Neymar ‘Neymar should change sport’ – Henry tells PSG star how to escape Messi shadow Harry West 20:38 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Neymar Lionel Messi PSG Primera División Ligue 1 Barcelona The Brazil international has no chance of overtaking his former Barcelona team-mate as the best player around and should give up, says one former star Neymar would have to change sport if he is serious about stepping out from Lionel Messi’s shadow, according to Thierry Henry.The Brazilian stunned the footballing world in August by completing a record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, amid speculation he sought individual acclaim away from the Camp Nou’s regular headline act.And Neymar has made a fine start to life at PSG, scoring 28 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions with Unai Emery’s men seemingly set for a return to domestic dominance after seeing Monaco storm their way to Ligue 1 glory last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar was a Champions League winner alongside Messi and Luis Suarez with Barca in 2015, but hopes of European success this time around hang in the balance after PSG’s 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid in the opening leg of their last-16 tie.And Messi’s former team-mate Henry believes Neymar would have to take drastic action to achieve his goal of usurping the Argentine atop the superstar hierarchy.”I don’t know if Neymar left Barcelona to get out of Messi’s shadow,” the Frenchman told Marca .”What is true is that all players are in Messi’s shadow, and if Neymar doesn’t want to be, he should change sport.”Ligue 1 leaders PSG are back in action on Sunday when they host third-place Marseille before facing them again in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.They welcome Madrid to the Parc des Princes for the second leg of their European tie on March 6.
eSports Neymar & Depay headline FIFA 18 Ligue 1 Team of the Season Ronan Murphy 01:00 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal eSports Ligue 1 Saint-Étienne v PSG Monaco v Nantes Angers SCO v Strasbourg Αμιάν v Caen Bordeaux v Lille Guingamp v Troyes Toulouse v Dijon Nice v Rennes Metz v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Marseille v Montpellier Troyes Caen Strasbourg Nice Lille Bordeaux Metz Rennes Montpellier PSG Guingamp Αμιάν Dijon Angers SCO Saint-Étienne Nantes Monaco Toulouse Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Marseille PSG’s title-winning campaign sees them heavily feature in Ligue 1’s panel, but who else was chosen by EA Sports in their all-star squad?
Sergio Agüero Aguero to stay at Man City and preserve ‘really good’ Guardiola bond Jamie Smith 22:59 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Argentina World Cup Premier League Guardiola It has been said that the pair have not always been on the best of terms but the Argentine says he is happy to keep working with the successful coach Sergio Aguero has reaffirmed his intention to stay at Manchester City, while declaring his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola to be “really good”.Aguero hit 21 Premier League goals, the most by a City player during the 2017-18 campaign, as Guardiola’s men romped to the title by a huge 19-point margin from rivals Manchester United.But Aguero has endured spells out of the side during Guardiola’s two years in charge, with the Catalan appearing to prefer Brazil international Gabriel Jesus as the figurehead of his attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Argentina striker is preparing for the World Cup but shrugged off speculation he could leave City for Real Madrid or former side Atletico Madrid during the transfer window.”It is really good, we were very clear when we saw each other,” Aguero said of his relationship with Guardiola during an interview on El Chiringuito de Jugones.”I try to do my job and he does his job. Obviously, he is always fine with me. I am happy how the season ended. “The club is happy, and I am happy in the club. I hope to stay until the end of my contract [in 2020].”I think every year [there are rumours] … maybe, a few more rumours this year with Atletico. With Madrid as well, since I left Atletico, it sounds like Madrid, Madrid, Madrid. Well, I’m a City player.”But it is always good that other teams are interested. What I have to do right now is to be focused on the World Cup, and after that, focused on City.”
