Liverpool boss Klopp tells his players: Don’t look behind youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players not to look behind them.Liverpool have made their best start to a campaign and their tally of 45 points from 17 games is 14 more than at the same stage 12 months ago. It sees them top the league as they prepare to face Wolves on Friday and they could be four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City at full-time.”Only City can stop City, to be honest,” said Klopp on Thursday. “We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.”I can’t say City are lucky here and lucky there. They aren’t. Every matchday, they are spot on.”They were spot on last year, when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode. So ‘chapeau’. I have to say it.”There’s no sign of weakness. Against Everton, in the first 15 minutes maybe, but it was 12.30pm after a Champions League game. There were balls flying around and missed passes. But after that, they took charge of the game and won it comfortably. Thank you very much, next one. That’s why I say it. They are the champions. And they still play like champions.”We are all the challengers. That’s why we should concentrate on every game and not take any result for granted. We are all judged on that because they are the champions. They can do it, so it should be possible for us as well. I know what work we have to do — and I know how difficult it is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri admits ‘Chelsea in trouble’ after beating Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits they’re “in trouble” after victory at Crystal Palace.Olivier Giroud limped out of Selhurst Park on crutches to add to Sarri’s injury concerns.The World Cup winner now looks set to join Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the sidelines.Sarri said: “The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity. We have to wait for tomorrow. In the last few days we have been a but unlucky.”In 10 minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud, and we were already without Pedro and Odoi.”We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days. Fabregas is a neck problem.”The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure whether he has to rest for two or 10 days. I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp responds to Guardiola jibeby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a gibe at Manchester City’s Carabao Cup fixture.The Reds boss was speaking about his reasons for rotating the team against Wolves.He believed that his attackers needed a rest. And he suggested that if they had faced easier opposition, he may have put some of them in the team.Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.”If you have the full squad together, it’s massive [to have a lighter schedule],” Klopp told a pre-match news conference. “It’s really good. That’s my preferred rhythm.”It’s our situation – it’s not that we decided to go out of the EFL Cup or the FA Cup ourselves or that it’s not important. That’s not how it is.”We had Chelsea at home, which was probably the most difficult game, it was pretty tight and we lost it. Then Wolves was the situation and we had to make changes after the most intense month of the year in December.”If we had played a League Two team [instead of Wolves], maybe the offensive line could have played because the intensity is different and you have the ball most of the time, you can play.”Wolves make the pitch unbelievably big. You have to run. You cannot have the ball all the time. That means you have to understand the expected intensity of the game and you have to make a line-up. That’s what we did and we had a few injuries on top.”I would love to still be in these competitions, but we are not in them. We have to make the best of the time now. I know Pep [Guardiola] said he would prefer to be in four competitions. I would prefer the same.”We have to make the best of the time and get as many points as possible.”
Kostas Mitroglou’s agent has denied reports the Greece international is headed for a January exit from Marseille.The 30-year-old striker is in his second season with the Ligue 1 club after making the move from Benfica in the summer of 2017.Mitroglou has largely rejuvenated his career after a €15 million (£13m) move to Fulham from Olympiakos, in which he only played in three Premier League games for the Cottagers. 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? A loan back to Olympiakos followed, which saw him saw 19 times for the Greek club that season, and then two seasons at Benfica, during which he was sold by Fulham to the Portuguese giants.His debut season in Ligue 1 saw Mitroglou score nine times in 19 Ligue 1 outings, nine of those starts, while he has bagged three goals in 13 league appearances this season.However, reports have surfaced saying current Nice striker and Italy international Mario Balotelli is nearing a move to Marseille, which has placed a question around Mitroglou’s future.With rumours linking the striker to La Liga clubs such as Real Betis and Valencia, Mitroglou’s agent, Panos Galariotis, has stepped up to deny a January exit is in his client’s future.