About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino: I tell Rose to stop thinking so much!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the advice he gives to his left back Danny Rose.There was a time when it seemed as though Rose would be on his way out of Spurs.But he has fought back and emerged as their best left back again.When asked about Rose, Pochettino said to the Evening Standard: “Yes. There’s no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality. He’s a great player. “But like all players with quality, he needs to be focused on his job — focus, train and care about yourself and don’t think too much. “I’m always saying, ‘Danny — hey, you’re thinking too much, you need to stop, work and deliver the job we want!’ “When he arrives at the training ground, he asks, ‘What are we going to do? Laps, a training session, a tactical session? Gym or no gym? Shower or no shower? Eat or not eat?’ Stop, relax! “We think for him, but sometimes he tries to think for us. We’ve said, ‘Danny, you spend too much energy in thinking about everything. You need to stop. When you drive home, you can start to think again.'”He spends too much energy and then he doesn’t have energy for what he needs to do. And that is a dangerous situation.”
Month: October 2019
John McGinn: Aston Villa punished for lack of experienceby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn McGinn says Aston Villa were punished for a lack of experience in Saturday’s draw with Burnley.The hosts blew their one-goal lead twice in the 2-2 result at Villa Park.McGinn said: “We didn’t manage the game properly and we got punished.”I know we are inexperienced at this level a lot of us but we are learning the hard way.”It is painful, you want to win. It doesn’t matter the level whether it is League Two or anywhere, you want to win games.If you have just scored it is so important, everyone knows you are vulnerable.”But we concede and it is a kick in the teeth because it is a game we deserve to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mason Mount admits surprise over wonderful Chelsea startby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount has admitted he is a little surprised at the start the Blues have made in the Premier League.When their first game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, many worried for the Blues and boss Frank Lampard.But they have bounced back and are firmly in contention for a top four a lot.Their away form is especially impressive, as evidenced by a 4-1 win at Southampton this weekend.”It’s been going good away from home,” Mount told BBC Sport. “There are little things we can work on, obviously conceding, and we had a tough period but away from home we’ve been very good.”You’ve always got to have that confidence in yourself. To be fair, I probably didn’t think it would go this well at the start. Everyone is working hard, you can see how much it means to us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to show even more when they resume Premier League services against Arsenal.The Merseysiders are unbeaten in the league this season, and have won their last eight games since drawing with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium back in November.That run has seen them power ahead of Manchester City, who now lie seven points back after losing twice in the space of a week against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. 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? Liverpool’s last run-out saw them destroy Newcastle United in a 4-0 Boxing Day rout – but Klopp wants to see an improvement in Saturday’s clash at Anfield.“Arsenal are in a good moment; they have a fantastic team and a fantastic manager, so that will be really difficult,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.“A completely different game, of course. If we let them counter-attack like we did [against Newcastle] I don’t think we have a chance because they are really strong in that. So we have to improve so many things.“But on the other hand, we have 51 points and that’s unbelievable. We played the first part of the season unbeaten – that’s all good and we feel it, it feels really good.“The only little problem we have is the second part of the season starts [on Saturday]. What we wanted to do when we started in the summer was to create a basis in the first part of the season for the second part.“We’ve created that basis and now we have to work with it. What we did so far, we will do again and again and again. We’ll really be completely focused on the next game.“We need tunnel vision, all of us, being in the situation – dig in and try to make the best of each game. Then we will see where it leads us to.”Saturday’s Arsenal test is the first of two crucial fixtures for the Reds, who have never lifted the Premier League title since its inception in 1992-3.The following Thursday Klopp’s men will visit City’s Etihad Stadium, with the current league holders keen to break their current slump and relaunch a faltering title challenge. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Petr Cech admits a top-four finish is the priority for Arsenal this season, but he is hoping a Champions League return can be complemented by major silverware.The veteran goalkeeper is well versed in the art of trophy-collecting, having lifted a number over the course of a distinguished career.He is looking for another winners’ medal to be delivered in 2018-19, in what could be his final campaign with the Gunners as his contract runs down. 