About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will look at Eddie Howe if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.With Pochettino linked to jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is a possibility he will leave Spurs.And according to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth boss Howe is the man chairman Daniel Levy would target to replace the Argentine.It would cost a club £40 million to buy out Pochettino’s contract at Spurs, as he signed a new deal this past summer.English papers have suggested he is open to a move to United, as he knows it is an opportunity that may be too good to turn down.
Man City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompanyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt fortune wasn’t with them for defeat at Manchester City.Klopp was also left angry that City captain Vincent Kompany escaped dismissal for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.He said, “It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.”It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge says the club must prepare for manager Jurgen Klopp’s eventual departure.Klopp this week laughed off a suggestion from his agent that he could leave Liverpool because of the inclement English weather with the comment coming amid constant speculation over whether he will sign a new Reds deal. “It will be a sad moment when the time does come for him to say goodbye but hopefully that’s a long way off yet,” Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “I’d love him to stay forever but ultimately we can trust him to do what’s best for himself and Liverpool Football Club.”One thing we do know… when he does go, he’ll leave us in a really good situation and a better state than he found us in when he arrived, which is not always the case with other managers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.
If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Here’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Alphonso Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for the Bundesliga giants following his move from Vancouver Whitecaps.The 18-year-old is considered one of the brightest talents in football, with Bayern having agreed to sign him back in July 2018 for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) – the highest fee ever paid for a Major League Soccer player.Davies was allowed to finish the MLS season with Vancouver – who ended the campaign in eighth in the Western Conference, with the Canadian teenager scoring twice in his final game against Portland Timbers. 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? And having now officially joined up with Bayern, Davies has been included as part of the 29-man squad that will travel to Doha for the club’s annual winter training camp.Indeed, head coach Niko Kovac confirmed back in October that, despite Davies’s inexperience at the top level, he would be considered a first-team player.He told reporters: “If you spend so much money on a young player, you will not park him in the second team.”In announcing the squad that heads to Qatar on January 4, Bayern also revealed that Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for his new club.He follows the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Mario Gotze, Alexander Baumjohann, Jan Schlaudraff, Julio dos Santos and Carsten Jancker in inheriting the squad number.Our squad for the training camp in Doha 🔴⚪#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/sMrKvaBmoU— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) 3 January 2019Bayern will spend six days in Doha although will not play a friendly match, as has been the case in the past.Speaking about the trip, and what he aimed to get out of it, Kovac told the club’s official website: “We want to fine-tune a lot of things in Doha, including fitness and technical-tactical elements.”And we have to begin preparing for our first opponent so we can get off to a good start at Hoffenheim.”The lads got a little programme for the days after new year so they weren’t starting from scratch in Doha. It means they’ve already had some sort of workload.”Bayern face Hoffenheim on January 18 as they aim to claw their way back into the Bundesliga title race.Kovac’s side trail Dortmund by six points – the first time in eight years that they’ve not been leading the standings going into the winter break in Germany.
