Milner assures Liverpool fans everyone focused on Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner has no doubts the focus will be on Newcastle United from the players over Christmas.Milner promises a business-as-usual approach from the players.“Boxing Day always seems to have a different feel,” the vice-captain explained to Liverpoolfc.com.“There are plenty of distractions, or there could be, for players and for fans and things like that, and it’s always a nice festive feeling around the game.“It’s a traditional thing to do at Christmas but as players we have to focus on the job at hand and make sure we’re not distracted by the time of year.“It is a time of year for family and you have to make time for that, but when you’re training on Christmas Day and then going to the hotel and preparing for the game, your mind has got to be on that.“We’ve got a good group of players who have done that very well this year and a lot of players who are very experienced around Christmas time and know what it’s about.“It is a tough time of year, there are plenty of things going on, and that’s all part of the challenge of Christmas.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona legend Iniesta: Never count out Liverpool in Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Andres Iniesta regards Liverpool as a Champions League contender this season.The Reds have stumbled into the round of 16. but Vissel Kobe ace Iniesta has been impressed.Iniesta was then asked if he felt Manchester City or PSG’s financial power will see them be Barca’s main rivals.”It’s difficult to think that some day they won’t come close in the Champions League,” he told Sport. “The teams they have, their squads, the investments, the coaches… they should be fighting for the trophy.”I always want to add Liverpool, who are looking good this year. The problem with the Champions League is that it’s a really tough tournament.”One bad day can knock you out.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We deserved three pointsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad earned their first victory at Real Madrid in La Liga for 15 years on Sunday.Willian Jose fired Sociedad in front from the penalty spot in the third minute after Mikel Merino was fouled by Real Madrid’s Casemiro.Things then got more difficult for Real Madrid when Lucas Vazquez was sent off with half an hour remaining.Sociedad made the extra man count when Ruben Pardo headed in a late second.Real coach Santiago Solari said, “The feeling is that we should have picked up three points and we didn’t. We have to put away the chances that we created. We’ll compete as we look to win the next game.”We don’t talk to the referees. There are incidents that look obvious live and we believe that VAR is there for that, to be able to consult it if there is no certainty. We believe that is the intention that exists with technology and VAR. “If not, there’s no reason for it to exist. We’re human and we make mistakes, but one thing is if we make a mistake, we can’t review the evidence, but if there’s the possibility to review the evidence and we don’t, it’s difficult to understand.”
Arsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford drawby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has taken responsibility for Sunday’s draw with Watford. The Gunners blew a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road, with Tom Cleverley taking advantage of a comical error by Sokratis.”We have some young players and they need to have experiences like today,” he told a media conference. “Matteo [Guendouzi] is young and very emotional; sometimes he needs to make some mistakes to improve. In the first half he made a mistake and they didn’t score.”When we are analysing the mistakes, we prefer to speak about them collectively. I have responsibility.”I don’t want to say it’s the fault of one player or another. It’s my responsibility to give them the confidence to execute our game plan.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: We still have plenty to improveby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists they still have plenty to improve.Liverpool have won all eight of their Premier League fixtures so far, but after a few close calls, there are still aspects to tweak as they aim for their first league title since 1990.Van Dijk said, “There’s definitely room for improvement – managing the games a bit better, sometimes teams are playing well against us and they want to beat us and they never give up. I’m thinking about Sheffield United when we played away, how tough it was there and big credit to them, they pushed us right to the end, created dangerous moments.”There were times in the game when we had big chances but at the moment, we try to grind out those games as well and I think it’s very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)High school juniors aren’t allowed to take photos with college football coaches, per NCAA rules. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh appears to have found a way around that.In the below photo, taken at Detroit Jesuit, four students (we’re not sure if any are even recruits) lined up in the background while Harbaugh stared in another direction. Technically, they aren’t posing with Harbaugh.NCAA rules states that juniors can’t take photos with college coaches. So we got in the back ground @CoachJim4UM pic.twitter.com/nkgHGHqxJO— Nacho Libre (@jackrobruce) January 14, 2016Harbaugh appears to be hitting the recruiting trail hard. Look out, Big Ten.
