Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: VAR killing match atmosby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he’s no fan of VAR.The Blues lost the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal at Tottenham due to the intervention of technology.Sarri said: “The problem is not the referee or one or the other. The problem is they are not ready to use VAR.”They use the system for the first time in the League Cup so they need only to get used to using the system. I don’t like the VAR but it is only my opinion.”We risk changing the atmosphere in the stadium. You score but have to wait for 30 seconds to celebrate. It is negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe radarby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe’s radar.The Turkish club wants to secure the 29-year-old Argentinean to a loan deal in January.Rojo’s current contract with United expires in 2020 and there is no question of extending the agreement.Everton are expecting to try again midseason after an August deal fell through.The defender last season played eight matches for United in all competitions.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte: We must stay groundedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they’re not getting carried away with their start to the season.Inter meet Lazio tonight.He said, “Tomorrow will be a very difficult match against a very strong team with a clear identity.“They’ve been protagonists in recent years and their Coppa Italia victory is a testament to the work done by the club and the Coach. For us, that’s more proof.“I see proclamations and easy situations. After only four games, we’re already talking about this and that.“I have the right experience to say that this was done deliberately to give us some stab wounds.“We’ll have to be good at keeping our feet on the ground because it won’t be easy. There are two teams: Napoli weren’t backed but are very strong.“Juventus are very, very strong. After that, we begin to consider the others, including Inter.”
Norwich City boss Farke: I’m at the right placeby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Farke says he feels like he is the “right place” at Norwich City. The German will rack up 100 league matches in charge of the Canaries this weekend when his side face Aston Villa at Carrow Road.”I feel that I’m totally in the right place. I enjoy my life here and I like the challenge to create something special, and we are creating something special at the moment,” he said.”I feel really honoured and blessed and look forward to be allowed to work in this responsible role for such a long time. You can’t take it for granted but it would be a great honour to be here even longer.”Then hopefully one day we can look back in this spirit and I would be happy if the people can say, ‘Okay, he’s done alright and we’ll take this’.”To be honest, I don’t look back too much. It was mentioned to me in the beginning of the week so you have to be unbelievably thankful to the key people in our club – to our owners Delia and Michael, to Stuart (Webber) and to our board but also to our supporters to trust me and allow me to help the yellow shirts to succeed.”I am humble and just thankful that I’m allowed to plan this extraordinary role for this amazing club and it’s a great privilege.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic rules out Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has ruled out a move to Manchester United.The Daily Mail says United’s pursuit of the Croatian has hit a wall, with his family not keen on moving to Manchester.The 31-year-old star is hopeful of staying at the Nou Camp but if his situation doesn’t change and he is forced out, Rakitic and his family would prefer a move to Paris, Milan or a location with warmer climes than Manchester.United enquired about Rakitic in December and January and the clubs maintained dialogue but that tailed off in March.Barcelona are desperate to sell a few players to free up some money so sounded out United again but Rakitic’s family have made it clear they don’t want to move to Manchester. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/Phillip MarshallOffensive line coaches are known to be tough, but Auburn’s J.B. Grimes is taking things to the next level. Grimes had surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, and was present today as the Tigers held their first practice of the season. AL.com‘s Brandon Marcello has more:The veteran assistant coach underwent surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, according to the school’s official website. His lymph nodes were also removed as a precaution.…Grimes didn’t slow down much during the first 20 minutes of practice open to reporters. He could be seen giving individual instruction and leading offensive line drills at the indoor facility. “I will not miss practice,” Grimes told AuburnTigers.com Tuesday. “I’m strong. I’ll recover.” Here’s video of Grimes at practice today: We’re very happy to hear that everything went well, and wish Grimes a quick recovery.[AL.com]
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Things are getting wild and woolly in Columbus.Trailing 17-7, Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker picked off a Wilton Speight pass and took it down to the Michigan 13. After an offsides penalty by UM defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.How? Harbaugh tossed his play sheet up into the air and slammed his headset down.Jim Harbaugh loses his cool https://t.co/ukfSraY58h— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 26, 2016It looks like Harbaugh may have been more mad at his own player for jumping offsides rather than the call itself.The two penalties pushed the ball down to the Michigan 3-yard-line. Two plays later, Mike Weber dove over the top for six points.Michigan leads Ohio State 17-14 at the end of the three quarters.
