About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles: Emery style key to beating Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles says manager Unai Emery’s style of play was key to victory at Burnley.Maitland-Niles believes that Emery’s playing approach was key to holding our own and picking up all three points.“It’s always nice to get a win in front of the fans,” he told Arsenal Player. “Especially after losing two games in a row, it’s nice to be back to winning ways. It was a scrappy game, but I think the boys dug deep and we got enough goals to secure the win.“I found the game very tough. Every game is tough, it’s just about the mindset, the manager has always urged us to press and I think we carried that out pretty well today. I was just trying to encourage the boys as I go on and I’m just grateful to be out there.“The games [against Southampton and Tottenham] were over, there was nothing we could do about the last two games, so we focused on this one and look at the result today.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Jayden Fevrier thrilled to be U23 record-breakerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Jayden Fevrier is thrilled to be a club record breaker.Fevrier has become the youngest ever player to be fielded by West Ham’s reserve team, breaking a record previously set by currently club captain Mark Noble in February 2003.In October, against Leicester City, Fevrier was introduced with nine minutes remaining in the U23s’ Premier League 2 fixture, beating the record aged 15 years, six months and 12 days.West Ham went on to lose that match 3-0, but it was still an unforgettable moment for the teenager who had just become part of Hammers history.“When I got home I just felt very honoured because I could go and tell all my family. I love making them proud,” he told whufc.com.“The U23s have been very supportive and they made that moment easier for me. It was a great experience for me to be in that environment and it’s really helped me to grow as a player and find confidence in myself.”
Klopp happy to see off Brighton: Liverpool can’t be Harlem Globetrottersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with their performance for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was the difference for the 1-0 win.Klopp said, “We had results and people obviously thought the difference between the City game last year in the Champions League, or the Roma home game, was too big. That’s absolutely OK but we are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. “For that, we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important. On good days, everybody can win football games. On an average day, not a lot of teams can win football games. “On a bad day, only a few can win football games. Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day for us. It was a difficult game because Brighton are doing really well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Emery says Nottingham Forest win step in right direction for Arsenalby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup third-round was a “step in the right direction.”It was an invigorating and flawless performance from the Gunners against a side who hadn’t lost all season, with new signing Kieran Tierney shining on debut and defender Rob Holding scoring in his first-appearance in ten months. There was also a brace for teenager Gabriel Martinelli, as well as goals from academy graduates Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock. With Manchester United at Old Trafford up next, Emery was positive after the game.He said: “We need to improve a lot of things and tonight I think we done a step in the right direction. “We gave minutes to some players, got a good result and kept a clean sheet. I think they are a very organised team Nottingham Forest, but tonight they played a lot of players who didn’t play in the starting XI. “We need to create our style, our way and our idea with the confident to achieve the best performance.”We need to improve for the next matches, for example against Manchester United. It will be very difficult and very tough so we need to achieve the best performance, but with the work tonight of some of our players, they are ready to play more difficult matches. “We need to build a competitive team with a strong mentality at home and away. We can improve and I am very positive we’re going to do that. Tonight and on Sunday we showed a good character, a good attitude and a good spirit. In Emirates with our supporters we created a good atmosphere.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-coach: Atletico Madrid whiz Joao Felix should’ve joined Man Cityby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRenato Paiva says Atletico Madrid whiz Joao Felix should’ve joined Manchester City.Felix left Benfica for Atletico this summer in a record €120m.Paiva coached Felix at a junior level with Benfica.”I said that I preferred Manchester City or Barcelona for him,” he told The Sportsman. “City because of (Pep) Guardiola and Barça because of the way of playing.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Jesse Marsch delivers rousing half-time rant at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg have posted a video of their coach Jesse Marsch delivering a rousing half-time speech during Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool.The talk seemingly worked as Salzburg brought the scores level on the 60th minute mark, only for Mohamed Salah to win the game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.Marsch can be heard instructing his players to be more “ruthless” with Reds defender Virgil van Dijk.“Firstly, how many fouls have we committed? Maybe two?” Marsch asked his Salzburg players.“It’s not a f*****g friendly, it’s a Champions League match. We’ve got to play more physical and get stuck in.“Be more ruthless against Van Dijk, we play with too much respect. Too much respect.“Are they strong? Yes. But it doesn’t mean that we should be nice to them and don’t tackle them or fight.“They have to feel us guys, they have to know we’re f*****g here to compete, not just that we’re here to stylistically going to try and play the same way, but we came to f*****g play.“We’re going to talk about tactics but when we step on to that field with more confidence and will. Now it’s us against them. ‘Let’s f*****g raise our will, our fight.“We’ve seen that they are strong but we can do better and breathe life into our game.“Self-confidence, physicality, that’s what it’s all about. They are not so dangerous with set-pieces. Come on, we have more to offer.”Watch below (warning: contains industrial language):
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Bo Pelini of the Youngstown State Penguins looks on in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)In 2013, Bo Pelini took his son, a Duke fan, to the Blue Devils’ home game against North Carolina. The Youngstown State coach is attending another Duke game this evening. Pelini is in attendance for Notre Dame’s home game against the Blue Devils. He’s sitting with Kyle Brey, the son of Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey and the tight ends coach at Youngstown State. The 47-year-old coach is witnessing quite a contest. Bo Pelini on hand, I believe, for #Duke at #NotreDame.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) January 29, 2015The real Bo Pelini in the house sitting with Mike Brey’s son Kyle, who is on Pelini’s staff at Youngstown St pic.twitter.com/Y11m5RywLn— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) January 29, 2015Pelini brought Duke some luck in 2013, as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels, 73-68. Will the Youngstown State coach witness another Duke victory tonight? Duke and Notre Dame are currently playing on ESPN.
