Begiristain insists Man City won’t underestimate Schalkeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are not going to take their Champions League opponents lightly.The Citizens were drawn against Schalke for the Round of 16 games, which will take place next year.While Schalke are 13th in the Bundesliga this season, City director Txiki Begiristain admits they will provide tough opposition.Begiristain said after the draw: “We have suffered a lot against Hoffenheim in the group phase (a pair of hard-fought 2-1 wins) and we know how hard it is going to be.”They are struggling a bit in the league, because maybe they have done very well in the Champions League.”We cannot let them run. We have to be good in the boxes and try to keep control of the game. We will try to keep the ball.”We are happy and confident and the most important thing is that we will try to go through in this competition.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say Liverpool Loan Watch: Five players flying high away from Anfieldby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are doing quite well in the Premier League, sitting six points clear at the top of the table. The Merseyside club spent a ton of cash in the summer to acquire players such as Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Naby Keita amongst others.The increased size of their squad meant the Reds had to send some exciting prospects on loan in the summer. Here Tribalfootball look at five of those Liverpool loanees of the 2018/19 season.Loris KariusKarius was sent out on loan to Beskitas after his costly mistakes in last season’s Champions League final. The German goalkeeper made many errors during his time as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper, but he also put in some decent performances from time to time.With Alisson now Liverpool’s mainstay in goal, Karius is unlikely to get another opportunity to be the Reds’ first-choice – he could; however become second choice ahead of Simon Mingnolet should he improve on his already decent form with Besiktas.Karius has kept three clean sheets and conceded just ten goals in 11 Super Lig appearances. Marko Grujic”Marko brings everything – offensive quality, defensive stability, and aerial ability. You hear people talk about complete players, and [Marko] meets a lot of the criteria to do that as a central midfielder. We’re happy that he’s with us and that he’s fit again,” said Hertha Berlin defender Fabian Lustenberger after Marko Grujic’s winning goal against Frankfurt earlier this month.Since then, Grujic has been ruled out of action for a month due to an injury. He’s featured In just seven league games for Hertha Berlin thus far due to injury problems, but once he’s back from his current injury set-back he’s sure to be back in the side having won over admiration from the manager and Hertha’s fans since signing for the German outfit on loan. Connor RandallConnor Randall is a product of Liverpool’s youth system having been at the club since the age of six years old. He enjoyed a great spell in the club’s under-18s and under-23 sides, but he’s failed to break into the first-team set-up primarily due to the quality of players within Liverpool’s ranks.The right-back was sent out on loan to League one side Rochdale at the start of the season but he’s made just one appearance for Keith Hill’s side.Sheyi OjoSheyi Ojo secured a loan move to Ligue 1 outfit Reims at the start of the season – it was deemed a great deal for both Liverpool and Reims as the former would be able to give one of their brightest young talents top-flight experience, whilst the latter would benefit from having a player of Sheyi Ojo’s caliber within their ranks, albeit for a season.Things haven’t really gone as planned, though, as Ojo has found regular game time hard to come by at Reims having been deployed off the bench in six occasions and handed just three league starts. As a result, his productivity has taken a huge hit as Ojo is yet to register a single goal or assist this season. Ben WoodburnTwo years ago, a 17-year-old Ben Woodburn became the youngest Liverpool player to score a goal as he found the back of the net against Leeds in the EFL Cup Quarter Final. He has since gone under the radar, as Liverpool sought to aid his development having noticed his potential.Now 19, Woodburn is currently on loan to Sheffield United where he has a bit-part role having made just seven league appearances for Sheffield, six of which came off the bench.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Man Utd eyeing Cruzeiro keeper Gabriel Brazaoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Arsenal and Manchester United are watching keeper Brazao.Roma are also linked with a highly rated Cruzeiro B star.The 18-year-old has a release clause of £40 million but a deal won’t cost anywhere near that much.Brazao’s minders expects him to move to Europe this month.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool not out of group stage insists Kloppby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not believe their loss to Napoli is going to cost them a place in the knockout round of the Champions League.The Reds suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to the Italian side in the first game of the group stages of this year’s competition.Last year’s winners will be playing catch up for the rest of the group stages, but Klopp is not too worried about securing progression to the round of 16.He said to the club’s official website after the game: “I hope it is not decisive.”Give us at least a few more games to change the table. “In the moment it looks like Napoli’s through, but we still will be playing. “We will not stop.”
