Man City defence will blow title – Neville, Carragherby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe centre-back pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones will cost Manchester City the Premier League title, according to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.With Vincent Kompany gone and Aymeric Laporte out for six months, Pep Guardiola was forced to play Otamendi and Stones together against Norwich City on Saturday.The match ended in a 3-2 loss for City, who are now five points behind league leaders Liverpool.”He (Otamendi) dives in, he has done it all his career,” Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football”He will never change and that’s why he’s not good enough to play for Manchester City. I have never believed it from day one and nothing I have seen in the last four or five years has changed my mind.”John Stones, in some ways, over the next three or four months, is almost fighting for his Manchester City career in that, if it doesn’t go well for him they are going to buy someone.”At this moment, I don’t think Guardiola wants to put those two on the pitch together but he has got no option because he has not gone big in the summer.”Neville added that Guardiola’s inability to bring a replacement in until at least January could cost City over the whole season.”Guardiola gave up on this partnership 18 months ago when Laporte came to the club,” Neville said.”Otamendi always gets caught out as a centre-back and quickens up the opposition in attack. He’s so not a Pep Guardiola type centre-back, they’re usually composed but he’s rash.”Sir Alex Ferguson at times during his Manchester United career would see a game too far with players and say, ‘That’s it, you’re done’. Manchester City’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool in 2018 was the game when Guardiola decided that Stones and Otamendi couldn’t play together.”Laporte’s injury, Kompany leaving and not replacing him is a big problem for Manchester City. Stones and Otamendi have played 25 games under Guardiola in the Premier League.”They’ve conceded more goals than any other partnership, conceded more goals per game, the clean sheets are down, the three-plus goals conceded is well up and then there’s the big one, lower win percentage.”That will cost Manchester City the Premier League title. If these two play together at their current rate of performance they won’t win the league.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Fonseca hails Roma’s ‘courage’ after victory over Bolognaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma boss Paulo Fonseca hailed his players’ “courage” after victory at Bologna.Edin Dzeko headed a winner in the final seconds – after Gianluca Mancini received a second yellow card for a raised elbow on Federico Santander.”We played well and I thought dominated throughout the match,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“It’s true that in the second half Bologna pushed on the counter-attack and created scoring opportunities, but we deserved the victory for our character, unity and courage.”He added: “We know that our playing style involves running some risks, but that is what we have decided, that is our approach and we’re not going to change it.“I have adapted slightly and I think this version is more realistic in Serie A, but we always want to go for the win. I think everyone in the side is happy with the way we are playing, so they are enthusiastic and motivated.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp admits he missed Origi winner against Barcelonaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp admits he missed Divock Origi’s winner in the Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona.Origi scored from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner to make it 4-0 and secure the Reds’ place in the final.”Unfortunately, the most incredible moment in the history of the Champions League… I didn’t actually see it,” Klopp said. “Maybe this is a good metaphor for the life of a football manager, I don’t know. But I completely missed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s moment of pure genius.”I saw the ball go out for a corner. I saw Trent walking over to take it. I saw Shaqiri following him. But then I turned my back because we were preparing to make a substitution. I was talking to my assistant, and… you know, I have goose bumps every time I think about it… I just heard the noise.”I turned to the pitch and I saw the ball flying into the goal. I turned back to our bench and looked at Ben Woodburn, and he said, “What just happened?!” And I said, “I have no idea!”