Disaster for rest of Premier League as Pep signs new deal

first_imgGuardiola Disaster for rest of Premier League as Guardiola shows hunger for long-term Man City success Sam Lee 01:32 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Opinion The Catalan has seemed weary by the third season at his previous clubs but he is clearly focused on bringing success to the Blues for years to come “I need to see if I have the desire and strength to keep going, and if the players are the same. If I could sign for half a year, I would do it.”Half-way through his third season at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola wasn’t sure if he could go on much longer. He would eventually sign a one-year extension, but then took a year-long sabbatical from the game in New York – about as far from football, geographically and emotionally, as possible.He agreed to join Bayern Munich, but a contract extension was never on the cards. In fact, half-way through his third season in Bavaria, at around the same point that he started to wonder about his durability at Camp Nou, he had already decided to move on again. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Manchester City were clearly keen to avoid the same doubts creeping in. They had long waited to get their man – they initially tried in 2012, shortly after Roberto Mancini delivered their first title – and they have wanted to extend his three-year deal ever since he signed it in the summer of 2016.Not even a patchy first season dissuaded the club’s decision makers from their belief that the Catalan is the right man for them and over the past few months they have been working hard to persuade him that he should spend more time with them than he did at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Now that he has committed to City until 2021, a two-year extension when most expected nothing more than 12 months, the delight at the Etihad Stadium is palpable.And it is obvious why. He was brought in to take the club to the next level and he has just led them to the most dominant title victory in English football history. Over the course of two summers he has transformed a group of players that was high on talent but low on direction. By the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign the Blues were drifting; they reached the Champions League semi-final but only ensured qualification for the next edition on goal difference, edging out Louis van Gaal’s equally weary Manchester United outfit.Pellegrini was popular among the City support but the apathy that greeted his farewell, with thousands of fans leaving the Etihad before he had the chance to say his goodbyes, spoke volumes. The squad was old and tired, the fans frustrated. It is hard to imagine now, with City firmly at the summit of the English game, but Guardiola’s task was a daunting one, even with the club’s huge financial backing.Pep Guardiola Khaldoon Al MubarakPep Guardiola Manchester CityThe club’s long-term plan was to present Guardiola with a side ready to play his style of football, but while Pellegrini offered a more attractive brand than that of Mancini, it was nothing like what the Catalan would need. The squad, with an average of of just under 30-years-old, were ill-prepared for the new boss.That boss wanted a full overhaul of the defence but was only able to sign John Stones. Joe Hart would not contribute to the new style and he was swiftly shipped out, despite protestions from important senior figures.Claudio Bravo helped transform the Blues’ approach but his inability to keep the ball out of his net played a huge part in their failure to challenge for the title, and in fact summed up Guardiola’s first season; progress in terms of style but stagnation in terms of results.That progress in playing style, however, was the key. If you looked closely you would have seen that City were heading in the right direction. Guardiola’s principles had started to take hold and the arrival of several new players in key areas, particularly in goal and at full-back, ensured he finally had all the tools needed to replicate the kind of success he has had in Spain and Germany.Yes, City have committed plenty of money to their restoration project, but spending vast sums has never been a guarantee of success. The results and performances of his first season are testament to that, not to mention some high-profile, high-cost struggles across Manchester.Pep Guardiola Manchester CityThe success of Fabian Delph, in place of Benjamin Mendy, provides a neat example of Guardiola’s ingenuity and his impact on this group of players. Mendy was one of the much-talked-about £50m signings last summer and many predicted major issues if he, as the club’s only left-back, were to pick up an injury. But when he was ruled out for six months, Guardiola simply retrained Delph, changed City’s tactics – sending Leroy Sane to the wing and Delph into midfield – and ensured their fine start to the season did not go to waste.The attention to the smallest of details, allied to the individual quality of the players, has ensured City are head and shoulders above the rest.The chasing pack already had a massive job on their hands in trying to peg back Guardiola’s side. Can United invest in the right players and can Jose Mourinho get the best out of them? Can Jurgen Klopp strengthen in the right areas and come up with a plan to unlock stubborn defences? Will Spurs bring in players as good as their homegrown stars? Can Chelsea and Arsenal appoint the right managers?Those clubs already had enough on their plates as it was, and now it will be painfully obvious to them that Guardiola has the appetite to keep going and going and going. There is no guarantee that City’s levels will stay this high, that their players will report back for duty in July and decide they are ready to work this hard yet again. But Guardiola’s hunger remains, and that is a scary prospect for the rest of the league.last_img read more

