About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea save best I’ve ever seenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed David de Gea’s wonder save for victory over Huddersfield.United won 3-1, though De Gea’s intervention came at a crucial moment.Solskjaer said, “The result was great. Obviously, you win the game and get three points. I think we started off slowly and maybe [it was] the whole occasion, we took one touch too many, we didn’t create too many chances early on but, after we got the first goal, I think we settled down, we passed it quicker. “There was a period just before half-time when you thought we would get the second here and it will be game over. In the second half, the first seven or eight minutes, I think we struggled then David’s save was the key moment for us. “You know every team, whatever game you are playing, if you are at home or away, they will get a chance because there is quality in all Premier League teams and that save must be one of the best I have seen – probably the best.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino declares he could stay with Spurs ‘for 20 years’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has declared he could stay with the Londoners for 20 years.The 46-year-old Argentine has guided Spurs to fifth, third, second and third in his four completed league seasons since joining from Southampton in 2014.”I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here,” said Pochettino.”I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history.”He added: “It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?”
Ex-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goalsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen has hit five goals for PSV Eindhoven in their thumping of Vitesse.He opened the scoring after 18 minutes before adding further strikes ten minutes before half-time and immediately after the break.Malen then completed the 5-0 rout with two penalties in the final seven minutes.The result still leaves Mark van Bommel’s side behind Ajax on goal difference at the top of the Eredivisie, with four wins and a draw so far this season.It takes the forward’s total to ten this season, which included a goal on his senior Netherlands debut against Germany this month.Malen was part of Arsenal’s academy between 2015 and 2017.Earlier this month, Malen admitted he still bristles over criticism from his time at Arsenal.Malen was branded overweight by former Arsenal youth chief Andries Jonker, now in charge of Telstar, during his time with the Gunners.”I heard him say that I came in too fat. That surprised me,” Malen recalled to AD.”They had been working at Arsenal for two months when I came. Then of course you are not immediately at the same level.”I was not fit yet, but too fat? No.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson admits Benteke confidence rock bottomby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits Christian Benteke’s confidence is rock bottom.The 28-year-old missed a fantastic opportunity to seal the victory in Palace’s last-gasp 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday, leaving him goalless for the season and with just four goals in his last 52 Premier League appearances.Hodgson said: “We cannot do more than we have been doing for a long period of time because unfortunately his confidence hasn’t been at the highest level because he hasn’t scored the goals that he wants to score, and the club want him to score.”But we work very hard with him to make certain that he realises there’s other aspects of his game that we appreciate and we still want him to give us every time he plays.”It’s not because he doesn’t try hard enough. It’s not because he doesn’t want to score goals badly. It just is a rut that he finds himself in and we’re working hard with him on the training field to try and help him to get out of it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Son of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban has slammed coach Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo is under huge pressure at Milan after defeat to Fiorentina – marking the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.And Rafael Boban has added to the speculation by taking to social media today.”Milan,” he wrote in his stories on ‘Instagram’, “has many quality players, the problem is the coach.”Boban Jr went onto praise the qualities of former Milan coach Max Allegri, now a free agent after leaving Juventus.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?
N’Golo Kante’s priority is defending according to Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, despite the midfielder taking on a more forward role this season.The France international has played in a different position after Sarri brought in Jorginho, who played under the Italian at Napoli, which many pundits have claimed has negatively affected his performances. Kante is not renowned for his attacking play, but put away a second-half chance in clinical fashion as the Blues claimed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday. 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? When asked about Kante by reporters after the game, Sarri said: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and on [Ross] Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.”Kante has had huge success in a defensive-midfield position, winning back-to-back Premier League titles for Leicester City and Chelsea in 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively and the World Cup with France, so some have questioned why he has been moved.Loftus-Cheek’s game time has been restricted under Sarri, despite an impressive loan spell at Palace last season and some promising cameos at the World Cup with England in the summer.Barkley on the other hand has enjoyed his best form in a Chelsea shirt since joining the Blues from Everton for £15 million in January 2018.The midfield has not been the biggest problem for Sarri since his arrival though, with the lack of a prolific centre-forward being more of a worry.Sarri has admitted he prefers Hazard as the main striker rather than Alvaro Morata, who has managed five Premier League goals this season, or Olivier Giroud, who has only one. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gonzalo Higuain’s January arrival at Chelsea has cast him in an unenviable role as the club’s mid-season saviour but that was always likely to prove too heavy a burden for one man to bear.Exactly a year on from a 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth, they suffered an even more humiliating defeat at the Vitality Stadium, beaten 4-0 on a trying night for both Higuain and his manager, Maurizio Sarri.The Argentine had 29 touches, no shots and no key passes on his Premier League debut. Unsurprisingly, the home fans revelled in Higuain’s misery, dismissing him as “just a sh*t Callum Wilson”, the Bournemouth striker previously targeted by Chelsea. 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? It wasn’t just Higuain who suffered, though.Josh King and David Brooks tore Chelsea apart time and again, combining for the first two goals and ultimately scoring three between them before Charlie Daniels added a fourth late on. The embarrassing nature of the defeat places Sarri and his side under further scrutiny, with Chelsea now fifth in the table, behind Arsenal on goals scored.The most obvious concern is that the players are not showing any signs of better adapting to Sarri’s system the longer the season goes on.’Sarriball’ is proving increasingly predictable, even with Higuain leading the line.Indeed, Bournemouth simply followed the blueprint previously laid out by a host of teams outside the top six who have successfully ceded possession to Chelsea in non-threatening areas before hitting them on the break.Everton, Manchester United, Southampton, Leicester and Crystal Palace all played this way against Chelsea, who proved unable to bypass deep-lying defences. Furthermore, in most cases, Jorginho was man-marked out of the game. It was an all-too-familiar story here: new striker; same old ‘Sarriball’.N’Golo Kante again looked uncomfortable in the final third, fluffing a massive chance, while nobody was in the least bit surprised when Mateo Kovacic saw his close-range header pushed on to the bar.The Croatia midfielder hasn’t scored for 93 matches for club and country yet he has been charged with becoming Chelsea’s answer to Napoli captain Marek Hamsik at Stamford Bridge. It is not going well.Chelsea put Eden Hazard and Pedro alongside Higuain but all three proved incapable of providing any magic up front, with the Spain international particularly disappointing.Willian, Olivier Giroud and Ruben Loftus-Cheek came on but changed nothing, as Chelsea kept Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3 shape throughout.At the back, David Luiz made a terrible mistake for the second goal, only heightening the sense of déjà vu among the travelling support.Perhaps worst of all, Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi travelled to the south coast but wasn’t included in the matchday squad, just a day after Chelsea rejected his transfer request in the hope of sending out a stern ‘hands-off’ warning to the Bavarians.Instead, the teenage talent would be forgiven for wanting to leave more than ever before.Make no mistake about it, this was a chastening defeat for Chelsea and their boss. It was only the second time in the club’s history that the Blues had lost a Premier League game by a four-goal margin.Sarri can, therefore, no longer point to the absence of a prolific striker for the failings of Sarriball. They have one now in Higuain, who knows ‘Sarriball’ better than most after his record-breaking heroics at Napoli in 2015-16.This defeat can’t be attributed to his players’ attitude either. Higuain may ultimately prove the answer to Chelsea’s problems up front but there are question marks hanging over every area of this team.And perhaps the biggest one of all hangs over ‘Sarriball’ itself.The manager needs to find answers, and fast. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
YouTube/The War Eagle ReaderApple CEO Tim Cook is one of the world’s most well-renowned Auburn alumni, and the company’s Thursday MacBook Pro launch event featured a nod to his Auburn football fandom.Apple revealed the latest version of the MacBook Pro during Thursday’s launch event, and some college football snuck its way into the presentation. Those who are familiar with Cook’s Auburn fandom probably aren’t surprised that highlights from Saturday’s Tigers rout of Arkansas were featured.Apple design lead Jen Folse gave this part of the presentation, but she had a nice nod to Cook during it. After some highlights from Louisville vs. NC State, Folse showed a 51-yard touchdown run by Auburn’s Kam Martin, the final score in the Tigers’ 56-3 win over the Razorbacks. From War Eagle Reader:It isn’t the first time that Cook’s Auburn fandom was made very adamant during a speech or presentation. He made reference to the famous Iron Bowl “Kick Six” during his acceptance speech for Auburn’s lifetime achievement award, and yelled “War Eagle” in response to an Alabama fan waiting in line for an iPhone 6’s “Roll Tide” when that phone launched back in September 2014.We’re sure Auburn fans watching and covering the event appreciated seeing this touchdown one more time.[War Eagle Reader]
The college football season is underway, and Week 1 will be here in a couple of days. It is time to be excited.While every team has at least a little bit of hope right now before their first game, there are some who are destined to struggle. Those programs could decide to make a change and fire their coach.An updated list of betting odds for the first coach to be fired has been released, courtesy of BetDSI. You can check them out below.Maryland’s D.J. Durkin is no longer on the list. Kansas’ David Beaty is not surprisingly first, followed by Lovie Smith, Ed Orgeron, Brian Kelly and Chris Ash to round out the top five.The full list is as follows:David Beaty (Kansas) +400Lovie Smith (Illinois) +500Ed Orgeron (LSU) +600Brian Kelly (ND) +750Chris Ash (Rutgers) +800Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) +1000Mike MacIntyre (Colorado) +1200Barry Odom (Missouri) +1500Mike Leach (Washington State) +2000Dino Babers (Syracuse) +2000Steve Addazio (Boston College) +2500Larry Fedora (North Carolina) +2500Mark Stoops (Kentucky) +3000Herm Edwards (Arizona State) +4000Bobby Petrino (Louisville) +7500Gus Malzahn (Auburn) +10000Field (Any Other Head Coach) +150Which of these names will be the first to go? Or will it be someone not even listed?No coach wants to be on this list, but they play the games for a reason. Just because your name is here doesn’t mean you will be fired.