Greizmann out to bring joy with four-goal heroics

first_imgAntoine Griezmann Griezmann happy to bring joy to Atletico Madrid after passing century of goals Jamie Smith 08:46 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Leganés Leganés Primera División After being criticised for ‘shushing’ his side’s fans, the star striker reiterated his focus is on pleasing the crowd as he continues to shine Antoine Griezmann says he is trying to bring joy to Atletico Madrid fans after drawing criticism for ‘shushing’ supporters in a match earlier this year.Griezmann gave a mesmerising individual display for Atletico on Wednesday, scoring all four goals in a 4-0 demolition of Leganes that saw Diego Simeone’s men move within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.A second hat-trick in four days after a treble against Sevilla on Sunday indicates Griezmann is one of the world’s hottest players, with his first strike against Leganes bringing up his 100th Atleti goal in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You have to enjoy it, I’m trying to give people joy,” Griezmann told beIN SPORTS after a blistering performance saw the striker reach 15 La Liga goals for the season. “I could have made a mistake, but in the field I’ve never been wrong, I’m very happy and we’re going to continue like this.”When pressed about the mistakes he referred to, Griezmann added: “In everything I have been able to say and in telling the fans to be quiet, but I hope to have your love until the end.”Griezmann has been linked with a move to Barca at the end of the season but Simeone’s men, who travel to Camp Nou on Sunday, have piled pressure on the leaders.”I’m happy with my performance, but as I always say, the three points are the most important,” Griezmann added.”Now let’s go to Barcelona to see if we can do something beautiful. “We have 12 games left and we are going to try to win all of them and we will see how far we can go.”last_img read more


first_imgAre you interested in advertising in the 2006 NTL booklet? Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.last_img read more

Position Vacant!

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for positions in our National office located in Canberra.Please click on the respective jobs below to open the Position Description.Graphic Design and Multimedia CoordinatorApplications close 5.00pm AEDT 4th November For further information or to lodge your application for these career opportunities, please email LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

10 months agoSacked Southampton chief Les Reed in line for FA job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sacked Southampton chief Les Reed in line for FA jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Southampton chief Les Reed is in line for the FA’s technical director’s post.The Daily Mail says Reed is a strong contender to become the FA’s new technical director as they aim to make an appoint before January.He will take over from Dan Ashworth, who is poised for a similar role at Brighton in the new year.Reed, 66, who left his role as Southampton’s head of football development last month after eight years, is vastly experienced and one of a number of candidates to be interviewed.The FA also spoke to Les Ferdinand but QPR’s director of football ruled himself out of the reckoning. They also considered Kevin Thelwell, who fills a similar role at Wolves. last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal escape FA charge for Alli bottle incident

first_imgArsenal escape FA charge for Alli bottle incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are unlikely to be punished by the FA after Dele Alli was struck with a water bottle thrown from the stands at the Emirates.The Gunners are scouring CCTV to try and identify the culprit.As it was an individual rather than a group, the FA will assist Arsenal in their investigation rather than punish them.Alli was struck after scoring Spurs’ second goal in their 2-0 win over Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-final. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoRanieri driving Fulham bid for Besiktas defender Vida

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ranieri driving Fulham bid for Besiktas defender Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri is reviving his plans for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.Le 10 Sport says Ranieri wants to boost his defensive options and is eager to bring Vida to London.The Italian has been tracking Vida since his time in charge of Leicester City.The Cottagers are ready to bid for the Croatia international, confident of landing Vida for a realistic fee.Besiktas, in the midst of financial difficulties, need to sell to balance the books this month. last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle owner Mike Ashley in Mexico sale meeting

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in Mexico sale meetingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly met with two Mexican businessmen about the club’s sale.The Newcastle owner has been looking for investors to take over the club, but has so far failed to attract any serious offers.Ashley held a meeting in London last week, claims the Athletic, but the talks are believed to have come to nothing.He is said to have come across as “rude” and it now seems the negotiations will not progress further.The Mexicans had harboured an interest in buying Newcastle since watching the film Goal! in which fictional footballer Santiago Munez – of Mexico – earns a trial at the club and goes on to become a professional. last_img read more