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Report: France 1 United States 1

first_imgFrance 1 United States 1: Mbappe strikes after Green leaves Les Bleus red-faced Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:05 6/10/18 KylianMbappe - cropped Getty Images France will head to the World Cup on the back of an underwhelming 1-1 draw against the United States, with PSG star Kylian Mbappe on target. Kylian Mbappe rescued a 1-1 draw for France against the United States in Lyon but Didier Deschamps’ men did plenty to undermine their status as World Cup front-runners.USA caretaker boss Dave Sarachan saw his side absorb waves of pressure for most of the first half but one-time Bayern Munich forward Julian Green – who spent last season on loan with 2.Bundesliga strugglers Greuther Furth – capitalised on dismal defensive work to break the deadlock in the 44th minute.After that setback, Les Bleus’ attacks became ever more lumpen and predictable, and Deschamps has plenty to ponder despite Mbappe finding the goal his personal endeavours deserved with 12 minutes to go. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Triumphant 1998 World Cup coach Aime Jacquet did much to contribute to a raucous early atmosphere at the Groupama Stadium and Paul Pogba rattled the upright early on.But the boos endured by Pogba during the 3-1 win over Italy last time out were dealt out to the collective on this occasion, with France’s current crop looking some way short of the exploits of Jacquet and Deschamps the player.Despite a flurry of late chances for Les Bleus, the game ends in a draw. #FiersdetreBleus #RoadtoRussia #FRAUSA pic.twitter.com/gZ0VwMjSDg — French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 9, 2018 Local hero Nabil Fekir began on the bench an hour after his purported move to Liverpool broke down, while Pogba saw a rasping fifth-minute drive tipped against the post by Zack Steffen.Olivier Giroud then headed too close to Steffen as the United States’ right channel proved a productive attacking area for the hosts.That was where Antoine Griezmann scampered on to Mbappe’s impish pass and spun a shot wide in the 22nd minute.Blaise Matuidi made hay in the space behind wing-back Shaquell Moore once again but Tim Parker did just enough to prevent Mbappe from turning home.Griezmann curled beyond the bottom corner as a Mexican wave began to churn around the stadium and the heavily shellacked visitors remarkably went in ahead at half-time.Moore sprung forward, escaping his torrid defensive duties, and Djibril Sidibe made a terrible hash of clearing his testing cross, with Green squeezing the loose ball past Hugo Lloris at the near post.Moore and Green combined to find the net again early in the second half but the goalscorer was correctly ruled offside.Steffen inadvertently caused chaos inside his own box in the 56th minute – the goalkeeper’s robust challenge for a corner leaving both Giroud and USA centre-back Matt Miazga with bloodied heads to force substitutions.The introduction of Ousmane Dembele in place of the Chelsea striker underlined the vast attacking riches at Deschamps’ disposal – making it all the more damning that his much-vaunted assortment appeared to run out of ideas as the second half progressed.Pogba’s earlier verve made way for increasingly pedestrian and hopeful long-range attempts, but belatedly changing the angle of the attack paid dividends 12 minutes from time.Benjamin Pavard, introduced for the previously culpable Sidibe four minutes earlier, found space down the right and steered in a low cross for Mbappe to stroke home.Fekir came on and almost brought the house down with a trademark free-kick but Steffen excelled himself once more, before a double save in stoppage-time from Fekir and Dembele marked a stunning finale for the imperious Columbus Crew man. read morelast_img read more

