Barcelona approach Chelsea over Christensen loan offerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are interested in Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.The youngster has fallen out of favour at the Blues under boss Maurizio Sarri.The 22-year-old centre-back is limited to Carabao Cup and Europa League appearances for much of the season.The Evening Standard suggests that Barcelona may want to take him on loan for the rest of the season, with the possibility of a permanent move in the summer.The Catalan giants are dealing with defensive injuries to the likes of Samuel Umtiti.It is unclear if Chelsea would agree, as Christensen is still highly rated at the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea rival Arsenal for wantaway Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarezby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace rivaling Arsenal for wantaway Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Arsenal have identified Denis as a readymade replacement for departing Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Mirror says Denis’ Barcelona future is expected to be resolved over the weekend.The midfielder has fallen out of favour but that hasn’t stopped Chelsea looking closely.They have yet to make a bid but could be tempted if Suarez is given the green light to go. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Napoli attacker Callejon tells Klopp: It was a penaltyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli attacker Jose Callejon has dismissed Liverpool complaints over the penalty he won in last night’s Champions League triumph.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp accused the Spaniard of diving.But Callejon responded: “If the referee whistled the penalty, it is a penalty, there has been contact. “We know each other very well, we have faced each other so many times, it was a very tactical game. They create a lot of danger, we have defended well, in the second half we have had some decline, we ran a lot, but in the last 15-20 minutes the game was dominated by us, it’s a deserved victory. “For our fans and our families, we have worked very well these days after the championship, everyone has run and given their soul.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Leonardo Spinazzola pens new Roma dealby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeonardo Spinazzola has extended his Roma contract to June 2024.The fullback arrived from Juventus over the summer with a deal running to June 2023.But he has convinced the Giallorossi so much that they already got him to sign a new and improved deal.The 26-year-old made the move from Juve for €29.5m as part of an exchange with Luca Pellegrini going to Turin. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp snappy over claims Man Utd underdogsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down their favourites tag against Manchester United.The two fierce rivals will go toe-to-toe at Old Trafford on Sunday.”On Sky you made a combined line-up and had 11 players of Liverpool. It’s like a joke, like building a banana skin,” Klopp said in his Friday press conference.”The world at the moment is like a circus, and we are at the centre. I’m not influenced by it. I am 100 per cent sure of the strength of Manchester United.”The German also casted doubt on the injuries of Paul Pogba and David de Gea who have been ear-marked to miss the encounter.He added: “Yesterday, Pogba and De Gea there is ‘no chance’. Today it is ‘maybe’, tomorrow it is ‘a chance’!”
Guardiola insists no panic inside Man Cityby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists there’s no great concern over their start to the season.City were were seven points behind Liverpool in January last year and are currently eight point behind Jurgen Klopp’s sides this campaign.But despite the already not inconsiderable gap, Guardiola is refusing to panic.He said, “Every season is completely different. Every situation is different. The results now are not going to change my opinion about my time.“I know exactly what we have to do to come back to be a team like we want to be but it is the past and we now need to be focused to try and increase our game and win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Unai Emery insists he will not ask Lucas Torreira to play carefully and avoid a booking against Brighton and Hove Albion that would rule him out of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool.Torreira and fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi are one yellow card away from a one-match suspension in the Premier League, having received four each this season.They would be ruled out of the clash with unbeaten Liverpool at Anfield on December 29th if they were to be booked against Brighton, but Emery says the risk will not influence his plans. 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? “We are going to play the next match in Brighton, and we are going to play full, not considering the option of playing with more precaution,” he said. “It’s the same three points at Brighton as it is at Liverpool, and we are going to play first in Brighton, and it’s a tough match. We need every player with 100 per cent focus to do all on the pitch for the win.”When asked if Torreira could play in a less combative way, Emery replied: “I don’t know but I don’t want him thinking of the possibility of action for one yellow card. I don’t want to think that.”Arsenal responded to back-to-back defeats to Southampton in the league and Tottenham in the EFL Cup by beating Burnley 3-1 last weekend.Emery is now looking forward to the hectic schedule of his first Christmas in English football.”I am going to enjoy it with you [the media], working and playing the matches, and I think it’s very important for the supporters for this moment to play,” he said.”To have a party playing with another team, with our supporters, Brighton is perfect, play Wednesday, in Liverpool, perfect, here on January, the new year, against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy and enjoy only if we win!”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the league’s top scorer this season, netted twice against Burnley to move onto 12 goals for the season.However, Emery is more concerned with improving his team’s defensive approach than setting targets for his leading marksman.”I want every player to be a protagonist on the pitch, with goals, assists, with the best in the game,” he added.”Our defect, and [what] we need to keep improving [on], is to have more clean sheets and to concede less chances for the opposition. It’s one work we need to keep doing and do better.”
