Liverpool boss Klopp explains holding back Naby Keitaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained holding back Naby Keita in recent games.Klopp admits the midfielder should be doing better.He said, “With Naby, and I spoke to him, everything is fine and I am completely happy. Could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes. Is he exactly the player [he was] in his best time at Leipzig? No, but he’s still adapting, that’s how it is. “But everybody saw it how brilliant he played in the first part [of the season]. Tottenham was a fantastic game of him without thinking too much, and then we made a change I think around the PSG game and the boys have to deal with it. Then a little injury here, a little injury there and it was kind of a little setback.”But he is a fantastic player and I’m really happy to have him here. It’s so good and I am really looking forward to our common future because see if you see it every day, wow, there is so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game, so that’s all good. “No, there was no reason [for him not playing recently], just because other boys were in good shape as well. It was a bit about positioning, a bit about system and all that stuff. That’s how football decisions are. There is really, really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan to stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Eden Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan to sign permanently.The striker was an admirer of the Armenian’s talents before he joined the Serie A side and has been impressed so far. He told Sky Sports: “I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.”He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.”Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal, so hopefully he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.”
Brighton midfielder Alzate open to committing to Colombiaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate says he’d be open to committing to Colombia.Alzate’s emergence has not gone unnoticed back in the mother country.He told Caracol Radio: “I’ve been playing football since I was three or four. At 16 or 17, I started to take it more as a career and I became more serious.“I don’t follow Colombian football much but I watch the national team.“If they call me, I’d love to play for the Colombian national team more than England, only because of my Colombian roots.“Although I’m in England, I feel more Colombian. It would be an honour to play for Colombia” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.
Twitter/@MattPark1Tonight’s game at the Carrier Dome between Syracuse and Virginia is going to be all about senior center Rakeem Christmas. With the Orange ineligible for the post-season, Christmas’ final home game is a major event in Central New York, and we bet there will be plenty of tributes to Syracuse’s lone senior. We’ve already shared this spectacular snowman on the Syracuse campus, now Christmas’ teammate and longtime friend Trevor Cooney is paying homage to the center in the Dome during warm-ups..@TCooney10 out early modeling shooting shirt tribute to @R_Xmas25 on Senior Night. And new shorts to go with… pic.twitter.com/ZiFlIKvL9D— Matt Park (@MattPark1) March 2, 2015Based on Matt Park’s tweet, the rest of the team may also be wearing these for warm-ups. This is a very cool tribute to a player who has meant everything to his team during what has been a very trying season for the Orange.
colin cowherd says nebraska beats iowaIowa, at 10-0, has two games remaining on its regular season schedule before potentially getting a shot at the Big Ten East champion in the league’s title game. The first, this Saturday, is a home contest against 2-8 Purdue. The second, next Friday, is at Nebraska – a 5-6 team that needs a victory to become bowl eligible.Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the Hawkeyes, who he calls a “fraud”, will be upset by the Cornhuskers in their final regular season game. In short, he thinks that Nebraska will end Iowa’s dream of a College Football Playoff berth.Cowherd has been trashing the Hawkeyes for their “weak” schedule all season, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Iowa will just need to keep winning to keep silencing critics.
Chelsea have sent Lewis Baker on loan to Reading after the midfielder’s temporary spell at fellow Championship side Leeds United ended.The 23-year-old made 11 league appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s leaders but only two starts, failing to score a goal.And the former England Under-21 international will now spend the rest of the campaign on loan at the Royals. 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? Reading are 23rd in the table, five points adrift of safety, and Baker could make his debut against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.@lew_baker Welcome to RG2!#BakerJoins pic.twitter.com/xxSNVx9mw5— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 9, 2019″Lewis is a player of undoubted ability who, having grown up at Chelsea, has gone on to regularly represent his country at youth level and earn valuable first team experience on loan both in England and Holland,” said Reading boss Jose Gomes.”Importantly, he also knows what it takes to meet the demands of this division and I am looking forward to him joining the group in training for the first time tomorrow.”Baker’s previous loan clubs include Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse and Middlesbrough.Chelsea appear to be active in the January market as Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are both in pursuit of Alvaro Morata.The Blues are also after Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj, but would first need to offload Davide Zappacosta, who has drawn interest from Lazio.
