Sunday, 25 February 2018



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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City restored their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.

City’s 30-match unbeaten run in the league came to a dramatic end with a 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week and their advantage at the top of the table was cut to single figures, for a few hours at least, when second-placed Manchester United beat Burnley 1-0 earlier on Saturday.

But normal service for Pep Guardiola’s men resumed in Saturday’s late kick-off, with Aguero glancing in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 34th minute to open the scoring at the Etihad.

The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.

But struggling Newcastle scored against the run of play four minutes later when a mistake by Oleksandr Zinchenko allowed Jacob Murphy to sprint through and finish in composed fashion.

Aguero, however, put the result beyond doubt when City’s all-time leading goalscorer completed his 11th hat-trick for the club seven minutes from time following a superb run and pass from Leroy Sane.

Meanwhile Arsenal showed there was plenty of life after Alexis Sanchez as they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 without the United-bound Chilean forward.

With Sanchez moving slowly but surely towards a £35 million (39.6 million euros, $48.5 million) transfer to United rather than City, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger left him out of his matchday squad.

Any fears Arsenal might falter up front without him proved groundless as they surged into a 4-0 lead inside 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette before Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for Palace 12 minutes from time.

Arsenal remain outside the top four but heartened manager Wenger said: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination.”

– United ‘so close’ to Sanchez –

At Turf Moor, it took until the 54th minute for United striker Anthony Martial to break the deadlock with his third league goal in as many matches.

Jose Mourinho left midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the proposed makeweight in the Sanchez deal, out of his matchday squad and afterwards the United manager indicated the transfer saga was nearing an end.

“Expect soon or never,” said Mourinho regarding his prospects of signing Sanchez. “So close, so close, so close…I know my people are doing absolutely everything they can.”

But Wenger warned: “Sanchez will only happen if Mkhitaryan comes here, that will be decided in the next 48 hours.”

Chelsea won 4-0 away to Brighton as the reigning English champions leapfrogged Liverpool into third place, 48 hours before the Reds play Swansea City.

The Blues’ first win of 2018 saw Eden Hazard score twice, his opener and a goal from Willian making it 2-0 inside six minutes before Hazard and Victor Moses sealed victory after the break.

On a day when all Premier League fixtures were preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of the former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Cyrille Regis, a trailblazer for black players who died aged 59 last week, the Baggies drew 1-1 with Everton.

Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom an early lead before Theo Walcott, on his Everton debut following a midweek move from Arsenal, laid on an equaliser for Oumar Niasse in the 70th minute.

But the sight of Toffees midfielder James McCarthy going off with a broken leg after blocking a Salomon Rondon shot cast a shadow over Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th game as a manager.

New Stoke City manager Paul Lambert won his first game in charge of the Potters as they beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 with second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf to climb out of the relegation zone.

Leicester City beat Watford 2-0 while West Ham and Bournemouth shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.Tottenham Hotspur continue their quest for a Champions League place on Sunday when manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to former club Southampton.

Posted On Saturday, 20 January 2018 22:52 Written by

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Patrick Vieira didn't think he wanted to coach. He never considered becoming a coach during his illustrious playing career, an 18-year span that saw him win three Premier League titles, five Serie A championships, the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. Even after he retired in 2011 and took a job as the football development executive at Manchester City, Vieira didn't believe his future was being the man in charge of an entire team.

But while Vieira was working with players, helping them individually to develop their skills, City executive Brian Marwood observed the former midfielder. He saw Vieira's ability to communicate with the younger men who were trying to improve their game and the ease with which he imparted the wisdom he learned during the thousands of hours he spent on the field. Marwood thought Vieira might be able to succeed with a whole team. In the spring of 2013, Marwood appointed the French legend as reserve team and development squad manager.

Vieira thrived in the uncomfortable new environment.

"[Marwood] put me in the situation where I'd never been before," he says to ESPN FC in an exclusive interview. "I quite enjoyed it and quite liked it.

"I was surprised. And I'm still surprised."

Three years later, the man who never thought he would coach finds himself leading New York City FC, one of Major League Soccer's best teams. Not only that, but NYCFC boasts one of MLS' most distinct playing styles, a high-risk, high-reward, build-from-the-back mentality that produces exciting attacking soccer, even in the small confines of Yankee Stadium.

The broad strokes of the style come from the higher-ups at the City Football Group that owns NYCFC -- Claudio Reyna, the MLS club's director of football operations, calls it "part of the group methodology" -- but the day-to-day implementation falls to Vieira. He's the one responsible for tutoring players, drilling tactics and getting the little things correct. His success in doing so has NYCFC near the top of the Eastern Conference for the second year in a row and tied for the league lead in goals scored.

While the club has given up its fair share of terrible goals, the result of bad turnovers at the back and other miscues, it hasn't deviated from its plan. To many, that's deserving of praise.

"So many times in soccer we see people talk about style of play, but it's all a bunch of bulls---, because they really aren't trying to implement anything other than the most pragmatic way of playing in that moment against that opponent," former LA Galaxy GM and current Fox Sports analyst Alexi Lalas says. "For me, a real style of play means, 'This is who we are and we live and die by it. We don't change to fit the players. The players adapt or they are not part of it.'"

