Zidane fighting for job as Real & Ronaldo fail again

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane faces fight to save his job as Real & Ronaldo fail again Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:49 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(111) Cristiano Ronald Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal Primera División Opinion The Frenchman is under pressure following yet another disappointing display and another defeat in La Liga, this time at home to Villarreal Real Madrid’s problems at home continue. Zinedine Zidane’s side lost 1-0 to Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in a fresh disappointment that leaves Los Blancos well adrift in the Liga table – and the Frenchman fighting for his job in the second half of the season.Zidane’s side had failed to beat Valencia, Levante, Betis, Tottenham, Fuenlabrada, Barcelona and Numancia at home in 2017-18 and now Villarreal have become the third visiting team (after Barca and Betis) to leave their famous stadium with a win this term.The Spanish and European champions claimed five titles in 2017, a club record, yet there were alarm bells before Christmas as they were brushed aside by Barca in a one-sided Clasico clash. 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 If Barca beat Real Sociedad on Sunday, Madrid (with a game in hand) will now be 19 points adrift at the halfway stage of the Primera Division, with no guarantee of finishing in the top four either as things stand, given Villarreal are now just one point behind them in fifth.Real Madrid Villarreal scoreThis was a season in which Madrid were supposed to dominate. Having won back-to-back Champions League crowns under Zidane, plus a first Liga title since 2011-12, this looked like the start of something. Instead, it could be the end.Many of the team’s issues were in evidence against Villarreal. Tactically, Real were all too predictable as most of their chances came from hopeful balls into the box. With players like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco in their ranks, Zidane’s side are not nearly as creative as they should be and it showed here.The French coach is an excellent motivator and a master man-manager. He is no tactical genius, however, and his side has been reliant upon individual brilliance for much of his successful tenure.However, with his famous forwards either injured or out of form this season, goals have been hard to come by, especially in La Liga. And prior to this fixture, none of his players had scored more than four times this season in the Primera Division.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid VillarrealZinedine Zidane Real Madrid VillarrealThat had never happened before in Madrid’s entire history and the sorry stat did not change in this match either. Real attempted 28 shots in total, more than any other side in La Liga this season, but many of those were speculative efforts.Cristiano Ronaldo had 11 of those himself, but the Portuguese left his shooting boots at home. On one occasion, he was denied by a stunning Sergio Asenjo save, while he also had a decent penalty shout turned down.Again, though, this was another poor performance from the 32-year-old, who offered little in terms of link-up play outside the box and was left frustrated along with his team-mates after Pablo Fornals’ late winner.Playing like this, Madrid are simply not a very scary side and there is much work to be done if Los Blancos are to have any chance of beating Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.With their La Liga hopes evaporated, Real must focus now on Europe and also the Copa del Rey as they seek more silverware at the end of the season. And with his forwards flagging, Zidane needs a better tactical plan to make Madrid competitive again.Less than a month after he led Los Blancos to a fifth title in 2017 and a seventh in his reign, the Frenchman faces a major fight to save his job.last_img read more

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Mourinho open to Bailly exit

