About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante proves Chelsea matchwinner at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveN’Golo Kante proved Chelsea’s matchwinner on Sunday as they moved back into the top four with victory at Crystal Palace.Kante scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute when he broke forward from midfield to convert David Luiz’s throughball.There were few clear-cut chances as the Blues dominated possession and Palace sat back hoping to catch the opposition on the counter-attack – a tactic which failed to work as Roy Hodgson’s Eagles took 85 minutes to register their first effort at goal.Chelsea’s Willian came close to scoring with a free-kick that struck the post, and Ross Barkley also hit the woodwork with a hooked effort.The Blues have 43 points, one behind City and two behind Spurs. Palace remain in 14th with 19 points.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could force Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave the Emirates.The Armenian international, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, has failed to impress since joining from Manchester United last January. And The Sun claims the Gunners are ready to sell Mkhitaryan in order to make room for Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the north London club, having previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla.Suarez, who started his career at Manchester City, has played 17 minutes of league football this season.
Prodl admits Watford desperate for points boostby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Sebastian Prodl admits the club needs points soon or they risk relegation.The Hornets have two points from eight games heading into the international break.Prodl said: “We need to step forward, we need to get positive results in and we can’t waste any more time.”We want to maintain our status as a Premier League club and the sooner we face reality, the better it is to get out and the easier it will become to get out [of the relegation zone]. We face another tough opponent away next (Tottenham) — that’s the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if it is Sheffield or Tottenham, we need points.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Twitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]
United States president Donald Trump has weighed in on the debate surrounding the gender pay gap in football.In March, 28 members of the U.S. women’s national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer , citing gaps in pay and resources.The suit is being led by current stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, alleging that U.S. Soccer “paid only lip service to gender equality and continues to practice gender-based discrimination against its champion female employees.” 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? This week, an entity of the United Nations used Lionel Messi’s salary to highlight the difference in salaries between the sexes .The Barcelona star makes $84 million per year from his salary, bonuses and commercial deals, which is almost double the combined annual income of the 1,693 female footballers in the top seven leagues, which adds up to $42.6m.”During the Women’s World Cup 2019, join UN Women in demanding equal pay for women in sport,” UN Women said in their message.Trump was asked about the issue this week, but he suggested he did not have enough knowledge of the finer details of the issue to take a position.”I love watching women’s soccer,” he told The Hill . “They’re really talented.”I think a lot of it also has to do with the economics. I mean who draws more, where is the money coming in.”I know that when you have the great stars like [Portugal’s Cristiano] Ronaldo and some of these stars … that get paid a lot of money, but they draw hundreds of thousands of people.”But I haven’t taken a position on that at all. I’d have to look at it.”The USWNT will face tournament hosts France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after beating Spain 2-1 in the last 16 of the competition on Monday thanks to two penalties by Rapinoe.France, meanwhile, got the better of Brazil in their first knockout match, winning 2-1 in extra-time.
If one thing has become very evident this summer, it is that Paris Saint-Germain have a credibility problem.Eight years after QSI took over the running of the Parc des Princes club – heralding a cash-crazy era of superstar signings like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and, more recently, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – the big names have suddenly stopped arriving.Last season, the Parisians were handcuffed by the shackles of Financial Fair Play (FFP). Having embarked on a record-breaking spending spree in 2017 – which effectively saw them splash out €400 million (£375m/$445m) on their forward line – they were forced to tighten their belts the following year. 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? However, in 2019 they can have no financial excuses for a disappointing transfer window that has seen them miss out on both of their key targets.First, Barcelona beat them to the signature of Frenkie de Jong. Then, after a prolonged battle, Juventus elbowed their way to the front of the queue to capture fellow wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt.PSG’s financial clout alone was insufficient to lure either of the up-and-coming Dutch stars from Ajax to France.They have been able to sign Pablo Sarrabia, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, and even prodigious Barca teenager Xavi Simons this summer. But when it has come to the players that they have really wanted to improve their first team – the type any side in Europe would be proud to have – they have missed out.Image is clearly an issue at Parc des Princes, with poor Champions League performances in successive years tarnishing a Qatari project that was designed to make the club the biggest on the continent. In particular, the collapses against Barcelona in 2017 and Manchester