20 hours ago​Anfield will play host to Liverpool Women

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Anfield will play host to Liverpool Womenby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Women will play a Women’s Super League game at Anfield for the first timeVicky Jepson’s side will play Everton during Women’s Football Weekend, which has been scheduled for the next men’s international break.”It’s important that if you support Liverpool you get down and support the women’s team,” Jepson told BBC Sport.It will be the first time Liverpool Women have played at the 54,074-capacity ground since an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal in 2013.”It should be exciting for the fans given we have a big Liverpool family,” Jepson said.”There is still a long way to go just like any women’s team but we are certainly moving in the right direction.”We are being backed and moving towards where we need to be.”The Reds usually play their home games at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park, which has a capacity of 16,587. last_img read more

Johnny Unitas Award Twitter Account Blasts Ohio State Fan Who Mocked Connor Cook

first_imgJohnny Unitas Twitter account blasts Ohio State fans.Update: Based on this earlier tweet from the account, it appears Johnny Unitas’ son John Jr. runs it. It’s unclear if he was the one who tweeted back at the Buckeyes fan, but it is interesting. Thanks for having me on the show @ScottGShow1057 @Transamerica @120Sports @DunbarArmored @TheGrandBmore #winningqb— Golden Arm Award (@GoldenArmAward) December 9, 2015John Unitas Jr joined the show earlier to announce the 2015 @GoldenArmAward. Check out this years winner here:— Scott Garceau Show (@ScottGShow1057) December 8, 2015Earlier: Today, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior collegiate quarterback. After the news emerged on Twitter, an Ohio State fan named Matthew Gaskill tweeted at the award’s official account and mocked Cook for his perceived slight of Buckeye legend Archie Griffin after the Big Ten Championship game.@GoldenArmAward Good thing Unitas isn’t around to be disrespected by @Connor_Cook03 @MSU_Football— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015Gaskill’s tweet is actually pretty run-of-the-mill. But the response from the Unitas Award Twitter account was anything but. It has since been deleted, but we have a screenshot. unitas2Okay then. Not only did the person running the account use an aggressive response, they personalized it as well. See that “Stick to RE” at the end? That’s referring to Gaskill’s career in real-estate, which he mentions in his Twitter bio.@GoldenArmAward Hey, intern. It wasn’t a knock on Unitas. If you followed football and the guy who won your award, you’d get the reference— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015What a time to be alive indeed.last_img read more

Video: Two More Ohio State Players Lose Their Black Stripe

first_imgOhio State freshmen standing up at practice.Twitter/@OhioStateFBIn the latest Ohio State football video, two more Buckeye underclassmen officially “lose” their black stripes and become recognized as full-fledged members of the team.At OSU, freshmen must practice with a black stripe on their helmets until they earn their keep. Getting your stripe removed is a major milestone, which this Ohio State football video captures well.Today, on the final day of training camp, true freshman running back Demario McCall and redshirt freshman defensive end Rashod Berry shed their stripe. Both players earned the cheers and admiration of their teammates. Each gave a brief speech after Meyer called them up.Awesome way to end fall camp! Demario and Rashod welcome to the Bucks!— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2016During the week, freshmen quarterback Dwayne Haskins and first-year cornerback Rodjay Burns also had their stripe removed. They joined the first eight players who lost their black stripe earlier this summer or in the springtime.These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes.— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016Congratulations to Demario and Rashod. Buckeye fans, who do you think will be next?last_img read more

Klopp reveals Salah shoulder struggles

first_imgMohamed Salah toiled with the after effects of his shoulder injury at the start of this season, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.A deft finish from the Egypt forward opened the scoring for Liverpool in the Premier League leaders’ 2-0 win at Wolves last time out and moved him on to 14 goals for the campaign in all competitions.Five of those have come in the past two weeks and Klopp believes the 2017-18 PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Season is now firing on all cylinders – not that this was always the case in the months after his ill-fated grapple with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final. 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? “He is young enough to involve a lot more things in his game. It’s not just speed, it’s not just finishing, it’s keeping the ball,” Klopp told reporters at a news conference ahead of Newcastle United’s Boxing Day visit to Anfield.”But you need your body for that and that was the only problem with Mo at the beginning of the season. Part of his body was still not perfect.”If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 per cent, it’s okay. If you are a professional football player, it just takes 10-15 per cent away.”He’s still a world-class player but we knew we had to wait until the moment when everything was fine again.”Klopp has made a subtle change to Salah’s role in Liverpool’s much-vaunted forward line this season, meaning the 26-year-old has often been stationed in a central attacking position as opposed to his customary spot on the right wing.”It’s good. He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position. Not that different, but slightly. We need his link-up play,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach explained.”He still has that desire and the speed in the first few yards, which is impressive. And of course, he is a very important part of our finishing situations.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Why Liverpool & Klopp tactically failed vs Man City

