Allardyce hails players after Palace victory

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesCrystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said his side’s refusal to panic after going a goal down shocked Chelsea and was one of the main reasons for their 2-1 victory against the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge.The Blues led through a Cesc Fabregas strike but goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earned the Eagles a fourth successive victory.“The response of the players after going a goal down was outstanding,” the former England boss said.“They didn’t let their heads go down which is what I saw when I first came.“The two goals shocked Chelsea and the resilient defending and the saves by the goalkeeper [Wayne Hennessey] were the reason why we won, albeit we spurned a couple of chances to get another goal. It was an outstanding performance and victory.“Our plan how we wanted to play has been one of the keys to why we won. But a plan can only work when players play to their best of their ability, which is the absolute maximum if you want to get something from a game against Chelsea.”See also:Chelsea beaten at home by PalaceTitle race far from over – ConteChelsea v Crystal Palace player ratings   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s, Rays announce starting lineups for AL Wild Card Game

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics are set to host their first playoff game in six years, and the Coliseum is going to be packed.The A’s say they have sold more than 50,000 tickets to Wednesday night’s AL Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays.They’ll have to contend with Rays starter Charlie Morton, as well as the shadows the Coliseum will certainly throw for a 5 p.m. start time. With Morton’s curveball and other off-speed offerings, those shadows could be even more difficult.The A’s won’t go with …last_img read more

Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifiers

first_imgArgentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArgentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster Read Nextcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona. MOST READlast_img read more

Could OSU’s Kicking Situation Lead to More 4th Down Attempts?

first_imgField goal kicking might be more of a mystery than who will start at cornerback Aug. 31 in Oklahoma State’s season opener against Tulsa, but no one seems too worried about it yet.Redshirt sophomore Matt Ammendola might be the obvious choice, but remember coach Mike Gundy signed a kicker in the 2017 recruiting class. Freshman Jake McClure is coming into Stillwater with a good chance to take that place kicker role.In the spring game, Ammendola missed two field goals of about the same 50-yard distance. He had the leg on both but pushed them to the sides. And those were against nothing but light breeze coming in from over Gallagher-Iba Arena. To be fair though, he did hit the only kick he took during the 2016 season, and it was a 53-yarder. Still, to say Ammendola has been consistent would be wrong.AdChoices广告Ammendola has been known for his leg strength. After the spring game, punter and holder Zach Sinor told The Oklahoman Ammendola has “one of the strongest legs I’ve ever seen.” He is used almost exclusively for distance. In fact, Ben Grogan didn’t hit a single field goal of more than 50 yards last year. That’s why Ammendola was used on 88-of-96 kickoffs.McClure is more of a mixed bag. He was the place kicker, kickoff specialist and punter at East Hamilton High School in Tennessee.As for Gundy when he was asked about the status of the competition, he dodged an answer.“They’re coming along,” Gundy said at OSU Media Day. “That’ll be an interesting part of our game this year because we’ve been using Ben coming out there and being pretty successful.”He said he feels good about kickoffs and punts but stopped short of field goals and point afters, saying “I don’t know yet because we don’t have any experience at that position. Those guys are new.”True, but also extremely worrisome. Grogan was a staple for the Cowboys for four years. He outscored Barry Sanders. Before Grogan, it was Quinn Sharp. And before Sharp it was some guy in golden boots.These are relatively uncharted lands in recent years for Gundy and his staff that could be troubling if left untouched. In field goals alone, Grogan knocked in 60 points over 13 games for an average of about 4.62 per contest. Even if you drop that number by 1 for the kickers in 2017, the effect is huge.Delete one point off that stat, and they go to overtime against Texas Tech. Yes, only theoretically, but that is context for what can happen if this situation doesn’t resolve itself.And if you’re thinking, “It won’t matter anyway because we will just go for it,” here is a stat. OSU was No. 118 out of 128 in terms of going for it on 4th down last year, at a 12.8 percent clip. And if you’re thinking, “Well, it still won’t make a difference because our offense is going to be so lights-out,” maybe … but maybe not.Maybe this means Gundy will let Mason Rudolph and Co. stay on the field more on field goal situations. Who knows. Gundy’s recent history hasn’t given me any reason to believe that. OSU has been outside the top 100 of college teams that go for it on 4th down in each of the last four years. They kick a lot, but they’ve also had a kicker they’ve trusted for most of the last decade.Maybe conservative Gundy gets more liberal. But maybe he shouldn’t.The Cowboys had more fourth down opportunities than 38 other teams last year and converted at a rate lower than 108 teams in Division I. All that made the last three words Gundy said about who will kick the field goals even more curious:“We’ll find out.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Arsenal advance despite Ostersund setback

