About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Essien impressed by work of Chelsea manager Sarriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Michael Essien is impressed by the work of manager Maurizio Sarri.The Italian currently looks on course to steer the Blues to a top-four finish.Essien says the 59-year-old has got his players on side.“Sarri came in and didn’t really have much time,” explained Essien to the Daily Express.“He had to go straight into pre-season but he came in and bought some good players.“They’ve been doing very well and everyone is buying into his system and how he wants his players to play.“So yes, he’s been very good so far and hopefully they can continue like that until the end of the season.”
Nuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the club will only sign a “special” player during the winter transfer window.A move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been put on hold, although Wolves remain hopeful they will be able to sign the England international, who is currently on loan with Aston Villa.And Nuno says he will only bring in somebody who can dramatically change his team.”When you bring someone, you have to be careful what you bring,” he said.”It has to be something we don’t have already.”If someone comes, they have to bring something really, really special, because we already have something good.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Cardiff boss Warnock in France for crunch Sala talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock is in France today for talks with Nantes striker Emiliano Sala.Warnock is trying to persuade the prolific Argentinian to join him and had talks after his side Nantes played Montpellier.The Sun says Nantes are willing to sell Sala for around £20million but the South American was hoping for a bigger move in this window.Warnock’s personal touch is a major boost to his cause and Sala is expected to make a decision by the weekend.Cardiff want Sala signed as soon as possible to help their fight to stay up and Warnock will move elsewhere if he fails to respond. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle director Charnley in contract talks with four playersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United managing director Lee Charnley is in the process of securing several players to new deals.The Evening Chronicle says four players are in contract talks with the club.Behind the scenes, the next few weeks and months will be crucial. Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new deal and Charnley has been in discussions with the representatives of the nucleus of the squad about extending their contracts.Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar’s contracts are all up in 2021.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: Abraham can learn from Drogbaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has thrown down the gauntlet to Tammy Abraham.Lampard says the young striker knows how he’ll be judged.”It’s normal that the top strikers are judged on goals, and the next level of that is: do you score goals against the big teams,” said Lampard. “I understand that because against someone like [Virgil] Van Dijk, a defence like Liverpool, a team like Liverpool, maybe it’s harder to create chances.”So it’s what can you do individually to try and create them, and how clinical can you be after that. He’s shown great signs this season but it will be another test on the way and it’s not the be all and end all day and we make our judgements after this. But for the top strikers like Didier, we all remember the amount of times he scored in finals and semi-finals and really important games and I think, quite rightly, players are judged on that”The thing I love about Tammy is his enthusiasm. He takes every day like it’s a challenge and a happy challenge. He wants to come in with a smile on his face and wants to score goals in training and be the best he can be. I think if you’ve got that attitude, you’ve got a great chance, because we know he has the talent.”
Chelsea veteran Giroud: I’ve been helping Abrahamby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Olivier Giroud is not throwing his toys out of the pram at the club.The French striker has been struggling to get regular game time at the club this season.But rather than sulking about his position, he is taking steps to help his young striking teammate Tammy Abraham.The two may compete for a starting spot, but Giroud is happy to pass along what he knows to the youngster.”It’s true that competition at Chelsea is tough,” he told The Athletic.”But it’s good for the team, for us to be there to step up. It helps to have players like myself that want to be back in the team and never give up.”Tammy is doing very well now. He is very efficient up front. What can I say? I’m just waiting for my turn. I work hard in training with a good spirit. If the manager needs me, I will look to be efficient.”Have I been helping Tammy? Yes. He is still a young player and is having a good moment. I am happy for him. He reminds me of myself when I was starting out in my career. He is precocious. He is doing very well at a young age. I am delighted for him. If I can help him to carry on, I will.”But I will try to push him, again and again, not to be in the comfort zone. I will always try to score a lot. There is a good competition between us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri saluted Leonardo Spinazzola for a commendable debut in Saturday’s 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Bologna.Left-back Spinazzola returned to Juve in pre-season following a spate of loan spells away from the Italian champions.Spinazzola’s most recent loan assignment with Atalanta over the previous two seasons saw the Italian impress, and it was decided he would be brought back to the club to offer competition for Alex Sandro. 