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SOUTHERN SUNS HOPE FOR REPEAT OF 2005

first_imgThe NSW Southern Suns Mens team has returned to Coffs Harbour this year as defending champions. After spoiling the stranglehold on the tournament by NSWCHS and QSST last year, the new team is hoping to be there for the finals on Saturday. The Suns region which extends from Wollongong in the north to the NSW-Victorian border in the south is significantly made up of players from just two of the regions affiliates. In fact, only four players in the side come from affiliates outside of Yass and Wagga.Off the field there is a hint of cross town rivalry but on the field everything comes together. Coach Phil Jarrat says that the Wagga and Yass groups are purposely split for meals and accommodation but the rivalry is evident during their fines sessions.“We have a dob system and the Wagga boys will gang up on the Yass boys, backing each other up in whatever claims are made. But the Yass boys give it back too.” Mr Jarrat said.And to add to the rivalry was the decision of captaincy. But it could not be split between two players, Matt Finemore from Wagga and Steve Naughton of Yass, that’s right Steve Naughton not Scott. It has been requested that I point out that Steve has his own identity and is his own player. Mr Jarret said, “These two boys lead each group and act as a clear avenue for the players to openly talk with someone whom they feel comfortable with”.The benefits of having a large group of players who have played together for years and who combine together on the touch field is invaluable. “The Wagga boys and the Yass boys have been playing together since around under 14’s and they are the nucleus of the team,” said Mr Jarrat.The team of 14 also fields players’ from Goulburn, Mt St Thomas, Fairy Meadow and Kiama. After day one’s play the Suns team, which has four players form the championship winning team of last year, has had a draw against NSW Hunter Western Hornets and a win against Central Queensland. Mr Jarrat said, “As we are the defending champions every other team is out to beat us, we know this and are looking forward to the rest of the competition.”last_img read more

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10 months agoNapoli midfielder Allan a target for Man City

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli midfielder Allan a target for Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli midfielder Allan is a target for Manchester City.Calcio Napoli 24 reports City could be interested in a move for Napoli and Brazil midfielder Allan.He has previously been linked with Tottenham, but City boss Pep Guardiola is considering a move.The holding midfielder has been a mainstay in Napoli’s midfield over the past two seasons.And he could become available after Napoli’s failure to reach the Champions League final 16. last_img read more

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10 months ago​Matic exclaims Man Utd must accept nothing less than victory

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Matic exclaims Man Utd must accept nothing less than victoryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNemanja Matic has said that his team are not accepting losses or draws as they look to get out from a sticky situationUnited are still down in the Premier League table, struggling in 6th place as they look to keep up with their rivals.But they have won two out of two games under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And Matic believes the players want to continue that winning run.He said to BBC Sport: “After Cardiff, we gained more confidence. It was important to win at our stadium, to bring a smile on the face of our supporters.”We made some mistakes. We need to see what we can do better. It’s a completely different atmosphere when you win games.”This club doesn’t accept drawing or losing a game. This is the way we have to try to win the next one.” last_img read more

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a month agoMancini: Liverpool boss Klopp the best in the world

first_imgMancini: Liverpool boss Klopp the best in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the best in the world.Klopp was recognised as much with FIFA’s The Best award last night.Mancini told TMW: “I don’t think there should be any doubt that Klopp should be the coach of the year, with what he did and won.”To see Italians at The Best? They must do well in the Champions League. “Oh, and at the Euros…!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan City seek talks with Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City seek talks with Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncuby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is interesting Manchester City.Fotospor says City could turn to Soyuncu to help address their injury crisis at centre-back, in their bid to retain the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool.The centre-back has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Leicester after the Foxes lost Harry Maguire to Manchester United for a world-record fee of £80million.Brendan Rodgers opted not to sign a replacement and his faith in Soyuncu has paid off, with the defender amongst the best in the division this season.Now his performances have caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.And City officials want to meet with Soyuncu’s agent. last_img read more

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21 days ago​Liverpool striker Mane named for Senegal friendly in Singapore

first_img​Liverpool striker Mane named for Senegal friendly in Singaporeby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Sadio Mane will be with Senegal for their upcoming friendly against Brazil.The African side are facing off against the South American juggernaut next Thursday in Singapore.While it is not clear if Mane will start or come off the bench, he will be traveling to the game.Some Liverpool fans believe that Mane needs rest during the upcoming international break.But since he is named in the squad, it appears his national coach plans to use him as normal. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd winger James admits: Hatchet men getting me down

