Alexander-Arnold recovering quickly reveals Liverpool boss Kloppby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is recovering quickly from a knock sustained against Napoli, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed. The 20-year-old missed Sunday’s win over Manchester United and will also miss Friday’s clash with Wolves.”It actually looks surprisingly good,” said Klopp. “I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.”But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.”But it looks good for Trent.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Aston Villa move for Leicester defender Christian Fuchsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have made a move for Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs.The Mirror says Villa are short of cover at left-back and boss Dean Smith has identified the former Austrian international as the man to help the club’s promotion push.Fuchs, 32, has been kept out of the picture at the King Power Stadium by Claude Puel’s decision to promote Ben Chilwell to the first-team.And that has paid off spectacularly as the home-grown youngster has progressed to England’s senior squad.Villa have Neil Taylor as their only recognised defender in that area and although Alan Hutton has deputised on that side in the Welshman’s absence through injury, it has upset the balance in Smith’s rearguard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Foden won’t follow duo out of Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden is confident his career can be fulfilled by staying put.Foden, who signed a £30,000-a-week deal last month which keeps him at the club until 2024, has seen Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid) leave the club in the last 18 months.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff so I’m in the right position,” he said. “I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.”With regard to Diaz and Sancho, he added: “It’s up to them, really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan, in what they want to do, so fair play to them. Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.
UrbanFormer Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence did not hear his name called during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. This surprised Spence’s former coach, Urban Meyer. Spence, who played at OSU for two seasons before having to transfer because of failed drug tests, is an “elite” defensive end, according to Meyer. The Ohio State coach placed him in a similar category to Joey Bosa, who was taken No. 3 overall. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Meyer said on the NFL Network. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Urban says of Noah Spence.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) April 29, 2016Meyer also talked about how Spence was a 3.0 student at Ohio State and comes from a great family.The NFL Draft is currently airing on ESPN and the NFL Network. Spence is expected to go early in the second round.
Chelsea produced a toothless display as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by struggling Southampton and lost Willian to injury in the process. Maurizio Sarri reinstated Alvaro Morata to the team with Olivier Giroud ruled out, yet the service to the Spaniard was poor as Saints dug deep to hold on for a well-earned point. A tame first half passed with few flashpoints, though Chelsea did see Willian forced off on the same day the club announced the signing of Christian Pulisic, who will arrive at the end of the season. 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? The home side had a Morata goal controversially ruled out for offside late in the second half as they failed to win at home for a second successive outing, following on from a shock 1-0 reverse against Leicester City on December 22.It took Chelsea 33 minutes to craft their first meaningful opportunity, Eden Hazard finding space in the left side of the area and firing an effort which came back off the face of Premier League debutant Angus Gunn. Willian was forced off after a collision with Maya Yoshida a few moments later, further decreasing Chelsea’s depleted forward options. And while Sarri will no doubt wish Pulisic was available immediately, Willian’s replacement Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked lively. The England international set Morata up for a chance 12 minutes from time only for the former Real Madrid man to shoot straight at Gunn from a tight angle, shortly after he was adjudged to have strayed offside when finding the net.Chelsea’s desperation towards the end resulted in Marcos Alonso going down easily under pressure from Shane Long in the area, but referee Jonathan Moss correctly ignored the protests, allowing Saints to hold on. 22 – Angus Gunn (22y 346d) is the youngest English goalkeeper to start their first Premier League match since Jordan Pickford (21y 315d) on January 16th 2016 (for Sunderland vs Spurs). Saint. pic.twitter.com/TcY0lLajwQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019 What does it mean? Chelsea need reinforcementsSarri has made no secret of his desire to sign more players, and Wednesday’s match laid that issue bare. With Willian off injured, a glance at their bench showed precious little attacking talent. Hazard cannot be expected to do it all – he needs help in the fight to finish in the top four.Gunn silences disappointing ChelseaSarri’s men were far from their best, but when they did manage to test Gunn, the goalkeeper – who has patiently waited for his opportunity since joining from Manchester City – looked completely at ease on his first top-flight start.Barkley devoid of craftIt was by no means a surprise to see Ross Barkley hauled off just after the hour, as the England international did not offer a great deal of invention in midfield.Key Opta Facts- Southampton recorded their first Premier League clean sheet since October. Prior to the stalemate with Chelsea, they had conceded 24 goals in their previous 10 games.- Chelsea have failed to score in three of their last five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, as many as in their previous 22 in the competition.- Southampton have drawn nine Premier League games by a 0-0 scoreline since the start of last season – two more than any other side.- Angus Gunn (1) has recorded more Premier League clean sheets at Stamford Bridge than his father Bryan (0 in 3 attempts) did in his entire career.- Cesc Fabregas came on in the second half for the Blues to make his 500th appearance for English club sides in all competitions.What’s next?After Saturday’s FA Cup visit of Nottingham Forest, Chelsea have an EFL Cup semi-final first leg with Tottenham before returning to Premier League action against Newcastle on January 12. Saints go to Derby in the FA Cup at the weekend, then travel to Leicester City a week later. read more