United earlier this year have served only to highlight the team’s fragility in clutch situations.Perhaps a more important factor, though, is the manner in which PSG’s players are treated. Those on the outside will have watched Neymar spend the last two years leading club officials a merry dance on and off the pitch. His stranglehold over the club – and the way in which his unprofessionalism has been indulged – is unbecoming of a team with such lofty aspirations, sending out all the wrong signals to prospective arrivals.The world’s most expensive player continues to cast a shadow over PSG, although the installation of countryman Leonardo as sporting director has signalled a clampdown on his destructive behaviour. It may ultimately cost them the former Barcelona star – who has publicly stated that he wants to quit the club and return to Camp Nou – but to regain credibility it would be a price worth paying.Neymar has become a millstone for the Parisians but offloading him this summer is a task fraught with difficulty. Europe’s biggest clubs have all made their key summer signings and have racked up sizeable spending deficits, meaning that signing the Brazil ace and staying within the boundaries of FFP is tricky.Part-exchange deals have been mooted – particularly from Barcelona with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele – but it would signal another credibility crisis for the Qatari-owned side if they collected another outfit’s cast offs in part-exchange for one of their most marketable players.It has not just been Neymar who has played games with the PSG hierarchy in recent months. Adrien Rabiot did likewise before leaving on a free transfer for Juventus this summer. Head coach Thomas Tuchel was critical of the club’s handling of the saga, suggesting that life behind the scenes was not harmonious with former sporting director Antero Henrique, who left the club in June.“I like the player and, I’ve said it many times, he was a key player when he was on the field for us,” the former Dortmund boss said in December to Canal+. “The club’s taken the decision and I have to respect it. I don’t like it, but I have to respect it.”Even Kylian Mbappe, Parisian born and bred, hinted when collecting his Ligue 1 Player of the Year prize that he may not be at the club for the foreseeable future.“I’ve reached a second turning point in my career,” he told the assembled dignitaries. “I’ve discovered a lot of things here and I feel that this is perhaps the moment to get more responsibility. I hope it will be at PSG – it would be with great pleasure – but it may be elsewhere for a new project.”With these games having been played out in a very public arena, it has done nothing to promote the Parisians as a working environment that is stable, happy or liable to achieve success at the very highest level – everything a professional should want beyond a sizeable pay packet.In re-appointing Leonardo, who resigned in 2013 in the aftermath of a scuffle with a referee, the club are already working to stop the bleeding. PSG made their greatest strides forward under the 1994 World Cup winner’s hand in the early part of the decade and have struggled to find comparable leadership on that front since.His return on July 1, though, has come about too late to allow the club to take positive steps forward this summer. Indeed, Leonardo’s goal for the coming season is to restore some respect and credibility to a project that appears to be creaking, rendering this summer nothing more than a damage-limitation exercise. That in itself shows how far PSG have sunk.
Tottenham defender Juan Foyth is set to be sidelined until September due to an ankle ligament injury.The centre-back sustained the problem during the Audi Cup pre-season match with Bayern Munich last month, with manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting at the time that the player was in some pain.Subsequent tests have revealed Foyth has damaged the lateral ligament in his left ankle and is not due to resume first-team duties until next month. 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? The 21-year-old is suspended for Spurs’ first two Premier League games of the season against Aston Villa and Manchester City following his red card against Bournemouth at the tail end of the 2018-19 season.He is unlikely to be fit for the home game against Newcastle United on August 25 or the north London derby with Arsenal on September 1.The Argentine made 17 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham last season – his maiden campaign as a first-team player. However, Foyth’s performances received mixed reviews from fans.In particular, the showing against Wolverhampton Wanderers in November and his dismal display against Bournemouth in May when he was sent off.The defender is expected to play a bigger role in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the upcoming season following the departure of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid. While Foyth is predominantly a centre-back, many believe the 21-year-old will also act as cover for Serge Aurier.However, Foyth’s injury means Pochettino has no back up for the Ivory Coast International and could be forced to delve into the market for a replacement right-back.Foyth has also earned seven caps for Argentina and was part of this summer’s Copa America squad, who finished third, which delayed his return to Tottenham this summer.Spurs kick the season off against newly promoted Villa on Saturday and will be hoping to take three points from the West Midlands side.To date, Spurs have added Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele this summer, with the former heading back to Leeds United on loan.The north London side are also being linked with Foyth’s fellow Argentine Giovani Lo Celso from Spanish side Real Betis. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A rejuvenated Manchester United side strolled to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea to open their Premier League campaign with a bang on Sunday, achieving their biggest league win over the Blues for over half a century in the process.Frank Lampard took the reins of Chelsea for the first time in a competitive fixture at Old Trafford after taking over from Maurizio Sarri at the start of the summer. Judging by Sunday’s performance, though, he has a lot of work on his hands as United punished the visitors for their profligacy in front of goal. 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? Marcus Rashford fired his side into the lead against the run of play in the first half, firing past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the penalty spot. Anthony Martial then doubled the advantage 65 minutes in, before Rashford and debutant Daniel James sealed a convincing win for the hosts as Chelsea’s resistance crumbled in the last half hour of proceedings. The result sent United flying up the league table on the opening weekend, with a margin of victory not seen for quite some time. 4-0 – Manchester United’s 4-0 victory was their biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since winning 4-0 in March 1965 under Matt Busby. Babes. #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/ZwDDvmEv2v — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 Not since Sir Matt Busby’s brilliant tenure had the Red Devils managed to beat Chelsea 4-0 in a league fixture, a feat which last occurred in March 1965 thanks to a scintillating individual performance from one George Best, then 18, who scored one and set up two more to take down the Blues side managed by Tommy Docherty. Lampard, meanwhile, had not tasted such a heavy Premier League defeat for the best part of two decades.7-1 – This was Frank Lampard heaviest defeat in the Premier League since he featured for the full 90 minutes in West Ham United’s 7-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in April 2000. Hammered. pic.twitter.com/udmpr1dAo0 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 United fans might also be cheered to know that Busby’s team went on to win the title that season, beating out Leeds United for the First Division crown by virtue of a superior goal average (goals scored divided by games played). And while the current United side may struggle to measure up to that heritage and the fabled Busby Babes, there are signs under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the team are returning to their youthful roots. United’s team against Chelsea had an average age of 24 years and 227 days, with Rashford, Martial, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and debutant Aaron Wan-Bissaka all 25 or younger.The exceptions were David de Gea, the oldest starter at 28, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire, who was pulling on the United shirt for the first time.24y 227d – The average age of Manchester United’s starting XI against Chelsea is 24 years and 227 days; the youngest of any team in the opening round of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Dawn.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2019 There was a similar look to the bench.While Nemanja Matic, Sergio Romero, Juan Mata and Ashley Young offered plenty of experience, Axel Tuanzebe, James and Mason Greenwood are promising young talents.United’s team was the only starting XI of the opening weekend of the season with an average age below 25. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The College GameDay crew is in Happy Valley for the day’s best college football game: Ohio State travels to Penn State in a battle of Big Ten foes. Ahead of the contest, Kirk Herbstreit heaped some hefty praise on the Nittany Lions.And no, we’re not talking about the team. We’re talking about the fans.Herbe called Penn State’s Whiteout Game the best “atmosphere in college football” earlier this week. But that’s not all.The College GameDay analyst also thinks Penn State has the best student section in college football. Here’s what he had to say about Penn State and its fans.A special message from @KirkHerbstreit to the best student section in all of College Football!#WeAre pic.twitter.com/yCQV7DTcIh— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 28, 2018Ohio State and Penn State kick off on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.Stay tuned.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Maryland reversed its decision to reinstate head football coach DJ Durkin after severe outside pressure and angst from the university’s students. Maryland relieved Durkin of his head coaching duties following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.That’s just the start of Maryland’s issues from Wednesday.According to a report from Wednesday, there was a fight between two Maryland players during practice. Initial details of the incident failed to determine who the players were that fought and how the altercation started in the first place.On Thursday afternoon, the Baltimore Sun revealed the ugly details. According to the report, backup punter Matthew Barber, who has spoken out against the culture of the program, says he was assaulted by another member of the team who was pro-DJ Durkin.Barber said some of the members on the team treated him as a “whistle-blower” who spoke with investigators during the investigation into the program’s culture. The details of the alleged incident are rough.Toward the end of the practice, another player attacked Barber, attempting to punch him in the face, Barber said. While the two teammates were fighting, others tried to intervene and grabbed Barber’s arms behind his back, he said. That allowed the other player to punch Barber repeatedly in the face, leaving him with a black eye, needing multiple stitches on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, Barber said.“My jersey was bloody,” Barber says. “I had blood all over my hands.”Not long after the alleged incident took place, Maryland fired head coach DJ Durkin, though the fight is not believed to have had an impact on the university’s decision.Barber revealed he was treated by athletic training staff and spoke with campus police about the incident.[Baltimore Sun]