first_imgThe title race is back on thanks to Leroy Sane’s winning goal for Manchester City against Liverpool on Thursday night, in what was a fascinating battle between two of the world’s best coaches.There were plenty of things to talk about after the match at the Etihad Stadium, and yet the Arsenal and Chelsea games were arguably even more revealing, showing the tactical problems emerging for both Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery.Here, Goal looks at five points you might not have noticed during the midweek action… 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? Liverpool fail to master Man City’s pressPep Guardiola’s team put in arguably their best defensive performance since his arrival at the club. His front five held their nerve in a high block, pressing the ball superbly but also leaving the centre-back alone, preventing Liverpool’s midfield from gaining any real control of the game.However, Liverpool should have worked out an alternative strategy much sooner than they did.Jordan Henderson does not have the technical ability to receive the ball against such a crowded City press, and yet Liverpool persistently tried to pass around their hosts rather than look for a longer out-ball. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could have done more to affect play (rather than wait for their midfielders to solve the problems), while Roberto Firmino should have dropped deeper to help Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.Liverpool’s goal was the only time in which they successfully outmanoeuvred the City press to create space in the final third. It was also the only time Mane dropped and tucked inside, turning a City midfielder deep inside his own half.By the time the Reds equalised Jurgen Klopp had brought Fabinho on, which turned the game in their favour thanks to the Brazilian’s sweeping long diagonal passes. However, the visitors should have attempted this much sooner; given that Dejan Lovren is poor on the ball, it made sense for the full-backs to pull wide and make themselves available for longer passes than go straight over the top of City’s blockade.Hesitancy – to take risks with longer passes, to change things tactically – cost Liverpool the game.Manchester City Liverpool tacticsHigh pressing shows Hasenhuttl’s impactAfter the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl praised the “good mixture” of defensive styles used by his team at Stamford Bridge, and indeed their seamless transition between periods of high pressing and sitting deep was testament to the new manager’s tactical coaching.Saints look organised, disciplined, and hungry, suggesting they have what it takes to avoid the drop this season. Their 3-4-2-1 allowed the two inside forwards, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong, to push on and press the Chelsea defence, a big feature of the opening 20 minutes when Saints bombed around the pitch, refusing to let the hosts settle into a rhythm.It set the tone for the match: Southampton’s wing-backs stepped up to prevent Eden Hazard from turning on the ball, while their high energy levels ensured they could counter-attack on occasion (particularly after Shane Long replaced Danny Ings, the Irishman holding up the ball with greater dexterity). To sit back for 90 minutes would have allowed Chelsea to gradually move through the gears and grind out a win.But the visitors read the pattern of the game superbly and were happy to drop into a 5-4-1 when appropriate. Chelsea’s rigidity certainly helped, and yet credit goes to Hasenhuttl for his defensive strategy; their shape meant Hazard was triple marked by the right wing-back, right sided centre-back, and right central midfielder, all without Southampton losing balance in the centre of the park.Sarri must buy Eriksen-esque playmakerChelsea are nullified too easily these days, and that’s because Maurizio Sarri’s tactics are predictable; not only do they always line up in a 4-3-3 (with the same roles for every position each week), no player is given the freedom to roam out of their role. It’s all too static, piling pressure onto Eden Hazard to produce some magic from the left.The solution, judging by their performance against Southampton, is to sign a new left-sided central midfielder and a right winger. Ross Barkley is unable to take a game by the scruff of the neck, instead drifting around the left half-space and only occasionally showing for the ball. Chelsea need this role to be filled by a genuine playmaker, a Christian Eriksen-type who will persistently confound his opponents with his movement and incisive one-touch passing.If they cannot introduce fluidity in this position, then perhaps it should come from the right. The Blues were at their most dangerous when Willian darted infield and began to link with Barkley and Hazard as a No.10 – and yet he only did this two or three times. The 4-3-3 formation does not have space for an out-and-out No.10, which is why, traditionally, one of the wingers is inverted into this space.Chelsea need to enter the transfer market. Right now, it’s all too easy to track the runs, to hold a defensive shape and to make them look flat.Chelsea Southampton tacticsBrighton unmask perils of West Ham’s 4-4-2In each of West Ham’s last six matches they have won every game in which they held the minority of possession, while they failed to win (losing two, drawing one) each time they held the majority.This run of form highlights why Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-4-2 formation is only suitable when West Ham are able to play on the counter-attack; if holding the ball for long periods, there simply is not enough cover on the flanks.Pablo Zabaleta and Aaron Cresswell held very high starting positions throughout their 2-2 draw with Brighton, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass rarely tracked back, and with only two central midfielders there was not a spare man to shift out wide and provide cover. Altogether this made the Hammers highly vulnerable to breaks down the wings, which is exactly what happened to earn Brighton the two corners from which they scored.Alarmingly, just two minutes after the second goal, Brighton’s left-back Bernardo went clean through on goal and should have scored. All he had to do to get into that position was jog unchallenged down the left and beat a panic-stricken Zabaleta.Trouble for Arsenal with no Ozil or RamseyThe 4-1 win over Fulham flattered an Arsenal side that could easily have gone 2-0 down at the Emirates, and once again it was Unai Emery’s tactical mistakes in the first half that set the tone for a clumsy performance by the hosts.The 3-4-3 system was too flat, meaning Arsenal struggled to connect the midfield with the attack; the absence of a linking No.10 forcing them to pass in a U-shape down the flanks – despite central midfield being Fulham’s most vulnerable zone of the pitch.Their completed passes map (below) shows the remarkable extent to which Arsenal simply avoided central attacking midfield. Alex Iwobi drifted too far out to the left, making him an impossible target for Granit Xhaka or Matteo Guendouzi, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played on the shoulder of the last defender even though the Gunners were not attempting balls over the top.It was all far too disconnected, improving slightly in the second period when Emery switched to a 4-3-3; the third body in central midfield briefly helped sew things together.But it also gave Fulham greater success on the counter. Facing a back four, suddenly the visitors could play a more direct game, feeding Aboubakar Kamara once Claudio Ranieri changed to a 4-4-2. All in all, it was a sloppy, awkward 90 minutes for Arsenal – and a clear sign that life without Mesut Ozil or Aaron Ramsey – who scored the crucial third goal from the No.10 space four minutes after coming on – could be tough for Arsenal.Arsenal passes vs Fulham 2018-19 Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Allegri: Milan game practice for CL