first_imgMan Utd winger James admits: Hatchet men getting me downby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James says his successful start at Manchester United is due to sticking to his natural game.James has impressed since his summer arrival from Swansea City.He told manutd.com: ““I think you have to. Most people told me when I signed here: ‘Just be yourself, otherwise there’s no point. You’re here for a reason’. So I wouldn’t change the way I played. I think me being the player who, every time I get the ball, I’m driving; that’s my game and is something I won’t stop.”When you are going into the game, and that one-v-one battle [with the full-back], you’ve got to believe you’re going to win it. You could lose a ball nine times out of 10 but it’s important to get the ball again and be confident to be able to go on because, that one opportunity where you do get past them, you could score a goal or make an assist. So I think, over time, I’ve learned.“Sometimes, I’ve been a bit down, do you know what I mean, when they tackle me four out of five times. But I’ve been told by a lot of people to just keep going, so that is what I will always do, no matter what happens in the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Jardim so important for me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Fabinho: Jardim so important for meby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has paid tribute to his former AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.Fabinho , 25, left Monaco for Liverpool in the summer of 2018 and today the midfielder is considered one of the world’s foremost in his position.He told the Liverpool Echo: “After five seasons in Monaco, I knew it was the right time to leave for another step in my career. I wanted to sign up for a big club. I did not hesitate to come to Liverpool, and as soon as the transfer window opened, the deal became official. “It’s really a huge club, one of the biggest in the world. The club has great ambitions and that’s what I wanted with my career, so I’m very happy to be here.”My time in Monaco was very good and I think I developed all the time. I stayed for five years and work with Leonardo Jardim for four. He was a coach who developed me. It was he who made me take a big step and change position (from the right back). We always talked about it when I liked that position and he liked to see me in it.” last_img read more

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8 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder ‘not surprised’ by Henderson ‘world best’ claims

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder ‘not surprised’ by Henderson ‘world best’ claimsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has no problem with Dean Henderson’s outspoken ways.The on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper has claimed that he can become the world’s best.“He’s a confident boy, he backs himself to do well,” he said.“I’m not surprised he’s saying these words. If they came from someone else, I might have a different view, but knowing what the boy is about, I smile. I love it, I love his positivity.“I love his reaction as shown against Watford and the way he will work and work to be the best he can.“If he works as hard as he can, then you never know where that can take you.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ed Orgeron Says He Doesn’t Care If A Recruit Is Committed To Another School, “(LSU’s) Going To Get Them”

first_imgEd Orgeron gives interview.Hide your recruits, college football programs. Ed Orgeron is coming. The 53-year-old coach, whose career up to this point has included stops at USC, Tennessee and Ole Miss, among others, has been hired to coach LSU’s defensive line. He’s known for his defensive coaching ability and will surely help the Tigers’ defense stay at an elite level. Orgeron’s biggest impact with the Les Miles’ program might come on the recruiting trail, though. The charming southern gentleman is one of the country’s best salesmen and he’s hungry to make a sale (or 10). Orgeron: “I don’t care if they’re committed to another school, we’re going to get them.” pic.twitter.com/jOSVQy9hUw— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) January 14, 2015LSU currently has the No. 13 class in the country for 2015, per 247 Sports Team Rankings. Expect the Tigers’ ranking to rise in the coming months with Orgeron on the job.last_img read more

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‘Pochettino has no need to leave Tottenham’

first_imgMauricio Pochettino “has no reason to leave” Tottenham, says Teddy Sheringham, with there no longer a lack of ambition in north London which makes Manchester United an intriguing alternative.The former Spurs striker made his own switch between two Premier League rivals in his playing days, going on to form part of the Red Devils’ 1999 Treble-winning squad.A similar move is now being mooted for a highly-rated coach, with United yet to make a decision on who will be appointed as the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho. 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? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is staking a serious claim to staying on past the end of his interim spell, while the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte have been billed as other options.Sheringham sees no cause for Pochettino to consider filling the hot-seat at Old Trafford, with there still plenty for him to achieve with a Tottenham side that he has helped to turn into serious contenders for major honours.The ex-England international told the Daily Mail: “I left Tottenham to join Manchester United in 1997 for one reason — ambition. The club was settling for mediocrity at the time and I did not like it. It was as simple as that.“Now Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with United — but he has no reason to leave. He is at an ambitious club now, a club that is going places.“Tottenham are on the up, on and off the field. They have a tremendous team and in Harry Kane they have one of the best strikers in the world. The club have Kane and Kane has Pochettino.“Why would either want to leave? Or need to leave? They are doing well in the league, they will soon move into a fantastic new stadium and the team is getting better and better under Pochettino. It is a completely different set-up to the one I left.“Yes, you could argue that United are the biggest club in the world and if Pochettino is only interested in money then obviously United might appeal, but I don’t think it is about money with him.“He is ambitious, he is developing a great team and he is not afraid to bring in young players. He has a great eye for a player.“He has proved to be a fantastic manager and, with the new stadium coming, why would he want to leave everything he has built?“He has put together what is becoming a great team with a lot of very good players in his squad. They are playing his way and they are getting better.“There is no reason to think he will be better off anywhere else. The Tottenham I left is a long way from where the club is now. I am sure he will stay.”Pochettino committed to a new five-year contract with Spurs in May 2018.That deal is set to take him through to 2023 and he has offered no indication that he is looking for a way out, despite regular links to the likes of United and La Liga giants Real Madrid. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Leicester City season: PL fixtures, dates & transfers