‘ “Anfield was going — boof — absolutely crazy. I could barely hear my assistant, and he was yelling, “So… do we still make the substitute?” Hahahaha! I will never forget him saying that! That will always be with me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Raiola demands AC Milan give Donnarumma vice-captaincy as part of new dealby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola is turning the screw on AC Milan during Gigi Donnarumma’s contract talks.Milan are eager to secure their young goalkeeper to a new deal.However, Raiola is making big demands before Donnarumma puts pen to paper.Tuttosport says the Rossonero have agreed to meet the €6m-a-year terms pushed by the agent – but he has now two more demands.For the youngster to re-sign, Raiola is insisting Donnarumma be given the vice-captaincy and also a get-out clause should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Man City chief Berrada aims sly dig at Liverpool: Best team doesn’t win UCLby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City chief Omar Berrada has taken a dig at Liverpool for their recent UEFA Champions League success.The Reds were crowned champions of Europe after defeating Tottenham in the final last season.But they were unable to finish above City in the Premier League table, despite amassing 90 points.When asked if City are getting closer to winning their first major European trophy, Berrada told reporters: “A lot, of course, but what we don’t want to do is obsess. It is something we believe will come.”Of course it would give us one more point at the brand level, but it is a very random competition. Especially in the elimination phase.”I would say that not always the best team wins the Champions League, but usually the best team wins the league.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
oxford police department ole miss arkansasoxford police department ole miss arkansasArkansas quarterback Brandon Allen is having his way against Ole Miss’ defense Saturday night, as he’s currently 26-of-33 for 339 yards and four touchdowns. The Rebels’ defense has looked so bad, that the police department in town is poking a bit of fun at them.The Oxford Police Department, clearly joking, suggested that fans need to stop calling 911 with requests to kick Arkansas’ quarterback out of the stadium.Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911. #ARKvsMISS— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) November 7, 2015The Razorbacks and Rebels are currently tied 38-38 with 10 minutes to play.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has not ruled out increasing the number of teams participating at the 2022 World Cup to 48.Qatar will host the next edition of football’s global event after defeating competition from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.Since 1998 there have been 32 teams competing at the World Cup, and that is expected to be the same in three years’ time. 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? However, from the 2026 tournament in the USA, Mexico and Canada there will be an extra 16 nations present after FIFA voted through to expand the format in January 2017.Infantino was a supporter of the expansion and the president of football’s world governing body would be open to bringing the changes forward.”The World Cup will take place in Qatar with 32 teams. Obviously, if we can increase it to 48 teams and make the world happy we should try it,” Infantino told the Dubai International Sports Conference on Wednesday.”If you think it’s a good thing to have 48 teams in the World Cup, why not try four years before, that’s why we are analysing whether it’s possible to have 48 teams already in 2022″If we can accommodate some of the neighbouring countries in the gulf region which are very close by to host a few games in the World Cup this could be very beneficial for the region and the entire world.”There are tensions in this particular region and it’s up to their respective leaders to deal with that but maybe it’s easier to talk about a joint football project than more complicated things.”If it can help all the people in the Gulf and all the countries in the world develop football and bring a positive message to the world about football, then you should give it a try.”
Twitter/@929TheGameAuburn fell to Georgia on Saturday erasing all hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff.Auburn was a long-shot to get into the College Football Playoff, but if the Tigers could run the table, knock off Alabama in the Iron Bowl and win the SEC Championship it could’ve happened.That scenario is no longer possible, as the Tigers fell to Georgia 13-7 on Saturday. Auburn is now 7-3 on the year and 5-2 in the SEC. With the loss, likely the only SEC team with a chance to make the Playoff is Alabama. Alabama clinched the SEC West with the Auburn loss.Auburn’s offense was nearly non existent against the Bulldogs as the Tigers had just 164 yards on the day. Sean White went just 6-for-20 through the air for 27 yards and an interception. It’s tough to win a football game against anyone, let alone Georgia, with just 37 total passing yards as the Tigers had on Saturday.White also threw a pick six in the third quarter which tied the game at seven a piece. Rodrigo Blankenship then added two field goals from then on out to give the Bulldogs their 13-7 edge.Sanford Stadium faithful cheering on the #Dawgs after an upset win over No. 8 Auburn. #AUBvsUGA pic.twitter.com/DoWFBfZJNW— 92.9 The Game (@929TheGame) November 13, 2016Georgia, on the other hand, found success on offense, putting up 343 yards on the Tigers’ defense including 208 yards through the air.The Tigers, who were among the best running teams in the nation entering the contest, had just 127 yards on the ground with Kerryon Johnson leading the charge with 99 yards. He was also responsible for the Tigers’ lone score of the day which came in the first quarter. Auburn’s top running back Kamryn Pettway did not play against the Bulldogs due to injury.Georgia improved to 6-4 on the year with the big win over Auburn. The Tigers fall to 7-3, and 5-2 in the SEC.
