About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubts about the quality of Lazio.Lazio meet Atalanta on Monday.”Lazio’s level makes them a legitimate contender for a Champions League spot,” said Gasperini. “I’m expecting a hard-fought and challenging game.”Winning matches like these boosts self-esteem. [Coach Simone] Inzaghi’s team is strong and they certainly don’t look like they’re in any sorts of crisis to me. After all, they just qualified for the Round of the Last Sixteen in the Europa League and they are fifth in Serie A.”Some of their recent results may have been a bit disappointing, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a team that has everything it takes to trouble us, although we have resources of our own as well.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hudson-Odoi brushes off Bayern Munich talk: I’m fully focused on Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has said he is “fully focused” on Chelsea despite Bayern Munich’s continued interest in his services.The 18-year-old has been the subject of a fourth bid from the Bundesliga giants, which Chelsea are believed to be considering.He started in last night’s loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, and speaking after the game, played down suggestions he was distracted by the off-field drama.The winger told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent, I’m fully focused on the game and just gotta see how the result goes.”I think we’re all ready and all determined to work our hardest out there, so I’m fully focused on the game.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves lodge offer for Stoke fullback Bauerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are interested in Stoke City fullback Moritz Bauer.The Premier League want to sign Bauer on loan until the remainder of the season.The Austria international has fallen out of favour at bet36 Stadium, having not played since September.And the Express & Star claim Wolves have made contact with Stoke about signing the 26-year-old.Wolves manager Nuno is desperate for cover at right-back with Matt Doherty and Jonny Castro Otto as his only current options.
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Klopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@jasongayRedshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night’s National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today’s press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: “Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016Saban: ‘I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.’ Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016Swinney, responding, says he would “support that 100 percent.” Says the process is a distraction.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.
Scout.comMost of the recruiting attention is currently being paid to the class of 2017, but teams always try to get ahead on the next cycle as well. Scout just dropped its first edition of the ‘Scout 300‘ for the class of 2018, and 38 of the 300 players listed are already committed to schools.The first full Scout 300 for 2018 on @scoutrecruiting is out https://t.co/da0rV7U02M pic.twitter.com/TT9niVSvgr— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 1, 2016LSU leads the way with five of the top 300, while Florida State and Miami each land four players. Here are all of the players who are already committed.Alabama:RB Dameon Pierce (No. 52) TE Malcolm Epps (No. 143)Auburn:QB Joey Gatewood (No. 50)Clemson:S Mike Jones Jr. (No. 241)Florida State:CB Isaiah Bolden (No. 39) RB Justin Watkins (No. 81) DT Robert Cooper (No. 86) RB James Cook (No. 91)Georgia:OT Max Wray (No. 64)LSU:CB Kelvin Joseph (No. 29) QB Zadock Dinkelmann (No. 99) CB Corione Harris (No. 140) S Nadab Joseph (No. 201) WR Devonta Jason (No. 230)Miami:S Joshua Jobe (No. 22) CB Gilbert Frierson (No. 118) WR Daquris Wiggins (No. 183) CB Jalen Patterson (No. 278)Michigan:S Otis Reese (No. 229)Mississippi State:WR Malik Heath (No. 157)Nebraska:ATH Cameron Jurgens (No. 147) DT Masry Mapieu (No. 283)Notre Dame: QB Phil Jurkovec (No. 46) RB Markese Stepp (No. 193) DE Jayson Ademilola (No. 211)Oklahoma:OT Brey Walker (No. 10)Oregon:QB Colson Yankoff (No. 151) WR Devin Culp (No. 245)Oregon State:RB Camron Davis (No. 219)Penn State:DE Micah Parsons (No. 2)Tennessee:OT Cade Mays (No. 16) ATH Alontae Taylor (No. 285)Texas A&M:WR Montel Parker (No. 176) OG Luke Matthews (No. 181)USC:QB Matt Corral (No. 4) OLB Bo Calvert (No. 20) OLB Raymond Scott (No. 43)Washington:QB Jacob Sirmon (No. 40)[Scout]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Notre Dame fans are very upset after a Texas defender was not called for targeting on a hit on Torii Hunter Jr.Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who is the son of former Major League Baseball star Torii Hunter, was injured Sunday night during the third quarter trying to make a play for his team against Texas. Hunter, who went for four catches, 37 yards and a touchdown on the night, almost had a second score.Quarterback Deshone Kizer found Hunter in the end zone, but as Hunter caught the ball and went to the ground, he was clocked by Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott. Hunter was unable to hang onto the ball.No targeting? pic.twitter.com/KiWWaNjKPa— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) September 5, 2016As you can see, there was no penalty called on the play. The booth also didn’t call it in for targeting. Notre Dame fans went bananas.That is HORRIFIC. The amount of kids we’ve lost to suspect targeting calls and THAT doesn’t get called is a flat out joke.— Mike Golic Jr (@MGolicJR57) September 5, 2016Wait…how is THAT not targeting?— Pam Chvotkin (@reddusfoximus) September 5, 2016That is Targeting… These refs are going to have some explaining to do— Chase Hounshell (@chasehounshell) September 5, 2016Targeting, as defined by the NCAA rule book. pic.twitter.com/ldIvoWovjC— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 5, 2016Officials even had all that extra time during injury to look at it. How they didn’t call that targeting is inexplicable— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 5, 2016Did anyone tell the replay booth they’re allowed to call targeting now? Seems like kind of a missed opportunity.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 5, 2016No review for targeting followed by a blocked field goal. Yeah, we might be talking about that Monday.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) September 5, 2016Hunter’s parents left the stands to be by his side in the locker room. It’s safe to say that the school is going to put him through concussion protocol at the very least.What do you think? Did Elliott get away with it? Or is everyone overreacting?
