About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi admits to asking youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoroi about Frank Lampard.Hudson-Odoi may have known about Lampard the club legend, but he wanted to get more information about him as a manager.And by speaking with fellow youth team players Mount and Tomoroi, who were on loan at Derby County where Lampard managed last season, Hudson-Odoi learned of Lampard’s approach to the game.He said in an interview with the club’s website: “The first thing I asked them was how he is as a manager, what he does and how he works. “They told me he’s very good and obviously a past legend at Chelsea. “It was good for me to hear from those boys who’d already worked under him that they had enjoyed it so much.”
WATCH: Valencia fans protest against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia fans have protested against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthy.Supporters arrived at Sunday’s game with Leganes at Mestalla with various banners and placards protesting against the ownership of the club.Lim has come under fire for the sacking of Marcelino due to the Spanish coach’s impressive achievements during his time with Los Che.”Anil stay away from Mestalla,” chanted the Valencia fans.”Peter go away now,” was another song.Varios centenares de aficionados protestan en la puerta de Mestalla contra Lim y Murthy. Debo decir que pensaba que habría más gente. pic.twitter.com/RSYnp91QEe— Nacho Sanchis (@sanchis14) September 22, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Faustino Anjorin to make Chelsea debut in Carabao Cupby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFaustino Anjorin is set to make his Chelsea debut in the Carabao Cup against Grimsby.The Daily Mail says the 17-year-old is to be included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash.The attacking midfielder is viewed as one of the brightest prospects in Chelsea’s burgeoning academy and has impressed Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris since their arrival back at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.Anjorin is now poised to be the next Blues youngster to be given the chance to impress by the club’s new management team, who have shown they are not afraid to rely on academy players.The teenager has enjoyed a blistering start to the season, scoring five goals in his first seven games – including a brace in the EFL Trophy win over Swindon last month. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid hero Guti would be happy to see former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in charge.While insisting Zinedine Zidane is doing a good job, Guti says he’d also be happy if Mourinho was to return.Guti told Cadena SER: “I believe that Real Madrid has a very great coach with Zidane who, if I’m not mistaken, did something that no one will ever be able to repeat (the Champions League treble). “Mourinho? Why not?! I believe that Mourinho did good things at Real Madrid, while the club was going through a bad time in Spain as in Europe. It was a time when FC Barcelona reigned everywhere and it started a revolution that changed things. I think he’s a very great coach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southgate says Man City whiz Foden not ready for Englandby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says Phil Foden isn’t ready for an England call-up.Raheem Sterling vouched for his young Manchester City teammate after his goal in Tuesday’s win over Dinamo Zagreb.Despite the snub, Southgate believes the talented attacking midfielder is at the right place to develop.”Every player has a different journey,” said Southgate.”Some go straight into a Premier League team, others have been in the lower divisions and worked their way up, and Tammy Abraham has been at a big club and then had the loan moves.”There’s no perfect path, it doesn’t exist. It’s different for them all. Phil Foden’s training with great players every day. He’s still young and developing physically, and sometimes it’s not right to put them in too soon.”You can’t put young players in just to put young players in. We’ve only put them in because we think they’re good enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi: I was ready to leave in 2013 and 2014by Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi admits he’s seriously considered leaving the club in the past.Messi, speaking on RAC1, revealed he was upset with the way he was being treated by the Spanish tax authorities.He stated: “There have been times when I ended up tired due to a lot of circumstances. I had several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, when I had the problem with the Treasury. It was very difficult for me and my family.”People really don’t know about what happens at that moment, they don’t listen, they think and talk. I was the first one and that’s why it was all so hard. Since they got angry and showed that they were going for everything with me, showing that they were going for all the players, it was diluted. “The best of all is that my children were small and did not know anything, but we had a hard time. At that time I had the mind to leave, not for wanting to leave Barça, but for what was happening.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
New Arsenal defender William Saliba has revealed that playing for “the biggest club in England” led to him choosing the Gunners over local rivals Tottenham.The 18-year-old completed a £27 million ($34m) move to the north London outfit on Thursday, becoming their second signing of the day following the season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos .The defender was spoilt for choice when it came to deciding where his future lay this summer, with Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs also interested in securing his services. 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? And Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the teenager insisted he only had one club in mind, adding: “Since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League and so on.“There are a lot of French players who have come through here, so that really helped me to make my mind up.”Saliba also revealed that current Gunners midfielder Matteo Guendouzi had his say in the move, saying: “I spoke to Matteo [Guendouzi], I even bumped into him at a funfair in Paris.“That’s where I told him that Arsenal wanted to sign me! He gently advised me to come here and explained what it was like.“It’s a massive pleasure to sign for a really, really big English club. This is the biggest club in England for me, so it was an easy decision.“I didn’t think twice about signing here, so I’m really happy.“You have to keep working when you hear that a club is interested in signing you. You have to keep working; that’s what I’m doing and I’m proud to be signing here.”The France Under-20 international made 16 Ligue 1 appearances for Saint-Etienne last season, and will be returning to the club on a season-long loan as part of the deal before joining up with the Arsenal squad ahead of the 2020-21 season.When asked why this was the right choice for the youngster, Saliba answered: “Well, it was important first of all because I wanted to prove myself for another year at Saint-Etienne, before I come to try and establish myself here at Arsenal.“This is a big club, and when you come here, you need to be ready.“I’m going to try and have a great season with the club that developed me in order to be ready for Arsenal.”