first_imgJuventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri believes their Supercoppa Italiana clash with AC Milan will serve as practice for the knockout rounds of the Champions League as they bid to avoid a repeat of recent disappointment in the annual showpiece. The Bianconeri, again runaway leaders in the Scudetto race, take on the team they beat 4-0 in last season’s Coppa Italia final in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.Despite having won both Serie A and the Coppa Italia in each of the previous three seasons, Juve have failed to triumph in the Supercoppa in three of the last four years and lost to Milan on penalties in 2016.  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’s difficult to figure out why, as we lost both on penalties to Napoli and Milan. I hope tomorrow will be different and that we can be more concentrated,” Allegri said on Tuesday.”There are 22 points separating the teams in Serie A, but those don’t matter here and it’ll be an important test for us. We must learn that playing a one-off match is different to a league situation.”The main hope is that we don’t go to extra time, as we want to get it done within 90 minutes. This is good practice to prepare for elimination rounds.”Last training before the final #GiveItAll— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) January 15, 2019Juve will face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1996.Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined from Real Madrid in a €112million move in July, has lifted that trophy five times in his glittering career.Asked if Ronaldo has brought a winning mentality to Juve, Allegri replied: “He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies.”Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.Abbiamo iniziato il 2019 con il piede giusto! Avanti cosi verso il prossimo obiettivo! #finoallafine— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 12, 2019″However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.”The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.”Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly poised to agree a deal to join Juve at the end of the season. However, Allegri refused to talk about the Wales international.”I won’t talk about the transfer market, because Ramsey is an Arsenal player and I cannot discuss him at all,” he said. “The Juventus squad is fine as it is.”last_img read more