Arsenal will face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got off to a flying start at Old Trafford, winning his first five games in charge, but will face one of his sternest tests yet against Unai Emery’s side.The game will be one of only three guaranteed all-Premier League ties, with Crystal Palace taking on Tottenham and Manchester City facing Burnley, although Newcastle could also come up against Watford if the Magpies get through a replay against Blackburn. 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? Elsewhere in the top flight, Everton will travel to Millwall, Chelsea face either Sheffield Wednesday or Luton at Stamford Bridge and Brighton play West Brom at the Amex and Southampton will play Accrington Stanley if they get past Derby County.Wolves, who beat Liverpool on Monday evening thanks to a stunning strike from Ruben Neves and a first-half goal from Raul Jimenez, will go to either Shrewsbury Town or Stoke City.The only non-league side left in the competition, Barnet, were given a home draw against fellow London side Brentford.There is one all-Championship tie as Bristol City take on Bolton, while Swansea play Gillingham and League Two side Portsmouth host Millwall.Fellow fourth-tier teams Oldham Athletic and Newport County dumped out Premier League opposition in the form of Fulham and Leicester City over the weekend.Oldham’s reward is a trip to Doncaster Rovers, while Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough will entertain Newport County.Fourth-round ties will be played from January 25 to 28. Draw in full:Swansea City v GillinghamAFC Wimbledon v West HamShrewsbury Town/Stoke City v WolvesMillwall v EvertonBrighton and Hove Albion v West BromBristol City v Bolton WanderersAccrington Stanley v Derby County/SouthamptonDoncaster Rovers v Oldham AthleticChelsea v Sheffield Wednesday/Luton TownNewcastle United/Blackburn Rovers v WatfordMiddlesbrough v Newport CountyManchester City v BurnleyBarnet v BrentfordPortsmouth v QPRArsenal v Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace v Tottenham
Former Real Madrid sporting director and coach Jorge Valdano has called on the club to find a solution to Isco’s ongoing plight.The Spain international was a key man for Madrid as they won three consecutive Champions League titles under Zinedine Zidane, but he has fallen out of favour since Santiago Solari took over.Isco’s five La Liga starts this season all came while Julen Lopetegui was at the helm, but Solari insisted there was nothing personal in his decision to leave the 26-year-old on the bench as a weakened Madrid side won 2-1 at Real Betis on Sunday. 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? Valdano is not impressed, though, and believes there must be issues behind the scenes that need to be fixed.”A year ago, the great hopes of Real Madrid were Isco and [Marco] Asensio,” Valdano told Onda Cero. “One has been lost along the way and the other is under observation.100% – Real Madrid under Santiago Solari have won 100% of their games without Isco Alarcon in all competitions (6/6), compared to 63.6% with him (7/11). Debate. pic.twitter.com/SdJVtz5Ugs— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 13, 2019″Everyone knows that something is wrong with Isco, but nobody knows what is happening. It should be solved in private. Cristo Gonzalez played ahead of Isco [against Betis] – this is a serious problem.”I suppose it is something that is talked about within the club. Isco must do some soul-searching.”Madrid climbed to fourth in La Liga with the victory on Sunday, but Solari’s men remain 10 points behind leaders Barcelona after 19 matches.Next up for Los Blancos is a Copa Del Rey round of 16 second-leg tie against Leganes on Wednesday, which they head into with a 3-0 aggregate lead.Solari will then turn his attention to a huge La Liga clash against Sevilla on Saturday, with both sides locked level on 33 points in the table.
Twitter/@cowboyfbOklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy celebrated the upset win over West Virginia with some really awkward “dancing.”Oklahoma State shocked No. 10 West Virginia today, taking the win 37-20, and it was the Cowboys’ game to lose the entire way; at the half it was already 20-10. The victory also happened to be Mike Gundy’s 100th career win, the cherry on top of a dominating performance, you could say.So, head coach Mike Gundy celebrated the win the only way he knows how: by dancing.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016I don’t know how much of that can be considering dancing and how much of that is just, kind of, swaying. But who am I to judge? The man just got his 100th career win. I say dance away, Mike. You’ve earned it.The Cowboys are now 6-2 and have won four in a row. Next week they take on Kansas State.
Manchester United got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start as midfielder Paul Pogba made his first appearance since declaring that he is ready for “a new challenge”.United beat Perth Glory 2-0 at the Optus Stadium but all eyes were on Pogba, who played the second 45 minutes as speculation continues that he will sign for either Real Madrid and Juventus before the 2019-20 season begins.Marcus Rashford’s 60th-minute goal and a late James Garner strike settled matters in Western Australia, and overall Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been more than happy with the intent of his side’s play regardless of how rarely they were able to break down Perth’s dogged defensive unit. 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? For Pogba, though, there was a mixed response from the Perth crowd – some cheering, some jeering – following his public pronouncement in June that he is ready to leave United, along with continued efforts by his agent Mino Raiola to prise the Frenchman away from Old Trafford.Pogba was among 11 half-time substitutes as Solskjaer looked to give as many of his senior squad as possible the chance to stretch their legs. There was no sign of Romelu Lukaku, the subject of an official approach by Inter, but the United boss insisted that Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Lee Grant all missed out through nothing more than “slight niggles”.New signing Daniel James was an immediate positive, with his desire to run at opponents almost paying dividends in the first couple of minutes as he forged a yard of space and sent a teasing low ball in behind the Glory defence. Unfortunately for United there was nobody alert enough to react in the box and Diogo Dalot’s snap effort on the far edge of the box went high and wide.Jesse Lingard also looked occasionally lively playing in a No.10 role but didn’t provide the key to unlock the bolstered Glory defence, and while Axel Tuanzebe and Dalot were sharp United couldn’t break through in the opening 45.After Solskjaer changed his entire XI for the second half there was a notable elevation in the pace of United’s passing and it wasn’t long before Rashford’s excellent spin and left-foot shot from a Pogba flick had put them ahead.Aaron Wan-Bissaka looked steady in his first outing in a United shirt since arriving from Crystal Palace, while youngster Angel Gomes was a bright spot in the forward line and Mason Greenwood could easily have had a couple of goals having regularly found space in the final third. Pogba, meanwhile, always looked to be creative whenever he got the chance to take on a tiring Glory defence.United wrapped up the win five minutes from time when Perth erred on the ball and James Garner lashed home from 20 yards having only moments earlier replaced Luke Shaw.With the tour off to a winning start, the focus now has to be on deciding what happens next for the likes of Lukaku and Pogba. The success of Solskjaer’s United rebuild could depend on what happens in the transfer market over the next four weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.