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The Tooheys New Crew assisted with the creation of the clubhouse, with NRL legend Paul ‘Chief’ Harragon saying that ‘the Tooheys New Crew is all about mateship and bringing people together’. This proved to be the case with an army of local volunteers helping out to make the project a success. The $400,000 clubhouse would not have been built in the short timeframe if it wasn’t for the help of the Tooheys New Crew and the local community and the feature story will showcase the work of the volunteers as well as showcasing the support of Touch Football in regional Australia. Tooheys New Crew Project Manager, Paul Gillespie, was full of praise for the Dubbo community that helped his team and the Dubbo Touch Association with the project. “This is our 20th project in regional New South Wales and by far the biggest project that we’ve done and we’d like to thank Dubbo for their hospitality, you’ve been fantastic,” Gillespie said at the clubhouse opening. The NRL Footy Show will air Thursday night on the WIN/Nine Network at 9.30pm AEST.Related LinksNRL Footy Show
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce the referees that have been selected for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland in February next year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following referees on their selection for the event:Open Trans Tasman SeriesDavid BaggioDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieBrad SmithYouth Trans Tasman SeriesNathan BudgeSam ClarkBrett FreshwaterMatt LaveryMichael MedlinAnthony SmithMasters Trans Tasman SeriesDamien CarlsonScott CampbellMark KellyBarry McNamaraBernie O’DonohueKim SkellyBill SladeRelated Files2013_stt_referees_announcement-pdfRelated LinksSTT Referees Announced
Games in the finals of the National Touch League and Elite Eight 2018 couldn’t have been tighter, with 11 of the 16 grand final scores just one touchdown apart.In the Elite 8 Men’s final between the Cowboys and the Mavericks, it went down to four a side in a drop off ended by the Cowboys, with a result of 7-6, meaning a threepeat for them. Yet the Men’s Player of the Series, Dylan Thompson, came from the Mavericks.2018 NTL Touch League Photos; Coffs Harbour; NSW Destination; NSW It’s ON; www.energyimages.com.au; Energy Images, Dale Watson; Australia Wide Photographer; Official Event Photographer: Olympic Games Accredited Photographer. © Energy Images.The Women’s Elite 8 also went into a drop off, and, despite a slow start, the Scorpions won 4-3 against the Broncos.2018 NTL Touch League Photos; Coffs Harbour; NSW Destination; NSW It’s ON; www.energyimages.com.au; Energy Images, Dale Watson; Australia Wide Photographer; Official Event Photographer: Olympic Games Accredited Photographer. © Energy Images.But another team altogether, the Rebels, produced the Women’s Player of the Series, Ash Quinlan.In the Mixed Opens, the Rebels narrowly dodged a drop off by scoring a try against the Sharks within the last minute, to win 5-4.Two Queensland teams, the Bulls and Sharks, went up against each other in the Men’s T League, with the Bulls victorious, 6-5.The Bulls also made it into the Women’s T League grand final, but a non-NSW or Qld team, the Storm, were victorious, 8-7.Another winner from outside these states – Tasmania smashed it in the Senior Mixed division, beating the Cobras 10-6.It wasn’t a tight game in the Women’s 27’s – the Cobras won 7-1 against fellow Queenslanders, the Cyclones.More close action in the Men’s 30’s (the Scorpions stung the Sharks, 9-8), and the Women’s 35’s (the Hornets beat the Cobras 3-2).In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions got away from the Hornets, 10-6.Another Sharks versus Scorpions challenge in the Men’s 45’s – but this time the Sharks took the win, 6-5. And another Scorpion vs Hornets match in the Women’s 45’s, where this time the Hornets came out on top, 3-2.The Scorpions won against the Sharks in the Men’s 50’s, and against Sunshine Coast in the 55’s.But the Cyclones in the inaugural Men’s 60’s division at NTL managed to outperform the Scorps, with a win of 5-4. Can’t wait to see these guys return next year – back in Coffs Harbour!Touch Football Australia, in conjunction with the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and Coffs Harbour City Council, announced that the National Touch League will remain in Coffs from 2019 to 2022.Congratulations to the Scorpions, club champions, for taking home the Golden Boot.Touch Football Australia would like to thank all the players, coaches, team managers, referees, volunteers, event partners, tour leaders and friends and family members for heading to Coffs to help make National Touch League 2018 such a fantastic event.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Crystal Palace ace Townsend proud of ‘best goal of career’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says his goal in victory at Manchester City was the best of his career.Townsend fired home from 30 yards out to put the Eagles 2-1 ahead on 35 minutes.He said, “I knew I had to take it first time because the way Manchester City press, if you take a touch it would have probably ended in a counter attack and I hit it clean so as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a very good chance of going in.”It was a big moment in the game and gave us a big lift when playing such a good side. Having watched it back it was definitely the best goal of my career, given the circumstances and the opposition I think it is probably the best side I have played in my career, you couldn’t get near them at times so to score against these, away from home, is certainly the best for me.”Andros Townsend’s goal from every angle #PremierLeague#MCICRYpic.twitter.com/LLDTqgWrcB— BET.co.za (@betcoza) December 22, 2018
Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp convinced me to reject Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has explained rejecting Tottenham for Anfield.Wijnaldum admits he chose to join Liverpool after chatting with manager Jurgen Klopp.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I had a really good conversation with (Mauricio) Pochettino but we didn’t come to an agreement. Not just me, Newcastle also didn’t come to an agreement with Tottenham. When I spoke with Jurgen, he made me feel really good. He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football.”Three days after our meeting, they had reached a deal and that gave me a good feeling as well. I didn’t think twice. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I wanted to make the transfer and I’m happy that I did. The fans welcomed me from the start here. I think they appreciate that I give 100% every game and do my best always for Liverpool. If they can see that you are willing to do everything to win for the team, they will love you.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lazio closing on deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacostaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are closing on a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.Il Messaggero says Chelsea could release Zappacosta on loan with option to buy for €15m to Lazio.Zappacosta only moved to London last season from Torino.Chelsea are now prepared to accept a loan deal with option to buy at the end of the season.The total cost of the operation would be around €15m and Lazio are the new favourites. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane has no doubts over Pochettino commitmentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane has no doubts over the commitment of manager Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino has transformed Spurs into title contenders since joining the club from Southampton in 2014, and now Manchester United chiefs are ready to break the bank to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer.But England captain Kane says, “We are fully behind the manager. We love the way he works.“We’ve built a great team and a great unit over the last three or four years.“It’s down to us to continue that and take another step forward. We are still in all the competitions. It’s about turning that into a trophy.“He [Pochettino] has a great personality. He’s a great manager, but he’s a great guy off the pitch as well. He treats you like a friend, but he earns that respect from you. He’s great to talk to, but, most importantly, he is a great coach and we all want to play for him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp has sympathy for Watford after Man City thrashing: It happened to usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sympathy for Watford.Klopp insisted after his side’s win over Chelsea that he hadn’t lost any sleep over Manchester City’s 8-0 thrashing of Watford.”For Watford it was a tough day,” said Klopp.”If it can happen against any team in the world it will be City.”We had a similar situation when we lost there I think 5-0 [in 2017 when Sadio Mane was sent off]. If you have 10 men the worst place in the world is Manchester City but [Saturday night] I slept pretty well.”Klopp said of City: “I have said it before, I really think they are the best team in the world.”I don’t want to put pressure on Pep Guardiola but they are brilliant in moments. We are not bad as well, so that’s how it is.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southgate admits England ‘not good enough’ in Czech Republic defeatby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Czech Republic deservedly ended England’s 43-game unbeaten run in qualifiers stretching back 10 years.England were handed the perfect start when captain Harry Kane put them ahead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Lukas Masopust fouled Raheem Sterling but they were well below their best and slumped to a bitterly disappointing defeat.The Czechs were swiftly level when Jakub Brabec scored following a corner. England could not muster further inspiration and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek pounced to score the winner with four minutes left.England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough. Our performance was not good enough, it’s as simple as that. The goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave away.”Collectively we have to accept there were not enough good performances. We tried to change the shape which was not working, we started the second half much better and we had good chances to win the game.”We conceded too many poor chances and we gave the ball away too many times. We knew we’d have to be at full tilt to deal with the Czech Republic but we should have been strong enough to deal with them.”
