TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.”
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Chelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up plans for four new signingsby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to make four new signings for the start of next season.The Manchester Evening News says United want to sign a full back, midfielder, a forward and a striker to add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.United chiefs ‘held a recruitment meeting’ at the start of last month to begin drafting a shortlist of targets for the January transfer window and next summer.It is claimed that James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice are principal targets as they look to continue their recent transfer strategy of purchasing young, British players.The club know that those deals would require significant negotiating and therefore the club is also drafting a longer list of targets.
TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says.
Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>
Fiorentina have beaten AC Milan to the loan signing of Sevilla striker Luis Muriel.Colombia international Muriel became Sevilla’s record signing when he joined from Sampdoria for a reported €22 million in July 2017, but he has failed to live up to expectations.The 27-year-old scored only seven goals in 29 La Liga appearances last season, frustrating fans with a lack of killer instinct in front of goal. 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? Under new coach Pablo Machin, Muriel played just six times in La Liga this term, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva the preferred options in attack.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel as they look to bolster their attacking options, but Fiorentina ultimately managed to get the deal over the line.Muriel joins the club initially on loan, but they retain the right to purchase him – reportedly for €13m – at the end of the season.Fiorentina will be his fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
Mauricio Pochettino does not think there will be a signing at Tottenham on Thursday’s transfer deadline day, but did hint someone could be heading out the door.Spurs have only signed one player, Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, since the start of 2018.Pochettino continues to keep Spurs in the top four despite the lack of additions to his squad, with Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente striking late at a sparsely populated Wembley to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Watford on Wednesday. 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? With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both set to miss next month’s last-16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund due to injuries, attacking reinforcements would be welcome for Tottenham.But Pochettino, who believes his club don’t have the budget to compete in the transfer market, is downbeat about the chances of chairman Daniel Levy delivering a surprise signing to beat the deadline.”No, I don’t know anything,” Pochettino told reporters when asked about rumours of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou moving to Monaco on loan.”I am going to talk now with my chief scout Steve Hitchen, I am going to ask for some news. I expect that maybe some player is going to leave but I do not expect that we are going to add to the squad.”I am going to talk because I want some news, but not because I am expecting to sign a player.””I’m very happy to score again in this shirt and to get the three points is even better!”#COYS pic.twitter.com/oZoS3MnzW7— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Son made an immediate impact by scoring the equaliser on his return from the Asian Cup, the South Korea captain available earlier than expected after his side lost in the last eight.”I am always happy with him, he is a very nice guy and he is available always to deliver the job you expect from him,” Pochettino added.”It is so important to have all of the players fit and of course he was disappointed to lose the quarter-final against Qatar, he wanted to deliver his best for his country and win the Asian Cup but in the same time, I need to be honest, I am happy he is back because he is helping us to try and win and that is so important.”It wasn’t the plan to play with him for the full 90 minutes but how the result was, you know in that moment I talked with [assistant manager] Jesus [Perez] and I said maybe we need to take a little bit of a risk to keep him playing. He finished very tired, with some cramp.”We’re going to see if he can recover for the next game [against Newcastle United on Saturday], if he’s okay maybe he’s going to be in the starting XI, if not on the bench. For sure if we need him, he’s going to help the team. That’s one circumstance more.”That match-winning moment! #COYS pic.twitter.com/19LM3yqZ8L— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Kane’s replacement Llorente had missed a series of chances but the much-maligned forward came up with a late winner to down Watford, celebrating the goal with Pochettino.”I don’t think he wanted to come to me!” Pochettino joked.”I moved into his run, I put myself in the way to try to celebrate with him. I was so happy. Normally I never celebrate goals but today I felt a bit of freedom to celebrate because we deserved to win.”For me this game was so important because before the three points was going to be massive and for me massive to keep our position in the table. Also so happy because Fernando worked so hard, working the last four games with Harry Kane out, he’s working so hard for the team, to help the team to win three points today is a massive thing.”Always it builds the confidence in a striker and more when you are competing with Harry Kane, or behind Harry Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, always it’s difficult. Always you need time. But in all this time he’s been a fantastic professional and always was pushing and helping the team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@BradPaisleyWhen country singer Brad Paisley takes the stage tonight at the University of Nebraska, he’ll be paying tribute to late Huskers punter Sam Foltz.Paisley announced on his Twitter he is dedicating tonight’s show to Sam Foltz, and inscribed the punter’s initials and No. 27 on his hat.Ok @huskers: Today and this show is for Sam Foltz. pic.twitter.com/hcVfffVrHr— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) October 13, 2016Paisley’s gesture is just the latest in a long line of tributes for Foltz, who was tragically killed in a car crash over the summer.Even Nebraska opponents have gotten in on the act.Paisley will play at Nebraska tonight and Kansas tomorrow. He also has a show booked at UCLA on Oct. 21.
