Chelsea No2 Zola hails matchwinner Hazard: He always makes differenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola hailed matchwinner Eden Hazard after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat of Bournemouth.Hazard came off the bench to score the only goal of the tie.Zola enthused, “We have a lot of games. Players like Eden we need to keep fit and in good condition. But we also know Eden is the type of player when he comes on, even for 20 minutes, he can make a big difference. Also Pedro. He was excellent.”He is certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Considering he is only 27, hopefully he will stay longer with us and become even bigger.”I am really looking forward to seeing Eden achieving great things with the club, and to help us coaches achieve something important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton veteran Yoshida scores in Japan winby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton veteran Maya Yoshida scored for his country in a 6-0 win over Mongolia.The Japanese were runaway winners in the World Cup qualifier in Saitama.The inexperienced Mongolians did not stand a chance against seasoned veterans such as Yoshida.The Saints man netted the second goal of the game in the 29th minute, while he made it through all 90 minutes of the clash.Their next game is a clash against Tajikistan away from home on Tuesday, who are in excellent form.Japan will be hoping to qualify from their group to continue their bid to earn a place in the 2022 World Cup.
Vine/College GameDayEvery great college football Saturday starts with ESPN’s College GameDay, and today, the show revealed its first stop of the season. The crew will be heading to Texas for the week one neutral site game between Alabama and Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium.We’re headed to Fort Worth for Wisconsin-Alabama on Week 1! https://t.co/IEvwbhalvq— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 3, 2015Announced here @cfbhall : @CollegeGameDay will open season at Ft. worth in @sundancesquare and continue on to #VaTech that Monday.— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) August 3, 2015We’re not all that surprised by the choice. Alabama and Wisconsin are two of the nation’s premiere programs, and the game is one of the best of the week one slate. GameDay also announced its plans for December 12.It’s official: We’re going to Army-Navy on Dec. 12 for the final week of the regular season.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 3, 2015 College football is almost here, everyone. Get excited.
Paul Pogba admits he is starting to “enjoy playing football” again after overcoming his struggles under Jose Mourinho to produce the performances expected of him for Manchester United.Despite being a World Cup winner and £89 million ($114m) record signing at Old Trafford, the Frenchman struggled to deliver under a Portuguese manager.A dip in form and reports of conflict with an outspoken coach led to Pogba being benched towards the end of Mourinho’s reign. 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? That absence from the United side sparked talk of a possible move being made elsewhere, with Juventus leaving the door open for a second spell in Serie A.The 25-year-old has, however, thrived since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins, registering four goals and as many assists in December to end 2018 on a high.Pogba told United’s official website of his return to prominence: “Obviously it’s good.“The month before that [November] I wasn’t playing a lot so just being back on the pitch, playing and enjoying with the guys is good.“It’s always good for me and I enjoy playing football and being with the guys.”Pogba’s efforts have seen him land United’s latest Player of the Month award, with that prize recognising the braces he bagged against Huddersfield and Bournemouth.Asked to pick his favourite goal of his haul, he said: “I would say the header [against Bournemouth].“It’s not my best attribute, I would say, but yes, the header. The timing was good and the cross [from Ander Herrera] was good, so it was a good goal.”Just another day at the office for @PaulPogba 😎 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ZxkZIVAJff— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 9, 2019Pogba was denied the opportunity to build on those exploits after picking up a knock in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle.He missed an FA Cup third round win over Reading as a result, but is closing in on full fitness and is hoping to come back into contention for a trip to Tottenham on Sunday when United will be looking to stretch their faultless run under Solskjaer to six successive victories.“We’re Manchester United so that [winning] should be a basic thing for us,” added Pogba. “Obviously we know that the Premier League is hard and we have a lot of games [to play] but those five games give us more confidence.“Mentally we’re strong and ready. For the rest of the season, we just want to do the same and carry on like that.”United continue to occupy sixth spot in the Premier League table at present, but have closed to within six points of the top four in an ongoing battle for Champions League qualification. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea’s Willian brushed off reports that he might be leaving the club after securing a vital three points against Newcastle United on Saturday.The Brazilian curled home what proved to be the Blues’ winner at Stamford Bridge after 57 minutes, making it 2-1 against a stubborn Magpies side.Pedro had opened the scoring for the hosts after just nine minutes, before Ciaran Clark levelled prior to the break to set nerves on edge at Stamford Bridge. 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? Certain reports have suggested that Willian is unsettled in west London and looking for a way out of the club he has represented since 2013.Barcelona has been mooted as a possible destination, with Blaugrana flop Malcom rumoured to be part of a potential deal to take the player to Catalunya.But Willian gave the topic short shrift after his match-winning turn at the weekend.”My future is Chelsea, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he fired to BT Sport when quizzed on his transfer situation.Fellow goalscorer Pedro also chimed in, stating to his team-mate “your future is here”.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri added his voice to those playing down the transfer rumours.”Willian is very important for us. He is a great player. I think that he has to stay with us,” the Italian stated.Prior to Saturday’s kick-off, Sarri had also moved to pour cold water on a possible Willian-Malcom swap.”I think he can do better, because the potential is higher, but he’s very important for us, so I think it’s impossible to lose him in January,” he explained.”I didn’t receive anything [about Willian] yesterday [Thursday]. You’ll have to ask the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market you put me in trouble, because I don’t know.”