first_imgArsenal 1 Ostersunds 2 (4-2 agg): Gunners through despite Emirates shock Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 23/2/2018 ken sema - cropped Getty Images Arsenal were beaten at home by Ostersunds but their first-leg win was enough to see them reach the Europa League last 16 on aggregate. Arsenal survived a huge scare to keep their Europa League campaign alive, progressing to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds despite a 2-1 loss at home on Thursday.The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg in Sweden last week but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time of the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium.A strike from Sead Kolasinac early in the second half eased some of the nerves in north London, though, and ensured their place in Friday’s draw for the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Ostersunds, who were only founded in October 1996, after Arsene Wenger had been appointed Arsenal manager, were fearless in their approach and sent the visiting fans into raptures when Calum Chambers’ own goal and Ken Sema’s strike put them 2-0 up in the space of 70 seconds in the first half.A Gunners team including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck offered little by way of a response until the second minute of the second half, when Kolasinac lashed home from close range.Graham Potter’s visitors could not find the two goals they needed to complete a shock turnaround, but the performance will have given Wenger plenty to consider ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City in three days’ time.6 – Arsenal have conceded in each of their last six games at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since April 2014 (seven consecutive games). Woes. pic.twitter.com/ESv5NmGM97— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal, no doubt with one eye on Sunday’s showdown at Wembley, made little effort to add to their aggregate lead during the early stages in front of a sparse home crowd.Ostersunds sensed the hosts’ complacency and Hosam Aiesh stunned the Emirates 22 minutes in, latching onto Saman Ghoddos’ long ball in behind Kolasinac and firing across David Ospina, with Chambers deflecting the effort into the net.Before the visiting fans had even finished celebrating, Sema capitalised on more slack defending from Arsenal, leaving Chambers for dead with a clever drag-back before rifling the ball into the bottom-right corner from the left of the penalty area.70 – There were just 70 seconds between Östersunds’ first and second goals at the Emirates. Unfazed. pic.twitter.com/PJqkveZv4x— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018Arsenal responded with a spell of possession but offered very little going forward, with a flicked header from Danny Welbeck, which was comfortably held by goalkeeper Aly Keita, the closest they came to a goal back in the first half.However, 90 seconds after the break, they eased some of the anxiety around the Emirates. Full-back Ronald Mukiibi swiped at Hector Bellerin’s cross and missed, allowing Kolasinac to take a touch before smashing the ball into the net from 12 yards out.Arsenal began to look a little more relaxed, with Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck each denied by good saves from Keita, but Ostersunds looked a threat until the end and the Gunners will have to improve significantly if they are to claim the first major trophy of the English season this weekend. Key Opta stats:- Despite progressing into the next round, Arsenal have now lost each of their last six home games in the knockout rounds of European competition.- Graham Potter is just the sixth English manager to win at the Emirates in all competitions (after Alan Curbishley, Phil Brown, Harry Redknapp, Michael Appleton and Garry Monk), but the first to do so in European competition.- Arsenal’s defenders have contributed 20 goals in all competitions this season, the most of any Premier League side (Chelsea 16, Man City 10).- The Gunners have conceded in each of their last six at the Emirates in all competitions; their longest run without a clean sheet there since May 2014 (seven consecutive games).- Ostersunds are the first Swedish side to win an away European match in England since Osters IF beat Tottenham in the 1995 Intertoto Cup.- Arsenal have scored nine own goals since Calum Chambers debuted for them in August 2014, while he has been responsible for 33 per cent of them (3 of 9). read morelast_img read more

Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol The capital club will hope to come out of Catalunya clutching all three points as they aim to continue their resurgence Real Madrid make the trip to Catalunya on Tuesday as they take on Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in La Liga.Zinedine Zidane’s men have finally found form in recent weeks and they are on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.When it comes to the Liga they have won six of their last seven matches, drawing once, and those results have seen them rise to third in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Madrid remain seven points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, but they will be confident of carrying on their impressive run, having already beaten their hosts this season. Game Espanyol vs Real Madrid Date Tuesday February 27 Time 19:00 GMT / 14:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream 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 beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers P. Lopez, Diego Lopez, A. Lopez Defenders Navarro, Martin, Naldo, Duarte, Vila, J. Lopez, Hermoso, S. Sanchez Midfielders V. Sanchez, C. Sanchez, Jurado, Melendo, David Lopez, Piatti, Roca, Granero, Darder Forwards Moreno, S. Garcia, Baptistao Quique Sanchez Flores doesn’t have many injury issues to worry about, but Marc Roca is expected to be unavailable.Potential Espanyol starting XI: Diego Lopez; Martin, David Lopez, Duarte, V. Sanchez; Piatti, C. Sanchez, Darder, Granero; Baptistao, Moreno. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Luca Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Achraf, Nacho, Theo Midfielders Isco, Ceballos, Asensio, Llorente, Kovacic, Vazquez, Oscar Forwards Bale, Benzema, Mayoral There are concerns over the availability of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, while Jesus Vallejo is definitely out.Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested once again by Zidane, while Casemiro has been forced out with a stomach complaint.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Theo, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane; Asensio, Kovacic, Isco, Vazquez; Bale, Benzema.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are in good form and they are 1/2 favourites to win according to dabblebet . Home side Espanyol are priced at 11/2 and a draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid PSG Champions LeagueReal Madrid appear to have emerged from a slump that threatened Zidane’s job, but Los Blancos still have a long road to travel in order to salvage their season.They have put together a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, including a convincing 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League last 16, and crucially, Cristiano Ronaldo has found his proverbial shooting boots.It is no surprise to see the Portuguese star to the fore in the capital club’s upturn in fortunes and, with 12 goals in his last seven appearances, Zidane will be hoping that he can maintain that level of performance. He will, however, play no part against Espanyol as the Blancos seek to keep a talismanic presence fresh.There are also a number of injury concerns for the capital club to contend with as they head to Catalunya, with the likes of Modric, Kroos and Marcelo missing action in recent weeks, but they have managed to persevere nonetheless.Madrid’s hosts Espanyol are at a low ebb currently, having not won since beating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey mid-way through January, but bearing in mind their capacity for upsets, the visitors will have to be on the watch against complacency.last_img read more

