About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Elliott impressive as Liverpool cruise past MK Donsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.James Milner opened the scoring thanks to a howler from MK Dons goalkeeper Stuart Moore.Ki-Jana Hoever scored his first goal professional goal for the club when he rose beautifully to header home Milner’s cross.Harvey Elliott became the youngest Liverpool player to start a competitive match for the club at 16 years and 174 days.The former Fulham midfielder was excellent and played alongside two other competitive debutants in Caoimhin Kelleher and Rhian Brewster.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Matic remains a target for Inter Milanby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic remains a target for Inter Milan.Calciomercato says with Matic’s deal at Old Trafford due for expiry in the summer, that Conte would be interested in a move for the Serbian if he was available on a free transfer. United do have the option to extend his current deal by another year but it remains unclear if the club intend to exercise their option. Matic is free to speak to clubs outside of England as early as January and while Inter are looking to end Juventus’ run of eight straight Serie A titles, they could reach a pre-contract agreement with Matic with a look ahead to 2020-21.
Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris will not require surgeryby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not require surgery on the dislocated elbow suffered in defeat at Brighton.But the Spurs captain has sustained ligament damage and isn’t expected to return to training until early next year.With three minutes played at the Amex Stadium, the Frenchman attempted to claim Pascal Gross’ cross but fumbled it and fell into his goalmouth.As Lloris clutched his arm in agony, Neal Maupay tapped in the Seagulls’ first in a 2-0 defeat that increased the pressure on an under-fire Spurs side.Lloris received treatment on the pitch for the injury before being carried off on a stretcher. The 32-year-old will be sidelined until early next year. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino demanding more from Kaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is demanding more from Harry Kane.England captain Kane will also wear the armband for Tottenham over the next few months while Hugo Lloris recovers from injury. Pochettino said: “Harry has a good example with Hugo, working with him. I think he learned a lot from Hugo. He is young but he is learning a lot from different people and he is very mature. He is capable.“But he does not need to feel too much pressure. He needs to act natural. The most important thing is to not show too much the responsibility on your shoulders, to act natural. When you act natural, if you are a natural leader, you don’t feel the responsibility.“When you do what you feel, what you feel here in your heart, it’s natural. The problem is if you need to act. If you are not a real leader and you need to act, you spend energy thinking: ‘How do I need to face this problem?’“But if you trust in yourself and you are a natural leader, that, I promise, you don’t feel the responsibility.”
Twitter/@PositiveCoachUSGrad transfers have become a huge part of every college basketball off-season. Many of the top mid-major players will now graduate early and leave for power programs for their final years. A number of coaches are against the practice, calling it “free agency” within the college game, and according to Northwestern head coach Chris Collins, mid-majors are now actively preventing players from graduating.Collins went on InsideNU’s “Pound the Talk” podcast to discuss the transfer issue. And now, what you’re having is — [former Drexel coach] Bruiser Flint lost his job because the best player in his league [Damion Lee], a week before school started, went to Louisville. He lost his job. So you know what’s happening now at all mid-major programs? They don’t let their kids go to summer school. They don’t let them get ahead. They won’t let ‘em graduate. Is that what upper level education is all about? Aren’t we still academic institutions? That want our kids to graduate?While this hasn’t been substantiated, if true, this is a pretty serious accusation from Collins. Whether or not you agree with the grad transfer rules as they currently stand, teams going out of their way to keep players from getting degrees as early as they can would be a pretty serious issue for the NCAA.[InsideNU]
Leandro Paredes is keen on a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea and has agreed with both clubs on the terms of a proposed move but Zenit are holding firm on a fee of around €40m (£36m/$46m), Goal understands.PSG have long held an interest in the Argentina international, who emerged as a Chelsea target this month when Cesc Fabregas left the club on a free transfer to join Monaco.As reported on Goal earlier in the week, Zenit are yet to allow talks between Chelsea and their player over around a €10m (£9m/$11m) difference in valution of him. 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? The Premier League club’s initial approach for 24-year-old was €30m (£27m/$34m), but there is caution over Zenit’s position to encourage a bidding war.Maurizio Sarri was once again clear ahead of his side’s match away at Arsenal that he would like to see a replacement come in for Fabregas.“You know my opinion about the replacement of Cesc,” Sarri said.”We need a replacement, in my opinion. Marina knows very well my opinion. So I’m not frustrated at the moment.”Chelsea are also working on a deal to bring in Gonzalo Higuain and have reached an agreement with Juventus. Their deal hinges on Milan getting a replacement in for Higuain, which is expected to be the €40m (£36m/$46m) rated Krzysztof Piątek.They also need to offload Alvaro Morata, who has an agreement with Atletico Madrid, but the Blues have yet to agreed the deal on their side.Meanwhile, they are also hoping to resist a £35m ( €40m/$45m) approach from Bayern Munich and agree a contract renewal with Callum Hudson-Odoi.PSG are also targeting Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl but they believe they could accommodate both players in their squad.Additional reporting from Sabrina Belalmi, Ruben Uria and Romeo Agresti.
