10 months agoArsenal and Tottenham make plea for supporters behaviour

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal and Tottenham make plea for supporters behaviourby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Tottenham have issued statements asking their fans to behave during tonight’s EFL Cup quarter-final between the fierce north London rivals.The sides meet in the Premier League on December 2, with Arsenal running away 4-2 winners. But the game was marred by a Spurs fan throwing a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal.Tottenham’s statement read: “Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons.”We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.”However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.”Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.”As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”Arsenal posted on their website: “This fixture always generates an exciting and passionate atmosphere, however, we recently saw incidents where a small minority of fans have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully.”We appeal to both sets of supporters to get behind their team in positive and respectful ways without any discriminatory behaviour.” last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have upped their offer for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.The Blues are going to £36m to convince Zenit to sell.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri’s side have turned to Zenit midfielder Paredes after being told by Cagliari that £45m starlet Nicolo Barella is off the market.Paredes was next on Chelsea’s wish list and the Argentina international, 24, has now agreed terms on a four-and-a-half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.Chelsea have previously bid £26.8m and £31.2m for Paredes but a third offer is expected to get the deal over the line. last_img read more

15 days agoChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track for a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudiger has been injured for most of this season but he posted an update on Thursday on social media of him training at Cobham.The Blues face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Celtic hit out at lack of action against Rangers’ Morelos

first_imgCeltic have reacted with surprise to the Scottish FA’s (SFA) decision not to take action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos for his conduct in the Old Firm derby on Saturday.Morelos was involved in three flare-ups, with Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Anthony Ralston, during a 1-0 win for Steven Gerrard’s men at Ibrox.Referee John Beaton said he saw the incidents but decided not to act – ruling out the possibility of retrospective action. 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? In a strongly worded statement, the Scottish Premiership champions outlined their disappointment and said they have requested a meeting with SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.It read: “Celtic Football Club is surprised that there will be no disciplinary action taken by the Scottish FA regarding the incidents during the match on December 29, which have been widely addressed in the media. “It is reported that no action was taken because the match referee saw all of the incidents in question. “Given that the referee took no action at the time, this tends to suggest that such conduct, which in one instance led to a Celtic player, Anthony Ralston, being injured, is acceptable in Scottish football. That cannot be right.”On the day, Celtic did not play well enough to win the match, something we accept. However, this issue goes beyond the result of the match.”Celtic is not the only club this season to raise concerns regarding the standard of officiating at matches in Scotland, concerns which have also been shared by many commentators on the game.”In order to fully understand what is going on, Celtic, our supporters, Scottish clubs and the general Scottish football public need transparency in these matters, and we therefore call on the Scottish FA to allow the referee, John Beaton, to explain these decisions publicly as well as any match officials involved in other similar circumstances.”In the meantime, we have requested a meeting with Scottish FA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.”last_img read more

Watch: Leonard Fournette Breaks 59-Yard Touchdown, Annihilates Ole Miss Defender

first_imgLeonard Fournette trucking a playerTwitter/@BigDaddysCourtLeonard Fournette is back. Ole Miss wishes he wasn’t.The Rebels lead the Tigers 10-7 after one quarter at Death Valley, but Leonard Fournette is making his presence known in a massive way, in his first game since September.With 3:26 remaining in the quarter, Fournette took a toss 59 yards to the house to put the Bayou Bengals on the board.We have a Leonard Fournette sighting! pic.twitter.com/ElM518eI4B— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 23, 2016Somehow, that might not even be the most impressive game so far for the LSU phenom. On the next LSU possession, Fournette caught a pass from Danny Etling, and absolutely flattened Deontay Anderson en route to a big 22-yard gain.Leonard Fournette just ended a human beings life on national TV https://t.co/eup355aAF5— Jack McGuire (@BigDaddysCourt) October 23, 2016When Fournette has a full head of steam like that, you do not want to be in his way.In his absence, back-up running back Derrius Guice had a few break-out performances. With Fournette back, and evidently playing at 100-percent, they form a pretty terrifying one-two punch for Ed Orgeron and the Tigers.Fournette last played in LSU’s loss to Auburn, Les Miles’ final game with the program. On the year, he has 449 rushing yards in four games, including his production today. He’s been very good this season when healthy. He’ll just need to stay that way, with a big NFL pay day on the horizon after this season.last_img read more

