Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal centre-back Rob Holding has undergone successful knee surgery.The 23-year-old was ruled out for between six and nine months earlier in December after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Holding finally underwent an operation on Sunday and he said on Instagram: “Happy that the surgery went well. Road to recovery starts now.”His absence has been part of a defensive crisis for boss Unai Emery – who has been forced to play Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back due to injuries to Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Month: October 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gattuso: Stats show AC Milan are in crisisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits they’re in crisis after defeat at home to Fiorentina.Federico Chiesa struck in the second-half for Fiorentina’s 1-0 win.”It’s certainly a difficult moment,” Gattuso told reporters, “but today we were in a state of emergency because of our injuries. I have nothing to reproach the team for. This result is hard to swallow, we weren’t sharp, but we weren’t lucky either.“The statistics say that Milan are in crisis. We’ve been struggling to cause problems for our opponents over the last three weeks. It’s fair to say we’ve not exactly been calm before that either, but we have to find some peace and not seek scapegoats.“The team did everything it possibly could today and we tried to win it, but lost our shape under Fiorentina pressure.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari tribute to Zidane after winning CWCby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane after winning the Club World Cup final.Real were comfortable 4-1 winners over Al Ain.Solari isn’t long in the job at Real Madrid, but has already put his name to some silverware with what he will hope to be a building block for future success.”The players deserve it and we are happy,” Solari said after the game.”They have come here after a lot of work and a lot of winning and we put a finishing touch to that third consecutive Champions League.”We’re also here thanks to [Zinedine] Zidane.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Robertson reveals squad agreement over verbal clashesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andrew Robertson has revealed the players have been open about the need to argue with eachother.Scotland’s skipper says there is a pact inside the dressing-room to take flak from a team-mate without it escalating into an on-field row.He said: “There were a couple of arguments out there today. A couple of things that needed to be said – and they were.“We all have the attitude that that if someone says something to you, you have to take it on the chin.”If you don’t agree with it, you deal with it at full-time or half-time and speak to one another.“When you are out on the pitch and it’s 100 miles an hour you don’t have time to discuss why something was said to you.“We have spoken together about this as a team. We do discuss things. We have said that’s it’s having that honesty between us which is important.“Whether it’s the youngest player – someone like Trent Alexander-Arnold – tells you to do something and he believes it’s right then you do it. You can go back and ask Trent for an explanation later – if you haven’t agreed with it, obviously.“When people are arguing on the pitch, it can have a negative effect and you can get distracted. I think that’s something the lads have done really well since the start of the season. It shows the respect between us.“There are a lot of leaders out there now.“Virgil Van Dijk is captain of his country. We have a fantastic captain in Jordan Henderson who clocked up 300 appearances for the club against Wolves – and that’s a great achievement.“We’ve got James Miner as well, who is a fantastic professional. There are plenty of leaders on the park – I’m including Dejan Lovren in that, as well.“And the more leaders we have got out there, the better, as far as I’m concerned.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Maupay: We deserved more against Burnleyby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says the club deserved more from Saturday’s draw with Burnley.Jeff Hendrick secured a point for the visitors in the first minute of stoppage time to secure a point for the visitors.Maupay said: “We did enough to win. It wasn’t our best game. We didn’t start very well again but throughout the game we got better and we found solutions.”We scored the first goal, which we thought was enough to win.”But they scored a late goal so it was a frustrating game for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: Fans crucial against Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter says the home support will be key against Arsenal tonight.The two clubs meet in their opening Europa League group opener in Frankfurt.Hutter said: “We know what we in Frankfurt are capable of. “The fans are making even more steam internationally than usual. Maybe this mood tickles ten percent more out of the team. Anyway, we expect an incredible atmosphere here again.”He added: “We want to start with a win.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton director of football Ross Wilson has Rangers offerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s director of football operations Ross Wilson has an offer from Rangers.Wilson has been offered the director of football role at Rangers. The Scotsman has held positive talks with the Glasgow club this week and is considering his future at Southampton, says Sky Sports.Wilson has been at the club for five years, overseeing the club’s player recruitment, and he took a central role in the hiring of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.The 36-year-old turned down a similar role at Rangers two years ago.
