10 months agoArsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have tabled a bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.The Costa Rica international is determined to leave Real after being dumped for summer arrival Thibaut Courtois this season. Despite his three Champions League titles, Keylor has been benched by Santiago Solari since he replaced Julen Lopetegui as coach.Okdiario says Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Keylor to London, where he sees him as ideal competition for Bernd Leno.And a first offer of €13m has already been tabled to Real for the keeper.Any move is likely to see Petr Cech seek an immediate departure next month. last_img read more

10 months agoLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye

first_imgLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have denied reports of a deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye.Adekanye, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2015, has been linked with Lazio in the last few days.However, the Serie A club said in a statement on their official website on Monday that no deal is in place.It read: “In reference to the news released by some media, according to which SS Lazio have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye, the club denies this and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for the aforementioned player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoEx-Man Utd midfielder Hargreaves: Greenwood just like Van Persie

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd midfielder Hargreaves: Greenwood just like Van Persieby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood has compared to Robin van Persie by former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.Greenwood’s brilliant goal gave United a 1-0 win over Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday.And Hargreaves saw glimpses of former United striker van Persie in the 17-year-old.He said: “I think you have to take the positives on a night like this and the positives are that they kept a clean sheet and Mason Greenwood scored a stunning goal.”It reminded me a little bit of Robin van Persie, chopping inside onto that right foot and scoring a great goal.”I’m really happy for him because, as you saw (Bukayo) Saka for Arsenal, the night was all about the academies really.”They produced tonight for Arsenal and for Manchester United .” last_img read more

18 days agoMount: Chelsea’s England selection big for club

first_imgMount: Chelsea’s England selection big for clubby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount says Chelsea’s strong contingent in the England squad is big for the club.Mount will be joined by Blues teammates Ross Barkley, Tammy Abraham and Fiyako Tomori in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to the club’s website, the 20-year-old said: “It is a massive honour to get called up to your country and to have four Chelsea boys in there is brilliant for the club.”There are a lot of young boys around us that we have played with for a very long time and now making that step into the senior team so I am so happy for Tammy and for Fik [Fikayo Tomori], and Ross as well, us four getting into the England squad is a massive achievement so I am looking forward to the international break.”The last international break, the game before it we drew 2-2 and it was not a good feeling going into it but now we have the good feeling of winning three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoBrighton boss Potter dips into pocket to help Ostersunds rescue fund

first_imgBrighton boss Potter dips into pocket to help Ostersunds rescue fundby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter has dipped into his pocket to help Ostersunds’ rescue fund.The Swedish club is battling to stay financially afloat this season.Former OFK coach Potter has contributed to the club’s fighting fund to pay back a tax debt.A statement on the club’s Facebook page read: “OFK’s former coach Graham Potter, together with his colleagues at Brighton, Björn Hamberg, Billy Reid and Kyle Macaulay, went in and made a big contribution to ÖFK in our ‘I believe in this’ campaign. “A big thank you to these four coaches for helping us!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

14 days agoWolves chairman Jeff Shi confirms they’re seeking new investment

first_imgWolves chairman Jeff Shi confirms they’re seeking new investmentby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves chairman Jeff Shi says the club are seeking money from investors.Chinese group, Fosun International, bought Wolves in 2016 for £45m and have invested huge funds to take the club from the Championship to the Premier League.After qualifying for the Europa League this season, Shi says Wolves want to continue improving.”We welcome any new partnership, new funding, new sponsorship to help us, to grow together with us,” he told China Global Television Network.”And to push the club to a high level in the future.”Shi added that Wolves that the club hope to redevelop Molineux over the next three to four years in order to expand the capacity to 46,000. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!by Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had a role to play in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea.The Russian billionaire was famously searching for a football club to purchase in the early 2000s.When he spoke with Swedish coach Eriksson about a club that would be suitable for his needs, he was advised to go with Chelsea over Tottenham.The Blues have enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history under Abramovich.Recalling their conversation, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.”He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.'” last_img read more

