9 months agoBurnley boss Dyche delighted with Hendrick for victory over Fulham

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche delighted with Hendrick for victory over Fulhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche praised Jeff Hendrick’s performance for victory over Fulham.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.And once ahead the Clarets dug in to make it nine points from nine in their new year resurgence.Dyche beamed: “I thought Jeff put a sterling shift in today.“We ask a lot of Jeff and some people question him, but he plays all over the place and continues to play hard and do a great job for us.”I hope they give him the (first) goal because it was on target.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to find some form.The midfielder and Villa captain has struggled to play at his highest level so far this season.”There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It’s a massive plus in his favour,” he said.”Jack’s a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session, that’s how he is.”He’s that sort of character – I’m surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He’ll go back home and he’ll be watching football as well. He’s a football nut.”Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that’s for sure.”What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.” last_img read more

a month agoN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky high

first_imgN​orwich defender Byram: Our team spirit is sky highby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Sam Byram is praising the chemistry and unity of the squad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the camaraderie in the squad makes it easier for them to push to achieve their goals.”The character and spirit is definitely one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said to the club’s official website. “You can see from everyone, the players on the bench and the players that even weren’t on the bench, everyone wants the team to do well.”That’s the main thing for the unity. Not one player is bigger than the team and you can see that today with the work rate, everyone has got each other’s back.”We had a bit of luck throughout the game but we defended unbelievably well and also had spells in the game where we played some really good football.”We always have belief that we could win. It’s Manchester City and they are an unbelievable team but we’ve got a squad here which is very close-knit.”If someone drops out, someone else can fill in. You know exactly what your job is and I think we showed today the spirit we’ve got and how good we can be.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd pals

first_imgInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoBarca coach Valverde confirms Messi close to full fitness

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barca coach Valverde confirms Messi close to full fitnessby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona travel to Eibar with Lionel Messi moving towards full fitness.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed Messi was close to a return to being 100 per cent after an injury-ravaged start to the campaign.He said, “He is in the process of being 100 percent fit.”The other day he played 90 minutes and scored, that always reassures the strikers,” he told the press.”He has to go slowly to find reach top form. He only has one full game under his belt.”We hope he can give us much more in the coming matches.” last_img read more

5 days agoAC Milan director of sport Massara: No need to temper ambitions

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director of sport Massara: No need to temper ambitionsby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director of sport Ricky Massara insists there’s no need to temper ambitions.Massara was speaking before their draw with Lecce.“The objective is to improve. “We want to be ambitious, as we are Milan, but there are many strong teams and we don’t feel that we are below them,” Massara told Sky Sport Italia.“There is a very long road ahead and our ambition is to be competitive for a Champions League place.” last_img read more

4 days agoChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: We’re getting better and better

first_imgChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: We’re getting better and betterby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso says beating Newcastle United was the ideal way to return from the international break.Alonso expected Newcastle’s resistance and felt the home side’s patience finally paid off in the second half.”They played in a very compact style so it’s not easy to find space to attack and create chances,” he told chelseafc.com. “In the second half, we did very well and were intense in our play. That makes it hard for them to hold for 90 minutes so we were able to get the goal and the three points.”We were prepared for them to play like that. Maybe in the first half, we were lacking a bit of patience and finesse in the final third but we always had belief that the goal would come.”We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way. We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.”Alonso felt the three Premier League points were particularly important coming in the first game back from an international break and he emphasised that hard work was paying off with results as we secured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions.”It was very important to win after the international break,” he admitted. “We played with a lot of patience and at the end we got the goal, we kept grafting and got a good reward”It’s a new season with new staff and there’s room for improvement but since the beginning we have improved a lot. We need to keep focused on each game and work hard in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