Racing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid futureby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacing Santander goalkeeper Luca Zidane says he’s not obsessing over his future with Real Madrid.Zidane is on a season-long loan with the Segunda Division outfit.”We’ll see what happens in a few years,” Zidane said.”I understand that it’s normal to ask me about Real Madrid, but I’m not there.”I see the team in a good state and although the results haven’t been great in the Champions League I trust the squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Gonzalo Higuain scored for the first time in 10 matches as AC Milan ended their winless run by beating SPAL 2-1 in Serie A to ease the pressure on coach Gennaro Gattuso.There had been reports in Italy that Gattuso could be sacked if Milan failed to gain a positive result against SPAL, having overseen a run of five games without a win in all competitions.SPAL appeared to have a chance of extending that streak to six when former Rossoneri academy product Andrea Petagna put them ahead. 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, Samu Castillejo levelled in style before Higuain finally found the net and completed the turnaround for Milan, who, despite losing Suso to a late red card, moved into fifth, a point behind fourth-placed Lazio in the race to secure Champions League football.Milan found no reward for a sustained spell of early pressure, Alessio Romagnoli correctly flagged for offside as he found the net before then finding himself at fault as SPAL broke the deadlock.Romagnoli was cleverly turned by ex-Milan striker Petagna, whose low effort deflected off the centre-back and into the bottom-left corner.However, the visitors’ lead lasted just three minutes as Lorenzo Dickmann failed to control Filippo Costa’s poor clearance and Castillejo pounced to rifle a volley into the top-right corner.Tiemoue Bakayoko blazed over with the goal at his mercy as a gilt-edged opportunity to complete the turnaround went begging amid more haphazard SPAL defending.Yet they finally paid the price as Higuain silenced his critics, goalkeeper Alfred Gomis getting both hands to his effort but unable to keep it out after Hakan Calhanoglu had knocked the ball into the path of the former Napoli and Real Madrid forward.Calhanoglu and Bakayoko each had chances to make it 3-1 before Thiago Cionek went close for SPAL, with Suso’s second yellow card for an ill-advised foul on Mirko Valdifior then setting up a nervy finish that would have ended in heartbreak had Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma not produced a stunning diving save to deny Mohamed Fares.#MilanSpal pic.twitter.com/CZblowv4vB— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Still more questions than answers for MilanHiguain’s winner should serve to buy Gattuso more time given Milan’s decent position in the table, however, this was far from a convincing performance and the fact the Rossoneri were clinging on at the end spoke volumes about the work they still have to do.Higuain ends his droughtThe emotion on Higuain’s face was clear for all to see as his close-range effort proved too strong for Gomis to handle. Higuain warmly embraced Gattuso, with the goal extremely significant for both men as the malaise around Milan was lifted somewhat.Suso sees redThe composure Milan needed to see out the win did not come from Suso, who only served to amplify the tension around San Siro with his rash foul.Key Opta Facts31 – Gonzalo #Higuain has found the net 31 Serie A shots after his previous one (in October against Sampdoria). Awakening. #MilanSPAL pic.twitter.com/qz4Y0QBVyU— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 29, 2018- SPAL are winless in their last 10 Serie A games (5D 5L) for their first time since May 1964.- Higuain has scored all of his last five Serie A goals at San Siro.- AC Milan ended a drought of 394 minutes when they scored their first goal.- With six goals, Petagna has already scored his most in a single Italian top-flight campaign.What’s next?Gattuso will have until January 12 to get his side ready for a Coppa Italia trip to Sampdoria before contesting the Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus and then returning to league action at Genoa on January 21, a day after SPAL host Bologna. read more
Lothar Matthaus rates Kai Havertz as a potential Ballon d’Or winner and the excitement surrounding the midfielder is entirely justified, according to Bayern Leverkusen team-mate Daley Sinkgraven.Bayern Munich, Liverpool and a number of other top European sides have been linked to Havertz since he struck 17 goals during an exceptional 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign.His list of admirers includes former Germany captain Matthaus , who on Monday tipped the 20-year-old to eventually join a “very big club,” and new Leverkusen signing Sinkgraven. 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? The latter moved to the BayArena from Ajax in June and has been impressed with Havertz.”I knew about him. Now I’ve spent [several] weeks with him and, indeed, he’s a very good player,” Sinkgraven told Omnisport.”You can see it if you look at his technique: he is very relaxed when he has the ball.”The way he scores goals during training, I love watching it, so I am really happy he will stay here for one more year.”Tall, technically gifted and comfortable on either foot, Havertz has inevitably drawn comparisons with Leverkusen icon Michael Ballack, as well as five-time Germany Player of the Year Mesut Ozil.His total of 20 goals in all competitions was only three fewer than Ballack’s best tally in a season, while the quality of some of his strikes has drawn as much attention as the quantity.Now, he will be eager to prove that his stellar season wasn’t a flash in the pan, and that he can deliver on a consistent basis.Sinkgraven, meanwhile, signed for Leverkusen after working with head coach Peter Bosz during an injury plagued five seasons in Amsterdam.The versatile 24-year-old got a taste of the Bundesliga when Ajax faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season and is braced for a steep learning curve.”It’s a level up [from the Eredivisie], for sure,” he said.”I think the pace is a bit higher [than in Holland]. The games are probably more physical. Every team in Germany is strong so you have to give everything.”Sinkgraven will be hoping to have earned a spot in the starting eleven when Leverkusen get their Bundesliga campaign underway with a home fixture against Paderborn on August 17.Before then, they have a final pre-season fixture against Valencia to look forward to, and a journey to Alemannia Aachen to navigate in the DFB-Pokal.