Spain coach Luis Enrique praises Real Madrid midfielder Isco; but also warns…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Luis Enrique says he remains a fan of Real Madrid midfielder Isco.While he has struggled at club level this season, Enrique has included Isco in every squad he has selected since taking charge.He said, “I like Isco very much. He is a player who in the last World Cup was at a very high level and maybe he was the best player of the national team. “His quality nobody is going to discuss it, but his state of form and minutes of play will indicate the possibilities he has in the national team. “Isco has been selected in all six games and played in most of them. More than my words, you have to look at the facts.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready for ex-teammates media gauntlet: An easy ride?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to run a gauntlet of former teammates in the media.Ex-United stars attacked Jose Mourinho over his negative tactics, his public rows with Paul Pogba and other first-team stars.Solskjaer said: “I won’t get an easy ride. Do you think Gary Neville will ever give anyone an easy ride?“I sat next to Gary for 11 years in the dressing room and he is different class. He is paid to be a pundit now and I think he is fantastic at his job. Gary is unbelievable.“But he has been a manager as well. He was caretaker manager at Valencia, so he knows what position I’m in. He’s been a player, he’s been a manager, and now he’s a great pundit.“There’s also Scholsey, Rio, Keano. They all have strong opinions and are entitled to those opinions. But they know me as a person. They know how I work and how the club works, so they understand the decisions I will make. They understand that results don’t just come with a flick of my fingers.“But for me this job is about getting better performances and getting the team to improve. If the performances improve then the results will come. If not….then we’ll see.“Results have been mixed this season, but the Premier League has changed. When I played here we maybe had one challenger in Arsenal for a period and then Chelsea. Now there are five or six teams challenging, so it is a completely different competition.“I never thought I would be manager here so I’m just going to enjoy these five months and do the best I can. It’s about getting the fans smiling.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTubeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga has announced that all matches from its second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, will now be available for free via YouTube to millions of consumers worldwide.Starting this weekend, the LaLiga YouTube channel will provide live English commentary from this season’s LaLiga1|2|3 matches in over 155 countries, bringing the competition to large global territories where no previous transmission had been in place. The regions covered in the deal include major markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with all content provided via geolocation. The broadcasts, which are due to begin from today, will provide a significant increase in coverage of LaLiga1|2|3, offering thousands of Spanish football fans around the world the chance to follow their favourite teams for free. For those not yet familiar with the competition, the channel will provide an exciting new platform to get better acquainted with the historic teams playing in the division, such as RC Deportivo, Real Zaragoza, Malaga, CA Osasuna and Cadiz CF.In addition to broadcasting the eleven matches from each game week, a 50-minute highlights programme will also be available to provide a summary of the major events from each match day.In Spain, matches will continue to be shown through existing broadcast operators beIN Connect, Orange, Telecable, Telefónica and Sky.Melcior Soler, director of the LaLiga Audiovisual department, said: “The way we consume live sports is being changed by a new generation of online broadcasters, and we are committed to using such channels to extend the appeal of our competitions. This move will strengthen the LaLiga 1|2|3 by bringing it to an entirely new global audience, in a format that we think will really appeal to the viewer.”
Willian admits ‘I don’t know if Chelsea want me to stay’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian admits he’s yet to hear from Chelsea about a new contract.The Blues turned down a £50million bid for the forward from Barcelona on Thursday, which would have seen £38m winger Malcom come to London in exchange. While Barca are expected to come in with another bid, Willian pledged his future to the club.The 30-year-old, who has 18 months left on his current deal, said: “My future is here. I have one-and-a-half years on my contract left, and I want to stay until it is finished.“I don’t know if the club want me to sign a new contract, but my focus is here. I would like a new contract. If they want it, I want it. I have been here for five-and-a-half years, won a lot of titles. I am very happy.“To play for Chelsea, you have to put your mind to winning titles every year.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has lauded Arsenal’s character after they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.John McGinn gave the visitors an unexpected lead in the first-half, who were soon ahead with men on the pitch after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a shown a second-yellow card.Fortunately for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe’s converted from the penalty spot to score his first goal for the club and level the scores, only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead with a poacher’s goal a minute later.But it wasn’t over for Arsenal, as substitute Callum Chambers made it 2-2 after 81 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb free-kick completed the comeback.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “I think here we are doing and creating good spirit with our supporters and the players, they are feeling that. “But it’s first our commitment, our behaviour, fighting for each ball and also taking some risks for attacking and above all we are using and when we were one less player. “That is good. Today is two things for me: the first is that character, that connection with the supporters, and after this, how we can improve defensively and throughout the first 11. “Really we lost more balls than we wanted and this is the one situation we didn’t have the control over in the first 30 minutes like we wanted. It’s one thing for me to improve and to work with the players. “With that victory it’s better and after last week against Watford it was competitive and today, we need to take a good balance in our emotion, in our mentality but today I think we can be happy and it is one step ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Prodl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Graciaby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSebastian Prodl has expressed his gratitude after making his Watford return. The Austrian started his first Premier League game since April 2018 in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.”It felt good personally, I’m blessed and glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he said.”I suffered a lot the last couple of months, with injury, with comebacks, also with being out of favour, I have to admit it.”I put on my goals that I want to be back for Watford in the Premier League, especially in this very very weird and difficult situation, get back with my experience to help the team out with clean sheets, working hard and putting that work load in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nailed it? Tottenham boss Pochettino explains sluggish formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says a late start to preseason has hindered his side this term.Spurs snapped a three-game winless streak with an emphatic 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in North London on Tuesday.Asked if there had been an overreaction to Spurs’ poor form, the Argentine provided an excuse for their poor start to the season.Pochettino said: “My theory is we started late in our preparation. We used pre-season not just to settle our principles of play and build fitness, but also to build a dynamic of the group and I believe that was affected because we started so late (due playing in the Champions League final).”During competition to get that dynamic right is so difficult because the competition does not wait for you.”The most important thing is to stay calm and believe.”