Brahim Diaz said his Real Madrid debut completed a dream he’s had since he was a child after making his first appearance since arriving from Manchester City. Brahim swapped Premier League champions City for La Liga giants Madrid on a six-and-a-half-year contract last week. And the 19-year-old attacker did not take long to make his first appearance for the club, coming off the bench on Wednesday in Madrid’s 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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? Goal from Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez and fellow teenager Vinícius Júnior had the match well out of reach before Brahim stepped on the pitch. But the youngster still called the experience “unforgettable” after his first showing at the Bernabeu. “This is great, an unforgettable and unique day,” he said after the match. “Making my debut at the Bernabeu is great. This is a dream since I was a child. “Winning makes the dream greater, but I take everything in peace. I will hang my debut shirt in my room.”Encantado de conocerte, estadio Santiago Bernabéu. ¡Gracias a todos por el recibimiento! ¡A por más! pic.twitter.com/Qp5lmK7c7P— Brahim (@Brahim) January 9, 2019Vinícius was the star of the night, scoring a stunner before being replaced by Brahim, but the former Man City man had a good showing after coming on for the Brazilian, and says that one of Madrid’s veterans had praise for him after the match. “Sergio Ramos has congratulated me and told me to continue like this, and that I will have many minutes,” he said. “He is a top player and playing with him is to enjoy the moment and this dream.” Madrid are dealing with a host of injuries and have a crowded schedule in the next week, meaning Brahim could be back on the pitch sooner rather than later. Los Blancos return to the pitch Sunday to take on Real Betis in a league match, with the club sitting fifth in the table and looking to gain ground on the leading pack. They’ll play the return leg against Leganes next Wednesday before a crucial clash with La Liga’s third-place side, Sevilla, on January 19.
Lionel Messi has said there is no time for Argentina to complain after their shock 2-0 loss to Colombia to open their Copa America campaign.After a dour first half Argentina went down after the break to two well taken goals by Colombia.Roger Martinez opened the scoring with an unstoppable drive in the 72nd minute before substitute Duvan Zapata finished off a good team move with four minutes of the game remaining. 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 the reverse the Barcelona star believes there is time for his country to turn it around.“There are positives to come out of this, we are ready to accept the challenge that we have,” Messi said after the game.“There is no time to complain, we have to look ahead, we have to raise our heads and continue, there’s still a lot of the tournament left.“They kept the ball well but didn’t create clear opportunities, but when we took a step forwards in the second half they scored a goal.“When we were playing at our best, they scored a great goal and it cost us.”Messi said that his team will learn from the defeat, their first in regular time in the competition since going down do Brazil in 2007.“We’ll take it as a lesson for the upcoming games. We continue to depend on ourselves.“It’s not easy to start with a loss, but if we beat Paraguay, we go back to a comfortable situation.”The Albiceleste’s game against Paraguay is on June 19, and they finish their Group B campaign with a match against Copa America invitees Qatar.Messi has seen his country advance to the final in the last two editions of the tournament. In each match they were defeated by Chile on penalties.Head coach Lionel Scaloni was angry at the state of the pitch in the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.“I found the state of the pitch regrettable, it was the first match there, I don’t want to imagine what will happen from here onwards.“It leaves a lot to be desired for these players to play there.”The stadium is scheduled to host four more games in the tournament, including a quarter-final that may feature Argentina if they go through as the best third-place team from Group A or B.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is looking to learn from the best in the business as he progresses in his young career and says those at the top have transformed expectations of what it takes to be a world-class keeper.Onana, 23, drew plaudits from fans around Europe for the role he played in Ajax’s thrilling Champions League run, as well as their capture of the Eredivisie title.He is one of the new breed of sweeper-keepers, both an excellent shot-stopper and comfortable with the ball at his feet after coming through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. 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? “The goalkeeping position has developed significantly in Europe in recent years,” Onana told Goal.“You can see Manuel Neuer, David de Gea, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen and Ederson.“They are keepers at the highest level. I have had a chance to talk to them and face them before, and I always try to watch them and try to follow their path to learn from them and develop more in my football career.”Onana is preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations, having watched from afar as his nation won the cup in 2017.As reigning champions they go into the tournament among the favourites – but with pressure on them to deliver.Onana played in a Champions League semi-final less than two months ago, so he is no stranger to a high-pressure environment.And with more teams than ever competing in this year’s competition, he and his teammates will know there is no excuse for them to be complacent.“This tournament is going to be very tough,” Onana said. “There are many strong teams.“For the first time, the tournament is held with 24 teams participating, which means more opportunities and more good players.“You can see stars like Riyad Mahrez, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Victor Wanyama, and of course from Ajax there is Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui, and others.“We have to show our strength from the beginning and send a message to everyone that we are here to defend our title – with respect to all competitors, of course.“Cameroon is a great team with a great history, always well represented in the African Championships.“We must follow the steps of previous generations and provide our country with the best.”Cameroon start their campaign on June 25 against Guinea-Bissau, before further group games against Ghana and Benin.