Santi Cazorla scored twice as Real Madrid failed to take full advantage of their game in hand on LaLiga leaders Barcelona in a frustrating 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Villarreal.Los Blancos, back in action for the first time since winning the Club World Cup, appeared to be headed for three points as Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane cancelled out Cazorla’s crisp early opener by the 20th minute.But with just eight minutes remaining, Cazorla ghosted in to head Pablo Fornals’ teasing cross past Thibaut Courtois to secure a share of the spoils. 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? Madrid, who lost the ineffective Gareth Bale to injury at half-time, are consequently fourth and seven points behind leaders Barcelona after 17 matches, while Villarreal are out of the bottom three but remain level with 18th-placed Athletic Bilbao.FT: @Eng_Villarreal 2-2 @realmadrid Cazorla 4′, 82′; @Benzema 7′, @raphaelvarane 20’#Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/FgA9VYLhkf— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 3, 2019Madrid had won their last three league matches without conceding but just four minutes had elapsed when Samuel Chukwueze picked out Cazorla, who curled the ball into the bottom-right corner for his first LaLiga goal since returning to the club in August.The lead lasted all of three minutes as Benzema headed a right-sided cross from Lucas Vazquez past Sergio Asenjo from eight yards and the turnaround was complete when Varane leapt highest to guide Toni Kroos’ deep free-kick back across goal.Luka Modric then converted from close range after Kroos had a shot kept out by Asenjo, only for the offside flag to cut short his celebrations.Madrid made a slow start to the second half but could have extended their lead on the hour, with Vazquez profiting from a favourable deflection but shooting right at Asenjo.That would prove a costly miss as Fornals delivered the ball into the back post for Cazorla to head past Courtois.An end-to-end conclusion to the match ensued, with Bale’s half-time replacement Isco forcing Asenjo into a late save with his bullet strike, but Villarreal earned a crucial point on their quest to dodge the drop and inflicted a big blow on their opponents’ outside title hopes. What does it mean? Madrid miss big chance to close gapA trip to a side sitting third-bottom of the division at the start of the game should have meant three simple points for Madrid, though this latest slip-up makes it just three wins from nine away LaLiga matches. After missing out on a fourth league win on the spin overall, Solari’s charges remain fourth in the division and have surely relinquished any slim hopes they had of challenging Barcelona for the title.Cazorla shows signs of his bestNot only did Cazorla score both of his side’s goals, the former Arsenal ace also chipped in with five key passes during the 90 minutes. The opening goal early on was special, working the angle well to send the ball out of Courtois’ reach, but he also showed great awareness in the final 10 minutes to get away from his man and guide Fornals’ cross from the left into the back of the net.Bale ineffective before injury scarePlenty of eyes were on Bale, who top scored for Madrid at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month, but he endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes here and did not emerge for the second half – the 15th time he has been replaced in LaLiga this term, more than any other player.The Wales forward failed to capitalise on some poor positioning from opposition right-back Miguel Layun and left the field with the lowest pass completion rate of any outfield Madrid player. After succumbing to another suspected calf problem, which twice required treatment before he was replaced by out-of-favour Isco, Bale’s playing time may be curtailed during a crucial period.Key Opta Facts: – Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla has scored his first brace in La Liga since September 2011 for Malaga against Granada, 2670 days ago. – Real Madrid are the LaLiga side with the most headed goals scored this season in all competitions (11) and their striker Karim Benzema is the player with the most headers (five). – Benzema has scored 12 goals in 27 games this season in all competitions, as many as he did in the whole of last season (12 but in 47 games). – Cazorla has scored his first headed goal in La Liga (41 goals in total). – No other Real Madrid player has made more assists than Lucas Vazquez since the start of last year in all competitions (12, the same as Karim Benzema). What’s next?Both sides face a quick turnaround in fixtures as Madrid play host to Real Sociedad on Sunday, while Villarreal travel to Eibar on the same day. read more