YouTube/WatchNDBrian Kelly probably isn’t going to be fired, but his seat might be getting warmer.Notre Dame is 4-7 this season and will probably finish the year 4-8 (the Fighting Irish play against USC this weekend). Today, the NCAA announced that Notre Dame’s football program committed violations during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, causing the school to vacate games and go on probation. (To those violations Kelly says he has zero culpability.)Kelly, who’s 59-30 as Notre Dame’s head coach, was asked today if he thinks he’ll be the Fighting Irish’s head coach in 2017.His response, from Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated.Will Brian Kelly be the head coach at Notre Dame next year: “I have no reason to believe that I’m not.”— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) November 22, 2016Notre Dame’s athletic director said in October that Kelly will be returning to the program in 2017.No one in college football has ever gone back on their word regarding the status of a job, right?Notre Dame and USC are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC Saturday.
Graeme Souness has backed Liverpool to ‘steamroller’ Tottenham in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid, but he suggests Mauricio Pochettino’s side can dare to believe destiny is on their side.Spurs reached the final after a dramatic away goals victory over Ajax in the semi-finals, having earned a late reprieve against Manchester City in the quarter-finals, while also only scrambling out of the group phase thanks to a late equaliser away to Barcelona.Speaking exclusively to Goal at a Virgin Media Sport event in Dublin, former Liverpool captain Souness stated his belief that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will deliver the club’s sixth European title in Madrid, but he warned the underdogs could continue to ‘ride their luck’ all the way to the biggest trophy in club football. 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? “I expect Liverpool to turn up and steamroller Spurs this weekend, but part of me wonders whether there will be a twist in this tale,” began Souness.”If we said there would be a team in the Champions League final from England that lost 19 games in all competitions, you would never have believed it. Tottenham have done that and they are very lucky to be there and logic suggests their luck will run out on Saturday, but attaching logic to football is rarely productive.”So, despite me saying Liverpool are big favourites in this final, it doesn’t mean Tottenham can’t win on Saturday and one factor is in my mind when I say that. If I was in the Liverpool dressing room, I’d be thinking is their name is on the trophy? They have lost all those games and yet they have come through against Manchester City and Ajax in the Champions League when they were so close to losing and that shows they have got resilience.”When one team has better players than the other, they will win nine times out of 10, but we have witnessed what can happen in cup finals before when the big team doesn’t turn up and they are shocked.”The key to winning a massive game like this is making sure you don’t get caught up in the moment. You need to start well and don’t hand the initiative to the opposition. They preached that to us in every cup final we played, start well. “When I joined Liverpool, I went to a team that were serial winners. I had only been at the club four months and I was playing in a European Cup final at Wembley. It wasn’t like we were sat in the dressing room feeling concerned. “There was never a doubt we were going to win it, never any nervousness. You look around the dressing room at players who have done this the year before and that gives you great comfort. When you win it, you hope young players will look to you for that kind of inspiration. “Liverpool don’t have that experience of winning things and Spurs certainly don’t have that. Make sure you start well, concentrate on your own game, get your job done first.”Souness argues just one Tottenham player would get into the Liverpool team, as the three-time European Cup winner believes the team with the clearest mindset will prevail.”When you put the two teams down on paper, not many Tottenham players would get into that Liverpool team,” stated the former Liverpool captain. “Harry Kane would get in and possibly Christian Eriksen at a push, but beyond that I’m struggling. That’s why I see Liverpool winning this Champions League final. “This is a Liverpool team that has no obvious weakness and no-one enjoys playing against them. That’s why they only lost one game in the Premier League all season, but they have yet to win their first big trophy and Klopp knows he needs to get over that hurdle now.”Tottenham will be coming up with a plan of how to stop their opponents, yet Liverpool will go out and play their game and for a majority of the time this season, that has been enough. I expect it will be good enough once again on Saturday.”Follow Virgin Media Sport on Twitter @VMSportIE Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football’s 2018 Week 1 slate is full of intriguing matchups. Few, though, are more-intriguing than Texas’ trip to Maryland.The Terrapins, of course, are in the middle of a major controversy, with head coach D.J. Durkin being placed on administrative leave.Texas, meanwhile, is looking to take a big step in Year 2 of the Tom Herman era. The Longhorns got off to a rough start in 2017 with an upset loss to Maryland.Herman’s team got some tough news today.The Longhorns will be without two key defenders Week 1.It’s unclear when they will return, too.Texas LB Ayodele Adeoye and DB DeMarvion Overshown have both been ruled out for the Maryland game with knee injuries. Their longer-term status is still unclear.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 15, 2018Texas and Maryland are set to kick off at noon on Sept. 1. The game will be on FS1.