As expected, Duke freshman forward Justise Winslow is entering the 2015 NBA Draft. He’s the second Blue Devil freshman to declare for the draft, joining big man Jahlil Okafor.Winslow acknowledged the news with an eloquent Instagram post moments ago. I would like to thank Duke University for allowing me to be a part of such a prestigious institution where I have learned more about myself inside and outside of the classroom than I ever thought I could. I would like to thank the students of Duke University for allowing me to develop my character and be myself without any judgment. You all have made this year extremely entertaining. I would like to thank Coach K and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me become a better player mentally and physically. I would like to thank the entire Duke Basketball Program for accepting me with open arms and caring for me unconditionally. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates who over the course of this past year have become my best friends, my brothers, and NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Duke University will forever be in heart and I am proud to say that I am DUKE BLUE DEVIL for life.A photo posted by Justise Winslow (@_rubdi) on Apr 14, 2015 at 1:43pm PDTWinslow is expected to be chosen in the top 10 picks of June’s draft, perhaps even within the top five. The versatile 6-foot-6 Houston, Tex., native averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his lone season as a Blue Devil. With Winslow and Okafor both turning pro, attention shifts to freshman point guard Tyus Jones, who has yet to announce his intentions for next season but is a projected first-round pick if he foregoes his eligibility.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Highly Questionable this afternoon. Co-hosts Bomani Jones and Dan LeBatard asked him about his toughest game as a player, his class attendance at Ohio State, what his mom said about him questioning the OSU coaches after losing to Michigan State (he wouldn’t answer), and other topics. But LeBatard’s father Gonzalo, affectionately known as “Papi”, stole the show. He asked Elliott how to wear his trademark “crop top” look and then proceeded to turn his dress shirt into one after Elliott gave him a tutorial. @EzekielElliott just showed Papi how to make his shirt into a crop top pic.twitter.com/bfQNmtoiwz— Taylor Ashbrook (@TA2014) February 15, 2016Papi’s crop top @HQonESPN pic.twitter.com/mKNy73tPAY— Joe (@realmarlina) February 15, 2016Never change, Papi.
Georginio Wijnaldum has acknowledged that Liverpool’s Champions League triumph has made him realise just how far the club’s global reach extends.Jurgen Klopp’s side lifted the European Cup on June 1 in Madrid after beating Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the showpiece event.The Reds beat Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona en route to the final, before producing a clinical display against Spurs to win the famous trophy. 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? Wijnaldum, who played the first hour of the match at Wanda Metropolitano, has just returned to Anfield following a three-week holiday.The midfielder was granted an extended break after starring for Netherlands at the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.The 28-year-old has seen first hand the amount of support Liverpool enjoy across the globe during his summer holidays, with a Champions League victory still fresh in the minds of supporters.”It’s a really big club. Everywhere you go people know Liverpool,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s official website.”On my vacation, a lot of people came to me and congratulated me for the Champions League.“Sometimes you don’t realise how big the club is; the club is in Europe but even when you travel abroad to Asia or America you see how big this club is because a lot of people support Liverpool and a lot of people know the club.”Klopp will be hoping his team can build on their recent progress by fighting for more silverware in 2019-20.The Reds missed out on the Premier League title last term after finishing a single point behind champions Manchester City, despite amassing a record haul of 97 points.Wijnaldum insists he is also “hungry” for more success after lifting his first trophy in a Liverpool shirt, as he added: “Because I know how it feels right now, I want it again. That’s why I came back hungry, the guys also came back hungry to achieve even more.“It’s a good feeling and it’s the feeling you want to get used to, winning trophies like that. That’s why everyone is hungry to do even better this year and win more.”Liverpool kick off their new season on August 9 at home to newly-promoted Norwich, a week after a Community Shield clash against City at Wembley. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web