Month: October 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
Solskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friendsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his players do not need to be best friends.He is putting his squad through their paces in Dubai during United’s mid-season warm weather training camp.Solskjaer revealed there have been some friendly arguments after practice games but said he wants to see even more niggle.“You don’t have to be best friends,” said Solskjaer. “The team spirit is great. We had one or two fights, but that’s just the demand, the standards you set.“If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind that, because it means they’re winners, they want to improve.“If you settle for losing in training, you’ll lose when a game when it really matters.“It’s a long, hard season. You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing.“They all want to play, but they all want the best for their mates and everyone understands it’s a team game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.”
Steve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forestby Andrew Macleana month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest legend Steve Chettle says Stan Collymore was the most talented footballer he played alongside at the City Ground.An enigmatic and talented centre-forward, Collymore joined Forest from Southend United in 1993 and became a star in his two seasons at the club.His breakthrough culminated in an unbelievable 1994/95 season, in which Collymore’s 22 goals helped Forest finish third in the Premier League.Those performances motivated Liverpool to pay £8.4m for the then 24-year-old, breaking the British record transfer fee at the time.The sale wasn’t a surprise given Forest had sold Neil Webb and Roy Keane to Manchester United, and Nigel Clough to Liverpool, in the years prior to Collymore’s move.Chettle played alongside all four, and when asked who was the most talented of the bunch, the club’s third-highest games holder selected Collymore, who he compared to former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo Nazario.”Stan Collymore. The best player I’ve played alongside is Stan Collymore,” Chettle told Tribalfootball.com.”He had everything. I’ve compared him, maybe rightly or wrongly, to the old fashioned number nine Ronaldo.”He could do everything, especially the year when we finished third in the Premier League. “He scored some unbelievable goals and he was the best player I played with in a Forest team.”After watching the club as a boy and coming through the academy ranks, Chettle was introduced to the first-team by legendary manager Brian Clough in the late 1980’s.He would go on to play 527 games in 13 years for his boyhood club, winning the League Cup in 1989 and 1990 and playing alongside some legendary players such as Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Keane and Clough.Quizzed on which was the best team he played in, Chettle split the answer in two.”There were a couple of generations of teams,” he continued. “There was one that I first came into playing alongside Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Steve Hodge, Neil Webb, Nigel Clough. I used to go away and travel with the England U21s and all those boys in the senior group.”It was a great time to be around that football club and in that team because I was only 19 years old so it was a great learning curve for me. “Then the next phase when I was playing alongside Roy Keane, Steve Stone. We had two kind of generations of fantastic teams so it was kind of a different experience for my career and I like them both as equal.”Video Courtesy of NFFCTube TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has appeared to end speculation linking him with a move away from the club.In a simple tweet with the young forward shown in the club’s newly released kit, Mbappe seemed to underline his commitment to his side ahead of the 2019-20 season.The 20-year-old, who scored 33 league goals in 29 games last season, tweeted the club’s slogan, ‘Ici c’est Paris’ – ‘this is Paris’ – followed by ‘19/20’. 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 Rumours have been mounting throughout the summer that Mbappe could be lured away by the promise of a fresh challenge, with the starlet having already won everything on the domestic scene in France.His 39 goals and 17 assists in all competitions was a stunning return for the player, but for many others it was also a sign that the world’s best young player has outgrown the league.ICI C’EST PARIS 19/20 🔴🔵 @PSG_inside pic.twitter.com/diGY7fksve— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 2, 2019PSG have continued to frustrate in Europe, with last season’s embarrassing defeat to Manchester United only the latest in a sequence of disappointing results in the Champions League.Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Mbappe, as Zinedine Zidane continues the dramatic rebuild of the club following his return to the Spanish capital last season.The potential of a front three featuring Mbappe alongside new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic is undoubtedly a mouth-watering prospect, though it has been suggested Madrid could move for Mbappe next summer in a return to their old tactic of signing one big star every year.Liverpool have also been linked with the forward but for now it seems as though he will be staying in the French capital.It has been a difficult summer for PSG fans, with constant rumours surrounding their two undoubted stars.This reassurance from Mbappe may help to quell fans’ fears but speculation around teammate Neymar shows no sign of abating.PSG are thought to be heavily reluctant to sell but Barcelona seem desperate to facilitate a return for their former player.Recent reports have suggested the French champions could be willing to accept a deal involving a huge cash sum as well as players in exchange, but any deal would be a huge PR blow for PSG’s footballing project and global brand.