Sturridge ‘not thinking’ about Liverpool future after CL success

first_imgDaniel Sturridge remained coy on his future having seemingly brought the curtain down on his Liverpool career.The England international is out of contract on June 30 and is unlikely to agree a new deal, meaning he will leave Anfield after six-and-a-half years on Merseyside during which he has made 160 appearances, scoring 67 goals.Sturridge’s final act in a Liverpool shirt came as an unused substitute in Saturday’s Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid, and while he did not get on the pitch at the Wanda Metripolitano, he still played his part in the European success. 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 29-year-old scored the Reds’ first continental goal of the season against Paris Saint-Germain in September, and he believes their run to the final showed the strength in depth Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal before going onto address his potential future plans.“Oh of course, yes I contributed,” he told reporters. “And even the players who haven’t played a minute. “There are guys who have been on the bench and haven’t played a single minute, but they have been a part of it: from training, to acting like the opposition that we have been playing against, to doing a job, to sacrificing themselves and the way that they play just to train to do a job on the training field to help them prepare themselves the best way that they can. It’s amazing.“I don’t even want to talk about all that stuff. I feel like it has been an incredible time and I am not going to talk about next season or anything. What’s important now is celebrating something so momentous, something we were striving for, working for for a long time. to finally win something is amazing.”Victory on Saturday secured a first trophy for Klopp since taking over the reins at Liverpool in October 2015 as he ended a six-match run of losing in showpiece finals.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League Winner 06/01/19And Sturridge believes that this is likely to be first of many pieces of silverware that the club will pick up under the charismatic German coach.”It’s my second time winning it. It’s almost similar. The one with Chelsea was the first in the club’s history and this is the first under this manager, so it’s a similar kind of feeling. “Once you win one, you hope the floodgates open and you continue winning. It’s that culture of getting over the finishing line.”When you have been trying so hard and you have been pipped at the post many times – we have lost in I think three finals since the manager has been here – you feel as if ‘are we ever going to win a trophy’, so, to be able to do it, to be able to lift silverware is what you work for every day, day in day out, as a group of players, it’s a beautiful feeling.”Sturridge believes the pain of those near-misses – the 2016 League Cup and Europa League finals, last season’s Champions League and this season’s Premier League – played a part as Liverpool kept their nerve this time around.“You learn, you definitely learn,” he said. “You understand what you didn’t do. There are always little things that you can nit-pick about that you didn’t do, so to be able to win – that’s what it’s all about, it’s amazing.“The difference is that the heartache never goes away: you always think about it. People were saying ‘if we win we won’t think about it’ but you do. You always think ‘what if? what could we have done differently, how can we prepare differently?’.“All the things when you lost, you take them into a game because you’ve learnt from them: all the pain, all the heartache you had prior to that. Liverpool parade“And when you come into a game like this, you go: ‘ok, cool’. You come in at half time and you talk different. You’re like: ‘ok, remember what happened last time guys. Let’s do this’. “We had meetings as a group of players in the week. We said: ‘ok, if we go one up how do we play? If we go one down how do we play?’ I’s about being prepared for everything.“[The players’ meeting] was just like: ‘look, it’s our time, we’ve prepared ourselves as best we can.’ It was just about ‘if we go behind how do we deal with it, if we go ahead how do you deal with it?’ And we haven’t had those conversations before. And I feel like maybe before the Europa league final we didn’t prepare as well. “Last season, we said ‘we didn’t prepare well the season before and we have learnt’. This year we have had two finals now, so you have learnt so much more. I think that’s what makes teams so successful. They have experienced it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Neuer considering Bayern exit, says agent

first_imgManuel Neuer is considering leaving Bayern Munich over concerns the squad is not strong enough to match his ambition, his agent says.The goalkeeper has been with the Bavarians for eight years and has made 336 appearances in all competitions to win seven Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals and a Champions League crown.Neuer was limited to 38 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19 as the German side edged ahead of Borussia Dortmund in the league by two points but crashed out of Europe in the early stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Bayern have already signed defenders Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid and Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer.However, they have waved goodbye to one veteran in centre-back Mats Hummels, who returned to Borussia Dortmund, while wing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left at the expiry of their contracts last month.Although Neuer is tied to the club until 2021, agent Thomas Kroth says the 33-year-old is worried Bayern have fallen too far behind their continental rivals and will consider leaving to achieve his dream of winning the Champions League again.”He wants to win Euro 2020 and he wants to win the Champions League again,” Kroth told Suddeutsche Zeitung . “Manuel is success-oriented. My impression is that the gap to the top four English top teams is already serious and the Munich squad is currently not yet as competitive or set up to tackle Manuel’s goals seriously.”When he realises that Bayern are responding, then he will probably blossom again.”He does not want to retire in 2021. Now he is in the phase in which he has to decide: how will things progress in the future?”Signing a contract extension and ending his career at Bayern is of course the obvious option, but it’s not the only one.”Neuer has faced criticism for his sub-par performances for Germany and Bayern over the last year, but Kroth is not concerned about his form, inisisting he is still at his best.”Much has been said and interpreted against him,” Kroth said. “The bottom line was: ‘He’s 33 years old now and he’s starting to break down’. “Many have interpreted his achievements as having lost the extraordinary and invincible ability.”Bayern begin their 2019-20 season preparations with a friendly against Arsenal on Wednesday July 17 in California, USA.last_img read more

