TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan striker Mark Hateley is backing their move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for the Chelsea midfielder in January, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.“If he’s fit then he’d be an important addition,” Hateley told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He has experience and knows how to play, but he needs to be match fit. At this point in the season you need players who are ready.“Gonzalo Higuain? If he gets back to scoring consistently I’d sign him outright, but keeping a player who isn’t convincing would be a mistake.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds boss Bielsa tells Arsenal: Nketiah a complete playerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is delighted with the impact of on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Nketiah came off the bench to grab his fourth goal in six games, then won a decisive penalty kick for victory over Barnsley.Bielsa said: “Nketiah is a striker who scores goals. “Some players get involved a lot in finishing moves, more than creating them. He is a finisher.“He has good characteristics to combine with his team mates, to play in this side and give more options. He is a complete player.”
Valencia coach Albert Celades on Chelsea clash: Not idealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Albert Celades insists they’re at a disadvantage facing Champions League opponents Chelsea.Celades only took charge last week after the sacking of Marcelino and oversaw Valencia’s 5-2 defeat to Barcelona for his first game in charge.”It’s not an ideal situation but it is what it is,” said Celades. “The decision is what the players took. There’s a dialogue, every day. There’s communication with them and they are making good efforts and will keep doing so, so I won’t give it any more thought.”The coach added: “I’m not afraid, I’m here to do my job. I’ll take the decisions that I think are convenient. However much they talk about the decisions, I take them, until the day I leave here.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea keeper coach Lollichon judges new PSG No1 Keylor Navasby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon has offered his review of new PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Overall, Lollichon is impressed by the former Real Madrid No1.He told France Football: “He makes me think of Iker Casillas, who was not necessarily the best goalkeeper on the planet, but who had the rare ability to perform well in big events. “Like him, Keylor Navas is a cold-blooded animal. He has a form of absolute calm that will inevitably reflect on his teammates. He is extraordinary on his line, he has prodigious reflexes. I call it feeling the ball. On the other hand, he is a somewhat conservative goalkeeper, who prefers to defend his goal than the zone in front of him. It can be a problem when you play in such a dominant team as PSG.”
Bologna director Christoph Winterling rejects ‘€200M Liverpool offer’by Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna’s commercial and marketing director Christoph Winterling has turned down an approach from Bologna.Corriere dello Sport says Winterling has snubbed the opportunity to take up a similar role at Liverpool.The German was offered a ‘€200m budget’ if he moved to Anfield.However, Winterling snubbed the approach.The reason being “because of Bologna, because of the club’s owner Joey Saputo, because of the city, where he feels that, with time, the club can have a ‘bright future’.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Updated Bracket Round 1 CompleteThe NCAA Tournament has been nothing but spectacular thus far, and we’re only through the first round of action. While Thursday brought a number of upsets – including two 12-seeds knocking off 5-seeds, it had nothing on Friday. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a 13-seed, a 14-seed and a 15-seed all won on the same day. And that was before all of the insanity that went down just after midnight.In the second round, we have some incredible matchups. Yale vs. Duke. Kansas vs. UConn. Iowa vs. Villanova. And of course, Kentucky vs. Indiana.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. By the time you’re back at work on Monday, it’ll be trimmed down to the Sweet 16.As a reminder, there are eight contests slated for Saturday. Here they are, in order:(3) Miami vs. (11) Wichita State: 12:10 PM ET(4) Duke vs. (12) Yale: 2:40 PM ET(4) Kentucky vs. (5) Indiana: 5:15 PM ET(4) Iowa State vs. (12) Arkansas Little-Rock: 6:10 PM ET(1) Virginia vs. (9) Butler: 7:10 PM ET(1) Kansas vs. (9) UConn: 7:45 PM ET(3) Utah vs. (11) Gonzaga: 8:40 PM ET(1) North Carolina vs. (9) Providence: 9:40 PM ETLet’s hope round two is as exciting as round one.
Louisville and Kentucky may have to wait until November 26 to meet on the football field, but fans in Louisville were able to catch a glimpse of the heated rivalry Tuesday evening during the weekday matchup.But just to give fans a even bigger taste of things to come, the Cardinals’ head football coach Bobby Petrino was there to throw out the first pitch. The Courier-Journal’s Jeff Greer was on the scene and shared this video to Twitter. Bobby Petrino throws out the first pitch at tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/GXI2cAtopJ— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) April 19, 2016Nice throw @CoachPetrinoUL go @UofLBaseball pic.twitter.com/67Hg97cFuZ— Kris Abeln (@kabeln) April 19, 2016The last time these two teams were scheduled to meet on the diamond the game was postponed. This should help pick things up right where they left off.
