9 months agoCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no fluke

first_imgCarragher insists Solskjaer Man Utd success no flukeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Manchester United is no fluke.Former United midfielder Paul Ince has downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that “anyone could have gone in and done what he has done”.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.”I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.”He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – (Romelu) Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.”You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.”So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s (Solskjaer) made a great start to his career.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days ago​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milan

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milanby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC and Inter Milan have announced A2A Energia as their official energy partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The two Serie A rivals have both agreed a deal with the Brescia-based company, confirming the agreement in a joint announcement. The length and financial terms of the partnership have not bene made public.The Milan clubs have signed several commercial deals of late, though this is the first joint tie-up of note recently.Paolo Scaroni, AC Milan chairman, said of the new deal: “Milan and A2A are brought together by strong ambition and constant evolution, this agreement has come about thanks to our club culture as a socially-progressive body that also focuses on the well-being of the area in which we work. We hope that this partnership marks the start of a constant process of growth alongside one another.” last_img read more

8 days agoArsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal utility ​Maitland-Niles: How I get Aubameyang the ball…by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has spoken about his form this season, and the connection he shares with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The England U21 star has already set up Aubameyang for two goals in the Premier League this season.And he mentioned how working on the timing of his runs have allowed him space to deliver quality crosses.”I only got two assists last season and I’ve got two already this season, which is a good start,” he told the club website.”Hopefully I continue with my assists and maybe create more opportunities to get my stats higher this season.”I worked on it a lot when I was younger because I used to play on the wing, so the timing of my runs is everything to me. “That’s what’s going to get me in on goal, that’s what’s going to get me behind the defence to either pass to someone else or to shoot on goal myself. It was very important for me to learn how to time my runs and create opportunities for others.” last_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was delighted with his young players for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal.On Rodrygo and Fede Valverde, Zidane said: “They’re part of the squad and I made the decision that Rodrygo would play. “He’s performing and training well. In a 4-3-3 formation his natural position is as a right winger and we’re happy with his performance. Nothing changes with regards to him. Today we’ve just got to focus on this game. “He’s a member of the first-team squad and he can play for Castilla also. He did well tonight and I’m pleased with his performance. We’ll have to see what happens in the next game.” last_img read more

Uber Is Offering Free Rides If Rutgers Upsets Ohio State Tonight

first_imgUber promotes free rides if Rutgers beats Ohio State.Rutgers UberNo. 1 Ohio State is on the road tonight in New Jersey, taking on Rutgers. It will be J.T. Barrett’s first start of the season at quarterback, and the Buckeyes are heavy favorites.If the Scarlet Knights spring the upset, there will surely be Pandemonium in Piscataway. Any fans partaking in celebrations will be able to travel around campus and in the neighboring city of New Brunswick for now cost, as Uber is offering free rides if Rutgers wins. If by chance you’re a sad #Buckeyes fan tonight here’s something to make the ride home easier. Uber with free rides. pic.twitter.com/ONkGCYKp2I— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) October 24, 2015This is a pretty cool move by Uber. Odds are they won’t have to pay up but this is tremendous promotion.last_img read more