Video: Saquon Barkley Thanks Penn State OC Joe Moorhead For Trusting Him After Game-Winning Touchdown

first_imgjoe moorhead, joe moorhead penn state, joe moorhead head coach, coaching carousel, joe moorhead candidate, saquon barkley touchdown moorehead featuredTwitter/@audsnyder4A Saquon Barkley touchdown gave Penn State a big win over Minnesota at Beaver Stadium.The Nittany Lions and Golden Gophers played a pretty intense one in Happy Valley this afternoon. Minnesota did a pretty good job bottling up explosive PSU star running back Saquon Barkley all day, but he made the biggest play of the day when it mattered most.On Penn State’s first play of overtime, down 29-26, Barkley burst through the line on a draw and took it to the house, handing the Nittany Lions a 29-26 Big Ten win.The. End. Saquon Barkley needs just one play for the game-winning score in OT for @PennStateFball.— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 1, 2016It was not a vintage Saquon Barkley game, for the most part. Minnesota held him to just 3.2 yards per carry—he totaled 63 yards on 20 carries, including the 25 yard score. Quarterback Trace McSorley was actually the more effective rusher, with 73 yards on just eight rushes, and a score of his own. On the first play of overtime, however, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead called Barkley’s number, and it paid off.After the win, Barkley thanked his coach for trusting in him, during a pretty cool moment on the field.Saquon Barkley to OC Joe Moorhead after the TD: “Way to trust me, baby. Way to trust me.”— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 1, 2016The win is a huge one for Penn State, pushing the program to 3-2 on the year. Next Saturday, the Nittany Lions host Maryland.last_img read more

‘Wan-Bissaka not ready for Man Utd move’

first_imgCrystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka should not join Manchester United this summer because it is “too early” for him to make a big move, according to former Eagles winger John Salako.United reportedly had a bid of around £40 million ($51m) for the 21-year-old rejected by Palace, who are said to be holding out for £60m ($76m). The right-back was named Player of the Year at Selhurst Park after an excellent first full season in the first-team, in which he made 39 appearances in all competitions. 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? Despite his performances, ex-Palace star Salako believes a switch to the Red Devils would be a big risk for Wan-Bissaka and urged him to learn from team-mate Wilfried Zaha, who left for Old Trafford at the age of 20 only to return to Selhurst Park before long.”You want young talent. He’s got the world at his feet. But my only concern is that we had Wilfried Zaha leave at a young age and he didn’t cope,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He wasn’t mature enough and didn’t really settle in at Man United. He ended up coming back and has had the best spell of his career since he came back. He’s obviously another one linked with moving away but I’m just a bit concerned with Aaron.”It’s been his first full season and it’s been absolutely magnificent. He couldn’t have been lying in bed and dreamt of a better debut season. He probably needs more games.”I would compare him to Nathaniel Clyne who came through the system at Palace and was tremendous. He played 120-odd games and then went to Southampton, Liverpool, played for England and everything seemed to fall into place for him because he had that maturity. He knew his job and he was confident in himself and his game.”He added: “It’s too early for Aaron. He needs another season. I’m not surprised United have come in because they could probably get him cheaper and they think they need to do something now.”You remember with [Theo] Walcott and those types of players who came through at Southampton – even [Gareth] Bale or [Alex] Oxlade-Chamblerlain – they came early and it took them years to find their feet. I don’t know why teams don’t buy them and then leave them with their club and loan them back for a season or two, just to get that maturity. Then they’ve got the player at the right price.”I think United are trying to get players on the cheap. That’s one of the things I’m frustrated with at Palace. There is a DNA, lots of local players that have come through at your Brentfords and in the lower leagues. We used to pick up Ian Wright from [Sunday League side] Ten-em-Bee, or from local sides like Sutton or Carshalton or Croydon.”You’ve got to take a chance on those players lower down the leagues for £5m or £6m and they can turn into £40m players. That’s where the value is. You look at [Joe] Gomez who went for something like £5m from Charlton to Liverpool. What value that is! Those are the kind of deals that Manchester United are now looking to pick up.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19Zaha has also been linked with a move away from Palace after recording 10 goals and five assists in the Premier League in 2018-19. The 26-year-old has four years left on his contract, having signed an extension in August, but Salako believes it is a good time for him to go.”It sounds as though he wants to [move to a top-six club] from what I’ve heard coming out,” Salako added. “He feels this is the time. He’s certainly ready. I think he’s had his best season so far. He’s matured, he’s added so much to his game. In all honesty I think it’s down to him.”He’s got the physicality, he’s got the ability and now he’s just got to add that little bit of temperament. He’s getting frustrated at Palace because he is targeted because he is such a key man. If he played in a better side, there would be other better players that would attract more attention and take that pressure off him a little bit.”If he’s got the desire to go and play Champions League football and he wants to play at a big club, I don’t think any Palace fan can deny him that. He’s been magnificent and you would wish him all the best from the bottom of the heart. He is a player that would excite and compliment and work well in any team.”last_img read more