“As I said recently through my agency, all these scenarios linking Kostas Mitroglou to a departure from Olympique Marseille are totally false and without an ounce of credibility,” Galariotis said.”There is nothing on the side of the OM, nor on the side of Kostas Mitroglou, concerning in particular the latest information published.“Mitroglou is happy in Marseille and he is focused on the objectives of the club of this season.”Should Balotelli arrive in January and the former Fulham man remains, Valere Germain, who has also netted three times in Ligue 1 this year, may be set for an exit.Marseille are currently sixth in the Ligue 1 table, but are mired in a six-game winless streak in all competitions, with their last victory coming back in November.The club is next in action on Sunday in the Coupe de France against Andrezieux, a club from the fourth tier of French football, while they return to league play against Monaco on January 13.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says he will reassess Adrien Rabiot’s situation with the club once the January transfer window closes.Rabiot was banished from the first-team indefinitely in December after it became clear he would not sign a new deal with the club.The midfielder’s agent, his mother Veronique Rabiot, said that there was “no going back” as the situation had “completely deteriorated”. 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? Barcelona have been seen as the front-runners to sign the midfielder, be it in January or the summer but, if Rabiot doesn’t depart in January, Tuchel says he will take a look at his options when it comes to handling the midfielder’s role for the rest of the season.”It’s not possible to reinstate him in January, because a lot of things can happen,” Tuchel said on Friday.”If he doesn’t leave, I am open to everything, but that will depend on many things. He trains very well but the situation between Rabiot and the club is complicated and it’s necessary to wait.”PSG are fresh off a Coupe de la Ligue loss to Guingamp, the club’s first domestic cup defeat in five years.Stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar may not feature in this weekend’s match agaisnt Amiens, as Tuchel said the Frenchman is “not at the top” while the Brazilian is “very tired”.Neymar’s future with the club has also come into question in recent weeks, with his father claiming reports of a Barcelona return are “fake news”.Even with the reports swirling around the club, Tuchel insists PSG are focused on Amiens and bouncing back from a frustrating defeat to Guingamp.”Yesterday, we had training and everyone was a little sad,” Tuchel said.”It’s normal, after a defeat. When you lose a match, it’s always hard. But yesterday we did the best thing in my opinion: quality training. “We must continue like this and it is necessary to repeat that at training today. We must show our ability to react and it is a good thing to play only three days after Guingamp, to forget the defeat.”
There are two tiers to Manchester City’s transfer dealings this summer; the Premier League champions could break their club record fee twice in quick succession on two fundamental reinforcements, at the same time as snapping up two players that, on the face of it, do not seem to have a role in the first team at all.City’s record signing is Riyad Mahrez, who cost £60 million last summer, but they are on the verge of announcing Rodri from Atletico Madrid in a £63m deal, having persuaded the Sergio Busquets-like defensive midfielder to move to the Etihad Stadium and provide cover for – and eventually replace – Fernandinho.Pep Guardiola has also identified Leicester City’s Harry Maguire as the main man to strengthen City’s defence following the exit of Vincent Kompany. The Blues do not want to pay Leicester’s asking price more than £75m, but the eventual fee (if there is to be one) could eclipse the £63m spent on Rodri. 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 They could also spend north of £50m on Juventus’ Joao Cancelo, providing they can offset that fee by moving on Danilo, who wants first-team football but, so far, has not found too many clubs who can provide it.Those three players will have a clear role in the first team next season and in the years to come, if they arrive, but the motive behind City’s other transfer dealings are less obvious.City have also brought in 22-year-old left-back Angelino, who left the club for PSV just 12 months ago.The Spaniard joined City’s academy in 2013 and was loaned to clubs across the world before being sold for around €5m last July.He had been deemed surplus to requirements even as City battled with a left-back dilemma in the past two summers, but a continued shortage of options in that area has finally opened the door to the first team.Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has signed a new contract and been given the No.11 shirt, will likely go into next season as first choice, with Benjamin Mendy continuing his recovery from his latest knee problems; he underwent an arthroscopy procedure in May.And with doubts around Mendy’s fitness both in the short and long-term, City had long decided that they need cover. They had initially planned a big-money move for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, but pulled the plug at the end of April partly because they had decided to use the money elsewhere and partly because they knew they would not be able to sell Mendy.So Angelino, who had a buy-back clause of just €12m in his PSV transfer (although City sources claim the move will cost as little as €6m) represents a cut-price option that makes a lot of sense.For one thing, his time at the club as a teenager means he can be registered as a homegrown player.But City are also set to lose essentially all of their other emergency left-back options. Danilo had been called upon to play there at times but he looks set to leave, while Fabian Delph, who stood in brilliantly in the 2017-18 season but struggled in 2018-19, has already cleared out his locker at the Etihad Stadium.And with City likely to go into next season with three senior centre-backs – Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and either Maguire or Nicolas Otamendi (the Argentine may be persuaded to stay if Maguire, or another centre-back, is not signed) – they would be less inclined to move Laporte from his favoured central position out to the left, which would have been more likely if Zinchenko were to get injured or banned while Mendy is on the sidelines.It is not impossible that Laporte could play left-back next season – Guardiola has deployed him there in big games against Liverpool and could do so again – but the Catalan would not want to use last season’s most reliable defender out of position for prolonged periods.Reports that Paris Saint-Germain had been ready to pay €25m to sign Angelino from PSV had led many to think that City could re-sign him and immediately sell him on for profit, but instead he will be used as first-team cover and there is a good chance he will be called upon quite often next season.That could also be the case for Asier Riesgo, a 35-year-old goalkeeper who has played a largely back-up role throughout his career and should be announced the club in the near future.He had a trial at Tottenham in 2009 after losing his spot at Real Sociedad to Claudio Bravo, and then spent five years as a squad player at Osasuna, before moving to Eibar in 2015.City’s somewhat surprising decision to sign the veteran is based largely on their desire to send Aro Muric on loan.Muric, 20, found himself as Ederson’s understudy last season after Claudio Bravo sustained a serious Achilles injury that kept him out for essentially the whole campaign.Muric had just gone on loan to NAC Breda, where he was set for a season of first-team football. but was swiftly recalled to fill Bravo’s place on the bench, save for Carabao Cup matches.The big Kosovan played an important role in getting City to the Carabao Cup final – although Ederson played at Wembley – and coaches see him as a genuine option to contend for a first-team role in the future.But they believe he still needs a year of regular football elsewhere to aid his development, because he was essentially robbed of that in 2018-19 due to Bravo’s injury.With Muric out on loan, most likely to Nottingham Forest, City do not want to be caught short again if Bravo or Ederson get injured.Riesgo, which translates to English as ‘Risk’, is seen as a safe pair of hands.He has been recommended by goalkeeper coach Xabier Mancisidor and scout Cervantes, who had a distinguished career in Spain between 1976 and 1992.Riesgo and Bravo battled for the No.1 spot at Real Sociedad and will now vie for the No.2 spot at City. It is possible that both will step aside in 2020, however; Bravo’s contract expires at the end of next season, while Riesgo is being lined up for a coaching role in City’s academy.The Basque keeper has been tempted to move to Manchester by a competitive salary and the opportunity for his young family to study in England and learn English – which are chief among the reasons why Bravo has been so keen to see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium, despite his problems with form and fitness in the past three seasons. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)An ACC freshman quarterback has been suspended for four games for a violation of team rules.Cade Weldon, a redshirt freshman QB at Miami, is going to miss the Hurricanes’ next three games. The suspension included this past weekend’s game against Florida State.The former 3-star recruit is a Tampa, Fla. native.#Miami redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Weldon will miss four games, which includes this past Saturday’s game against #FSU in addition to the next three games, due to a violation of team rules.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 9, 2018Weldon wasn’t playing for the Hurricanes, but it does take away from their depth for the next couple of weeks.UM QB Cade Weldon, who wasn’t playing anyway obviously, won’t be allowed to play for 4 weeks because of violation of team rules. The suspension of sorts started against FSU, but announced today.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 9, 2018Miami is 5-1, ranked No. 16 in the latest top 25 poll.