Julian Draxler has suggested that there are big egos within the front three at Paris Saint-Germain, claiming that they all want to be the club’s top goalscorer.The Germany international has found himself in and out of the starting XI in the 2018-19 campaign, and has explained how he has often been used in a more defensive role to compensate for the attacking desires of some of his team-mates.The midfielder scored three goals in 31 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, and he has suggested that the likes of Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria have big egos and all want to finish with the most goals. 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? “They [Cavani, Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria] have big egos, everyone wants to be the top scorer,” he told Kicker . “In this case you need someone who plays behind them in the build-up and thinks more defensively.”Draxler has suggested that his role was impacted by such a scenario, saying head coach Thomas Tuchel had struggled to find the German’s best position in the team.”At the beginning, he maybe did not know where to put me. I had the most games, but not the most minutes.”Draxler was also the centre of attention earlier this year after a supposed falling out with Neymar, with reports suggesting that the pair had to be separated following a dressing-room argument.Both Tuchel and sporting director Antero Henrique reportedly had to come between the two, but Draxler has since played down the incident.”We had a disagreement, that happens, but when it’s with Neymar, it’s in the media.”Despite a somewhat disappointing season for PSG, in which they won yet another Ligue 1 title but fell short in the Champions League round of 16 at the hands of Manchester United, Draxler has insisted that his future remains very much at the club.”I am far from saying I cannot stand it anymore or I have to go away, on the contrary, I feel very well, I have a super coach and I’m in a super club. I start training on July 8 and prepare for the new season and if I’m offered a contract extension, I’ll listen to that.”The midfielder also spoke about the national team on both a personal and collective level, claiming that he has much more to give on the pitch for Germany in the near future.”I have to admit, that I did not reach my highest level during the World Cup. The most important thing is to never give up and start a new approach.”We won’t be the favourite at Euro 2020, but we have the potential to play for one of the first places.”
The U.S. women’s national team has received some powerful backing in the fight for equal pay. Senator Joe Manchin on Tuesday introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate that, if passed, would see the federal government withhold funding for the 2026 World Cup until U.S. Soccer “agrees to provide equitable pay” to both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. The bill calls for the cutting of any funding that would be used to support the World Cup, including “host cities, participating local and state organizations, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Concacaf and FIFA.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Manchin credits West Virginia University coach Nikki Izzo-Brown with bringing the issue to his attention and is hoping to create a “level playing field for all.”“I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women’s Soccer Team could one day make the U.S. women’s team and not get paid the same as the men’s team,” Senator Manchin said in a statement. “That’s just plain wrong. That’s why I’m introducing legislation that will require the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the men’s and women’s national soccer teams equitably before any federal funds may be used for the 2026 World Cup.”The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry. They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly. I’m encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally create a level playing field for all.”The USWNT, which won its fourth World Cup crown on Sunday, has been fighting for equal pay for some time. The famous team of 1999, the USA’s second World Cup winning side, reportedly went on strike following the competition due to the pay gap. In more recent times the USWNT has been fighting in the courts. A lawsuit was filed by five players in 2016, with another filed by all 28 members of the team in the months leading up to the 2019 World Cup. Star Megan Rapinoe, the Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner at the 2019 World Cup, used her platform immediately following the competition to call for changes as well. “Everyone’s asking what’s next and what we want to come all of this – it’s to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it,” Rapinoe said immediately following the match, before calling on both FIFA president Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to step up and address the issue. “What are we going to do about it? Gianni, what are we going to do about it? Carlos, what are we going to do about it? Everyone. It’s time to sit down with everyone and really get to work.”