It’s a safe bet (unless you’re a Florida State fan) that you love your favorite school’s logo. But let’s be honest – you’re a bit biased, given your fanhood. Not every logo is created equal – some are far more clever or aesthetically pleasing than others. We’re here to sort it all out for you.We’ve gone through each football school in the “Power 5” conferences (plus Notre Dame and BYU) to rank the teams by their primary logos. Did we get it right?(Shoutout to sportslogos.net for providing the logos.)RankProgramLogo66. Oregon State – The Beavers changed their logo a few years ago, and clearly, we aren’t fans. It isn’t hard to see why.65. Wake Forest – For a program that struggles so much, you’d think they’d at least try to stand out a bit.64. Northwestern – The font for the block “N” is weird, as is the fact that it appears the Wildcat is sticking its head through one of the slits. 63. South Carolina – There isn’t much intimidating about a flustered rooster trapped in an almost-enclosed block letter. 62. Vanderbilt – Nothing against Vandy or the star concept, it just doesn’t stand out much. Incorporating the anchor would be a nice touch. 61. Boston College – If the Eagle and the BC letters weren’t so similarly-colored, it wouldn’t be this low. You have to squint to see it’s a bird. Boston College actually has another version with gold lettering – it works better. 60. Arizona State – The pitchfork concept is fine, but if you aren’t an ASU fan, it’s probably tough to tell which school it represents. Meh. 59. Pittsburgh – Pitt’s color scheme isn’t fantastic, but still, it could probably come up with a better-looking logo. At least it’s obvious which school it is. 58. Oklahoma State – We get why Pistol Pete can’t be the school’s primary logo, but it would certainly be more interesting than what it currently has. 57. NC State – The “N” and the “C” don’t naturally fit into the slits in the “S”, yet they’re there anyway. Could be better. 56. Syracuse – Clean? Yes. Boring? Also yes. SU is now the Orange, so it doesn’t have the options it used to. 55. Duke – The Blue Devil is certainly an original-looking mascot. But this logo doesn’t scare anyone. 54. Virginia Tech – Simple, with a nice combination of the school’s colors. Doesn’t incorporate school’s team name though. 53. Maryland – The Terps do all they can to include the state flag in their designs. But it might look better in the actual “M” than below it. 52. Rutgers – For whatever reason, a number of Big Ten teams just feature a block letter as their primary logo. Rutgers is one. 51. Wisconsin – Wisconsin is another. Though the Badgers at least have their block letter logo on a different angle. 50. Illinois – Throw Illinois in that group too. Simple, but unexciting. 49. Baylor – Baylor’s color scheme is great. It’s logo is fine too, but it would cool if it made it more obvious which school it was. It isn’t the only BU out there. 48. Purdue – The block “P” works, but we long for the old logo, which featured the Boilermaker Special. 47. Texas Tech – The Red Raiders have had some great alternate uniforms over the past few years. There isn’t much to the team’s primary logo, though. 46. Iowa State – No Cyclone, no high ranking. Leaves a great deal to be desired. 45. Washington State – They found an interesting way to incorporate a Cougar into the letters associated with the program, but it’s borderline too confusing. 44. Kentucky – At this point, Kentucky and UK are synonymous, so it won’t be changing. But it’s not the most original logo out there. 43. Mississippi State – The banner across the “M” makes it slightly different than some of the similar logos. MSU has always had a rough color combo. 42. Arizona – One of the rare schools that focuses on the first letter of their state and utilizes the program’s entire color scheme. 41. Indiana – Indiana’s logo isn’t mind-blowing, but it is identifiable when you see it. It’s better than just side-by-side block lettering. 40. Virginia – UVA, contrary to popular belief, is the Cavaliers, not the Wahoos. The school’s logo does a nice job making that clear. 39. Missouri – Missouri has one of the more attractive Tiger logos out there, though we do wish they could somehow incorporate the whole “Mizzou” thing into it. 38. Colorado – Colorado is in the midst of its worst football era ever, but the team’s logo is still pretty cool. Extra points for the white buffalo horn. 37. West Virginia – WVU’s logo has been around for over three decades, but it still looks relatively fresh. Definitely better than most schools that only use letters. 