Brighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is delighted with Steven Alzate’s new deal.Alzate signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls yesterday.Potter said, “He’s been with us from the start and has done very well since he came into the group.“He’s not looked out of place at all; sometimes youngsters can come into the group and have a session or two where you might notice a difference in levels, but that hasn’t happened with Steven.“The others can see his quality every day he’s with us, that naturally grows his confidence. It’s never straightforward, but he performed well against Newcastle and I think he can continue to develop and improve.“Against Chelsea he showed his adaptability in terms of starting in one role and then ending the game in midfield, so I’ve been really pleased with him. We have to make sure he’s playing to his strengths as often as we can – he can take the ball in tight situations and is good physically too, as well as being dynamic in his movement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Thank-you Wolves – but I’ll say no more!by Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has paid tribute to Wolves after their shock win at Manchester City.Van Dijk was surprised that City were unable to score against Wolves on Sunday.The defending Premier League champions lost 2-0 at home to Nuno Santo’s side while Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City to extend the gap at the top of the table to eight points.Reds centre-back Van Dijk said he thought it would be a “difficult game” for City but not as tough as it eventually proved.“I didn’t expect that, of course,” he told Sky Sports.“Everyone expected a difficult game for City, but City at home but it doesn’t happen much that they don’t even score one goal at home.“A great performance from Wolves, you have to give credit to them but you know the situation, you can’t really say much about it.“They will try to bounce back from it and until then we’ve just got to focus on our international football of course.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Heskey: Klopp shouldn’t rest Salah and Maneby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Emile Heskey says Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t rest star pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Heskey is adamant that Klopp should not be worried too much about the health of Salah and Mane, insisting that the duo will want to play as many games as they can.“Salah and Mane won’t want a rest and Liverpool shouldn’t give them one,” Heskey told bwin.“They’ve played a lot of football over the past few seasons, but as a player, you want to be playing as much as possible. When you look at the pair of them, they just love being out on the pitch and playing football – they’re a manager’s dream.“In the modern game, players are complete athletes. Although they’ve played a lot of games it won’t be the physical side that catches up with them, it will be the mental side.”It can sometimes be draining playing so many games without a break, so they may want to take a break for those reasons. However, they’ll both physically be as fit and ready to go as any other player.”
Mata insists Man Utd can change dynamic with Liverpool winby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says Manchester United can “change the dynamic” by beating Liverpool on Sunday.Currently sitting in 12th on nine points, the Red Devils will be heavy underdogs when the Premier League leaders arrive at Old Trafford.But Mata says the match can be a watershed moment if United can collect all three points.”On Sunday we have a great chance to change the dynamic and we are all very motivated to take the win,” he wrote in a blog post. “We are United, we are playing at home and we will give everything to be able to take the victory that our fans deserve in such a special game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid coach Toshack encourages Bale to use his Spanish publiclyby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid and Wales coach John Toshack has again encouraged Gareth Bale to use his Spanish publicly.Regarding Bale’s apparent inability or reluctance to express himself openly in Spanish, Tosh says he has no excuses. He told Libero: “I never had Spanish lessons. People said that I spoke poor Spanish, that I couldn’t speak the language properly but little by little, after trying to speak, to read, making an effort… I’d still get all the verbs wrong and get mixed up… “But for Bale, to be in a country like the one he’s in, in my view he has to speak the language. Sometimes, I’d just like to know what he’s thinking. And that’s not me being overcritical with him. Even if you get things wrong or make mistakes, you can still express yourself in another way. It’s like a challenge or a little battle.”
TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are set to post a loss of €145.9 million (US$162.3 million ) for the 2018/19 season, according to their latest financial filings, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure makes for grim reading for the Serie A club, with losses approximately €20 million (US$22.3 million ) greater than the previous year.Revenue has also fallen 6.1 per cent to €241.1 million (US$268.8 million), according to the filing. This is despite an increase in revenue from broadcast rights, which rose from €113.8 million (US$126.9 million) to €113.8 million (US$22.3 million).The decline can partly be attributed to revenues from sponsorship income, which fell from €44.7 million (US$49.6 million) to €38 million (US$42.3 million), player management, down from €42 million (US$46.6 million) to €25.5 million (US$28.4 million) , and competition revenue, which dropped from €35.3 million (US$39.3 million ) to €34.1 million (US$37.8 million).Milan also saw business costs increase, jumping 5.1 per cent to €373 million (US$415 million).Personnel costs rose more than €34 million (US$37.7 million) to €184.8 million (US$205.5 million), with depreciation and amortisation increasing from €86.4 million (US$96.1 million) to €89.1 million (US$99.1 million).
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Moyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodwardby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Moyes had the chance to work with Woodward for less than a year, after he was fired before the end of his first season in charge of the club.The Scotsman was picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as the latter’s successor, but he could only manage to lead United to seventh place in the league that season.”I found him [Woodward] fine to work with, I’ve got to say. He was really new to the job,” Moyes told talkSPORT.”One of the big losses I found was probably David Gill leaving Manchester United, because he was the one who worked with Sir Alex.”And with both Sir Alex and David Gill going it was new for myself and Ed Woodward going in.”
