About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner: We’re very lowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner admits they’re low after defeat to Fulham.Fulham secured three vital points with a 1-0 win against a rival for relegation when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in stoppage time.It left Huddersfield bottom of the Premier League, having lost all seven of this month’s league fixtures, and Wagner said: “Obviously it’s a low point.”Not only because we’ve lost seven in a row but how we lost it. It’s a heavy loss we’ve conceded (at Fulham). We will need for sure a little bit longer than only 30 minutes afterwards to deal with it.”December wasn’t our month, obviously. But for me it’s not possible to think so quickly after the game about the transfer window or the next game. I have to reflect.”It’s very difficult.”
De Gea makes clear he wants Man Utd stay – but on his termsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid de Gea has made it clear he wants to stay with Manchester United – so long as they meet his contract demands.The Daily Mail says the goalkeeper is keen to thrash out fresh terms at Old Trafford and end any lingering uncertainty after another man-of-the-match display in the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea will command a significant improvement on his current £200,000-a-week contract and would expect his wages to top £300,000 including bonuses.Discussions between the 28-year-old’s representatives and United have been ongoing for some time but without resolution.United activated a 12-month extension in November, locking the Spaniard in until 2020 and preventing him talking to interested clubs this month ahead of a potential free transfer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Nike announced today it is putting out a new pair of Kyrie Irving’s Kyrie 1 signature shoes on Mar. 12., and the colorway pays homage to Irving’s brief but brilliant career at Duke University. The shoes are pretty sharp.Nike Kyrie 1 “Duke Blue Devils” releasing on March 12 http://t.co/zFUQYjyY84 pic.twitter.com/BLcFf9gwZG— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) February 26, 2015It will be interesting to see if the Blue Devils don these at any point during the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. There is no explicit reference to the Duke program on the sneakers themselves, but the connection is pretty clear.
Ohio State-VT TrailerWe have to wait a couple extra days for the most anticipated game of Week 1 to kick off. Ohio State, the unanimous No. 1 team in college football, is set to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night. The Buckeyes and the Hokies played in 2014, with OSU losing its only game of its national championship season. Urban Meyer’s squad will be out for revenge in Lane Stadium. ESPN has released an epic trailer for the contest. WATCH: ESPN Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Game Promo! #GoBucks #BeatVT pic.twitter.com/qGzquXM6O0— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) September 1, 2015We can’t wait for this one. The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that Denis Suarez’s loan move to Arsenal should be completed imminently.Goal understands that the 25-year-old will join the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, having first agreed to extend his contract with Barca until 2021.Valverde says the deal is not quite finalised but hopes the move will benefit all parties, with Suarez eager for regular football after making only two La Liga appearances 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? “I know Denis was in this situation. It’s not official yet and we have to wait a little,” Valverde told a news conference on Tuesday when asked for the latest on Arsenal’s approach.”It was a possibility that everyone valued, and we hope that things go well.”Valverde insisted Ivan Rakitic remains a vital part of his plans, though, despite recent reports suggesting Chelsea will try to sign him.”He is a very important player,” he said of the midfielder, who stressed this week that he wants to stay at Camp Nou. “He has been showing that throughout these last few years. There is no doubt, but to guess the future is to go too far.”He is essential for us.”Valverde also suggested he could yet extend his stay at Barca beyond this season, with some reports suggesting he will leave at the end of the season.The former Athletic Bilbao boss says he has a good understanding with president Josep Maria Bartomeu and will offer an update when the time is right.”I’ve always said we have a good ‘tuning’ and when there is something to say, we’ll say it, without any problem,” he explained.Barca take on Sevilla on Wednesday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, looking to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg.Valverde hopes the Camp Nou crowd can help to inspire a turnaround, although he admits it will be up to the team to bring about the best from the supporters.”In all the statements we make, what appears is that we want to carry on in this competition,” he said. “We know that in these games the backing of the fans is essential, but we need to push them. It’s the team that ropes in the fans and that’s what we have to do.”It’s a challenge for us. We didn’t get a good result there and we have 90 minutes left to turn it around.”When the game requires it, we always take a step forward and we’re going to try to get through.