Ligue 1 Marquinhos: PSG are growing – a new chapter is about to start Marquinhos 16:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Ligue 1 PSG Despite landing four trophies this term, those at Parc des Princes are already looking towards more domestic and European challenges in 2018-19 Dear fans and football lovers,The season is over and it’s time to draw our conclusions on the results. PSG have lived a crazy year, again, ended by four national trophies and all I am thinking about now is next season.I don’t think this season was one way or the other. There are some regrets but also good feelings. We did our best concerning national titles: we are champions once again and we won every national cup. It’s an important result. It was not easy and we don’t have to trivialise it even though we have regrets on a European level. We know that at the beginning of the season there was a lot of expectation due to the players we signed, but we are on a good path. We have to want more next year and we’ll work hard on it. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now We missed regularity in a very important moment of the season. We started it well but we knew that the Champions League is decisive during the second half of the season. We played a good game in Madrid, we started well but our opponent was an experienced team. A team that, even if they were not at their best, know how to win a game and they waited for us to lose concentration, a small mistake from our side, to score. In hindsight, we know that we could have done more at home. We could push them but we knew that if we had done that, it could have been dangerous as Real Madrid have very good strikers. We didn’t know what would happen and at the end, it did not go well for us.It’s normal that there are expectations. It’s like in real life, we can’t get used to what we’ve got. We always want more. It is the ambition of everyone: fans, journalists, and us, the players, of course. PSG’s project is very ambitious, everybody knows that. The goal is to bring the name of the club, the institution, and the city as far as possible. The ambition is here, we just need to analyse the good and bad sides.Talking about good things: the adaptation of the “newbies” went well. Concerning Kylian, Paris is his city so it was easy for him with a lot of French people. You can see that he’s happy here. Ney and Dani, they are players with a good mentality, who adapt themselves easily. They know how it works as they have played for different great clubs. Yuri, it’s been easy also, there are many Spanish speakers. He liked talking and laughing with everyone. Players who joined the club last summer enriched the club. We know that the first steps can be difficult: find a new home, communicate with others, get used to the new locker room, build relationships. So we try to help as much as we can, to give advice.If I have to talk about my own season, I would start with the positive side: from a sporting point of view, I think about all the titles we won. Personally, my daughter’s birth changed me a lot. Now I can understand what my parents used to say. She’s in my heart. She gives me joy, the desire to come to the training session, to make things good.Concerning the bad things, there was the elimination in the Champions League, of course. And personally, the departure of Lucas was the saddest moment of the season. We are like brothers and I will feel like that for the rest of my life. Outside of football, I adore him. Since he left, we keep on talking to each other, as soon as each of us has news, we talk about it. We try to stay close because he’s a good person, who welcomed me well.Now a new chapter is about to start, with a new coach. I’ll remind everyone of Unai Emery’s passion, his way of working. He was always at 100 per cent. He gave everything in our training centre to analyse the opponents and give us his strategy. He’s a very positive person, even during bad moments. He trusted me a lot, in good and bad moments. He always talked a lot to me and gave me the captain’s armband. So, obviously, I will keep take only good things from him. Since he announced his departure to us, we didn’t see any difference in his behaviour. He kept on working hard until the last moment. He thought about this decision to leave but he didn’t release the pressure. Training sessions, meetings…nothing changed.Being in a club like PSG, there is a lot of responsibility. A lot of people admire us, spend the day on social networks to see what we do, come almost every day to the training centre. We know that responsibility. I know mine as a person, player and third captain of this team. But it was a childhood dream to become a player so all those small things are nothing compared to doing what you love. When I see how happy my family is, enjoying all those moments with me, I’m glad to get that responsibility. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not but it’s normal in a career. My personal evolution is moving in a good way. I try to deserve everything I have.Step by step, PSG are growing. There’s the new training centre project. Since I came here, I can see the evolution, we grew up as much internally than as a team, we entered a new dimension. Good things are coming, such as great players, and it means that we can go forward. We can see it by the last transfers and if it’s the case again, it’s because PSG have a good reputation. It’s good for us as players that the club are looking for that. But the most important thing is to be happy, win important trophies and to take pleasure from doing good things on the field. That’s what I’m looking for next season.Marquinhos.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: We can’t win 5-0 every weekby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andy Robertson believes his side will have to grind out wins if they wish to claim the Premier League trophy.The Reds were slightly fortuitous to defeat Sheffield United, as they nabbed a 1-0 win thanks to a goalkeeping mistake from Dean Henderson.However, Robertson thinks that it is not possible for the Reds to defeat every side 4-0 or 5-0.He told the club’s official website after the narrow success: “Look, you can’t win 4-0, 5-0 every single week by playing beautiful football and everyone claps you off the park because they’ve been given a show.”When you’re not at your best and the other team are putting you under pressure then it’s important to get the win.”
