About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne was incredibleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fired home seven goals to thrash FA Cup opponents Rotherham United 7-0.Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal put a strong City side into a comfortable half-time lead.Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane completed the rout as the Millers were outclassed after the break.City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with Kevin de Bruyne’s performance on the day.“We spoke with him yesterday to play 65/70 minutes for his rhythm and his injury,” said Guardiola.“He played incredible, created a good amount of chances and has a vision that others aren’t able to see.“Last season he played incredible minutes but hopefully in the second leg of the season he will help us because we need him. “I said many times. Without him last season maybe it wouldn’t have been possible. “We try to be a team and so far we have done incredible with results.“We have to carry on, now he is back and he is now fresh in mind and legs. Today he was our captain and he showed why.”
Derby boss Lampard tells Bielsa: That’s bad sportsmanshipby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby boss Frank Lampard says Leeds United have TWICE had spies watch their training this season.Before last night’s win, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepted responsibility for his club spying on Derby’s training session on Thursday, saying that it was his idea.Lampard said: “I don’t think we need to [make a complaint] because he has admitted it. It’s up to the league to see how they deal with it. Obviously it’s not just Derby County. We had someone the day before we lost 4-1 against them. “Now, Leeds can beat you 4-1 they are a fantastic team but we had someone in the bushes that day so twice this season now. The man was asked to leave but it wasn’t followed up like it was this time.”Asked about Bielsa taking responsibility, Lampard said: “Well that’s good, I spoke to him yesterday afternoon myself and he did the same to me so I’m pleased he’s done it again and said that. I think it makes it easier to deal with because at least, on a sportsmans’ level, it’s bad in my opinion. “If we are going to talk about culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine then that doesn’t work for me because I don’t believe that it is fine on that level. It has disrupted our build-up for this game. “The fortunate thing is that it has disrupted us without really doing anything. People will stand here and say I’m trying to make excuses before the game, I will speak like this after the game as well, win, lose or draw because of what’s happened.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City boss Guardiola: I’m not going to talk about the Ajax playerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is tightlipped on their interest in Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.Guardiola says the competition in the transfer market is big and players normally choose Real Madrid and Barcelona faster than City. City must therefore be “fast and efficient”.Asked about competing for De Jong, Guardiola continued: “The club knows that it has become more expensive for all clubs. It is what it is. “But I’m not going to talk about the Ajax player, because he is an Ajax player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City rival Man Utd, Arsenal for Norway midfielder Odegaardby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United and Arsenal for Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard.Winger Odegaard has impressed at Real Sociedad this season, where the 20-year-old is on loan from Real Madrid, and it emerged this week that the Red Devils and the Gunners are considering a swoop.Now City are the latest European giant to show interest, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to find a long-term successor for Silva, 33, who is expected to leave the Etihad at the end of the season after a glittering nine-year spell in Manchester, says El Desmarque.The City boss has been keeping tabs on the midfielder’s development in La Liga and has been impressed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent sets return date for Juventus captain Chielliniby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini hopes to be playing again in the New Year.The 35-year-old defender was ruled out for at least six months by a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the end of August.“His recovery is progressing positively and the man has this magnetic positivity,” Davide Lippi told TMW Radio.“It’s incredible. He works so hard every day and when I call him up, he’s the one who reassures me. He is making giant leaps forward.“I don’t know the precise date of his comeback, but it will certainly be in the New Year. It might be the end of January, February or March, but he will certainly be there for the final part of the season.”
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Cardale Jones has until 11:59 p.m. E.T. to decide his future as a college football player. Will the redshirt sophomore declare for the NFL Draft or opt to return to Ohio State for another season? It’s one of the most intriguing decisions we’ve ever seen from a college football player. Jones has started just three games at the college level, but they were three incredible starts – wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon – leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. If he decides to return to Columbus, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starter for Urban Meyer in 2015 – J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller could both be back, too. Jones is 22. Age wise, he’s ready. Physically, he’s probably ready, too. But is he ready mentally? Does that even matter? ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Jones could be a second-round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential to be a top-five pick and the No. 1 QB taken in 2016 if he returns to school, wins the starting job and improves. Here’s what people are saying the Ohio State quarterback should do: Cardale Jones should declare for the NFL draft. His stock can’t get any higher. He would be perfect as a backup for Big Ben for example.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 15, 2015If Cardale is leaving he has to say so by 11:59 tonight. But he’ll still have 72 hours to change his mind, return. pic.twitter.com/pbA8nzOoC7— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015In my opinion, Cardale Jones should declare for the draft just to get the extra three days to think about it. If you don’t, it’s done today.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015Our http://t.co/hoxCxP0Plk poll on whether Cardale Jones should go to NFL or stay at Ohio State: 65% go, 35% stay http://t.co/6ccP1lRUFU— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 15, 2015Today is the day Cardale Jones must decide if he should turn pro or stay. His stock never will be hotter–but he could use more seasoning.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 15, 2015So many in NFL think Cardale Jones should/will come out. Decision today. True overnight (or three game) sensation— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 15, 2015http://t.co/2EljtaiDgP‘s Rob Rang has Cardale Jones rated as high as the second round, right after Winston-Mariota. http://t.co/CF94WLgmPb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 15, 2015Cardale Jones has an unprecedented, complex choice between school and the NFL. “If it’s my son, I’d tell him to go.” http://t.co/n3YYI1QNww— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 14, 2015What would you do if you were Jones? Stay or go?
SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: ESPN College GameDay hosts (L-R) Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)West Virginia guard Jevon Carter had to know he’d get a reaction with the shoes he’s wearing tonight. With the Mountaineers facing Virginia in a great match-up at Madison Square Garden, Carter broke out bright gold kicks for the occasion. They’re quite audacious.#WVU has arrived at MSG. Here’s Jevon Carter… pic.twitter.com/amEmnakzrl— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) December 8, 2015Jay Bilas certainly noticed the kicks, hitting Carter with a loud “What Are Those?!” on air. For those who aren’t as hip as Bilas, “What Are Those” is a meme that became popular over the summer, and is generally exclaimed at someone wearing lame or ridiculous shoes. Even Michael Jordan got hit with it this year, so don’t feel too bad, Jevon.[Reddit]
Unai Emery accepts it is “more difficult” for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League after their 1-0 Premier League loss at West Ham.Emery’s side were beaten by Declan Rice scoring his first Premier League goal for West Ham and the Gunners have now taken just four points from their last four league games.Chelsea’s defeat of Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge than moved the Blues six points clear of London rivals Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. 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? In-form Manchester United, meanwhile, are level on points with Arsenal after maintaining their 100 per cent record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Sunday’s 1-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley.And head coach Emery accepts it is going to be tough to steer Arsenal back into the Champions League, the club having missed out on the tournament in each of the past two seasons.”Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters. “I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.”Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.”The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.”@6_LKOSCIELNY“We need to continue to work together, then the results will come.”An afternoon to forget, but as always we’re grateful for your support pic.twitter.com/VeMT9AVK5U— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2019Away form has been a particular headache for Emery, his side having failed to win any of their past five matches on the road in the Premier League.”It’s our challenge. Each match is our challenge away,” said the Spaniard. “We are working on that. It’s also the opposition team.”Like here [at West Ham], for example, they are with their supporters they feel good and strong and can push. We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment. We started the season away well, being competitive and winning.”And then sometimes we are doing but like today [Saturday] we need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our idea and our quality. Today West Ham also have very big players.”8 – Manchester United were eight points behind Arsenal when Ole Gunnar Solskjær became their caretaker manager on December 19th but are now level on points with the Gunners. Recoup. #TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/PcCAkf4Af0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2019Emery left Mesut Ozil out of his matchday squad for the trip to West Ham despite the playmaker returning to training following an injury.”For me he is like another player,” Emery added. “It’s one decision, when is coming one player or not coming.”Sometimes he is helping us, at other moments not helping us because of his injury or because maybe the match is not for him.”But he is a good player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Following the group stage draw earlier this week , the countdown to Copa America’s 2019 edition has begun.Four nations participating in this year’s competition are yet to lift the title – including this year’s two invited nations, Japan and Qatar, the latter of whom will be making their debut in the competition .But who has been crowned the champions of South America the most times?
Ohio State just beat Michigan for the fifth-straight time, finishing the regular season 11-1.In the Twitterverse, ex-Buckeyes like Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones celebrated the victory with some good old-fashioned trash talk.?? ❌ichigan— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) November 26, 2016OSU ruin these guys college career stories, you can’t tell you kids and grandkids no ish like this ? https://t.co/OCZMGFbg35— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) November 26, 2016Be Great @CurtisSamuel4__ sick ending your legendary now! #shhhh— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 26, 2016Curtis the mf ???????????????????— Eli Apple (@EliApple13) November 26, 2016BUCKEYES!!??— Vonn Bell (@TheVonnBell7) November 26, 2016???? https://t.co/8XvJ36dCG4— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) November 26, 2016LETS GOOOOOO— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016BUMS! ALWAYS WILL BE BUMS!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016CURTIS THA GAWD!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) November 26, 2016Now, Ohio State must wait and see if Penn State can beat Michigan State. If the Nittany Lions lose, OSU is headed to the Big Ten title game.