10 months agoAdama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quicker

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Adama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quickerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore insists fans are yet to see him in top gear.Adama is so fast that Olympic sprinting champion Darren Campbell – a consultant during Traore’s spell at Middlesbrough – once advised him to slow down, and who is now regularly clocked at 22mph at Wolves. “I’ve always been quick, ever since I was little,” Traore says, having just scorched the earth at Wolves’ Compton training ground. “People are thinking I am running so fast on the pitch, but I think it’s slow. I am deliberately holding back and I could be even quicker.”At Middlesbrough, Darren told me that I didn’t need to run at 100 per cent as I didn’t realise how fast I was. I can beat players at 70 per cent and this will then give me time to think about what to do next.”I want to get people on the edge of their seats, get past players, try to show my skills and pace.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there’s little shifting the club’s contract policy for players over 30 years of age.Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.”It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.”As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.”And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorgan

first_imgChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fans

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery accepted supporters’ jeers for hooking Alexandre Lacazette during victory over Fulham.Lacazette had put Arsenal two goals in front following Granit Xhaka’s opener but was substituted for Aaron Ramsey after Aboubakar Kamara had halved the deficit.The decision was booed by a large number of fans, although Ramsey put the game beyond doubt with the third.”I understand the supporters,” he said.”Tactically we thought in that moment we needed to change for more balance. Above all we know (Jean Michael) Seri is coming on and need a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball.”Aaron Ramsey can do that and also help us in attack and scored. The reason is this. I need to do my work. And not maybe because every supporter can have a different opinion, tactically.”But I need to do my work, Lacazette his work and he scored also. He helped us and it was a very positive reaction.” last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino writes off Janssen

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino writes off Janssenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a recall for Vincent Janssen.After defeat to Manchester United, Pochettino now loses Heung-min Son to South Korea’s Asian Cup campaign.Asked if Janssen could step up, the manager was adamant: “No, he is not in my plans.”On Son, he continued: “Yeah but we cannot change that. That is the risk in any competition, you know. “In football you cannot avoid the risk.”Four and a half years we are playing every week and testing the depth of the squad, not only that period, but I never complain and I am not going complain. I think we are going to recover players from injury and I think we are going to find the way to play in the best condition and be competitive like we were competitive in the last four years and a half.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!

first_imgBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.” last_img read more

Report: Strasbourg 3 Bordeaux 2

first_imgLebo Mothiba netted twice as Strasbourg scored three goals in 15-minute blitz after a half-time to earn a 3-2 home victory over Bordeaux and a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final.Younousse Sankhare’s first goal since October put Bordeaux in front in Wednesday’s semi-final tie.But Strasbourg produced a superb second-half comeback, with Ludovic Ajorque’s fifth goal in as many games preceding a match-winning double from Mothiba.Jimmy Briand got a late goal back for Bordeaux, but it is Strasbourg who will face Guingamp in the final, which takes place in Lille on March 30. 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? Paris Saint-Germain have won the competition for the last five years, but they lost to Guingamp in the last eight.Progression to a national cup final highlights the strength of Strasbourg’s astonishing rise back through the French league system following their liquidation in 2011 and evenutal reinstatement in the fifth tier.@StadePM, fais de la place ! L’Alsace débarque en nombre dans le Ch’Nord Le Racing est en finale de la @CoupeLigueBKT#RCSAFCGB (3-2) pic.twitter.com/0USPC1SKX8— RC Strasbourg Alsace (@RCSA) January 30, 2019Strasbourg made a bright start with Stefan Mitrovic flicking an effort just over and Mothiba testing Benoit Costil.But Bordeaux struck first after 14 minutes when a poor punch from home goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara allowed Sankhare to volley in from 10 yards, despite Kenny Lala’s attempt to clear off the line.Ajorque’s acrobatic effort from close range failed to find the target for Strasbourg, whose frustration increased when Adrien Thomasson and Ibrahima Sissoko had separate penalty claims denied shortly before half-time.There was relief for the hosts when they levelled just four minutes into the second half, with Lala’s right-wing cross pushed out by Costil as far as Ajorque, whose deflected effort from eight yards beat the keeper.Strasbourg moved ahead in the 55th minute, Ajorque and Lala combining to set up Mothiba for a first-time finish from six yards, and a rapid turnaround was complete on the hour mark.Mothiba was the hero again, heading in from inside the six-yard box after Ajorque headed a Lala free-kick back across the face of goal, and a shaken Bordeaux side offered no response until Briand converted substitute Francois Kamano’s cross with eight minutes left.Nuno da Costa hit the crossbar for Strasbourg before they held on for a nervous final few minutes, the Stade de la Meinau erupting at the full-time whistle.last_img read more

