TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso wants more from Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso says he needs more from Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain has struggled for form in recent weeks.”I’ve spoken to Gonzalo, and he’s the first to be disappointed by the situation,” Gattuso said in his Press conference ahead of the Bologna game.“In the period we’re in he needs to give us his experience and character, his goals come after that.“In difficult times the priority isn’t goals, but leadership, he needs to carry his teammates even if some make mistakes.“The chatter around him will always be there, we can’t control everything, but I’ve told him that everyone appreciates him, though he has to do more.”
Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse baffled by ref call: He admitted contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says he left baffled by the ref’s decision to wave away a penalty claim in defeat to Manchester City.With the scores level and half time approaching, Ward-Prowse was denied a penalty when he was nudged by City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in the box, before cruelly deflecting Raheem Sterling’s low cross past Alex McCarthy just moments later.“I was disappointed not to get it,” he said of the spot-kick. “It was a good ball from Jack (Stephens) and I knew that if I took my first touch across him I could get into the box.“When there was contact and it’s impeding my chances of scoring, I had to go down. “The referee says there was contact but didn’t give the penalty, which didn’t make any sense. He’d have to book me for simulation, which he didn’t, so no decision was made.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watching Pogba? Man Utd striker Lukaku: France didn’t deserve to reach World Cup finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku admits Belgium’s World Cup semifinal defeat to France still burns.Lukaku has no doubt they blew a great chance of being world champions last summer.”We did not have room in the system that we played at that time. The final whistle was terrible. We lost the game of our lives against a team that did not really deserve to move on to the final,” said the 25-year-old to RTBF.”Yes, they became world champions, congratulations, but actually it was the moment to play the final for this generation.” TagsWorld CupAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chief Berrada tells Liverpool: Premier League more worthyby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City chief Omar Berrada says winning the Premier League is more worthy than success in the Champions League. City have won the Premier League for the past two seasons, while main rivals Liverpool have reached successive Champions League finals, winning the last one earlier this year.Asked how much they would like to win the Champions League, Berrada said: “A lot, of course, but what we don’t want to do is obsess. It is something we believe will come.“Of course it would give us one more point at the brand level, but it is a very random competition. Especially in the elimination phase.“I would say that not always the best team wins the Champions League, but usually the best team wins the league.”
Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]
France warmed up for a tough Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey by easing to a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Nantes on Sunday.Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann scored first half-goals as the world champions made light work of a side that has won just once since September 2017.The South Americans, who now head to Brazil to contest the Copa America, had goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to thank for keeping the margin down in a one-sided affair. 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? France’s frustrations going forward were compounded by the loss of Kylian Mbappe to an ankle knock late in the first half, an unwanted concern ahead of Saturday’s crunch Group H clash in Konya.The gulf in class was clear from as early as the fifth minute, Lemar collecting Griezmann’s pass and lifting a deft finish over the onrushing Lampe.Samuel Umtiti and Florian Thauvin both went close before Griezmann added the second, the seemingly outgoing Atletico Madrid man producing an intelligent finish on the turn following Bolivia’s failure to clear in the box..@AntoGriezmann spins and pokes the ball home for 2-0! #FRABOL #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/Tw8FU9tSeG— French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 2, 2019The celebrations were tempered somewhat after a clash of ankles with Raul Castro forced Mbappe to hobble out of the match at half-time.Lampe denied the Paris Saint-Germain star’s replacement, Wissam Ben Yedder, soon after the interval and then stuck out a boot to divert a goal-bound Lemar strike.Thauvin, substitute Kingsley Coman and Paul Pogba all tried in vain to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of France’s dominance but Bolivia held out with more help from their impressive 32-year-old keeper.What does it mean? Mbappe experiment needs more timeAfforded the chance to start centrally as Olivier Giroud watched from the bench, Mbappe will be disappointed that his opportunity to impress came to a premature conclusion.The 20-year-old is a known quantity as a wide player at international level and it appears as though that is where he will stay for the time being.Griezmann stands above the packIf concerned that a planned move to Barcelona appears less likely to come to fruition, Griezmann certainly did not show it in Nantes.He set up the opener and scored the second in the kind of classy performance that might just convince the LaLiga champions to take him to Camp Nou.Thauvin toils without rewardDeschamps is not short on options in wide areas and the France boss will be less inclined to hand Thauvin another start in Turkey, the Marseille man having lacked polish in promising moments.What’s next?Following their top-of-the-table clash with Turkey, France face a rather more straightforward encounter away at Andorra.Bolivia, meanwhile, have a difficult date with hosts Brazil in their Copa America opener. Peru and Venezuela are their other Group A opponents. read more
Arsenal have a chance to force their way back into the Premier League’s top four this season because Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “is not going to be good enough” and Chelsea “are in turmoil”, says Perry Groves.The Gunners are preparing for a third successive season without elite European competition.Arsene Wenger was moved on after seeing his faultless qualification record ended, while Unai Emery was unable to buck the trend in his debut campaign at Emirates Stadium. 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? Breaking back into the Champions League pack will not be easy, with there no elaborate summer spend on the cards in north London, but the struggles of rivals may work in Arsenal’s favour.Groves believes that United will toil again with Solskjaer at the helm, while Chelsea are stepping into the unknown after turning to club legend Lampard for inspiration despite his lack of managerial experience.An Arsenal legend told talkSPORT on what the 2019-20 campaign could hold for the Gunners: “I know we’re battling to be best of the rest again.“Realistically, that’s fourth.“Manchester United are in a bit of turmoil – Solskjaer is not going to be good enough.“Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil; they can’t sign any players, they’ve got Frank Lampard, and they’ve got young players coming in.