Why Tielemans failed at Monaco & why he’ll be reborn at Leicester

first_imgYouri Tielemans was in the right place at the wrong time. Joining Monaco in the summer of 2017 was supposed to be his big step in the right direction.He has long been regarded as the breakout star-in-waiting of Belgian football and the Ligue 1 champions should have been the perfect move. But that summer Monaco were hollowed out.Headlining the departures was wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, who moved to Paris St-Germain on a controversial loan deal. 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? Manchester City picked up both Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, and Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea.The standard of those players coming in – overall – was not as high and Monaco had no chance of overhauling PSG and repeating their feat of winning the French championship and remaining competitive in the Champions League.And within a remodelled squad, Tielemans struggled to find his place.The return of Leonardo Jardim and the subsequent departure of the young Belgium midfielder this month are very much in sync. Jardim is a naturally conservative coach and prefers to play with two deep midfield players to stymie opposition attacks.The platform of Bakayoko and Joao Moutinho in the title-winning team gave Bernardo, Mbappe and Radamel Falcao the freedom to win games.Youri Tielemans BelgiumTielemans though is a very different kind of footballer to Bakayoko. While he can win the ball adeptly, he is primarily a playmaker with an eye for goal. A midfield of Tielemans and Moutinho was not built to coexist, certainly not in a Jardim system.He made only 19 starts in his first season at Monaco and never truly convinced. And this season – though Tielemans has played more often – things all around him have plummeted.Once Moutinho was sold to Wolves, Monaco simply did not have enough quality in the squad any more. Thierry Henry, who replaced Jardim, was often forced to play with unproven young players before his harsh dismissal last week.As such, Tielemans had no one to play with.TielemansHe is a tempo-setter; the kind of player who makes others play better. But he requires a well-functioning unit around him. As has proven with Monaco, he is the type of player who can fail in the wrong system.However, Leicester City fans should be excited by this signing. He is a premium talent and one who could very well go on to world class level. They are picking him up at a time when his stock is not at its highest, but he should not be written off as damaged goods.He will come into the Leicester line-up and immediately dictate the play. He should slot in alongside Wilfried Ndidi but see a lot more of the ball than the Nigerian. That is if Puel can be persuaded to ease Namplays Mendy out of the lineup. Leicester fan frustration has centred on the team’s inability to get the ball moving effectively through the midfield and to connect the defence and attack. Tielemans is a progressive option in this sense and should bring about an improvement.He is comfortable receiving a pass to feet in midfield with his back to the opposition goal and excels in turning with the ball either left or right. He has a happy knack of being able to go past people in midfield and that should help Leicester tilt the numbers game further up the field. And if Tielemans finds himself with a chance to strike at goal, expect him to take it. He possesses a goal threat from distance.Youri Tielemans Belgium Philippe Coutinho BrazilTielemans may only be 21 but already has vast experience. He started in the Anderlecht first team aged only 16, like Romelu Lukaku before him, and captained the team when he won his second Belgian title at the age of 20.He forced his way into Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad for the World Cup last summer and featured in their most memorable victory at an international tournament, that being the win against Brazil in the quarter finals.Those who have worked with Tielemans speak of a top mentality and describe him as a midfielder who is technically gifted. His range of passing – short or long – is unerring and that should help a Leicester team attempting to become more possession-based under Claude Puel. He will be tasked with becoming the main man.Monaco might well come to be regarded as a mis-step but the move to Leicester will reinvigorate him. This could well be a game-changing signing. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What is Volta and why has FIFA Street been renamed?

first_imgFIFA 20 is fast approaching and the video game franchise is determined to make a splash when it releases on September 27, 2019.Along with the usual tweaks and upgrades, the return of street football looms as the biggest addition for FIFA 20.Seven years on from the release of the last FIFA Street game, EA Sports will return to the pavement this year but have adopted a new name and approach to the small-sided game.  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? What does ‘Volta’ mean?The name Volta is Portuguese and translates to ‘return’ – something EA is finally doing when it comes to street football.”We’ve focused on the 11-side form of the game for many years successfully – well there’s a whole other world of football out there and that’s the street scene,” FIFA 20 creative director Matt Prior told Goal.”The idea is we’re bringing the other half of the football world to the game.”Fans have been demanding a return of small-sided football to FIFA for many years now with EA deciding the time was right to bring it back.”When we hit out on the road every single year one of the top requests is bring back street football,” FIFA 20 executive producer Aaron McHardy said.”Bringing it back now has a lot to do with the technological innovations we’ve had over the past few years, particularly with the frostbite engine. It’s allowed us to do this in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to do it justice in the past.”  Why has FIFA Street been renamed?FIFA 20 Volta AmsterdamWhileEA are bringing street football back, they are looking to distance themselves from FIFA Street by adopting a new name and approach to gameplay.Though some people that were involved in FIFA Street have helped out on Volta, the new mode is aiming to be more realistic.”We travelled the globe to do our research and look at the street football game to understand the culture of it,” McHardy said.”FIFA Street we built many years ago was fantastical, over the top and probably not authentic, we wanted to root (Volta) in authenticity.”The FIFA family at EA is quite large and there was a ton of experience from people that did work of FIFA Street.”But we weren’t looking back intentionally trying to recreate this experience because we wanted to make something more authentic and more befitting of the culture of street football.” Volta will also take place on more than just streets with the game set to include a variety of locations from a rooftop in Tokyo to a classic futsal court.last_img read more

‘Tottenham have to do Eriksen deal’

first_imgTottenham “have to tie Christian Eriksen down with a new contract”, says Danny Murphy, with it imperative that the Dane is not allowed to head towards free agency if no transfer is made this summer.As things stand, the 27-year-old could be on the move before the current window closes, with reports of interest from Spain refusing to away.Spurs, though, are hoping to see a key creative influence – one who has entered the final year of his deal – stay put and commit to fresh terms. 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? Murphy told bwin of an unwelcome distraction for those in north London: “Tottenham have to tie Eriksen down with a new contract if he doesn’t leave this summer.“They may have to add a clause to the contract that allows him to leave if certain teams come in for him, but they can’t afford to let him leave on a free next season.“I don’t believe Eriksen will sulk if he doesn’t leave this summer, but he needs to make sure his head is 100% in the right place come the first game of the season.“If he does kick up a fuss then [Mauricio] Pochettino will have no issues dropping him and that will only make matters worse. I really don’t think Eriksen is that type of player though.“These situations are the exact reason why teams shouldn’t let players get down to one year on their contract.“Tottenham can’t afford Eriksen to leave on a free next season so will want him to sign a contract if they can’t sell him. Eriksen then has to put his faith in the board if he signs a contract, that they will let him leave if a big team comes in for him.”Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 2018-19While hoping to see Eriksen remain at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Murphy is looking for more additions to be made.He feels Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos would a be shrewd signing, amid competition from Arsenal, while Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is considered to be another long-standing target that should be snapped up.Ex-Spurs star Murphy added: “Tottenham need to sign Sessegnon regardless of whether [Danny] Rose stays or not.“Being young and English makes Sessegnon a typical Tottenham signing and one they should definitely make.“Pochettino’s track record with young talent means he will be confident that he can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential.“Rose had a fantastic end to the season and I don’t think Tottenham should let him go, but Sessegnon is the ideal replacement in the long term.“Rose was back to his best at the end of last season and I think he’ll have a great season. Keeping them rotating will keep them fit and there’s plenty of games to get minutes under their belt.”last_img read more