36. Auburn – The rest of Auburn’s logos focus on the school’s Tiger mascot. We think the primary “AU” graphic gets the job done, however. 35. LSU – LSU does well to get both the school acronym and its mascot into one clean look. The purple and gold color combo always excites. 34. Stanford – Stanford’s mascot isn’t officially a tree, even though it realistically is. Add the Cardinal block “S” and you’ve got a high-quality logo. 33. Nebraska – Nebraska’s “N” is classic and strong, and one of the best of the basic block-letter logos, but it leaves something to be desired in the creative department. 32. Oklahoma – The interlocking “OU” works well and, like Nebraska’s “N,” is a classic, but if we could change one thing, the letters wouldn’t be so skinny. 31. Utah – This is one of the most-creative logos on the list – we dig the feathers. The black-outlined white circle with the red “U” in the middle looks a little too ClipArt, though. 30. Minnesota – The color scheme is strong – the gold outline on the “M” works really, really well. It looks an upside-down W, but we’re still fans. 29. Louisville – This might be a little too low for the Cardinal, which is one of the fiercest-looking logos in the country. Big fan of the color scheme, too. 28. Florida State – While putting a Seminole face in a circle seems a little weird – why not just go with a Seminole face on its own – it still works well. Garnet and gold is as good as color schemes get. 27. North Carolina – We said we wished Oklahoma’s “OU” logo was a little thicker. North Carolina’s interlocking “NC” is not lacking in the thickness department, which is why it works better. 26. Washington – The font is a bit weird, but the big block ‘W’ is a clean look, and the purple color with gold lining works well. 25. USC – Simple, and undeniably iconic, especially for those of us who grew up with USC’s dominant football teams of the 2000’s. 24. Oregon – A surprisingly basic logo for the school that prides itself on unique looks. Works well with the many jersey concepts, though. 23. TCU – TCU has one of the more unique mascots in the country (Horned Frogs), but unfortunately, the school took it out of the primary mark a few years ago. The purple look is still cool, though. 22. Michigan – The block ‘M’ is instantly identifiable as Michigan. That strong branding is important for school logos. 21. Kansas – Admittedly, it is a bit goofy, but you can’t knock Kansas for not being unique with the Jayhawk logo. Those shoes… 20. Tennessee – No one else has that shade of orange, and the block ‘T’ is always a strong-looking letter for a logo. 19. Georgia Tech – Georgia Tech’s distinctive and sharp wasp logo fits its Yellow Jacket nickname. It’s one of the most easily identifiable ones in college athletics. 18. Michigan State – Again, like Georgia Tech’s, Michigan State’s logo is unique. The Spartan warrior silhouette is subtle, yet classy. 17. BYU – With the elongated football shape and irregular-looking Y, there’s a cartoonish nature to the BYU logo. It looks good though. 16. Ole Miss – The script “Ole Miss” looks flat-out awesome on helmets, and that’s a major reason why it ranks so high. 15. Iowa – When you see the Iowa Hawkeye, you immediately conjure up images of crisp fall Midwestern Saturdays and Big Ten tradition. The black and gold colorway is sharp as well. 14. Kansas State – The Wildcat logo is pretty fierce. Kansas State leaves Kentucky in the dust when it comes to ranking logos of schools with the Wildcat nickname. 13. Texas A&M – The classic A&M logo fits well with the program’s rich football tradition. Not everyone agrees with the beveled look, though. 12. Arkansas – There are enough U of A’s around the country, and Arkansas’ decision to feature the Razorback is a great one. It looks pretty fierce too. 11. Penn State – The blue and white color scheme is classic and looks great, and the Nittany Lion always looks regal. 10. Georgia – Georgia’s logo is arguably the most identifiable in the sport, even if it’s similar to that of the Green Bay Packers and Grambling. Bold. 9. California – It doesn’t get much better than Cal Script. The Golden Bears unveiled an interesting new set of supplemental logos two years ago, but thankfully, this went nowhere. 8. Miami – The “U” is nicknamed the “U” for a reason. No other school splits its logo right down the middle by using its color scheme. It looks fantastic. 