Arsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’re yet to find a playing identity.The Gunners head to St Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton for the first match of four in the space of 10 days.”I think it’s a very big match like every match in the Premier League,” Emery said. “Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany.”On Sunday I think they are going to push against us a lot. We need to prepare very well for the match with a very big personality because we want to be consistent.”Every challenge is to continue doing that and Sunday is a big challenge and a big match, and also we are looking forward to continuing our improvement and good moment knowing that it’s difficult. “Every match gives us a struggle in terms of work and continuing in our way. Against Southampton on Sunday, it’s about preparing for a different match. We need to create a stronger identity and our personality is getting better in each game. We are playing games our way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their defending wasn’t good enough for defeat at Manchester United.The hosts, as expected under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, looked to attack from the off and Howe’s side were powerless to prevent the goal in the 4-1 defeat.Howe said, “It’s a tough day and a disappointing performance.”Defensively we weren’t great, with the ball we weren’t great and that’s a bad mix coming to Old Trafford.”They played in the way we expected but we didn’t with them well, we didn’t defend crosses well and allowed them too much time.”They have players in every position that can hurt you, but we have to learn from this game.”The manager continued, “We’ve been through a tough period, the fixture list has been extremely unkind to us.”We’ve had a real run of successive games and the injury situation is very difficult as we have stretched resources.”Those injuries maybe meant that I had to play a system I wouldn’t have played ideally.”That’s combined with confidence but the main focus for me is that we can control our destiny, we have to change this moment and that’s where the focus lies.”
PSG launching €100M offer for Napoli midfielder Allanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are preparing a massive offer for Napoli midfielder Allan.Il Mattino says PSG see Allan as a readymade replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.And they’re ready to offer a massive €90m to convince Napoli to sell – with a further €10m due if they win the Champions League.PSG would also hand Allan a contract worth €8m-a-year.For the moment, Napoli have insisted Allan won’t leave in January, though the size of the offer could force a rethink. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits he has not stopped hurting since his side crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in dramatic fashion.The 28-year-old says he has not watched a minute of the tournament since that extraordinary evening against eventual finalists Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium, but is ready to break that rule for the Madrid showcase.Gundogan also claims he’s ready to pass on his congratulations to fellow German Jurgen Klopp should Liverpool lift European football’s biggest prize on Saturday. 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? City missed out on a semi-final double-header against Dutch champions Ajax amid heart-breaking scenes in mid-April, with what appeared to be a last-gasp Raheem Sterling winner ruled out for an earlier offside call against Sergio Aguero via VAR.In a game of relentless drama, City won the fixture 4-3 – only to miss out on a place in the last four on the away goals rule following Tottenham’s slender 1-0 advantage from the first-leg.Now, former Borussia Dortmund star Gundogan is finally ready to put the melancholy to bed and tune in for the all-English affair in the Spanish capital this weekend. But he freely admits it was a pain that took a long time to subside.“I was hurt for a long time,” he told SID. “In fact, the ache has been hurting for a very long time.“I really did not look at the games that followed, and dealt with other things.”Though his team ended up pipping Liverpool to the Premier League title by just a single point, Gundogan says his sympathies will lean towards the Reds as they look to win the European Cup/Champions League for the sixth time in the club’s history.And if it is the Scousers who are celebrating on Saturday night, their manager can expect a message of admiration and applause from the Gundogan household. “For the final, of course I will look at the private circle,” he said.“If you win, you tend not to care, but should Jurgen Klopp win with Liverpool then I would definitely congratulate him in the days after that.”Gundogan is set to remain at Manchester City this summer as he enters the last year of his contract, with the club unwilling to part with the German midfielder.As a result, City will risk losing him on a free in 2020, but talks will continue over a new deal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Neymar resumed Brazil training on Friday, easing fears over the star forward’s knee injury.The Paris Saint-Germain forward, 27, limped out of training earlier in the week, but returned to action in a boost for the South American giants.Brazil face Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday before taking on Honduras in their final game before the Copa America. 