ESPN Predicts The Winners Of Top SEC Quarterback Battles

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Spring football may be over, but there are still an abundance of quarterback battles raging in the SEC. About half of the league is still searching for its answer at the most important position in sports. Today, ESPN logged new predictions for the winners of those jobs.Alabama’s quarterback battle is probably the biggest in the sport. Few schools have one quarterback anywhere near the level of either contender in the Crimson Tide battle.Jalen Hurts has a sterling record as starter at ‘Bama. He took over midway through the 2016 season opener, and has led Alabama to back-to-back national championship berths.The Crimson Tide won the title this year, but it wasn’t Hurts under center when the clock hit zero. Little-used true freshman Tua Tagovailoa took over at halftime, and brought the offense back to life, coming from behind to knock off SEC Champion Georgia.ESPN’s Alex Scarbrough gives Tagovailoa the edge in Alabama’s quarterback battle.There’s a good chance that this one lasts into the season, as Nick Saban has done in previous years with new quarterbacks. However, Tagovailoa is the expected winner here, whenever that is finally decided.The momentum is in Tagovailoa’s favor after the way the national championship game ended. His ability to unlock the offense — specifically getting the ball more downfield — gives him a distinct advantage.Alabama is far from the only school with a decision on its hands. Even some of the races that have been decided don’t feel totally settled.Feleipe Franks is set to start at Florida, after an up-and-down first season. He could still get pushed by newcomers Emory Jones and Kyle Trask.Georgia has its guy in Jake Fromm, who led the team to a national championship appearance as a freshman. The Dawgs leaned on a dynamic run game last season, so Fromm’s role in the offense will have to expand in 2018. The team also bring in five-star Justin Fields, who should see the field in some capacity.LSU is a true race. Myles Brennan was the front-runner, but the addition of Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow adds a serious contender, who is probably now the man to beat.Burrow is the favorite, but he’s not a shoo-in to start. Not according to coach Ed Orgeron, who shot down the idea that Burrows was promised the job.Tennessee is in a similar spot to LSU. Jarrett Guarantano was the likely starter, until the team added Stanford transfer Keller Chryst.Given Chryst’s edge in terms of experience (23 games played, an 11-2 record as a starter) and fit (he’s a dropback passer), he has to be considered the favorite to win the job.Texas A&M has a new coach who knows how to get a quarterback to the next level. Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel might be the tightest of these races. Scarborough seems to be leaning Starkel.Mond might be the more dynamic QB, but Starkel could be the best fit. He surely made a good impression on Fisher when he threw for 499 yards and four touchdowns in the bowl game.So there is plenty to watch for in the SEC over the next few months. Quarterback play has been inconsistent in the league as of late, so these quarterback battles are especially crucial.last_img read more

Chris Webber To Serve As Michigan’s Honorary Captain For Penn State Game

first_imgMichigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against the Indiana Pacers.8 Mar 1992: Michigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard, guard Jalen Rose, and forward Chris Webber (l to r) look on during a game against Indiana.He’s coming home. Former Michigan Wolverines star Chris Webber is returning to Ann Arbor this fall after a lengthy ban kept him from the university.Webber will serve as the honorary captain for Michigan’s game against Penn State. Set for November 3, the matchup will go a long way to determining which team will come out of the Big Ten East (Ohio State included).It’s a significant moment for Webber, who hasn’t returned to campus since he left following his sophomore year. After turning pro, Webber implicated in an NCAA investigation for accepting improper benefits from booster Ed Martin.Now, he’ll be back in a big way. Head coach Jim Harbaugh got the ball rolling when he invited Webber to a game earlier this year.Whether or not Webber will rekindle his relationship with the Fab Five remains to be seen.Regardless, he’ll be in attendance as the Wolverines hope to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive as the Nittany Lions come to town.last_img read more