7. Ohio State – Have you ever noticed that the “S” in “State” sits perfectly in the middle of the block “O” in the background? Yeah, Ohio State’s logo is more impressive than you thought. 6. Texas – Could arguably be higher. Texas’ logo is different and iconic. A Longhorn in the shape of a “T”? Pretty smart. 5. UCLA – The Bruins’ logo isn’t often mentioned in these kinds of conversations. It should be. It’s recognizable, clean and reminds you of college. 4. Alabama – Alabama does a nice job of incorporating its script “A” into its logo. It also features the program’s entire name, which is rare. 3. Clemson – Clemson’s Tiger paw print logo is the cleanest of any school that features a feline as its mascot. The color is great too – just don’t tell Syracuse. 2. Notre Dame – The fact that we didn’t make Notre Dame’s iconic interlocking logo No. 1 could upset Irish fans. But we do admit – it’s one of the best in the sport. 1. Florida – No school does more with the allotted space than Florida. A fierce-looking Gator with big teeth and angry eyes that’s ready to battle? Give it the crown.
Arsenal will be playing into Liverpool’s hands if they start Granit Xhaka as part of a back-three at Anfield, according to former Reds legend John Barnes.The Switzerland international has been deployed as part of a back three twice this term.Midfielder Xhaka’s outings in a deeper role came in the Premier League loss to Southampton – which ended the Gunners’ 22-game unbeaten run – and the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.Those results forced manager Unai Emery to defend the selection and Barnes feels repeating the move would be foolhardy. 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? “Xhaka is not a centre back,” said the ex-England international, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform BonusCodeBets.co.uk.”If he plays there against Liverpool, that will give Liverpool a lot of hope because that’s not his position and he’s not particularly quick.“Arsenal still play quite an attacking open game, which no team wants to do against Liverpool.”If they do that, Liverpool will give them problems. They don’t change to try and take care of the opposition.”They work hard all over the field, they close down in front, I don’t think they’ll try to do anything different just because [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is a good player.”Though Liverpool dominated long periods of the 1-1 draw at The Emirates Stadium in November, Emery’s side held their own against the Premier League leaders.Being bold enough to attack Liverpool will be key to Arsenal’s success on Saturday, according to Barnes.And that could force Jurgen Klopp into fielding an extra midfielder to stifle the visitors.He added: “Arsenal have defensive frailties but they’re also very good going forward, so Liverpool need that extra hardworking defensive midfield player.”With [Xherdan] Shaqiri playing well, yes going forward we can expose their frailties at the back, however you also have to give Arsenal credit.”I would be very surprised if he doesn’t revert back to his tried and tested midfield three.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Fernando Llorente was Tottenham’s hat-trick hero as they hammered League Two Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the third round of the FA Cup. As on their previous trip to Merseyside before Christmas – a 6-2 rout of Everton – Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in a clinical mood, although they had to wait until five minutes before half-time for Serge Aurier to spectacularly open the scoring. The resistance Tranmere mustered before the interval dissipated afterwards as Spurs ran riot, with Llorente opening his account before Aurier completed an unlikely brace in the 55th minute. 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? Son Heung-min made it seven in his past six outings and two goals in as many minutes completed a treble for Llorente, whose replacement Harry Kane then got in on the act.2 – Fernando Llorente has scored his second hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur, with both coming in his last two starts in the #FACup (also v Rochdale in February 2018). Repeat. pic.twitter.com/a0UyCgvjrX— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2019Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies made good early saves from Son and Lucas Moura but had no chance when Aurier dispossessed James Norwood and lashed home an unstoppable