Sevilla have held preliminary talks with the agent of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata as they look to sign the Spain international on loan until the end of the season.Goal understands that Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, met with the Liga club recently in a bid to earn his client a move back to his homeland.Sevilla are willing to pay the entirety of Morata’s £140,000-a-week wages to bring him to Andalusia as they aim to continue their unlikely title bid. 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? Pablo Machin’s side currently sit third in the Liga table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, and remain in contention to win a fourth Europa League title in six seasons.Chelsea are unwilling to let him leave Stamford Bridge unless they can secure a replacement themselves during the January window.Morata signed for the Blues from Real Madrid in a deal worth an initial £58 million in the summer of 2017, but the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency in front of goal.In total he has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the west London outfit – nine of those goals coming this season – with his place in Maurizio Sarri’s side far from assured.Eden Hazard has been prefered to him in recent weeks as Sarri introduced a false nine into his formation while Olivier Giroud has also provided competition for Morata over the last 12 months.And his lack of celebration after scoring two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday has seen some suggest he would rather be anywhere else than Chelsea.”I don’t know [if he is happy],” Sarri said on Tuesday ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham. “I hope so but I don’t know.”It is more important to score than celebrate. He scored two goals in the last match, in the season he has nine.”In his best season at Madrid he scored 20 goals, so he will be able to have a very good second part of the season and he will try to reach his best.”Quite where Morata would fit into the pecking order at Sevilla is unknown, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva having netted 24 goals between them in all competitions this season.The latter’s form, however, has dropped off in recent weeks after a fast start following his loan arrival from AC Milan, and with Luis Muriel having left for Fiorentina already in the winter window, Morata could yet earn a starting berth should he move to the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.Chelsea’s search for a replacement will not see them resurrect their interest in Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues deciding against pursuing the deal after it was deemed too complicated by the club’s hierarchy.Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson is an option , though the Cherries are understood to be standing firm in not selling the England international.And with more than three weeks of the window still left and a number of possibilities still to emerge, Morata could yet be made to wait before finding out his fate over the next month.Additional reporting by Paco Rico and Romeo Agresti.
Diego Simeone insists his focus is solely on Atletico Madrid’s upcoming matches, as he cannot control what happens in the January transfer window.Key defenders Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Diego Godin (Inter) have been linked with moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano this month.Meanwhile, Goal understands the club are chasing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. 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? Ahead of the second leg of his side’s Copa del Rey tie against Girona, Simeone made it clear he was only concerned with on-field matters.”I live in training to training, match by match, day by day,” said the Atletico head coach.”I focus on looking for those who can hurt Girona. The rest will happen no matter how much you analyse or not analyse, think or not think. No matter what you want or not, what will happen will happen. That is our reality.”Simeone refused to comment on reports linking Atletico with Morata but did outline the value of experienced centre-half Godin.”The importance of Godin for us is clear,” Simeone added. “I hope he continues in the same way because he has had a very good level in the last three matches.”
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has praised her side’s defeated rival France, saying that Friday night’s World Cup quarterfinal was the most intense match she’s ever been a part of.The USWNT got past the host nation with a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes, as Megan Rapinoe’s two goals were enough to see her side through to the semifinals.Unlike most U.S. matches, however, Ellis’s side ceded much of the possession and initiative to their opponent. France had 60 percent of the possession while taking 20 total shots, in comparison to 10 for the USWNT. 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? But, in front of a vociferous sold-out crowd in Paris, the U.S. held on and made the most of their chances. After the game, Ellis said the combination of the atmosphere and the opponent made Friday’s game unparalleled for her. “That’s a fantastic team we played tonight,” Ellis said. “That is the most intense match I’ve ever been a part of. They have superb players, coaches, so it was very special.”Part of France’s dominance in possession can likely be attributed to Ellis’s controversial decision to bench Lindsey Horan for a second consecutive game. Horan, known for her aptitude with the ball among other qualities, entered the game in the 62nd minute as a substitute and Ellis explained that her benching was simply because she preferred Sam Mewis instead.“Just playing Sam, that was kind of it,” Ellis said of her decision. “I think Sam is in-form, you saw that in the domestic games [before the World Cup] and Lindsey is as well, so the beauty is we have legs. You make those decisions every day as a coach.”That decision didn’t cost the U.S. on a night when the Parc des Princes was a cauldron of noise. It seemed like every fan – most of them French but a solid contingent of American supporters as well – was chanting, cheering and singing the entire game. “What a feeling to be able to play in front of a crowd like this,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. The night’s two-goal hero agreed.“It was everything you want,” Rapinoe said. “Obviously we’re not at a home World Cup so [there was] a good healthy hostile crowd. “Our fans were amazing, they screamed their little hearts out but they were no match for the Frenchies tonight. It was unbelievable obviously, there was so much energy in the stadium tonight.”