Chelsea Chelsea team news: Batshuayi returns to starting line-up against Newcastle Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:36 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Hewitt Chelsea FA Cup Michy Batshuayi Chelsea v Newcastle United Newcastle United Amid links with a loan move out of the club, the forward gets the nod for Sunday’s fourth-round test while Alvaro Morata misses out Michy Batshuayi has earned a recall to the Chelsea starting XI as the Blues host Newcastle United in Sunday’s FA Cup tie.The forward has struggled for first-team football this season, and could leave Stamford Bridge on loan before the end of the January transfer window if Chelsea land Edin Dzeko. But he will play the weekend’s fourth-round tie in an all-Premier League encounter against the Magpies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Willy Caballero continues in goal for the competition due to Thibaut Courtois’ ankle complaint, while there is also room for Davide Zappacosta in the line-up. Alvaro Morata, meanwhile, has been granted leave to miss Sunday’s match after losing a close friend in a car crash, and does not form part of the squad.The Spain international is also recovering from a back problem which saw him miss Chelsea’s Carabao Cup elimination at the hands of Arsenal.Willian is another absentee, with the Brazilian struck down with a hamstring injury in that semi-final defeat, while David Luiz misses out completely due to an ankle knock.Newcastle, on the flip side, have named a strong side for the clash with captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle all named in the starting lineup.Chelsea: Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Batshuayi, Hazard.Substitutes: Eduardo, Ampadu, Moses, Fabregas, Barkley, Musonda, Hudson-Odoi.Newcastle United: Darlow, Manquillo, Mbemba, Lascelles (c), Clark, Haïdara, Shelvey, Saivet, Hayden, Ritchie, Gayle.Substitutes: Woodman, Yedlin, Dummett, Diame, Atsu, Murphy, Joselu.
Manchester City Guardiola wary of granting rest to relentless De Bruyne Tom Webber 08:59 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League Guardiola The Man City boss would love to grant his star midfielder a break from first-team duties but fears the Belgian may be too influential Kevin De Bruyne’s relentless efforts on the pitch for Manchester City have made him so important to Pep Guardiola that the Catalan is wary of granting him the rest he may need.Belgium international De Bruyne has started all 26 of City’s Premier League matches this season and has covered 288 kilometres in the top flight this season – the 10th greatest distance of any player – and admitted he was feeling like “s***” during the busy campaign.Guardiola concedes the 26-year-old could likely use a break, but his willingness to work to his maximum on every occasion is valued too highly by the former Bayern Munich boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t have words to express my gratitude as a manager,” said Guardiola.”My example is words; the players’ examples are the facts and one of the best players we have is the guy who runs the most and fights the most.”He is an incredible example for the other guys and the players in the academy. He is one of the most talented players I have ever seen in my life and without the ball he is a guy who makes this kind of intensity every three days.”If he needs the rest, he needs it. It is not just being tired here [legs] it is tired here [mentally]. The Premier League is so demanding with the lack of rest.”Guardiola outlined that David Silva’s absence due to the premature birth of his son and injuries to Fabian Delph and Ben Foden restricted his chances to leave De Bruyne out.He said: “In that period [December], I couldn’t give him rest because David had some personal problems, it’s going well with his son but now he’s injured.”Delph and Foden are injured, that’s why I couldn’t move [the players] a lot. They can come back and I’ll give him some rest.”He has played a lot of minutes and he deserves some rest but on the other hand he is so important for us. In every game he creates an amount of chances, helps us offensively and defensively – also for the fact that we are there, fighting for important things.”In that situation, you are not tired. He said, ‘I’m tired’ but if there had been another game in three days he’d have been ready to play.”Another player to establish himself as a key figure at City this season is goalkeeper Ederson, whose composed nature and quality distribution quickly marked him out as a notable upgrade on Claudio Bravo.The day before! v #mancity pic.twitter.com/5xEVXM2jD2— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 9, 2018Guardiola considers the Brazilian to be one of the leading keepers in the world and backed him to develop even further.”We are impressed with the fact he is young and came from Portugal to here. You never know what is going to happen, but immediately he adapted well,” said the Catalan.”We knew the quality of his passing but it is not just the quality of the pass, it is reading whether you can pass the ball here, here, here or there. That is the most difficult thing and he reads it well.”The most important thing, from my point of view, is he is so calm. When he concedes a goal he is quiet but if he makes an extraordinary save he is quiet. His reaction is the same. He is stable.”He is young, he has to improve a lot of things. I think he is one of the best in the world and in the future he will be stronger.”