first_imgLeicester City are starting to shape up their pre-season plans as the Foxes look to challenge for the top six in the 2019-20 campaign.Brendan Rodgers will be looking to help the Foxes put a difficult year on and off the field behind them at the King Power Stadium, as they hope to push for a return to Europe alongside the big spenders of the Premier League.Here is your complete guide to Leicester’s 2019-20 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations. 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? Leicester City pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 23 Cambridge United 7:30pm / 2:30pm Abbey Stadium, Cambridge Jul 27 Rotherham United 3pm / 10am AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham Jul 27 Stoke City 3pm / 10am Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-upon-Trent Aug 2 Atalanta 7:30pm / 2:30pm King Power Stadium, Leicester Leicester have confirmed only two pre-season matches so far, with both set to take place at the same time on the same day, on July 27.The Foxes will field first-team sides in each encounter, when they travel to Rotherham United and Stoke City respectively.They have not faced Midlands rivals Stoke since the Potters’ relegation from the Premier League, having played out a pair of draws in the top flight during the 2017-18 campaign.As for Rotherham, Leicester picked up a 2-1 win on their last visit in 2015, ahead of their title winning campaign.Leicester City 2019-20 transfer activity With a couple of fan favourites having played their last game for the Foxes earlier this season, fans will be waving goodbye to two members of the 2015-16 Premier League title winners.Harry Maguire Leicester City ChelseaForward Shinji Okazaki and defender Danny Simpson are both looking for new homes after reaching the end of their stay at the King Power Stadium, though Christian Fuchs recently signed an extension.England international Harry Maguire broke the record of being the most expensive defender of all-time when he left the Foxes for Manchester United in early August.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF James Justin Luton Town £8m Jun 28 FW Ayoze Perez Newcastle £30m Jul 2 MF Youri Tielemans Monaco £80m Jul 8 RB Vontae Daley-Campbell Arsenal undisclosed Jul 5 FW George Hirst OH Leuvens  €500,000 Jul 5 FW Ali Reghba Bohemians undisclosed Jul 5 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date RB Danny Simpson Free agent n/a Jun 30 FW Shinji Okazaki Free agent n/a Jun 30 MF Lamine Kaba Sherif Accrington free Jul 15 GK Daniel Iversen Rotherham loan Jul 22 DF Harry Maguire Man Utd £80m Aug 6 Leicester City 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Leicester kicked off their 2019-20 campaign with a 0-0 draw to Wolves.You can view the full list of their fixtures here.Leicester squad numbers 2019-20 No. Pos Player 1 GK Kasper Schmeichel 2 DF James Justin 3 DF Ben Chilwell 4 DF Caglar Soyuncu 5 DF Wes Morgan 6 DF Jonny Evans 7 FW Demarai Gray 8 MF Youri Tielemans 9 FW Jamie Vardy 10 MF James Maddison 11 MF Marc Albrighton 12 GK Danny Ward 13 FW Islam Slimani 14 FW Kelechi Iheanacho 15 MF Harvey Barnes 16 DF Filip Benkovic 17 FW Ayoze Perez 18 DF Daniel Amartey 20 MF Hamza Choudhury 21 DF Ricardo Pereira 22 MF Matty James 23 MF Adrien Silva 24 MF Nampalys Mendy 25 MF Wilfred Ndidi 26 MF Dennis Praet 27 FW Fousseni Diabate 28 DF Christian Fuchs 31 FW Rachid Ghezzal 35 GK Eldin Jakupovic 37 MF Andy King Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Everyone’s Making The Same Joke About Bret Bielema’s New Patriots Job

