Crystal Palace target Liverpool striker Solanke in Januaryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are seeking a deal for Liverpool attacker Dominic Solanke.They will be hoping to sign him on loan when the January transfer window opens.Roy Hodgson knows that his team needs to score more goals, as they only have 14 in the league this season.Another club that wants Solanke is Rangers, according to the Evening Standard.Palace are just above the bottom three and face a fight to stay up this season.And they hope that Solanke can help give them enough firepower to avoid relegation. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Lobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.”
Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL successby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris does not believe they are of the profile necessary to win the Champions League.”I think with a lot of humility there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris said to reporters.”They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham.”But as we saw last year, everything is possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?”But obviously we have a different profile to that type of club – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. That type of club.”It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent in front of us. We don’t want to look too far forward.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid attacker Bale: I’m not angryby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Gareth Bale insists there’s nothing wrong with his motivation.Yesterday with the Wales squad, Bale responded to claims about his state of mind at Real Madrid.’Fury and confusion’ was how Guillem Balague described the Welshman’s feelings about the ‘unjust’ way he is being treated in the Spanish capital. But the captain gave his views directly.”I think you play with a lot of emotion,” he began. “Obviously anger comes into it, but I’m just trying to play football and enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or at Real Madrid.”Whenever I go on to the pitch I try and give 100%, as much as I can, to help the team. I’ll continue to do that. I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Mesut Ozil could miss out on Arsenal’s crunch match against Liverpool after the playmaker was a conspicuous absentee when the squad landed on Merseyside.The former Germany international has been in and out of the Gunners team during a tough start to the 2018-19 season.And he suffered another setback when he was substituted at half time in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton. 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? Now, Ozil runs the risk of being left out of the Arsenal squad altogether when they take on the table-topping Reds at Anfield.The playmaker was nowhere to be seen on Friday when Unai Emery and the rest of the Arsenal side filed off the coach after arriving in Liverpool.Arsenal are yet to announce their final squad list for the clash, with the north Londoners determined to take a victory and fend off newly resurgent Manchester United, now just six points behind the fifth-placed Gunners.Elsewhere, Emery will have to wait until the last minute to find out the fate of three key members of his backline.Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash.Arsenal have won one of their past four games in all competitions amid a defensive injury crisis that has seen Unai Emery forced to use Ainsley Maitland-Niles at the back.But Mustafi, Monreal and Bellerin could give the Arsenal boss a boost for Saturday’s visit to Anfield, with Liverpool six points clear at the top of the Premier League.Arsenal said in a medical update on Friday that Monreal and Mustafi will have right hamstring injuries assessed ahead of the game, with Bellerin’s left calf also to be tested.Ready for tomorrow’s big match!Listo para el gran partido de mañana! #PremierLeague #Liverpool #Arsenal #ComeOnGunners #LT11 pic.twitter.com/6g5i9586II — Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) December 28, 2018 Mustafi last played in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on December 8, while Bellerin has been out since a 3-2 loss at Southampton on December 16 and Monreal missed the Boxing Day draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.Liverpool will be without defender Joe Gomez and vice-captain James Milner, with the latter struggling to recover from a muscle injury.But Mohamed Salah will be available to Jurgen Klopp after the Egypt star avoided punishment for winning a contentious penalty in the Reds’ defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gennaro Gattuso has ruled out playing new signing Krzysztof Piatek alongside Patrick Cutrone despite AC Milan’s goalscoring problems continuing against Napoli.The Rossoneri failed to score for the fifth time in their last seven league matches on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti’s side claimed a 0-0 draw at San Siro.New signing Piatek, who arrived from Genoa this week for a reported €35million, came off the bench for Cutrone after 71 minutes but was denied by a good David Ospina save with his only clear chance. 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? Despite watching his side draw a blank for the third time in four league games at home, Gattuso is not yet prepared to sacrifice a midfield player for an extra forward.”Yes, but not right now,” he told DAZN when asked if Piatek and Cutrone could play together. “I don’t like getting pinned back with a line of four in midfield. You risk losing too much space.”They won’t play together for now because there’s an issue of getting balance in the team. When we used two strikers, we were too unbalanced.”A hard-fought battle ends in a stalemate: Here’s the match report https://t.co/96Bx44KxLiUna partita combattuta finisce in pareggio a San Siro: leggi il match report https://t.co/af9uqTzLiy#MilanNapoli pic.twitter.com/stkavWRcHR— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 26, 2019Gattuso was content with a share of the spoils, even if he was frustrated by some of Milan’s play in the attacking third.”We played against a fantastic team and did well in the first half, even if we seemed to go missing in the last part of the pitch,” he said.”Napoli are an opponent who always keep you on your toes and had all their forwards out there. We were getting stretched in the second half and struggled with fatigue, but I am happy with a point.”We often lose our way in the final third, getting the final ball wrong, which is a real problem. We are doing a lot of work on it in training.”