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that the Premier League title is now in Liverpool’s hands after his team fell to another painful defeat on Tuesday.Despite taking the lead in the first minute against Newcastle United, Pep’s men were left to rue three points lost as the Magpies came storming back.Salomon Rondon cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s early opener just after the hour mark before Matt Ritchie sealed a 2-1 victory from the spot 10 minutes from time. 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 reverse was City’s fourth Premier League defeat this season, three of which have come in the last seven games in a run that has allowed Liverpool to cut loose at the top.Jurgen Klopp’s men can go seven points clear with a victory against Leicester City on Wednesday, and Pep recognises his men face an uphill task to retain their crown.”It is difficult. We have a chance to do it but we need to win our games,” Guardiola explained to reporters.“The advantage is not there but we need to continue. We have to do our games and know what we have to do.“You can lose. Football is competitive.”We had a chance today to reduce the lead. Tomorrow is a game for our opponent. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn’t do that.”I know the challenge is big, being in all competitions is what it is. If you want to go up as a club you have to accept that challenge. I prefer to be in that position.”The former Barcelona and Bayern coach held back from criticising his beaten charges, however, instead preferring to highlight all they have achieved together in the past few seasons.”I love these players,” he added. “They gave me all the prestige I have in England. I will try to be here to help them. I know how they feel right now and I am beside them, close to them. It is an incredible group of players.”Did we underestimate Newcastle? Never. We are in four competitions because we never underestimated one competition or team – never. We have done 100 points [in the league last season] because you never underestimate one team. If you don’t you are not in the final of the Carabao Cup.”Sometimes we don’t play at the level we want to play, sometimes it happens.”City will be back in action at the weekend, with Arsenal travelling to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos labelled Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after the star’s hat-trick against Switzerland on Wednesday.Ronaldo’s hat-trick led the Nations League Finals hosts into the decider courtesy of a 3-1 win in Porto.It took the 34-year-old’s tally to 88 international goals and marked his 53rd career hat-trick, with two of his strikes coming in the final two minutes. 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? Santos was predictably full of praise for Ronaldo, who sent Portugal into a final against either England or Netherlands.”In terms of adjectives to describe Ronaldo’s game – I’ve used many. I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” he said, via UEFA.”He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius.”Ronaldo’s first-half free-kick had been cancelled out by a Ricardo Rodriguez penalty, but he struck twice more late on.Santos acknowledged the Juventus star made the difference, but praised Switzerland for their performance.”When someone scores three goals, they are the difference maker. It was tough game, it was well played – two sides who are very strong, playing to win,” he said.”They’re strategically well organised, changing their formation. Their players know what they have to do on the pitch, limiting some of the gaps we’d thought about.”England and Netherlands meet for a place in the final on Thursday, with the loser to face Switzerland for third place.
Bologna have exercised their option to permanently sign Juventus attacker Riccardo Orsolini in a €15 million (£13m/$17m) deal.Orsolini, who joined Juve from Ascoli in January 2017, spent 18 months on loan at Bologna, helping them to a 10th-place finish in Serie A under Sinisa Mihajlovic last season.The Italy Under-21 international scored eight goals and provided five assists in 35 league appearances in 2018-19. 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? Orsolini had previously seen a temporary move to Atalanta cut short after failing to break into the first team.He has now been freed to take on a new challenge in his career away from Turin.Juve have agreed to move him on without Orsolini making a competitive senior appearance for the club.He was immediately sent on loan to Atalanta upon being snapped up by the Bianconeri.His 10 outings during that spell delivered no goals.Orsolini did, however, prove his worth at international level during that loan.He won the Golden Boot at the 2017 U20 World Cup, finding the target five times over the course of the competition.The 22-year-old is a product of Ascoli’s youth system.Over 50 appearances were taken in for the Serie B outfit before Juventus came calling.They acquired Orsolini in a deal worth an initial €6m and a further €4m in potential add-ons.He has never threatened to force the Bianconeri into digging deeper, with it having become clear early on that he was going to struggle to make his mark in a star-studded squad.