Arsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says their support will be key at West Ham.United fans will be out in force at the London Stadium and, now in his ninth season at the club, De Gea knows exactly how significant our travelling supporters are for the team.“They are vitally important to us,” said the goalkeeper.“Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: We must stay where we areby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has told his players they must hold their Europa League qualifying place.The Hammers sit fifth in the Premier League after six games, having lost just once this season on the opening day, and travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.Pellegrini said: “At this moment we’re in fifth position.”We must try to defend that position, it’s a European spot. We are just starting, it is six games.”Sometimes you must try to reach that position, in this moment we are [in it], so we must try to keep it. The best way of doing that is winning.”[Bournemouth] play offensive football. They have dangerous strikers. We must be very concentrated on defending but we are going for three points. We’ll attack from the first minute and look for three points more.”Against Manchester United we played a very good game. We had good concentration. If we can repeat that performance, we’ll win a lot of games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connollyby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter believes the club must ensure they are protecting teenager Aaron Connolly.The youngster got his first chance to shine for the Republic of Ireland during the recent international break.It has been a rapid rise for the teenager, who played his first Premier League game two weeks ago.And Potter wants to ensure the 19-year-old is protected.”He’s had quite a couple of weeks, hasn’t he? He’s 19-years-old, we have to look after him, make sure that he has a long successful career,” said Potter to reporters.”But he was great in the (Spurs) game for us, not just his goals, I thought his overall contribution to the team was really good, pressed well, defended well.”And then just for him to get that international debut, it’s fantastic for him – disappointed obviously for him and the Irish boys that the result wasn’t what they wanted.”But that’s part of life as well, he has to deal with that and it’s now case of recovering him and seeing how he is for the weekend.”
Jurgen Klopp has responded to any critics of Liverpool grinding out results by pointing out that the Premier League leaders “are not the Harlem Globetrotters”.Under the guidance of a German tactician, the Reds have been synonymous with attacking football.A front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped to earn plenty of admirers last season, with Liverpool prepared to try and outscore opponents. 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? They have since sought to address defensive frailties, with there a need to become tighter at the back, and a slight tweak in approach has delivered rich rewards.Narrow wins, such as the 1-0 success secured at Brighton on Saturday, are not considered to fit the ‘heavy metal’ brand Klopp is associated with though.The Reds boss is prepared to accept as much but was as pleased with a dogged victory on the south coast as any other he has secured, with it impossible to entertain all of the time.He told reporters, with his team seven points clear again in the Premier League title race: “It’s absolutely OK. We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. It’s difficult enough. For that we need to perform. The performance was good.”It was not the best performance of the season in a few parts. But from a maturity point of view, I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important.”On a good day, everybody can win a football games. On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games.”Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us. It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I’m really happy that the boys took the game like it is.”Liverpool had suffered back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition prior to heading to the Amex Stadium.Klopp maintains that nobody at Anfield had got caught up in a slight wobble, but admits that he is pleased to see his side back on the title-chasing “horse”.He added: “Not because of Man City, it’s just important [to respond].”If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it. Do you use that saying in English as well? That’s how it is. It’s cool, it’s good and important.”We didn’t make a big fuss about the two defeats, to be honest. We never speak about the games before really. We knew that it’s really difficult to take all three points here.”I’m really happy, even with the way we did it. You have to score early and keep the momentum going. The scoring momentum we didn’t have today.”Creating was OK, but finishing was not at our best. All the rest – defending and all that stuff – was really good, so we deserved the three points.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp struck as Crystal Palace comfortably defeated Fulham 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Michy Batshuayi’s debut, handing the visitors their fourth loss in five Premier League games.Captain Milivojevic netted his seventh top-flight goal of the season from the penalty spot midway through the first half.Even though Palace had to wait for a second, they were in control throughout as Fulham fell to their eighth straight loss in a Premier League London derby and failed build on Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. 