Gervinho struck deep into stoppage time to earn Parma a thrilling 3-3 draw at Serie A leaders Juventus.The visitors fought back from 3-1 down at the Allianz Stadium, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Daniele Rugani was also on target.Antonino Barilla headed in for Parma before Gervinho came to the fore, cutting the deficit 16 minutes from time with a neat flick and then firing in a close-range leveller at the death. 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? With Napoli having won earlier on Saturday, Juve’s lead is now nine points, bringing a disappointing week for Massimiliano Allegri’s men to an end after Wednesday’s 3-0 Coppa Italia loss to Atalanta.FT: It finishes in a draw at the Allianz.#JuveParma #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/MkZBoKr3bD— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 2, 2019Juve went close to breaking the deadlock after the half-hour mark as Sami Khedira worked space to shoot inside the box only to see his strike rebound off the left upright.They eventually forged ahead in the 36th minute, Ronaldo’s deflected effort deceiving Luigi Sepe and nestling into the net.Juve were awarded a penalty before the break when Martin Caceres and Simone Iacopini got tangled up, but it was correctly overturned by VAR.Bruno Alves, who this week signed a new deal following speculation over a move to Juve, fired a free-kick over the crossbar early in the second half as Parma sought a route back into the contest. Khedira again struck the woodwork after leaping to meet Ronaldo’s cross but Rugani lashed home their second in the 62nd minute after the Portugal superstar’s miscued header.Barilla’s response proved swift as he nodded in after Juraj Kucka provided the ammunition, but Ronaldo was not done and he grabbed his 17th top-flight goal of the season from Mario Mandzukic’s delivery two minutes later.Gervinho’s impudent flick set up a grandstand finish and Parma indeed delivered a stunning finale, the Ivory Coast international’s 93rd-minute shot proving too hot to handle for Mattia Perin.Pictured: Warriors, heroes and football romantics. PARMA CALCIO 1913 #JuventusParma 3-3 pic.twitter.com/LYIplAybJG— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) February 2, 2019What does it mean? Juve not invincibleWhile Juve’s unbeaten record still stands in Serie A, the concession of six goals in the space of four days hints at some troubles for Allegri to address. The injury-enforced absences of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, as well as the January departure of Medhi Benatia, has left them short of options and experience at the back. With the Champions League on the agenda this month, the coach will want to find answers fast.Gervinho the heroThe former Arsenal forward had been largely anonymous for much of this contest, but he made an impact when it mattered most. Both finishes required a striker’s instinct and Gervinho was not found wanting. Alves fails to hit strideJuve’s interest in 37-year-old Alves raised a few eyebrows despite their defensive injury crisis and he did not exactly serve up his best display in Turin, where the centre-back was rarely involved and yet careless in possession when he was.Key Opta Facts- Juve are the second side in Serie A history to have earned at least 60 points after 22 matches – Inter also had 60 in 2006-07.- The Bianconeri have conceded at least six goals over back-to-back matches in all competitions in the same season for the first time since October 2013.- Parma drew a Serie A match after trailing by two goals for the first time since December 2011 versus Lecce.- Ronaldo has scored 17 goals in Serie A this season; the last Juve player to have done better in a single top-flight season was David Trezeguet.What’s next?Juve will aim to bounce back by completing the double over mid-table Sassuolo next Sunday, while Parma face another tough test when they host Inter the day before. read more
Vine/@MattAllair2The rout might be on in Norman. Ohio State just went up 28-10 on a pretty touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Noah Brown.After another interception by the “basic” Ohio State defense, Barrett found Noah Brown for the second time tonight. This one came from 42 yards out and was a heck of a throw and catch.Barrett completes a 42-yard catch to Noah Brown for a touchdown, Buckeyes up 28-10 with 5:57 in 1st half #OSUvsOU pic.twitter.com/DuGrwOUlzv— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) September 18, 2016Oklahoma just struck back quickly to make it 28-17, but the Buckeye offense has been clicking on all cylinders tonight.Update: Noah Brown now has three touchdowns. His most recent was absolutely absurd. To view it, click here.
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva says that he is in favour of the advent of VAR, adding he believes it will help referees improve the game with stronger decisions.The 24-year-old, who recently capped off a superb 2018-19 campaign with victory in the Nations League with Portugal, did however add that the system still requires improvement.Silva, who was named the Blues’ Player of the Year for his exploits in helping them towards a domestic treble as they retained the Premier League title, has been in the form of his life this season. 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? He was named the recipient of the Alan Hardaker Trophy for the man of the match performance he delivered in the Carabao Cup final over Chelsea, as well as being elected to the PFA Team of the Year.Taking part in a Q&A session with website SPORF, Silva reflected on his excellent year, and weighed in on a number of topics.Among them, he gave a ringing endorsement of the VAR system, which has come in for both praise and criticism in recent years as it has been implemented on a wider scale, though he did acknowledge that it was yet to be perfected.“I am in favour of the VAR,” he stated. “I think it’s another tool to help the referees make football better with better decisions.“Of course it needs improvement, it needs to get quicker and everything. People need to get used to it, but yeah, [I like it]!”Silva also added that he felt this campaign, that saw City beat Liverpool to the Premier League crown by a point, was among the most exciting in the competition’s history.“I agree because I think, well, I’m only 24-years-old, I haven’t watched all the Premier League seasons,” he stated. “Maybe that season when Aguero scored that late goal was very emotional.“But from what I felt, [this year] was unbelievable. I think both teams were fantastic and it was a great Premier League season.”City head to China next month for the Premier League Asia Cup before returning via Japan to prepare for the new season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.