TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets Cahill, Koscielny to solve defensive crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco are monitoring Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told he can leave the club in January.According to beIN sports reporter Matt Spiro, Monaco are looking at Cahill, among a host of other defenders, to fix their poor defence.The Ligue 1 bottom-feeders, managed by Thierry Henry, are also scouting Laurent Koscielny, Pepe and Martin Skrtel.Cahill has also been linked with Aston Villa, West Ham, Southampton and Arsenal.
Huddersfield set to sign Crystal Palace winger Puncheonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield are set to sign Jason Puncheon from Crystal Palace.The winger will be on loan at David Wanger’s team for the rest of the season.The 32-year-old has not played much at Palace this season.But he has the type of experience that Wagner wants in his team, as Huddersfield look to stay in the top flight.Since Palace are also involved in that fight, it is a surprise they let Puncheon leave to a rival.The winger has not started a Premier League game this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returningby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona player Jofre Mateu says former teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning to the club.The ex-Barcelona captain was expected to take up the sporting director job offered to him by President Josep Maria Bartomeu.”Although he [Puyol] has been thinking about it,” Jofre, a former Barcelona player himself said on Que t’hi jugues!”Right now I can tell you that he will not be a sporting director.”I’m 99 percent sure Puyol won’t take the position. He has other plans.”
Chelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressureby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic admits he’s feeling the pressure of being a top American player in Europe.The 21-year-old arrived from Borussia Dortmund this surrounded by much fanfare.But he has struggled to find consistency in his game under Frank Lampard.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’.”You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.”This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.”Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas football is known for big lineman and a dominant run game, but on Tuesday evening, the Razorbacks proved they can do a bit of high-flying as well. The team took part in a dunk contest, emceed by offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, and the results were really quite impressive.Who’s the best dunker on @RazorbackFB? https://t.co/tc6g5SeG1n— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) December 22, 2015That is defensive end and former high school hoops star Jamario Bell taking over the show at the end. Our only regret is that Tretola didn’t get involved himself. He’ll just have to settle for throwing touchdown passes.[Razorbackers]
The reports of Manchester City’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Pep Guardiola’s side were not quite at their brilliant best as they beat Southampton, but they showed more than enough to prove that there is plenty of life in them yet.Whether they have enough to win the Premier League title this season is another matter, however, and depends as much on Liverpool as it does City.And with the two sides set to face each other on Thursday night in what could be a pivotal match in the season, we are soon to learn exactly how well City have recovered from their two bruising defeats over Christmas. 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? Compared to the performances against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, this was much, much better. In those defeats City looked starved of creativity in attack (by their high standards, anyway) and brittle at the back. In the absence of David Silva and Fernandinho, City could not carve open their determined opponents and resorted to lumping crosses into the box, to no avail. They were counter-attacked, and without their Brazilian enforcer there was nobody to do anything about it.Those defeats left them 10 points off Liverpool (albeit with a game in hand) and with questions to answer heading into Sunday’s game at St Mary’s. Those questions were, by and large, answered.It was no coincidence that they looked so much better with both Silva and Fernandinho restored to the line-up. The passing link-ups were back in effect and the dirty work was, usually, taken care of.City’s biggest concern on the day was that they missed a hatful of chances and flirted with another poor result. Silva finished off a trademark City move to open the scoring – Danilo and Bernardo Silva combined to get City to the byline, from where the ball was pulled back into the Spaniard’s path. He made no mistake this time, having already produced a superb save from Alex McCarthy in the opening stages.Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero then missed gilt-edged chances to extend the lead and give the visitors some much-needed breathing space. And then Southampton, who had in fact gone close to opening the scoring before Silva did the honours, drew level.City were asking for this one. Not only had they failed to put their chances away but they then invited pressure in their own third. Not usually a problem for them (and certainly not for the ice-cool Ederson) but Oleksandr Zinchenko got himself in a terrible position, asked for the ball to be played to Fernandinho, received it himself and then lost it. Southampton sprung free and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg leathered the ball into the net.For all City’s slick attacking play, they were now back at square one. Having given up leads in their last two games, things were suddenly looking dicey. The performance was better, the passing was slicker and the energy was there, but was there enough belief to overcome another set-back?Zinchenko got himself in another mess and almost gave away a penalty (although the referee was right not to give one) and City appeared to be on the ropes. No wonder Guardiola wants Ben Chilwell.And then the clouds lifted. A stroke of luck in their favour, this time, as Raheem Sterling found himself with the ball near the byline (not the product of an incisive passing move, this time) and fired in a cross that deflected into the net.And then the killer blow. Zinchenko swung in another cross – one of City’s better efforts from the past three games – and found Aguero, who headed in a firm effort. The Ukrainian left-back celebrated gleefully on his own before his team-mates realised what it meant to him to make such a decisive contribution.That was that, really. The biggest story of the second half was City’s inability to take their chances. Sterling tested McCarthy, Aguero hit the crossbar and Mahrez again should’ve done better when through one-on-one.Had Southampton had any fight left in them it could have made for a nervy finale, but they didn’t.Liverpool do, though. City could be confident of continuing this revival if they were playing anybody else in the Premier League next Thursday, but it is Jurgen Klopp’s side that come to the Etihad Stadium.City have plenty of weapons to win the match, of course, and plenty will argue that so they should, given the level of investment and the quality of the coaching.But there are still signs of frailty there, where Liverpool seemingly have none.There were times on Sunday when City could count themselves lucky that their opponents could not keep their heads in front of goal, not least when Charlie Austin broke clean through the middle early on. Any of the Reds’s forwards will surely finish better than Austin did.And then there are City’s own attacking players. If they show this level of profligacy again they could be made to pay, and that payment could well be a 10-point gap to the leaders.Amid City’s romp last season Guardiola told his players, “if you want to be a top, top team, you need to learn to score the f***ing goals.” By that definition they were not a top, top team on Sunday.But given one of their problems heading into this game was that they hadn’t even been creating the f***ing chances, it would be foolish to think City are about to collapse altogether.They showed here that they are a far, far better side than recent performances suggested, and with the promise of Kevin De Bruyne to return.Liverpool are in a commanding position, and could be in an even better one on Thursday night, but City will not give up. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Italy made it three wins from as many Group J matches with a 3-0 victory over Greece in their pursuit of a place at Euro 2020.Roberto Mancini’s side added to wins over Finland and Liechtenstein as Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci all scored inside 10 first-half minutes in Athens. It leaves Italy – who are yet to concede in qualifying – with a maximum return of nine points, while Greece remain on four. 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? Andrea Belotti was thwarted by Zeca’s timely intervention as he sought to get on the end of a threatening throughball inside the opening five minutes. The Torino striker then showed poor technique in lifting a shot from the edge of the box well over the crossbar at the end of a promising move.But the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Greece were overrun at the back and Belotti’s cutback was slammed home by Barella.#EuropeanQualifiers23’YES!!!! #BARELLA POPS UP TO OPEN THE SCORING! #GreeceItaly 0-1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/qaglYvd4N1— Italy (@azzurri) June 8, 2019Greece charged forward in an attempt to get back into the match but were caught on the counter-attack as Insigne darted past Andreas Samaris and poked a deft finish beyond goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas.The match as a contest was over before half-time, Bonucci’s header from Emerson’s delivery clipping the upright on its way in.With the points practically assured, Italy produced a composed second-half showing in which retaining possession took precedence over creating opportunities.And Greece could do little to instigate a turnaround, Georgios Masouras going close only to see an offside flag raised as the hosts’ frustrations grew.When substitute Manolis Siopis fired wildly over the bar from a decent position, it was clear that even a consolation goal was going to be beyond Angelos Anastasiadis’ side. What does it mean? Italy in cruise controlWith a 100 per cent record from their opening three games, Italy are already five points