Thierry Henry was pleased to see his Monaco side display their battling qualities as they edged into the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue.Monaco fell behind at Stade Louis II on Wednesday as Rennes netted on the half-hour mark, but the home side pulled level through Rony Lopes shortly after the break.The game finished 1-1 and, in the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Monaco found themselves at a disadvantage when Youri Tielemans failed with their second kick. 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? But goalkeeper Loic Badiashile proved the hero – saving three Rennes efforts before dispatching the winning kick himself as Monaco prevailed 8-7 and advanced to a last four that will be missing Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon after their shock exits at the hands of Guingamp and Strasbourg respectively. @Loic_Badiashile pic.twitter.com/v5wXYIVWRx— AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) January 9, 2019″It was difficult for both teams. Rennes had the opportunity to win and so did we. Loic’s match was extraordinary and not just during the penalty session,” Henry said.”It’s been a long time since we had so few opportunities in a game. For a long time, we couldn’t find players in the spaces and the opportunity to play between the lines.”What particularly pleased me tonight is the attitude of the players who have always tried to improve.”We conceded a goal and we reacted. I liked it, and it’s very important. The fans saw a team who fought.”It is always a satisfaction as a coach to see on the pitch what we have been working on in training. We will not give up. There has been work done, and work that remains to be done.”Monaco return to Ligue 1 action and their battle to avoid relegation when they travel to Marseille on Sunday.Henry’s men are in 19th place at the moment, five points from safety after a disastrous first half of the 2018-19 campaign.Monaco have managed to win their last three games in cup competitions and supporters will now hope they can translate that form into their upcoming Ligue 1 fixtures.
Portugal and Switzerland will contest the inaugural Nations League semi-final in Porto on Wednesday.The European champions are playing host to the Finals, with England facing the Netherlands 24 hours later in Lisbon. The winners of each tie will then face off on June 9, with the losers contesting a third-fourth place play-off.Hosting the event, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo will be especially eager for success on home soil, but the Swiss will no doubt provide stiff opposition. 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? Game Portugal vs Switzerland Date Wednesday, June 5 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 / Univision Deportes / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. It can be streamed from Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Portugal squad Goalkeepers Patricio, Sa, Beto Defenders Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro, Fonte, Rui, Semedo Midfielders Moutinho, Danilo, Carvalho, Fernandes, Neves, Pizzi Forwards Ronaldo, Sousa, B. Silva, Jota, R. Silva, Guedes, Felix Portugal have no major injury problems to deal with ahead of their encounter, with head coach Fernando Santos likely to stick by his usual XI for this clash.Danilo is banned after being dismissed in the group phase match against Poland.Possible Portugal starting XI: Rui Patrico; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Carvalho; Bernardo Silva, Fernandes, Guedes; Ronaldo Position Switzerland squad Goalkeepers Sommer, Mvogo, Omlin Defenders Rodriguez, Schar, Lang, Moubandje, Akanji, Elvedi, Mbadu, Benito Midfielders Shaqiri, Xhaka, Zuber, Zakaria, Freuler, Fernandes, Forwards Seferovic, Drmic, Ajeti, Okafor Schalke striker Breel Embolo, who has spent much of the season injured, will not feature in the Nations League finals due to pain in his left foot. A scan has shown he is not 100%.Noah Okafor of FC Basel has been called up in his place – the first player born in 2000 to be called to the Swiss national team.Admir Mehmedi is also out.Possible Switzerland starting XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Schar; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez; Shaqiri; SeferovicBetting & Match Odds Portugal are favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 4/5. Switzerland are 17/4 outsiders and a draw is priced at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview European champions Portugal have a unique opportunity to make history by becoming the first side to win the UEFA Nations League on home soil.Although they stunned France with a 1-0 extra-time victory at Euro 2016, the spectre of defeat to Greece in the final of the European Championship 12 years earlier continues to linger over the squad just a little.Cristiano Ronaldo, for one, will remember that day as one of his darkest in professional football, and while the squad has largely changed since then, the chance of winning major silverware on home turf is not to be missed.Portugal have successfully rallied all their strength for this encounter, and notoriously pragmatic head coach Santos is confident that more success can follow.“There is one thing I always say to my players, which is that we are no better than anyone else, but hardly anyone is better than us. We must prove that we have the capacity to play and to win,” he said.Santos, whose side won Euro 2016 despite winning only one match in normal time throughout the tournament, saw his side overcome Italy and Poland in the qualifying groups, despite scoring only five times in four games.He refuses to be drawn into getting ahead of himself by suggesting Switzerland can be waltzed past.“We can’t think about the final because if we want to be there, we have to go through Switzerland,” he said. “We know them well and they’ve changed formation. We have to be prepared for this new style and have to be very careful.”Certainly, the Swiss sprung one of the most spectacular surprises of the Nations League as they came from 2-0 down to overcome Belgium 5-2.While they might be lacking a Ronaldo-type superstar, they are not fearful of the Juventus man, having shackled him previously in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that they nevertheless lost 2-0 in Lisbon.“Is it something special to face him? Last time we played against Ronaldo, he didn’t do much,” coach Vladimir Petkovic said.Certainly, they will have to keep a close eye on the ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United ace if they are to take a step closer to their first major trophy, having come closest in 1924, when they won Olympic silver medals. Like their hosts, the Swiss are full of ambition and eager to become 2019’s Greece.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)The Big Ten again looks to be one of the more competitive leagues in the country next season. There are several teams that can win the conference and potentially make the College Football Playoff.Which Big Ten teams have the hardest schedules? Which ones have the easiest?CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli has ranked each Big Ten team according to strength of schedule. He used factors such as game location, bye weeks and opponent’s past performances in his ranking.The easiest schedule in the league, according to Fornelli, belongs to Minnesota.Here’s why:Both Illinois and Iowa have FCS opponents, which dragged their schedules down. Minnesota does not, yet it still managed to finish last in these rankings. It’s thanks in large part to a nonconference schedule that includes New Mexico State, Fresno State and Miami (Ohio) all at home. In B1G play, the Gophers get Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern at home, and have road trips against Maryland, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin. So it won’t be easy, but compared to their Big Ten brethren, it might be easier than others.The Golden Gophers went 5-7 last season under new head coach P.J. Fleck. There’s a good chance they get back to a bowl in 2018.The schedule seems to be set up in their favor.You can read all of Fornelli’s schedule analysis here.