Saturday play, Sunday travel, Monday train and Tuesday play again. It’s a packed schedule for the Mexico national team and their Haitian opponents ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal.Nearly a whole week passed from El Tri’s final group match and Saturday’s victory over Costa Rica on penalties on Saturday. Only three days will go by until they play for the right to move into the final. That quick turnaround could force manager Tata Martino to make some modifications, especially with his group already hard-hit by injuries.Nowhere is he more likely to be forced into alterations than in the midfield – a place where El Tri does have a fair amount of depth but one where injuries recently have hit hard. 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 Erick Gutierrez’s tournament all but ended after he left the 3-1 win over Canada in Denver with a hamstring problem, though the PSV midfielder is back in training. That meant a heavy amount of minutes for veteran Andres Guardado, a challenge he has accepted. But on a yellow card and not at 100 percent, Guardado was pulled out of El Tri’s quarterfinal match. Whether he goes from the opening whistle against Haiti is uncertain.On the other side of the midfield, Jonathan dos Santos is in a similar situation. The LA Galaxy midfielder missed Mexico’s first match of the tournament with a muscle complaint of his own and also came out of the quarterfinal before the extra time period.”Jonathan ended up a little heavy in the back of his leg. He told me it wasn’t anything more than a heavy load. He was calm,” Martino said after the match. “Andres, I think it’s something that he even came in with in the second game, also in the back. He even was in doubt for today’s match. We decided yesterday in the final training session that he was going to play and not Rodriguez. He made the effort to be able to be in the game.”But I see it as a big positive that one of the two or three most emblematic players goes out, a guy with just 10 games in the national team – if he even has 10 – and does it like he did. This makes me really calm, it makes me happy. It makes the range of possibilities in choosing players much more broad.”Dos Santos should be available for Tuesday’s semifinal, which is good news for Mexico. “It was just a cramp,” he said after the game. “They took me out as a change just as a precaution.”While Carlos Rodriguez has given Martino plenty of depth in the middle of the field, it’s unclear how Mexico would line up were Guardado and Dos Santos both not fit to go. Rodriguez would fill one of the interior places next to holding midfielder Edson Alvarez, but the other spot may have to be filled by either Luis Montes – more accustomed to playing in a creative role – or Roberto Alvarado, who has been playing this tournament as a winger.Martino may not have to go down that road. El Tri did a gym session Sunday and also did regeneration work in the pool. Monday afternoon, they’ll train – inside, with temperatures already above 105 at 11 a.m. in Phoenix and set to hit 110 around 3 p.m.Haiti also is going through the same process, without as much depth in the squad as its opponent. Marc Collat, the Grenadiers’ manager, made just three changes from his side’s win over Costa Rica to close out the group phase for the 3-2 semifinal victory over Canada. After a furious rally in the second half, his team too will be pushed by the quick turnaround, even if it didn’t have to play extra time and penalties and also wrapped up its quarterfinal hours before Mexico finished its game.Each manager has to decide who is best ready to play and who will cope best with this quirk of tournament soccer. The conditions may be tough, but each team is dealing with nearly identical situations. Neither manager will make excuses if they go home.From there, the winner will have an extra day of rest compared to the other finalist. That benefit down the road doesn’t make the tight turnaround any easier for the players who will be on the field Tuesday and the managers responsible for deciding how their teams will line up.