Angers midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide has revealed that Unai Emery told him he wasn’t needed at Arsenal when he took the managerial reigns in 2018.The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2015 after beginning his senior career with Lens but made just eight senior appearances in his three years at the club.The Frenchman was shipped off on loan to Angers in January 2018, before making his move permanent the following summer and has since managed to earn his stripes in his homeland. 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? Reine-Adelaide featured in 35 of Angers’ 38 matches in Ligue 1 this season, helping the team comfortably avoid relegation with a 13th place finish.He also contributed three goals and three assists, ultimately earning a place in the Les Bleus U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.Looking back on his time at Arsenal, Reine-Adelaide believes he was never given the chance to prove himself, while also revealing that Emery sat him down to tell him he had no use for him at the Emirates.”It is true that I would like to speak a little less of Arsenal. I was young. It was complicated,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview. “There was so much competition that it was difficult to get into the coach’s line-up.”He [Emery] told me that the club did not rely too much on me. I took a blow, but Angers was on the lookout. It was a new chance, a new beginning. The train does not pass often and I was happy to get back in the right car.”The ex-Arsenal ace insists he has earned his spot in France’s national set-up after a successful first year with Angers, which has seen him adapt to a central midfield role.The young playmaker was previously deployed as a winger in north London, but he now operates as a playmaker in the middle of the park for Angers – a position which he feels suits him better.”Of course. It’s a reward. My season had started well, then I had a hole. I bounced back and today I am rewarded for my work. I invested a lot and it is the reward of a beautiful season.”This is clearly the position I feel best. I started there when I was younger. After, I was on the wings, but for me, it is where I can most exploit my qualities best.”I am a ball player and in the middle, it is we who dictate the game. We must do it wisely, helping our partners. We must defend as well. I especially like to command the tempo. I look a lot at professional players in this position, and some inspire me a lot.”Reine-Adelaide went on to name Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as one his role models, along with former Arsenal star Abou Diaby.”I watch a lot what Pogba does, with Manchester or in France,” he added. “Before, there was also Abdou Diaby. He is a player who has always impressed me. He was one of the best at his job.”There are plenty of others, but Pogba and Diaby are the two that I have watched the most because we have the same slender profile.”When quizzed on a potential transfer this summer, Reine-Adelaide also refused to rule out a move to a “big club” in the near future, responding: “We do not know what is happening tomorrow, but I would like to stay in France to continue moving up before, why not, joining a big club.”
Stina Blackstenius was the hero once again as Sweden came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and advance to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals.Linkoping striker Blackstenius scored the only goal in the last-16 triumph against Canada and was on target once more in Rennes on Saturday to set up a meeting with Netherlands on Wednesday.Sofia Jakobsson became the first player to strike against Germany at this year’s World Cup when she cancelled out Lina Magull’s opener in the 22nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Blackstenius completed the turnaround three minutes after the restart, earning Sweden a first win against Germany at a major tournament since 1995 – a run that included losses in the finals of Euro 2001, the 2003 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.Almuth Schult did well to keep out Jakobsson before Germany moved in front in the 16th minute. Magdalena Eriksson sloppily gave the ball straight to Sara Daebritz and the midfielder drove towards the box and fed Magull, who took a touch before volleying through Hedvig Lindahl’s legs.Jakobsson did not err when another opportunity came her way and she got Sweden back on level terms by slotting home after Marina Hegering failed to get her head on Linda Sembrant’s clearance.Germany lost left-back Carolin Simon to injury before half-time and fell behind soon after the restart when Schult could only parry Rolfo’s excellent header straight to Blackstenius, who fired into the roof of the net.Rolfo was shown a yellow card for a high foot on Magull in the 56th minute, meaning she will be suspended for Sweden’s semi-final clash with Netherlands.Dzsenifer Marozsan had been sent on for her first appearance since the opening win over China – in which she sustained a broken toe – at half-time.And the Lyon midfielder’s delivery led to a late VAR check for a possible penalty after Lindahl and Alexandra Popp collided. However, referee Stephanie Frappart’s decision not to point to the spot was upheld.Lena Oberdorf nodded a Marozsan free-kick that Lindahl flapped at wide with two minutes remaining, before Hegering failed to head Svenja Huth’s stoppage-time cross on target from inside the six-yard box as Sweden clung on to end their dismal run against Germany. read more