Jose Mourinho has come away impressed with midfielder Bruno Fernandes, declaring his countryman “has it all”, though he admits surprise over the Sporting star’s success in front of goal.The 24-year-old Fernandes has shown impressive growth in recent seasons after a move from Sampdoria to Sporting in the summer of 2017.Fernandes posted an impressive 11-goal, eight assist campaign in his debut season for the Portuguese giants, but dominated in his second term. 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? He scored 20 goals in 2018-19, finishing the second top scorer in the Portuguese top-flight behind Haris Seferovic’s 23, and added 13 assists to come in second in the assist chart, too, behind Benfica’s Pizzi.He also added another three goals and an assist for Sporting during their Europa League campaign.And while Mourinho did not doubt the quality in Fernandes’ game, he was surprised by the prowess in the box, given his position.”I was surprised by the season of Bruno Fernandes. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player,” Mourinho told Eleven Sports.”It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all. He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”Fernandes brilliant campaign has seen him linked to a move back to a top five league, having featured in Serie A for Udinese and Sampdoria in the past.Goal has previously revealed in May that Manchester City were in pole position to land the Sporting star in a €50 million deal (£43m/$56m).However, while Fernandes talked up City in a recent interview, he heaped greater praise on Champions League finalist Liverpool, saying he enjoyed their more direct, intense football.Fernandes will be offered further chances to impress in the coming week as he has been named to Portugal’s 23-man squad ahead of their Nations League semi-final June 5 against Switzerland.He will be looking turn his club performance into a bigger role with the national team, as Fernandes had just late cameo in his sole Nations League outing for Portugal.
Jurgen Klopp praised Harvey Elliott after making his Liverpool debut against Napoli, describing the teenager as a “fine, fine footballer.”Elliott completed a transfer to Anfield from Fulham over the weekend and was quickly thrown into pre-season action despite his tender age.The young winger came on for the final 11 minutes of a clash with Napoli on Sunday, which Jurgen Klopp’s side ultimately lost 3-0 at Murrayfield in Scotland. 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? Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik and Amin Younes grabbed the goals for the Italian outfit, who ran out comfortable winners against the European champions.Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history when he was introduced as a substitute for Fulham against Wolves last season at the age of 16 years and 30 days.He has been tipped for a bright future at the highest level and Klopp revealed his admiration for the English starlet after the Napoli defeat.“That’s why he is here,” the Reds head coach began. “I could say so many positive things about the boy, we signed him, he came here, he decided for us and could have gone pretty much everywhere but he wanted to be part of Liverpool.“The stories with the boy start early and already he is the youngest ever Premier League player and has broken quite a few records because of his talent.“Now he is here so let’s work with him. He needs game time, we will see where he gets that but he is obviously a fine, fine footballer and that’s why we were really interested.”Elliott’s arrival represents Liverpool’s second signing of the summer transfer window, joining Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg, who moved to Anfield from Dutch side PEC Zwolle for £1.7 million ($2m) in June.The 17-year-old was also handed his debut against Napoli and both players are now in line to appear in the club’s final pre-season fixture against Lyon on Wednesday.After the clash in Geneva, Klopp’s men will then turn their attention to a Community Shield date against Manchester City on Sunday, August 4.Liverpool have the chance to pick up their first trophy of the 2019-20 campaign at Wembley, before kicking off their latest Premier League bid at home to Norwich the following Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web