About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19.
Nacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.”
Liverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t need his advice.Klopp was asked by a reporter from Dagbladet if he had words for Solskjaer as United continue to struggle.The German replied: “Hahahaha! Do you really think you can fly over from Norway and ask about it? Wow.”He doesn’t need it. Come on. He has been in the club for a total of 10-15 years. He knows everything about it. He has experience as a manager in football. He knows what he needs to do. It just has to work. That’s it for all of us. “That’s why so many managers get fired at some point, because some internally loses patience. Then you have to go.”From my point of view it looks like he sits there safely. They all knew it was going to be a difficult job.”I don’t think you have to worry about Ole. He is in a good position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea will attempt to put their loss to Leicester behind them when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes and the Italian is eager to return to winning ways.Watford, meanwhile, are flying high this season and will pose a serious threat to the Blues, particularly on their own patch. 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? In contrast to their visitors, the Hornets come into the game on the back of a victory, having triumphed 2-0 over West Ham in their last outing. Game Watford vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, December 26 Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched 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 NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky 1 / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Watford squad Goalkeepers Gomes, Dahlberg, Foster Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Navarro, Wilmot, Holebas, Kabasele Midfielders Cleverley, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray, Okaka Watford are without Andre Gray, while Will Hughes and Sebastian Prodl are also out. Like Chelsea, the Hornets have named an unchanged side from their weekend fixture – a 2-0 win over West Ham. Watford starting XI: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Andreas Christensen is out with a hamstring injury while a healthy Alvaro Morata misses out on the 18, as Chelsea are unchanged from their defeat at Leicester at the weekend.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante; Pedro, Willian, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 13/20 on the Blues to triumph. Watford’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 11/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend was a serious set-back in their bid for the Premier League title and leaves them in a position where they now have a fight on their hands to secure a top four finish, with Arsenal breathing down their neck heading into the new year.Sarri was furious with the loss – their third of the season – but indicated the silver lining was that his players have little time to dwell on the nature of their shortcomings in the game.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange,” said the Chelsea boss.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match.”In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.”With another away game against London rivals Crystal Palace to come four days after the meeting with the Hornets, the Italian will be desperate for his team to make their way into 2019 on a high. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho has joined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million ($6.3m).The Reds will receive a fee for the 19-year-old, with a further £2m ($2.5m) in performance-related add-ons forming part of the final deal. There will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal, as well as a buy-back option. 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? Camacho, who made his senior Liverpool debut at Wolves in the FA Cup in January, was about to enter the final year of his contract and had refused to sign a new one. Having provisionally agreed terms on an extension in January, the Portuguese youth international was disappointed at not being allowed to leave on loan for the second half of the campaign.Liverpool fielded a series of enquiries about him this summer, but Camacho rejected the chance to speak to Wolves, AC Milan and Schalke, concerned he would not get sufficient playing time at those clubs.Lisbon-born, his preference was always to return to Sporting, who had agreed a loan deal with the Reds back in January only for Jurgen Klopp to veto the move. Had Liverpool allowed him to see out the remainder of his contract, they would have been due just £270,000 ($340,000) in compensation for a player who joined the club as a 16-year-old from Manchester City.The ideal situation for the Reds would have been for Camacho to sign a new deal and then go out on loan, but discussions with his representatives proved fruitless, with the player keen to secure regular football in his home country.Camacho impressed as part of Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League side last season, and made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the win over Crystal Palace at Anfield in late January, three weeks after starting at Wolves in the cup.Sources have told Goal that this move is not linked to reports suggesting Liverpool will make a move for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and that the Reds have no interest in signing the 24-year-old despite persistent claims in the Portuguese media.The Reds completed the signing of Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle on Wednesday, in a deal worth an initial £1.3m ($1.6m).Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web.