– Wolves recorded their first Premier League win over Spurs since February 2010 (1-0 under Mick McCarthy), having gone winless in their previous five meetings in the competition (D2 L3).- This was only the third time that Spurs have lost a Premier League home game by 2+ goals under Mauricio Pochettino – the other two were against (0-3 in August 2014) and Manchester City (1-3 in April 2018).- Spurs suffered a Premier League home defeat after opening the scoring for the first time since May 2016 (1-2 v ).- Wolves have only lost two of their seven Premier League games against ‘big six’ opponents this season (W2 D3 L2), managing to avoid defeat in each of their three away games (W1 D2).- 47% of Spurs’ goals in the Premier League this season have been scored in the month of December (20/43).- Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 10 of the team’s 23 goals in the Premier League this season (six goals and four assists).- Spurs striker Harry Kane has had a hand in 12 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances against newly-promoted teams (11 goals and one assist). Wolves dealt a huge blow to Tottenham’s title aspirations with a shock 3-1 Premier League victory on Saturday.A 5-0 Boxing Day win over Bournemouth lifted Spurs above Manchester City into second but it was their failure to put this match to bed while they were on top that ultimately cost them at Wembley.Harry Kane gave the home side the lead with a wonderful strike midway through the first half and Spurs – after scoring 11 goals in their last two matches – might have expected to kick on and subject Wolves to another hammering. 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 home side could not add to their tally despite dominating possession and Wolves produced a stunning second-half revival, with Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa finding the net after Willy Boly had equalised with the visitors’ first shot on target, ending Spurs’ five-match winning run in the league.Pochettino’s side have looked capable of scoring with every attack of late and, after Dele Alli sent an effort harmlessly over from the edge of the area, they drew a superb save from Patricio with a bending Christian Eriksen strike from 20 yards.The opener arrived in the 22nd minute, when Kane curled a wonderful left-footed effort beyond the Portuguese keeper from outside the box, although Wolves will feel aggrieved that play was not stopped for a potential foul on Ivan Cavaleiro in the build-up.Goalscoring opportunities were a rarity early in the second half but the match started to threaten an unlikely twist 20 minutes in, when Cavaleiro was sent clean through on goal only to be chased down and dispossessed by the backtracking Davinson Sanchez.That opening came during a period of Wolves pressure, causing the nerves to jangle for Spurs.Those nerves proved well-founded when Boly headed home from a Joao Moutinho corner in the 72nd minute and Jimenez then squeezed a finish inside Lloris’ right-hand post to leave Pochettino’s men stunned.And things got worse for Spurs before the final whistle, with Costa curling a neat finish around Lloris three minute from time to complete a memorable triumph for Wolves, who climb to seventh in the Premier League.LDN pic.twitter.com/C0yCwHp9v3— Wolves (@Wolves) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Damaging defeat for SpursSpurs have been touted as realistic title challengers in recent weeks and their thumping victories over Everton and Bournemouth only enhanced that view. But a home defeat to Wolves undoes some of the hard work that put them in the mix and this could be a result they come to rue at the end of the season.Moutinho masterstrokeThe introduction of Moutinho in place of Leander Dendoncker in the 68th minute coincided almost perfectly with the start of Wolves’ second-half upturn. The Portugal international provided the assist for Boly’s equaliser and gave Wolves a much-needed calm head in the middle of the park, with the visitors having been exposed on the counter-attack on a number of occasions prior to his arrival.Not to M-BE for HarryKane may not have been able to inspire a result to match his awarding of an MBE in the New Year honours, but he did at least produce a finish befitting of the occasion. The England striker cut in from the right-hand side of the box and bent home a delightful strike with his less favoured left boot, but it was not enough to earn the win on a costly afternoon for Spurs.Key Opta stats:1 – This was Mauricio Pochettino’s first ever Premier League defeat against a newly-promoted side while in charge of Spurs – he was unbeaten in 27 such meetings before today (W25 D2). Stunned. pic.twitter.com/AZKsVLkc1j— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018LiverpoolSouthamptonWhat’s next?Spurs will want to get their campaign back on track at Cardiff City on New Year’s Day, while Wolves begin 2019 at home to Crystal Palace. read more
