Bernardo Silva admits Man City need perfection in Liverpool chaseby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Bernardo Silva admits the club must be perfect if they are to win the Premier League title this season.The champions were expected to cruise to another title this season, but a recent run of three losses in four games has them seven points behind the unbeaten Liverpool, who they will face on January 3.And Silva knows City can’t make anymore mistakes if they want to chase down the Reds.”We started quite well but we weren’t able to play as usual and in the end they scored an amazing goal,” said Silva after the Boxing Day loss to Leicester City.”Even if we beat Liverpool now it won’t be easy.”We have lost two games that we shouldn’t do if we are in a race for the title.”There are a lot of games left and it’s mathematically possible but we have to be almost perfect from now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton agree Ezequiel Schelotto can leave after summitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have made Ezequiel Schelotto available for the January market.TMW says Schelotto and his agents met with Brighton yesterday where it was agreed he could leave this month.The wing-back, however, has been informed Brighton only want him to leave on-loan rather than an outright sale.A return to Italy is being mooted where SPAL are keen.Schelotto, 29, moved to Brighton 18 months ago from Sporting CP.
Man Utd U23 coach Wood: Brandon Williams must learn from red cardby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Under-23s boss Neil Wood says Brandon Williams must learn from his red card in victory over Fulham.Williams is the Under-23s’ captain but his evening at Leigh Sports Village ended disappointingly as he was shown a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge in the closing stages.The 18-year-old had earlier been booked after an altercation with Fulham striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Wood said he needs to learn from his mistake.”He was really good [up until the sending off],” Wood told the Manchester Evening News. “He’s got a red card, a one-game ban and his little retaliation, he’s going to have to learn.”He had a little flare-up with the lad (Taylor-Crossdale) earlier and got his first caution, but it’s something he’s going to have to learn from. He’s old enough and mature enough to know he let himself down a little bit but I’m sure he’ll learn from the experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd post scout to watch Benfica centre-back Ruben Diasby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain interested in Benfica’s young centre-back Ruben Dias.Record says AC Milan, Wolves and United are among clubs that have been identified as possible destinations for Dias.And United have posted a scout to Portugal to study the Benfica defender.Dias is regarded highly across Europe, but chose remain with Benfica this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say David Luiz hails ‘great’ Arsenal performance in Man Utd drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz believes Arsenal were “great” in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half goal canceled out the opener from Scott McTominay, condemning United to their worst start to a season in 30 years.And Luiz was pleased with the Gunners’ resilience away from home.”We’re happy with the performance. You have to analyse each team performance and I think we did great,” Luiz told Sky Sports.”Even when we went 1-0 down we showed maturity – especially the youngsters who deserve the credit. They’re so young but know how to play football and live with the pressure, they’re more mature than before.”It was interesting game for the supporters but we did well and so did the other team.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d re-sign LA Galaxy striker Ibrahimovicby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he’d re-sign LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Inter need a new striker after losing Alexis Sanchez to a three-month injury layoff.“Maybe I’d have done something so crazy,” Moratti, referring to Ibra, told Sport Mediaset.“Having said that, there’s a balance that needs maintaining and the players already there have to be respected.“In these cases, all these situations have to be considered.”