To play the same way, even after failure, takes confidence, both from the management and the players. That starts at the top, with the coach.

"The players buy into what he's saying," NYCFC midfielder Rodney Wallace says. "Even if sometimes it goes wrong, it doesn't matter because he knows that at some point it's going to work out. He's not afraid to make a mistake and he's not afraid of when we make mistakes. He knows that we were out there doing exactly what he's asking.

"The type of football that we play is exciting. It makes me want to wake up every morning and go to work."

The plan didn't come together overnight. Vieira took the NYCFC job at the beginning of 2016 after the club parted ways with founding manager Jason Kreis, but Vieira admits he struggled at first. He had to adapt to the peculiarities of MLS and understand soccer culture in the U.S. (Amusingly, Vieira calls the sport "soccer" when he talks about the game in the U.S. and "football" when speaking about teams overseas.)

During his time in Manchester, he developed ideas about how he wanted his team to play and how the City Football Group's management thought NYCFC should play, but the reality of actually getting to America and working with the players here made him realize he had to adjust his methods and style. He uses more video, conducts plenty of tactical drilling and unit work along with individual instruction, and keeps an open mind. Vieira is only a couple years into what could be a long coaching career, and he knows he's still learning.

"For him, there is an ability to test things out in a way that he might not get in other situations on other teams," Lalas says. "Because it's MLS. There's no relegation. And there's less scrutiny and therefore less pressure."

At some point, perhaps sooner rather than later, Vieira will want to move on to a bigger gig. He says he's happy building something at NYCFC now, and there's no reason not to believe him. He loves living in the city, a place where he'd come in the offseason during his playing days, but it's only natural that a competitive guy will grow restless eventually. When he does, the reps he's getting in the relatively uncritical U.S. will benefit him well. It's not out of the question to think he'll be the first great MLS coaching export of the modern era.

The move into coaching required a different mindset than he had as a player.

"When you are playing and you are on the field, you are thinking about yourself," Vieira says. "When you are the coach, you have to think about 26 players before thinking about yourself. You have to take things with humility. You have to understand that your playing career is finished, and then you have to look at the game in a different way."

Still, those playing days are not very far gone. How would Vieira, the coach, feel about managing Vieira, the player?

"I'd love to have a player like myself, the way I used to be," he says. "I always played with a lot of passion and was working hard for my teammates. I was thinking about my teammates before I was thinking about myself. So yes, I would like to coach Patrick."

He won't get a chance, of course. But Vieira the player would no doubt be surprised to fast-forward a decade and find where he landed. Perhaps he shouldn't have been. As it turns out, this coaching thing, it's not so bad.

Posted On Saturday, 29 July 2017 01:17 Written by

Romelu Lukaku was given a citation by police in Los Angeles after failing to heed repeated warnings over noise from a party last Sunday, according to TMZ. 

Lukaku, poised to complete a move from Everton to Manchester United, was warned by LAPD officers six times over noise from a daytime party following multiple complaints from neighbours, according to the report which posted what it claimed was an image of the citation.

On Saturday, United announced that they had agreed a deal with Everton to sign the 24-year-old Belgium international.

Lukaku trained with United midfielder Paul Pogba at UCLA in California on Thursday and could now be part of the club's first preseason session in LA on Monday.

United are set pay £75 million for the striker, who will move to Old Trafford after undergoing a medical -- scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles -- and agreeing personal terms.

Chelsea had made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Lukaku's proposed move to Old Trafford by matching United's bid on Friday.

But Lukaku has decided to join United and the deal should be completed over the weekend.

Posted On Saturday, 08 July 2017 17:03 Written by
Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
The 31-year-old Nigerian returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.
Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers.
Thirty-three of those came last season, having previously been in the team that won the League One title in 2013-14.
“It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis,” said Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple.
“That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within the group.
“At the same time, we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle.
“Similarly, its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery.”
Posted On Friday, 07 July 2017 00:05 Written by

Neymar has said that he was too shy to speak to Lionel Messi after arriving at Barcelona in 2013.

The Brazil international star now shares top billing at Camp Nou alongside Messi, but making the step from Santos to Barcelona was harder than it might seem from the outside for Neymar.

In an interview with Brazilian television show Caldeirao do Huck, he explained his nerves at stepping into a star-studded squad.

"I came into the dressing room, looked to one side and there was Messi, I looked the other and there was Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, Dani Alves ... I thought I was inside a video game," Neymar said.

Lionel Messi and Neymar have gone on to enjoy major success together at Barcelona.

"One day I was playing with them on the console and the next I was there alongside them. The first month was the most complicated. I was ashamed to speak to Messi, [he and the others] were idols for me. I was the new arrival and the youngest more or less."

However Neymar progressed rapidly at Barcelona and has become part of arguably the strongest attacking unit in the world, the MSN, alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

On Oct. 21 the forward signed a new five-year contract which keeps him at Barcelona until 2021. After signing he explained that while he felt "a little intimidated" at first, he is now good friends with his teammates.