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Mourinho open to selling Bailly Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Mourinho open to selling BaillyManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is open to selling defender Eric Bailly this summer, according to  The Independent .Mourinho has grown frustrated with Bailly, having been unable to rely on the former Villarreal centre-back to remain 100 per cent fit for long periods.And with a move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld in the pipeline, Bailly could soon become surplus to requirements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 choose Emery as new managerUnai Emery is set to be named new Arsenal manager after the Gunners made a last-minute decision not to offer Mikel Arteta the vacant job at the Emirates Stadium, Goal understands. Emery emerged as a late front-runner for the job after Man City assistant and former Arsenal player Arteta was signalled as the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger.But Emery’s brilliant trophy record with Sevilla and PSG has won out, and he is expected to sign a two-year deal at the club.Read our full story here! Neymar wants Madrid moveNeymar is desperate to swap Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid this summer.The Brazil international has told the Ligue 1 champions he wishes to leave and his agent spoke with Madrid president Florentino Pere on May 13.Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is being lined up as a potential replacement should he depart Parc des Princes.Read the full story right now on Goal! Liverpool eye Tarkowski & LascellesLiverpool have made Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles their primary defensive targets this summer, according to  The Independent .Despite spending £75 million ($100.5m) on Virgil van Dijk in January, Jurgen Klopp is keen to add another centre-back to his squad ahead of next season.Both Tarkowski and Lascelles impressed for their respective clubs last term and would add depth to the Reds squad alongside Dejan Lovren and Van Dijk.Cazorla set for Villarreal returnArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to return to Villarreal this summer, according to  ESPN .The Spain international is out of contract this summer, having not made an appearance for the Premier League outfit since October 2016, and has had it confirmed that he will leave the club.And he is set to return to the club he represented for four years between 2007-2011 for pre-season training, though no offer has been made in terms of a more long-term contract.Read our story on Cazorla’s Arsenal departure here! Pep prepares £100m Hazard bidManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Eden Hazard his top transfer priority for the summer, claims the Daily Star .Despite romping to a record Premier League title victory in 2017-18, the manager is keen to reinforce his attack with Chelsea’s star. But Hazard will not come cheap, with a £100 million ($135m) fee and wages worth £300,000 ($404,000) a week needed to convince the Blues into a sale to their rivals.Man Utd keen on WillianManchester United are interested in signing Chelsea forward Willian, according to  Sky Sports .Jose Mourinho is keen to further bolster his squad after a trophyless campaign at Old Trafford, and worked with Willian during his time in west London.Brazil international Willian, meanwhile, would be keen to leave Chelsea should Antonio Conte remain in charge.PSG open Lewandowski talksParis Saint-Germain have opened talks with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to L’Equipe du Soir .They are keeping tabs on the Poland international star in case Edinson Cavani decides to leave the club this summer. Cavani is wanted by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to supplement his attacking options next season, with Antoine Griezmann set to depart for Barcelona.MLS an option for HartJoe Hart could be on his way to MLS this summer as he plots a permanent move away from Manchester City, according to  The Sun .The England international has one year to run on his City contract but wants to find pastures new ahead of next season following loan spells at Torino and West Ham.And New York City have emerged as an option for Hart, with the MLS outfit likely to have to pay around £3 million ($4m) for his services.Toure set for Pellegrini reunionYaya Toure could be set for a reunion with former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, according to the  Daily Telegraph .Ivory Coast international Toure is leaving City this summer on a free transfer but is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League.And Pellegrini’s imminent arrival at the London Stadium is set to increase the chances of Toure joining the Irons.Wilshere set for new Arsenal dealJack Wilshere is set to commit his future to Arsenal, according to The Mirror .With Mikel Arteta set to be confirmed as the Gunners’ new boss, the midfielder is poised to sign a three-year contract, having looked likely to leave the club throughout the season.Everton, Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus had been interested in him.Alderweireld leads Man Utd’s overhaul plansTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld leads Manchester United’s transfer wishlist as Jose Mourinho prepares to overhaul his squad, according to the Mirror .Mourinho’s second season ended without a single trophy after Chelsea downed the Red Devils in the FA Cup final. And the manager is set to receive a pot of £250 million ($337m) to turn things around, with Alderweireld a potential target alongside the likes of Napoli’s Jorginho, Fred of Shakhtar and Nice’s Jean Michael Seri. Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian are among the players who could make way in what is set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.Cahill calls for Conte clarificationChelsea’s Gary Cahill has called for a swift resolution over the future of Antonio Conte after claiming that the uncertainty harmed their chances over the course of the season.”I probably want the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever is going to happen, to happen,” Cahill said after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley.”Naturally, we will see what happens with the club. I don’t really want to speak about it. Today is about celebrating the FA Cup. It is out of our hands.Read the full story on Goal! Real offer Bale & Kroos to seal Neymar signingReal Madrid are prepared to include Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in a record-breaking deal to bring Neymar to the Spanish capital, claims Don Balon .Florentino Perez’s overtures to Paris Saint-Germain have so far fallen on deaf ears, as the Ligue 1 champions hold out for €400 million (£349m/$471m) in order to consider a sale. But the president will try to lower that price to €200m (£175m/$235m) by offering two world-class players as part of the deal.Roma lead the chase for KluivertRoma have taken the lead in the race to sign Ajax star Justin Kluivert, reports  France Football. The 19-year-old striker is likely to be sold after rejecting Ajax’s most recent contract offer , and has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.But the Giallorossi have made the most progress out of any of Kluivert’s suitors, and are in advanced discussions for the promising Dutch talent. Pogba open to future PSG moveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has indicated his willingness to join Paris Saint-Germain in the future. Speculation over the 25-year-old’s future has been rampant in recent months after Pogba was occasionally benched in the second half of the season.Pogba was in Paris for a photoshoot this week, leading to more talk he could be in line for a move to the Ligue 1 champions.Read the full story on Goal! Everton hope to appoint SilvaEverton are hopeful of appointing Marco Silva as their new manager this week, according to the Daily Mail. The Toffees still need to resolve an ongoing issue with Silva’s former club Watford, who made a formal complaint to the Premier League when Everton approached him in January. Silva was later sacked by the Hornets, and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is confident that issue can be resolved before the 40-year-old takes charge at Goodison Park. Bayern leading race for RodrigoBayern Munich are leading the chase for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno, reports Marca . The 27-year-old has attracted interest from all over Europe after scoring 19 goals for Los Che in 2017-18. The German side have contacted Valencia about Rodrigo’s availability, with the forward likely to cost at least €60 million (£52m/$71m).Pellegrini to take over at West HamWest Ham United will name Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager by Tuesday at the latest, reports the Mirror . The former Man City boss most recently managed in China with Hebei China Fortune, which he departed at the weekend. The Hammers were interested in Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but the Spaniard ultimately decided to stay put after owner Mike Ashley promised a financial windfall in the transfer market.  Napoli chief hints Sarri will leaveNapoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has expressed his frustration with manager Maurizio Sarri. who has yet to commit his future to the club. ” Time has run out,” De Laurentiis said about his manager clarifying his future, with Sarri linked with the soon-to-be vacant job at Chelsea. Sarri was previously reported to be nearing a new contract with Napoli, but De Laurentiis has suggested that may not be the case. Read the full story on Goal! 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Ronaldo proud to play for Zidane after shock Madrid exit

