Archive for : October, 2019

10 months agoSolskjaer warns Man Utd squad: I can lay down law

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer warns Man Utd squad: I can lay down lawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’ll have no problem “laying down the law” with the players.Solskjaer was quizzed yesterday about how he can get Paul Pogba back on the rails.”Maybe I should get the hairdryer out of my pocket,” said Solskjaer.”I’ve got a haridryer – when my hair needs lifting I use it on myself – but I’m also not afraid of, if you like, laying down the law.”You know with your kids, when they disappoint you, you tell them off, you don’t give them some chocolate do you?”So you treat players similar to how you treat your kids, really, because you want the best for them, you want to guide them, your want to help them.”But if I get disappointed? Ask Noah, or Karna or Elijah [Solskjaer’s children] or some of the players I had at Molde.”Once in a while you really have to tell them the standards we’ve got.” last_img read more

10 months agoMcCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McCarthy: I want to build Ireland around West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRepublic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy wants to build his team around West Ham youngster Declan Rice.Rice, 19, has already been capped for the Republic but has not been involved in any competitive fixtures while he considers playing for England instead.McCarthy, who began his second spell as national boss last month, revealed he has held talks with Rice and feels he could be a future captain of the country.He told Sky Sports: “I had a really good meeting with him.”There was myself, (assistant manager) Robbie (Keane), Declan and his dad and it is just up to him what he wants to decide – that’s how I’ve left it.”It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland, it’s my job – if he decides that he wants to stay with us – to pick him.”I think he’s a really talented player. I thought he was a lovely lad, he’s got a really nice family behind him and he has everything about him that makes you want him to play for you.”That’s still my case, I want him to play for us.”I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March and that’s my deadline I guess, I need to know by then.”I’d like to build a team around him and he could be a future captain – he’s that type of player.” last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid president Florentino insists summer market a success

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid president Florentino insists summer market a successby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists they had a successful summer market.Los Blancos made a handful of new signings this summer, spending a total of 305 million euros, yet only Eden Hazard seems to have joined as a guaranteed starter.Regardless, Florentino is pleased with their business.”The squad is one of the most valuable [in the world] at 1.18 billion euros,” he told the club’s General Assembly.”We have added new players, including Hazard, who has excited Madrid fans since the day of his presentation. The best player in the Europa League and the Premier League.”[Luka] Jovic, aged just 21 and having scored 27 goals last year, to the best left-back in the French league [Ligue 1] over the last two years, [Ferland] Mendy.”Also [Eder] Militao, who just won the Copa America.”Rodrygo [Goes] is one of the most promising players in Brazilian football.”[Alphonse] Areola has arrived to replace our dear Keylor Navas [whose name was met by applause from the room].”The commitment to young players is an angular part of our model. We believe in our academy and here at Valdebebas, the values of the club are transmitted to the players.” last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery says Sokratis has full support

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery says Sokratis has full supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery says Sokratis has the club’s full support.Sokratis was distraught after his error and took sole blame for Arsenal dropping two points at Watford from 2-0 up.Emery said of the defender, who is set to be recalled to face Aston Villa on Sunday: “We are a team. It is not individual. We spoke with him, with them. We need to be together and one mistake is not his mistake.”It is the mistake of all the team and I am responsible because I decided to start like that.”We need to be together when we win, when we lose and also be convinced in our preparation and our game plan in each match.” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp excited about Elliott and Hoever after Cup victory

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp excited about Elliott and Hoever after Cup victoryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Harvey Elliott and Ki-Jana Hoever for victory over MK Dons in the Carabao Cup. Elliott, who became the youngest debutant in Liverpool history, turned in an eye-catching performance on the right of a front three and hit the woodwork twice at Stadium MK.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Dutch defender Hoever scored his first goal for the club on what was a landmark night for a host of youngsters at the club, including goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and Herbie Kane. Klopp said: “At 16 years old still and [Elliott] is this kind of footballer is really good for us. He is a brilliant boy, he takes the situation really well and wants to learn. He will always be a special player for moments, but you see overall with his defending and movements, it is not easy so that is really good.”His left-foot is not too bad. He was a bit unlucky otherwise he would have scored. They are all good, they are all really skilled but that’s why it is important to give them games like this. We will try to continue like this, so we will see. “For Ki-Jana, I didn’t play on a similar stage when I was 18 years old at this really nice stadium, I wish other clubs would have had similar dressing rooms, by the way! So in the first half he was defensively orientated. Second half he was able to get in the box and it was a wonderful goal. Wonderful cross (from Milner) absolutely.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan City star Silva’s tweet not racist – England legend Barnes