first_imgA closeup of Bret Bielema in an Arkansas jumpsuit wearing a headset.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines during a game against the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Bret Bielema’s had an unofficial role with the New England Patriots for a few months. Today, his role on the team was made official.Bielema has been named “consultant to the head coach.” It is unclear what exactly that entails, but clearly Bill Belichick likes having him around the franchise.Mike Reiss was the first to break the news about the now-former college head coach.Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema’s official title with the Patriots in 2018 is “consultant to the head coach”.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 24, 2018For those of us who watch a lot of 2000s NBC sitcoms, “consultant to the head coach” has a similar sound as “assistant to the regional manager.” That, of course, was Dwight Schrute’s role in the U.S. version of The Office.Naturally, after the report, plenty of Bret Bielema-Dwight Schrute jokes popped up online.Bill Belichick is certainly no Michael Scott when it comes to coaching. Still, the comparison is too much fun.Someone make me a Bret Bielema as Dwight Schrute meme plz thx https://t.co/9kxLiHqzE9— Grant Addison (@jgrantaddison) July 24, 2018Bret Bielema’s job title is Dwight Schrute-like. https://t.co/AuGsBedEYO— For The Win (@ForTheWin) July 24, 2018Bret Bielema has been named “consultant to the head coach” under Bill Belichick, which means he’s basically Dwight Schrute now https://t.co/juXCTgdl8G— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) July 24, 2018I see Bret Bielema is taking on the Dwight Schrute role for the Patriots. Assistant to the general manager. That’s borderline erotic.— Jeff Pride (@JeffPride) July 25, 2018Bielema’s new job is his first in the NFL ranks, in over 20 years in football coaching.The Iowa alumnus started out as a GA at his alma mater in 1994. From there, he moved on to jobs at Kansas State and Wisconsin, where he eventually became head coach.Bielema led the Badgers from 2006-2012, and Arkansas from 2013-17 before he got fired last fall. He has a 97-58 overall record, but was just 29-34 in Fayetteville.Now, it looks like he’s pretty happy at the pro ranks.last_img read more

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Clemson Has Already Made A Major Change At Quarterback Today

first_imgA general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 8: A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles on November 8, 2003 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University defeated Florida State University 26-10. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)The No. 2 team in the country is struggling against an unranked opponent. Clemson’s season-opener against Furman isn’t going as planned as the Tigers hold just a 10-point advantage in the second quarter.Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant has played solid, connecting on 5-of-10 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. However, head coach Dabo Swinney decided it was time to make a change.Freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence has been called into the game to relieve Bryant. Fans appear to be happy with the move.Here comes Trevor Lawrence and this place is hype.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 1, 2018Lawrence was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2018 recruiting class and received the highest marks possible for a recruit coming out of high school. Despite the hype surrounding Lawrence, Dabo made it clear Kelly Bryant was the starter heading into the season.That appears to have changed as the Tigers are struggling to put up points against an FCS opponent in Furman.Lawrence just completed his first collegiate drive that ended with a field goal.last_img read more

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Ugly Details Emerge In Arrest Of Liberty Football Player

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)While the Liberty Flames are finding their groove on the field, the program received awful news earlier this week.On Wednesday, cornerback Keith Best was arrested for allegedly assaulting and strangling his girlfriend. Disturbing details from the situation continue to emerge, and Liberty University has moved on from the student-athlete.Reports say that the incident began with an argument between Best and his girlfriend. Once the argument escalated, Best apparently hit and strangled her.According to the police, Best’s girlfriend had visible marks on her from the assault.Liberty CB Keith Best dismissed from team after arrest for assault and strangulation of his girlfriend: https://t.co/xjD80au1iE pic.twitter.com/qBakl2Fuu8— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 26, 2018Following these frightening allegations, Best faces two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.Best didn’t see any playing time during the 2018 season, and now, he’ll have much bigger issues to face. The former Liberty defensive back is reportedly being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.This an extremely sensitive situation. We’ll have more as it comes out.last_img read more