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? Roy Hodgson had the luxury of leaving deadline-day signing Batshuayi on the bench until the 82nd minute, but the striker still had enough time to play a part in Schlupp’s late clincher, as Palace won for the first time in four league games.FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 2-0 FulhamLuka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp secure an important 3 points for Palace #CRYFUL pic.twitter.com/wGMmdZVH98 — Premier League (@premierleague) February 2, 2019 Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to take a golden early chance, sending a free header wide from six yards after being found by Joe Bryan’s delivery.That proved costly when Palace took a 25th-minute lead from the penalty spot. Cyrus Christie’s handball while climbing to challenge Christian Benteke – who made his first start since September – gave Michael Oliver an easy decision, and Milivojevic found the net despite Sergio Rico getting a hand on his effort.With half-time approaching, Benteke almost marked his return to the team with a goal when he sent an overhead kick off the crossbar having been picked out by Andros TownsendRico made key second-half saves from Jordan Ayew and Schlupp, while Mamadou Sakho sent a header off target as Palace sought a deserved second goal.That arrived with three minutes remaining when Batshuayi drew a fine save from Rico, allowing Schlupp to convert the close-range rebound as Palace cruised to victory, with Fulham failing to register a single shot on target in the contest. What does it mean? Away woes could relegate Fulham Fulham slipped to seven points adrift of safety, and their away form needs urgent attention if they are to have any chance of staying up. They have only collected two points from 13 away games in the Premier League this season, while Claudio Ranieri has now gone 21 games on the road as a manager in England’s top flight without winning.For Palace, it is only their third victory in 12 home league games, but it moves them up to 14th and seven points clear of the drop zone. With Batshuayi still to enter the starting line-up and Wilfried Zaha to return from suspension, there is plenty of reason for optimism.#CRYFUL pic.twitter.com/satrnYoQD0— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 2, 2019Milivojevic spot on for Palace As well as proving a typically reliable presence from the penalty spot, Milivojevic also created three chances for his team-mates and helped Palace to a comfortable win. Townsend and Schlupp impressed on both wings too, while Benteke had a strong first start since September – all good signs with two stars to come into the XI.Mitrovic misses only chance Mitrovic has 10 Premier League goals this season, but it should have been 11 when he wasted Fulham’s only clear-cut chance of the match after 11 minutes. All of the team’s woes cannot be placed on his shoulders though, given their creative struggles and failure to work Vicente Guaita at all.Key Opta Facts- Palace have done the league double over Fulham for the first time since the 1929-30 season. – Fulham are the first side in English top-flight history to lose eight consecutive London derby matches. – Schlupp has scored as many Premier League goals this season (four) as he did in his previous four campaigns combined (99 appearances). – Since his Premier League debut for Palace, Milivojevic has scored more goals than any other player at the club (19). What’s next? Having played Tottenham in the FA Cup last week and met Fulham here, Palace have another home London derby against West Ham next Saturday. Ranieri’s side host Manchester United on the same day, as their difficult battle against the drop continues. read more
Bayern Munich doubt that a deal can be done for Leroy Sane this summer, with club president Uli Hoeness being priced out of a move by the “insane” demands of Manchester City.The Bundesliga champions had made the Germany international a top target.It was their intention to bring the 23-year-old back to his homeland when the next transfer window opens. 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? A potential agreement has been talked up by many, with Bayern seemingly a good fit for Sane amid his struggles for regular starts in England.City, though, have no intention of parting with a player of such promise.Goal revealed in May, when interest from the Allianz Arena first emerged, that the Blues remain keen on tying Sane to a new contract.With that in mind, it is understood that they will only enter into exit talks if the highly-rated forward makes it clear that he has no desire to discuss terms.Even then, City would be looking to demand around €100m (£88m/$112m) in any transfer.Such figures are putting Bayern off, with Hoeness telling Kicker when quizzed for an update on the Sane saga: “You have to be a bit sceptical. It is unlikely that it will work.“It’s about sums, they’re insane.”Hoeness had already conceded that “the whole package is difficult”, with Sane’s wages also needing to be taken into account.Bayern are in the market for wingers and would like to bolster their ranks in that area.Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are leaving the club at the end of their respective contracts, taking vast experience and no shortage of talent with them.Sane would help to fill the void, but he will not come cheap.Those in Munich have made it clear that there is no chance of them sanctioning big-money signings this summer, with a cap being set on asking prices.Hoeness said ahead of Bayern’s DFB-Pokal final success that wrapped up a domestic double for Niko Kovac’s side: “We’re not playing Monopoly here.“We are a football club. We have reached a limit with €80 million, and I don’t think that we’ll exceed that in future transfers.”
