Schalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool attacker Shaqiri: Friends call me man who finished Mourinhoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed friends have labelled him as the man who got Jose Mourinho sacked. The Swiss scored two goals to help Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1.Mourinho was subsequently fired as United on Tuesday and Shaqiri has received some messages from his friends about the impact of his goals.”I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” Shaqiri said in an interview with The Guardian.”There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.”I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager.”There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.”
LaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.”
John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.
Wazzu HuskiesWashington State capped off a bounce-back season with a 20-14 win over Miami in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Apparently, however, the win wasn’t enough to earn respect from the local media. This morning’s El Paso Times headline about the game featured a colossal error: it referred to Wazzu as the “Huskies” instead of the Cougars.Take a step forward if you can report the correct team names in your local bowl. Not so fast @elpasotimes #gocougs pic.twitter.com/YLZ6LalYZM— Jeff (@saomonella) December 27, 2015Of course, the Huskies are Washington, Wazzu’s top rival. So not only did Washington win the Apple Cup over the Cougars by 35 points, they stole a newspaper headline from them.Ouch.[ CougCenter.com ]
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)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.
Franck Ribery has been defended by Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller after the Frenchman launched an expletive-filled rant at those who criticised him for eating a golden steak.The former France forward posted a video on social media during the recent Bundesliga winter break which showed him eating the £1,000-per-serving ($1,273) steak.That led to widespread outbursts against Ribery’s seemingly lavish lifestyle and arrogance, with journalist Audrey Pulvar in particular insisting Ribery should be putting his money into more worthy causes than golden steaks. 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? The winger then made his aggressive response, but Muller said: “In those moments when he feels unfairly treated, where he is badly attacked, the horses go through with him and he just can not control himself.””He is a very emotional person, as he has experienced [criticism] so far in his entire career so far,” Muller continued. “But I think that it has become better in the course of his career, even if it is always such situations. It is also true that he is attacked a lot.”Asked if the Bayern players have been discussing Ribery’s off-field issues, Muller said they have been respectful to the 35-year-old: “Of course you talk about it at the table, but it’s more of a private matter.”No better way to start the year than with a dash of salt and a visit to my Turkish brother 🇹🇷👌🏼 #SaltBae #fr7👑 #ELHAMDOULILLAH🤲🏽♥️ pic.twitter.com/O5ztj4mueq— Franck Ribéry (@FranckRibery) January 3, 2019Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga, six points behind Borussia Dortmund, and are not due to feature again until January 18 when they travel to Hoffenheim after the end of the league’s winter break.Ribery has already announced he will leave the German champions at the end of the season, along with Dutch forward Arjen Robben, after 12 years in Munich.Bayern have made a number of offers for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, who they view as a replacement for the two departing wingers, and Niko Kovac recently confirmed the club’s interest in the 18-year-old.
Barcelona are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong €16 million (£14m/$18m) a year in order to beat a host of rivals to the young Ajax midfielder’s signature, Goal understands.The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after young players after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut in 2016.De Jong’s profile increased still further when he broke into the Netherlands side earlier this campaign and it seems a big-money move is not far away. 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? Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the talented youngster but face competition from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and are ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.Barca are willing to offer De Jong a net salary of €10m per season, plus €6m more in relatively easy-to-achieve bonuses based on trophies and appearances.That would represent a break in their policy of offering young players such high wages but reflects how highly the club’s board rate De Jong and their determination to sign him.The offer is so good that even De Jong is said to be surprised at how much the Blaugranes are prepared to pay in order to take him to Catalonia.PSG and Man City remain in the hunt for De Jong but Goal understands that Barcelona are confident the midfielder and his agent are happy with their offer and that he would prefer a move to Camp Nou.Once they are confident of landing De Jong, Ernesto Valverde’s side are ready to open negotiations with Ajax and would have no issue paying in excess of the reported €70m transfer fee.De Jong admitted last week that he was growing tired of the speculation about his future and was eager to make a decision quickly and it seems his new club could be decided very soon.
