Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ter Stegen: I’m happier in Barcelona than city I was bornby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits he feels more settled in Spain than in Germany.Ter Stegen is now firmly established as Barca’s No1 keeper.He told Libero: “The kindness of the people has made it much easier for me. “It is not normal for me to be treated so well. This gives me a lot of life. In our profession, everyone is looking at you and wants to make an opinion about you. And I would not like to change because I’m a natural person.””It was very important for me to get to a city that you can identify with. I think that if you come to a place that does not convince you, you can not be comfortable for many years in that place and feel good. There are players who do not care much, but I do, and now I almost feel better here than in the city where I was born.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea announce record profits and revenueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have announced record profits in their latest financial reports.The Blues’ return to the Champions League in 2017-18 contributed to the turnover growing by 22.7 per cent to £443.4million in the financial results for the year ending June 30, 2018.And a record-high profit of £62m was achieved, after a profit on player sales of £113m and an increase in broadcast revenues of £162.4m as a result of Chelsea’s return to Europe’s elite club competition.The accounts do not include the severance pay for Antonio Conte or his coaching staff. Conte was sacked in July after the Blues’ fifth-placed finish and failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.Chelsea reported a £32m increase in commercial revenues following several partnership deals, including the kit deal with Nike worth a reported £60m a year.And the club says there was a £8.4m increase in matchday revenues, despite ticket prices being frozen at 2011-12 levels.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal teenager Martinelli stunned by Aubameyang: The guy on TV!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck when first meeting Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 18-year-old kicked off his Arsenal career with a fine double in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Speaking after the game, the summer signing from Ituano revealed it was surreal meeting the famous striker.He told Globo Esporte: “It hadn’t sunk in yet. I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, ‘Tudo bem?’, trying to communicate. “You see, the guy so good, humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me!””He’s also a guy who gave me a lot of support at the club, trying to communicate with me. I have to thank everyone at the club. They’re very nice people.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.”
Mauricio Pochettino reiterated his “love” for Marcelo Bielsa but admitted his fellow Argentine is wrong in the ongoing ‘Spygate’ controversy.Tottenham boss Pochettino has previously described Bielsa as a “second father” after the 63-year-old brought him through at Newell’s Old Boys before managing him at Espanyol and with the Argentina national team.Leeds United head coach Bielsa is currently being investigated by the Football Association and English Football League after sending a spy to observe Derby Country training ahead of the Rams’ trip to Elland Road last Friday. 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? Bielsa subsequently held an extraordinary news conference on Wednesday at which he said he had sent staff to spy on each of Leeds’ opponents this season before attempting to play down its importance by showing journalists a presentation detailing the depth of the analysis he does on all rivals.Bielsa, whose Leeds team are top of the Championship, has received very little support from within the game and even Pochettino refused to back him when asked his opinion on Friday.The Spurs boss said: “It’s a situation that makes me a little bit sad.”It’s so important to split my special personal relationship with him and describe a situation that happened a week ago.”Always my love is going to be with him. He was a person so important to me, to build my career as a player.”But, after that, we’re talking about a situation that happened last week and I can’t agree [with it]. For me, it’s wrong. I can understand [Derby boss] Frank Lampard’s feelings. It’s a thing that’s not easy to explain.”Marcelo now walks the press through video analysis of an opponent’s offensive actions, explaining how it totals 40 minutes, which is then broken down into 8 minute clips for the players pic.twitter.com/juLwE0NEGo— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 16, 2019A lack of understanding of English culture has been put forward as a defence for Bielsa but Pochettino is not convinced.”For me, always when I talk about England, about the organisation and culture you have here, for any manager the key is to work in an environment you create,” he said.”The English people and the culture you create here gives you the opportunity to work in privacy. That doesn’t happen maybe in Germany or Argentina or Spain. That makes us feel more responsible to keep the idea that you can work, feel at home and you don’t need to hide anything.”There’s many opinions we can listen to after last week.”To be honest, my feeling is a little sad. Rather than talking about football and how fantastic Leeds are doing in the Championship, we’re talking about one fact that doesn’t help football.”Of course it doesn’t change my view about Marcelo but I can’t agree with what happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze has played down reports linking him to a move to Arsenal, as he looks forward to renewing his contract with his boyhood club. Gotze, 27, has been tipped for stardom since his teens and at just 22 scored the winning goal to crown Germany 2014 World Cup champions ahead of final opponents Argentina. Since then, however, he has struggled to follow through on that potential, cutting short a three-year stay at Bayern Munich in 2016 in favour of returning to his old club after failing to establish himself at the Allianz Arena. 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? Last season also started poorly for the forward, who has had to fight injury and illness problems since coming back to Dortmund, but he found his feet towards the end of the campaign and was an important part of the team that took Bayern to the final day in the battle for the Bundesliga title. And while Arsenal are one of the teams said to be interested in his services, Gotze is paying little heed to the rumours. “I always hear these rumours, they come up every year,” he explained to Goal and DAZN.”Everyone has their value and the club has to decide who fits where”.With just one year left to run on his current deal, Dortmund are keen to discuss an extension with Gotze. “Our objective is for Mario to stay with us. He has developed very positively in the last few weeks,” BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild in May.Sporting director Michael Zorc recently added to the same publication: “At the start of the season we will sit down together. We have good communication with Mario’s father and representatives.””I have a year on my contract and I am comfortable in the Bundesliga,” Gotze explained when asked about a possible renewal.”I am very relaxed, I wanted to play a reasonable season, contributing with my performances and focusing on myself was important for me.”