first_imgReal Madrid I’m just proud of being your player – Ronaldo pays Zidane tribute Jamie Smith 02:19 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Cristiano Ronaldo UEFA Champions League After Zinedine Zidane announced his shock departure as Real Madrid coach on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to the Frenchman. Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “proud” to have played for Zinedine Zidane after the Real Madrid coach announced his shock departure.Zidane stepped down from the role on Thursday, less than a week after Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev to win a third consecutive Champions League title.Ronaldo has been Madrid’s talisman during a highly successful period under Zidane’s leadership, although the Portugal star has suggested he is considering his future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 And in a social media post, Ronaldo was quick to pay tribute to departing Madrid coach Zidane.”I’m just proud of being your player,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “Mister, thanks for so much.”Madrid team-mate Isco also posted his tribute, writing on Instagram: “It’s been an honour to work with you, to learn from you every single day and to win things together.”You’ve managed to make this team historic, I wish you the best of luck.”Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal added: “I just want to thank you for these two-and-a-half years as our coach, you’ve been an incredible professional, as have your staff members.”I’ve learned a lot as a player and a person from you, I wish you the best. Thank you Zidane.”last_img read more

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‘Tunisia have nothing to lose vs strugglers England’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Tunisia have nothing to lose vs England’ – How World Cup underdogs plan to upset favourites Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 06:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Anice Badri Tunisia Turkey 01062018 Getty World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Eagles of Carthage are back on the world stage after an absence of 12 years and will be hoping to get inspiration from World Cups past England will always have 1966 and Tunisia will always have 1978. They were the first African and Arab team ever to win a match at a World Cup finals.It inspired a generation of Tunisian boys to strike out and follow their dreams in football. Dino Maamria – proud Tunisian and manager of League Two side Stevenage – was seven years old when Temime Lahzami, Tarak Dhiab and their cohorts made history in Argentina.“That inspired me and had a big impact on my life,” says Dino, who first moved to England as a young striker with Burnley in 1996. “For lot of Tunisia players and a lot of Tunisian people, that what football really did. It inspired a generation.” 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 Down 1-0 at half-time to Mexico, three second-half goals sent the country wild with jubilation. A few days later they held world champions West Germany to a scoreless draw.Defeat to Poland, however, meant Tunisia’s World Cup would be over before the knockout phase commenced. But what they achieved carries a legacy to this very day. They haven’t hit the heights in their tournament appearances since then, including a fruitless campaign in 1998 when they also faced England in the group stages.“When we talk about England, we talk about the 1966 World Cup. For Tunisians they talk about 1978 team because it was brilliant,” says Dino. “They played fantastic football and had a great campaign.“Only one team qualified from Africa; it’s not like now where there are six. They had to go through a gruelling campaign to qualify. People are still talking about it now.”So while some England players will go to this World Cup with images of Bobby Moore being held aloft by his team-mates while clutching the Jules Rimet Trophy, Tunisia’s squad will be well aware of the ground their forbearers broke.When the draw was made, many in England could have been forgiven for thinking that they had come up trumps. Panama – with all due respect – should be easily despatched and Tunisia’s recent lack of success could have fans thinking they too are an easy touch.But World Cup preparations have been productive. They fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Portugal and only lost narrowly to Spain as a result of Iago Aspas’s 84th-minute goal.Qualification – for the first time since 2006 – was relatively straightforward and a compact well-organised team under coach Nabil Maaloul will not struggle under a burden of expectation.Dino Maamria Stevenage“It’s a tough game against England, and a tough group but they’re very optimistic and they’re looking forward to it,” says Dino.“They had good preparation before the World Cup. There’s a positive vibe there.“They’re going to be looking for a point against England and beat Panama in the second game. That might be enough for them to go to the second round. That’s their main focus.”A pre-tournament cruciate ligament injury to star forward Youssef Msakni robbed Maaloul of his chief threat up front and that means Wahbi Khazri – once of Sunderland – is likely to feature as a false nine instead.Tunisia’s ability to repel attacks will impress observers but as a result of that Msakni injury they could well struggle to score many.“They’re tactically quite switched on,” says Dino, “and they’re quite physical. They play passing football and they’ve got technical players that play in European leagues.“Where they are lacking is that Msakni was their biggest threat going forward and he did his ACL just before the World Cup and that’s going to be a big blow to them. They are going to rely on Khazri and he’s not actually a centre forward.“They’re going to be compact, they play with one front man. They’ll struggle to score a goal but I think they are capable of nicking a draw.”Nabil Maaloul | TunisiaWhile England and Roberto Martinez’s Belgium will be expected to carry the day in Group G, Tunisia are quietly optimistic of making waves. And should that happen, then Dino and his countrymen will be ecstatic.“It’ll be absolutely fantastic,” Maamria says. “It’ll be a carnival. The Tunisian nation is obsessed with football. It’s their first sport. They think they can get something because England always struggle at tournaments.“Being the first game of the World Cup, they are thinking they are going to try and capitalise on it. They have nothing to lose after that.”After more than two decades in Britain, Dino admits to some split loyalties when these two nations collide. “If England win, that’s great,” he continues. “I hope they win the World Cup. I love it so much I decided to stay and settle here. I had to work very hard to get where I am and I want to stay in this country.“Ideally, I want England to win the World Cup and Tunisia to qualify for the second round.”last_img read more

