Chelsea defender David Luiz: I’m happy to play through Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says they must embrace the busy Christmas programme.Indeed, Luiz admis he enjoys playing through the festive period.He said, “I prefer to play games than train so for sure I enjoy a lot,’ is the Brazilian’s view of a packed period which continues today against Leicester.”Sometimes I try to understand the life as a coach and I know how hard it is to think about every single one and to try to organise everything for everybody,’ he continued. ‘Every day he has to live and breathe the oxygen of the club and to think just about this, and you cannot stop like in the other leagues where you have a week off.”I understand his situation but now I am a player so I am going to try to get some time with my family because they came from Brazil to here and they are at home, so I am going to have some presents and some nice moments with my family because during the year they are far from me.”So this is good, and for sure the best gift we can give to Mr Sarri is to win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock: Our best day in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Camarasa produced a crucial winner for Cardiff City at Leicester City.James Maddison saw his poor spot-kick saved by Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge – who has now saved three of his five Premier League penalties faced this season.To add insult to injury for the Foxes, Neil Warnock’s men than produced a classic smash-and-grab raid as Camarasa fired in a brilliant winner two minutes into stoppage time to bag all three points.”It’s probably the best day since we’ve been back in the Premier League,” said Warnock.”As a manager you live and die by your decisions, and we needed fresh legs because they gave me everything at Palace.”It was just who to leave out and who to bring in. All credit to the lads, I thought today we deserved to win. I thought it was our best performance because we were playing a team who were flying, with the last two results they had.”To compete with them and limit them… and if we’d been more precise in the final third we could have scored two or three.”
Cazorla buzzing after 2-goal performance for Real Madrid drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal’s two goal Santi Cazorla was delighted with their 2-2 draw against Real Madrid.Cazorla struck twice – his first goals since 2012.The former Arsenal star said, “We are happy for the point, we have to keep it that way.”We wanted the three points, but the important thing was to add, it was very important to get out of the dropzone, but there is still a lot left.”On the goals, Cazorla added: “In a few training sessions and in official games this is the second one, I scored one in England.”It was a very special match for me after everything I’ve been through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite joins Leganesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMiddlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite has joined Spanish club Leganes on loan until the end of the season.The 27-year-old Denmark forward has not scored for Boro since asking to leave the club at the end of August.It is the second time Braithwaite has left Boro on loan since joining them in July 2017, having spent the second half of last season at French club Bordeaux.”He wanted to go in the summer. He has got his move now,” manager Tony Pulis said after Tuesday’s game at Derby. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal goalkeeper Cech calls out BT Sport after dodgy stats tweetby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech hasn’t allowed BT Sport to get away with a mistaken social media post.BT Sport tweeted out a graphic of the Premier League’s most clean sheets but fans on social media and Cech himself were quick to notice the stats were very wrong.The graphic wrongly stated that Cech has 161 clean sheets when in actuality, the Arsenal and former Chelsea star has a mammoth 202 Premier League shutouts.Cech, 36, instantly wrote back laughing at the error, saying: “this is the easiest stat to find on the internet.”The Gunners keeper famously holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets overall as well as the most shutouts kept in a single season with 24.BT Sport were so embarrassed they deleted the post after being called out by Cech. this is the easiest stat to find on the internet .@btsportfootballhttps://t.co/DStSIn43gy— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) January 14, 2019
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Diop up for Man Utd testby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Issa Diop is looking forward to their clash with Manchester United.The Hammers cruised to a 3-1 victory in September last year with the 22-year-old centre-back being singled out for praise by then-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the game.He told Sky Sports: “We did a very good game, winning 3-1 but for me it was not perfect because we conceded a goal so I wasn’t very happy.”Personally I don’t think I played a very good game and when I reviewed it, I saw what I did wrong and this year I am going to try to improve on it.”I think I am already a better player, I have more experience but I still need to improve and will continue to work towards that.”
Nketiah proud of Arsenal teammate Willockby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah says that he is delighted for his teammate Joe Willock for breaking into the first team.While Nketiah is on loan at Championship side Leeds United, Willock has grabbed his chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.Rather than feeling envious towards Willock, Nketiah is very happy for the player who he considers a good friend.”I’m really proud of him,” said Nketiah to reporters. “I try to keep an eye out for my friends and keep an eye on Arsenal because I’m a fan of the club.”He’s been doing really well, he has scored a few goals this season and he’s kicked on and is playing matches in the Premier League. I’m delighted for him and hopefully he can continue and push on from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Rose BowlIt has been 25 years since Iowa last played in the Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes will be back in Pasadena Jan. 1 to take on Stanford.Iowa fans are justifiably excited for the occasion, even if their team narrowly missed out on the College Football Playoff. This weekend, the Hawkeyes dropped a very cool “See You in Pasadena” hype video for the game, featuring highlights from this season and homage to the program’s past Rose Bowl squads. Smelling roses #Hawkeyes @rosebowlgame https://t.co/JfihBC86PR— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 12, 2015Hawkeye fans, are you ready yet?