Michigan State fans are letting it be known that they do not like Jim Harbaugh.Michigan is handing it to Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, as the Wolverines have rebounded nicely after a rough start to take a 27-10 lead into the halftime break. As you’d imagine, the Spartans faithful in attendance aren’t happy with the situation. They’re taking it out on the Wolverines’ head coach.Near the end of the first half, Michigan State’s fans could be heard on ESPN chanting “F*** Jim Harbaugh” during a timeout. It made for quite a moment.Pretty easy to hear the “Fuck Jim Harbaugh” chant on TV. Nice.— Jeff Weintraub (@TheDailyTraub) October 29, 2016Michigan State’s crowd just chanted “fuck Jim Harbaugh.” I love it. Go Green baby.— Hunter Lane (@_StunterLane) October 29, 2016Harbaugh hasn’t even beaten the Spartans as Michigan’s head coach, but it doesn’t look like fans seem to care. Either way, that’s likely going to change after 30 more minutes of football.
Saturday’s damaging defeat at the hands of Colombia has left the uncertainties inside the Argentina camp open for everyone to see. Ineffective in attack and vulnerable in defence, at this point novice coach Lionel Scaloni has a real headache as he tries to form a workable team in time for their second Copa America clash against Paraguay on Wednesday.Rodrigo De Paul may start ahead of Angel Di Maria; Sergio Aguero could lose his place to Lautaro Martinez. Renzo Saravia is almost certain to step out of the starting line-up after a calamitous display that saw both goals come from down the exposed flank of the new Porto right-back.One player, however, is most definitely out of contention, to a point where he appears the forgotten man of the Albiceleste squad. Paulo Dybala is once more relegated to the substitutes’ bench, a place he looks set to occupy for quite some time as the result of his inability to play alongside not one, but rather both of the world’s current football superstars. 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? “What I’m about to say will seem strange, but playing with Messi in Argentina is a little difficult.” Those words, uttered in the heat of the World Cup qualifying campaign at the start of 2017, have hung like a millstone round Dybala’s neck since.How, precisely, could sharing a pitch with perhaps the greatest player the game has ever seen prove a challenge? Dybala’s candour has come back to haunt him every time he has taken the field alongside Messi and failed to deliver; but those sub-standard performances have proven him exactly right.The Juventus and Barcelona stars are indeed extremely similar on the pitch, each preferring to bore in from the right-hand side and switch to their favourite left, as well as favouring neat, short touches while in possession before whipping the ball at goal.Argentina’s experiments with both Messi and Dybala in the starting line-up have been few and generally unsuccessful, with neither player willing – or perhaps able – to adapt their game to accommodate the other.Leo is Leo, of course, and Dybala merely a very good forward, leaving little doubt over who must give way in the face of that conflict. That is why at the age of 25 the Cordoba native has just 20 international caps to his name, most of those short cameos off the bench or in non-competitive fixtures, and one solitary goal scored in a friendly against Mexico in 2018.Even worse for the player, the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus marked the second elite superstar he has failed to gel with.Dybala’s fantastic first three seasons in Turin were built on a fluid partnership with either Mario Mandzukic or Gonzalo Higuain, who departed last year.With Higuain, Dybala often played in the hole in a 4-2-3-1 system or as a support striker. He would supply the ammunition but he also linked up well with Pipita, scoring a memorable winner at Wembley against Tottenham in 2018 from a Higuain through pass.Mandzukic, meanwhile, is a striker who prefers to put in the hard yards outside the area and contribute to his team’s overall effort to grabbing the glory himself.Dybala and Mandzukic also proved supremely effective, delivering three consecutive Scudetti while cementing the young Argentine’s reputation as one of the world’s most promising players.Ronaldo, however, changed everything. Suddenly Mandzukic’s sacrifice and toil was all in benefit of the ex-Real Madrid star, with Dybala relegated to a supporting role in a team now far more direct and rapid than that he was accustomed to.From 26 goals in 2017-18, his tally plummeted to just 10 last season as he struggled to carve out a first-team role before coach Massimiliano Allegri, tired of trying to fit square pegs in round holes, finally dropped him to the bench for most of the first half of 2019.Those same complaints that aired in 2017 emerged again, this time from Dybala’s brother. “Off the pitch there is no problem with [Ronaldo], the problems are on it: you can’t do anything with him there and Paulo is young,” Gustavo fired in May, while claiming that Paulo and several other players were unhappy at Juve. “There is a good chance Paulo will leave Juve, he needs a change. He is not happy and will not be the only one who leaves.”Whether Paulo does stay in Turin or not will be determined once Argentina’s Copa America campaign comes to a close, later or perhaps sooner if their pitiful 2-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia is a faithful indication of this squad’s real level.For the present, though, he will remain on the fringes of the team, unable to complement Messi on the field and, as he showed prior to La Pulga’s international return with a host of mediocre performances marked by fleeting glimpses of quality, unable to act as a real alternative to the Barca wizard either. Indeed, with the emergence of Ezequiel Barco in the Under-20 World Cup, Dybala could well find himself squeezed out between old and new and left out of the set-up altogether post-Brazil as Argentina seek the formula to secure qualification to Qatar 2022.It would be extremely disappointing to see a star like Dybala’s burn out so prematurely, without a place for club or country. But if he is to overcome this bump in the road and demonstrate to all that 2018-19 was merely a blip, the onus is on the forward himself to become more adaptable, more flexible in his approach regardless of tactics or team-mates.Even if he is incapable of doing so, he may still go on to have a great and long-lasting professional career. But the tag of ‘the player who could not play with either Messi or Ronaldo’ is a heavy, damning one, and the sooner he sheds it the better.