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Eagles reign supreme

first_imgThe Woden Eagles have taken out the 2008 ACT Touch Association Super League Men’s Open title with a comprehensive victory over the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings.The Matty Curran led Eagles were too strong for the Vikings line-up who accounted for the University of Canberra Otters 7-6 in drop-off to qualify for the final.With an abundance of stars in their line-up, Phil Sparnon was impressive for the Eagles as was Nick Keech for Vikings.The Eagles had their chances to make it a double with the Women’s Open but were defeated 4-3 by Canberra City. The speed of young Sophie Broadhead troubled City but solid defence and innovative attack was enough for them to clinch the division in an exciting match.Results are as follows:Men’s OpenGrand FinalWoden Eagles – 7 defeated Tuggeranong Valley Vikings – 4 Qualifying FinalTuggeranong Valley Vikings – 7 defeated University of Canberra Otters – 6 (drop-off)Women’s OpenGrand FinalCanberra City – 4 defeated Woden Eagles – 3 Qualifying FinalWoden Eagles – 5 defeated Tuggeranong Valley Vikings – 4last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool deny move for Trabzonspor whizkid Omur

first_imgLiverpool deny move for Trabzonspor whizkid Omurby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will not pursue a deal for the ‘Turkish Messi’.Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur had been linked with a move to Anfield over the weekend. However, the Liverpool Echo says Jurgen Klopp has no interest in adding to his squad this month.Asked about the rumours in his homeland, the 19-year-old said: “Liverpool are a great club, one of the greatest in the world. These offers are something Trabzonspor need to discuss.”If the club give the go-ahead, talks can be held. The club’s interests take precedence. I’ll do whatever is in the club’s best interests.”If the club say leave, I’ll leave. If they say stay, I’ll stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan City midfielder Bernardo recognises he will be succeeding David Silva

first_imgMan City midfielder Bernardo recognises he will be succeeding David Silvaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva recognises he will be succeeding David Silva next season.David Silva has announced his intention to end his 10-year residency at the Etihad Stadium next May.He told the Daily Mail: “Look, they are very big shoes to fill.”David and I sometimes play in the same position and have the same style but I think it’s unfair on David to be compared to me because he has played at a huge level for 15 years and I am just starting.”The team will go on. Yaya left, Vinny last season, Kun [Aguero] one day will go.”Players will try to replace them, knowing that it’s difficult because they are some of the best players to ever play at this club. But one day if they want me to try to fill David’s shoes, I will try my best to do it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoLampard pumped as Willian worldie seals Chelsea win over Lille: Now it begins!

first_imgLampard pumped as Willian worldie seals Chelsea win over Lille: Now it begins!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says the hard work is only beginning for Chelsea after their first Champions League victory of the campaign over Lille. The Blues moved to equal second with Valencia after the 2-1 win in France.Tammy Abraham grabbed his first Champions League goal before Victor Osimhen equalised for the hosts.But a moment of pure brilliance from Willian sealed all three points for Chelsea, the Brazilian smashing home a volley after a perfect cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi. And Lampard was bouncing when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “It feels really good, This was a really hard place to come, added to the pressure of not beating Valencia. And it was the first time for a few travelling in Europe.”Fikayo Tomori was outstanding again. He has to keep on with that.”Now Ajax have set their stall out in the group. This gives us confidence and points. Now the hard work begins.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Skip Bayless Region