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has hailed Eden Hazard as a “world-class player” who will strengthen the team.The Belgian attacker brought an end to over a year’s worth of speculation when he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) deal this week, signing a five-year contract.Madrid have been in search of a new star to bolster their attacking line after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer and two-time Premier League winner Hazard is expected to fill the role. 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? Ramos is excited to welcome the 28-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeu, as he believes his club have added another top quality player to their squad.Asked if he is excited to play with Hazard next season, Ramos joked reporters: “He is coming to play with us, we were already here, right? I’m happy.”I think it’s a great signing. He is a world-class player. It is good to reinforce the squad.”Ramos’ own future became the subject of speculation as well recently when it was reported that he had notified coach Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez of his desire to leave the club amid interest from a club in China.But the 33-year-old confirmed he wants to stay in the Spanish capital until the end of his career.And the World Cup winner is happy to have put the uncertainty behind him.”I had to go out to give the press conference. I think it was the best for everyone. The important thing was to turn the page and not talk about it any more,” he said. “The goal is achieved. I am very happy in Real Madrid and playing for the national team is not a relief but a source of pride.”When you have been injured, you really value what you do not have. I live it as if it were the last time. It’s all very well.”Currently on international duty with Spain, Ramos is in action on Monday as his side face Sweden in Euro 2020 qualifying, a day before Hazard and his Belgium team-mates line up against Scotland.
It’s always been Steeven Saba’s look drawing the attention. When he was an up-and-coming player, a standout at South Florida club Weston FC, it was his mop of curly hair. Even as Saba was invited to a trial with Blackburn Rovers, attended a Real Madrid camp and suited up for the United States U-18 national team, he still took questions about his locks. Now, the Mexican press has seized upon a profile that gives him a striking resemblance to Mexican attacker Carlos Vela. He stopped for photos several times on the way out of State Farm Stadium with each outlet looking to get its own shot to display next to Vela’s photo. “It’s a fun story,” Saba said Monday. But the midfielder’s story goes far beyond appearances. 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 His hair still curly but now more carefully groomed, Saba is in a place he never thought he’d be: On the field of State Farm Stadium, training with the Haiti national team ahead of an improbable Gold Cup semifinal against Mexico on Tuesday night. But more broadly, there were moments when he thought he’d never be on the soccer field playing at a high level ever again. Saba never was able to make good on the promise of playing in Europe, his career derailed by not one, not two, but three knee surgeries. “You can’t do what you really love to do. You can’t show the world what you can do. To be honest, it was the worst moments of my life,” he said. “I can’t thank my parents and my brother and sister enough because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.” The injuries kept him mostly out of the sport for three years, but at 26 Saba still has some of the skill he flashed a decade earlier left in his legs. Now playing with Violette AC in Port-au-Prince, he’s is one of three domestic-based players in Marc Collat’s squad. He got the call from the coach last year, suiting up for a friendly against Argentina during the Albiceleste’s World Cup preparations. He returned this year to help Haiti top of the Nations League qualification table and earn a spot in the Gold Cup, where he has started all four matches. “Steeven, I must say, joined the team this year. He’s a little bit atypical in Haiti and brings a lot of technical skill to the team,” Collat said at a news conference Monday through a translator. “He’s very precious and I believe there’s a lot he’ll demonstrate throughout the competition.” Saba hopes his showings in this tournament pave the way for an exit to a bigger league, but he’s immensely proud to be representing not only the