Neymar was one of the guests at Messi's wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario on June 30 before continuing his holiday in Brazil by attending the Villa Mix Goiania festival.

Posted On Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:45 Written by

Michael Keane has admitted he was tempted to return to Manchester United before deciding to leave Burnley for Everton.

However, the defender's 30 million Pounds Sterling move to Goodison Park on Monday is still set to net United more than £7m thanks to their 25 percent sell-on clause.

Keane, who left Old Trafford for Burnley in 2015, was on United boss Jose Mourinho's list of targets this summer.

But after United spent £31m on centre-back Victor Lindelof, Keane opted for Everton.

"Of course it was a temptation [to rejoin United]," Keane told Sky Sports. "It's your boyhood club but you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what's best for you, and I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development. It's a club with such big history and a great fan base so I can't wait to pull on the shirt and play for this club."

Michael Keane left Burnley for Everton on Monday.

Keane, who made five first-team appearances at United, is hoping to earn a place in England's squad for next summer's World Cup, providing they qualify for the tournament.

He has already won two caps under England boss Gareth Southgate, but was left out of the squad for the games against Scotland and France in June.

Keane is hopeful that a season under Everton boss Ronald Koeman, a former Netherlands and Barcelona centre-back, can boost his international chances.

He added: "I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well, and I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things. I want to develop. I am only 24-years-old, which is young for a centre-half, but I feel how much they wanted me was a big factor as well."


Posted On Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:31 Written by

SOCHI, Russia -- Germany defender Benjamin Henrichs has warned that Die Mannschaft need to keep a close eye on his Bayer Leverkusen teammate Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in Thursday's Confederations Cup semifinal against Mexico.

The 20-year-old full-back hopes Joachim Low gives him a start against El Tri as Germany seek to win the tournament for the first time. He is looking to stop Hernandez, who returned to training on Tuesday after sitting out a day earlier.

"I hope I will play and I will stop him from scoring," Henrichs told reporters on Tuesday. "It's very difficult to play against him. He likes to score and even if there isn't really a chance he scores, so he's a very good player."

Henrichs said Hernandez has given him advice at Bayer Leverkusen and the two get along off the pitch. The youngster -- who signed a new contract with Die Werkself back in May -- believes the game against Mexico will be a tough test.

"I think [Mexico] is similar to Chile," he said. "We have to play well tactically, you need to stop Chicharito, because he's a very good individual player and I hope we are going to win."

Hernandez didn't train along with the full squad on Monday in Kazan, but is expected to be fit to face Germany in Fisht Stadium on Thursday, although Diego Reyes is likely to miss the game through injury.

"They know how we play and what our mentality is and that clearly helps us," added Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, speaking in Spanish when asked about Mexico having Bundesliga players Hernandez and Marco Fabian.

"But we are lucky enough to know some of their players that play in European leagues and can prepare ourselves for not a war, but a good game."

Posted On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:11 Written by

Australia’s midfielder Mark Milligan (L) vies with Chile’s forward Alexis Sanchez during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Chile and Australia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 25, 2017. Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP

Martin Rodriguez rescued a 1-1 draw for Chile against Australia on Sunday to send the South American champions through to a Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal.

James Troisi steered Australia ahead on 42 minutes in Moscow, but Chile replied through half-time substitute Rodriguez on 67 minutes to advance as Group B runners-up behind Germany.

Germany progressed as group winners following a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Sochi, with the world champions to face Mexico for a place in the July 2 final in Saint Petersburg.

Veteran forward Tim Cahill collected his 100th international cap at Spartak Stadium, joining long-serving former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (109) as the only other Australia player to reach the landmark.

Alexis Sanchez went tumbling to ground early on following a last-ditch intervention from Mark Milligan, but the video assistant referee dismissed penalty claims as replays showed a clear touch from the Australian defender.

Claudio Bravo returned for Chile following a calf injury and the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a smart block to deny a lunging Massimo Luongo, although Australia forged ahead on 42 minutes.

A risky pass from Bravo was intercepted inside the Chile half, allowing Robbie Kruse to steer the ball across the face of the box to an unmarked Troisi who clipped over the advancing keeper.

Arturo Vidal nearly replied instantly when his stooping header was blocked on the line by Milligan with the rebound eluding Jose Fuenzalida.

Australian centre-back Trent Sainsbury spoiled a glorious chance for a second goal before the break, lashing wildly over on the volley after Chile’s defence momentarily switched off.

But the introduction of Rodriguez and Pablo Hernandez at half-time proved crucial as Chile levelled midway through the second half.

Eduardo Vargas beat his marker to a looping ball in the area, knocking down into the path of Rodriguez who smuggled the ball beyond Matt Ryan for his first international goal.

Vargas headed fractionally wide after Sanchez had escaped down the left and picked out his striking partner, while Jamie MacLaren miscued badly in front of Bravo after a brilliant delivery from Troisi before the contest gradually petered out.

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