“So fourth place is really going to be competitive and I want us to be in a position to be able to compete.“I know it shows how far we’ve dropped, competing for fourth place – but we’ve got to be realistic.“And if they sign these younger players, hungry and with the right attitude, then as an Arsenal fan at the end of the transfer window I’ll think, ‘OK, we’re looking to go forward’.”Arsenal are in the process of trying to tie up deals for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.The latter appears to be edging closer to a move to the Emirates, while the Gunners are yet to agree a fee for the former.Emery has expressed a desire to get big-money transfers over the line, with Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos another of those registering on his recruitment radar. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe says she is unsure of her future once she steps away from the game as she admitted that she believes that she is “too wild” for politics.Rapinoe was an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump in the lead-up to, during and after the USWNT’s triumph in France this summer.The winger stated before the tournament that she would not partake in the customary trip to the White House should the U.S. win, prompting Trump to hit back by saying the USWNT should think about winning before any sort of celebration. 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? Rapinoe, who said the president should have better things to do, helped the U.S. do just that, with the 34-year-old winger winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball while emerging as the star of the tournament as the U.S. topped the Netherlands 2-0 in the finale to win the World Cup.The winger also stressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino that she was looking for legitimate action when it comes to equal pay as she has been one of several USWNT regular to criticize both FIFA and U.S. Soccer for their treatment of players in the women’s game.Rapinoe addressed the crowd at the USWNT’s ticker-tape in New York soon after the World Cup victory, where she told onlookers to “love more, hate less” while joking that she was “too busy” to challenge Trump with a presidential run of her own. Democratic presidential candidate and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee has said that he would want Rapinoe, who plays for the Seattle Reign, as his secretary of state if he is elected, but Rapinoe admitted that she is unsure if politics is something that she would pursue in her future.”I don’t know quite yet. We’re getting a lot bigger of course. I don’t know if politics is where I want to be,” Rapinoe said on Saturday.”I’ll always be very involved with politics in some way, but I think I might be too wild for politics at this point.”In addition to her criticisms of Trump, Rapinoe has been outspoken for gay rights and equal pay for the USWNT throughout her career.She rose into the national spotlight in 2016 when she kneeled for the national anthem prior to an NWSL match against the Chicago Red Stars.The winger’s protest was in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled prior to games to protest racial injustice and police brutality.Rapinoe has made 158 appearances for the USWNT since making her debut in 2006, scoring 50 goals including six at this summer’s World Cup victory.
Thiago Alcantara feels Pep Guardiola has only become better and more magical over time, and believes the current Manchester City manager has been able to show more of what he can achieve as he got to work with better players. The Bayern Munich star first worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and was then re-united with him following his move to the Allianz Arena in 2013. Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and Thiago has stressed the City boss continually evolves and gets better at what he does. 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? “I always make the comparison that the coach works like the players. When you put a player in a great team, he gets better and he makes all team-mates better as well,” Thiago told Goal. “With the years, he got better as a coach, not just because of experience but he also got better players and he could do better things with them on the pitch. “He got more magical, more experienced, more tactical, more everything.” Thiago first encountered Guardiola while he was part of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and the 48-year-old made an instant impression on the playmaker. “He was at the Under-16 practice. I was there with my team-mates, and he was just teaching us how to play a positional game,” Thiago continued. “We were in training and he saw that two or three of us were a little bit different. He came with us and said, ‘What you did with the ball was great but try doing it this way’. You always take seriously what people with experience say to you. “You could feel that he was very concerned about tactical things, technical things. You could see he was very good and he was Pep Guardiola, a former player. You just respect that and you have to learn from that. “The passion and the commitment to this sport, I think, is the biggest thing he taught me. “But at that time, you couldn’t tell that he would be fabulous in the future.” Guardiola left Bayern for City in 2016, with the reigning Bundesliga champions initially picking Carlo Ancelotti as their new man in charge. Things didn’t work out with the Italian at the helm, though, and they appointed Niko Kovac as their new head coach in 2018 after caretaker spells from Willy Sagnol and Jupp Heynckes. “Niko’s a young trainer. He wants to win all the trophies possible with Bayern, to keep growing with the club. He’s doing a great job and we like him,” Thiago added on the current Bayern boss. “Pep goes straight to the tapes and tries to explain how they’re opening spaces, why you’re doing things. Niko’s more direct with that. He wants to give you more freedom. He wants you to make your own decisions during the games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 02: SiriusXM host Danny Kanell (L) and collegiate football player Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners attend SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)Before tonight’s game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU, Danny Kanell shared a controversial message for those wondering what happens if the Tigers take down the Tide.It won’t matter – at least not for Alabama. That’s the message Kanell had for the college football world on Saturday morning.A loss for Alabama won’t affect its playoff hopes, in fact, it might even help, according to Kanell.Here’s what he had to say.“All you people saying college footballs regular season matters…..do you realize this game tonight has zero implications for Bama. It simply doesn’t matter if they lose. In fact might be better off because they get a bye going into playoff. But keep believing,” Kanell shared on Twitter.All you people saying college footballs regular season matters…..do you realize this game tonight has zero implications for Bama. It simply doesn’t matter if they lose. In fact might be better off because they get a bye going into playoff. But keep believing #everygamecounts— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 3, 2018Kanell’s message has roots. The Tide lost to Auburn during the 2017 season and failed to reach the SEC Title Game. However, Alabama edged Ohio State for the final spot in the playoff and won the title over Georgia.Is Kanell right? We’ll have to wait to find out.Alabama and LSU kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.