first_imgBracket shows the most annoying people in sports media.Update: You can vote on the second round matchups here.Two years ago, we debuted a bracket for the 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media ahead of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. A few weeks – and over 600,000 votes later – we had a champion. Stephen A. Smith narrowly took down then-colleague Skip Bayless for the title.This year, we’re bringing it back – and there are a lot of new faces. The four 1-seeds this year, in no order, are Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, Jemele Hill and Britt McHenry. It should be interesting to see how it all plays out.We’ve gone ahead and broken down the voting into four separate posts – you can click through to each to vote on every matchup. Fourth up is the Skip Bayless region.Here’s the entire bracket. If you’d like a better look, click through. Fourth up is the Skip Bayless region, which features (obviously) Skip Bayless, Jim Rome, Jason Whitlock, Bill Simmons, Bomani Jones, Doug Gottlieb, Mike Greenberg, Stugotz, Pablo Torre, Mike Golic, Tim Tebow, Sarah Spain, Charles Barkley, Albert Breer, Richard Deitsch and Sage Steele.Voting Is Now Closed On The Skip Bayless Region:Here are the results:last_img read more

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Solskjaer wants to give Pogba ‘new challenge’ at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he wants to give want-away midfielder Paul Pogba a “new challenge” at Old Trafford.Pogba himself used those words last month when discussing his desire to leave the club.”I think for me, it can be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else,” the France star said.  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? Then earlier this month, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said that he is “in the process” of securing his client a move elsewhere, with Real Madrid and Juventus reported to be interested. But on Tuesday, Solskjaer insisted that Pogba would not have to leave Manchester to find the new challenge that he is seeking. “I’ve not been upset by anything he’s said because we’ve had many conversations and I know exactly what Paul is thinking. I can give him a new challenge,” Solskjaer said.The Norwegian, however, would not go as far as guaranteeing that Pogba would remain with the club, though he insisted that his side have yet to receive a bid for the 26-year-old. “I’ve got to be careful – I can’t dive into all this, hypothetical questions and all that. But we’ve not had offers,” Solskjaer said. “I can say the same about whichever player. If we don’t get an offer for a player we would have to pay them out for them not to be here, don’t we, so we haven’t had offers.”I’ve said so many times about Paul that he’s a top, top boy and a great player and he’s never, ever been a problem.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba Man UtdAfter a difficult campaign last season in which they finished in sixth place in the Premier League, United have only added Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the transfer market thus far. The club have also failed to move out a number of players in an expected summer cull, with less than a month remaining to buy players in the transfer window.Solskjaer, though, has said he is happy with the club’s business thus far. “I wanted Aaron and Dan James. Aaron was, for me, the top target,” Solskjaer said. “We can’t expect Dan to be David Beckham or Ryan Giggs straightaway but he will be a top player. He’s not a £70 million player, no, but he’ll be worth it.”Manchester United will face Leeds in Perth, Australia on Wednesday as part of their six-match pre-season tour. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Tottenham 2-2 Bayern (6-5 on pens)

first_imgTottenham won the 2019 Audi Cup by beating Bayern Munich 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the final, Jerome Boateng’s miss proving decisive.Tournament hosts Bayern named a youthful side for Wednesday’s game at the Allianz Arena, Niko Kovac’s side having thrashed Fenerbahce in the semi-finals a day earlier.Spurs seemed set to follow their Real Madrid win with victory over the Bundesliga champions by going 2-0 up thanks to goals from Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. 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? But Jann-Fiete Arp pulled one back for Bayern, who equalised in style thanks to a superb long-range hit from Alphonso Davies, only for Paulo Gazzaniga to deny Boateng in the shoot-out.We win the Audi Cup on penalties! #AudiCup    #COYS pic.twitter.com/Q645xpMnbf — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 31, 2019 Manuel Neuer brilliantly thwarted Lucas Moura in the fifth minute as the Brazilian tried to turn home an excellent right-wing cross from Kyle Walker-Peters.Benjamin Pavard headed over at the other end, but Spurs took the lead in the 19th minute.Georges-Kevin Nkoudou burst clear of his marker on the left wing and delivered a low cross to the back post that Lamela slid in to meet.That assist from @gknkoudou #AudiCup    #COYS pic.twitter.com/DNDd3yoVjp — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 31, 2019 Neuer’s replacement, Sven Ulreich, did well to deny Son Heung-min after the restart but Spurs struck again in the 59th minute.Harry Kane pulled the ball back for fellow half-time substitute Eriksen, who drilled home across Ulreich from just inside the box.Bayern hit back almost immediately, however, as Arp raced on to Davies’ flicked pass to slot home past Gazzaniga, who was badly out of position.Ulreich needed sharp reflexes to block Kane’s powerful left-footed drive, then Marcel Zylla had an effort blocked as Bayern sought an equaliser.Bayern, already without Serge Gnabry, lost winger Kingsley Coman to injury shortly after his arrival as a substitute, with Spurs defender Juan Foyth also needing to be withdrawn.But while Kovac might be short of wide options following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Canadian prospect Davies issued a reminder of his talent when he whipped in a sensational leveller from 25 yards to make it 2-2 with nine minutes to go.Captain Canada! #AudiCup 2-2 pic.twitter.com/XND1lD9b5E — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 31, 2019 Bayern ended the 90 minutes on top, but Gazzaniga’s save from David Alaba earned Spurs an advantage Eriksen spurned by firing his penalty straight at an unmoved Ulreich.And after five straight successful scores for Spurs, Gazzaniga made up for his error on Arp’s goal by diving high to his right to keep out Boateng’s strike.Tottenham win the Audi Cup!After a 2-2 draw in normal time, they beat Bayern Munich 6-5 on penalties.Alderweireld Alaba Eriksen Thiago Kane Muller Son Sanches Roles Lewandowski Skipp Singh TangangaBoateng #THFC #FCB pic.twitter.com/VcwZUiVdlM — Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) July 31, 2019 read morelast_img read more