‘Why sack Wenger? Same old story for Emery’s Arsenal’

first_imgUnai Emery faces “the same problems as Arsene Wenger had”, claims Emmanuel Petit, with no progress having been made at Arsenal as the club refuses to embrace “revolution”.After 22 years working under the guidance of an iconic French coach, the Gunners decided to open a new chapter in the summer of 2018.Emery was handed the reins and charged with the task of delivering a top-four finish and rebuilding collective confidence in north London. 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? He has, however, seen his hands tied in the transfer market – with only loan deals available to him in January – and Petit believes Arsenal continue to stagnate, rather than evolve.The former midfielder, who tasted Premier League title success during his time with the Gunners, told the Mirror: “It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story.“What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club. I am disappointed.“You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had. Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene?“If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: Why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.“If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?“This team is not good enough to fight for the title. This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.“You sack Arsene but then you have to give the power to Emery to change things. But, honestly, nothing has happened. It’s just the same now as it ever was.“I don’t see many changes in terms of how the team plays since Wenger left. I’m still confident with Emery, he’s a talented manager, but he needs to pick his own players as well. For sure, Arsenal needs to change the squad.”Petit feels the Gunners currently lack “the characters” required to compete with ambitious rivals, with the Frenchman adding: “I watched the last game with West Ham and I was thinking, ‘How can you put Ramsey on the bench and leave Ozil at home, knowing that you have no creative midfielders?’“Everything is on the shoulders of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette to score goals. And for a club like Arsenal, that’s not good enough.“It’s about having the characters in the team. Look at Liverpool, the personality of the team, the desire, the anger. When I look at the characters like [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, [Virgil] van Dijk. When I look at [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, [Andy] Robertson. They fight for the ball every time.“That’s what you need if you want to compete at the highest level. If you look at the big clubs, even Barcelona, it’s all about desire. When you don’t have the ball, it’s about the desire to get it back. It’s really that simple.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The top 10 DP signings in MLS history

first_imgMiguel Almiron and Sebastian Giovinco, two of the most exciting and effective players in Major League Soccer history, both said goodbye to MLS on the same day, each completing transfers during what has been a busy offseason of transfers for the league.Almiron and Giovinco leave having led their respective teams to MLS Cup titles, and with each living up to the high expectations that arrived with them. They were both high-profile designated player signings, and each dominated the league with their own unique attacking styles.How do they measure up compared to some of the best DP signings in MLS history? You can definitely make the argument that they are two of the best DP signings ever, if not the very best. Giovinco’s MVP season in 2015 was arguably the best individual season in league history, while Almiron’s two-year stint with Atlanta United saw him emerge as the Five Stripes’ most dangerous player. 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? Measuring the impact of designated player signings goes beyond wins and losses and trophies. There have been players who secured trophies, but also made a major impact in terms of marketing and boosting the visibility of teams in certain markets, as well as visibility internationally.For the purposes of this list of top designated players, we will focus solely on players who arrived in MLS as DP signings, and excluding all players who began their MLS careers on non-DP contracts. That leaves out the likes of Landon Donovan and Bradley Wright-Phillips, among others. We are also focusing on players with multiple MLS seasons under their belts, so Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney will have to wait to work their way onto this list.Here are the top 10 best DP signings in MLS history:last_img read more

Keita revelling in role as Salah’s ‘little brother’

first_imgNaby Keita claims to have become Mohamed Salah’s “little brother” at Liverpool, with a fellow African helping the midfielder to settle in England.A Guinea international arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 after waiting 12 months for a big-money deal to go through, with the Reds having invested considerable faith in him.Keita endured a slow start to his time on Merseyside, with the demands of the Premier League taking some adjusting to. 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 24-year-old was, however, to improve as his debut season wore on, with confidence and belief returning to his game.An unfortunate injury prevented him from playing any part in a Champions League final triumph over Tottenham, but Keita has shown what he is capable of.He believes there is more to come from him, with Egyptian frontman Salah having helped to unlock his potential.Keita told Liverpool’s official website of Salah’s influence: “Very well, he always gives me some advice on the pitch in Liverpool.“He’s a nice guy who works hard. When he works at the gym, he always asks me to join him.“He looks after me like I’m his little brother.”Naby Keita LiverpoolKeita has expressed a desire to follow in Salah’s footsteps at Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp has helped to turn the 27-year-old into a global superstar, while Senegal international Sadio Mane has also flourished under the guidance of a German coach.The hope is that Keita will be the next to star at Anfield, with a hard-working option for the Reds having told Goal: “Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch.“People can see how he improved Salah and Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season.”Keita is currently away with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.He is back to full fitness and hoping to help Guinea progress on Egyptian soil alongside the likes of Salah and Mane. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more