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College Football Player Suspended For Sending Teammate To Hospital

first_imgNew Mexico football team.FORT COLLINS, CO – NOVEMBER 22: The New Mexico Lobos take the field to face the Colorado State Rams on November 22, 2014 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Colorado State defeated New Mexico 58-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)It has been a weird year for New Mexico football. In February, head coach Bob Davie was suspended after reports that his program mishandled reports of sexual assault, that he used racial slurs against players, and allegations of physical abuse against players.At the time, it seemed doubtful that Davie would coach this season. However, he survived the suspension and remains at the helm of the Lobos this fall.Now, one of the team’s best players has been suspended, for sending a teammate to the hospital.New Mexico football senior linebacker Evah Tohi got into a fight with an unnamed teammate and friend, sending that person to the hospital.From the Albuquerque Journal:“New Mexico senior linebacker Evahelotu Tohi, the Lobos’ leading tackler, has been suspended from all team activities because he was involved in an fight that left a teammate hospitalized, KOB TV reported late Tuesday.UNM sports information director Frank Mercogliano confirmed the altercation. UNM is not naming the hospitalized teammate, who has been described as a friend of Tohi that doesn’t see much playing time.”Davie released a statement, saying that the team is gathering details, but that Tohi will be suspended from all team activities until there is more information.Tohi leads the Lobos with 57 tackles on the season, including six tackles for loss and a sack. He also has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown against Utah State.The Lobos are 3-5 on the year. The team hosts San Diego State on Saturday.last_img read more

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MRI Confirms Clemson Wideout Amari Rodgers Tore His ACL During Monday’s Practice

first_imgAmari Rodgers of Clemson plays in the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Amari Rodgers #3 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against Christopher Allen #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tidein the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Tuesday morning, TigerNet reported that Clemson junior wideout Amari Rodgers had suffered a knee injury during a team practice on Monday. Unfortunately, reports are now suggesting that the injury is serious.Rodgers, according to ESPN, has a torn ACL and could miss “extended” time. TigerNet reports that Rodgers will have surgery to repair the damage.Rodgers, as a sophomore, caught 55 passes for 575 yards with four touchdowns. He had eight catches combined against Notre Dame and Alabama in the College Football Playoff.It’s unclear how much time Rodgers will miss, but ACL injuries often take months of recovery. It’s fair to say his status for the 2019 season is in doubt.ICYMI: #Clemson receiver suffers leg injury Monday: https://t.co/2VFijrceDo pic.twitter.com/UUFzv0XD9H— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 26, 2019MRI has confirmed Amari Rodgers suffered torn ACL. Surgery upcoming.— Larry Williams (@LarryWilliamsTI) March 26, 2019Rodgers has taken to social media to thank fans supporting him during what’s surely a tough time. He’s vowed to be back better than ever.God gives his toughest soldiers the toughest tasks.. I’ll be back better than ever, believe that💯🙏🏾 https://t.co/eKexryUXn2— Amari Rodgers3️⃣ (@arodgers_3) March 26, 2019Clemson, the reigning national champion, will open its season with Georgia Tech on August 29. The Tigers might be a bit shorthanded at the wide receiver position.last_img read more

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Photo: Maurice Washington Is Dressed For Nebraska’s Game Today

first_imgnebraska running back maurice washington runs against minnesotaLINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With the season opener a few hours away, Nebraska fans were uncertain if Maurice Washington would see the field. Washington, one of the most talented running backs in the Big Ten, has dealt with legal issues over the past few months.Washington is facing felony charges in California stemming from an explicit video that he allegedly sent to an ex-girlfriend.Earlier this week, Scott Frost told the media that a decision hasn’t been made on Washington.Just before kickoff, though, the team appears to have made a decision.Washington took the field with the team – in uniform.Whether or not he’ll actually see the field remains to be seen, but he’ll be dressed on the sideline for the first game of the year.Maurice Washington in uniform today. pic.twitter.com/eaNXDi8zrn— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 31, 2019Washington is fighting for the chance to replace former Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo. The former Huskers running back is currently trying to make the 53-man roster for the New Orleans Saints.Last season, Washington had 77 carries for 455 yards and three touchdowns.Stay tuned for the latest on Washington’s status.No. 24 Nebraska is scheduled to kick off against South Alabama at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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