YouTube/amskowr1It has been a few weeks since Michigan’s devastating loss to rival Michigan State, so some Michigan fans are coming to terms with things now. It took a while, but maybe the craziest reaction to the loss has hit the internet, via Reddit. With the game appearing to be in hand, an excited Michigan fan (who is stripped down to his underwear, for whatever reason) pops a bottle of champagne. Unfortunately, we now know that he was just a bit premature with the celebration. After Michigan State’s fateful touchdown on the final play, he and his friends absolutely freak out. He also slips and falls on the spilled champagne. The video is quite ‘not safe for work’ for language.A Redditor claiming to be the fan in the yellow shirt answers some questions in the thread about the video.We can’t really hold the reaction against them. That game was insane. Remember though, everyone, keep the cork in the bottle until the clock hits zero.[Reddit]
Chelsea will not be signing AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain during the January transfer window, with the complexities of the deal making it not viable for the Blues.Having previously shown an interest in the Argentina international during the summer transfer window, Maurizio Sarri made it clear to the Chelsea hierarchy he was keen to reunite with a player who thrived under him at Napoli.But with Higuain only currently on loan at Milan from Juventus, Goal understands the Premier League outfit were weary of negotiating with two separate clubs during the winter window and will now look elsewhere in their pursuit of a new centre-forward. 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? Former Real Madrid striker Higuain has struggled for form since swapping Juve for the Rossoneri in the summer, scoring just eight goals in 20 appearances across all competitions.He also made headlines in November when he was sent off against his parent club, with his reaction to the decision earning him a two-match Serie A suspension.Such performances have seen some question whether it is wise for Milan to pay the previously agreed €36 million (£32m/$42m) to make the move permanent this summer having already forked out €18m (£16m/$21m) for the original year-long loan.Nevertheless, the 31-year-old will not be making the switch to Stamford Bridge this month, meaning Chelsea and Sarri must look elsewhere in their attempts to add further firepower to their frontline.Sarri’s side initially started the season in fine form, scoring 27 goals in their opening 11 league matches as the Italian broke a Premier League record for the longest unbeaten start for a new manager.But in their 10 matches since they have found the net on just 11 occasions, culminating in Wednesday’s frustrating 0-0 home draw with struggling Southampton.Such a poor run in front of goal has seen them slip out of the title race, and with just two wins from their last four matches they are now at risk of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League by virtue of a top-four finish.Alvaro Morata – who was tipped as a potential option in a swap deal for Higuain in some reports – has not scored in the league since the first week of October while Olivier Giroud’s only league goal in 2018-19 was a late consolation in Sarri’s first Blues defeat at the hands of Tottenham.As such Eden Hazard has had to carry the brunt of the goalscoring responsibility – netting 10 times in the league on his way to bringing up a century of goals for the club – with the Belgium international even having been deployed as a false nine in recent weeks.Sarri’s assistant coach, Gianfranco Zola, has confirmed that Chelsea are keen on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, though he admitted they were not the only side watching the new England international.Sarri himself, meanwhile, spoke of his wish to bring in a new forward player following the Southampton stalemate, telling a news conference: “We have to try to solve the problem of the last 15 or 20 metres.”The club knows very well my opinion. I think we need something different for characteristics.”I’m not in charge of the market. I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive phase, or better my offensive phase in the last 20 metres.”The club knows my position, my opinion. It’s up to the board.”Chelsea have already made one move in the January window after completing a £58m ($73m) move for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, though Sarri admitted he was unaware of the negotiations surrounding a deal that will see the United States international spend the second half of the campaign back on loan at the Bundesliga leaders.And the Blues also face a fight to keep hold of young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Bayern Munich having increased their bid for the Under-17 World Cup winner to £30m ($37.5m) after his refusal to sign a new deal in west London.
Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties.The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on.Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday’s clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done likewise at the opposite end of the field. 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? An unfortunate own goal from Dylan Bronn 10 minutes into extra time proved to be the winner for Aliou Cisse’s side, who will face either Algeria or Nigeria in Friday’s final, but Tunisia felt aggrieved as they were awarded a late penalty only for that decision to be controversially overturned following a VAR check.THEY’RE THE LIONSAND THEY’RE IN THE FINAL#TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/YEHAwmTjOQ— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 14, 2019Senegal dominated the first half and should have taken a lead into the interval as Youssouf Sabaly hit the frame of the goal with his 18-yard curling attempt. Sadio Mane then fired wide when off balance after doing the hard work by rounding Mouez Hassen.Taha Khenissi and Sassi came close for Tunisia in the space of a minute at the start of the second half, with the latter at least managing to test Alfred Gomis with his effort.The game then exploded into life with 17 minutes of normal time to go as both teams were awarded a penalty.Sassi’s shot was blocked by the arm of Kalidou Koulibaly in the box and the midfielder stepped up to take the poorly-taken pen, which Gomis was equal to down to his right.Senegal were awarded a spot-kick of their own three minutes later after Bronn felled Ismaila Sarr in the box, but Saivet was next to be denied with his attempt towards the bottom-right corner of the net saved.But Tunisia were unable to make the most of their reprieve as Hassen flapped at a cross, which hit Bronn on the hand and then the face before trickling over the line.Yet another incredible twist saw the referee point to the penalty spot for a third time with 115 minutes on the clock after Salif Sane headed the ball against Idrissa Gueye’s arm, but the initial call was overruled after a VAR check to the anger of Tunisia’s players. Key Opta Facts- Senegal have won their last four AFCON games, their best streak in the competition.- Tunisia have lost four of their six AFCON semi-finals.- Six out of 13 penalties have been missed during the 2019 AFCON, a record in a single edition since Opta started collecing the data in 2010.- This was the first time that two penalties have been saved in the same AFCON game since Opta started collecing the data in 2010. read more