Plano (Tex.) West five-star running back Soso Jamabo has his pick of the litter when it comes to playing college football. Jamabo has officially visited UCLA, Texas and Notre Dame, with the Bruins and Longhorns reportedly having the lead for his services, per 247.That didn’t stop Jamabo from having some fun when asked about his finalists. He named two schools, just not the ones people would expect:That’s right, Jamabo claims he’s down to the University of Phoenix and ITT Tech. Not sure if either school can compete with the tradition, weather or gameday atmosphere of UCLA or Texas, but neither program has lost in years and might lead the country in television advertisements. Jamabo even took things a step further on Twitter this afternoon, posting this hilarious edited photo playing up the whole mock situation:I just wanna thank God.. pic.twitter.com/cdnMiGzNQ4— SOMI JaMITCHELL (@Soso_Jamabo1) January 26, 2015If Jamabo’s budding football career doesn’t work out, comedy could be a decent backup plan.
After disappointing finishes at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams are working to improve on running in tighter packs as championship season presses on. The Buckeyes will run at the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12 in Toledo, Ohio, and coaches from both the men’s and women’s teams attribute their teams’ poor performances at the Big Ten Championships to a big gap between their first and fifth runners. The coaches said that will need to improve at the regional meet in order for OSU to score better. “I’d like to see us get five to six guys on a 20-second spread,” said Robert Gary, OSU men’s head coach. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal expressed similar thoughts for the women. “We just need to clean up the tail end of our pack more than anything,” he said. At the Big Ten Championships, both teams had spreads bigger than they would have liked. The men had a 28-second spread from their No. 1 to No. 5 runner, and the women had a 1:20 gap. The large spreads led to OSU finishing fifth in the men’s race and ninth in the women’s. Women’s runner, junior Tori Brink, said having a small spread at the Great Lakes Regional Championships will be key to the Buckeyes running well. Brink finished first for OSU at the Big Ten Championships, in 23rd place, covering the 6K-course in 20:55. “That’d be completely important at the regional meet,” she said. “Having our fourth and fifth runners being closer to our one, two and three would bring our team’s points down lower and allow us to get a higher place.” Taylor Williams, a redshirt senior on the men’s team, said he would like to see his team have a smaller spread, but not too much needs to improve for OSU to finish high at regionals. “I don’t think we change much and I think the team is still motivated,” he said. At the Great Lakes Regional Championships, OSU will be running against a number of teams they have competed against this season. Big Ten champion, the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, and No. 7 Indiana highlight the men’s field, with No. 12 Michigan State leading the women’s field after winning its second-straight Big Ten championship. The teams competing will be vying for a top-two finish, which results in an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships. At-large bids to nationals can be given to teams that do not finish in the top-two but have performed well all season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 21 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTWhile Ohio State’s men’s basketball team seems to have forgotten how to win games, Columbus’ professional hockey team has decided to stop losing.The Blue Jackets are the NHL’s hottest team, having tallied seven straight victories after a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Columbus Tuesday night. They have risen from being a team that looked to be on its way to another underwhelming season following a 5-10-0 start all the way to becoming one that is currently in contention to make the playoffs after this franchise-best winning streak.It’s not completely luck, a beneficial schedule or even simply playing over their heads. They are doing it the old-fashioned way, using an excellent penalty kill, some of the best 5-on-5 offense in the NHL and fantastic goaltending to close out games.That goaltending comes courtesy of 2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started six of the seven games on this winning streak. Bobrovsky got off to a mediocre start to the year by his standards, but since returning Jan. 6 from a groin injury to play against the New York Rangers — a game ending in the first of the seven wins comprising the streak — he has been a force in the crease.But it has been the offense that has truly been the Jackets’ strength in the new year. The continued offensive firepower of centers Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky is converging with the midseason resurgence of defenseman Jack Johnson at just the right time. Johnson, whose disappointing first few months to the season likely led to his being excluded from the United States’ Olympic roster, has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since the Sochi selections were announced. In addition to notching five points in his last five games, Johnson has also been playing improved defense in front of Bobrovsky.The main cog on offense, however, has been right wing Nathan Horton. Horton, who sat out the three months of the season with a shoulder injury, has been everything coach Todd Richards could have hoped for when he was signed to a seven-year $37.1 million contract in July. Since making his Jackets debut Jan. 2, the team is 8-1-0, with much of the credit going to the point production and leadership Horton brings.This dominant Jackets run has been a pleasant surprise. But it was not completely crazy to think a postseason appearance could be possible before this year’s campaign had even begun, given the team’s 24-17-7 performance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season that captured the attention of many fans. Now that they have thrust themselves into the playoff mix again, it is time for a franchise that has yet to win a playoff game since their 2000 inaugural season to start dreaming big.If the playoffs began today, the Jackets would be the second of two Eastern Conference wild card teams and would have a first-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins, against whom they are 0-4-0 this season.That is why the Jackets must now set their sights on capturing one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, which are currently occupied by the Penguins, the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers in that order. If they can take over one of those spots in the standings and secure a more favorable first round matchup, it is very possible that they could not only win their first playoff game but also emerge victorious from a series. As of Wednesday evening, the CBJ are just three points back of the Rangers and two behind the Flyers and are slated to play the latter at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.It is time for Columbus to start embracing the Jackets, the best sports team the city has going for it when football season is over. They currently rank 28th in average attendance, according to ESPN. While the fans at Nationwide Arena can be very loyal and passionate, nothing could top the atmosphere of a capacity sold-out crowd cheering on their team in a huge game.The Jackets appear to be going places this season, and I implore you to “Join the Battle” for these last 33 games and enjoy the ride.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to goalkeeper Loris Karius’ defence following his latest error in their 3-2 friendly win against Tranmere RoversThe German was playing in his first match since that disastrous Champions League final back in May and accidentally dropped Oliver Norburn’s free-kick into the path of Jonny Smith, who then scored the first of Tranmere’s two goals.Karius has been under a lot of pressure of late and Klopp defended his compatriot.“No one likes that goal but, if we talk about that, then the second goal is Milly’s (James Milner’s) fault,” Klopp said on the club website.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Two brilliant footballers make mistakes but we only talk about one. We can’t make a story after each mistake. Let’s carry on and make the best of the situation and learn from it.“Until he has a few fantastic games you cannot change [the criticism]. Our job is to support Loris. That’s our part of the deal. I saw this situation 500 times in my life: the ball hits his chest but what can you do?”Liverpool had been linked with a move for AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but are believed to have pulled out now due to the asking price.