Liverpool missed the chance to open a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds appeared on course to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise loss at Newcastle United 24 hours earlier when Sadio Mane fired them ahead inside three minutes at Anfield.But, just like their nearest challengers on Tuesday, a nervy Liverpool failed to hold onto their early advantage, though a point at least extends their advantage at the summit with 14 games remaining. 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? After James Maddison had inexplicably missed a free header from close range, Harry Maguire steered in a half-volley to make it 1-1 in first-half stoppage time.Snow fell prior to kick-off on Merseyside, but Liverpool quickly warmed to their task. Mane’s low, right-footed drive slipped across the wet surface and beyond Kasper Schmeichel’s dive to put the hosts ahead.The early strike appeared set to signal an avalanche of goals for the Reds, Schmeichel turning aside a Roberto Firmino effort before an unmarked Mane carelessly headed the resulting corner well wide.However, Leicester posed the greater threat as the opening half wore on, eventually equalising in added time through Maguire – only booked minutes before after clipping Mane as the forward looked to run onto a throughball – as Liverpool failed to reorganise in defence after a partially blocked shot was headed back into the penalty area by Ben Chilwell.The visitors should have been level earlier, too, but Maddison nodded Marc Albrighton’s inviting cross beyond the target, letting Alisson – who had turned over possession with a lazy clearing kick – off the hook.Liverpool’s goalkeeper was called into action early in the second half by one of his team-mates – Firmino spared by his fellow Brazilian after poking Maguire’s low cross towards his own net.Shouts from the Kop for a penalty were dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson when Naby Keita fell under a challenge from Ricardo Pereira but Klopp’s side were below par following such a fast start.3 – Liverpool have conceded in each of their last three Premier League home games, after only conceding in two of their opening nine home league games of the season. Slip. pic.twitter.com/MjnrUKsF66— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean? Reds fluff their lines after City slipPoints, not performances, are all that matter for Liverpool. A quest for a first title in the Premier League era received an unexpected boost from former boss Rafa Benitez and Newcastle, yet they wasted a glorious opportunity to move further clear of City.Worryingly, after conceding three in their victory over Crystal Palace last time out, they again looked shaky in defence. Admittedly injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have left Klopp short of options – Jordan Henderson played as a makeshift right-back – but they must quickly regain the solid foundations that have underpinned their challenge so far.Maguire makes his mark in both boxesWhile his goal was crucial, Maguire’s best work came at the back. The England international shackled Mohamed Salah in particular, the Egyptian failing to have a shot on target, as the Foxes became the first team from outside the ‘big six’ to deny Liverpool victory this season.Van Dijk caught coldVirgil van Dijk was fit to maintain his ever-present league record in this campaign after overcoming illness in time to feature. However, the centre-back – such a pillar of strength for Liverpool this season – allowed Maguire to escape his attention for Leicester’s equaliser after Andy Robertson had needlessly given away a free-kick out wide.Key Opta facts:2:01 – Sadio Mane’s opener for Liverpool was their quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge netted against Newcastle (1:07). Intense. pic.twitter.com/8U3dar4iwd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019- Liverpool failed to win at Anfield for just the second time in the Premier League this season (W9 D2), having also drawn against Manchester City in October 2018.- Liverpool attempted just 10 shots in this game against Leicester – the only occasions when they’ve had fewer in the Premier League this season were both against Manchester City (seven, both home and away).- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has now scored 10+ goals in each of his five seasons in the Premier League, with eight of his 10 goals this term coming at Anfield.- Each of Harry Maguire’s three league goals for Leicester this season have come away from home – only Wilfried Zaha (4) has netted more among players to have scored 100% of their goals in away games.What’s next?After back-to-back league games at Anfield, Liverpool head on the road for a clash with West Ham on Monday. Leicester, meanwhile, host Manchester United the previous day. read more
Thiago Silva labelled Lionel Messi the greatest player of all-time ahead of Brazil’s Copa America semi-final showdown against Argentina.Messi has been criticised after a quieter Copa America campaign, although Argentina are into the last four and face their rivals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.Silva said there was no doubt the Barcelona star, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, deserved to be considered the best player ever. 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 “For me, Messi is the greatest player in history, the greatest player I’ve ever seen,” the Paris Saint-Germain defender told a news conference on Saturday.”But now, it’s Brazil and Argentina. We’ll leave it to admire him in other games ahead.”Brazil have endured some difficulties as Copa hosts, booed repeatedly by their fans and needing penalties to edge past Paraguay in the quarter-finals, and now they face a Messi-led Argentina side growing in confidence after back-to-back wins.While Messi has scored just once in four games at the tournament, Silva praised the forward’s ability to produce moments of magic.”Every time we face each other, whether in the national team or in the Champions League, it’s very difficult to face him,” he said.”No matter how much you study, you will never understand the quality he has and the difference he can make.”At certain times, he pulls something else out of the hat that you cannot imagine. That’s his difference.”As a centre-back you have to study all the possibilities. We know he always pulls left, but many times he pulls right.”Brazil had laboured to a goalless draw in Porto Alegre against Paraguay before squeaking past their opponents on penalties, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus converting the winning kick.Argentina’s 2-0 win against Venezuela in Rio de Janeiro meant they were the only team in the last eight to score a goal, as they advanced to the semi-finals courtesy of strikes from Giovani Lo Celso and Lautaro Martinez.The winners will face the victor of the other semi-final between Chile and Peru, with the final set for July 7 at Rio’s Maracana.