Chelsea teen Ampadu loaned to RB Leipzig

first_imgChelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig on a season-long loan deal.The teenage midfielder graduated to the Blues senior squad in 2016 and has since managed to appear in 12 matches across all competitions.Ampadu penned a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in September 2018 and featured in three Europa League matches during the team’s run to glory in Baku back in May. 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? He will now have the chance to help Leipzig challenge at the top of the Bundesliga table and in the Champions League after agreeing a season-long loan deal.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told the club’s official website he feels the move is an important step for Ampadu at this stage of his career.He stated: “I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.”I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence, we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”The 18-year-old will wear the No. 26 jersey at the Red Bull Arena and could be handed his debut on Friday when Leipzig take on Rennes in a pre-season friendly.Ampadu expressed his delight after being unveiled in Germany, insisting it’s the “perfect step” for him as he matures and develops his all-around game.”I am very happy to be at RB Leipzig and start the season with the team,” he began. “I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and integrate myself.Saul Niguez Ethan Ampadu Spain Wales 2018“I’ve been following the club in recent years and saw how fantastic young players have come to develop here and what potential there is in this club. So it’s the perfect step for me.”I’m really happy to be wearing the RB Leipzig jersey now. I have heard a lot about the club and am convinced that the way football is played here suits me very well.”I already know some of my new team-mates: I’ve already played against Jean-Kevin Augustin in Paris and against Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele in the French Under-21 national team. Therefore, I am optimistic that I can adapt here quickly.”Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche said Wales international Ampadu’s versatility will make him a valuable addition to Julian Nagelsmann’s side ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.He said: “We are very pleased to have signed Ethan Ampadu for a one-year loan. He is 18 but already has international experience and can play both in the defence and in the defensive midfield. “Despite many English offers, Ethan has decided to join us, and we now have another top talent in our ranks that is versatile enough to give our squad even more variation.”last_img read more

Bale to stay at Real Madrid after transfer saga, confirms Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane completed an astonishing transfer U-turn by confirming Gareth Bale’s place in his squad for the coming season. After six seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu and four Champions League wins, Bale’s number appeared to be up over the summer. Having barely been taken into account by Zidane towards the end of the 2018-19 the Welshman found himself in the middle of a bitter transfer stand-off.  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? Real’s determination to sell their winger was only matched by Bale’s refusal to leave unless his lucrative contract terms in Spain were matched elsewhere, leading to an impasse as the transfer window dragged on. And despite Zidane’s assurances that Bale would not be in his plans, he ended pre-season in the Madrid first team while a prospective move to China failed to materialise. Bale started Madrid’s Liga opener on Saturday in the absence of the injured Eden Hazard and set up Karim Benzema as the French striker opened the club’s account early on against Celta. Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez extended the winning margin before Celta youngster Iker Losada scored off the bench in injury time to mark a final scoreline of 3-1 in the Merengue’s favour . And after the final whistle Zidane had no qualms in assuring Bale he would have a part to play in 2019-20. “He is going to stay. We have to focus on this season, nothing else,” the coach explained to reporters. “Hazard’s injury is bad luck for us, but it has not changed the idea we had for Bale in this game. “Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the players here are going to defend this shirt.”Having finished a distant third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid during last season’s disastrous league campaign, Madrid now sit three points ahead of their Catalan rivals following Friday’s defeat at the hands of Athletic. And Zidane was happy with what he saw from his own men to avoid an opening day slip, despite missing the likes of Hazard and Dani Carvajal and going down to 10 men when Luka Modric saw red. “I am happy for the players. We played a great game today, above all in the first half. With 10 we played very well, together and defending as a team,” he added. “We were effective. I am happy with what I have seen. “Starting the season ahead of Barca? We only think of ourselves. The most important thing was to pick up three points at a tough ground. We have to congratulate the players.”last_img read more