Lampard: Transfer ban is no problem but youth must step up

first_imgFrank Lampard called on Chelsea’s academy players to stand up and be counted during the FIFA transfer ban as he was unveiled as their new manager on Thursday.The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James could well be recalled, after spending 2018-19 on loan, to join the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek next season in the Blues first team.They will have to prove themselves on pre-season as Lampard assesses who will make the grade over seven matches, beginning with a trip to Dublin over the weekend for Lampard’s first matches and training sessions. 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 Lampard says that he expects some of his young charges to sink and others to swim on one of the biggest stages in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, although the talent of his loan stars makes him not fearful of his inability to sign players.”The bonus is I’ll have quite a calm July,” Lampard said of his side’s transfer ban. “At Derby last year, every day agents were ringing me all over the place. It’s quite a nice footing for me. If I came into a squad I felt was short that would be a huge problem, I don’t think it is.”It does change the landscape slightly, of course, because we’ll see teams improve. Man City have broken their record. Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham are buying players. Teams are going to improve. The important thing for us is not to focus on what everyone else is doing it’s what we can do here.”I’m new into the hot seat. I know we’ve got a good squad and a lot of really good young talent. That’s certainly becomes a big focus of the year. First is to be competitive, but second, can we put some faith in the young players and see if they can get into the first team and show what they can do.”I believe there are some there, not all of them, some might try and it might not work, it’s also a test for the older players to rise to that as well. I think the motivation should be there [for youngsters to breakthrough], but I understand that if a door can seem locked for a long time then it can affect young players.”I have spoken about it and I will make it very clear going in that the door is open if you prove that you are good enough, but I do think the motivation should be there. Hopefully, that will be a nice way to start the season, talk to the young lads and if they have had a foot in the first-team or not they should use that.”The reality is we should be competing no matter what and my job is to try and find a balance between the players that think they are in the first-team squad and the players breaking through. There is no use me sitting here and saying I’m going to play all the young players.Frank Lampard Mason Mount Derby County 2018-19“They have to show individually they can do it so the balance from me will be to remain competitive and bring them through. Every manager has their own idea whether they think they don’t want to know about young players too much and this is my first-team squad.”My eyes will always be open to the young players but they have to show they are good enough because we can’t lower our levels too much. This is Chelsea so I am not going to be doing young boys favours and put them in the team.”They need to prove themselves to get in the team and if they can do that I will be proud because it will be what I see as a big part of my job this year.”The 41-year-old’s appointment as Chelsea manager is a popular one due to his status at the club, having become the all-time leading scorer in west London with 211 goals. Those strikes contributed to the most glorious period in the club’s history, with Lampard having lifted a host of major trophies during his 11-year spell including multiple Premier League titles and glory in the Champions League.Having worked under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo, as a manager Lampard has so far opted to use the youngest squad last season in the Championship with Derby County and at Chelsea, he is also likely to reduce the age of his playing staff.Lampard is also keen on a softer style of man-management and detailed that he will trust his players to look after their own diets and habits off the field. “What we did at Derby and I will bring here is that I will have a respect for the players and they should behave like professionals. We will lay out everything. And the sports science, nutrition, medical, everything like that is spot on here. I know that from being here.Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019 “So there are no excuses. To get a top performance the players have to live right. They have to train hard and rest well and if they don’t it becomes evident. I’m a manager who has faith to a point but if I see it’s not being done.”It’s not about ketchup. I’m not banning tomato ketchup. They go home and they can have a whole tub of it, I’ll never know that. But if I see it showing on the training pitch, I would be strong on that because I think it’s important.”When you’re dealing with small differences at the top of the league – and last year there was a gap to the top boys – then you have to try and bridge the gap.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The top 10 USA-Mexico matches of the past 20 years