As they look towards a glittering future, Liverpool must first confront a ghost from their recent past.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to West Ham on Monday evening looking to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. After victories for Tottenham on Saturday and Manchester City on Sunday, the pressure will be right back on the league leaders at the London Stadium.AdChoices广告These are heady times for the men from Anfield, who have their eyes on a 19th league crown, and a first since 1990. Rarely since then have they found themselves in a better position at this time of year. 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? Their success has been built on stability, on consistency, on sound recruitment and strong management. It’s taken them a while, but Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, appear to have found the winning formula. They have the manager they want, the players they want, and they’re getting the results they want.Apt, then, that on Monday night they could run into Andy Carroll, a weathered, robust reminder of the way things used to be at Liverpool.Carroll, it is fair to say, represents a different Anfield era; an era of gambles and mistakes, of muddled thinking and expensive missteps. He’s the sixth most expensive player in the club’s history, whose 11 goals came at a cost of more than £3 million each. He’s the man who scored in an FA Cup final, who settled a Goodison derby and a Wembley derby, and yet he’s still, at £35m, one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory.Who could forget the excitement when Carroll arrived at Melwood on the final day of January 2011? It was the day Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, the day Luis Suarez joined from Ajax. Carroll, though, was the story. Amid a sea of flashbulbs and supporters eager to catch a glimpse of their new hero, the grinning Geordie with the ponytail and the prodigious leap became the costliest English footballer of all time.It was, by any measure, a remarkable transfer. Carroll’s form at Newcastle had been good, but he was in the middle of his first full Premier League season, and his off-field reputation on Tyneside was far from perfect. There had been scrapes in bars and clubs, a fight with team-mate Steven Taylor and an assault charge which had seen him ordered to move in with club captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions.The signs were there early on that this was not a marriage made in heaven. Carroll had not wanted to leave Newcastle, and admitted later that he had spent the helicopter journey to Liverpool Googling some of his new team-mates. He arrived on Merseyside injured, having not played in over a month. It would be five more weeks before he took to the field.That, as much as anything, helps sum up Carroll. A career that could have been defined by goals has instead been about pulls and strains, aches and pains. In the seven full seasons since his move to Liverpool, only twice has he managed to play 20 or more games. Not once has he reached double figures in terms of scoring.“I honestly don’t know what I’ve done in my life to get the sh*t I get,” Carroll said recently, opening up admirably about the struggles of being injured for long spells. The ‘crock’ tag clearly irks him, though he has also been honest enough to admit that he contributed to his own problems earlier in his career, when his drinking was excessive and his approach to training far from perfect. “That is the old me,” he says. “I have regrets looking back.”Carroll played regularly for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish – the pair shared a relationship good enough to justify them once attending a Boyzone concert together – and helped Liverpool win the League Cup in 2012. He scored the winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and grabbed his side’s goal as they lost to Chelsea in the final. Had it not been for Petr Cech and one of the great cup final saves, he may well have written his name into Anfield folklore.But Brendan Rodgers, Dalglish’s replacement, was never convinced. “Not a Liverpool player,” was his initial assessment of Carroll, relayed to local journalists in an off-record briefing soon after his appointment. A month later, Liverpool’s record signing was heading to West Ham on loan, admitting he “could never get a grip” on Merseyside. Rodgers, he said, gave him mixed messages, telling him one minute that he was part of his plans, then offering him the chance to leave. “I lost respect for him,” Carroll said.There have been highs since – a hat-trick against Arsenal at Upton Park sticks out, as does a spectacular overhead kick against Crystal Palace – but 95 starts in six-and-a-half years tells its own story. Carroll has lost 142 games to injury – be it hamstring, groin, ankle, foot, knee or heel – since moving to East London.For now, he’s fit, although he is likely to start on the bench on Monday if Marko Arnautovic shakes off a foot problem.Liverpool, whose defence has looked shakier than usual in recent games, will certainly be wary of the threat he will pose, though the Reds have bigger things to concern themselves with than their former striker. Klopp’s men are going for glory this season, their team is evolving into one of Europe’s finest and the club is better run now than it has been for years. Aberrations like Carroll, or Stewart Downing or Charlie Adam, or even Lazar Markovic, who left for Fulham last week, belong in the past.A win in Stratford will give them their 20th league win of the campaign, only one fewer than they managed in the whole of last season. Their progress is unarguable.You’ll see it on Monday night, in fact. From Carroll to Mohamed Salah, that’s how far Liverpool have come. Beat West Ham, and they will take another huge step towards that glittering future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web