Chelsea’s mini-tour of the Far East begins on Friday with a match against Kawasaki Frontale.Frank Lampard’s side have played a couple of friendlies in Ireland so far this summer, drawing with Bohemians and then defeating St Patrick’s Athletic 4-0, but they should face sterner opposition against the J-League outfit.Frontale currently lie third in the J-League, having lost just one of their first 18 matches of the season, and will want to make a strong impression against the Premier League side, who will place Barcelona in four days. 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? Game Kawasaki Frontale vs Chelsea Date Friday, July 16 Time 11:00am BST / 6:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com or The 5th Stand app. US TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via chelseafc.com. UK TV channel Online stream n/a chelseafc.com / The 5th Stand Squads & Team News Position Kawasaki Frontale squad Goalkeepers Jung, Arai, H. Mawatari Defenders Taniguchi, Jesiel, Fitzgerald, Kurumaya, Noborizato, K. Mawatari, Maguinho Midfielders Morita, Tanaka, Harada, Oshima, Shimoda, Ade, Issaka, Saito, Hasegawa, Ienaga, Yamamura, Nakamura, Wakisaka Forwards Damiao, Kobayashi, Chinen Tatsuki Nara missed Kawasaki’s thumping 3-0 win over Tokyo on Sunday and will sit out once again along with Eisuke Fujishima and Shunsuke Ando.Ryota Oshima is also a doubt. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Zouma, Ampadu, Alonso, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson, Tomori Midfielders Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Barkley, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Mount, Palmer, Gilmour, Pulisic Forwards Pedro, Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham Chelsea welcome Christian Pulisic into their squad for the first time, while N’Golo Kante is back after a slight concern over his knee.The Blues have not picked Ethan Ampadu in their squad to travel as the club seeks to find him a loan move for the season to allow him greater first-team opportunities.Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger all remain injured, although they are said to be making good progress back towards fitness.Willian is out with knee trouble.Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Zouma, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Pedro, Batshuayi, KenedySubstitutes: Cumming, Zappacosta, Christensen, Emerson, Tomori, Drinkwater, Barkley, Pulisic, Palmer, Bakayoko, GiroudBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are priced as 1/3 favourites with Bet365. Kawasaki Frontale are 7/1 to record an upset, while the draw is 7/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Frank Lampard takes charge of his third game with the Blues, with the club’s record scorer taking his team to tackle back-to-back J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale.With a transfer ban hovering over the club, there is little distraction from the transfer market this summer, giving the new boss the opportunity to focus on finding the best personnel and system in the squad he has been left with.Lampard is not daunted by that challenge, though it does make matches like Friday’s all the more important to the development of his plans.“My job is to have absolute belief in the players and that’s what training has started to give me,” he explained. “I can see quality and attitude through the squad.“When you know where you’re at it absolutely homes in what is important: the club together, players, staff and fans, giving everything to improve daily, to improve game by game. It helps my focus.“When we have the ball, I want to move the ball quickly and create chances to win games and to play football we enjoy. That’s my job now.”In their first tour of Japan since 2012, Chelsea will also face Barcelona in what is the main event, though they should not underestimate the quality of the side they are faced with at the Nissan Stadium.Kawaski are riding high once again in the J-League, sitting third having lost only a single match all season, and have a selection of potent offensive options, including Brazil international forward Leandro Damiao, who has notched five goals in 11 outings this season.Indeed, Frontale are undefeated in all competitions since a 1-0 Asian Champions League loss to Ulsan in April – a run of 16 matches. With their season in full flow, this match could not have come at a better time for them to prove their quality to a worldwide audience.