Ask anybody about Madagascar and chances are the first thing that springs to mind is the animated movie of the same name from 2005.However, over the past few weeks, the island nation with a population just shy of 25 million is writing its own blockbuster script as they produce a stunning Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Competing at the tournament for the first time and ranked 108th in world when they arrived in Egypt, Madagascar flew right under the radar at the outset, with even their coach conceding they shouldn’t have stood any chance. 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 “All teams are better on paper than us,” Nicolas Dupuis told AFP. “We don’t have any stars in our team. The star is the team.”We have a real team of friends but also with talented players, who are very good but perhaps not stars.”Dupuis is no high-profile coach himself, currently juggling a role as the technical director of FC Fleury 91, a club which competes in the fourth-tier of French football.But despite the odds being stacked against them, Madagascar have excelled to set up a quarter-final match against Tunisia on Thursday. Madagascar, also known as the Barea, are undefeated across their first four matches at the Africa Cup of Nations – a feat not achieved since Libya in 1982 for a nation making their debut at the tournament. Dupuis’ side has so far picked up one draw and three wins, with their biggest result seeing them upset Nigeria 2-0 in their final group match. Three-time AFCON winners Nigeria were ranked 63 places higher than Madagascar just a month ago but had no answers for their plucky opponents.The Barea have proven particularly versatile in attack and have scored in all four of their matches to become the first side since Zambia in 1975 to strike in their first four appearances at the tournament. Desperate to rewrite the country’s previously animated narrative, Madagascar’s players held their nerve in a Round of 16 clash against DR Congo, as they triumphed 4-2 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2. Tunisia now loom as their next opponent and Dupuis’ men must produce another upset worthy of Hollywood.Appearing in their 10th AFCON quarter-final and ranked 25th in the world, Tunisia will be strong favourites to progress but Madagascar has quickly proven they aren’t a side to be written off.Tunisia’s form has, in fact, paled in comparison to the Barea’s, with Alain Giresse’s side drawing three of their four games and only beating Ghana on penalties in the Round of 16. Ranked as low as 190th in the world five years ago, win or lose on Thursday, Madagascar have certainly come a long way in a short space of time. Having failed to win a game in 2017 AFCON qualifying, Dupuis is desperate to instigate a radical overview of football development in a country where the beautiful game has previously hidden away. “I’m raising the alarm because the national team is the tree that hides in the forest,” he said.”There is nothing being done from a technical standpoint at the national level, there’s no work in terms of youth and it’s serious. “If we don’t question everything, if we don’t get back to work, in two years, there will be no more team and in four, even less so. It would be a shame because there’s a real breeding ground and it’s quite an old team.”My role is to sound the alarm and tell officials there are lots of things in need of change in Madagascar.”Considering how his side have performed in Egypt to date, it’s safe to say Dupuis has well and truly got sirens ringing across Madagascar. “We’re not too aware of what we’re doing, except when we get sent photos from Madagascar, where it’s madness right now,” Dupuis said. “We’re trying to live in the moment as best as possible because these moments are rare. It’s in these rare moments when you realise that we have the best job in the world.”Midfielder Anicet Abel got the ball rolling for Madagascar in Egypt, scoring his nation’s first ever goal at AFCON in their opening game against Guinea which ended 2-2. The 29-year-old, who plays club football in Bulgaria, is all too aware that his side were perhaps rightly seen as underdogs heading into the tournament. “When we came here at the beginning of the tournament, nobody took us seriously but we believed in ourselves,” Abel told Reuters.”Of course, they underestimated us and I understand them – Madagascar is not famous in football; I think Madagascar is only famous for the movie.”A perception Abel and his team are quickly rewriting as they produce a football fairytale DreamWorks themselves would be proud of.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the field at the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhusker game at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 31, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Boston College entered this afternoon’s game against Purdue with one of the best starts in program history.The Eagles are 3-0, ranked inside the top 25 poll for the first time in a long time.The Boilermakers, meanwhile, are winless. They entered this afternoon’s game at 0-3.Things have changed since kickoff though.Purdue is currently blowing out Boston College in West Lafayette, Ind.It’s Purdue 30, Boston College 7 heading into the fourth quarter.Time to SHOUT! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/UW3X8aydos— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) September 22, 2018This is quite the performance by Purdue and an extremely disappointing showing by Boston College.The game is on ESPN2.