Report: PSG 3 Marseille 0

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Di Maria at the double as holders put Neymar injury aside Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 1/3/2018 DiMaria-Cropped AFP Hit by the news of Neymar’s impending surgery on Wednesday, PSG cruised into the last four of the Coupe de France by beating Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain put the disappointment of Neymar’s foot surgery to one side to thump rivals Marseille 3-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.The Ligue 1 leaders announced on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player will miss next week’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they trail 3-1, after the decision was made for him to have surgery on a cracked metatarsal.While Neymar’s prolonged absence may prove fatal to their Champions League hopes, PSG reaffirmed that it will have little impact on their domestic success as Angel Di Maria’s double saw them into a fourth successive Coupe de France semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Di Maria settled the contest with a pair of deflected strikes, the first a vicious shot from outside the box, either side of half-time.Deserved gloss to the scoreline was added courtesy of a wonderful team move finished off by Edinson Cavani, as Marseille again suffered at PSG’s hands having lost by the same scoreline in the weekend’s Ligue 1 meeting, where Neymar suffered his injury.The win keeps PSG firmly on course for a domestic treble and they will be one of just two top-flight teams in the last four after shock triumphs for third-tier Chambly and Les Herbiers, while a free-flowing second-half showing will perhaps give Unai Emery added hope they can fight back against Madrid even without their world-record signing.6 – Angel Di Maria has scored six goals in his last four starts with @PSG_English in all competitions. Revitalized.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 28, 2018PSG started very brightly and, after Yuri Berchiche had an effort beaten away by Steve Mandanda, Cavani wasted a gilt-edged chance to give them the lead.The Uruguay international met Di Maria’s pull back after the Argentina winger was sent clear down the left, but he only succeeded in fizzing a shot over the bar.Aymen Abdennour was then fortunate not to concede a penalty when the Marseille centre-back appeared to handle in the area.Most of the pressing was unsurprisingly done by PSG, but Marseille remained dangerous on the counter-attack and Florian Thauvin curled an effort well over the crossbar.Di Maria then showed Thauvin how it should be done as he bent one towards goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Mandanda.But Mandanda could not replicate the same heroics on the stroke of half-time, the Marseille goalkeeper beaten as Di Maria unleashed a fierce half-volley that took a slight deflection off Adil Rami and flew into the bottom-left corner.Javier Pastore replaced Kylian Mbappe ahead of the restart and three minutes into the second half Di Maria effectively put the tie to bed – but in far less spectacular fashion.Marseille failed to deal with Yuri’s cross from the left, which eventually fell to Di Maria, and his side-foot effort deflected off Hiroki Saki and under Mandanda.Di Maria then lashed narrowly wide from long range and Julian Draxler went agonisingly close to scoring one of the goals of the season as his bicycle kick from Marco Verratti’s lofted pass was only just off target.A stunning reflex save saw Mandanda keep out Pastore’s diving header, but the final flourish came in style as Draxler nodded a Verratti chip down for Cavani to fire into the bottom-right corner in an illustration of the kind of football they will need to produce to deliver a Champions League turnaround next week.FULL TIME: See you in the @coupedefrance semifinal ! #AllezParis! #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/g7u73AeC8b— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 28, 2018 read morelast_img read more

‘LA is a nice city’ – Ibra hints at MLS move

first_imgTransfers ‘LA is a nice city’ – Ibrahimovic hints at MLS move Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:29 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Bristol City Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy Premier League MLS The Manchester United striker’s contract expires this summer and he has suggested that he could move to America this summer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could move to MLS from Manchester United.The Sweden striker is currently sidelined with a knee injury, having played just seven times in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic’s contract at United expires this summer, and it is currently unclear if he will be offered an extension by Jose Mourinho’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 36-year-old is thus exploring his options and has now claimed that he could move to the American top-flight, having expressed his admiration for Los Angeles.“I did not know that several Swedes went to MLS,” Ibrahimovic told SportExpressen.“That means it’s tempting to play in the United States.“Los Angeles is a nice city and I’ve been there a lot on vacation. It is laid back. I think it’s rumours all the time [about my future]. When I play and when I do not play it is rumours. That’s good, that means I live.”Ibrahimovic retired from Sweden duty in 2016, following the European Championships, but he has also hinted that he may return to the international fold for the World Cup this summer.”I miss the national team. If I want, I do it. I want to feel I can deliver a good performance,” he said.”We’ll see, it’s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don’t want to come just because I’m somebody. The door isn’t closed for anything.”last_img read more

