Wolves boss Nuno: Record crowd deserved better resultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says the crowd last night deserved a better result after defeat to Liverpool.It was the largest attendance at ‘modern’ Molineux.He said, “The support that we had was fantastic. I think our fans deserved at least one goal, because the chances that we created was enough to do it.“I’m very pleased with the record attendance, thank you to all of the fans, and Merry Christmas.”Nuno added: “I’m happy because of the way we work and the way we pass through all the moments football gives you – good moments, bad moments, moments when you may not have played so good so you have to find solutions, we’ve found them, and I think we’ve played good.“We are consistent, but the table doesn’t mean anything.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rashford will become ‘top, top’ striker says Man Utd boss Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says it is only a matter of time before Marcus Rashford will be considered as one of the top strikers in football.Solskjaer has used the 21-year-old as a number nine since taking over at Old Trafford, where he has scored three times in his last four matches.And the Norwegian thinks Rashford can develop his talent even further.He said: “He’s got frightening pace, he’s now become stronger, he can hold the ball up for us and he’s a great link player.”He can become a top, top one. We can talk about Harry Kane and his class, and I’m sure Marcus has got the potential to get up there. He’s been brought up here.”There were a couple of sessions [while in Dubai] with the young kids, [Tahith] Chong, Angel [Gomes] and Jesse [Lingard], where they play together in a certain way. A very exciting player to work with.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe frustrated with Burton floodlight farceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says the Football League did not allow for their Carabao Cup clash with Burton Albion to be abandoned, despite the floodlights crashing on three separate occasions.Howe confirmed the clubs and referee John Busby had agreed that the match would be called off should the lights turn off for a third time.However, Howe said after his side’s 2-0 loss that Football League officials stated the match must be delayed for 30 minutes in order for it to be called off.The game was delayed for 28 minutes in total, but Howe was not complaining after the final whistle.Howe said: “That was what we were told and the referee blew the whistle on the back of the third one, I think.”But then when we spoke to figures from the Football League, they said there was a half-hour cut off point. I think the game has to be stopped for half an hour.”We were prepared to go along with that, we had no issues with it.”The Englishman added: “With the floodlights, that was a new one for me but we’re not using it as an excuse or any type of reason for the performance we delivered.”It’s a game of football and the lights were obviously off. We didn’t know how long they were going to be off for but as soon as they came back on, we were keen to get back and playing.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus lodge new appeal against 2005-06 Inter Milan Scudettoby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have lodged a new appeal to have the 2005-06 Scudetto stripped from Inter Milan.The action has been made just days before the Derby d’Italia.Juve had the original title revoked due to their role in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.It was confirmed on Monday that the Old Lady had presented a new appeal to the CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport tribunal.The development comes less than a week before the two clubs face off in the Derby d’Italia.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid matchwinner Kroos: We don’t play for Zidaneby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was happy to prove their Champions League matchwinner this week.Kroos played his 100th game in the Champions League on Tuesday night as Real Madrid beat Galatasaray 1-0 in Turkey. The German spoke after the game about the team’s current form and his own fitness after a so-so start for the side.”We started the season poorly and the Champions League is no exception,” he said. “The victory was important to think about the last 16 and we are all together with the manager. We win and lose together. We don’t play for Zidane, we don’t play for one person. We play together.””We know we have to improve seeing what we did against Mallorca,” he continued. “In Istanbul, we did improve but there is space to get better. We should have score two more. Sometimes we aren’t as bad as you see us.”
Watford striker Welbeck out for months confirms Sanchez Floresby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has admitted that striker Danny Welbeck is out for the next few months.The former Manchester United and Arsenal attacker suffered a hamstring problem in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.He was only seven games into his return to the first team from ankle issues.Unfortunately, he has suffered a new setback that will keep him out for the foreseeable future.”Bad news about Danny Welbeck, “said Sanchez Flores, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.”We need to check a little bit more what happened [to him] in the next couple of weeks. It is a hamstring injury.”I have no idea how long he will be out but it’s for a long time. It will be months rather than weeks.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@mattstonephotog Twitter/@mattstonephotogThere weren’t a ton of huge games in the last week of college basketball, but there were a few interesting results. Kentucky’s win over Louisville has been the highest profile game, both on and off the court, and launched Kentucky back into the Top 10. Michigan State remains atop both polls, despite a real overtime scare against Oakland with star guard Denzel Valentine out. The rest of the polls feature minor changes, but with conference play starting soon, don’t expect that to be the norm.Here is the AP Top 25:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Kentucky 11. Iowa State 12. Providence13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Villanova 17. SMU 18. Louisville19. West Virginia 20. Texas A&M 21. Utah 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. South Carolina25. UCLAUSA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. Arizona 8. North Carolina9. Iowa State 10. Butler 11. Kentucky 12. Duke13. Providence14. Purdue 15. Miami (FL) 16. Villanova17. West Virginia18. Louisville19. Texas A&M20. South Carolina 21. Baylor 22. Utah23. Cincinnati24. Gonzaga 25. Pitt
