10 months agoJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelsea

first_imgJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain has requested a transfer to Chelsea.Sportmediaset says the striker has asked Juventus for permission to make the move to Stamford Bridge.The Argentinian striker has flattered to deceive on loan at AC Milan, where he has scored just five Serie A goals in 14 games.The 31-year-old is desperate to reunite with former boss Maurizio Sarri.Higuain banged in 38 goals in 42 matches under the tutelage of Sarri in their only season together at Napoli, before he jumped ship to sign for the Old Lady.And the Italian news outlet also claims that Juve have given the World Cup runner-up the green light for the deal to go ahead. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoSunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland face having to cash in on Josh Maja this month.Owner Stewart Donald is furious that Maja’s agent has now advised him not to commit his future to the Black Cats.”Yesterday (Thursday), Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign,” the chairman wrote on social media.”Today (Friday) I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised (us) that his agent has said don’t sign, but no courtesy to tell the club.”Also, we offered what the agent indicated! Busy January ahead.’ But he later added: ‘He wants to sign it, the agent has said don’t! Stay behind him and don’t get on his back – we will try and change his mind.”Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have been monitoring his situation. last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injury

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injuryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a back injury in their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Two goals from Alvaro Morata saw the Blues book their place in the fourth round but the win was dampened somewhat by Loftus-Cheek’s injury.The 22-year-old was forced to exit the game in tears minutes before half-time after his back trouble flared up at Stamford Bridge.Blues coach Carlo Cudicini said, “We are very sorry for the kid.”It is a pity.It is something that’s affecting him, something we need to look at and resolve. “It has been going on for a while and maybe he might have to stop for a bit to resolve. It is a pity because he is doing very well.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partner

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have signed a new multi-year partnership which sees Dutch isotonic drinks manufacturer Osonyq become the club’s official sports drinks partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Continuing the brand’s expansion across European premier leagues, the agreement includes Everton’s men’s, women’s, and youth teams, and will also see Osonyq take up several match day activations at the club’s home stadium Goodison Park.In addition, the drinks vegan-friendly and gluten-free manufacturer will make its products available to purchase at the Premier League club’s official Everton One and Everton Two merchandise stores.Everton’s commercial director Alan McTavishat said that the partnership with Osonyq marks “another exciting addition to our partner portfolio”. last_img read more

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20 days agoInter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petition

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petitionby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte has hit out at his former Juventus fans ahead of today’s game.Conte was asked about the petition, signed by over 15,000 fans, to have his star removed from the Allianz Stadium Walk of Fame, a proposal already rejected by Juve president Andrea Agnelli.“I’m disappointed that he had to intervene, because it just gave publicity to a vulgar proposition. It gave room to a move that showed ignorance, lacking values and education. I didn’t even want to discuss this, but you in the media are giving a spotlight to these stupid and ignorant people,” replied Conte.“Those are not fans, they are ignorant. I gave a message to the fans 10 days ago. We are fortunate to be involved in the best sport in the world and must set the example, pass on positive values and be enthusiastic about playing football. This is sport, not war. Sometimes people forget that.“It is a sport that should reflect positive human values, not hate and violence. If that’s not the case, then I am the first to walk away. Nobody makes me work as a Coach.“It’s increasingly difficult, because society nowadays highlights hatred and violence. I’ve honestly struggled since I came back to Italy from England. I see situations and wonder why I am even doing this.“As long as my passion for this sport surpasses these issues, then I will continue. If my passion drops, I will be the first to say it’s time to call it quits. It won’t be a big loss for football, but it won’t be a loss for me either.” last_img read more

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8 days agoNapoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitude

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitudeby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there’s no issues with coach Carlo Ancelotti.And he says Lorenzo Insigne must change his attitude.“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things.“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the Coach not to play him.“Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The Coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.” last_img read more

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‘Eden as striker better for Blues’

first_imgPlaying Eden Hazard as a striker provides Chelsea with greater balance defensively, according to Maurizio Sarri.Belgium international Hazard has frequently played through the middle this season with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling for form.The 28-year-old was deployed in the centre of the attack for the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday and he set up Willian for the winning goal after Ciaran Clark cancelled out Pedro’s opener. 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? Asked if Hazard enjoyed operating as a striker, Sarri said: “Not in the first half. In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed it.”I wanted to see the solution with three small players. I think in this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase and then in the defensive phase we are more balanced.”In the last six matches, we conceded only three goals and one was from a penalty. I think that at the moment, in the defensive phase, we are doing very well. One of the reasons I think, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position.”Sarri acknowledged that having Hazard leading the line makes it difficult for Chelsea to penetrate the box, an area he pointed to as requiring improvement.”For his characteristics, of course, he goes in the direction of the ball. We need to learn to attack spaces, or attack the box with the other players,” he said.”It was better [against Newcastle] with the other wingers in attacking spaces. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro. I remember very well at the beginning of the second half, we had the same situation with Willian.”So it is better now. We need to improve in attacking the box. When the ball is outside, it is impossible for Eden to stay in the box.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Iowa vs. Purdue Prediction, Preview, Game Time, Channel