Gattuso pays tribute to Astori: ‘We must remember him’

first_imgMilan ‘We must remember men like him’ – Gattuso pays tribute to Astori Joe Wright 01:05 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) davide astori - cropped Getty Images Milan UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Arsenal Fiorentina The Milan coach recalled meeting Davide Astori when he was at the Rossoneri, and described him as “a great example” to youngsters. AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso says it is important not to forget people like former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who passed away on Sunday.Astori was found dead in his hotel room ahead of his side’s Serie A clash with Udinese, with an autopsy later confirming he died of heart problems due to natural causes.The defender started his career with the Milan youth academy before signing for Cagliari in 2008, after failing to break into the Rossoneri first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Gattuso, who spent 13 years at San Siro as a player, still remembers Astori as a polite and humble man who wished him well after his appointment as head coach last November.”Astori was a great player on and off the pitch,” he told a news conference. “He is a great example for all young men. I hope we never forget him. It’s important to remember men like him.”I was at Milan when he was in the youth teams. Whenever I saw him in the gym, he would ask me if he could use it. The third time that happened I told him that it was his home – he didn’t need my permission.”The last time I saw him was on December 30 in Florence. Before the match, he said he was proud and happy for me and my new adventure with Milan.”He was always respectful and had a fantastic attitude. The team was very shaken on Sunday. There was none of the usual music in the dressing room.”Gattuso’s side host Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday, looking to extend their 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions.The 40-year-old feels the Gunners should still be considered favourites given their squad depth and resources, despite them having lost their last four matches, but he believes Italian sides deserve credit for helping youngsters to flourish.Fiorentina honorary president Andrea Della Valle visits the Davide #Astori tribute at the Franchi #DA13 pic.twitter.com/VEFoH0a7IB— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 7, 2018″The Italian teams are doing well in Europe, but we can’t compare English football with Italian football nowadays,” he said. “Ten years ago, it was the opposite, but today the top players go to the Premier League.”At the same time, this has been an opportunity for our young players. It’s not a coincidence that today we speak about [Patrick] Cutrone and [Davide] Calabria. Because of these changes, they have been able to show their qualities, like many other young Italians.”last_img read more

Could Madrid spend €400m on Neymar?

first_imgTransfers Zidane wouldn’t be surprised to see Madrid-linked Neymar leave for €400m Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Zinédine Zidane Neymar Primera División The Liga side have been strongly linked with the Brazilian star and their manager has suggested he could well move again for another world-record fee Zinedine Zidane has suggested Neymar could fetch €400 million if he leaves PSG, and believes he is good enough to play for any club in world football.Brazil international Neymar left Barcelona for the Ligue 1 side in a world-record €222 million deal last August.The 26-year-old has since been linked with a return to Spain, with speculation the Ligue 1 leaders could allow him to leave for almost double the amount they paid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Zidane, who was the most expensive player in the world when he joined Madrid from Juventus in 2001, suggests he wouldn’t be surprised if Neymar left for as much as €400m.He told reporters: “Well, I’m not going to talk about a player who is not mine. They paid €222m for Neymar, right? It’s what it is.”When Real bought me it was €72m or something like that… I thought then it was insane, and 10 years after that, there’s amounts much, much bigger.”Probably, in some years, football will reach the €400m amount. Or maybe sooner.”Asked if Neymar would fit in at Real Madrid, Zidane added: “Yes. He would fit in every club [in the world]. Because he is very good. As with many other players.”Madrid beat a PSG side missing an injured Neymar in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday to confirm their place in the quarter-finals.The comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory keeps them on course to win the competition for a third successive season, but Zidane insists he is not thinking of a hat-trick in Europe’s elite club competition.11 – Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid have won 11 of their 15 #UCL knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons (2016 and 2017). King. pic.twitter.com/43euuSCFae — OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 6, 2018 “I am only focussing on the game on Saturday [against Eibar],” he said”In April we will have time to look ahead and focus on the Champions League.”We enjoy the Champions League, we are focused and we are going to give 100 per cent throughout the tournament.”last_img read more

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