PSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admits Champions League opponents Manchester United are a tougher opponent without Jose Mourinho.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first three matches as caretaker manager — with Buffon’s former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba scoring four goals in the last two.Buffon said: “Will it be more difficult against Manchester United without Jose Mourinho? That is maybe the case.“But that is not down to the value of the coach.“Someone like Pogba has got something to prove. I think it will be a more complicated challenge.”Asked about finally winning the Champions League with PSG, the 40-year-old said: “They’re certainly among the big contenders, but the strongest team doesn’t always win. Especially in a shorter tournament.“It’s sometimes the bravest who win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Real Madrid fitness coach Mauri: Ancelotti would’ve kept winningby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni Mauri, Carlo Ancelotti’s long-time fitness coach, has spoken of their demise at Real Madrid.Mauri only ended his association with Ancelotti this season at Napoli, though his son is now part of the staff.On Real Madrid, Mauri told TuttoNapoli: “Not only did we win the Decima, but also a Copa del Rey, a Super Cup, a World Cup … The memory is beautiful, despite the end.”I went from being defined as a ‘hidden genius’ to being regarded as ‘the designated one’, and all for reasons of the Merengues leadership.”Yes, those seasons were the best of my career, a pity that it would end like that, we could have continued to win as my friend (Zinedine) Zidane did later.”They said that the defeat with Juve was the fault of our athletic preparation, which they defined as soft, but it was a lie: we know very well what was behind that year. We achieved the club’s record of consecutive victories, 22, and that says it all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decideby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manolo Gabbiadini must decide his next move.AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are all in contact.”Sure [they have had bids], we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.“There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.”Samp are regarded as favourites to land the Italian.
Souness blasts Arsenal: Proper teams don’t play like thatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness rapped Arsenal for their collapse at Watford.Arsenal stormed into a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took advantage of his team-mates carving the Hornets apart to net twice.But a Sokratis mistake before half time saw Arsenal’s lead halved and Watford went for the jugular after the break.Roberto Pereyra had the final say in the game when he scored from the penalty spot nine minutes before the end. And it was Watford who came closest to winning the contest too through Abdoulaye Doucoure.”If you are an Arsenal supporter watching that you must be scratching your head,” said Souness. “It was as if this is the first team in the first half and then the second team in the second half, they capitulated.”Proper teams don’t play like that. Proper teams don’t have a half like that in the first and then play like that in the second half. Proper teams just don’t do that.”They bring on some kids – we were questioning them bringing on kids. That was a game that at 2-1 it was time to dig in and regroup and make sure they weren’t going to lose the game and they should have lost the game in the second half.”When the kids came on they were all over the place, it was like a game of basketball, and I think if you’re an Arsenal supporter that must deeply worry you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valdano backing James to revive Real Madrid careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano is backing James Rodriguez to revive his career with the Spanish giants.Valdano is confident that the Colombia international will take advantage of the opportunity given to him by Zinedine Zidane.”James is a world-class player and if he is able to commit himself like he has, we have a player who is going to give another leap in quality to the squad,” Valdano told Onda Cero.”He is more mature and has learned along the way.”I am convinced that he will be able to take advantage of this second chance and he will perform at his level.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon Newcastle takeover doc includes Bruce’s Euro ‘success’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe takeover offer for Newcastle United from Peter Kenyon includes highlighting manager Steve Bruce’s ‘European record’.The Sun reports former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has been working with American firm GACP Sports – who also own Ligue 1 club Bordeaux – on a £300million offer to buy out Mike Ashley.But a document sent to potential investors said: “GACP Sports plans to support the current manager, Steve Bruce, who has had unparalleled success in Europe.”In fact, Toon boss Bruce has only had ONE failed European campaign as a manager with Hull City.And the Tigers lost to Belgian side Lokeren in the play-offs for the Europa League group stage in 2014-15.A plausible explanation for the inaccuracy is that Bruce’s name was hastily cut-and-pasted into an existing document after he replaced Spaniard Rafael Benitez on July 17.
Liverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progressby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool management is delighted with the progress of youngster Curtis Jones.The Liverpool Echo says on only his second senior outing, Jones lit up the Reds’ League Cup third round 3-0 win at MK Dons last Wednesday and was named as Sky’s official man of the match.Three days later, the 18-year-old homegrown talent stole in at the far post to net twice for the under-23s in their 2-2 Premier League 2 draw at Arsenal.“Inside the Academy we have to realise that sometimes young lads do makes mistakes and have to learn from them,” says Reds coach Barry Lewtas. “In this environment you have to learn quickly.“If the senior professionals have noticed it a change, then that’s really good. That’s part of growing up.“His form for Critch (U23s boss Neil Critchley) has been a positive. The standard of players, especially the attacking ones at Melwood, surely has to serve as motivation, not just for Curtis but for all the youngsters.“We are in a fortunate position where the group is so close knit. Curtis plays for the first team, gets man of the match, then a few days later scores twice for the U23s.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoel Matip and Alisson returned to Liverpool training on Tuesday.Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has not played since injuring his calf in the opening Premier League match of the season.Matip has been excellent all season, but a knock against Sheffield United last month forced him to miss Liverpool’s last two games.Both are now in line for a return this weekend in a blockbuster clash with storied rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mississippi State Football LetterMost college kids are rowdy. College football players are college kids, so you would expect many of them to be rowdy, too, especially when they’re staying in a hotel. Mississippi State’s football players are apparently not, though. Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen recently received a letter from a Connecticut resident who stayed in the same Miami hotel as MSU during the Orange Bowl. It reflects extremely well on the Mississippi State football program. I was copied on this letter from a Conn. resident who stayed at @HailStateFB hotel during @OrangeBowl. #HailState pic.twitter.com/lGBKO0TDuL— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) June 26, 2015Mullen has to love receiving a letter like that.
Thorgan Hazard claims his head is “at Borussia” as speculation regarding possible moves to Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund builds.The Belgium international has been with Monchengladbach since 2015, having secured a permanent switch from Chelsea on the back of a productive loan.He has contributed over 40 goals and as many assists during an impressive spell with the Bundesliga club. 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? Those exploits are, however, now seeing him generate plenty of transfer talk.A return to the Premier League alongside brother Eden has been mooted, while leading the sides in Germany would welcome the opportunity to raid a domestic rival for a proven performer.Hazard is aware of the rumours, but the 25-year-old playmaker insists he is paying little attention to them.He told Monchengladbach’s official website: “Max Eberl [director of sport] and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful.“Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.“I am not considering a transfer right now.“I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season. I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled.“Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.”Hazard’s current contract is due to run until the summer of 2020.Monchengladbach would be eager to see those terms extended at the end of the season if he intends on staying put, rather than risk seeing him enter the final 12 months of his deal.The German outfit have previously stated that there is no clause in the talented midfielder’s contract that would give Chelsea the option to return him to Stamford Bridge.There are, however, a number of sides with deep pockets keeping a close eye on his situation.Hazard has already contributed 12 goals and seven assists to the Monchengladbach cause across all competitions this season, with the 2018-19 campaign shaping up to be his most productive to date. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web