Brazil will very likely secure their place in the knockout stages of the Copa America if they can overcome Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday.Tite’s side, who are strong favourites to win the competition, needed a flurry of second-half goals to overcome Bolivia in the tournament’s opening match last weekend, but two from Philippe Coutinho and a late contribution from Everton sealed a comfortable 3-0 win.Venezuela, meanwhile, ground out a scoreless draw against Peru that leaves the door open for Group A’s other three teams to claim a place in the quarter-finals. 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? Game Brazil vs Venezuela Date Tuesday, June 18 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Telemundo, ESPN+ and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo / Globo TV Internacional fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta, Willian Forwards Neres, Jesus, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Neymar dropped out of the squad pre-tournament after suffering ankle ligament damage early in a friendly win over Qatar.Otherwise, Brazil have few serious concerns; Arthur is carrying a knock approaching this encounter but is expected to win his race against time to feature.Brazil starting XI: Alisson; Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis; Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho; Richarlison, Firmino, Neres Position Venezuela squad Goalkeepers Farinez, Graterol, Romo Defenders Villanueva, Osorio, Chancellor, Rosales, Hernandez, Feltscher Midfielders Moreno, Herrera, Machis, Rincon, Savarino, Juanpi, Seijas, Murillo, Soteldo, Figuera Forwards Aristeguieta, Martinez, Rondon Adalberto Penaranda of Watford dropped out of the squad on the eve of the tournament after suffering a muscular injury in his leg following a 3-1 loss to Mexico in a friendly match.There are worries over LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher, who spent the duration of the opening match on the bench.Luis Mago is suspended after he was dismissed against Peru; he is their only natural left-back and could be replaced by Feltscher, who has filled the role for his country previously.Possible Venezuela starting XI: Farinez; Rosales, Chancellor, Villanueva, Feltscher; Moreno; Savarino, Herrera, Rincon, Murillo; RondonBetting & Match Odds Brazil are massive 1/8 favourites to win this match with Bet365. Venezuela can be backed at 22/1, while a draw is available at 13/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview There may be no Neymar in Brazil’s ranks due to injury, but there is still a burden of expectation for the Selecao to perform strongly on home soil during the Copa America.It took them time to get going in their opening game against Bolivia, but once in their stride they looked formidable as they strode to a 3-0 victory thanks to second-half strikes from Philippe Coutinho, who netted twice, and Everton.The dominant display after the break offered catharsis on both a team level for Brazil and a personal one for Coutinho, who felt he had something to prove after a difficult 18 months since moving to Barcelona in January 2018.“I had a tough time on the field because I have not performed as expected, but football is like that and I’m working hard to improve,” he admitted after breaking his nation’s shackles in the opening match.“It’s a very happy day to have scored two goals, to have helped the team and come out with a victory.”Tite, meanwhile, was glad of his team’s reaction after a difficult start to the competition in Sao Paulo.“Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don’t produce, then don’t expect the fans to understand. They will boo,” he said.“When you pass the ball along the back, from full back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is ‘BOOOOOOO!’“We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances then they will applaud.”Venezuela will have found the reaction of the Brazilian crowd instructive and will surely seek to stifle the tournament hosts just as they successfully nullified the threat of Peru in their opening encounter.Indeed, after a stunning 3-0 win over the USA in a pre-tournament friendly, they are now chasing a third-successive cleansheet, albeit in trickier circumstances.Their confidence is up, though, and even a point would give them a strong chance of making the knockout stages – their goal at the beginning of the tournament.
New Inter signing Romelu Lukaku mocked reports that he was carrying unwanted extra weight going into his first Serie A season with a topless social media post. Lukaku arrived at San Siro from Manchester United this summer in a deal worth €80 million (£74m/$90m), after enduring mixed fortunes during his two seasons at Old Trafford. He was immediately given the No. 9 shirt formerly belonging to ex-Inter captain Mauro Icardi, whose stand-off with the Nerazzurri has continued throughout pre-season amid reports he will soon be leaving the club. 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? Little more than a week prior to the start of the Serie A campaign, however, Lukaku found himself under the media microscope. Influential sports daily Corriere dello Sport claimed that the Belgian was tipping the scales at 104kg, above the 100kg limit tolerated by the Inter medical staff, and thus may be unavailable for the season opener against Lecce.Those criticisms prompted the player to take to Instagram to prove that he is in fact in fighting-fit shape. “Not bad for a fat boy,” he wrote on the publication of a black and white mirror selfie designed to contradict his critics. Corriere are not the only ones who have focused on Lukaku’s physique in recent weeks. Former United man Gary Pallister also suggested that his problems fitting in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fans could be related to weight. “I think Lukaku is a goalscorer and he will score plenty of goals, but the way they want to play at times, he’s too heavy,” Pallister said in a recent interview. “You look at the pace in the present game; maybe Ole is looking at that and saying he can’t implement that into his game for me. He was surplus to requirements.”He’s a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He’s not the most clinical but he will get you 15-20 goals a season, but we were looking for a more rounded player.”Lukaku joined United from Everton in the summer of 2017 and racked up 96 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals at a rate just shy of one every two games. His official Inter career begins at home to Lecce on August 26 – providing he makes the cut at the weigh-in.