Manchester City won the Community Shield for the second year in a row after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat of Liverpool following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.City were the best team in the first 45 minutes even after losing Bayern Munich-linked Leroy Sane to injury, with Raheem Sterling giving them a deserved half-time lead with his first goal against Liverpool in his 11th outing versus his old club.Jurgen Klopp’s side improved after the break, though, and Joel Matip’s leveller was just reward for their efforts, as City started to wilt in the warm conditions. 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 excellent Claudio Bravo made sure the game went to penalties and proved the hero when he kept out Georginio Wijnaldum’s effort, allowing Gabriel Jesus to seal victory.The blow of losing Sane just 11 minutes in was quickly forgotten as City made the most of the resulting free-kick, Liverpool’s offside trap all over the place as David Silva flicked Kevin De Bruyne’s cut-back across goal and Sterling forced the ball beyond Alisson.Ended 2018-19 with an @EmiratesFACup Final double……and now @sterling7 starts 2019-20 with a #CommunityShield opener! pic.twitter.com/HTDyUT6fDP— The FA (@FA) August 4, 2019City were in control but Liverpool could have levelled before the break had Mohamed Salah shown a touch of generosity, the forward clipping the outside of the post from a tight angle and then ballooning a second chance over the bar after a poor Oleksandr Zinchenko header, leaving Roberto Firmino angry not to receive a simple pass.Guardiola then became the first Premier League manager to be booked on the touchline as he reacted furiously to a challenge from Joe Gomez on David Silva, the City boss suggesting the defender’s boot had been dangerously high.Sterling hit the base of the post – although any goal would have been ruled out for offside – as City started the second half strongly, with Guardiola and Klopp resisting the urge to make the most of the maximum six available substitutions at the break.Liverpool suddenly threatened a leveller and were twice denied by the woodwork, Virgil van Dijk hitting the base of the crossbar with a half-volley and Salah firing against the foot of the right-hand post from the edge of the box.Sterling then raced through on Alisson but dithered on the ball and the goalkeeper calmly took it back, and it proved a costly miss, with Matip nodding an equaliser past Bravo after Van Dijk picked him out in the six-yard box.3 – Three of Joel Matip’s four goals for Liverpool have been scored in London (Selhurst Park, London Stadium, Wembley), with three of the four also coming from headers. Capital. #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/1DHnHgkJAu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019Bravo prevented Naby Keita and Salah from snatching late winners, and the latter was denied from another glorious chance as Kyle Walker’s acrobatic clearance on the goal line forced a shoot-out.Bravo saved comfortably from Wijnaldum’s spot-kick – the only one that was missed – before Jesus confidently swept the ball past Alisson and sparked City celebrations.What does it mean? Little to split the Premier League’s top twoCity claimed the bragging rights and were certainly the better side early on, but this was another indicator that their league title crown will come under serious threat this season.Liverpool have not had a particularly encouraging pre-season and there were similar problems laid bare here. The usually imperious defence looked uneasy, Roberto Firmino is short of sharpness and the place for Divock Origi is not wide on the left.That said, they outplayed City after the break and really should have won in normal time. They look ready to push Guardiola’s men all the way again in the top flight.Bravo brilliantCity’s first choice in pre-season while Ederson had an extended break, Bravo was the only reason Liverpool did not win the game in normal time. He then saved Wijnaldum’s penalty to secure the trophy.Zinchenko unconvincingLiverpool seemed to target Zinchenko and there were times when it was easy to see why. He was outmuscled by Salah too often, twice headed straight to red shirts within 20 yards of his own goal, and it was his foul that led to the equaliser. Key Opta facts65 – During the Community Shield final, Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for @LFC since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018. Human. #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/24B6WFcKUw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019ArsenalFA CupManchester UnitedChelseaWhat’s next?City begin their Premier League title defence away to West Ham on Saturday. Liverpool kick off the top-flight season on Friday at home to Norwich City. read more – Manchester City have won the Community Shield for a sixth time and are the first side to retain the trophy since in August 2015.- Manchester City are the first side to win the Community Shield having won both the Premier League and the in the previous season since Arsenal in August 2002 (beating Liverpool 1-0).- Including penalty shootout defeats, only and (nine each) have ended up on the losing side on more occasions in the Community Shield final than Liverpool (seven – level with Arsenal).- In all competitions, Man City have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Liverpool (D4 L7), however they are unbeaten in their last three games against the Reds (W1 D2).- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last eight games at Wembley Stadium since losing to Arsenal in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final (W6 D2), the longest ongoing such unbeaten run among club sides.- Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances for club and country at Wembley Stadium (six goals and one assist).