About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Leno: We can cope with injury crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is confident the club can cope with their current injury crisis.Hector Bellerin injured himself during Sunday’s loss to Southampton, joining Rob Holding (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) on the sidelines.”We have a big squad so we have many players who can play in defence or at centre-back so hopefully it won’t be a problem,” he told Standard Sport. “Sokratis will be back but I hope there will be no more injuries after yesterday and we won’t have any problems with our defence.”In the last games against Huddersfield or Tottenham, when Mustafi was injured, we changed systems but it was not a big problem because we know what to do with different systems. That’s not a problem.”Of course, it was not easy defensively. This line of defence didn’t play together before. But it was OK. It was a good performance but not a perfect performance. Southampton have a new manager, they have new passion and they played with it.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United staff say the change of atmosphere since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointment has been obvious.Polly Johnson, who works in the club’s museum, spoke with VG about the change around the club.”I work here on every match day. I go up to my lodge and know the mood. This fall has been sad and gloomy. It’s not been uplifting,” says Johnson.”But when I went to the stadium on Wednesday (Solskjaer’s first home game), I started to cry. It was amazing! There is a huge difference. Everyone has a wonderful feeling because of Solskjaer.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Barcelona winger Malcom cools Lazio talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Barcelona winger Malcom has eased talk of a move to Lazio.Sport reported Lazio had asked for Malcom, just six months after his €41m switch from Bordeaux.However, Luis Fernando Menezes Garcia wrote on social media that ‘there’s no truth in the Lazio-Malcom hypothesis’.The move would spark major controversy as Malcom had agreed terms with Roma last summer and was expected at the airport with his medical booked when he suddenly switched flights for Barcelona.The switch was initiated by Garcia after a late call from Barca.
Bayern Munich star Muller suspended for Liverpool gamesby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich will be without influential attacker Thomas Muller for their two legs against Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.Muller was sent off against Ajaz and UEFA has decided to give him a two match ban, as his incident was deemed violent conduct.Bayern and Liverpool go head to head in February at Anfield, followed by the return fixture at the Allianz Arena in March.The Reds are top of the Premier League, while Bayern are six points adrift of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pepe admits confidence low after slow start to Arsenal career: But I’m not worriedby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicolas Pepe admits his confidence is low after a slow start with Arsenal.The Ivory Coast international became the club’s most expensive player this summer, but he has failed to register a goal from open play in eight games.”The truth is that my first few weeks in Premier League are not easy,” Pepe told reporters. “I think that I haven’t performed well enough yet.”In terms of stats or my impact on the game, for sure it’s not the same as in Lille last season or against Liverpool at the beginning of the season.”It’s a matter of confidence. My confidence must come back. I’m not worried about it. Probably some people are worried with my stats, but I’m not.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan, Man Utd watching Cavani situation at PSGby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are watching Edinson Cavani’s situation at PSG.The Uruguay striker is off contract in June and already has fielded interest from keen clubs.ESPN says Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Napoli are all interested.Indeed, these four clubs have regularly made attempts for Cavani in recent years, but without ever being able to finalize a transfer, either because PSG closed the door, or because of the cost of the operation.
SEC men’s basketball has felt like a one-horse race for a few years now, but things became much more interesting in 2015-16. Kentucky is still among the league’s elite, of course, and John Calipari’s Wildcats appear to be hitting their stride at the right time heading into post-season play. They didn’t win the regular season, however. A consistent, well-rounded Texas A&M club took home that title, and head into the tournament on a six game winning streak, which includes a ‘W’ against UK. South Carolina, the three seed, has its best team in over a decade, and is set to make its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. LSU has a little forward named Ben Simmons, who you’ve probably heard a bit about. This should be a very fun conference tournament. SEC Tournament ticket information is available here.Here is the full bracket: SEC Tournament games will be aired on SEC Network and ESPN.Favorite: KentuckyTexas A&M may have the top seed in the tournament, but Kentucky enters the event as the favorite to win the whole thing. Bovada has the Wildcats at +120 to win the SEC Tournament, while A&M is listed at +375. Kentucky has the top backcourt in the conference, and maybe the entire country. Jamal Murray has proven to be an incredibly dynamic shooting guard, scoring an even 20 points a game from all over the court. The freshman out of Canada is shooting 45-percent from the floor, and 42-percent from three, and he’s incredibly difficult to keep out of the lane. He’s joined by SEC Player of the Year contender Tyler Ulis, one of basketball’s best lead guards. Ulis averages 16.6 points and 7.3 assists per game, and is a fantastic floor general for John Calipari’s ‘Cats. The X-factor for Kentucky is Skal Labissiere. The big man out of Haiti entered the year as a rival to fellow freshman Ben Simmons as the top newcomer to college basketball, but was largely a disappointment this season. However, he’s played two of his best games in the last week. Labissiere chipped in 11 points and eight boards in just 15 minutes in a win over Florida, and looked dominant against Simmons’ LSU Tigers, with 18 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks in 25 minutes in Kentucky’s 94-77 win. If Skal continues to improve, UK will be a difficult out in SEC play, and a menace in the Big Dance.Sleeper: Ole MissIf we look beyond the four teams that have byes into the quarterfinals, we’ll take Ole Miss as a potential sleeper. The Rebels can be a bit of a one-man show, but that one man can really fill up a box score. Stefan Moody, Ben Simmons’ choice for the SEC’s best point guard, leads the conference in scoring at 23.1 points per game. He’s a high-flyer, and he drops bombs from beyond the three-point arc. Ole Miss is far from a well-rounded team, but they have a game-breaking guard, and in one-off tournament basketball, a great point guard can absolutely take over, especially when he’s as skilled at scoring as Moody is.
