Man City boss Guardiola: Mum key to Gabriel Jesus scoring formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his brace in victory over Everton.The Brazilian looked a more confident player than he did earlier in the season and the 21-year-old put that down to the support of his family. His mother has joined him in Manchester while other family members have also been visiting.Guardiola said: “To have his family here is so important and I think it’s going to help him.”We can’t forget that football players are human beings and there are many players who have the talent but are in bad, bad form because of personal issues – maybe getting divorced, things not going well at home, problems with their mum, dad, whatever.”That can influence things a lot on the pitch, more than people can imagine or expect and sometimes we don’t know it.”That’s why Gabriel has that feeling that, with his family here, he will be calmer, better. It’s good to have your family there. I could not live without my family.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Napoli president De Laurentiis: This team has stars – don’t say it doesn’tby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits he gets upset over criticism of the lack of gold dust amongst the current team.De Laurentiis is adamant Napoli boast stars.He said, “When we had Gonzalo Higuain who scored all those goals with Rafa Benitez and Sarri, even though he missed some penalties and skipped the Champions League for a season, we had top players.“When I hear lies like ‘there are no top players at Napoli,’ it drives me crazy. Was Edinson Cavani not a top player? Signing a second striker like Dries Mertens into a centre-forward who scores 30 goals, getting a talent like Arkadiusz Milik who had two serious injuries and still performs at the highest level… it means we Neapolitans like to complain.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fikayo Tomori on Chelsea screamer: I thought ‘why not?’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFikayo Tomori has spoken of his wonder goal in Chelsea’s win at Wolves.The fullback hit a screamer for the 5-2 win.”First up Azpi was calling me back to stop the counter-attack, and the ball broke out,” he told chelseafc.com.”I thought ‘why not?’ and thankfully it managed to hit the back of the net. I’m obviously really pleased!”In training the past couple of weeks Willy Caballero’s been giving me a bit because I’ve skied a few! I just wanted to concentrate on trying to keep it down and hitting the target.”
Inter Milan coach Conte raps Italian media: Stop obsessing about tacticsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has told the Italian media to stop obsessing about tactics.Conte has hit out at the criticism of pundits.“Do they say that I’m more a League coach than a European one? You live by clichés…” said Conte.“As long as someone says something on TV, everyone goes after it. I’ve played in three Champions Leagues, but I always did so with new creations…“Instead, others have with teams who are already established. That’s what we can say to pundits. Everyone here thinks I win whatever I touch, but it’s not true.“Only in Italy are we fixated on formations. I’ve coached in England and they don’t give a damn over there.“I want to see bravery and intensity, the things we’re trying to propose. The rest is all rubbish.“Modern football evolves and you have to keep up with the times, even those who coached before and saw things differently.“Enthusiasm isn’t tied to results but rather what we’re trying to do. Rome was not built in a day.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 boss David Unsworth admits they are having to ‘rebuild’ midfielder Beni Baningime’s game.A summer switch to Denmark, with Brondby and Silkeborg both said to be interested, fell through after talks stalled and Baningime has started the season with Unsworth’s under-23 side.The Congo-born starlet joined Wigan Athletic on loan in January but made just one appearance before returning to Merseyside and has not featured for Everton’s senior side since the draw at Swansea in 2018 when Sam Allardyce was manager.”I think he’s getting back to the levels he was at,” Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo.”He had a disappointing season last year which happens sometimes. We have to rebuild him and we’re certainly rebuilding him.”The good thing about Beni is the foundations are solid and he’s a great kid. He just needs game-time. He didn’t have a lot of that last year for whatever reason but that’s gone now.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-US star Martino says Pulisic will need time to settle at Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer US international Kyle Martino says Christian Pulisic will need time to settle at Chelsea.Martino has followed Pulisic’s career, and he talked to Sky Sports about the 21-year old.He said, “This move has more implications and more at stake than most. There is a genuine interest here in the US that measures higher on the excitement scale than any American playing abroad ever before. For Christian, I would imagine that has got to wear on him.”Martino added: “If success is him replacing Eden Hazard, then he is not going to succeed because maybe only a handful of players in the world can actually replace Eden Hazard.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haalandby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have joined the interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland.The Norwegian striker has caught the attention of top clubs after a staggering 18 goals in 11 games this season.The 19-year-old is also wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United among a number of others.And City have joined them after sending scouts to watch the forward against Liverpool in the Champions League, says The Sun.It is understood Salzburg are looking to get around £50m for Haaland, but would be reluctant to sell in January.