nation of Haiti but the league itself. “There is a big gap, but there’s a lot of talent in Haiti. I can promise you that,” he said. “There are two or three players on the team that play in Haiti currently, and I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I can to prove that there’s a lot of talent in Haiti.” The talent has been on display in this tournament. Saba keyed Haiti’s impressive third goal in the quarterfinal win over Canada, fighting to get possession and then sending a long switch to a wide-open Duckens Nazon. Nazon went to work and eventually set up Wilde-Donald Guerrier for the winning goal. Saba said it was a particularly satisfying moment after being on the receiving end of trash talk from Junior Hoilett for most of the game. And after the final whistle, Saba broke down in tears at helping Haiti get into the Gold Cup semifinal for the first time ever. If Haiti were to somehow do the same Tuesday and beat Mexico, Saba has no doubt his emotions would overcome him once again. “I’d cry on the field again. I’d be the happiest person ever,” he said. “In Haiti everything is hard. We’re fighters. We’re warriors and we’ll see where it goes from there. I think the entire team is confident. I can’t wait to start the game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Jose Mourinho will all feature in DAZN’s landmark new interview series, The Making Of, which will see the three icons of modern football relive the games that helped define them.Taking an immersive dive into the moments that made them, each superstar reflects on some of their most memorable matches during the nine-part series – which is released on August 9 – revealing unique insights, recalling the emotion of each occasion and, ultimately, the impact it had on their lives.Among the nine transformational games focused on in The Making Of are Ronaldo’s mythic appearance for Sporting against Manchester United in 2003, while Mourinho dissects his legendary Champions League last-16 victory over the Red Devils in 2004, which saw him sprint down the touchline of Old Trafford in elation as he celebrated with his players. 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? Brazil hero Neymar’s rise to global prominence comes under close inspection as the forward looks back on his amazing display for Santos against Flamengo in 2011, in which he scored that year’s Puskas Award-winning goal with an outrageous solo effort.The deeply personal reflections of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho are complemented by the illuminating testimonies of others who shared a pitch with them on those fateful nights.World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos, former Manchester United defender John O’Shea and ex Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar feature, as well as Barcelona midfielder Rafinha and current Portugal boss Fernando Santos.The journalists who covered the historic games and the fans who were in the stadium to witness the individual triumphs of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho also deliver their verdicts.Directed by Dan Riley and produced by Ian Henderson, The Making Of combines archive footage with exclusive interviews and user-generated content, with each star coming face-to-face with full-size projections of the matches which thrust them onto new levels of notoriety. It is DAZN’s first global series, following Being Mario Gotze, the documentary series Canelo vs. Rocky, MotoGP documentary In Our Blood and most recently, 40 Days and ABOUT: The story behind the upset of the era, a behind-the-scenes examination of the historic Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr heavyweight title fight.”Football is a sport full of inspiring stories, powered by super-human emotion, sacrifice and ecstasy,” said Grant Best, SVP of Original Programming & Content Development at DAZN.”Our access to these global football icons enabled us to intimately spend time re-living what they feel are some of the greatest moments in their football history, from their perspective, which is incredibly powerful, moving and enlightening.”Our original content aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the sports they love, which The Making Of captures beautifully.”The DAZN Originals series was produced in association with UK-based creative production company Archer’s Mark and will be available to sports fans in the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Europe. DAZN subscribers in Japan and Brazil will also be able to tune in.