Premier League clubs have led the way for revenue generation according to the UEFA’s annual benchmarking report, with England seeing the highest revenues and profits across Europe.The UEFA benchmark report is the confederation’s comprehensive look at the financial situation of the league’s of its member associations, along with the clubs in those nations.The report covers a wide variety of subjects, including transfer activity and value, revenue for clubs and leagues, investment, stadium ownership and more. 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? And when it comes to revenue, there is no league that earns more than the Premier League taking in €5.3 billion (£4.7b/$6b).La Liga, at nearly €2.9 billion, is next, followed by Germany at nearly €2.8 billion, then Serie A at approximately €2.2 billion. Ligue 1 rounds out the top five with revenues of €1.6 billion, and is the last of the leagues top top a billion euro in revenue in 2017.UEFA also released figures regarding club wage bills, revenue, squad expense and club debt. As one might expect, the biggest sides in UEFA feature prominently on these lists, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool all represented as well as clubs like AC Milan.English clubs in general are to be found often near the top of many of these lists, with clubs in England moving from a net €186m loss in 2016 to a net €549m profit in 217 on the back of their increase in TV revenue.The report also notes Premier League clubs, in general, pay much higher wages than their counterparts across the top five leagues. For example, the teams in the Premier League ranked five through eight in wages are similar to the clubs ranked one through four in the other top leagues.Likewise, teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table spend more in average wages (€98m) than clubs in Europa League places in Germany, Italy and Spain, with the Bundesliga closest (€86m), thanks in large part to the English top-flight’s TV rights revenue.The report also notes that transfer spending doubled between 2014 and 2017, with the big difference being the amount spent on the transactions, rather than more transfers occurring.It likely comes as no surprise the top five European leagues are the big drivers of that transfer spending, with English clubs accounting for over a quarter (26 per cent) of global transfer spending over the past decade. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tite slammed the state of the pitch at the Arena do Gremio after Brazil scraped past Paraguay to reach the Copa America semi-finals on Thursday.The tournament hosts were held to a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final in Porto Alegre, but edged through 4-3 on penalties to set up a meeting with either Argentina or Venezuela.But Tite – whose team squandered numerous chances after Fabian Balbuena was sent off for Paraguay – was unhappy with the state of the surface, labelling the situation “absurd”. 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? “It is absurd, at a high level, to have a field so difficult to play,” he told a news conference.”The guy has to take three touches to play. It’s absurd.”Brazil were unable to make the most of their chances in the final half-hour after Balbuena was sent off for denying Roberto Firmino an obvious goalscoring opportunity.But a save from Alisson to deny Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez miss in the shoot-out set up Brazil, with Gabriel Jesus tucking away the winning penalty after Firmino also failed to convert.Tite knows what could await his team in the last four, especially if Argentina can overcome Venezuela on Friday.”Very large individual technical quality. As a challenge for all teams, they have to adapt when they have the best in the world,” he said.Disputa de pênaltis é assim: emoção, suspense e, no fim, uma explosão de alegria. Vamos para a próxima! (4) 0 x 0 (3) | #JogaBola #BRAxPAR #CopaAmérica Fotos: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/Jopgincl7k — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 28, 2019 “Messi is unquestionable.”Argentina are no sure bet to join Brazil in the semi-finals. Lionel Scaloni’s side have struggled throughout the competition, with the rookie manager having yet to settle on starting side, and only just squeaked through to the last eight with a win over Qatar in their group finale. Venezuela, on the other hand, come into the Friday’s quarter-final unbeaten, albeit with two 0-0 draws and their only win coming against Bolivia. The Vino Tinto also have conceded just once in their three matches, while Argentina surrendered three goals in the group stage.
Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has claimed that he played with chicken in his boot for four months while at Monaco.The French defender had sustained an injury in an international fixture, but then-manager Didier Deschamps needed him to play through the pain and club doctors suggested that putting chicken into his boot would help.Evra’s chicken-assisted performances were so impressive that Manchester United eventually came calling and brought him from the Ligue 1 side to the Premier League, where he won five league titles, three League Cups and a Champions League. 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? “People talk about when we made the Champions League final in 2004, but the craziest part [of my career] at Monaco came after I had played a game for the French U21 team,” Evra told The Players’ Tribune. “An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In hospital I told the Monaco coach, Didier Deschamps, ‘It’s too painful. I can’t play. I can’t even walk!’“But the team needed me, so the doctors tried everything to take away the pain. Nothing worked. Then someone from the club staff said, ‘Why don’t you just go old school?’ “Everyone said, ‘What do you mean?’“He said, ‘Just slide a chicken down his boot.’“It sounded crazy but, you know me, I’m open minded. So I went to my local butcher. The butcher said, ‘What do you want?’“I said, ‘A piece of chicken. But just a tiny one.’“He said, ‘A tiny one? How come?’“I said, ‘I’m gonna put it in my boot.’“He just laughed. I went home with the chicken. I ordered new boots: one in size 42.5, the other in size 44. I passed the ball. [It] felt okay. Painful, but okay. So I ended up playing with chicken in my boot for four months. I didn’t train with it — my mother would never have forgiven me for wasting food — but before every game I would visit the butcher. ‘Morning, Patrice. The usual, yeah?’“The chicken enabled me to play so well that, in January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United.”
Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City start their Premier League title defence with a 5-0 mauling of West Ham, but still considered their display to have been “sloppy” at times.City opened the new campaign as they finished the last, with a 15th successive win collected in the English top flight.Their manager was able to take positives from the result, with Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick in a contest which delivered VAR controversy on its introductory weekend. 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? Quizzed afterwards on whether he was happy with City’s day, Guardiola told reporters: “In terms of the result, yes.“I cannot deny I am delighted for the first game. After winning the last 14 games of last season, that’s 15 now. It is good.”Pressed on whether the performance pleased him, the Catalan added: “No.“In the first half we were sloppy with our passes, we were not precise. But that’s normal. The first game, away, 12.30 kick-off, hot. It’s normal.“In the second half, from the beginning we were better, more calm, more passes. After 3-0, the game was over.”City were made to wait for their third goal of the afternoon, with technology chalking off what Gabriel Jesus thought was his second of the afternoon.Sterling was adjudged to have drifted fractionally offside in the build up to the goal and Guardiola admits VAR is going to take some getting used to, with added pressure being introduced.With Sterling seeing his second goal of a treble checked and Sergio Aguero converting a retaken penalty that he initially missed, Guardiola added: “We had to be strong because at 3-0 we can say the game is almost over.“But then it is 0-2 and Ederson is having to make amazing saves to stop it being 1-2. In this league, anything can happen. So you have to be 100 per cent ready, always be focused.“My only wish is that VAR does not make mistakes. Please. If it is offside, it is offside. If it is hand, it is hand. Rules and rules. No problem. That is OK. My only concern is when VAR makes mistakes. But I think this will be more fair.”Finally, when asked if City can improve, with others expected to challenge them again for domestic dominance in 2019-20, Guardiola said: “We have to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 02: Malik Rosier #12 of the Miami Hurricanes takes the field during a game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s quarterback depth has taken a hit ahead of the Hurricanes’ Week 1 game against LSU.Four-star freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry, the Hurricanes’ backup quarterback, has reportedly been suspended for the team’s season-opening game against the Tigers.Miami is set to take on LSU in a neutral-site game in Texas on Sunday night.N’Kosi has reportedly not made the trip due to a violation of team rules.“N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules,” ESPN’s David Hale tweeted.N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules.— A David Hale joint (@DavidHaleESPN) September 1, 2018Perry, a 6-foot-4 quarterback, was the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school.Cade Weldon will now be Miami’s backup vs. LSU.“R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State,” Andrea Adelson tweeted.R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State. https://t.co/QiIhMUWvLp— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 1, 2018Miami and LSU are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on ABC.