Report: Lyon 2 PSG 1

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season is over after the league leaders suffered a 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday.The defending champions, who were without star man Neymar due to injury, had won 18 games and drawn two prior to their visit to the Groupama Stadium, but they were handed their first loss thanks to goals from Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir.When Angel Di Maria opened the scoring early it looked like a familiar story, however Lyon were writing their own script and dominated the opening period. 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 got their reward through Dembele just after the half hour, and Fekir’s penalty secured the three points – Lyon defending resolutely to cling on to a memorable victory.2015 – Paris have lost a Ligue 1 game after scoring the opening goal for the 1st time since January 2015 against Bastia (2-4). Shake. pic.twitter.com/5MqVYGL4UX— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019It took PSG seven minutes to open the scoring, although they were grateful to some sloppy play from Houssem Aouar 30 yards from his own goal.Aouar was caught in possession by the lively Draxler, the German racing towards the Lyon penalty area before laying it on a plate for Di Maria to score his fifth of the campaign.Lyon quickly found some composure but Alphonse Areola was in fine form, the PSG keeper pulling off a string of fine saves to deny Bertrand Traore, Fekir and Memphis Depay.For all his good work, it was an Areola mistake that enabled Lyon to restore parity, Dembele able to beat the goalkeeper to Leo Dubois’ right-wing cross and head home from close range.Di Maria saw a late chance cleared off the line by Jason Denayer – earning him a hug from Anthony Lopes – and it proved decisive as Lyon took the lead soon after the restart.Three minutes into the second half Fekir was gifted a chance from 12 yards after Dembele had been fouled by Thiago Silva, the forward making no mistake with the penalty as he sent Areola the wrong way.The goal sparked PSG into life and they laid siege on the Lyon goal but Lopes proved a formidable opponent, making key three sharp saves to deny Kylian Mbappe as the hosts hung on. What does it mean? Lyon give everyone hopeIt seemed inevitable that PSG would coast to the title after such a strong first half of the season, and even though their lead is still 10 points, Lyon’s win may give others hope. And maybe, just maybe, there could be a title race.No way past LopesTry as PSG might they could not find a way to beat Lyon’s goalkeeper in the second 45, Lopes making a string of stops to ensure the league leaders fell to their first defeat of the campaign – and fourth against Lyon since their Qatari owners came in.PSG missing Neymar’s sparkLosing the world’s most expensive player to another metatarsal injury looked to be something PSG could cope with after Di Maria’s early strike, but after that they lacked quality in the final third with Edinson Cavani, Draxler and Mbappe all unable to convert good openings.What’s next?PSG visit third-tier Villefranche in the Coupe de France on Wednesday before Bordeaux travel to the capital next weekend. Lyon are also in cup action – against Guingamp – ahead of a trip to Nice in seven days’ time. read morelast_img read more

Reus: Gotze’s move to Bayern was difficult to understand

first_imgMario Gotze’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich left his team-mate Marco Reus dumbstruck. Reus and Gotze were two of the brightest gems in a scintillating Dortmund side coached by Jurgen Klopp at the start of the decade. But that team was eventually dismantled, with Gotze and star striker Robert Lewandowski moving to Bayern in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and Klopp leaving the following year. 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? Gotze failed to make a success of his time in Bavaria and, three years after incensing the BVB faithful, decided on a switch back to Signal Iduna Park. And Reus confesses that he was surprised and disappointed by his forward partner’s initial exit.”I was at home, [the doorbell] rang and Mario was at my door. He told me personally that he will leave the club and take a different path,” he recalled to Goal  and DAZN of the day he found out Gotze was leaving.”At that moment, I did not know what to think or say. I had come to Dortmund fresh and felt that we could be a good duo. Therefore, his decision was difficult for me to understand at the moment.”We had a good team for the years to come. And I actually had the feeling that it fits in between us and that we can play together even better.”Was I angry? I do not want to say that, but of course you always want to play with the best. When one of the best goes, that’s difficult to understand.”In the end, everyone must make his own decisions. You only have one career. And if that was the right decision for him then everybody must accept that.Mario Gotze Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 2018-10-06Gotze’s perceived betrayal made him an unpopular figure amongst Dortmund fans, who targeted him in public when the decision was announced.And, despite his own disappointment, Reus revealed that he felt sorry for his vilified team-mate.”I picked up Mario before the Champions League match against Real Madrid. He was sitting in the back of the car, the fans were waiting for him. That was not an easy situation,” he added.”I know how he experienced and felt that then and did not want to be in his skin. The pressure on his shoulders.”Outsiders and me as a footballer cannot understand that. Mario handled the situation really well, did a great job and assisted the first goal. That’s why he deserves huge respect. We don’t need to talk about the timing and how the message got out to the public.”When a top player leaves the club, you are disappointed as a fan. You always want the best players to stay in the club. But you also must understand the player and accept that he has chosen this path for the one career he has.”last_img read more