John Barnes believes Manchester City’s inability to deal with pressure means Liverpool will maintain their unbeaten record after the crunch trip to the Etihad Stadium.The Reds are seven points clear of the defending champions, thanks in part to City suffering three defeats in their last five Premier League games.Pep Guardiola’s men have slipped back down to third ahead of the game courtesy of Tottenham’s win over Cardiff City.City led the table from the fifth game of the 2017-18 campaign on their way to claiming the title, accumulating 100 points and over a century of goals. 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 due to enjoying such comfort, Barnes believes the champions are not used to the pressure which often accompanies a title race.“Last year, they didn’t have to play with pressure,” said Barnes, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform BonusCodeBets.co.uk.”The two times they had to play with pressure was at home to win the league against Manchester United and they lost, and then against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final and they lost.”I always felt that this Manchester City team are the best team, possibly in the world and certainly in the country when everything is going well.”When they’re 10 points clear, they play with freedom. Put them under pressure and we don’t know how they’re going to perform.“All of a sudden Liverpool are a few points ahead of them and now they have to perform.”That is one thing I would throw against them, the character that they have when things aren’t going well.”“If they were 10 points clear ahead of Liverpool going there, I think they’d beat them, but with Liverpool being ahead, they are under pressure to perform and I don’t know whether they are going to be able to do that.”I’d be surprised if Liverpool lost, put it that way.”A 10th straight Premier League win for Liverpool would see them extend their lead over Spurs to nine points and take them 10 clear of City.Tottenham’s defeat to Wolves saw them lose ground earlier during the festive period but Barnes sees Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the main opposition to denying the Merseysiders their first championship since 1990.“If Liverpool win and the gap between them and City goes to 10, Tottenham are playing well but I still think they will drop points,” the ex-England international added.”Liverpool have not had a problem playing against Arsenal, Man United, Tottenham, Man City, the big teams.”They’ve had a problem against the smaller teams, but since the Van Dijk signing, we look stronger and more capable of playing against the so-called lesser teams and winning.”If Liverpool beat City, then when they play against the lesser teams, because of the confidence and intensity they’re playing with, they will confidently go on to win the league.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Burnley’s Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season have been released.Burnley will begin the new season at home to Southampton on August 10 and their first away game is at Arsenal the following week, while Liverpool will visit Turf Moor before the opening month is over.The Clarets will face back-to-back fixtures in September against two teams promoted from the Championship – Norwich City and Aston Villa – and they will host Chelsea at the end of October.December is a potentially tricky-looking month for Dyche’s side as it begins with games against Manchester City and Tottenham. On Boxing Day, Burnley will head to Everton and then Manchester United will visit Turf Moor for the final game of 2019. 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? The new year starts with a clash against Villa, while January also offers up away meetings with Chelsea and Man Utd.A trek to Norwich is Burnley’s final away fixture of the season, while the campaign ends as it began with a meeting against a team from the south coast as Brighton make their way to Turf Moor on May 17.The Clarets’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Burnley Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 15:00 Burnley v Southampton 17/08/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Burnley 24/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Burnley 31/08/2019 15:00 Burnley v Liverpool 14/09/2019 15:00 Brighton v Burnley 21/09/2019 15:00 Burnley v Norwich City 28/09/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v Burnley 05/10/2019 15:00 Burnley v Everton 19/10/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Burnley 26/10/2019 15:00 Burnley v Chelsea 02/11/2019 15:00 Sheffield United v Burnley 09/11/2019 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United 23/11/2019 15:00 Watford v Burnley 30/11/2019 15:00 Burnley v Crystal Palace 03/12/2019 19:45 Burnley v Manchester City 07/12/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley 14/12/2019 15:00 Burnley v Newcastle United 21/12/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Burnley 26/12/2019 15:00 Everton v Burnley 28/12/2019 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United 01/01/2020 15:00 Burnley v Aston Villa 11/01/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley 18/01/2020 15:00 Burnley v Leicester City 21/01/2020 20:00 Manchester United v Burnley 01/02/2020 15:00 Burnley v Arsenal 08/02/2020 15:00 Southampton v Burnley 22/02/2020 15:00 Burnley v A.F.C. Bournemouth 29/02/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v Burnley 07/03/2020 15:00 Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur 14/03/2020 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley 21/03/2020 15:00 Burnley v Watford 04/04/2020 15:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley 11/04/2020 15:00 Burnley v Sheffield United 18/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley 25/04/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Burnley 02/05/2020 15:00 Burnley v Wolverhampton 09/05/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Burnley 17/05/2020 15:00 Burnley v Brighton Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.