About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa coach Prandelli wants more after defeating Atalantaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli is demanding more from his players after their 3-1 win over Atalanta.Atalanta had two players sent off on the day.Prandelli said, “We wanted the win, and I think I can say we deserved it,” said Prandelli, in an interview with Radio Rai. “We played against a strong team that has been working together for years.”It was an exhausting game in which we had to give a lot, but we did a good job in countering them. The lads did really well.”I sincerely hope we can build on this victory, because this group has the potential to do that.”
Chelsea manager Sarri: Hazard false-nine integral for defenceby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard brings more defensive solidity to Chelsea when playing in the false-nine position, manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed.The Belgian scored both goals as Chelsea defeated Watford 2-1 in a valuable away victory on Boxing Day. But it was Hazard’s importance in defence that lead Sarri to playing him as a striker.Sarri told Sky Sports of Hazard’s position: “In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase.”Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.”I think [Hazard] played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Savage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits they could eventually lose assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure’s ambition is not limited to City, says Rodgers.The Ivorian has already had a spell as the assistant manager of his home nation.“One day, he has mentioned he would love to take an African team to a World Cup and win it,” Rodgers said.“In his home country, he’s a superstar. Wherever he goes he’s a superstar, Kolo, everybody loves him. He’s got a lot to offer.”
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.
Twitter/@OSUTINOTommy Armstrong, Nebraska’s veteran starting quarterback, was just carted off the field after a very scary-looking injury. As he left the field, Ohio State fans chanted his name.Campus Rush Ohio State correspondent Tino Bovenzi tweeted video from the field. As Armstrong is being taken off the field, you can hear Ohio State fans chanting “Tommy, Tommy.” Eventually, chants of his full name continued as he was taken into the tunnel.Tommy Armstrong Jr. gives a thumbs up as he’s carted off the field #CampusRush #Nebraska #Huskers https://t.co/q1I3Wn8JzD— Tino Bovenzi (@OSUTINO) November 6, 2016Nebraska football quickly put out a statement saying that the quarterback has movement in all of his extremities, but he was briefly knocked unconscious.Statement from the @Huskers on Tommy Armstrong. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Nmp8L4jynQ— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) November 6, 2016Our thoughts go out to Armstrong and his family. We hope that he makes a swift and full recovery.Play at Ohio State has resumed after a length pause following the Armstrong injury. The Buckeyes lead the Huskers 24-3 late in the first half. We will continue to update the Armstrong situation as we learn more on the Nebraska quarterback’s status.
PSV have secured the signing of Bruma from RB Leipzig, perhaps casting Hirving Lozano’s future at the Eredivisie club into further doubt.Lozano – who netted 21 goals in all competitions last season – looks set to leave PSV, with Napoli reportedly leading the chase for the Mexico forward.And in what could well be a move pre-empting Lozano’s departure, PSV have brought in Portugal international Bruma from Bundesliga club Leipzig. 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? Bruma failed to cement a place in the Leipzig first team and the 24-year-old, who came through the ranks at Sporting CP before joining Galatasaray, has signed a five-year contract at Philips Stadium.“Bruma has won seven caps for Portugal,” said PSV head coach Mark van Bommel, on the club’s official website.”He has got amazing qualities and fits neatly into our style of play.”Bruma is only 24 but brings good experience. He has featured in several foreign top leagues and knows what it takes to perform on the international stage.”We have an extra option with him and that is a good thing, also considering the interest in our players.”Director of football John de Jong added: “We have boosted our attacking options with the signing of Bruma.“He has specific qualities and the PSV fans will be over the moon to see the new signing at work.”Bruma, meanwhile, was delighted to have completed a switch to the Netherlands and is looking to emulate Brazilian greats Romario and Ronaldo, who both made their names at PSV.”PSV had wanted me for a while and that interest has always pleased me, because Romario and Ronaldo have played here,” he said.”I have viewed many images of them both. It feels good to be here now. I hope to take the next step in my development here and to get back into the national team through this route.”
Phil Foden admits he is “lucky” to form part of a “special team” at Manchester City, with few youngsters getting the opportunities he has been afforded.The Blues have bags of potential within a famed academy system, but the transition from youth ranks to the senior side is not an easy one.That is because the reigning Premier League champions have pieced together a star-studded squad which continues to dominate the domestic scene in England. 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? Foden has bucked the trend in forcing his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans and earning a long-term contract.The 19-year-old midfielder recognises how fortunate he is, saying of his current situation: “Anyone who plays will put a shift in and play well.“I am lucky to be part of it. It is a special team. The success comes from the depth of the squad.”City secured an historic Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup treble in 2018-19, with two of those trophies successfully defended from the previous campaign.There will, however, be no resting on their laurels by the Blues, with Guardiola demanding continuous improvement.Foden is having to buy into that mentality, adding: “He works us very hard in training and you can tell by what we do on the pitch he wants the best from us.“That will only help us play better.”City are currently stepping up their preparations for 2019-20 during a pre-season tour in Asia.Foden has joined the fold on the back of European U21 Championship duty with England and made his first summer appearance off the bench in a 6-1 friendly mauling of Kitchee in Hong Kong.He is looking to kick on from this point and ensure that he is ready to be called upon when competitive action resumes in August.“I have only been here two days,” said Foden.“It is bound to be difficult [to acclimatise] but if I train hard my fitness will come back slowly.”City have another friendly against Yokohama FM to take in before then facing Liverpool in the Community Shield and West Ham on the opening day of the new Premier League season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Two fighter jets perform a flyover before the game between the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Florida freshman Justin Watkins was suspended following an arrest. Watkins was arrested on four charges including battery, kidnapping, and battery by strangulation.Details of the incident were scarce in the immediate aftermath of the news. On Wednesday morning, the Gainesville Sun received a copy of the police report – which described the disturbing details of Watkins’ arrest.Here’s more from the Sun:Watkins struck his 18-year-old girlfriend with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head and on her shoulders while holding her down on a dorm room bed.He got on top of her, pinning her to the bed again, the report says, wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her three times, once for 15 seconds and twice for about eight seconds.Police say Watkins knew that she has asthma.Police say he confined her to the room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit.Watkins’ girlfriend allegedly maced him in order to exit the room. He then allegedly chased her and threw multiple items at her.Watkins was arrested earlier this year in another alleged incident with a female. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced on Tuesday afternoon that the former four-star recruit was suspended from the team following his second arrest this year.[Gainesville Sun]
FOXOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has opened up about what happened to him on the sideline during today’s game against Indiana at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.The Buckeyes’ head coach admitted after tonight’s win over the Hoosiers that he was dealing with a headache late in the fourth quarter.Meyer appeared to collide with another Ohio State staffer during a Buckeyes’ touchdown and was down on the field for a couple of minutes. However, there was no collision.The Ohio State head coach told reporters after the game that he was dealing with a headache and was getting treatment from the Buckeyes’ medical staff.It was a scary image, but thankfully it’s nothing serious.Broadcast shows Urban Meyer on a knee getting attention on the field. pic.twitter.com/QmVE1QCdeh— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 6, 2018Ohio State wasn’t playing very well for a lot of this game, so maybe that added to Meyer’s headache issues.The Buckeyes pulled away late, though, winning by more than 20 points.