About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche confirms successful Lennon opby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed successful surgery for Aaron Lennon.Dyche revealed that Lennon has undergone knee surgery that will keep him out for an unspecified amount of time.Lennon sustained cartilage damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against former club Tottenham at Wembley.“It’s a tidying up situation. He’s happy with it and the surgeon is happy with it.”Hopefully it will be a straight-forward recovery, albeit some time.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudiger slams Chelsea: Stupid! Mentally weak!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Toni Rudiger blew his top after their dismal defeat to Leicester City.Stamford Bridge was stunned into silence as a single goal from Jamie Vardy derailed Maurizio Sarri’s men and saw them fall further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.Speaking after the final whistle, a clearly angry Rudiger ranted the Blues can no longer think about the title.And he also revealed that the squad is lacking mental strength, calling the situation “stupid.”Rudiger said: “It’s a disaster. We don’t talk about the title any more.“If we can’t win these games, we can’t compete. We only talk now about top four.“Maybe it’s a lack of mentality. Stupid.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaserby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United face losing Dan Barlaser for nothing.The Daily Mail says the Turkey youth international is currently impressing during a loan spell at League One Accrington Stanley and boss John Coleman is desperate to extend his stay beyond January.Barlaser – who has also been involved with England Under-18s – has appeared three times for Newcastle’s first team but is said to have improved markedly in recent months given the exposure to senior football.The 21-year-old is now attracting interest from the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby, Preston and Wigan who are aware of his contract situation at St James’ Park.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.”
Man City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence after defeat at Norwich City.City’s defence were shaky during the 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road and with Aymeric Laporte out injured John Stones returned to the back line alongside Nicolas Otamendi.Guardiola was asked if he would consider rotating his squad for the upcoming Champions League group stage game in Ukraine on Wednesday night.”Of course we can do it (rotate), because we have to see if maybe we have problems, maybe they are tired, maybe another one we will need another one,” Guardiola replied.”Just the spirit, just if you want to take a step for the team, for the club, we are going to solve it, if not we are going to suffer. We are going to fight again and again. But I’m sorry but if you believe for that reason that I have doubts in my team, I can’t.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
UNC enters tonight’s national championship match-up against Villanova as a three point favorite, so it should be no surprise that the Tar Heels’ top player is the favorite to take home the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Bovada has forward Brice Johnson at +110 to win the award, with Villanova’s Josh Hart as the second favorite at +325. Here is the full set of odds.With UNC’s size advantage, Johnson is a very legitimate favorite for the award, but if you believe in Villanova, a bet on Jenkins or Arcidiacono has to be pretty tempting at +900. [Bovada]
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “not sure we’re going to see any movement” at Manchester United during the January transfer window.The Red Devils continue to be linked with a host of names prior to the winter deadline passing at the end of the month.Defensive additions are considered by many to still be required, with a long-running search for reinforcements in that area continuing to generate talk of possible moves for the likes of Inter star Milan Skriniar and Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly. 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? Solskjaer, though, has suggested that there will be no incomings at Old Trafford.He has also cast doubt over a possible loan for Scott McTominay, with the Scotland international midfielder having been linked with a switch to Celtic.Solskjaer said: “Scott is working hard, he’s a young boy I still believe in. We’re working on his contract.“With the injuries of [Marouane] Fellaini as well and the squad we have, I’m not sure we’re going to see any movement.”Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had told reporters of the McTominay talk when quizzed about his reported interest: “He’s a very good young player. When he broke into the team at Manchester United, I think he showed that. He’s a fantastic talent, but there’s nothing more to say.”With that mooted deal looking unlikely and United seemingly in no rush to bolster their ranks, it could be a quiet month for the Red Devils.Pressed again on whether he expects anything to be done, Solskjaer added: “No, not really.”If no efforts are made to strengthen the playing staff at United, then speculation regarding the managerial position is likely to rage on.Six successive victories have put Solskjaer in contention for an extended stay, amid rumours of possible contract talks, and the Norwegian has reiterated his happiness in what remains an interim role for now.He said: “I love it to be fair, and I have to say I look forward to getting up in the morning to start work again.“I always do in football. Molde, Cardiff, I love working with people, trying to improve people and here you want to go to bed at night.“I’m still in the hotel but I’ve found a place and won’t be too long. I’ve been driving around a bit and finding my bearings, I’ve met mates so it’s not like I’m on my own.”Solskjaer, who will be going in search of a seventh straight victory when United play host to Brighton on Saturday, added to MUTV: “If you want to work in football this is the place to be and you have to enjoy it.“Of course there’s pressure ,that’s part of the job and the responsibility. I have been here before, 11 years as a player and four as a coach, this time around.“It might be five months and leave the reigns to someone else. I will enjoy the time I’m here.”