Juventus have announced the signing of starlet Christian Makoun.Makoun was a target of Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer with many expecting him to move to the Bernabeu.But the Los Merengues have been dealt a blow by Juventus who moved swiftly to sign the teenage Venezuelan.Juventus began negotiations with Venezuelan side Zamora last week and have moved quickly to sign the teenage midfield sensation from the grasp of Real Madrid.“Let’s talk about Frederic Makoun Reyes, a Venezuelan midfielder and central defender with a Belgian passport who has joined Juventus from Asociačín Civil Zamora FC.” Juventus said in their official statement, according to Calciomercato. Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Un nuovo arrivo per la nostra #Primavera: Frederick Makoun Reyes! ➡️ https://t.co/6QJWpbJuL8 #JuventusYouth pic.twitter.com/o4kTseT1jH— JuventusFC Youth (@JuventusFCYouth) July 20, 2018Makoun, 20, has a lot of experience despite his young age, he has played in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. He also played a huge part in Zamora winning the Venezuelan League last season, making a vast number of appearances for the team.Makoun joins Emre Can, Leandro Spinazzola, Mattia Caldara and Cristiano Ronaldo as the summer additions of the Old Lady so far this summer.
According to coach Gian Piero Gasperini, the defender will be out for at least one week and will miss today’s Lega Serie A matchDefender Andrea Masiello has been with Atalanta since 2011.The 32-year-old footballer started his professional career with Lucchese, but after some years with Juventus, Avellino, Siena, Genoa, and Bari, he ended up in Atalanta.Since he joined his recent club, he has appeared in 127 matches, scoring eight goals in the process.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.But he will miss today’s match between his team and Fiorentina, after being ruled out by a muscular lesion in the adductor.“Masiello and Arkadiusz Reca are out, while Josip Ilicic is still struggling. We are having to adopt a different training regime with him,” explained coach Gian Piero Gasperini according to Football Italia.“Fiorentina are in great shape and scored a lot of goals so far this season, so their results speak for themselves. We’re coming off two good performances against Milan and Torino, which allow us to look at Florence as an important and significant test.”“We tend to play with our usual solid identity away from home and intend to maintain that in every stadium,” he concluded.
Both footballers used to play for Chelsea and will meet for dinner after today’s match between Watford and BournemouthEnglish Premier League clubs Watford and Bournemouth will face off today at Vicarage Road.And for Hornets’ Nathaniel Chalobah, this is the perfect time to beat former Chelsea defender Nathan Aké who plays for the Cherries.“I think they are a very good team,” the midfielder told the club’s official website.“I’ve always rated Bournemouth – obviously Nathan [Aké] is over there, who was with me at Chelsea, and he says very good things about the squad.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When he speaks that highly of his teammates I know they are going to be a top side. Of course, playing against them last season was a difficult game, but we managed to get a result at their place and then get a draw at ours,” he added.“It’s a tough game – whoever you play in this league – but teams like Bournemouth and Fulham are good sides, and we have to compete in every game we play in. They are a good side and I like the way they play football.”“They played Palace and I watched that game because I knew we had them this week, and I wanted to watch Nathan because I’m meeting him this weekend for dinner,” he commented.“I think it will be a tough game. I’m meeting him after the game so I’m hoping we’ve got three points so I can rub it in his face a little!”
A government team will tour Dillingham facilities ahead of a possible Presidential visit later this year.About a dozen people loaded off a jet bearing an American flag at the Dillingham airport Thursday evening.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGA team from the White House will be in Dillingham this Thursday and Friday to check out the town ahead of a possible visit by President Obama later this year.Alice Ruby is Mayor of Dillingham:“We were contacted by some Washington staffers to tell us that it’s possible the President would make a trip to Alaska sometime in the late summer or fall, and that it’s also possible that he might visit some rural communities, and Dillingham had made the list of those communities,” said Ruby. “So a pre-advance team would visit and look at different facilities and meetings and so on.”Mayor Ruby says the team will visit various facilities, including the airport, the hospital, the school and the campus.Ruby says she thinks Dillingham may be one of several Alaskan communities receiving such a visit this summer.A White House spokesperson said they have no official details to share at this time.