10 days agoMatthijs de Ligt admits confidence knocked at Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Matthijs de Ligt admits confidence knocked at Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt admits his confidence has taken a hit since leaving Ajax for Juventus.The defender, 20, has had a slow start to his Juve career.”I’m still not at my best, I know that,” he said after Netherlands’ 2-1 win in Belarus yesterday.“The more I play, the more I’ll get there. What I can do is keep working hard, doing my best and learning from my teammates.“At Ajax I felt a sense of invincibility. Now I feel less so, but it’s natural. I have a little less confidence than I did last season.“I’m at a new club, with a new style of play and new teammates. For me, it’s all new. It’s less familiar than at Ajax, but I’m getting better and better.” last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

3 days agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheet

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheetby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen was delighted with a first clean sheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf on the weekend.On-loan from Manchester City, Steffen has been superb for Fortuna this season – but hadn’t managed a clean sheet.That is until the weekend’s 1-0 win over Mainz.Steffen said, “Sometimes I like that when I have nothing to do. I’ll take that with me. I’m just totally happy and overjoyed that I finally did not concede a goal. That’s really good for me. “This is the credit of our defence. The guys did a great job. We finally showed that we can defend our goal when we totally concentrate for 90 minutes.” last_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math pic.twitter.com/JWg0KVMHHD— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Video: Leonard Fournette Can Squat 400 Pounds Pretty Easily

first_imgLeonard Fournette squats during workouts.Leonard Fournette SquatWe’ve already covered here how much of a beast LSU running back Leonard Fournette is. He’s an incredible talent on the field and by the looks of things, a hard worker off of it.Today, Fournette posted a video on Twitter showing him squatting 400 pounds with ease. I had to take a lost so I could cherish this ish @1future 400 easy @LSUfball pic.twitter.com/C1MaFU2SEL— 7⃣ (@_fournette) February 16, 2016That weight is nothing for him. SEC defenders beware.last_img

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img

Lallana makes decisive call on Liverpool future

first_imgAdam Lallana has boldly declared that there is “absolutely no question” he will be staying at Liverpool, with the 31-year-old moving to shut down summer transfer talk.The England international is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield.It had been suggested that he could be moved on, with Jurgen Klopp seeking to bolster his ranks and potentially nudge Lallana further down the creative pecking order. 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? A man acquired from Southampton in 2014 is, however, adamant that he has no intention of leaving the Champions League winners.He told PA Sport: “I’ve got a year left on my contract. I’ll be back, I’ll be training through the summer.“I am as eager as ever to get fit because I know when I’m fit I’ve got a lot to give and I can get in this team.”A return to St Mary’s has been mooted for Lallana, but he is looking to prove his worth again at Liverpool.He added when asked if he will be staying put: “Yeah. Absolutely no question about it. I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues.“I know my ability and I know what I can give. And the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that.“No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next.”Adam Lallana Liverpool Burnley 100319Lallana made just 16 appearances in the 2018-19 campaign, with the last of those coming on March 17.He admits to having endured a tough time, but is pleased to have seen Liverpool respond positively to defeat in the 2018 Champions League final and Premier League title race to secure a first piece of silverware in seven years.“We’ve hurt a lot this year. Every player will have their own story,” said Lallana.“I’ve obviously not played, but this means more to me than anything. I’ve had a lot of setbacks this season. I’ve worked so hard to get there and then I’ll obviously have another setback.“[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, unfortunately, he missed out last year and he’s fought back, so it will mean so much to him for different reasons.“It means so much to my best mate [Jordan Henderson] for different reasons.“I am just so happy to be out there among it with the team and feel that cohesion. That’s what’s brought us here.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Griezmann’s Barcelona number revealed