first_imgMan City star Silva’s tweet not racist – England legend Barnesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England star John Barnes says that Bernardo Silva was not racist in his tweet about Benjamin Mendy.Silva tweeted a photograph of Mendy as a child, comparing his appearance to that of the logo of a Spanish company Conguitos.He showed the two pictures side by side, saying “guess who?”But Barnes does not think it was racist.The former England and Liverpool star told Sky Sports News: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.”It’s ridiculous. It’s a cartoon, and in many respects I’ve seen it, and I think he looks like a young Mendy. I don’t see what the issue is.”This has got nothing to do with racism. They are friends. Regardless of whether it looks like Mendy or not, why is that offensive?”Are Kick It Out and the FA wrong? Yes.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino admits having little influence on Sissoko’s deal

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino admits having little influence on Sissoko’s dealby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he had little influence on Moussa Sissoko’s new four-year deal. It was announced on Friday that the 30-year-old midfielder had agreed new terms taking him through until 2023 but, speaking on Monday, Pochettino seemed to suggest he was not involved in the process. “It’s a decision from the club and the player to sign a contract,” Pochettino said, speaking ahead of facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Frenchman has had an impressive last 18 months and has become a regular under Pochettino, going on to make 132 appearances in all competitions since he arrived. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replay

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replayby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to avoid a Carabao Cup replay.The Times says sources close to Klopp claim he would be “horrified” at the prospect of having to replay the Reds’ Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons due to the fielding of an ineligible player.Pedro Chirivella came on as a second half substitute for Naby Keita during the 2-0 third round win last week, when the Reds’ goals came from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever.Following two loan spells in the Netherlands, Chirivella seemingly wasn’t re-registered with the Reds following a loan spell at Spanish Segunda Division side Extremadura last season, when he also ran into registration problems and didn’t play a game.Liverpool – who were drawn to face Arsenal at home in fourth round – insist that they they did register Chirivella as their player as far back as July, and say that the blame for the apparent loss of paperwork lies with the FA. The Reds could be expelled from the competition if the EFL decide to come down hard on them, although replaying the game or a fine seems like the much more likely outcome. last_img read more

22 days agoBarcelona captain Messi talks Griezmann and preseason tours

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona captain Messi talks Griezmann and preseason toursby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi admits their pre-season tour has had a negative effect on their start to the season.Messi was speaking after their Champions League win over Inter Milan.”When you travel you don’t train well,” he said.”We returned and we left [again], you don’t work well and we didn’t have a training base, but we’re improving, we’re going to get going, but it’s not a criticism, it’s reality.”It’s understandable that the club puts on these [pre-season] games, all the big clubs do it and it’s necessary, little by little we’re going to adapt to the competition.Messi made just his second start of the season against Inter and he says that he’s getting back to match sharpness.”[I’m] trying to start, they’re the first 90 minutes I’ve been able to complete, [I’m] happy to end well, tired and lacking in rhythm, but once the games go by, I will get going, I’m used to playing and managing my matches,” he added.”We don’t train much because we’re playing two games a week and there isn’t time. I feel better when I’m playing and when I have a run of games.”He also commented on his relationship with Antoine Griezmann.”Obviously we don’t have any problems; there’s a good relationship between everyone in the dressing room, we are united,” Messi explained.”We knew that the time wasn’t the best, that we needed this win to get back on track so that we can go forwards now.”We’ve won two important matches and let’s hope it stays like this, it was tough to get started but we hope to continue rising.”We’re on this path, we knew that we were having a difficult moment, but if we look at the rest of Europe, it’s tough for every team to start, for pre-season, we’re slow, I’m not finding excuses but it’s reality.” last_img read more

22 days agoChelsea striker Tammy Abraham undecided about international future

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham undecided about international futureby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says he is undecided about his international future.England and Nigeria are both vying for the 22-year-old, who has scored eight goals in ten games this season.”I love both nations,” Abraham said.”To be wanted by both nations, clearly I’m doing something right on the pitch for Chelsea. I just have to keep going. My time will come.”I’m not sure, I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m just focusing on the club now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img