Luca Pellegrini is on the cusp of completing a move to Juventus after arriving at the club’s health centre for a medical on Sunday.The 20-year-old Roma left-back is expected to sign a five-year deal in a reported €10 million (£9m/$11m) switch that will send Leonardo Spinazzola in the opposite direction.Pellegrini, an Italy Under-21 international, spent the second half of last season on loan at Cagliari, where he made 12 appearances in Serie A. 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 His transfer to Turin will boost Maurizio Sarri’s full-back stocks after the new Bianconeri boss opted not to retain Spinazzola, who struggled for first-team opportunities under Massimiliano Allegri last term.#Juventus : #LucaPellegrini è arrivato al J|Medical // Luca Pellegrini has arrived at J|Medical to undergo his medical tests ahead of his move to Juventus 🇮🇹⚪️⚫️ @goalitalia pic.twitter.com/tpZPNwyKvL — Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 30, 2019 The versatile 26-year-old completed a medical with the Giallorossi on Saturday and could serve as a successor to Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi on the right side of defence.Pellegrini could soon be followed to the Allianz Stadium by Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer.Goal can confirm that Juventus have reached an agreement with Rabiot after the player refused to sign a new deal with PSG.Rabiot is set to sign a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, which will net him €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season. In addition, Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who serves as his agent, is set to pocket a commission of €10m (£9m/ $11.4m).Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to Paris on Friday in order to close negotiations and a framework has been reached.However, while Rabiot is due to arrive from PSG, Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci could end up heading in the opposite direction to the Parc des Princes.With PSG set to miss out to Juve for the signing of Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt, the Ligue 1 champions have made contact with the representatives of Bonucci.PSG sporting director Leonardo has started tentative talks with representatives of the Italy veteran about making him the club’s latest superstar signing.They will look to take advantage of the added competition at Juventus, should De Ligt’s signing go ahead as planned, by luring away a player who has made nearly 250 appearances for the Serie A champions.Juve have already secured the signing of Turkish defender Merih Demiral from Sassuolo this summer, increasing the possibility that the club will allow stalwart Bonucci to seek a move.
A leaked video of Nicolas Pepe in an Arsenal shirt has emerged on social media ahead of any official announcement that his move from Lille has been completed.The Ivorian winger has seemed on the brink of joining the Gunners in what is expected to be a club-record €80 million (£73m/$89m) deal and reportedly underwent a medical on Tuesday.However, before the club could officially announce their latest capture, leaked images of the forward in an Arsenal shirt, standing in front of a green screen and patting the Gunners badge, found their way online. 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? Now doesn’t that look nice 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/hEbk9OKPh3— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 30, 2019Arsenal were hopeful of wrapping up the deal by the end of this week, and now an official announcement appears to be imminent.Pepe, who scored 22 goals and registered 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season – the most goal contributions in the league from a player not named Kylian Mbappe – will become Unai Emery’s fourth summer signing, following the three confirmed arrivals so far.Teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli joined from Brazilian side Ituano, costing around £6m and links up with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson as promising young wide talent.Fellow teenager William Saliba cost the Gunners £27m (€30m/$33m) and the centre-back will rejoin St. Etienne on loan for the coming season before linking up with the Gunners next term.Finally, 22-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos arrives on a season-long loan as he looks to find a coach who will grant him more minutes than Zinedine Zidane, who does not appear to have faith in the former Real Betis talent.Arsenal are also reportedly close to the signing of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, with a third bid likely to be accepted after the first two offers were knocked back for the defender.Emery is thought to still be in the market for another centre-half, with Laurent Koscielny refusing to join the club’s summer tour and Shkodran Mustafi looking to be heading for the exit after another error-strewn season.