Guadalajara v Pachuca Chivas vs Pachuca: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 07:12 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Refugio Ruiz Guadalajara v Pachuca Liga MX Guadalajara Pachuca After struggling at the start of the season, both clubs are feeling optimistic about Saturday’s contest after getting results After getting results during the week, a pair of recent Liga MX champions hope to build on those three points and get going after slow starts.Chivas has just one victory this season but earned their fifth point by securing a 2-2 draw against Queretaro on Wednesday on a late goal from Alan Pulido.Pachuca had four points from its first five matches but has run off a pair of consecutive victories, and with Tuzos getting into a rhythm manager Diego Alonso will like his chances of making it three straight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But will Chivas snap out of their slump and defend home turf? Game Chivas vs. Pachuca Date Saturday, February 17 Time 10:06 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Watch Chivas vs. Pachuca live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chivas players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Cota, Jimenez Defenders Alanis, Slacido, Pereira, Marin, Hernandez, Sanchez, Basulto Midfielders Pineda, Lopez, Sandoval, Benitez, Pizarro, Perez, Cervantes, O. Macias Forwards Pulido, Brizuela, Zaldivar, C. Cisneros, R. Cisneros, J. Macias Center backs Carlos Salcido and Hedgardo Marin remain out with injuries and are not in Chivas’s squad. Potential starting XI: Cota; Sanchez, Pereira, Alanis, Hernandez; Perez, Pineda; Lopez, Pizarro, C. Cisneroa; Pulido Position Pachuca players Goalkeepers Blanco, Perez, Romero Defenders Esquivel, Gonzalez, Lopez, Garcia, Martinez, Murillo, Pena, Herrera, Villegas, Wbias Midfielders Honda, Guzman, Sagal, Gimenez, Aguirre, Gutierrez, Hernandez, Figueroa, Lopez, Gomez Forwards Calero, Jara, Ayala, Reyes, Palacios Omar Gonzalez is getting closer to returning from injury but remains unavailable. Victor Guzman is out for the season after tearing his ACL.Potential starting XI: Blanco; Lopez, Pena, Murillo, Martinez; Hernandez; Honda, Sanchez, Gutierrez, Aguirre; SagalGAME PREVIEW Is there hope on the horizon?Both Chivas and Pachuca had disappointing endings to 2017 and miserable starts to the new year. Things may be changing, though.It definitely seems so for Tuzos, who have won two straight matches.Diego Alonso has turned to a new batch of talented young players, and they’ve responded. The ‘Three Ericks” of Gutierrez, Sanchez and Aguirre all contributed to a 2-0 victory over Tijuana during the week, and Angelo Sagal is starting up front instead of Franco Jara.Chivas pulled a draw out of the fire against Queretaro, with Alan Pulido scoring in stoppage time to make sure El Rebano Sagrado didn’t leave with nothing.Manager Matias Almeyda made midweek rotations, bringing Rodolfo Pizarro off the bench and handing a start to 18-year-old forward Jose Juan Macias. The regulars may come back into the lineup, but the back four likely will remain the same with Carlos Salcido and Hedgardo Marin both unavailable.The biggest obstacle to Chivas getting a victory seems to be that the match is being played in front of their home supporters. Chivas’s last home league win came back in October 2017. They’ve lost all three games at Estadio Chivas so far this tournament.
Wigan Athletic 1 Manchester City 0: Grigg ends Guardiola’s quadruple dream Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 2/20/18 Getty Images Manchester City had Fabian Delph sent off and crashed to a shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat, with Will Grigg League One Wigan’s hero. Will Grigg ended 10-man Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple as League One Wigan Athletic stunned the Premier League leaders with a 1-0 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup.Wigan famously beat City by the same scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final before dumping them out of the same competition the following season.Even so, the prospect of Paul Cook’s current Latics vintage repeating the dose seemed a fanciful notion against a City team who have been imperious at home and abroad over recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Fabian Delph altered the complexion of the contest with a rash challenge on Max Power – the England international’s first-half red card meaning his is set to miss Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Arsenal and subsequent Premier League matches against the Gunners and Chelsea.Referee Anthony Taylor approached Delph with a yellow card in his hand while being harangued by Wigan players and that seemingly contributed to the angry reaction from City’s players and bench when the left-back’s dismissal was confirmed.As was to be expected given the abundance of excellent ballplayers in Pep Guardiola’s side, the numerical disadvantage did not stop them dominating possession, but an error from Kyle Walker allowed Grigg to bring the house down 11 minutes from time and book a quarter-final home tie against Southampton.GAMESGOALSWILL GRIGG IS ON pic.twitter.com/D2EsvzhG8q — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 19, 2018 Sergio Aguero almost gave City a third-minute lead but headed over when he stole in front of Dan Burn to meet Bernardo Silva’s cross from the right.Ilkay Gundogan then forced Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton into a sharp save down to his right before the hosts showed their capabilities as an attacking force.Right-back Nathan Byrne bustled into the box and a loose ball trickled under Danilo’s boot, forcing Claudio Bravo to fling himself at Gary Roberts’ feet.More poor work from Danilo allowed Grigg to get the run on John Stones and fire into the side netting.An apparent hamstring injury forced off former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, interrupting Wigan’s momentum, and City should have led when record signing Aymeric Laporte failed to convert Gundogan’s flick-on from Leroy Sane’s 26th-minute corner.A similarly glaring miss came when Fernandinho smashed Stones’ knockdown over and City were left to regret such profligacy when their task became taller on the stroke of the interval. Walton saved well from Aguero and, after Wigan partially cleared the resulting corner, Delph dived in over the ball on Power to earn his red card.The enraged Guardiola brought on Walker for Sane at the start of the second half, moving Danilo to the left-back slot Delph vacated.Clear chances were proving hard to come by for the depleted City and Guardiola introduced Kevin De Bruyne with 25 minutes remaining.Gundogan was unable to turn in De Bruyne’s corner five minutes later and the Belgium midfielder’s arrival lifted the intensity.Aguero’s touch let him down after De Bruyne raided down the Wigan left, leaving Grigg to cast himself as the match-winning striker when Walker inexplicably let Elder’s pass run under his boot.Still with plenty to do, the Northern Ireland favourite kept his cool to slot his seventh of the competition past Bravo and claim a place in FA Cup history.Wigan survived a couple of late scares and the full-time whistle sparked wild scenes of celebration as many home fans jubilantly invaded the pitch. Key Opta facts:- Wigan have now beaten Manchester City each of the last three times they have played them in the FA Cup.- Will Grigg scored his seventh goal in this season’s FA Cup – more than any other player. – Pep Guardiola’s side failed to score for only the third time in all competitions this season, with Wolves in the EFL Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League also keeping them at bay.- The Latics have now progressed past Premier League opposition in the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup this season.- City have been knocked out of the FA Cup by a side from the third tier or lower for the first time since the third round in 2004-05 (a 1-0 reverse against Oldham Athletic).- Fabian Delph’s sending off was the ninth in all competitions for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola – only Watford (10) have seen more among Premier League clubs in that time. read more
Guadalajara Cardozo replaces Almeyda as Chivas manager Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 03:57 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Guadalajara Liga MX A day after Matias Almeyda made his departure official, the Guadalajara side has announced the Paraguayan as its new coach Jose Cardozo is the new manager of Chivas, the club announced Tuesday.Matias Almeyda took the club to the CONCACAF Champions League title this year and also won the league and two Copa MX titles during his tenure but announced his departure Monday with the club struggling financially and unable to strengthen the team as he hoped.Carzodo will take over the club, which has 12 titles as is tied for most in Mexican history. It’s the sixth stop in Mexico for the 47-year-old former Paraguay international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move While Cardozo is a familiar face for fans in Mexico, Chivas supporters may not receive him with open arms. Players have sent messages of support for Almeyda, and many fans are frustrated with owner Jorge Vergara’s lack of investment as the club prepares for December’s Club World Cup.”I’m here to write my own story with Chivas. For me, glory doesn’t have a price. That’s why I’m coming here. I’m here to write my own story in Guadalajara,” Cardozo said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “Logically, the fans are annoyed with the way a winning coach who brought them titles is gone now. That’s normal. But I think we’re going to work with a lot of professionalism, a good relationship with the squad and I don’t have any doubt we’re going to play well.”Cardozo said he had nothing to do with the club’s summer market moves, with Chivas bringing in Angel Sepulveda but letting attacker Rodolfo Pizarro, center back Oswaldo Alanis and goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota go. In addition to Almeyda’s resignation, sporting director Francisco Gabriel de Anda also announced he is leaving the club.Jose Luis Higuera, the CEO of Grupo Omnilife Chivas, said Tuesday at the news conference to announce Cardozo that the club is not for sale, nor is the ownership group looking for foreign investment.