At the start of the 1995-96 season – after a youthful Manchester United side had just lost their opening game to Aston Villa – Alan Hansen infamously remarked that “you can’t win anything with kids.”He would regret those comments as ‘The Class of ’92’ – featuring the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers – would go on to win the league and FA Cup on their way to dominating English football.Similar questions will no doubt be asked of Frank Lampard’s very talented young Chelsea team after they were taught a harsh lesson on the opening day of the current season. 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? The Blues were thumped 4-0 at Old Trafford after a game in which they played well for long periods but were let down by poor finishing and naive defending.Chelsea had more possession, more shots and more control of the ball but lacked the ruthlessness in both boxes compared to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops.Lampard’s starting line-up was a statement of trust in his army of young graduates as both Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount were selected by the ex-midfielder.Although United’s team was even younger than Lampard’s, this was a new philosophy for a Chelsea squad that has regularly snubbed academy players over the last two decades.With an average age of 25 years and 199 days, it was the youngest starting XI Chelsea have ever started a Premier League season with.This change in approach has been prompted by the appointment of Lampard, who believes that the best academy in England can bring success to a club who have been banned from signing players this summer.Sunday’s loss won’t deter Lampard, but his young players must learn the harsh lessons from this 4-0 pummelling.Chelsea started well and Abraham was unlucky to hit the post at 0-0 in a bright first half for the No.9. He led the press well for much of the match, but he was also physically bullied at times by Man Utd’s impressive £80 million signing Harry Maguire, who enjoyed a fine debut for the Red Devils.Mount’s energy is a weapon for the Blues and he found space brilliantly in the opening period. His pressing was a crucial reason why United struggled to pass the ball early on, but he also has things to work on.The 21-year-old can certainly be more decisive and make better decisions in the final third. Like some of his team-mates, he will believe that he could have been more efficient during Chelsea’s long periods of dominance.Manchester United had young players of their own leading the line but Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira have more experience at the top level of football.Chelsea were unlucky to hit the woodwork twice, but they also must accept that their finishing was not clinical enough.Lampard’s bigger concern though will be his defence. Kurt Zouma’s error led to a Rashford penalty against the run of play in the first half. All in all, the Frenchman never looked comfortable after returning from two seasons on loan at Stoke City and Everton.Perhaps the backline is an area where Chelsea’s lack of experience could hurt them after they lost both David Luiz and Gary Cahill this summer. Zouma’s partner Andreas Christensen still needs to convince people of his class, too.It was Man Utd’s counter-attacking football that did the damage in the second half as Chelsea collapsed after Anthony Martial claimed a crucial second. Rashford and Daniel James added two more goals as the Blues were torn apart by the pace of United’s attackers.It is not all doom and gloom, though.Chelsea went to the biggest stadium in the country and proved that they could move the ball better than their opponents. For long periods, it looked as though the outcome would be very different and the scoreline is a little flattering to the Red Devils.Lampard didn’t do a lot wrong tactically – even if it was a surprise to see Christian Pulisic start as a substitute – but Solskjaer’s second-half switch to defend deeper and hit longer balls was also pivotal to the result.The experienced players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Ross Barkley and Pedro were all as guilty as their younger team-mates in making naive errors. Azpilicueta was at fault for the second goal, while Pedro’s distribution was, at times, wayward.The Premier League can be a cruel place at times, and now Chelsea’s young players need to show they have the mental strength to react to this disappointment. There certainly is no doubt about their talent.Like Man Utd’s class of ‘92, Chelsea’s class of 2019 are going to have to prove the doubters wrong. Some will say Chelsea can’t win anything with youth, but Lampard will give them the chance to show they can.
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 13: The Florida Gators take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida running back Jordan Scarlett is forgoing his senior season to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, he announced this afternoon on Instagram.Scarlett finished with 776 rushing yards and five touchdowns this past season. He split time with Lamical Perine as Florida’s primary ballcarrier.Scarlet finishes his career with 1,846 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.“To begin, I would like to start by thanking Gator Nation for the tremendous love and support given to me over the past four years,” he wrote in his announcement. “This season has shown me just how much I truly love the game and what it means to be a Florida Gator.“This isn’t a goodbye, it’s see you later Gator Nation. You truly are the best and I love y’all from the bottom of my heart.”Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare their intentions to enter the NFL Draft.The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville.