About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez tells Klopp: I had to sell at Liverpool to buyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp ahead of their clash with Liverpool.The Spaniard won the Champions League in his first season at Anfield in 2005 but could not return a first league title since 1990.”When I was there we had to sell to buy,” he said ahead of his return to Anfield.”Now, I think is they have a better squad because when you spend money you bring in better players. “So when they sign Fabinho and Naby Keita, yet they keep Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, the squad is better and that means competition and you always have a strong team on the pitch.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford winger Williams due to leave Wycombe Wanderersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Randell Williams is set for a fresh loan move.The Mirror says Williams is being lined up for a January switch.The 21-year-old has been on-loan in League One Wycombe Wanderers and has impressed for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.Watford are ready to let Williams leave and Wycombe would like to keep him on a permanent basis – but there is big interest form elsewhere.Brentford, Bristol City and Portsmouth are all believed to have spoken to Watford about a potential deal for the former Crystal Palace wide-man.
Bournemouth boss Howe hails away support for Southampton winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed the away support for last night’s win at Southampton.Goals from Nathan Ake, Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson helped earn the Dorset club an historic 3-1 success at St Mary’s, as Howe and his staff etched their names in club folklore. Howe told the Daily Echo: “I just want to thank the fans for everything they have given the club. Not just today but historically.“It was a really nice moment (after the final whistle) to share with them, you could feel the emotion from us to them and them to us.“That’s where you have to just think back to what times were and understand this was a precious moment. We very much enjoyed it and thank them.” Victory put Cherries up to third in the Premier League table, with 10 points recorded from their opening six games.Howe added: “It was a really nice moment for our supporters to enjoy and for us all to enjoy together.”When you consider how far this club has come in recent years and how bleak the outlook was at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer insists Man Utd ‘building something’ after Arsenal drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says there were plenty of positives in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday night.The result at Old Trafford leaves United with their worst start to a season in 30 years.In a laborious opening stanza, it took a moment of quality from Scott McTominay to break the deadlock, with the Scotland international lashing the ball past Bernd Leno from outside the box right on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then equalised after 58 minutes but not without some controversy, with of course, VAR.The Gabon international’s sublime finish over David De Gea was initially ruled offside. However replays showed record signing Harry Maguire had kept him in play.Maguire then had a thunderous strike saved by Leno with fifteen minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough as United had to settle for a point.Despite the result Solskjaer remains confident he is building something special at United.He told Sky Sports: “We go 1-0 up and then we don’t get the second goal that we want to get. “That’s the learning now for this time. Be more cynical, clinical. “There are so many games we have been 1-0 up. We will learn. It’s a bad goal to give away but sometimes you make those passes, you play out and it looks good. We learn from it.”We are at the start of building something. It’s just a bit disappointing that we can’t get that second goal.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Bellerin: Ceballos more than a teammateby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin says Dani Ceballos is “more than just a teammate”.The pair played together for Spain U19 and Spain U21 and have linked up this season at the Emirates, with Ceballos joining on loan from Real Madrid.”My boy Dani Ceballos has signed on loan. I’ve been talking to him for a while and he’s been asking me for advice and stuff,” Bellerin said in his vlog, filmed in July but released on Monday.”We’re more than just teammates, you know, we get on really well off the pitch and he’s one of them players that although we’ve never played together in the same team we keep in contact and when we used to meet up with the national team on the Monday we always used to meet up on Sunday and go for dinner together and stuff with a few other players.”We have a really good relationship and I’m very happy he’s going to be here. I’m going to take care of him with whatever he needs and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Tomori hails Willian as leader for Chelsea youngstersby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding that transition.But he also believes senior players like Willian give confidence to all the young players.”For many of us, this is our first season in the Champions League and the whole team has been guiding us through games and training sessions,” Tomori said at a press conference.”It’s been a good start for us, integrating the younger players with the more experienced players, and I think that we’re just going to get stronger.”Someone like Willian, who has played at the highest level not only in club football but internationally as well, is a big help. “Having that sort of experience is vital for the team. He not only talks to us off the pitch but on the pitch he plays by example and shows what we need to do to get to the level he’s been at.”
Mauricio Pochettino believes the Premier League should delay the introduction of VAR despite Tottenham benefiting from technology in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.Spurs were awarded a penalty after Harry Kane was adjudged to be in an offside position when he was taken out by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but retrospective action proved he was onside. Kane netted the spot kick to give his side a 1-0 advantage over the Blues, although Spurs will be missing the striker and Son Heung-min when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. 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? Speaking to reporters ahead of the second leg, Pochettino said: “It is a good idea to delay [VAR’s introduction to the Premier League] because if we don’t have all the information or don’t know how it will work or how we can better develop the system, it is better to stop for one year or more.“Nobody in Europe is happy with VAR and what worries me is that there is going to be a situation where football starts to annoy the fans. If you stop for five minutes for a decision, I don’t know how they are going to behave.“Goal-line technology is the best but, after that, it is about how the referee perceives things. The emotion is not going to be there, the feelings and the tension. Maybe technically it is a handball but we know very well when it is intentional and only the referee and the players around can decide that. On the video, you cannot perceive that.”Pochettino previously criticised VAR following heavy intervention from the technology in Spurs’ FA Cup fifth round replay at Rochdale last season.The top flight side came out 6-1 winners on that occasion, but Pochettino said after that if supporters in Spain and Italy were impatient with VAR then Premier League fans would not cope with it’s introduction.Recalling those comments, Pochettino added on Wednesday: “That’s because the game in England is more dynamic. If you compare to Spain or Italy, the ball is in play more in England. Fans in this country are used to play, transition, corner, goal, boom. It is more instant.“In the Rochdale replay there was an incident in the first half that took forever to decide. There were 10,000 less fans after half-time. That situation was difficult to accept and I’m not sure if you get a benefit. Those who are pro‑VAR say the technology will help but football is also about mistakes – players, managers and referees.“I am telling the people responsible that we need information [on why and when VAR should be used] because if we don’t know, it is going to be a big problem.”
Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must get rid of anyone who isn’t on board with the principles of Manchester United.A disappointing season last time out saw the Red Devils finish sixth in the Premier League, capping off a second straight season with no trophies, and a clear out is expected.Neville identified a lack of leadership as the problem and said it stood in stark contrast to his time with the club. 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? “When I was playing you always had three groups – the guardians, the middle group and the younger ones,” Neville, who spent his entire 19-year career at Old Trafford, told the Soccer Science Conference.“When I started in the first team, there were players like Paul Ince and Roy Keane and one bad pass was regarded as an absolute crime.“Manchester United doesn’t have the guardians now. Absolutely not, no. There are some good professionals there, Juan Mata for instance, Ander Herrera, when he was there, and Scott McTominay – you can see he’s a good lad and wants to play football.“But I don’t think they carry the influence in the dressing room to be able to dominate the culture and that’s a real problem.“In any business, in any football team if the guardians in the dressing room, the ones who have the influence, are not setting the example, then you have a big problem and have to clear them out,”Neville offered encouragement to Solskjaer as he attempts to rebuild at United. He also offered up the manager of one of their top six rivals as an example for his former team-mate to follow.He cited the example of Mauricio Pochettino of Champions League finalists Spurs as a template for the Norwegian.“I love Ole to bits. Whoever he feels is not aligned to the principles of Manchester United, he has to get rid of them,” the Sky Sports pundit went on.“I remember when Mauricio Pochettino went to Tottenham, I went to see him and he had this board split in two – the ones he wanted to work with and the ones he didn’t.“Look at Tottenham now. He did a brilliant job, along with whoever helped him on the recruitment side in the first two or three years.“But he had to make some tough decisions and the club had to lose money to get it right and that’s what United will have to do.”
Liverpool have confirmed their star trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will report to the club on July 29.While the Reds have been in the midst of their pre-season slate of friendlies for a few weeks now, and completed a three-game tour of the United States earlier this week, the trio had been given extended breaks following their international commitments this summer.Salah featured for host nation Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring a pair of goals in the competition, though he and the Pharaohs were stunned in the round of 16 by South Africa. 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? It was a much more enjoyable time for Firmino and Alisson in the Copa America, where they and host nation Brazil emerged triumphant to secure the nation’s first regional title since 2007 and ninth overall.Both played large roles in the title as Firmino started all six games and scored twice, including in a goal in the 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in the semi-finals.Alisson started every match as well and conceded just once in the entire tournament, in the 3-1 victory over Peru in the final, and guided the Selecao through a tense victory on penalties in the quarter-finals against Paraguay.The trio will link up with their Liverpool team-mates in Evian, France with the club set to play Lyon in their final friendly on July 31.Following that match, Liverpool will get their busy early season slate underway with the Community Shield against Manchester City on August 4, followed by their Premier League opener against Norwich five days later and the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on August 14.While Liverpool will have two-thirds of their vaunted attacking trio back in Salah and Firmino, the Reds will still be without star forward Sadio Mane for an additional week.Mane was also given time off following his participation in AFCON with Senegal, as he led his team to the final, where they were defeated by Algeria 1-0.As that final took place on July 19, even Mane’s abbreviated two-week break means he will not report to the Reds until August 5, the day after the Community Shield and leaving him with a short time to prepare for the league opener against the Canaries. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admits the club are planning for the “post-Messi era” in their move for Antoine Griezmann, but has refused to be drawn on talk of re-signing Neymar.The Blaugrana are aware that a mercurial Argentine will not always be available to them.Lionel Messi is now 32 years of age and will require somebody to follow in his footsteps at some stage. 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? There is no sign of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner slowing down, with another new contract being mooted, but assistance at Camp Nou is most welcome.World Cup winner Griezmann has been acquired to help provide that, with the France international snapped up in a €120 million deal with Atletico Madrid.Bartomeu is delighted to have another proven performer on board, with Barcelona starting to work more long-term in their transfer business.He told Radio Montecarlo: “Griezmann is one of the five or six best players in the world. We already knew that.“The possibility arose to bring him in and we had no doubts about it.“We must also think about the post-Messi era and we must try to make a future with the best players possible.”Barca may be tempted to further bolster their ranks by bringing in another attacking partner for Messi.Talk of a move to return Brazil international Neymar to Camp Nou refuses to go away, despite Paris Saint-Germain making it clear that they will not easily part with the 27-year-old.Neymar is said to be keen on retracing his steps to Catalunya, while his former club are open to the idea of bringing him on board if a suitable deal can be done,Bartomeu is, however, reluctant to discuss a long-running saga in public.He added on the Neymar rumours: “In the summer I read newspapers a lot and they say a lot of things.“Here the only thing clear is that Neymar is a PSG player and we respect PSG a lot. In this case there is not much more to say.”Neymar has been drafted back into PSG’s pre-season plans amid the uncertainty surrounding his future, but the summer transfer window in Spain will remain open until September 2.