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Cardiff boss Warnock: Beating Leicester boosts our market plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says victory over Leicester City will help their January market prospects.Warnock says approaches for new signings have already been made.”We’ve got nine or ten concrete inquiries in for players,” he said. “You’re not going to sign them all but you’ve got to do that. “We are looking to strengthen the team and results like that will help me because we’re not adrift at the bottom of the table and people thinking, “We don’t want to go to a bottom of the league side.” It does help me.”But it is difficult to bring players in and I won’t do it if they’re not better than what we’ve got, even though I know we need a better squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson tribute to Zaha for victory over Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised the performance of Wilfried Zaha for victory over Norwich City.After a convincing display against Norwich in which Crystal Palace won 2-0, Hodgson commented on the talismanic winger in his post-match press conference.When asked if Zaha had changed the match, Hodgson said: “He’s done that in the last few games. He was even better against Wolves than today. He was good today but against Wolves he was even better. He had an excellent game. “At the start of the season, the first two games really, he wasn’t perhaps the Wilf we know and love but since that time he has been the Wilf that we know and love. Like I’ve said right the way through, like Steve [Parish] has said right the way through, he’s a player we need. “To his credit, he’s focussed on one thing and one thing only and that is helping Crystal Palace. “This where he was brought up, the club that took care of him from his earliest years and this is the club which has shown him so much love, not just in terms of Steve Parish and the club board but the fans. He’s aware of all of that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jenas: Spurs look staleby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJermaine Jenas says former club Tottenham need to freshen things up after defeat at Brighton.Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have all been linked with moves away in the summer but none of those outgoings came to fruition, leaving their Spurs careers in limbo.Jenas said: “I love Mauricio and really hope he stays but it stinks of that type of moment things seem really stale. He’s been at the club for a number of years. “I feel the club have let Mauricio down and the players are not applying themselves. Something needs to change hopefully it’s the players’ mentality and not the manager.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Nemanja Matic welcomes Inter Milan pushby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is keen on a move to Italy in January.Off contract in June, Matic is a target for Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, having worked with him at Chelsea.Inter’s priority is Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, but a deal is unlikely due to his valuation.Instead, reports TMW, Matic is emerging as the more likely addition.And for his part, the midfielder is keen to test himself in Serie A and would be happy to play again for Conte.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)With National Signing Day just a few days away, college football coaches are all making their last-minute pitches to undecided recruits. New Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh is apparently pulling out all of the stops in an attempt to land four-star tight end recruit Chris Clark. Clark, who is deciding between the Wolverines and the UCLA Bruins, posted a photo of a personal letter that Harbaugh penned to him. It outlines the eight reasons that Clark should commit to Michigan.Decisions pic.twitter.com/nmX94WI1Ps— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) January 30, 2015If you’re having trouble reading the reasons – we’ve transcribed them below.1. We have used, know how to use, and will use tight ends…a lot! 2. You can wear #8 here! & 104,909 – 74,340 = 30,569 more people will see it every week if you come to the Big House. 3. We are close to Chicago / Indianapolis / Cleveland / Detroit / Madison / Milwaukee / Green Bay / Buffalo. 4. We will have a QB…A good one! 5. The is the best public school in American –> You don’t survive Avon to go anywhere but the best. 6. We have the most wins…ever. 7. We have the biggest adidas contract in the nation! –> More gear. 8. This is a very special time @ a very special place…That’s how legacies are cemented. We are both going to be a part of that! I promise you we will win & grow together. We’ll see if it’s enough to land Clark’s services. This would be a huge get for the program.
