Arsenal favourites as Aston Villa disappointed after Cahill talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have found the personal demands of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill too rich.The Telegraph says Villa had held talks with the 33-year-old but cannot meet the demands Chelsea have put on the table.The Blues want Cahill’s £110,000-a-week wages paid in full if he is to leave Stamford Bridge on loan.And the former England international is said to want a similar sum if he was to make a permanent move to Villa Park.Arsenal boss Unai Emery could make a surprise raid for him instead.Arsenal could get a deal done on New Years Day if all parties can reach a swift agreement. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola denies Man City pitch-tampering for Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied he tampered with the pitch before Thursday’s win over Liverpool.There has been talk that the Spaniard ordered City groundstaff to grow the grass extra-long in a bid to stifle Liverpool’s quick-passing game.”I’m not the groundskeeper,” said Guardiola. “I never did. If they want to play quick, we want to play quicker. We always try to put water on, but it’s not necessary here.”We want to cut the field – it’s better conditions for both teams. When this happens, you do the best for opponents.”We have to respect them with the rules. I never speak with the groundsman.”I have many issues to think about that. I trust the groundsman – I never made a phone call to say do this to damage our opponents. When you do that karma tends to get you.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Huesca ask Real Madrid for Andriy Luninby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuesca have asked Real Madrid about a loan deal for Andriy Lunin.Lunin has battled for minutes while with Leganes this season.Marca says Huesca have made an ambitious loan request to Los Blancos for the Ukrainian.During his loan spell with Mauricio Pellegrino’s team, Lunin has played just two league matches and, with the club unlikely to progress past Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey, the opportunities for him to play for the remainder of the campaign look severely limited.In his pre-match press conference on Friday, the former Southampton coach made clear that Leganes were in the market for a new stopper, and this suggests that the departure of Lunin isn’t impossible, as many may have thought when the window opened.
Genoa coach Andreazzoli: We did not deserve defeat to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli felt they did not deserve defeat to AC Milan. Lasse Schone had Genoa ahead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Andreazzoli said, “It was an odd game. I complimented the lads at the end of the first half, as they played the game I expected. Then, in a couple of minutes we made some inconceivable naïve errors and threw it all away. You can’t afford that at this level.“After that, the team again did everything we had asked for, even more so, fighting with their hearts on their sleeves. There are regrets, clearly, as we play for a result and it hurts to emerge empty-handed from a match like that, but football is a combination of incidents and interpretations.“We played very well and it’s a pity for the lads, as they did not deserve the defeat. I do not protest at refereeing decisions. He went to view it on VAR, so he must know the decision he made.“Incidents went against us, Reina made up for his earlier error and saved them at the end. It was a game that deserved a different ending.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: Our intensity earned Newcastle victoryby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea fullback Marcos Alonso was delighted to prove the matchwinner in victory over Newcastle United.The Spaniard struck in the 73rd minute to secure a fifth consecutive win for Frank Lampard’s Blues, although the victory owed much to persistence and patience from those within the ranks. “Newcastle played very compact and it’s not easy to find spaces to attack or create chances but I think we played well in the second half. We were so intense and finally got the goal and the three points,” said the defender.”We believed because we knew the game would be like this – we were prepared for this and in the first half maybe we were lacking a bit of patience in the final third but in the end we were happy with the three points and the goals. It was a massive win after the international break.”He also told the club’s website: “We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way. We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.”
He’s not quite the caliber of NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, but former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess is a pretty incredible dunker. Funchess, who played for the Wolverines from 2012-14, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign that included 733 receiving yards and four touchdowns. NFL scouts will certainly love the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass catcher’s athleticism. Check out this video of Funchess on the court: Former #Michigan WR Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) has avatar-like bounce. When NFL teams see his head above the rim?! pic.twitter.com/uLWbbxBQeQ— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 15, 2015Funchess is projected by many to be a tight end at the next level. Jimmy Graham, one of the NFL’s best tight ends, has similar skills on the basketball court. If Funchess can be half the player Graham is, he’ll have a very long career.