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann will wear the number 17 shirt for the La Liga champions in his debut season at the Camp Nou.His squad number was revealed during the player’s unveiling in Catalonia following the forward’s controversial big-money move from Atletico Madrid this week.In the hours that followed his €120 million (£107m/$134m) switch, rumours began to surface that the 28-year-old would be given the No. 7 shirt currently occupied by the club’s record signing, Philippe Coutinho. 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? However, those whispers were put to bed on Sunday when the French World Cup winner was presented to the media ahead of his first scheduled training session with his new team-mates on Monday.He will then form part of the squad that will travel to Japan ahead of two friendlies against Chelsea (July 23) and Vissel Kobe (July 27).Speaking at his unveiling ceremony, Griezmann said: “I’m very happy, I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates.“It’s a new challenge and new targets. These are important things and I hope I can do as well as I can.“All of them – La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals.“With Sam [Umtiti] and Ousmane [Dembele], I have a very good relationship with both of them. I look forward to seeing them.”Antoine Griezmann BarcelonaThe former Real Sociedad striker also revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing with club legend Lionel Messi, who finished last season as La Liga’s top scorer with 36 goals.“I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi is like on a day-to-day basis in training,” he said. “Playing next to him will be an incredible joy.”The deal has been the subject of much dispute from Atletico, who claim they are set to open legal proceedings after negotiations, and a subsequent agreement, between the player and Barca allegedly took place when Griezmann’s buyout clause remained at €200m.They also questioned the conduct of both Barca and the player after it was reported that the two parties had been in negotiations and reached an agreement while Diego Simeone’s side were still fighting for La Liga and the Champions League.last_img read more

Atletico report Barca over €80m Griezmann fee

first_imgAtletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to La Liga as they continue to pursue an €80 million (£72m/$90m) addition to the transfer which has taken Antoine Griezmann to Camp Nou.A World Cup-winning forward has completed a move from the Spanish capital to Catalunya.Barca have paid out the €120m (£108m/$135m) required to trigger the release clause that existed in his Atletico contract. 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? They believe they have done nothing wrong , but domestic rivals are arguing that an agreement was reached with Griezmann when his exit fee stood at €200m (£179m/$224m).Atletico vowed when a move was announced that they would be opening legal proceedings .Club president Enrique Cerezo claims to have evidence of wrongdoing and is determined to get what those at Wanda Metropolitano feel they are entitled to.That fight has now been taken to La Liga officials and those in power at the Spanish FA (RFEF).Atletico had been planning to take their case to FIFA, in the hope that world football’s governing body could rule in their favour.They have, however, been informed that FIFA has no jurisdiction in a dispute between two teams from the same association.That has led to the appeal which the Rojiblancos hope will see them given a fair hearing.The dispute is unlikely to be resolved easily, though, as representatives from both Atleti and Barca sit on the six-person La Liga committee.With there a clear conflict of interest, it may be that both officials are forced to stand down.The case is set to be heard on Thursday, with no official comment being made as yet.Whatever happens, Griezmann will be cleared to open a new chapter in his career at Camp Nou.The France international had come close to making a switch to Barcelona in the summer of 2018, only to then commit his future to Atletico in an infamous video reveal.The 28-year-old then went a step further by signing a new contract but has completed just 12 months of that agreement before moving on.He is joining the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Spanish champions, while there is still a chance that Neymar could be drafted into a star-studded attacking unit – with Barca exploring the possibility of bringing the Brazilian back onto their books from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Report: Benfica 3-0 Chivas

first_imgRaul de Tomas, Rafa and Haris Seferovic were on target as Benfica cruised to a 3-0 International Champions Cup win over Chivas Guadalajara on Saturday.The Portuguese champions wasted little time stamping their authority on the game, with De Tomas, their recent signing from Real Madrid, netting his first goal for the club after four minutes.Chivas responded well to that early setback and twice hit the crossbar in the early stages of the second half, also striking the post in the closing stages. 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? Bruno Lage’s side took full advantage of those reprieves, with Rafa and Seferovic producing clinical finishes in the final 20 minutes to earn an impressive win at the Levi’s Stadium in California.Benfica started in ominous mood and forged ahead inside just four minutes. Caio burst into Chivas’ penalty area after a surging run and coolly picked out the unmarked De Tomas, who had the simple task of tapping in from three yards.Chivas were a team reborn at the start of the second period, with Miguel Ponce and Alexis Vega crashing long-range efforts against the crossbar.Raul Gudino produced a stunning reflex save to keep out Seferovic’s thundering close-range header but there was little he could do about Benfica’s second goal 20 minutes from time.#SLBChivas | 1-0 |  4′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! RDTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!#ICC2019 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/4HUyBFzj3T— SL Benfica (@slbenfica_en) July 20, 2019Jota threaded a precise pass into the path of fellow substitute Rafa, who showed wonderful composure to clip past the Chivas goalkeeper.Seferovic was equally calm in front of goal three minutes later, latching onto Adel Taarabt’s incisive pass and slotting past the onrushing Gudino to complete a routine victory.There was more frustration for Chivas in stoppage time when they hit the woodwork for a third time, this time the post denying Ponce’s free-kick. read morelast_img read more