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? Helping the club to recover from a two-year absence from the European elite is the ultimate goal for all concerned at Emirates Stadium, but FA Cup and Europa League glory remain up for grabs.Cech, 36, said of Arsenal’s targets: “Our priority is to get into the top four [so we can] be in the Champions League and then you want to progress and evolve as a club, as a team. “We have a new manager and obviously we set our targets so if we can win a trophy together in the first season it would be a good achievement. “You play every game to win and this time we were in the FA Cup, we have the tradition as a club to do well and if we can win it, we’d like to do so. “It is the same with the Europa League – we started really well and are in the last 32. “These are two targets but the Premier League remains a big objective, to get into the top four.”Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for another FA Cup during their last outing, with a 3-0 third round victory enjoyed over Blackpool.Unai Emery’s side made light work of League One opponents on the day, but it was an eventful trip to Bloomfield Road for the Gunners as they found themselves caught up in the ongoing protests of the home support against owner Owen Oyston.”We started with the guy sitting on our bus,” said Cech.”We had to change the bus. It was one of those things that were aware of and we knew that something might happen. “We tried to concentrate on our game, on our performance and obviously after that you think ‘okay, something might happen during the game’ but we were ready for it. “We knew that we have to concentrate on our performance. We did it really well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi admitted he had been below his best at the Copa America so far, but said Argentina’s progress to the semi-finals was most important.Argentina set up a blockbuster semi-final against hosts Brazil by beating Venezuela 2-0 at the Maracana on Friday .Messi has scored just once in Argentina’s four games, and his goal came from the penalty spot against Paraguay in the group stage. 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? The Barcelona star, whose team face Brazil on Tuesday, accepted he was yet to hit top form at the tournament.”The truth is that it’s not been my best Copa America, not what I expected,” Messi said.”There are matches that occur in this way. You cannot play a lot, it’s complicated for those of us who want to do something different, to avoid rivals.”The important thing is that we won and we continue.”A Argentina se classificou para as semifinais pela quinta vez nas últimas seis edições da #CopaAmerica . pic.twitter.com/q6up6wsvT6 — Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 28, 2019 Messi started in behind the front two of Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero against Venezuela, with the Inter forward getting on the scoresheet for the second straight game.After the win, Messi was happy with the attacking trio, while he slammed the pitches – which have been criticised throughout the Copa America – in Brazil again.”We know it is fundamental that if we want to play the top three, we must run and help in defence,” he said.”It is a cup match, anyone beats anyone. It is difficult to play, the pitches are bad. It is a shame that all the pitches are like this in a Copa America.”Argentina have advanced to the semi-finals without convincing in the tournament so far.They lost their first match in the group stage to Colombia, 2-0 and drew with Paraguay 1-1, thanks to Messi’s lone goal to date.They secured qualification to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Asian invitees Qatar.Despite their unsure play to date, they are now just one game away from a third straight Copa America final.If they should beat the hosts in the semis the Albiceleste will have a chance to avenge their defeats on the last two finals.They lost both games to Chile, in 2015 and 2016, in penalty shoot outs.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs were riding high before last weekend, but an upset loss to LSU on the road completely changed the mood in Athens. While the SEC titans definitely hurt their chances of making the College Football Playoff, quarterback Jake Fromm clearly isn’t giving up on the season.Fromm had his worst performance of the season, throwing two interceptions and completing just over 47 percent of his passes.However, the sophomore star shows no signs of letting his shortcomings define him. With five games left in the regular season, Fromm left an inspiring message for his supporters.“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance”Romans 5:3— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) October 14, 2018Sure, there are an abundance of fans calling for Justin Fields to start under center, but Fromm continues to prove he’s a leader. Besides, one game shouldn’t determine whether he’s the starting quarterback.Last season, Georgia was one quarter away from winning the national championship.If the Bulldogs can win out the rest of the season, they’ll be in excellent shape. Nonetheless, Georgia’s title hopes will rest upon the shoulders of its young gunslinger.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 7: The Oklahoma Sooners warmup before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers September 7, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 16-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to go back-to-back when the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. Kyler Murray is the favorite to go No. 1 overall.That follows last year’s Baker Mayfield selection by the Cleveland Browns at the top of the 2018 Draft. He looks like he is, at long last, the quarterback that the Browns have been looking for.Murray followed Mayfield as a Heisman winner, and he could do it as a top draft pick as well. The Arizona Cardinals took Josh Rosen early in the first round last year, but with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury taking over as head coach, the potential to coach a Big 12 great like Murray may be too much.Of course, Kyler isn’t the only Sooner great looking for good news tonight. OU has the potential to land a few first rounders tonight.