Virgil van Dijk is capable of becoming the first defender since Fabio Cannavaro to win the Ballon d’Or, claims Netherlands international team-mate Ryan Babel.The Liverpool centre-half has just completed a memorable 2018-19 campaign.He ended on a low, with a Nations League final defeat to Portugal, but can reflect fondly on the season just gone. 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? Van Dijk helped Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title, pushing Manchester City all the way, before landing Champions League glory in Madrid.The 27-year-old then captained his country to a major final and is considered to have taken his game to even greater heights on the back of a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) move to Anfield in January 2018.Plaudits continue to rain down on him and the general consensus is that the reigning PFA Player of the Year has many more accolades to come.It could be that he challenges Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, with no defender having claimed the prize since Italy’s World Cup-winning skipper Cannavaro.Former Liverpool winger Babel told Sky Sports of a countryman’s claims to that award: “The last time I remember a defender winning the Ballon d’Or, it was Cannavaro in 2006. So it’s not impossible.“I think it is fair that he would at least be on the shortlist.“We will see in the end if he wins it or not. I would be very happy for him [if he does].”While Van Dijk enjoyed a standout season for Liverpool, he may struggle to prevent Messi from claiming a sixth Ballon d’Or of his remarkable career.The mercurial Argentine recorded 51 goals for Barcelona in just 50 appearances, helping them to another La Liga title, and Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes the iconic South American remains the man to beat.He has told Sky Sports: “I’d be thinking Messi to be honest – very rarely you see a centre-back get that.“I think that Cannavaro got it on the back of winning the World Cup in 2006. I don’t think his game has changed too much over the season.“He’s obviously had a great season but I think you’ve got to win big things and I think that Champions League has put that stamp on him being one of the world’s best.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Harry Maguire’s proposed move to Manchester City “could be like Virgil van Dijk’s to Liverpool”, claims former Leicester team-mate Vicente Iborra.A big-money switch to the Premier League champions continues to be mooted for the England international defender.City are in the market for a new centre-half after seeing Vincent Kompany depart. 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? With his leadership qualities gone, Pep Guardiola is eager to bring in another commanding presence at the heart of his back four.Maguire, at just 26 years of age, would be a long-term option to fill that void at the Etihad Stadium.Iborra believes the former Sheffield United and Hull City man could be the perfect choice, with it possible that he could make a similar impact with the Blues as £75 million ($95m) star Van Dijk has with Champions League winners Liverpool.A Spaniard who spent 18 months alongside Maguire at the King Power Stadium told Radio Marca of Maguire: “He is a great player.“He’s very powerful, with good balance, great at bringing the ball out and he can score goals.“He had a great World Cup and is a super footballer.“His transfer to Manchester City could be like Van Dijk’s to Liverpool.”Van Dijk made an immediate impact at Anfield following a record-breaking transfer in the winter window of 2018.Liverpool were in need of inspiration at the back, and found it in the form of a Netherlands international.City do not have such sizeable leaks to plug, with the likes of Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi already on their books.Guardiola is, however, keen to ensure that the collective standard in his treble-winning squad does not drop.Maguire may well be the man that he turns to in a bid to keep things watertight.He will, however, have to dig deep if a deal is to be done, and potentially fend off interest from arch-rivals Manchester United.It has been suggested that the world record for a defender currently held by Van Dijk will need to be smashed in order to prise Maguire away from Leicester, with it being reported that the Foxes are demanding around £100m ($127m) for a prized asset tied to a long-term contract.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes the idea of Mauro Icardi joining the club is “fantasy football” while also insisting Paulo Dybala can handle the transfer speculation around him.Inter striker Icardi has been in limbo at the Milan club since last February, when he was stripped of his captaincy amid reports of contractual disputes between himself, the club and his agent and wife Wanda Nara.Though the Argentine returned to the side and has professed a desire to remain, Inter have been clear this summer of their intent to move him on if possible. 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? Juventus have been one of the teams most frequently linked to Icardi, even though head coach Maurizio Sarri has claimed he already has too many players on his roster, with six possibly on the chopping block.And Chiellini seemed to echo those thoughts when speaking with Sky Sport Italia, claiming Juventus already have plenty of quality in attack on the roster.“With all due respect to Icardi, the idea of him at Juve is fantasy football,” Chiellini said.“We have some great forwards and we’re only thinking about our group.“We want to stick together and help each other during a long season. Luckily it starts soon.”One of those forwards is Paulo Dybala, who has been rumoured to be on the market this summer.He has been linked to a potential swap deal with Icardi, along with having a potential blockbuster move to Tottenham fail due to a dispute over image rights.Sarri has not been able to guarantee Dybala’s future at the club, but Chiellini believes the Argentine needs no guarantees or advice on how to handle the transfer talk.“Paulo’s calm, he’s doing well and he doesn’t need my advice,” Chiellini added.“He’s a big boy. Certain things are part of the game, we’re professionals and we’re aware of the situation.”Juventus play Triestina in their final friendly of the summer this upcoming weekend before getting their Serie A campaign underway August 24 away to Parma.The Bianconeri will go in search of their ninth straight Serie A title this season.