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? But the 25-year-old had injury problems in the second half of last season and was out between May and October after surgery on a serious knee issue.The win at Bologna was his first official game for Juve and Allegri was impressed.”He had an excellent match,” Allegri told reporters. “It was good for his first game back.”He’s an important player for us, so he’s still at Juventus, also because of the injury to Juan Cuadrado, we have to have four full-backs.”At the moment, we have evaluated it is the best solution for him to stay with us.”That feeling when you qualify for the #CoppaItalia quarter-finals! #BolognaJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/Uto6jktXOD — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 12, 2019 Eighteen-year-old striker Moise Kean got the clinching goal on Saturday, his first of the season since returning from his loan spell at Hellas Verona.The young striker burst on to the scene at Juve the season before last, but is yet to really explode in a Bianconeri shirt – Allegri urged patience.”Kean is a young boy who has to be allowed to grow up,” Allegri said. “Unfortunately, in Italy everything is wanted right away, then they burn, we lose him years.”He’s a Juventus first-team player, he’s a guy who can help us. [On Saturday] he scored, but he’s a guy who always has goals when he plays, so it’s his quality.”Saturday’s win sends Juve in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia and the club are back in cup action on Wednesday when they face a Supercoppa Italiana final against AC Milan. The will make their return to Serie A action the following Monday, January 21, against Chievo. Allegri’s side sit nine points clear at the top of the league table.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Michigan vs. SMU kicks off on Saturday afternoon. This will wrap up the non-conference slate for the No. 19 Wolverines.Coming off of a tough loss to Notre Dame, Michigan had no issues with Western Michigan, knocking off the Broncos 49-3.The Mustangs are 0-2 with two decisive losses to fellow Lone Star State programs, North Texas and TCU.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Michigan vs. SMU is out.Michigan is a strong favorite in this one. FPI gives the Wolverines a 98.7-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:Michigan vs. SMU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.Big Ten Network will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]
Everyone in the college football world knows Alabama is about to win another title. It’s a foregone conclusion at this point that the Tide will win its sixth title under Nick Saban because the team finally has what it’s been missing for year – an elite quarterback.Sophomore sensation Tua Tagovailoa is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy and to be honest, there isn’t a close second. Tua is simply on another level than anyone else in football and Kirk Herbstreit’s latest tweet proves it.Herbie traveled to Tuscaloosa to meet with the young Alabama quarterback and shared a truly astounding tweet after the meeting. The College GameDay analyst published a photo of Tua’s drive chart from the season.In yellow is every touchdown drive, in blue is every field goal drive and in white are the drives that ended without points. We’ll give you a minute to digest its majesty.Flew to @AlabamaFTBL today to sit down with Tu’a. What an incredible young man. Humble to a fault. Here’s his drive chart from this season so far. Yellow represents TD’sBlue = FG’sWhite..drives without scores. Unprecedented!!! #VideoGameResults pic.twitter.com/0OHCAaImW4— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 25, 2018Alabama has the most-potent offense in college football. The Crimson Tide average more than 54 points per game while giving up just over 15 points per game.Like Herbstreit says, it’s a video game.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Saint Louis (MO) Trinity Catholic four-star wide receiver Mookie Cooper, the No. 2 rising senior in the state of Missouri, took a major step forward in his recruitment last night.Cooper released his five finalists, which include a school from every major conference except the SEC. He is down to Illinois, Miami, Ohio State, Texas and USC.Cooper originally committed to Texas on February 16 but reopened his recruitment on March 8. Still, the Longhorns remain involved.Texas’ 2020 recruiting class currently ranks 22nd nationally and second in the Big 12.🖐🏾! pic.twitter.com/88XC6xjWxk— Mookie Cooper (@uheardof5) June 5, 2019The No. 66 player in the 2020 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Cooper unofficially visited Illinois, LSU and Oklahoma in April and Ohio State in May.He has an official visit scheduled to USC for later this month.