About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy has discussed comparisons between manager Pep Guardiola and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.Mendy played for Bielsa at Olympique Marseille.He said, “With Pep it’s going well, we have a good relationship. It’s great when there is a good relationship with the coach. Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola have a respect for football. “The most crazy? Bielsa wears his nickname, El Loco. In Marseille he made us do incredible things. His staff, his way of working … But he was good with advice. He advised me to know how to play in several positions, and today it serves me.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t doubt Eriksen commitmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s happy with the form of Christian Eriksen.The Dane struggled last night for their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.But Pochettino insists he has no concerns about the midfielder’s focus.”No I am happy with [Eriksen’s] performance,” said Pochettino. “Maybe yesterday wasn’t his best game, like the team, I think the quality of the performance wasn’t the best from us but I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, was very committed with the team, the effort, but I’m not concerned about him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: I know fans were getting frustratedby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard knows fans were frustrated during their 1-0 win over Newcastle United.A Marcos Alonso goal overcame a difficult opposition side and made it five wins in a row for the Blues.Lampard said: “The second half was the most pleasing thing. It was a good test for us today. We changed things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility and creativity.”We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win.”We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.”If we want to keep moving up, we can do better. So far this season, though, things are going well.”On Ross Barkley’s injury, he added: “It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.”
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.
Jim Harbaugh has wrapped up his first recruiting class at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines finalized their 2015 class on Wednesday, National Signing Day. Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan’s 2015 class: The class ranks No. 38 in the country, No. 6 in the Big Ten, by 247 Sports. There are 14 players in the class, three of whom are from the state of Michigan. The class includes six 4-stars and eight 3-stars. The players are from Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Harbaugh thanked former Michigan coach Brady Hoke during a National Signing Day interview. Harbaugh referenced pickles and squirting while discussing his recruiting efforts. Here are some of the things Harbaugh had to say about his 2015 class: Harbaugh says Michigan’s class is “humble” but also winners.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh: All freshmen “have the license and ability to” play right now. “There’s no guarantees, only opportunities.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh on the QBs: “They have a desire to compete in the classroom and on the field … I really like those kind of guys.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh says “it’s possible” more players could join Michigan’s 2015 class.— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) February 4, 2015And here’s Michigan’s full, 14-man class, courtesy of 247 Sports:
Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko is convinced that under-pressure head coach Gennaro Gattuso possesses the right qualities to lead the club forward.Gattuso’s position has been a source of speculation for much of his first full season in charge at San Siro and he narrowly avoided a fresh wave of scrutiny thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 defeat of SPAL last month.The Rossoneri had failed to win any of their previous five matches in all competitions and remain a point adrift of Serie A’s top four. 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? Though coaches of the calibre of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte have been linked to Gattuso’s post, Shevchenko, who won Serie A and the Champions League with Milan, is staunchly in his former team-mate’s corner.”It is important to keep supporting Rino, because he’s giving the team an identity and a sense of belonging,” Shevchenko told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”He’s the right man for this Milan. I’m happy that the club is keeping faith in him.”I like this attitude of the club. There are people who have clear ideas, who are not shaken in times of difficulty. [Sporting director] Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working calmly and competently.”With Leo, Paolo and Rino, we’re in good hands.”Milan’s victory over SPAL came courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain’s second-half goal, the striker’s sixth of a difficult Serie A campaign and his first since October.Shevchenko, now in charge of the Ukraine national team, believes Higuain will come good as the heightened expectation around his off-season arrival from Juventus wears off.”There is so much pressure on him and he has been unlucky,” the former Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv star said.”Since the beginning of the season, Higuain has been treated as the star signing with all eyes on him.”He’s a great player and is playing with his future, because if Milan qualifies for the Champions League he can stay at the club and prove that he cares about it.”He just needs to stay calm during difficult times, like everyone else in Milan. There are tough times in football, but they always pass.”
