Roma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American foodby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi denies coach Eusebio di Francesco’s future is up for discussion.Di Francesco oversaw victory against Genoa on Sunday amid talk he’d be sacked if they lost.Monchi is travelling to Boston this week for talks with president James Pallotta and stated: “I go to Boston every month because there are matters to discuss, we have so many things to talk about.”An analysis will be done, we always do it, it’s normal that he wants to know the situation, we do not go to Boston to talk about American food. We will talk about football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Reading defender O’Shea offers advice to Man Utd ace Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading defender John O’Shea says the jury should still be out for Paul Pogba and his revival at Manchester United.Ahead of today’s FA Cup tie, O’Shea believes the midfielder must now discover consistency.”I remember Paul from the youth team. He was so bubbly, everybody knew he was a fantastic talent. He will be a huge star for United because there’s that ability. And once he concentrates on that, he’ll be a fantastic player for years to come. He won the World Cup, so he’s doing enough talking on the pitch, but he’s got to make sure he keeps doing it.”The best players maintain that level consistently season after season, and the attributes that he has, if he can maintain that, he will become like he’s showing at the minute — that player who scores goals, creates goals. And if he does that I’m sure the United fans will get right behind him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso happy with Coppa win over Sampdoriaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was pleased with their 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.Patrick Cutrone came off the bench in extra time and scored both goals with spectacular volleys.“The lads did well. There are games where it’s a struggle, but Cutrone and Andrea Conti brought quality off the bench,” Gattuso told Milan TV.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy playing against this Sampdoria side. I liked our defensive movements and we had the right approach. I’m happy with the way the players helped each other out and saw a positive performance.”Lucas Paquetá made his debut and played for over 80 minutes.“I liked his second half performance, as he made some good moves forward. He knows how to move and is an atypical Brazilian in that sense.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan chief Maldini: We’d have signed Lozano if…by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan chief Paolo Maldini admits they were interested in Napoli midfielder Hirving Lozano.Lozano left PSV Eindhoven for Napoli over the summer.“We looked at him and thought about buying him,” Maldini told TUDN.“We talked to his agent [Mino Raiola], but in the end there was a problem concerning his position on the field.“We played with a 4-3-3 last season, the perfect formation for him, but now we play in a different way.“He was an option for us over the summer, but he made the decision to go to another big club like Napoli, and the factor of working with [Carlo] Ancelotti, who is a maestro, helps him play in his best and natural position.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Our attack was ruthlessby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his players after their record-smashing 8-0 triumph over Watford.The Premier League Champions headed into half-time with a 5-0 lead, sensationally established in the opening 18 minutes of the game, and continued where they left off to add three more after the restart.Guardiola expressed his delight that his team did not let up, adding that doing so would have been disrespectful to the Hornets.”The quality of players upfront made the difference,” he said. “We were ruthless in terms of five shots, five goals. Sometimes, we have 20 and cannot score.”After the Champions League – a huge trip and no time to prepare – it was a lovely day for us all. For the City fans, there was sunshine and a lot of goals.”One of the things I loved the most is the fact that at 5-0 at half-time, sometimes players think for themselves and play their own game. It was the complete opposite – we were more aggressive, and we changed the set-up a little bit. We were more aggressive, high pressing.”In the second half, we scored more goals and played well. That, I like a lot.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer not bothered by media claimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he feels no pressure from what is reported by the media.Solskjaer insists he is unconcerned by what the press write about United, although he believes for a club as big as them it is their “rightful place” to be making headlines.He said, “I don’t worry about what the press writes about other teams, I don’t worry about what they say about Manchester United because we focus on what we have to do – that’s keep improving.”Reading the papers doesn’t really change my view. Sometimes I see stuff, my kids sometimes ask ‘What’s this about?’ That’s just part and parcel of this club and it has always been the same.”When I was a player it was always Man United, you do have the headlines, and it is a great position to be in. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. That’s our rightful place.”
Chelsea keeper Kepa outlines Athletic Bilbao plansby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa has revealed plans to return to Athletic Bilbao.The Basque-native came through the ranks at San Mames before moving to Chelsea last summer.”Of course I would like to return to Athletic,” Kepa told Spanish football show El Chiringuito.”I don’t know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I’d like that. I have great memories.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked careerby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits rejection by Bolton Wanderers has sparked his career.Ramsdale was released from Bolton at the age of 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”. He said: “It’s been difficult.“There’s a lot of rejection as a young kid, obviously getting released at Bolton – being too small and couldn’t kick.“But that could possibly be the best thing which ever happened to me. It gave me the backbone and the toughness to never say die.“Signing here (at Cherries) from Sheffield United, it was a lonely journey for the first two years.“I didn’t enjoy it and probably didn’t fulfil my potential but had two good loan periods.“One with Chesterfield, which we got relegated in but one with Wimbledon where we managed to stay up.“I can look back at that in the mirror and say I had a massive part to play. I think I grew into a man.“Now I am standing here today, I am using my experiences from then to take into the games for Bournemouth.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)A controversial old video of Texas head coach Tom Herman has resurfaced in the wake of his postgame comments following the loss to West Virginia.Herman was critical of the officiating for not calling a celebration penalty on West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.The Texas head coach claims that Grier was celebrating before he made his way into the end zone on his game-winning 2-point conversion.Tom Herman complaining about Will Grier running it in on the 2-pt conversion to win the game is fantastic. #WVU pic.twitter.com/s1HY3OhgBT— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 4, 2018Many have since called out Herman for being hypocritical, considering he appeared to get caught mocking a player’s celebration last year.@CoachTomHerman has feelings hurt by Will Grier and has the gall to complain about it. A bit ironic, don’t you think?Herman Texas coach caught mocking Missouri QB’s touchdown celebration | ESPN https://t.co/oirgdJQLK1 via @YouTube— THE Original Kev (@duck12345) November 4, 2018That’s a pretty fair criticism.Texas fell to 6-3 with the loss on Saturday, while West Virginia improved to 7-1.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin is taking heat for what he did towards the end of the Nittany Lions’ game against Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon.With the ball deep in Kentucky territory, Franklin decided to kick a field goal with just over four minutes left on the clock. The field goal cut Kentucky’s lead to 27-24.Immediately fans criticized Franklin for not going for the touchdown, but what he did next angered fans even more. Kentucky handed the ball off to star running back Benny Snell four consecutive times, but Franklin declined to take a timeout and let several minutes run off the clock.Penn State eventually got the ball back – with just one second left on the clock.Needless to say, fans were not happy.James Franklin gonna take those timeouts back to State College with him?— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) January 1, 2019Well that feels like a gift from James Franklin kicking the field goal. Why?!— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 1, 2019Clearly fans weren’t happy with Franklin’s decisions over the final few minutes of the contest.In the end, Kentucky escaped with a 27-24 win in the Citrus Bowl.