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Vegas Has Updated Its Prediction For Ohio State-Michigan

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has yet to beat Ohio State as Michigan’s head coach. Will that be changing this year?Most of the predictions say no, it won’t.The Buckeyes are one of the top four teams in the country, coming off a big win at Penn State. The Wolverines have recovered from a season-opening loss at Notre Dame, but most analysts don’t consider Harbaugh’s squad to be in Ohio State’s class.Las Vegas seems to agree.An updated betting line for the Ohio State-Michigan game has been released today. The Buckeyes are sizable favorites.Ohio State is an 8.5-point favorite against Michigan. The game is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio this year.Updated games of the year lines @CaesarsPalace:Washington -5.5 at OregonGeorgia -11.5 at KentuckyOklahoma -3 at WVUNotre Dame -6 at USCMichigan at Ohio St -8.5— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) October 3, 2018No. 3 Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan are set to kick off at noon on FOX on Nov. 24. Who are you taking this year?last_img read more

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Former Georgia Star Aaron Murray Lands Starting QB Job In AAF

first_imgAaron Murray runs during a Georgia game against Auburn.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 16: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball for a 4th quarter touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After failing to replicate his tremendous college success in the NFL, former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is trying to revive his playing career in the AAF. Now it appears that Murray is on the verge of returning to the field.According to DawgNation, Murray has been named the starter for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends. Murray replaces incumbent starter Matt Simms, who was injured last week against the Arizona Hotshots.In the game, Murray came in as the backup and led the Legends to a 14-11 win – the team’s first ever. He went 20/33 for 254 passing yards in the game.HEY ATLANTA, AARON MURRAY WILL START AT QB ON SUNDAY. #AllHailATL pic.twitter.com/xRHUibdt64— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) March 7, 2019 Murray is the all-time leader for Georgia and the Southeastern Conference in just about every major category for a career. His final stats included 13,166 passing yards, 121 passing touchdowns, and a 62.3-percent completion rate.After leaving Georgia, Murray entered the NFL draft in 2014 and was drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.He never threw a pass in the NFL and spent several years bouncing around different practice squads. By 2017, he was out of the league.In his four years as a starter, Murray led the Bulldogs to two SEC East titles and four bowl appearances.His only bowl win came in the Capitol One Citrus Bowl against Nebraska on January 1, 2013.[DawgNation]last_img read more

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Rapoport: Teams Considering Trade Into Top Of NFL Draft For Alabama Star Quinnen Williams

first_imgQuinnen Williams of the Alabama Crimson TideATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There’s still a full week left until the 2019 NFL Draft and one Alabama superstar is drawing significant interest. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is widely considered one of the best prospects in the draft, and is apparently starting to see teams fighting for a chance to draft him.According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, teams value Williams so highly that they are considering a trade up into the top five or 10 to take him. Specifically, he pointed to the New York Giants, who have the No. 6 overall pick, as a team that likes him enough to try and move up to get him. New York also owns the No. 17 pick.Williams is not a pass-rushing specialist like Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, but he is a dominating defensive tackle. NFL.com’s draft analysts consider him the highest-graded prospect in the entire draft.As a sophomore at Alabama, Williams exploded onto the scene with 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 8.0 sacks.From Up to the Minute Live: #Bama DT Quinnen Williams is visiting the #Giants, but I doubt he’s there at No. 6. pic.twitter.com/quwBlKPcND— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2019It is widely expected that quarterback Kyler Murray will be taken No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. But if that doesn’t happen, Williams will likely be off the board very quickly.Defensive linemen dominate the draft ranks with Williams, Bosa, and Allen joining Ed Oliver, Montez Sweat, Rashan Gary and Dexter Lawrence as linemen who could go in the top half of the first round.Last year the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals all made trade-ups to land quarterbacks.It’s been a long time since an NFL team moved up in the top five of the draft to get a non-offensive player.Will the Alabama superstar buck the trend?last_img read more