Karim Benzema will avoid an operation on his injured finger, Goal understands, as medical tests have shown the injury should heal with a protective splint.The Frenchman sustained the injury in his side’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis on January 13, when he went down near the end of the first half following a collision with Marc Bartra.While he was diagnosed with a fracture to his finger, Benzema managed to suit up and play the entire match on Saturday against Sevilla, with Real Madrid winning 2-0. 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? However, the decision on whether to operate was still up in the air. Part of the test would be his comfort level in the match against Sevilla, and Benzema was able to get through the game wearing a splint without any major issues.However, the second factor would be medical tests performed once the swelling in the finger had dissipated. And those tests carried out after the game have been even more positive than expected.The results revealed the Real Madrid striker has primarily suffered a soft tissue injury as a result of the dislocation that occurred when he fell awkwardly during the match against Betis.So while an operation was considered a possibility before, it is now deemed to be unnecessary to heal the injury.Instead, it will suffice to protect Benzema’s little finger with a splint during the next month.Though Madrid were always optimistic about Benzema’s injury, they are relieved at the test results and are no longer concerned by the situation.The club have a busy schedule upcoming, with midweek Copa del Rey matches the next two weeks and the Champions League last-16 first leg against Ajax to be played February 13.Benzema has already enjoyed a more productive season in La Liga than his previous campaign, having netted seven times this season compared to only five the entirety of last season. He has also added another three goals this season in the Champions League.
Sergio Ramos has set a new international record in Spain’s 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in Friday’s European Championship qualifying clash. The Real Madrid defender went into the game tied with former Spain and Blancos team-mate Iker Casillas in international wins, with 121 since making his debut for the Roja back in 2005. And with Friday’s victory he now sits out on his own with 122 victories in 164 appearances, setting a new benchmark in the history of international football. 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? Ramos himself set Spain on the way to victory, opening the scoring with a goal after just five minutes. Jesus Navas widened the visitors’ advantage to two goals shortly after, although the Faroes did hit back with their own strike on the half hour. Any hopes of a famous upset, however, were short-lived. Teitur Gestsson netted past his own keeper to restore Spain’s two-goal lead before Jose Gaya swooped for his side’s fourth of the evening.Friday’s win is Spain’s fourth consecutive international victory, having previously dispatched Bosnia & Herzegovina, Norway and Malta in successive outings. The three points also leave the Roja, coached by Luis Enrique, in a dominant position looking forward to next year’s finals in 12 cities across Europe. Spain have now won all three of their qualifying fixtures, keeping them comfortably ahead of closest Group F rivals Sweden and Romania. Romania had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Norway on Friday in their qualifying clash, while Sweden cruised past Malta 3-0 in their game.Spain’s next match comes on June 10, when they will welcome Sweden to Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.After that, Spain will return against Romania in September when the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign resumes.
Sergio Romero admits that securing major silverware has to be a top target for Manchester United in 2019-20 after enduring two trophyless campaigns.The Red Devils appeared to have got back into the winning habit during Jose Mourinho’s debut season at the helm in 2016-17.They were, however, to secure just a runner-up finish in the Premier League a year later, while 2018-19 proved to be forgettable on a number of levels. 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? Mourinho was relieved of his duties, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to deliver Champions League qualification or tangible success in domestic cup competitions.United are entering another summer rebuilding programme as a result, with Romero eager to see the club return to the top of at least one podium next term.The Argentina international goalkeeper told the club’s official website when asked for his message to an expectant fan base: “The message is the same as always: we will try to do the best we can, we will try to be better than last season.“This year we didn’t win any trophies; next season we want to win a trophy, take the club to the highest position we can.“You are already used to us winning and celebrating and we want this too: to keep celebrating and winning and trying to be the best we can.”Solskjaer has already conceded that a Premier League title challenge is unlikely at Old Trafford any time soon.United will, however, be back in the hunt for FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League honours next season.Prior to those campaigns getting underway, the Red Devils are set to discover their English top-flight fixture list on June 13.Romero is among those looking forward to the big reveal but claims derby dates with Manchester City and Liverpool will not be the first games he checks out.He added: “No, the first thing I look at is who we’re playing first, the first game of the season, because that’s the day that we have to aim to be at our best physically and mentally and then after, of course, we look at the derbies, when we’re playing City home and away, or Liverpool or Arsenal.“I think every player looks at when we’re going to face the big teams.”The new Premier League season will get underway on the weekend of August 10. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.