first_imgIowa players at lock arms at Kinnick Stadium.@HawkeyefootballLooking for an Iowa vs. Purdue prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the Big Ten matchup.Saturday, October 15, the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2) take on the Purdue Boilermakers (3-2). The game will be played at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. Read on for our Iowa vs. Purdue prediction and preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Iowa wins the matchup between the two teams 81.2 percent of the time. The spread suggests that the Hawkeyes are favorites to win the contest.Spread: Iowa -12Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPN2Iowa vs. Purdue preview:The Purdue offense is bad, but the defense is worse; the Boilermakers have given up 715 yards on the ground in the last two games. Despite giving up 499 total yards to Illinois last week, the Boilermakers enter this match-up with a win and will look to get back-to-back wins for the first time this season. QB David Blough has thrown nine interceptions this year, but he has to protect the football if this team want a shot at winning this game.The Hawkeyes enter this game fresh off of a 14-7 win over Minnesota. After winning their first two games, they’ve alternated between wins and losses, and will be looking to find some rhythm and consistency offensively against a punching bag of an opponent. The defense is one of the best in the nation, but the offense struggles to find yardage through the air. In this case though, it doesn’t matter much, the Boilermakers’ defense will let Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels run all over them.Iowa vs. Purdue prediction:Iowa finally wins one with ease after several very close games. The Hawkeyes will run for close to 300 yards with the duo of Wadley and Daniels, and the defense will control the line of scrimmage and put pressure on QB David Blough from the very beginning.Iowa 38, Purdue 13last_img read more

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Messi suffers calf injury on return to Barcelona training

first_imgLionel Messi is set to miss Barcelona’s upcoming trip to the USA after suffering a calf injury during his first training session back at the club.Having been given extended leave following Argentina’s run to the semi-finals at this summer’s Copa America, Messi only returned to the fold on Monday.However, he was forced to pull out of the session with what doctors have diagnosed as a grade one calf strain. 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? August has not been an easy month for Messi so far. Last week, it was announced that he would face a three-month suspension from international football plus a heavy fine after his controversial comments about perceived favouritism towards Brazil at the Copa America .He joined back up with his club team-mates over the weekend and watched from the bench as they came from behind to beat Arsenal in what was the Gunners’ final game of pre-season.Initially trailing to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb strike, Barca levelled thanks to a comical mix-up between Bernd Leno and Ainsley Maitland-Niles before Luis Suarez won it at the death.Messi may have been hoping to feature in one of their upcoming fixtures in the USA but is now facing a nervous wait to see when he will be available with the new La Liga season less than two weeks away.Barca face Napoli twice in the USA, with fixtures in Miami and Michigan, before starting the new campaign with a trip to Athletic Club on August 16.Manager Ernesto Valverde has at least been boosted by the return to training of the other members of his squad to have played at the Copa America.Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho are back in the picture and are included in the travelling squad, as well as new signing Junior Firpo.The 22-year-old left-back signed on a five-year deal from Real Betis for a fee of €18 million (£16.3m/$20m). Taking on the number 24 shirt, he will provide much-needed competition for veteran left-back Jordi Alba.Four Barcelona B players who have been in among the first-team squad during pre-season will also travel to the USA. Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz will all be hoping to impress Valverde and get some minutes under their belt against Napoli.last_img read more

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Pellegrini accuses Man City of tactical fouls

first_imgManuel Pellegrini accused Manchester City of tactical fouls in the Premier League champions’ 5-0 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side started their title defence with an emphatic victory at London Stadium courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and a Raheem Sterling hat-trick.Hammers manager Pellegrini felt his players were too “innocent”, especially in the first half, as they conceded too many simple free-kicks when in promising positions. 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? “Every time we tried to arrive in their box they committed fouls. We were innocent in that regard,” he said.”If you review the game, that is why we didn’t create too many chances in the first half. All our offensive moments of attacking ended in a foul. You can look at the statistics. They committed 13 fouls, we committed five. But that wasn’t the reason why we lost.”According to Opta data, West Ham conceded six free-kicks to City’s 13, but the visitors led 8-1 in terms of fouls committed by half-time.Kyle Walker and Sterling were the only City players booked, with Mike Dean handing out those cautions in the 87th minute and three minutes into second-half stoppage time.It is not the first time City have been accused of such a tactic. Last November, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said Fernandinho in particular was happy to foul to stop counter-attacks, prompting Guardiola to respond: “Never have my teams been focused on doing something wrong against the opponents.”Guardiola was riled again in April when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested City would be happy to give away free-kicks to halt United in their tracks in the derby. “I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about this kind of thing. Never,” he said.Pellegrini felt City’s approach to stopping West Ham attacks was one of the main differences in a balanced first half, but he insisted he did not think it the only reason for his side’s humbling defeat.When asked if he might encourage his players to adopt the same tactic, he said: “We must be more intelligent though to know when to make [fouls], not use it as a system.”If you review the game, we didn’t create too many chances because many of our attacking chances were stopped by a foul.”But I repeat, I don’t think that is just the reason we lost 5-0.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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