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? Neymar’s fitness is crucial for Brazil, who are hosting the Copa America and meet Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in Group A.Brazil are searching for their first Copa America title since 2007, with Chile the reigning champions after successfully defending their title in 2016.The forward is third in the nation’s all-time goal-scoring list with 60, behind only Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).Neymar finished tied for fifth in the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 15 goals this season, despite missing several months with a foot injury. PSG won Ligue 1, but fell short of silverware in both domestic cup competitions, as well as the Champions League.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: General view of game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Wildcats 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On paper, Oklahoma vs. UCLA looked like a really fun Week 2 game, with the Sooners coming off of a College Football Playoff berth and the Bruins hiring former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.Oklahoma lived up to its end in Week 1. The Sooners absolutely blasted FAU, knocking off Lane Kiffin’s team 63-14. The Owls had an explosive offense last year, and failed to score on OU’s first team defense.UCLA, however, did not get off to a great start. The Bruins hosted Cincinnati, which was coming off of a 4-8 first season under Luke Fickell, and fell to the Bearcats 26-17.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Oklahoma vs. UCLA is out.As you’d expect, Oklahoma is a huge favorite in the game.Via ESPN:Oklahoma and UCLA will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday from Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.FOX will broadcast the contest.[ESPN],Oklahoma and UCLA will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday from Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.FOX will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)We’ve had a couple of major college football coaches fired so far this season, with Maryland firing D.J. Durkin and Kansas firing David Beaty. More coaching changes are coming, though.ESPN has updated its “hot seat” rankings today, putting a couple of major head coaches at the top of the list.Those two coaches: Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and USC’s Clay Helton.Both Petrino and Helton could be fired at the end of the regular season (or maybe before it ends) and it’ll be really interesting to what those potential coaching searches look like.It’s November and the coaching carousel is starting, even in what projects to be a light winter of changes. What are the hot spots and potential hot spots around CFB? I take a look here.(E+): https://t.co/r0sVyk3GXu— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 5, 2018Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm is probably the favorite to land the Louisville job if it opens up (it’s his alma mater), but at this point, would he take it? A year or two ago, the answer would’ve likely been a definite “yes.” Now, though, it might make more sense to stay at Purdue for another season or two and wait for a better job.Louisville is his alma mater, however, and has the donors to really open up the checkbook if it chooses to.USC, meanwhile, is one of the top jobs in the country, but the Trojans haven’t landed a truly elite head coach in quite a while.Stay tuned.
Last week, one of the nation’s best quarterbacks made headlines after he announced his intentions to skip his team’s bowl game in order to get ready for the NFL draft. West Virginia star Will Grier won’t play against Syracuse later this month in order to stay healthy for the NFL.It’s a move we’ve seen become the norm since Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette skipped their bowls. However, this is the first time a top quarterback decided to skip his team’s bowl game with the intentions of staying healthy for the NFL draft.On Wednesday, college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb revealed his controversial take on the matter. He’s not happy with the move from Grier.“Will Grier sitting out a Bowl Game is comical. Guy can really play, but has there ever even been a QB injured in a bowl game? Stop it already,” Gottlieb tweeted.Will Grier sitting out a Bowl Game is comical. Guy can really play, but has there ever even been a QB injured in a bowl game? Stop it already— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) December 12, 2018Grier is a projected top pick in the upcoming NFL draft. His name will likely be one of the first off the board – among quarterbacks.The Mountaineers’ star has the right to secure his future financially by skipping a (relatively) meaningless bowl game.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is being mentioned as a serious candidate for the Houston Cougars’ head coaching vacancy.This might be surprising to some, but Holgorsen, 47, might actually be interested in leaving West Virginia.College football insider Bruce Feldman says he wouldn’t be surprised if Houston offers Holgorsen a deal West Virginia doesn’t want to match.“Would not be surprised if Houston tries to give Dana Holgorsen the deal that WVU wouldn’t in terms of years and money. They also know Dana, a former UH OC, loves Houston,” he tweeted.Would not be surprised if Houston tries to give Dana Holgorsen the deal that WVU wouldn’t in terms of years and money. They also know Dana, a former UH OC, loves Houston.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 30, 2018ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg thinks it’s a possibility, too.“He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery,” he tweeted.He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery. https://t.co/H3Hf2NWItI— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 30, 2018Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is also being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Houston job.The Cougars could look to move quickly with this.