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Clemson Assistant Coach Calls Out ESPN For Trashing Dabo Swinney’s Hiring Back In 2008

first_img Times flies when you’re having fun 🤷🏾‍♂️ #AllIn pic.twitter.com/NL7p0Nhc5D— Xavier Brewer (@CoachXBrew) June 2, 2019Swinney, since taking over at Clemson in 2008, has posted a 116-30 record that includes a 69-16 mark in the ACC. His teams have lost just four games combined over the past four years.He’s also now one of the highest-paid coaches in college football.The Tigers will be the favorite to repeat again in 2019. A closeup of Dabo Swinney.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Over the past decade, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has transformed the Tigers from an also-ran in the ACC to a national powerhouse. He’s exceeded every possible expectation – and he’s won two national titles in the process.This week, one of his assistant coaches – Xavier Brewer – had a bit of fun on Twitter regarding Swinney’s hiring back in 2008.If you remember, Pat Forde, who was at ESPN back then, trashed Clemson’s decision to hire Swinney. Forde gave the decision a D+, suggesting that Swinney somehow got a promotion despite being part of a bad season.Forde’s words may have made sense at the time. They have not aged well.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Heisman Trophy Top 5 After Week 1

first_imgTravis Etienne carries the ball against Alabama in the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide n the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its Heisman Trophy ballot following college football’s full slate of games on Saturday.Week 1 of the 2019 regular season isn’t over yet – Oklahoma and Notre Dame are still to play on Sunday and Monday night, respectively – though it’s complete enough to update the Heisman Trophy ballot.ESPN analyst David Hale has updated his Heisman Trophy ballot following the games.Clemson running back Travis Etienne comes in at No. 1 following his dominant performance against Georgia Tech on Thursday night.1. Travis Etienne, ClemsonPerhaps we’ve been spending too much time hyping that other Clemson Heisman contender. Etienne was a beast in the Tigers’ opener, running for 205 yards and three touchdowns in just 12 carries in a win over Georgia Tech. Etienne had touchdown runs of 48, 14 and 90, which tied a school record for the longest scoring run.Here’s the complete top five:EtienneAlabama QB Tua TagovailoaOhio State QB Justin FieldsWisconsin RB Jonathan TaylorClemson QB Trevor LawrencePerhaps Oklahoma’s new quarterback, Jalen Hurts, will have a Heisman Trophy worthy performance against Houston tonight. There’s a long way to go in this year’s race.last_img read more

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Xiaomi takes a dig at Samsung Galaxy M series, posts AnTuTu score where Redmi Note 7 scores high

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 10:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi India has been teasing the coming of Redmi Note 7 for quite some time now.Past reports had hinted that the Redmi Note 7 will launch this month, in February.New report suggests that the Redmi Note 7 India launch may not happen any time before March.Xiaomi India has been teasing the coming of Redmi Note 7 for quite a few weeks now. The company has hinted at the imminent launch of the phone via various teasers but hasn’t yet revealed the India launch timeline of the Redmi Note 7. Past reports had hinted that the Redmi Note 7 will launch this month, that is in February, but new reports suggest that Xiaomi wants consumers to wait for a little longer. The report suggests that the Redmi Note 7 India launch may not happen any time before March.The biggest competitor of the Redmi Note 7 when it comes to India will be Samsung’s newly launched M series phones. Most specifically the Galaxy M20. Ever since the Galaxy M20 and M10 have been made official in the country Xiaomi India has left no stones unturned to take a dig at the Samsung phones. Although Xiaomi India hasn’t named the phone specifically, but considering the company has been using the word ‘M’ in almost all its teasers we believe the company is targeting the Galaxy M series from Samsung. More so, the Samsung Galaxy M20 has been priced pretty rigorously in India.The India price of the Samsung Galaxy M20 starts at Rs 10,990. Considering the China price of the Redmi Note 7 the Xiaomi phone, we believe, will also fall under almost the same price point.In one of the latest Redmi Note 7 teasers, Xiaomi posted the AnTuTu score of both the 48MP camera phone aka Redmi Note 7 and Galaxy M series phone. The teaser shows the Redmi phone score much higher than the competitor which is expected to be the Galaxy M series. In AnTuTu Redmi phone manages to score 143,000 points which is significantly higher than the M branded phone which scores 123,000 points. The teaser has been captioned “The ‘M’ic drop moment when you realise #?W8? will outperform! #MiPowerd RT if you agree!”advertisementThere’s still time for the Redmi Note 7 to come to India. The launch reportedly was scheduled to happen in February but looks like that may not happen anymore. A new report suggests that the Redmi Note 7 may have been delayed by another month. This means that the Redmi Note 7 may not launch in India before March. That being said, there could be high chances that Xiaomi may directly bring the Redmi Note 7 Pro instead of Redmi Note 7 to India.Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Note 7 Pro in China this month, in February. The Chinese smartphone is yet to reveal the exact launch date of the Note 7 Pro, but considering the rumours about Redmi Note 7 Pro flooding the internet, we believe the phone will go official in a few more weeks or so.Overall, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Note 7. The smartphone is rumoured to also come with a 48MP camera but use Sony IMX 586 sensor unlike the Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 also comes with 48MP main rear camera paired with Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor. As for the looks and display the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be similar to the Redmi Note 7 and come with gradient finish, waterdrop notch, glass back, among other things. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to be powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset and not Snapdragon 660 SoC that powers the Note 7.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 may not launch in India in February, March launch possibleALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 launched in India for Rs 2,499, but you can’t buy it right nowALSO READ | Xiaomi slashes Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro India price, but for limited periodGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow SamsungFollow android Xiaomi takes a dig at Samsung Galaxy M series, posts AnTuTu score where Redmi Note 7 scores highThe biggest competitor of the Redmi Note 7 when it comes to India will be Samsung’s newly launched M series phone aka Galaxy M20.advertisementlast_img read more