swerving strike from 25 yards. Aurier was involved again as Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. The former Paris Saint-Germain defender’s clever flick sent Son into space down the right and his low cross was slotted in by Llorente. Harvey Gilmour saw Aurier deflect his half-volley behind from Norwood’s flick-on before the Spurs wing-back resumed activities in the Tranmere box, firing through Davies and the efforts of Mark Ellis on the line following a fabulous turn and lay-off from Son. The South Korea star – who has delayed his arrival for duty at the Asian Cup – then glided towards and beyond a flagging Tranmere backline to clip home number four before the hour. Tottenham were running through their full repertoire and Oliver Skipp’s fine throughball allowed Llorente to peel away from Steve McNulty and finish in the 71st minute. In the blink of an eye, the former Spain striker grabbed his third – stealing in front of Emmanuel Monthe to convert Lucas’ cross. Kane’s introduction was hardly what Tranmere wanted and his unerring strike from Dele Alli’s pass completed a comfortable outing for the Premier League club.What does it mean? Spurs avoid a repeat of last season’s FA Cup trails Tottenham were forced into replays by Newport County and Rochdale in this competition last year but such struggles looked unlikely even before Aurier’s spectacular opener.Pochettino has made no secret of prioritising Premier League and Champions League commitments but Spurs’ cup pedigree is becoming increasingly impressive. They were FA Cup semi-finalists in each of the past two seasons and face Chelsea at the same stage of the EFL Cup next.Aurier returns with double delight Since joining in August 2017, Aurier has not always convinced, while Kieran Trippier’s superb development last season was something of a hindrance. However, having spent nearly a month on the sidelines with a groin injury, the Ivory Coast international relished meeting Tranmere’s combative approach head on. If you see a better goal than his first during third-round weekend, you’ll have witnessed an absolute stunner. Rovers heavyweight McNulty left on the ropes Tranmere captain McNulty is a cult hero with good reason – the defender’s assured reading of the game and sure touch demonstrate his grounding as a member of Liverpool’s academy setup. But errors and missteps peppered his display here, with Son and Lucas’ livewire running proving too much to handle. Key Opta facts- This was Tottenham’s biggest margin of victory in a competitive match since they beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 in the Premier League in November 2009, and their biggest in the FA Cup since they beat Crewe Alexandra 13-2 in a fourth round replay in February 1960.- Both of Tranmere Rovers’ heaviest ever defeats in the FA Cup have now come against Spurs (9-1 in January 1953).- Tottenham have already won as many away matches in all competitions this season (13 wins from 18 matches) as they managed in the entirety of 2017-18 (13 of 26).- Son has been directly involved in 12 goals in his past six games for Tottenham in all competitions (seven goals, five assists), as many as his previous 31 combined prior to this.What’s next? The first game of an EFL Cup semi-final doubleheader against Chelsea awaits Tottenham in midweek, before Manchester United visit Wembley in Premier League action. Tranmere, meanwhile, are back in league action away to Cheltenham Town next Saturday. read more
Ernesto Valverde urged Philippe Coutinho to continue fighting for his position following the playmaker’s goal-scoring return to Barcelona’s starting XI.Coutinho started a domestic match for the first time since December 2 and converted an 85th-minute penalty as a much-changed Barca lost 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.The Brazil star’s goal – his first since the 5-1 crushing of Real Madrid in October – gave the holders reason for optimism ahead of next week’s return leg, having fallen two goals behind in the opening 18 minutes at Ciutat de Valencia. 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? Ousmane Dembele joined Coutinho in completing a full 90 minutes and the Blaugrana boss insisted he was satisfied with both players, while encouraging them to press for continued opportunities.”When Dembele wasn’t playing, everyone was asking me about him,” Valverde told reporters.”Now Dembele’s playing and Coutinho isn’t and the reverse is happening. When you do not play and you are not happy, you have to fight to change the situation. Today was a match for that.”Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot. I will say the same about Dembele. It’s a repetitive question with interchangeable names.”2 – Ernesto Valverde has lost two games at Ciutat de Valencia as Barcelona’s manager, more than any other stadium as visitor for the Catalonian team in all competitions: 4-5 in May 2018 in #LaLiga & 1-2 in January 2019 in Copa. Ghost pic.twitter.com/gkUkS6ztlP — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019 Barca were without a host of regulars as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were all afforded a break amid a busy January schedule.Valverde defended his team selection, insisting the injection of youngsters Juan Miranda and Chumi, along with new arrival Jeison Murillo, was a gamble worth taking.”I picked the best team I thought we could pick,” the Spaniard said.”It served us to evaluate players in some tough moments, like in a LaLiga game. I know it’s a risk, but you have to take risks a lot of the time.”
COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers coaches from the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Early on this offseason, Alabama analyst Butch Jones interviewed for a staff vacancy at Maryland. He reportedly was set to take the job, but wound up backing off and remaining in Tuscaloosa.When Nick Saban announced his staff changes last week, Jones was not listed as an on-field assistant coach. He’ll remain in an analyst role in 2019, much to the chagrin of Tennessee, Jones’ former employer.As part of his buyout agreement in 2017, Tennessee owed Jones more than $8 million in monthly installments until February 2021 when his contract expired. He has obtained more than $2 million from the university.If Jones had been promoted to an on-field role, his salary would have increased exponentially, thereby decreasing some of the money the Vols owed him. Per KnoxNews.com, Jones made $35,000 as an analyst last season.Butch Jones didn’t get promoted to Nick Saban’s on-field staff. He remains a buyout anchor for Tennessee in 2019.https://t.co/KeTmuH2a3d— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) February 18, 2019Jones was the head coach at Tennessee from 2013-17. He recorded a 34-27 overall record, including a 3-0 mark in bowl games, but was let go with a 4-6 mark and two games remaining in 2017.Prior to being hired at UT, Jones was a head coach at Cincinnati (2010-12) and Central Michigan (2007-09).
Ryan Day discussed the Ohio state quarterback battle, and says that Gunner Hoak will get first team reps along with Justin Fields.Via Eleven Warriors:“He’s going to come in and he’s going to get reps with the ones and he’s going to compete for the starting job,” Day said Wednesday. “He’s got to learn in short order. He’s a little bit behind in terms of the couple months that we had in the spring, he wasn’t here. But he’s also really, really sharp, I think he’ll pick it up quick, and then let the competition begin in August.”[…]“Justin got here in February, and he did not win the job, but that wasn’t part of the spring,” Day said. “The spring was just to try to get some 15 practices under our belt, and learn the offense, but now in the preseason is where the real competition goes.”In all likelihood, this is designed to push Fields more than anything, but it is not as if the former five-star recruit has that much on-field experience. Last season at Georgia, he completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another 266 yards and four scores.Hoak played four games for UK last season, completing 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.[Eleven Warriors] COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The moment that Justin Fields, the former No. 2 recruit in the country, transferred to Ohio State, it was assumed that he would start.That remains a very good bet. In the wake of his move from Georgia, Ohio State lost highly touted quarterbacks Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin to Miami and TCU, respectively.Ohio State couldn’t roll into the season with just one scholarship quarterback, though. In April, the Buckeyes added former West Virginia back-up Chris Chugunov. A few weeks later, another scholarship player joined the QB room.Gunner Hoak joins the Buckeyes from Kentucky. Per Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, he will have a chance to compete with Fields for the starting job.