Liverpool captain Henderson: We’ll take responsibility for Napoli lossby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the players will take responsibility for Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Napoli.The Reds were sloppy throughout the encounter and were ultimately punished through late goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Fernando Llorente.”I felt we played some good stuff, it was just the final bit I felt we were missing today,” Henderson told BT Sport after the final whistle.”At home Napoli are a good side and they are going to create some good chances. You’ve got to be prepared to defend as a team, which I felt we did.”We won some great balls in midfield and counter-attacked really well, but it was just that last little bit – and obviously the mistakes for the goals – that we need to improve on.”Overall, we can be better of course. We’ll take responsibility, we’ll move forward and try to react in the right way.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Sancho talks Borussia Dortmund futureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJadon Sancho insists he wants to win titles with Borussia Dortmund amid growing interest from Manchester United.The 19-year-old was impressive in Tuesday’s goalless draw against Barcelona.Speaking to Viasport after the game, Sancho said: “I can’t tell the future. I just take it game by game. I just wanna give 100 per cent for Borussia Dortmund.”I really want to do well with Dortmund. Obviously, I want to win titles and give everything.”
Kane insists Tottenham title hopes still aliveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane still believes that Tottenham can pull off a title challenge in the Premier League.Spurs are ten points behind leaders Liverpool after a miserable start to the season.The club has only won two out of its first eight games of the season.But Kane is still optimistic they can turn around their form and compete with the top teams in the division.He said on Sky Sports: “If this was January or February people would be saying there’s no chance of us winning it.”Obviously it’s not the ideal start, but stranger things have happened. You can never rule yourselves out until it’s done.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Capello admits trying to sign Barcelona star Messi for Juventusby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Capello has spoken of trying to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi for Juventus.Capello admits Juve made their attempt when Messi was 16.”There are categories and he, (Diego) Maradona and Pelé fall within that of geniuses, those who invent things that others can’t even think of. They are not built, he has it in their DNA. “I met Messi for the first time during the Gamper Trophy, Juve played against Barcelona. There were 90,000 spectators and he was 16,” Capello tells Sky Sport Italia.”I approached (Frank) Rijkaard after 15-20 minutes and asked him: ‘Listen, can you loan him to me for a year?’ He was 16, he came in and he played with everyone. It didn’t take a Fabio Capello to understand that he was a genius.”What did Rijkaard tell me? I knew they already had three foreigners and couldn’t put the fourth foreigner on the list and he said: ‘Fabio don’t worry, there are no problems, we will somehow manage to play him’. “The Catalans also had their plans. Even then, Messi was impressive.” TagsTransfersFabio CapelloAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
2017 NFL DraftHow’d you enjoy the NFL Draft’s first round last night? It was pretty entertaining, right? There was the Laremy Tunsil fiasco, Ohio State dominating from a college perspective and a bunch of trades and surprising picks. 2016 #NFLDraft: Round 1 pic.twitter.com/STafk2HHYF— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2016What could the 2017 NFL Draft first round look like? Let’s take a look. Here’s what the mock drafts we could find for next season are projecting. Walter Football1. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson2. Miami QB Brad Kaaya3. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett4. Florida CB Jalen Tabor5. USC WR JuJu Smith-SchusterComplete first round here. NFL Draft Geek1. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson2. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett3. LSU RB Leonard Fournette4. Tennessee DL Derek Barnett5. Alabama OT Cam RobinsonComplete first round here. Fueled By Sports1. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett2. LSU RB Leonard Fournette3. Alabama OT Cam Robinson4. Miami QB Brad Kaaya5. Michigan DB Jabrill PeppersComplete first round here.
Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey trip to Sevilla as he is given a rest, but new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng is included.Messi was absent from Barca’s starting XI for the visit of Leganes in La Liga on Sunday, coming on as a substitute to spare their blushes – playing a role in Luis Suarez’s goal before also scoring himself.Coach Ernesto Valverde acknowledged in the lead up to that game that he was likely to take opportunities to rest Messi in the coming weeks ahead of a busy period, which includes the return of the Champions League. 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? Sevilla – a team he boasts a fine record against – are the lucky beneficiaries of his time out of the side, as Barca travel to Andalusia for the first leg of their Copa quarter-final.However. Boateng is in line to make his first appearance for the club.The Germany-born former Ghana international joined Barca in a shock loan deal from Sassuolo on Monday, a move which caught many by surprise.The 31-year-old makes his return to Spanish football having previously featured for Las Palmas.Young talent Riqui Puig is included in the squad as well, with opponents Sevilla aiming to arrest a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni admits it has been “a while” since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.Messi last played for the national team at the 2018 World Cup, but is widely expected to make his return in March.Goal revealed in January that plans are being put in place to bring the 31-year-old back into the Albiceleste squad. 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? Scaloni said at that time: “We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak.”I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling.”The Argentina boss has, however, conceded that efforts to welcome a mercurial talent back into the fold have gone no further since then.”I have not talked to Messi for a while now,” he said.”He has a match in a few days and we’ll see if he can play.”Messi is currently nursing a thigh problem picked up during a La Liga outing for Barcelona against Valencia.His club manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said of that knock ahead of a Clasico clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey: “[Messi] has a small problem.”I don’t know exactly what he has.”We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday.”Ahead of a Copa America campaign later this year, Argentina are scheduled to face Venezuela and Morocco in friendlies next month.Messi is enjoying another fine season for Barcelona, scoring 29 goals in 27 games in all competitions.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that the club would be comfortable buying from fierce rivals Real Madrid amid transfer links with Isco.The Spaniard has struggled to stake a regular claim for a spot in Madrid’s starting XI under Santiago Solari, with Goal revealing that the situation is a ‘ticking timebomb’ that would likely result in the midfielder leaving the club. Barca have been mentioned as one of the teams that may hold an interest in signing Isco, with former forward Rivaldo having been one to publicly state that he would like to see the 26-year-old move to Camp Nou. 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? Isco hasn’t started for Madrid since the Copa del Rey second-leg defeat to Levante on January 16, featuring just once, as a substitute, in their last three matches.Indeed, he’s only made five league starts in 2018-19 as Madrid prepare to face Barca in Wednesday’s Clasico clash in the Copa del Rey semi-final.Isco’s lack of regular football has frequently seen him linked with a Madrid exit although he did not leave for a European rival in the January transfer window, with his contract running until 2022 and the club seemingly in no rush to sell.And when asked whether Barca would contemplate signing Isco, Bartomeu insisted there is no block on bringing players in from their rivals and that he would facilitate such a deal, should the head coach ask for it.”If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them,” he told El Partidazo de COPE .”But it has not happened since I’ve been here.”There are no non-aggression pacts. Each one tries to make their team more competitive.”Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid [Florentino Perez].”Barca are currently enjoying supremacy over their rivals in league terms, with the Catalans eight points clear of Solari’s side at the top of the table.Madrid, who are third in the standings, have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times, though, winning their last four league matches in a row to pull themselves back into contention.
Phil Foden is dreading the day that David Silva leaves Manchester City, with a Blues academy graduate admitting: “I don’t want it to happen.”A World Cup winner, who has become a modern day legend at the Etihad Stadium, has revealed that the 2019-20 campaign will be his last in England.After 10 years of loyal service in Manchester, during which he has contributed significantly to City becoming a dominant force domestically, Silva is ready to head home. 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? He will leave a sizeable void at the Premier League champions, with his reassuring presence and undoubted ability set to be greatly missed.Foden is among those eager to avoid thinking about life without Silva, with the 19-year-old hoping to take as many lessons as possible from a world-class talent before he departs.The City academy graduate has said of an impending exit: “It’s going to be a shame.”I’m not thinking about that too much because I don’t want it to happen. He’s here now so let’s try and be happy.”He’s still a great player, you could see on Wednesday [in a 6-1 friendly win over Kitchee] how sharp he is even at the age he is. He’s still a special player.”Foden made his first appearance of pre-season in a thumping victory over Kitchee.He has returned to the City fold after figuring for England at the European U21 Championship over the summer.The teenager is hoping to earn more competitive minutes under Pep Guardiola in 2019-20, having proved his worth in last season’s treble-winning heroics – with one memorable outing seeing him net the winner in a crucial clash with Tottenham.Foden said: “It was massive for me. It was such a big game, we needed the win and I came in and gave everything I got. I’m just happy it went so well and happy to help the team.”For now, a youngster who committed to a new long-term deal with City in 2019-20 is looking to prove his worth to Guardiola.He added: “I can’t wait. I’m glad to be back and feeling happy and sharp. I feel like I’m getting better and more mature and ready for any challenge that gets thrown at me.”The manager has just told me to keep working. He’s not that kind of manager who gives you chances if you’re not playing well. You have to show him each day what you’re capable of and earn your chances.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This weekend’s slate of games is truly remarkable, as ranked opponents will clash and SEC showdowns will be taking place. However, ESPN has put four teams on notice today, as they have the ‘most to lose’ on the road.Obviously, any loss can alter the playoff picture for this season, but it’s magnified even more when it happens to an elite program. Well, these four ranked teams all need to avoid an upset.Here’s ESPN’s list:No. 10 Washington at UtahNo. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa StateNo. 1 Alabama at Ole MissNo. 4 Ohio State at No. 15 TCUWhen it comes to Washington, there is absolutely no room for error this season. After losing to Auburn in their season opener, another loss would definitely derail their chances of making the playoff.The Sooners will have to erase last year’s demons, as Oklahoma lost to the Cyclones in a stunner. With Kyler Murray playing exceptional right now, prevailing on the road would be huge.Moving over to the defending champions, Alabama is heavily favored to win tonight, yet Ole Miss provides their best opponent to date.While all these games are intriguing, the game between the Buckeyes and the Horned Frogs might actually change the entire landscape of college football.It’s just the third weekend of the season, but four teams are already competing for their playoff lives.