Douglas Costa, Emre Can and Daniele Rugani all scored their first goals of the season as Juventus eased to a 3-0 Serie A win over struggling Chievo on Monday, despite Cristiano Ronaldo having a penalty saved.Massimiliano Allegri’s men were comfortable throughout in Turin and kept their healthy nine-point lead at the Serie A summit following Napoli’s win over Lazio, though things would have been even more comprehensive had Ronaldo been accurate from the spot.Although the visitors started positively, Juve still managed to take an early lead in style through Costa, before Can made it 2-0 late in the half – the Germany international scoring for the first time since joining from Liverpool. 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? Ronaldo wasted the chance to extend the advantage in the 52nd minute, though there was never any risk of a fightback, as the plummeting Flying Donkeys suffered their 11th defeat of the season to remain nine points adrift of safety, with Rugani wrapping things up late on.Chievo kept Juve at bay for just 13 minutes, as Costa took things into his own hands with a darting run in towards the centre, before drilling a left-footed drive into the bottom-right corner from 30 yards.Juve stepped things up another notch after a bit of a lull – Stefano Sorrentino making an unorthodox save with his right foot to divert Federico Bernardeschi’s deflected 20-yard strike off target.He was helpless to deny Can just before the break, however, as the German opened his Juve account with a calm finish from just inside the area after an incisive run and pass from Paulo Dybala.Juve should have extended their lead early in the second half, but Sorrentino produced a fine save to keep Ronaldo’s penalty out after a Costa strike had been handled by Mattia Bani.Sorrentino was eventually beaten for a third time in the 84th minute, however, as Rugani met Bernardeschi’s left-wing free-kick delivery to head in.28 – #EmreCan has found the net after a sequence of 28 passes, the joint-most in Serie A current season. Group. #JuveChievo pic.twitter.com/pYYJIO2WNr— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 21, 2019 What does it mean? Juve still in complete control in Serie AThere is often a little extra pressure applied when the league leaders play later than the chasers, as was the case here, but Allegri’s men never looked fussed. They were in charge from the start and never threatened to increase Napoli’s title hopes, Juve restoring their nine-point lead.Dybala supplies the craftIt has been a difficult season for Dybala, who has scored just two goals in Serie A. However, on Monday he showed why there is so much more to his game than scoring, as he set up both Juve goals.A day to forget for RonaldoWhile he was not exactly terrible, it was certainly not one of Ronaldo’s better performances for Juve. Although he was lively enough, he did not seem at his sharpest and he saw a penalty saved. With the Portugal star set to appear in court in Madrid on Tuesday due to alleged tax offences, you can understand if he was a little distracted.Key Opta Facts- Juventus have earned 56 Serie A points this season, the most in a Serie A campaign after the first 20 games played.- Dybala has provided two assists in the same Serie A match for his first time since January 2016 (v Udinese).- Can has found the net after a sequence of 28 passes, the joint-most in Serie A this season.- Ronaldo has failed to score a league penalty for the first time since November 2017 (v Malaga).- Sorrentino has saved four of his last six penalties faced in Serie A.What’s next?Juve face a potentially tricky trip to the capital to face Lazio on Sunday, while Chievo host Fiorentina a few hours earlier. read more
Pumas are two for two, but the real tests start arriving this week.Goals from summer arrival Juan Pablo Vigon and veteran midfielder Pablo Barrera helped the team notch a 2-0 win over Necaxa last weekend, a result that kept Pumas perfect through the first two weeks of the season under new manager Michel.While the club is enjoying the strong start, it also knows Sunday’s visit from Tigres brings by far the biggest challenge of the season. Pumas started hot, but its goals go way beyond Jornada 2. 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? “We’re really happy. We’re satisfied and why not say that at times we’re even euphoric, but we’re translating that in a way that the players, we realize what the what the path is,” Michel said after the win.”Nothing has changed. I’m sure you don’t qualify to the Liguilla with six points. It would be something historic. A Guinness record! I haven’t seen the players celebrate because there’s nothing to celebrate.”A win over Tigres this weekend, though, might merit at least a nice dinner or a glass of wine once they get back home. Tigres are, after all, the reigning champion of the league. Even though Tuca Ferretti’s team is coping with injuries, a busy schedule at the start of the season with Campeon de Campeones and Leagues Cup, and fell last week at Chivas, it’s a much tougher squad than the ones Pumas have faced so far.That included an Atletico San Luis team playing its first match in the first division and a Necaxa team without much of an identity after the sale of several key players in the summer. Fans aren’t going to be feeling a sense of euphoria either. They’ve seen this all before.After it took six rounds for the first Pumas win last tournament, it has to be nice to see the squad run off consecutive victories. But you don’t need to have been a Pumas fan in the Hugo Sanchez glory days to remember the 2018 Apertura in which Pumas started hot and finished third in the regular season only to fall in the first round of the playoffs or the 2018 Clausura in which Pumas were undefeated in their first six matches but later slumped to a seventh-place finish.Even those playoff teams felt like they were overachieving in a way. The last Pumas sides that truly have impressed were Memo Vazquez’s from 2014-2016. After giving their former midfielder the boot, Pumas have been walking in the Liga MX wilderness, watching as their Mexico City rivals Club America and Cruz Azul assumed the ascendency in the capital. They’ve tried a couple of short-term experiments, including seeing if you can win the league without bringing in a single player during the transfer window (you can’t – at least not with the squad Pumas had).Now, with Michel leading the team and former Mexico U-17 coach Jesus Ramirez serving as the club’s sporting director, fans are putting their hope not in a streaky start but in a long-term vision. This is a club famous for its academy but one that has developed far too few players in the past decade to sustain first-team success. Or, at least, the players it has developed have been quickly moved on for cash, like Jesus Gallardo and Josecarlos Van Rankin, now starting in Liga MX with other clubs.Alan Mozo and Andres Iniestra (the letter ‘r’ doing a lot of work there) are other canteranos earning starting minutes in league matches, and a goal in his Pumas debut for forward Amaury Garcia in a midweek Copa MX draw shows the cupboards aren’t barren. “I’m proud to put my confidence in the players who have skills,” Michel said when asked about playing young players. “I don’t look at their passport or where they live, I just look to see if they’re good players, players who can help us.”Ramirez’s calling card is finding capable young players, and Pumas fans have to be confident there will be even more young players they get to know with the U-17 and U-20 teams before their first-team debuts.That, however, requires the club to stick with a process. For a club to stick to a process in Mexico, it has to have success. That means not only successful player development, but more importantly wins at the first-team level.Michel knows he’s yet to deliver enough points to buy him some breathing room at the top. A win over Tigres, though, would be the right start and give Pumas fans hope that the once-historic team is on the path back to relevance.
Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich was not taking any of the blame for his stamp on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, which left the England youngster in a bandage. Kimmich was caught with the bottom of his boot on Sancho’s outstretched ankle and foot as the two players went for a ball that ran out of play. Just six minutes after Sancho had put the match to bed with a brilliant second goal for his club, doubling their lead as Dortmund went on to win the DFL-Supercup 2-0, Kimmich stepped on his opponent’s leg as the two clashed near the touchline, with the Bayern man booked for the challenge after the fact. 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? While the booking really should not have come as a shock, Kimmich says he was upset at picking up the card in what he felt was as much Sacho’s fault as his own. “It was an unfortunate situation,” Kimmich told DAZN . “I wanted to get the ball and he put his foot in. “But I did not kick him and I was angry that I was given a yellow card, because that was not my intention. ” Kimmich went on to say that had he been sent off for his action it might have caused an on-field meltdown. “If I had seen red, then I would have romped,” he told reporters following the match. While Kimmich’s tackle brought about plenty of critics, his manager, who says he did not see the play, vouched for the 24-year-old’s character. “Joshua did not do this on purpose,” he told ZDF . Sancho is looking to kick on from a breakout campaign with Dortmund last season, and his heroics in the Supercup will do nothing to temper expectations on the youngster.And while the stamp from Kimmich was a low-point in the clash between the top two sides in Germany, Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus was not shocked to see Sancho put the Bundesliga champions under pressure with his performance. “When Jadon approaches you in one-on-one, it’s brutally difficult (for the defender),” he told reporters. Dortmund let slip a massive lead in the Bundesliga last season and watched as Bayern lifted the league trophy once again, topping their rivals by just two points. The two sides look set to be among the league leaders again this season, with Bundesliga leading scorer Robert Lewandowski back with Bayern and both runner up Paco Alcacer and the league’s third-leading scorer Reus in the fold for Dortmund along with the promising Sancho.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program announced some depth chart news today. It’s pretty stunning.The Wolverines could have a walk-on running back getting serious playing time during the 2018 season. A walk-on tailback has risen to No. 3 on the team’s depth chart.Michigan’s top two spots are clear, occupied by senior Karan Higdon and junior Chris Evans. They combined to rush for 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.Coming in at No. 3 on Michigan’s RB depth chart, though, is a surprising name. It’s walk-on Tru Wilson.From the Detroit Free-Press:Harbaugh said the overall hierarchy right now, if there was one, would be Evans and Higdon as co-No. 1 runners with Wilson No. 3. He then mentioned walk-on Joe Hewlett and sophomore O’Maury Samuels as players who would round out his post-spring depth chart. Harbaugh added that Samuels had been slowed by an injury in spring camp.Michigan lists scholarship junior Kareem Walker and scholarship redshirt freshman Kurt Taylor on its roster, though Harbaugh made no mention of either in his conversation about backs this weekend.The Wolverines also will bring in true freshmen Christian Turner and Hassan Haskins later this summer. Turner was one of Michigan’s longest tenured commitments in the 2018 class, as Harbaugh and company took his commitment back in April of last year. He had offers from Wisconsin, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Nebraska, Miami and a host of others.Wilson, a walk-on in 2016, is ahead of some former highly-ranked recruits on the depth chart. It’d be something if he ends up staying ahead of those guys once the season gets here.Michigan opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Notre Dame.