Andre Onana says he wants to stay at Ajax and “fight for new success” as speculation continues to circulate that Manchester United will look to the Cameroon international goalkeeper to replace David de Gea.The 23-year-old was one of the stars of the young Ajax team that went on a scintillating run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.The Dutch giants knocked out Juventus and holders Real Madrid en route to the last four, where they were eliminated by a heart-breaking stoppage-time strike from Tottenham’s Lucas Moura. 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 The team also won the Dutch Eredivisie title after an intense run-in with their great rivals PSV, and beat Willem II 4-0 to lift the KNVB Cup to land a domestic double.And Onana’s performances have attracted the attentions of Old Trafford scouts as they contemplate possible replacements for Spain number one De Gea, who is entering the final year of his contract.“I am still young and with Ajax we have just proved how much we can achieve with this club,” the Cameroon international told Voetbal International.“It will not be easy to surpass that. But I want to fight for new success with Ajax.”That team has already begun the process of being dismantled, with star midfielder Frenkie de Jong having departed for Barcelona and central defender Matthijs de Ligt on the verge of joining Juventus.Morocco international Hakim Ziyech has also been heavily linked with a move to La Liga outfit Sevilla, whilst Donny van de Beek, whose goal against Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final first leg looked to have set the team on their way to the final, is in Real Madrid’s sights.It was reported earlier in June that United are readying a £40m (€44m/$50m) bid for Onana, and the matter of securing a new goalkeeper has become increasingly urgent for Old Trafford chiefs with De Gea entering the final 12 months of his contract and with no indication he will sign a new deal.Onana himself signed a renewed contract with Ajax in March and said at the time: “Ajax did so many things for me and that’s why I extend my contract. For me it’s important to give something back.”
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero called for the surprise Copa America finalists to be shown more respect following their commanding 3-0 semi-final triumph over defending champions Chile.Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the opening period before Guerrero added a third in second-half stoppage time to send Peru through to the decider for the first time in 44 years.Ricardo Gareca’s men, who ousted Uruguay on penalties in the previous round, now face Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday. 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 The host nation romped to a 5-0 victory when the teams met in the group stage, but Internacional striker Guerrero thinks recent results should bring more recognition for a team that reached the last World Cup.”The team is making history,” Guerrero said. “I’m proud of my team-mates. We concentrated, we worked hard and we are in the final. It’s going to be a very difficult final.”I respect Brazil a lot and I am happy [playing for my club] here but in football there are no favourites, and we showed that again today.”We won convincingly when others talked about Chile. Those people have to have more respect. “If Brazil want to call themselves favourites then they can call themselves favourites, but on the field we do not think about that.”We have to do our work with a lot of humility, as always.”Peru have won the Copa America twice previously, in 1939 and 1975, but will arrive in Rio de Janeiro as firm outsiders against eight-time champions Brazil.However, head coach Gareca is quietly confident of upstaging another South American powerhouse.”I think we have great players that can surprise in a match of that level,” the Blanquirroja boss said.”We will attack the strengths of the team, because you know that talking individually about each Brazil player is not the best way. “I trust my players. We are capable of finding the answer on how to win.”Reinaldo Rueda, meanwhile, admitted Chile may have looked too far ahead in their bid for a third successive continental title.”Maybe we were thinking about playing the final without having solved the semi-final,” he said.