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India clinch four medals in Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament

first_img Press Trust of India ManamaFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 17:44 IST India A team won the gold, the India B the silver and the India C the bronze at Bahrain Open TT (@KARNATAKASTTA Photo)India’s young paddlers stole the limelight in the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament, clinching four medals, including a gold, in Manama on Saturday.Besides the gold, India won two silver and a bronze.India fielded three teams in the cadet girls’ team event and swept all the three medals on offer.India A team won the gold, the India B the silver and the India C the bronze.India B team of Yashaswini Ghorpade and Kavya Sree Baskar beat Egypt in the first semifinal while India A defeated India C in the other semifinal. In the final, the India A team of Suhana Saini and Anargya Manjunath proved too strong for India B and clinched the gold medal on Friday night.In the junior girls’ competition, which was played in a round robin format, the Indian team of Manushree Patil and Swastika Ghosh beat three teams before losing to eventual champions Russia.The Indian team collected seven points to win the silver medal.Also Read | Sathiyan highest ranked Indian, Manika Batra into top 50For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow IndiaFollow Table TennisFollow four medalsFollow goldFollow SilverFollow BronzeFollow Bahrain Open TT India clinch four medals in Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournamentIndia fielded three teams in the cadet girls’ team event and swept all the three medals at the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournamentadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Super Singer fame Poovaiyaar joins Thalapathy 63 as actor and singer

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 16:45 IST Vijay and PoovaiyarAfter the resounding success of Sarkar, Thalapathy Vijay has moved on to his next flick, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 63. This film marks the third collaboration of director Atlee and Vijay, after Theri and Mersal.Now, there seems to be a new addition to the cast of Thalapathy 63. Poovaiyar, a famous gaana (a popular type of folk music in Tamil Nadu) singer and a participant in the reality show Super Singer has been roped in to play a key role in the film. In addition to that, Poovaiyar will also be singing a song in the film.Thalapathy 63 has music composed by Oscar winner AR Rahman. Little Poovaiyar has got a golden opportunity to mark his debut in playback singing with a song composed by Rahman.Recently, he had composed an introduction song for Vijay, which is sung by Bamba Bakya. Last week, the makers shot the introduction song, with hundreds of kids taking part in the shoot.AR Rahman, in a recent interview, hinted that the film is a sports-based film along the lines of Lagaan and Pele. He said, “I have done films like this (Thalapathy 63) in Hollywood, but haven’t done one in South India. Director Atlee has seen films like Pele and Lagaan. He is a passionate person and his sensibility in music is good. He has listened to all my soundtracks and would ask for a particular type of music in his film.”Speculation is rife that Vijay plays the role of a football coach named Michael in this flick, produced by AGS Entertainments.advertisementThalapathy 63 also has Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and Anandraj in supporting roles.ALSO READ | Vijay waves at fans from Thalapathy 63 shoot, crowd goes crazy. Watch videoALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaseGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow Thalapathy 63Follow AR RahmanFollow Poovaiyar Super Singer fame Poovaiyaar joins Thalapathy 63 as actor and singerPoovaiyar, a popular gaana singer and a participant of Super Singer reality show, has been offered a role in Vijay’s upcoming flick Thalapathy 63.advertisementlast_img read more

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