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with seven Oklahoma players being drafted.Three are heading in the first round, which airs tonight, per Miller’s predictions.Round 1, Pick 1 – QB Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinalspic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019Miller, on Murray:Murray is the perfect quarterback for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense with his middle-of-the-field accuracy, his touch, his mobility and his arm strength down the field. He doesn’t fit the standard NFL size threshold at 5’10” and 207 pounds, but he has rare traits as a passer and runner that the league hasn’t seen since Michael Vick.Round 1, Pick 25 – WR Marquise Brown – Philadelphia EaglesDreams Do Come True ⭐️ Never Let Nobody Tell You What You Can’t Do! It’s Gonna Be A Blessing Catching From A NFL Quarterback 🙏🏿 But Who Will It Be???Vid: @kepps18 pic.twitter.com/UAR30SP2OL— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) April 10, 2019In this business, sometimes you’re told a team wants a player, and you have a hard time rationalizing the pick. This is one of those times.The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to move on from Nelson Agholor, which would seemingly make Marquise Brown a fit and a need, but they also signed DeSean Jackson and are still intrigued by Mack Hollins at receiver.Round 1, Pick 30 – OL Cody Ford – Green Bay PackersStarted this journey a LONG time ago and FAR from being done. Draft day is a day away and I can’t wait to get this next chapter going. Thank you to all those who supported me along the way 🙏🏾 #RIPPAPA pic.twitter.com/DAklf6kj9f— Cody Ford (@Cody_Ford74) April 24, 2019Ford is a powerful right tackle prospect who could also play either guard spot as needed. With Bryan Bulaga unable to stay fully healthy, Ford is a plug-and-play answer on the right side. Since Aaron Rodgers has taken far too many shots to the facemask in recent years, addressing the deterioration of the right side with an extra first-rounder is the way to go.Round 4, Pick 119 – OT Bobby Evans – Cleveland BrownsRound 5, Pick 140 – OG Dru Samia – Oakland RaidersRound 5, Pick 161 – RB Rodney Anderson – Houston TexansRound 6, Pick 194 – OG Ben Powers – Green Bay PackersMurray is the headliner, but Oklahoma’s offensive line may be the most impressive thing here. The Sooners have long been a huge producer of top linemen, and that is not changing in 2018.Anderson in the fifth round is also very intriguing. The Texans could use another option in the backfield, and if not for a season-ending injury in 2018, Anderson may be projected to go much higher. He looked like one of the best rushers in the country before the injury.[Bleacher Report]
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Some of the time, when a player leaves a team midseason and that team later winds up winning a championship, the coaching staff decides to give the player a ring for his contributions to the program. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will not be doing that with former quarterback Kelly Bryant.Swinney revealed Wednesday that the Tigers will not be rewarding Bryant with a national championship ring for the 2018 season. Bryant started at quarterback for the team’s first four games before being benched for freshman Trevor Lawrence.Bryant, after the demotion, left the team and announced he’d be transferring. He wound up choosing Missouri ahead of the 2019 season.Swinney explained to ESPN why he made the decision: “He wasn’t on the team. You’ve gotta be on the team to get a ring,” Swinney told ESPN. “I love Kelly and appreciate what he did for us, but he decided to move on.”Lawrence, as we all know, took the starting job and ran with it. He improved as the season went on – eventually dominating both Notre Dame and Alabama in the College Football Playoff.While we’re sure Bryant is disappointed, he’s likely focused on his new program and teammates.Clemson fans – did Dabo make the right decision here?
ESPNIt has been a tough calendar year for college football’s beloved Bulldog mascots. Last year, we saw Uga get into a serious pregame predicament with Texas’ Bevo, and now Mississippi State’s Bully has gotten far too close to the contact sport.Early in the game, Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow broke a nice 30 yard touchdown run to open scoring. After crossing the goal line, he slid out of bounds, directly into the Mississippi State mascot.On first glance, it didn’t look like Bully was hurt, but having a 210-pound running back slide into you, whether you’re a dog or an SEC defender, can’t feel good. Video of the play, via USA Today‘s George Schroeder:Oh sorry Bully. … hope he’s ok. pic.twitter.com/jbwS8lHLKJ— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 28, 2019 We’re all worried about Bully, obviously, so ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe reached out to find out what his status is.It is unclear if he was injured in the collision, but Bully has been removed from the sideline.ESPN also showed a slow motion replay of the collision.Slow-mo of the hit on 🐶 with Holly Rowe on his status pic.twitter.com/nIGiuvxwBv— CFB Gif’er (@CFBgifer) September 28, 2019We all hope Bully is okay, and he can make his rightful return to the Davis Wade Stadium sideline soon, and hopefully in a safer location.It hasn’t been a good evening for Mississippi State otherwise, either. The Bulldogs trail Auburn 21-0 early.The Tigers have scored touchdowns on all three of their possessions against Mississippi State so far.Update: Phew…Bully’s Twitter account has issued an update, and the pup is fine and heading back to the field.Hey Bulldog Nation. Just want everyone to know I am fine!! I’m headed back out on the field now. Thanks for all the tweets and concerns. We love our fans!!! @SECNetwork @espn— MSU Bully Mom (@BullyXXI) September 28, 2019It may not help turn things around for the Bulldogs on the field, but it is good news nevertheless.