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)If Urban Meyer is, in fact, on his way out at Ohio State, it won’t be anyone’s choice other than the man himself.According to a report from Sports by Brooks, the boosters who initially recruited Meyer to coach the team have no intentions of pushing him out.Per the source, billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, a top Ohio State booster who recruited Meyer, will not push to see the Buckeyes head coach “pushed out” at the end of 2018.Meyer’s job status has been a major question mark this season. Prior to the season, the school suspended him for three games over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against former assistant Zach Smith.If Urban Meyer does not return to coach Ohio State in 2019, it will be his own decision, sources tell Sports by Brooks.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 31, 2018Billionaire Leslie H. Wexner, the man most responsible for Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State – and Jim Tressel’s ouster – will not push Meyer out as Ohio State coach after the 2018 season, sources tell Sports by Brooks.— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) October 31, 2018Meyer helped Ohio State transition quickly from the Jim Tressel-era.In 2012, his first year with the team, Meyer led Ohio State to a 12-0 record. A bowl ban prevented the Buckeyes from claiming the Big Ten title or competing in a major bowl game that season.After losing the Orange Bowl the following year, Meyer’s Buckeyes claimed the national championship by beating Alabama and Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff in 2014.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas State Wildcats on November 14, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 59-44. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury has found a new job in college football. The former Texas Tech head coach is heading to USC to be the Trojans’ offensive coordinator.Kingsbury was let go by the Red Raiders after a 5-7 regular season. He finished 35-40 in six seasons in Lubbock, reaching three bowl games.Despite his team’s struggles this season, Kingsbury is still viewed as a bright offensive mind. USC spoke with him last week, and beat out an overture from the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams to land the 39-year-old.FOX Sports/Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman broke the news moments ago.BREAKING: Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to a deal with #USC, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 4, 2018USC finished 5-7 this season, missing a bowl game in its third season under Clay Helton. It was rumored that the school would move on from Helton, but they elected to keep him in the fold.The Trojans had a disappointing 2018, but with quarterback J.T. Daniels returning for his sophomore season and talented wide receivers Tyler Vaughns, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Michael Pittman Jr. back as well, there is hope for a bounce back next fall.As the new leader of the offense, it will be on Kingsbury to engineer that rebound.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 27: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines during a game against the Missouri Tigers at Razorback Stadium Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 28-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Former Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema could be in line for a big promotion at the NFL level.The New England Patriots announced on Thursday that defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was stepping down from his position.“I have informed Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick that I am stepping down from my position at the Patriots. This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family. I don’t want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities,” the former Ohio State assistant coach announced.Schiano, 52, joined the Patriots’ staff after leaving his position at Ohio State.Another former college coach could be in line to replace him.Bielema, who’s served an off-field role for the Patriots, had reportedly been telling people close to him earlier this year that he would be New England’s next DC.“Bret Bielema has been telling people he’ll be next Patriots DC,” Ben Volin reported.NFL Notes:*Interesting proposals to make punt play safer*The key to SB53: Patriots’ ability to defend run in “11” personnel*Bret Bielema has been telling people he’ll be next Patriots DC*Concussions down 29%, Teddy B saved by his handshake, more!https://t.co/6U4r78UaU2— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) January 27, 2019ProFootballTalk had more:There’s a chance that Belichick won’t name a new defensive coordinator, either retaining the duties or unofficially delegating them to Bielema or maybe even to Belichick’s son, Steve.Regardless, an offseason that was expected to be tranquil for the Pats has been anything but, and the sudden departure of Schiano has become the latest twist for a team that will surely continue to turn out wins in 2019.Bielema in a major NFL role could be a lot of fun, but at this point, it’s mostly just speculation.