Napoli president De Laurentiis warns Callejon and Mertens against leaving for Chinaby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens against leaving for China.Callejon and Mertens have been heavily linked with moves to the Far East.“I’m absolutely not prepared to make a major effort for them,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“Each player has a value, depending on where they play, how they play, how old they are and what they do.“If they want to sell themselves out in China, overpaid to live a life of s*** for two or three years, it’s their problem.“I can’t consider China to be competitive. China’s far away. If they consider it to be close, it’s their problem.“In life, you have to choose whether to be happy and find a job you enjoy doing or work just for money.“For me, money is a means and not an end; if it’s an end for them then they should go to China.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Emery claims Arsenal didn’t deserve Sheffield Utd loss: We were in controlby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery insists Arsenal did not deserve to lose against Sheffield United on Monday.Lys Mousset’s first-half strike gave a determined Blades outfit the win in front of their adoring fans at Bramall Lane.Arsenal attempted to break down Chris Wilder’s side in the second-half but clear cut chances were few and far between. But Emery thinks the Gunners were unlucky not take something away from the game.He told Sky Sports: “We did not deserve to lose and we conceded a lot of corners in the first half and they scored in one action. “Above all, we have to improve by not allowing balls like that. When we have our opportunities to attack, we created more chances than them but did not score today. “We deserved more from the game but they have conceded the least goals in the Premier League and it was going to be difficult if they scored first. “We tried in the second half, created three good chances to score.”We did not deserve to lose and we will think about where we can improve. When we were losing 1-0, we controlled the game but and defended well but they had a lot of players in their box so it was difficult to achieve attacks. We created three or four chances and we spoke about scoring one goal, we could have controlled it better if we did.”We have challenges in each match. Tonight we had a big challenge to get the three points. We are playing some young players who are taking experience but the most important thing is to win. The result is one thing, but we can analyse positively.”
Nebraska fans have taken to new head coach Mike Riley over the past few months, but apparently, there are still a few who miss former Cornhuskers headman Bo Pelini. One – sports talk radio host Scott Voorhees – decided to write and perform a song about it.Voorhees performed at the Omaha Press Club Show earlier this week, singing a parody version of Frozen’s “Let It Go” – titled “I Miss Bo.” Okay, so we’re not convinced that he’s actually sad to see Pelini gone, but either way, it’s fantastic.Voorhees actually has a decent set of pipes, to boot. Nebraska fans – do you too miss Bo?
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan football program is steeped in tradition, and one of the most notable is the “Go Blue” banner at Michigan games. The Wolverines touch the banner as they take the field at The Big House, and clearly it has a big impact on the players. Michigan put together a very cool short Instagram video about the tradition, narrated by star cornerback Jabrill Peppers. The Wolverines will have their first chance to run out onto the field and touch the banner at home against Oregon State on September 12. UM opens on the road at Utah on September 5.
With the Team of the Year hype now behind us, EA Sports has unveiled a star-studded Team of the Week headlined by David de Gea, Luis Suarez and Fabinho.The TOTY promotion ended on Monday with the year’s top cards now officially out of packs. With a new promo looming on Friday, though, Ultimate Team should remain busy, especially given the strength of the squad of in-forms in packs this week.De Gea is named in the TOTW for his standout performance against Tottenham just after coming out of packs as part of the TOTY craze. He was voted as the world’s top goalkeeper in 2018, and was given a ridiculous card to match, but his TOTW item gives fans of the Spanish star a more affordable special option. 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? Suarez is the attacking headliner, although his Champions League Live card may still be the more enticing option, while Fabinho’s position switch to centre-back makes the Liverpool star an intriguing card, especially with links to Virgil van Dijk and Alisson. The Brazilian was already among the top midfield options in the game, and his defensive card could prove even more useful given his skillset.Joining the trio are several other big names, like Chelsea’s Pedro, Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran and Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler. Dani Parejo’s card could also prove intriguing, aside from the lack of pace, while speed certainly won’t be an issue for Nicolas Pepe on the right wing.Rounding off the starting XI are Michael Keane, Damien Da Silva and Inaki Williams, while Stephane Ruffier and Declan Rice are part of the bench options.See the full squad below…STARTING XIGK – David de Gea – Manchester UnitedCB – Fabinho – LiverpoolLB – Juanfran – Atletico MadridCB – Michael Keane – EvertonCB – Damien Da Silva – RennesCM – Dani Parejo – ValenciaCM – Julian Draxler – PSGRM – Nicolas Pepe – LilleST – Luis Suarez – BarcelonaRW – Pedro – ChelseaST – Inaki Williams – Athletic BilbaoBENCHGK – Stephane Ruffier – Saint Etienne LB – Vieirinha – PAOKCM – Ruben Perez – LeganesCDM – Guido Rodriguez – Club AmericaRM – Fidel – Las PalmasST – Djaniny – Al AhliST – De Tomas – Rayo VallecanoRESERVESCB – Nicolas Sanchez – MonterreyCM – Mathieu Coutadeur – AjaccioCDM – Declan Rice – West HamRM – Paris Cowan-Hall – Wycombe WanderersST – Roy Krishna – Wellington Phoenix
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan and Ohio State hasn’t meant this much in a decade.Neither Ohio State nor Michigan played up to its potential on Saturday, but regardless, the two teams will both head into rivalry week with identical 10-1 records. It looks like Wolverines fans are feeling good about their chances this time around, too.During the end of Michigan’s win over Indiana, Wolverines fans chanted “Beat Ohio” as the snow fell from the sky. It was an incredible scene. Check it out:❄️”Beat Ohio!”It was a cool scene late in today’s game at Michigan Stadium. https://t.co/Sy5AEVafwT— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 20, 2016Michigan fans chanting ‘Beat Ohio’ at the end of the fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/Fwt17ZRXg5— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 19, 2016As game winds down, Michigan crowd starts chanting, “Beat Ohio!” The Game hasn’t meant this much in nine years.— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) November 19, 2016Beat Ohio chant as fans leave Michigan Stadium— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) November 19, 2016Will Michigan beat Ohio? If so, the Wolverines will be headed to the Big Ten title game. This one is going to be absolutely huge.