10 months agoRiver Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios is eager to delay his move to Real Madrid.Having just won the Copa Libertadores in fine style, the youngster is in no rush to move to Europe.”My idea is to stay at River a little longer, enjoy this moment and take advantage of everything that comes along,” he said.”I’m very happy and enjoying where I am.”Leaving aside what was just achieved, we always need to compete for more here.” last_img read more

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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuain

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was pleased for Gonzalo Higuain after his goal in victory over SPAL.It broke a two month goals drought for the Argentine.Gattuso said, “He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoTalking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazy

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday. last_img read more

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10 months ago​Newcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxalt

first_img​Newcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxaltby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are interested in signing AC Milan left back Diego Laxalt.According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan is out of favour at the Italian club.While he would rather earn his place back in Gennaro Gattuso’s team, it is possible he will leave on a loan for the rest of the season.It is no secret that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his squad as they attempt to stay in the Premier League this season.The 25-year-old has only started four Serie A games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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24 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramos

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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24 days ago​Allardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spurs

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Allardyce can’t envisage Southgate swapping England for Spursby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England manager Sam Allardyce does not see Gareth Southgate leaving the national team for Tottenham.There are suggestions that Spurs would look to England boss Southgate if they lose Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid this summer.But Allardyce, who also had a very short stint in charge of England, does nots ee why Southgate would give up a great job with England.He told talkSPORT when asked about the possibility of Southgate going to Tottenham: “It depends on his own ambitions, on whether he thinks he’s got something to prove by coming to manage in the Premier League, because obviously his Middlesbrough days didn’t last very long or end too well because he got thrown in the deep end.”Obviously he’s learnt an awful lot from then to now. I think his partnership with [assistant] Steve Holland is extremely good and that relationship is excellent.”They may fancy a dabble back [in the Premier League], but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier League.”At some point or other, it depends on the situation of the FA being willing to let him go, Gareth wanting to go, and how much the compensation would be and whether [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy is willing to pay it.”I can’t see him going before the Euros and I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.” last_img read more

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20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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Ceballos surprised by whistles on Betis return

first_imgReal Madrid matchwinner Dani Ceballos accepted he did not expect to be whistled on his return to Real Betis.Ceballos came off the bench with the game in the balance, Sergio Canales having cancelled out an early Luka Modric strike.But the midfielder was whistled by sections of the Betis crowd before he stepped up to score the winner in the 88th minute. 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? Ceballos had never taken a free-kick for Madrid before but beat Pau Lopez to earn Santiago Solari’s side a crucial three points.100% – Dani Ceballos has scored with his very first direct free-kick attempt for @realmadriden in all competitions. Rescuer. pic.twitter.com/duOsLqARl7— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 13, 2019The former Betis star, though, said it was a strange feeling to not be welcomed back to his home ground.”It’s a field that has given me everything,” he said to Movistar. “I’ve grown up here as a footballer and I did not expect this reception.”I’m happy, but I leave with the bittersweet feeling of not having the affection of who were my fans for so long.”Listen to what our matchwinner @DaniCeballos46 said after tonight’s victory at the Benito Villamarín! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/6LfO2T2Lg6— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 13, 2019Canales also scored against his old club, the midfielder’s equalising strike surviving a long VAR review for a possible offside.After a great start to the campaign Betis are stumbling, with just one win in their last six games in all competitions.”We matched them in the second half and when the second [goal] was close, their goal took the victory,” Canales told Movistar. “It’s a step back, but this is a long [season], we have not started the year as we would have liked.”A great effort made for nothing.”last_img read more

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WATCH: Mane’s unstoppable journey to the Champions League final

first_imgSadio Mane will be out to crown another remarkable season on Saturday by leading Liverpool to Champions League glory.The Senegal international has enjoyed a sensational campaign, sharing the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals in a record-breaking season for the club.Mane has been in fine form in Europe too, starring in all 12 Champions League matches during the Reds’ run to a second consecutive final – and now you can relive the unforgettable journey like never before in this stunning illustrated recap. The most significant strikes of his campaign came in Munich, as he scored a brace against Bayern to ensure Liverpool’s progress to the quarter-finals.The 27-year-old’s memorable opener came just before the half-hour mark, latching onto a pinpoint long-ball from Virgil van Dijk and duping Manuel Neuer with an excellent turn.Still with a lot to do, Mane made a very difficult finish look easy, dispatching a precise chip past the goalkeeper and three defenders.A goal and an assist in Porto added gloss to an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win before the forward played 180 minutes across both legs against Barcelona as Jurgen Klopp’s side staged one of the most incredible comebacks in the competition’s illustrious history.For more information about the Furon 5 boot, please visit: http://bit.ly/NBFuronv5last_img read more

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