‘Bale will find it easy in China’

first_imgGareth Bale will find it “easy” if a move to China is made, says Mousa Dembele, with the former Tottenham team-mate of the Wales international hoping to see a transfer completed from Real Madrid.A switch to Asia continues to be mooted for a man who is in danger of being frozen out at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zinedine Zidane has brought Bale back into his plans during pre-season, but the Blancos are still looking to move the 30-year-old on if a suitable bidder can be found. 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? A lucrative switch to the Chinese Super League is considered to be the most likely option at present, with Jiangsu Suning reported to have tabled a £1 million-a-week offer to the four-time Champions League winner.Dembele, who spent a year alongside Bale at Spurs, would like see a mooted deal pushed through.He believes a man who has been unfairly scapegoated in Spain could thrive in the CSL, with there no questioning his ability despite the struggles he has endured in recent years.Belgium international Dembele, who is on the books at Guangzhou R&F, told BBC Sport of the Bale talk: “I know him. He is a very good guy. I think he will do very well here. It is a league where he will fit in. “In China, they really want players who can create something from nothing.“If you are a stable player who just goes sideways it isn’t really what they want because you can only have three [overseas players] on the pitch. “Gareth is a player who can beat three people and shoot. For him it will be easy.”Bale has showcased that match-winning ability on a regular basis down the years.He had become a Premier League superstar prior to making a move to Madrid in the summer of 2013.While on Real’s books he has recorded over 100 goals, while helping the Blancos to an enviable haul of La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey and Club World Cup honours.Zidane has continued to hint that his days at the club are now numbered however, with a move expected to be made before the current transfer window slams shut.last_img read more

