knows his team likely will be relegated from Nations League A. Mexico and Panama were at the 2018 World Cup. Their footballing culture is much more developed, their pool to draw from much deeper. But Lightbourne is ready to set his team up to make life difficult on El Tri, Los Caneleros, and, he hopes, other Concacaf giants in the years to come.”It’s an opportunity for us as an association to grow,” he said of the Gold Cup. “That was the main point of us making it this far. You always worry that a team like Costa Rica can blow you away in 20 minutes,” he said. “But we managed the game in the right way, learned from the other night against Haiti. We learned.”I’m proud of my team. I think people around the world will take notice of some of the Bermuda players, and – you know – small little country, but big hearts.”last_img read more

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Casillas reports for Porto duty two months after heart attack

first_imgIker Casillas reported for pre-season duty for Porto on Monday just two months on from a heart attack, although his future remains unclear.The 38-year-old suffered a myocardial infarction in training on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.The former Real Madrid captain was pictured arriving at Porto’s training ground on Monday as the Primeira Liga side began preparations for 2019-20. 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 Spain great posted a tweet of his arrival, saying: “Back to work. Day one.”Vuelta al trabajo. Primer día.  @FCPorto pic.twitter.com/7NkmLRTfwz— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 1, 2019Porto’s players are expected to undergo routine medical tests before the full pre-season training programme gets underway.Casillas’ future is still uncertain, although he insisted last month there was no truth to rumours he has already decided to retire and assume a role on Porto’s board of directors.The Spanish shot-stopper has spent the last four years of his career in Portugal, winning one Primeira Liga title.His illustrious 16-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu came to an end in 2015, with Keylor Navas taking up the number one jersey for the Blancos after his departure.Casillas won 19 trophies with Madrid in total, including five La Liga titles and three European Cups.At an international level, he also shone for Spain, winning two European Championships and the World Cup, while also earning a record-breaking 167 caps.Porto kick off their pre-season campaign with a fixture against English outfit Fulham on July 16, before facing Real Betis three days later.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic: MLS playoff system is s***

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is not a fan of the MLS playoffs as the LA Galaxy captain labelled the system “s***”.Unlike Europe, where Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, MLS uses a playoff system to crown a champion.The top seven teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences – which consist of 12 teams in each division – progress to the postseason. 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? This year presents the first year of a new single-elimination playoff format with the top seed in each conference earning a bye to the second round while the other six teams in each conference battle for their spots in the conference semifinals. In addition, the playoffs will be completed earlier this season, as the MLS campaign will finish in November rather than in early December like years past.Ibrahimovic, however, does not like the postseason system after voicing his disapproval following Thursday’s training session.”I think the system is s***,” Ibrahimovic told reporters in Los Angeles. “How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs?””You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion,” the 37-year-old added.”For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be in your toes 24 hours?It’s very difficult.”The Galaxy, who missed the playoffs last season in Ibrahimovic’s debut campaign, are fifth in the Western Conference and 15 points adrift of the league-leaders, rivals Los Angeles FC.Ibrahimovic – an All-Star this season – has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for the Galaxy this year after scoring 22 goals in 27 matches in his first MLS season.The Galaxy will face D.C. United in their next match before facing the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas. After that, it’s a clash with LAFC, who are on pace to break a number of MLS records this campaign.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Comments On The Urban Meyer Situation At Ohio State

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators.ATLANTA – DECEMBER 06: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after the Gators 31-20 win in the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban is widely considered the top coach in college football. There may be a bit more debate over who is No. 2, but the most common answer would probably be Urban Meyer.With the drama surrounding Meyer’s job and Ohio State, naturally other coaches in the country are being asked about the situation.Meyer was placed on administrative leave last night, hours after the initial Brett McMurphy report that indicates that he was aware of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against assistant Zach Smith.Dan Mullen, a former Meyer assistant at Florida, where he recently took over as head coach, said he texted his former boss after the news came down.Now, Saban has weighed in.Nick Saban reiterated the Alabama football program’s belief in “treating people the right way” when asked about Urban Meyer.From 247Sports’ Charlie Potter:Nick Saban on Urban Meyer: “We have tremendous respect for treating people, male or female, the right way. I really don’t know enough about it to make a comment … and I’m sure Ohio State will do a fantastic job of investigating and doing what they need to do to make it right.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 2, 2018That is about what you’d expect to get out of Saban. He was never going to rip Meyer or Ohio State or reveal much more than that about the ongoing situation.The two legendary coaches faced off in the 2014 College Football Playoff. Meyer’s Buckeyes upset Alabama in the semifinal, en route to capturing a national championship.While Meyer was at Florida, the two coaches split back-to-back SEC title game match-ups, with Meyer’s Gators winning in 2008, and Saban’s Tide returning the favor in 2009. Both of those teams went on to capture national titles.last_img read more

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