college football game mega brawlWe’ve seen some nasty college football brawls, but the one shown below takes the cake. East Mississippi Community College and Delta College didn’t even make it to halftime before the game had to be called. EMCC led 48-0 when the fighting erupted, and after “violent ejections” on both teams, the contest was cancelled. Here’s video of the mayhem.Scott Walters of The Commercial Dispatch was on-hand for the madness.EMCC has called a pair of timeouts to force the punt and secure one more first-half possession, leading 48-0— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Both benches have cleared and the fight is on— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Trash cans being thrown, players running wildly all over the field … This has gone on for five minutes— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Lack of security controlling this situation is amazing— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Players are finally back at both benches and a handful of law enforcement is on the field at midfield— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015The game has ben called … Final – No. 3 EMCC 48, Mississippi Delta 0— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015The game has been called due to “violent ejections” for both teams— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015If all players leaving the bench area receive a one-game suspension then playing a playoff game next week in severe jeopardy— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015EMCC’s Buddy Stephens “it all started in the pregame with one of our managers getting five stitches (from an attack by a Delta player)”— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Stephens “I put this on us for our lack of discipline, the referees for not controlling the game and (Delta) for (it’s) lack of discipline.”— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015From a personal standpoint … Kudos to the Delta linebacker who threw a garbage can 20 yards in the air … Easily enough for a first down— Scott Walters (@dispatchscott) October 23, 2015Happy Friday.
Steven Davis says he’s thrilled to work with an “icon” like Steven Gerrard as the Northern Ireland midfielder returns to Rangers.Davis previously played for the club from 2008-12, winning eight trophies including three league titles during his stay.The midfielder scored 22 goals in 210 appearances for the club before moving to Southampton, where he proved a mainstay, making at least 25 appearances in each full season. 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? However, this campaign, Davis has fallen out of favour, playing just six times under managers Mark Hughes and Ralph Hasenhuttl.Davis’ loan was made official on Sunday, giving the midfielder a chance at first-team action as Rangers push for a league crown once again.“I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to getting started. It’s been a little while in the making but when I found out the club was interested, this is the one that I wanted to happen,” Davis told RangersTV in Tenerife, where he joined up with the team for training.“I found out there was interest a little while back and talks were ongoing between the two clubs to try and come to a conclusion. And then, when the decision is made, it all happens very quickly; so obviously I’m delighted to get it agreed last night and I was straight on the flight this morning to get out here.”It’s great to be back and I am obviously very familiar with the club. I’m sure there will be plenty of faces I recognise as I go along and I’m looking forward to getting back out at Ibrox.”Davis isn’t the only big name to join up this window as former England star Jermain Defoe has also been added by his former Three Lions team-mate Gerrard.Playing under Gerrard was one of the major draws for Davis, who is looking forward to learning from the former Liverpool star.“He is an icon for any young player coming up and likewise for myself as well. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from him and he’s obviously done a fantastic job in the six months he has been here,” he said.“There seems to be a real good camaraderie within the squad and I’m looking forward to getting to know the boys a bit more this week.“It’s a good introduction for me as well and then we’ll get back to Scotland and start the games.”I think the club has come a long way in the last couple of years. Obviously the Old Firm result was massive for everybody and it was a massive psychological boost for the boys as well.“So it’s a great time to come in amongst it. I’m just raring to go and can’t wait to get out there.”Rangers currently sit tied with Celtic on 42 points, although the Ibrox side have played one more game than their rivals.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is optimistic about his team’s chances of winning silverware this season as their squad nears a return to full strength.City are eyeing another Premier League title, are set to reach the EFL Cup final and remain in contention in the Champions League and FA Cup.Kevin De Bruyne has missed most of the season due to a knee injury, while Benjamin Mendy is nearing a return. 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? Silva believes the return to fitness of some of his team-mates will give City a boost, with their title rivals Liverpool and Tottenham facing problems on the injury front.”It feels like we have all the squad which is important because we need all of them,” the Portuguese playmaker told UK newspapers.He’s magic, you knooooooooooow! @BernardoCSilva pic.twitter.com/F7ehmVHsuI— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 15, 2019″It is good finally to be back together and of course until now, until this moment of the season we have had so many injured players. “We never played with the whole squad so to have almost the whole squad available is fantastic for us and it is very good to try and go for all the competitions.”City are four points adrift of leaders Liverpool ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.The reigning Premier League champions also remain in FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League, while Liverpool are solely focused on the Premier League and Europe.While some may see City’s schedule as a disadvantage in the league race, Silva sees it as an advantage.