How Chelsea will line up in 2019-20

first_imgAnother year and yet again there is another revolution at Stamford Bridge as legendary player Frank Lampard has been given a unique chance to become the club’s new manager.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich usually opts for experience when seeking a new manager on almost a yearly basis.But Lampard is a special case, as the Blues look for a regime able to cope with FIFA’s imposed transfer ban on the club. 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? Lampard has been fast-tracked from Derby County to Chelsea as he looks to reduce his new side’s average age, thus turning the ban from a negative into a positive.Christian Pulisic was signed for £58 million from Borussia Dortmund and then loaned to the German side for the last six months of last season. The American will be a key figure at Chelsea this season with Eden Hazard being the only headline departure, leaving in an £88m deal for Real Madrid.The Blues need to learn to be patient with Lampard as they look to contend with a 20-point gap and the high bar set by Manchester City and Liverpool last season.However, many will be hoping for an immediate impact as west London is a place that has become accustomed to success. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers Manager How Chelsea could line upGoalkeepersAfter becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, Kepa Arrizabalaga immediately lived up to the hype.Still just 24 years old, Kepa is outstanding with his feet and has quickly helped fans get over the loss of Thibaut Courtois. He is the undisputed No. 1 and Willy Caballero is his deputy.Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea 2018-19Caballero must rank as one of the strongest backups in the division and he handled a potentially problematic incident in the Carabao Cup final last season with class.Chelsea’s third goalkeeper Jamie Cumming signed a new four-year deal ahead of the new season. The 19-year-old replaces Rob Green, who retired in the summer.DefendersKurt Zouma is back in the fold and he has looked to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge after two seasons away on loan at Stoke City and Everton.Lampard likes to utilise direct balls over the top and demands central defenders who can pass, so David Luiz is likely to begin as his partner.Kurt ZoumaAlternate options in the heart of the defence come from both Antonio Rudiger, who is stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained last season, and Andreas Christensen.Cesar Azpilicueta looks certain to start at right-back but the backup option is not yet clear as Davide Zappacosta and Reece James could both operate in that role.Finally, the battle to be Chelsea’s left-back continues with competition between Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso as intense as ever.MidfieldersChelsea have used both a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2 diamond in pre-season as Lampard looks set to chop and change his options. This represents a big change at Stamford Bridge as Maurizio Sarri was tactically rigid, only using a 4-3-3 system in his year at the club.The two defensive midfielders are set to be a combination of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. Unfortunately, Kante has missed much of pre-season, but it highlights how remarkable his Europa League performance was as he played with an injection for a knee injury. Kante got 18 minutes in Saturday’s pre-season finale against Borussia Monchengladbach.Kovacic was signed on a permanent deal from Real Madrid due to a loophole in the transfer ban rules. He was already on loan, so he was able to make the £40.3m move regardless of the ruling.Further forward, there is a very heated battle going on to be Chelsea’s number 10 between Ross Barkley and Mason Mount. Barkley has four goals and three assists in pre-season compared to Mount’s three goals.Ross Barkley Chelsea 2019-20However, Mount has played more minutes than Barkley. The choice in the number 10 role is perhaps Lampard’s toughest call ahead of kick off on Sunday.Ruben Loftus-Cheek has just renewed his Blues deal and will provide serious competition to the aforementioned duo. However, his return from an Achilles tendon rupture is not imminent.AttackersThe Blues have a lot of options in wide areas as Christian Pulisic and Pedro look set to begin the season as the first-choice options. Willian is a late arrival back from winning the Copa America with Brazil over the summer and barely featured in pre-season.Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to renew his contract but he is not expected back from his Achilles tendon rupture until mid-September at the earliest.Tammy Abraham ChelseaThe No. 9 position is set to be a three-way battle between Olivier Giroud and returning loanees Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi. The actual No. 9 shirt number has been given to Abraham, and he has featured heavily in pre-season so far.Giroud, Batshuayi and Abraham all have two goals apiece in pre-season. Abraham has played 301 minutes, more than the other two, and is likely to start against Man Utd.ManagerLast year was a season of unrest but Chelsea legend Lampard could steady what has been a divided club under the last few managers.He brings legends with him in his coaching staff including Petr Cech, Jody Morris and Eddie Newton. It would take a brave player to take on Lampard, even though at 41 years old he is relatively young for a manager of a top-six club.There are doubts over whether the inexperienced Lampard can compete among the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at the top of football management. He only managed for a season at Derby and it is a brave experiment for all in west London.But there is optimism that Lampard can hit the ground running in the first season of a three-year contract, as he likes to play with young teams in a high-energy pressing game.The sight of seeing Lampard lift silverware as a manager would certainly be a romantic one for Chelsea fans after his massive success at the club as a player. How Chelsea could line upChelsea predicted line up Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus Has Been Suspended

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus has been suspended indefinitely, the program announced this evening.Cephus, a junior wide receiver, has been charged with felony sexual assault.ESPN had the details on the charges:Two women told Madison police that Cephus sexually assaulted them at his apartment on April 22. Police met with one of the women at a local hospital April 22 after she went to the emergency room, and gathered forensic evidence and a statement from her. Detectives learned of the second woman early in their investigation, who told them she also had been sexually assaulted.Cephus, 20, met with police and was cooperative in providing a statement. Madison police referred the case to the Dane County District Attorney’s office, which issued the charges.Wisconsin announced the suspension tonight.The latest on Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus. Suspended pic.twitter.com/qZS4DXbpdt— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 20, 2018Cephus announced on Twitter over the weekend that he was taking a leave of absence from the team to clear his name.pic.twitter.com/2YglzG3k8b— Quintez Cephus (@QoDeep_87) August 18, 2018The wide receiver has 34 career receptions for 595 yards and six touchdowns in 23 games.last_img read more