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s loss to Purdue on Saturday night has shaken up the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes have fallen out of everyone’s top four, and one team in particular appears to have benefited the most.That team: Oklahoma.The one-loss Sooners were on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff, with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame all having much better paths, but that has now changed.ESPN believes Oklahoma is the team that has benefited the most from an Ohio State loss. It’s now possible to envision a one-loss Sooners team making it into the College Football Playoff over a Big Ten champion.From ESPN.com:When Purdue upended No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 on Saturday night, it opened the door for another great debate on Selection Day, as the Big Ten is now guaranteed to have a conference champion with at least one loss — and so are the Big 12 and Pac-12. Instead of the luxury of separation that comes with being undefeated, Ohio State or Michigan needs to finish as a one-loss Big Ten champ — and even that might not be enough for the Buckeyes if Oklahoma can run the table and wow the selection committee in the Big 12 title game.There’s still a long way to go, though. If Ohio State can win out and put together some impressive wins over Michigan State, Michigan and the Big Ten West Division champion, a College Football Playoff berth is still probable.You can view ESPN’s full writeup here.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Alabama football is the clear No. 1 in college football right now. Internet sportsbook BetOnline.ag recently released odds for Alabama against many of the top teams in the country.Clemson was the closest match-up, with a line of +8.5 on a neutral site. Still, for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, that is a giant spread.We may be underestimating the Tigers a bit though.Clemson’s defense is among the best in the country, and could put serious pressure on banged up Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He had to leave Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, which also features a stout defensive front.Trevor Lawrence is also just a true freshman, and is improving week over week. ESPN‘s Heather Dinich writes that the gap between Alabama football and Clemson may not be as wide as many think.From her College Football Playoff column published this morning:While there’s no disputing Alabama’s top spot, the gap between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers might not be as wide as national perception might suggest. On paper, top-ranked Alabama and second-ranked Clemson are almost twins, with the Tide having a slight edge.Alabama is No. 1 in ESPN’s Football Power Index and No. 1 in strength of record, while Clemson is No. 2 in both categories, but not by much. The Tide is just 1.6 points ahead of Clemson in FPI, which isn’t a very big gap considering Clemson is a robust 4.7 points ahead of No. 3 Georgia. Strength of record also reveals a slim margin. The average top-25 team would have a 2.8 percent chance to go 10-0 against Alabama’s schedule and just a 3.4 percent chance to go undefeated against Clemson’s lineup.Some have argued that Oklahoma’s explosive offense might give Alabama the most trouble, but a healthy Tua and company could drop 70 on that defense. Clemson’s probably the most balanced team this side of the Crimson Tide, and on the right day, could give them a run.[ESPN]
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UAB head coach Bill Clark, who has led the Blazers to a 10-3 record and the Conference USA title this season, will receive this year’s Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, according to a new report from AL.com.This award is quite the achievement for Clark and his program, considering UAB elected to discontinue football following the 2014 season. In June 2015, it was announced that the program would be reinstated, but not until 2017.Clark stuck around, leading the Blazers to an 8-5 mark and Bahamas Bowl berth last year. He improved on that record in 2018, guiding the team to its first division and conference titles in the process.Clark beat out Alabama’s Nick Saban, Army’s Jeff Monken, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and UCF’s Josh Heupel for the honor.The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award is one of two major end-of-season accolades for head coaches, along with the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award.UAB coach Bill Clark will be named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year: https://t.co/JSsjjWkYiH— John Talty (@JTalty) December 11, 2018Clark and the Blazers will wrap up their season in the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl next Tuesday, December 2018. They’ll take on MAC champ Northern Illinois.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.