“I think it is a good sign for us that we are still in all the competitions, that is what we try to do and big teams try to do,” he said. “We will keep going that way, we have a good squad, we will try to make things work, knowing that it is not easy. We are playing in four competitions, against good opponents. “I don’t think it really matters to reach our goals because when you play in a club like Man City, season after season, you get used to play lots of games so all these games that play in a high level for so many years are used to this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Marseille signing Mario Balotelli said that a move back to Italy did not appeal to him at this point in his career, but revealed he has aspirations to play for hometown club Brescia one day.The 28-year-old brought his two-and-a-half year spell at Nice to an end when he joined Marseille on a free transfer in January and he has so far scored one goal in two Ligue 1 appearances for Rudi Garcia’s struggling side.Balotelli’s switch to the Stade Velodrome means he has now played for six top-flight clubs across the course of his career, including Inter, Manchester City, AC Milan and 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? Interviewed on the Italian television show, Queli che il Calcio, Balotelli discussed the possibility of returning to his home country one day but described Serie A as “too tactical and a bit boring”.However, he did express his desire to eventually feature for Brescia, who are currently flying high in Serie B.”I never really thought about going back to [Italy] in these months,” said Italy international Balotelli, who was born in Palermo but grew up in Brescia.”But I do not deny that I would like to close my career at Brescia.”The striker also revealed that he would love to resume his international career with Italy. To date he has scored 14 times in 36 appearances for his country, having made just three appearances in 2018 after a spell of three years without an international call up.Roberto Mancini brought him back into the squad last May and Balotelli is eager to impress the former Inter manager once more.”Mancini is the manager that knows me best,” he admitted. “I want return to the Italy national team and score many goals.”Balotelli also spoke of the racism he experienced on the football pitch, but claims that he has only experienced it while playing in Serie A and not during the rest of his career in England and France.”In Italian stadiums there is too much racism,” the 28-year-old claimed. “I have been victim of insults only in Italy. It will take time but I am sure that we will win the battle against the racists.”
twitterAt 7-0, Michigan football leads the way in the Big Ten conference.Ranked 2nd in the country, the Wolverines have dominated opponents this season. Defensively, they have been frighteningly good.Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock has seen enough to declare Michigan the Big Ten football champs. On his show with Colin Cowherd today, Whitlock said the Wolverines will run the table because of their stop unit.“That Michigan defense is ridiculous and it shows up every freakin’ game. Jabrill Peppers, that corner (Jourdan Lewis) they got that makes the incredible interceptions and may be even better than Jabrill Peppers, their front four. He [Jim Harbaugh] has a defensive machine that will show up and mow down Ohio State. That unit is the best unit in college football. Michigan will beat Ohio State, Ohio State will not make the playoffs. Michigan will represent the Big Ten.”Whitlock forgot Jourdan Lewis’ name, which some fans might shake their heads at. You can’t deny how good Michigan’s defense has been though.Whitlock did go on to say he felt Ohio State outplayed Penn State but that the Nittany Lions “mucked it up” and made a few big plays. He also said Michigan’s defense would keep it in a game against Alabama.You can watch the whole video below.”Michigan will beat Ohio State. Ohio State will not make the playoffs. Michigan will represent the Big Ten.” — @WhitlockJason pic.twitter.com/NzAbTtr9yt— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) October 24, 2016Michigan-Ohio State is now roughly one month away. We can’t wait.
Real Madrid are keeping abreast of Neymar’s situation at Paris Saint-Germain and, despite any deal for the Brazilian being difficult, remain keen on the prospect of taking him to the Bernabeu.The 27-year-old’s future in Paris is very much up in the air, with Neymar having been tipped to depart in the summer and Barcelona having been heavily linked.Indeed, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had a strong message for the Ligue 1 side’s star players, insisting that he will not accept “celebrity behaviour” and that he only wants players who are “willing to give everything”. 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? He also insisted that nobody forced the Brazil international, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and has thus missed out on the Copa America, to sign for PSG in the first place.There has also been a shake-up behind the scenes at the club that could affect Neymar’s future, with sporting director Antero Henrique, who had been a big supporter of the forward, departing and being replaced by Leonardo. According to sources close to the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazilian doesn’t hold Neymar in as high regard as Henrique, with Al-Khelaifi insisting Leonardo will have “all the sporting powers” to make decisions regarding players at the club. And Madrid, for their part, have been alerted to the goings on in Paris and are encouraged by what they see as a potential opportunity to finally get the player to join them.Madrid president Florentino Perez has long been an admirer of the former Barcelona forward having almost signed him as a 14-year-old in 2006, before seeing him join Barca in 2013, and then again missing out on him in 2017 as PSG won the race.The signing of Neymar would be the icing on the cake of what has already been a hugely productive summer for Zinedine Zidane’s side.After a disappointing 2018-19 campaign that saw them finish third in the table and suffer humiliation in the Champions League, Los Blancos have reacted by signing five new players including Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.And they’re not likely to stop there as Madrid are also keen on Paul Pogba and willing to go head-to-head with Juventus for his signature, with Zidane a huge fan of the Manchester United midfielder. It is unclear whether a move for Pogba would then bring an end to any hopes of signing Neymar, although there are significant hurdles to overcome regardless.The transfer fee for Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record €222 million (£195m/$260m), will undoubtedly be astronomical while his wage demands will also be high.There is also the fact that Madrid possess an already bulging squad that includes a number of star attacking players on big contracts.Signing Neymar would also not only be a case of negotiating directly with the player, with his agents and entourage potentially placing hurdles to overcome in discussions.And there is the subject of rival interest and chiefly Barcelona, who have been wanting to take the player back to Camp Nou and began steps to do just that in November 2018. What does seem clear, though, is that Neymar is destined to leave PSG – with it appearing more likely than ever that he’ll go in the summer – and Real Madrid will do what they can do to get him to the Bernabeu, as complex as any move would be.