Lionel Messi needs ‘to block out the negativity from everyone’ heading into the Copa America, according to former Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Kleberson.Argentina superstar Messi has endured multiple final defeats at international level and took a break from the national team after last summer’s World Cup last-16 defeat by France.The Barcelona forward returned to the fold earlier this year and has been named in Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the upcoming Copa America, with Kleberson offering some advice to Messi ahead of the tournament in Brazil. 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? “Messi needs to block out the negativity from everyone,” Kleberson told us-bookies.com. “People expect him to play the same way playing for Argentina as he does when he plays for Barcelona.“He needs to be play with freedom, his fellow team-mates need to work hard to win the ball back and find Messi so he can have the ball at his feet.” Himself a former team-mate of ex-Barcelona man Ronaldinho, Kleberson can understand how to bring out the best from a talented compatriot for the overall good of the side.“I remember when I played with Ronaldinho,” he continued. “I said to him ‘do not worry about defending, that is my job. I will get you the ball and you do the rest’; I knew he had the ability and the creativity to win us the game.” Brazil are the favourites to win the Copa America on home soil, but Kleberson does not believe Tite’s current squad compares with the quality of the 2002 World Cup-winning team he was part of.“They have some amazing players in this team now,” admitted Kleberson. “But, if you saw some of the players in 2002, you would have thought ‘wow’. “When I was playing in 2002 and looked at the substitutes’ bench, I saw some brilliant young players.“They have good players now but if you are comparing the squad then and now, the team in 2002 was outstanding. I do not think any players could get into that team.” One area where Brazil are not short of quality is in the goalkeeping department, with Kleberson having a preference for Liverpool’s Alisson over Manchester City’s Ederson after the pair both enjoyed stellar seasons at club level.“It’s a tough one to choose between Alisson and Ederson,” he confessed. “Both are coming off from a strong season and have had good moments. “Ederson is a solid keeper but Alisson has risen to the big occasions this season. For me, Alisson is just the better goalkeeper but there is not much between them.”
Dele Alli is hoping to improve on his tally of 15 goals and assists from last season, but says there is a lot more to his game than finding the net.Alli announced himself at Tottenham as a goal threat from midfield, registering 35 goal contributions in his second season – his best campaign to date in that regard.Last year, the numbers dropped and he drew criticism from some quarters where he was seen to be underperforming. But, awaiting his fifth season as a Premier League player, Alli is now a more rounded midfielder and he wants to be judged on his overall contribution to the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Obviously because of my first two seasons and the amount of goals and assists I managed to get, people expect that to be my game,” he told the club’s website.“But as a midfielder, I don’t think that’s just what it’s all about. We have defensive work as well, making space for other players and getting goals and assists as well. That’s what I judge my game on.“I do more for the team defensively. Maybe not getting as many goals and assists, but that’s not important to me. I make sure I help the team and try to keep my place in the starting eleven. I’m learning every year as a player and I feel more complete.”Still only 23, Alli will be thinking of himself as a senior member of the Spurs squad as Mauricio Pochettino looks to take his side to the next level.He could head past 150 appearances and 50 goals in the Premier League this campaign, and now has the experience of a Champions League final under his belt as well as last year’s World Cup semi.While he shoulders more responsibility on the pitch than at the beginning of his Spurs career, he doesn’t think he is too different off it.“As a person, I haven’t changed,” he said. “I’ve always been the same. I think I’m a more established player now, people know who I am a lot more but as a person, I’m as hungry as I always was when I first came here.“I still want to achieve a lot more and that won’t stop. Every year I’ve learned so much with the players I’m playing with and the coaching staff.“I feel like I’m in a great place to continue learning. I’m still young and excited to keep learning and improving as a player. It would be nice to get a few more goals and assists this season but that’s not what my whole game is based on.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.