ahead of third-placed Greece and look well set to qualify. Mancini’s men have not yet conceded a goal, which further underlines the strides they have made since failing to reach the 2018 World Cup.Left flank woes for GreeceGreece struggled in general to contain Italy in the first 45 minutes, but it was down the visitors’ left side that the threat came, be it from Insigne or Marco Verratti. The former scored, the latter was typically industrious. Kourbelis bypassed in midfieldDimitrios Kourbelis was perhaps more a symptom of Greece’s first-half capitulation than a cause, but the way the game passed him by showed just how dominant Italy were.After managing just 11 touches and seven passes, he was substituted at the break.What’s next?Greece remain in Athens to welcome Armenia on Tuesday, while Mancini’s men host Bosnia-Herzegovina in Turin on the same night. read more
Benfica intend to tie in-demand midfielder Florentino Luis to a new contract when he returns for the pre-season programme on July 1 in an effort to stave off interest this summer, but could face fielding bids before they have the opportunity to do so.Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are long-standing admirers of the 19-year-old while Roma, under new manager Paulo Fonseca, were credited with interest in recent days.The Portuguese champions are already braced for bids from interested parties but want Florentino to sign a new contract as soon as possible in order to raise his buyout clause. 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? Portugal under-20 international Florentino is currently available for €60 million (£54m/$68m) but Benfica want to raise it to the €100m mark.Florentino would be in line for an extension and a significant pay-rise under the terms of the new deal.He has been watched extensively by Man City and earmarked as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, although Rodri of Atletico Madrid is Pep Guardiola’s immediate priority in that position.PSG, having lost Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer, are also seen as a potential destination for Florentino while Roma are believed to have made their interest known as they plan ahead for a new season under Fonseca and new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.Having made the breakthrough to the first team in the early part of this year, Florentino established himself in the midfield with nine Primeira Liga starts as Benfica reclaimed the Portuguese title from Porto. He is a defensive midfielder represented by Bruno Carvalho, whose current contract runs until 2023.Florentino has been a regular in the Portuguese youth setup, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2016 and the European Under-19 Championship in 2018, appearing in the team of the tournament at each of those competitions.Benfica are expecting to lose forward Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid in the coming days for €120m and ideally would not like to sell two of their young jewels in the same transfer window.Nonetheless, they would be powerless should a bid materialise in the next few days, before they have the chance to increase the release clause.
Fabian Delph says he made the decision to leave Manchester City in hopes of boosting his chances of playing for England. Delph completed an £8.5 million ($11m) move to Everton last week, ending a four-year run with the City side he joined in the summer of 2015. Having won the Premier League twice with the Manchester club, Delph made the decision to leave in search of more regular playing time this summer, with Everton his landing spot heading into the new season as he hopes to keep his place in the England squad. 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? “From a personal point of view, I felt it was time for a change,” he said to The Daily Mail. “I could have stayed there. They were happy with me. I wasn’t told to leave. I played quite a key role within that squad.”I had a fantastic four years there, thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to play more football.”Playing for England is massive for me, so if I’m playing more regularly, there’s more chance of me being selected.”I’ve got a great relationship with Gareth [Southgate] and the England lads, we’re a really close group. The mentality there is fantastic.”Delph has been a regular for England under Southgate and started the Nations League semi-final loss to the Netherlands earlier this summer.The move to Everton should offer a regular starting spot for the 29-year-old, though it also brings an adjustment to a new manager. And while Delph was impressed with Pep Guardiola’s style at his old club, he claims training under his new boss Marco Silva is tougher than it was with the Premier League champions. “The volume is a lot higher, we cover a lot more distance,” he said. “There’s a lot more intensity and you definitely feel like you’ve worked come the end of the day.”I love it. There’s nothing worse for me than going home with energy.”City’s training is very good, it’s shorter and sharper and is the way the manager likes the lads to play.”Having drawn 0-0 with Wigan on Tuesday, Everton will take on Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly on Aug. 3 before facing their first Premier League test of the season against Crystal Palace a week later.