Ajax eliminating Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate in the last 16 of the 2018-19 Champions League might have been one of the worst evenings experienced by any Los Blancos fan – though they might have to relive the nightmare in just a few months’ time.Sergio Ramos, who was forced to miss the match through suspension after deliberately picking up a yellow card, was spotted in his own box at the Santiago Bernabeu overseeing the game, and cameras were accompanying him.It has since emerged that the star was being filmed as part of a documentary about his career and life as a footballer. 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? But what is the documentary and when will it be released? Goal brings you everything you need to know.What is the Sergio Ramos documentary? El Corazon de Sergio Ramos (The Heart of Sergio Ramos) is a sports documentary produced by Amazon Prime Video which focuses on Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos.News about Ramos filming a documentary surfaced in March 2019 via MARCA after he was photographed watching his side’s 4-1 Champions League last 16 first-leg loss to Ajax at the Bernabeu.A camera crew was spotted alongside Ramos at the stadium, suggesting that it will focus on events from last season, which should make for quite interesting viewing.As mentioned, the documentary will be released on Amazon Prime Video and will follow in the footsteps of recent releases Manchester City: All or Nothing, Steven Gerrard: Make Us Dream and the Leeds United docuseries Make Us Dream.It was made by Love Productions, the North American arm of the group who brought us ‘The Great British Bake Off’, and will be a series with six instalments showing his daily life over the course of a year. “I’m excited to be able to show football fans what it takes to be a professional athlete, the responsibility of wearing Real Madrid’s and Spain’s armband and how to juggle that with a normal personal life,” the defender said at the unveiling of the documentary.You can check out the trailer in the video below.When will the Sergio Ramos documentary be released?The Heart of Sergio Ramos documentary will be released on September 13 on Amazon Prime.That means it will drop around matchday four of the 2019-20 Liga season, which will see Madrid face off against Levante.How can I watch the Sergio Ramos documentary?The Heart of Sergio Ramos can be streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Prime is Amazon’s subscription streaming service and new users can sign up here.In the UK, subscribers can avail of a 30-day free trial and it costs £7.99 a month after that. In the US, Prime Video is priced at $12.99 a month. Users can cancel their subscription at any time.The documentary will not be available to watch on Netflix.What material will the Sergio Ramos documentary cover?Though the documentary will be an in-depth look into Ramos’ career at Real Madrid and Spain, similar to previous Amazon documentaries about footballers and their lives, it will be viewed specifically through the prism of the Blancos’ 2018-19 campaign.Ramos has enjoyed a glittering career at the Bernabeu spanning 19 years, winning four Champions League titles, four La Ligas, and two Copa del Rey honours – in addition to one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.This past year, however, both Ramos and Real Madrid went through an incredibly tough and chaotic period, characterised by Los Blancos’ poor form and turbulent off-pitch controversies.Manager Santiago Solari was relieved of his duties at the Spanish capital following their Champions League exit, and has since been replaced by former coach Zinedine Zidane.Ramos is said to have been involved in an intense row with club president Florentino Perez, leaving his future at the Bernabeu in doubt, not to mention training-ground disputes with team-mates Marcelo and Reguilon.Spain’s World Cup disappointment in Russia back in the summer of 2018 is believed to be the starting point, with topics such as Antonio Conte, Lopetegui, family life and more touched upon throughout the six episodes.