Barkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley is confident Chelsea can exact revenge on Tottenham when the two clubs meet in the EFL Cup semi-final.Tottenham beat Chelsea in an emphatic victory at Wembley last month.”Tottenham are a good side but we come into it with confidence and knowing what we need to do to reach the final,” said Barkley. “We will train really hard.”That will be in the back of our minds [Chelsea’s defeat at Wembley] because there are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals. It’s going to be a very exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City whiz Leroy Sane says Raheem Sterling must be close to career best form.Sterling already has nine Premier League goals and six assists to his name this season and signed a new deal in November to keep him at the club until 2023.Sane said, “Of course, it’s always important if you have good people around you – good friends. You can trust them also and obviously, it’s very important for our team.“He’s scored a lot of goals and helps us a lot in every way and he’s just a really good guy – a humble guy.”He is also really hungry and motivated to improve in his own game – to achieve something: his own targets.“This is what it’s like to push him to get better and if it goes like this every year, I think soon he can also be one of the best players.”
Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a strikerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn admits Mum isn’t crazy about having another keeper in the family.Like most kids, he started out dreaming of being a striker but was put between the sticks as a nine-year-old. Yet, if his mum had had her way, she would have stopped the Southampton goalie following in dad Bryan’s footsteps.Gunn Jnr told the Mirror: “I was on trial playing outfield at Norwich City for the Under-9s, the keeper got injured. Someone gave me the gloves and after that session, someone else told me to bring the gloves next time and focus on being a goalkeeper.“After the session when they told me to be a keeper, my dad got home, told my mum and I don’t think she was very pleased. She was like, ‘I’ve dealt with you for 20 years – I don’t need another goalkeeper!’“But it happened, she accepted it and I think she’s fine with it now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.”
Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones pic.twitter.com/ErDzXLqV6A— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.
NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU Expected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson Expected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida Expected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State Expected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia Expected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State Expected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee Expected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M Expected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC Expected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]
Jose Mourinho thinks that Mauricio Pochettino’s outlook on management will change only once he starts winning trophies.The Argentinean will take his team to Stamford Bridge to defend a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday.Tottenham are aiming to win their first silverware since they lifted the trophy in 2008. 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? And Pochettino is yet to claim silverware during his managerial career, either at Spurs of former clubs Espanyol and Southampton.Mourinho, who was sacked as manager of Manchester United on December 17th, was speaking as part of a BeIN Sports broadcast, was asked what was more important to him as a manager – winning trophies or finishing in the Premier League’s top four.“Winning the trophies, no doubt,” he said.“I’m not saying [Pochettino] is wrong. He thinks different from me. He thinks different than me or maybe the day he starts winning trophies he changes his communication.“I like him very much as a person and a coach, I am not being critical of him.”Tottenham have become top-four regulars during Pochettino’s reign but have failed to sustain a title challenge, pushing the eventual champions to the final weeks of the season in 2016 and 2017 but ultimately falling short.His Tottenham side beat Mourinho’s United 3-0 at Old Trafford in August.Spurs face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday looking to cut the gap on second-place Manchester City to two points, and the urgency to claim victory was increased by Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday in the race for the Champions League.Mourinho meanwhile says he has already turned down three job offers since being sacked at Old Trafford.The Portuguese took six months away from football after being sacked from his previous post at Chelsea in December 2015, before taking up the reigns at United.
Manchester United will travel to Leicester City on Sunday looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Burnley, which ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning streak with the Red Devils.Should Arsenal lose to Manchester City on the same day, victory will take the Red Devils above the Gunners in the league table and in strong contention to challenge for the top four.Solskjaer only has a few injuries to worry about as he prepares to take on the Foxes with most of his team returning to full fitness 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? Man United Injuries Solskjaer will be hopeful of Anthony Martial’s return to fitness after he missed the draw against Burnley, with the France international since having signed a new five-year contract. Paul Pogba should also be fit after picking up a knock.Chris Smalling (foot) will be available for the Red Devils should the Red Devils boss choose to tinker with his defensive options.Man United Suspensions Neither side have any suspensions.Man United Potential Starting Line-Up The Red Devils will likely revert to using Jesse Lingard and Martial for speed on the counterattack against the Foxes, hoping for the home team to leave space at the back to exploit.Andreas Pereira’s struggles against Burnley could allow Ander Herrera to return to the XI.On-form Marcus Rashford is expected to lead the line once again after having scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.Leicester Team News New Leicester arrival Youri Tielemans was brought in from Monaco earlier in the week, but the Belgium international is unlikely to play a part in the XI.Puel will be tempted to retain the same formation that was able to hold Liverpool to a draw on Wednesday.Opta Match Facts Manchester United have won 16 of their last 20 matches against Leicester City in all competitions (D3 L1). Manchester United are the only team to have received a yellow card in all 24 of their Premier League matches this season. Manchester United are looking to win five consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd’s Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League appearances against Leicester, scoring in each of his last two games at the King Power (three goals). Since the start of the 2014-15 season, no player has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester United than Leicester striker Jamie Vardy (4, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sergio Aguero). Paul Pogba has been involved in 53% of the 19 goals scored by Manchester United in the Premier League under Solskjaer (6 goals, 4 assists).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick off is 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET) on Sunday, and will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.