Five weeks. That’s how long it took for Liga MX to have its first coaching change of the tournament, with Puebla bidding farewell to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as “El Chelis” on Saturday.The change comes after a blowout loss at home Friday night with Pachuca topping La Franja, 4-0. It’s the third loss of the season for Puebla with a draw against Chivas the only point of the season. The club currently has a -9 goal difference. 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? “It is informed that Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is no longer the manager of Club Puebla,” a club statement read. “We thank Sanchez Sola for the love and world he has shown toward the institution and we with him the best in his future projects.”Liga MX is notorious for coaching changes, with more than half the teams in the league switching managers last tournament. Chelis himself took over during the previous campaign for his fourth stint as Puebla boss. The move by the directors hardly comes as a surprise, with the coach saying that while he hadn’t received an ultimatum of beating Pachuca or losing his job, he was aware of speculation the weekend game could be his last.”This is my worst stretch as a manager, the worst situation I’ve lived through,” the manager said after Friday’s match. “This club is really great, extremely great.””It came out in the week that they were going to fire me, that somebody in the front office had said that,” he continued. “Nobody told me anything.”At no time will I blame anybody for anything. If this fatal news comes to pass, I’m not going to say anything either. I have to be grateful. They’d be right to think about it.”The 60-year-old recently has worked as a TV pundit and before taking over Puebla coached the Las Vegas Lights in the USL Championship.Puebla plans to announce its next manager shortly, ahead of the team’s next league game, a trip to the Estadio Azteca to face Cruz Azul. It currently sits last in the 19-team Liga MX, though a Veracruz loss Sunday would put the Tiburones Rojos back on bottom.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This has been an interesting offseason for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. He has been competing with Tua Tagovailoa for the starting job, but is widely expected to lose out to the rising sophomore.Hurts recently spoke candidly about the competition, and his comments drew some backlash from Alabama fans. By all accounts, Hurts is still well-liked by teammates and coaches, but this has got to be tough for him.Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is Hurts’ former offensive coordinator at Alabama. Kiffin knows a lot about dealing with outside pressure, criticism and just about everything else you can think of.This afternoon, Kiffin had some words of encouragement for his former pupil. He shared an article on Twitter titled “How 10 High Achievers Handle Haters” along with a message to Hurts.“Best article ever!!! #4 Thanks for sending it to me @Forbes Great one for u too @JalenHurts Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! #SECplayeroftheyear! Kiffin wrote.Best article ever!!! #4 ?Thanks for sending it to me @Forbes Great one for u too @JalenHurts Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! ?♂️ #SECoffplayeroftheyear https://t.co/usCiHpl7Yd— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 16, 2018Kiffin has stuck up for Hurts before. It is clear he is a fan.Interestingly, Hurts could graduate from Alabama in December, transfer elsewhere and be eligible immediately. He would have no shortage of suitors.Wonder if Kiffin would be interested in bringing him to Boca Raton?
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)On Saturday, the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Blacksburg and face the No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies. Notre Dame enters this game on a hot streak, while Virginia Tech got back to its winning ways last weekend.Preview: Since Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly turned the starting quarterback job over to Ian Book, the Fighting Irish have been unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. The defense, meanwhile, is coming off of a dominant performance over Stanford in which it allowed just 17 points.Virginia Tech opened its season with an impressive win over Florida State that have everyone singing the Hokies’ praises. Two weeks later, though, the Hokies were outgunned by Old Dominion in the biggest upset of the college football season.Last week Virginia Tech bounced back with a solid win over then-No. 22 Duke.TIME TO OWN IT ❗⏰ – 8 pm Saturday ?- Lane Stadium ? – Notre Dame at Virginia Tech #BeatND ☘️ pic.twitter.com/JW6rvRt3zG— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) October 5, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 8:00 PM ETChannel: ABCLocation: Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VAAnnouncers: Chris Fowler and Kirk HerbstreitPrediction: Blacksburg is one of college football’s most-intimidating environments and Virginia Tech is the only thing standing between Notre Dame and a spot in the College Football Playoff. As such, the Fighting Irish won’t be overlooking its opponent this weekend.Ian Book’s presence under center has revitalized the Notre Dame offense.Notre Dame 34, Virginia Tech 26
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a top 2019 NFL Draft candidate, but the Buckeyes’ star QB doesn’t have any plans on skipping his team’s bowl game.Urban Meyer’s team is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl.Haskins has shut down any talk of him skipping the game.“I’m playing in the game,” he told reporters today.Q: Has there been any conversation about you not playing in the Rose Bowl?Dwayne Haskins: “Nah, I’m playing in the game.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 2, 2018Ohio State is set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the sidelines during the AllState BCS National Championship against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Ryan Day may have the confidence of the athletic department and his predecessor, Urban Meyer, but some remain unconvinced. Among them is former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who gave his thoughts on who he would have preferred to replace Meyer.Speaking to TMZ Sports this past week, Pryor nominated former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as the man best-suited to replace Meyer.“We need to get Jim Tressel back,” Pryor tells TMZ Sports.Video of the interview, via TMZ:Tressel accumulated seven Big Ten conference titles and a national title during his ten years at Ohio State.He now serves as President of Youngstown State University, where he previously coached football from 1986 to 2000.It’s a potentially controversial opinion to be sure, especially considering the role Pryor had in the scandal that eventually forced Tressel to resign.Pryor was one of several players on the Ohio State football team that was suspended prior to the 2011 season for exchanging memorabilia for free tattoos.The NCAA accused Tressel of lying about his knowledge of the memorabilia exchange, and he resigned before the 2011 season.Following Tressel’s resignation, the NCAA vacated all of his wins from the 2010 season and imposed a brief bowl ban.[TMZ Sports]