Instagram/c_cook8After a fairly trying NFL Draft process, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook landed with the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round. He will be behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but Cook has impressed his coaches thus far. Today, the NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event, which featured the top NFL newcomers taking photos and filming videos in their new full uniforms. Cook juggled a couple of footballs in his shoot, where he shows off his new Raiders getup.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is happy if there are fall-outs between his Manchester United players, insisting that quarrels within the camp show that they are winners.Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese was sacked in December, taking over as interim boss until the end of the season.And the Norwegian has hit the ground running, claiming five wins from his first five matches, scoring 16 goals in the process. 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 United camp seems happier than it was under Mourinho, with the Portuguese frequently criticising his players and reportedly falling out with Paul Pogba.Indeed, Mathias Pogba, brother of the France midfielder, went as far as saying that Mourinho was the problem at Old Trafford.And Solskjaer has praised the spirit within the camp, insisting he welcomes disagreements between players as it shows they care about the club’s situation.He told MUTV: “I’ve already noticed that they are very well knitted together. It’s a fantastic atmosphere, which is one of the foundations for any team.”You don’t have to be best friends. The team spirit is great. “We had one or two fights [as a player] but that is just the demand, the standards that you set.”If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind because it means they are winners, they want to improve.”If you settle for losing in training you’ll lose when a game when it really matters. There are a couple of aspects with the break: it’s the weather and the downtime the boys can have together.”United are currently on a training camp in Dubai, with Solskjaer insisting the trip has allowed him to work with the players away from just the training pitch.”Here they’re not just running away back home to their kids and wives,” he added. “We’ve got plenty of time for video analysis and to get some principles in play.”His methods have clearly had a positive effect on the players, with United’s most recent victory coming on Saturday with a 2-0 FA Cup win against Reading that set up a fourth-round tie with Arsenal.Solskjaer’s toughest test yet will come on Sunday, though, as the Red Devils play Tottenham at Wembley.United are currently sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mauricio Pochettino refused to reveal whether Tottenham striker Harry Kane will start the Champions League final, insisting the decision is “not easy”.Kane has not played since he was injured against Manchester City late in the first leg of the quarter-final on April 9.The England captain has trained ahead of Spurs facing Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday, but Pochettino will make a late call over whether Kane plays from the outset. 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? “We have one training session now and then we are going to decide,” Pochettino told a news conference.Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-finals completed a stunning comeback for Spurs, who are in their first Champions League final.But the Brazil international could be the man to make way for Kane should the striker be deemed fit enough to lead the line for Spurs.To Dare Is To Do. #UCLfinal #COYS pic.twitter.com/uaF0DVxRKD — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 31, 2019 And Pochettino accepts it will be a difficult decision to leave out Kane or, alternatively, one of the other players who helped overcome Ajax in such dramatic circumstances.”It’s normal you are asking me, it’s difficult for you to be in my place or different coaches, it’s normal, it’s not easy,” Pochettino added.”Making a decision will not be easy, the last games we played, the quarters and semis, the last 16, every game you need to take a decision.”Tomorrow is another decision, for sure we have all the information, every single detail, we take the best decision to win. Like always it’s painful in football you can only use 11 players it’s the most painful situation.”From the first moment [of a career] when you play with seven, then go to 11, you know your team-mates who are in the training may not play.”For me, respect must be massive for the players who are selected and we want to show that. Tough decisions are painful but it’s part of my job to pick the starting XI and to try to win the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web