first_imgThe U.S. national team and Mexico will renew their rivalry on Sunday in the Concacaf Gold Cup final, facing off in the regional championship game for the first time since 2011. The allure of lifting a trophy will only serve to add more spice to a rivalry that doesn’t need much help delivering the drama over the years.The first time the USMNT faced Mexico was way back in 1934 and it didn’t take place in North America, but rather in Rome, where the United States defeated Mexico at the World Cup. That win would be the only one the Americans would record against El Tri for 46 years. For the better part of 65 years, the rivalry was so one-sided it was tough to call it much of a rivalry.Things started changing around 2000, when the United States started beating Mexico with regularity, and in the past two decades the neighbors have forged a rivalry that has blossomed into a real battle for CONCACAF supremacy. 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 United States holds a 14-9-6 advantage in the past 20 years, but Mexico has turned things around, boasting a 5-4-4 edge on the Americans in the past 13 meetings. El Tri has also gotten the better of their rivals in recent title games, having won the past three matches where a cup was on the line.Sunday’s Gold Cup final will mark my 22nd time covering the rivalry, a collection of matches that have delivered drama, skill, passion, anger and joy. I have followed the rivalry to as far as way as South Korea, and others as close as the old Giants Stadium, whose former location I can see from my house in New Jersey. That was also the very stadium where I covered my first USA-Mexico match, back in 2000.The next chapter of the rivalry will take place on Sunday in Soldier Field, a venue with its own special place in the rivalry. It was in Soldier Field where Benny Feilhaber’s wonder goal helped the Americans defeat Mexico in front of a packed pro-Mexico crowd in the 2007 Gold Cup final.Sunday’s final has the makings of a special match, but it will need to deliver some magic to crack Goal’s list of the best USA-Mexico matches of the past 20 years.Here is a look at the 10 best:last_img read more

ESPN Names 3 Teams That Shouldn’t Be Feeling Good After Week 1

first_imgAn Beaver Stadium awaits game against Nebraska.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: Beaver Stadium is empty before Penn State takes on Nebraska on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Week 1 is over. What did we learn?Well, there are a couple of big-time programs that entered the 2018 season with high expectations that aren’t feeling too good following the opening weekend.ESPN named three major programs in its Week 1 roundup that aren’t entering the second week of the season with a ton of optimism.Those three teams: Michigan, Penn State and Washington.Here’s ESPN on the Wolverines and Shea Patterson:Ole Miss looked just fine without him. Michigan looked like the same old Michigan with him. What does that mean for Patterson? Maybe it’s too early to give up on the guy after one game, but let’s just say history isn’t on his side here. The silver lining is John O’Korn, Tate Forcier and Jake Rudock run a wonderful support group with light snacks and tea.Yikes.And here’s ESPN on Penn State:Make no mistake, no one should be feeling good in Happy Valley after an overtime win against Appalachian State, but it’s not the end of the world yet. No, this isn’t the same Penn State team as last year. It’s clear the losses of Saquon Barkley, Joe Moorhead and others had a big impact on the Lions’ offense (just 230 yards on 36 pass attempts … yikes!), but let’s also keep some perspective. The defense had a bad quarter, not a bad game. Through three quarters, App State’s only touchdown came on a kick return. Second, the schedule is still incredibly accommodating. Penn State gets Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin at home. And while it’s entirely possible Week 1 hasn’t told us much about any of these teams, Michigan State and Michigan didn’t look good, either.That’s not too much better.ESPN then went on to say that Washington and the rest of the Pac-12 should be “selling” its College Football Playoff hopes.We’ll see if anything changes after Week 2.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction for Wisconsin-Iowa

first_imgFans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer as the Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Heading into the 2018 season, the Wisconsin Badgers were picked by many to make the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately, their chances took a huge hit last weekend, as they lost to BYU at home.Well, Wisconsin’s schedule won’t get any easier. Coming off their devastating defeat, the Badgers will now face Iowa on the road.The Hawkeyes are undefeated so far, in large part because of their balance on offense and defense. Not only are they averaging 28.0 points per game, but they’re also keeping opponents under double digits.According to ESPN’s FPI, Iowa has a 51.8 percent chance of defeating Wisconsin. Obviously, this isn’t exactly a jaw-dropping prediction, but it does show that Wisconsin is vulnerable entering this conference game.If the Badgers are going to get back on the winning track, look for Jonathan Taylor to lead the charge.Wisconsin and Iowa will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET from Kinnick Stadium. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more