Penn State is notorious for its THON marathon, which is an annual fundraiser for children who are battling cancer. Participants, who are not allowed to sit for 46 straight hours, dance to raise millions of dollars for this great cause. It looks like Penn State’s football team got in on the action this year. And the Nittany Lions did not disappoint.PSU’s football squad put on an incredible performance, kicking things off with an old school 70s classic, the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” A number of players – including Jason Cabinda, Cole Chiappialle and Brandon Johnson even wore wigs during the routine. The best part is probably the breakdancing portion of the clip.Enjoy, Penn State fans:
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh spruced up his usually bland look with some awesome new spectacles for the game against Illinois.Khakis aficionado and milk connoisseur Jim Harbaugh added another layer of mystique to his persona by wearing some really funky glasses today for Michigan’s game against Illinois.Just look at them:Ain’t no school like the old school. Jim Harbaugh showing off “new” glasses ? pic.twitter.com/UylrXZ2Mvl— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 22, 2016According to the Big Ten Network crew, Harbaugh is rocking a similar style of glasses to the ones Woody Hayes wore. For those unfamiliar, Woody Hayes was an Ohio State football coach who won five national championships and 13 Big Ten conference championships from 1951 to 1978.The look is pretty spot on!Interesting resemblance ? pic.twitter.com/6SohJhwCmm— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 22, 2016It’s a curious decision by the Michigan coach to imitate anything Ohio State-related, but whatever Harbaugh has done this year seems to be working. The Wolverines are currently beating Illinois 31-0 and are on their way to being 7-0.If the score holds (I’d probably bet on Michigan scoring some more), the Wolverines will have beaten their last two opponents 109-0.[ST]
Borussia Monchengladbach’s sporting director has confirmed that the club have no interest in signing Arjen Robben this summer.Robben is available on a free transfer having left Bayern Munich at the end of last season, but Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says that his side will not be joining the race for his signature.Speculation surrounding the winger’s future has been ongoing since he announced earlier in the year that he would be leaving Bayern after 10 years with the Bundesliga giants. 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? Several clubs including Leicester City and Dutch side PSV have reportedly been in the running to land Robben this summer, with reports linking him to both the Chinese Super League and MLS also surfacing.And German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach were the latest to be linked with the 35-year-old having lost Thorgan Hazard to Borussia Dortmund, yet Eberl has ruled out any possibility of capturing Robben’s signature.In an interview with BILD, the club’s sporting director said: “This is not an idea for us.”Eberl certainly doesn’t appear interested in bringing in 35-year-old Robben, and was unequivocal in addressing the fact that the club already have several players over the age of 30.Gladbach’s roster includes Lars Stindl (30), Ibrahima Traore (31) and Raffael (34), with a potential return for Werder Bremen’s Max Kruse (31) also in the pipeline, leaving no immediate need for the arrival of Robben at Borussia-Park.Moreover, reports suggest that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger would have to take a huge pay cut in order to strike a deal with Gladbach, thus ensuring that Robben will not be playing for Marco Rose’s side next season.Having joined the German champions from Real Madrid in 2009, Robben went on to make over 300 competitive appearances for the Bavarians, and leaves having won eight Bundesliga titles.The former Netherlands international also clinched five DFB Cups, and scored the winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final victory over fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.He also boasts the record of the club’s second-highest non-German goalscorer with 144, behind only current forward Robert Lewandowski on 191.